Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Enteng Kabisote and The Abangers: Set To Save the World from Digital Menace


In the tradition of offering family-friendly fare, Vic Sotto and his Dabarkads are back for another blockbuster fantasy-adventure movie based on the well-loved Pinoy pop culture icon! Kids are in for a treat as Bossing reprises his beloved role as Enteng Kabisote in the latest instalment of the movie series titled:  Enteng Kabisote 10 and The Abangers.

The comedy-adventure movie follows the reluctant hero in his latest fantastical escapade.  Through hard work and determination, Enteng Kabisote has used his talent to “butingting everything” to become an ironworks and robotics magnate. Since his last adventure in Engkantasya, he has settled down to becoming a successful businessman, community leader, and a doting grandfather to his cute and bubbly grandchild Benokis, as his son Benok (Oyo Boy Sotto) tackles fatherhood and his duty as a law enforcer.  Little does he know that trouble is brewing and he will be called on once again to save the world.
Enteng’s nemesis is Kwak-kwak (played by Epi Quizon), a power-obsessed villain who was booted out from Engkantasya. He has the capability to control minds who has launched a virtual reality game that transmits his mind control to anyone who plays it. The villainous plot is helped along by Bibi, Kwak-kwak’s devoted second-in-command and Bibe, his moronic but useful sibling, along with A1/ALLAN & A2/ALLAINE, the two creators of the viral game app which Kwak-Kwak uses as a channel to spread his psychic powers to control humankind.

 To defeat Kwak-kwak and restore order in the real world, Enteng calls upon a team of misfits, who form his Abangers team. They are individuals who have unusual special powers and have been waiting for a long time to put these powers into good use.  The Abangers are actually OEWs (overseas engkantasya workers), whose powers Kwak-kwak needs to harness in order to fulfill his nefarious mission. 

On his team, Enteng has three inimitable sisters: Nidora (Wally Bayola), a fierce but values-centric granny who possesses an equally fierce loud voice called "The Incredible Voice"; Tinidora (Jose Manalo), who has very quick reflexes and engaging dance moves called "The Flash Dance", and Tidora (Paolo Ballesteros), a flirtatious hot granny who channels her hot flashes to other persons through her stare. They are joined by Remy or “The Mister Iron", a tour guide and family guy who can seemingly flatten any tangible materials, Oring, a spunky female fortune teller in Quiapo who can perfectly predict anyone’s future but only for a span of two minutes, Lucas, a muscled handsome guy from Tondo who possesses incredible strength and a high pitched voice, and Bistika, a standup gay comedian who can perfectly blend himself with his surroundings -- while doing some pakganern splits!

Watch the trailer here ;

Will Enteng and the Abangers be able to save the world? Moviegoers can find out in theaters on November 30, 2016. The movie is directed by Marlon Rivera and Tony Y. Reyes, and produced by OctoArts Films, M-Zet Productions and APT Entertainment.  

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dermclinic marks 45th anniversary

Dermclinic, the pioneer and leading dermatological center in the country, marked its 45th anniversary with a thanksgiving celebration last November 12, 2016 at the Le Pavillon Metropolitan Park in Pasay City.

 A night of glitz and glamour, all guests registered online followed by their souvenir pictures taken at the photo booth while enjoying cocktails. 

Hosted by DJ Rico Robles of Monster Radio RX 93.1, the party started rolling with an opening dance number showcasing the 80’s music.  An audio-visual presentation followed, tracing the humble beginnings of Dermclinic when its first branch was opened by Dr. Vinson B. Pineda, also known as the “The Father of Philippine Dermatology”, in front of the University of Sto. Tomas in 1971. A decade later, the first mall-based Dermclinic branch was launched at the Goldcrest Village Square in Makati, part of where the present Glorietta Commercial Complex now stands. The clinic eventually became the prototype for future modern dermatology centers inside general business establishments. 
Apart from opening several-mall based clinics, Dr. Pineda also founded the Dermatological Institute Foundation of the Philippines (DIFP), which has trained over 300 dermatology practitioners throughout the country. Currently, Dr. Pineda is the president of the Philippine Academy of Clinical and Cosmetic Dermatology (PACCD), marking his 14 years in service as president. PACCD is an affiliate society of the Philippine Medical Association (PMA).  

Now in its 45th year, Dermclinic has 16 strategically-located clinics in key cities, managed by
highly-trained dermatologists and licensed medical staff. Likewise, the company is maximizing more effective media platforms in line with its business expansion programs.

Other event highlights include the launching of Dermclinic’s jingle, and a feature of behind-the-scene pictorial of Dr. Vinson Pineda and Dr. Angela Pineda with top female photographer, Ms. Sara Black, for Dermclinic’s supplement magazine, Legacy.
More recollections from way back came courtesy of Mr. Jake Maderazo, Station Manager of Radyo Inquirer 990.  Mr. Maderazo recalled in his congratulatory message how Dermclinic became a household name when Dr. Vinson Pineda had a regular segment in the pioneer morning TV show Alas Singko Y Medya.  

Dr. Angela Pineda, Executive Vice President of Dermclinic, thanked everyone who have become an integral part of Dermclinic and helped achieve this milestone. She shared her aspiration of a bigger and more advanced Dermclinic in the years to come.

Dr. Vinson B. Pineda, CEO of Dermclinic, likewise expressed his gratitude to those who supported and journeyed with the company. According to him, Dermclinic’s 45th anniversary is a celebration of expertise, and a reaffirmation of the institution’s commitment to provide excellent skin care through professional dermatology.

The finale which brought the house down came from The Tigers, led by no other than Mr. Jojo Alejar more popularly known as Jojo A., as they wowed the audience with their dance rendition of Treasure and Uptown Funk.

The party continued as everyone danced the night away. Special gift packages were also given to VIPs, media partners and bloggers.

Moving forward, Dermclinic promises to open more branches, launch new services and quality products to continuously serve more Filipinos nationwide.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Magic and Merriment at Marriott Hotel Manila

Smiles, Christmas carols, gift giving and a spread of feasts and treats were the highlights at the recently-held Christmas tree lighting at Marriott Hotel Manila.

Magical Christmas Tree with Fairies

Not to be missed is the 26-foot Christmas tree at the hotel lobby. Its gold ornaments are enhanced by beautiful fairy dolls that seem to spread pixie dust to those who wish for great success or luck. As more and more people came to admire the tree and hold the fairy dolls, a lady clad in glistening attire surprised the guests. Tessa Prieto-Valdez, the ever-gracious host, continued the Christmas cheer and introduced General Manager Bruce Winton who welcomed the guests and briefly discussed Marriott’s holiday offerings.

The smoked bone-in ham was the main attraction of the sumptuous spread and made everyone go back for seconds to thirds  

 Marriott Manila’s Smoked Bone-in Ham (Php 4,999) and Whole Roasted Turkey (Php 5,999) comes with appetizers, salads, sauces, pies and desserts good for 10-12 persons!

 Magical Feast and Treats

While everyone indulged on savories and sweets created by Executive Chef Meik Brammer and his kitchen team, guests admired the graceful performance of little ballerina, Sage Espiritu. After a few twists and turns, she handed the magic wand to Marian Rivera-Dantes. And with one swing from of the wand, it’s as if magic was spread at the hotel’s lobby—the splendid Christmas tree was lit and left everyone in awe, Himig RoseƱa choral serenaded the guests with delightful Christmas carols, Santa Claus and his fairy friends came down the elegant staircase and shared presents from his red sack, and the gingerbread man and the snowman mascots hugged kids and adults alike!

 Magic of Giving


Christmas is a time for giving. Also present during the celebration were the students and administrators of the Philippine School for the Deaf, Marriott Hotel Manila’s beneficiary. This year, the hotel will help raise funds to jumpstart a construction of additional dormitories to accommodate more indigent students. Every purchase of Rio, the Unicorn, will aid in this advocacy. The limited edition stuffed toy is available at the life-size gingerbread train at the hotel lobby for only P500.

It was just the beginning of magical cheers for the holidays at Marriott Hotel Manila. For more information on Marriott’s Christmas offers please call 988 9999 or visit

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Anti-Gravity yoga and parent-approved baby products on Modern Living TV

Want to try a new kind of workout? Join Stephanie Zubiri as she goes on a real mind-body-spirit experience with Anti-Gravity yoga, a new type of yoga which combines traditional yoga, Pilates, calisthenics and aerial acrobatics. It is a must try for fitness and yoga fans who want to get toned and lose excess weight while flipping your way on a hammock.

Celebrity mom Bianca Gonzalez helps first-time parents as she gives child rearing tips and checks out the latest parent-approved baby products at The Parenting Emporium, a retail social enterprise which provides parents and caregivers with a venue to discover and avail of premium baby and childcare brands, and to participate in workshops, consultations, and other childcare support products and services.  

This week’s episode also gives you tips on brightening up small living spaces this Christmas season with cheery but easy holiday decorating options from West Elm, a modern furniture and home decoration store born in Brooklyn, New York.

Also explore the resort-inspired community Shell Residences, a 2.2-hectare residential complex found at the heart of the Entertainment City and the Mall of Asia Complex where you can marvel at the majestic sunsets and enjoy 365 days of shopping, dining, and world-class entertainment.

Every episode of Modern Living TV features the latest eye candy in the form of breathtaking living spaces and other elements of modern living.

Don’t miss Modern Living TV’s latest episode! Now on its 6th season, Modern Living TV airs every Saturday on ANC at 6:00 p.m., with replays on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Modern Living TV is the first lifestyle TV show by a news media organization.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Over P700,000 in cash prizes at stake DPC and PLDT launch 31st Visual Arts Competition

The much-awaited painting competition for young artists is back!

The 31st edition of the DPC-PLDT Visual Arts Competition (VAC 31) was launched November 8, 2016 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ Tanghalang Manuel Conde and will be followed by a roadshow in north and south Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao. The annual competition celebrates the rich creative talent of fine arts students across the country.

Organized by Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), the competition invites student artists, aged 18-24, who are currently enrolled in accredited Philippine tertiary schools with a fine arts program, to join the competition. 

This year, fine arts students are challenged to interpret the theme “Habang May Buhay, May Pag-asa” in oil or acrylic. The students’ task is to create paintings that depict how Filipinos value life and how Pinoys remain cheerful and hopeful despite the adversities they face everyday.

Participating schools or departments must select a maximum of five official entries for the competition and entries must be delivered to the DPC Main Office, 2322 Don Chino Roces Avenue Extension, Makati City between February 20 and March 3, 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm. To make them official. Direct student entries will not be accepted.

The top three winners of the contest will have their works featured on the covers of 2017-18 telephone directories of DPC (Yellow Pages) and PLDT (White Pages) in key cities in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.

The first place winner will receive P100,000 in cash and the VAC 31 grand prize trophy, aside from securing a P40,000 donation to his/her school’s fine arts program. Cash prizes of P75,000 and P60,000, plus trophies, await the second and third placers, with corresponding donations to their respective schools. In addition, each of the top 30 finalists will receive P10,000.

Entries will be judged on the basis of visual composition (25%), originality (25%), adherence to the theme (25%), overall impact (15%), and suitability as cover (10%).  The finalist that garners the most points, based on the judges’ score sheets and the online votes, will be declared the VAC 31 grand prize winner. The entry with the most number of online votes cast on will be declared winner of the People’s Choice Award, which carries a cash prize of P15,000.

In VAC 30, Alfredo Martirez of Polytechnic University of the Philippines College of Architecture and Find Arts (PUP-CAFA) won the grand prize with his entry “History of Democracy,” interpreting the theme, “Rekindling People Power.” The second prize was won by John Merick Eupalao of Adventist University of the Philippines (AUP) in Silang, Cavite, and the third prize went to Artemio Bongawan, Jr. of the University of Mindanao.

A PUP-CAFA student, Arnica Acantilado, also won the grand prize in VAC 22  (2008-2009). Previous editions of the painting competition have been dominated by the Far Eastern University’s Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts with nine grand prize winners and the University of the East College of Fine Arts with three. Alongside PUP with two grand prize trophies so far are: Philippine Women’s University, Technological University of the Philippines, University of Santo Tomas, and University of the Philippines – Diliman. AUP, Bulacan State University, St. Scholastica’s College, and University of Northern Philippines have each won the grand prize once so far.

For more information, please visit VAC 31’s website,, and its official Facebook page, VISUALARTSPH. Queries can also be emailed to

About Directories Philippines Corporation

Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) was incorporated on June 20, 1989 to assume the business of the Philippine Branch of GTE Directories of the United States. Since then, DPC has emerged as the dominant market leader in the directories advertising industry in Metro Manila and the other major urban centers across the country. It is also the official seller of Yellow Pages  advertisements, a tried and tested vehicle for enterprises to reach ready buyers, in the Philippines.

Near the turn of the century, DPC took the Yellow Pages (YP) online and has since entered the mobile realm as well. Beyond being a multi-platform local search engine and a seller of ad space, the company has evolved into a marketing solutions company with a whole suite of value-added services—from call center assistance to mobile apps—to help advertisers, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), reach and serve more customers.

Today, DPC publishes more than two million phone books which are distributed in Top 1000 corporations, SMEs, hotels, hospitals, schools, government offices, residential villages and condominiums. Around 8.4 million ready buyers, including corporate purchasing departments, nationwide—2.7 million of them in Metro Manila—look up the print Yellow Pages at least once a month for reliable suppliers of products and services.

In 2016, DPC introduced the Digital eBook, an electronically searchable version of the Metro Manila print YP, to extend the reach and utility of this precious resource among ready buyers.

The online YP,, gets 1.5 million page views from more than 500,000 ready buyers every month. Optimized for mobile devices, it can be accessed via smartphones and tablets. The Yellow Pages PH App can be downloaded via the Google Play Store and Apple iTunes.

About Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company

PLDT is the leading telecommunications and digital services provider in the Philippines. Through its principal business groups – fixed line, wireless and others – PLDT offers a wide range of telecommunications and digital services across the Philippines’ most extensive fiber optic backbone, and fixed line and cellular networks.

PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine­listed companies.

When PLDT was incorporated and given the franchise to establish and operate telephone services in the country on November 28, 1928, a typhoon had just ravaged Eastern Visayas, Bicol Peninsula, and Samar. The ability to communicate amongst loved ones and across the country became crucial. Sadly, phone networks then were like disconnected intercom systems and you could only call people within your own small city. Filipinos were disconnected from neighboring towns, disconnected from friends in the other island and, needless to say, disconnected from the rest of the world. It was under this scenario that the law was signed giving birth to PLDT. 

What the new law hoped to achieve was to interconnect these "intercom" systems into a seamless nationwide network that would facilitate communication and delivery of services to the people, as well as spur economic development in the countryside.

In 1968, PLDT became a Filipino-controlled corporation when Ramon Cojuangco and his group of Filipino industrialists and businessmen bought the controlling stake of GTE of New York. This paved the way for massive investments and technological innovations in areas like satellite communications, direct distance dialing, cellular telephony and fiber optics. 

In November 1998, Hong Kong-based First Pacific Co. Ltd. acquired a 17.5-percent controlling stake in PLDT. The following year, PLDT forged a strategic partnership with NTT Communications Corp (NTTCom), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. of Japan, the world's leading telecommunications company in terms of revenues. Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the country's largest mobile phone operator, was also acquired by PLDT.

Today, PLDT leads the wireless race, dominates the landline domain, operates the premier satellite company, and has raced to the No. 1 position in the Internet business. Amid all the technological changes, PLDT has remained committed to serving the nation and providing communications solutions to Filipinos.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

OCEAN 16 to pave collaboration towards Industry 4.0

Companies join tech experts and changemakers in leading digital revolution

Breakthroughs in technology are fundamentally transforming whole systems of production, management, and governance to aid societies overcome challenges from business and energy, to transportation and climate change.

Called the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” or “Industry 4.0,” this trend presents an opportunity for the Philippines not only to keep up with more advanced nations, but also solve urgent problems plaguing the country.

“This year in Davos, we talked about the Fourth Industrial Revolution – how high technology will promote rapid industrialization and how digital can impact lives for the better,” said Winston Damarillo, a Filipino Young Global Leader recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) which held its 2016 meeting at Davos-Klosters, Switzerland in January.

Several organizations are already working towards supporting Industry 4.0 in the Philippines by helping companies and government adapt to Big Data, Cloud Computing, and other digital innovations.

Energy goes digital

With new demands and advancements disrupting power industry norms, energy giant Meralco is spearheading discussions on emerging solutions with its annual Technology and Innovation Summit (MTECH).

Already in its second year, MTECH brings in fresh insights and experiences from global technology companies to help inform the local energy industry and pave the way for smarter utilities. This year, the summit revolved around creating intelligent customer-centered solutions that enhance human lives.

Alongside the discussions, Meralco implemented its Automated Distribution Management System (ADMS) this year to digitize the electrical grid and automate power distribution in the event of an outage.
ADMS is part of the company’s efforts to transform the business, enabling it to support alternative forms of energy like wind and solar, as well as digital trends such as Big Data and Cloud.

Empowering MSMEs

Digital technology is no longer the privilege of large corporations. Through PLDT SME Nation, micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) as well as startups can leverage business-enabling solutions through hardware, broadband connectivity, and mobile devices to gain competitive advantage.

One such solution is the Smart Tracker which enables business owners to monitor their vehicles or field force personnel in real time to ensure operational productivity and security. Smart Tracker is part of a suite of industry-specific enterprise tools called Smart Logistics Solutions that include fleet management, e-ticketing systems, and digital proof of delivery.

This year, PLDT SME led a series of road shows to promote disruptive technologies for business. These forums served as avenues where aspiring entrepreneurs can learn from businesses that found success in their respective industries through available digital solutions.

Next steps for PH

Disruptive and transformative technologies show promise in fostering productivity, cost-efficiency, and sustainability across many sectors, but adoption has been slow.

To promote Industry 4.0, top executives from Meralco, PLDT SME, Landbank, BDO, Hortonworks, and NEC Philippines will present along with other young Filipino luminaries and change makers at the Open Collaboration with East Asia New Champions Summit 2016 (OCEAN 16) in Bohol.

OCEAN is a biennial gathering where global leaders discuss how to better shape the future. Organized by the New Champions of the World Economic Forum, the upcoming event will impart insights from Davos 2016 as well as introduce a roadmap for “Digital Bohol” that will serve as a guide for local government units in harnessing smart technology.

Senator Bam Aquino, a co-chair of OCEAN 16, believes that “government support is important to unlocking the potential for technological innovation. That is why we are pushing for the Innovative Startup Act, so that we can boost our digital startup community.”

“Bohol will be a whole new experience. It’s a microcosm of what we want to achieve for the theme of this year’s OCEAN,” said Damarillo, who is also a co-chair of OCEAN 16. “Technology will help Filipinos everywhere tap into their creativity, come together to share resources, and include more and more people into the economy and the conversation that is now taking place online. Technology can help us be who we are, but better."

To learn more about OCEAN 16, please visit

Monday, November 7, 2016

Citi Credit Cards bring the world’s flavors to your plate together with The Bistro Group

Have you ever gone on a food trip, trying different national dishes for each meal? Citi Credit Cards is teaming up with The Bistro Group to make this happen for you, and at pocket-friendly prices. Simply use your Citi card to get 40% off at the featured The Bistro Group restaurant of the week.

You can start your food trip with an all-American meal at TGI Friday’s, which offers hefty portions of thick juicy steaks, famous burgers and crisp salads. From October 3-6, Citi cardholders get a generous 40% on their bill. From October 10-13, don’t miss out on Korean favorites such as kimchi, barbecued meats, noodles and rice dishes when you dine next at Bulgogi Brothers.

Come October 17 to 20, take your time hopping between two must-dine places: for the freshest seafood dishes, head over to Fish & Co.; while garlic fans looking for a kick of taste in their meals should proceed to Krazy Garlic, which includes the healthy, tasty herb with every dish.

Looking for more spice? Make a pit stop on October 24-27 at Buffalo Wild Wings, which serves the world-famous “buffalo-style” chicken wings.

Expand your knowledge of Continental dining from October 31 through November 3 at the Village Tavern, which is famous for its flatbreads, salads, crab cakes and its signature Cowboy Burger. To enjoy a balanced diet in a more casual ambiance, go with the Southwest flavors of Moe’s, The Bistro Group’s newest restaurant franchise. While you’re at it, why not try the delicious hand-cut steaks and fall-off-the-bone ribs of Texas Roadhouse?

Satisfy your taste for Oriental gastronomy at Modern Shanghai, home of innovative Chinese cuisine, on November 7-10. Savor the tender, flavorful pork cutlets of Tonkatsu by Terazawa or indulge in authentic Japanese cuisine at Watami Restaurant during the same period.

To complete your gastronomic journey, visit Italianni’s for the classic Italian-American experience on November 14-17.

This weekly 40% discount is available every Monday through Thursday from October 3 to November 17. To avail this, diners must have a minimum bill of P2,500 and the discount will apply up to the first P5,000 spend. Only one Citi card transaction per table can qualify for the promotion.

Learn more about privileges exclusive to Citi cardholders! Log on to or call the 24-hour CitiPhone Hotline at 995 9999.

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