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Happy 5th Birthday The Shrimp Bucket – The Best Shrimp in Town

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Once in a blue lagoon, I get to be invited to savor “the best in town.” This time, I was lucky to grace the birthday celebration of The Shrimp Bucket, which is known to many as being the “Best Shrimp in Town.” I totally agree, not because I was invited, but for the reason that I have had the chance to savor pounds of shrimps from its Greenhills branch, in repetitive visits, of course.


Yeah, I was ushered to the table reserved for “us.” After a few high-fives and fist-bumps with colleagues, my other blogger-colleague and I decided to pre-start with a bucket of cold beer. Call it cocktails? LOL!

Before mayhem erupted, I walked around the tent city and took some photos of their booths.

Fry Station is where two varieties of chicken wings were to be served – one was deep fried or their Plain Salted Buffalo, while the other is called Belachan, an Indonesian version of shrimp paste that’s a bit spicy. Yep, instead of saying, “it tastes like chicken,” this time, the chicken tastes like shrimp!


Beside the Fry Station was their drinks station aptly named “Sip! Sip! Hooray!”


The Grill Station served Braised Beef Short Ribs (I think that was it) with a fourth-serving of corn on the cob. It’s Shrimp Bucket’s way of serving non-shrimp entrées for those who are allergic to seafood, especially shrimp. Though it wasn’t in the outdoor cookout, Shrimp Bucket also serves a variety of fish, pork and, as mentioned above, old fashioned fried chicken.


Then, we come to the Shrimp Station, where they started serving shrimp in two varieties of sauces – The Mardi Gras and Salty Eggspereience. I stuck it out with the latter. Oolala!


Paul Martires, the co-owner of Shrimp Bucket, opened the eat-all-you-can anniversary celebration, thanking everyone who came, and gave a short synapse of how Shrimp Bucket started in 2012. The unique idea of the restaurant was to serve seafood in plastic bags, or “Bags by the Pound,” filled with shrimp, crabs or mussels, with a choice of nine (9) flavors:

  • The Mardi Gras
  • Salty Eggsperience
  • Coco-Sol (South of Luzon)
  • Frenchy Lemon Pepper
  • The Spaniard
  • Coco-Curry
  • Sumatran Surprise
  • Hawkers Delight
  • Salt and Pepper

Mr. Martires also mentioned the way they prepare their diners before eating, by giving them plastic bibs (looking more like aprons because of the length) and plastic gloves for both hands because you will look silly, if not having much difficulty, eating shrimps, crabs and mussels with silver or aluminum utensil that using your hands.

Incidentally, Martires owns a logistics company and was exporting shrimp. That led him to decide to start The Shrimp Bucket because he knew the ins-and-outs of the supply chain of shrimps. Cool, huh?


Hosting the event was the lovely Diana Dayao, public communications consultant, Viva recording artist and composer, radio and event host, columnist and founder of Manila Street Love, a mobile outreach and love campaign in Manila. @dianasotodayao


And so, when the bell rang for each of the food stations to open up (okay… there was not a bell; we just started seeing people literally run to the booths), everyone rushed to the Shrimp Station. I later fell in line when it was half the amount of people compared to when it opened up.


Can’t imagine eating as much shrimps as my tummy can accommodate.


And like I mentioned, you have two selections of sauces: The Mardi Gras and Salty Eggsperience. I kept choosing the latter. That flavor stuck in my head (and my taste buds) since trying Shrimp Bucket several times in the past.


Here’s a quick view of The Shrimp Bucket’s tent city… and (happy) me with my usual #tongueout selfie!


Would you believe The Shrimp Bucket now has seven (7) locations to choose from?

  • Bonifacio Global City
  • Nuvali
  • Greenhills
  • UP Town Center
  • il Terrazo Mall
  • Ayala Malls The 30th
  • Circuit Makati

For more about The Shrimp Bucket, visit:



Reference: PR company PerkComm | personal online research

Photos taken and owned by @raffypekson @miniphils


Dive and Run on 100 Years of Guam’s History

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Here’s a little bit of history about Guam, popular with divers ’round the world but not too much with plain tourists like us.

Twenty-six years ago, the German cruiser SMS Cormoran II was scuttled in Guam’s Apra harbor That was April 7th of 1917, during World War I. Then, on August 27, 1943, the era of World War II, the Japanese freighter Tokai Maru was torpedoed and sunk right over the wreck of the Cormoran, laying 120 feet below sea level. In July 1974, the SMS Cormoran II was listed on the Guam Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Register of Historic Places a year later.

This makes Guam having the only dive site in the world with wrecks from two world wars. So, in honor of this piece of history and the lives that perished on the SMS Cormoran II, the Guam Visitors Bureau (GVB) will commemorate the 100th anniversary by holding memorial services on April 7, 2017, with wreath-laying activities at Apra Harbor and the Naval Cemetery in Hagatna, and a series of lectures and an exhibit during the weeklong celebration.


Guam’s annual premier running event, the United Airlines Guam Marathon, will also happen on the same day, the fifth year running, together with the Hafa Adai Expo and Pick up event.

The 5th United Airlines Guam Marathon (or more known as “UGM”) happens on April 9th from 3:00AM until 11:00AM. The participant or runner packet pick up location will be at the Hafa Adai Expo which opens on April 7th from 12:00PM until 6:00PM, and will continue to be open to the public the following day, April 8th from 9:00AM until 6:00PM. There will also be a running clinic by Naoko Takahashi, 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medalist and UGH ambassador, lots of booths, live entertainment, cultural activities, food concessions, official UGM and running merchandise shops, and other #OnlyOnGuam activities. Of course, there will also be shopping incentives and discounts to be given to all registered runners, visitors and local residents.


Culminating all these activities is a BBQ Beach Party at the Governor Joseph F. Flores Memorial Park, located at Ypao Beach overlooking Tumon Bay, with live concert performances, beach games, the traditional Tumon Bay post-race dip, beachfront photos (you gotta do this – sunset selfie is a must!), food, drinks, and more entertainment.

The UGM is also sponsored by the Guam Visitors Bureau and the Pacific Islands Club. For more information about the SMS Cormoran Centennial Commemoration and the 2017 UGM marathon, please visit or You can also visit and like GVB’s Facebook Page at and GVB’s Instagram @visitguamph

Source: Tropical Productions Inc. (TPI) via Carmel Carpio

Photos from source.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

March 27, 2017 at 7:29 am

Globe to Temporarily Suspend Mobile Services During Dinagyang Festivities

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PRESS STATEMENT (January 20, 2016) — Globe Telecom will comply with the directive of the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to temporarily suspend mobile services in some areas of Dinagyang festivities in Iloilo City.

Globe General Counsel Atty. Froilan Castelo said the company will always comply with directive of the NTC, particularly in relation to public safety and security. “Similar to the directive we received from the NTC during the recent Black Nazarene and Sinulog events, we are compelled to temporarily suspend mobile services in some event areas of the Dinagyang festival and we would like to appeal for our customers’ understanding,” Castelo said.

The Dinagyang Festival is a religious and cultural festival in Iloilo City, Philippines held on the fourth Sunday of January, or right after the Sinulog in Cebu and the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo, Aklan. It is held both to honor the Santo Niño and to celebrate the arrival on Panay of Malay settlers and the subsequent selling of the island to them by the Atis. For this year, it will be held from January 20 to the 22nd.

Source: Corporate Communications Group, Globe Telecom |

Photos from Creative Commons Attribution | 1 | 2 | 3


Wil Dasovich and Japeth Aguilar Kicks-off Gillette Mach3 10 vs. 1 Battle

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I was invited to the official launch of the 10 vs. 1 Battles of the most popular razor blades since time-a-memorial – meaning since I started shaving. It used to be we’d buy Gillette blades, pesky little stuff that sometimes results in cuts, and insert that in heavy-metal shavers. Then, Gillette came out with the disposable and life never became the same.

Wil Dasovich is a funny guy on YouTube, using the moniker “Tsong and Tsonggo”, which started on November 2014. Today, his YouTube channel boasts more than 230,000 subscribers and 30 million views. Wow! Talk about just two years! And his sister’s cute, too (adorable Haley Dasovich). Aww! How can you resist a cutie?

Anyway… also appearing last November 6th at the 10 vs. 1 Battle was Filipino professional basketball player of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel Japeth Aguilar, all 6-foot, 9-inches tall – Yikes! Together, Wil Dasovich and Japeth Aguilar kicked off the Gillette Mach3 launch of the 10 vs. 1 Battle where the point being driven was: it takes 10 good shaves before 1 Gillette Mach3 gives out.

Unboxing the Gillette Mach3

I shave every other day because I have a tendency of getting razor burn if I did it every day. It was funny that during the event, some of the people I talked to didn’t really know how to shave properly. Ever heard the phrase “shaving against the grain?” Also known as “shaving against the direction of hair growth.” Yep! Most people do not know that doing so is the fastest way to get razor burn, damaged hair follicles and ingrown hairs. So, now you know!

There was a video that was shown to everyone in the activity area where Wil Dasovich was shaving – always downwards; meaning, shaving with the grain, so to speak. Then, I heard someone beside me say in Filipino, “Why doesn’t he shave upwards like I do? Or like how they do it in the barber shop?” Buzz! Do that every day and the chance of your chin and neck swelling like a ripe tomato will come to bear fruit! Get it? Bear fruit?

I also “try” to shave without water and shaving cream. For many of the non-Gillette brands, I have to use either. With the double-bladed Gillettes, I sometimes don’t, but only sometimes. With Gillette Mach3, I tried shaving without water or shaving cream. The first time I did so – WOW! It was a smooth ride, or a smooth feeling. I did not experience any single hair being pulled out (“Ouch!”), which usually happens when you use one blade or most of the generic two-bladed disposable shavers. But the Gillette Mach3? None whatsoever. The best test of a good shaver is a dry shave, and you should get the feel of its smoothness, not a rough sensation.

I was given a kit with the shaver plus three more detachable blades which, by doing the math, would provide me a great shave for the next three months or exactly 80 days. With other disposable shavers, I already feel the roughness by the third or fourth shave. The Gillette Mach3 kit given to me also came with a shaving cream but I don’t even know if I’m ever going to use that, what with the smooth shaving feeling I get with the Mach3 on a dry shave.

This is not a paid endorsement. Fine, considering I was given the Gillette Mach3 set for free, I think of it like an “unboxing” activity when tech bloggers are given gadgets to test. I can’t imagine giving back my Gillette Mach3 kit after I use it. Super LOL! So, trust me when I say you’ll save more buying this dang Gillette Mach3 kit than getting that rough feeling with your cheap, disposable, double-bladed shaver, and buying too much, too often. Egad! Don’t even think of getting a single-blade; and please tell your barber to stop shaving “against the grain,” now that you know (or else, “I told you so!”)

So Wil Dasovich and Japeth Aguilar does it right, shows it right, and makes it right by partnering with Gillette Mach3. So far, nothing does a better, smoother shave than it. It being the Gillette Mach3.

Oh, and Joyce Pring was the host of the Gillette Mach3 10 vs. 1 Battle at Eastwood City Mall that November 6th afternoon. I also just had to mention her. Another LOL!

‘Nuff said.

Here are the specs for you shaving nerds:

Gillette Mach3

  1. The Gillette Mach3 is Gillette’s most advanced Thin Uniform Telomer (TUT) coating on the blade steel to engineer a closer shave, without all the redness;
  2. The Gillette Mach3 has a skin guard with 5 soft, flexible microfins that gently stretch the skin before the blades for improved skin comfort and less irritation;
  3. Each blade resting on springs, which move up and down as they automatically adjust to different levels of shaving pressure and skin variations, helping to increase the comfort of the shave;
  4. A front pivot, which directs the force from the hand away from the blades for improved skin comfort and creates an open cartridge architecture for easier rinsing;
  5. An ergonomic handle featuring elastomer grip points to provide a secure grip and great control in wet conditions.

Gillette Mach3 Turbo

  1. The Gillette Mach3 Turbo (which I got) has sharper Turbo cutting blades;
  2. The Gillette MACH3 Turbo has 30% wider versus the lubrastrips on other MACH3 razors and releasing more lubricants during the shave for increased glide;
  3. The Gillette MACH3 Turbo has a new shape with a rounder, more even profile that gives better skin contact, and holds a new formulation with more “cushioning” lubricants;
  4. The Gillette MACH3 Turbo has a skin guard with 10 soft, flexible microfins that gently stretch the skin before the blades for improved skin comfort and less irritation;
  5. Each blade on the Gillette MACH3 Turbo rests on springs, which move up and down as they automatically adjust to different levels of shaving pressure and skin variations, helping to increase the comfort of the shave;
  6. A front pivot on the Gillette MACH3 Turbo, which directs the force from the hand away from the blades for improved skin comfort and creates an open cartridge architecture for easier rinsing
  7. The Gillette MACH3 Turbo has an ergonomic, metal handle with a premium look and feel. Features elastomer grip points to provide a secure grip and great control in wet conditions.

Gillette MACH3 Sensitive

  1. The Gillette MACH3 Sensitive has a closer shave with less irritation*, even for sensitive skin;
  2. The Gillette MACH3 Sensitive has new DuraComfort blades, Gillette’s most advanced Thin Uniform Telomer (TUT) coating on the blades for a more comfortable shave, and an enhanced lubrastrip releases more lubricants to help with better glide, less irritation and a more comfortable shave;
  3. The Gillette MACH3 Sensitive has a skin guard with 10 soft, flexible microfins that gently stretch the skin before the blades for improved skin comfort and less irritation;
  4. Each blade of the Gillette MACH3 Sensitive rests on springs, which move up and down as they automatically adjust to different levels of shaving pressure and skin variations, helping to increase the comfort of the shave;
  5. A front pivot of the Gillette MACH3 Sensitive, which directs the force from the hand away from the blades for improved skin comfort and creates an open cartridge architecture for easier rinsing;
  6. The Gillette MACH3 Sensitive has an ergonomic, metal handle with a new, premium look and feel. Features elastomer grip points to provide a secure grip and great control in wet conditions.

About Gillette

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Gillette Mach3 is a product of Procter & Gamble. P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, AmbiPur®, Ariel®, Bounty®, Charmin®, Crest®, Dawn®, Downy®, Fairy®,Febreze®, Gain®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Joy®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene®, Safeguard®, SK-II®, Tide®, Vicks®, and Whisper®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands.


Source: Press release from Campaigns & Gray.

Photos from @raffypekson and Wikimedia.


Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

Posted in Celebrities & Entertainment, Events and Expos, Fashion & Lifestyle

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British American Tobacco’s Vype Launches the Ultimate Vape in the Philippines

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Bank Bar is a discrete afterhours place in the heart of Bonifacio Global City. Discrete in the sense that you literally have to enter a 7-Eleven convenience store before entering a door without a sign, into a nondescript room, and through the curtains to reveal the bar. Inside and fronting the probably 60 or so square meter place was the registration table where bloggers like myself had to write down contact details.

This was the media launch of British American Tobacco’s Vype ePen ultimate vape product, following its successful launch in Europe and South America. But here’s the thing: isn’t British American Tobacco also the makers and distributors of Lucky Strike?

I’m a smoker and shifted to Luckies long before the enormous tax imposed by the Philippine government on all tobacco products. I asked the people of British American Tobacco why are they launching a vape product when they also make cigarettes? Probably to target quitting smokers to shift to vape rather than go cold turkey. Maybe. Read more.

I call Vype the ultimate vape product simply because it isn’t your usual vape product. Ultimate because not only smokers like myself hate vape smokers blowing vapor-smoke like a chimney stack of a diesel-powered power generator, as if they think people around them don’t get annoyed because “Hey! It ain’t smelling cigarettes.” Yeah, right. Ugh!

But Vype is different. I think it was designed primarily for the real smokers who’d like to try vaping without looking like a steam-powered train (wreak!) Haha!

First, it looks like a fat pen; hence, the “ePen” label. Not the size of a cigarette case or a bulky cell phone. A pen.

Second, it’s sleek design is colored black. Well, I got a black colored Vype. I’m not sure if here are other colors. Pink for women? Who knows. And I’m always wondering why all vape products are colored silver, as if when we go broke, we might be able to sell its metal.

Third, no more spilling liquids while refilling your vape machine that’s as fat as your cell phone. Vype has refillable small tubes or vials which you insert, twist and that’s it. The vial is thinner than a Bic ball pen tube and is as short (or shorter) than your pinky finger.

Fourth, the Vype ePen disassembles into two parts, not three nor four. Just two. When you disassemble it, that’s when you insert and twist your refillable liquid.

During the event, I won a contest for disassembling the Vype, removing the small cap on the vial, inserting and twisting the vial into the Vype, then assembling the Vype back as one – all done within seven seconds! Can you do that with those fat, silver vape products?

Fifth, no batteries required. Since we are in the era of charging every tech equipment we have, why not charge your vape product? It only takes two hours to fully charge a dead Vype; dead meaning no power. There’s always a 99% chance you could charge your Vype – electrical outlets, portable power banks, computers, televisions, and a whole caboodle of other charging resources available. Finally!

And lastly, you smoke it like it was a cigarette, not a cigar. Geez! If I wanted to puff that much smoke like a cigar, I’d just buy a real cigar. Just think about it! You’re about to try to quit nicotine-cigarette smoking by shifting to vaping yet the feeling of smoking becomes… umm… monstrous! Vype let’s you inhale vapor like it was a cigarette and exhale like a cigarette. No more annoying fire-breathing smoke that envelops the next five people beside you.

Yeah, I think British American Tobacco got it! It just got the real way to shift from cigarette smoking to vaping. No more “Made in China” vape products or God-knows-where those other dang vape products are manufactured from. I mean, you’re using a product from one of the world’s five largest tobacco companies, with cigarette products sold in over 50 countries and operations in around 180 countries, and known brands such as Dunhill, Lucky Strike, Kent, Pall Mall, Kool, Benson & Hedges and Rothman, among others. Need I say more?

Slogans like “Vaping Made Simple” and “Switching Has Never Been Easier” truly voices Vype, no doubt about it. Simple and easier – I like those words because they truly are what makes Vype a great vaping product.

How much, you ask? ₱1,199 for the Vype Starter Kit that comes with two vials or eCaps (another term) with flavors labeled “Blended Tobacco” and “Crisp Mint,” and ₱499 for a refill pack that contains three ePens or eCaps; confusing so I just call them vials. LOL!

Where do I buy it? At about 100 branches of 7-Eleven convenience stores to start with. The British American Tobacco Philippine people say there will be more places to sell it.

So, trust me as a smoker who has now (probably) found the better or best vape product to shift to. I think British American Tobacco was thinking of me when they developed Vype. Hmm?


About Next Generation Products

Next Generation Products is part of British American Tobacco Group, focused on developing and delivering high quality nicotine alternatives to adult smokers in the key areas of: Vapor and Tobacco Heating Products.

About British American Tobacco Group

British American Tobacco is a global tobacco Group with brands sold in more than 200 markets. It employs more than 50,000 people worldwide and has over 200 brands in its portfolio, with its cigarettes chosen by one in eight of the world’s one billion smokers.

For more information, please visit

Sources: Press release from British American Tobacco Philippines (and my story)

Photos by @raffypekson and British American Tobacco Philippines


Written by Raffy Pekson II

November 21, 2016 at 10:26 pm

Posted in Events and Expos, Fashion & Lifestyle

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The Music Run™ by PhilAm Vitality is the Ultimate Music-themed 5k Fun Run

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How can you mix running and music together? Simple! Bring your portable music device during your run. Apple started the trend with the iPod Mini. But what about an entire music fest of rock, pop, old school, hip hop, and dance, intertwined as part of the run’s staged music performances during the entire running event?

Let us introduce you to The Music Run™ by PhilAm Vitality, an entire new breed of fun runs that combines music with the fitness craze of running plus a music festival. Obviously, The Music Run’s major partner here is PhilAm Life, with its PhilAm Vitality, a unique science-backed wellness program that rewards members when they take steps to be healthy. With close to 20 years of success spanning several continents, the PhilAm Vitality is now available for Filipinos who would like to go beyond traditional insurance products.

The Music Run™ by PhilAm Vitality happens on December 3, 2016 at McKinley West in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

But going back to The Music Run by PhilAm Vitality, how does it work?

First, go to to register. By November 1, 2016, registration fees are as follows:

  • Standard Pack = ₱950
  • Rock Star Pack = ₱1,600

The Music Run by PhilAm Vitality Standard Pack comes with a T-shirt, bag, beat band, sticker, and temporary tattoo. The Rock Star Pack comes with everything the Standard Pack gets plus a towel, water bottle, and cap.

Last call for registrations start on November 21st and the Standard and Rock Star packs will cost ₱1,050 and ₱1,800, respectively.

You can collect your event packs at Glorietta 5 in Makati from November 26th to the 28th. You need to bring or show the confirmation e-mail and a government-issued ID.

Next, start “Voting” for your favorite soundtracks. Here’s the thing: the entire 5k run will be divided into five interactive and themed music zones – rock, pop, old school, hip hop, and dance. The distances between zones is 1k. Hence, the 5k run. All these zones are lined up with over 120 speakers pumping out the songs you voted. Yes, Victoria, you don’t need an iPod.

Use the live Spotify Music Voting App on You can (actually, you should) also ask the help of your friends to vote the playlist you’d like in each music zone. The more votes your playlist gets, the high the chance it makes it to official playlists of each music zone.

Listen. Vote. Share.

And during the 5k run, you will now be called a Music Runner™.

At the end of the 5k run is the music festival featuring Australian radio house DJ Sam Withers.

Run. Dance. Party.

Official hashtags: #livethebeat #TMRbyPhilam

With every step of the way, running will never sound so good. I mean, there’s a pre-run concert performance by Sud, a local alternative band. When the 5k fun run starts, you have awesome playlists blasting out of more than 120 speakers in five genres or music zones. At the end of the 5k run, the fun doesn’t stop as a dance music fest by a renowned DJ mixes it up.

Kats Cajucom, Deputy Head of Philam Vitality: “This is the second time that The Music Run has agreed to partner with Philam Life. We want to send a strong message that being healthy can also be fun and engaging. One of our company’s main thrusts is healthy living through our Philam Vitality program, which is the first of its kind in the Philippines. It is a full-scale wellness program where members get rewarded for making healthy choices. Through Philam Vitality, we are taking active steps to positively transform the lives of Filipinos by helping them live longer, healthier, and better lives.”

Martin Capstick, Co-founder and CEO of Exceed Sports and Entertainment (the organizer): “While most fun runs originate from the US, The Music Run™ started in Asia and expanded throughout the region before crossing over to Europe and the US in the last two years. The reason for its massive success is its winning formula that combines music with the ever-growing fitness craze into the ultimate running and music festival that also puts control of the run’s soundtrack in the hands of our Music Runners™.”

The Music Run™ first took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2014. Since then, it has drawn more than 100,000 runners across 12 events and nine countries.

Don’t forget – The Music Run™ by Philam Vitality happens on December 3, 2016, at McKinley West, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City. Gates open at 2:30PM.

For more information on The Music Run™ by Philam Vitality, visit the official website, Facebook page, and YouTube Channel.


Sources: Press release by M2.0 Communications | | | Wikipedia

Photos and images: M2.0 Communications |


Written by Raffy Pekson II

October 29, 2016 at 7:49 am

Posted in Events and Expos, Health, Insurance

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Globe Kicks-off First Philippine Pokémon Festival on Friday, Saturday

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Do you want to Pokémon Go catch, battle and charge in more convenient places? Let’s say, at all the Globe stores and branches? Yep! Globe Telecom, The Pokémon Company and Niantic have officially announced a new partnership. Together, they intend to bring Filipinos the best enjoyable mobile entertainment experience centered around Pokémon GO, including activating Globe retail locations and charging stations as PokéStops and Gyms within the game.

The kick off starts on October 28th and continue on until the next day, October 29th, at the Globe Iconic Store, or formerly known as the Bonifacio High Street Central Amphitheater. This Globe event officially becomes the first Philippine Pokémon Festival. This free event open to Pokémon fans and game enthusiasts, will feature walks and tours, costume contests and Pokémon GO battles.

John Hanke, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Niantic: “Pokémon GO is a huge hit with Trainers here in Philippines and we’re excited to give them greater access to PokéStops and Gyms through our work with Globe. Combining our resources with Globe will be a huge win for all Pokémon fans.”

Susumu Fukunaga, Corporate Officer of The Pokémon Company: “We are excited to work with one of the most innovative companies in the Philippines. We hope this partnership will bring joy and more opportunities for kids to be in touch with Pokémon more often.”

Dan Horan, Chief Commercial Officer of Globe Telecom: “These are exciting times for all Pokémon fans in the country. This partnership with The Pokémon Company and Niantic, opens up a lot of new opportunities at Globe to provide our customers with new ways to enjoy content on their mobile devices. Not only will we be able to provide access to the app, but everyone can look forward to more surprises in the coming months.”

To receive updates on the Pokémon Fest, just follow the Globe official Facebook page at or @EnjoyGlobe on Twitter and Instagram.

Source: Globe Telecom Press Release

Poster from Globe Telecom, edited by @Miniphils


The 3rd AFP Social Media Summit Happening on 15 July 2016

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Press Release (July 11, 2016) — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is all set to hold its 3rd Social Media Summit on July 15, 2016 at the AFP Theater in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Spearheaded by Media and Civil Affairs Group (MCAG) and Civil-Military Operations School (CMO School) of the Civil Relations Service of the AFP (CRSAFP), the conference now on its 3rd year is scheduled to tackle current social media trends and issues as a tool to further enhance online engagement within the Armed Forces and key partner organizations.

With this year’s theme: “Change.Move.Achieve: Moving forward through Social Media”, the Summit is aimed at boosting and synergizing AFP’s online initiatives and strengthening nationalism and public service awareness through social media networks.

This one-day conference will cover issues on getting the most out of social media networks and its capabilities in nation building and how to utilize its potential and its relevance to the Philippine society in stewarding and synergizing online reputation management and strengthening nationalism and public service awareness through online presence.

One of the main topics that will be discussed is how did social media shape and affect the 2016 Philippine National Elections.

LtC. Michael T. Aquino (INF) PA, MCAG Commander, CRSAFP said: “We have been feeling the power of Social Media in recent years. We saw how Social Media technology has created an impact on the lives of many Filipinos even in the 2016 Philippine National Elections. With its fast-paced advancements and developments, it is high time for all of us, not only the AFP, to move forward through Social Media and utilize its power to achieve our personal and organizational goals.”

More than 1,200 participants (30% AFP, 20% PNP/BJMP/BFP, 30% from the public audience which includes students, working public, and academe, and 20% from other government agencies) are expected to attend this conference.

The event is co-presented by Smart Communications and HAIER Philippines. These organizations share the same value on the importance of social media in promoting the goals of their organizations.

“We have been part of the AFP’s social media summit since the beginning.  Not only because we are a partner of the AFP, but more importantly we share the AFP’s strategy of a connecting and engaging our stakeholders.  As more and more Filipinos connect to the Internet and with a new Administration in place, the 3rd AFP Social Media Summit could potentially be a powerful tool for developing the value of nationalism,” said Wo Rosete, Head of Public Affairs at Smart Communications.

Invited participants in the conference include information officers from various units of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Department of National Defense, the Philippine National Police, academic institutions and other government organizations and agencies. Non-government and civil-society organizations will also be invited.

BGen. Rhoderick M. Parayno AFP, Commander, CRSAFP said: “With about 50% of Filipinos actively engaging in Social Media networks and the enormous number of people around the world, the Internet has become not just an efficient tool for disseminating information but it has also become the most important venue for connecting to those we in the AFP serve. The 3rd AFP Social Media Summit will tackle how we can optimize the power of Social Media to connect for change while we actively move forward to achieve the AFP’s organizational goals related to public service.”

The 3rd AFP Social Media Summit will provide participants the opportunity to get insights on:

  • Content Marketing and Social Media Benchmarks
  • Organizing and Mobilizing Online Community
  • Going Viral: Lessons for Creating Stories with Impact
  • Bridging Generation Gaps and Social Media
  • Shaping National Issues through Social Media
  • Social Media and Countering Violent Extremism

The summit is open to all interested parties who want to know more about trends, developments and issues in Social Media, the effect of Social Media in organizations, and best practices in utilizing Social Media in spreading useful information to intended audience, among others.

Interested parties may contact: 09265540787.

Event partners include Ardent Communications, DWDD Katropa Radio 1134 kHz, AFP General Insurance, AFP Theater, ACDI Multipurpose Cooperative, and PNP Police Community Relations Group.

Media partners include the Philippine Bloggers Network, Llamadista TV, StyleList,,,,,, and

More information about the 3rd AFP Social Media Summit can be accessed at

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Health, Fitness and Wellness at #LoveYourBody Fair 2016

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Isn’t it ironic that we all want to go to travel fairs and food fairs, but when it comes to health and fitness, especially one with a lot of activities involved, we shy away? Why is that? Have we read too much Garfield comic strips that we idolize that cat, funny and lovable yet so much of a wrong icon to personify?

Enter, a go-to resource for doable exercise, healthy recipes, and happy lifestyle tips exclusively run by Tonette Nicolas, blogger extraordinaire and (well, it’s obvious) a health and wellness junkie. I met Tonette like two years ago in a health and wellness seminar the The Fort Strip in Bonifacio Global City. Through the years, she’s slowly held on to her interest and advocacy – teaching us (yeah… you and I) – how to be fit and how to be happy. In less than a week’s time, she and PMCM Events Management will be running a unique sports and fitness camp.

Dubbed #LoveYourBody (with a hashtag, please), it’s a one-day health and wellness activity camp that starts at 6:00AM on Saturday, February 20, 2016, at the Central Park of Greenfield District (formerly EDSA Central) along the block of EDSA, United St., Mayflower St., and Shaw Blvd.

  • #LoveYourBody means doable exercises, allowing everyone to participate no matter what figure you are in.
  • #LoveYourBody means healthy recipes, because apart from the activities, there are talks about diets and healthy recipes.
  • #LoveYourBody means happy lifestyle tips, because everyone needs a makeover in lifestyle every now and then.
  • #LoveYourBody means a healthy lifestyle, because being happy isn’t enough; we all have to be healthy for ourselves, our loved ones, our employers or clients, our friends and most everyone else that we are significant to.
  • #LoveYourBody is about fitness activities, because aside from health tip talks and booths, there are also activities like Zumba, yoga, running clinic, and so on.
  • #LoveYourBody is a wellness bazaar, and did I mention booths and the bazaar? You won’t see crispy chicken skin and fatty liempo being sold here. What are they selling? There’s only one way to find out – come visit them this Saturday (and please, wake up early for once!) LOL!
  • #LoveYourBody means you value your health, because a few hours on Saturday won’t really screw your weekend. C’mon, give your brain and body a chance, and forgo going up to Tagaytay or the beach for once.

Though the Wellness Bazaar is open to the public, the Zumba, sports and fitness camp activities are not.

An ALL-ACCESS pass is only worth 450 Pesos allowing you join Zumba, Sports + Fitness Camp (Yoga and Running Clinic), raffle stub, health and fitness talks, and bazaar entrance.

Separately, a ZUMBA ACCESS only pass costs 350 Pesos, while a SPORTS + FITNESS CAMP ACCESS only pass is also 350 Pesos.

The #LoveYourBody Fair 2016: Sports and Fitness Camp + Wellness Bazaar is co-presented by Greenfield District, Gelattto by Gelateria Italiana, and Zalora Philippines. This event is co-organized with PMCM Events Management. One of the media partners is The Philippine Bloggers Network – our association of professional bloggers covering various brands, activities and events.

Please go online to register, at

FREEBIES! The first 200 people to register online gets freebies and goodie bags from our sponsors! Register by going to this link:

Reference: Press release from

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