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Globe Telecom’s Rogue One Mask, Create Courage Campaign Finalist in Tangrams Effectiveness Spikes Awards

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Globe Telecom’s “Rogue One Mask”, created by Publicis JimenezBasic, was shortlisted as a finalist in the Tangrams Effectiveness@Spikes Awards. The Tangrams (formerly Asian Marketing Effectiveness and Strategy Awards) are Asia Pacific’s foremost awards honoring clients and their agencies for marketing strategies that deliver solid results to transform businesses and brands.

The annual awards are evaluated by a panel of top client and agency professionals who review the submissions against stringent criteria to determine the winners.

The Tangrams awards will be held at Spikes Asia on 27 September at Suntec Singapore.

Globe stated (in a press release sent to @miniphils) that instead of focusing on revenue-generating marketing activities like for-sale merchandising, the company launched “Create.Courage.” (or #CreateCourage), a campaign designed to advocate for non-judgmental understanding and to celebrate bravery during struggle.

If you recall, the YouTube video-short showed the younger sibling of a brother wearing a Stormtrooper helmet/mask walking to school and inside the classroom, at home, during play, in bed and even while brushing their teeth. When the youngster enters the classroom the following day, all the classmates were all wearing the same Stormtrooper headgear. Only then did the she reveal what was inside the headgear… Well, it’s best you watch it (again).

In the press release, Globe said it created the video to raise awareness for the plight of the Philippine General Hospital (PGH), which needed to raise funds for the rehabilitation of its pediatric oncology clinic. Globe enlisted the support of its millions of viewers to donate to the clinic, so that the hospital could make it a warmer, more cheerful environment conducive to the children’s recovery.

Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert De Larrazabal said,Rogue One is the story of unlikely heroes who banded together to do unexpected heroic feats. Our story pays homage to people like that, who persevere through untold odds. In particular, we wanted to recognize children who are facing tremendous challenges but whose spirit and heart keep them going, determined to prevail.  We are honored by the recognition from Tangrams and grateful to have been given the chance to try and positively impact the real world.

The first time I watched it, I had to shed a tear; or two; or a pail! LOL!

Incidentally, there are also five more organizations from the Philippines in the shortlist, namely:

  • Splash Corporation for “The Beautiful Truth” by Publicis JimenezBasic
  • Smart Communications for “Accepted” By Dentsu Jayme Syfu
  • Unilever for “The Good Experiment” by Dentsu Jayme Syfu
  • MMDA for “IsThereAProblemOfficer.ph” by McCann Worldgroup
  • CARMMA* for “Correcting History” by TBWASantiago Mangada Puno

*Campaign Against the Return of the Marcoses to Malacañang

Globe is competing against 102 organizations in 14 countries, namely Australia (24 entries), China (16), Hong Kong (3), India (13), Indonesia (1), Japan (2), Malaysia (1), New Zealand (7), Pakistan (1), Singapore (11), Taiwan (5), Thailand (5), and Vietnam (5).

For the complete list, please visit www.tangrams.asia/general/2017-effectiveness.

Congratulations to Globe Telecom. Hope you guys win the Tangrams Effectiveness@Spikes Awards for your “Rouge One Mask” / Create Courage campaign entry.

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Sources: Press release from Globe Telecom’s Corporate Communications | Tangrams Asia | Globe YouTube Channel

Photo – Screenshot from YouTube video

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Farewell Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

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Actually, I’m going to miss seeing our very own Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach in the official Instagram, Twitter and Facebook pages of Miss Universe. I think she was one of the most down-to-earth, fun-to-be-with type of beauty queen the Miss Universe franchise ever had; or maybe I’m just biased.

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is obviously of Filipino-German descent who was and still is an actress, TV host and model. She was born in Stuttgart, Germany to a German father and Filipino mother, but grew up in Cagayan de Oro. Since age four, she’s already been in the entertainment industry – acting, singing and dancing – through ABS-CBN Corporation’s talent agency, Star Magic.

The best thing you can know of our Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach is that she joined the Philippine’s version, Binibining Pilipinas Pageant, three consecutive times before winning the Binibining Pilipinas Universe title. The rest is history, especially when Miss Universe 2015 host Steve Harvey misread the results and mistakenly announced the winner as Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez.

And this is probably the best video I’ve seen Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach do so far – quirky, fun, and just being herself.

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Sources: Facebook | Wikipedia

Video from source.

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New Video Blog About the Philippines from Portuguese Travel Blogger and Videographer João Cajuda

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Here’s a new find – a new travel video blog about the beauty and wonders of the Philippines created and produced by a Portuguese.

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João Cajuda is a travel blogger and videographer from Portugal who travels the world to produced content for the Travel Channel and more than 30 hotels, including for Mandarin Oriental, Kempinski, Four Seasons, Small Luxury Hotels, among other groups.

In 2013, João Cajuda was finalist of the worldwide travel video contest Biggest Baddest Bucket List (Best Job in the World 2013), chosen from over than 5000 candidates.

In 2016, João Cajuda his blog was ranked in the top 15 most influent travel bloggers in the world by Rise.

João Cajuda is the owner of Adventure Travel Agency called LEVA-ME, being tour leader and organizing tour groups to selected destinations as Morocco, Tanzania, Thailand, and others.

João Cajuda’s professional experience extends in TV and cinema in Portugal, New York and Los Angeles with a degree in Marketing, Publicity and P.R. to do what he loves the most – travel and produce leading video content for hotels, tour companies and tourism boards.

Sources: www.joaocajuda.com | www.facebook.com/cajuda.pt

Photo and video from sources.

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Miss Saigon 25th Year Anniversary Special Screening on November 14th

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Miss Saigon 25th Year Anniversary Special Screening on November 14th

Twenty-five (25) years after Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman, and Jonathan Pryce performed for the first time in front of a sold-out audience at London’s Prince Edward Theatre, Filipino fans can now get a chance to watch the Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Special Screening this November 14th at select SM Cinemas.

Miss Saigon tells the tragic story of 17-year-old Kim and American soldier Christopher “Chris” Scott in the 1970s during the Vietnam War. Our very own artists like Rachelle Ann Go (as Gigi) and Tanya Manalang (an alternative of Kim) were also part of the West End revival which closed on February 2016 after more than 700 shows. The cast also includes Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Hugh Maynard as John, and Tamsin Carroll as Ellen. There will be a 35-minute preview of the 25th anniversary gala with Lea Salonga, Simon Bowman, and Jonathan Pryce.

Witness this once-in-a-lifetime experience of the Miss Saigon 25th Anniversary Special Screening thru PMCM Events Management. This Movie Block Screening will be held on November 14 (Monday) at 7:30pm in SM Megamall Cinema 1.

Reserve your seats now! PMCM Events Management can only accommodate 300 guests.

PROMO: Buy 5 seats, get 1 free.

For ticket sales and more information, please SMS/text message 0917-834-4978 or call their landline numbers via (02) 505-3746 or (02) 501-0029.

Source: PMCM Events Management

Image from source.

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Short Documentary Exposes How Employment Agencies Rip Off OFWs in Hong Kong

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Filipino migrant domestic workers are charged illegal fees by unscrupulous employment agencies in both the Philippines and Hong Kong. The practice is widespread and government systems to prevent such illegal activities are not fit for purpose. As a result, many migrant domestic workers have little choice but to pay these exorbitant fees and are heavily indebted, making it difficult to leave exploitative and abusive employers.

Watch the 20-minute YouTube video below.

“Between a Rock and a Hard Place,” a short documentary film by the Progressive Labor Union of Domestic Workers – Hong Kong (PLUDW-HK) and Hong Kong Federation of Asian Domestic Workers Union (FADWU), documents the illegal activities of employment agencies in Hong Kong, and the failure of the government to protect the rights of Filipino migrant domestic workers.

Ivan Abreu – Director

Robert Godden – Producer

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Sharp AQUOS XU Series Launched – 4K TV with 8K Resolution

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On April 21, 2016, Sharp Philippines launched one of its most innovative series of LED/flatscreen televisions at the Grand Ballroom of the Shangri-La Hotel Makati. It was attended by hundreds of Sharp dealers nationwide with media people in tow. The grand event was held during lunch time while an evening affair was to be conducted with the attending dealers.

Blog Ownership: https://miniphilippines.wordpress.com/2016/05/15/sharp-aquos-xu-series-launched-4k-tv-with-8k-resolution/ (Do not plagiarize.)

Sharp AQUOS XU first 4K TV with 8K resolution. What this means is that the Sharp AQUOS XU series achieves its 8K resolution on a 4K Ultra HD panel. This is the result of Sharp’s laboratory testing using a test pattern with 7680 x 4320 pixels. All these are combined with Sharp’s proprietary Qualtron Pro 4-Color Technology and its newest upscaling technology, the X8-Master Engine Pro. The result of all these is a true-to-life detail with the most vivid color expression and deepest contrast.

The Sharp AQUOS XU series displays more color than most conventional TV models around. The Rich Color Pro Technology enhances the 4-color technology with a direct backlight that expands color by 40 percent; hence, the true-to-life detail and most vivid color expression. The Sharp AQUOS XU also uses another technology, the Ultra Dynamic Range Pro which also uses the direct backlight to achieve the darkest blacks and the brightest whites to achieve awesome contrast.

For all television sets, glare has always been a consideration. Sharp AQUOS XU anti-glare technology is called N-Black Anti-Glare Technology which reduces the reflection on the screen and increasing color reproduction.

Sharp AQUOS XU Smart Remote is what ups the ante. It has a touch pad and a slide bar for quick access to features such as Google Voice Search and Netflix. Not only that, the Sharp AQUOS XU works with the latest Android TV platform, becoming a true entertainment system. With the Google Voice Search function in 61 languages, you can stream movies and TV shows, listen to music, play Android games and get access to Netflix, YouTube and more. Not to mention having access to over 600 Android apps and games.

The one thing Sharp did good in its Sharp AQUOS XU is to incorporate Google Chromecast as a built-in feature, allowing you to cast (meaning wirelessly stream) whatever is on your laptop, desktop, table or smartphone. I don’t have the Sharp AQUOS XU system but I had to buy the Google Chromecast dongle that connects to my LED TV so I can cast Netflix, iFlix or HOOQ while working on my laptop. It’s truly awesome that Sharp decided Google Chromecast has to be built-in.

The Sharp AQUOS XU series comes in a 50-inch, 58-inch and 65-inch 4K Ultra-HD Android-power TV and is now available at leading appliance stores, nationwide. For more information, visit www.sharp.ph or its social media accounts in Facebook and Instagram.

Source: Press Release from Ardent Communications

Photos by @raffypekson.

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What’s Leaving Netflix In May?

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Here is everything that’s leaving Netflix starting May. Well, you’ve got four more days to binge on these titles in Netflix. I will miss Blade Runner, The Last Tycoon, Tears of the Sun, and Black Hawk Down. No, Netflix. No!

Original URL: https://miniphilippines.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/

  • Animatrix
  • Anna Karenina
  • Author! Author!
  • Beware of Mr. Baker
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • Broadway Idiot
  • Marilyn Monroe – Bus Stop
  • The Good Life
  • Holiday Engagement
  • Kiss of Death
  • Mad Hot Ballroom
  • Mona Lisa is Missing
  • Austin-tatious
  • Terms and Conditions May Apply
  • That’s What I Am
  • Therese
  • Truth or Die
  • Slightly Single in LA
  • JFK – The Smoking Gun
  • Finding Normal
  • JFK – A President Betrayed
  • Cracks
  • Tears of the Sun
  • The Score
  • The Ladykillers
  • Is the Man Who is Tall Happy?
  • The Master of Disguise
  • Offender
  • Bratz – BFF
  • In Her Skin
  • Inhale
  • Tiger Eyes
  • Blade Runner
  • The Last Tycoon
  • Struck by Lightning
  • Ida
  • Stand Off
  • Black Hawk Down
  • Escape from Tomorrow
  • Run & Jump
  • Vanishing of the Bees
  • Barfi!
  • These Birds Walk
  • Clerks

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Source: Refinery29

Poster images from source.

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D5 Studio Hits 2.7 Million Views with Jasmine Curtis-Smith in Forever Sucks

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Did you know that Forever Sucks is a comedy-drama soap opera show not being shown on traditional air- or cable-TV but exclusively through the web through D5 Studio?

TV5 today presented to the Philippine online and offline media its new creation called D5 Studio, which was originally launched labeled as Digital 5 and was once just a digital support team of MediaQuest. The media briefing was held at the new Shangri-La at The Fort Hotel in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City.

TV5, formerly known as ABC 5, is a Filipino commercial television network solely owned by MediaQuest Holdings, Inc. which in turn is a wholly owned subsidiary of the beneficial trust fund of the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company headed by business tycoon Manuel V. Pangilinan,

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Above: Forever Sucks stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith, JC Santos, Gio Gahol, Gab Pangilinan and Sari Estrada. Directed by Joel Ferrer.

Headlining D5 Studio’s cadre of digital content is Forever Sucks, a story of Izabel, a 170-yr old vampire pretending to be a normal 21-yr old that after 10 decades of swearing off men, she meets a human who may finally change her life forever. Forever Sucks stars Jasmine Curtis-Smith is already in its 10th episode. Each episode of Forever Sucks runs about 10 minutes or so, and can be watched through the Internet using your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone. As of today, Forever Sucks boasts 2.7 million views and already has a large following akin to traditional on-the-air and cable TV shows.

D5 Studio produces digital content through three platforms: D5 Studio Originals, GG Network and uLOLS. Much like HBO Originals, D5 Studio Originals showcases unconventional show themes and formats, leading it off with Forever Sucks. GG Network creates gaming and eSports content and events which intends to bring the country’s top game streamers, local publishers and international game distributors. D5 Studio uses Hopscotch mobile platform, and Sports5 mobile portal is powered by Hopscotch. Finally, uLOLS bring humor to the D5 Studio entertainment content through shareable original content on Filipino culture and trends

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The creators of D5 Studio and their talent.

D5 Studio creates digital content for Millennials because every marketplace expert knows, Millennials are forever glued to their personal digital devices than sitting down in the family sala watching television altogether.

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Viva Manileña blogger Edel Santiago won an Apple Macbook Air because she fielded the best question during the media briefing.

As a ROAR TMCI managing director, I know for a fact that Facebook alone in the Philippines is viewed using a tablet or smartphone 90 percent of the time, leaving 10 percent to be shared using desktops and laptops. That single, glaring statistic tells you how you must envision delivering entertainment, gaming and sports content – not through traditional means but by way of the web. When radio and television once ruled and managed your time, today Millennials want to rule their time through on-demand and portable content.

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Forever Sucks celebrity star Jasmine Curtis-Smith is interviewed by the media.

D5 Studio is clearly leading the way ahead of the other major networks to provide a multi-platform, multi-discipline and multi-channel network for the Millennial.

Visit D5 Studio using your mobile digital devices and start going through its existing content like Forever Sucks via www.d5.studio.

Sources: PR | D5 Studio | Wikipedia

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Globe Customers Enjoy Netflix With Google Chromecast

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Globe Telecom’s Head of Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto yesterday announced to the Philippine media that they welcome the arrival of Netflix in the Philipppines.

“Netflix finally lands on Philippine shores and we at Globe are committed to continue enabling the digital lifestyle of our customers with our portfolio of home broadband plans which offer fast and consistent broadband internet connectivity as well as access to Chromecast for a for a better and more inclusive viewing experience at home,” shares Dan Horan, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe.

Globe Home Broadband customers using Plan 1299 and up can access Netflix using a Google Chromecast, a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port (high-definition multimedia interface) of your television set. This means you can stream or “cast” the 100 million hours of TV shows and movies using your Netflix subscription, from your smartphone, tablet or laptop to your television screen. Google Chromecast is compatible with Android, iOS and Windows devices.

In addition, Globe is also offering its GCash Mastercard, a reloadable prepaid card, as a payment facility for your Netflix account. With the GCash Mastercard, even non-credit card owners can subscribe and get a Netflix account to enjoy access to 100 million hours of TV shows and movies per day. Besides Netflix, GCash Mastercard also allows customers to make purchases in retail stores anywhere in the world, shop online in local and international e-commerce sites, withdraw from ATMs or GCash outlets nationwide, load money instantly, and track all spending via the GCash app or by dialling *143#.

Netflix is an American multinational provider of on-demand Internet streaming media, and of flat rate DVD-by-mail in the United States. The company was established in 1997 and is headquartered in Los Gatos, California. It started its subscription-based service in 1999. By 2009, Netflix was offering a collection of 100,000 titles on DVD and had surpassed 10 million subscribers. In January 2013, Netflix reported that it had added two million U.S. customers during the fourth quarter of 2012 with a total of 27.1 million U.S. streaming customers, and 29.4 million total streaming customers. In addition, revenue was up 8% to $945 million for the same period. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Wednesday, January 6 (January 7, Manila time), video-streaming service Netflix announced that it was launching in a host of new, additional countries, including the Philippines, Rappler.com reported.

Google Chromecast is a line of digital media players developed by Google. Designed as small dongles, the devices play audio/video content on a high-definition television or home audio system by directly streaming it via Wi-Fi from the Internet or a local network. Users select the media to play using mobile apps and web apps that support the Google Cast technology. Alternatively, content can be mirrored from the Google Chrome web browser running on a personal computer, as well as from the screen of some Android devices. Over 20 million units have sold globally since launch, and it was the best-selling streaming device in the United States in 2014.

To get a Globe Home Broadband plan, go to any Globe Store, contact any authorized Globe agent, call 730-1010 or visit http://tattoo.globe.com.ph.

To get a GCash Mastercard, simply visit a GCash Mastercard caravan nationwide, get a GCash account, activate the GCash Mastercard account by linking it to a user’s Globe/TM number, and fund the GCash wallet via GCash outlets, Bancnet ATMs, GCash app, or online bank transfer. Users can also apply for a card online which they can pick up at select Globe stores. To know more, visit www.GetGCashMC.com.

Sources: Globe Telecom Press Release | Wikipedia 1 2 | Rappler

Photo from Netflix.com.

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Movie Ex With Benefits Sparks Outrage

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I was scroll-reading through my Twitter List “PHnews” where most of the Philippine based Twitter accounts that tweet news and information are listed when I chanced upon the InterAksyon feed entitled, “Medreps offended by trailer of ‘Ex with Benefits’, call for film’s boycott” and a Twitter pic showing Derek Ramsey and Coleen Garcia about to make it out. So, I clicked the link.

In short, a medical representative or Med Rep who is now based abroad “posted an open letter to the Movie and Television Review Classification Board (MTRCB) to review both the trailer and the film,” as reported by InterAksyon from its source, The Fanboy SEO.

“Pinapangit po nila ang image ng mga Professional Medical Representative at ang professional relationship namin sa doctors. Pangalawa po, wala po sa duty namin ang humiga sa kama para humingi ng benta. Kami po ay nagundergo ng 2months intensive training para pumasa sa pagiging Medrep sa Pilipinas. Ngayon po kahit ako ay wala na sa Pilipinas, nababalitaan ko po na may PRC exams na mga Medrep para pumasa,” Quisumbing posted last Saturday and Interaksyon reported.

A group of medical representatives based in Baguio City called BRAD (Baguio Responsible Association of Detailmen) wrote the film’s director, Gino M. Santos, and asked for his side on the issue before they make their next move to file a complaint with the City Government of Baguio and request for the banning of the film in Baguio Cinemas – also from InterAksyon.

Watch the movie trailer and decide for yourself.

Nationwide screening of the movie is scheduled starting September 2, 2015. It is produced by Star Cinema and Viva Films.

Sources: InterAksyon and The Fanboy SEO.

Photos and video from YouTube.com.

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