Wednesday, November 30, 2016


29 November 2016 – Manila, PHILIPPINES: The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), held a luncheon for select members of the media at Vikings Mall of Asia late Tuesday, 29 November. Athletes in attendance included ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera, ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes, and world title challenger Reece “Lightning” McLaren, as well as Filipino fighters Danny Kingad and Eugene Toquero.

 ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano 'The Flash" Fernandes, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon "The Truth" Vera and Danny Kingad.
Eugene Toquero and World Title Challenger Reece "Lightning" Mclaren. 

Fighters are set to compete at ONE: AGE OF DOMINATION which takes place Friday evening, 2 December at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Headlining the massive fight card is Brandon Vera who will defend his ONE Heavyweight World Championship belt against Japanese MMA standout Hideki Sekine.

Brandon Vera, ONE Heavyweight World Champion, stated: “I’m ready to fight and defend my title. Training has gone great. I’m excited to step back inside the ONE Championship cage. I love the Philippines, this is my home. I’m here to help all of our Filipino fighters. I’m going to make sure I won’t be the last Filipino heavyweight world champion.”

Bibiano Fernandes, ONE Bantamweight World Champion, stated: “I’ve competed all across the globe against the world’s best fighters, but even though I am a world champion, I feel I am still constantly improving. Martial arts is a continued pursuance of self-improvement and greatness. As long as I continue to improve and take on the biggest challenges, I am happy. Reece McLaren is the latest challenge and I am ready to face him.”

Reece McLaren, world title challenger, stated: “I’ve been an underdog my entire life. I excel in this position, it invigorates me. Bibiano Fernandes is a big hill to climb, but my skills and achievements have brought me to this stage in my career and I am going to do everything I can to take home the belt. This is a rare opportunity so I have to do my best.”

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ONE Championship is the largest sports media property in Asian history. Headquartered in Singapore, the world’s most exciting mixed martial arts organization hosts the largest sports entertainment events across Asia featuring the best Asian mixed martial artists and world champions, all signed to exclusive contracts, on the largest media broadcast in Asia. ONE Championship is broadcast to over 1 billion viewers across 118+ countries around the world with some of the largest global broadcasters, including FOX Sports, Setanta, MNC, Astro, Thairath TV, ABS-CBN, TV5, MYTV, HTV, Esporte Interativo and more.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Alaska Milk Celebrates 21st Alaska Football Cup 2016.

Alaska Milk Corporation is now on its 44th year in caring for the Filipino by providing milk products for good nutrition and health. 

The 21st Alaska Football Cup at the Alabang Country Club in Ayala Alabang Village was held last November 26 & 27 2016 to keep the advocacy of helping the children develop values that would result in positive outcome through sports. The milk brand encourages children to engage in sports and outdoor activities. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016

This Holiday Season Make It Possible for Big Time Savings on Big Time Gifts With Home Credit.

Last November 24, 2016, Home Credit PH held its first ever bloggers' conference at Yardstick.

HOME CREDIT PH is a part of Home Credit Group, which operates in 11 countries. They are improving lives of Filipinos since 2013. 


Big time savings on big time gifts with Home Credit
Holiday season has put its game face on – Christmas carols are playing regularly on radio, malls are decked with tinsel and giant ornaments, and friends and family are already in the zone in completing their wish lists. Now may be the perfect time for a gift-giving spree, but what if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford to spend all your money in one go?

Worry no more! Have a merry, merrier, merriest Christmas and take the stress out of this season with Home Credit as they feature big time deals for smartphones, tablets, computers, TVs, household appliances, and a lot more—at low monthly installments!

“It’s a well-known fact that Filipinos absolutely love Christmas, and always try to give the best gift for each of their loved ones,” says Home Credit Head of Sales Adam Bernasek. “With Home Credit’s exciting 0% promos with our various partner brands and retailers, you can get the perfect gift for each family member, without putting a strain on your budget.”

Dads work hard all year round, so let’s spoil him like he spoils everyone in the house. Why not get him a Samsung 65-inch LED Smart TV with a home theater system, so he can relax like a king after a long day at work? And if gadgets are his thing, treat him to an all-new Samsung Galaxy J5 or Galaxy J7. He will surely enjoy the 5.2-inch screen and a 3,100 mAh battery of Galaxy J5, or the 5.5-inch screen and a 3,300 mAh battery of Galaxy J7, among many other cool features.

Find these amazing deals at any AV Surfer Lifestyle Store as they feature TVs from top brands such as Devant, TCL, Samsung, Hisense, Sony, and LG with reasonable terms of six to 12 months at 0% interest rate from Home Credit. You can even have up to two monthly payments waived (final installment for 6 month term; final 2 installments for 12 month term), if you pay on time on all installments!

Thinking of giving dad more than one gift? Go for it! At digitrade, you can bundle up to three items while still enjoying 0% interest, for six and nine month terms.          

Now what about mom? Get something memorable and elegant for the one and only queen at any Automatic Centre branch. Wrap up something as special as she is and get her the Electrolux 56L multi-function oven so she can whip up some of the family’s favorite cupcakes and cookies or bake a juicy roasted chicken for Noche Buena. All items at Automatic Centre are payable in 6 months at 0% interest through Home Credit. And if home decorating is more her thing, then head to SOGO Home and Office Center and choose from a wide selection of furniture packages, at 0% interest!

As for the kids, the OPPO A37 is the perfect gift that can brighten up mandatory holiday selfies, Instagram-worthy food pictures, and just about anything with its 8MP AF Camera. Then, they can transfer and store these pictures in the new Acer Aspire ES14 that has 4GB DDR3L memory and 500 GB 2.5-inch 5400 RPM storage. Visit any MemoXpress center and get your brother or sister the hottest phones and tablets at 0% interest per unit.

Say goodbye to big monthly payments and even bigger shopping bills, thanks to Home Credit! Applying for a Home Credit loan has never been this easy, simple, and fast. Get approved in as little as five minutes with just two (2) valid IDs and a minimum cash out. After which, leave the shop with your purchases and the holiday satisfaction of wish list items crossed out.

Check out other amazing promos Home Credit has to offer in over 1,500 retail stores of 220 partners like Western Appliances, SM Appliance Center, Silicon Valley, AVID, SOGO Home, and Digitrade and make Christmas shopping more convenient and light. 

Might it be a sweet new mobile phone for your child, a karaoke to be used in family reunions, or even a brand-new air conditioner to keep a whole room of guests cool, get all the things you need during the most festive season through Home Credit.

For more information, visit

Press Release:

Cash is still king in PH, but installment financing is on the rise
New survey reveals increasing popularity of in-store financing as payment options, comparable to credit cards; gadgets are still the top gift choice for Christmas
In a country where only 5% of the population has a credit card, it’s no surprise that cash is still the top mode of payment. But what might come as a surprise to some is that credit cards are no longer the only popular alternative to cash.
The new alternative? In-store installment financing, which is seeing a fast increase in adoption from Filipino shoppers hungry for 0% interest deals along with easy and fast approvals.
A recent study by consumer finance company Home Credit Philippines reveals the increasing preference for installment financing in the Philippines, showing it to be the 2nd top choice for payments among respondents when shopping, next only to cash, and slightly ahead of credit cards.
According to the survey conducted in one of the country’s biggest malls, 80% of the total respondents will pay in cash if they had enough budget or resources, while 11% will apply for a financing/installment loan, followed by credit cards (9%).

Gadgets still the top choice for gifts
While the rankings for payment options may have changed, shoppers’ gift buying (and gift receiving) preferences remain the same. Almost half or 39% of the respondents—including married and single men and women—cited gadgets as their most preferred gifts this Christmas season, followed by appliances and cash. On the other hand, 38% prefer to give their loved ones shoes and clothing as presents for the holidays.

For single respondents, there were striking similarities in preferred gifts, with both males and females opting to receive high-tech gadgets as Christmas presents. On the other hand, the study revealed that 32% of married respondents preferred Christmas gifts that would be more useful in the household. Majority are inclined to receive appliances (32%), followed by gadgets (29%), from their loved ones this Christmas. 

With most of the respondents typically buying gifts through full cash payments, more than half of all respondents allocate a budget of almost a fifth of their monthly salary for gifts, with some even allotting almost half of their total monthly income for shopping.
While shoppers have different gift preferences and spending habits, consumer finance groups such as Home Credit help many Filipinos purchase gadgets and appliances through convenient and affordable payment terms—thus freeing up more of their budget during the expense-heavy holiday season.

“The preference for gadgets doesn't come as a surprise, considering the increasing smartphone and internet penetration in the Philippines. And when it comes to purchases, budget is always a consideration, even more so during the holidays,” said Michal Smejc, Head of Marketing of Home Credit Philippines.

“This is where consumer financing services such as ours can help. Through installment financing options, especially the 0% interest offerings, Filipinos can have a much easier time in managing their budgets—so they have more than enough budget left for Noche Buena and other holiday activities,” added Adam Bernasek, Home Credit’s Head of Sales.
Home Credit Philippines offers affordable loan installments for gadgets, appliances and other electronics in over 1,500 stores of 220 retail partners across key cities and provinces such as Metro Manila, Cebu, Pampanga, Batangas, Cabanatuan, Baguio and Iloilo. Since it was established in the country in 2013, Home Credit has already served over 430,000 customers.

“Our aim is for greater financial inclusion in the Philippines, and we at Home Credit are focused on offering affordable loan installments that can help consumers,” Smejc added.
For more information on Home Credit Philippines, visit

Saturday, November 5, 2016


In the commemoration of the 3rd anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, Hack the Climate will stage its first ever Clean Technology Hackathon and Training happening in Palo, Leyte and Tacloban City. It is part of the 8th NICP ICT Summit 2016, in partnership with the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), DOST Region 8, Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus, Seed4com,, Millenia Suites, ThinkLab and Unionbank of the Philippines.

Hack the Climate is a climate change themed Hackathon that is formed out of the desire of a two Princeton University College Students, named Michael Lanchanski and Jacob Scheer to help the Philippines in their battle for climate change through Technology and Innovation.  With the help of their Filipino counterparts, Elaine Cedillo, Diego Jose Ramos and Rizzel Jill Dy, Hack the Climate was born in June 2013.

 Hack the Climate in Leyte is our 5th since we started and we hope that we can bring this project across the country” said Elaine Cedillo, the lead project coordinator for this leg.  Hack the Climate is more than just a hackathon, it is our advocacy. Educating the students and young professionals about the adverse effects of climate change while challenging the developers to create a solution for climate change adaptation or mitigation, and through that, the participants are empowered to do something to help our environment,” she added.


This year’s Hackathon is dubbed as “Hack the Climate Cleantech-Loban” and it will be a three-part event. They will be launching their first solar e-Learning facility for Alternative Learning System and a Solar Night Lamp assembly livelihood training program for the out-of-the school youth and partner NGO’s, plus a conference – hackathon about Climate Change Mitigation and CleanTech.

Philippine Toy Library located at Palo District 1, Barugo Leyte with more than 100 learners and at Pambujan, Samar with more than 90 learners will be the beneficiaries of an e-Learning set-up consisting of laptops from Huawei Philippines powered by solar panels which will be donated by Unionbank of the Philippines through their Go Beyond CSR.  The Solar Night Lamp that will be produced during the training will be donated to a fishing community in and around Tacloban.

The hackathon, a coding marathon, happening on November 9-10, 2016 at Philippine Science High School in Palo, Leyte, involves a specific theme where participants will be creating web or  mobile applications, or hardware solutions. The conference happening simultaneously with the hackathon features speakers to educate and enlighten the audience to what is happening with our environment and how it affects each and every one of us, and different technologies which can be used to help in creating solutions.

Clean Techloban is supported by the Ramos Peace and Development Foundation, Inc. and the OML Center for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Management Foundation, Inc. and organized by Redwizard Events Management. For more information you may log on to :  or like their facebook page :

Friday, November 4, 2016

Press Release: 1st BURDADO RUN FOR A CAUSE. Change The Way You Look at Tattoo

People from all walks of life are urged to join the first-ever for-a-cause event dubbed as the “Streetwise Burdado (Color) Run 2016” which will be held at Baywalk, Roxas Boulevard, Ermita-Malate, Manila, (across Rajah Sulayman Park). The said activity was mounted for the Philippine Tattoo Community, which aim to promote the art tattoo industry in the country and eradicate the negative image of tattooed Pinoys. 

With Streetwise Events Management and Public Relations (Streetwise) in the lead and in partnership with the Manila Tourism and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the local government of Manila and the Rotary Club of Ermita, the Burdado Run is set to be held on November 13, 2016, Sunday, 4:00 am, at Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard, Malate, Manila.

Kenneth Montegrande, Streetwise Managing Director, said during the media interviews at Vin55 Bar and Restaurant, Rizal Park, Manila, that he and his team, together with respected personalities in the tattoo industry such as Ricky Sta. Ana, Myke Sambajon, Norman Labao, Edwin Pranada, and Jake Cuerpo, wanted to organize a meaningful activity not just to improve the perception and credibility of tattooed individuals, but also to showcase the tattoo industry as an art division.

“Streetwise has always been fond of organizing for-a-cause events that serve as the guide and inspiration for our fellow citizens. When we conceptualized the Streetwise Burdado Run, we wanted to ease the reservations of the general public about tattooed individuals. We wanted to help reform the mentality that when one is with tattoos, they are former convicts or jail inmates, holddati ang iniisip ng iba ay ex-convict, robbers, or just anyone with bad intentions, which includes women, for that matter. This should not be, as tattoos are actually an art of expression and is deeply linked to our culture and history,” Montegrande added.

They also reiterated and wanted to persuade the public, particularly the tattooed Filipinos, to have a healthy lifestyle and exercise through sports and by running.

Participants will surely enjoy not just the running event but also the other line-up of activities, such as the throwing of various colored powders and non-stop music from rock and alternative bands, such as Intersections, April Morning Skies, Stilllife, and Planes.

Estimates of 3,000 running enthusiasts will also get to experience great rock and roll vibes through music played by famous DJ’s such as Ron Poe,  DJ Joker and more, while free seminars on the tips and tricks will be given by tattoo masters Sir Myke Sambajon, Edwin Miraflores, Nero Nievo, and Robert Jimenez, on November 15, Tuesday.

Inaanyayahan namin ang buong tattoo industry at publiko partikular ang mga may tattoo na makiisa sa event na ito upang isulong ang tattoo art industry sa bansa at alisin ang masamang imahe na tingin sa mga Pinoy na may tattoo,” Sambajon shared.

Furthermore, the stamina and endurance of the runners will also be tested through the various race categories, which include 3K - P500; 5K - P600; and 10K - P750. Included in the race kits are the Burdado Singlet (Sando), Race Numbers (Bib), Finishers Medal, Sachets of Color Powder, Color Run eyeglasses, Limited Edition Burdado Sticker Tattoo, Loot Bags from our sponsors like Ed Hardy and Raffle Stubs, while runners in the 10K Category will receive Limited Edition Burdado Run Finisher Shirts.

Interested runners may register online through, personally visit the Streetwise Secretariat Office in Ermita, Manila, or through accredited registration outlets such as Ouch! Tattoo Studio in Robinsons Place Manila; P&P Tattoo at Makati and Eastwood Branches; and at Paulina’s Cycle Center at Bluebay Walk Macapagal Pasay City.

Meanwhile, Streetwise and the Tattoo Masters would like to extend its gratitude to 2GO Express as the event’s co-presentor and official event courier to and other sponsors such as Pure Blue Drinking water; BLKSMTH Tattoo and Skin Care Lotion;Vin55; Shawarmama Restaurant; Fly Health HubMega Fiber; My ECasa Philippines; Ed Hardy; Edwin; Pranada Tattoo Ink and Cosmetics; P&P Tattoo; Brokenglass Productions; Ouch! Tattoo; Rakista Radio; Paulinas Cycle Shop;and the media partners tulad ng Business Mirror; Health and Fitness Newsprint Magazine; and Philippines Graphic Magazine.


For more information, runners may call (02) 498-0330+63 917 363 0004+63 917 693 1400 or email us at; they may also search and like us at our official Facebook Fan Page at


Thursday, November 3, 2016


We may not be aware that we are unknowingly putting harmful chemicals on our hair thus resulting to general conditions such as migraine, nausea and skin rashes. The symptoms may be quickly attributed to stress but if you look closer to that hair product you’re using, you’ll be surprise to find the culprit. 
Popularity does not equate to safety, some popular brands sold in the market are loaded with mildly toxic chemicals that may be harmful in prolonged use. 

NovuhairNature’s answer to hair loss, gives you the lowdown on these chemicals to help you with your choices.
Myth: Shampoo must produce lots of lather in order to properly clean your hair.
TruthSodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is a compound that helps shampoo and other cleaning product in producing foam and bubbles. Though it may effectively remove hair build-up, it can also strip off essential oils that is needed to keep your hair healthy.

MythParabens has an anti-bacterial compound benefits that outweighs the harm. 
Truth: Parabens are basically used to prolong the shelf life of hair and cosmetic products mostly for its antibacterial purpose. Symptoms that are related to over exposure to parabens are Atopic Dermatitis and Rosacea. Further studies also show that use of products with parabens accelerate skin damage and aging related to sun exposure.

Myth: My hair smells terrific! I love the perfume scent on my hair product.
Truth: A nice whiff of perfume might not be harmful but the fragrance that is mixed in your hair product might have come from harmful substances from highly toxic ingredients which can lead to Allergic reactions and mood swings. That perfume is better off somewhere else.
Myth: Hair products that promise straightening and smoothening effect use non-toxic Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate as a natural preservative.

Truth: Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate is a substance used in making your hair soft and bouncy, although it is considered natural preservative, also releases formaldehyde which can lead to skin and eye irritations. Prolonged use may also affect your immune system.
Use of some of these chemicals combined may also result to hair loss and other hair problems, thus, it is important to be an informed consumer. A lot of new products have saturated the market hence, read the labels for fine prints before buying.

Novuhair, nature’s answer to hair loss is made of 19 Natural ingredients which includes herbal components such as moringa oleiferapanax ginseng, virgin coconut oil and the natural essences of rosemary and peppermint. Novuhair nourishes the scalp and hair by increasing the flow of nutrients and improving blood circulation to the scalp. Novuhair also helps hydrate the scalp, maintain the hair’s natural luster and prevent early hair graying, hair dryness and itching.

Novuhair Topical Scalp Lotion, Shampoo and Conditioner are available in all Mercury Drug Stores and other leading drug stores nationwide. For more information visit, like the brand’s official Facebook Page at Novuhair Official, follow it on Twitter at @NovuhairNatural and on Instagram @novuhairofficial. You may also call the Novuhair hotlines at 4136570 and 09228830575 and order online at Lazada and

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Press Release: ONE Championship -- Mark Striegl talks about Manny Pacquiao’s influence, training with Brandon Vera

Mark Striegl talks about Manny Pacquiao’s influence, training with Brandon Vera

ONE Championship bantamweight standout Mark “Mugen” Striegl (14-2) is set to face Brazil’s Rafael Nunes (10-1) when the promotion returns to the Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, December 2 for ONE: Age of Domination. Streigl, 28, joined ONE Championship in 2015 and was recently named one of the hottest prospects in Asian MMA.


The Filipino-American stalwart splits his training between Evolve MMA in Singapore and the high-altitudes of Baguio City for his next matchup and says mixed martial arts is getting really big in the Philippines.


“Baguio is one of the best places to train in the Philippines because it’s high altitude. It’s 5,000-feet above sea level. It’s great for strength and conditioning,” said Striegl. “Manny Pacquiao also trained in Baguio in the past for some of his biggest fights. It’s been fantastic for my training.”


Striegl made his ONE Championship debut in April of 2015, defeating American Casey Suire impressively by first round submission. In his second bout months later however, he fell to Filipino-Australian prospect Reece McLaren.


Since his last bout, Striegl has been hard at work preparing for his return, training with none other than ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera.


“Here in Manila I’ve been fortunate enough to train with Brandon Vera and AJ Matthews. Mark Munoz also came through one time so I got to pick his brain a bit,” said Striegl. “There are so many good gyms to work with in Manila. MMA is getting really big in this country. I’ve just been jumping around and training with Brandon and it’s been great.”


A well-rounded mixed martial artist with strengths in both striking and grappling, Striegl is one of the country’s top combat sports athletes. He began his career competing for various MMA promotions across Asia before landing a roster spot in ONE Championship last year.


As someone who has seen the rise of MMA as a sport in Asia, Striegl can’t help but feel in awe of the tremendous growth of combat sports in the region and credits a majority of it to eight-division boxing world champion Manny Pacquiao.


“MMA is getting really big in this country, thanks to ONE Championship. There’s a deeply embedded combat culture in this country with boxing. There are a lot of gyms all around and so many good places to train and so many good people to work with,” said Streigl.


“One of the greatest fighters of all time, Pacquiao, is a legend here and pretty much all over the world. He has put the Philippines on the map as far as fight sports are concerned. He’s a true global icon and one of my inspirations.”


During his time in Manila, Striegl says he just recently met Pacquiao for the first time in person. Pacquiao is training for his highly-anticipated return to boxing against WBO welterweight champion Jessie Vargas this November 5. He is also a full-time politician who owns a seat at the Philippine senate.


“I went to one of [Pacquiao’s] senate hearings and met him afterwards,” said Striegl. “Super nice guy, super down to earth guy. Just a humble, nice guy and I think that’s why he has so many fans. He’s the people’s champ. Everyone can relate to him.”


Pacquiao’s unique style, Striegl says, is something he tries to emulate in the MMA cage. And just like Pacquiao, Striegl aims to bring a world title back to the Philippines.


Against Brazil’s Nunes this December, Striegl has the opportunity to get back on the right track in his pursuit of ONE Championship gold. It won’t be easy, but Striegl says by channeling his inner- “Pac-Man”, he hopes to be able to make his people proud by becoming a world champion.


“One thing I love about Manny’s fight style is that he’s an action-packed fighter. He just keeps going and going and moving forward. That’s something I try to do in my fights,” said Striegl.


“You’ll never see me in a boring fight. I always press the action, I always come forward. I’m not a point fighter. Sometimes I put myself at risk by doing that but it’s better than being a point fighter, like a Floyd Mayweather-style kind of fighter.


“My goal when I entered this sport was and is to win a world championship title for the Philippines and bring it back here to Manila. That’s what I think about and it’s been my goal since I was young.”