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Guinness World Record-breaking HONOR Magic5 Pro to arrive in PH on June 8

It’s official – the much-awaited HONOR Magic5 Pro will officially be launched on June 8, 2023! Catch it live on HONOR Philippines’ Facebook Page ( at 7PM and get a chance to win exciting prizes!

Manila, Philippines, June 1, 2023 – The leading global provider for smart devices HONOR Philippines has officially revealed that the Magic they are unveiling this June 8, 2023 is the highly anticipated HONOR Magic5 Pro! Topping the strong legacy of the flagship HONOR Magic Series, the HONOR Magic5 Pro adopts enhanced hardware with discrete chipsets and advanced technologies, combined with the best software solutions to deliver an industry benchmark-breaking flagship smartphone.

“We are extremely excited to Unleash the Power of Magic on June 8, 2023 so join us live to unveil the HONOR Magic5 Pro. Witness the real Magic as we share the breakthroughs in design, display, photography and performance of this new HONOR flagship,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

Inspired by the aesthetics of symmetry, the HONOR Magic5 Pro showcases exquisite craftsmanship and design with harmonious bezels on both sides and a Star Wheel Triple Camera Design sitting as the centerpiece on the back cover. The new HONOR flagship is also equipped with a super large 5100mAh battery that enables maximum mobility and uninterrupted work and play!

An Unrivaled Falcon Triple Camera System
With a Super Triple Falcon Camera System that boasts 50MP Wide Camera, 50MP Ultra Wide Camera, 50MP Periscope Telephoto Camera and a Multi-spectrum Color Sensor, it is without a doubt that HONOR Magic5 Pro has achieved the Rank #1 in the DXOMARK Smartphone Camera Ranking for the first quarter of this year.

The camera also sports a breakthrough AI Motion Sensing Capture, enabling users to shoot their best moments, every time. The HONOR Magic5 Pro is equipped with IMAX Enhanced Movie Master to produce cinematic-style videos, taking videography to a whole new level.

A Premium Display at the Top of DXOMARK Rankings
The HONOR Magic5 Pro has also seized the #1 position in the DXOMARK Smartphone Display ranking. Featuring a 6.81-inch LTPO Quad-Curved Floating Display with a Novel Display Luminance Enhancement Technology, the HONOR Magic5 Pro guarantees an immersive viewing experience whether you are browsing, gaming, or reading.

Powered by the latest Snapdragon® 8 Gen 2 Mobile Platform and supported by HONOR’s GPU Turbo X, the HONOR Magic5 Pro delivers an unrivaled flagship performance, enabling enhanced productivity and entertainment at all times.

A water and dust-resistant Flagship
The HONOR Magic5 Pro is designed with IP68 water and dust resistance, offering effective protection from dust, rain and water. The durable device can also withstand being submerged in water of depths up to 1.5m for 30 minutes, demonstrating HONOR’s exquisite craftsmanship and exceptional product quality.

HONOR Magic5 Pro will be officially launched on June 8, 2023 and you can catch it live on HONOR Philippines’ Facebook Page ( at 7PM and get a chance to win exciting prizes!

For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Win in games and in life with the ultra-fast Infinix NOTE 30 5G

Life can often feel like a video game. You need to get through a series of tasks to accomplish your “quests” for the day. Sometimes you also receive rewards for your work.

Whether you’re dealing with the daily grind or actually playing mobile games, you’ll need a fast and reliable device that can handle your real-life quests. Look no further as Infinix recently launched their NOTE Series, which includes the ultra-fast Infinix NOTE 30 5G. The device is geared towards users looking for a sensational gaming experience for an affordable price, but it can also suit your fast-paced lifestyle.

Here’s how you can get things done with the Infinix NOTE 30 5G:

Smooth browsing and gaming performance
Powered by the 5G Dimensity 6080 5G Processor with Android and up to 16GB extended RAM 8+8, accessing apps and browsing social media will be a breeze. You don’t have to worry about the Infinix NOTE 30 5G slowing down when multiple apps are open. This powerful processor also ensures that mobile games run smoothly, no matter how intense matches can be.

Also equipped with up to 256GB storage, the Infinix NOTE 30 5G can handle big files for media and game updates, so you won’t have to worry about space for your favorite apps. This comes in handy when you have to take photos and videos with the phone’s 108MP Master Triple Camera.

Fast-charging for longer use
Avid gamers require battery power to focus on their matches for longer hours, and the Infinix NOTE 30 Series delivers with its 5000mAh battery. The NOTE 30 5G features a 45W All-Round FastCharge that rapidly charges the device. This feature is also great if you need to answer calls and emails from your phone the whole day.

Additionally, the Infinix NOTE 30 5G’s Battery Bypass mode ensures that the phone maintains its average temperature while charging. This keeps the phone cool while you’re playing games or browsing online while plugged in.

Immersive mobile entertainment
If you’re spending hours looking at your phone screen, the Infinix NOTE 30 5G has a 6.78” FHD+ Eye-care Display that delivers smooth visuals without straining your eyes. Its 120Hz refresh rate ensures you won’t experience lag on any app, especially mobile games. The device is also built with dual speakers with sound by JBL and Hi-Res, so you can fully immerse yourself while streaming videos and playing.

With these ultra-fast specs and features, the Infinix NOTE 30 Series will surely help you win, both in games and in life. It will be exclusively launched on Lazada on May 31, 2023, where buyers can get special first sale freebies, like the W1 Smart Watch, Air 1 Pro Earphones, and a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang skin.

Infinix NOTE 30 5G
● 256+8 GB: P9,999 (Available via Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok)
● 128+8 GB: P9,499 (Available via Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok)

Infinix NOTE 30 (4G version)
● 256+8 GB: P8,499 (Available via Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok)
● 128+8 GB: P7,999 (Available via Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok)

Learn more about the Infinix NOTE 30 Series via the official Infinix website and Facebook page.

ASUS Business unveils the newest 11-inch Chromebook Series, the Sturdy Buddy for Education

The ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 present a full-feature ChromeOS for Education, while offering a 11.6" display, tough chassis, and smart innovations.
Pasig City, Philippines, May 30, 2023 — ASUS Philippines continues to expand its reach towards the Education segment with the addition of the new 11.6-inch clamshell and convertible laptops, the ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Chromebook Flip CR1.

The new education-focused ASUS Chromebook CR1 Series is built to military-grade reliability, tested with industry-leading MIL-STD-810H durability standards to survive the hustle and bustle of everyday life at home, outside, and in the classroom, with clever protective features including an all-round rubber bumper and a spill-resistant keyboard.

The ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 boast an all-day long 12-hour battery life with fast charging support, ensuring there’s sufficient battery life to handle a full day’s learning and beyond. In addition, the convertible ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 benefits from an optional garaged stylus and a world-facing camera for innovative learning opportunities and maximum flexibility.
Educational Reliability: Ruggedized Laptop Design
ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 laptops are built to withstand everyday knocks, bumps, drops and spills without damage. These two Chromebook laptops went through rigorous testing and passed the U.S. military-grade MIL-STD-810H durability standards. From a 120cm Drop Test to a Panel Pressure Test, the ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 guarantees students and educators quality of reliability to keep on going. The display hinge and I/O ports are also exhaustively tested to endure the stresses and strains of everyday use.

ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1’s four exterior edges and corners are also protected by a sturdy rubber bummer, which reduces the impact of all physical shocks, ensuring all critical laptop components are always unharmed. These models also feature a rubber safety grip on the base. This provides sturdy support for the laptop and makes it easier to grip when carrying, reducing the risk of fumbles and slips.

But the protection does not end there. These Chromebook laptops are built-in with a spill-resistant keyboard for any accidental spilling, which can repel 330cc without harm — so minor splashes are easily drained, cleaned, and dried. The keyboard is also designed to resist tampering, with a minimal gap between the edges of the keycaps and the keyboard surround to prevent the keys from being pried out. The laptops even have a tough, micro-dimpled finish that can brush off fingerprints and minor scuffs and scratches.

To ensure reliability, ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 also include a 3-year on-site warranty that secures students and teachers from any worry. These two Chromebooks are also covered with ASUS Platinum Protection, which covers accidental damage such as drops, liquid damage, and other acts of nature. This program is designed to offer additional protection beyond the standard warranty.
Essential Learning Features: New Ways to Learn
The possibilities are limitless with ASUS Chromebook CR1 series. The versatile and flippable ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 features a garaged stylus that enables quick, precise movements for creativity and productivity tasks. This ensures students can easily take notes, sketch, or jot ideas down. The stylus also quickly and automatically charges when garaged, keeping it ready for use and providing a safe place to store it.

For further learning experiences, ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 also includes an 8MP world-facing camera positioned just above the keyboard. This empowers students to explore and learn in totally new ways, allowing them to capture photos and videos in tablet mode.

The ASUS Chromebook CR1 Series can also last up to 12 hours of battery life on a single charge with its 47Wh battery. ASUS Chromebook CR1 and ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 are able to last for a full day of classes and more — empowering students to enjoy both uninterrupted learning and entertainment.
Safety first: Antibacterial protection and low blue-light emissions
To secure and protect Educators, ASUS treated these laptops with the ASUS Antibacterial Guard, which is applied to the keyboard area of ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1. This has been scientifically shown to prevent the growth of bacteria by over 99% over a 24-hour period, keeping the laptop surfaces clean and sanitary.

Additional features to promote user well-being include screens certified by TÜV Rheinland for low blue-light emissions, potentially helping to protect students’ eyes from damage during prolonged study sessions. For further enhancing eye care, ASUS Chromebook CR1 Series features an anti-glare display that reduces reflections to provide comfortable viewing in any lighting.

Less Downtime, More Learning time: Easier Maintenance
To keep maintenance costs to a minimum for schools, parents, and students, ASUS Chromebook CR1 and ASUS Chromebook Flip CR1 are designed for easy servicing and reduced downtime. Both benefit from a modular construction that allows key components — such as the keyboard, touchpad, and panel — to be replaced in minutes using simple tools.

As a final easy-maintenance touch, the underside is securely attached using captive screws, eliminating worries about losing these little parts during repairs.

The Best of Google for Education
To further empower education, ASUS Chromebook CR1 series laptops unlock the best of Google for Education, including access to Google Play. Chrome OS, paired with the full power of Google Workspace for Education, including productivity apps such as Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet, and more, allows users to collaborate quickly and seamlessly stay in sync with their favorite apps. This also allows users to easily access school-related files from anywhere with an internet connection. Plus, the Google Admin console allows school IT staff to remotely manage a wide range of policies and settings.

Automatic updates and built-in virus protection seamlessly keep ASUS Chromebook CR1 series laptops safe, secure, and always up to date. The laptops are also built around the rock-solid security of a personal Google account, so all private documents, emails, photos, and confidential data are kept safe at all times.

The ASUS Chromebook CR1 and Flip CR1 are the perfect tools for Blended Learning. These Chromebooks shine bright for Young Educators. The ruggedized construction endures the stresses and strains of everyday use in the classroom or outdoors. You can Talk to our Experts here to know more about these new ASUS Chromebook series laptops.

Stay tuned for more news on the incredible ASUS for Business products on the ASUS Facebook page ( and the ASUS for Business website ( For inquiries, message us on the ASUS for Business Facebook page (


Fans who have been eagerly awaiting the sequel to 2018’s groundbreaking and award-winning Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won’t be disappointed.

Reactions for Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse are in and they couldn’t be more positive, with critics raving about the follow-up film, calling it a masterpiece not just because of its animation, but also because of its story.

See what critics are saying here:
“The moment SPIDER-MAN: ACROSS THE SPIDER-VERSE ended, I knew I’d experienced a cinematic moment I’d cherish forever,” says Fox-TV’s Jake Hamilton, who further describes the sequel as an “awe-inspiring masterpiece” and “the best Spider-Man film ever made.”

Drew Taylor of the New York Times says, “#SpiderManAcrossTheSpiderVerse is a stunning achievement. Yes, it’s visually dazzling, with expansive, expressive new realms (Gwen’s world is my favorite). But the movie’s real superpower is its emotional depth and its beautiful, melancholic tone. I love this movie so, so much 🕷️”

Tessa Smith, who writes for Rotten Tomatoes, raves that Across the Spider-Verse has achieved the rare feat of a sequel topping its predecessor. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse raised the bar with its unique animation style & way of storytelling,” she writes. “Minds were blown when it was released & fans thought there was no way it could be topped. Think again. #SpiderManAcrossTheSpiderVerse raises its own bar which seemed impossible.”

Steven Weintraub of Collider can’t wait to see the film again. “Absolutely loved #SpiderManAcrossTheSpiderVerse. Wanted to push pause about a hundred times to study the incredible artistry on display,” he shares. “Cannot recommend this film enough and already looking forward to seeing it again. Next time in @IMAX!”
Screenrant’s Joseph Deckelmeier can’t contain his excitement as he writes, “The hype is real! Every frame of #SpiderMan #AcrossTheSpiderVerse is gorgeous. I didn’t want to blink because I didn’t want to miss anything. You can watch this film over & over & find something new to enjoy.”

Goggler, a popular website and podcast from Malaysia, shares their enthusiasm as well. “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is an absolute monument to the power of cinema to affect, and inspire, and to bring joy,” they write. “We didn’t think it was possible but everything about this is better than the first.”

Finally, Erik Davis from Fandango raves about the film, too, describing it as “visually breathtaking” and “unlike anything you will see in a movie theater.”

In Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man reunites with Gwen Stacy and they are catapulted across the Multiverse, where they encounter the Spider Society, a team of Spider-People charged with protecting the Multiverse’s very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must set out on his own to save those he loves most. Anyone can wear the mask – it’s how you wear it that makes you a hero. The next chapter of the Oscar®-winning Spider-Verse saga opens in Philippine cinemas May 31.

Watch the film’s final trailer:

About Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse
Directed by Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, Justin K. Thompson, the screenplay for the film is by Phil Lord & Christopher Miller and David Callaham, based on the MARVEL Comic Books.

Produced by Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Christina Steinberg.

The film’s cast is led by Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson, Issa Rae, Daniel Kaluuya, Jason Schwartzman, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, Greta Lee, Rachel Dratch, Jorma Taccone, Shea Whigham and Oscar Isaac.

Opening in Philippine cinemas May 31, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is distributed by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International. Connect with the hashtag #SpiderVerse

Photo & Video Credit: “Columbia Pictures”

Challenging times ahead—are you life-secured?

Achieving life security can mean different things to different people. For some, it can mean having a happy family, a profitable business, or owning a house. For others, it could mean a stable, high-paying job that allows them to live comfortably.

Whatever your definition of life security, achieving this is no simple task—it takes a lot of work, dedication, and focus. What’s more, nobody really knows what the future holds so we must prepare ourselves for anything. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help shape your future for the better. Here are some tips on how you can achieve life security during these uncertain times:

Keep your goals in mind
As you work towards your goals, you’ll have to overcome many obstacles along the way. But as long as you never lose sight of why you are doing this in the first place, you’ll always get back up again. Having this attitude is the first step towards your goals, whether it’s working for a big company or buying your own house.

Build an emergency fund
Nobody knows when emergencies will happen, so it is important that you start an emergency fund as soon as possible. Experts recommend having three to six months’ worth of monthly expenses in your emergency fund. Prioritize building this fund first before investing in anything else, and make sure to not use it for anything that isn’t an emergency. You can even create a separate savings account for it

Borrow with a purpose
Loans can become powerful financial tools when used smartly. For example, when you use a loan to fund a business launch or expansion that becomes profitable, or if you invest it in education to further develop your skills and income-generating capacity. These are examples of purposeful borrowing.

Do not borrow money without a purpose. Using a loan to purchase expensive designer bags or clothing, or to go on an unnecessarily expensive vacation, are not purposeful uses. Always think about how the loan can advance you in your path towards life security.

Secure your retirement
If you happen to have the extra money, set it aside for your retirement. The sooner you start saving up for your retirement, the better, as time and aging cannot be reversed. A good rule of thumb is to try to determine how much you think you’ll be spending once you’re retired and try to grow your extra money with a combination of cash savings, property, and investments.

Consider long-term investments
Investing your money is an excellent way to secure your financial future, since this not only safeguards your hard-earned savings from inflation, it also generates returns. How much returns you get depending on your investment strategy. You will need to look into the different kinds of investments, and determine how much you are willing to invest, as different investments involve varying levels of risk.

If that sounds like too much work, that’s because it is—even seasoned investors get overwhelmed by all the planning, research, and investing. That’s why banks like EastWest offer different products and services that take away the hassle of investing yourself. With multiple investment options such as fixed income securities, government securities, bonds unit investment trust funds, and trust funds, EastWest has the right products and expertise to help you grow your funds, so you can focus on your dreams.


Giant blowout party? Check. Planned choreography? Check. Watch the new trailer for “Barbie.” The Greta Gerwig-directed film, starring Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling, opens in Philippine cinemas July 19.

Check out the trailer below.

About “BARBIE”
To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken.

From Oscar-nominated writer/director Greta Gerwig comes “Barbie,” starring Oscar-nominees Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling as Barbie and Ken, alongside America Ferrera, Kate McKinnon, Michael Cera, Ariana Greenblatt, Issa Rae, Rhea Perlman and Will Ferrell. The film also stars Ana Cruz Kayne, Emma Mackey, Hari Nef, Alexandra Shipp, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Simu Liu, Ncuti Gatwa, Scott Evans, Jamie Demetriou, Connor Swindells, Sharon Rooney, Nicola Coughlin and Oscar-winner Helen Mirren.

Gerwig directed “Barbie” from a screenplay by Gerwig & Oscar nominee Noah Baumbach, based on Barbie by Mattel. The film’s producers are Oscar nominee David Heyman, Robbie, Tom Ackerley and Robbie Brenner, with Michael Sharp, Josey McNamara, Ynon Kreiz, Courtenay Valenti, Toby Emmerich and Cate Adams serving as executive producers.

In Philippine cinemas starting July 19, "Barbie" is distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Discovery company.

Join the conversation online and use the hashtag #Barbie #BarbieTheMovie

HONOR sets foot in Caloocan, opens 5th experience store in SM City Grand Central HONOR opens yet another store – this time in Caloocan!

HONOR Philippines Country Manager Sean Yuan, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager Joepy Libo-on, and PR Manager Pao Oga with Cellboy Chief Operating Officer Johnson Lim, Chief Finance Officer Harold Lim, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Operations Paul Mykhel Oilvar

Manila, Philippines, May 26, 2023 – The leading smart devices provider, HONOR Philippines, has opened its fifth Experience Store in SM City Grand Central in Caloocan.

This milestone was officially launched by HONOR Philippines Country Manager Sean Yuan, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager Joepy Libo-on, PR Manager Pao Oga, GTM Manager Steven Yan, Cellboy Chief Operating Officer Johnson Lim, Chief Finance Officer Harold Lim, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Operations Paul Mykhel Oilvar. Flocks of HONOR fans attended the program to celebrate yet another milestone with the brand.

“We’re onto our third Experience Store in Metro Manila – fifth overall in the country, and it still feels bizarre to see the brand grow this much in just under seven months. With the continuous support of our loyal customers and HONOR fans, you can count on us to also continue giving quality products and services to more Filipinos,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.
HONOR launches the National Leg of Magic Moments Awards 2023
HONOR fans were visibly excited not only with the engagement games the store had prepared for the afternoon, but also with the announcement of the HONOR Magic Moments Awards 2023. Members of the HONOR Philippines Official Facebook Community may win HONOR smart devices by participating in four different themes: The Moments, We, On The Way, and Video Moment. The contest will run from May 24 until June 4, 2023, so join the community now ( and submit your entries!
It’s HONOR Payday Sale!
HONOR is also offering discounts and perks through its Payday Sale from May 29-30! Get free shipping and up to Php 750 worth of discounts when you purchase HONOR devices through your favorite online stores – Shopee (, Lazada (, and TikTok Shop (

The newly-opened HONOR Experience Store in Caloocan is located at Level 4 Cyberzone Area of SM City Grand Central. More HONOR Experience stores will open in June: SM City Mall of Asia, SM City North EDSA, SM City Southmall, and SM City Sucat.
For more announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Go Beyond the Galaxy to witness the real Magic on June 8

Experience the power of Magic! HONOR just teased the release of HONOR Magic5 Pro in the Philippines on June 8, 2023.
Launched at the Mobile World Congress 2023 earlier this year, the leading technology brand HONOR Philippines today dropped the release date of HONOR Magic5 Pro in the country. As the latest iteration of the HONOR Magic Series line-up, the all-new HONOR Magic5 Pro boasts significant breakthroughs in design, display, photography and performance, beating several industry benchmarks to deliver the superb flagship smartphone on the market today.

Continuing the strong legacy of its flagship predecessors, the HONOR Magic5 Pro adopts enhanced hardware with discrete chipsets, and advanced technologies, combining the best software solutions to deliver a superior flagship that is a class apart.
To make a mark of its superb specs, HONOR linked up with the official Guinness World Records to snap a successful attempt at doing the highest between-the-legs slam dunk. Poland's Piotr Grabowski achieved the feat at a facility in London in January 2023, and HONOR was there with the upcoming HONOR Magic5 Pro flagship to capture it.

Right after its global release, the HONOR Magic5 Pro has seized the #1 position in the DXOMARK Smartphone Display ranking for the first quarter of 2023. It is also highly recognized during MWC 2023, receiving awards from various tech authorities.
HONOR Magic5 Pro will be officially launched on June 8, 2023 and you can catch it live on HONOR Philippines’ Facebook Page (

For more updates and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Stars Dazzle at Official “Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile” Press Conference

I was able to attend recently Puregold's annual celebration of small business owners. It's called the Tindahan ni Aling Puring Sari-sari Store Negosyo Convention which draws in people from all over the country and one of the notable highlights was the press con for the “Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile”.
It was set at the center of the venue and even before I arrived there, there were a lot of people already with big bags and carts with them. I was quite surprised with the turnout of the crown, it's nice to see that the small businesses is thriving and the place was packed with a lot of offers and deals for the attendees.

Now at the center is where it shone brightly. On the first day, is also the official press conference for “Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile”. Now Honestly, I didn't know much about this online series even before I went there.
I saw my old acquaintance on the stage, award-winning filmmaker and producer Chris Cahilig, who gave the welcome remarks, while director Victor Villanueva both entertained and inspired the audience as he later related his experiences behind the scenes.

What I didn't know at that time, is “Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile” is a type of retailtainment and this is on Puregold's Channel on YouTube. I know I heard of retailtainment before and I think I've heard of the past work that has been done before. The latest one came in the wake of “GV Boys” and “Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask”. These online series allow Puregold to reach out to young digital natives looking to connect with classic Filipino stories, which I think is a very nice move from the brand.
The newest offering from Puregold series revolves around the story of Bryce (Wilbert Ross), a young gamer taking his first uneasy steps into the world of dating with virtual wingman Angge (Yukii Takahashi) by his side.
I noticed how beautiful Yukii was and how charming Wilbert is and how they had chemistry to get the story moving and interesting. At the press conference, Wilbert Ross and Yukii Takahashi conveyed their own musings on the story and showed how onscreen chemistry can translate into real-time attraction as they charmed the audience. The dashing Wilbert especially impressed attendees with a song number during the intermission.
As expected, the supporting cast of “Ang Lalaki”—Kat Galang (Genski), Migs Almendras (Ketch), Marissa Sanchez (Bessie), Star Orjaliza (Yaya Aimee), Moi Marcampo (Chili Anne), TJ Valderrama (Cyrus), and Anjo Resurreccion (Jerry)—were also around to field questions during the open forum.

Big surprises awaited participants at the press conference. Grocery packs worth P2,500 each were raffled off, which I won btw, and was so happy! Then followed by grand prizes such as brand-new smartphones and laptops.

All in all, the press conference for “Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile” turned out to be as fun and exciting as the show itself. Vincent Co, President of Puregold Price Club Inc., expressed his satisfaction with the proceedings. “We are always delighted by the chance to entertain our fellow Filipinos,” said Co. “And we’ve been able to do that with the help of the hard-working cast and crew of ‘Ang Lalaki sa Likod ng Profile.’ We hope everyone enjoyed the chance to see them up close and personal at this press conference.”

Below is a trailer

Do you want FREE entertainment? Subscribe now to Puregold Channel on YouTube. For more updates, like on Facebook, follow @puregold_ph on Instagram and Twitter, and @puregoldph on TikTok.

Get ready to Aura with Maine on May 27

Press Release
Calling all fans of vivo's main girl, Maine Mendoza! Three more days to post an entry and get the chance to aura with Maine at vivo store in SM Megamall, Mandaluyong this May 27.

Twenty (20) owners of vivo V27 Series can have the opportunity to meet Maine and do a TikTok video with her to show off their best aura poses.

Maine is known for her roles as an entertainment celebrity and host of a popular TV noontime show. She became viral with her fun and bubbly personality.

As vivo's ambassador since 2019, Maine will give vivo V27 5G or V27e users a chance to bond with her.

To join, V27 Series owners must do the following:
● Strike an "aura" pose holding the vivo V27 5G or V27e phone. Post the photo on Instagram from May 5 to 22, and ensure the account is set to public.
● Use hashtags #vivoV27Series5G #vivoMeetAndGreetWithMaine #AuraWithMaine.
● Do not take down the Instagram post until the Meet and Greet event on May 27.
The 20 entries with the highest number of likes will get a meet-and-greet pass. For more information, visit vivo's Facebook post for the Aura with Maine promo mechanics.

To those planning to buy vivo V27 Series during the event, exclusive freebies such as a fitness tracker, white box gift set, night lamp, headset, and umbrella are up for grabs.

vivo V27 Series: Aura Portrait Master
The V27 Series - V27 5G and V27e, dubbed as the Aura Portrait Master for being the industry's first-ever pocket studio device, was launched in March 2023.

It is equipped with innovative features such as the Aura Portrait Algorithm, a soft light effect that improves the appearance of subjects by giving them warm, luminous, and glowy skin.

With the aura light, anyone can take studio-quality photos and videos day and night.

Here's how you can win HONOR devices on the official HONOR Philippines Community Facebook group

Get early access to HONOR news, launch invites, and connect with other HONOR fans when you join the HONOR Philippines Community! HONOR fans, now’s your chance to get exclusive perks and early access to announcements when you join HONOR Philippines’ Official Facebook Community!

“We’re overjoyed with the amount of support from HONOR fans through this initiative. In just over a month, we’ve had over two thousand enthusiastic community members, and we’re glad to see the growth of this avenue where people can easily connect with one another,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.
HONOR Philippines has gotten over two thousand members in its Facebook community and countless of shared stories among HONOR fans. Everyday, members share their snaps from their HONOR smartphones, ask questions and entertain queries, and give free tips and tricks on how to maximize their HONOR devices’ capabilities. Outstanding shots also get recognized from time to time, and top contributors also get exclusive invites to HONOR events such as Experience Store Openings.

The Facebook Community has recently marked one of its first milestones, gifting Premium HONOR devices to few acknowledged HONOR fans who have consistently supported the brand’s community. They plan on continuing these celebrations as more people join, and give more exciting prizes through their contests and events.

Join the HONOR Philippines Community on Facebook ( and make sure to visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( for more information. To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

The Quantum Realm awaits once more in Marvel Studios’ Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania, now available on Disney+

Enter the Quantum Realm and witness the beginning of a new chapter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp: Quantumania,” now available exclusively on Disney+. 

Superheroes Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) and Hope Van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) continue their adventures as Ant-Man and The Wasp. After Scott’s daughter Cassie (Kathryn Newton) discovers a way to enter the Quantum Realm, they embark on an adventure into the mysterious world together with Scott, Hope, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), and Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer). 

Upon entering the Quantum Realm, they encounter a unique world with mysterious creatures and meet Kang the Conqueror (Jonathan Majors). When Kang gives Scott a dangerous mission, he and the rest of the family must push their limits and brace themselves against threats within the Realm in order to save the universe. 

Catch the latest Marvel Studios film on Disney+ today.

vivo announces Y35 biggest price drop on Lazada

Get it for Php 10,999 on May 19 only!
Be ready to get the same exceptional quality of vivo's best-selling smartphone, the Y35, at the lowest cost as it announced its biggest price cut exclusively on Lazada.

vivo fans can now avail of the Y35 from Php 14,999 to Php 10,999 on May 19, 2023 only.

Alongside the price drop, customers will get exclusive Lazada discounts, such as Php 250 worth of LazExtra and Php 750 worth of vouchers. They will also receive Php 2,000 worth of freebies consisting of a premium tumbler, fitness tracker, and earphones.

vivo Y35, your stylish budget phone
Popularly known as a useful tool for productivity and efficiency, the vivo Y35 is a mid-range smartphone device that surely embodies the premium look and design at a budget price.

It has flat sides which make it trendier and a 2.5D curved edge that gives users a more comfortable swiping experience. Adding to this, it is equipped with a 5000mAh battery and 44W charging power, which allows users to replenish the phone by up to 70% in just 34 minutes.
vivo Y35 has a 50MP main camera system, 2MP macro lens, 2MP depth sensor, and 16MP front camera which help produce quality images and videos that are clear, stunning, and more refined.

The phone has 8GB RAM + 8GB Extended RAM which is perfect for gaming and multitasking. It also has a 90Hz refresh rate which provides users with a smoother and more responsive feel while navigating the phone.

For storage, there is no need to worry much about where to store most beloved files, as vivo Y35 already has 256GB internal storage (ROM) that can be fully extended up to 1TB.

At present, vivo Y35 is available in two colorways, Dawn Gold and Agate Black.

Visit Lazada as quick as a flash on May 19 to get vivo Y35 at its lowest price.

Chevron and BLC sign MOU to enter into a new lease agreement for country’s energy security

Government officials witnessed the signing of Memorandum of Understanding between Chevron Philippines Inc. and Batangas Land Company Inc. From left to right: Government Corporate Counsel Justice Rogelio Quevedo, Secretary of the Department of Energy Raphael P.M. Lotilla, US Ambassador Mary Kay Carlson, Secretary of the Department of Trade and Industry Alfredo E. Pascual, General Manager of National of Development Company Anton Mauricio, Governor of Batangas Hermilando Mandanas, CPI Chairman Billy Liu and Batangas Land President Lilia Arce.

Press Release
Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), marketer of the Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, and Batangas Land Company, Inc. (BLC) today signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to work towards a mutually satisfactory agreement for the renewal of CPI's lease in San Pascual, Batangas; Lapu-Lapu, Cebu; San Fernando (Poro), La Union; and Sasa, Davao City.

The MOU signing was held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Bonifacio Global City between CPI Country Chairman Billy Liu and BLC President Lilia Arce.

On hand to witness the event were National Development Company (NDC) General Manager Anton Mauricio, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Alfredo Pascual, Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Raphael Lotilla, Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas, Office of Government Corporate Counsel Justice Rogelio Quevedo and U.S. Ambassador Mary Kay Carlson.

“This MOU between CPI and BLC underpins the intention of both parties to work towards a mutually satisfactory agreement for the renewal of CPI’s lease. Our terminals form the core of a network of over 600 service stations and terminals that play a crucial role in supplying the fuel needs of the transportation, maritime, aviation, and power generation sectors in the Philippines,” shared Billy Liu, CPI chairman.

BLC President Lilia Arce said, “Today is a momentous occasion that marks a continuous and longtime partnership. I’m glad we are signing this MOU because despite our differing interests [as], you, in the private sector, and we, in the government, have come together to strengthen our ties further and align our goals in the rebuilding of our nation’s economy.”

CPI intends to maintain significant investments on the leased premises consisting of energy infrastructure which are indispensable for the continued, safe, and environmentally sound operation of its terminals.

Aside from the Chevron Batangas Terminal, CPI’s other major terminals services the fuel needs of major growth regions. The Lapu-Lapu Cebu Terminal provides fuel for Central Visayas. The Sasa Terminal in Davao services Mindanao while the Poro Terminal provides quality fuels to Northern Luzon.
CPI Chairman Billy Liu and President of Batangas Land Company Inc. Lilia Arce signed a Memorandum of Understanding for renewal of CPI's lease in San Pascual, Batangas; Lapu-Lapu, Cebu; San Fernando (Poro), La Union; and Sasa, Davao City.

DTI Sec. Fred Pascual said, “Chevron and BLC’s partnership is a testament to continued investor confidence in the Philippines. It signifies the country’s abilities to provide a long-term enabling environment for growth of global companies that chose to do business and stay in our country. Such collaboration is essential to fulfilling national objectives such as energy security. First, this will ensure Filipinos to have access to reliable, safe and affordable energy. And second, this will attract investors to expand their operations in the Philippines.”

The DOE, in a 2023 letter to the DTI, has favorably endorsed and supported CPI’s continued use and operation of its terminals in these areas to ensure the stability, advancement, energy development objectives and security interests of the country which are all critical for the economic growth and development of the Philippines.

DOE Secretary Raphael Lotilla said, “Chevron’s presence over the many years in the Philippines is one that I see as a seal of good housekeeping. We have supported this step and I hope this will encourage Chevron to actually increase its footprint the Philippines. Our demographics show that the country continues to grow and that I expect Chevron will grow fully with us.”

As one of the oldest and biggest investors in the country with over 100 years of continued presence, Chevron markets Caltex fuels, lubricants and other petroleum products in the Philippines.

Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas remembers, “It was my grandfather who was the mayor of the town where the Caltex refinery was started way back in the mid 50s. I remember that I was participating as an elementary school student in all the civic and social contribution programs of by Caltex at the time. I congratulate the DTI, NDC, BLC and Chevron in continuing this tradition of cooperation and working together at something that is very much needed by the country especially right now.”

The protected coastline of the Chevron Batangas terminal has been declared a sea-turtle sanctuary by the Department of Environment and Naturals Resources with the annual Olive-Ridley sea turtle nesting. CPI is also actively pursuing social investment projects in its host communities with initiatives ranging from the environment, education, livelihood, health, to safety.

With the government’s drive for more private-public partnership, Justice Rogelio Quevedo commented, “I’m very happy to witness this ceremony to show the continuing commitment of the US businesses in the Philippines. I look forward with the thrust of this administration to encourage more private public partnerships, we will be seeing more American businesses renew their commitment to the Philippines economy. I hope that the Office of Government Corporate Counsel will be having more ceremonies like this and the approval of the contracts, especially, in private-public partnership.”

With Chevron being one of the oldest and biggest American investors in the country, US Ambassador MaryKay Carlson relayed the US support for the MOU signing. “It truly is a celebration of two companies coming together and, as you say two nations. We are excited to grow with the Philippines. We are excited to be partners in the prosperity of both of our nations and this is a great example today,” commented Amb. Carlson.

“This MOU signing is a great follow-on event to President Marcos’ visit to the United States recently. It’s a very exciting time to be part of the Philippine-US partnership. President Biden announced that he will dispatch, a first of its kind, presidential trade investment mission to the Philippines and next year Manila will host the 2024 Indo-Pacific Business Forum. These are two other examples of the way that we are growing with the Philippines and being partners in prosperity. I look forward to joining you in the similar ceremony when Chevron and BLC sign the leases,” added Carlson.

Currently, Chevron operates through two subsidiaries in the Philippines. Aside from CPI, Chevron Holdings Inc. (CHI) supports the company’s global business through back-office processes such as finance, human resources, information technology, downstream shared services and procurement.


Time for a new mission. Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning – Part One, starring Tom Cruise, opens across Philippine cinemas July 12. Watch the trailer:

Check out trailer below.

About Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One
Paramount Pictures and Skydance present a Tom Cruise Production a film by Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise in “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING - PART ONE”

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller. Produced by Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie. Executive produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Tommy Gormley.

Starrring Tom Cruise, Ving Rhames, Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Vanessa Kirby, Hayley Atwell, Shea Whigham, Pom Klementieff, Esai Morales, Henry Czerny, Rob Delaney, Cary Elwes, Indira Varma, Mark Gatiss, Charles Parnell, Greg Tarzan Davis, Frederick Schmidt.
Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One is distributed in the Philippines by Paramount Pictures through Columbia Pictures. Connect with #MissionImpossible and tag paramountpicsph

Services at Qatar Visa Center: What you need to know before you visit Qatar

With some 250,000 Filipinos working in Qatar, the Gulf country remains one of the more popular destinations for Overseas Filipino Workers. Filipinos going to Qatar for work, must obtain a work visa (VRN) through their sponsor in Qatar and subsequently complete their biometric enrollment, undergo medical examinations and sign their work contracts by visiting the Qatar Visa Center in Manila, before traveling to Qatar.

Qatar Visa Centers (QVC) are operated under the mandate of the Ministry of Interior (MoI). These centers only handle administrative and non-judgmental aspects, including biometric enrollment and medical services following the requirements of the Ministry of Interior, state of Qatar.

If you’re looking to work in Qatar or are curious about the visa process, here’s a short list of Frequently Asked Questions you may use as a guide in your application process.

What is the role of Qatar Visa Center?
Qatar Visa Centers are operated under the mandate of the Ministry of Interior, the State of Qatar, Qatar Visa Centers only handle the administrative and non-judgmental aspects of the biometric enrollment and medical services as per the directives and requirements defined by MoI.

What are the services that Qatar Visa Center offers?
Qatar Visa Center services include facial image capture, iris scan, finger roll, thumbprints, palm scan, medical check-ups covering X-rays, blood checks, eye tests, vaccinations, doctor examinations, and consultations.

What is the referral process? Why do applicants need to visit partner hospitals/ labs?
Medical examinations and referrals are part of the visa process and depending on the initial visa medical examination, some applicants (Lounge/VIP included) may need to undergo paid/unpaid medical investigations following protocols set by the Qatar Ministry of Health (MoH). Applicants requiring these advanced medical investigations are referred to as Medical Referrals and such investigations are referred to as Medical Referral Tests.

Some applicants may be asked to repeat tests such as X-Rays or do further tests for several reasons and will need to visit an approved external lab or hospital. These facilities are accredited by the Philippine Department of Health and are able to conduct the required tests.

These re-tests will require applicants to revisit the center and complete the process at no additional cost to the applicant. Usually revisits only take a day, however, in special cases, several revisits may be required as medical approvals depend on a lot of factors including the applicant’s current health status, guidelines, and protocols defined by the Qatar authorities.

What are the types of Medical Referrals?
Additional X-ray images - Applicants may be required to revisit the Qatar Medical Center (QMC) for additional X-ray images based on MoH instructions.

Additional lab tests - If additional lab tests are required, then blood samples are sent to external labs for further testing.

External Specialist tests - Applicants may be referred to specialists at approved hospitals for further tests based on MoH guidelines (may require the collection of referral letter/ document submission)

What are the reasons for an applicant’s medical status to remain pending?
As a visa-processing center, Qatar Visa Center submits the medical test reports directly to Qatar authorities. It usually takes 10-15 business days to determine whether the applicant is FIT or UNFIT to work in Qatar. In certain cases, the respective Qatar Authorities may take longer for additional investigations which may delay the declaration of results. Applicants may track the progress of their visa application conveniently through the Track Application or Status Check section by visiting our website.

If your visa application status shows "under process" for longer than the usual processing time, you can contact QVC customer service for assistance. They will be able to provide you with more information on the status of your application and advise you on what steps to take next. As a reminder, the Qatar Visa Center and the Qatar Medical Center are not involved in the decision-making process when it comes to visa applications.

What should I do if I cannot reach QVC's call center?
If you cannot reach QVC's call center, you may contact them via email at or, or use the chat option available on the website

Do applicants need to pay for advanced medical tests?
Yes, applicants may need to pay for advanced medical tests conducted at approved external hospitals or labs and will receive a receipt for the payment. Blood samples may be collected at the center and sent to external labs to ensure security and prevent fraud. Please note that the QVC does not offer expedited processing or guaranteed approval for a fee.

What is the Qatar Visa Center lounge service?
Our Lounges at the Qatar Visa Centers are designed for patrons who wish for more personalized service in an enhanced atmosphere. The Lounge service entitles the applicant to a one-to-one service with a dedicated staff member ensuring a prioritized biometric enrolment and medical test. To access our Lounge service, kindly inform our reception on the day of your appointment.

The Lounge service at the Qatar Visa Centers is optional and does not affect or guarantee a faster visa or medical processing by the Ministry of Interior, the State of Qatar.

Learn more about the Qatar Visa Center and how to process your visa application by visiting