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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Philip Morris claims “smoke-free future” but sues small smoke-free city in PH.

File from Iloilo City Anti-Smoking Task Force.
Using a known intimidation tactic of the tobacco industry to jeopardize, weaken, or delay life-saving tobacco control measures all over the world, the Philippine Tobacco Institute (PTI), representing Philip Morris and other tobacco companies, has filed two court cases challenging the city government of Balanga for its anti-smoking ordinances.

Like that of Davao City, the City of Balanga’s comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance is among the most progressive in the Philippines. Based on its vision for Balanga to be a world-class university town like Oxford and Cambridge in the UK, the city government enacted a University Town ordinance in 2008 and has been strictly regulating tobacco and alcohol use in the city since 2010, not only to protect the health of Balangueños but also to maintain an environment that is conducive for the well-being, welfare, and learning of the city’s youths.

To complement its anti-smoking ordinance and with support of city residents, the city government passed Ordinance No. 16 series of 2016, also known as the Tobacco-Free Generation (TFG) Ordinance of Balanga City, which regulates the sale of tobacco products to all Balangueños born on or after 1 January 2000.

Dominated by Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco Corporation (PMFTC), the PTI is challenging the city’s anti-smoking ordinances in the Regional Trial Court, which, according to the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA), is a clear case of David versus Goliath and hypocrisy on the part of Philip Morris International, whose website claims the company supports a smoke-free future and has funded the Foundation for a Smoke-free World.

“SEATCA is disgusted that a multi-billion dollar industry is suing a small city like Balanga, with a population of only 96,000 people, for protecting its people from premature deaths and the harmful effects of tobacco. If Philip Morris is genuinely supportive of a smoke-free world, it should be supporting and not opposing Balanga’s efforts to protect present and future generations from the harms of tobacco and nicotine addiction, in line with the global health treaty, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC),” said Dr. Ulysses Dorotheo, FCTC Program Director of SEATCA.

By filing these cases against Balanga, tobacco control organizations worldwide including SEATCA are right that PMI is not serious about its commitment but just wanted a distraction from the many deaths its cigarettes cause. In fact it is not stopping sales of cigarettes, instead it is increasing its sales in ASEAN countries and has started to aggressively promote its new product called IQOS.

“These court cases against Balanga prove the duplicity of Philip Morris’s claims, because, despite its smoke-free rhetoric, PMI continues to aggressively fight effective tobacco control measures,” remarked Dorotheo.

Balanga City is a distinguished Hall of Fame awardee for the Philippine Department of Health (DOH) Red Orchid Awards for tobacco control. It has also received international recognition as a “healthy city” and was hailed as the first TFG city in the world by the TFG international organization based in Singapore.

SEATCA is a multi-sectoral non-governmental alliance promoting health and saving lives by assisting ASEAN countries to accelerate and effectively implement the evidence-based tobacco control measures contained in the WHO FCTC. Acknowledged by governments, academic institutions, and civil society for its advancement of tobacco control movements in Southeast Asia, the WHO bestowed on SEATCA the World No Tobacco Day Award in 2004 and the WHO Director-General's Special Recognition Award in 2014. (PR)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Manila Wrestling Federation Creates new Filipino heroes and icons With "Republika”.

Manila Wrestling Federation -- the hottest and fastest rising live sports-entertainment spectacle in Metro Manila – continues its unique blend of athleticism and action-adventure storytelling “MWF 3: Republika”, the next episode of the country’s one and only live “AksyoNovela”, to be held on July 8 at the UP Bahay ng Alumni, Diliman, Quezon City. The show will start at 6 PM.

The company’s third major presentation celebrates Filipino courage, dignity and integrity through its larger-than-life, colorful characters and culturally relevant stories, highlighted by the main event featuring MWF’s high-flying daredevil pioneer Robin Sane facing his archrival, King of Pro Wrestling China Champion and former WWE NXT and Cruiserweight Classic participant Ho Ho Lun.

The event also promises to be packed with superb in-ring action delivered by the first round of the inaugural MWF Championship Tournament. MWF’s “Kapa-FEDs” will also be treated to “Sagot Kita 3: Basta Stryker, Sweet Lover”, the next chapter highly entertaining short film series starring action hero Gigz Stryker, one of the company’s top attractions.

MWF has also partnered up with event ticketing app Ticket2Me, making it more convenient for Pinoy wrestling fans to buy their tickets online and pay through a variety of outlets such as Paypal, local banks, and 7-11 stores nationwide.

Get your tickets to ”MWF 3: Republika” now at! For inquiries and ticket reservations, please send a message to the Manila Wrestling Federation’s official Facebook page, or contact +63 9178431194.

About Manila Wrestling Federation
Manila Wrestling Federation is a Manila-based sports-entertainment group, specializing in professional wrestling. The MWF offers a colorful cast of wrestlers and exciting, competitive in-ring action the whole family can enjoy! (PR)

Monday, July 9, 2018

Do Denim! at SM Supermalls.

Denim is more than just a cotton fabric; it inspires strong opinions within the hearts of designers, teens, adults, and almost everyone who wears it.

For July, SM Supermalls celebrates once again trends, style, and self-expression through Do Denim 2018. It’s a month-long campaign featuring big discounts and activities that denim enthusiasts and fashionistas will definitely love in 70 SM malls nationwide.

“This month, we will give our customers even more reasons to love denim as we celebrate Denim Month, featuring exciting denim fashion shows and awesome denim deals and events,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing.

Shoppers can enjoy the Denim Sale with up to 70% discount on select denim finds from July 1 to 31, 2018.

There will also be a Denim Fest, a visual feast of modern and artsy installations showing denim in various forms and styles.

What’s more, SM has Denim Runway, an entertaining fashion show highlighting the latest trends from top international and local brands in select SM malls every weekend of July.

Mallgoers can also experience Denim Fun, thanks to augmented reality (AR) fitting rooms, denim fest parades, and more fun activities in participating SM malls.

SM shoppers can also play, shop, and share their best #DeniMemoriesAtSM for a chance to win #AweSM prizes until the end of the month.
As part of SM’s 60 #AweSM years celebration, SM is treating everyone to the first #AweSM Sale from July 20-22 in all SM Supermalls, where shoppers can experience 60% off, pay only 60%, less P60, or pay only P60 in participating stores.

For more information, visit SM City Puerto Princesa Facebook Page or check out (PR)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Tony Award-Winning Play “M. Butterfly” to open on Sept. 13 In Manila.

M. BUTTERFLY - The Tony Award Winner for Best Play written by David Henry Hwang, is all set to open on September 13 at the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City.

Presented by Tony and Grammy award winning producer Jhett Tolentino and FRONTROW Entertainment (producer of highly-acclaimed independent films Bhoy Intsik and Bwaya), M. BUTTERFLY will be directed by award-winning Kanakan-Balintagos.

This classic masterpiece drama, inspired by Giaccomo Puccini's opera “Madame Butterfly” is loosely based on events surrounding a 1986 espionage trial about a mysterious Chinese opera singer and a French diplomat.
René Gallimard is a member of the French embassy in China. René is mild mannered and considers himself to be poor with women. He meets and falls in love with Chinese opera star Song Liling, a woman whom he considers to be the embodiment of the perfect woman, Madame Butterfly.

But when West meets East… Everything is not what it seems….
RS FRANCISCO shall reprise his epic portrayal of Song Liling, the Chinese opera singer who is Gallimard’s object of affection and seduces him through his biases of the East then exploits their intimacy to collect classified information for agents of the Chinese Communist Party.

In May 1990, RS Francisco essayed this role for Dulaang UP opposite veteran actor, writer and critic Behn Cervantes to critical acclaim and box office success. Extended runs played to full house theater audiences and tours to the key cities in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao marked this poignant drama’s run in Philippine theater history.

In the many years thereafter, RS Francisco’s theater credits in numerous productions and variety of roles continued to hone his craft as a compleat artist. In films, his most recent awards include the SINAG MAYNILA Best Actor, the STAR AWARDS Movie Actor of the Year and the SUBIC BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL Best Actor. When the play was revived recently on Broadway, RS had thought of bringing it to life once again to the new theater audiences of today. After all, this is the only ‘one’ role that continues to remain closest to his heart.
French actor OLIVIER BORTEN shall essay the role of Rene Gallimard, a former French diplomat, who relates the story of his passionate, disastrous affair with Song Liling from his cell in a Paris prison, where he is serving a long sentence for treason.

The highly-regarded theater actress PINKY AMADOR who was seen internationally in Cameron Mackintosh’s Miss Saigon and in a long list of plays, movies and television shows will portray Gallimard’s wife – Helga. The pair married as a matter of convenience; Helga’s father had diplomatic connections that helped Gallimard ascend in his career.

After 25 years of stage acting experience in the United Kingdom, Scottish NORM MCLEOD steps in the Philippine stage as Manuel Toulon, the French Ambassador to China who also happens to be the dominant and strong-willed superior of Gallimard at the embassy in Beijing. Toulon promotes Gallimard to vice-consul and charges him with collecting information to aid the American war in Vietnam.

Trilingual American actor LEE O’BRIAN will personify Marc, the sexually unapologetic best friend of Gallimard. He encourages Gallimard to take sexual advantage of the women around him without regard for their feelings or even their consent. Although this will be the first theater experience for the actor, Lee’s skills have been tried and tested in international films “Edsa Woolworth” and “Forgive Me Father”. O’Brian will also briefly portray Sharpless in M. Butterfly.

Playing the role of both Suzuki and Comrade Chin is master of Theater Arts and master of Communication REBECCA CHUAUNSU. Comrade Chin is a member of the Red Guards, a paramilitary arm of the Communist Party in China. Song communicates with Comrade Chin often, to pass on the classified information he gathers from Gallimard. Her previous acting experience in theater as seen in “The Joy Luck Club” and in films like “Mano Po 7 Chinoy” has prepared this Filipino-Chinese performer to portray her two roles in M. Butterfly with full authenticity. She recently produced “Binondo – A Tsinoy Musical.”

Two-time ALIW Awards Finalist MAYA ENCILA will be adding pizazz to this rendition of M. Butterfly with her unique personification of bombshell Renee - a young, sexually liberated Danish woman with whom Gallimard has an affair. Renee’s boldness presents a stark contrast to Song’s modesty, which Gallimard finds both exciting and obnoxious. A true expert in acting, singing and dancing, Maya has taken the stage countless times as Mary Lennox for “The Secret Garden”, as Belle for Repertory Philippines’ “Beauty and the Beast” musical and as Lara for Philippine Stagers’ “KATIPS”, to name a few.

The members of the ensemble playing the role of Kurogo are as follows: JOHN PAUL ORTENERO, PHEIT LENA BALLUG, KAY MEGAN KIERULF, AIRA JAY IGARTA, ULYSSES BASA and RICA NEPOMUCENO.
Kanakan Balintagos
The artistic team of M. Butterfly is formed by the following: Kanakan Balintagos (Direction), Jhett Tolentino and RS Francisco (Producers), Eric Pineda (Costume Design), Ohm David (Set Design), Jethro Joaquin (Sound Design) John Batalla (Lights), Gery Penaso (Make-Up Designer for Song Liling)

Sept. 13 – Thursday – Gala Opening Night – 8 pm
Sept. 14 – Friday – 8 pm
Sept. 15 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 16 – Sunday – 3 pm
Sept. 21 – Friday – 8 pm
Sept . 22 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 23 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 28 – Friday – 8 pm
Sept. 29 – Saturday – 3 pm / 8 pm
Sept. 30 – Sunday – 3 pm / 8 pm

VENUE: Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Bonifacio Global City
This re-staging of M. Butterfly will be 100% non-profit. Net proceeds from each performance will be dedicated to ONE particular charitable institution or organization geared toward education and the arts.

Among the 14 beneficiaries are: Hope for Change - funds the full education (from elementary to college) of children in Tondo; Love Yourself Foundation - cultivates HIV awareness; Teach for the Philippines - develops leaders for education equity by enlisting some of the country’s most promising young leaders to teach in public schools throughout the Philippines.

For tickets, call TICKETWORLD at 8919999.
The ticket prices are as follows:
Zone 1: P2,000
Zone 2: P1,750
Zone 3: P1,500
Zone 4: P1,250
Zone 5: P1,000

Check out M. Butterfly at the following social media:
Facebook: MButterflyMNL
Twitter: MButterflyMNL
Instagram: MButterflyMNL
YouTube: MButterflyMNL
For further inquiries, please contact ISHA GERMENTIL at mobile number 0917- 623 - 3834.

“A provocative and probing play—refreshing and startling.” Village Voice

"A brilliant play of ideas … a visionary work that bridges the history and culture of two worlds."—Frank Rich, New York Times

"Audaciously imaginative … big in conception and theme, David Henry Hwang joins the first string of American playwrights."—Variety

"Just when you've seen every possible coupling, M. Butterfly presents one of the most provocative and touching of all."—USA Today

"Hwang has something to say and an original, audacious way of saying it. A rarity on Broadway."—Edwin Wilson, Wall Street Journal   (PR)

Karen Reyes on Traveling and Taking Risks.

 When Karen Reyes auditioned for Pinoy Big Brother six years ago, no one thought she’ll be sharing the spotlight with other well-known local celebrities. A proven risk-taker at such a young age, she admitted that her mom has no knowledge she’d be joining the reality show. Her attitude, having no fear to try new things, made her reach the title Second Big Placer of Pinoy Big Brother and from there, the bright future ahead her continuously placed her to where she is today.

Growing up from Oriental Mindoro, it is evident to Karen how low-key and approachable she is by the way she carries herself. Karen is full of happy thoughts; you hear nothing but all out fun from her. She’s a bursting bubble every time she answers questions. May it be about work, love, or life in general, an exchange of conversation with her is like a best friend chit-chat. She is very open, honest, and playful.

When going places, she opts to do it just by herself but would love it even more when she gets to spend time traveling with her boyfriend. An adventurer at heart, she enjoys going to the beach and try all the water activities possible. An aficionado of unplanned road trips, it only justifies where her spontaneity is coming from.
Karen normally goes to different local places at least once a month. Just to mention her recent travels, she went to Mt. Pinatubo with the team and was able to enjoy the bumpy 4 X 4 ride and strenuous hike. Amidst all the dirt, humid, and 2-hour long trek, Karen remained cheerful and lively. “Mas adventurer ako, kesa traveler,” she said.

As for Karen’s dream travel destinations, she looks forward to visiting Batanes, Albay, and Palawan. Unlike other travelers who would excessively pack during trips, her essentials only include clothes, a wallet, her mobile phone, a lip tint, and speakers. “Hindi ako madala ng gamit. Since most of my trips are unplanned, hindi ako aligaga palagi na kailangan ng ganito or ng ganyan. Kung ano lang talaga ‘yung pinakakailangan” she explained.

One thing to love about Karen is her willingness to take risks. She may be afraid at some point, but her go-getter personality sets her apart from the rest. She’s not afraid to venture new possibilities, to explore what the world has to offer, to seek the unknown, to wander around and get lost. Karen lives with no regrets as she fully knows what she wants and always goes for it. (PR)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Northpine Land creates opportunities in Pampanga.

NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI), one of the leading and most trusted real estate companies in the Philippines, foresees more opportunities coming in Pampanga with the recent launch of Montana Strands (MS), its newest project in San Fernando City.

The latest project, Montana Strands, was introduced in Pampanga through a three-part launch which was conducted in three consecutive weeks of April. It kicked off with an exclusive preview for clients who expressed interest in the project, followed by a grand motorcade and was concluded with a grand event.
In addition to a promise of better homestead and dwelling that Montana Strands can offer, NLI also sees its inauguration as a doorway of several livelihoods for the people of Pampanga. From the construction of houses up to selling, NLI needs dedicated and competent individuals who will work together for the immediate rise of Montana Strands community.

With this new residential development in San Fernando City, Pampanga, advent of greater possibilities is expected. “It is always our privilege to create and give opportunities to people. Now that Montana Strands development is underway, we are actually looking for more manpower. We firmly hold our tagline Your Dreams Come to Life by also making simple and small dreams come true,” Ferdinand Macabanti, NLI General Manager asserted.
Moreover, NLI presents a life full of opportunities to the future MS homeowners. With its wise and strategic location, workplace and other important establishments are just within reach. This upholds NLI’s mission to provide homes that improve the quality of life.

About NorthPine Land, Inc.
NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views and Montana Strands), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), Laguna (South Hampton), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: HongKong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit or call +632 637.1531. (PR)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

CONVERGE FIBERSCOPE: Peace of Mind Runs on Pure Fiber.

The pursuit to provide the Filipinos with a better experience online. That has been Converge ICT’s mantra in their aggressive operational expansion. Operational being the keyword, especially nowadays when everything about convenience are hinged on technology. Converge ICT has carefully carved its role in this fast-changing landscape thus the creativity of fiber-innovations that would upgrade everyone’s quality of life. The newest addition to its fiber-enabled convenience affords home and business owners one of the most valuable commodities there is: Peace of Mind.

Imagine getting that peace of mind. Out of sight, out of mind is not a phrase that applies to most home and business owners. Anxiety often creeps in when one thinks of safety and security of premises that you have to leave behind to get on with your daily errands.

Now, imagine that peace of mind running on pure fiber.
Converge, intends to provide with exactly that as it offers Fiberscope. It is a state-of-the-art high definition indoor CCTV security camera that allows you to monitor spaces that matter to you, wherever you are, whenever you want to. It delivers clear high definition 1080p video, and amazing image quality. Fiberscope features dual motors that allow for 340º pan and 90º tilt that enable users to get a full view of the property as if you are standing inside the room yourself. It is also equipped with an intelligent motion tracking system and is night vision capable, putting all worries - whatever time of the day - a thing of the past.
One its unique features – the Two-way Talk - boasts of a built-in speaker and microphone that allows you to talk to the counterparty wherever you are. Easy Set Up, 24/7 Recording, with Content still accessible even if you lose your phone or laptop

Fiberscope allows you to share access to the camera with four mobile users. Set up is easy – simply download EZVIZ app from the App Store and Google Play Store, and pair the smartphone with the camera. You can also set the camera to record 24/7 by downloading, installing, and logging on the PC app EZVIZ Studio.

In case you lose your phone, or can't access the laptop or desktop with EZVIZ Studio installed, you can still view recorded footage by visiting Security measures are in place to ensure the privacy of recorded videos in your premises.

Fiberscope is available to existing and new subscribers of FiberX and Fiber Xtreme plans. So you get the best security camera with the most reliable pure fiber network in the country.
They can be purchased in these reasonable packages.

Fiberscope Single (with a P199 monthly service fee) and Fiberscope Set (package of four, with a P740 monthly service fee) are offered as an add-on (for 24 months) to new and current subscribers of the following Converge plans:

To avail of the Fiberscope, one must subscribe to FiberX or Fiber Xtreme Internet plan. Interested customers may call the Converge ICT Sales Hotline at (+632) 6670848. or they can visit their official website at or follow them on Facebook @ConvergeICTOfficial), LinkedIn @convergeictenterprise), Instagram @convergeictofficial), and Twitter @converge_csu.

Those who would purchase will a enjoy a two-year warranty for the units. Converge service desk is also available 24/7 to answer any queries.

Take advantage of this powerful fiber-innovation that is the Converge Fiberscope. Running on the country’s only pure end-to-end fiber network, lift your worries wherever, whenever. Truly, you can experience better with Converge.


Converge ICT is the fastest growing fiber internet and other digital consumer-centric services provider in the country today. The premium products and services we offered run through the first pure end-to-end fiber internet network in the country. (PR)