Friday, July 29, 2016

For years, Starbucks has kept its customers on their toes with regular releases of beautifully-designed Starbucks Cards. This month, in celebration of its 3rd anniversary, Starbucks Philippines offers Cards and merchandise with designs evoking a sense of pride about the rich history of the country. 

“As a global brand, we look for ways to make Starbucks more relevant to the local market. This year, we want to be closer to the hearts of the Filipinos through Cards featuring well-known cultural and geographical landscapes familiar to every Filipino,” said Keith Cole, head of marketing for Starbucks Philippines.

Starting August 8, Starbucks will offer three new cards: Manila Starbucks Card available only in Metro Manila stores, Cebu Starbucks Card available only in Cebu and a Special Edition Siren Starbucks Card available in all stores. Both the Manila and Cebu Starbucks Cards have a matching tumbler available in the respective stores. 

Inspired by “Summer Night in Manila,” the Manila Starbucks Card design focuses on the iconic Philippine commuter jeepney travelling the busy city at night. The colorful and intricate designs on the body of what is dubbed as the king of the roads in Metro Manila represent the vibrant culture of the Filipinos.

For those in the queen city of the south, the Cebu Starbucks Card features the exquisite scenery of the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and Mactan Mandaue Bridge as if viewed from the hilltops of Cebu that are decked with the Sinulog flower.

Aside from Cards that represent Filipino culture, the global coffee brand also offers a Special Edition Siren Starbucks Card, highlighting the Siren as the heart of Starbucks. It tells the story of Starbucks rich heritage, representing the brand’s loyalty to its roots as it evolves. This elegantly designed card is available in all stores nationwide.

All of the three Cards are available for an initial consumable load amount of ₱300 starting August 8. As an anniversary treat, customers who activate any of the featured qualified Starbucks Cards with at least ₱1500 from August 8 to 10 will receive a complimentary Starbucks mini green apron card carrier or any Grande handcrafted beverage. Qualified Cards are Manila Starbucks Card in Metro Manila, Cebu Starbucks Card in Cebu and Special Edition Siren Starbucks Card in all non-Metro Manila and Non-Cebu stores.

Starting August 8, Starbucks will offer three new core cards: Manila Starbucks Card available only in Metro Manila stores, Cebu Starbucks Card available only in Cebu and a Special Edition Siren Starbucks Card available in all stores.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Filipinos are in for irresistibly awesome mornings as one of McDonald’s well-loved breakfast items gets a delicious twist!

On July 11, customers’ breakfast cravings will be satisfied with the new limited-time offer Double Choco Crumble Hotcakes. It’s the original golden brown Hotcakes that Filipinos have come to love, now topped with cookie crumble, drizzled with luscious chocolate-malt sauce, and served with maple-flavored syrup. With these delectable ingredients, Filipinos can continue enjoying a great breakfast experience that only McDonald’s can offer.

Whether one tries the Double Choco Crumble Hotcakes or sticks with the all-time favorite original Hotcakes, both options are sure to satisfy breakfast patrons as they are best paired with a cup of freshly-brewed McCafe Premium Roast Coffee and Hash Browns.

Monday, July 18, 2016

The Apple Watch is arguably the ultimate lifestyle accessory. It’s highly personalized as you can customize the watch face to fit your style, and you can dress it up or down with an assortment of bands to complement your outfit.

Case-Mate Sheer Glam Band in Champagne

If you’re looking to shake up your #OOTDs, try switching Apple Watch bands. It’s guaranteed to change your look and get you a lot more compliments. Following are some on-trend pieces to add to your collection.

Semi-transparent elastomer

When you’re in the mood for something chill or laidback but still like a little sparkle, opt for a flexible elastomer band with shiny flecks. It’s casual enough for everyday use, but makes it easy to add a little elegance to any look.

Case-Mate Turnlock Band in Shocking Pink

Friday, July 15, 2016

In one way or another, you’ve probably heard of Pokémon Go, the latest new app that seems to be taking over smartphones everywhere. When we first heard about the app, it piqued our curiosity, given our passion for cyber security. This led us to research how the game works, how to play it, and the possible security risks that come along with the game.

Firstly, it is important to note that this game is not an average smartphone game. It uses a technology known as augmented reality, which is a blend of real life and technology. There are many layers to this game, and there are many factors that come into play when using this app, such as using real time GPS locations, geocaching technology and the world around the user.

This game has literally become an overnight sensation and cybercriminals are looking to cash in on this huge opportunity in a variety of ways. Here, we will be examining the risks in the cyber realm and the real world while playing this game.

Cyber Security Risks
Trojanized Versions:

The app isn’t available in all countries yet, and some netizens just couldn’t wait. Just days after the official Pokémon Go App hit the market, researchers from Proofpoint discovered a Trojanized version of the app. So  when downloading the app, be sure to only download apps from trusted sources such as the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Change is indeed coming as millions of Filipino travelers and commuters can soon enjoy Internet connectivity at major public transportation hubs, allowing them to make their journeys much more enjoyable and productive through the recent partnership between PLDT, Smart Communications and the Department of Transportation.

Under this collaboration, Smart and PLDT will power WiFi connectivity at the station platforms, light railway vehicle (LRV), and on the street level of the entire lines of MRT3, and LRT 1 and 2. Meanwhile, data connectivity with the installation of Smart Wifi in major airports, seaports, and bus terminals all over the country will also be strengthened.

With this, commuters can take quickly share their photos and updates to friends and family on social media while at the airport, seaport, or bus terminal. Meanwhile, commuting on trains can be made more fun by streaming one’s favorite videos, shows, and clips via iflix and Youtube. Professionals, on the other hand, can continue respond to work e-mails. Needless to say, this marks a huge step in further empowering more Filipinos to be more connected wherever they may be.

Friday, July 8, 2016

The long wait is over for Filipinos who have been wanting to get hold of the world’s first multimedia tablet with a built-in projector ever since they’ve had sneak peeks of this device. Lenovo today announced that the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is now within everyone’s reach as it debuts at selected Lenovo retail stores nationwide.

With its new 70” projector screen, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro vastly improves the experience of watching Hollywood blockbusters or Filipino movie favorites, playing video games, and browsing the Web. Comparing with the previous version of the Yoga tablet, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro flaunts an optimized projector placement and is now 180-degree rotatable to beam life-sized images onto a wall or ceiling – images that are significantly brighter, offering an immersive cinematic experience. At 299 pixels per inch, the onboard 10.1” QHD (2560×1600) screen is considerably sharper, and renders richer colors with its Smart Display technology. 

Lenovo-Yoga Tab 3 Pro
Tablet users can also immerse themselves in cinema-worthy sound without headphones through the Yoga Tab 3 Pro’s powerful inbuilt JBL sound bar and Dolby Atmos technology – an industry first for tablets. To achieve greater sound clarity and a louder output, the sound bar is also fitted with 4 front-facing speakers that are fine-tuned with Wolfson Master Hi-Fi technology.

Sleek and exquisite, the Yoga Tab 3 Pro is carefully assembled with premium materials such as aluminum and a leather-like fabric back, while maintaining its ultra-slim design. Splash proof and perfectly balanced for an uncompromised holding experience, the tablet truly shines in a sea of lesser tablets, given its versatility and long battery life of 18 hours span cycle to deliver more power a user needs in a day. 

It also comes loaded with Smart Window 2.0 for enhanced multitasking, so entertainment lovers as well as professionals can now do more things, faster. The Yoga Tab 3 Pro allows users to run a background app as well as two windows on top, with the added benefit of a phone apps layout to easily fit everything on one screen. Email, news, YouTube – enjoy them all at once!

The Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro is now available at selected Lenovo retail stores nationwide for Php 29,999.

Full specifications:
McDonald’s serves a taste of Italy with the new Chicken Fillet Italiana.

Enjoy every bite of McDonald’s signature chicken fillet, topped with meaty tomato sauce and melty cheese. This will surely make you say, delizioso!

The new Chicken Fillet Italiana is the latest favorite meal of hit love team, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, popularly known as AlDub! In their latest TV commercial, AlDub celebrates their first year anniversary as a love team enjoying the new Chicken Fillet Italiana. Check out the TV commercial via

Savor the new Chicken Fillet Italiana with a regular drink for only P69. Available from 10:30 A.M. onwards, get this with friends or family at any McDonald’s store nationwide or via McDelivery (86-2-36, or via mobile app).

Share your photos enjoying Chicken Fillet Italiana on or tag @McDo_PH on Twitter or Instagram.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Soft, moist-looking skin has always been considered attractive. It’s the first thing people notice, and when it glows, skin can be a woman’s powerful secret weapon, says Hillarie, the new Jergens Girl.

Silky-smooth, moisturized skin is not just attractive, it is also healthy. No matter what a woman’s age, supple skin can be achieved with a faithful skincare regimen. Hillarie says good habits, the right moisturizing products and desire to have moist, glowing skin happen will result in dramatic changes to the quality of skin with regular use. Women of all ages can develop greater confidence and a better sense of self when their skin feels soft and moist.

“You can’t stay young forever, but you can control the factors that accelerate the aging process and flaunt young, beautiful skin for the longest time. “Develop good habits. Nix the bad ones. Start by avoiding too much sun exposure, ditch cigarette smoking, eat good food,, drink lots and lots of water and don’t stress yourself, unnecessarily,” she says.

A firm believer in the power of beautiful skin, Hillarie says she tries to take shorter and not-too-hot showers as often as she can. Long, hot showers tend to remove the skin’s moisture and wash away the protective oils, she shares. That’s why she advises women, even when they’re still in their teens, to “moisturize, moisturize, moisturize”.

Hillarie shares a step-by-step skin care regimen that will take care of skin from sunup to sundown:

1.    Moisturize immediately after a warm shower. When the skin is damp, the moisturizer can better seal in the moisture.