Friday, May 6, 2016

British School Manila holds its Fete 2016 celebration

The school was looking fantastic, the PTA and operations teams had worked all hours, the Raffle tickets sellers had given up on sleep and were ever present, the sun was beating down, the water iced for ‘dunk the teacher’ and  volunteers from all sections of the BSM community were manning and organizing stalls.

The British School Manila was again fully geared up to accommodate the hundreds of our extended community who joined in for the annual Fete.  It was another wonderful event, entertaining  the youth with bouncy castles, tea rooms, paint ball, coconut shy, the list was endless.

BSM expresses its heartfelt thanks to all who helped on the day, most especially to the PTA who exemplified teamwork and did such a fantastic job (giving up hours of their time) to coordinate the programmes. The day was undoubtedly a major success on every level–funds were raised, fun was had, food and beverage consumned.

More importantly, BSM came together as a community, young and old,  to ensure that tradition that has been part of BSM for the last 39 years and 9 months continues into its 40th year. BSM sense of community was both maintained and enhanced through the organization of such a huge event and also enjoying the actual day.

The British School Manila (BSM) is a highly regarded co-educational British international school established in 1976.  It upholds the high standard of the British education system and takes full advantage of its multi-cultural setting. BSM is accredited by the Council of International Schools (CIS) and is also a member of The Federation of British International Schools in Southeast Asia and East Asia (FOBISSEA) and The Independent Association of Prep School (IAPS).

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Celebrate Mother's Day with Villa Del Conte

There will always be that one caring and supportive woman who will always have your back no matter what-—your mom. She’s the one who brings out the best in you, holds your hand when you fall and helps you stand on your feet again.

Make Mother’s Day a day to remember by giving out Villa Del Conte. Give back the love and appreciation she deserves with Villa Del Conte Thank You Dark Chocolates. These sumptuous delights from Padova, Italy contain 50% cacao.

Make this Mother’s Day the best yet by giving her these Italian artisanal chocolates. 

Visit Villa del Conte stores at Greenbelt 5, Century City Mall, Shangri-la Mall, SM Megamall, Resorts World, Alabang Town Center, and Robinsons Magnolia.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

"My Candidate" spreads joy and cheer this election season

Derek Ramsay and Shaina Magdayao teams up in Quantom Films' latest offering titled My Candidate. Together with Iza Calzado, they give the audience a different tale of love and romance this election season.

 In this light romantic film, Derek plays Sonny Suarez,  a congressman running for senator. He wants to continue the legacy of his ailing father, played by Tirso Cruz III. Political scion Congressman Sonny Suarez has all that it takes to become a Senator but lacks charisma.

Determined to improve his lackluster showing at the polls, Sonny's team hires Billie Pono, a smart  life coach. Billie molds Sonny into becoming an outstanding public speaker. She succeeds at turning Sonny into a desired candidate and the two become close while at work.

 While campaigning, Sonny  encounters his ex-girlfriend, Vera.  Iza Calzado plays Vera Sanchez, a self-made congresswoman.

The campaign proves to be an uphill battle with many twists and turns, with Vera declaring her candidacy for the Senate.  Sonny soon finds himself falling for his coach.

Will Sonny emerge victorious?

 "My Candidate" also stars Nico Antonio, Ketchup Eusebio, Ricci Chan, Jun Sabayton,  Christine Babao and Al Tantay.  The movie is directed by Quark Henares and opens in cinemas nationwide starting May 11.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Join in the Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries sampling events this May 4

Jollibee launched its new Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries last month.

There are two exciting ways to enjoy your favorite Jolly Crispy Fries: through generous sprinklings of cheesy Super Cheese and delicious Sour Cream! And these Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries are fast becoming the favorite snack to share!

The new Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries Super Cheese and Sour Cream are available in three sizes: regular (P40), large (P65), and jumbo (P80). These tasty snack treats are also available in the refreshing Jollibee Float combo, starting at P65. The new Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries are now available in all Jollibee stores nationwide.

Are you #TeamSuperCheese or #TeamSourCream?

YouTube stars Wil Dasovich and Janina Vela, as well as Loyola Meralco Sparks FC players James and Phil Younghusband, Simon Greatwich, Eddie Mallari, Anton Del Rosario, and Curt Dizon are among the celebrities who are loving the new Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries.

To know more about how much they crave for Jollibee's new absolutely delicious Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries, watch this video:

Now the fun part is that Jollibee invites you to try the Jolly Crispy Flavored Fries in its sampling event this May 4, 2016 (happening simultaneously between at 2pm-3pm) in 140 participating Jollibee stores nationwide.

Make a stand if you would go for a #TeamSuperCheese or #TeamSourCream flavor. Do post a photo with the tags: @bestfriendjollibee #TeamSuperCheese or #TeamSourCream on INSTAGRAM. You may also post it on Facebook and Twitter.

Visit the Jollibee Facebook page at or Jollibee on Twitter @jollibee to find out know more about Jollibee's nationwide sampling tomorrow.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Bioessence launches its Professional Product Lines for the Filipina Skin

I have sensitive, combination skin and it took me a while to make the right choices about my skin care.  I found it difficult to solve all my skin problems with just one brand. My skincare routine then was a process of trial and error.

Problem ingredients from Western formulations   made  my  skin worse.   Some products I used  aggravated the very skin issue I was  trying to resolve.  It was difficult to find a single product that tackles all of my skin problems at a formulation that works for my skin.

Bioessence, one of the trusted brand in beauty and wellness in the Philippines, had recently launch its skincare professional lines. Known for their facials, slimming and spa services, it currently offers a full range of skincare suited for the Filipina skin.

Bioessence knows that everyone's skin is different. Not everything works the same on everyone. And so, the first step towards achieving a beautiful skin is figuring out your skin type.  We were assessed by dermatologists during the event and were handed out a skincare line set based on individual skincare needs.

 Dra. Geline Rosario-Crisostomo of Bioessence talked about customizing skincare line according to age and skin type during the launch. With a tag line ” Caring Beyond Beauty”,  the brand  resonates with a mission that goes deeper beyond making the skin beautiful.  Bioessence puts love and care every step of the way not just in their renowned treatments but in their own products as well.

Dr. Emma B. Guerrero explains, ”We believe that beauty is such a big wold. When we say beautiful, it should go beyond the physical. When we care it should go beyond the feeling. Caring beyond beauty is our way to send our message of caring more; for your skin, your wellness, for your fellow Filipino livelihood, for the community and the Earth.”

As Bioessence looks after our skincare needs, it also helps local farmers gain livelihood. Bioessence also contributes to help save the environment. It uses  recycled materials for their packaging.

The Bioessence  Professional Product lines comes in 4 sets specifically made to solve the 4 basic skin care requirements:

Biolite – specially formulated with Vitamin C and other innovative ingredients that help in Color Control, Skin Clarity and Skin Moisturization as it removes skin impurities and excess oils.

Preventage – enriched with black Oat Seed exact and Lecithin which helps improve skin hydration that brings softer and brighter skin with a youthful glow. The perfect arsenal to battle the signs of aging.

Acnetrol – Acne control at its finest! Your skin’s best defense against breakouts and excess oils with powerful yet proven safe ingredients like sulpur, salicylic acid and clindamycin.

Derm-age – Formulated using the technical breakthrough ReGeniStem. It uses Red Rice and a combination of botanical Polysaccharride and nano-ized Collagen that provide maximum moisturizing effect to the skin. Best suited for aged skin to help keep it supple and prevent further skin damage.

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Sunday, May 1, 2016

LG G5 smartphone launches in Manila

The celebrated LG G5 smartphone had finally found its way to the Philippines, making its debut in a grand launch in Shangri-La at the Fort last April 28.

LG G5 appears to be one of 2016’s most interesting releases. It was chosen as the best new device introduced at the Mobile World Congress last February 2016. LG's latest addition to the global technology innovator’s renowned G Series swept the Competition with a record-breaking number of 33 awards.

Play More with LG G5

The prestigious event was graced by a number of prominent personalities such as Phil and James Younghusband, Ginger Conejero and more. Throughout the program, LG G5 and Friends were given ample praise by different industry experts: Qualcomm Southeast Asia Regional Head Mantosh Malhotra for the G5’s power-packed hardware, music DJ Jessica Milner for the Hi-Fi Plus with B&O Play sound accessory, and lifestyle-travel blogger Chuckie Dreyfus for the 360 CAM accessory.

Celebrity parents Doug and Cheska Kramer showed the audience why they love the LG G5 and Friends through their Rolling Bot video demonstration with their kids and pet dog. And to reinforce G5’s message “Life’s Good When You Play More”, comedic video blogger Wil Dasovich presented his collaboration with LG through a heart-warming CSR project conducted for the children at the Philippine Children Medical Center (PCMC).

Unique Modular Design and Industry-Leading Camera

LG G5 sports the brand’s first-ever Modular Type design, encased in a sleek metal aluminum body and a Slide-out Battery which can easily swap a depleted battery with a fully charged one. Complete with LG Friends, a collection of companion devices, the G5 can be transformed into a digital camera, Hi-Fi player and more.

Reflecting LG’s longstanding reputation as a leader in smartphone cameras, the LG G5 has two cameras on the rear: one with a standard 78-degree lens and another with a 135-degree wide angle lens, the widest available in any smartphone. The 135-degree lens on the LG G5 offers a viewing angle that is approximately 1.7 times wider than those of existing smartphone cameras and 15 degrees wider than the human eye’s field of view. The wide angle lens makes it easier for users to capture more landscape, taller buildings or larger groups without having to position oneself further from the subject.

LG G5’s unmatched camera qualities are further enhanced with powerful photo effects including Pop-out Picture, Film Effect and Auto Shot. Pop-out Picture combines images taken by the standard and wide angle lens to create a picture-in-a-frame effect. Film Effect can apply nine different film emulators to an image while Auto Shot is an enhanced camera UX which automatically captures the perfect selfie shot when a face is recognized.

LG Friends

With the G5, LG is introducing a paradigm-shifting smartphone ecosystem—the LG Playground. This comes with a wide range of companion devices, aptly called LG Friends, to deliver fun while providing a new mobile experience far beyond traditional smartphone boundaries.

· LG CAM Plus – This is a versatile camera module that can be attached through the battery slot to deliver a comfortable grip and convenient control of a standalone camera. The LG CAM Plus provides physical buttons for power, shutter, record, zoom and LED indicator. It also offers intuitive auto focus and exposure lock, features usually found in standalone digital cameras. When attached to the LG G5, it provides an additional battery capacity of 1,200mAh to allow for longer shooting enjoyment.

· LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY – This is an innovative portable Hi-Fi DAC audio player developed in collaboration with B&O PLAY to meet the needs of those who enjoy top-notch sounds that are traditionally available in high-end audio devices. LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY stands out for its simple yet elegant Scandinavian design and premium sound technology. In addition to the 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC up-sampling technology first introduced in the LG V10, it also supports 32-bit 384KHz high-definition audio playback. It can be used either as a module with the LG G5 or as a separate Hi-Fi DAC by connecting to any smartphone or PC.

· LG 360 VR – This is a VR goggle that can connect to the G5 via a dedicated cable and simulate a 130-inch TV viewed from two meters away. It has a stylish and foldable design so that users can easily carry and watch VR content anytime, anywhere. Unlike other VR devices that require smartphones to be inserted in the device, the LG 360 VR weighs only 134g and is less than half as heavy as competing VR goggles while delivering a resolution of 639 ppi. The device is compatible with 360-degree images and videos captured with LG 360 CAM as well as all Google Cardboard content.

· LG 360 CAM – This is a compact 360-degree angle camera equipped with two 13-megapixel 200-degree wide angle cameras, 1,200mAh battery and 4GB internal memory, which can be supplemented by a microSD card. It can easily connect to the LG G5 and provides 2K video and 5.1 surround channel recording on three microphones, letting users effortlessly create high-quality 360-degree contents. Thanks to the partnership with Google, images taken with the 360 CAM can be uploaded to Google Street View and YouTube360, adding the fun of sharing creative contents with others. The images will also be available to view on the LG 360 VR or other devices that are capable of 360-degree content.

· LG Rolling Bot – This is a companion device that rolls like a ball while capturing images and videos with its embedded 8-megapixel camera. It can be used as a monitoring system for the home, pet care companion as well as a remote control for compatible home appliances. With an IP camera connectable via Wi-Fi, users can remotely monitor the interior of their homes with the LG G5 via live streaming.

· LG Tone PlatinumTM – The LG TONE PlatinumTM (model HBS-1100), the latest in the LG TONE Series, is a Bluetooth headset that has earned the Harman Kardon® Platinum grade for its superior sound quality. With a Balanced Armature design for minimum distortion, LG Tone PlatinumTM delivers exceptionally sharp and clean sound. It is also the world’s first Bluetooth headset equipped with aptX™ HDcodec, delivering lossless 24-bit audio for sound that is unrivalled in a wireless device.

· H3 by B&O PLAY – This is a set of high-end earphones that are compatible with the high-quality sound of the LG Hi-Fi Plus with B&O PLAY. Designed for audiophiles, H3 by B&O PLAY works with all Android smartphones.

· LG Friends Manager – This is the hub application that allows the G5 to connect with LG Friends with minimal fuss and effort. LG Friends Manager automatically detects nearby LG Friends and connects quickly and easily in three simple steps, eliminating much of the hassle of pairing devices.

Better Performance, More Efficiency

LG G5 offers other innovations designed to revolutionize today’s mobile lifestyle:

· Always-on Display – The 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum display on the LG G5 offers an Always-on feature, the first on a main smartphone display. The concept of the Always-on Display was first introduced in the LG V10 as the Second Screen and now that feature has evolved on to the main display to show the time and date continuously even when the G5 is in sleep mode. This means that you can always see the time at a glance, even during important meetings or when your hands are full.

· Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor – The LG G5 is equipped with the powerful yet energy-efficient SnapdragonTM 820 processor which offers advanced features such as 64-bit performance, Adreno 530 graphics, lower-power Qualcomm® HexagonTM DSP and Qualcomm Spectra™ 14-bit dual image signal processors (ISPs) designed to deliver high resolution DSLR-quality images and additional power savings. The Snapdragon 820 processor also has an integrated X12 LTE modem that supports Category 12 download speeds of up to 600 Mbps and LTE Category 13 uplink speeds of up to 150 Mbps.

· aptX™ HD: 24-bit Hi-Fi Wireless Audio – The LG G5 is equipped with aptX HD, an enhanced codec that supports 24-bit sound over Bluetooth, delivering rich and clear sound over wireless connections without any loss. When paired with the LG TONE Platinum, users can experience superb quality Hi-Fi audio that sounds amazingly close to the original source.

· Qualcomm® Quick Charge™ 3.0 – The LG G5 offers Quick Charge 3.0 for incredibly fast charging. By employing an intelligent algorithm, Quick Charge 3.0 is 27 percent faster and 45 percent more efficient than the previous generation.

· Low Power Location Estimation (LPLE) Technology – Thanks to this, LG G5 has excellent battery life. This solution enhances the battery efficiency by as much as 41.9 percent by improving the power consumption related to location-based apps.

“With all the smartphone brands striving for the latest technology and most functional design, LG G5 marries these concepts with the human element of rediscovering the true joy in ‘playing more’,” LGEPH Mobile Communications VP Jay Won said. “We are so excited to bring this highly anticipated and out-of-the-box flagship to the Philippines. LG G5 and Friends play a game-changing role in the smartphone industry, providing devices and opportunities that would help make the most of a consumer’s mobile lifestyle.”

The LG G5 is available in gray, titan, gold and pink, retailing for PhP 34,990.00.

Visit to “play more” with the LG G5. follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.

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