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November 21, 2017

Gravity Co. Ltd. is Launching Ragnarok Journey Philippines, the re-imagined Ragnarok Online

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I remember sometime in 2002, Ragnarok Online was launched in the Philippines. I have no idea about MMORPG that time since I was never a techie nor a gamer. But the moment this online game hits the country, I got hooked on it - we (my husband who was my then boyfriend) were actually hooked! Perhaps Ragnarok Online Philippines has been the most popular and most-loved game online and even offline during that time. But the online experience is, of course, a lot better because you got to interact with other players from other parts of the country. ROPh that time is like a social media, and just like any social media platforms; it has also been our way of life that from the moment we wake up to the moment we sleep, it's there in our system.

But just like any other things on Earth, Ragnarok in the country came to its dawn but the best memories of the friendship that was built through role-playing remained...

By the mid of 2017, Ragnarok Online returned in the Philippines, but this time, it's no longer me or my husband who plays, but our kids who continue the legacy...

Until I received an invitation to join the grand launch of Ragnarok Journey in the Philippines last November 12, 2017. Being an avid player, I never had any second thought. I was excited, for it would bring back all those happy and fun memories the very first Ragnarok Online brought me - the siege, the Pvp, the boss hunts and my RO merchandise collections.

The grand party for the arrival of Ragnarok Journey in the Philippines happened at the Glorietta Activity Center in November 12, 2017. It was hosted by Gravity Co. Ltd., publisher of various highly acclaimed online games.

Ragnarok Journey is based on the popular MMORPG Ragnarok Online which we used to play 15 years ago. It is a browser MMORPG where players can battle against colorful monsters, gain new abilities and participate in quests in a fantasy world. It's a game everyone can play anytime, anywhere, without the need to download and install a client!

Aimed at casual gamers, Ragnarok has been re-imagined in an all-new convenient AI-assisted adventure style which makes griding and leveling up easier. Battle monsters throughout the world of Rune Midgard and use your skills to traverse through new dungeons and zones.

Here's what different about Ragnarok Journey:

  • Autoplay feature. Turn it on and your character goes full auto mode killing monsters and looting. 
  • Players can choose a specialized class such as Mage or Swordsman at level 10.
  • Characters can accumulate new abilities by manually adding skill points and unleash devastating attacks on a menagerie of colorful fantasy monsters, the same model used in the classic Ragnarok Online.
  • Undertake quests from NPCs and enjoy daily rewards, just like the great MMORPGs.

Casual and hardcore gamers alike, enthusiasts, and long-time Ragnarok fans, from different parts of the country, were gathered together in the highly anticipated event. Attendees participated in the various programs where they won awesome freebies and exclusive Ragnarok Journey premium items. 

The grand party was hosted by GMA talents Bentong Sumaya and Arianne Bautista. 

Gamers also got the chance to bag major prizes such as Personal Computer gaming peripherals from Red Dragon, an ASUS Republic of Gamers laptop, and a brand new motorcycle. 

It also featured a cosplay competition that brought out the passion of everyone for Ragnarok. Popular bands such as Gracenote and 6cyclemind were also present to entertain the audience.

This comeback of MMORPGs in the Philippines will surely excite gamers from all parts of the country and I too, am super excited to play this game that I considered truly legendary...

November 15, 2017

The Award-winning Magical Field of Lights at Nuvali Continues to Enchant the Public on its Second Year

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Nuvali's award-winning and immersive lights and sound show was launched sometime in November, 2016. I received an invitation last year for the launch but due to bad weather, I was not able to take part in it. This year, I received an invitation once more to cover the event. As a Lagunense, this show is something I am proud of so I made sure to save the date exclusively for it. This is one of the most popular and most-loved attractions in the south during the yuletide season.

Last November 11, 2017; the kick-off of the Nuvali's Magical Field of Lights was held. Before the main event, media partners, bloggers, and guests were treated to the movie screening of Thor : Ragnarok at around 5pm in Solenad Cinemas. After the screening, we walked to the field where the show took place. It was a giant football field filled with thousands of LED bulbs. Scattered around the field were huge Christmas trees and other Christmas symbols that are also filled with lights. There's also the stunning Tunnel of Lights which is another attraction in the place.

The show started at 7pm and it was really magical and enchanting. I really felt that it's really Christmas and the Christmas spirit surrounds us while the lights were swaying along with the Christmas carols.

About Nuvali's Magical Field of Lights

Visitors to the fastest growth center in Southern Luzon, Ayala Land’s largest eco-community estate Nuvali, can now immerse themselves amidst a field of over 5,000 LED bulbs that light up like an enchanted field of tulips dancing to jubilant hymns starting November 11, 2017 until January 8, 2018.

The nightly show from 6:00 to 10:00 pm is open to all guests and can be viewed at the Nuvali football field also known as The Fields, right beside its retail complex Ayala Malls Solenad.
Dubbed the “Magical Field of Lights”, the first ever lights and sounds show to light up a whole outdoor field winning a Silver Stevie award for best exhibition display, is the sequel to last year’s maiden launch upgraded with colorful light spheres scattered all over the fields as well as featuring the people’s favorite, the 50-meter light tunnel, festive LED Christmas trees, and dandelion light installations. A Christmas fair that showcases traditional Filipino Christmas culinary treats complements the nightly spectacle on the fields.

“We engaged the best local artisans, engineers, and designers to come up with a truly captivating Christmas treat for residents and visitors to Nuvali,” said Jenn Chua, Nuvali Marketing Manager. The Nuvali light and sound show team developed a combination of light-and-sound technology with inventive and dream-like choreographed light arrangements which fully embodied the spirit of Christmas.

This year, the audience will get to enjoy three new medleys featuring popular songs such as Kumukutikutitap by Ryan Cayabyab, Ang Pasko ay Sumapit, and Joy to the World. Before and after watching the light and show, visitors can visit nearby Solenad mall to explore its shops and Christmas bazaars, or watch the latest films in any one of the four state-of-the-art theaters equipped with Dolby Digital, Recliner Seats, and the latest in sound technology, Dolby Atmos. Nature lovers and adrenaline-junkies can also check out Nuvali’s outdoor adventure playground and teambuilding facilities to try out the roller coaster zipline, Asia’s tallest Free Fall, wall climbing and bike tracks. Families may also opt to enjoy the Christmas cool breeze and watch movies under the stars at the Nuvali Nightsky Cinema events in partnership with Skycable, Fox Movies and Cinema One with shows on November 25, December 2 & 3, and December 16. Guests can also opt to stay a little longer for a Christmas staycation at the 150-room Seda Hotel Nuvali.

Nuvali expects to surpass last year’s total visitor count at more than 900,000 with guests coming from Metro Manila and nearby cities like Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas. Aside from spreading yuletide cheer, the light show encourages the community to enjoy the outdoors and Nuvali’s wide open lush spaces which features a 35-kilometer mountain bike trail, a multi-functional lake, hiking paths, a wildlife and bird sanctuary, and a tree nursery and demo farm called Greens & Patches.
“By deriving inspiration from nature and carefully studying the estate’s distinct landscape, the show would like to represent and highlight Nuvali’s generous 50-50 open-space to built-environment ratio,” said Chua.

At 2,290-hectares, Nuvali is the largest mixed use development of Ayala Land that is an integrated eco-community with over 400 shops at Ayala Malls Solenad, 150-room Seda Hotel, office buildings, an events place, QualiMed Hospital, 2 schools and over 6,000 residents in multiple residential developments by Ayala Land Premier, Alveo, Avida, and Amaia.
November 15, 2017

Visit SM City North EDSA for the Biggest Disney's Tsum Tsum Christmas Tree

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This yuletide season will be ushered by SM City North EDSA with adorable Disney's Tsum Tsum characters!

Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the well-loved characters in the Disney's Tsum Tsum animated YouTube shorts are featured in a gigantic 45-foot Christmas display this year, to form the biggest and cutest Christmas tree ever!

The tree is the centerpiece of SM City North EDSA's "Tsum-tacular Christmas Village" which is expected to draw crowds of shoppers throughout the holidays with its winter town and park setting complete with a train display.

Last November 10, 2017; the Tsum-tacular Christmas Village was unveiled in a magical and meaningful way, in true SM Christmas tradition.

The hearing impaired students of the Philippine School for the Deaf opened the event with a "silent caroling" of the Christmas classic "Do You Hear What I Hear?" by serenading the audience with their sign language.

SM Supermalls Senior Vice President for OperationsSteven Tan and Disney Philippines Country Manager Veronica Cabalinan welcomed everyone to the event and talked about how SM and Disney are helping spread love and joy which is the real magic of Chirstmas.

Through an on-screen visual animation, the audience were also given the chance to unlock the magical portal to the Tsum-tacular Christmas Village using a wave of their magic wands. Afterwards, ballerinas, dancing as pixies, led the crowd to the Christmas Village.

Celebrities such as Maureen Wroblewitz, the first Filipina to win the search for Asia's Next Top Model during the shows fifth cycle; Niña Corpuz, ABSCBN newscaster; Elevator Girl, Cheridel Alejandrino and few casts of Goin' Bulilit were present to witness the unveiling of the mall's centerpiece for Christmas.

With the launch of its Tsum-tacular Christmas, SM City North EDSA leads SM Supermalls in celebrating a magical Christmas with their own Disney- and Pixar-themed holiday displays: Mickey Mouse and Friends, Disney Princess, Olaf's Frozen Adventure, Cars, and Sofia the First.

These will be supported by different weekly activations, exciting events, and the SM Store and Toy Kingdom offering their most extensive collection of Disney merchandise items.

The unveiling of the most enchanting Christmas season at SM Supermalls is part of the We Love Disney campaign together with SM Lifestyle Entertainment Inc. and the Walt Disney Company to bring the world-renowned Disney brand closer to the hearts of Filipinos by creating more magical moments and memories for the whole family, especially this yuletide season.

Shoppers can visit the Tsum-tacular Christmas Village at the SM City North EDSA The Block Atrium until January 7, 2018.
November 11, 2017

SM Supermalls Unveils a Merry SM Christmas in 65 Malls Nationwide

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The whole family will feel magical this season of giving as SM Supermalls celebrates a Merry SM Christmas in 65 malls across the country. At SM Megamall’s launch of its Royal Holiday thematic last November 8, SM invited everyone to dazzling sights, joyful sounds, festive tastes, holiday finds, and Christmas feels in SM malls this Yuletide season.

The larger than life, Merry MOA Christmas display at The Atrium SM MOA

Kicking off the retail giant’s holiday experiences is spectacles of fireworks and laser lights in some malls, SM’s Dazzling Christmas Sky, happening in all weekends from November 30 to December 25. Since Christmas is about giving back, SM shoppers can get a pair of SM Bears of Joy for only PhP200.00 and share one with a child in need from November 8 to December 25.
SM Megamall, SM Aura Premier, SM Lanang Premier, SM CDO Downtown Premier, SM Mall of Asia, and SM Mall of Asia will take center stage on November 8 and 9 as the first batch of malls to unveil larger-than-life Christmas mall displays and holiday pop-up stores. On November 10, SM will then unwrap an exciting surprise at SM City North EDSA for kids and kids at heart – in partnership with a truly magical global partner.

Mall hallways will begin to echo joyful sounds of pop Christmas carols and brass symphonies starting November 10, creating the perfect atmosphere for customer to get holiday gift and finds especially for loved ones.

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