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December 27, 2016

Acer offers a smart and stylish holiday season

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Today’s generation of technology-oriented individuals will spare no expense to go and achieve their dreams in the swiftest of manners. And they will even do it in style.

Go chic and stylish this holiday season as global tech titan Acer unleashes its latest holiday promo for people who love to #GoSwift and in style and go beyond trends. Acer offers cool freebies every time you buy your favorite Acer laptop, 2-in-1, All-in-One, or projector until December 31, 2016.

For the stylish set, imagine having the best laptop around and wearing a good-looking watch at that while inside your favorite coffee shop and you’ll surely grab attention. The smart Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch is just for you, not just to keep you abreast of time but also as an attractive personal digital companion. Its 1-inch OLED (128 x 32) touchscreen display is a joy to look at, and is perfectly compatible with Android 4.4 systems and above, iOS 7 and iOS 8 and Windows 8.1. It is IPX4 waterproof certified and a full charge can last you 5-7 days. Just buy any Acer laptop with i3 processors or Acer 2-in-1 devices and this nifty gadget worth P850 is yours for free.


The Tomiko DigiBox is a cool addition to your home entertainment system and when watching your favorite TV shows and movies in superb digital format. And pairing this with an Acer projector or desktop makes it a truly excellent multimedia combination. The Tomiko DigiBox supports 1080P high-definition video, comes with a Multimedia Playback function (MPEG 1/2/3/4, MKV, MOV, JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and multiple OSD language, with Auto and Manual Search Functions and powerful program edit capabilities. Best of all, you can get this home entertainment buddy worth P1,200 absolutely free when you buy Acer projectors or Acer All-in-One desktops with i3, i5 or i7 processors inside.

For those who want uninterrupted power and not lose their productivity at work and/or at play, just buy Acer desktops with i3, i5 or i7 processors or Acer Veriton desktops with i3 and i5 processors and get the Emerson UPS worth P1,400 for free. The Emerson UPS guarantees constant and non-stop power during outages for your desktop with high reliability, protection from power surges and overloads and best of all, the Emerson UPS comes in a compact and lightweight form factor. From hereon, no more worries about losing important work in your Acer desktop just because the electricity went out.


Or if you want a cool, light and groovy bag to carry your laptop around safely and securely, just buy qualified Acer laptops (Celeron and Pentium-powered) and you can get the Acer laptop bag worth P300 for free. You’ll get peace of mind knowing that your precious Acer laptop is with you all the time inside your green-and-black Acer laptop bag that you can carry anywhere.

To get the Acer Liquid Leap Active Smartwatch, Emerson UPS, Tomiko DigiBox, or Acer laptop bag, simply buy the qualified Acer products from any Acer participating stores and fill out all necessary information in the Promo Claim Form. Present this together with the Official Receipt, cut-out of Box Serial Number, plus two (2) valid IDs at any authorized Acer redemption area.

When claiming via email, simply submit a clear scanned copy of the Promo Claim Form, Original Receipt, Cut-out of Box Serial Number and two (2) valid ID cards to aphi.promos@acer.com. Follow up on your claim via email through (02) 815-3388 local 100.

Other authorized Acer redemption areas are the Acer Service Center along 1651 Paz Guanzon Street, Paco, Manila, Acer Service Center along F. Cabahug corner Almendras Streets in Mabolo, Cebu City, and Acer Service Center at the ground floor of Ateneo de Davao University, 8016 Roxas Avenue, Davao City.

For more about the Acer holiday promo, #GoSwift and in style and other Acer Philippines’ products, go to www.acer.com.ph, follow Acer via Twitter (twitter.com/acerphils) or www.Facebook.com/AcerPH.
December 25, 2016

Le Grand Cirque's heart-pounding shows in Araneta starts on Christmas day

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Le Grand Cirque is a large -scale production direct f from Las Vegas, featuring an electrifying show of acrobatics, aerial tricks, white knuckle stunts, and precision skills.

Dubbed by the press as the ‘Next Generation of Cirque du Soleil,’ Le Grand Cirque's artistes who came from various parts of the world such as Europe, Canada and UK, promise action, glitz and glamour as they perform live in Araneta Coliseum starting Christmas day til the 3Rd of January, 2017.

This breath-taking Las Vegas-style extravaganza was described in the press as “a glittering spectacle” that “defies gravity and belief,” and touted to be a “real family entertainment.”

Gather your family this season and give them the gift of a spectacular Christmas with Le Grand Cirque's spell-binding shows!

Watch this teaser for some of their mind -blowing performances last Dec. 24, 2016.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=0szqRDt6SP4

December 21, 2016

Keeping a Cool and Fresh Christmas with the new Sharp J Tech Inverter 2-Door Refrigerator

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Christmas is already here! With it are the parties and gatherings you’d probably host or attend. And with every Filipino Christmas party tradition, good food and drinks never fail to make their appearance. But sometimes, the abundance of holiday favorites becomes a dilemma before and even after every party or shindig.

It might be something often overlooked because of all the excitement during these events, but behind the merry celebration, a conscious homemaker will always have these two concerns in mind: the food storage and the potential leftovers.

Your Christmas Helper

During your most hectic party, what you need is a reliable and efficient assistant. The new Sharp J Tech Inverter 2-Door Refrigerator [SJ-FTS08AVS-SL, SJ-FTS09AVS-SL] with its unique features and functions, ensures you of a bright, merry, and worry-free Christmas.






It is equipped with a spacious two-way fresh room that when closed serves as a chiller that rapidly cools the compartment for perfectly chilled drinks. It is also complete with adjustable freezer shelves for maximum storage, big door pockets to accommodate tall and large bottles, tempered glass shelves strong enough to hold up to 100kg worth of items, and a large vegetable compartment for all your fresh ingredients.

The Sharp J-Tech Inverter 2-Door Refrigerator also has a built-in premium Ag+Cu Nano deodorizer that effectively suppresses and eliminates strong lingering odors inside the fridge—preserving the taste, freshness, and flavor of all dishes or food stored.

Feel Extra Festive For Less

Also powered by the engineering of the J-Tech Inverter, it has a 32-step rotation compressor speed that gives a fast, even, and optimum cooling performance, ensuring that you and your guests only drink the coolest and the most refreshing beverages. The balanced and consistent cooling temperature also helps retain the crispness and freshness of any food item stored for later use.



Moreover, the new refrigerator series is further enhanced by the unique Extra Eco Mode button which allows the fridge to adjust to the most appropriate cooling temperature whenever there are less items inside. Without the excessive work of producing unused and unnecessary cool air, and in using LED lighting, it can save up to 46% on energy—truly affirming the efficient, durable, and masterful design system only Japan Technology can bring. Then also with the 7 Shields Protection, it is sure to withstand any hazards like instability, vibration, and fire.

With the Sharp J-Tech 2-Door Refrigerator, you’ll never fret the next time you hold  a party. Watch as it transforms your typical Christmas party stress into a merry and hassle-free moment from the time you purchase your ingredients up until it’s time to clean-up and store any leftovers.

Visit any authorized SHARP dealers near you to know more about this new refrigerator series. You can also visit Sharp’s official website www.sharp.ph, Sharp Philippines on Facebook, and @sharp.ph on Instagram for more information.
December 16, 2016

Market Row Bazaar, opens in the South for the holidays

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Market  Row  Bazaar is  a  pop  up  activation  for Retail Ventures’ first curated lifestyle store that bears the same name. The bazaar was located at the Activity Center of Solenad 3 Nuvali Sta. Rosa Laguna and ran from December 3 to 11. The brands participating in this bazaar was housed inside the said boutique, enticing the community for its upcoming  opening  inside  Solenad. 


 Below  were  the  brands  that took  part in  this week-long shop teaser:


OWL (Obsession Without Limits)
IG & FB: @obsessionwithoutlimits


OWL, short for Obsession Without Limits, is born out of the owner’s hobby. It provides unique, fun and adorable handmade crystal accessories using both local and imported materials. Ms. Vannie Olan, the owner and crafter, aims to reach a wide following regardless of age, status and style.




Ian Darcy Fragrance
IG & FB: @iandarcyfragrance



Ian and Allan have the nose for business, literally, their venture to fragrance this year has been received very well by the market. In a matter of a few months their online business, Ian Darcy Fragrance, eventually grew to physical stores in different market areas. Their perfume oils, which they source from France, are of high quality that people are impress of how identical their version is of a popular brand and its long-lasting scent on the skin.


Eightria Manila
IG & FB: @eightriamanila

Their accessories booth can come off as intimidating with their elegant boutique table set up. They have Pandora-ish bracelets and other glamorous silver and gold accessories with Cubic Zirconia
stones that has the brilliance of real diamonds. On the  other  side  is  their  apparel  booth  offering  casual,  easy  to  wear  tops  and bottoms that young adults will find interesting. Eightria’s overall
look is of chic, relax,glam down dressing.


Pillows & More/ Belts & More
IG & FB: @pillowsandmoreph


Sister brands that started out in selling belts and locally-made novelty pillows, Pillows & More / Belts & More is one of the most popular booths in the bazaar . Aside from throw pillows in pretty patterns, they also have unique neck pillows combined with animal hoodies that is a big hit to the kids and young at heart. The booth also carries their line of dog beds called Dogs & More which is also a hit among pet-loving bazaar goers.


Caboodle
Box
IG/FB: @caboodlebox
Email: caboodleboxph@gmail.com
Mobile: 09153968246


Caboodle Box is home to pretty trinkets, stationery, art and craft materials, gifts, home décor and novelty items lovingly handpicked and curated. The owner herself offers craft workshops and specializes in washi tape crafts, canvas bag painting and paper projects

Pink Bubbles by Gabrielle
IG & FB: @pinkbubblesbygabrielle

Considered as the perfect booth for little princesses who love to adorn their hair with pretty accessories, Pink Bubbles by Gabrielle offers a collection of hand made hairbows, headbands, clips and other accessories. It’s a party of colors with all the assortment of pastels and pretty patterns that can complement and complete every little girl’s OOTD.


MVT
Mobile Stuff
IG & FB: mvtmobilestuff


Nowadays, mobile phones are not just considered a necessity but also a part of every person’s fashion statement. MVT offers a wide range of eye candy phone cases and colorful accessories. Customers can’t help ogling at the beautiful prints and furry designs to adorn their precious phones.


Beauty and Body Balm
IG & FB: @beautyandbodybalm



Make-up  junkies  rejoice! Beauty and  Body  Balm brings  in  all  authentic  branded make-ups from the USA. Their main products, City Color and Klean color, are up and coming brands in the US that promises quality and on-trend cosmetics that won’t cost you your paycheck. They also carry quality make -up brushes,Goody products, L.A. Girl and RImmel.


Marilex Accessories
IG: @marilex78
FB: Eroles Handicrafts


Marilex focuses on showcasing their accessory line in this first run of Market Row Bazaar.  The prices  are very affordable  to  everyone  looking  for quick  gifts  for Christmas and those aiming to
hoard accessories for everyday use. All materials are made from non-tarnish stainless steel. Check
out their social media accounts for the rest of their handcrafted fashion products.

Helios Philippines
IG & FB: @heliosphilippines

Helios is one of those brands we Pinoys can be proud of. The humble drawstring bags are elevated by the creative use of various materials such as printed heavy canvas, water-repellant  fabrics, metallic,  faux croc skin, and printed  man-made leather.  Additional  pockets  and  zippers  make the  bags  more  functional  and fashionable.


House of Flannels
IG: @houseofflannels


No one can miss this booth! House of Flannels is spot on with their products which every flannel lover will appreciate. You’ll be surprised to find out that there is more than the usual button down shirt. They carry different silhouettes and fancy details that elevate the basic plaid, western shirt found in every closet.

Banana Leaf Clothing
IG & FB: @bananaleafclothing

 
Ms. Shonee Pontejos has been joining bazaars for only a few years, initially  selling  baby dresses  then
eventually followed her passion for dressing up and thus Banana Clothing as a brand was born. She
researches the latest trend in women’s fashion and have them produced locally. The brand’s latest collection of chic and trendy  dresses, tops, and jumpsuits are suitable to wear in the office and casual events.


AS by Alberto Sumague
IG: @asumague
FB: Alberto Sumague

AS is a veteran brand supporting the local industry for more than seven years. Being proudly Marikina made, they ensure top quality craft with a friendly price. Styles are of understated elegance that suits ladies with fine taste. The brand can also be found in their Greenbelt 1 and Kamuning stores.

Bag Buffet MNL
IG & FB: @bagbuffetmnl


Bag Buffet MNL is an aspiring brand offering a variety of chic and trendy bags perfected for girls of all ages.The owner, Ms.Nicole Tallod, handpicks the bag details from  leather  to  hardware  to  ensure  the  durability  of  her  products. Her  well carefully curated collections showcase bags and totes that caters to the taste of the young and fashionable.

F & M Clothing


F&M has also been around the bazaar scene for some good number of years already selling  affordable  yet  on  trend  apparels that suits a wide range of the ladies’ market. They got denim jumpers and jackets; chambray dresses; knit dresses in stripes and solid colors; easy slip on cardigans and more. 


Sling MNL
IG & FB: @slingmnl


Trendy casual sling bags, wallets, wrist bags and bag charms fill the entire booth. With their good price strategy, one will be tempted to take home more than 2 of their items. Ladies of all ages flock to this booth to get their hands on these pretty slings.

Koffee Clothing / Studs & More
IG & FB: @koffeeclothing 


Koffee  Clothing offers  trendy  silhouettes in  understated  colors  that  make it versatile to wear for work or leisure . Ms. Connie Cruz, the owner, carefully curates the collection for her brand which makes it seem like walking into someone’s closet with each item that can be mixed and matched. She started Studs & Gems just this year and the accessories here, of course, complement the Koffee apparel look.


Wasteland
IG & FB: @wastelandmnl
 

Wasteland Manila was launched in 2014, aiming to bring fun and exciting products for teens, young adults and young at heart with products ranging from iPhone cases, accessories and other novelty items. One of their notable items is their printed iPhone cases which is a collaboration with selected St. Benilde Multi-Media students. The entire Wasteland Manila collection can also be found at their digital flagship store at wastelandmnl.com.

Reigne x Ross
IG & FB: @reignexross
Reigne x Ross
IG & FB: @reignexross

Named after the owner’s adorable daughter and son, Reigne and Ross, is a new player in the children’s apparel. Dresses for little girls comes in fun, eye popping colors and prints. Character bags, purses and other small trinkets are also being sold in their booth.

Laurente Fashion
IG & FB: @laurentefashion

Laurente Fashion is another veteran in the bazaar business offering accessories, Vigan blankets and customized wood signage. Ms. Michelle Laurente brought in her line of accessories ranging from birthstone studs, stainless steel necklaces and bracelets, watches, and fancy necklaces. Along with the accessories is her fun, DIY, wood signage that can be customized with the help of their staff. Look
closely and you ’ll observe that all wood pieces are unique because they are all handmade by local Bulacan crafters.



Twilo
IG & FB: @twiloph

 
If Twilo rings  a  bell, it’s because the brand pioneers in  offering a mother  and daughter  matching  apparel  line.  They  have  been  in  the  business  for 13 years supporting  our  local  manufacturing  industry.  Come  and  check  their  current collection of printed dresses and tops, lace dresses that needs to be pre-ordered, and off shoulder tops in chambray.

On December 25, 2016 to January 3, 2017,  Market Row will be running another leg of bazaar in Solenad 3, before they officially open their physical store inside the mall.
December 15, 2016

Total Lifestyle Transformation in Elken Way, now in the Philippines

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It has been a year since the arrival of the newest leading Malaysian direct selling company Elken in the Philippines. Since then, it has continuously rolled out its goal - to provide world-class quality products with holistic approach in health, beauty, well-being, and business opportunities not just for Asian country citizens but now specifically to all Filipinos.

“We want to let Filipinos know that we are here to unify them in our common cause to enrich lives together by making a positive difference in people’s lives through the wonders of Elken products. We are looking after the stories on how Elken products change people’s lives,” said David Wong, General Manager of Elken International Philippines, Co. Ltd., during their maiden bloggers conference last November 29.


True to its philosophy “Builds you to Building Others”, Elken started its humble beginning in 1995 from a space that measured less than 25,000 square feet sharing the vision to enrich lives by nurturing and empowering people to create opportunities of a positive life transformation. From then, Elken expanded with over 500 unique wellness offerings in cosmetics, personal care, wellness, food and beverage, and home care and over 1.8 billion audience across 11 asian countries, which include Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, Hong Kong, India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Taiwan and now Philippines.
Wong also shared that total wellness should begin with comprehensive nutrition that can be found with Elken’s four interesting product line-up to its portfolio for Filipinos. 

Starting with its top-selling flagship Elken Spirulina, a complete food with 46 essential nutrients in a balanced proportion in line with the human body’s requirements, a chewable source of cholesterol-free protein, and a natural alkaline tablet that contains rich concentrated natural pigments of chlorophyll, beta carotene, xanthophyll, and phycocyanin that helps control the growth of abnormal cells.


Proved that beautiful skin starts from within, Elken’s El Marino Blanc is one of the most prized youth elixirs that helps restore younger-looking skin. It is an enhanced collagen powdered drink formulated to protect the skin from ageing, maintain the skin’s natural system to protect against external elements, and boost immune system which is a combination of Red Orange complex, Viqua Active with ADS Nano Delivery and Collative active.


Solution to coffee-lover Filipinos who are also maintaining healthy lifestyle, Elken has ElCafé - a premium quality 5-in-1 coffee with Ginseng and Gingko Biloba extract made from the finest of Arabica and Robusta coffee powder and non-dairy creamer that surely enchants Filipinos by its rich aroma, and giving them extra energy to cope up their daily work routines anytime every day.


Lastly, Elken’s FujitaLactose-S is a powdered drink that contains probiotics with 1 billion Bifidus bacteria as well as prebiotics such as oligosaccharides that helps the body from indigestion, improves bowel movement, detoxify the body, and prevent toxin reabsorption.


All of these Elken high quality products that are being offered to Filipinos are guaranteed low-cost and within the reach of all type of communities that Philippines have.

Elken is also known not only on product efficacy, but also on the compensation plan that has been giving opportunities to a lot of people to build own businesses that will also help to build others to improve lives in meaningful ways.

More than just products and business opportunity, Elken helps people create a sense of belonging to people by nurturing unity and trust while reaching out people to working together to turn their dreams into reality through the Elken way.


Aside from solid and stable reputation in the multi-national marketing industry worldwide, Elken has been in the market for 20 years, and has offices in 30 cities, and yet keeps on expanding the business exponentially to maintain its pipeline in continuously creating a big difference in the society especially to the Philippine market.

To know more about Elken Philippines, please visit ElkenGlobal or watch them on YouTube via iElken Global channel. Like their Facebook page via Elken Philippines to get latest updates.
For immediate inquiries, please contact (02) 535 22 66 or 0917 5110176 to get in touch directly.
December 15, 2016

Online puzzles to challenge your knowledge and skills

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Solving puzzles is actually a fun and worthwhile way of spending leisure time. It is not an ordinary board game as it tests the knowledge and skill of a person. Since I was young, I have always loved puzzles. I enjoy the challenge it gives me and t is also a great brain exercise.


Since nowadays is an era of the internet, where almost everything can be done on the internet on on the web; the traditional puzzles board has also leveled up. Now, you can find online puzzles that suits your interest - nature, animals, buildings, art, places and more. Among the many online puzzles I have tried, there is only one that I really enjoyed - the JSpuzzles. They offer a thousand (or more, I think) of different puzzles. I found it really exciting and interesting as I can customize my puzzle - I can choose the number of pieces, choose whether a large or a small size of pieces and can even turn on or off the competitive mode. In the competitive mode, you can see who is the top ten fastest players. While playing, you will see how fast you solve the puzzle and what is the minimum time the puzzle is solved by the players. It is so nice that they show statistics, that adds more challenge to the game.

Let me share to you some of my favorites:



I play this when I feel lazy solving puzzles. This is easy-peasy as you already have guide clues because of the lines and shapes. Beginners would love to start with this one.



Whenever I want to challenge myself, I look for something as complicated as this one...


So instead of playing online or offline games in the computer or on smartphones during spare time, I suggest you try solving puzzles via JSpuzzles. It is beneficial for you, it will make your brain function better and it will make you think more critically. It is absolutely free of charge and a new puzzle is introduced everyday so you have no reason to be bored!
December 14, 2016

stART Hope - Pursuit for Hope, Peace and Change

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stART Hope is the first ever benefit art exhibit that is curated purely by about fifty homeschooling students in the Philippines grades 4 to 8, who have united their efforts in the pursuit for hope, peace and change for the sake of the next generation.



THE HOMESCHOOLERS

    Homeschool @ Alabang and Homeschool @ Valle Verde are the expanded communities of the original Homeschool @ The Fort, an organized community of homeschoolers that provide fun and engaging classes for homeschoolers. It is the place to go to if you want to join a playgroup, co-op, or a homeschooling support group.

It held its Communication and Collaboration class (formerly called Projects and Presentations) with a thrust of supplementing the learning experiences of homeschooling independent learners by giving them an avenue to work in different group/class settings, for three years now,

The for-a-cause event is one of the collaborated projects of the class’ SY 2016-2017 students through the direction and inspiration of their teachers, which are both co-owners of education-travel blog, School in a Backpack.


THE CAUSE

The homeschoolers, in coordination with Wishes of Aid and Limbs for Kids (WALK), Inc., a non-stock, non-profit organization, and one of the projects of Rotary Club of Makati Forbes Park District 3830, aims to spark hope for the exhibit's main beneficiary, Nice So, along with the children of WALK Inc.


THE ARTISTS

    Nice So, a lupus patient who discovered her innate artistic talent while in the hospital just about the same time she was informed about her medical condition, has been painting and selling her artworks since she was in grade school to pay for her medical necessities as well as help other kids with lupus and other incurable diseases.



Contemporary artist Niño Hernandez, and professional calligraphist Ginger de Guia, both art teachers in the homeschool community, supported the student project and its cause by collaborating their artworks for the exhibit.

Homeschooled until her senior high year, and now incoming college student pursuing arts management, Waby Liberia will be officially launched into the arts industry through the exhibit.


THE EXHIBIT


    stART Hope will greet the New Year with youthful expectations at the exhibit launch on January 7, 2017 at the Kanto Artist-Run Space, 2nd Floor, Makati Cinema Square, Makati. Program starts at 3PM. Featured artists, seasoned performers, homeschool talents and more will be part of the exhibition launch program.

    The exhibit will run all the way until January 26, 2017, will be held. It is open to accepting artworks with the theme “hope” on a 16x16 mounted canvass from all homeschooling students in the Philippines.

Exhibition artworks are currently pre-selling through stART Hope’s online shop via facebook.com/stARTofHope. For partnerships, sponsorships and other inquiries, please email homeschoolph.starthope@gmail.com.


THE PARTNERS


Powered by: Homeschool @ Alabang, Homeschool @ Valle Verde, and School in a Backpack.
Presenters: Kanto Artist-Run Space, The Crafter’s Marketplace, Great Mornings, DARE by Dr. Jean Marquez, FPDS, Ogalala World, Hiyas Books, OMF Literature
Major Sponsors: Abiva Publishing, Curaytive Science, Don Henrico’s Pizza Foods Corporation
Minor Sponsors: Salva’s Kitchen, Mother Nurture
Donors: PhoebeCakes
Media Partners: CBN Asia, Homeschool.TV, E.g. Yolk Productions, DWDD 1134 AM Katropa Radio, Positively Pinoy, DZFE 98.7 FM The Master’s Touch, Art+ Magazine, Philippine Bloggers Network
Digital Influencers: filipinohomeschooler.com, mommyjourney.com

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