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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Starbucks Frappuccino® Blended Beverages: Chocolate and Tea

This June, Starbucks gave a unique take on the signature flavors of chocolate and tea by introducing two new Frappuccino® Blended Beverages: the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Beverage.
 
Available today until July 25, enjoy the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® Blended Beverage which is a blend of Kenyan Tea leaves and chocolate is infused into a smooth and delicious Black Tea Frappuccino®. It starts with a layer of refreshing and aromatic Earl Grey Tea Jelly then topped with a smooth Black Tea Frappuccino® with chocolate Java Chips and finished with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chocolate Black Tea powder. Prices: Tall - Php180, Grande - Php190 & Venti Php200.
 
For the Green Tea lovers, the Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Beverage is for you. This beverage is a Green Tea Frappuccino® infused with crunchy Java Chips layered with a smooth chocolate sauce at the top and bottom of the cup. It is then topped with whipped cream and a light dusting of Green Tea powder. Prices: Tall - Php175, Grande - Php185 & Venti Php195.
 
Pick a new favorite from the new breakfast and light snack offerings that will complement your favorite Starbucks beverage.
(Finally!) Start your day with these three light and fluffy Breakfast Pancakes (Php95) served with maple-flavored syrup, butter, and jam.
A soft and toasty milk bun filled with mouthwatering smoked sesame chicken fillet topped with sweet cookie crumbs priced at Php75.00
A tortilla wrap filled with baked chicken fillet, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese, roasted eggplant and Pomodoro sauce priced at Php165.
Crusty and soft bread filled with creamy spinach and sliced Italian sausage priced at Php175.
(Slice - Php140; Whole - Php1550)
A silken smooth, yet light cheesecake swirled with purple yam and red mung bean and macapuno.
Go Lite! Chips (Php50.00)
Best paired with any of the sandwiches available, this Sweet Maui Onion Cassava Popped chips are gluten free, trans-fat free and only 100 calories per bag.
 
And if you can't get enough of these new offerings, you may also bring the following featured coffee to your loved ones.
Available in select store only, the Starbucks® Iced Coffee Blend (Php425) is created  specifically for great-tasting iced coffee – choosing premium Latin American and East African beans, then roasting them carefully to bring out a full-flavored taste when chilled.  Roasted to accentuate its full flavored taste when chilled, this blend creates an invigorating and refreshing beverage. Complementary Flavors: Nuts, Lemons, and Oranges.
Kape Vinta Blend™ (Php375). A blend of coffees from the Asia/Pacific region, including coffee from the Philippines, Kape Vinta Blend™ is full-bodied and mellow with earthy flavors. Complementary Flavors: Chocolates, Nuts, and Cinnamon.
Starbucks Reserve® Cape Verde (Php595).This coffee highlights a sparkling acidity, with delicate floral aromas that have an immediate and lingering sweetness. We are excited to see the bright future of coffees from Cape Verde Fogo Island.
Starbucks Reserve® Colombia San Fermin (Php495). Tolima is in the foothills of the Central Mountain range, one of the three branches of the Colombian Andes. The topography is very rugged and mountainous and runs north of Cauca and due west of Huila. Colombia San Fermin, a fully washed coffee growing at high elevations of 1600-2000 meters, delivers a sparkling acidity with tropical papaya notes and black currant as refreshing iced as it is when served hot.
Purchase these new offerings with the new Starbucks Card - The Scales Card, that is inspired by the Siren's Tail. This special blue fish scales design will make a colorful splash this season. This will be available for an initial consumable load amount of Php300.00
 
I personally love the Double Chocolate Green Tea Frappuccino® Blended Beverage and the Purple Yam Cheesecake. Just a warning for those who will try the Chocolate Black Tea with Earl Grey Jelly Frappuccino® Blended Beverage, the Black tea is quite strong.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

LG G5 and Friends

Finally, the multi-awarded LG-G5 and Friends finally arrived in the Philippines!
 
The arrival of LG-G5 and friends was welcomed by a number of prominent personalities such as Phil and James Younghusband, Ginger Conejero during its launch at Shangri-La The Fort. 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 long-standing 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 on 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 autofocus 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 a sound that is unrivaled 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 the 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 onto 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 now available in the Philippines in gray, titan, gold and pink, retailing for PhP 34,990.00. To “play more” with the LG G5, visit lg.com/ph, like LG Mobile Philippines’ Facebook page or follow @LGPhilippines on Twitter and Instagram.
 
Key Specifications:*
Chipset: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 820 Processor
Display: 5.3-inch Quad HD IPS Quantum Display (2560 x 1440 / 554ppi)
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS ROM / microSD (up to 2TB)
Camera: Rear: Standard 16MP, Wide 8MP / Front: 8MP
Battery: 2,800mAh (removable)
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Size: 149.4 x 73.9 x 7.7mm
Weight: 159g
Network: LTE / 3G / 2G
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / USB Type-C) / NFC / Bluetooth 4.2
Colors: Silver / Titan / Gold / Pink
 
*Specifications may vary depending on the market.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Close Up Forever Summer One Last Time

It’s that time of the year again: to get intensely close at Closeup Forever Summer, the music festival that brings you and your friends your favorite performers. From EDM kings Martin Garrix to Alesso, to Aussie indie pop duo Julia & Angus Stone, Closeup Forever Summer has hosted a choice selection of iconic electric dance music artists to celebrate life, friendship, summer, and those unforgettable nights that make life worth living.
 
This year, Closeup is doing it one last time, transforming the SM MOA concert grounds into a Tropical Desert Oasis for a night to outshine the rest. 
 
Ending the trilogy with a bang, Closeup Forever Summer will be headlined by no other than the current number one DJ’s in the world, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike. Sought after producers, remixers to the A-list elite, award winners and #1 hit makers, Belgian brothers DVLM’s Forever Summer stint will be their first ever performance in the Philippines. Having toured internationally, they are one of the hottest tickets in dance music, gracing the biggest venues and festivals with their explosive brand of EDM. The pair who have created the official Tomorrowland anthems since 2010, will now be Closeup’s. 
 
Joining DVLM will be MATTN, one of the hottest female artists in the electric circuit known for her blend of underground and main stage appeal; Dutch DJ and Producer Julian Jordan whose hold over the country’s new generation of dance music hotshots has rocked the Electric Daisy Carnival and Tomorrowland dancefloors; and Malaysian DJ duo “Goldfish & Blink.”
 
Completing the lineup are the Philippines’ resident party starters Ace Ramos, Martin Pulgar, Marc Naval, Kat DJ and MC Pao.
 
It’s now or never. Here’s to celebrating Closeup Forever Summer one last time.
 
Closeup Forever Summer will be on May 21, 2016, at the SM MOA Concert Grounds. Regular VIP ticket prices will be 4,000 pesos. For SVIP table reservations contact 09176898888.
 
For the latest updates like us on Facebook and follow us @CloseupPH on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat. Tell us how you plan to make this #CloseupForeverSummer the best. One last time. It’s now or never.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Magnum Infinity

Magnum unveils two new exciting flavors with a chocolate intensity that lasts. We were given the first taste of the Magnum Infinity Chocolate & Caramel and Magnum Infinity Chocolate & Raspberry. Each boasts intense chocolate flavor thanks to its pure Belgian chocolate coating and the sweet sprinkling of rare Tanzanian cocoa nibs. While one is made with silky chocolate ice cream and luscious sea salt with smooth caramel the other is made with decadent chocolate ice cream with a refreshing fruity raspberry swirl. Magnum Infinity is made with two times more cocoa than a Magnum classic and delivers double the indulgence for an intense chocolate pleasure that stays with you longer.
 
The event was also held to introduce Magnum’s new breed of digital influencers - Tommy Esguerra, Jessica Yang, John James Uy and Jess Connelly. “We like collaborating with people who embody the Magnum brand. They work hard, play hard, and lead bold and intense lives,” said Dianne Tan, senior brand manager. The new group joins mainstay ambassadors Sarah Lahbati and Georgina Wilson.
The Hunt is On
 
Pleasure seekers all over the metro should watch out for the Magnum Infinity Hunt, where lucky winners can get an early ticket to experience Magnum’s new offerings in malls. Complete the hunt to unveil the various secret locations where the new Magnum Infinity flavors will be launched and share your winning moment on Facebook.
 
This will serve as your digital ticket to the Magnum Infinity launch on May 14 wherein the first 200 to arrive at each of the locations will be able to indulge in the new Magnum Infinity and experience the interactive installations.
 
Magnum Infinity Caramel and Magnum Infinity Raspberry are now available in all leading supermarkets and convenience stores nationwide. To join the hunt, log on to www.infinityexperience.co.ph on May 6, 2016.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

I Joined the Thank a Mom Movement at Century City Mall.

 
It’s the time of the year again! It’s Mother’s Day once again! Today, I would like to greet all the Mother’s in the world as you celebrate this special day with your families.
To my Mama who had made all the sacrifice to raised us to the best way she can, Thank you. Sometimes you are misunderstood, especially by Ate. But as I grew older, I came to realize why you are like that. Your life experience made you like that. You are a strong and courageous woman. You battled cancer in the bravest way amidst the hardships we have been through, and I admire you that. I may not say this every day but I love you and I look up to you.  Thank you for being strong for the family and for always reminding us to take good care of ourselves.
 
If you want to thank your Mothers just like what I did you can join by doing the following:
 
1. Like the Century City Mall Facebook Page and share the THANK-A-MOM-MOVEMENT POSTER
 
2. Write a dedication to your mom at https://www.facebook.com/CenturyCityMall/app/269862423359705/ from May2-8, 2016. Fill out the sign-up form accurately and completely.
 
3. Wait for a voucher that will be sent to your email. Bring a copy of the voucher at the THANK-A-MOM booth located at the ground floor of the mall to pick up your prize. Prizes may only be claimed from May2-8,2016.
 
4. Visit www.centurycitymall.com.ph for complete terms and conditions. By doing this you may Win up to 10,000 worth of Gift Certificates, Movie passes Discount Coupons and more...

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Care to Vote on May 9?

Being a citizen of one of the few countries that enjoy democracy, you have the right and the responsibility to take part in the election that will shape the future of this nation. Would you let this opportunity pass by?

According to the National Statistical Coordination Board (NSCB), the voter turnout in the 2010 presidential election decreased to 75.04% from 76.99% in 2004 presidential election. This year, Starbucks Philippines’ hopes to increase voter turnout and encourage registered voters to exercise their right and enjoy the freedom to choose the country's next leaders.
 
On May 9, you have the right to vote for the candidate that embodies your values and aspirations. Keep your voice heard and choose the next leader that will steer our country in the right direction.
In this light, Starbucks Philippines, in its mission to encourage registered voters to exercise their right to vote, launches the Care to Vote campaign that will treat Filipinos who will vote on May 9 to a One For You, One to Share (Buy One, Get One) promotion on its featured Macchiato beverages, Roasted Caramel Macchiato and Chocolate Hazelnut Macchiato.
 
“Starbucks strives to inspire and nurture the Filipino community even by simply encouraging people to vote. In our little way, we want to reward all the registered voters who exercise their privilege and right,” said Starbucks Philippines head of marketing Keith Cole.
 
To avail of the promotion, just show your voting finger with indelible ink to the Barista when you order any featured Macchiato beverage to redeem the complimentary featured Macchiato beverage. Promotion runs in all Starbucks Philippines stores that are open on Election Day, May 9 from 7am to 5pm.
 
With Starbucks, you can now enjoy a cup of coffee with a friend while taking part in building a better nation.
 

Monday, May 2, 2016

I Am Strong Enough

Thank you, Lord, Mama, and Papa for the gift of life.
And I am proud that you are my parents.
You are not perfect, our family is not perfect but I am thankful because you are my parents.
I learned a lot from our family's struggles.
I am what I am right now because of you.
You might think that I am not yet strong enough but you are wrong.
I surpassed a lot of rains, fought my own struggles.
I still have my insecurities, but I know I am strong enough now.
For the past 29 years, I know deep in my heart that I was able to live my life in the best way I can.
Thank you for bringing me into this wonderful world.

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