HBO Asia marks 25 with Asia-focused original shows

SINGAPORE — Inspired by the unparalleled success of its Hollywood counterpart in producing global phenomenal hits, HBO Asia has unveiled a lineup of original.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarDec 7th, 2017


Original Penguin Following the opening of the new shopping wing of Power Plant Mall, the Original Penguin store boasts a fresh new look patterned after its flagship store located in SM Mall of Asia. Original Penguin features the full package for discerning customers: a full clothing and accessory line for men, sporty feminine polo shirts [...] The post A FRESH, NEW LOOK appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

French Navy ship visit to PH shows France commitment to security, freedom of navigation

THE visit of the French Navy’s light patrol frigate to the Philippines shows France as a “Pacific power” that is committed to “security” and adherence to the principle of freedom of navigation in Southeast Asia, officials said after the Vendmiaire docked at a port in Manila on Monday. In his speech, Rear Admiral Denis Bertrand [...] The post French Navy ship visit to PH shows France commitment to security, freedom of navigation appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMar 12th, 2018

Women strike, protest as the world marks Int l Women s Day

MADRID — Women across Europe and Asia shouted their demands for equality, respect and empowerment yesterday to mark International Women's Day, with protester.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 8th, 2018

Belga shows way as Rain or Shine downs San Miguel to seal playoff berth

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Rain or Shine Elasto Painters secured a playoff berth in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup with a 95-80 victory over the San Miguel Beermen at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday, February 28.  Leading by a measly 4 points midway through the 4th period, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2018

Thailand held up as model for domestic-focused agriculture

THAILAND has been held up as a model for the government’s new domestic-demand focus for agriculture, with its competitive tourist industry helping boost local consumption and lessening dependence on exports, where prices are volatile and delivery requirements are demanding, the head of a university agriculture department said. University of Asia and the Pacific Center for […] The post Thailand held up as model for domestic-focused agriculture appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018

Spotted: Filipina Models Rocking the Runway at NYFW

For those of us who aren't at New York Fashion Week, we may have missed some important news: Filipina models walking the runways. Among the different shows, presentations, and events, there were a few familiar faces modeling clothes from the latest collections. After some digging, here are the models we spotted so far. Samantha Gomez walked for Sally LaPointe in a head-to-toe red outfit. Hye Won Jang also made an appearance at NYFW walking for upcoming fashion duo Jaxon Yang and Nina Cuso. She also modeled for Rosie Assoulin in a blue ruffled gown. Pia Wurtzbach walked the runway for Sherri Hill once again, this time in a black gown. Asia's Next Top Mod...Keep on reading: Spotted: Filipina Models Rocking the Runway at NYFW.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2018

Carmudi, Asia’s Leading Auto Portal, Secures USD 10M in New Funding to Grow Philippines and Indonesia Market

Carmudi, Asia’s leading car classifieds site, announced today that it raised USD 10 million over the last year led by HV Holtzbrinck Ventures, Tengelmann Ventures and Asia Pacific Internet Group (APACIG). Some private investors also joined the round. The new round shows the support and confidence investors have in Carmudi’s business. In 2014, Carmudi raised […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 26th, 2018

Former ONE champ Eduard Folayang is ready for a better 2018

While 2017 wasn't all bad for famed Baguio-based MMA stable Team Lakay, it's pretty safe to say that coming from their banner 2016 campaign, last year wasn't as stellar.  Especially the final stretch, which saw Team Lakay go on a four-fight skid.  Arguably the biggest of those losses was Eduard Folayang's shocking knockout loss to Martin Nguyen in Manila.  2017 is over and done with, and for the former ONE lightweight world champion, the previous year wasn't a complete loss.  "Tapos na yung 2017, and may good and bad, pero ang importante, I think I’ve learned a lot," Folayang shared with ABS-CBN Sports. "I did not lose because of the lessons that I’ve learned." At 33 years old and over a decade in the game, Folayang has had his fair share of ups and downs. At this point, the former SEA Games Wushu gold medalist knows that it's no longer just about winning, but also learning.  "I think that’s one of the most important things as a martial artist, hindi lang yung mananalo ka palagi, kundi yung paano ka ulit babangon sa areas na nagkamali ka." While Folayang's loss to Nguyen was indeed brutal to watch, the Baguio City native revealed that it didn't keep him out of the gym at all.  "Actually after ng fight, balik agad ng gym, training ulit, kasi yung pagpapahinga, andiyan lang yan. Pero kung paano iinvest or bibigyan ng investment ng time yung mo para gumaling, yun ang pinaka-importante." And while 'The Landslide' hasn't been booked for a fight yet this year, the former lightweight king is itching to get back inside the cage.  Furthermore, Folayang is itching to prove that 2018 will be a better for him and for his Team Lakay family.  "Of course, always excited. Mas maganda I think ang 2018, ikine-claim ko magiging maganda kasi pinag-hahandaan ko naman." After Friday's ONE: Global Superheroes card at the Mall of Asia Arena, ONE Championship will be holding three more cards in Manila on April 20th, July 27th, and November 16th. It's highly likely that the return of 'The Landslide' could be on one of those upcoming Manila shows. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

Joshua Pacio hopes to gain even more experience on his way back to a title shot

Team Lakay strawweight star Joshua Pacio isn't concerning himself too much about championships yet.  At just 21 years old, Pacio already knows what it's like to challenge for a world championship, and while he was ultimately unsuccessful, falling to then champion Yoshitaka Naito in the fourth round, the Baguio City native proved that he belonged at the top of the division.  Now, as 'The Passion' continues his road back to the top, all he's concerned about now is gaining even more experience to keep up with today's current crop of champions.  "Para sa akin, hindi ko na muna iniisip yung title kasi para sa akin, mas gusto ko pang lumaban or maging experienced pa, humugot pa ng maraming experience para makahabol sa mga champions," Pacio told ABS-CBN Sports during the pre-fight press conference for ONE Championship: Global Superheroes.  "Kasi yung mga champion ngayon, well-experienced, pero malapit ko na rin makuha yun." Pacio added.  On Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena, the road back to the title for Pacio puts him against China's Lan Ming Qiang, a late replacement for his original opponent Pongsiri Misatit, who had to back out due to injury. And while Lan is a short notice fight and is significantly less experienced than he is, the Pinoy isn't taking it easy.  "Napanood ko yung laban niya, striker din, mas malupit pa kay Pongsiri," Pacio shared. "Kaya yung gameplan ganun pa din, and i-shoshowcase ko yun this Friday." The former Team Lakay Challenge champion is coming off an impressive knockout win over Roy Doliguez in Manila last November, and another big win on Friday could vault Pacio back into the world title picture.    Team Lakay's Joshua Pacio meets China's Lan Ming Qiang in the co-main event of ONE Championship: Global Superheroes on Friday, January 26th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Catch it live starting at 8:30 PM on S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 24th, 2018

Southeast Asia-focused China fund raising up to $3 billion for Silk Road projects

HONG KONG — A quasi-sovereign Chinese fund focused on Southeast Asia is targeting raising up to $3 billion in a new dollar fund, adding to its firepower for planned investments under Beijing’s “Belt and Road” initiative, people close to the matter said. The China-ASEAN Investment Cooperation Fund (CAF), backed by the Export-Import Bank of China, […] The post Southeast Asia-focused China fund raising up to $3 billion for Silk Road projects appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2018

Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston channels modern women empowerment icons with new pixie cut

Ateneo Lady Eagles outside hitter Ponggay Gaston stunned fans on Twitter when she was seen Friday afternoon rocking a new shorter “pixie” hairstyle during their UAAP season 80 photoshoot in ABS-CBN. .@pingpongPONGGAY rocking the new ‘do! 👀💇🏻 #UAAPSeason80 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 19, 2018 Far from the long, flowing locks from seasons past, Gaston’s shorter hair was both a fashion choice, and a social statement as well. “I wanted to be like Eleven from hit Netlfix series ‘Stranger Things’ and Natalie Portman’s character in ‘V for Vendetta’,” she bared. Ponggay, a bubbly presence on the court for Ateneo, is of course talking about two fictional characters in TV and in film who she felt best represented the empowerment of women.  “Wala lang, I think that there is more to a woman than her hair,” she said, after revealing that she actually had the haircut right before Christmas last year.   Snip snip snip 💇🏽 A post shared by i come for ür doggos (@pingpongponggay) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:21am PST While Gaston originally wanted to emulate the shaved hairstyles popularized by Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, and Evey Hammond, played by Natalie Portman in the 2006 film, she compromised for a slightly longer cut.  “I wanted to make it really semi-kalbo, I wanted it short,” Gaston shared, “But then they wouldn’t let me cut it that short.” Ever the trendsetter, Gaston, who also used to be a runway model, had nothing but positive reactions from her peers, after the initial surprise, of course.  “They were shocked because I’ve always had long hair. But then, you know, what choice do they got, they’re going to see it everyday,” she said. “They liked it naman.” With the season already near, Ponggay says she’d let her hair grow back until the UAAP wars end, then she’ll push for her original plan. “I think I’m gonna go for my goal, which is to make it really shaved. Maybe after [the season],” Gaston shared. While fans are yet to get used to Gaston’s new hair, they’ll get to see the outside hitter step up for Ateneo when the Lady Eagles open their bid this February 4 against FEU at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Ray Allen to visit Manila in Comic-Con Asia 2018

NBA legend Ray Allen will be among those attending the first-ever Comic-Con Asia 2018, which will be held March 24-25 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Allen, who won two NBA titles as a player, will be in the country in commemoration of the 20th anniversary of Spike Lee's movie, "He Got Game", which starred the NBA career leader in three-pointers made and Denzel Washington. Sen. Manny Pacquiao will also be in the event as he was chosen as the event's ambassador last September. Headlining the two-day event will be former comic-book writer and Marvel legend Stan Lee, who has already confirmed his attendance.     Get your spidey senses tingling as Marvel’s comic legend, Stan Lee, is coming to ComicCon Asia 2018! Who’s excited? We definitely are! Be sure to keep following our page to learn more about how you could meet and greet him soon! #ComicConAsia2018 #CCAsia2018 A post shared by ComicCon Asia (@comiccon_asia) on Jan 17, 2018 at 4:48am PST Also joining the 95-year old Lee and Allen is Walter Jones, the original Black Ranger from the "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers". The full slate of guests has also be announced and as follows: Cosplayers:  Hoku Props Vampy Bit Me Nana Kuronoma Anna Redei Jay Tablante (photographer) Local talents:  Yael Yuzon Harvey M. Tolibao (comic book artist) Carlo Pagulayan (comic book artist) Ian Sta. Maria (comic book artist) Armand Serrano (Walt Disney Animation Studios)  Visitors may register here. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Survey shows Pinoys most optimistic in Asia-Pacific

Thanks to "rising economic growth, a soaring travel industry and greater interregional economic cooperation," citizens of the Asia-Pacific region are feeling optimistic about their future---and Filipinos are the most optimistic of them all. This was one of the key findings of the recent MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence based on a survey conducted twice yearly in the Asia-Pacific covering 18 markets: Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The latest survey was conducted between October and November last year among 9,141 respondents...Keep on reading: Survey shows Pinoys most optimistic in Asia-Pacific.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

‘The Elements: Cosentino’

  Seeing is believing when AXN unleashes its latest original production, "The Elements: Cosentino," on Jan. 18, 9 p.m. Hailed as Australia's most successful magician and escape artist, Cosentino will perform his brand of street magic and stunts against iconic backdrops in Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines and Taiwan. The four-part series will be themed around the four elements---earth, wind, fire and water. Viewers can expect Cosentino's showmanship while he performs various large-scale illusions and death-defying escapes. Celebrity appearances include the Philippines' Alex Gonzaga, Bianca King, Marc Nelson and Rovilson Fernandez. For details, visit AXN-Asia...Keep on reading: ‘The Elements: Cosentino’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

More Asians buying online for daily needs

Asia posted the largest growth in e-commerce worldwide last year and the region’s appetite for fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) shows no sign of diminishing, a market research firm said. The region has for the past decade led the way in adopting online FMCG shopping, Kantar Worldpanel said in its fourth annual “Future of E-commerce in [...] The post More Asians buying online for daily needs appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Tigresses forge sudden death with UE

The UST Tigresses forced a do-or-die match as they dispatched the UE Lady Warriors, 63-53, in the stepladder semifinals of the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Basketball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena on Wednesday morning.  UST, who defeated the FEU Lady Tamaraws in the first stepladder semifinals match, was the more focused team from the get-go, establishing an 18-point lead, 31-13, midway through the second quarter.  The Tigresses cruised through the game and led by 16 in the payoff period, 56-40, before the Lady Warriors fought back and almost ran away with it. UE forced UST to turn over the ball several times in the late stages of the game. and hit timely baskets which cut the lead to six, 59-53, following a Ruthlaine Tacula steal and layup with 1:29 left. Kikay Gandalla then responded with the dagger for UST with a booming triple from the right wing with 11.9 seconds left to nullify the twice-to-beat advantage enjoyed by the second-place Lady Warriors. Anjel Anies topscored for UST, scoring 21, including four triples. Jhenn Angeles meanwhile almost finished with a triple-double, recording 12 points, 11 rebounds, and eight assists. Tacula meanwhile paced UE’s offense with 14 points before fouling out late in the game. Love Sto. Domingo added 12 markers and 12 boards. “We’re one step away from the finals and I know UE will be right back on Saturday so we have to be prepared and ready to counter whatever adjustment they will make,” UST head coach Haydee Ong said after the game. Though UST won the game, the Tigresses committed 25 turnovers, leading to 12 points. UE meanwhile had a forgettable shooting clip of 21 percent. On facing the Lady Warriors a second time around, Ong said that the team’s mindset has already been primed, as they already went through a do-or-die match against the Lady Tamaraws. UST and UE will battle for a trip to the Finals against idle NU on Saturday, Nov. 25, 11 am, at the same venue. THE SCORES: UST (63): Anies 21, Angeles 12, Larosa 12, Jerez 10, Gandalla 6, Aujero 1, Capilit 1, Portillo 0, Sanggalang 0, Rivera 0, Penaflor 0, Isanan 0, Magat 0 UE (53): Tacula 14, Sto. Domingo 12, Requiron 11, Chan 5, Gayacao 4, Cortizano 4, Ramos 0, Francisco 0, Antonio 0. Quarterscores: 17-9, 33-21, 47-35, 63-53.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

Glittering affair marks milestone year for Bench

Bench, the lifestyle brand founded by businessman Ben Chan 30 years ago in 1987, clearly knows how to pack in a crowd eager to see their favorite stars in various stages of undress. At "Under the Stars," the 30th anniversary show held at the Mall of Asia Arena last night, the venue was packed with fans who bagged tickets after making qualified purchases at selected Bench stores. The mood leading up to the show was one of excitement. Those seated at the bleachers were given Bench pins that flickered on and off like stars. Once the show started, however, all eyes were on the elevated runway. What appeared to be loosely woven chain mail on four models turned out to be oversize...Keep on reading: Glittering affair marks milestone year for Bench.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 19th, 2017

On-court digital experience unlocks access to basketball training in Manila

In a city where basketball is the pulse and access to data and training is limited, Nike is launching Nike Hyper Court, the first ever on-court digital experience that unlocks exclusive HD basketball content without the need for data, to inspire ballers across the city to take their game to the next level. Turn up to one of the initial five courts across Manila and ballers can connect to Nike Hyper Court and gain free access to content, powered by Google technology, that includes training drills, elevated member activities and the best of Nike global basketball content. “The passion for basketball in Manila is unlike any other city in Asia. We want to inspire young ballers to realize their full potential through the physical and digital aspects of their sport. Nike Hyper Court enables these ballers to train anytime without worrying about access to training drills and data costs,” said Nike Southeast Asia & India Senior Marketing Director, Bulbul Khera. “Nike Hyper Court, powered by Google, presents a great example of how businesses can partner with the community to customize technology and provide an original, digital solution aimed at empowering Filipino basketball players and youth across the capital. We are excited to see Nike Hyper Court use Google’s technology to change the game. This technology allows for endless possibilities on and off the court,” mentioned Miguel de Andrés-Clavera, Google Creative Technology Lead. The content is designed with a hyperlocal approach with the help of experienced coaches. Features include drills and skills training programs addressing power, quickness and versatility tailored for different types of players, all delivered through a program that learns and makes recommendations from continuous user interaction. Each of the Nike Hyper Courts in the five Barangays (districts) are visually stunning thanks to the design of Arturo Torres, internationally renowned artist known for his signature superhero themed illustrations of rappers, basketball stars and New York Times bestselling books. Arturo’s design for each court features an emblematic identity of five basketball superstars: LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving. “I want the kids that play on these courts to know that they can be like the superstars I’ve drawn. Sure you have to put in the work, but no one can tell that you can't do something. With Nike Hyper Court you can go out there and prove them wrong – to anyone that's ever said no to you,” said Torres. The first five courts are launching this holiday season: 1. Titan Love Court, BGC – LeBron James Court 2. Ususan Court, Taguig – Kobe Bryant Court 3. Comembo Covered Court, Makati – Kevin Durant Court 4. Scarlet Homes Covered Court, Paranaque – Russell Westbrook Court 5. YCL Covered Court, Quezon City – Kyrie Irving Court.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Good news coming from Manila for the protection of endangered species, their future is our future

In Manila all eyes are clearly focused on the upcoming ASEAN and East Asia summits and the arrival of an impressive number of world leaders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Dream battle

champion San Beda overcame San Sebastian’s physical game to carve out a 76-71 win and forge an interesting duel with first-time finalist Lyceum of the Philippines University in the NCAA seniors basketball tournament yesterday at the Mall of Asia Arena. “Ang daming natutunan namin dito, which is to stay focused,”….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017