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DOTr set to launch & lsquo;MRT-3 Trace& rsquo; app

The Department of Transportation said Wednesday it is set to soft launch the ‘MRT-3 Trace’ web application on Jan. 18 to help prevent the transmission of COVID-19 and ease the process of contact tracing......»»

Category: financeSource: thestandard thestandardJan 13th, 2021

POND& rsquo;S, Shopee deliver & lsquo;smarter skincare& rsquo; with 1st AI-powered chatbot on an e-commerce platform

POND’S partners with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to launch the ‘Smarter Skincare Just For You’ regional campaign......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated News14 hr. 11 min. ago

K-pop band SuperM leads & lsquo;We DO Well Together& rsquo; campaign

Prudential Corporation Asia (Prudential), the regional headquarter of Pru Life UK, is collaborating with Korean pop (K-pop) supergroup SuperM to launch a new campaign—“We DO Well Together”—to encourage people across Asia to stay well and healthy, and have fun doing it......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 11th, 2021

Exes Martin and Pops answer the & lsquo;whys& rsquo; in new show

Former couple Martin Nievera and Pops Fernandez faced the entertainment press in a virtual event to formally launch their joint television show directed by their eldest son Robin Nievera......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

& lsquo;Wonder Woman& rsquo; sequel to launch on HBO Max streaming, theaters

The much-delayed Warner Bros. superhero sequel Wonder Woman 1984 will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously from Christmas Day in the United States, the studio announced Wednesday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 19th, 2020

HK government appeals to WTO over & lsquo;Made in China& rsquo; label

Hong Kong authorities on Friday said they will launch proceedings at the World Trade Organization to challenge a demand by the United States to label imports from the financial hub as “Made in China”......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 30th, 2020

Maine Mendoza, & lsquo;Creative It Kids& rsquo; showcase vivo V20 series design, camera technology in live launch

Creativity, focus, and style were in full display last Friday as vivo launched the V20 series via an entertaining and interactive livestream posted on its Facebook page......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 24th, 2020

vivo defines smooth navigation of new normal in its X50 Series launch

Global smartphone brand vivo brings together ‘masters of clarity’ for the launch of its international flagship model the X50 Series, with its Pro version bearing 5G technology, in the Philippines last August 22. The second virtual launch of vivo for 2020 saw the official unveiling of the X50Pro, X50, as well as its TWS earphones......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2020

Search for the & lsquo;Asian Dream& rsquo;

Subaru Asia has partnered with global music legend Michael Bolton to launch the first season of Asian Dream, a reality singing competition that trains the on spotlight six talented musicians from across Asia......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 10th, 2020

GMA Entertainment offers all-access to all-exclusive online content via GETS

GMA Entertainment treats Kapuso fans to 24/7 access to free online content with the launch of ‘GETS’ this Sunday, August 2......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 1st, 2020

New digital channel & lsquo;Heart of Asia& rsquo; launched& nbsp;

As it celebrates its 70th anniversary, GMA Network continues to change the game in providing top-notch entertainment to every Filipino household with the launch of its new digital TV channel Heart of Asia......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 1st, 2020

Kapuso stars join grand launch of & lsquo;GMA Affordabox& rsquo; on network& rsquo;s 70th year& nbsp;

For its 70th anniversary celebration, the country’s leading and largest broadcast firm GMA Network, Inc. offers its own high-quality and affordable Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) receiver, GMA Affordabox......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

DOTR urged to enforce & lsquo;Clean Air Act& rsquo;

The Clean Air Philippines Movement Inc. on Friday urged the Department of Transportation to “protect lives” by enforcing the Clean Air Act and Protect lives by enforcing the Clean Air Act, and Land Transportation and Traffic Code......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 26th, 2020

vivo V19 Neo all-digital launch highlights features, global endorsers that & lsquo;ignite the night& rsquo;

vivo is excited to officially unveil its V19 Neo to the Philippine market, not only to let smartphone enthusiasts experience its reported 5-camera design, with features that supposedly enable users to ‘ignite the night’, but also to welcome the brand’s newest global endorsers......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 11th, 2020

Ayala Foundation, NHCP launch & lsquo;Magiting Face Mask& rsquo; at digital conference

A face mask bearing design elements inspired by the Philippine Flag became an emblem of heroism and nationalism, especially during the time of COVID-19......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2020

When We Were Volleyball Queens (Part 1)

(This story was originally published on March 23, 2015) "Pinays down Thais, bag Southeast Asian Games gold medal." This headline or anything close to it made the sports section of newspapers as one of our contingent’s shining moment in the 1993 biennial regional meet held in Singapore from June 12 to 20. Though given smaller treatment than the meteoric romp of the then Asian sprint queen Lydia De Vega in the century and 200 meter dash events, it gave pride to local volleyball.  Days before the birth of this generation’s most popular volleyball player, our national women’s team stood tall and proud as they wore their gold medals around their necks. Stepping on a platform higher than the region’s powerhouse team. It has been 22 long years since, and three months before the 28th SEA Games starts its fourth staging in the tiny island in the southern tip of the Malayan peninsula on June 5, Rosemarie Prochina recalled the campaign that brought Philippine volleyball to its highest peak. Talking with the Mane ‘N Tail coach during the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference launch, ABS-CBN Sports was taken back in time when the likes of Thelma Barina-Rojas, Zenaida Ybanez, Arlene Apostol and Leonora Escolante were the darlings of volleyball much like what Alyssa Valdez, Ara Galang, and the Santiago sisters, Dindin and Jaja, Denden Lazaro of today.    She said that their road to the SEA Games gold started when she and five other tall players from Cebu were brought to Manila for the national pool of the Philippine Amateur Volleyball Association headed by Victorico Chavez and Secretary-General Ramon “Tats” Suzara. “Ano kasi yun e, 1991 kinuha kami from Cebu. Mga tall players, tall na kami dati, may 6-foot-2, may 5-foot-10,” said the 5-foot-10 Prochina, who was recruited as a middle blocker from Southwestern University. “Pagdating namin sa Maynila parang ano, total makeover kasi galing kaming probinsiya ganyan,” she added. “Anim kaming dumating sa Maynila.” “Pagdating namin ang program nina Sir Tats hindi kami magtsa-champion agad kasi magte-train pa kami tapos may mga (nauna) sa amin sa Maynila na mga seniors na. May kasama kaming taga-FEU, at UST kasi sila yung mga darling dati,” said Prochina.     Sharpening the saw  Once under the program of PAVA, Prochina said they went through rigorous training under the tutelage of Stanislav Lyugaylo, who was part of the then Union of Soviet Socialist Republic national team that won gold in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and was tapped to handle the team in 1993.  “That time training kami ng training. Nagkaroon kami ng Russian coach tapos nu’ng SEA Games ng 1991 nag-bronze medal kami,” she further explained. “Yun lang ang aim nu’n dati ganoon lang muna kasi bago lang kami e. So yun itinulu’y-tuloy lang yung programa.” The national team was given the much needed support and were even sent overseas for international exposure.  “Marami kaming pinuntahan para mag-training. Nag-Japan kami. Noong 1992 yun maraming competitions abroad, yun tulu’y-tuloy kahit maraming nag-tryout-tryouts na ganyan still yung team dinadagdagan lang,” Prochina continued. “Noong 1993 yun na yun may Russian coach kami tapos nag-training kami for one month sa Japan.” Prochina said that their Japan stint was through the initiative of Chavez and Suzara. The Filipinas were pitted against the best squads from the land of the rising suns.  “Sila yung instrumental sa team namin na pinadala kami sa Japan for one month,” she said. “Umikot kami sa mga club teams sa Japan. One month yun, rigid training yun kaya pagdating namin ng Maynila mapuputi kami na payat, as in talagang (fit).”    Adversities at home and in Singapore Prochina recollected that the team had a share of doubters and haters.    “Sa laro namin sa Singapore, dito pa lang sa Manila may mga (nagi-expect) na baka mag-champion or baka ma-disappoint lang,” she said. Some believed that it’s improbable that a group of girls can topple the Thais, who that time were aiming for a three-peat.   “Kasi nga alam mo naman, siyempre may mga detractors din kami talaga,” according to Prochina. The team proceed with their mission armed with optimism that they are ready and more prepared than in 1991. “Pagdating namin dun (sa Singapore) ang (gusto) ko lang sa team namin ay sobra kaming mag-teamwork. Kasi kaming mga baguhan tapos half naman ng team mga seniors, sina Thelma Barina, ganyan,” she said. “Magaling silang magdala ng juniors. So kaming mga bago talagang sumusunod sa kanila.” But they had a rude awakening. “Pagdating sa laro doon, actually sa first na laban namin sa Thailand talo kami e. Under four sets yata or something basta ganoon, parang marami kaming naging (pagkukulang),” she recalled. Though suffering an opening game loss, the coaching staff were solid in their faith with the team. “Pero ang coaches namin very positive sila,” Prochina said. The team got up to their feet running over their next opponents to take a finals berth. “Pero after (ng talo), panalo na kami nu’n against Singapore, Myanmar, Vietnam kasi hindi rin sila ganoon kalakas,” she added.   Shopping, seriously? Prochina said that though the team racked up victories, they still felt the sting of their loss against the Thais. They were even demoralized going to the championship with Thailand, who was then lording over the competition. “Bago kami mag-champion hindi kami ganoon kapursigido, yung nag-eensayo kami pero ensayo lang,” she said. Sensing his team’s low morale, Lyugaylo asked his wards something that nobody expected.   “The day before the championship sinabihan kami ng Russian coach namin na “O you go shopping”, Prochina continued. “Kami naman “Ah, shopping lang. Bakit ganito ‘to?” she said. The day of the finals, there were no pre-game preparations, the Russian mentor asked them to go in deep meditation and after that just dance. “So nung umaga ng championship, kasi hapon yung championship against Thailand, ang sabi niya, “You go into one room and then you dance. Be happy,”” Prochina recalled. “Pero before noon pala may mga meditation na rin kami. Malaking bagay yun,” she said. “Yun yung isang nakakatulong sa team naming talaga. Yung relaxation sa mind kasi nga fit na (ang katawan namin).” And dance they did. “That morning pinasayaw niya lang kami. So kami naman walang KJ (kill joy) sa team namin kahit may mga edad na yung iba,” Prochina further related. “Sayaw-sayaw kami.” After that as they say the rest is history. “Tapos nu’ng hapon nangyari na yung nag-champion kami,” the PSL rookie mentor said. “Four sets yun at ang Thailand nun malakas, as in sobrang lakas.”   (to be continued)  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2020

Hit sitcoms & lsquo;Friends,& rsquo;& nbsp;& lsquo;Big Bang Theory& rsquo; find new home

Streaming platform HBO Max---expected to be a major player in the crowded online entertainment market---will launch on May 27, WarnerMedia announced Tuesday......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 24th, 2020

ONE Championship launches new video podcast & lsquo;Franklin Speaking& rsquo;

Singapore---The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), today announced the launch of its newest Content Stack, “Franklin Speaking,” a video podcast hosted by multiple-time mixed martial arts world champion and legend Rich “Ace” Franklin. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 6th, 2020

Top Asian MMA gym EVOLVE MMA to launch free online workouts

As the world copes with the challenge of the Covid-19 crisis, Evolve MMA is giving the Martial Arts community a massive boost, offering a full-schedule of daily online sessions that everyone can avail of, free of charge. Top Asian martial arts gym Evolve MMA closed its doors for the first time ever on March 27th as the Singapore government ordered ‘all center-based classes’ stopped and gatherings of 10 or more banned. With three locations across The Lion City, the award-winning franchise has become a haven for combat sports students and fitness enthusiasts across the globe, providing world-class training for global superstars and beginners alike. With the global pandemic creating a massive void in people’s lives, Evolve sought a way to fill it. Looking to hit the ground running, the Evolve online classes start from Monday evening March 30th and participants from around the world are invited to learn from some of the most elite coaches in the game. Evolve MMA founder and ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong announced the news via his Facebook page earlier on Monday; As Asia’s premier brand for Martial Arts training, Evolve MMA boasts more World Champions than any other gym on the planet. Needless to say, memberships are highly sought-after, so this news will provide a golden opportunity for students wishing to enhance their skills under the tutelage of some true Martial Arts masters.   With over 1,000 years of championship experience, Evolve MMA’s instructors should help make days of isolation a positive experience.  Constantly looking to share immense Martial Arts and fitness knowledge with the world, Evolve MMA’s latest Facebook posts offer a glimpse into the incredible wealth of information available. With World Champions in every major discipline, Evolve MMA is the perfect source with which to either start or continue one’s Martial Arts and fitness journey......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 30th, 2020

Sports brand launches new running campaign

Manila, Philippines (February 2020) - This month, adidas looks to invite runners to reframe the meaning of ‘Fast’ with the launch of its latest campaign, Faster Than_, which shines a light on the inspiring self-betterment stories of runners around the world. Representing an empowered, democratized running community, of which only 19% stated they run for a fast time, these new faces of ‘Fast’ share the belief that ‘Fast is a personal feeling’. It is not always about personal best – for many, running is all about personal betterment adidas has long understood and celebrated the transformative power of running. Now, to mark the launch of the brand’s unmissable running story, adidas has commissioned a global study of 6,000 runners across six different key cities*, which reveals how the art of running is no longer simply about being the fastest. Instead, the Why We Run study identifies how today’s runners are now more focused on the other benefits running can bring, with 87% of those surveyed admitting they now run with a focus on transformation and personal betterment. Other lead findings from the study include: Faster Than the Noise – 60% of respondents agreed that regular running provided mental health benefits, with 47% saying it allowed them to switch off from everyday stresses of modern life, with 68% admitting it’s the only time their phones are left behind. Faster Than Excuses – 18% of runners feel more inspired after a run, with 14% saying it gave them a sense of pride and 32% confessing to having increased confidence immediately after a run. Faster Than Alone – The social aspect of running is also revealed as part of the study, with 34% of those surveyed admitting they have met a future friend while running and 20% even meeting a future partner, showcasing the more unexpected social benefits that the activity can bring. Faster Than Expected – The positive repercussions of running were revealed as part of the study, with respondents linking their post-running ‘high’ to successes including finally achieving something they’d been putting off (34%), finding their creative flair and best ideas (30%) and even working up the courage to ask someone out on a date (17%). Introducing the new faces of Faster Than_ In line with the Why We Run research findings, adidas invited real-life runners to become the stars of the Faster Than_ campaign to share their self-betterment stories and inspire others. Driving heat in the running community and beyond, the campaign heroizes a number of inspirational runners from Martinus Evans, a distance runner who turned his doctor’s negative body comments and laughter into a motivational tool, to Noah Lyles, the current Men’s 200m World Champion, who proves that even for the fastest, ‘Fast’ is a personal feeling. The inspirational stories of overcoming prejudice and adversity from plus-size fitness model Chinae Alexander, and emergency liver transplant survivor turned World Champion runner Ellie Lacey are also among those that feature as part of the campaign, alongside legendary women’s marathon runner Kathrine Switzer. Switzer famously became the first female numbered entrant to the Boston Marathon in 1967 and was controversially pushed off the course by male entrants but battled on and finished the race.  As part of the campaign, adidas has crafted a range of new shoes that enable runners to achieve their personal feeling of ‘Fast’.  From the new lightweight SL20 design, with a cutting-edge Lightstrike midsole for explosive movements and enduring speed, to Ultraboost 20 which provides maximum energy return in every step, and even a new 4D 1.0 shoe with a uniquely designed and ultra-supportive 3D-printed midsole, adidas has the perfect pair of running shoes for every type of runner. Martinus Evans, founder of 300 pounds and running, said: “You might expect me to say that running faster than others makes me feel powerful. Makes me feel strong. Makes me feel free. But to me, it’s not even about that. To me, it’s about giving it a go. Empowering yourself to get out there and run. Not worrying what others have to say, just worrying about the positive effect running can have for you.  ‘Fast’ means something different for everyone. But you’ll never be fast – by your definition or anybody else’s – if you never get out there and run. I want to encourage even more people to experience their own personal feeling of ‘Fast’. You can’t worry about people’s prejudices or what others might say. Forget all of that. You only need to think of the positive effect it can have on you. That’s what ‘Fast’ means to me.” Alberto Uncini Manganelli, General Manager, adidas Running, said: “’Fast’ is, and always has been, a personal feeling: unique to whoever is experiencing it. Performance running will always be in adidas’ DNA with our rich history of 168 marathon wins, world records and personal bests. For many people – including myself – the dream of a world record on the track or the marathon course probably isn’t something achievable. This does not disqualify me – or anyone else - from ever feeling ‘Fast’. We want to celebrate that ‘Fast’ means something different to everyone – whether it’s the feeling of being faster than yesterday, the feeling of running for a cause, or the feeling of being faster than people expect. Through our diverse range of products and creations, we want to inspire as many runners as possible to go out and achieve their own personal feeling of ‘Fast’ – whatever that might be.” Follow the Faster Than_ conversation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and using #FasterThan and @adidasrunning......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2020

ONE Championship to hold own version of The Apprentice in Asia

Singapore--The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship recently announced the launch of ‘The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,’ under license from MGM Television. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2020