Binge-watch the Latest K-drama on a Smart TV

The New Year calls for new lists: resolutions, manifestations, and K-drama marathons! But this 2021, say goodbye to the neck-craning, eye-straining struggle of watching on a mobile phone when you switch to viewing on a TV. Samsung has partnered with Viu to give free Viu Premium subscription for a year, so you can watch the latest shows ad-free on a bigger screen.  Kick off the New Year with Viu’s latest K-dramas on a smart TV: True Beauty This rom-com features a high school girl who rises to stardom with her expert makeup skills. No one has ever seen her bare face, and she prefers to keep it that way – until Lee Su Ho sees her without makeup. That is just the beginning of their love story. First on Viu, this highly anticipated webtoon turned drama stars Moon Ga Young, Astro’s Cha Eun Woo and Hwang In Yeop. Mr. Queen We love a period piece with a twist! The story revolves around Jang Bong Hwan, a chef at the President’s Blue House, and how his world turns upside down when his spirit somehow transcends into the body of a queen from the Joseon period. First on Viu, Mr. Queen is set to make your days even more interesting this year. Cheat on Me, If You Can Starring Go Joon and Parasite’s Cho Yeo Jeong, Cheat on Me, If You Can features an unconventional yet intense story about love, marriage, and the guilt one feels from making bad decisions. With a novelist wife obsessed with the idea of killing people further thickening the plot, the turnout of events will leave the viewer on the edge of their seats. The Penthouse Achieving high ratings in South Korea, The Penthouse is nail-biting story of an ambitious woman who is determined to do whatever it takes to both enter high society and a luxury penthouse in the Gangnam District. First on Viu, this drama is the highly anticipated reunion of writer Kim Soon Ok and PD Joo Dong Min, who worked together on the popular SBS drama The Last Empress. Samsung Smart TVs are made for K-drama marathons. Not only do they come pre-installed with the Viu app, the Samsung Crystal UHD (2020) boasts an upscaling feature to enhance picture-quality to the next best resolution, and customized audio modes so you won’t miss out on the details on your favorite shows and have greater kilig moments. K-drama fans, now is the best time to level up your viewing experience. Get a free one-year Viu Premium subscription with every purchase of select Samsung TVs, now with more models and sizes to choose from. The promo runs until March 31, 2021. Visit for more details......»»

Source: NewsJan 17th, 2021Related News

THRILLMAKER: Ces Drilon turns over a new leaf

In showbusiness, there will always be the one hit wonders, those people who hit mainstream popularity usually for only one piece of work and become known to the general public solely for that momentary success.  Of course, those of this type are, sooner or later, gone from the public eye and then eventually forgotten.  Then there are the lurkers, as in the online world, they are those who just quietly stay afloat in the sidelines, not hitting it big but somehow able to prolong their presence in the showbiz realm.  Then come the real superstars, those who are able to prolong their relevance by not being boxed in by their past successes and are not afraid to explore and reinvent themselves for a more “current” image.  When one talks about reinvention, favorite pop icon of the 80s, Madonna, always comes to mind.  Locally, there is Vilma Santos-Recto, who has, throughout her career, taken on a lot of image makeovers from her days as a childstar, a teenstar, a dramatic star and now as a star legislator—truly stamping her mark as a Star For All Seasons. In Philippine television, one personality who has, over the decades, managed to successfully take on any role she’s been asked to play is seasoned broadcaster Ces Oreña-Drilon.  From being a very incisive news reporter, she shifted to covering business and then even hosted her own popular business show in the 90s.  From there we all saw her taking on the mainstream news anchoring chores in ABSCBN’s late primetime newscast Bandila, before eventually heading the Lifestyle Ecosystem of the entire network. When the dust coming out of the whole ABSCBN franchise debacle finally settled, regular viewers and fans found Ces still widely present in their mobile devices, with her KUMU ventures Ces and the City and Bawal Ma-Stress Drilon still getting good audience shares.  She has also upped her “influencer” status further by going into various businesses which are not only profitable but are inspiring more and more women to empower themselves though enterprise and hardwork. Very recently, the former Usapang Business host decided that she wanted to do something bigger for the nation—bigger than just giving Filipinos their daily dose of the news.   This is why she recently accepted her election as President of the TOWNS Foundation (The Outstanding Women in the Nation’s Service).    TOWNS Foundation Incorporated is a national organization of dynamic and effective women who by their common shared activities and interests help transform the lives of the Filipinos.  The association is composed of 160 women, all accomplished in their respective fields, be it in the private or government sectors, who have been working together to help in the country’s development for the past 50 years.  Among the goals of the TOWNS Foundation is the recognition of women achievers which paved the way for the TOWNS Awards.  All TOWNS awardees become members of the foundation. The vision of TOWNS is to have a nation of empowered women who serve as catalysts for national development towards improving quality of life.  Its four-fold mission includes: identifying and recognizing exemplary women; harnessing talents of its members to influence national issues; inspiring women leaders and entrepreneurs; and providing a nurturing environment to TOWNS members. When the COVID19 pandemic hit the country last year, TOWNS joined forces with the UP Medical Foundation, Inc (UPMFI) to source funds that were used to procure PPEs for hospitals all over the country.  The still ongoing campaign has so far raised over P57 Million for countless frontliner beneficiaries. With her election as President, Ces now joins the ranks of former TOWNS Presidents Olivia Ferry, who became ZONTA International President; former PEZA administrator Lilia De Lima; former SSS Administrator Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo; businesswoman  Evelyn Singson; and former DOH Secretary Esperanza Cabral. With Ces now at the helm, we’re certain that the group is now headed to even greater heights of greatness for we know that when Ces starts talking business, she really means it......»»

Source: NewsJan 17th, 2021Related News

A series on astrological signs & the terror they can bring

While horror is a genre that easily makes a skin-crawling effect on people, director Ato Bautista would like to remind that there are many sub-genres under the blanket term “horror” and he presented some of them in his latest cinematic piece titled Horrorscope, now streaming on iWant-TFC......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: MoviesJan 14th, 2021Related News

B-day hugot ni Arci: Yung alam mong wala ka na sa kalendario… shakeet sa ulo besh!

NAGDIWANG ng kanyang 32nd birthday nitong Enero 11 si Arci Muñoz at kasabay nga nito, muli niyang pinainit ang Instagram sa bago niyang sexy photo. Ipinost ng aktres sa IG ang kanyang litrato suot ang kulay orange niyang two-piece bikini. Ang caption na isinulat niya rito ay, “Ung alam mo na wala ka na sa […] The post B-day hugot ni Arci: Yung alam mong wala ka na sa kalendario… shakeet sa ulo besh! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJan 14th, 2021Related News

Requiem Panayanon

The red blood depicted in Zoluaga's piece snakingly flows like the ancestral rivers in Tumandok lands. The winding ripples twined below the navels of these figures as if tugging them to stay immobile. But hear no petty cavilings from their travails, these are steadfast clan leaders who are vigorously marching along the correct line-of-path. The post Requiem Panayanon appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Source: Bulatlat BulatlatCategory: NewsJan 8th, 2021Related News

Thank God it& rsquo;s 2021

Or has the title of this piece a case of speaking or writing so soon?.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsDec 30th, 2020Related News

Kouame missing piece for Gilas program, says Uichico

Already having talented players in all positions save from an internationally competitive center, the 7'0" Kouame will be the perfect fit for the national team......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsDec 4th, 2020Related News

Lucy Torres nagpakamalang bampira

Pinagkaguluhan ng mga netizen ang ageless photo na pinost ni Lucy Torres-Gomez sa Instagram. No makeup at naka-one piece blue bathing suit si Lucy habang nasa beach ito. The post Lucy Torres nagpakamalang bampira first appeared on Abante......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsNov 30th, 2020Related News

Why Janine Berdin feels pressure singing in Bisaya for 11th Himig Handog

Of the 12 interpreters in the 11th edition of Himig Handog, singer Janine Berdin is easily the most pressured, having to sing her piece in her native Visayan tongue. Berdin, “Tawag ng Tanghalan” season 2 champion, is interpreting “Bulalakaw,” a composition by Joanna Ang, a Visayan songwriter. “Actually, this is my third time interpreting sa […] The post Why Janine Berdin feels pressure singing in Bisaya for 11th Himig Handog appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsNov 26th, 2020Related News

Pacquiao for president?

Proof positive that preparations for the 2022 presidential election are already in full swing—below the radar, that is—is what landed in our inbox last week. It’s a piece about Sen. Manny Pacquiao, and why he deserves to sit as president of this republic, written by someone who obviously prefers to remain anonymous at this time. It’s clearly a trial balloon, but we think it allows readers to catch a glimpse of the character and qualifications of the man, and therefore to make an informed judgment on Election Day 2022, so we’re posting parts of it here, with editing for brevity and clarity......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsNov 16th, 2020Related News

HK-Singapore travel ‘bubble’

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — The “travel bubble” agreed between Hong Kong and Singapore will be opened on 22 November, their governments said Wednesday, in a rare piece of good news for the pandemic-battered tourism industry. A quota of 200 residents from each city will be able to travel on one daily flight to the […] The post HK-Singapore travel ‘bubble’ appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsNov 12th, 2020Related News

America votes

We are writing this piece as the first five votes in the 2020 US elections were cast in Dixville Notch, New Hampshire, all in favor of former Vice President Joe Biden. Though not a bellwether indication of who will eventually end up the winner in this highly charged presidential race between Biden and incumbent President Donald Trump, this midnight voting tradition is, to some pundits, a welcome boost to the Biden campaign as voters across the country go to the polls in the course of election day, November 3......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsNov 3rd, 2020Related News

Senate vindicated, and how

If there is one piece of legislative work that they do in Congress, Senate president Vicente “Tito” Sotto III vouches for each of the committee report that comes out from their “inquiry in aid of legislation” against alleged anomalies and venalities involving government officials and state agencies......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 29th, 2020Related News

Our & lsquo;heroes& rsquo; fund

As I write this piece, more than 4,000 overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are stranded in various quarantine facilities, collateral damage to another example of a failed bureaucracy: the continuing failure of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to pay its P1-billion debt to the Philippine Red Cross (PRC) for the latter’s COVID-19 testing services......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsOct 27th, 2020Related News

What’s it all about, Alfie?

In his first column piece published on his birthday, actor, businessman, family man and politician Alfred Vargas opens up about what he learned so far in his 41 years......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 24th, 2020Related News

Some may call abortion a right, but it will never be right

A response to an opinion piece calling for the decriminalization of abortion in the Philippines......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 23rd, 2020Related News

Sosyal na French fries ni Heart trending; ‘Hide & Sing’ ng Showtime iniintriga

EVERYTHING that Heart Evangelista posts on her Instagram account, it seems, are conversation pieces. Her latest post, home-made French fries which resembles that of Chanel became an interesting piece of conversation on social media. Marami ang naloka sa French fries ni Heart na korteng Chanel ang pagkakagawa. Talagang pinag-usapan iyon sa social media.  Netizens thought […] The post Sosyal na French fries ni Heart trending; ‘Hide & Sing’ ng Showtime iniintriga appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsOct 22nd, 2020Related News

SIDEBAR 2: What’s in a SALN anyway?

By Karol Ilagan Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism A president and two chief justices have been removed from office for failing to fully disclose their wealth in their statements of assets, liabilities and net worth or SALN. What’s in a SALN anyway? At PCIJ, we look at a wealth disclosure as a key piece in […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsOct 19th, 2020Related News

Reasons to get a hold on that XTREME S Series Smart TV

Nowadays, consumers are switching to television units that have multiple functions, that’s why a Smart TV is becoming a sought-after piece of electronics. .....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: TechOct 19th, 2020Related News

Memorial lot investments yield good ROI – Golden Haven

Investing in a memorial lot offers higher yield, according to the top executive of Golden Haven Memorial Park. Red Rosales, chief operating officer of the country’s first integrated memorial parks, reported of the huge price valuation of Golden Haven lot owners. Investing in Golden Haven lots now will grant you high returns in the future. When its Golden Haven Memorial Park, Las Pinas first opened in 1984, memorial lots cost only P5,000. “Today that value has gone up to P378,000, showing an impressive 2,240 percent increase or 67 percent increase per annum,” said Rosales. Golden Haven Memorial Park in Las Piñas, a 15-hectare property that features elements of Spanish architecture and a beautiful Butterfly Garden for people of all ages to enjoy. When the park first opened in 1984, memorial lots at this location cost P5,000. The Villar Group owned Golden Haven has also other memorial park investments in other locations. The Golden Haven Cebu, the most beautiful memorial park in the country inspired by Italian design, costs only P25,000 per plot in 2005. Today, a lot at Golden Haven Cebu costs P232,000, an increase of over 828 percent in value or a 46 percent increase per annum. This mountaintop sanctuary maximizes the enchanting surroundings with its various amenities such as the Pope John Paull II Memorial Hill, the Garden Plaze, the Imperial Gardens, among others. Still another choice place is the Golden Haven Memorial Park in Cagayan de Oro which is known for its majestic replica of the famed Christ the Redeemer statue at Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2007, memorial plots at this beautiful location cost P33,000. Today, those plots now cost P89,000, boasting a 170 percent increase in value.  Under normal circumstances, Rosales said that investing in a memorial lot might be the last thing on many people’s minds. After all, the pursuit of leisure and other mundane affairs often take precedence over matters like a final resting place—for themselves or for those they love.          However, Rosales said that realizing how fragile and unpredictable life is may motivate people into making smart decisions now such as investing in a memorial lot at any of Golden Haven’s premier locations. Families go to Golden Haven Memorial Parks not just to visit those long gone but also to forge new happy memories together. “Because there is no telling what lies ahead for all of us, now is actually the best time to invest in a beautiful final resting place that befits the wonderful memories we shall leave behind. In this regard, there is no better choice than a prime lot at any of Golden Haven Memorial Park’s many locations across the country,” he said.  But people do not just buy a memorial lot, they now choose parks that are strategically located, beautifully designed, and high potential for growth.    According to Rosalies, families go to Golden Haven Memorial Parks not just to visit those long gone but also to forge new happy memories together. “Golden Haven inspires this through its elegant architecture that complement the park’s picturesque naturescapes,” said Rosales.  Golden Haven has more going for it than its beautiful parks and tranquil settings that honor the dearly departed. As with any piece of real estate, memorial lots at Golden Haven increase in value over time. “With an annual appreciation of 20 percent, investing in Golden Haven lots now will grant you high returns in the immediate future,” he said. The pandemic also presents opportunities for clever investors—both seasoned and beginners—to purchase properties while price increases have been temporarily halted. He said that many developers are now offering incredibly flexible terms and even substantial discounts to prospective property seekers. They can come in at a low cost—with no risks involved—but with a proven high return on their investments. “Nowhere is this more evident than at Golden Haven, one of the most trusted names in the deathcare industry,” he said. As it works towards having a memorial park in every Filipino’s hometown, Golden Haven now boasts of thirty beautiful and enticing sites across the country, offering memorial lots that make perfect low-risk and safe investments. For the numbers do not lie when it comes to Golden Haven. Rather, they tell a story of continuous growth. Golden Haven is a subsidiary of publicly listed Golden Bria Holdings Inc., currently positioned as the third largest real estate company in the country in terms of market capitalization valued at more than P200 billion......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleOct 18th, 2020Related News