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Manananggal: not your usual Halloween movie

September 27, 2021

THERE’s nothing but love and laughter and aswang in VIVA Films and blockbuster director Darryl Yap’s new romantic comedy film, ANG MANANANGGAL NA NAHAHATI ANG PUSO. Starring two of the most in demand young stars of today, Aubrey Caraan and Marco Gallo.      ANG MANANANGGAL NA NAHAHATI ANG PUSO is about a college student named Giuseppe (Marco Gallo) who went to a small barrio to research for his thesis about the mythical Filipino creatures called “aswang”. There, he meets the eccentric barrio girl Giniper (Aubrey Caraan) who takes the opportunity to help Giuseppe with his research. With Giniper’s help, Giuseppe will not just learn about mythical creatures in the barrio, but he will also experience enchanting encounters with different people.      Also starring in the movie are comedians and viral YouTube vloggers Chad Kinis, Lassy Marquez, and MC Calaquian collectively known as the Beks Batallion, who play the roles of Gudong, Gingging and Gimo respectively; and Teresa Loyzaga as Guinta. With also the special participation of veteran actors Gina Pareño and Johnny Revilla.      In the midst of the pandemic and lockdown situations in a lot of places, Siquijor opened their doors to the production team, and they caught on camera the enchanting and mesmerizing beauty of the island. That’s why the movie teaser alone is enough to get people excited about the movie.       Since his first blockbuster movie “Jowable”, up to his most talked-about films like “Paglaki Ko Gusto Kong Maging Pornstar” and “Tililing”, director Darryl Yap has been non-stop in doing films that easily clicks with the audience. And with its bizarre combination of comedy, love story and “aswang”, ANG MANANANGGAL NA NAHAHATI ANG PUSO will definitely be another hit for movie viewers.      Mark your calendars on October 1, as ANG MANANANGGAL NA NAHAHATI ANG PUSO streams online on VIVAMAX Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, Japan, Middle East and Europe.      Vivamax is available at web.vivamax.net. You can also download the app and subscribe via Google Play Store, App Store, and Huawei AppGallery. For only P29, you can unli-watch all Vivamax titles for three days. You can also subscribe for P149/month and P399 for 3 months for bigger savings. You can also cast your screen from your device to Smart TV with Google Chromecast or Apple TV for better viewing experience.      You can pay through GCash, Globe, Smart, Visa/Mastercard, PayMaya or PayPal account that’s linked on your Google or Apple account. You can also subscribe at web.vivamax.net, select a plan and you can pay through EC Pay outlets: 7 Eleven, and All Day, or through PayMongo, GrabPay, and GCash or through PayMaya. For payment thru E-commerce, you may choose from Lazada, Shopee, GCash, ComWorks Clickstore, PayMaya, or Globe One. For payment thru authorized outlets, you may choose from Load Manna, ComWorks, and Load Central partner outlets: Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Express. You can also call your local Cable Operators to subscribe to VIVAMAX: Sky Cable, Cable Link, KCAT Fiber, Air Cable, Aklan Cable Television Co., Inc. Cebu Cable HD, Cotabato Cable Television Network Corp., Concepcion Pay TV Network Inc., BCTVI, Paradise Cable Television Nework, Inc., Wesfardell Connect, Z-energy Cable TV Network Inc.      Vivamas is also available in the Middle East! To our dear fellow Pinoys in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, watch all you can for only AED35/month.  In Europe, Vivamax can be streamed for only 8 GBP/month. Filipinos in Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore can also access Vivamax. Vivamax, atin ‘to!

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Davao-based band releases second single

September 20, 2021

An emerging young band from Davao City is poised to make their mark in the industry. Hailing from the Davao region, MidSummer releases their second single for 2021 with the track “The Two of Us,” a slow tempo duet ballad written to inspire couples to fight for their love to last a lifetime. Upon its recent release, Spotify included it in its Fresh Finds Philippines playlist. And recently launched, a heartwarming music video made the track more endearing to its listeners.       MidSummer’s songwriter Florence Bagcal noted that the song was a bit of a challenge to write as the band is used to making songs with a touch of rock and pop influence. Since this was written with weddings in mind, the band adjusted with their playing style and choice of instruments to produce what is now released as “The Two Of Us.”      Comprised of Mae Ann Cabigas (vocalist), Florence Bagcal (guitarist), Bryan Bagcal (drummer), Michael Cortez (bassist), and Fredel Borinaga (keyboardist), MidSummer kicked off the year with a somber Tagalog song that’s the exact opposite of this fresh release. “Tayo Pa Ba” is borne out of the pandemic-induced long distance relationship experienced by one of the band members.      The group was originally called The New Generation in the year 2014 when Florence urged Bryan and Michael to form a three-piece band for fun. In the last quarter of 2015, Fredel joined the band as their keyboardist. After performing for quite some time, the group realized they needed a fresh boost, and they found their missing piece in Mae Ann while she was singing in their school acquaintance party in November 2017. The only girl in the group officially joined the band in the year 2018 when the band was renamed as The Sixth Inversion. During the middle of 2019 school summer vacation, the group rebranded again, leading to the birth of MidSummer. They adopted the name because summer time and midyear are the band’s favorite seasons of the year.      This up-and-coming band performed regularly prior to the pandemic at Davao City’s Parking Space and graced Lokal nga Tukar of MOR 101.1 in Davao City, ABS-CBN Regional Network’s Maayong Buntag Mindanao, MOR entertainment’s Good Time ‘To, Brigada Entertainment Philippines, Magnum Radyo’s Sabado Night Talk, Halo Halo Radio Davao, and most recently, Viva Records’s Twitter Music Space along with Janine Tenoso and Arthur Nery.      Be inspired by MidSummer’s “The Two of Us,” and download it now on all major digital platforms. A lyric video is likewise up on Viva Records’ YouTube channel. Follow MidSummer on Facebook (facebook.com/midsmr/) and Twitter (@MidSummer_PH) to get early access on what’s in store for this talented young band.

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The Lost Bread – shaking up your soft-serve experience

September 20, 2021

ICE cream is quintessential but how about soft serve for a change? Well, the best soft serve ice cream in Metro Manila has found its way to Cagayan de Oro shores and is now available here for good!      The Lost Bread is serves a total of 15 soft-serve varieties plus one limited edition flavor each month! That’s 16 choices of yummy frostiness that tastes creamier, smoother and lighter….and appears whiter!      The Lost Bread (Patag) serves the following: signature (milk & cookies, mango Graham, 90s kids mix, brown sugar milktea, campfire s’mores, coco butternut, Lily’s peanut butter brownie fudge, cookies & cream cheesecake); taho series (classic taho, strawberry taho, ube taho); and Arce dairy collab (hawhaw ice cream, chocnut ice cream, blue vanilla ice cream). They come in liter and pint sizes.      The Lost Bread (Patag) is open for pickup and delivery through 09161310848, Facebook (The Lost Bread – Patag, CDO) and Instagram (thelostbread_patag_cdo) every day from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. For pickups, they are located at 346 Saarenas St., Patag, Cagayan de Oro City.      “Loved this pint so much! And my brother enjoyed it as well! I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate ice cream but this was definitely a good one.” “Thoroughly enjoyed this pint of ice cream!! Tasted just like my favorite childhood snack.” “Thank you! It reminds me of childhood.”      These are just some of the reviews for The Lost Bread. So what are you waiting for? Order now and experience your childhood nostalgia in a tub!

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UNIQLO Continues to Help Families Affected by Typhoons in the Philippines

July 28, 2021

Manila, Philippines – UNIQLO Philippines, supported by its parent company Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., continues to help the families affected by the typhoons by providing food supplies, clean-up drives, reconstruction of damaged housing, and building preventative infrastructure in areas prone to flooding. This sustainability initiative will be extended until May 1, 2022.      The project was introduced in November 2020, when Philippines was hit by super typhoons Rolly and Ulysses. Fast Retailing Co., Ltd. donated 1 million USD (approximately 48 million in PHP) and UNIQLO Philippines provided 300,000 pieces of AIRism masks for the aid and protection of families displaced by the typhoons. In partnership with SM Foundation, Inc., the donation was initially used for immediate food assistance to evacuees.      “We are grateful to be welcomed by the Filipino community when we opened our first store in 2012. We would like to show our appreciation by doing what we can to support relief and recovery efforts. LifeWear is not just about clothing. It’s a commitment to make people’s lives better in any way we can and improve their quality of life,” says Masayoshi Nakamura, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Philippines.      Food supplies were continuously provided to more than 32,000 families in Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Rizal, Marikina City, Bulacan, Isabela, and Cagayan Valley last December 2020 for those who were still stranded in evacuation centers for Christmas, and during major lockdowns, when they had limited access to resources.        UNIQLO also provided construction materials to help more than 1,000 families rebuild their homes that were damaged by the typhoons. In preparation for the safety of the communities in the coming rainy season this year, evacuation centers in Marikina, Cagayan, and Bicol were cleaned and refurbished.      UNIQLO has also started renovating select barangay health centers in Camarines Sur, Albay, Marikina City, Bulacan, Isabela, and Cagayan Valley. These health centers will provide families in need a quick access to immediate medical care.  The centers will have basic medical equipment and supplies. It will be children and senior citizens friendly as it will also include a Mobile Play Cabinet and waiting lounges.       Through these efforts, UNIQLO strives to make a positive impact to the society.      For more updates on our Sustainability efforts, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at https://www.uniqlo.com/ph/en/spl/philippine-sustainability and download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store.      Follow UNIQLO Philippines’ social media accounts, Facebook (facebook.com/uniqlo.ph), Twitter (twitter.com/uniqloph), and Instagram (instagram.com/uniqlophofficial).

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Get ready for Nerisa

July 28, 2021

VIVA Films brings you one of this year’s sexiest and most daring movies, Neriss, starring Cindy Miranda (Adan) and Aljur Abrenica.      When Obet saves Nerisa, a beautiful maiden floating in the sea, strange things and misfortunes befall on the island. Since then, Nerisa has been blamed for everything and she’s even suspected to be a mermaid because of her beauty and mystery.      Lusted by men and envied by women, Nerisa doesn’t care about all the issues thrown at her. The only one that matters is Obet, her savior and now her husband. So, when Obet went missing after an accident at sea, she committed herself to do and give everything – including her body to find him.      Cindy Miranda and Aljur Abrenica are joined by veteran actors Elizabeth Oropesa and Bembol Roco, and other great artists such as Sexy Bombshell Sheree Bautista, Vivamax Sexy Princess AJ Raval, and star of “Anak ng Macho Dancer” Sean De Guzman.      Cindy is excited with her role in this movie, and she is ready to prove that she doesn’t only have the beauty, but she also has the acting talent. NERISA’s director Lawrence Fajardo also enjoys the creative freedom Viva gave to him in making the movie. The screenplay is written by the multi-awarded and critically acclaimed scriptwriter Ricky Lee. This is the first-time director Fajardo works with Ricky Lee which makes director Fajardo more excited for the movie.      Discover the truth behind the mystery of NERISA on its global premiere this July 30 on ktx.ph, iWantTFC, and TFC IPTV for only P249 and on Vivamax.      Vivamax is available at web.vivamax.net. You can also download the app and subscribe via Google Play Store and App Store. For only P29, you can unli-watch all Vivamax titles for three days. You can also subscribe for P149/month and P399 for 3 months for bigger savings.      For payment thru website, you may choose from EC Pay, 7 Eleven, All Day, All Day, Pay Mongo, GrabPay, GCash, or PayMaya.  For payment thru app, you may choose from Globe, Smart, GCash, Paypal, Visa, or Mastercard.  For payment thru Ecommerce, you may choose from Lazada, Shopee, Comworks, Clickstore, or Paymaya.  For payment thru authorized outlets, you may choose from Load Manna, Comworks, Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Express, and Load Central.  Vivamax’s cable partners are SkyCable, Cable Link, Wesfardell Connect, Fiber, BCTVI, Cebu Cable, Zenergy HD, Cotabato Cable Television Network Corporation, and Concepcion Pay TV Network, Inc.        Vivamax is also available in the Middle East! To our dear fellow Pinoys in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, watch all you can for only AED35/month.  In Europe, Vivamax can be streamed for only 8 GBP/month.  Vivamax, atin ‘to!

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DOST-X helps Mis. Occ. pizza store step up through sci-tech interventions

July 23, 2021

To fulfill their aspirations, D’Hermanos Pizza applied for the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) in 2019.       The firm was located in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and started with humble beginnings.       In 2014, using conventional and manual production equipment, the firm started baking for family and close-knitted friends in small quantities, but orders kept pouring in for their pizza. Hence, the owner, Mr. Raymond Lanzado, with his wife, Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, decided to increase its production volume to cater to orders from the locals of Tangub City and tourists.      The increasing number of customers propelled the owner to improve its production plan. The goal was to upgrade its production equipment, establish a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-compliant production facility, and acquire a License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).      A month after its application, the firm received the DOST-SETUP assistance to realize its production plan as well as enhance its packaging and labeling.       Through SETUP, the pizza’s baking time was reduced from 20 minutes to 3 minutes, thus, increasing the firm's production volume from 3 to 100 pizza formulations per day with improved quality. The firm was also able to increase its productivity by 9% and hire 10 additional production workers. With the increase in sales and demand, the firm opened a branch in Ozamiz City.       “Salamat kaayo sa DOST, sa natabang sa pag improve sa among operation.  Kung kami lang dili namo ma improve amo facility ug dali. Salamat sa mga technology nga gihatag ug gishare ug Salamat sa technical na tabang kay na approve amo application sa FDA”. (We are grateful to DOST for helping us improve our operations. We cannot improve our facility this fast if we are only on our own. We are thankful for the technology and the technical assistance we received to have our FDA application approved.),” said Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, owner of D’Hermanos Pizza.       DOST-SETUP is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting micro, small, and medium enterprises to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness. (Rogelyn Calago, DOST-Misamis Occidental)

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