Encounter on Vivamax

July 14, 2021

THIS July, Vivamax proudly brings the Philippine adaptation of “Encounter”, the much-celebrated Korean series about a May-December romance, with Cristine Reyes and Diego Loyzaga portraying the roles popularized by Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum.      Former actress Selene Cristobal (Cristine Reyes) has just gotten out of a marriage of convenience with her philandering husband.  Because of her stardom and being a daughter of a politician, Selene knows the importance of one’s reputation, but she agreed to take the blame for her failed marriage in exchange for Hotel d’Trevi which is one of the hotel chains owned by her ex’s family.        Under Selene’s management, the hotel is able to thrive once again.  She goes to acquire more properties, and one leads her to Ilocos.  It never crossed the mind of this pretty but lonely hotel CEO that this business trip will turn out romantic.      Engineering graduate Gino Hilario (Diego Loyzaga) is touring Ilocos while waiting for his dream job. Though he is passionate about art and photography, Gino is not into movies and celebrities so he is not familiar with Selene.  All he knows when he sees her for the first time is that she is a woman in need of saving.        Directed by Gawad Urian Best Director awardee Jeffrey Jeturian, “Encounter” stays faithful to the significant scenes shown in the original K-drama, like the sunset shared by these two beautiful strangers. Though the initial plan of shooting abroad did not materialize in this time of pandemic, it was a brilliant decision to shoot in the famous Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte as a stand in for Cuba where Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum viewed the sunset.       Starting July 23, 2021, stream “Encounter” on Vivamax and find out why Selene and Gino cannot forget their time together in Ilocos even as they resume their normal lives in Manila.  Witness their second encounter as a boss and an employee. Follow how their relationship evolves in the midst of people who paint it as scandalous, namely Selene’s ex-husband William Trevino, played by Ivan Padilla, her mother-in-law Helen, played by Isay Alvarez, and her parents Cynthia and Andres, played by Maricel Morales and Robert Seña.        Gino’s family is composed of Yayo Aguila as Marilyn, Jeric Raval as Ruben, and Vitto Marquez as Gino’s younger brother, Justin.  “Encounter” also stars Aubrey Caraan, Benj Manalo, Raquel Montesa, Rey PJ Abellana, Candy Pangilinan, Raul Montesa, Josef Elizalde, Anna Jalandoni, and Louise delos Reyes.        Vivamax is available at 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.        “Encounter” is also streaming on Vivamax 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!      TV5’s telecast of “Encounter” continues every Saturday at 9 PM.  It is produced by Viva Entertainment, the producer of blockbuster adaptations such as Miss Granny and Miracle in Cell No. 7.

Cindy Obeñita of CDO is Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021

July 14, 2021

CINDERELLA Faye “Cindy” Obeñita of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental will represent the country in Miss Intercontinental 2021 in Egypt later this year at a still unspecified date.      This after Obeñita was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.      Cindy was Miss Cagayan de Oro 2019 and is currently an employee of the provincial tourism office of Misamis Oriental.      It took her, along with other contestants, more than two years to get the national title as the Binibining Pilipinas pageant last year was postponed again and again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.      It was her very smart answer during the Q and A that really helped and catapulted her to one of the top crowns of Binibining Pilipinas.      “In life, we always find ourselves in a crossroad of choices. Women always have a choice whether to prioritize luxury items, but while we are facing a pandemic, and also they have a choice to embrace a concept of a new beautiful, which is responsive to the needs of the time, adaptive to the change of times and I think I would choose to be that woman who understands the problems of the Philippines, the problems of my community, so that we would be able to uplift each other and I would be that kind of woman who will comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” was Obeñita’s winning answer to the question: “How important are luxury items like bags, clothes, jewelry for a woman when the national economy is down and struggling?”      The Camiguin-born Cindy was a magna cum laude when she graduated during her college years with a degree in Mass Communication at Liceo de Cagayan University.

Shopee Among Top 30 on the List of GradPhilippines’ Top Graduate Employers of 2021

June 28, 2021

The ranking acknowledges Shopee for its popularity and quality among companies in the Philippines Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has been voted as one of the top 30 Graduate Employers to work for in the Philippines.       GradPhilippines, is a platform that connects students, recent graduates, and early career talents with potential job opportunities, employers, internships, and more. It is the most sought-after employer awards in the Asia Pacific Region, especially in countries like Australia and New Zealand.       The Top 100 Graduate Employers list recognizes the highest quality and most popular graduate employers in the country and acknowledges exceptional employers who hire early-career talents. GradPhilippines’ methodology has been refined to reflect an employer’s popularity and quality. This is achieved by combining data from search engines, page views, and employee reviews. Through this, an objective and comprehensive ranking of graduate preferences have been determined.      Karen Perez, Head of Operations and HR Center of Excellence at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is honored to make the list of GradPhilippines’ Top Graduate Employers of 2021.  In line with our ongoing effort to support the development of the future digital economy, it’s important that we train and support the next generation of talents in various categories for them to excel further in their careers. We value everyone at Shopee and are committed to taking care of our people culturally, virtually, and remotely. We look forward to grooming more young talents to enhance their skills and knowledge in the tech and e-commerce industry.”       Shopee prides itself on simplicity, positivity, and continuously providing opportunities for growth. Shopee has a strong company culture that’s dynamic and collaborative, which creates an open and honest environment that makes talents feel like an asset to the company.       As the economy bounces back from the repercussions of the pandemic, Shopee will continue to equip tech talents for e-commerce through programs like the Global Leaders Program (GLP). Launched in 2018, the Shopee Global Leaders Program is a two-year graduate program consisting of four six-month local and overseas rotations made for highly enthusiastic and ambitious young Filipino talents. Participants will help drive Shopee’s campaigns and new initiatives by working with local and overseas teams. During the program, they can gain momentous experiences, regional exposure, and also contribute to the expansion of Shopee across the region. Participants will be part of a structured learning and development program and receive committed mentorship from Shopee leaders.      For more information about the Global Leaders Program, visit      Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play. Check out with ShopeePay to enjoy more great deals on Shopee.

Hot Gadgets for Cool Dads from the SM Store's Call to Deliver

June 21, 2021

Give Dad a gift of creativity, cool, and adventure with hot gadgets from The SM Store.      Better still, shop from your home, and have them delivered to him on Father’s Day through The SM Store’s Call to Deliver service.        Surprise him with light and compact drones for aerial videos, waterproof action cameras for vlogging and live streaming, and innovative multimedia cameras. He’ll be on top of his game with gaming gear, and moto sets.      Order from the comforts of your home and we will shop for you. Chat with us now via The SM Store’s Facebook Messenger and Viber comm:  Viber admin:  Call #143SM (#14376) and talk to a personal shopper to enjoy a more personalized shopping experience.      Visit for more Father’s Day gift ideas.      **  The availability of items varies per store.

Abitria Lechon Baka CDO, the most delicious in town

June 2, 2021

THE best lechon baka from Iligan City is now in Cagayan de Oro.      Known for their famed slow roasted tender lechon baka, Abitria started their family business in Iligan City in the mid-1990s.      Did you know that beef is an ideal protein source? It contains vitamin B12 & minerals which are essential for muscle building,brain development,hormone production,bone health & many more.      It contains Vitamin B12, protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, choline, Omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, zinc, selenium and thiamine.      The good news is that everything yummy that you have just read about lechon baka is now here in Cagayan de Oro City.      Abitria Lechon Baka has just opened up its shop along Tomas Saco St., NEAR the former Loreto's.      But now that the city is under modified general community quarantine (MECQ), Abitria Lechon Baka delivers too in trays, kilos and paa.      Just text or call 0917-562-8146.      Of course, the secret to a yummy lechon baka serving is in its marinade prior to roasting plus the quality of the meat.      Abitria Lechon Baka ensures that no artificial flavors are present in its products and only the finest herbs are used.      As a startup, the origins of Abitria Lechon Baka were all an accident as the Abitria's roasted for a WEDDING reception for a RELATIVE.       When guests who were satisfied with the taste egged them to make it as a business, that was the beginning and the rest is success.      In 2016, they expanded to Cagayan de Oro offering lechon baka (whole) mostly to special events and gatherings and last year during the pandemic started selling on a per kilo basis and party trays.      Pretty soon, Abitria Lechon Baka will also serve 11 flavors of buffalo chicken wings.       Let's all wait for that.

Running Organgs — the new Pinoy-made mobile game is taking the country by storm

May 25, 2021

A new fun and addicting mobile game for both Android and Apple users has come to town! If you were waiting for all of 2020 for a big vacation, you’ll surely love playing Running Organgs. The game is 100% Pinoy-made, conceptualized and developed by PurpleBug Inc., which is a local digital marketing company. Another one joining the roster of Philippines’ pride, indeed! Running Organgs is one of the most anticipated online games this 2021. The game aims to serve as not just an entertainment for people and to distract them from the setbacks brought by the COVID-19 crisis, but to also allow players to travel and recall the feeling of visiting the most famous tourist spots in the Philippines, all the while staying safe from the dangers of the COVID-19 virus. Apart from providing entertainment, the game also aims to provide education to players about self-care and health. The characters, hence, the name “Running Organgs” is inspired from the human organs. The following are the characters of the game:   • Brainstein (Brain): The one who holds the greatest understanding and wisdom among the members of the Running Organgs. His arch nemesis are illegal drugs • Amor (Heart): The fun and bubbly member of the Running Organgs. She wears her heart on her sleeve and loves to make friends. Her arch nemesis are the pictures of her ex-boyfriends. • Oliver (Liver): The cool, laid-back, and most stylish member of the Running Organgs. His arch nemesis are alcoholic beverages. • Lang-Lang and Leng-Leng (Lungs): Lang-Lang and Leng-Leng are twins. Lang-Lang is prim and proper, while Leng-Leng is a free-spirit. Their arch nemesis are cigarettes, vapes, and the COVID-19 virus. • Tammie (Stomach): The confident and bold member of the Running Organgs. She loves to eat to her heart’s content and knows how to have a good time! Her arch nemesis are poisonous substances.   As a simple platformer game, people of all ages can enjoy playing Running Organgs.. With the overall unique art style and fun characters, you will surely enjoy every passing moment with this cute gang! Watch out for updates! PurpleBug Inc. will be releasing new versions within the year with additional characters and Philippine tourist spots. So far, the game has already received positive feedback, most notably for its art style, characters, and concept. PurpleBug is a digital marketing agency in the Philippines that offers 360 degrees digital marketing solutions and online marketing services such as web design services and web development services. Aside from these web solutions, PurpleBug also caters to search engine optimization services, online advertising, social media management services, online PR media, application development services, and other digital marketing solutions for businesses. Be sure to try it out! Happy playing! Download Running Organgs through these links: Android: iOS:


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