Globe’s 0917 National G Day Festivities happening on September 17

It’s National G Day and Globe is giving back to their loyal customers for years of support through the 0917 National G Day Festivities.

On September 17 or 0917, which is also Globe’s iconic and original prefix, the country’s top mobile service and network provider is kicking off its annual celebration that recognizes and gives back to its loyal customers through exciting rewards and surprises.

Given the challenging times, Globe seeks to make this year’s National G Day a way to empower and enable its customers as they face the new normal. By providing unique experiences and rewards, customers will be able to regain control of their lives and recreate better days not just for themselves but for others as well.

“More than our annual tradition, it is our way of recognizing our customers for their loyalty and support” said Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu. “This year’s unusual circumstance does not stop us from making our 0917 celebration more meaningful. Let us come together to create better days with National G Day, packed with rewards and surprises for all our customers.”

This year, the digital celebration comes in many forms, each focusing on making customers more productive, entertained and delighted.

The most awaited G Chance the Raffle

Globe’s biggest raffle of the year will  begin on September 17. Globe customers will get their raffle codes from the Globe Rewards or Globe at Home apps. They may also use their reward points to turn them into more raffle codes.  

At the G Chance the raffle, customers have the chance to win prizes that they can use to work, learn, and play at home. These exciting prizes include 5G smartphones, gaming consoles like the Nintendo Switch, Segway Ninebot, Samsung products, Xiaomi Mi Box, Globe Rewards points, GCash credits, and so much more!

Customers can also use their Globe Rewards points to get 917 lifestyle essentials, shoor experiences and discount codes for Konsulta MD, Puregold, Health Now, Healthway Clinics, Zalora, Grab, Lazada, Shopee and other partners.

G Music Fest, A Music Festival Right at Home

A treat for all music-lovers, come together and feel the electric energy and unbridled fun by being part of Globe’s online music festival.  

The G Music Fest lines-up international band LANY and favorite local acts namely The Juans, Massiah, Kiana Valenciano, UDD, SB19, Ben & Ben, and December Avenue.

Globe customers can stream the music fest for free on September 26, 4PM through GlobePH, Globe’s Facebook page.

Globe’s Biggest Amateur Mobile Legends Cup

Gather your friends, sharpen your skills, and be one of 1,000 teams that will compete at the G Legends Cup! With a prize pool of P600,000, this is the biggest amateur Mobile Legends tournament for Globe customers. Interested teams must redeem their tournament codes via Globe Rewards app. Once they receive a tournament code, they need to go to and enter that code on the team registration form.

The list of participating teams will be announced on September 17 with the best of the best battling out for the top spot at the G Legends Cup finals on September 24. The emerging top 64 teams will also be rewarded with cash prizes that they will receive through their GCash accounts. 

Usapang diskarte for your business with G Summit

For this year’s National G Day, Globe myBusiness has also something in store for entrepreneurs. On September 23, Globe myBusiness will host the first-ever G Summit 2020 – Usapang Diskarte: Pivot your Business to Success. 

Business owners will hear from local and international experts like Josh Linkner, #1 most booked innovation speaker, new york times bestselling author and business leaders from Google, Taxumo, and CIA Bootleg Manila. Attendees will learn about business opportunities in the new normal, running a business amidst uncertainty and how innovation and digital transformation can help you turn a challenge into a business opportunity. 

G Summit aims to bring Filipino businesses together into fulfilling the vision of transforming the Philippines into a digitally empowered nation. 

“The National G Day is a celebration we look forward to each year because it is our opportunity to give back and say thank you to our customers and partners who have been with us throughout the years,” said Globe Marketing Services Hub Head Jenny Echevarria. “We at Globe will continue to recreate our products, services, rewards and experiences so it remains relevant, unique especially in these extraordinary times.”

Know more about this year’s National G Day by downloading the Globe Rewards app and Globe At Home app.

FIABCI to showcase PH innovations at World Real Estate Congress 2020

The country’s top property firms are set to showcase their own innovations in healthy and energy-efficient urban living at the upcoming World Real Estate Congress in Manila this May 2020.

Topping the list of exhibitors and presenters are Megaworld Corporation, Federal Land Inc., Robinsons Land Corporation, and Prime Homes Real Estate Development Inc..

All exhibits will be viewed by the participants from the Paris-based International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI), whose membership covers 100 national associations, 95 academic institutions, 2,300 companies, 40 professionals, and over a million individual members in five continents spanning 72 countries, including the Philippines.

“Together, they constitute a global real estate industry that can and is poised to bring about an urban revolution across the world,” said FIABCI Philippines President Architect Nestor S. Mangio in the context of today’s evolving environment such as massive city migration, increased urban density, transport and mobility constraints from ever-growing vehicular volume, water and air pollution, sanitation threats, floods and rising sea levels, earthquakes and structural engineering challenges, climate change and global warming, typhoons and volcanic eruptions, polar shift and changing weather patterns, and spiralling energy and fuel prices, and their impact on food production and the rest of the economy.

Aptly, the congress theme is “Urban Revolution”, which is about planning how the global cities of the future must take shape in the light of today’s threats and challenges.

The latest trends include the use of new construction materials like aerated concrete that can float on water and provide significant thermal insulation. Others, meanwhile, feature reinforced joints of beams and columns to create an earthquake-resistant structure by addressing the weakest links.

“Nonetheless, all these property firms (Megaworld, Federal Land, Robinsons Land, and Prime Homes) are into ecologic, economic and ergonomic urban development where everything is within reach. Their projects virtually serve as precursors to the rise of hikable and bikable cities that we have seen emerging in the continents of Europe and the Americas,” Mangio further explained.

Supporting the congress are the UN-Habitat, Grant Thornton, Reed Midem, and World Urban Campaign as sponsors, with FIABCI-Philippines ( as the organizer.

Fall in love with words at the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2020

Book lovers, listen up! The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is returning to Manila this love month. From February 14-24, 2020, the world’s biggest book sale will be open 24/7 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. Entrance is absolutely FREE.

You can also stand a chance to win a trolley full of books or one of 20 daily winners of P700 cash vouchers when you join Big Bad Wolf’s social media contests from February 13-23.

More than 2 million English titles will be available at 50-90% off, plus a new promotion called “Crazy Deals,” which marks down select titles for as low as P60, will also be introduced this year.

Get a chance to own beloved titles such as China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan, Into The Water by Paula Hawkins, The Power Of I Am by Joel Osteen, You Are Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero, and My LIttle Pony:The Princess Collection Bozed Set at discounted rates. Also enjoy the wide array of books from every genre, plus books for children including story books, activity books, board books, pop-up books, and picture books.

The Magical Book series, exclusively distributed by Big Bad Wolf here in Asia, will also be available for sale. The series, which incorporates augmented reality (AR) technology, will have 12 new titles available including Frozen: A Sleepover Party and Winnie The Pooh: Fun With First Words. This is the perfect time to complete your collection as there will be a Buy 5, Get 1 promotion on Magical Books.

More than selling books, Big Bad Wolf is a reading advocacy organization that aims to create a love for reading amongst the less fortunate. Through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm Red Readerhood, in partnership with Gawad Kalinga, the program has collected a total of 16,123 books from previous sales and have been donated to impoverished areas in Palawan, Negros Oriental, Leyte, and the Cordilleras.

Also in collaboration with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines, BBW is fostering a culture of respect for the copyright system while encouraging reading among Filipinos through accessible and affordable books.

To learn more about Big Bad Wolf, check out the website, or follow them on Facebook ( or Instagram (@bbwbooksph).

Celebrate the Year of the Mouse at SM Supermalls

Welcome the Lunar New Year 2020 at SM Supermalls with exciting festivities all week long.

SM Supermalls is celebrating the “Year of the Mouse with beloved Disney characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse dressed up in adorable Cheongsam, the traditional Chinese garb.

Filled with fun events and activities, SM Supermalls has the perfect weekend that you and your loved ones can enjoy.

It all starts on January 23, at SM Megamall, as fans get a chance to to meet-and-greet with Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. This will by followed by sessions at SM Mall of Asia on January 24, SM City North EDSA on January 25, and SM City Bacoor on January 26.

The meet-and-greet sessions are open to the public and are free of charge. Fans of all ages can also look forward to a special range of Mickey and Minnie products across apparel, footwear, bags, accessories, and toys available at various pop-up stores in SM and in all SM Department Stores nationwide.

Kids can also get a chance to walk the “Year of the Mouse at SM” runway on January 26 at the SM North EDSA The Block Atrium. A minimum single receipt purchase of P2,000 worth of Mickey and Minnie Mouse products from The SM Store’s Babies’ and Kids’ Wear departments entitles kids to participate in the fashion show. The full promo mechanics and participating branches may be viewed at the SM Kids official Facebook page, @smkidsfashion.

Additionally, SM Supermalls have also prepared a line-up of activities for everyone to enjoy until the weekend:

Fortune Feasts

Indulge in authentic Chinese cuisine at SM Supermalls’ participating world- class restaurants that will offer group dining deals and specials — perfect for your friends and families happening from January 10 to 26.

Lucky Market

Attract good luck all year round with lucky charms and other great finds at the Chinese bazaars at SM from January 10 to 26.

Chinese Horoscope

Know what the new Lunar Year has in store for you and be one step
ahead of the game at the Chinese Zodiac Forecast by Feng Shui Master, Marites Allen from January 10-26.

Instagrammable Centerpieces

Take your selfie game to the next level and upload your best photos with the Disney-inspired Chinese New Year centerpieces at SM malls.

Cultural Entertainment

Enjoy more fun-filled activities like the Character Parade at SM Mall of Asia, Prosperity Dance, and Chinese Cultural Shows. SM is also offering great mobile
games, such as the Spot the Hidden Mickey and Feed the Panda.

For more exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit and its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

“As we say goodbye to the end of an entire lunar calendar and usher in another year, we want to
offer a fun and unforgettable celebration through exciting surprises in time for Lunar New Year,”
said SM Supermalls SVP for Marketing Jonjon San Agustin.

Cook Magazine goes K-Pop for 9th Holiday Bash

I feel privileged to have been invited recently to Cook Magazine‘s 9th Annual Holiday Bash, which celebrates the magazine’s 19 years of existence. I’ve been a reader of Cook for quite some time now, and I always look forward to reading recipes and cooking tips from food experts.

For the ninth straight year, Cook has been throwing a thanksgiving party for their friends and supporters. This year, the chosen theme was K-Pop, and what a fun, quirky, energetic party it turned out to be!

At 19 years, Cook has been in the industry far longer than most. In fact, it is the only monthly culinary magazine being published in the country right now. While some may say that print is dead, Cook is still very much alive.

Cook’s 9th Holiday Bash was an opportunity for friends and advertisers to let loose a little, and to bring out their fun and creative selves. After another year of grinding, working on partnerships and collaborations, it’s now time celebrate.

Certificates were awarded to Cook Magazine’s top advertisers: Häfele Philippines (Bosch), Sharp Philippines Corporation, F1 Hotel Manila, Excellence Appliances Technologies Inc. (Whirlpool & Fujidenzo Appliances), King Sue, Mega Global Corporation (Mega Prime), Hyundai Home Appliances, Dermaline Inc. (Diana Stalder), Richmonde Hotels, Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, Inc. (Phoenix Super LPG), and Havas Media (Phoenix Super LPG). A Special Award was also given to Cook‘s event venue partner House Manila.

Some of Cook Magazine’s columnists were also there to receive their certificates of appreciation. Consultant and chef Theodore “Day” Salonga, Chef Bruce Lim, award-winning baker Chef Gel Salonga-Datu, recipe developer and consultant Chef Editha Singian, baker and Instructor Chef Jojo Cuesta-Javier, pastry chef and instructor Edward Mateo, culture/travel/food writer Roel Hoang Manipon, and U.K. based travel writer and photographer Lisa Asuncion-Feliciano are the magazine’s regular columnists.

Hundreds of raffle prizes such as appliances, hotel restaurant buffets, and overnight stays at the country’s top hotels were given away. The grand prizes include a refrigerator from Whirpool, a stove from Tecnogas, a Sharp TV, and a 3-day, 2-night stay at Maribago Blue Water Hotel in Bohol complete with a round trip airfare for 2 pax from Cebu Pacific. Special awards were also given to the Best Dressed guests who went all out with their K-Pop-inspired outfits.

Perry Gamboa, Choi Soriano, and Cook advertisingmanager Marlon Aldenese hosted the event.

Overflowing food and wine

Because food and dining is the crux of what Cook Magazine is all about, expectations were very high for the food and beverages served at the party… and they came through with the help of several sponsors who gave guests a delectable feast.

Selah Garden Hotel, a boutique hotel located at 715 Park Avenue in Pasay City, brought out the best of its kitchen with offerings such as Assorted Maki, Caesar Salad, Spinach and Crab Meat Soup, Pork Spareribs with Smoked Hickory Sauce, Chicken Cordon Bleu with Tartar Sauce, Mixed Tempura, Chicken Parmesan Pasta, Brocolli with Beef Tendon, Baklava Fingers, Mango Ball Tapioca.

Old-time favorites, such as The Aristocrat Restaurant, Cowboy Grill, and Lydia’s Lechon also served some of their most iconic dishes: from the Three-piece Chicken Barbecue with Java Rice to Bam-i, Pork Sisig, Beef Caldereta, and the signature Lechon recipe, which has been with the family since the 1960s.

Kabaleyan Eatery, which came all the way from Pangasinan, also gave a taste of the province’s flavors and their own unique take on local cuisine like Binagoongang Pork Adobo, Roasted Bagoong Chicken, Urdujas Pinakbet, and Binalonan Pasta.

COOK Magazine’s very own Editor-in-Chief Chef Dino Datu also prepared Braised Canadian Beef Cheeks in Red Wine. The Strip Loin is sponsored by the Embassy of Canada, which commits to ensuring that Filipino consumers are able to enjoy Canadian beef through selected brand partners in the Philippines.

Other food offerings at the event were pizza, pasta, and rice meals from Brooklyn Pizza, and assorted kakanin and native delicacies from Aging’s Food Delight. Homemade cakes and pastries were also provided by Chef Jojo Cuesta Javier’s Sweetielicious Homemade Goodies, Chef Edward Mateo of Royal Patisserie, and July Abella Panganiban of Cake of Hearts.

All that feasting wouldn’t be complete without the classic red and white wines provided by Gato Negro Wines and demi-sec sparkling rosè wines from Woomera.

Miss Pampanga bags Miss Silka Philippines 2019 title

The search for the most beautiful and empowered Filipinas is now over as Miss Pampanga Jaimee Nicole Angeles Manio is hailed as the new Miss Silka Philippines 2019!

Now on its 12th year, the Miss Silka Philippines 2019 beauty pageant, one of the most-awaited beauty pageants in the country, serves as an avenue to celebrate diversity among Filipina women by providing regional and cultural representation nationally.

Twenty-six candidates each representing different provinces who have won their respective regional titles, vied for the title of Miss Silka Philippines 2019.

A whopping P150,000 in cash and exciting products were given to Miss Silka Philippines 2019’s big winner. On top of that, P100,000 worth of donations will be given to her chosen charity.

Other winners are: Ms. Silka 1st Runner Up 2019, Angelica Corporal of Bulacan who wins P100,000; Ms. Silka 2nd Runner Up 2019, Ma. Izabel Lamberth of Baguio who gets P70,000; and Ms. Silka 3rd Runner Up 2019, Krisha Andrea Pekitpekit of Cebu who bags P50,000.

One of the big winners of the special awards was Angelica Corporal of Bulacan, who aside from her 1st Runner Up finish, also bagged the win for Ms. Talent 2019, Ms. Photogenic 2019, and Best in Evening Gown. The other winners of the special awards were Ms. Swimwear 2019 Jaimee Nicole Angeles Manio of Pampanga, Ms. Juicy Cologne 2019 Kathlyn Camille Lee from Davao, and Ms. Casual Wear 2019 Ma. Izabel Lamberth of Baguio. The special awards for Ms. Congeniality and Popular Choice Award were also presented during the finals which were won by Jewel Alexandria Palacat from Ilocandia and Angela Milvie Bucu of Leyte, respectively. A consolation prize of P6,000 each were given to the 22 other contestants. All the contestants were also given Silka products gift packs.

Singer, actress, and host Yanah Laurel and radio DJ Sean Kyle hosted the grand coronation day. Multi-awarded versatile actress and television personality Angelica Panganiban–the new face of Silka Green Papaya Soap–and R&B crooner Jason Dy, also graced the most awaited grand occasion. The Swimwear and Talent Competition were held on Nov. 27-28 at URBN Bar Timog, Quezon City and Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center respectively.

Beyond beauty and glamour, the Miss Silka Philippines 2019 pageant aims to serve as an inspiration to all Filipinas to value self-care or more known in Filipino as “alaga.”

“We want to focus on and remove the stigma from self-love, self-care, and independence.” said Eunice de Belen, senior brand manager of Silka. Each queen has their own advocacy and fought for the title previously held by Maraiah Queen Arceta from Cebu.

“We want all Filipinas to know that self-care or alaga sa sarili is essential. It is not about being wrapped up in oneself, as it strengthens and enables us to fully support and take care of others (our loved ones), contributing positively to community, society, and one’s chosen advocacy. After all, we cannot give what we do not have. Caring or alaga has to start from oneself. Once you do that, you’ll see how much more you can give alaga to others.” de Belen said.

For more information about Silka and the pageant, visit and follow us on Instagram at @SilkaSkincare.

LG and Netflix bring joy to Christmas

Aiming to give everyone a “bigger and better” Christmas, LG is showing love to its loyal Filipino fans by giving back to the community. At a recent event held at One Canvas Events Place in Pasong Tamo, Makati, LG Philippines outlined the various initiatives they have lined up for the holiday season.

The event started off with LGEPH Product Marketing Manager Angelica Dumlao discussing the Evolution of Picture Quality and how LG has taken great strides in pushing for technological innovation. From early analog to the HDTVs and plasma TVs of the 1990s, to affordable 40-inch LCDs outselling traditional CRT TVs in the mid-2000s, newer technologies have cropped up in the last decade alone and LG was always at the forefront of it all. Curved screens, high dynamic range (HDR), smart TVs, OLED TVs, and 4K, you name it, LG has done it.

Now with the hyper realistic detail and picture quality of 8K available to consumers, Dumlao says, “For us in LG, life’s about more than having the latest technology. It’s about the experiences technology creates. We are a pacesetter in the industry and we will continue to deliver consumer electronics that let you embrace life and prepare you for its greatest moments.”

A gift of art

Pushing forward with the holiday theme, LG delivered its first “gift” to the community comes in the form of a partnership with Netflix. During the event, Netflix unveiled the streaming service’s holiday film headliner, Klaus. The trailer for the destined Christmas classic, together with its behind the scenes footage, were all screened with the use of LG’s award-winning OLED TVs, the purchase of which comes with an accompanying gift of 6 months of Netflix.

Klaus is an entirely 2D animated movie, a Netflix first, that harkens to the old Christmas shows we’ve come to know and love. Legendary actor J. K. Simmons provides the voice for the titular Klaus, a reclusive carpenter whom Jesper discovers living alone in a cabin, where he makes his own handmade toys. Members of the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc. (ACPI) made the activity more educational by sharing their thoughts on the use of 2D animation in Klaus, how LG OLED TVs are the best platform to view it on, and discuss the state of the local animation industry as a whole.

As an early Christmas present for the organization, LG Philippines donated LG TVs to ACPI. LG Philippines Managing Director Inkwun Heo recognized the importance of the ACPI’s role in the local industry and how their influence shapes the evolution of picture quality. “With LG, we guarantee an unparalleled, memorable cinematic viewing experience. Through non-stop innovation, LG has been able to offer the best that technology, be it through our NanoCell or OLED TVs, or with the use of our ThinQ Artificial Intelligence. We want content creators such as ACPI to have access to this technology so that they can pay it forward and share it with the community through their art.”

Marlyn Montano, vice president of the ACPI, graciously accepted the TV donation from LG. “Working in the animation industry, innovations in technology are important to us. To be able to compete with other animators from around the world, we need to be at the top. LG’s AI-optimized picture quality that boasts leading clarity, sharpness, detail and brightness is as advanced as you can get. This really helps us in harnessing the best of our abilities.”

A gift of charity

The second gift from LG is the #ShareTheGoodLifewithLG campaign. As a way of giving back to the community, LG Philippines has dedicated a portion of each sale of an LG product to furnishing Shelter of Hope, a halfway home for young cancer patients hailing from different provinces and are getting their treatments in Manila. More than that, LG has also committed to donate home entertainment and home appliances worth more than P1 Million to the institution.

Shelter of Hope is currently building a new home for their resident children and these gifts will provide much needed Christmas cheer. During the event, LG, Netflix, and members of the media–in the spirit of Klaus–also brought gifts and toys for the children of Shelter of Hope. Just like what Klaus says, “A true selfless act, always sparks another.”

Towards the end of the event, long-time LG brand ambassador James Deakin enumerated the eight reasons why one should buy the award-winning OLED TVs, either as a holiday gift or even for oneself:

  1. As the World’s Best Selling OLED TV Brand for six consecutive years, global sales and shipments prove that LG is the world’s best-selling brand for OLED TVs.
  2. LG’s ThinQ technology represents the evolution of TVs. AI-optimized picture quality that boasts leading clarity, sharpness, detail and brightness is delivered to viewers via comprehensive content and ambient light analysis.
  3. LG’s AI Picture, AI Sound, and AI Smart uses the most powerful 4K processor to optimize clarity, sharpness, sound. The second generation α7 Intelligent Processor recognizes the quality of the original content and optimizes the clarity and sharpness. The light sensor detects ambient light and the AI automatically optimizes brightness in the image to keep a bright and sharp picture regardless of illuminance. With AI Sound, Get the best sound no matter how you have arranged your room and where you are sitting. With the technology recognizing your watching spot, you can fully enjoy the optimized sound.
  4. LG TVs have an IPS Panel for wide viewing angle. Wherever you sit, the IPS 4K panel’s wide viewing angle keeps you enthralled with spectacular realism—displaying almost 100% color accuracy, even from a 60-degree angle.
  5. LG TVs are equipped with Dolby Atmos, providing 360-degree surround sound.
  6. LG TVs have a 2-year warranty which safeguards your investment.
  7. The Magic Remote that comes with your LG TV makes for easy and convenient TV navigation.
  8. Lastly, it also has an Emergency Warning Broadcast System for nationwide alerts.

Brighten up your home with a new LG TV this Christmas

Take part in LG Philippines’ efforts to give more Filipinos a Bigger & Better Christmas!

Aside from aforementioned proceeds going the Shelter of Hope, OLED and NanoCell TV purchases until December 15th will come with a raffle ticket that gives you a chance to win one of 10 LG TVS or Soundbars.

For the Grand Prize, you’ll have a chance to take home a 65-inch OLED TV. The raffle draw will be on December 16. Follow LG Philippines on social media @lgphilippines for more promo updates and the announcements of winners.

SM Pampanga lights up with Biggest Lantern of Hope

SM Pampanga Biggest Lantern of Hope

Now on its 5th year, SM City Pampanga’s Biggest Lantern of Hope brings light and music to the Christmas Capital of the Philippines.

The Pampanga Eye, the biggest and tallest ferris wheel in the Philippines, is set to light up this holiday season through a pyro musical show. The wheel is located within Sky Ranch at SM City Pampanga, the first amusement park in
North Luzon that brings great family fun with exhilarating rides, and exciting games.

A grand magical fireworks display and colorful dancing lights synced to all-time favorite Christmas carols will give mallgoers and tourists in the Christmas Capital of the Philippines a spectacular show that the whole family will remember all year long.

The 65 meter (or 213 feet) tall ferris wheel sparkles with 17,664 dancing led lights, making it look like a giant Christmas lantern. The largest incarnations of the traditional parol, which originated in Pampanga, stand at about 20 feet and feature more than 5,000 lights.

These handcrafted giant lanterns symbolize the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings, who traveled far and wide to bring gifts to the Baby Jesus. And as a symbol of gift-giving, SM City Pampanga also made the grand launch of the Biggest Lantern of Hope a meaningful event by inviting children and families from the Aeta communities to witness the fanstastic pyromusical show. The children also received gifts from SM.

Starting November 16, park guests can enjoy a spectacular 10-minute pyrotechnical musical show that will take place at The Amphitheatre starting 6 o’clock in the evening. Catch this grand pyro-musical display for four consecutive Saturdays on November 23, November 30, and December 7.

Sky Ranch Pampanga is open to the public from 12 noon to 12 midnight on weekends, and 3:00 pm to 12 midnight on weekdays.

Lee Kum Kee hosts first-ever IYCCCC Philippine Qualifiers

Lee Kum Kee IYCCCC Philippine Qualifiers

Young chefs, budding restaurateurs, and aspiring culinarians from across the Philippines put their skills to the test in the first ever International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge (IYCCCC) – Philippines Qualifiers at Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts in Manila held last October.

Hosted by Lee Kum Kee, the inventor of oyster sauce and a globally renowned Chinese sauce and condiment manufacturer, local aspiring chefs were invited to compete in this one-of-a-kind culinary contest to see which team will get the privilege of representing their country in the IYCCCC.

Since its inception in 2014, the IYCCCC has been a biennial contest providing an international exchange platform for the Chinese culinary industry. It encourages young chefs from the world to hone their skills and learn, while at the same time, promoting the inheritance of Chinese culinary skills and sustainable development of the Chinese culinary industry with the aim of enhancing the international standard of Chinese cuisines.

A star-studded judging panel includes award-winning Singaporean Chef Aaron Tan Kean Loon, who was named champion of Lee Kum Kee International Young Chef Chinese Culinary Challenge in 2016 and is currently the Executive Sous Chef of the Intercontinental Hotel in Singapore. He is joined by Chef James Antolin, president of the LTB Philippines Chefs Association; Ms Sandy Cu, product and business development director of Sysu International; and Mr. Ryan Cruz, business manager of Lee Kum Kee Philippines.

The biggest winner during the IYCCC Qualifiers was Michael Lee Avisado from Vikings Group, who aside from winning the coveted Gold award also went on to win the Best Sauce Combination and the Best Presentation categories. Coming in second place with the Silver Award was Muhajiran “Pongky” Ijiran III of Kuya J Restaurant while the Bronze winners were Elier Maghanoy from King Chef Seafood Restaurant (who also won the Most Creative category), Jefferson Palma from King Chef Dimsum Kitchen, and Janin Jayco from U-Rack Bar-B-Q & Wings.

The top two talented contestants, Michael Lee Avisado and Muhajiran “Pongky” Ijiran III will both go on to the next level in the 4th IYCCCC in Hong Kong next year. They will be competing against 50 aspiring young chefs from over 20 countries and regions for the international championship.

The man of the moment, Michael Lee Avisado, has been in the culinary industry for nine years already and has been with the Vikings Group already for two years. He is currently the Executive Sous Chef, as well as the Officer-in-Charge of the restaurant’s Mall of Asia branch. He is partial to Lee Kum Kee for his unique creations as the flavors blend well while retaining each ingredients’ distinct taste. His winning recipe, Shrimp Royale, uses Lee Kum Kee’s iconic XO sauce as its base.

Mr. Leslie Lau, managing director – South Asia of Lee Kum Kee said, “With the mission of ‘Promoting Chinese Culinary Culture Worldwide’, Lee Kum Kee is committed to nurturing Chinese culinary talents worldwide. The IYCCCC is an optimal platform for young Chinese chefs from around the world for culinary exchange. In the 3rd IYCCCC, we had representatives from the Philippines for the first time. This year, we are going even further to host the first-ever Philippines Qualifiers. I wish the two talented winners all the success in the finale in Hong Kong next year, representing the Philippines to fight for the championship.”

Renowned for the invention of oyster sauce and its premium quality with over 130 years of history, Lee Kum Kee, is one of the world’s most recognizable names for Chinese sauces and condiments across the globe. Lee Kum Kee first entered the Philippine market with Sysu International Inc as the sole distributor back in the 1980s and has since been one of the trailblazers in the industry, furthering its efforts to promote Chinese culinary culture, and nurturing future local culinary talents.

For more details, please visit, follow Lee Kum Kee on Facebook (@LeeKumKeePh) and use the hashtag #LeeKumKeePh.

Disney On Ice to feature ‘Coco,’ ‘Moana,’ and more

It’s that time of the year again!

We’re counting down the days till Disney on Ice returns to SM Mall of Asia Arena this coming December 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020.

With a theme “Live Your Dreams,Disney on Ice produced by Feld Entertainment Inc., brings courage and adventure to hometowns across Asia.

Beloved characters Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse will bring audiences on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains in an action-packed extravaganza.

Featuring Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled, Cinderella, and Disney and Pixar‘s Coco, this year’s show is definitely going to be epic.

Live Your Dreamstakes families on a high-seas adventure as Moana sets sail on a life-changing quest to save her island with help from the demigod Maui. With the ice floor transformed into the vast oceanic scape, Disney On Ice allows Moana’s strength and determination to take center stage.

This engaging atmosphere lets audiences deepen their existing connection to their favorite wayfinder and discover one’s true identity is never out of reach.

“As parents, we strive to find role models who embolden our children to choose kindness and exhibit the values we aim to impart, and this production of Disney On Ice truly embodies this goal,” said executive vice president of Feld Entertainment and producer of Disney On Ice presents “Live Your DreamsNicole Feld.“With

“With Live Your Dreams,’ I want to inspire the youngest members of our families with the heroic stories of their favorite Disney characters and allow them to discover the hero within themselves.”

Beautiful production numbers invite audiences into the world of Beauty and the Beast, as Belle shows what it means to be fearless. Along with her new friends in the enchanted castle, Belle is encouraged to step outside the ordinary and find joy in the bleakest situation. As she looks beyond the harsh exterior of the Beast to reach his gentle heart, fanslearn there are teachable moments in everyday life.

Through the athleticism and grace of Anna and Elsa, Rapunzel and Flynn, and Cinderella, brave heroes from Frozen, Tangled, and Cinderella ignite passions to believe.

Audience members will also explore the Land of the Dead as Miguel from Disney and Pixar’s Coco brings the festivities of Día de los Muertos to the ice and lives his dream of becoming a professional musician. Showgoers will witness each characters’ unique qualities and talents inspiring children around the world to discover their inner hero.
“One of the most magical things about Disney On Ice is the performers’ ability toauthentically showcase the best qualities of Disney characters,” said director Patty Vincent.

“At our shows, moms and dads are able to experience the magic through the eyes of their children, allowing them to reconnect with their favorite characters and once again experience the childlike wonder and hope that inspires us all.”
Aside from the main show, get set to be entertained by Winnie The Pooh amd his friends from Hundred Acre Wood when you arrive early at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Tickets are now available through or through any SM Ticket Outlets nationwide.

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