MAGIC is here…

Posted: 10/14/2014 in LifeStyle, Music Update

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Next week, Canadian reggae-pop breakout band MAGIC! will be coming to Manila for the very first time! MAGIC! will be performing at the Newport Performing Arts Theater (of Resorts World Manila) on October 22, 2014 (Wednesday), singing their worldwide smash hit “Rude”, plus follow up singles “Don’t Kill The Magic”, “Let Your Hair Down” and more! Brought to you by Wilbros Live. Check out the TV advert here:

MAGIC!’s music distills a gentle Caribbean flavor with arena-size bombast sound that is driven by its expansive approach to songwriting and a strong musical chemistry. Nasri (lead singer) and Mark Pelli (guitar) deliver elements of reggae with a pop and rock vibe; while Ben Spivak (bass) and Alex Tanas (drums) inject the rock attitude to create an intoxicating musical experience.

The band is not really new to the business. Lead singer, Nasri, is an award winning songwriter and one-half of the Messengers (the songwriting team who have composed hit songs for artists such as Justin Bieber, Pitbull, and Chris Brown).

“Rude” success

“Rude” entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 at number 97 on May 10th. On July 26th, the song reached Number One, then spent six consecutive weeks at the top spot. MAGIC! is only the 6th Canadian band to top the Billboard Hot 100. It is also the 9th reggae song to reach the summit.

Locally, “Rude” was a big hit as well! In Metro Manila, the single hit Number One in Jam 88.3, Magic 89.9, Play 99.5, iFM 93.9, Radyo Natin 105.5, as well as peaking at #4 in Mellow 94.7. Currently, it is #2 in RX 93.1 and Barangay LS 97.1. The song is also charting across 26 key provincial radio stations. The track is presently also #1 on iTunes Philippines.

The band has already received a number of Platinum awards for “Rude” including Australia (4x Platinum), the U.S. (3x Platinum), Canada (3x Platinum), Denmark (2x Platinum), New Zealand (1x Platinum), Sweden (1x Platinum), while Gold status in Italy, Spain and the U.K. among others.

And just recently, “Rude” has been nominated in the category Single Of The Year in the upcoming American Music Awards 2014.

The debut album “Don’t Kill The Magic”

Don’t Kill The Magic is the band’s major label debut album. USA Today made MAGIC! one of their On The Verge Artists and said that the album’s “musicianship and a charming, lyrical civility make it stand out,” while Yahoo Music stated, “Their instrumentation falls right into place with a fun, ska groove reminiscent of Sting’s classic ’80s material… but it’s also perfect for summer 2014.” Rolling Stone also called the album, “a shiny collection of breezy pop tunes often accented by laidback reggae rhythms, especially on song-of-the-summer contender “Rude.”

The album is led by the carrier single “Rude”, title track “Don’t Kill The Magic” and U.S. follow up single “Let Your Hair Down”. Other notable tracks include “One Woman, One Man”, “No Way No”, “No Evil” and “Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool”. There are a total of 11 tracks in the album.

The album is released by Ivory Music & Video – the exclusive licensee and distributor of Sony Music products in the Philippines. Now available in major record stores nationwide, and also on and iTunes.

MAGIC! Live In Manila ticket inquiries:

Tickets to MAGIC! Live in Manila can be purchased at Ticket World outlets and online at or call them at 891-9999. Ticket prices are: P4,334 / P3,258 / P2,178. For VIP tickets, please call 374-2222 or 374-9999. Concert is brought to you by Wilbros Live.

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Richard Poon

Richard Poon sings hits of Burt Bacharach in new album

The country’s premiere crooner Richard Poon interprets some of Burt Bacharach’s biggest hits in her new album aptly titled “The Crooner Sings Bacharach.” This is Richard’s second album with Universal Records, after the album “Legends,” which was awarded Gold.

The album consists of 12 Bacharach classics including “What The World Needs Now,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Don’t Make Me Over,” “Close To You,” “Raindrops Keeps Falling On My Head,” among others.

“I think this is the best album I’ve ever done ever kasi even my record label executives are raving about it,” shares Richard. “It’s a nice album taas kamay ko sa mga arrangers ko.”

“The Crooner Sings Bacharach” will have an album launch this October 3, Friday, Shangrila Plaza East Wing. Advanced copies of the album will be sold at the venue.


1. Always Something There To Remind Me

2. The Look Of Love

3. A House Is Not Home

4. What The World Needs Now Is Love

5. Alfie

6. Walk On By

7. Arthur’s Theme (Best That You Can Do)

8. Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

9. I Say A Little Prayer

10. Don’t Make Me Over

11. You’ll Never Get To Heaven

12. (They Long To Be) Close To You

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German Medical Technology Experts to Visit Philippines

Less than a month after the successful visit of President Aquino to Europe, a delegation of medical technology experts from Bavaria, Germany will arrive in the Philippines to engage in healthcare discussions and to present their innovative products and services to potential partners in the country.

Composed of seven companies, the “Bavarian Business Delegation – Medical Technology” will hold a conference and networking event at the Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino in Manila on Oct. 7. The event is co-organized by Bayern International and the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GPCCI).

The arrival of the German business delegation reaffirms the continued growth in the bilateral ties between Germany and the Philippines and highlights the important role that chambers of commerce play. Such role was recognized by President Aquino in a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the former’s visit to Germany.

Following the joint press conference, Philippine Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo and Uwe Beckmeyer, Parliamentary State Secretary in the German Economics Ministry had a ceremonial exchange of notes which laid the foundation for the establishment of the German-Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The formal exchange will take place in Manila.

President Aquino said he sees enhanced trade and investments especially among the German Mittelstand (SMEs) with the formal establishment of GPCCI. Most of the Bavarian delegation are Mittelstand.

With a strong foothold in the healthcare industry, Bavaria is considered a leading medical technology region in the world. Majority of medical technology products and devices in Germany and even around the globe are sourced from Bavaria, which hosts flagship companies and renowned research facilities in the medical field.

“The Philippines has an opportunity to become the healthcare gateway of Southeast Asia, with assets that are appealing to international companies. The conference and networking event will provide a significant groundwork between Germany and the Philippines to forge wider and deeper global ties, stimulating growth in the medical technology industry. We hope this will promote an ongoing conversation that will result in new opportunities for companies on both countries,” said Nadine Fund, GPCCI General Manager.

The seven companies from Bavaria included in the delegation are: EDV-Agentur, Funeralia

GmbH, medi GmbH & Co. KG, Medin – Medical Innovations GmbH, MIPM Mammendorfer Institut für Physik und Medizin GmbH, MMM Münchner Medizin Mechanik GmbH, and Shams X-Ray and Medical Equipment.

These companies offer a suite of products and services that can enable healthcare and medical technology companies in the Philippines to initiate or expand their market sales. The delegation’s portfolio includes electronic data processing, stainless steel medical furniture, medical aids especially of medical compression technology, nCPAP products in non-invasive therapy for premature babies, newborns and pediatric, MRI compatible devices, sterile processing systems, and X-ray technology.

During the event, the delegation will engage in strategic business-to-business discussions with participants to explore areas of common interest.

“The visit of such a delegation – composed of executives from medical technology companies in Bavaria – is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for local players in the Philippines. The delegation is composed of experts in their fields and we hope Philippine companies will take advantage of their presence,” Fund said.

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Australian Education Expo

Posted: 09/24/2014 in Opportunity

AMS Event September 2014


Date: 27 September 2014 (SATURDAY)

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Intercontinental Hotel, Makati City

Cost: FREE Admission

Date: 26 September 2014 (FRIDAY)

Time: 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Marriott Hotel, Cebu City

Cost: FREE Admission

Speak with over 20 Australian Provider Representatives

Attend Study and Living in Australia Seminar by the Australian Embassy

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Posted: 09/24/2014 in Career Talk introduces students to the right career opportunities

Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) launched, an online career exploration portal that aims to address the lack of information on the right job opportunities for Filipino students and graduates.

The Philippines currently has the highest unemployment rate in Southeast Asia.

The country has an average of 2.8 million people who have been unemployed for the past 2 years. Majority of those are in the 15-24 age group followed by those aged 24-30, composing 48% and 30% of the unemployed in the country, respectively.

Of the total unemployed, 44% have either graduated or reached high school, and 34% have reached or graduated from college.

PBEd projects that jobs mismatch is one of the causes of high unemployment in the Philippines. Many students do not know what jobs are in demand–there are industries that have too many applicants but do not have sufficient career offers, while there are others that do offer careers, but do not have enough applicants.

There is an oversupply of talent—there are industries that offer jobs but have no applicants, and vice versa. This is partly caused by students not having enough information on where the job opportunities lie.



“ provides complete and up-to-date labor market and higher education information,” said Love Basillote, Executive Director of PBEd.

“It will collect and organize information such as degree programs, and licensure exams performances of schools, and jobs that are currently in demand.”

There are three essential steps for users of the portal: browse jobs, pick a course, and find the appropriate school for that course.

Through this portal, students will get information on in demand jobs and emerging industries, qualifications and skills required for those jobs, and colleges and universities offer those qualifications.

“By bridging the information gap, this portal will also help parents make the best decisions for their children, as well as aid companies to find the right employees,” she added.

Life Lessons was officially launched to a student audience number almost 300. In line with the launch of the portal was a program featuring speakers from various professions such as engineering and education.

The speakers gave short talks to create awareness of what kinds of jobs and careers are available to students after they graduate, as well as to inspire them to carefully consider what career choices they will eventually make. plans to roll out the speaker-series, called “’s Life Lessons,” to provinces soon in order to reach students in those areas. is a project of Philippine Business for Education (PBEd), a non-government organization. The website was funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Philippines as part of the Higher Education and Productivity Project.


About Future is an online career exploration portal that provides complete and relevant labor market and higher education information. It collects and organizes information such as degree programs, licensure exams performances of schools, and jobs that are currently in demand. It is a joint project of Philippine Business for Education and USAID/Philippines under its Higher Education and Productivity project (HEP), a three-year project which aims to improve post-secondary education through national and local industry-academe partnerships.

About Philippine Business for Education (PBEd)

Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) is a non-stock, non-profit corporation established in 2006. It is the business community’s response to the need for consensus and sustained advocacy in education reform. Its main vision is to nurture consensus on key directions in education reform and to initiate and lead the action towards those directions.


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Children from 16 Countries Join Online Discussion with UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

The United Nations (UN) Committee on the Rights of the Child will be marking the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by holding a Google+ Hangout with children from 16 countries:  Albania, Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Nicaragua, Philippines, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay, and Yemen.    The children, as rights holders themselves, are given the opportunity to present issues of importance to them to the UN Committee.   The Google Hangout is an online platform for meetings that can accommodate participants to be in different locations.  The online discussion with the UN Committee will be on September 24 at 4:00 in the afternoon, Manila time.   This will be recorded and can be accessed afterwards from the UN Committee’s website.  The overarching theme of the event is the right to be heard.

Child Rights Connect, a Geneva-based organization, is coordinating the activity for the UN Committee.  In the Philippines, the Philippine NGO Coalition on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (NGO Coalition CRC) is leading the activities, in partnership with World Vision, Save the Children, and Plan International.  Child-led organizations and other groups of children organized by the members of the NGO Coalition CRC participated in the process of selection for the official and alternate representatives.  Nur Lemuel Castillo from Batangas, and Ma. Geneva Camacho from Cavite, are elected as the official representatives, while their alternates are Ryan Inopia from Pasay and Jasmine Fernandez from Quezon City.  The representatives are preparing to discuss the issues agreed among them which are child labor, corporal punishment, and programs and services for out-of-school children/youth. 

The Convention on the Rights of the Child was officially adopted on November 20, 1989.   The Philippines ratified the Convention in 1990.    
The Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Kirsten Sandberg, will deliver a speech at the UN Headquarters in New York during the celebration of the 25th anniversary on November 20.   Ms. Sandberg will include the themes raised by children from the 16 countries that participated in the Google+ Hangout.  Making sure more children can be involved, the UN Committee and Child Rights Connect are inviting children to send in questions and comments via Twitter #crc25.  Children may also send in literary contributions to  
Members of the coalition include the ChildFund, ChildHope, Consuelo Foundation, ECPAT, ERDA, Good Neighbors, JJCICSI, Kindernothilfe,  National Council for Social Development, Open Heart Foundation, Plan, Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns, Save the Children, Unang Hakbang Foundation, VIDES, and World Vision as the Lead Convenor.  Child-led organizations who are interested to participate in the series of activities may email the Secretariat at or contact any of its member organizations.


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Brilliant Misfits Solve Mind-Boggling National Threats:

SCORPION premieres September 23 on RTL CBS Entertainment HD, airs within 24 hours of US broadcast

SCORPION premieres September 23 (Tuesdays, 9:00 pm).

Airs express within 24 hours of U.S. broadcast.

Inspired by a true story, SCORPION is an exhilarating adrenaline rush that follows an eccentric genius and his network of nerdy prodigies. They operate as a think tank formed by Homeland Security solving the most dire and mind-boggling national threats.

This high-octane drama is about Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) and his team of brilliant misfits who comprise the last line of defense against complex, high-tech threats of the modern age. British actor Elyes Gabel most recently played the Dothraki warrior Rakharo on the television series "Game of Thrones." He previously starred on the BBC series "Casualty." His additional television credits include "The Borgias," "Dead Set," "Waterloo Road," "Identity" and "Psychoville."

Paige Dineen (Katharine McPhee), who has a young, gifted son, translates the world that confounds this socially awkward group that’s only comfortable with each other’s humor and quirks. After competing in "American Idol" in 2006, McPhee has had a stellar career co-starring in the feature "The House Bunny," guest starring in "Ugly Betty," "CSI: NY" and "Community," and starring as the lead in "Smash."


As Homeland Security’s new think tank, O’Brien’s "Scorpion" team includes Toby Curtis (Eddie Kaye Thomas), an expert behaviorist who can read anyone; Happy Quinn (Jadyn Wong), a mechanical prodigy; and Sylvester Dodd (Ari Stidham), a statistics guru.

Thomas is best known for his starring role in the "American Pie" franchise. He voices the character of Barry on the adult animated sitcom "American Dad!" He guest starred in "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "The Twilight Zone," "The X-Files" and "Law & Order." He appeared in the "Harold & Kumar" film series.

Pooling their extensive technological knowledge to solve mind-boggling predicaments amazes federal agent Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick), who shares a harrowing history with O’Brien. Patrick starred in the television series "The X-Files," "True Blood" and "The Unit" and in the miniseries "Elvis." He guest starred in "The Sopranos," "Lost," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "NCIS," "Psych," "Community" and "Burn Notice."

At last, these nerdy masterminds have found the perfect job: a place where they can apply their exceptional brainpower to solve the nation’s crises, while also helping each other learn how to fit in.

Justin Lin ("The Fast and the Furious") directs the pilot episode. Nick Santora, Emmy Award winner Nicholas Wootton, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Heather Kadin, Walter O’Brien, Scooter Braun and Justin Lin are the executive producers.

RTL CBS Entertainment HD offers other shows such as THE MILLERS,THE X FACTOR UK ELEMENTARY, and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST available on SKYcable channels 53 (SD) and 196 (HD), on Destiny channel 53, Cablelink channel 224, and other provincial operators nationwide. Like on Facebook (RTLCBSEntertainment) and follow on Twitter (@RTLCBSEntertain).


About RTL CBS Entertainment HD

Launched in Asia in 2013, RTL CBS Entertainment HD is the first channel of RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network, the joint venture formed by world leading content producers, RTL Group and CBS Studios International. A general entertainment channel, it offers a balanced mix of reality, drama, comedy and daily programs and features exclusive first run content aired soon after the initial US broadcast including series Under The Dome, Elementary, Beauty and the Beast, Star-Crossed and The Millers talent competitionsAmerica’s Got Talent; and daily shows Entertainment Tonight and Late Show with David Letterman.

About RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network

RTL CBS Asia Entertainment Network is a venture formed in August 2013 bringing together two of the world’s largest content producers: RTL Group, the leading European entertainment network, and CBS Studios International, the leading supplier of programming to the international market place. Its two new channels, RTL CBS Entertainment HD and RTL CBS Extreme HD, will be distributed in more than 20 Asian markets.





SCORPION premieres September 23 (Tuesdays, 9:00 pm)



Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien



Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien



Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen



Robert Patrick as federal agent Cabe Gallo



Ari Stidham as statistics guru Sylvester Dodd



Eddie Kaye Thomas as expert behaviorist Toby Curtis



Jadyn Wong as mechanical prodigy Happy Quinn


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Mitsubishi Motors Philippines reveals its 5th PIMS line-up and activities

The country’s biggest international motor show will once again wow the public as it showcase the latest and the future models in the automotive scene. Organized by the Chamber of Automotive Manufacturers of the Philippines Inc. (CAMPI), the 5th Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) with the theme “Progress in Motion” is sure to bring exciting displays of vehicles and an array of amazing shows and fun activities from September 18 to 21, 2014 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.

CA-MiEV Concept Concept GR-HEV (2)

Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) will showcase a grand display of its newest models and concept vehicles at the 5th PIMS. Not only car fanatics but the whole family will definitely enjoy MMPC’s booth since they will have the chance to see Mitsubishi concept vehicles that made their debut at prestigious international motor shows such as the Geneva Motor Show and Tokyo Motor Show. MMPC flew in these concept vehicles including the actual Pajero Dakar Rally car to give the public a true feel of attending an international motor show. Aside from the exciting displays MMPC will also be offering test drives of the 2015 ASX, Mirage, Mirage G4, Montero Sport and the world’s first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle SUV, the Outlander PHEV, in this 4-day event. Exciting activities, freebies and exclusive discounts are also up for grab during the event. MMPC will launch the Mirage Eco Dash game wherein PIMS visitors will be given the chance to play on-site and win exciting prizes. A lot of cool raffle prizes will be at stake for those who will visit MMPC’s pavilion.

MMPC Line-up


Mitsubishi Motors Concept GR HEV

The Mitsubishi Concept GR-HEV is a Sport Utility Truck concept that brings about further enhancement in environmental and driving performance. Its development was based on the combination of sedan or SUV- like comfort with the functionalities of a pickup truck.


Mitsubishi Motors Concept CA MiEV

The Mitsubishi Concept CA MiEV is based on the world’s first mass produced electric vehicle, the i-MiEV. The Concept CA MiEV flaunts a sophisticated and at the same time sporty exterior styling. The high-efficiency EV system brings together lightweight EV components in an integrated motor, inverter, and charger module that reduces power losses. It also incorporates a full-time regenerative braking system that improves energy recovery rate, as well as a magnetic resonance wireless charging device that enables convenient charging. The Mitsubishi Concept CA MiEV will be displayed at the technology booth.


2002 Pajero Dakar Rally Car

This is the exact Pajero that champion Japanese rally driver Hiroshi Masuoka drove to victory in the 2002 Dakar Rally. This vehicle was entered in the then newly-created Super Production class. The 2002 Pajero rally car has proven its toughness and glorious heritage in the 2002 Arras- Madrid- Dakar which ran for 17 days.

2015 Outlander

All-new Outlander (Sneak Preview)

The all-new Outlander boasts a harmonious balance of high levels of safety, high fuel efficiency and an extended utility. Both the exterior and interior styling were designed to communicate a refined and sophisticated appearance and at the same time taking into consideration the vehicle’s functionality and a pleasurable ride with a comfortable driving and riding experience. The new-Outlander’s world-class engineering and technology aims to provide premium driving experience.

Lanceer EX GTA Montero Sport GLX

Other Models

An exhibit of MMPC’s best-selling models such as the 2015 ASX, Montero Sport, 2015 Pajero, 2015 Mirage (Hatchback), Mirage G4, and the Lancer EX will also be present at the MMPC booth. To make it more exciting these latest models will be accessorized. Ladies will surely love the new chic color of the Mirage (Hatchback). MMPC will also be displaying the latest FUSO truck and bus models in the FUSO Tent outside.

Special 4-day PIMS blowout

MMPC will be providing additional incentives to buyers during the 4-day PIMS event. MMPC will provide P5,000 additional savings to be applied on all purchases or reservations made during September 18-21. This additional savings of P5,000 will not only be provided to PIMS visitors but also for all buyers who will visit and place a reservation for any Mitsubishi vehicle (except Mirage G4 GX and GLX MT) at any Mitsubishi Motors dealership nationwide during these 4-days. Once a reservation is made, the buyer can avail of the additional discount until end of this year.

In addition, PIMS visitors who will avail of the test drive can also get another P5,000 coupon which can be applied together with the PIMS blowout reservation incentive for a total of P10,000 additional savings.


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The Beetle

Posted: 09/20/2014 in Entertainment, LifeStyle, Motor


The Beetle: an automotive icon

Manila. April 2, 2014 – Today, the third generation of the Volkswagen icon is officially back: The one and only Beetle. In a symbolic ceremony, Ayala Auto Holdings Corporation (AAHC) and Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. (ACEI), led by its Chairman, Fernando Zobel de Ayala his brother, Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, and CEO JP Orbeta officially released the Volkswagen Beetle to the Philippine market at The Mind Museum itself an icon.

A look back to the start: at the beginning, Volkswagen built one of the most successful cars of all time and did not even give it a name. Why should it? After all, it was the Volkswagen! The People’s Car! People from all generations and cultures loved it, and on all of the world’s continents the small car was nicknamed according to precisely what it looked like: Beetle. It embodied the automotive concept itself and symbolized the democratization of mobility, with 21.5 million cars sold since its first production in 1939 to 1997.

Then the New Beetle arrived in 1998. It introduced a new automotive feeling to the world and brought with it Beetle Mania. In 2010, the Final Edition completed the New Beetle series that had sold more than one million cars. And now, looking forward, the future of the most famous car in the world begins now, in a completely new generation.

The Beetle is an icon. It has inspired countless stories all over the world, Hollywood included. It is a story by itself. The success story of the Volkswagen Beetle has played no small role in making it an icon of automotive history. The new generation now bridges the gap from old and familiar to new lifestyles. With a new design and the latest technologies, the Beetle reveals itself as a car of the 21st century – bolder, more dynamic and truly engineered to play.

“No other car evokes as much nostalgia, tradition, and heritage as the Beetle. As such, I am especially pleased and excited to launch a car as iconic and celebrated as the one we have launched tonight”, said Fernando Zobel de Ayala.

The new Beetle breaks free of the geometry of the previous model and displays impressive sports appeal – primarily in its extended bonnet, sharply swept-back windscreen and a longer wheelbase. Modified interior ergonomics have produced an agile, driver-oriented coupé experience in the new Beetle. In addition, it offers a distinctly improved feeling of space with its longer roof section.

“The Beetle has always been special to me. I first learned how to drive with a Beetle and will always have fond memories, as I’m sure many Filipinos do. And now, I am extremely proud to be heralding the return of the world’s most iconic car back to Philippine shores”, said Mr. JP Orbeta, president of Automobile Central Enterprise, Inc. (ACEI), the official importer and distributor of Volkswagen cars in the country.







Beetle 1.2 TSI

175 Nm at 1400 rpm

105 Ps at 4500 rpm

6-speed M/T


Beetle 1.4 TSI

240 Nm at 1500-4500 rpm

160 Ps at 4500 rpm

7-speed DSG


P1,840,000* *(Oryx White)

The Volkswagen BGC showroom is located at 28th Street City Center, Bonifacio Global City. Showroom hours are from Monday to Thursday 8am to 6pm, Friday and Saturday 8am to 7pm, and Sunday 9am to 6pm. For more information on Volkswagen or to request for a test drive, visit or email


Design target: "Design a new original!"

The most recognizable automotive design in the world. Coke bottle, iPhone, Ray Ban Aviator, Beetle – how does one reinvent a design that is so recognizable and independent? There is a clear answer to this: It is necessary to understand the product and the brand; then it works! Volkswagen Design Chief Walter de Silva (Group) and Klaus Bischoff (Volkswagen Brand) "understand" both and therefore set this as the objective for the Beetle: "Design a new original!"

Challenge as a thrill. The team began its task under Bischoff’s guidance. The challenge of designing a new Beetle was inspiring. The designers knew that they wanted to develop from the original Beetle profile more than on the 1998 New Beetle. They also made very dynamic proportions a high priority. An interesting aspect was that more than a few team members actually own their own air-cooled Beetles. It has also become a cult car among younger designers at Volkswagen. And that is how the final design of the new Beetle came to be in Wolfsburg – a car of today as well as a design tribute to the automotive seed of an entire corporate group. And unmistakable indeed: If one were to take the first Beetle and the new Beetle and place them in a room together – shining light just over the roofs and viewing them from the side – one would see that the lines of the rear sections are nearly identical.

No standing still: "We remade every part."

Bolder, more dynamic, more masculine. A comparison to the 1998 New Beetle shows this: nothing remained as it was on the old car: "The Beetle is now characterized by a clean, self-confident and dominant sportiness. The car not only has a lower profile; it is also substantially wider, the front bonnet is longer, the front windscreen is shifted further back and has a much steeper incline. All of this creates a new dynamism," explains Klaus Bischoff. While the New Beetle was defined by three semi-circles (front wing, rear wing, domed roof above it), the new model has broken free of this geometry. The roof profile actually runs distinctly lower and can be considered a continuation of the Ragster concept car shown in Detroit in 2005 – a type of hot rod based on the New Beetle. The new Beetle is bolder, more dynamic, and more masculine.

The figures confirm this: The new car is 1,808 mm wide (84 mm wider), 1,486 mm tall (12 mm lower) and 4,278 mm long (152 mm longer). This has resulted in entirely new proportions. The gain in length meant that the roof could be extended further, the front windscreen could be shifted back, and the rear section could follow the contour of the original Beetle. The new focal point is the C-pillar. In parallel, the development team increased the car’s track widths and wheelbase. All of this gives the Beetle a powerful appearance with muscular tension.


Beetle 1.4 TSI Design DSG

· Beetle 1.4 TSI with 240 Nm at 1500-4500 rpm

· Power: 160 Ps at 5800 rpm

· New Direct Injected Gasoline Engine with Twincharger

· 7-speed DSG transmission

· Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering

· Bi-xenon head lights with automatic headlight activation and LED daytime running lights

Beetle 1.2 TSI Design MT

· Beetle 1.2 TSI with 175 Nm at 1400 rpm

· Power: 105 Ps at 4500 rpm

· New Direct Injected Gasoline Engine with Turbocharger

· 6-speed Manual transmission

· Electromechanical speed-sensitive power steering

· Halogen head lights with automatic headlight activation and separate daytime running lights


· Length: 4,278 mm

· Width: 1,808 mm

· Height: 1,486 mm

· Wheel base: 2,537 mm



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