Viral Sensation The Sacred Riana Crowned Winner of Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 on AXN

PHILIPPINES (December 14, 2017) Asia is spooked: After 10 riveting weeks and hundreds of acts from 15 countries, Asia has voted ‘possessed’ Indonesian illusionist The Sacred Riana as the winner of Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 on AXN.

The Sacred Riana, whose real name is Marie Antoinette Riana Graharani, has become the most anticipated act of the season. Her spooky persona and terrifying magic tricks during the judges’ auditions, semi-finals and grand final episodes collectively achieved over 70 million views on Facebook and YouTube, making her a global sensation.

The Sacred Riana faced serious competition in last week’s grand final show, and was up against the season’s most dynamic and popular acts including runner-up DM-X Comvalenos from the Philippines, Mongolian digital dance/artist Canion Shijirbat, Malaysia-based illusionist Sobhi Shaker, Indonesian harpist and singer Angela July, ADEM Dance Crew from Kyrgyzstan, ukulele child prodigy Feng E from Taiwan, beatboxer Neil Rey Gracia Llanes and Urban Crew both from the Philippines. Ultimately, it was The Sacred Riana who rallied the most votes to take home the grand prize of US$100,000, courtesy of presenting sponsor, Traveloka.

“The viewer response to Asia’s Got Talent Season 2 has been truly overwhelming on both pay-TV and social platforms and we are thrilled to produce such a well-loved series for AXN audiences across the region,” said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President and Head of Content, Production and Marketing, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia. “I extend my warmest congratulations to The Sacred Riana and to all the other grand finalists who made it so far. Asia’s Got Talent is the world’s biggest talent show and we hope that the series inspires the next generation of Asia’s stars to pursue their dreams.”

The Sacred Riana, who is an illusionist of very few words and does not break character even off-stage, appeared to single out and petrify judge Anggun in each of her acts. In the grand final, The Sacred Riana made a star tattoo suddenly appear on the superstar’s hand, before disappearing into a small box and re-emerging seconds later behind a shocked Anggun.

The hit-rated season of Asia’s Got Talent culminated with powerhouse judges, David Foster, Anggun and Jay Park taking over the stage with individual performances. David delighted the audience on piano with his world-famous piece, “Love Theme from St. Elmo’s Fire”; Anggun dazzled with her new single “What We Remember” from her latest album ‘8’; and Jay Park performed the world premiere of his new single “Forget About Tomorrow” with Yultron, backed by eight Korean hip-hop dancers.

“Our esteemed judges, David, Anggun and Jay, have been integral to the Asia’s Got Talent experience this season. Their quick wit, immense style, humor and insightful advice helped secure Asia’s Got Talent as the number one series on pay TV every Thursday night,” Lim said.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia. The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

Asia’s Got Talent is supported by presenting sponsor Traveloka, the leading travel booking app for all flight and hotel needs; sponsoring partner Great Eastern Life, the market leader in the conventional life insurance business and the largest life insurer in Malaysia by asset size; GoDaddy, the world’s largest cloud platform dedicated to small, independent ventures and 100Plus, the number one isotonic drink.

In the Philippines, Asia’s Got Talent is brought to you by Cherifer, Tangkad Sagad, KFC Delivery and Vivo Smart Phone.

Marina Bay Sands, Asia’s leading business, leisure and entertainment destination, is the official venue partner of Asia’s Got Talent.

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AXN is available on Cablelink Channel 38, Cignal Channel 121, Destiny Cable Channel 61, Dream Satellite TV Channel 20, G Sat Channel 51, and SKYCable Channel 49. AXN HD is available on SKYCable Channel 247.

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[Editors’ note: Hi-res images, judges’ information and press releases are available to download via www.AXN-Asia.com/AGT2Press]

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AXN is Asia’s leading general entertainment channel, featuring exclusive top-rated drama series, blockbuster features, reality programs and groundbreaking original productions. The channel appeals to a discerning audience seeking content that is smart, intriguing and unexpected, all delivered close to US telecasts. From The Blacklist and MacGyver to Asia’s Got Talent and The Amazing Race Asia, AXN is defined not by a genre, but by an attitude that truly redefines action.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 126 million households across 19 territories and is available in both SD and HD.

AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia, which also operates leading channels including Animax, Sony Channel, ONE and GEM.

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Visit The La Vista Bazaar

1. SHOP. This is the BEST year to visit the La Vista Bazaar because we handpicked all our vendors! There are a lot of new and exciting products joining us so it’s the perfect place to shop for Christmas gifts with over 150 vendors under one roof! Avoid the traffic and crowded malls – we offer stress-free shopping with an array of different products and lots of unique, handmade items. Plus you’ll be supporting young and budding entrepreneurs!

2. SANTA. Santa is coming to town! Bring your kids to the Santa Party on Sunday, December 17 from 3pm-5pm to meet Santa Claus and his elves! Children from all ages can join fun games, win exciting prizes and take home loot bags! It’s also a great photo opportunity! To register for the Santa Party, please send the name/s and age/s of your children to 0917-8636644. Santa Party is free of charge.

3. ESSENTIAL OIL WORKSHOP. We will be holding free essential oil workshops during the bazaar! Have you been wanting to learn more about essential oils and why its becoming a worldwide trend? Join our free workshop and learn the numerous benefits of essential oils, how to use them properly, and how to make roller blends. There will be one free workshop on Saturday (Dec 16) and Sunday (Dec 17), from 1pm-2pm. To register for the workshop, please text your name/s to 0917-8636644.

4. BIG PRIZES + FREE GIFT WRAPPING.

We will be holding exciting games throughout the event! We will also be raffling off prizes, gift certificates and even home appiiances every hour! Plus take advantage of our free gift wrapping station. Just present the ticket below to claim your free gift wrapping service (includes wrapper, card and labor) at the Organizer’s Booth.

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5. YUMMY FOOD + CHRISTMAS CAROLERS. Visit the Santa Food Strip and enjoy delicious selections from Gracos Shawarma, Mr. Tacos and Nachos, Saigon Coffee, and more! Why not bring the whole family and treat them for lunch or dinner? Enjoy al fresco dining while being serenaded by our Christmas carolers from Children’s Joy Foundation and Psalm of David Orchestra.

SEE YOU THERE! J DECEMBER 16 & 17 AT LA VISTA CLUBHOUSE *Enter La Vista Gate, beside Miriam and Petron Katipunan. Near Sta. Maria Dela Strada. BAZAAR HOURS: 9AM-7PM

 

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Philippines is longest time in celebrating Christmas, September palang we started to buy our gifts to our love one’s and most of it we are saving money to buys things for ourselves as a reward.

We landed to different places to buys our gifts, now in the new era of buying gifts in cheaper price, less travel,  not to much of sik-sikan is at the Bazaar near to our place and if you are from vista verde bazaar is just right in the corner. Save more money, time and effort at hindi ka pa harass.

Be Wise Save time and effort…

MERRY CHRISTMAS

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Unioil opens its first electric vehicle charging station

Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. (Unioil) has unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station on its newly-opened Unioil Solar Hybrid service station at Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City. The state-of-the-art Mitsubishi i-MiEV fully-electric vehicle and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) were showcased during the event.

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Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Unioil Vice President Noel Soriano, Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corporation (MMPC) Vice President for Business Planning and Public Relations Department Renato Lampano, and other guests.

"We commend Unioil for its initiative to showcase renewable energy in its first hybrid gasoline station. Like Unioil, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is striving to reduce carbon footprint by developing technologies for improving fuel economy and electric-powered systems. The Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) and Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) are proof of this concept," Lampano said.

“We are very proud to open the first of many Unioil EV charging stations aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles in the country. We invite everyone to visit our Unioil hybrid station to see and experience the future,” Soriano said.

This latest effort is part of Unioil’s “Doing Our Part” campaign which the company launched in November to encourage Filipinos to make a difference in society through small, everyday actions and responsible decisions they make, including the decision to choose a cleaner fuel.

Unioil believes that climate change and environmental degradation are real threats to a sustainable future and quality of life. This is why it continues to lead the way in introducing the cleanest range of petroleum products by offering a complete line of Euro5 performance fuels in September 2017, making it the first petroleum company to upgrade all its fuel products to Euro 5 standard.

To further reduce its carbon footprint, Unioil has started operating its first “hybrid” service station which is partially powered by solar energy. The Unioil station along Congressional Avenue, Quezon City is equipped with the SmartflowerTM, the global leader in intelligent solar energy solutions that features an automated sun tracking technology, making it up to 40% more efficient than conventional fixed-type solar panels. Each SmartflowerTM unit reduces carbon footprint by 4.7 metric tons annually which is equivalent to planting approximately 5,000 trees per year.

For more information on Unioil’s “Doing Our Part” campaign, visit www.unioil.com or its Facebook page.

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Don’t let the stress of the Christmas rush get you stressing this Yuletide season and enjoy your Christmas shopping with your loved ones at Little Elves Bazaar.

Little Elves Bazaar will be opening its doors to all the Christmas shoppers this December 8 to 10 2017 at Valle Verde 5 Basketball Court.

With 110 participating booths, you won’t have to stress where to buy gifts for your friends and family. From food trips with your foodie friends, to finding that novelty item to give to your loved ones you will sure have a great time at the bazaar.

The bazaar is open from 10AM to 9PM so you can have all the time to look for that perfect gift.
Along with the endless finds and food, there will also be activities, games and raffle for the attendees! And a face painting session, little elves photo opportunity and a life sized snow globe awaits the kids and kids at heart!

This event is a place that will fill your Christmas spirit as the season approaches. It will make giving so much easier as the bazaar is just like Santa’s little elves.

 

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Just this year one of the largest motor company in the world base in USA launch to the media their latest pick up truck in 2.2 engine, 4×2 wheel drive,5 and 6 sports mode drive, Automatic Transmission and a 3.2 engine, 4.2 / 4×4 drive Automatic and Manual Transmission, Variant – Standard to high end variant, was launch at Manila International Auto Show ( MIAS ) at Worldtrade Centre their much awaited Ford Ranger Wildtrak.

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During the Auto Show Ford Phiilippines created an event specifically designed only for Ford Ranger in the most difficult terrain with rocks, stiff climbing on the hill and water in almost tire deep of Ford Ranger.

Last December 5 & 6 2017, Ford Philippines created a trip to test the toughness of ford ranger called ” Ford Ranger Southern Adventure ” to Go Further and test how this truck Built for Tough to go beyond the limit. Furthermore our southern adventure trip and tour at the same time from Ford BGC Taguig to Masungi Georeserve in Baras Rizal and set the sun at Acuaverde San Juan Batangas for day 1 – which we spend our time in long trail up and down to reach out the most popular Spider Web that made of different size of post tension wire created by our local people in Masungi Georeserve, then we go further to the ” Yungib ni Ruben ” is the name of the cave and pass by 2 hanging bridge, then climb up to the highest peak of a natural rock formation called ” Tatay ” and so we called ourselves a Ranger that Built for Tough and Go Further, had our snacks and rest for a while we climb down from tatay peak to the masungi snack bar, after  refuel our body with a truck load of water and wheat our trekking continue and pass by SAWA hanging bridge.

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After our up and down trekking we push our Ford Ranger to Silayan to have our lunch on rainny day, and this time with stiff up and down road hill in a stiff curve up and down the hill. After we had lunch another journey to Acuaverde Beach Resorts via stretch of rizal and laguna to baras batangas and end up our day 1 tour with cozzy dinner and a perfect bedroom.

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Day 2 – The sun light is up on a day with a perfect scenic of Baywatch with local people that is walking at the shore and offer you their fresh cached fish as their traditional way of life to earn money, buffet breakfast is ready to serve at Kusina in Acuaverda on the breakfast buffet found one of my fav dried fish called ” Tuyo ” with fried rice and apple juice.

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At around 7:30 in the morning we are all ready to visit Malabrigo Lighthouse via Luboc Batangas and then again as we go further to the muddy, stiff road and sandy of luboc we made it to the lighthouse with ford ranger in two variant pass thru these road test. As we visit the Malabrigo Lighthouse three coast guard give us brief history about malabrigo lighthouse.

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Back to the truck to go further in much more challenging road and terrain difficulties, our built for tough ford ranger take these challenge more mud rocky road, water spill way and a raw hill / mountain side road then a four hours drive, in and out local community and star toll to reach out these kids of saint martin de porres kids house and to them the spirit of Christmas.

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Give love on Christmas with our built for tough ford ranger and mostly our giving heart, and make these kids happy in this holiday season. Because we are built for tough and rager out all these stiff difficulties in life.Because we are Filipino we are kind enough to reach out these homeless kids and make them happy on Christmas season.

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As we go further of reaching out this these kids and make them happy with unforgetable experience in life, sighting their smile with our small way of giving, sharing the moments of playing games is unexplainable feeling that i experience with this kids. We Go Further with our Built for Tough Ford Ranger on our Southern Adventure a breathtaking scenery of Masungi Georeserve, a baywatch at Acuaverde Beach Resort, history of Malabrigo Lighthouse end up our two days Southern Adventure Trip by giving our love offering to Saint Martin de Porres Kids. Thank you Ford Philippines for the wonderful experience of this year.

All over on our southern adventure with Ford Ranger Wildtrak found no glitch on the performance, the flow of our trip on and off the road performed well than i expected. Now Ford Ranger Wildtrak would be one on my vehicle option..
Verdict:

1. Long Driving Experience – Check / 2. Ford Ranger Wildtrak Feature and Technology – Check / 3. Ford Ranger Wildtrak Suspension – Check / 4. Up and Down Hill Driving Experience -Check / 5. Engine Toughness @ 2.2 6 modes – Check / 6. Sound System Music Clarity – Check / 7. Front Leg Room – Check / 8. Ford Ranger Wildtrak Seat Cover – Check / 9. Shifting Mode Technology – Check / 10. Orange Body Color – Check / 11. Human Error I/O – Check… ( Read the Manual ).

 

 

 

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Christmas Lighting Ceremony turns on the Holiday Cheer at Theater Mall and Promenade

The Christmas lighting ceremony is a much-awaited annual tradition at the Promenade and Theater Mall that officially kicks off Christmas in this part of Greenhills.

Enlivened by the presence of stars and entertainment personalities, the tradition began in 2008, the 20th year of the Music Museum, when German “Kuya Germs” Moreno invited stars like Gloria Romero to join him in providing Christmas cheer and dazzle at the ceremony. Through the years, young stars like Barbie Forteza, Bea Binene, Jake Vargas, Hero Angeles, and Ken Chan joined Kuya Germs in spreading Christmas cheer to shoppers and mall goers at the Promenade.

Every year, the celebrities assemble at the site of the Christmas Switch, put their hands together and press the switch. Immediately, the bright lights of Christmas start to shine all over the place — as if the stars of the entertainment world lend their sparkle to the Holiday look.

This year, stars of GMA’s hit television show Meant To Be Ken Chan, Jak Roberto and Barbie Forteza, including Mark Manicad and John Nite carried on the tradition begun by Kuya Germs. At the flick of the switch, the Christmas lights inside and outside the mall and on the Christmas tree came alive in a blaze of big and little lights, punctuated by transparent Pinoy parols deftly put together by resident artist Francis Dano-og.

“I’m so happy to be doing this again. I love the symbolism of the lights going on at the same time to start the Christmas festivities here” said Barbie Forteza, who first became part of the Greenhills tradition when she was just 13 years old.

The Christmas Lighting ceremony was led by Music Museum Group President Precy M. Florentino and other MMG officials. The event touched off engaging Christmas activities at the mall highlighted by a Christmas Bazaar at the Missouri area that will go on till December 31.

Miss Florentino recalled how Christmas lights are a traditional part of the Christmas celebration and how parols – the traditional Filipino symbols of Christmas – lit the way for country folk on their way to Simbang Gabi. “We want to show that the Christmas spirit is forever alive in us. We want these Christmas lights to provide hope and cheer to our surroundings. Pinoy Christmases are always bright,” she added.

 

The dining, shopping and entertainment enclave is best known for its popular performance venues, the Music Museum and Teatrino, its state of the art Greenhills Cinemas that pioneered the Dolby Atmos Sound Technology, and its lively mix of shops and restaurants.

For more information about activities, movies, dining places, shops, stores and more at the Promenade and Theater Mall, go to www.musicmuseum.com.ph.

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Model-turned-martial artist Rome Trinidad looks to exemplify Filipina warrior spirit

If Rome “The Rebel” Trinidad were in a room full of people, she would incontestably stand out because she is the epitome of a true Asian beauty.

Trinidad is a certified eye candy that can grace on the cover of a top fashion magazine, sashay down the catwalk with the latest apparel, or endorse high-end beauty products in a television advertisement.

However, Trinidad is more than a pretty face because deep within, she is an authentic martial artist.

Trinidad is a practitioner of Sikaran, an ancient martial arts discipline with no written history that originated from Rizal province in the Philippines and was passed on from generation to generation by succession.

“I started martial arts at a young age,” she revealed. “It was a challenge to me, especially in a discipline that was practiced by men. I felt so empowered as I progressed in Sikaran.”

Unfortunately, Sikaran was not enough to satisfy her growing hunger to learn. Simply put, she wanted something more.

Trinidad went on to hone her skills as a martial artist by incorporating different combat disciplines and eventually transitioning to the multi-faceted arena of mixed martial arts.

Known by the moniker “Rebel” due to her mental toughness and tenacious approach, Trinidad is set to make her promotional debut under the ONE Championship banner as she dukes it out with rising Thai superstar Rika “Tinydoll” Ishige on the undercard of ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD in Bangkok, Thailand on 9 December.

“It is my honor to be a part of one of the biggest mixed martial arts promotions in the world like ONE Championship. Not everybody gets this chance. I will do my best for my family and also for my countrymen,” Trinidad said.

By strapping on four-ounce gloves, Trinidad sees it as an honor and privilege to represent Philippines in ONE Championship, which is widely considered as the sport’s premier organization in the Asian region.

“My bout against a well-revered Thai martial artist like Rika Ishige is a must-win fight for me. My family is going to watch. Not only that, the whole country will be watching as my bout will be broadcasted live worldwide. Surely, I will give everything in this match to bring home the victory,” she stated.

Trinidad does not expect any problem continuing her venture into the constantly-growing landscape of martial arts as she believes that she is fully equipped with the task at hand.

“Martial arts is my passion. I’m really happy when I share and learn new things about martial arts with others. I’m surrounded by people who support me in training. It makes me stronger. I am ready for this upcoming fight in Bangkok,” she guaranteed.

Training with Singaporean martial arts veteran Nicholas “JJ” Lee to bolster her arsenal, the 20-year-old Filipino atomweight believes that her self-confidence will be the key to success as she shares the ONE Championship cage with Ishige.

“I know she is a good fighter with a good background in martial arts. Plus, she is more experienced than me. But one important key to success is self-confidence. The trait has always been with me in this journey. I look at things optimistically,” Trinidad conveyed.

Although her sights are set on pulling off a successful debut in ONE Championship, Trinidad is likewise standing up for women’s empowerment by breaking down gender barriers.

Trinidad stressed that her maiden ONE Championship cage appearance should also serve as a springboard for women to understand they can truly do anything if they put their minds and hearts into it.

“Martial arts is not only for men. If you look at me, I am the living proof that women can do it,” she mentioned. “Whether you are a child, old, short, or tall, everyone is welcome in the martial arts community.”

"Most people do not understand mixed martial arts. They think it has no rules, and barbaric,” Ishige explained further. “I want to show them it is not like that. It is a real sport, and me, I am a small girl, but I can fight in a world class organization. It is not brutal. It is about technique.”

Trinidad is excited to work with the likes of ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee, Mei “V.V” Yamaguchi, Istela Nunes, Gina Iniong, Jenny Huang and Ishige in growing the women’s martial arts scene in Asia

“Recently, female fighters in Asia have been given several avenues to showcase their skills and what they are capable of in a world-class organization such as ONE Championship. Angela Lee and others paved the way for other female fighters like me. I am here to continue what they’ve started,” she stressed.

Even if gender parity continues to be a serious hot-button discussion, Trinidad pointed out that martial arts is a great starting point to bring down the barrier.

According to Trinidad, seeing a woman succeed in a sport wholly dominated by men for the past 20 years is just an example of what is possible.

“I would like to continue this campaign for everyone who doesn’t understand the beauty of this sport. Martial arts is not about fighting. Its real aim is to empower both men and women. We’ve already seen what women can do inside the cage. It’s a high time to unleash our full potential in this sport,” she asserted.

Over the past decade, women’s martial arts rose from relative obscurity to noticeable heights that many could not fathom in such a short span of time.

The once male-dominated sport has been infiltrated by women equipped with equal prowess to engage in high-testosterone action, at times even with more gusto than their male counterparts.

After years of being told that they “just weren’t good enough” and that there “wasn’t enough girls to form a legitimate bracket”, women are finally gracing the biggest stage of the sport.

While the negative reputation of women’s participation in combat sports has declined inch-by-inch, Trinidad suggested that it still needs to be promoted for the stigma to totally diminish.

“It needs more opportunity. I think that there are young girls who are probably interested in getting into it, and we need support from men and women to encourage to let them go to the gym,” she maintained.

As she continues to open eyes and introduces legions of already passionate enthusiasts to the burgeoning world of Asian martial arts, Trinidad seeks to exemplify the utmost confidence of a woman on a global stage at ONE: WARRIORS OF THE WORLD on 9 December.

“The important thing for success is self-confidence. The key to self-confidence is preparation, and I am well prepared for this fight. If I have good preparation, I can fight anybody. And for sure, I can walk out victorious,” she ended.

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Converge ICT launches Converge FAST for businesses

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Pasig City, Philippines, November 2017—Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. today launched its latest pure fiber Internet offering that targets the business sector, particularly those with multi-branch operations.

Converge FAST effectively combines the best benefits offered by DSL and Metro Ethernet connections, two of the most traditional business Internet connections today. This new offering by Converge ICT that runs on a pure fiber Internet network helps optimize businesses with its high bandwidth and performance, total security, with low latency, highly scalable, simple and flexible.

Best of all, Converge FAST is low cost, making it the most advanced yet competitively priced private network solution in the Philippines today.

It also comes with a burstable bandwidth from 2Mbps to 20Mbps and supports Point-to-Point and a Point-to-Multi-point setup, perfect for businesses with a multi-branch network. With this setup, branches can now generate real-time data and reports.

Service and support will not be an issue since Converge FAST offers 99.7% SLA. For faster service and response during down times, Converge ICT made sure that there is an in-house installation and repair team, ready to respond within an 8-hour Mean Time response rate, and 24/7 support provided through the Converge Service Desk.

According to Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. Chief Operating Officer Jesus “Boboy” Romero, among the target markets for Converge FAST include banks, retail stores, distribution companies, food and beverage, information technology, government, transportation and logistics, plus energy and utilities.

“Our continuing promise is to make customer experience better when it comes to their Internet connectivity, which is a modern business’s lifeline. Now with Converge FAST, that promise still holds true, and we made it even more affordable yet totally resilient and with high value for their investment,” Romero explained.

Converge FAST is offered via FAST 2Mbps at P2,500 per month, FAST 5Mbps at P3,500, FAST 10Mbps at P4,000 and FAST 20Mbps at P6,000.

Converge ICT, Inc. started its business in 1992 and was already granted a congressional franchise. The company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity. It also partnered with top domestic peering partners such as PLDT and Globe and currently has the 3rd largest Internet backbone in the country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.

For more details about Converge ICT, Inc. and its Internet offerings, visit www.convergeict.com.

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THE MANILA BIENNALE:OPENCITY2018 EXPERIENCE

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Bring back our History and how we started as Filipino….

The Manila Biennale will be a month long art exposition set inside the walled city of Intramuros from February 3, 2018 to March 5, 2018. It will be a collaborative effort the Manila’s art community and framed by the built heritage of Old Manila. The many gardens, plazas, museums, halls and chambers of the walled city will be transformed into artist residency studios, galleries, performance venues, lecture halls, pop up shops and cafes. The theme OPENCITY refers to Intramuros as the genesis of Manila’s culture; an homage to the walled city’s beginnings as a port for the Galleon Trade, a time when our capital opened itself up to the world and welcomed new ideas, products, and people. OPENCITY is also a tribute to Manila’s role in World War II, a vulnerable moment in December 1941 when Manila was cleared of all military presence and civilian run; a moment of freedom between two colonized periods of our history.

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MANILA BIENNALE:OPENCITY2018 PASSPORT The Manila Biennale will defined by a passport. Owners of these #mnlbnl2018 passports will be defined as citizens of the #OPENCITY The passports can be bought starting December 1, 2017, Monday in time for Christmas holidays. Buyers can purchase for themselves or for friends. #mnlbnl2018 citizens can purchase the passport online or at special retail spaces in Manila. They will receive an email receipt and number for proper documentation.

Only one (1) passport per citizen and it is not transferable. The Biennale Passport purchase portal will be active in November in time for Christmas. Php3,750.00 per passport pre-sale. Php5,000.00 per passport Only 1,200 passports will be printed. \ PERKS: This passport will allow the #mnlbnl2018 citizen access to sites, events, and experiences not available to the average visitor of Intramuros. Entrance to all of the #OPENCITY curated exposition spaces.

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Free electric Jeepney rides between all exhibition sites within Intramuros. Free entrance to all parks and museums of Intramuros and partner museums. VIP concierge services inside the VIP Lounge with Free Wifi and refreshments at the VIP Lounge. One (1) invitation to the Artist Ball on February 21, 2018. Priority reservations for all lectures, programs, and special exhibitions of OPEN CITY programming between February 21, 2018 – March 5, 2018. Exclusive invitations to specially planned events and parties of Manila Biennale Sponsors: Discounts and special deals will be listed on our INFOMUROS #mnlbnl2018 app.

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UPON ARRIVAL at Manila Biennale grounds: Starting point is Fort Santiago. #mnlbnl2018 must immediately head to #mnlbnl2018 passport booth/conceirge. The passport citizen will present an ID at the concierge upon arrival for proper registration. No ID. No registration. This is to assure security. Passport will be handed over to citizen, citizen may now enjoy exhibtion grounds. Passport will be stamped upon entry to each site as a memento. Passport will act as an ID for access to special lounges, events, and deals with connected partners.

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The Manila Biennale 2018 is a partnership between Intramuros Administration, The Cultural Center of the Philippines, Anthology Architecture and Design Festival, Fringe Festival Manila, Design Center of the Philippines Managed and coordinated by VivaManila. Producer: Stages under Ms. Stella Sison. Intramuros Administration under the Department of Tourism is our government partner and host of the event. This collective effort by all arts communities in the Philippines will all fall under a common #MNLBNL2018 calendar and website.

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Manila Biennale:OPENCITY2018 co-festival partners Pasinaya Art Festival February 1 – 4, 2018 festival of FREE performance art, theater, music, dance, literature Producer: Cultural Center of the Philippines Location: Fort Santiago. Maestranza. Casa Manila Area Fringe Manila February 8 – 25, 2018 alternative art, performance, music, theater, visual arts Producer: Fringe Manila and Pineapple Lab Location: Various sites around Intramuros Anthology Architecture and Design Festival February 9 – 11, 2018 Architecture, Design, Literature, Performance, Visual Arts Producer: wtadesign.com Location: Fort Santiago

 

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Gangnam Wings (GW)is celebrating its first year anniversary this coming December 8, 2017, and to thank its loyal customers and patrons they are inviting everyone to join in and witness the celebration! Highlighting the event will be:The Lord of the Wings: WING-OFF CHALLENGE& Samyang Spicy Dry Noodle Eating Contest; the best part, however, is the fact that they’re having a BUY 1 TAKE 1 PROMO on all their Chicken Variants to the first 100 customers who dines-in on the 8th of December 2017, from 1:00PM onwards!

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The Lord of the Wings: WING-OFF CHALLENGE! is a GW signature event wherein participants will have a chance to challenge Gangnam Wings’ reigning Lord of the Wings champ- Mr. Lord Ancheta, who recently won the first ever GW WING-OFF CHALLENGE against 2 other contenders after eating the most numbers of chicken wings in 5 minutes. The lucky winner gets FREE CHICKEN WINGS for 6 Months (particularly- 6 Pcs Goblin Wings each time customer dines in within 6 months from winning); a trophy, Lord of the Wings Official T-Shirt; and lots of photo opps plus major bragging rights!!! To all the spicy food lovers out there, thisSamyang Spicy Dry Noodle Challenge is for you! The notorious noodle brand ‘Samyang’ has been known to many as one of the spiciest products ever made which has influenced a lot of people to create online video challenges, worldwide.

The rules in this challenge are pretty simple, the first to finish the noodles (without drinking if possible) wins. Easier said than done, but we’ll see who will be Gangnam Wings’ CERTIFIED HOTTIE! To join either of both challenges, customer simply needs to present some proof of purchase of any Gangnam Wings products upon registration. Only 3 contenders will be picked for each contest and notified via email. A waiver will be signed prior to the contest proper. This Anniversary event is brought to you in cooperation with Cook Magazine, Weekly Blueprint, SM Supermalls, San Miguel Corporations, Leiania House of Beauty, Rotary Club, Sofia, Health Frontiers & More and Health & Lifestye Bloggers group.

About Gangnam Wings: Gangnam Wings aim to distinguish itself from the wide choice of chicken dishes offered by the competing Korean chicken joints by using the company’s proprietary double-frying and hand-brushing techniques that gives a distinct taste to their food.

Chicken recipes of GWs’ main product line like Gangnam Original (Crispy) Wings, Gangnam Yangnyum (Sweet) Wings, Gangnam Spicy (Spicy and Sweet) Wings, and Gangnam Ganjang (Soya) Wings were served during the aforementioned event. They also offer a wide selection of authentic Korean dishes and fusion to meet the taste of every Filipino like Yangpa Bomb, Kimchi Fries, Japchae Noodles, BudaeJJigae and a unique range of fruit-infused Soju cocktails and Bingsu desserts.

GW have its new product lines to complement their best-selling Korean dishes with a combination of western cuisines like the cheese chicken salad; spicy teriyaki chicken salad; Bulgogi Burger; Beef Bulgogi Sandwich, Chicken Teriyaki Sandwich; Kimchi Con Carne Fries; Buffalo Wings, Seafood Jjigaeamong others.

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1 – The Lord of the Wings: WING-OFF CHALLENGE! Now on its 2nd round.

Will someone defeat our reigning title-holder? Find out on December 8, 2017. 2 – Who will be the first lucky winner of P3,000.00 in cash for the Samyang Spicy Dry Noodle Eating Contest? 3 – Grab this Buy 1 Get 1 promo o your favourite Authentic Korean Fried Chicken

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