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Linggo, Pebrero 23, 2020

Singaporean Electro-Pop/R&B Band IN THE NOW debut single with UMAMI Records: "FOOL"

“Fool is a song about unrequited love, where our hero is in denial, constantly clinging to the hope that one day the subject of his infatuation will change her mind, even though he knows he should move on. Layers of dark melancholic synths and dreamy electronic pads build into a heartfelt chorus, and when words are not enough, culminates in an unexpected drop. Topped off with a sprinkling of trap and future bass elements, the innovative production on this cleverly crafted track entices the ears with something special. I wrote this song hoping it would touch others who relate to the same heartbreak I felt”, shares Alex of IN THE NOW. We wanted the song to sound really different from what we normally do. We experimented with many different versions of the drop before we got something we were all happy with, bringing together the right amount of contrast and energetic release.” ~Dan Rafael, Producer, and vocalist 

Upcoming Singapore-based electro-R&B/pop group, In The Now, will be releasing their debut single "Fool" on various streaming and digital platforms on February 28, Friday via independent record label, Umami Records SG.

With dark, melancholic synths and dreamy electronic beats building into a heartfelt chorus, the song entices the ears with something special, yet familiar.


A music video directed and produced by Singapore creative collective YungTauFoo and Homies accompanies the release of this single.

IN THE NOW are four teenage friends and schoolmates from Singapore comprised of producer and vocalist Dan Rafael, and vocalists Akmal Hussein, Rahmat Damansari and Alex Gryffin. They are currently working on an EP of 6 songs to be released in 2020, written and produced by themselves, whilst also completing their tertiary education.


“Fool” by IN THE NOW will be available everywhere from Friday, 28 February 2020 (and for pre-save before) at this link: https://ffm.to/in-the-now-fool.




About IN THE NOW

Electro-pop/R&B band IN THE NOW are four teenage friends and schoolmates from Singapore whose members include producer and vocalist Dan Rafael, and vocalists Akmal Hussein, Rahmat Damansari and Alex Gryffin. They are always experimenting and looking for that next special sound to evolve their unique palette. Their music combines sensual R&B with dreamy pop soundscapes sprinkled with electronic elements from various genres. They are currently working on an EP of 6 songs to be released in 2020, written and produced by themselves, whilst also completing their tertiary education.

About Umami Records

Umami Records is a Singapore-based indie record label founded in 2013. Much like the “5th taste” reputation of its namesake, the label strongly believes in discovering new, interesting sounds that run underground and away from the mainstream. The label’s tight-knit, curated roster thus far has included releases from Linying (Spotify Spotlight 2016), The Steve McQueens, brb., Evanturetime (Spotify Early Noise 2017), CampFire, Martin Baltser (DK), Phoria (UK), Oriental Cravings (AUS), and more. 

Upcoming Releases

IN THE NOW are working on completing an EP of 6 songs in 2020, and will be releasing a new track every 2 months. Please contact us if you would like a preview.



GCash, 7-Eleven partner for barcode-based retail transactions

“This partnership is anchored on the shared goal of enabling more Filipinos to participate in the digital financial landscape. By allowing 7-Eleven stores to accept GCash STP via Barcode payments, we are bringing the vision of building a cashless Philippines. As a strong government partner and the leader in mobile digital payments, we at GCash remain relentless in developing more products and services that will fit perfectly into the government’s plans for the country’s financial landscape. Our vision for 2020 is to continue to push for the development the GCash platform to enable more people to participate in the digital financial revolution. ~Anthony Thomas, GCash President 

With the growing demand for frictionless transactions, GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, and 7-Eleven, one of the largest convenience store chains in the country, announced today a strategic partnership that will allow GCash account holders to pay for their purchases in 7-Eleven stores via the revolutionary Scan-to-Pay (STP) via Barcode feature in the GCash app.

GCash and 7-Eleven are providing greater convenience and security to their customers by introducing the new payment option for physical purchases in 7-Eleven stores across the country.
"After scanning barcodes to redeem promotions and reload accounts for over 5 years now, including taking payments from our CLiQQ wallet over the last two,. we believe we have built the most convenient payment experience in the country, and that the time is right to open up our infrastructure to partners who share our vision. We are pleased to partner first with GCash, whom we have been working with for several years.  Many customers already visit us to cash-in their GCash wallets, now they can use those same wallets to pay for their purchases as well as participate in our CLiQQ loyalty program." ~Jose Victor Paterno, 7-Eleven President, and CEO
To use GCash’s STP via Barcode, 7-Eleven customers only need to generate their unique barcodes through the GCash app and allow the cashier to scan their barcodes to complete the transaction.

These two easy steps streamline the already-frictionless QR code system. With STP via Barcode, merchants do not need to have a QR key code, which the customer scans to transact. Merchants also need not have their own mobile devices to verify the payments, as STP via Barcode is already integrated into the merchant’s point-of-sale.

Supporting BSP cashless vision 
The partnership between the fintech leader and the convenience store chain pioneer also supports the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ (BSP) goal of creating a more cashless Philippines starting this year by migrating 20 percent of the total transaction to non-cash means such as digital payments.

Already, based on a study conducted by the Better Than Cash Alliance, a United Nations-backed organization, the Philippines is close to reaching this target. According to the study, digital transactions now account for 20 percent of the total value of transactions, while 10-percent in terms of volume in 2018.

STP via Barcode is now available in more than 2,800 7-Eleven stores in the Philippines. It is also available in the majority of Puregold outlets and Starbucks stores nationwide.

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About Mynt
Mynt is a partnership between Globe Telecom, the Ayala Corporation, and Ant Financial, that provides innovative and first-in-world fintech solutions to consumers, merchants, and organizations. Its vision is to enable financial access for consumers and merchants by disrupting traditional channels through digital financial technology services. It operates two fintech companies: GCash, a micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer, and Fuse, a tech-based lending company that enables Filipinos to get microloans to business loans without the traditional requirements set by banks and other lending institutions. For more information, visit mynt.xyz.


Biyernes, Pebrero 21, 2020

The Agoncillo's officially join the McDonald’s family!

“We are excited to join McDonald’s through the Happy Meal Readers program - a project that’s focused on encouraging close family bonding through book-reading and storytelling. This is something that we do as a family, and we’re happy to share this experience with more Filipino families.” ~Ryan and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo

McDonald's believes that family bonding moments are important in every household, and despite the parents' busy schedule, there's always the trusty pasalubong to bring families together at the end of the day!
Book or toy? Starting February 21, McDonald’s will be kickstarting the all-new Happy Meal Readers program that lets people choose between a book or a toy to enjoy with every Happy Meal!
McDonald's is thrilled to soon welcome another take-home treat option to come with every Happy Meal aside from the well-loved toys - the all-new Happy Meal Readers books!

“McDonald’s Happy Meal Readers’ book option is a great take-home treat – a perfect surprise for kids to cap off the night with a family bonding bedtime storytelling session. The Happy Meal Readers program is part of McDonald’s commitment in bringing to life feel-good family moments, by encouraging book-reading as both a fun and educational family activity.” ~Margot B. Torres, the Managing Director of McDonald’s Philippines

Making way for families to have more fun bonding moments together, McDonald’s is launching the Happy Meal Readers program that offers a book or toy option for every Happy Meal purchase. The program’s goal is to create more opportunities for memorable experiences shared over storytelling, and this year, families can journey through space and time and dive right in the Treetop Twins Wilderness Adventures through a series of McDonald’s-exclusive Happy Meal Readers books written by world-renowned author Cressida Cowell.


With the Agoncillo Family Judy Anne, Ryan and their youngest child Luna, they're the new celebrity ambassadors joining the McDonald's family, who will be leading a live book-reading session for the kids to enjoy!

The Agoncillo's officially join the McDonald’s family!
Celebrity couple Ryan and Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, together with their daughter Luna Agoncillo, are happy to join the McDonald’s family alongside the official launch of the Happy Meal Readers books in the Philippines.


McDonald’s officially launches the Happy Meal Readers program, with either a book or toy option made available for every Happy meal purchase starting February 21, 2020, together with the introduction of the Agoncillo family as McDonald’s newest ambassadors.

(L-R) McDonald’s ambassador Ryan Agoncillo, McDonald’s ambassador Judy Ann Santos Agoncillo, McDonald’s ambassador Luna Agoncillo, McDonald’s Philippines’ Marketing Manager Margot B. Torres, and Chief Happiness Officer Ronald McDonald
Reading books for a cause
Parents and kids alike would be happy to find out that for every Happy Meal purchase, they are also sharing the love of reading among those who benefit from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philippines, Inc. (RMHC), whose 


(L-R) McDonald’s ambassadors Luna Agoncillo, Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos Agoncillo
(L-R) McDonald’s ambassadors Luna Agoncillo, Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos Agoncillo
(L-R) McDonald’s ambassadors Ryan Agoncillo, Judy Ann Santos Agoncillo, and the couple's daughter Luna Agoncillo



Meet incredible animals year-round with the Treetop Twins
Families can look forward to exciting wilderness adventures with the Treetop Twins, a book series written exclusively for McDonald’s by Criselda Cromwell, world-renowned author, and illustrator of the much-loved series “How to Train Your Dragon”, whose books have captured the imagination of children all over the world. 

Each book tells of the adventures of the Treetop Twins and their parents as they travel in their time machine to meet fascinating creatures, including endangered and extinct animals from the past, such as Polar Bears, Quaggas, Pink Dolphins, and Woolly Mammoths! The series is full of adventures, amazing creatures, and fun facts that kids and their parents would discover together.


For every Happy Meal bought, McDonald’s Philippines donates a portion to RMHC and its Ronald McDonald Read to Learn program which teaches beginning reading to grade 1 and grade 2 public school learners. As of now, the Ronald McDonald Read To Learn program has reached over 12 million students, trained over 28 thousand educators, and distributed more than 367 thousand books.


McDonald’s goal through RMHC is to contribute to the vision of improving the literacy skills of Filipino learners early on, and with the Happy Meal Readers’ all-new book option, the brand is thrilled to be able to create more opportunities for children to discover a love for reading.


Starting February 21, 2020, you can visit your nearest McDonald’s store for a Happy meal, alongside its book or toy option, and share more heartwarming and memorable moments together with your family. Grab a copy of a Happy Meal Readers book to join the Treetop Twins adventures, and collect all 12 books for this year! 




The McDonald’s Happy Meal Readers book options will be available year-round, starting February 21, 2020, and kids can look forward to collecting a total of 12 hardbound books lined up for release this year.


To learn more about RMHC and how to help, you may visit www.rmhc.org.ph.



Martes, Pebrero 18, 2020

3 Health Tips to incorporate sports nutrition into one’s daily activities

“Some people think that sports nutrition is some over-complicated thing. The reality is sports nutrition is grounded in the same principles as general good healthy nutrition. Sports nutrition is really about putting the right nutriments in your body at the right time. Whether you’re winning a race or coming in last place, you’re moving your body and your heart rate goes up. You’re using carbohydrates for fuel. When you’re breaking down muscles, you need protein to recover. The principles of sports nutrition become important for anyone who’s active. We don’t store a lot of carbohydrates but it’s our first source of energy when we’re exercising. You can get that energy quickly from fruits. When you sweat when you’re exercising, you lose electrolytes in addition to fluids. Drinking water is sometimes not enough. You need electrolytes to stay hydrated. Have at least 20 grams of protein in combination with some carbohydrates. When you exercise, you break down your muscle fibers. Consuming good protein can help rebuild them and make them stronger. ~Dr. Dana Ryan, Leading Sports Nutritionist

Dr. Ryan has a Ph.D. in physical activity, nutrition, and wellness from Arizona State and holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a specialization in Sport and Exercise Psychology and a certificate in nutrition for optimal health, wellness, and performance.

Dr. Ryan advised having some simple carbohydrates prior to working out. She emphasized that protein is essential after a workout.

So, how does one incorporate sports nutrition into one’s daily activities? Dr. Ryan shares the following tips.
  1. Make sure that you have adequate carbohydrates before you exercise because that’s going to be your body’s fuel source.
  2. Have some electrolytes when you’re exercising for over half an hour or doing an intense workout.
  3. Get some good quality protein after you exercise.
Staying fit takes more than just visiting the gym on a regular basis. You also have to make sure that what you feed your body is healthy, and this is where sports nutrition can help you.


Dr. Ryan is the director of Sports Performance and Education of Herbalife Nutrition. She recently visited the Philippines and shared her take on how sports nutrition can be beneficial to non-athletes.

For more information, please visit IAmHerbalifeNutrition.com.




About Herbalife Nutrition Ltd.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people's lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent members since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial members who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

Herbalife Nutrition also encourages investors to visit its investor relations website at ir.herbalife.com as financial and other information is updated and new information is posted.



McDonald’s Fish and Fries is back for a limited time only!


McDonald’s brings back its tastiest catch— Fish and Fries — for a limited time only! Your seafood cravings will finally be satisfied as McDonald’s brings back a well-loved classic— Fish and Fries— on February 14! Available for a limited time only, Fish and Fries, together with the Filet-O-Fish, is McDonald’s tastiest catch that you wouldn’t want to miss!


The Fish and Fries meal feature a tender fish fillet with golden crunchy coating—paired with everyone’s favorite World Famous Fries that are crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. It goes perfectly well with your choice of special dipping sauce: Creamy Tartar Sauce or Sweet & Sour. Now, you can even have twice the fun by ordering the 2-piece Fish & Fries meal! For a more filling option, you can opt to change your Fries to Rice with no additional cost. 


Sandwich lovers also have other options to choose from with the Filet-O-Fish or Double Filet-O-Fish! Served on a soft, steamed bun, the tender fish filet topped with Creamy Tartar Sauce and American Cheese is a great savory sandwich for busy days on-the-go. 


Don’t miss out on some crunchy goodness with Fish and Fries or dive into a classic quest with Filet-O-Fish. Drop by any McDonald’s store near you and have some of McDonald’s savory offerings before it’s gone.


You can also visit https://mcdelivery.com.ph/ and have your cravings delivered straight to your doorstep. Share your experience with us by tagging McDonald’s Philippines on Facebook!

Don’t miss out on the crunchy goodness! Catch the Fish and Fries and Filet-O-Fish while you can!



PLDT Enterprise partnered with Alibaba Cloud to power ESports at the 30th SEA Games with world-class cloud technologies

“The Philippines is among promising contenders in the field of gaming—not just in Southeast Asia but at a global scale as well. We at PLDT are extremely keen on supporting this growth trajectory by providing local gamers with services that will allow them to hone their potential and likewise, by connecting technology providers such as Alibaba Cloud with the right market to invest their infrastructure and services in.” ~Jeff Mendoza, PLDT Enterprise Regional Head for Asia Pacific
PLDT Enterprise sealed a partnership with Alibaba Cloud to build the cloud technology infrastructure for ESports in the 30th SEA Games. (L-R of the 1st row) Jeff Mendoza, PLDT Enterprise Asia Pacific Regional Head; Leo Liu, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, and Philippines.
In the recently concluded 30th SEA Games, PLDT Enterprise has been part of the historic event by partnering with Alibaba Cloud to deliver world-class cloud technologies during the ESports gaming event. As a staunch advocate of the country's ESports initiatives, the partnership is also in line with the PLDT Group’s vision to boost the Philippines’ growing cloud ecosystem.

PLDT Enterprise, the b2b arm of the Philippines’ leading ICT and digital services provider, sealed a partnership with Alibaba Cloud—the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group—to serve the 30th Southeast Asian Games with its leading cloud technologies which ensured a smooth and efficient debut for ESports at the regional sports event.  

Since 2013, the PLDT Group has been at the forefront of providing technologies that have supported the country’s ESports endeavors—rightly building up capabilities of local athletes and enabling them to compete globally.

This initiative with Alibaba Cloud, the No.1 cloud service provider in Asia Pacific, is in line with the PLDT Group’s vision to boost the Philippines’ growing cloud ecosystem. With SEA Games showcasing ESports as a medal event, the two technology providers ensured that athletes would be treated with a seamless and world-class gaming experience by offering cloud infrastructure solutions and connectivity services.
“We are very proud to be able to help the ESports operate more efficiently, effectively and smoothly, and we would like to thank PLDT Enterprise for having us to be part of this momentous occasion with our combined connectivity solutions. Together with our local partners, we will continue to provide world-class cloud products and solutions to our customers in the Philippines to facilitate more local success cases in the digital era.” ~Leo Liu, General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Intelligence International, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, and Philippines
At this tournament, PLDT leveraged its wholly-owned Ethernet Private Line (EPL) service—through its international cables APCN2, ASE, and AAG—to bring Alibaba’s Cloud computing services coming from its Point of Presence (PoP) in Singapore and Hong Kong. The same computing services and technologies provided by Alibaba Cloud are used by Alibaba to support its globally renowned e-commerce business and ecosystem.

As the Philippines’ leading service provider, PLDT boasts of an extensive roster of clients and partners throughout the Asia Pacific—having points of presence (PoPs) in Singapore, Hong Kong, China, and Australia, to name a few—making it the ideal partner for enterprises looking to bring their businesses to the Philippines and other neighboring regions.

To learn more about PLDT Enterprise’s global ICT infrastructure capabilities, visit http://pldtenterprise.com or contact Regional Head Jeff Mendoza at jgmendoza@pldt.com.ph!






About PLDT
PLDT is the leading telecommunications and digital services provider in the Philippines. Through its principal business groups – fixed line, wireless and others – PLDT offers a wide range of telecommunications and digital services across the Philippines’ most extensive fiber optic backbone, and fixed line and cellular networks.

PLDT is listed on the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE:TEL) and its American Depositary Shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE:PHI). PLDT has one of the largest market capitalizations among Philippine-­listed companies.




ONE Championship’s Singapore Event Converted to Closed Door Event

“In light of the coronavirus situation in Singapore, I have made the decision to convert ONE: King of the Jungle on February 28 into a closed event for broadcast only. The Singapore Indoor Stadium will not be open to the general public, but the event will proceed behind closed doors as scheduled live on all TV and digital platforms across 150+ countries around the world. We just felt that this was an incredible moment for us to ignite hope and strength across the continent of Asia and to our fans all over the world during this difficult time. I also want to say that it is only by love, compassion, and resilience that Singapore as a country and Asia as a continent can overcome and conquer the Coronavirus. It was not an easy decision for us. In fact, many people were pushing us to cancel the event. But I thought back to why I started ONE Championship in the first place. And our mission since day one has been to unleash real-life superheroes who ignite the world with hope, strength, dreams, and inspiration. It’s a very different mission than all of our other global competitors. Yes, we want to put on the greatest fights. Yes, we have the greatest martial artists in the world but there’s a deeper mission for ONE Championship. And in a time of crisis, in a time of fear in the continent of Asia, our heroes are ready to inspire the world.” ~Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Chairman & CEO

ONE Chairman & CEO Chatri Sityodtong organized a conference call earlier today on the decision to convert the upcoming ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE from live into a closed-door event.

ONE Championship recently announced that the company has made the decision to convert one of its live events into a closed-door event. ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE, which is scheduled for Friday, 28 February in Singapore is to proceed as planned, but the Singapore Indoor Stadium will be closed off to fans and media.

The decision was made with regards to the situation in Singapore surrounding the Novel Coronavirus (official name COVID-19). 

Singapore’s Ministry of Health recently raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level from yellow to orange after having confirmed 75 cases of infection.

ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement to convert their event in Singapore to a closed-door event initially on his social media accounts. Shortly after, Sityodtong fielded questions from the media on a global conference call.

Fans who purchased tickets to the event will be given a full refund through Sportshub Tix, ONE’s official ticketing partner in Singapore. All bouts are to proceed as scheduled, and will still be available live via TV and digital platforms worldwide, as well as through the ONE Super App.

The main event of ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE will see two-sport ONE World Champion Stamp Fairtex of Thailand defend her ONE Atomweight Kickboxing World Title against Janet “J.T.” Todd of the United States.

In the co-main event of the evening, reigning ONE Strawweight Kickboxing World Champion Sam-A Gaiyanghadao of Thailand will take on Lachlan “Rocky” Ogden of Australia for the ONE Strawweight Muay Thai World Title.

Representing Singapore on the global stage is former ONE World Title challenger Amir Khan, who is accompanied by fellow Singaporean stars Tiffany “No Chill” Teo and Redeem Rahman. In addition, Singapore-based athletes Troy Worthen and Ritu “The Indian Tigress” Phogat are set to see action.

Sityodtong also says that while Singapore will proceed with its closed-door event, other events the organization has scheduled in other countries will proceed as planned. ONE Championship remains firm in its promise to deliver at least 50 events this year across all of its properties and will make decisions to alter its events based on various factors as situations change.