Friday, July 19, 2024

The PH Curling Team Dares to Hope to Bid for the Winter Olympics in 2026

“The sport of curling is like playing chess on ice. It’s a combination of strategy and physical skill. We have a huge advantage in the strategy part because we have the experience of the three guys who have played on the world stage. The curling team aspires to pave the way for future curling athletes from the country in their bid for the Olympics. We are trying to foster [Filipino talent] more and more just by being a role model and having this super ambitious goal. We don't have a plan B. We have only one plan and that is to go to the Olympics. ~Alan Frei, a Filipino-Swiss Entrepreneur, Economist, Curler, and Team Spokesman


Can a team from a tropical country excel at an ice sport like curling?

That is what the Philippine National Curling Team, made up of four Fil-Swiss players, hopes to prove as they prepare for the 2026 Winter Olympic Games in Milan, Italy.

Alan Frei, a Filipino-Swiss entrepreneur, economist, curler, and team spokesman, announced that the Philippine men's squad won a silver medal in the B-Division of the Pan Continental Curling Championships in Kelowna, Canada, in 2023. The team hopes to repeat the feat in Alberta this October to advance to the A-Division in the 2025 championships. The top two teams there will be guaranteed spots in the 2026 Winter Olympics in Italy.





Frei, a newcomer to curling, joined the Filipino team in March 2023, a year after selling his Swiss e-commerce business and deciding “to become an Olympian”. His dream is shared by teammates Christian Haller, a two-time world junior championship medalist, and brothers Marc and Enrico Pfister, who previously competed for Switzerland in world curling championships. 

All Swiss-born like Frei, Haller, and the Pfister brothers are eligible to play for the country because of their Filipino mothers.

To put their skills to the test, the National Men's Curling Team will compete in an off-season tournament this August, the Baden Master's in Switzerland, where they will face world number one Italy in their first game. Frei, who is currently ranked 51st in the World Curling Member Association's men's rankings, stated that the team is eager to play Italy in order to determine their exact standing.

The Swiss-Filipino team hopes that more Filipinos become aware of their goals and what they've been doing, inspiring them even more.

Frei stated that the curling team is currently responsible for all of their expenses, citing the need to achieve "success" before seeking financial assistance from the POC and other potential sponsors.

Swiss-Filipino athletes hope to gain national recognition by finishing on the podium against top Asian countries such as China and Korea at the 2025 Asian Winter Games in Harbin.








With the help of the POC and national sports associations, the team plans to hold exhibition tournaments in the country and provide training for aspiring Filipino curlers. The Curling Winter Sports Association of the Philippines, which the team is a part of, also aims to increase its membership from about 50 to 100 people this year according to Frei.

Frei said Filipino communities come out to support them anywhere they play, worldwide.

Single-minded in their dream to bring honor to the country, Frei revealed they want to achieve what the Jamaican Bobsled Team did in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary. Received as underdogs in a cold weather sport, the Jamaicans competed against all odds and came out the favorites.

Get PC-Like Productivity Without the Heavy Weight with the New Huawei MatePad11.5"S, Yours for PHP 24,999



Huawei is offering exclusive deals on the HUAWEI MatePad 1.5"S, which is now available in the Philippines. Huawei's new MatePad tablet, designed to redefine the user experience with exceptional features, is ideal for any household.

The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5"S features Huawei's upgraded PaperMatte Display, which provides clear and crisp visuals while protecting users' eyes. The HUAWEI MatePad SE 11", which is also available now, is a durable device with a sleek unibody design. Customers can receive exclusive freebies for purchases made between June 28 and July 31, 2024.




Discover a PC-Level Productivity Experience in a Tablet
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As part of the Super Device ecosystem, the HUAWEI MatePad 11.5”S elevates productivity with its advanced features and device collaboration capabilities. It integrates seamlessly with apps like the newly-upgraded HUAWEI Notes, which now features widgets, Instant Shape feature, and a refreshed user interface. The device also offers enhanced functionalities such as Multi-Window and SuperHub. This ensures users experience high efficiency across various tasks, from work and study to socializing and entertainment.

The upgraded PC-level WPS Office on the HUAWEI MatePad 11.5”S brings a comprehensive suite of efficient office capabilities. Featuring a PC-like UI layout and advanced editing and demonstration tools, it provides full functionality with an intuitive and accessible menu. This design allows users who are accustomed to PC versions of WPS apps to seamlessly transition to tablet use without needing to adapt their work habits. The native UI experience also features window hovering, zooming, multi-window operations, touch interaction, and keyboard and mouse integration, all of which enhance productivity.

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The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5”S, now available in the Philippines, is priced starting at PHP 24,999. The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5”S 8GB + 256GB is available in two elegant colors: Violet and Space Gray. It comes with an exclusive first sale bundle, including the HUAWEI M-Pencil, worth PHP 5,999; and the HUAWEI Bluetooth Mouse, worth PHP 1,899. This exclusive offer is available on ShopeeLazada, TikTok, HUAWEI Online Store, and HUAWEI Experience Stores nationwide.




Meanwhile, the HUAWEI MatePad SE 11”, available in Nebula Grey, comes with special freebies for purchases made until July 31, 2024. The HUAWEI MatePad SE 11” 8GB + 128GB variant is priced at PHP 11,999 and comes with the HUAWEI M-Pencil Lite, worth PHP 2,999; a flip cover, worth PHP 999; and a coffee mug, worth PHP 999.

The HUAWEI MatePad SE 11” 6GB + 128GB variant, priced at PHP 8,999, includes a flip cover, worth PHP 999; and a coffee mug, worth PHP 999. These special offers are now available on the HUAWEI Online StoreShopee, and Lazada, and HUAWEi Experience Stores nationwide.

Purchase the new HUAWEI MatePad tablets through credit cards or Home Credit, and enjoy special installment promos. The HUAWEI MatePad 11.5”S is available for 0% installment up to 18 months through Home Credit, and up to 24 months with credit cards. The HUAWEI MatePad SE 11” is available for 0% installment for up to 9 months on Home Credit, and up to 24 months with credit cards.


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Red Bull Dance Your Style Highlights Cebu's Dance Scene in Provincial Qualifiers

“(It) feels great. Last year, I only won second place so this serves as my redemption. Underground. This year, there are a lot of dancers from outside Cebu; some are my friends and some I just met during the competition. I think one of the highlights for this year is meeting new friends and competitors. Since the competition for the National Finals is already filtered from Baguio, Davao, and Manila, I need to level up my training. Nemesis had really unpredictable moves and undeniable skills. ~Nemesis (Sam Rivera)


The city of Cebu came alive with rhythm and energy for the Red Bull Dance Your Style Qualifiers on July 13 at APEX Super Club. Cebu's top dancers demonstrated their impressive skills and extraordinary talents as they competed for a spot in the upcoming National Finals.

Red Bull Dance Your Style, a global 1-on-1 street dance competition, promotes individuality and creativity while celebrating diverse dance styles from around the world. Dancers are pushed to demonstrate their insane improvisational abilities and freestyle dance moves while performing to unpredictable music. The global competition is notable for its unique battle format, in which the audience decides who advances to the next stage of the competition. 




The competition was fierce, with 16 dancers displaying an impressive variety of dance styles. Finalists at the Cebu qualifier did not disappoint, delivering jaw-dropping performances that left the audience speechless. JPY (Jeffrey Casas Toledo), Nemesis (Sam Rivera), Khlai (Khlai Vargaso Batula), and Baby Titan (Shihan Maui Ricablanca) advanced to the top four. Following a series of intense battle rounds, Nemesis was declared the winner. Her flawless performances throughout the competition earned her first place and a ticket to the National Finals.

Nemesis shared that what she found to be one of the highlights for this year’s competition was getting to compete with fellow members of her dance crew.







First runner up Khlai, who also secured her spot in the National Finals, expressed her joy for placing in the competition. 

“It feels so surreal, I don’t even know where to begin. Today is the birthday of my grandfather who passed away. The performance that I did was dedicated to my grandfather and grandparents. I don’t really prepare that long or have a specific training, but I’ll try to do cardio for my stamina so that I can keep up with the dancers. ~Khlai, First runner up

Khlai shared that her motivation to join the competition, despite her long-term knee injury, was her late grandfather. 

In preparation for the National Finals, Khlai said she wanted to work on her stamina stating, 

Philippine All-Stars legends and dance consultants Lema Diaz and Vince Mendoza were seen at the event. 

“All I can say is that (the competition) was full of inspiration and new faces. Compared to last year, we multiplied by a lot. A lot of dancers supported Red Bull Dance Your Style and the skills really leveled up from last year. It’s going to be more crazy. We’re excited for the Manila qualifiers. There’s a lot of dancers and new faces. I’m excited that I can witness that moment. “We always tell them to always have fun no matter what. Win or lose, it’s all about the transformation. If you win, there’s transformation. If you lose, there’s transformation. It’s all about giving love to the community, to the next generation, to the OGs, to our past, present, and future.” ~Vince Mendoza, Philippine All-Stars legends and dance consultant






With the Cebu qualifiers completed, all eyes are now focused on the exciting next round of the competition. The Red Bull Dance Your Style journey continues with the Manila qualifiers scheduled for July 27, 2024, at Octopus Makati. More hopeful dancers from around the country will compete for a chance to shine at the World Finals. 

Take part in the excitement! Keep an eye out for the final round of qualifiers, and follow Red Bull Dance Your Style Philippines' journey to the World Finals in India on November 9, 2024. Watch the Red Bull Dance Your Style Philippines National Finals in September. You won't want to miss it!

For more information and updates regarding this year’s season of Red Bull Dance Your Style, visit the official Red Bull website and the following social media pages (Facebook | Instagram | Tiktok )


















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Thursday, July 18, 2024

At the UP Manila College of Medicine's "Fighting for Mental Health" Event with Geeian "Ghie" Gambala


Ms. Geeian "Ghie" Gambala with The keynote Speaker of the event Dr. Norman Sartorius, first Director of the Division of Mental Health of the World Health Organization (WHO).


The Project Eight Initiative is pleased to announce the participation of Geeian "Ghie" Gambala, a dedicated mental health advocate, in the event titled "Fighting for Mental Health." This significant gathering took place last Wednesday, July 10, 2024, from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM at the Henry Sy Sr. Auditorium, 3rd Floor. Building for the University of the Philippines College of Medicine.

Geeian "Ghie" Gambala has been an influential advocate for mental health awareness and support. Her participation in this event emphasizes the importance of addressing mental health issues and advocating for comprehensive mental health care in our communities.

The event drew a variety of stakeholders, students, and enthusiasts eager to participate in this critical discussion. It provided a forum for insightful discussions and innovative ideas aimed at improving mental health care.




Dr. Norman Sartorius, a well-known expert in mental health, gave a keynote speech that provided valuable insights into the current state of mental health care and the challenges we face. Along with him, distinguished panelists discussed critical issues such as incorporating mental health into health professional education, best practices in primary health care, and innovations in mental health training and education.

The Project Eight Initiative remains committed to advocating for mental health and facilitating meaningful discussions that can result in positive change. We appreciate the valuable contributions of all participants and look forward to a successful event.

Ready to join the movement and make a difference? 
Visit The Project Eight’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheProjectEightInitiative to learn more and get involved! 
Together, let’s empower tomorrow, today.

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

SB19 returns on "THE FIRST TAKE" with soul-stirring performance of "MAPA"

“We’re excited to share a different version of MAPA to the local and international audience through THE FIRST TAKE. We’re honored to showcase Filipino music on a music platform with a reputable track record of elevating the global presence of the artists performing. Mad props to THE FIRST TAKE for giving us a chance to impart a piece of our cultural and music sensibilities in ways that could be challenging but exciting.” ~SB19


SB19, who recently made headlines by surpassing 100 million views on their official lyric video for MAPA,” is back to THE FIRST TAKE” with a new performance of another hit song.

Following their viral hit "GENTO," which they performed during their debut on YouTube channel “THE FIRST TAKE” on July 1st, their second performance video for "MAPA" premiered on July 15th (Monday) at 9:00 pm, Manila time.

For their second performance on THE FIRST TAKE, SB19 will showcase the emotional song "MAPA," a stark contrast to the explosive "GENTO,. In this performance, attention should not only be given to their performance but also to the heart-warming lyrics dedicated to their parents and parent figures.

“THE FIRST TAKE” is a Japanese YouTube channel that invites top singers and artists from all over the world to perform a song recorded in one take. Videos on The First Take are filmed in a studio, with shots of the performing artist and a microphone, set to a background that is usually white.

SB19 on the other hand, is the first Southeast Asian group and the first Filipino to be invited in the influential music media outlet. They recently trended on X after the announcement of their return to“THE FIRST TAKE.”

SB19, who held their first concert in Japan at Tokorozawa Sakura Town on April 29th (Monday) and achieved great success, continues to grow their fandom both domestically and internationally. Following their debut performance of "GENTO" on "THE FIRST TAKE" as the first Filipino artists to be featured, the video has surpassed 2 million views. In response, the members released a thank-you video to their global fans, saying, "We were able to come this far thanks to the support of all the A'TIN." This generated even more attention ahead of their return.

Watch their performance of “MAPA” at “THE FIRST TAKE.”

Watch their performance of “GENTO” at “THE FIRST TAKE.”

Check out their gratitude post about their recent performance of “THE FIRST TAKE.”

SB19’s performance airs at 9 pm today, Manila time via THE FIRST TAKE’s YouTube channel. Watch it here.


Monday, July 15, 2024

Enchanted Kingdom celebrates love, inclusivity and diversity with the Magic of EKquality




Enchanted Kingdom, the Philippines' first and only world-class theme park, concluded June with a colorful Pride Month celebration, the Magic of EKquality, which included even more magical offers and surprises for all.


Magic of EKquality Talent Competition



The highlight of this year's Magic of EKquality was a talent competition with diverse performances from LGBTQIA+ solo and group artists.

On Sunday, June 30, ten contenders from across the country took the stage at EK's Spaceport Grounds to showcase their most extraordinary talents.

Alquin Gutierrez, a 23-year-old singer from Dasmariñas, Cavite, won the competition with his powerful voice, captivating both the judges and the audience. Gutierrez won Php 15,000, regular day passes, and the opportunity to perform at one of EK's upcoming events.

In addition to the runner-up titles, dance group Jazz Exchange and singer Wilson Buerano received cash prizes and tickets.

Jewel Jhonson, a stand-up comedian, provided groovy and nostalgic musical performances during the show. The enchanting acapella renditions of local hits by VOCALMYX, the Voice Generations Season 1 Grand Winner, added to the night's ambiance.


#MAGICALLYME installation

From June 22 to July 28, park visitors can capture magical memories at the Pride-themed #MAGICALLYME photowall near the Twin Spin ride.

Six lucky guests who post photos from this colorful installation on EK's official Facebook page will win two return tickets to EK.




Magic of EKquality Bundle Promo

From June 22 to July 28, park visitors can capture magical memories at the Pride-themed #MAGICALLYME photowall near the Twin Spin ride.

Six lucky guests who post photos from this colorful installation on EK's official Facebook page will win two return tickets to EK. Avail through the EK Online Store for a magical bonus: a Php 100 discount voucher for EK merchandise items.


For more information and updates regarding this event and EK’s other upcoming events and offers, visit https://www.enchantedkingdom.ph and EK’s official social media accounts on Facebook and Tiktok, and on Twitter and Instagram.

Unveiling of The San Juan EcoBridge Plastic Recycling Project



Launch of the San Juan Ecobridge Plastic Recycling Project, which will transform the nation's first footbridge out of recycled and sustainable materials which is a Groundbreaking Collaboration between MMDA headed by Chairman Don Artes and the Media Puzzle Holdings Corp, and Kamaymanos Art and Design Co. benefitting San Juaneños and those who visit the city. ☺️ We were joined by Vice Mayor Angelo Agcaoili and our City Councilors.





The Project has been initiated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) in association with Media Puzzle Holdings Corp and in cooperation with Kamaymanos Art & Design. This project is revolutionary because it is the first footbridge in Metro Manila to be decorated with recycled materials that are sustainable, raising the bar for both environmental sustainability and urban beautification.




The San Juan EcoBridge, located at Ortigas Avenue Extension and Club Filipino Avenue in San Juan City, has been transformed from recycled plastic waste, primarily sachet plastics. This project not only improves the aesthetics of the footbridge, but it also addresses pressing environmental concerns by repurposing materials that are traditionally considered non-recyclable.





Atty. attended the unveiling event. Romando Artes, Acting Chairman of the MMDA, and San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora. Both dignitaries expressed their enthusiasm for the project, citing its potential to set a precedent for future urban beautification and sustainability initiatives.


(L-R) Leo Dela Cruz (San Miguel Corporation), Francis Zamora (Mayor-San Juan City), Cherry Carrera (President - Media Puzzle Holdings Corp.) and Jose Angelo Rafael Agcaoili (Vice Mayor-San Juan City)

(L-R) Cherry Carrera (President-Media Puzzle Holdings Corp), Atty. Romando Artes, (MMDA Acting Chairman), Francis Zamora (Mayor - San Juan City), Gio Orbos and Nathalie Z, Co Founder KamayManos Art And Design


Orbos also emphasized the Philippines' significant contribution to ocean plastic waste, citing Metro Manila's heavily polluted rivers. He hopes that the San Juan EcoBridge Retrofit Project will catalyze a global movement toward environmental sustainability and demonstrate that Filipinos are not only part of the problem, but also the solution.




Ms. Cherry Carrera, president of Media Puzzle Holdings Corp., thanked the MMDA for their collaboration and support in using the footbridge for this groundbreaking project. She emphasized that this initiative is perfectly aligned with the MMDA's values and represents a pioneering effort within Media Puzzle Holdings Corp.'s ongoing footbridge beautification program. Carrera also stated that this project is only the beginning, and that with this initial effort, the future of the environment looks promising.








Carrera also expressed her gratitude to San Juan City LGU, particularly Mayor Francis Zamora, for their unwavering support for this project. She emphasized that their dedication to improving the city's infrastructure and environment has helped ensure the project's success. 





The San Juan EcoBridge Retrofit Project will serve as a model for sustainable waste management and urban beautification. It encourages a creative approach to environmental issues by demonstrating the potential of recycled materials to improve urban environments. This initiative not only improves San Juan City's visual landscape, but it also promotes a shift toward more sustainable practices, setting a strong example for other communities to follow.