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Thursday, September 21, 2023

Greenwich Launches New Delivery Website

“We are promoting here not only our best-selling products and other Greenwich favorites, but also the easy-to-use interface of the website, emphasizing its simplicity and hassle-free ordering process. Plus, we’ve partnered up with our kabarkadas from Blacklist International to give out exclusive merch!” ~Ali De Torres, The head of Marketing of Greenwich

Welcome treats and exclusive Blacklist merch await kabarkadas who will register and purchase at

Heads up, kabarkadas! Greenwich just launched their new delivery website,, which features an easy-to-use interface, with a straightforward design and a more streamlined ordering process to ensure a hassle-free ordering experience. Plus, it also offers the best deals, prices, and even FREE delivery!
As a welcome treat, new users who will sign up at and purchase a minimum order of P300, will get to enjoy a FREE Pizzawrap Ham & Cheese on their next order using a specialized unique code.

Additionally, those new users who’ll purchase P300 and up will also get one raffle entry to win a Blacklist International Exclusive Merchandise!

Customers can earn multiple raffle entries for each qualified purchase made during the promo period. There’ll be a weekly raffle draw so the more purchases they make, the more chances to win! You may visit Greenwich’s Facebook page in the coming days for the launch dates, mechanics, and other details.

So what are you waiting for? Register and log-in to experience the new now, kabarkada!

For more information, visit Greenwich’s official Facebook page, Greenwich Barkada, or message Greenwich Barkada on Facebook Messenger.



About Greenwich 
Greenwich’s story began in 1971 as a small, family-owned store selling a selection of pizzas at the then Greenhills Commercial Center. As the brand’s pizzas grew in popularity, Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) took notice. In 1994, JFC acquired majority shares in Greenwich, infusing what was a family business with industry-leading competitiveness. New pizza variants and a variety of products were introduced through the years, creating a reputation for Greenwich as a maker of mouthwatering pizzas and pastas for the Filipino “barkada.” Today, Greenwich is the country’s biggest pizza and pasta chain with over 270 stores and counting, and home of the best-selling Hawaiian Overload®, All-in Overload®, and Lasagna Supreme®

Saturday, September 16, 2023

Ecoverse Experience at SM Supermalls

Step into a magical place filled with bright lights and shiny reflections. Everywhere you look, it seems like a dreamland of sparkle.

Prepare to be transported on a mesmerizing voyage unlike any other, as Eco-Verse Experience takes you on an immersive, multi-media art expedition that spans from the very roots of our planet to the farthest reaches of the universe.

An immersive multi-media art journey from Earth to the Universe Consists of 4 Instagrammable areas:

Flower Forrest

Get l ost in the nechanting world of colorful and vibrant flower forest installation. The larger than life blooms come in different variety such as daisies and roses to name a few.

PIVOT DOME: Earth to Universe

Take a trip from Earth to outer space and learn more about the planets and the solar system. Enjoy the magic of the universe in 360 degree dome.

Room 1: Earth and Hyperspace

Immerse in the rich diversity of Earth and nature. Explore the breathtaking landscapes and scenery providing a sense of presence and connection with nature.

Room 2: Vivid Grounds

Step into a space of brilliance and wonder with a symphony of illumination and reflections. A garden of sparkles and illusions transcending every corner of the room with creativity and imagination.

Visit any of the following SM City Branches to experience the Ecoverse:
SM Center Angono - October 7
SM City Taytay - October 8
SM City Masinag - October 17 to 18
SM City San Mateo- October 21 to 22

Get the chance to embark on a journey from Earth to the Universe.

Friday, September 15, 2023

Jollibee Group Achieves Top Score in Food Safety and Quality Management

“Long before the pandemic, our plan to grow our business called for a strategic imperative to implement an end-to-end world-class Food Safety and Quality Management Systems to secure the safety and quality of food products in the entire food chain, from farm to fork. This strategy reinforces JFC’s mission to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone. The evolution of our QMS has strengthened the company’s Food Safety & Quality culture over the years. It has protected the business reputation and enabled good business outcomes as manifested by progressive business growth, multiple brand acquisitions, and steadily growing network of restaurants across regions and countries. Food Safety Excellence was a strategic imperative and a bedrock for business sustainability.” ~Wally Mateo, Vice President, and Head of Quality Management of the Jollibee Group

For this year, 82 best practices from across the world were assessed by 16 honorable panels of expert international judges. Four out of these 82 entries were from the Philippines and Jollibee Group is among the three Philippine organizations that were given a 7-star rating. 

Jollibee Foods Corporation (Jollibee Group) received a 7-star rating for its best practices on Food Safety and Quality (FSQ) at the 9th International Best Practice Competition 2023, organized by the Centre for Organizational Excellence Research (COER), a global business excellence research and consultancy firm.

Jollibee Group’s entry titled “One JFC End to End Food Safety and Quality Management Strategy” achieved the highest rating and was recognized for its exceptional performance and commitment to the highest standards in the industry. Jollibee Group was also cited as the strongest best practice in the Process Management and Improvement category. 

Food Safety and Quality 

The Jollibee Group’s end-to-end Food Safety and Quality Management strategy is benchmarked against internationally recognized risk-based standards, as applicable in each segment of the food chain. The said strategy was augmented to build a pool of Internal Quality Assessors that are technically equipped in conducting compliance audits among vendor partners across the globe.

As part of this strategy, the company also makes use of available technology to digitalize several manual & disparate processes in records management, quality monitoring, and in analyzing quality performances of hundreds of suppliers and thousands of restaurants across the globe. It also upgrades its Quality Management System (QMS) requirements each year to address external risks or threats, operational weaknesses, new regulations, and new customer requirements, which results in an evolving QMS model. 

Continuing its commitment to FSQ, Jollibee Group’s Global QM recently developed a three-year master plan to build on the company’s Sustainability Agenda, which focuses on Food Safety, Environment Protection, and Social well-being. 

In 2023, the Jollibee Group launched its Global Sustainability Agenda dubbed “Joy for Tomorrow” to serve as anchor for sustaining business growth while contributing to creating a better future for all. 

A series of events will unfold in the next three years anchoring on awareness campaign, upgrading QMS to incorporate sustainability requirements in the restaurants and supply chain operations, and compliance monitoring. 

The International Best Practice Competition is organized by COER, together with Best Practice Improvement Resource (BPIR), and Global Benchmarking Network; and in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Abu Dhabi Centre for Organizational Excellence, and Sheikh Khalifa Excellence Award (SKEA)

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit

About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,500 stores across 34 countries including the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Vietnam, United Arab Emirates, and Australia. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 90% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Recently, the Jollibee Group has signed an agreement to establish a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. 

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The company is also a two-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the only Philippine-based company to receive the distinction. 

Verstappen & Perez Compete In The World’s Cleanest Challenge Ahead Of Singapore Race Weekend

“It was great,” stated Checo when asked about the challenge. “When I got to see the cart for the first time, I was shocked with it. It’s a track that’s really hard on us and the cars. We just have to deliver to the maximum. That would be really nice to repeat what we did last year. I look forward to it, and hopefully we are able to have a tremendous race.” ~Sergio “Checo” Perez, Oracle Red Bull Racing Champion

On their return to Singapore, Oracle Red Bull Racing Champions, Max Verstappen and Sergio “Checo” Perez, embraced a uniquely fun challenge. They hopped on motorized cleaning carts, racing on a specially constructed indoor track, in the cleanest race ever, all within the stunning Jewel Changi Airport.

The first part, a mock sprint race, began with an electrifying "Le Mans" style start. Max gained an early advantage by firing up his cleaning cart first. He maintained a solid lead until Checo attempted to take a shortcut that violated track limits, securing Max's victory.

In the subsequent Cleaning Challenge, the drivers navigated an expanded track with obstacles like muddy footprints, dirt, rubbish, and leaves. Max, starting in pole position, maintained his lead throughout the race until an exciting head-to-head battle emerged in the back section of the course. Despite Checo's attempts to overtake him, Max held his ground. During the pit stop, it was clear that Max's vehicle had cleaned more debris. With a significant lead, Max sprinted (albeit slowly) to the finish line, clinching first place in the inaugural World’s Cleanest Race. He was presented with a pre-broken trophy in recognition of his victory by Oracle Red Bull Racing ambassador, Josh Denzel, sparing him the effort of breaking it himself.

Supported by Jewel Changi Airport and the Singapore Tourism Board, there was no better venue to host the event than at the world's best airport, renowned for its autonomous fleet of cleaning robots, offering a stunning backdrop featuring the world's tallest indoor waterfall nestled within the lush indoor forest. 

With Singapore as a vibrant backdrop, a city renowned for its diverse culinary culture, captivating attractions, and lush gardens, the beauty of the Lion City and FORMULA 1’s first night street race has always been an attraction for avid racing fans and the Oracle Red Bull Racing drivers, as well.

“It’s always good to be in Singapore. It’s an incredible track and the fact that it’s a night race makes it even more special. It is of course a very warm race which can be challenging, so it’s definitely one of the toughest races on the calendar. Street circuits always bring a few more challenges but we’ll definitely try. We have a quick car, but we know that on a street circuit there are a lot of other cars that can be quick as well and the gaps will be very tight. We of course want to win so let’s see what we can do. At this stage, being with the team, I’m quite used to it. They come up with quite a lot of things so this was another one.~Max Verstappen, Oracle Red Bull Racing Champion

The one-of-a-kind World’s Cleanest challenge, held ahead of the highly anticipated Singapore Grand Prix (15 to 17 September), was just the warm-up the racers favoured before tackling the big one. It’s at the forthcoming night race that Checo hopes to repeat his incredible performance from last year.

Max, in particular, is focused on extending his record-breaking streak with a potential first-time victory in Singapore.

To catch the epic action and the infectious laughter of Max Verstappen and Checo Perez, zoom over to Oracle Red Bull Racing's YouTube channel to watch the World's Cleanest Race in its entirety.

For more information, please visit the official Red Bull Singapore website, its social media pages (TikTok Instagram | Facebook), and Oracle Red Bull Racing’s official TikTok account.

‘befriending my tears: A Clara Benin concert’

“ena mori and syd hartha are both favorites of mine and I always feel inspired whenever I watch them perform and I think that my fans will really enjoy their performances as well as they open the show. Every time I have a big show, I always make sure to have my dad, Joey Benin, join me on stage to play a few songs. He’s made such a huge impact in my music and being able to play with him on stage is always a fun and humbling experience. I can never thank my fans enough for all the love and support they’ve been giving me, especially after my album release! All I can say is, I can’t wait to meet you guys at the concert and I’m really excited for you to hear us perform all the songs from the album!” ~Clara Benin, Filipino singer-songwriter

Eclectic pop artist ena mori, fast-rising singer-songwriter syd hartha, and multi-awarded musician Joey Benin of Side A will be joining befriending my tears, a Clara Benin concert at the Music Museum on September 22, 2023 (Friday), from 7 pm onwards.

Both ena and syd will be performing as guest acts, while Joey Benin will reunite with his daughter Clara for a special segment. 

Celebrating the release of her sophomore studio album, befriending my tears, with a show made specifically for her fans, the concert chronicles Benin’s journey as an artist coming to terms with self-acceptance and healing while showcasing musical maturity through years of experience and growth. 

‘befriending my tears, a Clara Benin concert serves as her second major show after staging a sold-out, two-night residency at Teatrino Greenhills in 2016. This time around, the Parallel Universe artist will be performing all the songs from her newly released album, along with fan favorites from her catalog.

A tribute to an album that honors Benin’s newfound artistry and emotional strength, don’t miss your chance to be part of this show-stopping concert.

‘befriending my tears, a Clara Benin concert is presented by CNCA Media Concepts Inc., in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment.

Special thanks to the sponsors and partners: Dunkin’, JBL, Globe, and GNN Entertainment Productions.
Tickets are almost sold out, and are available via SM Ticket online and select outlets nationwide.
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About Clara Benin
Clara Benin is touted as the indie darling of the Philippines. She is one of the first artists under Sony Music’s new regional label OFFMUTE. Her signature angelic voice and melodic acoustic guitar playing bring a kind of serenity that her listeners gravitate towards. She has collaborated with Singaporean artists Charlie Lim for a remake of her hit single “Wine” and Gentle Bones for the pop track “A Day At A Time”.

Widely loved for her warm and quiet demeanor, the acoustic-folk artist has played in notable festivals like Wanderland Arts and Music Festival in the Philippines, Music Matters in Singapore, and Zandari Festa in Korea. She sold out her first solo concert in 2016 for her album “Coming Home” and had a back-to-back concert with fellow artist Ben&Ben in 2018.

Ace Banzuelo teams up with acclaimed filmmaker JP Habac in the music video of “Meron Ba”

“For people who aren’t born into privilege and don’t have enough resources to take risks, decision-making is tough. They don’t have a choice but to ask the universe for a sign or take a leap of faith, thinking that it would give them a sense of clarity. Taking risks is good if you have the privilege, but if not, you have to be realistic. Ace is very hands-on with the material. It’s refreshing to witness how deeply involved he is, from concept development to the post-production phase. You can tell right away how protective he is with the vision of the song and how collaborative he is as an artist.” ~JP Habac, Award-Winning Filmmaker

Filipino Singer-Songwriter and Producer Ace Banzuelo relives the messy and glorious days of high school romance in the music video for his new single “Meron Ba.”

The MV is directed by award-winning filmmaker JP Habac, who is responsible for some of the most iconic romantic dramas in recent years, including 2017’s I’m Drunk, I Love You, 2021’s Dito At Doon and 2023’s Love You Long Time.

The visuals relive the formidable years of high school romance: its thrill, messiness, and everything in between.

According to Habac, the concept behind the visual narrative is all about taking risks. 

Ace Banzuelo stars as the dreamy student navigating the most painful and endearing parts of adolescence while getting entangled in a relationship mishap.

“I'm happy to express myself freely, not only as a musician but also as an actor in my music videos. I enjoyed collaborating with direk JP as the experience gave me more ways to execute this video authentically.” ~Ace Banzuelo, Filipino Singer-Songwriter and Producer

As for Habac, he appreciates the Muli performer for his valuable inputs on the project. 

The MV also stars young actors Pauline Quijano, Jack Burgos, and Nour Hooshmand, who also played an important role in the music video of his previously released single, “Tadhana.”

Ace Banzuelo’s “Meron Ba” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment. Watch the music video here.

About Sony Music Entertainment
At Sony Music Entertainment, we honor the creative journey. Our creators shape movements, culture, communities, even history. And we’ve played a pioneering role in music history, from establishing the first-ever music label to inventing the flat disc record. We’ve nurtured some of music’s most iconic artists and produced some of the most influential recordings of all time. Today, we work in more than 100 countries, supporting a diverse and distinctive roster of talented creators at every level and on every stage. Situated at the intersection of music, entertainment, and technology, we bring imagination and expertise to emerging products and platforms, embrace new business models, and employ breakthrough tools—all to support the creative community’s experimentation, risk-taking, and growth. And we form deep, trusted, cause-based partnerships to uplift and empower communities around the world. Sony Music Entertainment is part of the global Sony family. Learn more about our creators and labels here.

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Enabling Filipino Creators: Globe Celebrates 917 GDay with Educational Initiatives at G Creator Con

"With the launch of Globe’s Creator Culture, we want to emphasize that everyone is a creator in their own unique way. Globe is committed to uplifting the lives of Filipinos, and through G Creator Con, we aim to inspire and provide the necessary tools and platforms for all aspiring creators.” ~Pia Gonzalez-Colby, Chief Marketing Officer at Globe

Globe is leading the way in promoting Filipino artistic talent by hosting the inaugural G Creator Con, which will be held as part of the highly anticipated G Day celebration on September 17 at The Globe Tower in Taguig and the BGC Amphitheater. G Day is a month-long festivity featuring numerous events designed to offer enriching experiences to loyal Globe customers.

The G Creator Con, which signifies the launch of Globe's Creator Culture initiatives, assures a day brimming with inspiration, education, and self-expression, encouraging everyone to thrive in their passions. While content creation is often associated with short-form video content, G Creator Con aims to dispel this misconception and provide a platform for all kinds of creators, including photographers, filmmakers, graphic artists, and others who wish to contribute to the vibrant creative landscape in the Philippines.

Visitors can exchange three Rewards points to enter the following events for free: G Creator Con: Art & Tech City happening in BGC Amphitheater; G Creator Con: Creator Talks to be held at Basement 1, The Globe Tower; and G Creator Con: Speed Mentorship set to be held at the 2nd floor of The Globe Tower.

Dubbed the "G Creator Con: Art & Tech City," attendees can look forward to interactive booths from renowned platforms such as Kumu, NABU, Jobstreet, KROMA Creator Studio, Globe Prepaid and an intelligent home showcase at the GFiber Creator's Pod in partnership with XIAOMI.

The event will host a series of Creator Talks, in partnership with industry giants such as Jobstreet, Meta, Myx, NABU, Social Media Marketing PH, and YouTube. Attendees can gain insights from industry stalwarts such as Eva Le Queen, Jamie Herrell Pio Dumayas of the band Lola Amour, writer, actress and content creator Mela Habijan, and actresses Nadine Lustre and Pat Tingjuy.

Bitskwela's Bull or Bear debate program will also be featured, delving into relevant creator topics such as Freelancing, AI, Community Building and many more. There will also be a Speed Mentorship session with 25 mentors engaging 50 participants, facilitating deep and meaningful conversations about the creator journey.

For those unable to attend in person, the discussions will be livestreamed on Globe Virtual Hangouts.

Another activity highlight is the G Creator Con: Globe Creator House, which will give attendees the chance to get professional headshots and creative shots in collaboration with CPMP Studios. By donating at least 10 Rewards points to the Hapag Movement hunger alleviation program, creators can access the Creator House from September 17 to September 30 at the 2F Southwing Iconic above the BGC Amphitheater.

G Creator Con also showcases the future of creativity with its 5G Innovations Lab displaying works from the College of Saint Benilde's Arts and Fashion Department and cutting-edge AR/VR Innovations.

To make it easier for participants to visit the event, Global Electric Transport (GET) offers a clean transport option through their electric shuttles, with pick-ups and drop-off points at Alabang Town Center, One Ayala, and Trinoma. Pickups will be at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m., and return trips at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 a.m.

G Creator Con, which marks the launch of Globe’s Creator Culture programs, promises a day filled with inspiration, learning, and self-expression, urging every individual to realize their potential as the next big creator

Globe's mission is clear: to empower every Filipino creator, providing them with inspiration, mentorship, a venue to hone their skills, a path to growing it into a livelihood, and access to essential tools and equipment.

To all aspiring creators, it's time to fulfill your dreams. Go lang nang go and push your creative boundaries with Globe.

To learn more about Globe, visit

Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Top 7 Reasons Why the TCL P7 Series Direct Drive+ Topload Washing Machine is a Game-Changer for Your Laundry Routine

Doing laundry can often feel like a never-ending chore, whether you're responsible for a single individual's clothes or an entire family's. It consumes so much of your time that it can lead to missing out on valuable moments with loved ones and neglecting other essential responsibilities. However, TCL, a prominent consumer electronics brand and one of the world's top two TV manufacturers, challenges this perception with their latest innovation, the TCL P7 Series Direct Drive+ Topload Washing Machine.

Experience advanced washing performance that exceeds your expectations with the newly launched game-changing appliance, the TCL P7 Series DirectDrive+ Topload Washing Machine. This model is equipped with top-performing functions typically found in more expensive models, all at an affordable price

Elevate your laundry routine to a whole new efficiency level.  Get to know the top 7 reasons why you should switch to TCL P7 Series Direct Drive+ Topload Washing Machine now. 

Stay Still Quietly
This washing machine is made with a direct drive motor that works without a belt and the powerful motor is straightly attached to the drum. This more efficient and stable structure make it vastly to reduce noise and vibration. Meanwhile it is able to increase durability while reducing energy and water consumption.

Waterfall Wash
If you have more lace and delicate fabrics, the TCL P7 Series Washing Machine helps save the day. Clothes are rinsed less abrasively, detergent dissolved more efficiently to avoid high spin and tangling of clothes.

Softly-close Lid
A fully integrated glass lid allows clear viewing of clothes during a cycle and allows items to be added easily. A slow descending mechanism prevents the lid from slamming or catching fingers.

Less Friction More Care
A hexagonal capillary design has evolved in order to care for clothes during the cycle. The rounded inner convex surface gives the garment better protection by reducing friction damage to them. Besides, the tiny 2.3mm drying holes could protect clothes from being stretched.

Clean drum first before washing
Drum Clean rapidly flushes the inner cylinder with hot water – preserving hygiene and ensuring your machine is pristine the next time you want to wash.

Load and unload easily
Big capacity and wide opening make it available for more and larger loads, it’s also  easy to load and unload the drum.

Wash evenly and reduce tangle
The Even Wash turns the flow of water from the center to the sides, dispersing the "tornado" caused by inertia, so as to separate clothes and minimize entangling

The TCL P7 Series DirectDrive+ Topload Washing Machine is available at all authorized TCL dealers nationwide. For more information about the TCL P7 Series, go to

About TCL Philippines:
TCL Electronics (HKG:1070) is a fast-growing consumer electronics company and a leading player in the global TV industry. Founded in 1981, it now operates in over 160 markets globally. TCL specializes in the research, development, and manufacturing of consumer electronics products ranging from TVs, audio, and smart home appliances. Visit the TCL home page at

Mooneen officially launches “Rise of Elves” Blockchain Game in the Philippines

“The Philippines is the first launch market that we have chosen. Besides having a substantial player base familiar with blockchain games, we also aim to make the in-game ecosystem more vibrant by welcoming Filipino players into our community. When we initially designed the game's economic model, we made critical adjustments to prevent the issues faced by other similar games. We've implemented a three-token model to ensure a sustainable cycle where the player needs and rewards circulate back into the game itself. We've conducted thorough research, including a deep dive into other NFT games. The most significant difference between us and these blockchain pioneers lies in the rigorously calculated and disaster-avoiding design of our economic system. Additionally, our game modes and battle variations offer even more playability and diversity compared to our predecessors and competitors. Our goal with 'Rise of Elves' is to continuously lower the entry barriers for regular mobile gamers, enabling them to enjoy the excitement and benefits of our gaming.~Johnson Chan, Mooneen Blockchain Architecture Development& Strategy Research Specialist

Taiwan-born gaming company Mooneen has officially launched its blockchain-based play-to-earn (P2E) game called “Rise of Elves” with a grand celebration at the Ayala Mall Circuit, Makati City, Philippines.

Rise of Elves has significantly grown and expanded across different markets, including Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore, and is currently being played by more than 66,000 players.

The launch underscores Rise of Elves’ goal to strengthen its presence in the Philippines, which ranked 4th out of 26 countries in the NFT Gaming Adoption Report by global ļ¬ntech platform Finder in 2022.

Players have to collect and assemble Elves and Heroes to battle with. Image: Rise of Elves

Inside Rise of Elves

Rise of Elves is a virtual world that runs on the Polygon blockchain, wherein players will be introduced to fascinating creatures known as “Elves.” These in-game items are represented by NFTs, which can be collected and traded on the game's marketplace for real money.

Players can compete in Player-Vs-Player (PVP) as “Arena” mode and Player-Vs-Environment (PVE) as “Adventure” mode. Players can also “Evolve” a new Elf on the official website, allowing them to build potentially more powerful teams and yield additional NFTs to sell on the marketplace.

You can buy and sell Elves on the game's marketplace. Image: Rise of Elves

Each Elf is a unique NFT, which consists of seven parts: Body, Top, Ears, Eyes, Back, Chest, and Tail. Each part has different characteristics, which make Elves perform differently in battle.

There are also characters called “Heroes” that players can mix and match with their assembled teams of Elves.

Rise of Elves has partnered with all-time boxing legend Manny ‘PacMan' Pacquiao for an exclusive in-game hero design and 200 different styles of Manny Pacquiao NFTs. The game has also featured NFTs in partnership with gaming content creator Aningning, and prominent member of Team Payaman YOW.

There are three tokens related to the game that players can earn and trade for profits: Rise Of Elves (ROE) coin, Crystal Of Element (COE) coin, and Magic Book (MGB) coin.

ROE is the game's governance token that allows players to vote on new developments. ROE is given to players as a reward for competing in the Arena and placing on top of the tournament board COE is Rise of Elves’ in-game currency earned from playing in both the Adventure and 

Arena modes. Both ROE and CEO are required for evolving new Elves. Meanwhile, MGB tokens are used to acquire Heroes and can only be earned through the Adventure mode or purchased from the marketplace.

ROE Play to Earn Model

Chan envisions P2E games like Rise of Elves to serve as a gateway, opening up the world of Web3 to players who were originally in the Web2 space.


Rise of Elves is a game where players have multiple elves that can be traded as non-fungible tokens (NFT). Players can use their Elves to battle with other players or join various events, players who win and participate will earn cryptocurrency as a reward.


  1. Create a MetaMask wallet and add it as an extension on your browser or mobile device.
  2. Open the Rise of Elves game via browser or download it from the official website, Google Play, and Apple Store.
  3. Connect to MetaMask and log in using your account.
  4. Buy your first Elves in the marketplace.

TNT Tropang Giga and Uratex Dream to Represent the Philippines at the World Finals of Red Bull Half Court in Belgrade, Serbia

Following the electric and intense National Finals event that showcased the extraordinary skills of Filipino streetballers, Red Bull Philippines secured Team TNT Tropang Giga of the Men’s Division and Team Uratex Dream of the Women’s Division as the representatives of the country. The two teams will carry the nation’s flag at the highly anticipated World Finals of Red Bull Half Court in Belgrade, Serbia this September 16 to 17, 2023.

TNT Tropang Giga exhibited remarkable resilience throughout the tournament. In an intense, winner-takes-all match against the formidable CAVITEX Braves, both teams battled it out, with TNT Tropang Giga coming out on top with a close final score of 20 to 21. TNT Tropang Giga will consist of Reuben Chester Saluda, Luis Lorenzo III Gonzaga, Rodel Samboy De Leon, and Lervin Yambao for the World Finals.

In the Women’s Division, Uratex Dream solidified their mark, as they dominated their opponents in a masterclass-like display of teamwork and skill. Comprising of Kaye Pingol, Mikka Cacho, Samantha Harada, and Blanche Bahuyan, the team proved to be a force to be reckoned with throughout the tournament. The team’s resounding victory over Team FILA was considered the nail in the coffin as Uratex Dream secured their spot as the Women’s Division champions.

Looking ahead to the World Finals in Serbia, both TNT Tropang Giga and Uratex Dream are fueled with motivation and ready to showcase their talents on the global stage. With the pride of the Philippines on their backs, these athletes embody the essence of streetball and are determined more than ever to bring honor to their homeland. 

The World Finals of Red Bull Half Court 2023 are set to take place in Belgrade, Serbia from September 16 to 17, 2023, and will be streamed live on Red Bull’s TikTok Account on September 17, 9:40 PM CET. TNT Tropang Giga and Uratex Dream are poised to face off against the best of the best streetballers from around the world, vying for the ultimate championship and the title of the best streetballer team in the world.

For more information and updates regarding the World Finals of Red Bull Half Court, visit the official Red Bull website and the following social media pages (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tiktok)

Tuesday, September 12, 2023

The Best Of Anime 2023 Shows Off The Quirky Side Of Japanese Culture

(photo credits from: The Best of Anime Facebook page)

It’s a big reunion! After 3 years of hiatus due to the pandemic, The Best of Anime (BOA) is coming back this 2023 with a vengeance. This year, BOA will be featuring a number of exciting events like the  Anime Idol Dance Battle, Anime Sing-Off, All-Star Cosplay Competition, and Lolita Fashion Show — complete with special guests, performances by fan-favorite cosplayers, and more. Of course, an anime event is never complete without merchandise, so don’t forget to drop by the shops and grab some anime merch and  manga or comics! 

For those unfamiliar with cosplay, the term originates from the combination of the words “costume” and “play”, and refers to activities related to dressing or acting as a character from anime, manga, or any other form of media. Cosplayers don’t simply dress as them, but spend all their time conceptualizing, creating their costume masterpieces, and building their own definition of the character. As one of the biggest cosplay events in the Philippines, cosplayers from all over the country will be gathering at BOA to show off their amazing creations and have a great time as they celebrate this art. Of course, BOA isn’t limited to just cosplayers.  The event welcomes everyone who loves cosplay, anime, manga, and Japanese culture!

With anime, manga, and cosplay having a huge cultural significance in Japan and a large impact all over the world, the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines and the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Manila Office are excited to support this event. Both organizations will be at BOA to share more about the fascinating aspects of Japan and its culture, as well as provide engaging activities and informative material about Japan for event goers. 

If you love anime, manga, cosplay, and Japanese culture, then make sure not to miss The Best of Anime 2023: The Reunion!  Head on over to the SMX Convention Center at the SM Mall of Asia Complex on September 16 for an anime extravaganza!

WHAT: The Best of Anime 2023: The Reunion 
WHEN: September 16, 2023
WHERE: SMX Convention Center Manila, Pasay City
Buy tickets on-site or in advance through SM Tickets:
Regular tickets: ₱380
Premium tickets: ₱1,250

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