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May 25, 2017

S Maison receives design excellence award from Prix Versailles

2017 Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards. S Maison of SM Prime Holdings received global acclaim for bagging the ‘South Asia and Pacific 2017 Special Prize for Interior’ under the ‘Shopping Malls’ category at the recently concluded Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards held on May 12 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France. 

In photo: SM Supermalls Senior Assistant Vice President Chiqui Torres-Tan (right) and Prix Versailles Founder Jerome Gouadain at the ceremonies. (Photo credits: Guillaume Ombreux)

S Maison bagged the ‘South Asia and Pacific 2017 Special Prize for Interior’ under the ‘Shopping Malls’ category at the recently concluded Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards held on May 12 at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

A preview of the award-winning and stunning interior of S Maison. The luxuriously designed retail podium of Conrad Manila was hailed in the 2017 Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards for its dramatic and expressive interiors evoking high-tech modernism through a uniquely designed space by one of the world’s leading design firms, Malherbe.

As the luxuriously designed retail podium of Conrad Manila, S Maison received global acclaim for its dramatic and expressive interiors evoking high-tech modernism through a uniquely designed space by one of the world’s leading design firms, Malherbe.

The Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards is an annual awards event dedicated to recognize outstanding commercial buildings around the world for their remarkable exterior architecture and interior design. Discerned at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris, it encompasses four categories – shopping malls, shops and stores, hotels, and restaurants.

S Maison is the sole Philippine shopping mall brand recognized at the Prix Versailles World Architecture Awards, alongside Tokyu Plaza in Japan, Siam Discovery Center in Singapore, Chanel in Netherlands, and Dior in Miami, Florida among others.

Along with the 61 malls of SM Supermalls across the Philippines, S Maison is one of the many shopping malls of SM Prime Holdings. Receiving another global recognition continue to propel SM Prime’s passion for innovation in its mission to constantly meet the ever-changing needs of customers and to nurture the community.

SM Prime remains committed to its role as a catalyst for economic growth, delivering innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities that enrich the quality of life of millions.

May 24, 2017

Quench the 5 Most Common Signs of Dehydration with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water

Summer season is upon us! This is the time to bask under the glorious rays of the sun and have fun- sunbathe at the beach, engage in outdoor sports, or just simply enjoy the balmy weather without the fear of rain disrupting our activities.

However, with temperatures soaring during these sweltering summer months, we all need to be aware when our bodies are trying to tell us we need a good dose of rehydration. Water comprises 70% of our bodies, and once this level decreases by even a small percentage, we become dehydrated. Here are some of the most common symptoms of dehydration to watch out for:

1. Increased thirst

Thirst is the body’s most automatic indicator of dehydration. It is the first reminder that we need to restore fluid balance for our bodies to function properly

2. Headaches and dizziness

When we are dehydrated, the water content in our body drops and results in a decreased flow of oxygen to the brain. This triggers the pain receptors surrounding our brains, inducing nagging migraines and feelings of dizziness.

3. Decreased urination

Maintaining a healthy fluid balance is imperative in keeping our biological functions running smoothly. When we are dehydrated, the kidneys try to conserve water by concentrating urine, so when urine is appears in a darker yellow shade, it means that the body’s fluid balance has been compromised.

4. Dry skin

Our skin’s appearance and elasticity is very much affected by our fluid balance. When we are dehydrated, fluids pull away from our skin and redirect to other major organs in the body to preserve proper biological functions.

5. Sluggishness and fatigue

Dehydration can definitely affect your body’s endurance levels throughout the day, causing feelings of tiredness and decreased alertness. This can impair concentration and cause a disruption with daily and work activities.

The most effective way to revert the effects of dehydration and heat exhaustion is by increasing fluid intake, and water is definitely the most effective key to restoring our body’s all-important fluid balance. Our bodies also lose important nutrients when we are dehydrated, so drinking water high in natural minerals and nutrients is also important in keeping our biological functions running in tiptop condition.

Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is complete with a high mineral profile to slake your thirst and provide your body with the nutrients it needs while giving you a deep sense of well-being apparent from your first sip. Whether at work, after sport or simply in between – Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water is the perfect companion to survive the scorching heat.

Originating from the depths of Germany’s Volcanic Eifel region, Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water has a unique nutritional balance of calcium, magnesium and bicarbonate, which cannot be found in regular drinking water. It provides the body with valuable minerals and trace elements that the body cannot generate on its own. One liter of Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water satisfies 1/3 of the daily calcium requirement and more than a quarter of the magnesium requirement that supports your energy metabolism and can help to reduce tiredness and fatigue.

Its refreshing taste profile is amped up by its delightful fizzy mouthfeel, quenching your thirst deeply from the first sip to the last. Gerolsteiner’s natural sparkling fizz comes from its concentration of bicarbonates and is not artificially carbonated like soda. This aids the body’s digestive functions without the added calories, sugar and chemicals.

This summer, have a fizzy pick-me-up thirst quencher. Keep yourself safe from dehydration and maintain your body’s vitality—refresh and rejuvenate with Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral Water!

Presenting full cast of KINKY BOOTS in Manila, Nyoy Volante as Lola

Atlantis Theatrical Entertainment Group (ATEG) together with Metrobank Card announced the full cast for KINKY BOOTS, Cyndi Lauper's Tony and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical, which opens on June 30, 2017, at the Carlos P. Romulo Auditorium, RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

Laurence Mossman, Nyoy Volante and Yanah Laurel during the Kinky Boots in Manila Press Conference , May 19, 2017, Tomas Morato, Quezon City

Leading the cast : 

Nyoy Volante, critically acclaimed musical theater performer and acoustic balladeer plays as as Simon/Lola.  Nyoy was last seen on stage as Frankie Valli in "Jersey Boys." 

Laurence Mossman, last seen playing multiple roles in the Asian premiere of "Fun Home," takes on the role of Charlie Price.

Yanah Laurel, who was also last seen in "Fun Home," plays factory worker Lauren. 

Former "Miss Saigon" cast member Tricia Canilao returns to the musical theater stage after a long absence as Nicola. 

Joining them are Jamie Wilson, Nel Gomez, Christine Flores, Sarah Facuri, Steven Cionde, Rhenwyn Gabalonzo, Ron Gohel, Jill Peña, Japs Treopaldo, and Juancho Escoto. Featured as the Angels are Ritz Beltan, Jorge Jahnke, Michael Jahnke, Jazztin Cacayan, Mark Pineda, and Gerhard Krysstopher.

Winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, KINKY BOOTS features a joyous, Tony Award-winning score by Cyndi Lauper and a hilarious, uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein.

Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man that he is meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible... and discovers that, when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.

KINKY BOOTS is directed by Bobby Garcia. The choreography is by Cecile Martinez; set design by Faust Peneyra; lighting design by Adam Honoré; costume design by Raven Ong; sound design by Kevin Heard; wig and makeup design by Johann dela Fuente; musical direction by Molinder Cadiz, and vocal direction by ManMan Angsico.

A surefire crowd pleaser, KINKY BOOTS will have you dancing in the aisle and discovering why, sometimes, the best way to fit in... is to stand out!

Select shows are now available for show buying and fundraising opportunities. Contact Jorelle at (632) 650-5144 or email

Tickets are now available at Ticketworld at (632) 891-9999 or visit

Asus Zenfone Live Unboxing and Review

ASUS Zenfone Live  is the world’s first smartphone designed to be used for this live-streaming generation, with hardware-optimized, real-time beautification technology that makes it possible to share an even more glamorous version of yourself on Facebook, YouTube and Instagram— live! 

ASUS Zenfone Live features real-time beautification technology on its 5-megapixel selfie camera to make live-streaming more beautiful. This generation especially social media people are shifting into more interactive content such as livstreams for sharing their stories online. It is a great device for people who love to create video content and with Zenfone live-streaming beautification technology you can look beautiful every time you live stream. 

When ASUS Philippines send us a special media package of Zenfone Live, this package is for promotional purposes only. It will not be available as a standard package when you buy your Zenfone Live.

The BeautyLive Kit, in a special box which had a lot of goodies. a set of stickers, a mini tripod, an ASUS Lollifash, and two mirrors that you can use to show the phone’s interface when streaming.

What's Inside the BeautyLive Kit :

*1 ZenFoneLive Unit
*1 ASUS mini tripod
*1 Set of ASUS Lolliflash
*1 Set BeautyLive mirror
*1 ZenFoneLive Brochure
*1 ZenFoneLive Reviewer's guide

It is really beautiful, slim and sleek unibody build, good 5-inch with 2.5D curved glass display.

With large pixels for 2X-greater light sensitivity and a soft-light LED selfie flash, live-streaming your selfie video has never been clearer, brighter or more beautiful. ZenFone Live also features dual-microphone technology that reduces background noise and enhances voice pickup. 

Live-Streaming Beautification Technology

This feature is available via app “Beauty Live” simply launch the app if you want to do a live stream. The app is the available social media platform where you want to live-stream, then below you can simply adjust the Beautification level to your liking and then start your live stream.

Here, celebrity Paolo Ballesteros live-streaming while he does a makeup transformation using the Zenfone Live!

Paulo Live Streaming with #ZenfoneLive #LivestreamBeautifully #LetsGoLive

ASUS put in enhancements for the microphones and loudspeakers. It’s got two noise canceling microphones and stereo recording for a clear audio capture. As for the speakers, ASUS markets again its 5-magnet audio system.

During our test live stream, the phone was able to capture our voices clearly.

A good internet connection makes your live-streaming good. Before you start your live-stream, make sure you have good 4G LTE signal so that it will not be interrupted. Zenfone Live has Dual SIM card with 4G LTE mobile data connection. 

Zenfone Live is powered by Qualcomm Quad-Core 410 CPU, Adreno 306 GPU for graphics, 2GB RAM and 16GB Storage.

Zenfone Live with a 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture lens, AF, LED flash not bad for a smartphone. 

I always try now taking pictures using the rear camera of Zenfone Live. Here are some photos:

Asus Zenfone Live (ZB501KL) Specs:
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ ZenUI 3.0
  • 5-inch HD IPS display (720 x 1280) resolution with 2.5D curved glass at 294 ppi
  • 1.2 GHz 64 Bit Qualcomm Quad-Core 410 Processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 2GB RAM / 16GB Storage
  • expandable via micro SD card slot up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera, f/2.0 aperture lens, AF, LED flash
  • 5MP front camera, f/2.2 aperture lens, LED flash
  • Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth V 4.0
  • Accelerator/E-Compass/Proximity sensor/Ambient light sensors
  • Micro USB
  • 2650mAh battery
  • 120 g
  • Colors: shimmer gold, rose pink, navy black
The ASUS Zenfone Live is available in shimmer gold, rose pink, navy black colors. 

Is now available in all ASUS concept stores nationwide at Php6,995.

Winners of the 1st Chooks-to-Go Chess Championship named

Over 300 chess players vied for honors in the 1st Chooks-to-Go National Rapid Chess Championship held last April 29 in Vista Mall, Sta. Rosa in Laguna.

Winners of the 1st Chooks-to-Go National Rapid Chess Championship flanked by the organizers

The tournament had three categories—Open Category for 19 y/o and up, Junior Category for 13 – 18 y/o, and Kiddie Category for 12 y/o and below.

Winners for the Open Category are Grand Master Darwin Laylo, who was hailed as champion; International Master Barlo Nadera, 2nd place; and Grand Master Rogelio Antonio, Jr. placed third.

For the Junior Division, the following successfully outwit their peers: Mark James Marcellana (Champion), Istraelito Rilloraza (2nd place), and Ruther Barredo (3rd place).

Kiddie events were also on tap. Chester Neil Reyes emerged as champion, trailed by Robert James Perez and Jeremy Marticio, for 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

The winners took home cash prizes and trophies.

BAVI President and General Manager Ronald Mascariñas delivers inspiring speech before the participants

The 1st Chooks-to-Go National Chess Rapid Championship was organized by Rotary Club of Nuvali and was sanctioned by National Chess Federation of the Philippines. It was organized by Laguna Chess Association head Dr. Alfredo Paez, NA Alexander Dinoy, NA Ireneo Gonzales, CAN Catalino Mendiogrin, and CA Joel de Guzman.

The event aimed to develop good thinkers through the understanding of chess strategies and tactics, improving the logical abilities and rational thinking and reasoning of the participants, and instilling a sense of self-confidence, self-worth and camaraderie.

Further, the tournament is also a fund raising activity to help the Rotary Club of Nuvali in its charitable activities.


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