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Want to try ube, pili, and lambanog chocolates?

SPECIALTY Filipino chocolate brand Manila Chocolatier, known for its penchant for combining Filipino flavors with Filipino chocolate, is now available in select Kultura branches nationwide.

Ely Buendia holds concert based on musical Ang Huling El Bimbo

MUSICIAN and former The Eraserheads frontman Ely Buendia is “trying his hand at something new” with a solo concert on Dec. 8 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila (RWM), Pasay City.

Hungarian film fest sets sights outside Metro Manila

NOW IN its third year, the Hungarian Film Festival (HUFF) is expanding its reach to cities outside Metro Manila as it tries to “present the essence of Hungarian cinema to more and more Filipinos in Cebu and Davao,” according to a press release.

TV special, app features mark Lazada’s 11/11 sale

ASIDE from a TV special on the night before the e-commerce platform’s biggest sale of the year, Lazada also announced several new features to make the app a “lifestyle destination,” according to a Philippine executive.

The rewards and perils for brands latching on to issues

BRANDS CONNECTING to an issue or a purpose they are passionate about and making it into a marketing campaign is a trend that a Twitter regional executive said exploded in the past two years as more and more users look for authenticity in marketing.

Shopee pushes 11/11 sale with TV special

SINGAPOREAN e-commerce platform Shopee is gearing up for its biggest sale of the year on Nov. 11 with a TV special the night before on GMA Network, featuring performances from the network’s biggest stars.

New Greenhills hotel is prototype for other Summit properties

THE SIXTH Summit Hotel has opened its doors in the bustling city of San Juan, ideally located near the famous Greenhills Shopping Center and near enough (traffic permitting) to city centers like Cubao, Ortigas, and Makati. But what sets Summit Hotel Greenhills apart from other locations is that it is a symbol of what soon will be trademarks of the Summit Hotel brand.

The Final Pitch focuses on real estate for its 5th season

BUSINESS reality show The Final Pitch launches its 5th season with the theme, “Real Estate and Livable Cities,” a marked departure from its usual theme-less seasons where assorted start-ups pitch their way to a probable investment.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

NOW THAT Halloween and All Saints’ Day are out of the way, it’s officially time for Christmas -- though one might argue that in the Philippines, Christmas begins at the start of September (and maybe even the last week of August). And to celebrate and spread the holiday cheer, Rustan’s has lit up its flagship store windows in Makati, with decorations revolving around the theme of “The Sweetest Christmas.”

I like these

IN the past few months, I have practically overhauled my skincare routine save for a few staples because there have been a lot of good releases this year. So unlike my other reviews that usually contain products I liked and products I don’t like, this one is focused on the new products I have incorporated in my skincare routine.

Food and relationships at the center of new HBO Asia series

IN ITS SECOND anthology series, HBO Asia presents eight episodes from eight Asian countries telling stories about their connection to food. The pilot episode, Island of Dreams, directed by the Philippines’ Erik Matti from the Philippines, presents a tale of a woman who searches for a better life than what her small island offers.

Sony Pictures acquires Yellow Rose starring Noblezada, Salonga

SONY PICTURES Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA), the acquisition arm of Sony Pictures Entertainment, has announced that they have bought worldwide rights (excluding the Philippines) of Fil-Am director Diane Paragas’ debut feature, Yellow Rose.

Four directorial debuts in Cinema One film fest’s lineup

“ORIGINALITY in all its permutations” is the enduring battle cry of the now 15-year-old Cinema One Originals Film Festival as it continues to present films that challenge audiences to experience something “that goes beyond cinema, beyond cinephilia, beyond entertainment.” And with that mantra, the festival is presenting eight films from various genres from horror to the tried-and-tested romantic comedy.

All reality shows all the time

THERE’S A new streaming service on the block and this time it’s focused on making sure people get their daily dose of reality drama — from Keeping Up With the Kardashians to Vanderpump Rules — from NBCUniversal and it’s called Hayu.

Blind audition highlight of new competition show

IN 2011, The Voice popularized blind auditions with judges hearing contestants without actually seeing them. If sufficiently impressed, the judges would turn their chairs and see the contestant for the first time. The concept was so popular that it became a franchise — the Philippine has its own version that has been running for several years. This year, ABS-CBN is making a case for a revolving set in Your Moment, where the judges and the audience will switch stages to see contestants perform.

Time looks different with Reservoir

THE FACT that its horological instruments are inspired by vintage meters from cars, a submarine, and a plane, is what separates the young French-based, Swiss-made Reservoir from other watch brands. That and its “affordable luxury” pricing -- which does not mean skimping on fine watchmaking.

SM stores embrace K-beauty with new section

DUE TO the current popularity of Korean skincare and beauty, the SM Store Beauty Section has decided to delegate space for curating and showcasing available Korean -- and Asian -- brands in all of their 68 branches nationwide.

Stop-motion film wins QCinema

GLENN BARIT’S debut feature Cleaners, a stop-motion film made from photocopied stills, won QCinema International Film Festival’s top award along with the Best Screenplay and the Audience Choice Awards during the awarding ceremony held on Oct. 18 at the Novotel Manila Araneta Center in Quezon City.

PHL, Malaysia ban Abominable

FOLLOWING VIETNAM’s lead in banning DreamWork’s animated feature Abominable over a scene showing China’s controversial “nine-dash line map,” the Philippines and Malaysia have also banned the film from showing in their cinemas.

Serums are bestsellers at Kiehl’s

AMERICAN beauty brand Kiehl’s is ending 2019 by focusing on its bestselling serum line -- from a serum which corrects dark spots to a serum which reduces fine lines and wrinkles with the power of Vitamin C -- which its Philippine product manager says is an indication that Filipinos are now learning about what products will work for their skin type and needs.

Uniqlo goes Brit with a new JW Anderson collaboration

FOR ITS fourth collaboration with Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo, British design brand JW Anderson takes inspiration from the “great British outdoors,” by offering “traditional British elements” blended with “modern designs” according to a press release.

MMFF’s final four films named

A PERIOD film about women looking for the cure for leprosy, a feel-good romantic comedy, a Brillante Ma. Mendoza film, and Rodel “Coco Martin” Nacianceno’s second feature film complete this year’s Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) lineup as the final entries chosen from among finished film submissions.

8 PHL films join Tokyo International Film Festival

EIGHT FILMS form this year’s Philippine contingent at the 32nd Tokyo International Film Festival including Paul Soriano’s Mañanita which will be featured in the Competition section of the festival, and Bradley Liew’s Motel Acacia which will be included in the Asian Future section.

’50s-style piece tops song tilt

MABAGAL” by Dan Tañedo, a slow song with a 1950s feel, was named this year’s Best Song at the Himig Handog Songwriting Competition, besting “over 4,000 entries,” according to a press release.

Orama Minimal Frames enters PHL market

GREEK company Orama Minimal Frames has entered the Philippines, as it seeks to address the “huge, untapped market” for minimalist windows and frames.

Gen. Malvar’s great-grandson opposes upcoming film

A FILM about the life of General Miguel Malvar, the last general of the First Philippine Republic to surrendered to the American forces during the Philippine-American War, is facing opposition from the late general’s family with a great-grandson saying that they were not consulted regarding the biopic and that they initially thought the film was “fake news.”

Normann Copenhagen’s cheerful Danish design arrives in the Philippines

DANISH furniture company Normann Copenhagen has opened its first franchise store and its Asian flagship store in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig in recognition of the growth it has experienced in the region.

Some good stuff and a dud

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup review because I am a creature of habit -- while I do enjoy new things, I do tend to gravitate towards my usual system so for a product to replace one that is in my existing routine, it has to be good and it has to be consistent. Here are products from three brands: Shiseido, Avon, Amway Artistry Studio that wormed their way into my current regimen and some that I have to pass on.

TBA Studios set to spend P500 million on films, microcinemas, writing...

FILM company TBA Studios is confident in the growing Philippine industry, so much so that it is set to invest $500 million in film production and expanding its microcinema venture over the next three to five years, company executives said.

Moira dela Torre is the big winner at Awit Awards

SINGER Moira dela Torre took home the night’s biggest awards including the coveted Song of the Year and Album of the Year at the 2019 Awit Awards, held on Oct. 9 at the New Frontier Center, Quezon City.

FDCP reveals incentive scheme for international films shot in PHL

THE Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) has announced several location incentives for international productions and Philippine co-productions in order to encourage more international films to be shot in the country.

Netflix’ Insatiable tackles the backlash in season 2

WHEN Insatiable first came out last year on Netflix, it was an immediately hit but spawned a backlash about fat-shaming. But its stars remind its audience — as it enters its second season, premiering on Oct. 11 — that this is a cautionary tale, not a morality tale.

Maja Salvador bags best actress prize in Busan’s inaugural TV award

ACTRESS Maja Salvador has won the Best Actress Award for her work in the TV series Wildflower at the inaugural Asian Contents Award organized by the Asian Film Market in Busan, South Korea. She shares her award with Chinese actress Yao Chen for her work in All is Well.

More Filipinos prefer cash transfers over mobile wallets: Nielsen study

OUT OF THE 49 million Filipinos who do some form of money transfer -- traditional or cashless -- 4.9 million have used GCash, according to a GCash-commissioned Nielsen study.

GMG Productions begins PHL operations

GLOBAL Marketing Group (GMG) Productions on Wednesday announced that it will begin operations in the Philippines by bringing “prestigious musicals to Manila.”

PHL grantees and Asian films to compete in revamped QCinema

NOW ON ITS 7th year, in its bid to become the premier international film festival in the region, the QCinema International Film Festival has revamped this year’s main competition to include not only the festival’s grantees but also Asian films. The Asian Next Wave competition is replacing both the festival’s main Circle competition and Asian New Wave competition.

Max’s is the big winner at the YouTube Ads Awards

MAX’S PHILIPPINES’ commercial, “Every Kind of Family, Every Day to the Max,” which celebrates all kinds of families, won this year’s YouTube Ads Award Ad of the Year alongside the Crystal award for Food and Beverage, as well as two Silver awards for Retail and Restaurants, and Corporate Image and Public Sector.

How Coca-Cola Philippines empowered the communities it serves

COCA-COLA'S long and storied past in the Philippines started 107 years ago when it opened its first soda fountain business in Escolta, Manila, then the country's premier financial district. Its rich history in the country meant taking care of the community it serves, thus inspiring the company's backbone of ambitious initiatives in water management, achieving a waste-free world, and empowering women and communities.

Tawag ng Tanghalan judges take the Newport stage this October

FOR ONE night see singer-songwriter Ogie Alcasid onstage with fellow Tawag ng Tanghalan judges as they sing songs they “always wanted to sing but haven’t,” according to Mr. Alcasid this October 10 at the Newport Performing Arts Theater in Resorts World Manila (RWM), Pasay City.

Strengthening PHL as diving powerhouse

THE COUNTRY’S top dive spots took center stage during the first Philippine International Dive Expo held last week at the Conrad Hotel Manila as the country is seriously trying to strengthen the country’s position as a global diving powerhouse, according to a tourism executive.

Film fest focuses on idea of place

FOR ITS third year, the Tingin ASEAN Film Festival focuses on the “notion of place” as it presents 10 films from the Association of Southeast Nation member countries.

Director, production designer Mel Chionglo, 73

VETERAN DIRECTOR, writer, and production designer Carmelo “Mel” Chionglo passed away on Sept. 21 at the age of 73. His death was confirmed by the artistic director of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), Chris B. Millado on Saturday via his personal Facebook page. “[I’m] very sad to announce the passing of a colleague and renowned film director Mel Chionglo. The happiest of journeys gentle Mel,” Mr. Millado said in his post.

Kiehl’s launches own online shopping service

AMERICAN skincare brand, Kiehl’s, has launched its own online shopping service in the Philippines where customers can get the “same high-quality skincare consultation from Kiehl’s customer service representatives at the comfort of their homes,” according to a press release.

Lola Igna bags top PPP prize

A FILM about a cranky old woman who wants to die but whose neighbors wouldn’t let her won the top prize at the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino awards night on Sept. 15 at One Esplanade in Pasay City.

CHNDTR specializes in hugot-core

WITH SO MANY bands trying to make it into the music scene, the goal has always been about making an impact — and for three-year-old band CHNDTR, it meant creating their own musical genre.