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Lenovo introduces new Yoga laptop

PC AND SMART DEVICE company Lenovo has introduced the newest entry to their convertible Yoga line, the premium Slim 7i Carbon, targeted towards “always-on-the-go business leaders, entrepreneurs, and millennials.”

Huawei launches Matebook 14

HUAWEI Technologies Co., Ltd. has introduced the new Matebook 14, the flagship ultraportable laptop of the brand, in the country, with a price tag of P54,999.

Docu fest tackles perception and truth

THIS WEEK, documentary film festival Daang Dokyu is focusing on films that reflect the Philippines’ journey throughout decades of conflicts and issues that continue to hound the country today.

Passion is the big winner at the Gawad Buhay awards

It may have been held online instead of on a stage, but the 12th Philstage Gawad Buhay awards still had all the pomp, performance,...

FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano returns as ABS-CBN partners with Zoe

AFTER months off the air, some ABS-CBN shows including variety show It’s Showtime and the long-running series FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano, are returning to free TV starting Saturday on the rebranded A2Z Channel 11 of Zoe Broadcasting Network, Inc.

TV5 launches flagship news program Frontline Pilipinas

TWO months ago, TV5 announced new entertainment shows to bolster its programming with original content. This month, the local television network is introducing a new news program featuring seasoned journalists and a hybrid music and news program on its FM radio station hosted by former ABS-CBN anchor Ted Failon and radio host DJ ChaCha.

Ohmyhome enters PHL market

SINGAPOREAN ONLINE property listing company Ohmyhome has formally launched in the Philippines, setting itself apart from other platforms with its do-it-yourself features and a cross-border property ecosystem spanning three countries.

Spotify partners with 9 Pinoy podcasts

AUDIO-STREAMING service Spotify is banking on the popularity of podcasts in the Philippines by partnering with nine Filipino podcasts which include those offering “adulting” tips to podcasts meant to put people to sleep.

Pelicula Pelikula goes online

FOR ITS 19th year, the Spanish Film Festival — Pelicula Pelikula — is going online for the first time as Instituto Cervantes de Manila and the Spanish Embassy continue to bring some of the best Spanish films to the Philippines despite current health and safety regulations which forbid people from going to cinemas.

COVID-19 forces Periwinkle to close its boutiques

CHILDREN’S clothing brand Periwinkle is the latest casualty of the pandemic with the 14-year-old company closing its boutiques permanently although it will continue to sell in select department stores and its online store for now.

Accommodation industry restarts Oct. 1 with ‘safe staycation’ campaign targeted at...

HOTELS AND RESORTS in many areas will be allowed to accept guests again starting Oct. 1, with the Department of Tourism (DoT) hoping to restart operations geared towards domestic holidaymakers with a “safe staycation” campaign.

Globe Studios releases ‘boys love’ online series

AFTER the success of several “boys love” series, Globe Studios is also taking a stab at a genre that is gaining popularity in the country with Gaya sa Pelikula, an eight episode web series that chronicles the love story of schoolmates turned housemates.

Want people to watch your ad? Don’t mention COVID

THE YEAR 2020 is when everything changed, when things ranging from how people shop, work, socialize, and study have been affected by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) virus. The same goes with how ads are now made, what message they transmit to their customers, and how they incorporate this new, pandemic-laden reality, into the world of targeted storytelling.

TikTok: the ultimate direct marketing machine

DESPITE the myriad of issues it faces in the US and in other countries, no one can deny the popularity of social media app TikTok and its impact on music marketing because of its highly sophisticated personalization algorithm, said one of its executives.

iflix banking on popularity of same-sex love stories with My Gear...

AFTER the success of the Thai “boys love” (BL) series 2gether the Series and the Philippines’ own web series Gameboys, it seems that shows featuring same-sex love stories are getting more popular and online streaming platform iflix is banking on that trend with the introduction of My Gear Your Gown.

New skincare lines focus on packing in the ingredients, being sustainable

It was a busy week of skincare launches last week with one brand, led and co-owned by a Filipina celebrity, focused on the expertise of Korean beauty technology and cute packaging while another brand focused on presenting a value-for-money line that is also sustainable.

Ben & Ben has most popular Spotify Lite song

WHAT do Ben & Ben’s song “Pagtingin” and the podcast Boiling Waters PH have in common? They are among the most popular items listened...

Lam-ang, Dani Girl lead nominations for Gawad Buhay Awards

The 12th Gawad Buhay Awards, which honors excellence in theater, has announced its nominees with Tanghalang Pilipino’s Lam-ang and Sandbox Collective’s Dani Girl leading the group with 12 nominations under each of their belts.

Lav Diaz wins Best Director at Venice Film Fest’s Orizzonti section

FILIPINO auteur Lavrente “Lav” Diaz has added yet another trophy to his already full shelf as he won the Best Director Award in the Orizzonti section of this year’s Venice International Film Festival for his film, Lahi, Hayop (Genus Pan).

SM drive-in theater opens at Mall of Asia

SIX MONTHS into lockdown and traditional cinemas are still not open because of health risks, but SM Cinema, arguably the largest cinema operator in the country, has found a modicum of success in introducing a new way of watching films outside one’s home in the relative safety of one’s car as after a pilot launch in SM Pampanga in late July, SM Cinema’s drive-in cinema has found its way to SM Mall of Asia (MOA).

Kiehl’s extends online presence to Lazada

TWO years after entering the e-commerce space, American beauty brand Kiehl’s is now expanding its online presence by entering Lazada in a bid to introduce more customers to its products.

ABS-CBN films to stream on Singapore TV-on-demand platform

IN A BID to expand the reach of its content worldwide, ABS-CBN will be streaming select films from its library on Singapore’s StarHub TV-on-demand (TVOD) platform.

FDCP’s annual film conference goes online

THE FILM Development Council of the Philippines’ (FDCP) annual Film Industry Conference (FIC) will be held online this year, from Sept. 11 to 15, and will feature several discussions and masterclasses with film industry experts and stakeholders.

Crackers and milk: New products aim to fill market needs

FOOD companies are always looking for ways to fill the needs of their customers, looking for new niches that they can satisfy. One company decided to tackle a perceived need for a healthy cracker for mindful snacking, while a milk giant now offers an “organic” product for parents looking for healthier options.

Facebook launches Messenger Kids in PHL

FACEBOOK has launched Messenger Kids in the Philippines, an app that allows children six to 12 years old to use video chat and messaging features in a parent-controlled environment, to provide children a safer avenue to communicate with their peers during the pandemic.

Mini review of Tiger Crackers

THIS writer was sent a couple packages of Tiger Crackers to sample and upon tasting all three variants — ensaymada (a sweet bun), leche flan (creme caramel), and plain — the clear winner is the leche flan flavor because it really does taste kind of like the custard flan with its milky sweet taste. The ensaymada variant is okay, though it only tastes like the cheese topping on the ensaymada.

VMWare rolls out remote work, cloud solutions

CLOUD COMPUTING and enterprise software solution company VMWare has introduced updates to their workspace and cloud portfolios to help businesses “as they adapt to a digital-first economy.”

Film producer Marichu Maceda, 77

FILM producer and Philippine film industry stalwart Maria Azucena “Marichu” Vera-Perez Maceda, affectionately known as Manay Ichu, passed at the age of 77 on Sept. 7 due to “an ongoing illness.”

ASEAN Music festival goes online

EXPERIENCE Southeast Asian music from Sept. 19 to 20 as the ASEAN Music Showcase Festival holds its first run digitally via Facebook and YouTube, featuring 20 artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

2020 cannot stop 9.9

THIS year is vastly different from the last but one thing remains true: come September (the start of the “ber” months) Filipinos, like clockwork, will start to prepare for Christmas. In anticipation of the holidays, e-commerce platforms Shopee and Lazada are holding huge sales featuring major brands until Wednesday, Sept. 9.

YouTube updates policies vs hate speech, misinformation

YOUTUBE has updated its policies surrounding hate speech and misinformation in light of worldwide scrutiny of social media giants over their responsibility to curb abusive online behavior and getting the right information across, especially about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).

New YouTube Super Stream channel offers more Pinoy content

VIDEO-SHARING website YouTube has partnered with Filipino media companies to launch Super Stream, a month-long effort to allow Filipinos access to select content including movies, series, and sports events.

PhilPop reveals Visayas and Mindanao finalists

SONGWRITING competition PhilPop has announced the finalists from the Visayas and Mindanao clusters which will be included among the Top 15 contestants who will battle it out in the finals on Nov. 14.

Uniqlo launches collection for a ‘new lifestyle’

JAPANESE clothing brand Uniqlo has unveiled its Fall/Winter 2020 collection, which revolves around having clothes fit for the “new lifestyle,” with longtime collaborators British-Japanese designer Hana Tajima and French designer Ines de la Fressange introducing new styles for their respective lines.

Behind the masks

LAST year, I started wearing face masks. It feels like a lifetime ago today, but I decided to wear face masks because having to deal with pollution during my daily commute was triggering my allergies. But while I did not get allergies as often thanks to the masks, I also had to deal with a downside, acne, because the moist environment inside the mask allows bacteria to grow.

FDCP grants incentives for foreign film/TV shoots in PHL

TWO films, an action TV series, and an offshoot of the Survivor reality show franchise were announced as the first recipients of the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) film incentive programs meant to encourage more producers to shoot their films in the Philippines.

Writer, publisher, art patron Gilda Cordero-Fernando, 90

RENOWNED writer and publisher Gilda Cordero-Fernando, known for her musings on Philippine arts and culture and a great supporter of the arts, passed at the age of 90 on Aug. 27.

WWII historian Benito Legarda, Jr., 94

HISTORIAN and economist Benito Legarda, Jr., a man widely known as the authority on the Second World War and the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines and former Deputy Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, died at the age of 94on Aug. 27.

Unable to have live performances, Teatro Europa theater festival goes online

IF THE TIMES were normal, the first Teatro Europa — a festival featuring plays from all around Europe — would have been staged by theater companies in Paco Park, Manila. With the country (and much of the world) grappling with a pandemic, such performances are not possible because of limitations on gatherings and movement. But the show must go on, and go on they will, digitally.

ABS-CBN distributing more content to South America, Africa, Asia

MORE THAN a month after being denied a franchise, network giant ABS-CBN has pivoted and shifted its focus to expanding its distribution of shows to countries in South America, Africa, and Asia.

Salawikain are the focus of short film tilt

TO CLOSE both the celebrations of the One Hundred Years of Philippine Cinema and National Language Month, the Film Development Council of the Philippines (FDCP) is holding a short film competition focusing on Philippine sayings (salawikain).

Swiss tourism says stay home, travel later — but keep us...

A YEAR AGO, a video promoting tourism to a certain country or location would have been intended to lure people to the place — showing its amazing scenery, its friendly people, and good food. Switzerland’s most recent video includes the usual, only this time, the country is encouraging potential tourists to stay home, be safe, and travel later.

Collagen drink promised to slow down wrinkles

4LIFE RESEARCH Philippines, the local branch of a Utah-based direct-selling company focused on food supplements, has launched its newest product: a hydrolyzed collagen drink meant to promote healthy aging by slowing down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Linggo ng Musikang Pilipino goes digital

THESE ARE uncertain times with a pandemic wreaking havoc on people’s health and the country’s (and the world’s) economy, but uncertain times notwithstanding, Filipinos will do what they are best at doing: adapt and endure. The same goes for the music industry which at first was halted by one of the longest lockdowns in the world as it is an industry that thrives in front of a live audience, but it has since adapted and re-programmed to be visible digitally.

Delivery service focuses on the top tier

BEFORE THE COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic, delivery services were slowly, but surely becoming a fixture in the retail space. When the pandemic struck, these services became a necessity instead of just an option as restrictions on movements and gathering made it nearly impossible for people to go to stores physically. And while the need for delivery options cuts across almost every retail segment, it is most apparent in food and groceries.