Under Armour’s Charged BANDIT 3 – My Initial Impression

Under Armour has recently released the newest iteration of their Charged Bandit running shoe line – Bandit 3 and it surely is set to steal a runner’s heart away!

Designed to be “street ready”, it not only boasts of its ability to satisfy a runner’s need for a great performance shoe, it is also stylish enough to be an everyday shoe. 

Thanks to the people of Under Armour Philippines, I got the chance to get first dibs on a pair of Bandit 3!

I also have the first two generations of the Bandit shoes and I believe that this third iteration is the best Bandit shoe so far!

From left to right: Charged Bandit 1, Bandit 3 and Bandit 2.

Here are my initial impressions:

  • its upper material is knitted, makes it more lightweight (lighter than Bandit 2) and breathable 
  • it fits well and is comfortable to wear – for someone with a narrow feet like mine, i love how the shoe hugs my feet
  • there is enough cushioning on the heel, making the back of my feet fit securely in place – oh and I love that the heel counter has this small cushion that is like a pillow that wraps around my heel. so comfy!
  • For minimalists, it is good to note that this shoe has lessened the heel-toe drop from 10mm to 8mm. 
  • The charged cushioning feature of the Bandit 2 is still present in this iteration – great news for “neutral runners” who wants not only a lightweight shoe but one with responsive feedback as well.
  • IT IS A LOOKER! I have only worn it a few number of times but I have been getting gazes and glances on my feet whenever I have it on. 🙂

Want more? Check out the Bandit 3 Factsheet HERE.

I love my Bandit 3 pair! Thanks Under Armour!

The Under Armour has definitely redefined the word “bandit” in a positive way. I enjoyed using the Bandit 3 – whether from running a short 5km or just simply walking. And I am truly excited to find out what more this pair can deliver for me, as I continue using it.

For runners who would like a running shoe that is worth their every peso, the Bandit 3 will not disappoint. After all, it was “designed to do it all,  ready to log miles on miles – all while looking, feeling, and fitting great.”

PRESS RELEASE:

Under Armour’s Bandit 3 running shoes
are ready to help you take on the street

Under Armour (NYSEA: UA, UAA) has taken the running scene by storm, and their newest asset is no exception. Bandit 3 is the newest addition to the brand’s renewed running offering which this year has included: the most recent evolution of Gemini with its 3rd iteration, the new UA Velocity ultralightweight running shoe and UA Europa, the first-ever running “control” shoe from the Baltimore based brand.

The Bandit 3 is the third instalment of their Bandit series, and it is a shoe designed to be “street ready”. It provides a versatile, lightweight style that accompanies its Charged Cushioning technology, which absorbs impact and returns explosive energy, giving the runner a comfortable run.

The new Bandit 3, a shoe for great design and even better performance, has a seamless heel cup that moulds the foot for a perfect fit, eliminating all distraction and making the shoe feel like an extension of your feet.Its knit upper feels perfect and flexes as you move, which makes it a great shoe for long-distance runs.

In addition to satisfying the runner’s needs for a great performance shoe, Bandit 3 is also a stylish option for everyday use. Doing justice to its name, the Bandit series has once again stolen the show.

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Get Set for the First Ever Hello Kitty Run Manila

Three years after it was first launched in Singapore and after its successful stints in major cities in Asia such as Japan, Taiwan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia the world’s most famous feline is bringing her Hello Kitty fun run in Manila!

Happening on October 21 at the SM MOA Complex, the first ever Hello Kitty Run Manila is a themed 5km fun run that promises to inspire love and share happiness with everyone.

Check out the run details below. See you at the starting line!

HELLO KITTY RUN MANILA 2017
OCTOBER 21, 2017
5:00AM – 11:00AM
SM MOA COMPLEX
http://www.hellokittyrunph.com/

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Hi there, Hello Kitty fans! Are you ready to spread love and have fun with Hello Kitty? After visiting Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, Hello Kitty is coming to the Philippines through the first ever Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 happening on October 21, 2017! Let’s have fun with family and friends with the fun run’s theme, “Link Love Together!”

Our beloved Hello Kitty will inspire love and share happiness with everyone in the 5km fun run at the SM By the Bay, SM MOA Complex. To show her excitement to meet all participants, she prepared an exclusive edition Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 race kit consisting of themed race tee and race bib, with lots of special gifts from sponsors, all in a very cute exclusive Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 drawstring bag! Everyone who will cross the finish line will also receive a very cute special edition Hello Kitty Run finisher’s medal for their effort!

Hello Kitty herself will meet-and-greet friends and fans at a special stage program during the event! There will also be lots of activities and booths where you can get exclusive and limited edition souvenirs and merchandise.

Early bird tickets has been selling from July 1 until August 15; Standard tickets from August 16 to September 15; and Last minute tickets from September 16 to October 15. Register now at http://www.hellokittyrunph.com !

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 is organized by Tokyo Gets Ltd and Ten:22 Business Solutions in partnership with CHERIFER Syrup, along with its official venue partner, SM By the Bay, official media partners; ETC and 2nd Avenue, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Business Mirror and Otaku Asia, major partners Pocari Sweat and Crystal Clear, Toy Kingdom, Skin White, Rizal Park Hotel, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Pascual Creamy Delight, Skechers, Devant, and marketing partners Salonpas, Acer, Banana Peel, Fujifilm Instax, Softex and Healthy Innovations. This event is supported by JLOP (Japan’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, Contents Division).

Let’s LINK LOVE TOGETHER at HELLO KITTY RUN MANILA 2017!

Hana Shampoo’s Soft and Smooth Line Relaunched

I was at this afternoon’s relaunch of the Hana Shampoo, a Japanese shampoo brand being distributed by top FMCG company, Peerless Marketing and I am honestly excited to use the three new fragrances from their soft and smooth line. If the scent is a preview of what the shampoo will do to my hair, then I am definitely convinced!

Read on the below presser and watch the brand’s newest TV ad featuring Marian Rivera and get to know what I am referring to. 🙂

PRESS RELEASE:

NEW DAY, NEW HANA SHAMPOO

In just a day, a number of different things can happen, whether it’s things like the weather and traffic, or to things we’re able to control like one’s plans and one’s appearance. There’s one thing though we Filipinas wish could have full control of –- and that’s soft and fragrant hair, all day, everyday.

New Hana Soft & Smooth Shampoo delivers just that even after a long and eventful day. With natural moisturizers and fresh new fragrances, Hana is able to keep one’s hair looking and smelling like it’s freshly washed all day – parang bagong shampoo – which is an ideal every Filipina wishes for as they go through their day. With such effortlessly manageable and fragrant hair, even in the midst of a busy day, you can still look and feel your best no matter the situation.

Figuratively a new day has come as well for Hana Shampoo, with its relaunched line of Soft and Smooth variants available in three wonderful fragrances — Pink Roses and Berries, Spring Flowers and Apples, and Garden Blooms and Lychees. Hana combines the alluring fragrance of flowers and the freshness of fruits in each of those variants, guaranteed to provide long-lasting fragrance on hair all day. Moreover, each bottle now comes with artistically rendered designs meant to visualize the wonderful nature-inspired fragrance notes one can enjoy upon each use of Hana shampoo.

The new Hana Shampoo TV commercial features the always beautiful Marian Rivera, who has bloomed even more as a wife and mother. In the commercial, she turns heads as she walks the streets from daytime to evening. Just like all other Filipinas, everyday she is exposed to the sun, heat and pollution but with her soft, fragrant and lovely hair, passers-by can’t help themselves but be drawn to her effortless beauty and hair that’s parang bagong shampoo always.

Coke Studio now open in the Philippines!

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The sounds of Pinoy music will definitely get a refreshing taste now that the Coke Studio has been opened in the country, bringing a fresh experience for the local music industry.

The first of its kind in the country, Coke Studio is a music TV show that encourages collaborations among Filipino artists – bringing together different musical genres, the young and seasoned artists, and the mainstream with the indie. Coke Studio is a celebration of the rich diversity in OPM and the central unifying role of music among Filipinos.

“Coke has always been about encouraging personal expression among the younger generation of teens, and what better way to unite them but through a universal language, which is music. This is what Coke Studio is all about. We are making music our tool of choice to connect with teens,” said Stephan Czypionka, Coca-Cola Philippines Vice President for Marketing.

Coke Studio also serves as a stage that will showcase and highlight the wonderfully surprising new music that comes out from the collaborations between OPM legends and upcoming artists: Noel Cabangon, Curtismith, Moonstar88, Jensen and the Flips, Sandwich, BP Valenzuela, Gabby Alipe and John Dinopol of Urbandub, The Ransom Collective, Abra, Gracenote, singer-composer Ebe Dancel, Autotelic, Franco, and singer-songwriter Reese Lansangan.

Coke Studio is hosted by OPM powerhouse Raymund Marasigan and Buddy Zabala, both from Eraserheads – one of the country’s most iconic rock bands. More than just a TV show, Coke Studio brings the viewer to the real experience – giving a first-hand, front seat view of the collaboration and how each artist bares their soul in the performance.

“As soon as they started playing their instruments, they just forgot about everything else,” said Marasigan on the experience inside the Coke Studio. “And a great artist will really come out with something, will produce something! Some artists may have come unprepared, but once they were in there, they just brought it out.”

But the Coke Studio experience does not stop there. An interactive Coke Studio truck will roam around the country to give university bands an opportunity to perform and interact with the artists.

Coke Studio is also joining some of the biggest fiestas and festivals nationwide with the Coke Canreaoke – an interactive installation loaded with OPM hits for anyone who wants to showcase their singing prowess.

Coca-Cola Philippines recognizes the strong influence of music in the lives of Filipinos – a unifying thread that goes beyond language and dialect, political views and boundaries, and even religion.

With Coke Studio, Coca-Cola Philippines brings a new taste to the sound of Pinoy music.

Two Cebuano Cagers in Stephen Curry Asia Tour

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University of Cebu’s John Bryl Cuyos and Virlou Orquez earned a trip to Seoul for the Stephen Curry Asia Tour after winning the Under Armour 3×3 Under-18 Philippines title recently. Cuyos and Orquez got the chance to see the top Under Armour ambassador in person in Seoul last month for the final stop of his Asia tour. The two were members of the victorious UC squad that captured the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Cebu crown and the Under Armour 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines title in Manila.The two cagers travelled and met Curry at the Jungchang Gymnasium in Seoul. The trip, the expenses of which were all paid by Under Armour Southeast Asia, gave them a chance to interact and play with the NBA champion.

The UC squad overcame tough odds against teams from various parts of the Philippines to capture the two titles that will not be possible without the support of coach Joever Samonte and Atty. Estenso. Cuyos and Orquez also showed they have what it takes to be among the best players in the country.

The 17-year-old Cuyos has an impressive resume that includes being a two-time Cesafi All-Star, a two-time Cesafi runner-up, and a two-time runner-up in the Cebu City Olympics. He is also a Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School, Cordua 1st Mayors’ Cup, and WJC 1st Cup champion.

Orquez, 18, was a former member of the Holy Trinity High School in Alberta, Canada where he was an Edmonton Journal All-Star. In the Philippines, he helped UC win the Mandaue City Olympics Cebu Inter-High School champion.UC defeated University of Visayas, 15-14, in the heartstopping final in the Cebu tournament before flying in to Manila to also make a big impression as the Webmasters beat Bounty A also in pulsating fashion, 21-20, in the final.Curry’s visit in Asia comes with the launch of Curry3Zero, the latest Under Armour shoeline for the NBA superstar.

In the Philippines, the Curry3Zero was also launched with the who’s who of sports and entertainment industry that included Alaska Aces point guard Chris Banchero, Barangay Ginebra forward Jervy Cruz, San Beda standout Robert Bolick, actor JC De Verea, Letran star Rey Nambatac, Ms. Earth 2015 Angelica Gabrena Ong, coach Christian Luanzon, and UA’s newest ambassador Kali Huff.

As part of the festivities, Under Armour also treated the media with a unique basketball experience of playing 3×3 basketball, and competing in a three-point shootout.

For more exciting events and promotions, follow Under Armour Philippines via @underarmourph on Instagram and Twitter as well as Facebook at www.facebook.com/underarmoursea.

First ever COKE STUDIO in the Philippines Opens July 29 (Saturday)!

The world’s largest beverage brand, Coca-Cola, brings something new to the Philippines music landscape. Called the “Coke Studio”, it is said to be a platform that features fun and exciting ways that will support Original Pilipino Music through various activities. Read more about the Coke Studio, which officially opens tomorrow, in the below presser.

Taste the sounds of Pinoy music with Coke Studio

The iconic logo of Coke, integrated with headphones, and then interpreted into a sofa, to show the power of collaboration and stretching artistic boundaries.

 

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Manila, July 21, 2017 – Music is one of the core unifying forces for Filipinos. The love for music transcends gender, religion, language, social class, and even political affiliations. This year, the world’s largest beverage brand, Coca-Cola, is refreshing the local music landscape with the opening of the first Coke Studio in the country.

The Coke Studio is a platform that features fun and exciting ways that will support Original Pilipino Music through various activities. The main highlight is the collaboration of Pinoy music legends and emerging artists to create their own blend of OPM tunes in various music genres.

The opening of the Coke Studio on July 29, 2017 will also kick-off the 9-episode local music show on TV5 and YouTube featuring 14 of the country’s most revered Filipino musicians led by Abra, Gab and John of Urbandub, Ebe Dancel, Noel Cabangon, Franco, Sandwich, and Moonstar 88, together with emerging OPM millennial artists BP Valenzuela, Reese Lansangan, Curtismith, The Ransom Collective, Autotelic, Gracenote, and Jensen and the Flips. The show will be a one-of-a-kind musical experience for Filipinos.

The Coke Studio doesn’t stop there. A Coke Studio Truck will bring the musical experience closer to Filipinos as it goes on a 6-month road trip to various parts of the country. The Coke Studio Truck will be a roving recording studio that will also be a venue for live performances from Coke Studio artists and a wide range of fun on-ground interactive activities and games. Coca-Cola merchandise will also be given away during special raffle promos from the Coke Studio Truck!

The Coke Studio Truck is a stage for local school bands to showcase their talents and original compositions through an online voting system.

The country will soon taste the sound of Pinoy music with Coke Studio. Catch it every Saturday at 7 p.m. on TV5 or on http://www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH.

One month to go until “The Mercenary” AJ Matthews’ return to the Bellator 181 cage!

It’s a little over one month before Fil-American AJ ‘The Mercenary’ Matthews is set for action as part of Bellator 181 fight line-up this July. 

One of the up-and-coming international fighters, Matthews has been preparing hard for his next fight which is set to happen on the 14th of July at the WinStar World Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. He has been seen devoting most of his waking hours into training and building relationships with his fellow Filipino Fighters both local and international.

The role of Matthews as professional striking coach of ONE Championship heavyweight champion Brandon Vera and several other UFC champions have also helped him in his preparation for his fight.

Matthews fight records include impressive victories such as a first-round technical knockout over Kyle Bolt at Bellator 131 in 2014, and a knockout win over Charlie Rader at Bellator 70 in 2012.

The 29-year-old has also been a pride of his fellow Filipino fighters as he has recently based himself now in Philippines with his team MMA Alliance. Matthews, whose mother traces her roots in Tacloban, has been embraced by his Filipino fans with open arms with his humility and charm.

Matthews recently appeared in the Test of Will Challenge and the National Test of Will Finals in the Philippines. During the event that was participated in by several athletes and celebrities, Matthews and ONE Championship fighter Mark Striegl competed against each other to test their abilities.

Aj Matthews fight will be against Andre Fialho under the welterweight division.