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.

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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. 

Premium lifestyle accessory brand Moshi finally in Manila!

I have been using Moshi iPhone cases ever since I came upon this brand and I can say that the brand brings a bang for the bucks! It’s sleek and simple but is truly reliable.

You can just imagine the joy I felt when I learned that Moshi is finally having their very own concept store here in Manila and will not just offer awesome mobile phone cases but a slew of premium lifestyle accessories and items as well!

Get to know more about it from the below press release.

Welcome to Manila, MOSHI!

PRESS RELEASE:

Premium lifestyle accessory brand Moshi officially lands in Manila

Enhancing the mobile lifestyle with its wide portfolio of premium accessories, global lifestyle brand Moshi officially launches its first concept store in Manila. Filipinos can now have full access to the complete range of Moshi products from phone accessories, bags and travel gears, to mobile electronics – all with design and function at the core of its unique product experience. 

Primarily known for its well-crafted iPhone, iPad, and Mac accessories, Moshi has now grown to being more than just a case maker, and makes a strong case as the next lifestyle brand to watch out for.

Since 2010, Moshi has been available in the top Apple retailers in the Philippines. But given the strong following and loyalty it has gained from the market, the brand sees it fitting to make its stylish homecoming in Manila official.

With its product category now ranging to audio, bags, active and travel categories, it showcases its evolution and versatility. Whether you want to go to work, squeeze in a workout, or just simply want products that would fit perfectly into your day to day activities—Moshi has the product for it. This seamless integration of your personal style with your gadgets is what the Moshi Life is all about—a premium life, whether at work or play.

“It has been a big and amazing year for Moshi Philippines and we are just getting started. We are opening our very first concept store outside of our headquarters and we thought Manila was the best place for it. Guided by our core of making beautifully-designed, smart and premium products, we aspire to become a household name here in the Philippines,” said Patricia Serrano, Business Development Manager of Moshi.

The press launch was held last April 18 at the Fundamental Coffee, Makati City. Gracing the event were select members of the press and social media influencers. Moshi is set to open its first concept store in SM North EDSA. For updates and more information, visit www.moshi.com, facebook.com/MoshiPhilippines.

University of Cebu is Under Armour 3×3 Champion!

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The very first Under Armour 3×3 competition in the Philippines is now dusted and settled with the University of Cebu emerging as the Champion of the tournament.

The Cebuano team, showing skills and determination, beat the Manila-based team Bounty A, 21-20, in the championship game of the Under Armour Under-18 3×3 Southeast Asia Philippines finals at the Titan Love Court, Bonifacio High Street in Taguig City.

UC’s Jone Bryl Cuyos, Allen Pelegrino, John Bautista, and Virlou Orquez overcame the Bounty A team of Rhayyan Amsali, Harvey Pagsanjan, Winderlich Coyoca, and Russel Bagauisan in the finals to gain a chance at securing a slot in the Philippine team for the FIBA Asia U18 3×3 Championship in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.

The second runner-up honors went to Bounty B, a team composed of Ernest John Felicida, Michael Malonzo, Andrew Velasco, and Alex Visser, while the third runner-up went to Escuela de Sophia of Neil Joshua Moralejo, Earl Zymon Yu, Adrian James de Jesus, and Marvin Reforsado.

During the same weekend, Under Armour also held the Manila leg of the 3×3 event in which Bounty B team of Felicida, Malonzo, Velasco, and Visser winning the title over Bounty A of Amsali, Pagsanjan, Coyoca, and Bagauisan.

The Bounty B team is composed of players from National University and Ateneo de Cebu as they took home the Manila leg of the competition.

The Manila leg second runner-up honors went to Escuela de Sophia where the team of Moralejo, Yu, De Jesus, and Reforsado also putting on a respectable showing.

Take Advantage of Superstar Virgo in Manila’s Last Blast for May!

Superstar Virgo offers amazing deals this May as an awesome way of capping off their Manila deployment! Read the below official release and check out the posters for more details! Cheers!

SUPERSTAR VIRGO IN MANILA’S LAST BLAST FOR MAY!
Great offers perfect for the family await as SuperStar Virgo features exclusive May deals led by Senior Citizens at 70% off and 3-To-Go promotions as it caps off its deployment in Manila with a bang!

It was a whirlwind romance between the Philippines and Leading Cruise Line in the Asia Pacific, Star Cruises during SuperStar Virgo’s historic homeport deployment in Manila. With the travel-hungry Manileños experiencing their own cruise of a lifetime this past March and April, Star Cruises has made 2017 a year for the books.

But summer is not yet over as SuperStar Virgo will still be in Manila for a whole month and is ready to go out with a bang with last blast promotions exclusive for May departures with amazing offers solely for your family and loved ones!

Cruise through the ever-attractive 6 Day/5 Night cruises departing from Manila, sailing to romantic Laoag, charming Kaohsiung, and the shopping Mecca that is Hong Kong and bring-along your lolo or lola and avail of 70% off for Senior Citizens, exclusive for May 3, 8, and 23 departures. Promotion is exclusive for guests counted as 2nd person for 60 years old and above, as low as USD $305!

Experience state-of-the-art amenities, world-class cuisine, and wonderful service aboard Star Cruises’ flagship vessel and get to see it for yourself with two more friends, as the 3-To-Go promo gives you a chance to bring a 3rd person for FREE! For two paying passengers, get the 3rd person for free on departures for May 3, 8, and 13.

All these just to cap off your summer with your loved ones! Not to mention the existing promotion of 30% off running until May 20 on top of these exclusive offers, this is an affordable luxury that you just can’t miss!

Go to any local travel agency to book these promos and don’t let summer pass without capping it off with an amazing adventure onboard SuperStar Virgo in Manila!

For more inquiries about Star Cruises, call (02) 836 6080 or visit the Star Cruises official website at www.starcruises.com.