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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Unioil Opens its First Electric Vehicle Charging Station

Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. (Unioil) has unveiled its first electric vehicle (EV) charging station on its newly-opened Unioil Solar Hybrid service station at Congressional Avenue Extension, Quezon City. The state-of-the-art Mitsubishi i-MiEV fully-electric vehicle and the Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) were showcased during the event.

Present during the ribbon-cutting ceremony were Unioil Vice President Noel Soriano, Mitsubishi Motor Philippines Corporation (MMPC) Vice President for Business Planning and Public Relations Department Renato Lampano, and other guests.

"We commend Unioil for its initiative to showcase renewable energy in its first hybrid gasoline station. Like Unioil, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation is striving to reduce carbon footprint by developing technologies for improving fuel economy and electric-powered systems. The Mitsubishi Electric Vehicle (i-MiEV) and Outlander Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) are proof of this concept," Lampano said.

"We are very proud to open the first of many Unioil EV charging stations aimed at promoting the use of electric vehicles in the country. We invite everyone to visit our Unioil hybrid station to see and experience the future," Soriano said.

This latest effort is part of Unioil’s "Doing Our Part" campaign which the company launched in November to encourage Filipinos to make a difference in society through small, everyday actions and responsible decisions they make, including the decision to choose a cleaner fuel.

Unioil believes that climate change and environmental degradation are real threats to a sustainable future and quality of life. This is why it continues to lead the way in introducing the cleanest range of petroleum products by offering a complete line of Euro5 performance fuels in September 2017, making it the first petroleum company to upgrade all its fuel products to Euro 5 standard.

To further reduce its carbon footprint, Unioil has started operating its first "hybrid" service station which is partially powered by solar energy. The Unioil station along Congressional Avenue, Quezon City is equipped with the SmartflowerTM, the global leader in intelligent solar energy solutions that features an automated sun tracking technology, making it up to 40% more efficient than conventional fixed-type solar panels. Each SmartflowerTM unit reduces carbon footprint by 4.7 metric tons annually which is equivalent to planting approximately 5,000 trees per year.

For more information on Unioil’s "Doing Our Part" campaign, visit or its Facebook Page.

Music finds its way back to Marawi through Coke Studio

Music will once again be heard in the streets of Marawi City and in the hearts of Maranaos as the government and members of the private sector work hand-in-hand to rebuild the city, its communities, and homes. In support of various efforts, Coca-Cola Philippines, through Coke Studio, spearheaded a hydration drive in evacuation camps, including the Maria Cristina Evacuation Camp, Buruun Gym, Sta. Elena Evacuation Camp and Saguiaran Gym, where around 5,000 Maranaos are sheltered.

Each family received various Coca-Cola products, including three 6-liter bottles of Wilkins Distilled water, and Coca-Cola shirts, while young local musicians sang OPM hits for the crowd. Customer partner Shakey’s also provided snacks for the evacuees.

The evacuation center in Saguiaran, which has one of the biggest concentrations of Maranaos, hosted a mini-concert featuring a Coke Studio bands The Ransom Collective and Franco. They sang their own songs and distributed hydration kits to the evacuees.

"This is our way of showing support and solidarity with the Filipino people – to be able to contribute in the rebuilding process. Music is one of the things that threads through every person, regardless of age, religion, culture, and socio-economic bracket," said Stephan Czypionka, Marketing Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. "We are committed to help the communities that we serve, especially in times like these that we have to come together to rebuild not just the physical structures, but most importantly, the lives of the people."

Coke Studio was launched early this year and successfully changed the OPM landscape with its creative collaborations with various artists. It also served as a platform for teens and young adults to come together, drawn by their common love for music.

The Filipino youth is also coming together to help rebuild Marawi, driven by their passion for music. A benefit concert at the Mall of Asia concert grounds, and a recyclables collection drive are just some of the fund-raising initiatives to build schoolhouses through the Little Red Schoolhouse program implemented by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines.

The construction of a school building is part of the commitment of Coca-Cola Philippines through the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation’s (PDRF) United4Marawi campaign. The Company also joined the PDRF in a three-day medical mission for the evacuees in Iligan City. Volunteer health care professionals provided check-ups, surgical procedures, and psychiatric intervention to the evacuees.

The Company also provided for the daily hydration needs of the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines stationed in Mindanao.

"We are committed in helping rebuild Marawi and the communities impacted by this conflict. In partnership with relevant government agencies, we in the private sector will be bringing our sustainability initiatives to the area," said Jonah de Lumen-Pernia, Public Affairs and Communications Director of Coca-Cola Philippines. "Our 5by20 entrepreneurship programs will be provided for the spouses of soldiers deployed in Marawi, while water systems will also be installed in the communities. We’ll also build a Little Red Schoolhouse."

Coke Studio staged a benefit concert for the rehabilitation of Marawi on Saturday, December 9th, at the MOA Concert Grounds. Coke Studio artists such as Abra, Gab and John of Urbandub, The Ransom Collective, Gracenote, Moonstar88, Autotelic, Ebe Dancel, Franco, Reese Lansangan, BP Valenzuela, Sandwich, Noel Cabangon, and Curtismith, joined various school bands for the benefit concert. A collection drive of PET bottles was done on site to help raise funds.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Upside Down Museum: See Things from a Different View

Ever wondered what the world would look like upside down?

Wonder no more! A relatively new museum in Manila gives Filipinos a glimpse of an upside down world. Inspired by the Upside Down Museums in Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and in the US, the Manila version opened to public in October of last year. The Upside Down Museum would send you in topsy-turvy town with optical illusions, everything upside down: a house, a bridge with real cars attached to the ceiling, and a whole lot more. 

The Museum extends up to 1700 sq. feet in floor area. More than enough for hours of fun and amusement! It features 15 themes that are perfect for your upside down photoshoot!

Some of the themes/galleries in the museum are:

  • The leaning house: a house design that seems to be falling on its side;
  • Levitation area: a room where guests can take a photo that makes them appear to be floating on air;
  • The upside down house: several galleries that shows parts of the house such as the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom, laundry area, and living room flipped.
  • The mirror house: an area that allows guests to appear hanging from a building’s facade;
  • Spilled Milk: an over sized model of a spilled carton of milk where guests can pose for a photo;
  • Cupid’s Corner: a wall where lovers can pretend to be hit by Cupid’s bow;
  • Goliath Shoes: a pair of gigantic shoes where guests can pretend to be miniature humans.

Flex your creativity and muscles! If you are having a hard time conceptualizing what pose you will exert for that perfect shot, The Upside Down Museum has several museum marshals that roam around the place who can guide and can assist you - take your photos and provide cool suggestions for your perfect pose. You can also check out LCD monitors placed in key locations as your reference. A gallery of photos from previous visitors are shown in the monitor.

Some tips to maximize your visit:

  • Charge your mobile phone and/or cameras. Bring extra batteries or a power bank. Guests are encouraged to take a lot of photos.
  • Call beforehand to check if there is a scheduled field trip or company outing scheduled that day. This is to avoid long lines and photo bombers, if you can, visit during off-peak hours or weekdays.
  • For references on how to pose, look at the flat-screen TVs where they showcase the best photos from previous visitors.
  • Edit your photos before uploading. Crop and rotate as needed. There are a lot of unedited Upside Down museum photos uploaded by visitors online.
I also heard that there is an ongoing construction at the 2nd floor. That would mean more galleries to come back for. I am definitely coming back when the 2nd floor opens to the public. I also hope that the entrance fee will remain at 450 per head.

Upside Down Museum is located at Boom Na Boom Grounds, CCP Complex, Roxas Blvd. Pasay City. The museum is across World Trade Center, behind Wensha Spa and Star City. Ticket prices: ₱450 per person; ₱330 for senior citizens and PWD. Birthday celebrants and kids below 3 years old get in for free. Operating hours: 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Unboxing: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Last Thursday, I was fortunate to be able to take the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 for a spin. Let me share with you my experience and what my thoughts are with this recently launched mobile phone.

Straight out of the minimalist black box, you have: the Mi Mix 2, the USB-C cable, the fast charger, a SIM ejector pin, a case for the Mi Mix 2, and a USB-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, your documentation and a warranty card. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 also did an "iPhone 7" and removed the 3.5mm headphone jack. Beginning to see a trend here.

Compared to its predecessors, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is much more compact. Unlike the Mi Mix, the Mi Mix 2 has rounded edges which makes it more comfortable to hold in the hand. The Mi Mix 2 also has ceramic back and has a glossy-like finish, which means its a fingerprint magnet, however, with a darker shade, the fingerprints will not be that too prominent.

While the new Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99 inch LCD display, I have no trouble operating on one hand. It is smaller and narrower than the original Mi Mix, making it easier to hold and use. It also weighs 185 g (6.53 oz).

Upon closer look at the rear, you get to see the camera rim made from 18K gold. The Mi Mix 2 smartphone sports a 12MP Sony IMX386 sensor with 1.25-micron pixels, an f/2.0 aperture 4-axis optical image stabilization (OIS), 5-piece lens, and facial recognition, dual-LED (dual tone) flash primary camera. On the front is a 5MP which features facial recognition as well. The fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the device just below the camera.

The new Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99 inch 2160 x 1080 px LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It also has a 12% reduced bottom bezel and a screen-to-body ratio of 80.8%. The device is powered by a 3,400 mAh battery which is considerably smaller than the previous generation’s 4,400 mAh battery.

SIM Card slot is located at the left side of the unit while the ON/OFF and volume +/- are at the right side.

This device features a cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic speaker and ultrasonic proximity sensor. With the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack, you will need to use the adapter that comes with the package or a pair of Bluetooth earphones.

The Mi Mix 2 runs Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Xiaomi’s custom MIUI 9 on top. Under the all this beauty of a smartphone, the flagship smartphone has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB RAM and storage options of 64GB, 128GB or 256GB. The on-board storage will not be expandable due to the absence of a microSD card slot. If you save a lot of photos, videos and other files, you might want to consider having the 256GB.

During the time the device was with me, I also tried to play Marvel Future Fight all in HIGH settings and the device delivered. No lags, no hiccups. Just a smooth gaming experience. I will post a short clip of the game play in my YouTube channel this week.

I also tried to watch a HD video clip in YouTube and liked what I saw.

Overall, a mobile phone worth the consideration if one is planning to upgrade. Easy to hold an use, very light, amazing primary and secondary camera, huge RAM (6GB) and storage (64GB/128GB/256GB), rocking display, a bezel less phone. Premium look and feel.

The perfect Christmas gift for yourself or a loved one.

Announced last September 2017, this flagship device is now available in the Philippines and you can get your own through Widget City.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Celebrating Candied Holiday Cheer @ Century City Mall

We celebrate special occasions with sweets – cakes, lollies, donuts, candies, desserts and more. Why? Because this elevates mood and gives us that "happy feeling!" Exactly what Century Mall wants us to feel as we enter this special place. "Sweet Treats" adorn the place, making it a feast for the eyes of shoppers and guests. So, let us all head to Century City Mall and relive our childhood Christmas joys with our love ones.

Here are the activities lined up by Century Mall for you to enjoy this season of Christmas:

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
Last November 16, Century Mall officially marked the beginning of Christmas Season by lighting its giant Pink Christmas Tree on the fifth floor al fresco area. Guests enjoyed the awesome dinner, sweet treats and Justice League special screening. What a way to start this season!

Santa Baby
Bring your family for a holiday cheer and sweet treats as Santa Claus will be in town every weekend from December 1st to 31st from 4-7pm.

Sweet Mysteries at Mystery Manila
Mystery Manila is ready to give you and your friends a scavenger hunt that’s full of fun and sweet dreams! The kids and the kid in you will surely enjoy this hunt! Reserve now and don’t miss this adventure from December 1 to 31.

Silverbells Christmas Fair
Do not forget to make a stop at the Silvebells Christmas Fair on Dec 16-17 at the 4th level of the mall as you complete your Christmas List. Unique and awesome gifts are ready for your taking at the best price.

On this busy season, do not forget to take break, watch the anticipated movies this year – Justice League, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and MMF entries @ Century City Mall Cinemas!

Have an overload of sweet treats this holiday season that only Century Mall can bring!

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