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Friday, September 25, 2015

ALCATEL FLASH 2 UPS THE LEVEL PLAYING FIELD IN MOBILE PHOTOGRAPHY



New Prime Model From Alcatel Flash Pushes The Limits In Camera and Phone

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, 22 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Alcatel Flash today announced their latest prime model, the Alcatel Flash 2, with an even stronger focus on mobile photography than ever before. Fresh with their new brand color “Flash Green” signifying innovation, youth and energy, the Alcatel Flash 2 builds upon Alcatel Flash’s commitment in providing mobile users a unique mobile photography experience – mobigraphy.

Mobigraphy is not just an action, but is now a lifestyle. We understand this from the very beginning when we created the Flash series,” Albert Wong, General Manager, Alcatel Flash. “What we have done for Alcatel Flash 2 is to continue to improve on what we already have and make it better yet at the same time continue to provide accessibility and convenience to the users to shoot their best moments.

The success of the Flash Plus has inspired the team to devise another smartphone with superb features and specifications” Lei Zhang, Philippine Country Manager, Alcatel Flash.


Selling exclusively on September 30 at exactly 12 Noon, through the Philippines’ One-Stop Shopping and Selling Destination – Lazada; the Alcatel Flash 2 signifies the strong partnership between Alcatel Flash and Lazada towards having the superior product quality of the Alcatel Flash smartphones be accessible to a wider consumer base through Lazada’s strong logistical capability and robust cash-on-delivery network. With the partnership between Alcatel Flash and Lazada, Filpinos can own the newest smartphone sensation – the Alcatel Flash 2, through the effortless and enjoyable online shopping experience that Lazada Philippines offers to its shoppers.


Improved Camera Technologies
The gSight. 13 Megapixels ƒ/2.0 rear camera provides sharper and clearer pictures. The accompanying RealTone Dual Flash gives an extra advantage in low light conditions while maintaining the colors as true as possible to real life. For the Profile Cam front camera, Alcatel Flash 2 has the distinct LED flash, shedding light to the users’ selfies.

Design To Fit Perfectly In Your Hand
The Alcatel Flash 2 is ergonomically designed to fit perfectly in any hand. The non-slip and mark-free curved back keeps the device spotless and dirt-free at all times. Meanwhile, the balanced body gives easy access to all the functions by using just one hand.


Sweet Intuitive Android L UI Experience
Simple yet elegantly stunning. The authentic Android L UI that comes with the Alcatel Flash 2 is all about simple yet easy-to-use designs that understands the human behavior. The results is an overall user-friendly navigation and experience.

Robust 64-bit Octa-core Processor
Built with the incredibly powerful 64-bit 8 core 1.3Ghz Cortex-A53 MT6753 Processor along with the 2GB LPDDR3 SDRAM, the Alcatel Flash 2 delivers robust performance for heavy duty usage. Users can multitask seamlessly. For peak graphic performance, the Alcatel Flash 2 comes with the Mali-T720MP4 GPU.


Pricing & Availability
The Alcatel Flash 2 is available in Volcanic Grey and Mica White. Only the former will be released initially. Philippines will be the first country to launch the device (22 September 2015) and the first to sell (30 September 2015). The Suggested Retail Price is at Php 6,190.00.

Alcatel Flash 2 will be sold exclusively in Lazada via www.lazada.com.ph/alcatel-flash-2/


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Food Discovery: Mati's Meat and Bread (Filinvest, Alabang)

If you like steak but you're in a tight budget, no need to fret as Mati's Meat and Bread offers the best value for Steaks at affordable prices.

Opened in October 2014, Mati's Meat and Bread is located at the new extension of Festival Mall which has a stunning view of River Park. The restaurant's walls are made of clear glass, giving it's diners a view of lush green landscaping.

Last September 9, I was one of the lucky bloggers who got an invite for a (lunch) food tasting at Mati's Meat and Bread. Let me share to you my experience for that afternoon and guide you through some of the dishes that you can try out at Mati's. This entry is going to be quite lengthy but it's going to be worth the read.


Creamy Spinach Dip (Php280)
I just can't get enough of that spinach dip. I almost finished the entire serving by myself.

Truffled Bone Marrow (Php385)
Reminds me of Bulalo, without the soup. The dip you scoop out from the bone marrow is surprisingly good. 

Papa's Spicy Crispy Wing (Php200)
Not really a fan of chicken wings but after sampling this dish, I am now a fan. The chicken wings have a distinct kick in it. Sweet and spicy, moist and juicy all under that crunchy coating.

Balut Aligue - Php195
This dish (literally) is begging for rice to go with it. For me, you just can't eat this dish on it's own. The aligue compliments the balut perfectly. On a side note, and don't say I didn't warn you, this dish also has "putok-batok" all over it. Best for sharing.


Oyster Rockefeller - Php450
I was hesitant to try the oysters but after tasting one, I got hooked.

Salpicao Pizza (Php385) | Bia's Four Cheese - Php365
Tali's Gamberetti (Php350) | Jala Pestroli (not yet in the menu)








The thinnest and tastiest pizza I have tried. Don't let the crust fool you. As thin as it looks like, Mati's pizza are packed with flavor and as filling as it can get. While most of the pizza dishes I have tried are oily, the pizza at Mati's, from what I can tell, is the opposite.

Camille's Spinach and Arugula Bean Salad (Php195)
Vince's Chicken and Arugula Salad (Php225)



When you want to eat light, you have these options. The grilled chicken perfectly compliments the salad. The chicken adds that texture in the salad.

Crispy Pork Belly with Kimchi and Nori Cream Cheese Spread (Php335) 
Chorizo with Potato Hash and Cream Cheese (Php275)



The menu would not be complete if we don't have tacos. We had a chance to sample these and just like the other dishes, we loved both!

Seafood Pasta (Php340)
Truffle Pasta (Php398)



Being a pasta lover, it was a delight to sample these dishes. You can never go wrong with either of the two pasta dishes.

USDA Salpicao Rice (Php425)
300g Certified Angus Ribeye (Php1,400)


This dish is begging for an extra rice. The beef is so soft and tasty.


With veggies and mashed potatoes, topped by gravy (not pictured), this is s sure winner! 


What we liked with the steaks is that we were able to try and cook the meat ourselves, hence the term "cooked table side" which is a good way to involve customers and have a simple engagement.

Red Velvet Cake (Php250)
Choco Fudge (Php220)
Eclair Cake (Php250)






Whatever your choice, you can never go wrong. Mati's will satisfy your sweet tooth. After trying these three, the Eclair Cake became my favorite dessert.


My Thoughts

I like how the dishes were presented (most of the dishes were served on a wooden tray), reasonably priced (servings are for sharing) and everything that was presented to our group that afternoon was very delicious, you can take my word for it!

Mati's offers a wide range of dishes, from their Starters, Tacos, Salads, Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches and of course, to their affordable steaks. There is always something for everybody. How their dishes were named is also something, the names of the dishes would (sometimes) be from a family member who have contributed or has something to be associated to the dish.

I also like the place, how the interior looks like and the fantastic view of the River Park. It felt like I have my own lake house and I am looking at the lake while I enjoy my lunch.


My view from the top of the stairs. The place is well-ventilated and it promotes a "feel at home" ambiance.


The view of the man-made lake from the inside.


The view of the man-made lake from the inside.

After the grueling food tasting session with the group, all I can say is that you have to try Mati's Meat and Bread. Bring your family for lunch or dinner, you can never go wrong with the available dishes. Treat yourself on a payday. Take your special someone on a dinner date. When you eat, you associate the memory or the event with the food. Mati's Meat and Bread will give you that and possibly more.

Note: Prices stated in this blog entry are accurate as of September 9, 2015



About Mati's Meat and Bread
Mati's Meat and Bread is owned by Paul and Caron Macasaet opened in October of 2014 and is named after their son Mateo. The restaurant is a subsidiary of Melo's Steakhouse who pioneered
Certified Angus Beef in the Philippines.

Mati's Meat and Bread is set to open a branch in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig before the end of 2015.


Mati's Meat and Bread
Unit B2, River Park, Festival Supermall,
Filinvest Alabang, Muntinlupa City
Telephone: +632 847-2273
www.facebook.com/matismeatandbread

Your favorite street food might be the cause of your high cholesterol levels


Manila, Philippines; September 9, 2015  Filipinos' love affair with street foods is due in many ways to its interesting taste and, more importantly, its affordability. But snacking on your favorite street fare may have far reaching health issues than we care to admit.

The Philippines is known for its rich and wide range food staples. Many are available just around the corner. However, those who frequent sidewalk vendors for their street foods are at an increased risk of having high cholesterol levels — more particularly those who crave for chicken livers.

Chicken livers offer nutrients that are beneficial for anemic individuals: they are rich in protein, iron and vitamin B12, as well as folate which is important in promoting fertility and preventing birth defects.

Despite the essential nutrients present in chicken liver, Amado Nazal, medical director of Pharex HealthCorp., noted that consuming more servings of chicken liver than what is ideal could threaten a person’s health, putting them at risk of high cholesterol and developing cardiovascular diseases.

According to the American Heart Association, a healthy person needs only 300 milligrams of cholesterol every day while less than 200 milligrams are required for those who already have high cholesterol levels. However, chicken liver already contains 479 milligrams of cholesterol in a three-ounce serving—that’s about two to three skewered chicken livers — not including your other sources of cholesterol within the day.

"Despite how delicious skewered chicken livers are, more particularly those that are grilled on the streets, it may not be a healthy option for people who are already at risk of heart diseases," Nazal said. "Cholesterol should be ingested in limited amounts as it may cause life-threatening consequences in the long run, especially when left untreated."

Healthcare providers are starting to fret that Filipinos who have high cholesterol levels will continue to indulge on street foods that are actually bad for them. The World Health Organization added that most people with this condition are not getting the treatment they need to lower their risks of having cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke.

With this, Pharex HealthCorp. — the most prescribed uni branded generics —highlights the importance of taking the prescribed medication and making lifestyle modifications to lower a person’s cholesterol levels.

Nazal said, "For patients who are at risk of having the disease, adhering to their medication is important in reducing their risks of developing heart problems. If they cannot avoid eating grilled chicken livers, then it is important for them to keep their cravings at a minimum and continue their therapy as intended."

Cholesterol-lowering medication is widely available for Filipinos. But Nazal exclaimed that if "patients will practice non-adherence to their therapy, the quality of their life will be greatly affected."

He concluded, "Satisfying your cravings for street foods is natural; it’s part of the Filipino culture. However, it’s more important for you to prioritize taking care of yourself to enjoy life's other flavors."


Monday, September 14, 2015

Business Cards Exchange Activity at Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 on November 25, 2015 at SMX Aura, Philippines


We value the delegates of each events we organized. We want you to have a collaboration for future projects or even friendship after the conference or summit under TAG Media and Public Relations. This, actually is part of the objective in attending events; To meet the empowered attendees who came from all parts of the country and beyond and to have a long term partnership after. We love to share and help individuals and companies to gain more knowledge from the speakers and to gain friends after the event. 

According to Troy Nicolas, CEO of TAG Media and Public Relations, "We will have a Business Cards Exchange Activity too on the actual event so that you will meet everyone at the conference. So don't forget your fliers, business cards and ready pitch, the bell will ring every 30 seconds."

For "Asia E Commerce Expo 2015," we will have a "Speed Networking" so that delegates will have a chance to meet all. We will endorse you to your target clients, future partners or maybe future friends, we never know. We will release the complete list of attendees 3 weeks before the November 25, 2015 event to those who have confirmed registration already and let us know what company you like to be introduced. That's what we do, that's our company. 

Asia E-Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) will be at SMX Aura, Taguig on November 25, 2015, Wednesday and brought to you by TAG Media and Public Relations. #AECoE will give you a unique opportunity to learn from, and network with senior leaders from the biggest brands in Asia Pacific region and in which the leading e-commerce experts from emerging markets, award winning e-commerce players and established e-retailers in APAC gather under one roof. Industry leaders will share independent experiences and insights for delegates from different countries. You can be a part of this inspiring environment and benefit from the excellent networking opportunities it offers.

It features:

  • Sessions on ePayments, eLogistics and ePrivacy
  • Opening reception
  • Conference programme
  • Over 15 local and international high level speakers
  • 30+ sponsors
  • 1 hour of Speed Networking

What will you learn:

  • Market Analysis
  • Digital Marketing
  • CRM
  • Strategy
  • E Commerce
  • Going Global

Why you should attend:

  • To grow your business
  • To meet investors
  • 300 APAC Audience
  • Maximizing cross border e-commerce

#AECoE is not just about learning, empowerment and inspiration but a potential future collaboration that’s why we allot time for networking. Speakers confirmed are as follows plus 10 more awaiting for their confirmation;
  • Constantin Robertz: Managing Director, Zalora
  • Lars Jeppesen: CEO, Tech One Global
  • Jacqueline Van Den Ende: Managing Director, Lamudi
  • Kristian Melquiades: General Manager, Viber
  • Janette Toral: Founder, Digital Club Filipino
  • Subir Lohani: Managing Director
  • Chinkee Tan: Book Author and Radio Host
  • Robert Yupangco: CEO, Yupangco Group of Companies
  • Frederic Levy: Founder & CEO, CashCashPinoy
  • Camille Montejo: CEO, Tree Top Adventure Inc.
  • Bjorn Pardo: CEO, Xend Business Solutions
  • Quentin Boucher: Managing Director, Ensogo
Moderators:
  • Chris Kiklas: President, EmLogis
  • Pocholo Gonzales: CEO, Creativoices Production
  • Spanky Enriquez: Corporate Communications Consultant 
Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. For partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph

Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00
(Inclusion: Snacks, Elegant Lunch, Speed Networking, Conference and Expo.)

Speakers are leaders from different industries and engaged in momentous pursuits of significance to the ASEAN region. Attendees are senior business people, high-ranking government officials and media journalists. 

Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 (#AECoE) is expecting 300 visitors & up to 30 companies to share their products and services in the expo. For more info please check www.asiaecommerce.ph and for partnership/sponsorship, please contact the organizer at 09166299381 or at maria@asiaecommerce.ph Registration Fee per delegate: Php 3,000.00 (Inclusion: Snacks and Elegant Lunch, Conference and Expo.)

Double the surprise with Red Ribbon’s new Double Deck Dedication Cake


Cakes have been integral in every Filipino celebration, more particularly during birthdays. This time, Red Ribbon—one of the leading bakeshops in the country—is offering a double treat to your loved ones with its new Double Deck Dedication Cake.

This two-layer cake offers more layers of chocolate goodness to make your child’s party an even happier birthday. With its layers of bursting chocolatey flavor, your child’s guests will surely line up for more slices.

According to Zinnia Rivera, general manager of Red Ribbon, the new Double Deck Dedication Cake is a rich chocolate cake with fudge chocolate icing topped with colorful sugar confetti, dots & stars. This can be personalized with one’s special message.

"Mothers always want the best for their children. They are constantly finding new ways to recreate how their child will cherish their special day," Rivera said. "With the new two-layer Dedication Cake, mothers can now make their children’s party two times grander without going beyond their budget."

Before, special two-layer cakes are only present during birthdays, debuts, weddings and graduation. Now, Red Ribbon makes it possible for families to make any day a bigger celebration while allowing more budget for other expenditures.

While saving on budget, you can also share the slices of the cake with 26 people because it has a base layer of 8" x 12" and a top layer of 6" x 8". This cake is now available in all Red Ribbon stores nationwide.


"Now that there’s a double deck cake in place, there’s a bigger cake with a taste of premium for all the guests," Rivera said. "Truly, Red Ribbon complements every Filipino table with its delightful treats, making every moment more worth-remembering."

As the company explores new product offerings to make every day worth celebrating for, Red Ribbon now offers its gold standard for birthday cakes in the form of its new Double Deck Dedication Cake.

Rivera concluded, "Cakes are known staples for every Filipino table whenever there’s a celebration, may it be as grand as your son’s 7th birthday or as simple as your daughter’s achievement in class. Coupling the cake with a dedication as sweet as its taste is what makes the occasion more memorable.”

To know more about Red Ribbon and its many delights, visit the website at www.redribbonbakeshop.com.

What Brands are Filipinos Buying Online?


MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Brands have become an essential consideration in making purchase decisions. Lazada: the Philippines’ One-Stop Shopping and Selling Destination is no stranger in understanding consumer behavior towards brands specifically in the online retail space. In a study conducted by Lazada on which brands Filipinos buy online, Penshoppe, ASUS, and Cherry Mobile showed strong affinity with online shoppers evidenced by local Google search results as well as search and sales within the Lazada website and mobile app. Camera brand Canon and power tool brand Bosch remains to be popular among consumers aged 55 and above. The rest of the findings are illustrated in the info graph as below.





Lazada through its Marketplace Platform, works in partnership with the biggest local and international brands to provide Filipinos with a large assortment of products across electronics and lifestyle categories. "The number of consumers looking to buy beauty products online is increasing, so partnering with Lazada seemed to be the best way to expand into the online shopping space," says Khristine Santos, Customer Development Manager of Belo Essentials.  "We regard Lazada as the most trusted e-commerce company in the Philippines and as a consumer brand, consumer trust is very important for us to grow. It allows us to easily track results and we are able to develop a better understanding of our online market," Santos of Belo Essentials added. 

Mr. William Go, Country Sales Director of Bosch, Inc., the global brand specializing on power tools and home improvement equipment regards Lazada as "the biggest e-commerce and now one of the fastest growing distribution channels of Bosch Power Tools. With its [Lazada’s] wide range of customer reach, attractive promotions, product assortment and availability, it has managed to cater effectively and successfully to the needs and wants of customers all over the country. It is now one of the most trusted online dealers carrying the number one power tool brand globally in Bosch power tools."

This September 15-17, Lazada, together with its brand partners, is staging its first Brands and Sellers’ Showroom (www.lazada.com.ph/brands-and-sellers-showroom), offering exclusive discounts of as much as 80% on select bestselling items across all categories- both available on desktop and in the Lazada Mobile App.


The Brand and Sellers’ Showroom aims to showcase Lazada’s most-loved brands at their best prices. Participating also in the Brand and Sellers’ Showroom is Alcatel where the Alcatel Flash Plus will be holding its last sale of the Alcatel Flash Plus at PhP 6490.


About Lazada
Lazada (www.lazada.com.ph) is Philippines’ largest online shopping mall and is pioneering e-commerce by providing a fast, convenient and secure online shopping experience combined with an extensive product offering in categories ranging from mobiles and tablets and consumer electronics to household goods, toys, fashion and sports equipment. Lazada is continuously striving to offer its customers the best possible shopping experience with multiple payment methods including cash on delivery, extensive warranty commitments and free returns. Lazada mobile applications for Android, iPhone and iPad provide additional convenience to its consumers’ allowing them to shop anywhere, anytime.

For more information, please visit http://www.lazada.com.ph. For updates on Lazada’s latest innovations, as well as activities, contests and promotions, connect with us via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines).

With Go! Manila, Everything Comes Easy


Envisioned for both local residents and tourists, Go! Manila seeks to make life easy in an otherwise complicated Urban Jungle.

In a click of a button, you can have full access to real time Traffic Live stream, locate and contact Emergency Locations and Hotlines and discover the historic capital of the Philippines at the tip of your finger with easy access to popular tourist destinations, restaurants and nightspots.

Go! Manila Features:

  • TRAFFIC LIVE STREAM - Get instant and real time access to Manila's major thoroughfares. Live stream will provide a link to the hundreds of high def CCTV's installed in various parts of the Metro. Never get stuck in traffic again as these live feeds will provide you ample time to look for alternative route.
  • EMERGENCY LOCATIONS - No GPS and MAPS? No problem. Get the exact locations of Police Stations/Precincts, Hospitals/Clinics, Fire departments and other concerned agencies at the tip of your finger.
  • EMERGENCY HOTLINES - No need for complicated and outdated directories. One click and you get to access and call various police precincts, hospitals, fire departments and all other emergency/disaster related concerns.


It’s a virtual tourist guide and a handy companion for commuters and travelers alike. With Go Manila, everything comes easy!

This app is spearheaded by Manila City Vice Mayor Isko Moreno. 
NOTE: All of the CCTV has a limit range only in the Philippines

Download the App Now via Google Play Store

Like Go! Manila on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gomanila
Follow Go! Manila on Twitter: https://twitter.com/gomanilaph


#bloggys2015 (Philippine Blogging Awards) Happening On November 21, 2015

Mark your calendars, the Philippines’ premiere blog awarding event, Bloggys (Philippine Blogging Awards)  is set to happen on November 21, 2015 at SMX SM Aura, Taguig.

Nomination has just begun
Beginning September 1 to 30, 2015, nominations for blogs per category is open. Nominate as many blogs as you want, screening for the nominations will be validated by the Awards Committee. You will receive a confirmation message for a successful nomination. For the complete nomination guidelines, you can check out http://bloggys.ph/nomination-process/



Reserve your tickets now!
Go to http://bloggys.ph/reserve-tickets/ to reserve a ticket

To know more about the event, visit http://bloggys.ph/
Questions? Check out the FAQ section here http://bloggys.ph/frequently-asked-questions/
To nominate* your favorite blog, go to: http://bloggys.ph/nominate-a-blog/
*you can nominate as many blogs as you want

Friday, September 4, 2015

CDR-KING: Let There Be Solar Powered Light

Gone are the days when our typical Juan Dela Cruz’ plight for brightness depends on an oil fueled lamp. A lot of eyebrows were burnt from that rigorous process. Pain-staking old-school scenario equates to a person's patience to what's obvious: Scarcity of light, stalls our nation’s road to progress.

One can also imagine during night time back then wherein streets or even roads are in complete darkness and the only source of light comes from moon and stars. Sadly, up until now there are areas in the country which lacks the luxury of having a decent street light, in particular, our rural areas. 

Lucky are those in the urban community as Local governments found it imperative to come up with projects that involves improvement of lamppost. Stand-alone business offices and even residential communities also contributes to lighting up the community at night with their fence and yard lights.

These lights gives security to the community as it acts as hindrance for lurking culprits who are always waiting for the perfect time to strike. 

CDR-King, Your one-stop media provider introduces another green technology as it brings to you the Solar powered outdoor lights that requires only 6-hour solar charging and can give hours of light usage throughout the night. 


This technology aims to save you a lot from your electricity bill and pushes for the usage of solar energy.


CDR-King Solar Powered outdoor light features:

  • Solar Panel: 15V/15W
  • Lithium Battery: 37Vah
  • LED Power: 4W
  • LED Drive Current: 220mA/pc
  • Static Power: 0.064W (MIcrowave induction)
  • Detection angle: 140'360
  • Number of lights: 6pcs
  • Lumen Value: 600-720lm
  • LED chip: Bridgelux
  • Color Temperature: 3000-6500K
  • CRI: 75Ra
  • Light Control Voltage: 3V
  • Sensor Area: 1- meters
  • Charging Time: 6 hours
  • Working Time: 3 rainy days
  • Working Temperature: -20 degree - 60 degree
  • Lifetime: 5000 hours

Visit your nearest CDR-King branches nationwide to check on other Solar-powered products.

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