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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

World-class Pump Track Action at The Bike Playground’s First Anniversary

MANILA, Philippines – April 2018: As the first and only Bike Park in the country, The Bike Playground celebrated another milestone with its first anniversary event. Last April 7, 2018, The Bike Playground held the Red Bull Pump Track World Championships qualifier, an exhilarating global race series that took local pump track racing to new heights, and welcomed local biking enthusiasts from all over the country.

This was held as one of the qualifier events that are undertaken in cities around the world, which will culminate with the grand final to be held on September 7, 2018 in Lenzerheide, Switzerland. This is set to coincide with the world-renowned Union Cycliste Internationale Mountain Bike (UCI MTB) World Championships, where the official Pump Track World Champion will be named in the finals.

For the Philippine leg of the competition, Jericho Farr takes the win in Manila for the men’s category, with Lea Denise Belgica taking the top spot in the women’s.

Jericho Farr booked himself a slot in the world finals for the Men Category

Lea Denise Belgica secures the top spot in her category

With heart-pumping bike exhibitions to thrill the crowd, The Bike Playground’s anniversary also featured Dutch professional mountain biker Joost Wichman, winner of the 2013 UCI Championship, World Cup racer, Radon Factory rider & team manager, and celebrity in the biking world was present as a participant in the Philippine leg of the qualifiers. 

Joost Wichman in action

The global race series is being jointly undertaken by Red Bull and Velosolutions. 

Velosolutions is globally known for its pump track and bike park construction, and is also the name behind the superior offerings of The Bike Playground’s first-rate facilities. Headed by international designer and mountain bike luminary Claudio Calouri, Velosolutions offers customized solutions for various cycling needs.

A top-notch facility that promotes cycling as an activity that can be enjoyed by all, the Bike Playground offers bike rentals and assistance from highly skilled coaches from the Philippine National Team. It also houses the country’s first indoor asphalt pump track, which can be used even during the rainy season. An outdoor trail and a kids’ track expands the list of spaces that can be enjoyed within the park.

The Bike Playground is located within Circulo Verde, a 10-hectare master-planned mixed-use community envisioned by its developers, Ortigas & Co., to become an active lifestyle destination. Situated in Circulo Verde, Calle Industria, Quezon City, the Bike Playground has become a favoured destination among bikers, who enjoy its range of offerings and fun events held especially for the biking community. It first opened its tracks to the public last March of 2017.

Witness world-class pump track racing in action.

For more information on the Red Bull Pump Track World Championship, visit:

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

SALE ALERT: The Infinix Hot S3 gets a price cut on April 6, 2018 at Shopee from Php7,999 to Php6,199

If you missed out on the initial sale of the Infinix Hot S3 last February 28 because it was SOLD OUT in 39 minutes, here is your chance to get Infinix Mobility's latest smartphone.

On April 6, 2018 from 12MN to 12NN, the Infinix Hot S3 will be on sale in Shopee again for Php6,199.

In my previous blog post, the SRP listed for the Infinix Hot S3 is at Php7,999 - but on April 6, the Infinix Hot S3 will be available on Shopee FOR ONLY Php6,199.

To recap, here again is my unboxing and review of the Infinix Hot S3.

Infinix Hot S3 Specs
Display: 5.65-inch HD+ IPS 1440x720 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 285ppi
CPU: 1.5GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor
GPU: Adreno 505
ROM: 32GB expandable via a dedicated microSD card slot up to 128GB
Main Camera: 13MP f/2.0 w/ AF and dual LED flash
Selfie Camera: 20MP f/2.0 w/ dual LED flash
Battery: 4,000mAh (non removable)
OS: Android 8.0 Oreo w/ XOS 3.0
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE w/ VoLTE, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
Others: Fingerprint sensor, Colors: sandstone black, brush gold
Dimensions: 153 x 72.85 x 8.54 mm
Weight: 150g

This could possibly be the best budget phone right now and the SRP slashed even further, making it more affordable.

Having second thoughts? Here are THREE REASONS why you should consider getting the Infinix Hot S3.

Are you getting one on April 6th?

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Vivo unveils the all-new V9 AI-powered FullView™ display smartphone in the Philippines

Global smartphone brand Vivo has revealed its all-new sleek and stylish V9 flagship unit at the City of Dreams Manila in a summer-themed unveiling that was attended by over 200 members of the press and other guests.

Vivo welcomed its guests late Thursday afternoon at the Wave, a contemporary poolside deck, restaurant, and bar so they can experience the V9 and take selfies and photos with the sunset as their backdrop. Vivo then picked one lucky and creative photo posted on Instagram to win a V9 unit.

Vivo executives led by Brand Director Annie Lim answered some of the questions of the media during the V9 press launch.

The program continued at the City of Dreams Grand Ballroom with Myx VJ Ai dela Cruz as the host. They were formally welcomed by Vivo Brand Director Annie Lim who recapped the smartphone company’s feats in the Philippines. Since it entered the Philippine market in 2016, Vivo has been steadily rising to become the country’s top three brand with over 5,200 stores and 1.5 million users nationwide.

Vivo’s Jomari Morales followed Lim's remarks by presenting all the goods on the V9. She highlighted the Vivo V9’s 90% screen-to-body ratio, the 24-megapixel selfie camera and 16MP+5MP dual read camera, and the AI-powered photography for a "perfect view" and a "perfect shot."

Morales also presented the Vivo V9’s improved game mode that would enable users to take calls or open other apps without pausing the gaming applications or play without any interruptions.

After her presentation, Vivo’s Junior Brand Manager Christian Jocson revealed that anyone can enjoy a V9 for a "perfect" price of Php17,990 with pre-orders beginning on March 26 until April 2.

Lim, Morales, Jocson, and Xian Gana from Vivo then answered the media’s questions during the Q&A. Their exchanges were focused on the Vivo’s plans in the Philippines and the V9's capabilities.

Vivo Brand Director Annie Lim acknowledged the smartphone brand’s partners, Ayala Malls and SM Supermalls, during the launch of the V9.

Vivo partners, Ayala Malls and SM Supermalls, were also recognized during the event during the ceremonial exchange of tokens. Lim handed the malls' representatives with a Little V doll.

Fresh faces of Vivo
Vivo also welcomed its newest endorsers, up-and-coming actors Edward Barber and Ivan Dorschner.

Barber is the onscreen partner of young actress Maymay Entrata who also joined the event. Entrata was the first who joined Vivo in September 2017 during the launch of the V7+. His endorsement deal with Vivo is something MayWard fans have been patiently waiting for since the pair already worked together for the smartphone brand during their first Making Mega shoot in Germany last year.

Dorschner, meanwhile, charmed the press with his good looks and charisma. He was one of Kuya’s guests in Pinoy Big Brother in 2010. Since then, he became one of GMA Network's top leading men after starring alongside young actress and fellow Vivo endorser Barbie Forteza in the primetime series "Meant To Be."

Aside from the launch of the new flagship smartphone V9,Vivo also introduced its newest endorsers, Ivan Dorschner and Edward Barber.

Barber, Entrata, and Dorschner also picked three lucky winners of the Vivo V9 during the raffle. They also joined the Vivo executives for a toast for the V9. Also with them onstage were other Vivo endorsers young pop soul singer Sassa Dagdag, acoustic singer-songwriter TJ Monterde, and balladeer Jason James Dy who closed the night with their performances.

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

About Vivo
A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.

DISCOUNT ALERT: RunRio Trilogy 2018 Leg 2 Early Bird Rates

A couple of days ago, Runrio Events, Inc. announced on their Facebook Page the EARLY BIRD rates for the upcoming RunRio Trilogy Cebu Leg 2 (May 6, 2018) and RunRio Trilogy Manila Leg 2 (June 3, 2018).

For a limited time only - March 23 to April 6, 2018 - regular registration fees for the RunRio Trilogy 2018 Leg 2 will have a discounted rate. Save as much as Php200.00 for the 21k and 32k categories.

Take advantage of the discounted rates as this is offered for a limited time ONLY! You have another reason to participate in all three legs this year and complete your medal set.

Leg 1 Medal for the 21k category

For more information on the registration fees and the online registration schedule, visit

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Home 168 Manila is the Millennial’s Dormitory

Being the third city in Asia with the worst traffic, an average Manila resident especially the working class spends 1,000 hours a year or 28,000 hours of his economic life in traffic. According to Asian Development Bank report, that results to a 100,000-peso loss of productivity per person each year. More than that, we are losing something more invaluable such as the comfort and well-being from a happy and stressful life and the time we yearn to be spent with family and friends. Thus, Home 168 Manila was established to solve and address the seemingly hopeless urban and economic problem. It seeks to reverse the adverse consequence of living in the busy and traffic congested city by offering an affordable, safe, happy and friendly social community with a maximum of 520 mix of male and female tenants living within its dormitory compound.

Most of the people of Manila have to deal with being doubly tired, stressed and fatigued from their daily work and long commute, barely having any relaxation or sleeping time. They are losing quality time for family and friends and spending more for food, transportation and housing just to buy them more time and convenience. With Home 168 Manila, they can find an affordable, happy and safe place near their work or school which they can call home. Home 168 Manila is the foundation or support they need to make their dreams come true.

Home 168 Manila is a unique 1, 332sqm dormitory concept built from recycled container vans. It has a bright and colorful al fresco co-working space at the center where people can gather play games, eat and watch cable TV as they relax after work or school.  It is one of the few places in Manila where you can just lay down and view the moon and the night sky. For as low as 2,000 php per month, it offers a well-guarded, CCTV and RFID-equipped dormitory with 520 beds paces, 56 shower booths, 48 toilet w/ bidet, 8 washing areas, 8 urinals, 100 mbps WiFi, electricity, water, hot and cold mineral water stations and scheduled cleaning, maintenance and pest control.

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