Friday, October 19, 2018

The Mazda Baby Is All Grown Up

By Monch "The Monchster" Henares

At First Glance

There she is.... the Mazda 2 V+.  It's that new vivacious smile that caught my attention.  Gone are the days of the Joker-like grin grills. Sleek, flowing lines enhanced by sporty front and side body skirts, and a rear spoiler complete the Mazda 2's aerodynamic nimbleness. Kudos to the KODO Soul of Motion design philosophy.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

FWD Together With Humanity & Inclusion launch "Forward Together" Project

(L-R) Raph Resus, host. Narcisa Placido, Director HR Operations and Talent Acquisition FWD PH,  Roche Vandenberghe - FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing and community care and country lead, Angel Laygan - De La Salle College of Saint Benilde's School for Deaf Education and Applied Studies, Twyla David - Humanity & Inclusion's Inclusive Employment and Entrepreneurship Project Coordinator

FWD Life Philippines and Humanity & Inclusion celebrated the beginning of its Forward Together Project with a media event, an interactive visual language activity, and Mystery Manila escape room challenge participated by volunteers from both organizations as well as members of the media, held on October 17, 2018 at Hole in the Wall, Century City Mall in Makati City.

Saturday, October 13, 2018


By Monch Henares

The highly-anticipated launch of the 2018 Ranger Raptor finally happened recently at the Arca South, Taguig. A huge vacant lot was contoured into an off-road course complete with 8-foot high jumps, rough terrain, and deep canals. 

Friday, October 12, 2018

Friday, October 5, 2018


(L-R) Ronald Chiong - Department Manager for Research and Development / Billy V. Centeno - Asst. Vice-President for LPG, Lubes, and Greases Trade / Gretchen Ho - Host / Ana Neri - Vice-President for Marketing / Fernan S. Magnayon - Vice-President for Commercial Sales

finally completes its High Temperature Protection (HTP) engine oil line-up with three top-of-the-line variants. This is Petron's best engine oil ever formulated.


Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, is pleased to introduce the limited edition variants of the New CR-V, New Mobilio and New Civic this 2018 with enhancements which aim to deliver sporty and stylish vehicles to satisfy the needs and cater to the dynamic lifestyle of the Filipino Customer and their Families. Interested customers may now inquire and reserve at any of the 38 Honda Cars Dealerships nationwide.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018


As countries around the world kick off their respective Oktoberfest celebrations, Resorts World Manila (RWM) gives the popular Bavarian occasion a Filipino touch with its first ever Beers and Thrills Festival.

Monday, October 1, 2018


Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific 2018 at Singapore Expo

The inaugural Industrial Transformation ASIA-PACIFIC – a Hannover Messe event, will take place in Singapore, the region’s thriving manufacturing hub, at Singapore EXPO from 16 to 18 October 2018. Organised by SingEx Exhibitions together with international partner Deutsche Messe, the event is the definitive new trade platform for the 4th Industrial Revolution in Asia Pacific as the region’s manufacturing community gets ready to embark on, and showcase, their readiness for transformational change. The event will welcome more than 10,000 attendees from over 30 countries over three days.


I've attended so many events as a writer and blogger in the past 2 years. I saw the regular boring photo walls, photo booths with costumes and cardboard thought-bubbles, and even some photo booths that would digitally dress you up into character. I brought home pictures that I either lost or left stuffed in a drawer somewhere.  I have never seen an event souvenir so innovative, eye-catching and memorable until last week.

Thursday, September 27, 2018


CrewBloom founders Brianna Carney and Kate Ringcodan
With the BPO industry booming within the last few decades and introducing new kinds of technology in the workplace, the businesses and the working environment are bound to change for the better.

Monday, September 24, 2018


Award-winning gaming peripherals brand Rapoo VPRO comes speeding into the Philippine gaming market with something better and more affordable. Rapoo Philippines is bringing a new lineup of VPRO gaming peripherals to the market this September, 2018 that is a result of Rapoo’s great advantage of vertical integration of design, R&D and manufacturing that provides professional and affordable gaming peripherals.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

LYDIA'S LECHON : Presenting Eight NEW Lechon Make-Overs in 2018

Did it ever cross your mind that eating lechon the old fashion way was getting boring and out of date? Finally, somebody has thought out-of-the-box and has done a make-over of the regular lechon to create an array of lechon dishes that nobody has ever dreamed of.  

Monday, September 17, 2018

Moymoy Lulumboy Ang Lihim ng Libro - The Much Anticipated 5th Book is Out

Moymoy Lulumboy - Ang Lihim ng Libro Book 5

Lampara Books' epic fantasy series Moymoy Lulumboy returns with its fifth book. Dubbed Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Lihim Ng Libro, the adolescent novel takes readers to the enchanting
world of Gabun where local mythological creatures like aswang, duwende, manananggal, kapre, and tikbalang co-exist with each other and fight for communal peace.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


LAZ the Lion - LAZADA's mascot, Ray Alimurung- LAZADA Philippines' CEO, Anthony Thomas - MYNT's President and CEO, and GCat - GCash mascot (photo credit Stephen Militante)

Leading mobile money provider GCash teamed up with the number one online mall Lazada to provide a more convenient way of checking out your shopping cart. 

Monday, September 10, 2018


2018 Honda CR-V 1.6L Diesel Turbo AWD 9AT at the American Cemetery, Taguig

By Monch Henares

Buying a car in the 60’s to the early 90’s was such a simple task. We only had to  ask ourselves three main things before deciding on the make, engine size, and color. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018


L-R: Jonathan Legaspi, Asst. Vice President, National Sales, Ford Philippines; Bert Lessard, Managing Director, Ford Philippines; Rodel Gallega, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Ford Philippines; and Ryan Lorenzo, Asst. Vice President, Marketing, Ford Philippines

Since it was first launched in the Philippines in 2014, the EcoSport has become a familiar sight on city streets across the country, having gained wide appeal for its unmistakable combination of agility, affordability, and fuel efficiency of a compact car with the ground clearance, flexibility, and spaciousness of an SUV.

Saturday, August 18, 2018


The 2018 Everest Titanium 4X4 3.2L Diesel in cloud nine

BY: Monch Henares
Photos: Monch Henares and Arabelle Jimenez 

As soon as I got word from Ford Philippines that they had scheduled a 2018 Ford Everest Titanium 4X4 3.2L Diesel for me to test drive and review, I quickly mapped out a route that would take me northward to Sagada in the Mountain Province. The perfect place with its demanding road conditions and rainy weather forecasted, to test the Everest's 4X4 capabilities and features. 

Saturday, July 28, 2018


Kevin Belingon of Team Lakay - New ONE Interim Bantamweight World Champion
Last Friday, July 27, 2018, the largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), electrified the packed Mall of Asia Arena with another evening of authentic world-class martial arts action. The state-of-the-art showground played host to ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, featuring the absolute best in local and international martial arts talent. In the main event, hometown hero Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Baguio City, Philippines overcame a stiff challenge from two-division ONE World Champion Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen, winning by unanimous decision to claim the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship. 

Sunday, July 22, 2018


(L - R) From Panasonic Philippines,  Rain Zapanta - Television Product Manager, Masaru Toyota - Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Terry Saito, Director of AV Merchandise Division, Panasonic Appliance Marketing Asia Pacific, Shinishi Hayashi - President Panasonic Philippines, Mike Carandang - Emmy award Winning Producer and Director, and Christine Jacobs Sandejas - Program Host
Panasonic has always been at the forefront of technology advancement and innovation. This month they launched their latest line of 4K UHD OLED televisions with Panasonic's exclusive cutting-edge colour processing technology, "Hexa Chroma Drive PRO", with dynamic contrast and precise detail expression to capture every nuance of the original image. Colours rediscovered with the addition of cyan, magenta, and yellow to the standard RGB.

BPI Family Savings Bank Waives Fees and Goes All Out with Auto and Housing Loans

From Left to Right - SVP Felipe Carlos (Housing Loan Division Head), VP Noel Altamirano (Marketing & Systems Division Head), SVP Qit Abola (Retail Lending Group Head), VP Dennis Fronda (Auto Loan Division Head).

Are you in the market for your dream car or home? Check this out. BPI Family Savings Bank has recently launched it's "All-Out Auto and Housing Loans" promo which includes waived fees, discounts, and the low interest rates.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Dream of Credit For The underserved and Unbanked Filipino Is Now A Reality

(From L-R) GCat, Fuse Head of Lending, Kim Seng, Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas, Mynt Chief Data and Risk Officer and CEO of Fuse Lending Jean Francois Darre and Product Manager Myles Salud

According to a 2017 World Bank survey, Eighty percent of adult Filipinos are unbanked and don't have any access to credit lines. When in desperation, their only recourse is to borrow with outrageous interest rates of 20% or more from informal and unlicensed money lenders called "five-six". It is simple and enticing for the regular Juan because no collateral or supporting documents are needed. Unfortunately, it leads to a debt trap that people find hard to break out off just to stay afloat.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros’ trending OOTD Question Is Finally Revealed

Melai Cantiveros wears Bagong Bili and Alex Gonzaga wears Bagong Laba ng Tide

What’s the worst thing that can happen when you are wearing your nicest OOTD? For showbiz stars like Alex Gonzaga and Melai Cantiveros, it’s bumping into each other, wearing exactly the same outfit and wondering who actually wore it better. But since these two ladies are not going to settle the score just like that, they both asked the bigger, more interesting question—are the outfits bagong bili or bagong laba?

Friday, June 29, 2018

The All-New 2018 Suzuki Dzire and Swift Is Now Available In PH

(L-R) SPH Managing Director and Treasurer Norminio Mojica, SPH President Hiroshi Suzuki, SMC Chief Engineer Masao Kobori, SMC Group Manager of Asia Automobile Group 2 Keiichi Suzuki and SPH Vice President and General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura lead the ceremonial toast to cap off the successful launch of the all-new Dzire and Swift
Pioneer compact car distributor Suzuki Philippines (SPH) closes the first half of the year with the back-to-back launch of the much-anticipated all-new Dzire compact sedan and Swift hatchback.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Globe Business Introduces Cloud and Cybersecurity to Enhance Their Full Suite of Business Solutions

L-R: ES Solomon-GoCanvas APAC Sales and Product Engineer, Marlon Cruz-Trustwave Country Director, Peter Sharples-Amazon Web Services APAC Head of Major Initiatives, Channels and Alliances, Pebbles Sy-Manalang- Globe Chief Information Officer, Albert M. De Larrazabal-Globe Chief Commercial Officer, Peter Maquera, Globe SVP for Enterprise Group, Ferdie Saputil-Google Cloud Philippines Country Lead, Jason Huang-Executive Director of Ademco, Francisco Layug III -President of Ademco Philippines (ESSCOR), and Gil B. Genio, Globe Chief Technology and Information Officer

Cloud, Cybersecurity take center stage at “Breakthrough with Globe Business Solutions”

Thursday, June 21, 2018

StyleFestPH - A Fusion of Beauty, Fashion, and Business this September 7-9

At the launch of stylefestph are EIC Sarah Santiago; Fashion Exchange International co-founder, Carmina Sanchez-Jacob; Head of Globe Lifestyle Leah de Guzman; Zalora co-founder and CEO, Paulo Campos; stylecouncil head mentor, designer Inno Sotto; SAGA Events CEO Robby Carmona; Globe CEO Ernest Cu; Grand Hyatt Manila GM Gottfried Bogensperger; Globe Senior Advisor for Creative Marketing and Multimedia Business, Joe Caliro; Globe SVP for Content Business, Nikko Acosta; stylist Pam Quiňones; makeup artist Jigs Mayuga
Get ready to strut your style as Globe Telecom, in partnership with SAGA Events Inc. present stylefestph, a fashion and beauty festival, from September 7-9, 2018.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

ReLife Introduces A Non-Invasive and Safe Way To Look Young Again

Everyone will definitely get old someday. Some may find the fountain of youth and stay young looking forever. But, for most of us who are not so lucky, our faces will tend to gravitate downwards as we age, causing our cheeks to droop and come side-by-side with our chins. Unsightly eyebags will start to grow and darken making us look tired and beat up. Not to mention, we will slowly dry up and wrinkle like a prune.

Friday, June 1, 2018 Celebrates 5 Million Customer Milestone, the Philippines’ leading digital wallet and mobile payments app, announced it has reached over 5 million customers on its blockchain-powered platform in the 4 years since its founding.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

HONOR Flagship Smartphone: AI-Powered HONOR 10 Now Available in PH Through Shopee

Following its highly successful global launch in London, leading smartphone ebrand Honor, partners with Shopee, the leading ecommerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, to officially launch its flagship smartphone in the Philippines

Wednesday, May 23, 2018


What is Blockchain?

According to Wikipedia...Blockchain was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008 for use in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, as its public transaction ledger. A Blockchain is a decentralized, distributed and public digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network.This allows the participants to verify and audit transactions inexpensively. A Blockchain database is managed autonomously using a peer-to-peer network and a distributed timestamping server. The invention of the Blockchain for Bitcoin made it the first digital currency to solve the double-spending problem without the need of a trusted authority or central server. The bitcoin design has been the inspiration for other applications.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

CHECKAPP: The Latest Mobile App To Reinvent The Medical Service Industry In PH

CheckApp: The ultimate medical tool on your mobile phone.

Check App Republic, Inc. (CARI) launched its very first mobile app named CheckApp. In partnership with Carewell Healthcare systems this mobile app will simply be the center of anything medical

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Danger! Danger! I'm "Lost in Space" and Hooked on NETFLIX

NETFLIX on-the-go powered by my trusty GLOBE-AT-HOME Prepaid Home WIFI  Router.

"Danger! Danger!" said the washing-machine-looking robot on the original 60's tv series "Lost In Space"which run from 1965-1968. A futuristic science-fiction series ahead of its time that got its viewers glued to the tube one hour each week. It was so long ago I remember watching it on a black-and-white TV. 

Friday, May 11, 2018

Globe myBusiness Academy Online: What Budding Entrepreneurs Need

Welcome page of the Globe MyBusiness Academy Online

Budding entrepreneurs don't need to search for guidance, start-up
tips, and inspiration to create their own businesses. It's now available
online and is free.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Honda Will Bring In 100 More Civic Type Rs this 2018

2018 Honda Civic Type R in the new Polished Metal Metallic color

May 10, 2018 – Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile business unit in the Philippines, is pleased to announce the availability once again of the Civic Type R this 2018 as a response to the overwhelming market acceptance and persistent demand for Honda’s Performance Vehicle offering in the Philippines.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

TRUMPERTE: The Ultimate Political Spoof Mash-up

Hold on to your seats as the funniest and wittiest stand-up comedy of 2018 hits the metro with
Jon Santos as Trumperte!

            Taking the queue from our backlogged license plates, the great number of celebrities and dubious icons grabbing headlines in the world now are in a severe pile-up, all overripe for some wicked spoofing! The unsurpassable Jon Santos relieves our cultural backlog with an original satirical live show guaranteed to be brave, explosive, and delightfully entertaining.

PH Gives Warmest Welcome to Louie Sangalang, Filipino North Pole Marathon Finisher

Courtesy of Louie Sangalang
A new Filipino hero emerges from the freezing cold. FWD Life Philippines representative Louie Sangalang conquered the FWD North Pole Marathon, the world’s coolest marathon.

Multi-sport athlete Louie Sangalang, the first Filipino cancer survivor to conquer the FWD North Pole Marathon, was given the warmest homecoming party by Pan-Asian insurer FWD Life Insurance after successfully completing the marathon held on April 16, 2018. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

SHELL Philippines Launches SHELL HELIX OILCHANGE+ with Customer Comfort in Mind

Anthony Wee - Brand Manager for Shell Helix

Last May 2, 2018, in Makati City, Shell Philippines announced their alliance with AXA Partners Philippines and Don Bosco Technical Institute. This partnership would give a whole new meaning to the term Oil Change. With customer comfort, safety, and peace of mind as their main thrust, Shell PH thus launched the improved Shell Helix Oil Change +.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Eatigo - The Reason Why You Can Afford to Eat Out Every Day

This revolutionary app is changing Metro Manila’s dining scene one reservation at a time

The question of “Where should we eat?” is one of life’s happiest struggles. The restaurant and cuisine options nowadays are endless. Now, if only your budget was as vast as the choices that you have.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Resorts World Manila Stages World Premier of the Original Pinoy Musical, ANG HULING EL BIMBO

Vibrant star-studded cast of Ang Huling El Bimbo

Songs from the country’s most iconic ‘90s band, woven into one originally Pinoy story will bring back Filipino generations to the days of their youth as Resorts World Manila (RWM) is set to premiere Ang Huling El Bimbo, its 9th theater production, at the Newport Performing Arts Theater on July 20.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Brina Kei Maxino poses for the media after she writes on the Pledge Wall hoping for a united world.

Last April 23,2018, the local media together with several bloggers and members of Special Olympics Philippines were invited to participate in a Special Olympics Bowling Event hosted by FWD Life Insurance.  There were five teams assembled and I was chosen to join the Gray Team. Our seven-member team had two awesome special athletes who were born with intellectual disabilities. Both of them inspired and moved me. Twenty-one-year-old Brina Kei

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Resorts World Manila Entertainment Is Just A Click Away With RWM’s Mobile Companion App

Present during the launch of Newport Cinema Convergence launch are Megaworld Lifestyle Mall Marketing Officer Ralph Torres; Megaworld Commercial Division Regional Head, Mr Michael Vivo; Megaworld Lifestyle Mall Group Head for Lifestyle Entertainment Group, Mr Brix Valdenarro; Resorts World Manila Director for Digital Channels, Mr Jay Padua; and Director for Integrated Marketing, Mr Gerald Magtoto

Resorts World Manila (RWM), the Philippines’ first integrated resort, is bringing the concept of seamless integration to your fingertips with its latest updates on the RWM Mobile Companion app, which can be downloaded for free on the AppStore and GooglePlay.

ONE Championship Kicks Off ONE: Heroes of Honor

Main Event

Asia’s premier martial arts organization, ONE Championship, is back in Manila for its second of four shows in 2018. In a press conference held at the Grand Ballroom of the City of Dreams in Manila, the promotion kicked off its latest event, ONE: HEROES OF HONOR, which is set for Friday, 20 April, at the Mall of Asia Arena.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

BMW Exhilaration to the Max at MIAS 2018.

40 Years of M Power between them featuring the 
BMW M4 DTM Champion Edition and the BMW M1

Manila, Philippines – SMC Asia Car Distributors Corp. (SMCACDC), the exclusive importer and distributor of BMW in the Philippines, is set to open a world of exhilaration as it joins this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). MIAS will be home to the latest models from BMW and BMW Motorrad, as well as rare and iconic BMW automobiles and motorcycles, from April 5-8 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. 

The New 2018 FORD Mustang Convertible Launched at the MIAS 2018

The new Mustang Convertible officially arrives the country as Ford Philippines’ executives lead its official launch at this year’s Manila International Auto Show (MIAS). From left are Ryan Lorenzo, AVP for National Sales; Bert Lessard, Managing Director; Rodel Gallega, VP for Marketing and Sales; and Prudz Castillo, AVP for Marketing.

MANILA, Philippines, 5 April 2018 – Ford Philippines today officially unveiled the new Mustang at the 15th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), available in four exciting variants, including the sporty Mustang convertible for the first time in the Philippines.

The All-New 2018 FORD Expedition Launched at the 15th Manila International Auto Show

Ford Philippines officially launches the all-new aluminum-alloy body Expedition at this year’s Manila International Auto Show. Leading the launch are (L-R) Ford Philippines managing director Bert Lessard, VP for Marketing and Sales Rodel Gallega.

MANILA, Philippines, 5 April 2018 – Ford Philippines today at the 15th Manila International Auto Show launched the all-new Expedition full-size SUV featuring a bold and robust new design, improved performance, and a collection of best-in-class luxury features.  

Friday, March 30, 2018

Globe Business, GCash Partner Up with Shakey’s Philippines and Launch #77-777 Toll-Free Delivery Hotline

From L-R:  Anthony Thomas, Mynt President and CEO; Albert de Larrazabal, Globe Chief Commercial Officer; Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO; Vicente Gregorio, SPAVI President and CEO; Jorge Concepcion, SPAVI General Manager; and Peter Maquera, Globe SVP for Enterprise Group

Shakey’s Philippines, one of the biggest and most iconic pizza store chains in the country, has tapped Globe Telecom and GCash to allow its customers to order and pay for their pizza, pasta, chicken, and other favorite food and drinks with just their mobile phones.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Globe myBusiness ProjectEd Awards Future Filmmakers: Their Only Tool, A Mobile Phone

Times have truly changed with the invention of the mobile phone. A gadget that was only a dream and a concept in the 70's. It's simply a portable phone, computer, and a camera rolled into one device that fits on the palm of your hand. Today, most of them are equipped with sophisticated cameras that are so crisp, clear, and powerful. So advanced, they are capable of making movies for the big screen. 

Friday, March 9, 2018

PETRON Embraces The True Bayanihan Spirit With Lakbay Alalay 2018

      Petron Lakbay Alalay, the country’s longest running motorist roadside assistance program has evolved over the past three decades from a small group of Petron employees volunteering to spend their Holy Week break to provide emergency aid for car problems like overheating, flat tires, and thelike, into a comprehensive year-round program to ensure that with Petron, “the best ang biyahe.”     

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Daikin Focuses On Saving Mother Earth With Zero Ozone Depleting R32 As Its Sole Refrigerant

In its quest to save mother earth, HVAC technology leader Daikin Airconditioning Philippines (DAP), a company at the forefront of reducing global warming, is on a mission to innovate, develop, and promote new products and technologies that will lead us to a more environmentally healthy world.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Filipino Cancer Survivor Will Run The Marathon Of His Life To Reach The Top Of The World

"NORTH POLE MARATHON". Why would a Filipino, who is tropically acclimatized, even want to run in the coldest and harshest marathon that will take him to the very top of the world? He will experience temperatures as low as -30 degrees centigrade and will be running for 42 kilometers on top of 6 to 12 feet of  frozen Arctic ocean. Why? He will be looking at nothing else but miles of blinding white terrain and unfortunately have a 50/50 chance of coming face to face with a hungry polar bear. Why?