Music Museum’s Christmas lights ceremony sets Theater Mall and Promenade areas ablaze

The tradition of lighting Christmas trees dates back to the XVIIth century. Candles were used to light The Tree, until the first Christmas tree lit by electric lights went up in New York City in 1882 with just 80 small electric light bulbs. It was Edward Johnson who created the first string of electric lights that became popular in the 1900s to light up Christmas homes.

Today, Christmas lights and Christmas displays have come a long way. Thousands of lights with various effects make Christmases bright everywhere. Catch the dazzling Christmas lights display at the Theater Mall and the Promenade at Greenhills Shopping Center that were turned on in an equally dazzling ceremony on November 15. Music Museum Group, Inc. President Precy M. Florentino (fifth from left) and German “Kuya Germs” Moreno (fourth from left) led the “Lights On” ritual in the company of young Kapuso stars (L-R) Teejay Marquez, Sharmaine Santiago, Hiro Peralta, Louise de los Reyes, Jake Vargas and Sanya Lopez at the New Promenade lobby. One click on the light switch set the entire Music Museum, Theater Mall, Promenade and Teatrino complex ablaze.

Loboc Children’s Choir to serenade Power Plant Mall

Celebrate the spirit of giving this Holiday season when the famed Loboc Children’s Choir stages a free concert at Power Plant Mall on November 9-10, at 5:30 pm at the North Court.

Let the beautiful voices make your Christmas truly memorable as they sing classic Christmas songs and make beautiful music. The concert, presented by Rockwell Land and ABS-CBN, is free in admission, and donations for Bohol are highly encouraged. The proceeds of the concert will go to the rehabilitiation of Bohol churches through the Diocese of Tagbilaran.

The Loboc Children’s Choir is a school-based choir composed of kids aged 1-16 years old and has won in competitions locally and abroad. Loboc, Bohol, is the epicenter of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Visayas on October 15, 2013.

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The Philippines’ BPO industry is currently recognized as one of the two global leaders in the world. Currently estimated to have 926,000 full-time employees across different companies, the Business Process Association of the Philippines (BPAP) projected that the industry will generate $16 Billion in revenues by the end of the year. In the midst of it all is SYKES, a company that prides itself as the pioneer of this groundbreaking industry.

Sixteen years since it started BPO operations in the country, SYKES Asia, Incorporated. formally opened its new facilities at the heart of Makati.

On August 14, 2013, SYKES President and CEO Chuck Sykes performed the traditional ribbon cutting ceremony together with the company’s key personalities Dan Hernandez – Executive Vice-President for Global Strategy, Mike Henderson – Senior Vice-President for APAC and Dean Van Ormer – Vice-President for Philippine Operations.

Designed primarily to provide collaboration and comfort to its workforce while enhancing their productivity, the building previews a glimpse into the employee-centered workplace as the future of the BPO.

Utilizing intelligent lighting to ensure proper diffusion and absence of glare, and ergonomic chairs that adapt to all body types amidst vibrant colors, work stations have been designed for ease and accomplishment. Spacious huddle rooms are equipped to improve communication between employees and foster learning, while a mother’s room is another considerate feature that shows SYKES’ commitment in providing excellent support for BPO professionals.

“The building is a major project by SYKES, because we believe that employees are our premium to our longevity – we want to give them the best. We also want to show that a career in the BPO is very progressive, especially since the industry has become a very significant part of the economic landscape. It’s our contribution for the forward move of BPO,” said Mr. Dean Van Ormer, Vice-President for Philippine Operations.

Wenger is official travel gear of CebuPac’s Juan For Fun

Swiss brand Wenger, makers of a full range of outdoor gear including knives, watches, luggage and travel products, is the official travel gear of Cebu Pacific’s Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2013.

The Cebu Pacific Juan for Fun Backpacker Challenge 2013 sends off five teams of university students to six Philippine destinations for an all-expenses paid week-longadventure. Wenger bags and travel accessories — lightweight, sturdy and good-looking – are the preferred travel and school gear of this young and mobile market.

All members of the five teams will receive a complete set of Wenger travel gear and accessories consisting of a Wenger Verbier Backpack 20, a large roomy backpack with lots of space and a variety of organizer pockets for keeping electronics and other gear; a Wenger Neolite 24 Upright Black, a sturdy, roomy bag with four spinner wheels, a telecosping handle and extra grab handles on both sides to make it easy to haul the luggage from vehicle trunks and compartments; a Wenger neck wallet for holding tickets, IDs, receipts, cash and boarding passes; a Wenger multi-function belt bag and a jumbo Wenger luggage tag for proper identification.

“We are happy to partner with Cebu Pacific for its highly popular and educational Juan For Fun Backpacker Challenge. We believe in this celebration of travel and adventure and recognize the important role that young people play in creating enthusiasm for new places and activities to discover. Their natural curiosity and sense of adventure enliven inland travel activity and draw attention to new attractionsin our country. We salute Cebu Pacific for giving a push to Philippine tourism in this fun and novel way,” said Melvin Sua, Managing Director, Jake Bros. Inc.

Jake Bros. Inc. distributes and retails travel & lifestyle goods in the country, proudly representing Wenger, as well as THULE, Echolac, Elle, Carlton, and Zippo. Jake Bros. is a trip outfitter company that provides all the big and little things that people need for long or short trips.

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It’s More Fun with Philip: Ang Lifestyle Show ng Bayan!

For years, Philip Abadicio has always been associated with the success of the products and brands he launched for his clients. As a PR practitioner, he established RPA & Communicate where he mastered the ropes of the lifestyle industry. Thus, it gave him the chance to hobnob with some of the country’s known celebrities in society, showbiz, business, politics and media. It also brought out the friendliest and most intuitive side of his personality as captured on-cam in his latest quest as lifestyle TV host.

Now on its second season, It’s More Fun with Philip: Ang Lifestyle Show ng Bayan! is on its second season and telecast every Sunday 9:30 pm, on TV5’s news channel, Aksyon TV (with a replay every Tuesday, 9:30 pm and Saturday, 5 pm). With his renewed contract with the network, Philip has been given an assurance of his status as the only TV show and host that paves the way for lifestyle to be more interesting and within reach of all Filipinos.

Some people say that Philip Abadicio is the Boy Abunda of TV5. “Wow! What an honor to be compared with my friend, Boy Abunda! But our show is really not an entertainment program but a lifestyle show that makes the audience experience the delicious food we eat, the wonderful places we visit, the latest gadgets we try, the latest fashion, the beauty fixes, and the spa treatments we enjoyed. It’s a show that gives the audience the chance to win these experiences and thus, share with them all the lifestyle aspects we featured in the show,” relates the fast-rising TV host.

There are others who have compared Philip Abadicio with Tim Yap. “Again, I don’t know how I can measure up to another good friend, Tim Yap!” As a lifestyle host, Philip believes that there are a lot of things to be discovered by Filipinos from all walks of life. “A good lifestyle,” he says, “must not only be enjoyed by people who can afford, but must also be made relevant to all our kapatid here and abroad.” It’s an eye-opener on how life can be lived in style and with loads of fun. “We hope to provide a lifestyle show where we all learn and be more conscious of the beautiful, inspiring and delicious things around us. It’s a show that I’m hoping will educate, entertain and inspire all of us,” he explains.

It’s More Fun with Philip: Ang Lifestyle Show ng Bayan! is visually appealing, culturally enriching, and gastronomically appetizing with the different segments in every episode such as Bentang Bago, a showcase of the hippest trends, newest dining options, chill spots, fitness forays, and other fab finds in the metro. It is more interactive as the host gives the viewers a chance to sample the featured items by simply tweeting, sharing their comments on social media or texting.

Napasubo Ka! Is a segment where people from different walks of life would personally try the featured products or services, while Ang Hamon poses a daring challenge to Philip, may it be doing odd jobs or finishing a specific task.

Segments like Galaw-galaw and Kuwentuhang Kumot are more intimate, where a spill-all interview with the guest co-host is done under the blanket with the slogan: Iba ang kwentuhan sa loob ng kumot.
Even the bumper’s segments are hilariously smart, like I Saw the Sign, Whatchathink? (Asking passersby on their thoughts about trivial questions), Ano Kaya Kung… (Features short and snappy challenges that we usually think about but never tried), and Weblog (discusses news bits on the online lifestyle source,, of which Philip Abadicio is editor-in-chief).
It’s More Fun with Philip: Ang Lifestyle Show ng Bayan! is directed by Mike Canlas and written by Lucci Coral. Aksyon TV is on Channel 41 on UHF or free TV, Channel 78 on Destiny Cable, Channel 59 on Sky Cable, and Channel 1 on Cignal. Get ready as Philip provides you with a viewing experience full of fun, information and entertainment as he brings you around Metro Manila and other parts of the country, and maybe even the world, with style.
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