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Sunday, August 30, 2015

How Do I Look? Asia Arrives on DIVA to Fix Asia’s Fashion Faux Pas

I'm a late bloomer and it took a while for me to appreciate the beauty of styling and makeup. Some of my friends who have been with me for the longest time would always remind me how I was an ugly duckling back then, something that I have mentioned in my previous posts. I always believed that moving out of your comfort zone and trying new things will help you grow. Other than that, knowing that you look good on the outside will also make you feel good inside. Thus, a much needed confidence boost for us very shy women!

If you are a huge fan of transformations like me, I want you all to check out SAZZY FALAK and JEANNIE MAI in the all-new Asian take on the popular US hit makeover series! 

Style icons Jeannie Mai (left) and Sazzy Falak (right) on DIVA’s How Do I Look? Asia

It’s time to go head over heels for DIVA’s How Do I Look? Asia – the highly anticipated Asian re-imagination of the hit fashion makeover series. Billed as “Asia’s ultimate fashion fix,” How Do I Look? Asia will make its debut on Monday, 31 August at 8PM (SIN/MAL) on DIVA, NBCUniversal International Networks’ leading entertainment channel for women in Asia.

The NBCUniversal International format, produced by NBCUniversal’s Matchbox Asia, follows Malaysian celebrity and style icon Sazzy Falak as she guides eight fashion victims to the path of fashion enlightenment. Jeannie Mai, host of the original U.S. version, and a familiar face to Asian viewers, features in each episode, setting up the fashion challenges each week.

Onesie-addict/ Blogger Apple Allison of Sole Searching Soul

Rebel Teacher Lianni

Literally "plain" Jane

The fashion-challenged victims include onesie-addict/ blogger Apple Allison of Sole Searching Soul (Philippines); indie rock guitarist Ariana (Malaysia); mismatch, mishap/ watercolor artist Choc (Taiwan); sales executive, and literally “plain” Jane (Philippines/Australia); overachieving, yet outdated, Lavinya (Malaysia); rebel teacher Lianni (Philippines); romantically-insecure Maisarah (Singapore); and the uninspiringly-dressed motivational speaker Yessinta (Indonesia).

To achieve a professional look that can be replicated for the everyday, Sazzy will be joined by a guest stylist in each episode: Liz Uy (Filipina celebrity stylist); Zac Wu (Taiwanese celebrity stylist); Andrea Wong (former editor of Elle Malaysia); and Anindita Saryuf (fashion director of Elle Indonesia). 
In each episode, Sazzy and an accomplice – a concerned family member, friend or colleague – will help transform the lucky fashion victim into a beacon of style.

After having their wardrobe raided, the individual will have their current fashion choices face the “Eww Tube”, one of the iconic features of the original format. The “Eww Tube” is a vacuum cleaner-like machine that literally sucks offending outfits up and away after they have been eliminated by the panel of fashion experts and accomplices. The transformations featured on the series transcend fashion and style. Viewers will also get to witness the complex and emotional backstories of the victims, whose glamorous new looks, and freshly developed sense of style, act as a catalyst for them to adopt a more positive and confident outlook on life.

“How Do I Look? Asia is a testament to DIVA’s position as the leading women’s entertainment channel in Asia. We are confident that this ground-breaking local production, like its original franchise, will strongly resonate with our core female audiences across the region,” said Christine Fellowes, Managing Director, Asia Pacific, NBCUniversal International Networks. “Using the insights from various in-depth research initiatives on Asian women that NBCUniversal has conducted and developed over the recent years, How Do I Look? Asia features many of the elements that we found women loved: fabulous and fun makeovers, the hottest fashion trends tailored to Asian sensibilities, inspiring and heart-warming personal stories, and a positive underlying message that encourages every woman to be her best self.”

Jeannie and Sazzy will be making live appearances as they tour Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam later this month on the following dates:
- Singapore: 20-22 August
- Kuala Lumpur: 23-25 August
- Ho Chi Minh City: 26-27 August
How Do I Look? Asia Season One is presented by regional sponsor Zalora.
Tito Costa, Managing Director of ZALORA Group, said, “We’re excited to be working with How Do I Look? Asia’s very first season of fashion makeover series and we’re proud to contribute to the life-changing makeovers featured throughout the show. ZALORA supports Asia's diverse forms of beauty and seeks to empower women through fashion by giving them the confidence to own whatever moment they find themselves in and to encourage them to be the best version of themselves. The show’s goal is aligned with ZALORA’s commitment to provide a carefully-curated range of fashion options as the right tools to create confidence-boosting looks. This is perfectly echoed in the weekly fashion transformations featured throughout the show.”

In Malaysia, the series is also presented by Marigold Yogurt Drink and Panasonic Beauty.
Clozette is the Official Fashion Social Network of the series, which is filmed at an NBCUniversal International studio set built in Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila.

For more information on How Do I Look? Asia, including exclusive behind-the-scenes sneak peeks, fashion tips, quizzes and personality profiles, visit www.divatv.asia/hdila 
Be part of the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram with #HDILasia
How Do I Look? Asia premieres on 31 August, Mondays at 8PM (SIN/MAL)

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

Vikings Bags Awards at WOFEX 2015

Vikings Chefs after the awarding at World Food Expo 2015

Internationally Renowned Chefs

Vikings Group Chefs Jonathan Jota, Anton Abad, Mark Wilhelm Ragudos, Jennifer Gumboc, Don Aries Jerome Duenas, Joel Mondelo, Mark Reyes, Charles Andrei Santos and Raphael De Jesus won top honors for the country and their restaurants Vikings, Niu by Vikings and Four Seasons Hotpot City.

The chefs spent four days battling the best of the best at the Philippine Culinary Cup (PCC) of the World Food Expo 2015 (WOFEX) which is the only World Association of Chef’s Society (WACS) endorsed competition in the country.

They received a total of 13 medals across different categories. Chef Jonathan Jota won a gold medal for the Quick Fire Salad Category, winning Silver Medal is Chef Anton Abad for the US Beef category, Chef Mark Wilhelm Ragudos for the US Poultry category and Chef Don Aries Jerome Duenas for the Creative Breakfast Challenge category.

"The Vikings Team placed 3rd on overall performance for the Professional Category at the PCC 2015, beating international competitors from Korea, Malaysia, Hong Kong and other Local Hotels and De Luxe Restaurants” said Over-all Coach Chef Jonathan Jota.

The prestigious competition is an avenue for Filipino chefs to gauge their skills against chefs from other countries, and gain international recognition for their culinary expertise.

This year’s PCC had 1,200 competitors from more than 15 countries and is still the number 1 culinary Food event to watch out for.

Also organized by WOFEX, BLOSOMEX or Blogging and Social Media Expo were held at SMX Convention Center where Vikings took home the “People’s Choice Award for Favorite Buffet”

“The Choice” had 2,075 respondents from Our Awesome Planet, K.T.G. Collective Food Blogs, and Zomato voted to settle foodie debates of favorite buffet, favorite ramen, favorite specialty restaurants and favorites in 45 other categories.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Tree Top Adventure presents "Asia Leaders Forum: Social Media Marketing" on August 23, 2015 at Subic Bay Yacht Club

On August 23, 2015 at Subic Bay Yacht Club, here comes the "Asia Leaders Forum: Social Media Marketing" brought to us by Tree Top Adventure. 


Four speakers; Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez, The "Voice Master" Pocholo De Leon Gonzales and Public Relations Experts; Cherry Burwell and Jeoff Solas will discuss the following; 

1. Personal Branding
2. How to choose Bloggers for campaigns?
3. Social Media responsibility
4. How to sustain and maintain the relationship with bloggers?
5. How effectively can marketing managers become the brand ambassadors of their own company.
6. How to convert likes into sales? 

Why Social Media Marketing is important. Social Media Marketing is the process of gaining website traffic or engagement or attention through social media and usually center on efforts to create content that attracts attention and encourages readers to share it across their social networks thus produce engagement with the company expectation to convert the engagement to sales. The resulting electronic word of mouth refers to any statement consumers share via the Internet (e.g., blogs, social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, instant messages, news feeds) about an event, product, service, brand or company. When the underlying message spreads from user to user or becomes viral and presumably resonates because it appears to come from a trusted, third-party source, as opposed to the brand or company itself, this form of marketing results in earned media rather than paid media.

TAG Media and Public Relations is the organizer of Asia Leaders Forum and advocating information to reach a broader audience to understand more about important issues that could help not just companies but individuals to pursue excellence. Asia Leaders Forum is a pocket conference with different topics per event and with influential leaders as speakers. For more information and for our next events, please check http://www.asiaecommerce.ph or call 09166299381 or email your inquiry to maria@asiaecommerce.ph

Monday, August 17, 2015

Lamudi joins Asia E Commerce Expo 2015

Lamudi joins Asia E Commerce Expo 2015 happening on November 25, 2015 at SMX Aura, Philippines


Lamudi Philippines is the leading online real estate website in the Philippines. With over 90,000 properties and 1,000 brokers and developers online. Lamudi aspires to help consumers find their perfect home online from the complete assortment of properties for sale and for rent in the country. Simultaneously Lamudi helps brokers and developers connect to millions of prospective buyers previously beyond their reach. Lamudi is globally established in 30 countries and is part of the Rocket Internet Group of companies, the largest incubator of online start ups in the world with headquarters in Berlin and over 100 ventures across 50+ countries.

Previously successful ventures of Rocket Internet include Zalora, Lazada, Zalando, Groupon. Lamudi Philippines acquired MyProperty.ph in April 2015. The team together currently consists of 80 people. Jacqueline Van Den Ende, the founder and managing director of Lamudi will join Cinstantin Robertz of Zalora and Janette Toral of Digital Club Filipino in the first panel discussion. 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

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

#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.

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.)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Winners of The Mind Museum: A Glass of the Sea Giveaway


Hey guys! I had a blog giveaway that ended yesterday and I'd like to thank everyone who participated!
Unfortunately, I could only pick two winners for this giveaway. If you didn't win, don't despair! There is plenty more to come! For the meantime, I'd like announce to the winners of The Mind Museum: A Glass of the Sea giveaway!

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Congratulations!

Patrick D. 
For winning two (2) All-Day Passes to the Mind Museum (valued at P1500)

and

Rhen E.
For winning one (1) All-Day Pass to the Mind Museum (valued at P750)


Winners kindly email me your full name and contact details with the subject: "The Mind Museum - AGOTS Giveaway Winner" at kamilacinco (at) yahoo.com. Please respond within 24 hours or I will randomly choose another winner.

Stay tuned for the next giveaway!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

A Glass of the Sea at The Mind Museum + Giveaway!

One thing that I've learned during my Marine Science class is how abundant in resources and biologically megadiverse the Philippines is... and how some Filipinos take it for granted.

Being a country that is surrounded by large bodies of water, it is important to learn more about our Philippine Seas as our economy relies on it for our livelihood and tourism. I truly believe that everyone should know more about our Philippine Seas because understanding how to protect it would benefit us in the long run.


WHAT IS A GLASS OF THE SEA?

A Glass of the Sea is an immersive, interactive and constantly updated exhibition on the astounding discoveries being made by the California Academy of Sciences in the Verde Island Passage within the Coral Triangle. The exhibition is inspired by a study publish in 2014 in the PLOS One journal entitled Using Environmental DNA to Census Marine Fishes in a Large Mesocosm where a small sampling of ocean water could give data as to the biodiversity (specifically of fish) that inhabit an area. The exhibition is an entire narrative divided into 3 main stories: (i) The Story of the Sea, (ii) The Story of Science of the Sea and (iii) The Story of Your Role in the Sea. It also has a special education space where marine science and conservation science activities are facilitated.

Funded by the United States Agency for International Development, the exhibition is set to travel around the Philippines and be experienced by participants of all ages.

OBJECTIVE OF A GLASS OF THE SEA

The objective of the exhibition is to capture larger audiences toward the astounding beauty of marine life and the compelling importance of conservation of the Coral Triangle. Using creative, interactive multi-media technology where guests' gestures could summon graphics and impactful text, A Glass of the Sea would be able to palpably connect the science being done with the public understanding of such work.


EXHIBITS


The Story of Your Role in the Sea

Here are three intriguing sculptures that would make us really think of our relationship with the Coral Triangle. They are sculptures made from trash that usually ends up in the ocean. But here, they have been creatively put together in ways that cast impactful shadows. The sculptures are silent, but hopefully they will make you not just think but feel that the choices we make affects our seas.



The Story of the Science of the Sea

A “library” of different marine creatures. Participants are invited to pull out wooden panels etched with a creature and place them on a counter with an NFC (near field communication)-reader. The creature will “come alive” on screen whether as a still photo or video.  This exhibit showcases the variety of organisms (both NEW and old) found in the Verde Island Passage and here, you can make an up close and personal encounter with each of the organisms in this “library.”


The Story of The Sea

A panoramic video showing raw footages of the CAS expedition in Verde Island Passage. All featured footage are clips from the actual expedition. Participants can take their time and immerse themselves in this space and feel the work being done underwater.


EDUCATION


Ocean in Motion is the educational space of A Glass of the Sea where guests can continue their journey through the exhibition by participating in different hands-on activities. These activities are designed to be conducted simultaneously to allow for the free-flow entry of participants. The general objective of the space is to deepen the understanding of the exhibition’s core principles (species diversity, discovery and exploration, and conservation) through interactive workshops, game and science shows.

Different educational activities for all ages. From L-R: Habitat Hotspots, Make your own Sea Creature, Original Video Games and Science Shows

Original Video Games

There are many issues plaguing our seas. These three (3) original video games demonstrate different problems that our ocean faces and how you can play your part in protecting our ocean.

  • Net Escape: push away the creatures from getting snagged as bycatch!
  • Garbage Catch: catch the garbage in time for the trash not to harm the creatures                            
  • Sustainable Seafood Market: test your food choices by distinguishing “planet-friendly” or sustainable fishes in the market from non-sustainable ones.
            At the end of each game, participants are asked to make a pledge requiring a bodily pose that the computer will recognize, to help protect the ocean.

Make your own Sea Creature

Guests of all ages will be able to imagine, color and create their own fish and nudibranchs. Participants will be able to name their creature and take a photo with it.

Habitat Hotspot

Inspired by the game Battleship, players will set-up their ecosystems or “biodiversity hot spots” and aim to set-up conservation areas.

Science Shows

Participants will be able to test what they know about the sea through this quiz show.
Distinguish misconceptions from facts about the ocean

An interactive lecture and game, Fighting for Fish demonstrates how personal choices can affect the management of resources.

Guest-learners will assume roles of fishes and fisherman in this stop-dance game. When the music plays, the group acting as fishes will need to gather a specific number of food from marine protected areas (MPA); when the music stop, the group acting as fishermen will be able to catch the fish outside an MPA. 


The journey never ends. The Mind Museum constantly evolves by coming up with new ways on how to present science.  This year, patrons can expect more awesome exhibits, educational programs, shows and activities presented in a whole new level.

The Mind Museum will also be bringing A Glass of the Sea to other parts of the country in the next two years which means you have to visit soon as it would be available here for a limited time only.

Located in Bonifacio Global City, The Mind Museum is a non-stock, non-profit science museum of the Bonifacio Art Foundation. The institution opened in 2012 and won the international THEA award in 2014 for its thematic threads, design and execution.

There are also the staple features such as monthly science parties called “MindBursts”, and free science conversations with rock star scientists from here and all over in “Cafe Scientifique”.

One thing’s for sure. There’s always something new and exciting waiting around the corner at The Mind Museum.


As a special treat to all of my readers, I'd like to share the opportunity to experience this wonderful exhibit.
I am giving away All-Day Passes to The Mind Museum (valued at P750 each) to two lucky winners! The giveaway will start today and will be open to my readers in Metro Manila. How to join? Just follow the steps on Rafflecopter to get a chance to win. Remember, the more entries means the bigger chance to win!




Goodluck and happy weekend to all!

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Website: www.themindmuseum.org
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Twitter: www.twitter.com/themindmuseum
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