The final pitstop of Robinsons Appliances’ 2023 Race to a Minute at Galleria South, Laguna

The most anticipated final pitstop of Robinsons  Appliances’ 2023 Race to a Minute was held last March 25 at the first upscale mall in San Pedro City,  Laguna, the Galleria South. After its successful run in Robinsons  Valencia in Bukidnon (Mindanao) last March 5, Robinson Galleria Cebu (Visayas) last March  11, and Robinsons Tuguegarao (Luzon) last March 18, four teams consisting of two  representatives per team from the Greater Manila Area (GMA) competed to gain the  chance of taking home as much as PHP 220,000 worth of appliances and gadgets from  Robinsons Appliances!

“For almost a month, we’ve been traveling around the Philippines to bring excitement and fun to  Robinsons Appliances’ loyal customers. We’re very excited that we’re are finally at the last leg  of Race to a Minute, and we’re very delighted to have it here in the beautiful Robinsons Galleria  South in San Pedro City, Laguna. This annual Robinsons Appliances event marks our gratitude  to our customers who’ve been supporting us throughout the past year,” said Donna May San Luis, Marketing Services Manager of Robinsons Appliances.

Since it was launched in 2017, Robinsons Appliances shoppers are excitedly waiting for this  annual event where chosen participants from the four major regions in the Philippines will take  home amazing prizes and thrilling memories as they complete each task for 60 seconds.

“After the pandemic put a halt to this exciting gathering, we made sure that this year’s Race to a  Minute will be something to look forward to, not only for its participants but also for mall  shoppers of Robinsons Malls. Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao have already felt this year’s  generous prizes, so it’s time for our GMA shoppers to battle it out and take home these  wonderful appliances and gadgets we’ve prepared for them,” Ms. San Luis added.

Joining the last leg of Race to a Minute are MYX VJ Turs Daza and celebrity mom Elisse Joson,  who hosted the entire race last Saturday.

Race to a Minute is composed of six (6) pitstops wherein players must finish assigned tasks  within the 60-second timeframe. Each pitstop will test each member’s physical and mental  capabilities. Guided by a race card, each team will race to each pitstop where they will get a  clue card to solve each task. The earliest time they reach the next pitstop, the higher chance of  receiving the highest-valued prize. A total of PHP2 million worth of appliances and gadgets will  be given away during the entire duration of Race to a Minute.

Aside from the appliances and gadgets, all participants from all the legs of Race to a Minute  have also received PHP2,000 worth of GoRewards Points.

The 2023 Race to a Minute is co-presented by (Gold Sponsors) Kolin, Sharp, Lex Service, Inc.,  TCL, GCash, Samsung, and Daikin, as well as (Silver Sponsors) Fujidenzo, Devant, Toshiba,  American Home, Johnson Controls, Midea, Whirlpool, Hitachi, Hisense, Skyworth, Panasonic,  Electrolux, and Maytag.

For more news, updates, the latest promos, and activities, you may visit or follow the Robinsons Appliances official pages  on Facebook and Instagram.

Featured photo:

Race to a Minute in Robinsons Galleria South winner last March 25, 2023  (Left to Right:)  Jovito Santos, Group General Manager, Robinsons Appliances; Elisse Joson, Marvin Chua and Martin Chua, Turs Daza, and Anthony Caliwag, Assistant VP for Operations, Robinsons Appliances.


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75th Anniversary of Philippine-French Diplomatic relations reaches peak with highlighted events

In a press conference held on October 18, Ambassador of France to the Philippines, Her Excellency Michèle Boccoz, and Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor B.  Ledda, Assistant Secretary Office of European Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs, presented the line-up of activities that highlight French and Filipino collaboration, talent, and creativity.

This year’s 75th anniversary is a half-year-long gala that illustrates the steadfast friendship between the two countries. The festivities will reach their peak this month of October, with four major events planned to inspire and amaze the public, such as the Marcel Proust-inspired art exhibit called, “In Search of Lost Time” by Stéphane Heuet that opened on October 16.

Other events will be held in November and December, with a closing ceremony to be conducted around the middle of January, in line with the Sinulog Festival.

With the highlighted events, both embassies hope to showcase the continuing commitment of France and the Philippines to boost and expand their partnership on various fronts, most notably in trade and investment, defense and maritime cooperation, industrial development, climate action, and culture and people-to-people exchanges.

The line-up of these upcoming events includes:

  1. In Search of Lost Time”, a Marcel Proust-inspired cartoon art exhibit by Stéphane Heuet
  2. Alliance Française de Manille presents a series of exhibitions to include the outcome of the Philippine Artist Residency Program PARP, a Louis Guillaume exhibit, 75 Faces of French-Phil Connections, and the Escape Exhibit
  3. The 25th French Film Festival offers a program of new releases of French cinema, and special guest stars to meet Filipino film professionals and initiate joint film projects.
  4. Gastronomy – 3-star Michelin Chef Alain Passard collaborates with renowned Filipino chefs Jessie and Margarita Fores to create dishes that bring together French and Filipino flavors.
  5. Premières et Encores– A modern ballet collaboration between Alice Reyes Dance Philippines and French choreographer, Redha Benteifour.
  6. Street Art Mural
  7. France Alumni Award
  8. French Christmas Market – French Chef and Restaurateur bring to the Philippines the traditional French Christmas Market to join the month-long celebration of the season at the Ayala Triangle Gardens.
  9. The Little Paris Singers perform back-to-back with the Loboc Children’s Choir in a series of concerts from Loboc to Manila and Pasay
  10. Free to Play” Decathlon Inclusion Day – A 2-day sports event
  11. “Breakthrough” – An extraordinary circus show at Ateneo de Iloilo performed by the Cirquero de Cameleon.

Diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines were first established in 1947 when both countries signed the Treaty of Amity in Paris. Since then, both countries have taken significant steps to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific area and uphold international law.  Joint action in the fight against climate change and the promotion of cultural exchanges are undertaken between the French and Filipino people.

The celebration of the 75th Anniversary in 2022 through all the events jointly organized by the Embassy and Filipino partners highlight the strong and vibrant relations between the two countries, mixing business with pleasure, from gastronomy to art, basketball to the cinema, education to dance, and everything in between.

The enthusiasm of both people in working together, creating together, playing together, and performing together is a significant promise for a bright future for the next 75 years.


Featured photo, from left: H.E. Michèle Boccoz, French Ambassador to the Philippines; Cyril Soenen, Chef, The Admiral Hotel; Philip Gauthie and Marc Piton, Counsellor for Cooperation and Cultural Affairs, Embassy of France



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Experience the magic of Christmas with traditional Belen lighting

A week after the successful lighting of its iconic 100-ft Christmas tree, Araneta City keeps its celebration more solemn with the lighting of its giant Belen held recently.

Located at Gen. MacArthur Avenue, the City of Firsts unveiled its traditional Belen, which depicts the nativity of Jesus Christ with Mary, Joseph, and the three kings. It is a tradition observed by Araneta City since Christmas of 1991.

Rev. Father Ronnie Santos, parish priest of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Brgy. Socorro, and Father Diogo D’Souza led the blessing of the Belen. It was followed by a peaceful offering of prayers led by Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Brgy. Socorro Chairman Doc Ted Santos, Araneta Group VP for Leasing Lorna Fabian, Araneta Group SVP for Operations Antonio Mardo, and Araneta Group Chief of Staff Noel Leonor.

During the solemnity of the Belen lighting, stringent social distancing measures and health protocols were enforced to secure the safety of the attendees.

This traditional Belen lighting kicks off a number of special Christmas events and activities in Araneta City under the theme “Believe in the Magic of Christmas”. Just across the Belen display is the Parolan Christmas bazaar where one can find quality and affordable Christmas decors. It is open until December 31 from 4 am to 9 pm.

Visit the Times Square Park where one can buy from a wide variety of food stalls and dine outdoors with the Giant Christmas tree on sight from 1 pm to 11 pm daily. Hunt for more food choices at the Manhattan Row from 1 pm to 11 pm daily, or spend time at the New Frontier Theater (NFT) the Second from 10 am to 9 pm for an alternative dining experience.

Get serenaded by JC Laborte at the Times Square Food Park from 5 pm to 10 pm, and by Duke at the Green Gate of Smart Araneta Coliseum from 6 pm to 9 pm. For kids and kids at heart, have a chance to meet Santa Claus every Sunday, starting November 28, from 3 pm to 7 pm. And, catch the Grand Fireworks Display every Saturday from November 27 to January 1.

Believe in the magic of Christmas and experience the joy of the holidays only at the City of Firsts!

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“Pagkakaibigan at Bayanihan” Bersong EuroPinoy Goes to Manila

The charm and romance of the European and Filipino languages continue as “Bersong Euro-Pinoy” goes to Manila on 28 May 2021 at 5 pm via

Together with the Embassies of Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Spain, and Instituto Cervantes Manila, France, the Philippine-Italian Association, Hungary, Austria, Poland, Finland, and the De La Salle University Manila, the European Union Delegation to the Philippines is mounting Bersong Euro-Pinoy,  “Pagkakaibigan at Bayanihan”, Verses Versus the Virus, in Manila.

European Union Ambassador Luc Véron said that the poetry recital aims to bring hope, inspiration, and avenues for cultural dialogue to both Europeans and Filipinos.

A brainchild of Instituto Cervantes, it used to be held under the framework of “Dia del Libro” gathering all diplomats and literary enthusiasts from among the members of the EU Delegation to the Philippines, EU member states’ embassies, and cultural institutes. The festival will be hosted by journalist and EHEF goodwill ambassadors Dr. Danie Laurel and  Erasmus+ scholar Kate Ramil.

 EU in partnership with the Green Archer

 This time, literary luminaries mobilized by the De La Salle University Manila will join European poets and readers.  Poems to be recited adhere to the theme of “Pagkakaibigan and Bayanihan”.

Dr. Mesándel Virtusio Arguelles is the author of 20 books of and about poetry, most recently Atra: Mga Tula 1999 – 2019 (Balangay Books, 2020) and Three Books (Broken Sleep Books UK, 2020), with translations by Kristine Ong Muslim and illustrations by Erika M. Carreon. He works as a book editor and translator, and teaches literature and creative writing at  DLSU.  He will read “Kasama” (“Comrade”).

Mesandel Virtusio Arguelles

Dr. John Iremil Teodoro teaches literature, creative writing, and art appreciation at the Literature Department of  DLSU where he is also the Associate for Regional Literature at the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center.

A multilingual writer, he has published more than 15 books of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction in Kinaray-a, Filipino, Hiligaynon, and English. He is currently the secretary-general of Unyon ng mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL) or the Writers Union of the Philippines. He will recite “Sa Hardin sang Ginuo: Isa Ka Pangamuyo sa Tiempo sang Pandemya” (Hiligaynon) / “In the Garden of the Lord: A Prayer During the Time of the Pandemic.”

John Iremil Teodoro

Carmie Ortego is a teacher for senior high school at National University and a creative writing graduate student of  DLSU. She has earned fellowships from the 13th Iyas and 20th Iligan national writing workshops for her poetry in Cebuano and the Pasidungog Eduardo Makabenta Sr. Para han Siday for her poetry in Waray.  Her piece is “Paglakát mo nag-lipstick ako hin pula (When you left I put on red lipstick)”.

Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo is a professor of Literature and Creative Writing and Chair of the Department of Literature, De La Salle University, Manila.  She is included in the 2018 Cultural Center of the Philippines Encyclopedia of Philippine Art (Literature) for her works in Kinaray-a, Hiligaynon, and Filipino.

Dr. Genevieve L. Asenjo

Dr. Johann Espiritu, Vice-Chair of the Literature Department, will provide a special song number.

Poets and Readers from the EU

  • Carl Norac, Belgium’s fourth National Poet and a prize-winning poet and author of many widely acclaimed and best-selling children’s books, will recite his original works: “Pour Marcel Moreau” – For Marcel Moreau, his friend who is a Belgian writer too and who has unfortunately recently passed away and  “Pour Mustafa, pour Mustafa Kör” (For Mustafa, for Mustafa Kör), a poem dedicated to Mustafa Kör who will in fact succeed him in January 2022 as a National Poet.


  • Dora Šedivá, daughter of Ambassador Jana Šedivá  (Czech Embassy) is back with her friend, Marika Štěpková, daughter of Deputy Ambassador Jana Peterková, (Czech Embassy)  will read Fortune (Štěstí) by Adolf Heyduk, both in Czech and in English.


  • Hans Christian Andersen´s philosophy and favourite phrase was “Det er Liv et Reise” or “To Travel is to Live” by Hans Christian Andersen, which will be read by Danish Ambassador Grete Sillasen.


  • German actress Luisa Katharina Davids will recite the German translation of  “Mi Ultimo Adios“ as 2021 is the year when the German Embassy also unveils an exhibition with José Rizal’s former furniture from Heidelberg, Germany, and an official marker with the German translation of “Mi Ultimo Adios“ at the Museo ni José Rizal in Intramuros. (For more information about the artist, please


  • Famous and multi-awarded poet, narrator, essayist, and director of Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, Mr. Luis Garcia Montero, will recite his original work “Magallanes” for Bersong Euro-Pinoy. Luis García Montero (Granada, 1958) is the General Director of the Instituto Cervantes since 2018.


  • The famous poem “Amis, Un Dernier Mot” (Friends, one last word) by Victor Hugo will be read by French actress Anne Gauther Das Neves. The poem was translated by Martin Macalintal, audio-visual attache French Embassy and Jean – Pierre Dumont, Director, Alliance Francaise de Manille.


  • Barátim vagytok”, You are my friends” by Sándor Petőfi,  will be read by Hungarian Ambassador Dr. Titanilla Tóth.


  • Rima LII”, a sonnet on friendship by Dante Alighieri, will be read by Alessandro Milani, General Manager of the Philippine-Italian Association.  This is in celebration of Dante Alighieri’s 700th death anniversary. The Philippine-Italian Association will feature a sonnet written by Dante to his best friend, Guido Cavalcanti.


  • What makes this poetry edition more exciting is that it will bring back the   Italian poetry festival “La punta della lingua”. Luigi Socci is the featured poet with Lorenzo Raponi and Stefano Teodori as filmmakers participating in this festival. La Punta della Lingua” is an international festival, based in Ancona, Italy, dedicated to “TOTAL POETRY”.


  • The popular Austrian poem “Love” by Erich Fried will be read by Tajna Platzer of the Embassy of Austria.


  • “Labirynt” or “Labyrinth” by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Wisława Szymborska will be rendered by Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Poland Jaroslaw Roman Szczepankiewicz.


  • Nocturne, Finnish poem by Eino Leino and translated by Keith Bosley will be read by Finnish Ambassador  Juha Pyykkö.

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Treasure MOMents together this Mother’s Day

Megaworld Hotels, the country’s biggest and growing homegrown hospitality chain in the country, invites everyone to join in a free virtual serenade as we give tribute to an extraordinary woman in our lives we all call our mothers. The virtual concert is slated on the universal day of celebration, March 9, 2021, 5:30 PM onward and will be available via the Megaworld Hotels’ official Facebook fan page.

As the majority of the nation stays safe indoors and continues to battle the challenges by the unprecedented effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, tune in and be inspired as Group General Manager of Megaworld Hotels, Ms. Cleofe Albiso, and Department of Tourism Secretary, Sec. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat share words of encouragement that will ignite hope in the hearts of every mom and child from every walk of life.

Settling into the afternoon, enjoy the view of a golden sunset amidst the majestic Taal Volcano juxtaposed the Twin Lakes Hotel Tagaytay with live accompaniment of songs played by celebrated orchestra ensemble, Bernie Pasamba & the Music Masters and the vocals of Ms. Opalhene Barba.

Switch to a party mode while they whisk you off to the exclusive shores of Boracay Newcoast where Belmont and Savoy Hotel Boracay lights up the screen with the performance of a 5 gold medalist in the 2015 World Championships of Performing Arts in Long Beach California, Ms. Julia Serald of the Resorts World’s The Love Project.

Hosting the event is Vanessa Rodrigo-Reyes, known to many as Mommy Vanna, a long-running celebrated host for both social and corporate events and an advocate of healthy living, women empowerment, and mom entrepreneurs.

Win exciting prizes online! Participate all throughout the program’s interactive games.  You may just bag any of the following items:  1 Grand Prize winner of a Boracay Holiday package (2-night stay at Belmont Hotel Boracay and 2-night stay at Savoy Hotel Boracay with roundtrip tickets for 2 from AirSWIFT); 16 winners of Room Accommodation GCs from the different Megaworld Hotels; dining and SPA GCs from our special partners, PLUS, standby for details on our special LYKA giveaway promo for a chance to win a total of 30,000 worth of LYKA gems to be given away!

“In a moment when times are uncertain and our paths unclear, we turn to our mothers for guidance,” shares Ms. Cleofe Albiso. As a daughter and a mom of 4 children herself, she adds that “showing our appreciation to the women who radiates light into our homes is the least that we can do especially on their special day.”  This event also aims to rally and give hope and inspiration to the members of the tourism industry who may be at a loss due to the present unfavorable circumstances.

Together, representing an industry known for its genuine service, nurturing care, and homegrown hospitality, join them in honoring that special woman who has taught the value of Treasuring MOMents in your lives.

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Featured photos: Group General Manager of Megaworld Hotels, Ms. Cleofe Albiso, event layout, and Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat.

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Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special time of year when you get to celebrate the first person you always turn to for pieces of advice, your superhero, confidant, best friend, and biggest supporter! On her special day tell her how much she means to you. Here are some gift ideas you can surprise her with on May 9.

  • Omo! White for that Korean-like, glowing skin

OMO! White is the first skincare brand in the Philippines that offers customized skincare to your specific skin type. In Korean slang, the term “OMO!” means “Oh my goodness!” After trying out their alcohol-free soap and toner, wait and see, and you’ll definitely scream “OMO!” while looking at your Korean-like, glowing skin.

You can choose from their list of products to suit your mom’s skin type:

(1) WonderClear Toner is now AcneClear Toner (for Oily and Acne-Prone skin), is an alcohol-free toner for oily and acne-prone skin. Scientifically mixed with powerful ingredients such as Glycolic acid, Niacinamide, and Lactic acid, that can help improve your skin’s appearance;

(2) HyperCleanse Toner is now IntenseCleanse Toner (for Normal to Combination skin), is an alcohol-free toner that gives maximum hydration with a quick swipe. Scientifically mixed with powerful ingredients such as Activated Charcoal, Allantoin, and Alpha Arbutin, soften and re-energize your skin. A must-have step to any skincare regimen, this toner mildly exfoliates to achieve that radiant and unforgettable White Glow;

(3) UltraLight Toner is now Ooh-la-Light Toner (for Normal skin), is a fast-absorbent lightweight formula that gives maximum hydration and mildly exfoliates to give you youthful, glowing skin. It is supercharged with Glutathione, Lactic Acid, and Alpha Arbutin.

There’s nothing like ending a stressful day cleaning your skin and feeling fresh and radiant after. Let your mom try Omo! products and experience having Korean-like, glowing, and radiant skin.

  •  SweetBlooms Rose Candy Pastillas

Surprise your mom with the most unique gifts that will make her feel appreciated and loved by giving her SweetBlooms Rose Candy Pastillas.

SweetBlooms are perfect gift ideas for Mom’s Day! These edible flower pastillas are made of quality and fresh ingredients, affordable, presentable, a yummy treat, and blooming with candy pastillas. Choose from an array of product choices you can find on their FB page. Visit the link:

Say it with #SweetBlooms. Share the bloom in all seasons! To order, contact: 09175073997, 09175139300, (02) 83520051, (02) 75020497.

  • SM Home essential items

With most members of the family spending more time at home, keeping it clean and bright is a challenge for Mom. Surprise her with exciting innovations from SM Home that will make her home-works a breeze and give her more time for herself.

This May, get discounts and online coupons on select home essential items and furniture from SM Home. Shop for your mom and place your order online through the SM Store’s Call to Deliver (#143SM) and ShopSM app. For more info and updates, follow SM Home at the SM Store on Instagram or visit website.

Eufy HomeVac H11 is a mini vacuum that offers practical solutions to your home’s cleaning needs.
Save time from washing the dishes and keep your dinnerware germ-free with Hanabishi Dishwasher with UV Sterilizer.
  • Top picks from Hanabishi’s practical gift ideas are quality and affordable home products for busy homemakers, such as the following:
Hanabishi Hotpot BBQ Griller.


Hanabishi Hand Mixer.

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Experience a different way to enjoy deep-fried dishes minus the guilt

The recent virtual event, “Hey, Home Fryer!” featured some of the industry’s renowned chefs, together with the latest kitchen partners that ultimately changed the way anyone enjoys fried dishes.

Admit it. Regardless of how health-conscious we are, all of us have that special, secret place in our hearts reserved for fried food. We all know that deep-fried treats may not always be the smartest choices when it comes to our overall diet, but we also cannot deny that they are so good it is worth dedicating a cheat day for them here and there.

Did you know, though, that there is a way you can enjoy your favorite deep-fried dishes minus the guilt of consuming something that can get your healthy eating habits off track? That was exactly what Breville Philippines proved during its virtual event, “Hey, Home Fryer!” The event featured some of the industry’s renowned chefs, together with the latest kitchen partners that ultimately changed the way anyone enjoys fried dishes.

The international premium kitchen-label brand invited culinary luminaries Chef Waya Araos-Wijanco of Gourmet Gypsy Art Café, and Chef Gem Tee of Salta Ristorante, who both shared heritage and modern recipes that anyone can add to their culinary traditions, using some of the most advanced kitchen technologies that can elevate the way you enjoy your food.

The online event placed the spotlight on Breville’s newest kitchen must-have, the Smart Oven® Air Fryer, the third and most innovative version of its best-selling Pro ovens.

The online event placed the spotlight on Breville’s newest kitchen must-have, the Smart Oven® Air Fryer, the third and most innovative version of its best-selling Pro ovens. Unlike its predecessors, this newest offering from Breville’s roster just #GotSmarter as it married both oven and air-frying options in one powerful product so that you can experience different ways of enjoying your tabletop favorites.

The Smart Oven® Air Fryer is every home cook’s answer to their fried food dilemma thanks to its healthier way of deep-frying that uses advanced super convection technology. Now, you can sink your teeth on crispy, golden, air-fried food minus the oil and the guilt. Want other ways to enjoy your food? You can even choose from ten different cooking functions like slow cook, grill, bake, and roast. And as if that is not enough, anyone can perfect recipes using the Smart Oven Air Fryer® regardless of their experience in the kitchen, thanks to its smart algorithm that helps provide the best cooking temperature for whatever it is you want to cook.

The event was also a perfect opportunity for all home cooks and food lovers in general to know more about valuable kitchen hacks and cooking tips from the pros. Viewers, meanwhile, got first dibs on Chef Waya’s and Chef Tee’s insights. The two outstanding chefs both opened up on all the most important things they’ve picked up over the years when it comes to working in their kitchens.

The “Hey, Home Fryer!” online event was opened to everyone who tuned in to Breville Philippines’s Facebook page ( last April 24 and got front-row seats on one of the most exciting things to ever happen in the world of food.

Stay tuned by following Breville Philippines’s official Facebook page at ( and Instagram at for more updates. Want to know more about the brand’s products? Visit  for more information.

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LIVE! Matters 2021 Announces Full Program

Featuring 35+ speakers from the world’s most innovative entertainment organizations, sponsors, and technologies as the world go back to live.

Singapore  – Branded, the producers of All That Matters, presents LIVE! MATTERS 2021, an online series designed for anyone interested in the evolution of live sports, music, gaming, and entertainment.

LIVE! MATTERS featuring over 30 speakers representing the region’s biggest names in live events and experiences, alongside world-class business leaders, artists, and technologies.

CEO of organizer Branded, Jasper Donat says, “The event world has been virtual for 12 months and is starting to go back to physical in real-life concerts, festivals, conferences, and large meetings. Some markets and some industries are more advanced than others so we’re bringing everyone together and allowing them to peer over each other’s fences to share learnings and hopefully prepare for a global bounceback”.

What will LIVE look like: Virtual? In Real Life? Hybrid? The Asian event industry is creeping back and where some cities are partying the night away others are starting to gingerly look and see if it’s safe to go out again. From online conferences and concerts to streamed music festivals and mega online eSports events everyone is doing something “live” but who’s getting it right and how? What have the pandemic pioneers achieved and how will they lead the industry forward — and how do they avoid Zoom lag?

From 27-30 April, Live Matters 2021 will deliver a content-rich online discussion series featuring brands, venues, promoters, rights holders, media, and tech companies.

Sessions will cover:

  • The future of live music, sports, and gaming
  • New technologies at online and physical events
  • Sponsorship in a new hybrid world
  • Insurance, health, and safe distancing measures

See the full program here:

LIVE! MATTERS 2021 is the only conference convening Asia’s live sports, gaming, music, media, and entertainment events sectors.

REGISTER NOW and listen to those who are bringing the fun back into live, hear how they did and what they plan to do next.

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Filipino Food Month: On preserving Filipino culinary tradition and sustainability practices

Our culinary heritage and food culture deserve to be highlighted, and ultimately, will help in the sustainability of our farmers.

April is Filipino Food Month.

“This year, Filipino Food Month focuses on food security and sustainability practices gearing towards our mindful purchase of naturally grown products,” discloses Chef Jam Melchor, Founder of Philippine Culinary Heritage Movement, one of the proponents of Filipino Food Month along with the Department of Agriculture – Philippines, and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

He adds:  “We have a lot of capability building workshops that encourage the public to continue practicing natural farming techniques or growing their own food in general and the importance of making a stand in buying locally made products – we show that homegrown supplies are just as good as—if not better than— imported ones.”

The month-long celebration as per Presidential Proclamation 469 takes place “to promote, preserve, and ensure the transmission of vast Filipino culinary traditions to the present and future generations, as well as to provide support to farmers, fisherfolks, and to the rest of the agricultural and aquacultural communities.”

“I just want to encourage everyone to support and celebrate Filipino Food Month. Just like other forms of national celebration, our culinary heritage and food culture deserve to be highlighted. When we support fair trade products from our local farmers, we increase the demand for these products and help in the sustainability of our farmers,” Chef Jam stresses.

Featuring here three interesting and mouth-watering Filipino dishes from Filipino Food Month Official Facebook page:

  • Okoy

Ókoy (or úkoy) is a Filipino dish that is fried and made from a mixture of flour, shrimp, togue, and other vegetables and is usually dipped or soaked in vinegar before eating. It’s also called ′′crispy shrimp fritter ′′ out of the country. This is popular as a snack but is also used as a dish for lunch and dinner.

Okoy. Captured photo from the video. Courtesy: Filipino Food Month Official FB Page

When preparing okoy, the shrimp head is not removed. A piece of okoy can contain two to four shrimp, depending on size. It’s round shape, piping like a biscuit, and there’s a boiled chicken that fights the cooking of a chip.

Vinegar balances the oily dish. Because it’s easy to squeeze the sauce, the vinegar gives the okoy a sweet, sour, and spicy taste. Because of the amount of content, it is heavy on the stomach.  {Source: Culture Emblem 2: Nature and Environment (2015)}

  • Inubarang Manok

It is a dish that’s popular in Visayan regions like Iloilo, Aklan, and Negros. The star of this stew is the ubad, which is the pith of a banana tree.

Inubarang Manok. Captured photo from the video. Courtesy: Filipino Food Month Official FB Page

This is not to be confused with ubod, which is its coconut counterpart. Chicken and ubad is a usual pairing, and it lends the dish a unique flavor and texture.

  • KBL

Kadyos, baboy, kag lanka, commonly shortened to KBL, is a Filipino pork soup or stew originating from the Hiligaynon people of the Western Visayas islands.

The name of the dish means “pigeon peas, pork, and jackfruit” — the three main ingredients. The soup is also traditionally soured with batuan fruits (Garcinia binucao). Other souring agents like tamarind can also be used.

Kadyos, baboy, kag lanka, (KBL). Courtesy: Filipino Food Month Official FB Page

Other ingredients include leafy greens (like young sweet potato leaves, cabbage, or bokchoi), lemongrass, fish sauce, onions, and siling haba peppers. The pork cut used is typically the hock (pata). The dish is characteristically purple in color due to the use of pigeon peas.

It is similar to another Hiligaynon dish known as kadyos, manok, kag ubad which uses chicken and banana pith instead.

To know more about their line-up of activities, visit

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Featured photos courtesy of Filipino Food Month Official FB Page