Bryan White and the love affair with AlDub Nation

If you’re a fan of AlDub, you’d know who Bryan White is.
He’s the American country singer who popularized the song God Gave Me You, which is played almost everyday in Eat Bulaga‘s Kalyeserye. It’s the theme song of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza in the popular noontime segment.

After AlDub Nation clamoured for him to come to Manila, Bryan White is now in town for a concert this December 1st at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. He recently sat down with lifestyle and entertainment press at the Marco Polo Ortigas.
Dinna Vasquez was there to cover the event.

Bryan White in Manila

It all happened on Twitter. Bryan White had taken a break from the social media platform because it was taking up his time. But when he got a new iPhone, he decided to sign into the mobile app again.
That’s when he saw thousands of notifications on his supposedly dormant Twitter account.
Within a couple of months, his following went from 20,000 to 190,000.
It baffled him.

White knew that Filipinos loved his 1999 song God Gave Me You. He had known that for over five years because Filipino fans would watch his shows in the US. He would also see YouTube videos where people would sing the song or lipsync to it.
But this was different. The tweets all had something in common—a hashtag called #AlDub.

“I was messaging fans, asking tons of questions. And they explained to me that God Gave Me You was kind of a national anthem in the Philippines.”
On the weekend of September 17, after a dinner to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday, White went down to the basement of his Nashville home (where his recording studio is) to record a message for AlDub Nation.

Posted by Bryan White on Friday, September 18, 2015

“I wanted to thank everybody, and there was another part of me that wanted to show that yes, it’s really Bryan White, because there were people asking if it was really me.”
Bryan says he continues to be overwhelmed by the impact of music and what it can do.
“I’m just grateful we’re here and it’s all because of the fans.”

A look at White’s Instagram feed shows pictures of his sons Jackson and Justin doing the “pabebe wave.” We asked if his sons know what the “pabebe wave” is.
“Their attention spans are very short so I’m not sure they know everything but they know that Filipinos like their dad.”

Bryan White's son

His impression of AlDub?
“They look like a match made in heaven,” said Bryan of Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza.
(Note: At the time of the interview, White had only met Alden on Eat Bulaga! He had yet to meet Maine.)


He hopes that Alden and Maine would be at his December 1st concert, titled Bryan White God Gave Me You Tour Live at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. For more information, go to
White’s latest release, Shine, is also available on iTunes and the Bryan White online store.

Papinee creates limited edition SnowPage for Peninsula Hotels’ fundraising campaign

Since its launch in 2003, The Peninsula Hotels’ holiday fundraising campaign has raised more than USD 1.5 million.
This year, they are partnering with Papinee toy-art collective, which has created 10 different holiday mascot Peninsula SnowPages inspired by each Peninsula destination: Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Chicago, Beverly Hills, Paris, Bangkok, Manila.

Papinee has specially designed 10 limited edition SnowPages, each inspired by the culture and traditions of each of the The Peninsula Hotel worldwide

Only 300 SnowPages were created for each city.
The Peninsula Manila SnowPage sports a colorful indigenous tribal pattern in red, blue, yellow, and the sun motif adapted from the iconic “Sunburst” sculpture in The Lobby.

The Peninsula Manila SnowPage sports a vibrantly colorful indigenous tribal pattern in red, blue and yellow and the sun motif adapted from the iconic “Sunburst” sculpture in The Lobby

Priced at Php 4,000 each, a percentage of proceeds from each SnowPage will be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®”, which grants the wishes of children diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition.

You may also get a chance to win the ultimate Peninsula experience with “Golden Tickets” hidden inside the boxes of the SnowPage.
Lucky winners can win a grand prize of a two-night stay for four in a Premier Suite, dinner for four at Spices, daily breakfast, plus exciting Peninsula Academy family experiences, including how to prepare halo-halo (traditional Filipino iced dessert).

Limited edition SnowPages can be purchased at The Peninsula Manila.

Also available:
The Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament with box (Php 600)
The Peninsula Cocktail of Hope, including a Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament (Php 900)
The Peninsula Mocktail of Hope, including a Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament (Php 790)
The Peninsula Teas of Hope with three-tier cake stand and savories, including a Peninsula Trees of Hope Christmas ornament (Php 1,380)

For more information, go to

Samsung Galaxy Note 5—The next big thing

Years ago, people were calling “phablets” the next big thing.
A phablet is actually a smart phone and tablet in one mobile device. And now the next big thing is the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, and it’s here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

With dimensions of 153.2 x 7.6 mm, the Note 5 is smaller and thinner than the Note 4.
It’s also lighter at 171g, with a more premium look and feel.
The back glass of the phone curves inward on the right and left sides, which makes it easy to hold despite its phablet size. And to clarify, the Note 5’s superb screen is flat, not curved.
Samsung Galaxy Note 5
If you like taking pictures, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5’s camera is powerful. It can take beautiful photographs and videos clearly. If you want your pictures to be sharper, you can switch to “pro” mode, which gives you new options to tweak the camera before you take a shot.
If you like to take selfies, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a “beauty” feature which allows you to adjust your skin tone, eye size, and even face size. There’s also the “wide selfie” mode for when you need to fit more people into the frame.

Of course, the Note 5 wouldn’t be a Note without an S Pen stylus, and Samsung has made several improvements to it. It now has a unique pop-out tab to remove it.
Samsung has also boosted the software to interact with the stylus. You can draw with the stylus and use it to scribble on photos or take notes your phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The 3,000-mAh power cell provides enough charge to get the phone through a full day. It supports QuickCharge 2.0 and can go from 0 to 60 percent quickly. This means you can actually leave home without a power bank.
For me, the screen is the Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5’s most outstanding feature. The QHD, Super AMOLED display’s saturation and overall brightness makes it a winner. The size of the screen allows you to take full advantage of the Multi-Window mode or the Split-Screen, so you to do two things at the same time. This means you could be replying to an email and watching a video on YouTube at the same time.

To know more about the Samsung Galaxy Note 5, click HERE.

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