Tried & Tested: Smart’s new Php 1288 smartphone!
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It’s so much fun to be part of the Smart family. I know that sounds showbiz but how would you like to be invited to dinner at the Shangri-La, The Fort and find this on your plate?

Smart's new phone

Most of my seatmates were pretty chill. But I have low EQ so I immediately opened the box and downloaded the new Smart Life app from Google Play.
It has four tabs: Perks, where you can get deals and discounts such as these

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Videos and music, where you can stream movies and songs for free

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and Games, which my boys would love.

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Currently on its initial phase, the app will roll out more exciting features such as top-rated content from D5 Studio and sports coverage of FIBA and the upcoming Olympics

As an Android user, I found the phone easy to use, while iPhone user Kathy Moran next to me was scratching her head. The phone I received was already preloaded with essentials, like Facebook, Twitter, Viber, Instagram, iFlix, Google, Gmail, YouTube, Spinnr etc. so I started tinkering with it, even as PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manny V. Pangilinan came onstage to introduce their latest offering—the Smartphone Prepaid Kit at only Php 1,288.

MVP

Wait a minute! Did he just say Php 1288?? That’s when I freaked out. How can this phone be Php 1288?

Smart's new phone

The hoarder in me immediately thought: I want to buy ten units. I want to give to all my maids and drivers because last Christmas the phones I gave them (another brand, on sale) turned out to be duds.
As soon as I got home, I went online to check if the Smart phone by Starmobile was available. I was able to order ten units. I paid by credit card and the first batch arrived last week.
Online the price was Php 1388 because it came with a prepaid card worth Php 100.

Smart's new phone

The maids are so happy! Like Smart, I believe in equal opportunity when it comes to connectivity.
Our helpers sacrifice so much to make our lives more comfortable. Thank God for services like Viber and Facebook, they can stay connected with their loved ones back home.

Our maids

“Smart has built a legacy of bringing mobile innovations into the life of all Filipinos, and with the digital wave upon us, we have come up with innovative products and services to bring the real-life benefits of connectivity to as many Filipinos as possible,” said Mr. Pangilinan.

“Our multi-pronged efforts range from bringing the smartphone to the hands of more digital newbies, to providing the most awesome content for young digital natives, to making sure that everyone will enjoy the best data experience. Our goal is to make sure no one gets left behind by this digital shift,” said Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head Katrina Luna-Abelarde.

At Smart event

For questions and concerns about mobile data and Internet, Smart introduces Marty the Smarty, who can be accessed via www.martythesmarty.com or Twitter @askmartysmarty.
This is in addition to the @SMARTCares Twitter account that provides live feedback and a faster response system to Smart customers.
To know more, go to http://smart.com.ph/

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Fashion Can Serve for breast cancer awareness this October
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ICanServe Foundation presents Fashion Can Serve at the Raffles Makati Ballroom this October 13, 2016.
The theme for this year’s fundraising effort is We Don’t Walk Alone, featuring the designs of Dennis Lustico, Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez, Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Mark Bumgarner, and Patty Ang.

In keeping with the theme, a number of courageous women will walk the runway with their loved ones.
These include Bibeth Orteza and son Rafa Siguion Reyna, mother-daughter pairs Beth Romualdez and Via Reyes, Chuchu Madrigal Eduque and Alex and Dr. Baby Gozali and Kara, sisters Frances Yu and Crickette Tantoco, sisters-in-law Margarita and Malou Fores (both cancer survivors), Amanda LuYm and close friend Cacay Moras, Rita Nareno and Maxine Chua.

The muses will make the proud statement that ICanServe Foundation has long been encouraging survivors to take: I am alive, I am here, and I am beautiful.

I Can Serve 2016

Standing (L-R): Patrice Ramos-Diaz, Randy Ortiz, Dennis Lustico, Patty Ang, ICanServe Foundation Chairman of the Board Libet Virata, Mark Bumgarner, ICanServe FoundationExecutive Director Lanie Eusebio, and ICanServe Foundation President Tang Sisngson
Seated (L-R): ICanServe Foundation Fundraising Committee Bettina Osmeña, ICanServe Foundation Founder Kara Alikpala and Rosanna Ocampo-Rodriguez

“When it comes to fighting cancer and the journey back to health, one is always grateful for not having to walk the difficult path alone, so this time our muses will walk with someone who is either a family member or a good friend, who was with them during their battle,” said Libet Virata, chairman of the ICanServe Foundation board.

Through the Fashion Can Serve fundraising event, ICanServe hopes to raise support for its flagship program Ating Dibdibin, which was first established in 2007.
Ating Dibdibin is the first comprehensive community-based breast screening program that educates barangay health workers and residents on how to perform the proper breast exam to help detect signs as well as increase the chances of early treatment.

Established in 1999, ICanServe is one of the biggest and most influential foundations dedicated to breast cancer awareness and screening in the Philippines.
“At ICanServe, there is a thriving community of women, survivors and volunteers who want to help and are filled with optimism and faith. They’ve conquered cancer, so anyone can, too. It’s inspiring. It’s contagious. It’s life-saving,” said Kara Alikpala, ICanServe Foundation founder.

This year, Fashion Can Serve’s partners for the fundraising event include Philip Stein, Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc., Marie France, Security Bank, Del Monte (Philippines), Medical City, Estee Lauder and Mercedes Benz. Media partners are Summit Media, 2nd Avenue, Philippine Star, Philippine Daily Inquirer and Golden Touch.

Those interested to throw support behind this worthy cause may contact fashioncanserve@gmail.com or text (0917) 586 3308.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/FashionCanServe.

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Pepper Lunch serves up new Pinoy Fiesta dishes
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Two years ago, Pepper Lunch Philippines convinced the Singapore head office to serve traditional Filipino dishes done the Pepper Lunch way. They came up with Sisig Pepper Rice and Lechon Pepper Rice, which instantly became crowd favorites.
This is year, Pepper Lunch adds two new dishes to Pinoy Fiesta: Chicken Inasal Pepper Rice and Pork Adobo Pepper Rice.
Chicken Inasal Pepper Rice is marinated in inasal flavors and spices before placed on a searing hotplate with signature Pepper Rice. The dish is served with a side of “toyomansi” and atchara.

Chicken Inasal Pepper Rice

Pepper Lunch recreates the Pinoy adobo with slices of liempo (pork belly) marinated in soy sauce and vinegar, with a healthy dash of cracked pepper. Pork Adobo is also served with Pepper Rice on a hotplate.

Pork Adobo Pepper Rice

Finish these off with Leche Flan that you can add to any Pinoy Fiesta dish or ordered a la carte.

Leche Flan

Sisig Pepper Rice is also available at any Pepper Lunch Express.

Pepper Lunch Pinoy Fiesta

Pinoy Fiesta season runs from July 1, 2016 until August 31, 2016.

Pepper Lunch Pinoy Fiesta

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Fashion meets technology with Fashion Exchange International and Samsung
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Fashion Exchange International (FEI) recently teamed up with Samsung for a two-day event at the Marriott Manila, where Samsung showcased the Gear 360 as its 360-degree camera captured moments as they happened.
The Samsung Gear VR, on the other hand, allowed guests to relive fashion moments through virtual reality.

Samsung Fashion Exchange
Samsung Fashion Exchange

The event was filled with advances in technology, intended to match what Filipino designers need to go global. In Fashionology Talks, Joey Mead-King hosted a forum with designers (L-R) Francis Libiran, Rosenthal Tee, and Rajo Laurel, who shared ideas on the role of fashion in today’s world.

Fashion Talks

PR and marketing specialist Carmina Sanchez-Jacob, events director Robby Carmona, businesswoman and fashion icon Valerie Lim, and Asia Pacific MNC corporate veteran Henry Chan founded FEI to open more opportunities for Filipino designers in the international market.

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Carmina Sanchez Jacob

Kim Jones
Kim Jones

Pam Quiñones
Pam Quiñones

BJ Pascual
BJ Pascual

Selected accessory and fashion designers were invited to participate in a Designers Showroom to meet guests, buyers, and media.
Among them: Amina Aranaz-Alunan, Ann Ong, Dennis Lustico, Francis Libiran, Ivarluski Aseron, Jail Jeans, Jeffrey Rogador, John Herrera, Ken Samudio, Maco Custodio, Proudrace, Rajo Laurel, Rosenthal Tee and Indonesian fashion designer Tex Saverio.

Samsung Fashion Exchange

Saverio, whose pieces have been worn by Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lawrence, showcased his collection via a fashion show at the Marriott Grand Ballroom.

Tex Saverio

FEI also staged a Buyer’s Show consisting of the ready-to-wear collections of Laurel, Libiran, Aseron and Lustico. The presentations of the four designers were documented using Samsung Gear 360 units stationed at different areas, to capture different points of view in fashion, allowing anyone to see the whole picture as if they were there.

Ivar Aseron
Ivar Aseron

Rajo Laurel
Rajo Laurel

Francis Libiran
Francis Libiran

Dennis Lustico
Dennis Lustico

These photos were taken using a Samsung Galaxy 7.

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