Thursday, February 23, 2017

Rogin-E: Your battle gear for success

Press release

Getting to the top requires a lot from you. Staying there demands even more. Balancing both work and your personal life, while keeping an active healthy lifestyle, can take a toll on both mind and body, even more as you age. This is why it is important to be equipped with all the right weapons.  

What do you need to stay on top of your game?

Physical Endurance

Ace your work and personal life by having the capacity to give one hundred and ten percent to all your activities. Greater physical endurance enables you to stay energized when tackling multiple roles and responsibilities at work and at home. Take a multivitamin that contains Korean Panax Ginseng that enhances physical performance and improves endurance. 

Mental Power

Crunch time? Prepare your mind by channeling positive energy and getting enough sleep. To optimize your mind’s maximum potential through long work hours, take a multivitamin with Deanol for improved concentration plus increased mental agility.

Vitality of spirit

When things don’t go your way, stay resilient, stay on course. Continue to work and believe in yourself. Keep the fire in you burning and sustain your success by staying positive and surrounding yourself with positive thinkers. Royal Jelly’s antioxidant properties can also give you youthful vitality so you can live life to the fullest. 

Balance of work and play

To avoid burnout, be sure to make time for other interests and passions like  golf, biking, or photography. Spend time with your family and loved ones to create moments that you can remember whenever life gets tough. 

On February 18, Bayer Philippines held the Rogin-E ManCon 2017, at the Metro Walk Tent in Pasig—a whole-day event especially designed for men who want to stay on top of their game. Attendees were encouraged to try out activities that showcased different interests and passions. Think cars and motorbikes for those who love speed and mobility; sports activities for those who want to stretch the limits of their physical strength and power; fashion and grooming for those who have an eye for fashion; and a selection of toys and hobbies to engage a man’s mind and body. Developed by Bayer, Rogin-E is a multivitamin especially formulated for men who want to be on top of their game, at work and at home. It contains Korean Panax Ginseng that enhances physical and mental endurance; Deanol for mental potency, improved concentration and mental agility; and Royal Jelly for youthful vitality. Rogin-E gives the extra energy that men need to do well in all his activities both at work and at play.

Experience life to its fullest and be the man on top with Rogin-E.

Multivitamins + Minerals + Deanol + Royal Jelly + Korean Panax Ginseng is the generic name of Rogin-E.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Twitter Released Special Stickers to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Press release

Twitter Released Special Stickers
and #LoveHappens Emoji to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Manila, 12 February 2017 - Twitter shows what's happening in the world. And often #LoveHappens on Twitter. In the last year, people Tweeted the word “love” more than 2.5 billion times globally. To celebrate Valentine’s day and how #LoveHappens on Twitter, the company has launched a set of stickers and a brand new emoji for 2017. People just need to use  #LoveHappens hashtag and the emoji will appear in the Tweet. The emoji can be used starting today until February 20.

Aside form #LoveHappens, other hashtags that Twitter users can use to unlock the new emoji and to spread love are: #bemyvalentine#bemine#candyhearts#valentinesday#hugsandkisses#secretadmirer#SinglesDay#sweetheart#thatslove#valentine#valentines#valentinesday2017#whoneedsavalentine#willyoubemyvalentine#loveontwitter.

When you want to share love on Twitter, you have endless hashtags and emojis to choose from. This Valentine’s Day, we took a look at the Tweets that have attracted the most ❤️s on Twitter since January 1, 2016 until today.

As for the Philippines, here are the top 3 most liked Tweets by Filipinos.

And below were top 10 global love-related hashtags in 2016:

Sometimes a picture tells a thousand words - and thankfully when it comes to love there are many emojis to choose from. These were the most popular love-themed emojis on Twitter in the Philippines in 2016:
1.      πŸ˜
2.     πŸ˜˜
3.     πŸ’•
4.     ❤
5.     πŸ’™

This Valentine’s Day, we celebrate #Love on Twitter and the millions of ways people use the platform to express love and connect with others. Twitter is the place to see love unfolding around the world, to show love as things happen, share love in the face of adversity, to find love and share love for the people who make a difference in our lives.

In December 2016, Filipinos flocked on Twitter to show their love and support for independent Filipino films. People flooded Twitter with #ExtendtheMMFF together with the movie titles such as #Seklusyon#SavingSally and #Diebeautiful to call the attention of cinema owners and asked them to extend the showing of 2016 Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).

When the world comes together, they come together on Twitter. From the global to the personal, for young and old, across borders, races, and languages, people share their passions on Twitter, every single day.

In November 2016, dad @GrumpyCarer in the UK needed to find a discontinued @tommeetippee_UK cup for his autistic son and he turned to Twitter for help. The response was heartwarming.

And some people have fallen in love because of Twitter. Filipino couple Rona Samson (@rownita) and Eric Tai (@ERUPTION23) met through Twitter. Eric was a host on a local noon time show, while Rona is a fan of the show. She used Twitter to reach out and  communicate with Eric Tai and asked for on-air greetings. This is where their relationship started and blossomed into life-affirming love. Rona and Eric exchanged vows and tied the knot in 2015.

There’s also Victoria and Jonathan O’Brien met through the Twitter feed of the Oxford Street branch of Waterstones bookshop and years later, got married. Check out their love story unfold below.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Make Valentine’s more personal with Shopee

Press release

MANILA, Philippines – With Valentine's just around the corner, both men and women are rushing to come up with gift ideas for their significant others. Chocolates and flowers have been clichΓ©s, and dinner dates have become a challenge with the growing traffic in the Metro. 

Giving Filipinos an easier time to decide on the perfect gift to give to their loved ones, Shopee, the leading mobile marketplace in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has come up with guides on how guys—and girls—can personalize their Valentine’s celebration. 

With a list of the hottest items including clothes, accessories, watches, and gadgets, Shopee cuts down the long process of shopping that daunts most men. Shoppers will no longer have to spend hours in busy malls as Shopee provides the luxury of shopping anytime and anywhere they want. The platform has a wide variety of choices that is sure to match their partner’s personality, making gifts even more heartfelt.

Shine for Your Valentine 

Men may come and go, but as they say “diamonds are forever.” For timeless gifts, go for something with a Hollywood romantic style and surprise your partner with some bling. Shopee offers a curated list of beautiful chains, watches, necklaces, and rings, up to 85% off until February 14

Home Is Where the Heart Is

Why go through the trouble of trying to book a table for two and risk the chance of getting stuck in traffic when a private dinner at home can be as romantic and thoughtful? Set up a Valentine surprise with special silverware, scented candles, blankets, and other decor, all available on Shopee. With Shopee and your careful planning, you may just end up having the best date yet right at home. 

Two Of A Kind

Nothing screams 'the perfect pair' more than matching clothes and accessories. For couples who like to publicly display their love towards each other, Shopee has the perfect items. From two of a kind promise rings, couple shirts, and other accessories, customers would be able to get two for the price of one with Shopee's couple collection at up to 50% off until February 14.

This Valentine’s day, men can now easily and conveniently plan their Valentine's date with their loved ones by just using their phone. Show love at any day of the year hassle-free with special collections on Shopee. Find the perfect gift and make each moment more personal. 

Shopee is available for download for free on Google Play and the App Store. Visit for more information.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Mandarin is now taught in 123 schools in Russia

Shi (Yes), Russian students to take Chinese language exam
Foreign languages are taught in Russian high schools and the students take a proficiency exam on a chosen non-Russian language as part of the national exam before they can take up college education. By 2018, the Chinese language test will become part of the Basic State Exam, which is compulsory for all Grade 9 students. Meanwhile, the Unified State Exam (USE), whose passers qualify to enroll in a university course and get a high school diploma, will include a Chinese language exam for Grade 11 students.
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Last year, education authorities included Chinese as one of the foreign languages that graduating high school student can take up in the USE. Mandarin is the first Asian language to be introduced in the national exam, which also serves as an admission test to a university.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Press release

“You should see it, your children should see it, everyone should see it.” 
- New York magazine

Twin Bill Theater Season 2 proudly presents the Asian premiere of “MY NAME IS ASHER LEV”, a passionate and poignant coming of age story by Aaron Posner, based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok and directed by Steven Conde.                   .

Winner of the Outer Critics Circle Award, the critically acclaimed play MY NAME IS ASHER LEV was called “rich, moving and surprisingly powerful” by The New York Times and the New York Daily News called it “as earnest as it is universal.” 

            MY NAME IS ASHER LEV is set to open on February 18 and will run until March 5 at PARC Manila located at 494 Lt. Artiaga St., San Juan City.  

The play tells the story of Asher Lev, a young Hasidic Jew growing up in 1940's Brooklyn, finds himself drawn to use his considerable artistic talents. But he faces opposition not only from his strict sect, which believes all art to be a waste of time, but also from his parents, particularly his father. Asher challenges the expectations of his community and the unhappiness of his family, but pays a terrible price for the right to use his gift. 

“ My Name is Asher Lev is the most challenging theater production that we have ever directed. Requiring actors of exceptional skill, humanity and capacity for transformation, the cast we have assembled is a blessing.  Each of these actors brings deep personal connections to the powerful, universal themes of this beautiful play such as the ageless battle between religion and art, art's role in society and one's courageous quest to be true to oneself knowing too well how such honesty can jeopardize one's relationship with those he/she loves most.”

“ Yes, the protagonist is an artist, and the characters are intensely Jewish, yet anyone from any walk of life who struggles with one's need to be true to oneself -- be it a question of one's purpose in life, one's sexual orientation, political conviction or what have you -- identifies with these characters. There is something for everyone - traditionalist or revolutionary, parent or child,” director Steven Conde noted.  

The cast of My Name is Asher Lev features three noted actors who will play multiple roles:

NELSITO GOMEZ plays the titular Jewish artist Asher Lev, a Ladover Hasid who keeps kosher, prays three times a day and believes in the Ribbono Shel Olom, the Master of the Universe. Asher Lev is an artist who is compulsively driven to render the world he sees and feels, even when it leads him to blasphemy. He grows up in a cloistered Hasidic community in postwar Brooklyn, a world suffused by ritual and revolving around a charismatic Rebbe. But in time, his gift threatens to estrange him from that world and the parents he adores. Asher must be a painter despite his faith and the will of his family.  In the play, his life spans from age three through his twenties and traces Asher's development as a person and an artist. He is immensely gifted as an artist and, when younger, not in control of himself. He often seems detached from the world around him and generally spaced out. As he grows older, Asher becomes more in touch with himself and learns to channel his feelings into artwork. He is not a typical rebel in the sense that he does not want to rebel. He is simply drawn very strongly to produce art. As he gets older, he outgrows his teacher and becomes more reflective.   

ROBIE  ZIALCITA portrays the multiple roles of the MAN, described as follows:

Aryeh Lev - Asher's father. A well respected, highly intelligent man. He is incredibly driven to work hard for the cause in which he believes. He has a strong sense of morality and is deeply committed to his religion. His son's misbehavior deeply disturbs and hurts him. Though he works with high-ranking government officials, he has a hard time relating to those, like Asher, whose value systems are different from his own.

Jacob Kahn - An old and famous artist. When younger, he abandoned the religion with which he grew up, in order to pursue his artwork. He is fully and completely an artist. He is temperamental, and he feels no moral attachments to anything but art and sees a great purpose in producing art and artists. He is blunt, though generally for a didactic purpose.

Uncle Yitzchok - Asher's uncle with whom he lives while his parents are in Europe. A wealthy, kind man, who has no distinct personality. He appreciates his nephew's talent in his manner as a layman.

Rebbe – Asher’s teacher.

NATHS EVERETT plays the multiple roles of the WOMAN, described as follows:
Rivkeh Lev  -  Asher's mother. She is kind and supportive. Deeply disturbed by the death of her brother, she worries a lot and is, in some ways, a stereotypical "Jewish mother." She is intelligent, loving, and caring; she cares deeply for the two men in her life—Asher and Aryeh—and is troubled by their inability to get along.  

ANNA SCHAEFFER - An international socialite and gallery owner. She is interested in art and artists and even more interested in using them to make money.
Rachel – A model.

MY NAME IS ASHER LEV is produced by Twin Bill Theater which aims to produce shows that explore and challenge issues faced by today’s society. The founders led by theater professionals Joseph and Francis Matheu noted that their goals are also focused on stirring up the public’s interest to rediscover, love and preserve our historical, cultural and spiritual values through theater; and to make quality, thought-provoking productions more accessible to the non-theater going public.

The artistic team of “My Name is Asher Lev” are as follows: Steven Conde (Director), Virgilio Balanon II (Set Design), Vince Lim (Sound Design), and Joseph Matheu (Lighting Design).

The production team includes: Francis Matheu (Company Manager), Wowie Bonto (Production Manager), Pocholo Angeles (Stage Manager), Toots Tolentino (Publicity), , and Chirstian Baluca (Marketing, Video and Photography).

The playdates of “My Name is Asher Lev” are as follows:
February 18, 19, 25, 26
March 4, 5
Venue: PARC Manila -  494 Lt. Artiaga Street, San Juan
Running time: 90 minutes with no intermission
For ticket inquiries, go to / 8919999
You can also contact 09167759374
My Name is Asher Lev is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Services, Inc.

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Friday, February 3, 2017


Press release


It all started on a milk crate. Damian Lillard’s grandfather would round up the leftover plastic boxes from Brookfield Elementary School, cut out the bottoms and nail them up on a telephone pole in their front yard so Dame could play basketball close to home. It’s a humble reminder of his beginnings rooted in Oakland, California and a neighborhood that laid the foundation to who Dame would become both on and off the court.

“Oakland taught him the good and the bad, toughness and determination,” explained his mother, Gina Johnson. “Raising Damian…our family did it as a team. He understands how to help others because that’s what he’s been nurtured in to. He’s going to make sure everybody knows there’s an opportunity out there for them to make it.”
Inspired by the family that helped Dame rise along his journey, from shooting on milk crates to playing on NBA hoops across the country, adidas introduces his third signature shoe with Dame 3. adidas and the Portland Trail Blazers captain continue to move athlete collaboration forward through evolved storytelling grounded by his roots and hooked to the soil of basketball, community and music.

“Damian inspires all of us with his path in life and his approach to the game, giving the design team plenty to work with. We set out to create a shoe that embraces who Dame is, from his debut album ‘The Letter O’ to his community efforts and all the unique ways he connects with fans,” said Jesse Rademacher, adidas Basketball Design Director. “Above all else, his commitment to kids and those around him show his true character."

Founded on his creative ability as a storyteller with a deeper level of athlete insights and performance testing, Damian’s third signature shoe is built by years of close collaboration and designed to elevate one of the game’s most elite point guards.

“With this being my third shoe, it’s all about appreciation for the people that went out of their way so I’d be able to hoop growing up,” Dame said. “There were a lot of things that happened where if I didn’t have a strong support system – it probably would’ve drowned me. But my family helped me rise up, and now I want to inspire and encourage everyone else to do the same thing.” 

Dame continued, “Working with adidas, every step of the way is about telling my story. It’s allowing kids and people to relate to what I’ve been through. Everything has a story behind it. Similar to how I express myself through my own music, adidas embraces who I am to the fullest. You see it in the colorways and stories being told. That means more to me than anything else.”  

Roots – the first chapter of Dame 3 – returns to his early AAU days with the Oakland Rebels. He played for tough but fair head coach Raymond Young, who created a path for Dame’s unrelenting attitude by challenging players to hold bricks in each hand when practicing their defensive stance. Roots features a triple red design to remember each brick Dame carried, paying tribute to the moments that built his career early on. 

“He was teaching us that you got to be on time, you got to be a hard worker,” Dame recalled. “If not, this is what you’re going to do until you figure it out. For me, those lessons carried on past the basketball court.”
Hometown coordinates and initials of family represent the influential support Dame’s received on his journey, including:

·       The initials of his mother and two grandmothers (Gina:Cecilia:Ruth) are molded onto the right toe while the initials of his father and grandfather (Houston:Albert) are showcased on the left.

·       The longitude (37.737 degrees north) and latitude (-122.188 degrees west) of Oakland’s Brookfield neighborhood are featured on the outrigger of the left and right foot, respectively

·        56316the code displayed on the telephone pole in front his grandparents’ house where Dame learned to shoot on a milk crate, is featured on the center of the outsole

·       “WEARING THE LETTER O” is printed on the left sockliner as tribute to both Dame’s pre-game introduction in Portland and his debut album titled “The Letter O,” signifying the three locations most important to his career – Oakland, Ogden and Oregon – printed on the right sockliner. 

A customizable lacing system is equipped for unrivaled lockdown, designed to complement a TECHFIT bootie and uniquely hug the foot for personalized fit. Dame 3 features a fused mesh upper that ensures season-long durability without comprising comfort and breathability. A softer material execution along the upper maintains structure and support while also fulfilling “no break in time” on-court.

The model’s traction pattern is constructed with geometric simplicity that ties back to Dame’s milk crate origins, while optimizing grip for his lethal step-back jumper. Wrapped TPU at the center of the foot represents Dame’s family support system with an internal torsion plate to provide fine-tuned stability. 

Dual-density BOUNCE cushioning is engineered for natural court feel from tip-off to the final buzzer, delivering step-in comfort and optimized balance. Born from a “sit low, play fast” mentality true to Dame’s style of play, the silhouette is executed with high sides to enhance control and stability while keeping Dame close to the court when banking against defenders.  

Dame 3 Roots, Chinese New Year, and Rip City are now available in stores at 5,995, 6,495, and 5,995 respectively.