Sunday, August 31, 2014

Event: #Puso at Gilas Pilipinas' first game vs Croatia #PusongPalaban #KatawangAlaxan

We've gone gaga over basketball last Saturday. Gilas Pilipinas showed the world that we're one tough nut to crack although beaten last Saturday at the first elimination round of 2014 FIBA World Cup held in Seville Spain. I lost my voice shouting and cursing watching the media viewing party at Skinny Mike's Resto Bar in BGC sponsored by Alaxan FR with Fast Release Action #PusongPalaban #KatawangAlaxan with fellow blogger friends and my two sportswriters in school. It was hard not to scream at every score shot by Jimmy Alapag, Jeff Chan and Andre Blatche during the game against Croatia last Saturday. My students Nimrod and Jayson were busy writing notes and shouting.
Here's what the two conspired to write:

Croats survived Gilas’ rage
by Nimrod Zedric Rubia (a 15 year-old sportswriter from Lagro HS)
Gilas Pilipinas almost bagged their first win, but Croatians didn't let that happen, 81-78, in the FIBA World Cup group phase yesterday at Seville, Spain.                                                                               Croatia started powerful with back-to-back shots.
Jimmy Alapag and Jun Mar Fajardo teamed up to make a terrific play at the second quarter where Fajardo lay-upped a basket.
While making a run on the second quarter, Blatche suddenly limped his right leg, forcing Coach Chot Reyes to a timeout.
The “mighty mouse” Alapag shot a spirit-uplifting three and was fouled making it a four-point play. He made the free-throw.
While Jeff Chan shot an amazing buzzer beater with only two seconds on the game and shot clock.
“Umpisa pa lang, maganda na ang feel ko sa tira,”(At start, I feel good with my shots.)Chan said.
Chan again, started the third quarter with a booming three. But the Croats, stopped the progress of our Gilas with a 6-0 run.
Andray Blatche cut down the deficit to just four with a triple.
Jason Castro got a lead –cutting three, but he was called for a technical for flapping, that gave the Croatians two free throws and a possession.
Damir Markota of Croatia ended the quarter with a impossible buzzer beater three, 57-49.
Ranidel de Ocampo opened the quarter with a corner-three,  and an And1 lay-up.
Jeff again, made a fortune changer three point shot. And Marc Pingris made a lay-up.
Gilas lead us to an 8-0 run to close us down to a deadlock, 66-66, in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter.
Jeff was fouled in the three point area, to give us a free throw, and he made it all. While Blatche made a hassle play with a lay-up.
Jason made a 2-point game saving shot that led us to an overtime.
Bogdanovic made a heart-breaking lay-up that could lead them to a win but Blatche didn't make it happen, he got a step back fade away.
Blatche again, was fouled and made two out  of three free-throws, 75-73
Gabe Norwood shot nervously and didn’t make the shot, but he gained back with a monstrous block, however, he was fouled because of this and got a foul.
Blatche gave Philippines a chance to a miracle win with a triple, 79-78.
But we lost to the foul and the free throw that the Croats made.
Castro tried a three point jump shot and got a contact but the referee didn’t whistled.
"Even though we lost, we're keeping our heads up," Andray; the 6-foot-10 naturalized Filipino said.
The scores: Croatia (81) - Bogdanovic 26, Simon 12, Saric 10, Ukic 5, Markuta 5, Zoric 4, Rudez 4, Lafayette 4, Babic 3. Gilas Pilipinas (78) - Blatche 28, Chan 17, Pingris 10, Castro 6, De Ocampo 5, Alapag 4. Tenorio 2, Norwood 2, Fajardo 2, Lee 2, Aguilar 0. Quarterscores: 23-9; 37-31; 57-49; 71-71 (reg); 81-78.
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Gilas Pilipinas proved the Filipino is not an easy team to beat in basketball and we're all hoping to score in the next games this week at FIBA World Cup. Let's all keep cheering because we all have #PusongPalaban #KatawangAlaxan. Alaxan FR has Fast Release formula which takes the pain away in less than four minutes. For more information, please visit and follow @alaxan_fr on Twitter for more updates.

Event: #BreezePH #1LabaDay removes #1Mstains in one day!

 A grand day-off for all #SigeSabado Moms happened last Friday. Breeze the leading detergent brand in the Philippines gave a day-off to all moms last Friday in its first ever "#1LabaDay" Challenge washing one  million clothes in a laundry event held simultaneously in barangays nationwide. We were at MRB Court, Commonwealth Quezon City specifically at Barangay Pilot witnessing moms deliver their stained clothes to the event for a FREE laundry, enjoy fun games and exciting surprises. Breeze Sige Sabado Moms Dimples Romana, Gladys Reyes and Tintin Bersola-Babao brand ambassadors graced the event and joined the moms remove stains with Breeze.
Breeze #1LabaDay events were held simultaneously in multiple barangays across the country including Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Batangas, Cebu and Davao. Breeze Laba Ladies were all-support with handwash using Breeze detergent and Laba Machines in partnership with Electrolux, LG, Whirlpool and White Westinghouse. We also witnessed the demo of three detergent brands with Breeze in a one minute challenge to remove stains. It was surprising that only Breeze was able to remove most of the dirt composed of paint, chocolate and other stains put on the shirt during the demo.
It's probably because of Breeze's revolutionary formula  ActivBleach - first and only detergent brand with melamine perfume encapsulation technology that blooms in wash and bursts in wear, making sure clothes keep smelling clean and fresh even when worn. Breeze also has four enzyme technology that removes more types of stains and a patented whitening technology that delivers visible whiteness in just one wash. It even has a unique active system for better foam profile and quicker lather plus precarbonate TAED bleach that takes out the bleachable stains without harming the environment. It's time to Breeze your way to that hard task of washing clothes. For more info please like the official Breeze Facebook Page and follow @BreezePH on Twitter. Join their online promos to get a chance to win washing machines from partner brands, Electrolux, LG and Whirlpool and gift packs!

Meet the five lucky basketball fans who flew to Spain for the #MasterGameFace Challenge

 Five lucky basketball fans made their dream come true buying Master Oil Control Max Facial Wash and Cleanser. 27-year old Jeiel Guarino, a communications officer from QC had long been a hardcore basketball fan since his teenage years following his favorite PBA team and supporting his favorite players, Marc Pingris and Jimmy Alapag. He had long dreamt of being able to watch and cheer for our PBA team against some of the world's best team. He, along with Jose Clipper Besin, a 39-year old civil engineer from Binan, Laguna; Michael Cleofe, a 41-year old office employee from Calamba; Jerome Hernandez, a 30-year old real estate sales manager from Paranaque and Andrew Penaranda, a 29-year old seaman from Makati all flew to Seville, Spain for an 8-day all-expenses paid trip as winners of the Master Game Face Goes To Spain Promo.
 Launched last July, these five lucky basketball fans will cheer for our country's pride in the FIBA World Cup. Master Game Face promo offered five lucky Filipino hoops fans the chance to go to Spain for the 2014 FIBA World Cup simply by purchasing variants of Master Oil Control Max Facial Wash and Master Oil Control Max Deep Cleanser with a special promo sticker.
Guarin with four other lucky winners will stay in Spain to watch all of Gilas' elimination round games against Croatia, Greece, Argentina, Puerto Rico and Senegal. Aside from Pingris, also included in the Gilas Team lineup are June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Gabe Norwood, Ranidel de Ocampo, Paul Lee, Jeffrey Chan, Gary David, LA Tenorio, Jayson Castro, team captain Jimmy Alapag and naturalized player Andray Blatche. Put your Game Face On now with Master Oil Control Facial Wash and Master Oil Control Deep Cleansers with ZEROIL formula to control oil for up to 8 hours. It's the best brand for young men with active lifestyle but I'm using it also to remove deep-seated dirt and excess oil with antibacterial agents to help prevent blackheads and whiteheads. Both Master Oil Control Max Facial Wash and Deep Cleansers are available in major supermarkets, groceries and convenience stores nationwide. For more information please visit for more details.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Event: #GuitarUnderwear1960's new faces and rebranding with #GlocDash9, Carlos Agassi, Mark Mugen Striegl and Ann Matteo

A new face for an old brand we've trusted for years. Guitar Underwear we all grew up with had recently launched their new face with new brand ambassadors Gloc-9, MMA fighter Mark Mugen Striegl, Ann Matteo with the loyal Carlos Agassi last Friday at Cities Event Place, Quezon City. Guitar Underwear since 1960 had really come a long way from its simple "de hila" series to its present modern style. Guitar Underwear now offers shirts, and varied undergarments to cater the needs of professionals and school children. Now they offer innerwear shirts and sandos and modern basic briefs, panties and boxer shorts still at the same affordable prices.
Taking the foreign name which became popular during the music era of the 60s, Guitar Underwear tries to reach the loyal patrons of the product with Gloc-9's "Guitarero" MTV featuring the new brand ambassadors, Ann Matteo - an online singing sensation recently featured in Vogue Italia and recently on the May 2014 issue of MUSE magazine, Mark "Mugen" Martinez Striegl - a half-Filipino half-American Mixed Martial Arts fighter living in Baguio, Carlos Agassi - host, actor and fitness model who had been a Guitar Underwear endorser since the 90s and Awit Award winning rapper and composer, OPM Icon Gloc-9.
It was surprising to see Gloc-9 introduced as one of the brand ambassador of Guitar Underwear but banking on the fact that this Filipino brand had been part of the classic Filipino culture for years made him create the term, "Guitarero" referring to the working class of varied nature and skills. Everyone is indeed a "Guitarero" and I still remember my sando in elementary with its former logo. I've kept it clean and white every single day of the whole 6 years. Guitar Underwear had made a name for its durability, comfort and style all these years. Now celebrating its golden year, Guitar Underwear aims to create a distinct lifestyle with new ways to reach the Filipino- through social media and their new star ambassadors. For more information, please visit, like their official Facebook Page at and follow @guitarunderwear1960 on Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Event: #ABSCBNPhilharmonic Orchestra debut album "Decades Of OPM" launch

Power may come from groups. Very few of us realize that we're actually great with instruments until we join an orchestra. Powerful stories came from the powerful members of the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra launching their debut album, "Decades Of OPM" under Star Records Philippines. A celebration of Original Pilipino Music from masterpieces of the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s, ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra tries to bring the orchestra music closer to the hearts of the Filipino gathering some of the country's OPM icons, Gary Valenciano, Martin Nievera, Vina Morales, Angeline Quinto, Yeng Constantino and Piolo Pascual. Also included were the phenomenal artists Daniel Padilla, Enrique Gil and Abra to get more of us appreciate the beauty of orchestra.
Maestro Gerard Salonga shared to us how the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra started in 2012 and what brought each of the members together. Concert Master Ralph Tylan also shared his story on how he started playing violin from the choices given by his parents. Maestro Gerard conducted the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra performing "PBB Theme", "Langis At Tubig", Please Be Careful With My Heart", all tracks included in the album. It was surprising to realize that some of the members who are now exclusive contract stars of ABS-CBN became experts at their instruments out of circumstance and chance. This was the moment the media who covered the event realized how important it is to get more kids these days play instruments. I remembered my cousins who were sent to piano lesson and how I wanted to play the violin but my mom couldn't afford it.

Maestro Gerard Salonga was joined by Star Records Philippines President Jonathan Manalo during the interview. The aim of the orchestra was to educate the youth of today about orchestra and how each member plays significant role in the group. Mrs. Cris Belen, publicist of Lea Salonga was given a chance to be the conductor. It was those moments also when we all awed at the gratitude of Maestro Gerard Salonga to his sister Lea for giving him opportunities to work on his passion in music. According to Gerard, Lea financed his schooling abroad and gave him opportunities which got him his position now as the conductor of ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. It was such an inspiring and heartwarming press conference launching ABS-CBN Philharmoic Orchestra's debut album, "Decades of OPM". I really hope the next album will be one we can all use to sing-along so we can all brag to friends that we can actually "sing with the orchestra". Congratulations ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra and please do continue to inspire the youth of today how important it is to be skillful in playing those instruments.

I really love the track "Mula Sa Puso" because it gives me a chance to sing-along with the orchestra. Tracks include: "Kapalaran" with Gary Valenciano, "Hawak Kamay" (Yeng Constantino), "Be My Lady" with the award-winning composer Louie Ocampo, "Himig Handog Suite" (Medley of Hanggang/Kung Ako Na Lang Sana/Anong Nangyari Sa Ating Dalawa/Hindi Na Bale), "Mula Sa Puso"(orchestra only), "Tubig at Langis"(orchestra only), "OPM Dance Suite"(Medley of Awiting Mo Isasayaw Ko/Katawan/Rock Baby Rock/Tayo'y Magsayawan) by Daniel Padilla, "Totoy Bibo" by Enrique Gil and Abra and "Pinoy Ako" official theme song of ABS-CBN's hit reality show Pinoy Big Brother. Also included in the album are bonus tracks, "Please Be Careful With My Heart" (orchestra only), "Maging Sino Ka Man" with Martin, "After All" with Martin and Vina and "Kung Kailangan Mo Ako" with Piolo. 
 It was also exciting watching media friends Nestor Cuartero and Allan Sancon sing-along "Maging Sino Ka Man" with ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra. Thank you ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra for trying to bridge the gap with more teens dependent on the internet and social media sites. "Decades of OPM" album under Star Records is now available at all record bars nationwide for only Php350. It can also be downloaded via,, and iTunes. With 42 musicians under the baton of Maestro Gerard Salonga, the ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra is established through the collaborative effort of ABS-CBN and First Philippine Holdings Inc., For more info please visit and follow @starrecordsph on Twitter for more updates.



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