Friday, April 16, 2021

Jolina Magdangal Shares How She Takes Care of Her Family in the New Normal

Juggling many things at once is normal for Jolina Magdangal. Apart from being one of the momshies of the morning talk show Magandang Buhay, she runs the vlog #JolinaNetwork and takes care of her two kids, Pele and Vika, with her husband Mark Escueta. Magdangal also makes time to pursue hobbies like diamond painting, working out, and being a #HalamaNanay. But with the pandemic, she was forced to adjust her priorities and make changes to her family.

May times na busy sa Magandang Buhay pero pag walang taping, usually dito lang ako sa bahay with my family. May mga nagbago samin, tulad ng anak ko na nag-homeschool. We decided to do homeschooling kasi mas naging priority namin ang safety niya, and we want to experience yung pagiging hands-on din sa school niya,” the mom reveals.

Even if Magdangal is used to doing so many things at once, she admits that homeschooling can be a struggle. It’s also a new experience for her and her husband since they are not teachers. Still, she takes on the challenge because “masarap ang pakiramdam dahil anak namin yung tinuturuan namin at rewarding ang feeling pag natututo at malaki ang development.

Another change in the Magdangal-Escueta household is their attitude towards going out. If in the past, they can just get up and go, they now take extra precautions. Magdangal says, “I must admit, may pagkapraning ako na baka yung makasalubong ko or yung kausap ko ay positive sa COVID-19. Dumami ang dala-dala kong gamit kasi ang dami kong disinfectant.”

She also taught her kids hygiene habits to protect themselves and stay clean at all times. They learned to wash their hands and to carry alcohol and wet wipes. When going out, they wear their face masks even in the car, and they take showers as soon as they get home. When Magdangal and Escueta return home from work, the kids already know to stay in one room and wait until their parents have showered.

These precautions are second nature to Magdangal, who has always prioritized her and her family’s health. She says, “Pag may nararamdamang masama ang anak ko kahit ano pa yan, binibigyan ko talaga ng pansin. May pagkapraning kasi ako sa mga sakit.”

She believes in giving them the right medicine and the proper dosage, at the right number of times. For fever, she trusts Calpol.

Pag iba na ang pakiramdam and parang iba ang temperature, naka-monitor na ako. As soon as pumatak sa 37.8 yung temperature, Calpol agad.

Calpol for Kids is a paracetamol-based suspension which can be given to infants and children ages 0-12 years old. It can treat mild to moderate fever and pain associated with discomfort after vaccination, toothaches, headaches, migraines, muscle aches, sore throats and musculoskeletal pain. Calpol for Kids starts to work on fever in 15 minutes and is gentle on kids’ tiny tummies.

Mabilis talaga umepekto ang Calpol. Pag may lagnat ang anak ko, di ako umaalis sa tabi nila at gusto ko either yakap ko sila o kung natutulog na kami, hawak ko paa nila. Nararamdaman ko agad na bumababa ang lagnat,” Magdangal reveals.

Her kids also love the Calpol strawberry and orange flavors. According to Magdangal, “hindi ako nahihirapan painumin. Tsaka sinisimot pa.

Times may be tough, but Magdangal has advice for everyone in the new normal. She says, “kung ano man ang nararamdaman nila, hindi sila nag-iisa. Laban lang nang laban lalo na para sa pamilya. Mas malaki tayo sa virus kaya wag natin papabayaan ang sarili natin.

Besides, there are things to look forward to in the future. For Jolina, she’s hoping to continue vlogging, book more endorsements, and shoot a movie. She wants to learn to cook and bake and she and her husband want to start a business. The family has milestones to celebrate like the kids’ birthdays and her 10th wedding anniversary.

Everything may have changed for families around the world, but Magdangal says that there are three good things that came out of this pandemic: “mas lalo pang na-appreciate ang worth ng family, wala nang mas hihigit pa sa prayer, and yung idea na ‘prevention is better than cure.’” 

For more information about Calpol, visit

Miss Universe 2020 Coronation Airs Live on Kapamilya Channel, A2Z, and iWantTFC

Filipinos will get to join the rest of the world in witnessing the most beautiful day in the universe as official partner ABS-CBN delivers the live telecast of “The 69th Miss Universe Competition” on free TV via the A2Z channel.

Watch Miss Universe Philippines Rabiya Mateo vie for the crown alongside other candidates from around the globe on May 17, Monday, starting at 8am on A2Z, with a replay at 10pm.

The pageant, which will be held at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, USA will also be aired on Sunday’s Best on Kapamilya Channel on May 23 at 9:45 pm. Viewers in the Philippines can stream this replay online on iWantTFC.

Viewers will get another chance to catch it again on cable TV via Metro Channel on May 24 at 12nn and 10pm, May 26 at 5pm, and May 29 at 8:30am.

The 24 year-old stunner from Iloilo City, who has been making a buzz with her recent photo shoots, is already in the United States of America for the pre-pageant activities.

In an ABS-CBN News report, Rabiya was quoted to have said, “Sa mga kababayan ko sa Pilipinas, nandito na ako ngayon sa Los Angeles. Pinapangako ko na gagawin ko lahat ng posibleng gawin para maiuwi ulit natin ang korona sa bayan.”

Armed with grace and confidence, Rabiya hopes to bring joy and pride to the country as she tries to duplicate the recent success of beauty queens Catriona Gray and Pia Wurtzbach, who won the prestigious international competition in 2018 and 2015, respectively. The Philippines also took home the crown in 1969 (Gloria Diaz) and 1973 (Margie Moran).

The Philippine airing of the Miss Universe competition this year will happen through the continued partnership between ABS-CBN and IMG, which owns the Miss Universe brand.

Cheer for our candidate Rabiya Mateo and witness the crowning of Miss Universe 2020 as ABS-CBN brings “The 69th Miss Universe Competition” LIVE from Florida, USA on A2Z on May 17, 8 am. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit

Ji Chang-Wook, Choi Sung-Eun, and Hwang In-Youp Join the Cast of Netflix "The Sound of Magic (Annarasumanara)"

Netflix has confirmed the production of Original Series The Sound of Magic, based on the popular webtoon Annarasumanara. 

With Kim Sung-youn directing, The Sound of Magic is a touching drama about Yoon Ah-yi, a girl who had to grow up too fast, and Rieul, a mysterious magician who - although grown-up - wants to remain as a kid.

The Sound of Magic will be directed by Kim Sung-youn, whose impeccable storytelling skills were shown in the hit series, Itaewon Class. He will be teaming up again with writer Kim Min Jeong, who worked with him on Love in the Moonlight.

The lead cast for the series has been confirmed with a star-studded lineup headed by Ji Chang-wook, Choi Sung-eun and Hwang In-youp.

Ji Chang-wook plays Rieul, a mysterious magician who lives in an abandoned amusement park. Ji recently starred in Lovestruck in the City, which Netflix distributed to audiences globally. His performances across a range of genres (Backstreet Rookie, Healer) have mesmerized audiences of Korean Content fandom, certifying him as a Hallyu star. Ji artfully balances the childlike innocence and aloof charisma that defines his character Rieul.

Currently demonstrating her diligent acting skills in the drama Beyond Evil, Choi Sung-eun is set to play the role of Yoon Ah-yi, working closely with Ji Chang-wook. Previously, her performances in drama SF8: Joan’s Galaxy and the 2019 film Start-Up marked her as a notable newcomer. Viewers remain curious to see how she will portray Yoon Ah-yi, a girl struggling with the harsh realities of life who meets the enigmatic Rieul and experiences a world beyond her imagination.

Hwang In-youp, a powerful rising star, will play Yoon Ah-yi’s classmate Na Il-deung. Hwang has portrayed charming and handsome, but coldly distant characters, in True Beauty, 18 Again and The Tale of Nokdu. His character, Na Il-deung, is a brilliant student but lacks the ability to interact well with others. Na Il-deung’s life slowly transforms as Yoon Ah-yi and Rieul introduce him to the enchanting world of magic.

The Sound of Magic will invite viewers from around the globe to a new vividly magical world. It will be released in over 190 countries only on Netflix.

Find Out Why Celebrities are Switching to Beko HarvestFresh Refrigerator

Beko Pilipinas has launched in the Philippine market a new refrigerator technology that maintains the freshness and the vitamins of fruits and vegetables. 

HarvestFresh technology is available in 372L or 12cuft and 409L or 14.4cuft refrigerators, said Beko Pilipinas Product Marketing Head Cecil Placia, during an online event hosted by the brand for members of the press, bloggers and influencers and celebrities and streamed to the public via Facebook live.

Inspired by nature, powered by light, HarvestFresh technology simulates natural light conditions in the special crisper. When the fridge is closed, the LED light illuminates in sequence – the blue light for 4H, green for 2H, the red light for 6H and then 12H of darkness. This feature helps the refrigerator maintain the levels of vitamins in fruits and vegetables, so that the public is assured that they are well-nourished.

HarvestFresh is only one of the innovations from Beko, Europe's No. 1 Appliance Brand. Innovation, reliability and sustainability are at the heart of the Beko brand.

"As the world pivoted due to a global health crisis last year, Beko was there for our consumers. As 2021 continues to pose many challenges for everyone, we continue to be there for our customers. Our technologies and innovations are even better and more mindful of the end user’s health and wellbeing. For instance, our refrigerators are built with EverFresh and HarvestFresh to keep the food fresher for longer," said Beko Pilipinas Marketing Manager, Dyeun Zapanta.

"Nowadays, consumers need appliances that do more than just clean, wash, cook and store food for them. Beyond all this, appliances should be able to improve their quality of lives," he added.

The launch also featured testimonial videos from celebrities who have tried Beko HarvestFresh refrigerators. They include, Marvin Agustin, Joyce Pring, Bela Padilla, foodie and celebrity chef Sandy Daza and many others.

The HarvestFresh technology is consistent with Beko's promises to empower new generations to live healthier.

"We hope that you keep following us, as we continue to bring relevant innovations in Home Appliances that matters to Filipino homes and inspire the new generation to live healthier," said Ghie Papa, Beko Pilipinas’ Brand Marketing.

For more information, visit Beko Philippines’ Facebook page at

About Beko

Beko is the global home appliances brand of the Arçelik Group and belongs to the Koç Holding, one of the largest conglomerates in Europe. The brand has been in the Philippine Market for five years and is currently available in select SM Appliance Centers, Robinsons, All Home, Anson’s, Savers, Great World, and Manila Imperial Appliances Stores, and Asian Home Appliance Center in Cebu, and in e-commerce partners: Lazada, Household Appliances Trading ( This year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to expand its distribution to other retail channels. For information, follow @bekoph on Facebook and Instagram or go to

Bring Home P100,000 When You Send Money from PayMaya to Smart Padala

Sending Padalove to your friends and family from the safety of your home has just become even more rewarding as PayMaya and Smart Padala give you a chance to win as much as P100,000 for your send money transactions.

Given the current quarantine measures in place in various parts of the country, sending money from your PayMaya app to your recipient via Smart Padala is the best way to transfer funds across the country – especially to those without a bank or an e-wallet account.

Now, PayMaya and Smart Padala are enhancing your send-money experience with an exclusive reward because whenever you transfer at least P1,000 from your PayMaya account to be claimed at a Smart Padala agent, you get to earn a raffle entry that gives you a chance to win exciting prizes – from your monthly grocery budget of P10,000 to as much as P100,000 in the grand raffle draw!

Your first send money transaction within the promo period lets you earn five raffle entries, while you get one raffle entry for your succeeding transactions until June 18, 2021. The more raffle entries you earn, the more chances you have of becoming one of the 30 lucky winners of P10,000 or taking home the grand prize of P100,000.

To start sending money from your PayMaya app to a Smart Padala agent, all you have to do is follow these simple steps: 

1. Ask your recipient for the 16-digit account number of their nearest Smart Padala agent On your PayMaya app, tap “Send Money”

2. Enter the 16-digit Smart Padala account number on the mobile/account number field

3.Input the amount you wish to send and tap “Continue”

4.Check the transaction details, make sure they’re correct, and tap “Send”
Share the transaction’s reference number to your recipient. They will need this plus one valid ID to claim the money

By sending money straight to Smart Padala, your loved ones can easily claim their remittance from any of the 37,000 Smart Padala agents nationwide. Because there’s always a Smart Padala agent in one’s neighborhood, claiming Padalove is just easy as heading to their trusted kapitbahay – no need to commute or line up at remittance centers.

Whether you’re sending emergency funds to a family member or extra budget to buy their daily essentials, it's now easier than ever to send some love to your friends and family across the country while still keeping yourself safe at home. With this special reward, you can even earn extra funds to share with your loved ones in these critical times.

To start enjoying safe, convenient, and rewarding transactions for your everyday needs, just download the PayMaya app at and register an account. Remember, don’t pay cash. PayMaya! ​

PayMaya is the only end-to-end digital payments ecosystem enabler in the Philippines with platforms and services that cut across consumers, merchants, communities, and government. Through its enterprise business, it is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country including "everyday" merchants such as the largest retail, food, gas, and eCommerce merchants as well as government agencies and units.

Through its app and wallet, PayMaya provides over 28 million Filipinos with access to financial services. Customers can conveniently pay, add money, cash out or remit through its over 200,000 digital touchpoints nationwide. Its Smart Padala by PayMaya network of over 37,000 partner agent touchpoints nationwide serves as last-mile digital financial hubs in communities, providing the unbanked and underserved with access to digital services. 

To know more about PayMaya's products and services, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Binge Watch "Game of Thrones" Before Prequel in 2022 on HBO GO via SKY

Game of Thrones” (GoT), the phenomenal fantasy series that spawned a worldwide following, celebrates its 10th anniversary this April, dubbed as the “The Iron Anniversary.” To celebrate, HBO and SKY invite viewers to enter the world of Westeros once again to relive its most epic battles, perilous voyages, and cunning political ploys via a streaming marathon on HBO GO. Fans can also join the contest to stand a chance to win the coveted Game of Thrones x Secretlab gaming chair!

Aside from being able to relive the larger-than-life exploits of its characters, here are reasons why a binge-watch must be in order:

#1 It will prepare diehard fans for the prequel “House of the Dragon”

The world of Westeros is rich in history and lore which paved the way for a prequel, “House of the Dragon.” Set to premiere in 2022, the series will tell the story of House Targaryen and take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones.

While waiting, fans can binge-watch and revisit episodes of Game of Thrones to refresh their memories on the events of Westeros. Follow the Mother of Dragons through her most fiery moments, journey with Arya to Braavos and beyond, binge the best battles, watch the Army of the Dead come to life, or relive the series’ biggest spoiler episodes all over again.

#2 Viewers have a chance to win a Game of Thrones x Secretlab gaming chair

Within the span of Game of Thrones’ 8-year television run, passionate followers of the series would have inevitably created memorable viewing experiences with the show.

Aside from giving viewers the chance to relive the thrilling experience, viewers today have a chance to win a modern-day “throne” – Secretlab OMEGA Game of Thrones Collection chair – and other exclusive Game of Thrones merchandise when they share their best memories of Game of Thrones on Skycable’s official Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter pages from April 12-26.

#3 It will reunite viewers with GoT’s iconic characters

One aspect that made the show remarkable is its multidimensional and complex characters, which were crafted to shatter the conventional good or evil archetypes.

It has been two years since the show ended and fans may miss watching their favorite characters on the show, most especially if they have grown an attachment to them. As a remedy, they can either re-watch the entire series or stream “The Game of Thrones Reunion Hosted by Conan O’Brien,” an exclusive two-part panel that reunites the actors who brought our beloved Game of Thrones characters to life, on HBO GO.

#4 It will be a value-for-money viewing experience

When moviegoers and binge-watchers subscribe to HBO GO via SKY, they will only have to pay P99/month. Aside from the wide-variety content offerings of the platform, subscribers can also access all 8 seasons of Game of Thrones, along with over 300 extras, interviews, and behind-the-scenes specials for a low cost.

As simple as it may be, this is still something worth celebrating as viewers get to guiltlessly binge on Game of Thrones.

To know more about SKY's video-on-demand plans and Game of Thrones’ “The Iron Anniversary” visit

Moscow's Dream Island Theme Park Officially Opens "Hotel Transylvania" Attraction

In anticipation of the upcoming release of Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, the final chapter of the $1.3 billion film franchise from Sony Pictures Animation, Dream Island Theme Park, Europe’s largest indoor theme park located in Moscow, announced April 15 that it has officially opened the much-anticipated attraction “Hotel Transylvania.”

Dracula has opened up his lavish resort to the human world and will allow visitors to tour and meet its unusual guests. Visitors will begin their journey by walking across a bridge over a foggy moat to enter the hotel’s lobby. There, they will meet Dracula, who will guide them through more than 10 locations.

"The attraction will be a worthy addition to our park. The work on the Hotel Transylvania theme area took more than 3 years, as we wanted to build a unique space for Russia, combining the latest technical and creative solutions to create a comedic horror experience suitable for the whole family,” said Ivan Scholl, technical director of Dream Island Theme Park. “We partnered with Sony Pictures in order to achieve an authentic experience that will be the first attraction of this level in Russia, in one of the world's leading theme parks."

In line with our growing Location Based Entertainment strategy, Dream Island Theme Park has done a fantastic job bringing this beloved brand to life and giving audiences the unique opportunity to transport themselves into the thrilling world of Hotel Transylvania,” said Jeffrey Godsick, EVP of Global Partnerships and Brand Management and Head of Location Based Entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment.

In addition to the Hotel Transylvania ride, guests will also find a “Tavern of Fear” snack bar, a “Vampire's Bite” burger cafe and “Transylvania Treasures,” a gift store filled with Hotel Transylvania themed souvenirs and memorabilia.

The new theme area is included in the price of the Dream Island Theme Park entrance ticket. Fast pass tickets are also available for the Hotel Transylvania attraction, specifically.

About the Hotel Transylvania Franchise

Sony Pictures Animation’s $1.3 billion family film franchise Hotel Transylvania, follows Dracula, Mavis and all their monster friends and their adventures at Hotel Transylvania, a lavish five-stake resort where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. The first film debuted in theaters in 2012, followed by two sequels Hotel Transylvania 2 and Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, which were released in 2015 and 2018, respectively. The final chapter, Hotel Transylvania: Transformania, is scheduled to debut in 2021.

Hotel Transylvania was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky with a screenplay by Peter Baynham and Robert Smigel based on a story by Todd Durham and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman and produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania 2 was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, written by Robert Smigel & Adam Sandler, produced by Michelle Murdocca and executive produced by Allen Covert, Robert Smigel and Ben Waisbren. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, written by Genndy Tartakovsky and Michael McCullers and produced by Michelle Murdocca. Hotel Transylvania: Transformania is being directed by Jennifer Kluska and Derek Drymon, written by Genndy Tartakovsky, produced by Alice Dewey Goldstone and executive produced by Selena Gomez, Genndy Tartakovsky and Michelle Murdocca.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania will be distributed in the Philippines by Columbia Pictures, local office of Sony Pictures Releasing International.

(Video) American Singer Pia Toscano Sings OPM Hit "Kailangan Kita"

American power belter Pia Toscano and Fil-Am music director Troy Laureta have released the goosebump-inducing music video for their version of the popular OPM love song “Kailangan Kita.”

The music video - which was directed by Ace Barro of NX Agency Co.—shows Troy passionately playing the piano as Pia renders her poignant rendition of “Kailangan Kita” in a dark neutral backdrop that gave more depth to the performance.

Filipinos were in awe of the collaboration, praising Troy’s efforts to promote OPM globally and appreciating the former “American Idol” season 10 finalist’s commitment to give justice to the song that was originally composed by Ogie Alcasid and popularized by Regine Velasquez.

Thank you so much Troy for promoting OPM to the international scene and for never forgetting your roots,” commented Ian Joseph Tagimacruz on YouTube.

For me, this is the best cover of ‘Kailangan Kita.’ It was beautifully arranged and sung. Thank you Sir Troy and Ms. Pia for giving justice to the song. Congratulations!,” said John Enrique Torrazo.

The release of “Kailangan Kita’s” music video comes after Jake Zyrus dropped the music video for another “KAIBIGAN” track “Usahay” last February, which exhibited one’s complicated romantic journey.

“Kailangan Kita” and “Usahay” are among the featured tracks in “KAIBIGAN: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective Vol. 1,” which had world-renowned artists AILEE, Cheesa, Jake, Matt Bloyd, Nicole Scherzinger, Pia, Regine Velasquez, and Sheléa come together to individually interpret classic OPM ballads.

Watch the music video of Troy and Pia’s “Kailangan Kita” on ABS-CBN Star Music’s YouTube channel, and stream “KAIBIGAN: A Troy Laureta OPM Collective Vol. 1” on various digital music streaming platforms. 

For more details, like Star Music on Facebook (, and follow it on Twitter and Instagram (@StarMusicPH).

SMART Introduces Smart Barkada with the Launch of Double GIGA

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. has introduced its new Gen Z Barkada to inspire subscribers to be better at what they love to do with the new Double GIGA promo.

The Smart Barkada includes actor and songwriter Iñigo Pascual; actor and host Donny Pangilinan; dancer and actress AC Bonifacio; vlogger and youth advocate Hannah Pangilinan; singer-songwriter Jayda Avanzado; and rapper Michael Pacquiao - a promising breed of artists and creators who are passionate about their craft and focused on making an impact in their generation.

Knowing that the journey to be better at something never stops, the Smart Barkada aims to help their fellow youth to be better at what they love to do through inspiring and hopeful stories - whether it’s about being a better friend, daughter or son, inspiring others to uplift their spirits, refocusing their energy on new passions, or just simply continuing to do things that make them feel healthy and happy.

Be Better with Double GIGA

With Double GIGA, the Smart Barkada, along with all Smart Prepaid subscribers, can now enjoy twice the data for passion apps to squeeze out more value from their favorite offers and use this to be better at what they love to do.

For example, Double GIGA Video 99 now comes with 2 GB per day for streaming on YouTube, Cignal Play, iWantTFC, and NBA League Pass – plus 2 GB open access data for Php99 for 7 days.

Subscribers can learn more and watch more about the things that let them be better, where it’s about watching DIY or How-To videos, learning new choreographies from their favorite artist’s music video releases, or getting inspired from what their favorite channels released.

Subscribers can also turn to Double GIGA Stories to be able to share more stories of hope and encouragement, as well as help brighten up the day of friends and loved with uplifting messages.

On the other hand, students and professionals can be more productive and achieve more with Double GIGA Study and Double GIGA Work, while avid gamers can be better at their favorite mobile games and level up their gameplay with Double GIGA Games, while students.

Smart makes it simple for its prepaid subscribers to register to Double GIGA offers via the GigaLife App, or by dialing *123#.

TNT subscribers can also avail of Double GIGA to enjoy videos for entertainment and life hacks, so they can learn new things to improve themselves and keep striving for their dreams.

Smart Bro subscribers can also enjoy Double GIGA via the GigaLife App.

Country's fastest mobile data network

Double GIGA offers are powered by Smart, the country’s fastest mobile data network as reported by third-party mobile internet analytics firm Ookla® and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network for three years in a row now. It also recently cited Smart as the fastest mobile data network in the second half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 24.99, with average speeds of 20.08 Mbps for download, and 7.42 Mbps for upload, based on 3,915,679 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, noted in its November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines** that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience.

Smart also enables subscribers to take their passions to a whole new level with Smart 5G's superfast speeds and ultra-low latency powered by the country's most extensive 5G network.

To know more about Double GIGA offers, follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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