Thursday, February 23, 2023

Film About the Origins of "Air" Jordan Reveals Official Trailer

Some icons are meant to fly. Watch the official trailer of “AIR” from director Ben Affleck and starring Matt Damon. Exclusively in cinemas across the Philippines starting April 19.

From award-winning director Ben Affleck and starring Matt Damon, “AIR” reveals the unbelievable game-changing partnership between a then-rookie Michael Jordan and Nike’s fledgling basketball division, which revolutionized the world of sports and contemporary culture with the Air Jordan brand.

“AIR” also stars Ben Affleck, Jason Bateman, Chris Messina, Marlon Wayans, with Chris Tucker and Viola Davis in a moving story that follows the career-defining gamble of an unconventional team with everything on the line, the uncompromising vision of a mother who knows the worth of her son’s immense talent, and the basketball phenom who would become the greatest of all time.

Affleck directed from a screenplay by Alex Convery. “AIR” is produced by Peter Guber, Jason Michael Berman, David Ellison, Jeff Robinov, Madison Ainley, Damon and Affleck.

“AIR” will be distributed in the Philippines by Warner Bros. Pictures .

Tips 101: How to be Ready When You Find Love in the Most Unconventional Places

With more than 8 billion people in the world, there’s no shortage of potential love interests.

Unfortunately, most are in the rush toward their next task and often forget to look around. But when you get stuck in the most unconventional places, you might get to meet someone and get closer with them.

Stuck in the Elevator

Did you know the odds of being stuck in an elevator are 1 in every 100,000? The odds of being stuck with someone who’s your type, however, might be a little higher.

But if that does happen, first: don’t panic. You’re in a closed space so make the most of it, especially if you’re alone together. Keep the conversations light to get closer and once help comes, don’t forget to get their contact details!

During Overtime

Romance in the workplace is not something new. But so is stress-bonding when you and your office crush are both stuck in the same building to meet deadlines.

Make the move and get close by offering to buy dinner for both of you and take advantage of that by taking a break together.

In the Middle of Traffic

Filipinos in the metro lose approximately a week being stuck in traffic, leaving less time for most to go to work, have fun, or find the opportunity to meet someone.

Which is why on Valentine’s Day, closeup partnered with ride-hailing app JoyRide to launch #RideCloser, where free carpool rides were given to commuters.

Couples were paired according to their drop-off points, age, and personal preferences for a better chance to create AMA-ZINC moments and get closer while en route to their chosen destination. With icebreakers and fun Valentine-themed activities inside the car, most couples were able to hit it off right away and get closer!

Brent Manalo, the up-and-coming actor, model, vlogger, and everyone’s crush today, joined the activation and gave a lucky individual the opportunity to get closer with him despite the traffic! On his most recent Instagram post, Brent shared how he and his blind date “had so many things to talk about.” Brent even shared a selfie with her on his Instagram showing the pair enjoying their ride to Trinoma.

Through this partnership, closeup and JoyRide proved that romantic sparks can be found anywhere, even in the most unconventional spaces.

Which is why it is best to be prepared for those unexpected moments by using closeup, with Antibacterial Zinc, which blasts away 99.9% of bacteria to give you all day AMA- ZINC fresh breath (based on lab test, for up to 12 hours with regular use). When you have AMA-ZINC fresh breath, nothing will stop you from finding your meet-cute and getting closer!

Visit closeup and JoyRide’s social media pages to view what happened during the #RideCloser free carpool blind rides!

SKYBIZ Shares Five Business Trends to Help Upgrade Your Business this 2023

As we unravel 2023, businesses are now getting back on track in terms of maintaining and growing their ventures while adapting to the necessary changes brought about by years of unprecedented circumstances and the transition toward the digital age.

Business owners from various sectors continue to strategize in today's times to see which methods can deem fit for achieving their target goals of brand presence, work productivity, and organizational longevity. With these re-calibrations in place, entrepreneurs and corporate institutions keep a keen eye on yearly trends that would help boost their businesses, in terms of sales and customer feedback, among others.

SKYBIZ, the business solutions arm of SKY Cable Corporation, can help keep track of the hottest trends this 2023 for its partners to grow their ventures, as aligned to its ongoing "Grow Together" campaign.

Here are SKYBIZ's five picks for this year's trends worth considering to help boost your business to greater heights:

1) Utilizing hybrid working arrangements

As community restrictions caused by the pandemic continue to loosen, various business activities slowly return to their usual state. Despite this, people still find hybrid working arrangements favorable to their overall productivity, which is why the set-up is still a trend across many ventures and companies.

Apart from businesses saving costs when it comes to utilities and employees not having to spend much on their day-to-day expenses, another advantage of the hybrid set-up is that real-time collaboration has not been hampered - given a multitude of productivity apps still helpful in getting the job done and communicating with workmates seamlessly. This then leads to better work-life balance, boosting employees' morale and productivity in the process.

2) Artificial intelligence (AI) as a reliable partner for efficiency

Today's digital times have indeed changed the way we do business. One of which is integrating artificial intelligence into our day-to-day activities of communicating with our clientele, organizing various data, business monitoring, etc., with the help of reliable AI software - a testament to improved work efficiency.

Conversing with customers and clientele has been more efficient with the introduction of automated chats that not only serve their purpose of communication but also help further promote other services via call-to-action prompts. AI can also help monitor, organize, and interpret vital data, which business owners can easily translate to actual solutions for achieving their goals.

3) Utilizing the biggest digital social platforms

Social media continues to be on the rise in the digital age. Apart from its use for communication and entertainment, social platforms online serve as an ingenious marketing tool, whether for advertising, transacting, or customer feedback - all of which can be achieved without breaking the bank.

Recently, many social media platforms have also provided advertising solutions to further one's product or service globally through a single post.

Although social media can be a breeze to use, reaching more audiences/users can be quite tricky to analyze. Fortunately, employees and owners can consult with digital media experts to fully utilize its potential as an all-in-one business tool.

4) Collaborating with other businesses

As they say, "Teamwork does the dream work!" And this is where collaboration enters the picture, especially for businesses that are looking to maximize brand presence through beneficial partnerships.

Partnering with other businesses can deem helpful for the parties involved, including sharing resources to ensure the overall quality of a collaborative product/service and sharing a customer base to amplify all brands.

5) Investing in digital security

Lastly, as the digital age continues to trailblaze the way we do business, it is also important to invest in cybersecurity measures to avoid compromising vital information, funds, and other resources from all types of digital perpetrators.

The last thing any business owner wants is to lose all of these with just a click of a button from hackers and phishers alike. But investing in cybersecurity tools can go a long way to maintaining the trust of clientele and securing valuable assets.

These are among the trends to consider this year. And to fully maximize its benefits, SKYBIZ is there to help with its array of reliable internet service plans, including its BizBB Pro and BIZTastic BunDeals offerings, that can help actualize these trends seamlessly in one's business.

With its BizBB Pro Double Up promo, subscribers can experience SKYBIZ's business-grade internet with boosted speeds from 100 Mbps to 200 Mbps, plus personalized account management and 24/7 technical support for the same price of only P2,299.

Meanwhile, businesses can also opt for its BIZTastic BunDeals promo to enjoy additional perks along their high-speed internet plans, featuring a Microsoft 365 subscription plus vouchers from Grab.

To know more about SKYBIZ's internet plans and promo updates, visit

Martin Nievera and KZ Tandingan Join Bamboo as Coach of “The Voice Kids” Starting February 25 and 26

Weekend nights will be thrilling once more as viewers will witness Rockstar Royalty Bamboo, Asia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan, and the Philippines’ Concert King Martin Nievera discover and mentor new talent in the new season of “The Voice Kids” starting this weekend (February 25 and 26).

As one of the original coaches since the first season, Bamboo said he is excited for the fresh chapter of “The Voice Kids” as he shares the honor of sitting on the iconic red seat beside new coaches KZ and Martin.

I do miss them [former coaches] a lot. Those were my guys as well. But I do look forward to this season. It is a new day,” he explained in an interview with “TV Patrol.”

KZ and Martin are also ready for the challenge of mentoring young singers who will someday carry on the OPM brand.

I have very big shoes to fill. Medyo, mabigat ‘yung responsibility,” KZ admitted.

As a talent search program, “The Voice Kids” will be eliminating contestants in each phase of the competition, which is a heavy task for the coaches.

Everyone knows how soft my heart is so I am really preparing myself. I might bring an extra heart,” Martin shared.

Meanwhile, Bianca Gonzalez and Robi Domingo will serve as hosts with Robi describing the new season as “kakaiba, pero exciting.”

Bianca, who is another addition to “The Voice Kids” family, took to social media to express her feelings on being part of the show.

Still honestly incredibly surreal. Honored, happy, grateful, nervous, excited, halo-halo na,” she posted on Instagram along with behind-the-scenes photos from their taping.

Also among the fresh faces viewers should look forward to catching on the show are “The Voice Kids” season 2 champion Elha Nympha and “The Voice Teens” finalist Jeremy G who will be taking over online hosting duties as they get up close and personal with the young artists.

Who will be the next batch of “The Voice Kids” auditionees that will impress coaches Bamboo, KZ, and Martin in the blind auditions? Find out in “The Voice Kids” every weekend on Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, A2Z, and iWantTFC at 7 pm and on TV5 (Sat at 7 pm, Sun at 9 pm). Follow also “The Voice Kids Philippines” on YouTube.

HONOR MagicBook X Finally Arrives in the Philippines for Only P29,990 with Freebies worth P7k

HONOR, the leading global provider of smart devices, unveiled the upgraded HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR Magic X 15 equipped with 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM processors. The new HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 deliver superb performance and a seamless user experience to take users from work to play.

With the huge success of HONOR X9a 5G, we are very excited to bring in the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and MagicBook X 15 in the Philippine market to cater to the demand of the consumers who have been wanting to try ceaseless connectivity with their HONOR devices,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.

The latest addition to HONOR X series serve a perfect device, especially for travellers and on-the-go individuals as HONOR highlights its HONOR Share and Mutli-screen capability of the device.

Premium Lightweight Design and Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display for Enhanced Eye Protection

Featuring a lightweight aluminum body, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 weighs just 1.38kg and is only 15.9mm thin, making it ideal for users who seek flexibility and want to use their device on the go, for work or play.

With a 14-inch stunning Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, 4.8mm ultra-slim bezels on three sides and an 84% screen-to-body ratio, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 delivers an immersive viewing experience and superior picture quality, ensuring users can capture every detail on their screen.

Perfect for those who spend long hours in front of a screen, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 come with TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light Certification and TÜV Rheinland Flicker-free Certification, ensuring enhanced eye protection and a comfortable viewing experience while studying, working, or watching TV shows.

Seamless Connectivity for an All-Round Intelligent Experience

For those who love to do multiple things at once, Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to view their smartphone screen and files on the laptop; users can simply drag, drop, and edit their files, using the same keyboard and mouse. The HONOR MagicBook X14 and HONOR MagicBook X15 support multi-screen collaboration allowing users to multi-task between different devices. Users can seamlessly connect their smartphone with the laptop, dragging files across and making edits with one single keyboard. A handy fingerprint reading power button enables instant access when starting up the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 for a more secure and effortless login experience.

The 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM Processor for Unparalleled Performance

Powered by a 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM processor, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 deliver an upgraded performance, enabling users to run multiple tasks at the same time at incredible speeds, offering greater productivity.

Ensuring an uninterrupted experience while gaming, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 and HONOR MagicBook X 15 come with an advanced Supersized Cooling Fan, enabling efficient heat dissipation to maintain a manageable temperature even during long periods of use. Along with a massive 56Wh battery, users can enjoy up to 9.9 hours of local 1080p video playback or 9.2 hours of webpage browsing on a single full charge.

Pricing and Availability

Starting from February 22, the HONOR MagicBook X 14 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5-1135G7 version and i3-1115G4 versions will be available to purchase at the nearest HONOR Kiosks and online merchant stores at Php 27,990 with FREE Premium HONOR Backpack and Premium HONOR Speaker.

For those looking for a larger screen, the new HONOR MagicBook X 15 features 11th Gen Intel® CoreTM i5-1135G7 version and i3-1115G4 versions come with a stunning 15-inch Eye Comfort HONOR FullView Display, a screen-to-body ratio of 87% weighing just 1.56kg. The HONOR MagicBook X 15 will be priced at Php 37,990 with FREE HONOR Backpack and Premium HONOR Speaker.

For more information and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: (

Drag Pop Misis Viñas Deluxe Brings Campy Vibe in “I’m Feeling Sexy Tonight” Music Video

Entering her new era as a recording artist, Drag Pop Misis Viñas Deluxe gives a playful and colorful vibe in the newly dropped music video of her debut single “I’m Feeling Sexy Tonight.

The multi-hyphenate drag queen who earned the public’s attention when she joined RuPaul’s “Drag Race Philippines” last year donned over nine fabulous outfits that matched the video’s vibrant settings where she is joined by her fellow drag queens.

Viñas also served as the music video producer, alongside Tarsier Records, and creative director Ejay Dimayacyac directed the video.

First released in 1983 by Chona Cruz, “I’m Feeling Sexy Tonight” explores the theme of self-love and breaks the norm of what sexy should be. In the remake produced by Theo Martel and Moophs, Viñas delivers an edgier, drag-pop version that encourages listeners to celebrate and be proud of themselves.

I’m releasing this song now dahil ngayon ko na-feel na mas empowered ako. Ngayon ko nafi-feel na mas sexy ako kahit may nagme-message sa’kin at may mga nagba-bash sa shape ko. Ngayon ko siya ilalabas para maka-inspire at maka-empower ako ng ibang tao,” Viñas shared.

Dubbed as the ‘pambansang bunganga’ and a ‘campy queen’ Viñas is known for both her comedic side and also her artistry in designing her outfits. She is set to play a role in the ABS-CBN series “Drag You and Me” which stars Andrea Brillantes and other well-known drag artists such as Precious Paula Nicole, Brigiding, and Xilhouette.

Feel empowered with Viñas’ remake of “I’m Feeling Sexy Tonight” available on various digital platforms and watch its music video on YouTube. For details, follow Tarsier Records on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

Students and Fresh Graduates Name ABS-CBN as Their Employers of Choice

ABS-CBN, the country’s leading content provider, continues to be one of the top employers of choice among Filipino students and fresh graduates, according to the survey conducted by Universum Talent Research in November 2022.

Based on the survey’s Ideal Employer Ranking, ABS-CBN is the most preferred media company among humanities/liberal arts/education, business/commerce, and engineering graduates, based on Universum’s drivers of attractiveness, which includes employer reputation and image, social environment of the workplace, monetary compensation and benefits, and job characteristics.

Universum is a data-driven, insight-led Employer Branding Agency headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden and is present in more than 60 countries all over the world. They collaborate with global partners, including universities, student associations and related organizations.

In 2021, the company ranked third in the Top 100 Graduate Employers in the country based on the research conducted by GradPhilippines.

For job opportunities in ABS-CBN, visit or through ABS-CBN’s official account on Kalibrr, Foundit, and LinkedIn. Interested applicants are welcome to apply through these recruitment channels or can send an email to

Sunday, February 19, 2023

Filipino-Owned Company Universal Robina Corp.’s (URC) Cited as an Outstanding Food Manufacturer in Thailand

Universal Robina Corp. (URC) subsidiary in Thailand has won two more awards that solidify its position as one of that nation’s top producers of quality food products.

URC Thailand received these prestigious FDA Quality awards from the Ministry of Public Health after meeting all required standards. Most notable were product quality and environmentally-friendly product-packaging-process under the company’s sustainability project, UR Green.

The company was again named as an “Outstanding Food Manufacturer”, an award it first clinched in 2020.

Its Dewberry Puff Cake Orange was, meanwhile, cited as an “Outstanding Food Product on the major use of local raw materials”.

URC Thailand was lauded for its quality inspection and assurance program, compliance with food safety rules, and its corporate social responsibility and sustainability program.

Dewberry Puff was recognized, as 90 per cent of the ingredients used in it are sourced domestically.

We are proud to be recognized as a company that greatly contributes to the Thai economy, creating jobs for the Thai people and opening opportunities to Thailand’s small businesses,” said Tanant Suwanraks, URC’s Vice President and General Manager for Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

URC Thailand has been operating since 1992 and has stayed true to its corporate core value, “delighting everyone with good food choices.”. It produces some of Thailand’s top snack brands under the Jack ‘n Jill megabrand including Roller Coaster, Dewberry, Fun-O, Tivoli, Cream-O, Lausanne, Dynamite and Lush,

The company has been consistently winning awards and citations in Thailand for its quality products, as well as its work environment and push towards sustainability and clean energy.

The Minister of Public Health and Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand, Anutin Charnvirakul (right), presents 
The Outstanding Healthy-Food Product Manufacturer (General Category) Award to 
URC Thailand representative Wattawut Ueaphumirat, Supply Chain and Manufacturing Director.

Jollibee's New Ad Shows Why JolliSavers is Definitely Sulit-Sarap

With more people becoming price-conscious, they tend to be wary of how worthwhile a product or experience is. Prices are higher than they were years ago, which makes people naturally more hesitant about spending on a fancy restaurant or a trendy fitness class without being certain of what they get in return.

Luckily, there are some things that will definitely, consistently give you a bang for your buck. Through a fun new video ad, Jollibee reminds us that with JolliSavers, you are guaranteed to get the deliciousness that you want and the value you need.

Time is also a valuable currency. Aside from getting your money’s worth, you also save a lot of time by choosing JolliSavers,” said (Jollibee spokesperson). “No more guessing how good something will be, and no more regrets if it doesn’t meet your expectations. JolliSavers are Jollibee’s bestsellers at affordable prices, so you can be sure na sulit-sarap!

JolliSavers include the langhap-sarap Yumbuger (PHP 40.00), the crispy and savory Tuna Pie (PHP 49.00), the sweet-sarap Jolly Spaghetti (PHP 59.00), and the beefy-saucy 1-pc. Burger Steak (PHP 59.00).

Drop by your nearest Jollibee branch and get your fill of the delicious and affordable JolliSavers via dine-in, take-out, or drive-thru. You can also opt to have it safely delivered to you via the Jollibee delivery app,, #87000, GrabFood, and foodpanda!

For more information and updates on Jollibee’s products, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.

From Finding Love to Fighting Zombies — Netflix Brings Korean Unscripted Shows to the World

Reality and variety shows are among the most beloved entertainment in Korea, and with Netflix’s growing unscripted lineup, we’re seeing global audiences and K-Content fans discover these unique and wildly innovative titles.

This year, Netflix will release at least eight Korean unscripted titles, double that of last year. Our commitment to production and creativity puts Netflix at the forefront of sharing unscripted Korean shows with audiences around the world.

The lineup includes a rich variety of themes such as dating, physical endurance, mind games and zombies, and members will be able to enjoy a new unscripted show either monthly or bimonthly.

New rules, new setting, new ‘Inferno’

To start off, we’re bringing back hot dating reality show Single’s Inferno for a third season, with changes in rules and location to further spice up the romantic roulettes.

When we received the proposal for Single’s Inferno at the end of 2020, there weren’t many dating programs in Korea. We set out to close the gap locally and ended up winning fans globally. The first season became the first Korean unscripted show to debut on the Global Top 10 Non-English TV list. Following suit this year, Season 2 featured in the Global Top 10 for four weeks, and pulled in even higher viewing hours.

One of the unique characteristics of our unscripted shows is that, unlike TV broadcasters that air an episode each week, the production of our entire season is complete before the drop. This enables us to deliver higher quality and provide localized subtitles, as well as dubbing in some countries, so that viewers in over 190 countries can enjoy the show at the same time.

Fresh spin on the familiar

Dating and survival reality TV shows are well-loved formats around the world, and we have put our own inimitable stamp on them. For a new take on young love, Nineteen to Twenty is a never-before-seen style of reality show that will evoke romantic memories of your youth.

The extremely grueling Physical: 100 is currently #2 in our Global Top 10 Non-English TV series, and is featured in the Top 10 in 62 countries worldwide. We are just two weeks from finding out the winner. Following that, we’ll have Siren: Survive the Island, where teams of Korea’s fittest women with different backgrounds (occupation) fight to survive on an uninhabited island.

Because of our commitment to preserve the creator’s vision, we have had the opportunity to work with some of Korea’s top unscripted showrunners and creatives. Jeong Jong-yeon, who pioneered Korea’s survival shows based on mind games, is the mastermind behind our upcoming series The Devil’s Plan.

And since Korea is famous for our zombies, we decided to take the genre to the next level with Zombieverse, where contestants are fighting for survival as Seoul comes under a zombie attack. To make the set more realistic, we involved the art team from All of Us Are Dead while the zombies were trained by the choreographers of Kingdom.

We’ll also be launching our first unscripted mid-form show. With a short running time of half an hour, as well as an incredibly short production time of three months, we will be able to present timely and relevant topics to our members.

We’re committed to creating must-watch entertainment for a variety of audiences in Korea and around the world, and we’re thrilled to see our growing lineup of unscripted titles find new fans everywhere.

Get more details on all the reality and variety shows coming in 2023 HERE.

Metro.Style Celebrates Love Month with Alexa Ilacad and KD Estrada

Valentine’s season just got sweeter as the hottest musical pair KD Estrada and Alexa Ilacad grace the February cover of Metro.Style, wearing date-ready outfits just in time for love month.

KD and Alexa shared how their relationship evolved from being former “Pinoy Big Brother: Kumunity Season 10” housemates to becoming a breakout love team and musical pair.

Na-pre-pressure rin, but honored - [I] definitely feel honored to think na me, I was just a guitar player a few years ago and now, I'm half of one of the 'hottest musical pairs' and it's with Alexa pa. Everybody was surprised when Alexa could sing, and she's just a great singer. She's very underrated in that aspect,” KD shared.

When they started calling us 'Hottest Musical Pair,' I was like, ‘It has a good ring to it. I like it, I like it!' But, that just means that we have to get better and show that we are rightful to the title," Alexa said.

In the exclusive Metro cover story, the two also revealed their upcoming project with director Cathy Garcia-Molina and their musical venture “Walang Aray,” PETA’s comeback theater production, which premiered this February.

Check out KD and Alexa’s cover story on For more exclusive articles, follow @metrodotstyle on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok as well as Metro Magazine @metromagph on Instagram and Twitter and @Metro.Magazine on Facebook, or visit Metro.Style.

Clark Aurora Music Festival Day 2 with Ely Buendia is Almost Sold Out!

Following the success of the Eraserheads reunion concert last December, the Day 2 of the upcoming Clark Aurora Music Festival has people rushing to buy tickets with Ely Buendia as its main headliner.

Festival organizers EP!C Events received such a strong demand for the mega line-up of the second day of said festival. They have been receiving “non-stop” inquiries, and as of this writing, tickets are said to be almost sold out because of the clamor for Ely’s headlining set, as well as OPM acts Parokya Ni Edgar, Kamikazee, Sponge Cola, Mayonnaise, and Silent Sanctuary.

It really came as a surprise for the organizers and thoroughly inspired them to make the Hot Air Balloon and Night Glow themed music festival as unforgettable and magnificent as possible this year. It also proves that the OPM scene is alive and well as the local music lovers keep on growing. Tickets went on sale last January 26, 2023.

Aurora Music Festival DAY 1 is 70% sold too! Hurry and get your tickets now.

Visit our website for tickets and and all SM Tickets outlets.

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