The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Alaska Milk Corporation announced today that for the third consecutive year, Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia will travel to China to watch a live NBA game as part of the initiatives in promoting healthy lifestyle and diet among children.

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Ninety Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia – boys and girls ages 10-14  will attend NBA Global Games China 2016 presented by Master Kong in Shanghai on Oct. 9, featuring the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans playing a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.  The participants from the Philippines will be joined by Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam and for the first time by Jr. NBA Singapore standouts following the program’s introduction to Singapore earlier this year.  As part of their visit to Shanghai, the boys and girls will also meet with NBA players and legends, receive additional basketball training and tour the city.

“Our Jr. NBA All-Stars will once again embark on an unforgettable journey where they will get to experience a foreign country, take part in advanced basketball training and watch a live NBA game, all while engaging with their counterparts from Southeast Asia,” said NBA Asia Vice President, Global Partnerships & Events Francesco Suarez.  “This gathering creates lifelong memories and friendships for our participants, and we will continue providing even more youth with opportunities like this in the years to come.”

“I’d like to congratulate our Jr. NBA Philippine All-Stars on their success.  Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion. Program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country,” said Alaska Milk Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu.  “This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition.Action.Champion. campaign.  By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle.”

The Jr. NBA is presented by Royal FrieslandCampina in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam through its Frisian Flag, Dutch Lady, Alaska Milk, and Foremost brands and is conducted in partnership with Sport Singapore in Singapore.  Promoting the importance of regular physical activity, participants are trained in the fundamentals of basketball and learn the importance of the Jr. NBA’s core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect.  To date, the program has reached more than 1.5 million children, parents and coaches across Southeast Asia through camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities, and aims to reach five million children by 2020. 

Fans can visit the official website at www.jrnba.asia for more information on the Jr. NBA programs. “Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global.  Follow the NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nba and Twitter at @NBA for all the latest news and updates.  For all things NBA, visit www.nba.com.

Check out Alaska Milk’s sports channel www.playph.com and like @PlayPH in Facebook and Instagram for inspiring stories on Filipino sports fans of all ages and skill levels.

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 49 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2015-16 season featured 100 international players from 37 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com and the NBA App, which achieved record viewership and traffic during the 2015-16 season.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with more than one billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

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About Alaska Milk

Alaska Milk recognizes the need of Filipino children for proper nutrition.  According to the 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), it was revealed that 3 out of 10 children aged 5-10 years were underweight while 8 out of 100 children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today. Alaska Milk is committed to help provide proper nutrition through its leading brands, Alaska Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink.  It contains 20+ essential nutrients that help children reach their full growth potential.  Aside from proper nutrition, an active lifestyle is needed in order to shape and nurture healthier children.  Because of this, Alaska Milk encourages children to “go out and play” through its NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. programs: Alaska Basketball and Football Power Camps and Cups, Alaska IronKids Triathlon, Alaska Family Run and Alaska Cycle Philippines.  At the same time, Alaska Milk has a professional basketball team, the 14-time PBA champion, Alaska Aces, which continues to inspire the youth to become future champions who are guided by positive values.  Finally, Alaska Milk partners with excellent local and international organizations  who share the same objectives, vision, and values namely the Philippine Basketball Association, National Basketball Association, World Triathlon Corporation, Cycle Asia, Makati and Alabang Football Schools and Sunrise Events, Incorporated.

#GerifiedPH: Don Papa Rum

Drinking is usually associated with sophistication, especially when in moderation or occasional. It is an indication of status and leisure, while taking it easy, loosening up. I even picture myself melting like a butter in bed right after a good drinking session.

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Rum in particular, made of fermented sugarcane juice and molasses is considered a party drink of the elite, a leisurely drink, both intoxicating yet fun, and drinking it in moderation can really bring happiness, create good times; and last Thursday, I was invited to a Bartending Event at Papa Loa and boy, Michel Dame concocted us drinks that loosen us up and lighten up the mood!

I was unable to join in the challenge to put my bartending aka hand-and-eye coordination and mixing concoction intuition to test, but here are some facts about the Don, the Don Papa Rum that is.

Don Papa Rum is a small batch premium rum, distilled in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon,Negros, Philippines.

Rum is an enticing liqour that came from a rich history. With it smooth flavour, it emerged as a timeless drink. The Don, Dionisio Magbuelas locally known in Negros as Papa Isio is one of the leaders during the late 19th-century Philippine Revolution and now, Don Papa Rum embodies Papa Isio’s spirit of independece, irreverence and sense of justice in its revolutionize premium rum.

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Different varieties are produced depending on the color which signifies the age of it.

Light and fruity, Don Papa Rum is smooth and delicate on the palate. Light amber colored Don Papa rum also has long, rich-textured finish that offers flavors of vanilla, honey and candied fruits, and can be used in various cocktails like rum punch and desserts like ice cream.No wonder Michel Dame prepared Don Papa Rum with flavors like nata de coco, pineapple, banana, raw egg and even cherries!

All things should be done in moderation, and what’s more? There are more benefits of drinking Don Papa Rum aside from that carefree feel.

Rum in moderation can make you live longer. Be it because of the happiness it brings, or the feeling of satisfaction, rum is associated with longevity – 100 grams for 230 calories with no carbohydrates and fat.

Rum is heart-friendly. It can unclogged artery blockages from the fatty pulutan (appetizers). So when you ate a little bit too much meat and fat, it won’t hurt to take a shot or two.

Rum can keep you away from pain. This may end up as a hugot, which it can actually, but seriously though, my grandma used to tell me that during her younger years, so-called dentists on the sidewalk would make you drink a rum before pulling your tooth out.

Rum can keep the common cold away. Perfect for heating up oneself during the cold season, too! It could provide energy too from its alcohol content.

We are living a fast-paced lifestyle and there are more than one reason to have a break and drink rum to loosen up a bit and relax while maybe contemplating about life.

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More about Amsterdam Bartender Michel Dame here.


About Don Papa Rum

Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa is aged for more than 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. For more information, check our website, www.donpaparum.com, or like us on Facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/DonPapaRum or even follow us  @donpaparum on Twitter and Instagram.

Pizza Hut sets new standard in online food delivery

Pizza Hut, the country’s food delivery expert, has launched a better, more user-friendly website that’s designed not only to change the way we order our pizza, but also to set a new standard when it comes to ordering food online for delivery or carry out.

“We have always been known as the pioneer and expert in food delivery in the Philippines, and this is borne out of our commitment to bring the freshest and hottest Pizza Hut pizza and signature dishes as fast as possible to our customers,” shares Pizza Hut Philippines marketing head Lorent Adrias. “But technology and our fast-paced lifestyles are changing the way diners now perceive convenience when it comes to ordering our food, and so we thought to introduce a better, more interactive website which takes ordering food online to a new level.”
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Pizza Hut, the Philippines’ food delivery expert, has launched an improved website that works across multiple screens, accepts online payments, remembers favorite items, and allows for scheduling of delivery or take-out orders from the nearest branch. Visit http://www.pizzahut.com.ph today!
Pizza Hut Philippines’ website, www.pizzahut.com.ph, now has an easy-to-use, minimalist interface that looks great and works well on desktops, laptops, mobile phones and tablets. Its arrangement of menu items by page, large images, brightly- colored selection buttons, and resizeable fields and fonts all make it easier to navigate on different screen sizes across devices. This makes ordering a breeze whether you’re in the comfort of your home, in the privacy of your office, or even while you’re stuck in traffic.
You can also now pay online when on the website. If you have no access to an ATM or bank, if you’re in a rush with no time to withdraw money, or if there’s simply no way to have cash on hand, just key in your credit card details to avail of a pizza, pasta, siding or Hut Feast.
By ordering online, you get access to exclusive Pizza Hut promos and deals, like the two-family pizza Hot Deal, the Big Variety Box full meals, or a free 1.5 liter of Pepsi to go with your favorite pizza. In fact, to celebrate the launch of the website, Pizza Hut rewards all new customers that sign up and log on for their first online orders with a free regular Hawaiian Supreme Pizza for a minimum spend of P500 for a limited time!
Pizza lovers in the city can now choose to enjoy meals at home, in the office, or anywhere in Metro Manila, because the website takes out the hassle of finding the Pizza Hut restaurant closest to a site user’s location. This also gives you the option to not only avail of “delivery,” but if you want to pass by the branch and pick up your order you can select “carry-out” instead of “delivery” on the site. You can set the exact time you want to get your favorites through the “Now” or “Later” button. The site even shows you the temperature of the day in real time, to help determine if there may be a delay to your delivery due to prevailing weather conditions!
Pizza Hut’s revamped website also makes ordering great by remembering the last orders made by customers, so there’s no need to repeat going through complicated steps just to re-order favorites on the next site visit. Customers only need to create new log-on details after placing their orders.
So don’t skip a meal or miss out on a chance to celebrate! Enjoy the best of food delivery now and order mouth-watering pizzas and other Pizza Hut items online, hassle-free at www.pizzahut.com.ph today! To learn more about the website, check out the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/pizzahutphilippines, or follow @PizzaHutPhils on both Twitter and Instagram.

Platinum Karaoke goes to the Next Level

Platinum Karaoke, makers of high quality and high definition karaoke machines and accessories perfect for every home, has soared to the NEXT LEVEL with the launch of its new and exciting product – the Platinum Alpha Mic Karaoke, a major game changer in the karaoke industry.
Platinum Alpha is a portable karaoke that boasts of unique features, which will definitely bring one’s karaoke experience to a whole new level. It comes with full HD capabilities that promise superb video and high fidelity sound output quality. And being a 24Gb multimedia console, you can store and watch your favorite movies and listen to your well-loved collection of songs.
It is developed as a Smart Karaoke that features browsing and surfing the net, and sharing your phone’s display on the big screen, which makes the Alpha Mic Karaoke an all-in-one entertainment package. It is enabled and can be powered by the Platinum Wi-Fi Dongle, which can access the Internet and mirror your smartphone through Miracast. What’s more, it’s portable and convenient to set up so you can enjoy your karaoke bonding moments may it be outdoors, in picnics, at the beach or even road trips! It is the first ever karaoke unit that can be bank-powered or via USB port.
Portability goes hand-in-hand with Platinum’s downloadable digital songbook, the application available both on Android and iTunes wherein users can easily search songs from the smartphone. And with over 17,000 collection of OPM and English songs, and 100 new song updates monthly, what more can you ask for?
And speaking of going to the next level, no one comes close to being most deserving of being introduced as the newest brand ambassadors of Platinum’s Alpha Mic Karaoke than the hottest and most sought after tandem in the country – Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, better known as “ALDUB.” Like the brand, both have in them an element of wholesome fun and entertainment with a vibe that’s fresh and pulsating.
“Platinum Karaoke knows that Alden and Maine embody the same personality and vibe of the new Alpha Mic,” quipped Ruth Ana Bautista, Platinum’s assistant marketing manager. “Aside from that, both of them are also known to strengthen bonding relationships, having strong ties with their respective families, and attesting that karaoke is a big part of their momentous family bondings.”
And just like the Platinum Alpha Mic Karaoke, ALDUB is a truly a game changer. They are the phenomenal love team that rocked afternoon television’s audience – nothing like anyone has ever seen and experienced before. Their tandem is organic, fresh, believable and full of life. And this is what continuously endears them to their fans.
After the anniversary of their famous characters and the launch of their 1st movie together, Alden and Maine are set to reach a whole new level in their careers – next level as they would say. They are still set to go to new heights and who knows, to a new level in their “love team” relationship. Platinum Karaoke, together with Alden and Maine, are definitely ready for the next level as they bring music to life and life to music! And with the brand’s goal to bring positive vibes into Filipino households and provide the ultimate next level karaoke experience, they are definitely on track!
Truly, Platinum Karaoke is the only choice for Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza. With thousands of songs more than what its competitors provide in the market, top brass sound quality and convenience, and with their array of innovative and revolutionary products made available locally and globally, there is definitely no other choice for these two amazing and inspiring performers.
Platinum Karaoke is available in all leading music stores nationwide. For more information or online orders, please visit www.platinumkaraoke.ph, like The PlatinumKaraoke in Facebook and follow Twitter and Instagram accounts @platinumkaraoke.

Modern Living TV is back for Season 6

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Bianca Gonzales and Stephanie Zubiri are back to host Modern Living Season 6

PhilSTAR’s Modern Living TV is back for its 6th season! Hosted by STAR’s lifestyle columnists Bianca Gonzales and Stephanie Zubiri, Modern Living TV continues to present informative and entertaining segments that feature the hottest lifestyle trends.

For the pilot episode, Steph and Bianca interview women of substance, Audrey Zubiri and Rissa Mananquil. Find out how Audrey juggles her life as an entrepreneur, mom, wife and public servant with a smile; and how supermodel turned entrepreneur Rissa manages to keep her family the top priority in her busy life.

Up next, Bianca shares tips and tricks on how to take Instagram-worthy food snaps with food photographer himself, Cy Ynares. Learn various techniques to make your feed definitely #IGFeedGoals.

Lastly, Steph wanders around The Peninsula Manila and checks out their awesome 40th anniversary offerings. What surprises await her?

The sixth season of Modern Living TV has 13 episodes, running every Saturday on ANC at 6:00 p.m., with replays on Sundays at 10:30 a.m. Modern Living TV is the first lifestyle TV show by a news media organization.

Every 30-minute episode of Modern Living TV features the latest eye candy in the form of breathtaking living spaces and other elements of modern living.


The Don Brings The Dutch To Manila

Michel Dame of Cocktail Boutique Netherlands showcases the Art of Bartending 

Don Papa Rum brings to Manila Michel Dame, founder and head bartender of Cocktail Boutique Netherlands, for a series of bartending shifts entitled “The Don With A Dash of Dutch,” at Hooch Bar on September 21 and at Finders Keepers on September 22.

Michel Dame is a seasoned bartender in Amsterdam’s cocktail scene with over 15 years of experience in the hospitality and F&B industry. He consults with some of the world’s known spirit brands such as Giffard, Mondo Mediterraneo, and Hete Pepper. He founded the Cocktail Boutique Netherlands, a bar consultancy company that offers cocktail workshops, cocktail catering services, and freelance bartending services in Amsterdam. He is also the brand manager for Andre Kerstens, a wine and spirits importer in 1880 and head bartender for Ron Gastrobar Oriental in Amsterdam where he built the bar’s cocktail portfolio and developed its bar operations for three years.

Michel is in the Philippines for the first time to visit Don Papa Rum’s origins as well as impart his knowledge of cocktail culture to the Philippines’ bartending scene. “I am curious with the the distillation process of Don Papa Rum. I want to experience how hospitality works in the Far East, comparisons and the differences from the West. It will be a total learning experience to take back with me when I go home,” he adds.

Even with his extensive range of original Don Papa Rum concoctions tucked under his sleeve, Michel shares that he prefers his Don Papa Rum simple – on ice with bitter. When asked what is his mission in the Philippines, Michel says: “I would like to show that 46 year old bartenders are still a lot of fun.”

He met “The Don” when he was invited to be one of the three judges for the Don Papa Cocktail Competition in Amsterdam where Kevin Kroon was declared the winner and the Don of Cocktails in Netherlands. The Don of Cocktails Competition is an annual event held in the different countries where Don Papa Rum is available.

“I like how The Don is different with its vanilla and fruity taste, while still being a rum. I also like how The Don presents himself to the people, uncomplicated,” he says.

Don Papa Rum will be bringing a new set of international bartenders to the Philippines in the coming weeks.


About Don Papa Rum

Don Papa is a premium aged small batch rum from Negros Occidental, Philippines. Distilled from some of the finest sugar cane in the world, Don Papa is aged for more than 7 years in oak barrels in the foothills of Mount Kanlaon before being blended to perfection. For more information, check our website, www.donpaparum.com, or like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DonPapaRum or even follow us  @donpaparum on Twitter and Instagram.

Bleeding Heart Rum Company

The Bleeding Heart Rum Company is the trading arm of Chat Noir Co. Inc, based in Manila, Philippines and the company is responsible for the production and marketing of Don Papa Rum, a small batch rum from the island of Negros Occidental, Philippines.

Beware of fake skincare products that may harm your skin

Filipino consumers need to be more vigilant when buying skincare products after news of alleged counterfeit of a popular skincare product have reportedly entered the local market.


 Galderma Philippines, the authorized distributor of Cetaphila brand recommended by dermatologists for sensitive skin, received initial reports that counterfeit beauty bars and moisturizers bearing the brand’s name are being sold in the Philippines. These counterfeits place consumers at risk of potential skin harm and severe health issues in the long run. In particular, these include Cetaphil Gentle Cleansing Bar, Cetaphil Cleansing Antibacterial Bar, CetaphilRestoraderm Skin Restoring Body Moisturizer and Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion 591mL.

Especially for people with sensitive skin, the formulation of the counterfeit products may cause mild skin irritation to serious flare-ups. Moreover, consumer may face the risk of exposure to harmful chemicals.

Laboratory tests conducted on samples of counterfeit products show that these counterfeits do not follow established quality specifications of our product. Also, key ingredients found absent in the counterfeit products” said Atty, Edmund Jason Baranda, counsel of Galderma.

Without proper quality control to ascertain the right formulation that goes into each product, the counterfeit item may seriously put the safety and health of consumers at risk and they end up paying more, especially when they expose their skin to unnamed and unchecked ingredients that go into the counterfeit items.

A cheaper price may not always be a good indicator to know if the item is counterfeit or not, as some are produced to look almost the same as the genuine ones – but there would be marked differences in terms of the product’s odor, appearance  and  packaging, owing to the lack of strict quality control during manufacturing and the fact that counterfeit items are produced at cheaper rates to scale.

Here are some consumer guidelines on how to spot counterfeit items:

·       Check if there is a difference in the product’s odor or color with the original;

·       Look at the physical casing or packaging

·       Check if the box has lot number, expiry dates, and brand stickers

Galderma is committed to provide only quality products to consumers which is why we adhere to strict manufacturing protocols and quality controls. The safety of the consumers is of foremost importance to us, especially since we provide products that care for the skin. Galderma has open communication lines with its consumers so as soon as we received information about the counterfeit items, we promptly sought the assistance of the authorities for appropriate action” said Atty. Baranda.

In case you have bought a suspected counterfeit item, kindly report the details of where and when you bought the product to Cetaphil’s official Facebook page Cetaphil Philippines. A customer service representative will respond to your notification.