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Top entries in 32nd DPC-PLDT visual arts contest on exhibit at CCP Little Theater Lobby till March 20

Press Release:

Thirty diverse visual interpretations of the theme, “Pinoy Pride”, in oil and acrylic are on exhibit from March 13 to 20, 2018 at the Little Theater Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The exhibit pieces are the works of fine arts students, aged 18 to 24, from all over the Philippines. The 30 paintings constitute the finalists, chosen among more than 70 entries to the 32nd edition of the DPC-PLDT Visual Arts Competition (VAC 32), sponsored by Directories Philippines Corporation and the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company. The annual nationwide competition showcases and immortalizes the winning artworks on covers of telephone directories distributed in Metro Manila and other key urban centers and regions across the land, as well as on multiple online and mobile platforms.

“It is heartening to see a broad national representation of the entries this year,” noted Ricardo D. Bautista, DPC president. “We had submissions from Mindanao, the Visayas, northern and southern Luzon, in addition to the usually prolific output from the fine arts schools in Metro Manila. Interpretations of this year’s theme are just as diverse. Some student artists dwelt on our natural endowments; others on our customs, crafts, traditions, and unique aspects of our culture; still others on our admirable traits and on unheralded countrymen, like soldiers and overseas workers, who make great sacrifices for our country.”

The 29”x29” paintings rendered in a variety of styles—realist, impressionist, graphic, and abstract, among others—were the nation’s young artists’ response to the VAC 32 invitation to “bring to light the things inherent in our national identity, culture and diversity that are sources of immense pride unique to Filipinos”.

DPC-PLDT officially launched the contest in November 2017 and will announce the winners of VAC32 on March 20, 2018 at the Main Lobby of the Cultural Center of the Philippines in Pasay City at 1:30 p.m.

The student who painted the first-place winning entry will receive P100,000 in cash and the VAC32 Grand Prize Trophy; in addition, his/her school will receive a P40,000 donation for it’s fine arts program. Second and Third Prize winners will receive P75,000 and P60,000 in cash, respectively, plus trophies and corresponding donations to their respective schools. Besides the trophies and cash prizes, the Grand Prize winner will have his/her work featured on the cover of the 2018-19 Metro Manila telephone directories of DPC (Yellow Pages) and PLDT (White Pages).

The VAC annual competition is a much-awaited event in the art world, particularly for young artists, as it gives recognition to the abundance of creative and artistic talent available in the country’s fine arts schools.

For more information, please visit VAC 32’s website, www.visualarts.ph, and its official Facebook page, VISUALARTSPH. Queries can also be emailed to visualartsph@gmail.com


Rachel Gutierrez

VAC 32 Secretariat

Email: visualartsph@gmail.com

Phone: +632 894 1343


7-Eleven Run is Back!

Press Release:

Are you ready for one of the most anticipated running events of the year?

RUN 2018 is back and bigger than ever!

This coming February 4, RUN 2018 is not only happening in Filinvest City, but, for the very first time, it will also be happening in Cebu (IT Park) and Davao (SM City Davao) at the same time!

The overall top 3 Filipino male and female placers with the best/shortest time record from all 3 locations of the 21KM and the 42KM categories will also get the chance to join an International Marathon in Asia, all expenses paid. Cash prizes also await winners of the other categories.

Registration is until January 23, 2018! So what are you waiting for? Register now!


Assemble your Armour Fitness Retreat launched

Press Release:

UNDER Armour athletes Meggie Ochoa, Gretchen  Ho and Kali Huff, lead the UA’s Women’s Fitness Retreat “dubbed as assemble your armour, yesterday at Chi Spa of Edsa Shangrila.
These women champions in their own field of sports shared their training regimens, fitness routines to selected women patron of Under Armour.
One of the highlights of the event is the Self Deffense tecniques shared by ambassadress Meggie Ochoa. Ochoa once again ruled the Asian region recently when she bagged a gold medal in the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.
Ochoa was one of the two gold medalist for the Philippines recently, when she beat a Vietnamese foe to capture the top honor in the women’s Ne-waza -45kg division event.
“Overwhelming,” said Ochoa in an interview after arriving from Ashgabat. “Right from the beginning, marami kaming pinagdaanan bago kami makarating dito. Sobrang grateful, sobrang grabe ‘yung pasasalamat especially kay God dahil kung hindi dahil sa kanya, Siya ‘yung nag-align ng mga pangyayari para mag-lead dito.”
It was another gold medal for Ochoa, who last year also took first place in the Asian Beach Games in Vietnam. Following the success of in the AIMAG, Ochoa is now looking at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia as the next target.
“Hindi kami tumitigil sa training at sa paghahanda at sa pag-realize ng mga learnings from AIMAG,” said Ochoa.
Ochoa is part of the growing list of Under Armour ambassadresses which have brought honor to the country due to their performances in the international sports scene.
Last year, Hidilyn Diaz made history by becoming the first Filipina to take home a medal in the Olympics when she claimed the silver medal in the weightlifting competitions in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
Diaz was also a winner in the recent AIMAG when she captured the silver medal in the event as part of her preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics where she is aiming for nothing else but a gold medal. Diaz is also taking part in the next Under Armour’s fitness retreat, in which the successful Filipina athletes and personalities will be able to draw inspiration to the Filipino people through their efforts.
Watch out for them again on the next Under Armour fitness retreat in partnership w the Aegle Wellness Center and Sanctband on January 27,2018 at the Balesin Island, Quezon.




1st Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 Link Love Together hits the Metro

What a success!

The first ever “Hello Kitty Run” event in the Philippines

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 Link Love Together

Tokyo Gets Co., Ltd., a Japan-based entertainment agency, through its local affiliate Ten:22 Business Solutions, brought the ‘Hello Kitty Run Manila’  on 21st October 2017 at the SM By The Bay, SM Mall of Asia.  It was an overwhelming success, with over 10,000 participants!

The first Hello Kitty fun run was held in Bangkok in February 2016. Afterwards, it was also brought by Tokyo Gets to many other Asian countries such as Singapore, China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Throughout the event, the concept “Link Love Together” was widely adopted from race kits to decorations, merchandise to food & beverages, etc. The event attracted numerous media support both from online and offline platforms.

Tokyo Gets and Ten:22 would like to acknowledge and appreciate the support of its main partner CHERIFER Syrup, along with the other sponsors namely, SM By the Bay, ETC, 2nd Avenue, Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, Business Mirror, Otaku Asia, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Rizal Park Hotel, Hisense, Toy Kingdom, Skin White, Skechers, Pocari Sweat, Crystal Clear, Pascual Creamy Delight, Fujifilm Instax, Salonpas, ACER, Softex, Gardenia, Kinds in Mind, Banana Peel, Bert Lozada Swim School, Mogu Mogu, UBER PH, Chips Delight and UCC Coffee. They filled the grounds with dozens of themed activities, games, and photo corners that provided the runners a fun-filled and memorable day!

Social networking sites Facebook and Instagram unleashed its power to create the hype and euphoria for Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017. The first week of its Facebook page showed an instant 10,000 followers, and had more than 31,000 followers during the event day itself! Registered participants happily and proudly shared their photos and status with the hashtags #HelloKittyRunManila2017, #LinkLoveTogether, and #HKRManila2017.

Character events draw a lot of attention in Asia and it is highly anticipated that characters-related promotion will be a continuous trend. Tokyo Gets Co., Ltd. has branch offices in Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand and, partners with Ten:22 Business Solutions in the Philippines,  to provide optimal licensing promotion based on the culture and trends of each country.

We provide support services to solve complex license agreement problems from content selection, negotiation, contract making to production etc. For further information and inquiries please get in touch with Mr. Lynard Longcop via email at lblongcop@ten22businessolutions.com or Miss Yamada at tg_tokyo_info@tokyogets.com.

Shop your grocery needs at Easy Grocery!

Have you been in a situation wherein you need to buy some ingredients that are lacking in your recipe? Want to buy grocery things for the week’s stock but can’t find time to do that? You have the time to shop for food items but the reality of horror traffic and parking dilemma prevents you to go outside the house, or you simply just feel lazy to go to supermarkets and want to lie in bed the whole day this weekend? If that’s so, now you can grocery shop right at the comfort of your home with your smartphone.

Download the Easy Grocery app from Google Play or App Store, sign-up and you’re good to on-line shop for your household needs. What’s more? You can monitor the progress of your order in real-time. Easy Grocery runners and riders are on stand-by to get your orders and will even ask or offer you alternative products if your order is not available in your preferred grocery store. Isn’t that great?

Easy Grocery, grocery made easy!

Press Release:

Easy Grocery: A novel and trouble-free way to grocery shopping

Great news – you can now do your groceries online, and in the comfort of your own home!
Imagine foregoing the hassle of physically going to the grocery, dealing with traffic and parking
woes, dealing with a crowded supermarket and longer lines at the cashier.
This is made possible by Easy Grocery, the latest mobile app which allows consumers to
purchase their grocery items from the app and have them delivered to their preferred address
within 60 minutes committed time. The app works for both iOS and Android phones and is now
available for download from the App Store and Google Play.

The launch of EasyGrocery comes at a time when more and more Pinoy shoppers are putting
premium value for convenience. The results of the annual Nielsen Shopper Trends report from
2015 to 2017 showed a common theme on the shopping habits of Filipinos. While income and
purchasing power remains on the upswing, what remains a reality is that the consumers’ time is
now a highly-priced commodity. Hence, products and services that are convenient, trustworthy
and hassle-free will always appeal to busy Filipinos.

The proliferation of online shopping in the Philippines has significantly altered the way Filipino
consumers approach shopping. In 2015, there are already 26.01 million Filipino eCommerce
users, majority of which come from the middle class. Topping their list of purchase are
electronic goods, clothes and even furniture.

Therefore, it is surprising that in spite the proliferation of online shopping sites and apps, one
still has yet to buy their groceries on foot and in store. This may be the reason why another
earlier Shopper Trends survey showed that Filipinos are spending less during grocery shopping
but spending more in convenience stores.


Grocery Shopping for the changing times

EasyGrocery aims to cater to the average Filipinos who find grocery shopping a daunting but
necessary task: it can be the average office worker who spends a minimum of 8 hours in the
office, excluding overtime; it can be the harried mother trying to balance taking care of the kids
and still do house chores; or it can be OFWs who want to be more hands-on on their family’s

“We currently live in a fast-paced lifestyle where convenience and time-savings are the public’s
priority requirement in their day-to-day activities. It is from this reality that the idea by which
EasyGrocery was conceptualized.”, said EasyGrocery’s President & CEO Eugene Leoncio.
Whatever the case may be, this latest mobile app delivers the hassle-free and convenient way
of getting the week’s basic necessities from the store to the customer’s home, with just a few

To appeal to the discerning market, EasyGrocery puts prime value in winning the trust of their
users by putting their own brand of customer service in place:

  • A fast and easy ordering system designed exclusively for the app
  • Trained Runners who will personally pick-up the groceries as soon as orders are
    confirmed online
  • GPS mobile app tracker for their riders which allows customers to track the driver’s
    location with ETA
  • A proactive notification system which allows customers to see if items/orders are
    already in process and see their current status

EasyGrocery provides a variety of online grocery shopping options as it makes it possible to
purchase the orders in some of the country’s biggest supermarket chains. What’s best,
groceries will come from the stores nearest to the customers in order to meet delivery time.
Users have the option of paying Cash On Delivery (COD), credit card and points payment and
soon, payments can also be made via Bayad Centers, over the counter, online banking,
convenience stores and mobile payment facilities.

And since EasyGrocery only charges a flat rate of 100 pesos for the service fee per order and
another 100 pesos for the delivery fee; it is still more affordable compared to commuting and
then dealing with the unnecessary expenses of grocery shopping!
EasyGrocery is now available in its three pilot areas of Makati, Parañaque and Taguig, and
hopes to add more cities in the coming months.

http://www.easygrocery.ph @easygroceryapp official hashtags:
#EasyGroceryPH #GroceryMadeEasy
info@easygrocery.ph @easygroceryph

Filinvest City – 5th Endurance Weekend

The Filinvest Endurance Weekend is back! 24, 12 and 6th Hour Categories. Save the Date Sept 30 to Oct 1, 2017.

WHAT:   Filinvest City Endurance Weekend 2017
WHERE:   Pacific Rim, Filinvest City, Alabang
WHEN:   Saturday to Sunday, September 30 – October 1, 2017

Expected number of participants: 500

Lap Details
Minimum Number of Laps:
• 24 Hour: 24 Laps
• 12 Hour: 12 Laps
• 6 Hour: 6 laps

For relay teams, there is a minimum number of laps per team mate.
• 24 Hour Teams of 3: 8 Laps
• 12 Hour Teams of 2: 6 Laps




Press Release

Registration for 5th Filinvest City Endurance Weekend now open.

Elite and amateur mountain bike (MTB) riders can once again expect a thrilling and demanding race experience as the 5th Filinvest City Endurance Weekend makes its way on September 30 – October 1, 2017, at the Filinvest City Alabang.

The Filinvest City Endurance Weekend, first staged in 2013, is an exciting two-day MTB event unlike any other as it challenges riders– either in solo and team categories to push themselves to the limit in the 6-hour, 12-hour, or 24-hour race spans that are very much a test of skill, endurance, and strength.

That Filinvest City serves as the race venue has become even more relevant and fitting with the recent introduction of bike lanes and trails, the latter a feature that cannot be found in other CBDs. Already, bikers of all backgrounds are taking advantage of these amenities, not only on weekends but also during the work week, making Filinvest City a true bikefriendly CBD.

Apart from an exclusive medal for all finishers and winners, generous cash prizes also await winners in the various the various race categories.

The 24-hour leg will start on September 30 (Saturday) at 12nn; the 12-hour leg will start on September 30 (Saturday) at 5pm; while the 6-hour leg will start on October 1 (Sunday) at 6:00am.

For more information on the Filinvest City Endurance Weekend and the accompanying registration fees and procedures involved, visit facebook.com/FilinvestCityOFFICIAL. Ariana Dormitorio


Hello Kitty Run Link Love Together Manila 2017

Press Release:

Hi there, Hello Kitty fans! Are you ready to spread love and have fun with Hello Kitty? After visiting Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia, Hello Kitty is coming to the Philippines through the first ever Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 happening on October 21, 2017! Let’s have fun with family and friends with the fun run’s theme, “Link Love Together!

Our beloved Hello Kitty will inspire love and share happiness with everyone in the 5km fun run at the SM By the Bay, SM MOA Complex. To show her excitement to meet all participants, she prepared an exclusive edition Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 race kit consisting of themed race tee and race bib, with lots of special gifts from sponsors, all in a very cute exclusive Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 drawstring bag! Everyone who will cross the finish line will also receive a very cute special edition Hello Kitty Run finisher’s medal for their effort!

Hello Kitty herself will meet-and-greet friends and fans at a special stage program during the event! There will also be lots of activities and booths where you can get exclusive and limited edition souvenirs and merchandise.

Early bird tickets has been selling from July 1 until August 15; Standard tickets from August 16 to September 15; and Last minute tickets from September 16 to October 15. Register now at www.hellokittyrunph.com !

Hello Kitty Run Manila 2017 is organized by Tokyo Gets Ltd and Te

n:22 Business Solutions in partnership with CHERIFER Syrup, along with its official venue partner, SM By the Bay, official media partners; ETC and 2nd Avenue, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Star, Business Mirror and Otaku Asia, major partners Pocari Sweat and Crystal Clear, Toy Kingdom, Skin White, Rizal Park Hotel, Golden Phoenix Hotel, Pascual Creamy Delight, Skechers, Devant, and marketing partners Salonpas, Acer, Banana Peel, Fujifilm Instax, Softex and Healthy Innovations. This event is supported by JLOP (Japan’s Ministry of Economy and Industry, Contents Division).