Readers Digest Trusted Brands 2016: Honoring the Companies Filipinos Believe In the Most


What is the mark of a good business? 

Is it the consistent increase in sales; the continued accumulation of assets or a financial statement that will keep investors smiling?

Five or ten years ago, these figures may be enough, but in the current business landscape, there is one other factor that has become critical in building a strong foundation-- Trust. 

TRUST has become a “high-value” currency that is accepted globally outweighing the value of any monetary conversion. Gone are the days when people just look at the lavish office buildings when choosing their banks, on shiny new equipment of service centers or rely on commercials and celebrity endorsers when deciding which brand to purchase. 

Today, trust plays a crucial element when consumers make a decision--and with the widespread ubiquity of the internet and social media, the importance of establishing a good reputation has only become more pronounced. 

Companies can recover from decreasing profits or a downtrend in sales, but when its consumers lose confidence it can result in irreparable damage regardless of how old a brand is.

Trust is that one factor that remains constant. Once trust is established, it becomes an instinctive response – the consumer buys the brand without so much as a second thought because they can relate to it as "their" brand.  

Trust is the ultimate vote of confidence. For businesses it is a forward-facing measure imbued with expectation, promise and satisfaction and a solid reputation of distinction.

For consumers, the mark of a Trusted Brand fosters loyalty and a relationship that goes far beyond price, trends and marketing campaigns.

MOST TRUSTED SURVEY

Now on its 18th year, Reader’s Digest, one of the longest running print publications in the world, will again honor the products and services that Filipinos trust most. 


The Trusted Brands 2016 Awards ceremony will be held on June 30, 2016 at the ballroom A of the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig.

Renowned motivational speaker and business influencer, Ms. Anna Esperanza will be the keynote speaker while Reader’s Digest Asia Pacific Mr. Walter Beyleveldt, Managing Director of Readers Digest Asia Pacific and Ms. Sheron White, Group Advertising & Retail Sales Director, Asia Pacific will be personally awarding the trophies to the winners.

Reader's Digest has approached ordinary Filipino consumers to ask their opinions on what brands of products and services are important to them.

For the 2016 Trusted Brand Survey, Readers Digest has commissioned global market research company CATALYST to survey a representative sample of people in the Philippines about the companies they truly believe. The survey covers 44 categories of products and services across a wide range of industries.

Approximately 8,000 individuals were selected across 5 of Asia’s key markets such as the Philippines, HongKong, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan.

Around 1000 respondents were surveyed in the Philippines.  Half were subscribers to Reader's Digest, while the remainder  were selected to reflect the demographics of the general population.

Each respondent was required to complete a questionnaire or participate in a mail, face to face, telephone or online survey.  Queried participants are to mention the name of their most trusted brands and then rate each of brands listed based the following six attributes: Trustworthiness, Credibility, Quality, Value, Understanding of Customer Needs, Innovation and Social Responsibility.  This year the awards will be presented in each of the 44 categories.

GOLD Trusted Brands Awards – will be given to brands that scored significantly higher than their rivals.

PLATINUM Trusted Brands Awards – will be given to brands that performed exceptionally, winning their category with a score that vastly outpolled their nearest competitor.

ASIA TRUSTED Brand Awards will be given to a brand that wins the Reader's Digest Trusted Brand award in the same category for at least three countries surveyed.

Special awards will also be given out to the Most Trusted TV News Presenter; Radio Presenter; Entertainment Presenter as well as Marketing Excellence Awards.

Recipients of the Trusted Brand awards will receive given a Trophy and will be allowed to use the globally recognized Trusted Brand Logo in their marketing collaterals and merchandising materials.

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Sweetness Overload With JaDine at the MTV Music Evolution

JaDine: James Reid & Nadine Lustre (Photo Credits: MTV Asia & Kris Rocha)
It is probably, by far, the biggest break #TeamReal couple, James Reid and Nadine Lustre, has ever achieved in their showbiz career. Being selected as one of the performers in an MTV concert that's going to be shown internationally, not to mention getting lined up and sharing the same stage with some of the biggest names in the music scene including Gary & Gab Valenciano, Bebe Rexha, Apink, Far East Movement, and One Republic, is such a huge honor for the couple.
During the press conference of the MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 held on June 24 in Hotel Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, the couple admitted that, despite the fame and numerous performances they've done around the world, they still do get stage freights but it also makes them more excited and gives them the adrenaline to perform at their best.


James shared that him being in showbiz is unexpected because he never really had plans of joining it. Nadine, on the other hand, almost quit showbiz before because of her studies and then the movie Diary Ng Panget happened, which gave her the break as an artist.

Here's the full video of their interview:

In the MTV Music Evolution concert, JaDine performed some of their hit songs including No Erase, Para-paraan,This Time, Me & You, Huwag Ka Nang Humirit, just to name a few. The fans can't help but get thrilled as the couple exude sweetness while performing. These photos from MTV Asia's Facebook page should speak for themselves:







If you haven't seen the concert live, check out this clip of JaDine's performance from MTV Asia.






The MTV Music Evolution Manila 2016 will be aired on MTV on July 19 at 7PM (TH/WIB), 8PM (PH/SG), and 9PM (MY). 

Repeat airings are scheduled on the following dates:
  • July 19 at 11PM (TH/WIB)
  • July 20 at 12AM (PH/SG) and 1AM (MY)
  • July 21 at 10:30AM (TH/WIB), 11:30AM (PH/SG), and 12:30PM (MY)
  • July 23 at 1:30PM (TH/WIB), 2:30PM (PH/SG), and 3:30PM (MY)
  • July 24 at 7PM (TH/WIB), 8PM (PH/SG), and 9PM (MY)
  • July 25 at 1PM (TH/WIB), 2PM (PH/SG), and 3PM (MY)

Here are more photos taken during the presscon:











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Be classy, trendy, sporty, or edgy with Gola's latest collection


They say that shoes complete your mood. Be it sporty, trendy, edgy, or classy, there is always a perfect pair for your OOTD. 

Gola, UK's hippest lifestyle sneaker, has launched different styles and collections that will surely complement everyone's unique taste, outlook, and individual personalities. 

“We are delighted to welcome Gola to the Philippine market - truly an iconic brand that has successfully fused the classic style of the past with the modern and upbeat fashion style of today’s market. This inimitable fusion of the past and the present is very much evident in the collections that we are unveiling today,” shares Cecille Loretizo, ERC Head of Marketing. “Likewise, Gola is known for its unique versatility that made it possible for us to come up with four distinct looks that we are sure will match the fashion sensibilities of today’s sneaker-loving generation.”



From their two core collections, Harrier (left) and Bullet (right), Gola is unveiling four different looks: Classic, Sporty, Trendy, and Edgy.

The Classic style, which I often prefer, features a single-color toned sneakers with a breathable or monochromatic outsole that denotes enduring timelessness.

For your Sporty look, Gola offers sneakers in bold colors carrying their trademark stripes.

If you are the Trendy type, Gola's collection of sneakers with bold colors and artsy prints will surely set you apart and lets you stand out from the crowd.

For fashion-forward sneaker lovers, Gola's Edgy collection is perfect for you! If you're up for taking risks and go against the grain, you can never go wrong with its playful and offbeat designs.

So, which GOLA are you?




Gola is available in the following outlets: SM MOA, SM Makati, SM North Edsa, SM Aura, SM Fairview, SM Lipa, Landmark Trinoma, Bambu Trinoma, Bambu Abreeza, Bambu Gateway, Bambu Pacific Mall, Bambu Nuvali, Bambu Ayala Legaspi, Bambu General Trias, Bambu Glorietta, Bambu Highstreet, Bambu Cebu, Bambu Gaisano Mall, Bambu Limketkai, Bambu Dumaguete, Bambu Ermita, Bambu UP Town, Bambu Subic, Bambu ATC, Bambu Ilo-ilo, Bambu Tagum, Davao and Bambu Butuan.

Gola is distributed by ELRO Retail Corporation. For more information, check out and visit www.elroretail.com









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Taiwan's Best Products Showcased Through the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone

With the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zone event held from June 3-5 in SM Megamall, mall goers got to witness and see for themselves Taiwan's superiority in product design and innovation. The event has allowed the guests to experience Taiwan Excellence products and see how it can complement and enhance their lifestyles.

Through the Taiwan Excellence campaign, Taiwan has successfully showcased their top-of-the-line products and brought awareness to the Philippine market. 


Some of the brands carrying the Taiwan Excellence seal like Acer, Asus, D-Link, Tatung, Heartway, KYMCO, MSI, Johnson Tern, and Chanson participated in the event and featured their high quality products that we Filipinos loved. 

Formosa Bear

Taiwan's official mascot, the Formosa Bear, happily welcomed everyone and gamely posed for selfies and photos with the guests.Also provided entertainment for the event are some of our world-class Pinoy talents including Conven PH, Christian Bautista, Julie Ann San Jose, and Yeng Constantino. A fashion show was also held and fun games thrilled the participants. 

Cosplayer sisters Ashley and Alodia Gosiengfiao

Coven PH

Saab Magalona

Fashion show of TAITRA’s highlighted products

Yeng Constantino

“Every year, we strive to bring the best Taiwanese products to the Philippines, and this experiential activity allows people to see these things up close. We’ve made everything in this experiential exhibit fun, captivating, and different. We hope to do more projects that would help Filipinos discover how we can help enrich their lives with Taiwan’s superior products,” TAITRA Deputy Executive Director Scott Yang said.
From L-R: Taiwan External Trade Development Council Deputy Executive Director of Strategic Marketing Department Scott Yang, Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office Minister Samuel Chang, Taiwan Trade Center Manila Director Harrison Koming Lan
Experience Taiwan's best as the Taiwan Excellence Experiencing Zones continues to bring the products closer to the market on these schedules: July 8-10 in SM Mall of Asia, August 19-21 in Trinoma, and October 21-23 in Market! Market!.

For more info, visit www.taiwanexcellence.ph.

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Joyride Jam With Encantadia 2016's Pirena, Glaiza de Castro



Together with the members of the press and bloggers, Glaiza de Castro, playing the role of Pirena in the remake of Encantadia, graced the afternoon for another getting-to-know day with the Encantadia sang'gres. We had a good exchange of laughs, fun stories, and throwback KTV series as we cruise the streets of Quezon City in a Black Fleet bus.




Glaiza de Castro singing Oops I Did It Again

She also played for us one of her original compositions from her Synthesis album, Country Tree.





Black Fleet brought us to Glaiza's restaurant along Tomas Morato in QC, The Runner's Kitchen, where our conversation got more interesting.

With the Encantadia remake being just around the corner, Glaiza has shared her experiences in doing the show.

Everyone's busy preparing for their respective roles and Glaiza is very excited to share to the people what they've been working hard for for months now. She had undergone trainings on arnis, muay thai, boxing, and she regulary goes to gym to ready herself for the intense fight scenes. She shared that, before our event, she came from Batangas where they had shot the great war scene, one of the biggest fights in the Encantadia series, at around 5am so endurance is really important to keep up with her schedule.

Given that getting compared with the original Encantadia cast is inevitable, Glaiza is very confident that their batch will be able to deliver what the fans are looking forward to and that they can offer something new to this generation of audience. Other than feeling pressured, they are actually more excited to do the project.

Glaiza de Castro as Pirena (Photo Credits: Encantadia 2016 FB Page)
Glaiza is also very grateful to her fans who's pushing her to do good in her craft. She also revealed that it is one of the reasons why she got the role of Pirena. They've been so passionate of her getting the role and the management considered that during the casting.

With the demanding schedule brought by all the preparations they've been doing for the show, Glaiza had to face consequences too. She haven't been able to spend quality time with her family and as for her lovelife, she admitted that her commitment for now is with her work. Here's what Glaiza has to share about this matter:






Catch Glaiza de Castro, together with Kylie Padilla, Gabbi Garcia, and Sanya Lopez in the Encantadia remake happening really SOON on GMA 7.

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Discover Happiness With The New Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf's Ice Cream Ice Blended® Drinks

I'm a heavy coffee drinker I admit. If there's such a word as 'comfort drink', then coffee that is for me. Be it fancy or just the regular brewed, coffee for me is just pure happiness. It keeps me pumped up for the day. Moreover, hanging out over coffee, sharing stories and whatnots, is a favorite past time among me and my friends.

No one can definitely go wrong with the combination of coffee and ice cream.

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has recently launched their newest Ice Cream Ice Blended® drinks and all of them are exquisitely good! Coffee and ice cream is just a perfect combination so imagine having both of them in one refreshing beverage.

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The Ice Cream Ice Blended® drinks come in three different variants: Cookies & Cream, Mint Chip, and Pure Salted Pistachio.


The Mint Chip Ice Cream Ice Blended® drink, my favorite of all three, provides a refreshing taste of peppermint sauce that's perfectly balanced by the creamy vanilla and chocolate-covered espresso beans that adds up the coffee dose I need for the day.

Mint Chip Ice Cream Ice Blended®
The Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Ice Blended® drink, on the other hand, combines sweet and creamy vanilla with decadent chocolate cookie pieces. This is surely going to be a hit and, being a coffee-free dink, it's also perfect for kids!

Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Ice Blended®
And finally, the Pure Salted Pistachio Ice Cream Ice Blended® drink is a mix of rich vanilla and salted pistachio sauce. The sweetness of the syrup and the hint of saltiness from the pistachio sauce provides the perfect combination of subtly bold and contrasting flavors that can be enjoyed by anyone.

Pure Salted Pistachio Ice Cream Ice Blended®
The Ice Cream Ice Blended® drinks are now available at all The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® stores. The Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Ice Blended® and Mint Chip Ice Cream Ice Blended® flavors are priced at P175 for the regular size and P195 for the large size. The Pure Cookies & Cream Ice Cream Ice Blended® and Pure Salted Pistachio Ice Cream Ice Blended® flavors are P165 for the regular size, and P185 for the large size.



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My Husband's Lover Returns: Will air on FOX Filipino Starting This June


The most controversial love triangle in Philippine TV is making a comeback!

Relive and rekindle the love story, secrets and lies as Fox Filipino brings us back My Husband's Lover.

My Husband's Lover, which gained both praises and critics from different sectors, has made such a huge noise in Philippine entertainment as soon as it aired on GMA Kapuso Network back in 2013. The TV series bravely tackled a sensitive and unconventional plot narrating the struggles of couple, Vincent (Tom Rodriguez) and Lally (Carla Abellana), whose relationship were challenged by the former's deep secret: his attraction to men, specifically involving his old love, Eric (Dennis Trillo).


FOX Filipino has celebrated the comeback of My Husband's Lover by holding a brunch last June 20 at Le Jardin Manila in Bonifacio Global City. It was attended by the members of the press, together with MHL's Kuh Ledesma who played as Vincent's loving mother, Elaine Soriano.


Kuh shares her MHL experience and invites everyone for the rerun of the show in FOX Filipino during the event. Here's a clip of her talk broadcasted live on EDnything Facebook Page:


This groundbreaking series will be shown on weeknights, with back-to-back episodes from Monday to Friday, 7PM to 8:50PM starting June 20, 2016 on FOX Filipino. Fans of My Husband’s Lover can also get their fill of this critically acclaimed drama with replays on weekdays from 7AM to 9AM and marathons every Saturday from 9AM to 5:55PM.

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IN PHOTOS: Rak of Aegis The Musical

Rak of Aegis
Rak of Aegis is one of the most successful original Filipino musicals in the country that features songs of the iconic 90s band, Aegis, including "Luha", "Halik", "Sinta", "Basang-basa sa Ulan", "Sayang Na Sayang", "Christmas Bonus", and a lot more.

For someone who hasn't seen Rak of Aegis yet, the musical has greatly exceeded my expectations and I still can't get over it!

I admit, I'm a Rak virgin! And with the raves from the previous runs, my expectations of the show is quite high. I am just so glad that the reviews I've read online and the reactions I've seen from my friends who've seen it before (which I thought back then is quite exaggerated) is actually true. Days after I've seen the show, I still find myself (unconsciously) singing the songs from the musical. In short, LSS! (If you've seen the show already, I would love to read your thoughts in the comments section below.)

The Press Night held last June 15, 2 days before the premier, featured some of the new members of the cast: Tanya Manalang as Aileen, Carla Guevarra-Laforteza as Maryjane, Jon Santos as Fernan, Vince Lim as Kenny, and Joann Co as Mercy. The rest of the cast is just as exceptionally good and had delivered a superb performance that makes me want to see the show again.

The story of Rak of Aegis revolves in issues that are not really new to us, Filipinos: floods, young singer's dream of stardom, love triangle, developers who only care for their properties, communities begging for the help of the government, just to mention a few. The show is very relatable because, in one way or another, we've experienced these issues and we often hear or read them in news.

Anyway, enough of the talking. The following video and images may convince you further to watch the fifth and final run of Rak of Aegis happening from June 17 to August 28, 2016 at the PETA Theater Center.















































CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS DURING THE PRESS NIGHT

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Get Your Dads a Personalized Johnnie Walker Bottle This Father's Day


Looking for a perfect Father's Day gift for your old man?

This June 19, it is but right to give back and raise a toast to the man who's done nothing but the best for the family. Aside from the usual clothes, DIY tools and whatnots, why not give him something that he can't pass up?

Johnnie Walker, one of the leading whiskey brands, offers a wide range of Scotch whiskeys that will suit any father's drinking habits, flavor profile, or serving preference.



And to make it more special...

Express your gratitude and love with a personalized Johnnie Walker bottle!

With every bottle of Johnnie Walker you get, you may include a short Father's Day message or your father's name printed on the label of his favorite Johnnie Walker variant: Red Label, Black Label, or Gold Label.

To avail a personalized bottle, you may order through www.sayitwithjohnniewalker.com or visit Johnnie Walker booths in any S&R branch near you. 

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Get up to 70% off in the 15th Megabrands Mid Year Markdown Sale

It's back to school season again and MCTI greets another school year while marking the the mid year with another well anticipated sale event.

MCTI brings back the Megabrands Mid Year Markdown Sale!

Now on its 15th installment, the Megabrands Mid Year Markdown Sale will be offering huge discounts of up 70% on great selections of items from shoes, bags, men’s and ladies fashion, sporting goods and accessories, personal care, eye wear and time pieces, gadgets and other specialty goodies. Get loaded with great finds from up to 70 participating brands like Adidas, Reebok, Hush Puppies & Sebago, Levis & Dockers, Elle, Carlton, Wenger, Skechers, and many more!

RCBC Bankard members can also take advantage of the 0% interest 12-month payment scheme. Special giveaways and freebies also await those who will be signing up for an RCBC credit card during the event.

The 15th Megabrands Mid Year Markdown Sale is happening from June 17-19 at the SM Megamall Megatrade Halls 2 & 3. Admission is FREE so don't miss this big sale event!  

For more information, follow MCT Events Management on Facebook and Twitter or call them at 239-3807 or 399-2935. 





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Discover a new way to enjoy corned beef with the new Shakey's Corned Beef Crrrunch!






Pizza is one of my favorites because almost any ingredients that you put in it won't really disappoint your taste buds. If even the weirdest flavors of pizza turned out surprisingly good, what more if two of our favorites are combined into one comforting delight?

Shakey's Pizza explores comfort food with a twist and introduces it's newest pizza flavor: the Corned Beef Crrrunch Pizza!

Held at the Shakey's store along Buendia, our favorite pizza brand recently launched their newest pizza flavor that will surely become a hit. Having the perfect formula of a pizza favorite, the new Shakey's Corned Beef Crrrunch Pizza combines the irresistibly good premium corned beef and their Signature Thin Crust that's crispy and tasty topped by light and sweet caramelized onions, soft, salty, and crumbly feta cheese, and savory shoestring potatoes. What more can you ask for right?

Shakey's newest store along Buendia
Look at that generous serving of the delicious premium corned beef! 



Hosts Chino Lui Pio and Janeena Chan were joined by the gorgeous athlete Michelle Gumabao and DJ Tony Toni of Boys Night Out as they shared their Shakey's experience. Well, based on their stories, I can't really blame their families and friends for being so excited to try the pizza delivered for them.

Hosts Chino Lui Pio and Janeena Chan joined by Michelle Gumabao and DJ Tony Toni

Check out this short clip to know what else happened during the launch:

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You may enjoy the new Shakey's Corned Beef Crrrunch Pizza in various sizes at an affordable price:

THIN CRUST PIZZA
  • Regular size - Php235
  • Large size - Php395
  • Party size - Php530
HAND TOSSED PIZZA
  • Regular size - Php305
  • Large size - Php460
  • Party size - Php595






Let's all discover a new way to enjoy corned beef with the Shakey's Corned Beef Crrrunch! For more information, LIKE Shakey's Pizza on Facebook and FOLLOW @shakeysph on Instagram.

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UP Playwrights’ Theatre Presents 'The Female Heart'

The Female Heart Poster

After three years of hiatus, UP Playwrights’ Theatre (UPPT) proudly returns onstage with Linda Faigao - Hall’s THE FEMALE HEART running from July 1 – 10, 2016 at the Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero Theater, University of the Philippines Diliman.

Set in the late 1980's, the play follows Adelfa and her elder brother Anghel’s struggles as resident of the infamous mountain of garbage popularly known as smokey mountain. Confronted by extreme poverty and her brother's ailing health, Adelfa agrees to become a mail-order bride in the United States.

Chase Salazar and Al Gatmaitan play the role of Adelfa and Anghel respectively. Salazar was last seen in Ateneo Entablado’s Ang Birheng Matimtiman and in Severino Montano’s Ladies and the Senator for the celebration of UP Diliman Arts Month. Gatmaitan, an Aliw Award winner for Best Classical Male Performer in 2015, is a current regular at the ABS-CBN soap opera, “The Story of Us.”

Al Gatmaitan
Al Gatmaitan as Anghel

Chase Salazar
Chase Salazar as Adelfa
Joining Salazar and Gatmaitan are Philstage Gawad Buhay 2008 Awardee Peewee O’Hara; diligent and promising actress Sheryll Ceasico; multimedia producer, writer, and director, Mark McKeown; and UP Diliman Theatre Arts graduate student and former student from Siliman University alumna, Ina Azarcon–Bolivar.




SEATED (L-R): Peewee O'Hara, Chase Salazar, Sheryll Ceasico; STANDING (L-R): Mark McKeown, Al Gatmaitan
THE FEMALE HEART is the directorial debut of Banaue Miclat-Janssen for UPPT. The play is also a momentous directorial project for Prof. Miclat-Janssen for she is celebrating her silver year in the Theatre industry. Joining her in the artistic team are UP Diliman faculty member, Jem Javier (translation); UP Diliman Film student Gio Potes (dramaturgy); Ina Azarcon–Bolivar (assistant direction); freelance set designer and actor Io Balanon (set design); Philstage Gawad Buhay 2014 Awardee Carlo Pagunaling (costume design); dancer / choreographer JM Cabling (movement design); theatre arts students Ricardo Lorenzo (sound design), and Garett Picardal (lights design).

The play’s portrayal of the reality of life’s tragedy seeks to awaken the spectators about the vividness of pain and despair, but most importantly, our pursuit of love and hope.

THE FEMALE HEART is produced by special arrangement with the Playwright and Elaine Devlin Literary, Inc., 411 Lafayette Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10003.

Show Schedule
July 1, 2016 / Friday* - *Gala Performance 7:00 p.m.
July 2, 2016 / Saturday - 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 3 and 10, 2016 / Sunday – 10 a.m.: 3:00 p.m.
July 6, 2016 / Wednesday - 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 7, 2016 / Thursday - 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 8, 2016 / Friday - 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 9, 2016 / Saturday - 3:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m.
July 10, 2016 / Sunday - 10 a.m.: 3:00 p.m.

Ticket Price
Php 500.00 Regular Ticket Price
Php 200.00 UP Student, Faculty, and Admin Employees
*Discounts are available for bulk purchases and senior citizens

After three years of hiatus, UP Playwrights’ Theatre (UPPT) proudly returns onstage with Linda Faigao - Hall’s THE FEMALE HEART running fr...

Earn while you shop through Shopback


Online shopping is becoming really popular now in the Philippines. Aside from the convenience of doing it anywhere you are anytime you want, there are also a lot of promos and discounts that you can take advantage from some of the top online shopping sites like Lazada, Zalora, Ensogo, Ebay, Galleon, and a lot more.

What if I tell you that, aside from the discounts given by these online shopping sites, you may also get a rebate of your purchase through a cashback promo?

Yes, that's right! 

ShopBack helps you get the best deals and discounts on 300+ stores, plus Cashback! Cashback is really just "getting cash back" - When you spend online through ShopBack, you get a portion of your purchase back as Cashback. This means extra, unlimited savings whenever you shop online!





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  • At least 1.5% - 4% Cashback on Lazada 
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  • At least 4% Cashback on Ensogo 
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Your earnings can be cashed out through your bank, Paypal, or GCash account. Pay outs can be requested once your earnings reach Php 300.01.

If you aren't convinced yet, Shopback also offers promos like these:









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Outcast: The Newest Horror/Drama Series From The Creator Of The Walking Dead



Last June 2, I got the privilege to join the exclusive first episode screening of Outcast two (2) days before it's world premier last June 4.

If you loved The Walking Dead, then you'll definitely get glued with Outcast!

From the creator of The Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman brings us yet another thrilling series that will keep you wanting for more. Outcast, which is based on the comic book of the same name by Kirkman and co-creator and illustrator Paul Azaceta, is a compelling story about a young man fighting manifestations of demonic possession.


Before we watched the first episode, FOX brought us to BGC to unveil one of the murals that are strategically placed in 13 countries around the world. Each city’s mural was painted by a local artist based on illustrations provided by Azuceta to depict one panel from the scene’s storyboard, similar to panels in a comic book. Renowned graphic design team Team Manila was assigned to create the Outcast mural in Manila, coloring in Azuceta’s black-and-white sketches and adding their own flourishes of Filipino culture to the art.

With it's geo-tag feature, the mural lets anyone within the vicinity unlock an exclusive content by simply logging in to http://outcastart.tv.








Outcast Mural in BGC
Posted by EDnything on Thursday, June 2, 2016

“FOX is excited to be featuring another show that pushes the envelope for the horror genre on TV, and an original scripted drama by FNG at that. We’re confident that Filipino fans who have loyally been tuning in to Kirkman’s previous work on The Walking Dead will embrace Outcast as another fine example of edgy storytelling, relatable characters, and excellent production. Our collaboration with Team Manila for Outcast was also another great opportunity to showcase local artistic talent on an international platform.” - Charo Espedido, Director and Head of Marketing at FNG Philippines

After the mural visit, we went to FOX office for the screening. I've seen the trailers prior to the viewing and it made me really interested with the series. What I loved about the episode is that eerie scenes were added not just for the sake of scaring the viewers. It helped a lot in revealing important details of the story and how each character were interconnected.

The premiere episode introduces the lead character of Kyle Barnes, a young man from the small town of Rome in West Virginia who returns home after a long absence. What marks Kyle is his dark history of having witnessed his loved ones undergo demonic possession—and it’s the reason why he left Rome in the first place. He returns years later to find the answers behind his family’s suffering, in the hopes that he can help Joshua Austin, an 8-year-old who lives in front of the Barnes house and is believed to be possessed by a demon that seems mysteriously connected to Kyle. Together with Rev. Anderson, a West Virginia evangelist who believes he is a soldier in God’s holy war against the forces of evil on Earth, Kyle revisits Rome to face his past, discover his fate, and possibly change the world forever.

Outcast will be aired exclusively on FOX every Saturdays at 8:55PM starting June 4.

Thanks FOX for this autographed Outcast Art

Want to know more about Outcast? Listen to what Mr. Jude Turcuato, General Manager of FOX Networks Group Philippines, has to say about the show and the network:






For those who have watched the first episode already, what do you think of this new series? I would love to read your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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