Bangkok's 'street food queen' Jay Fai is Icon awardee for Asia in 2021

Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants on Thursday announced that Bangkok chef Supinya Junsuta, popularly known as “Jay Fai” won the Icon Award for Asia this year. Jay Fai, dubbed as the “queen of Thai street food,” has been voted by more than 300 members of the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. “A purist with a passion for blending culinary traditions with innovation, Jay Fai embodies the spirit of Asian gastronomy. Her unwavering dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of her peers and make

Pawning is nothing to be ashamed of, according to Pokwang

For comedian, actress and television host, Marietta Subong or “Pokwang”, there is nothing to be ashamed of in pawning. Now that we are under a global health crisis and are prone to encountering financial emergencies, Pokwang advised the public that turning to a pawnshop is another good option. “‘Yung pong sinasanla niyong ‘yan ay pinagpaguran niyo ‘yan, ‘yun pong sinasanla ninyong pinagtrabahuhan niyo ‘yan and of course nagkaroon ng emergency, walang nakakahiya doon. Wala tayong masamang hanga

Season 2 of Selena Gomez’s cooking show featuring adobo, turon premiers January 21

Eagle-eyed Filipino fans last week gushed after learning that American singer-actress Selena Gomez will cook a Filipino dish on her cooking program. In the almost two-minute-long trailer of the second season “Selena + Chef,” Gomez can be seen preparing the well-loved Filipino dish adobo. Filipino-Canadian celebrity chef Jordan Andino will help her prepare this signature dish. Aside from the iconic viand, Gomez was also seen featuring the Filipino dessert turon or banana spring rolls on her te

These banks extended free online fund transfers for InstaPay, PESONet in 2021

(Updated Jan. 5, 2021; 6:54 p.m.) The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas on Monday announced that some banks are extending their waiver of fees for online transactions via PESONet and InstaPay this year. The updated list covered banks that extended free online transfers until January 31 and March 31. On Tuesday, January 5, more banks extended their waiver of fees for InstaPay and PESONet transactions. Some banks announced extension until June 30 and December 31 this year. The central bank also relea

'Break the norm mga brodie': Vlogger Ninong Ry is new calendar face of liquor brand

Vlogger Ryan Morales Reyes was unveiled as the 2021 calendar model of a local liquor brand. Whisky brand White Castle is known for releasing yearly calendars with sexy female models called “White Castle Girls” for more than four decades now. An ABS-CBN report said that among its previous White Castle calendar girls include Lorna Tolentino (1982), Carmi Martin (1984), Cristina Gonzales (1992), Glydel Mercado (1996), Angela Velez (2000) Roxanne Guinoo (2007) and Meg Imperial (2015). This year,

From VIP testing to VIP vaccination, Filipinos deplore 'unfair' vaccination of soldiers, Cabinet exec

The hashtag #NotoVIPVaccination dominated online conversations on Monday and Tuesday after government officials, including President Rodrigo Duterte, disclosed that Cabinet members and personnel of the Presidential Security Group had already been vaccinated for the coronavirus. On Tuesday, Eduardo Año, who earlier confirmed that some Cabinet members were vaccinated by COVID-19 vaccine developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group (Sinopharm) ahead of its approval from the country’s Food and

'Piracy is a crime': 'Fan Girl' creators urge public to report MMFF pirates

The creators of Metro Manila Film Festival entry “Fan Girl” are calling on the public to report pirates or those who are selling its film illegally. This year, the Filipino film festival goes online due to the continued movement restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. All ten MMFF entries are available to stream on demand via Upstream and GMovies starting Christmas day. The festival will have a two-week run. Here are this year’s MMFF entries: • The Boy Foretold by the Stars Since th

Food delivery service, beauty and wellness e-shopping platform now offering assorted gift-worthy items

A food delivery service app and a beauty and wellness ecommerce platform recently diversified their offerings amid the continued online shopping trend. Filipinos have turned to online shopping when the national government implemented the enhanced community quarantine or the nationwide lockdown mid-March this year. Since then, the e-commerce industry boomed with Filipino shoppers now having the habit of shopping online for their groceries and other daily essentials. A report of AI solutions fi

'Marriage of color': Ultimate Gray, Illuminating named 2021 Pantone color of the year

Pantone announced on Thursday that for the year 2021 it chose two independent colors as Color of The Year. Pantone Color Institute said these colors highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Color of the Year 2021. “It is a story of color that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly,” the institute said. The marriage of color is not just for aesthetics as it conveys a message

'Finding Agnes': This Filipino Netflix film was shot in 'picture-perfect' Morocco

The latest Netflix film from the Philippines “Finding Agnes” continued to dominate the trending list and top ten list of the streaming giant. “Finding Agnes” starring Sue Ramirez and Jelson Bay premiered globally last November 30 and has since made it to the streaming service’s trending and top ten lists. It was shot in Morocco as the film follows a successful entrepreneur (Bay), who on an emotional journey in that country and pieces together the turbulent life of his estranged mother, and mee

DOT, Mystery Manila’s free gamified virtual tour lets you play tourist in Philippines

A gamified virtual tour titled “Where in the Philippines is Sam San Mateo?,” that lets players immerse themselves in the next best thing to physical travel, will be made available to the public for free this month. The Department of Tourism has partnered with escape room specialist Mystery Manila for a 60-90-minute online mystery tour of the Philippines. In the virtual game, players will join a quest to track down the fictional travel vlogger Sam San Mateo while playing as virtual tourists who

Black Friday finds for audiophiles: Audio products on-the go, work-from-home essentials

It is that time of the year again when shoppers can enjoy several discount deals ahead of the holiday season through shopping events like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and 12.12. The Telegraph said that Black Friday, that comes a day after Thanksgiving Day, is the USA’s biggest shopping event of the year, when many shops cut their prices on a range of products. On the other hand, Cyber Monday that comes three days after Black Friday, generally revolves around online deals, according to the Busine

Manila International Book Fair's first-ever digital edition: What to expect

For the first time ever, the Manila International Book Fair will launch its digital edition on Tuesday, November 24. The online edition of the book fair will run from November 24 to 30. Some booklovers were surprised to know that the book fair is pushing through despite social distancing restrictions. Others are confused about how it will be conducted. Patrons can visit and register as visitors to access book sales and events. After registering, visitors can browse throug

#FeelTheRhythmofKorea: Filipinos jump in TikTok-Korea Tourism's global dance challenge

Video-sharing platform TikTok and Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) recently teamed up to launch a dance challenge in the Philippines that seeks to unite people across the globe. The dance challenge called #IYKoongChallenge was launched last November 13. It will run until November 22, where Filipinos can groove to the rhythm of Korea and express their creativity. “The pandemic has significantly impacted the tourism industry worldwide, including Korea,” Ahn Young-bae, president of KTO said. “Th

From 'Ondoy' to 'Ulysses': Jericho Rosales lauded for 'heroic' acts for Marikina residents anew

Matinee idol Jericho Rosales once again became the talk of the town after extending help to fellow Marikina residents on Thursday morning. Reports said that Rosales and his wife model Kim Jones personally helped stranded residents in their village as Typhoon Ulysses (International name: Vamco) caused heavy flooding in several areas. They used their surfboards and helped rescuers in the village. In a video interview of ABS-CBN, Rosales shared that lack of floatation devices is usually the probl

Ben&Ben draws from tough life choices in new single 'Di Ka Sayang'

The nine-piece collective Ben&Ben dropped another single on Friday midnight, this time seeking to empower its listeners with “Di Ka Sayang.” The new track, inspiring confidence and fearlessness, amid adversity was written by Paolo and Miguel Benjamin. It was inspired by the twin band members’ conversation during one of their out of town shows last year. “Migs and I were having a conversation on our career choices and how hard it was to fight for who we really are and what we want to do in life

This is where you can send in donations for Rolly-hit Filipinos

(Updated Nov. 6, 2011; 6:05 p.m.) With a series of tropical cyclones that hit Philippines, including “Rolly” (International name: Typhoon Goni), the strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year, numerous organizations and volunteers launched donation drive to help fellow Filipinos affected by the typhoons. Tropical Storm Rolly which made a landfall as a super typhoon in Catanduanes last Sunday is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Sio

'Sige, i-cover mo lang': 6cyclemind’s hits get fresh spins almost 2 decades later

After almost two decades of generation-defining anthems, a number of hits of local band 6cyclemind get fresh renditions via the “Sige, I-cover Mo Lang!” project. Sony Music Philippines and 6cyclemind on Wednesday evening officially released the special compilation of this project that seeks to introduce to young listeners some of the band’s greatest music. The project features shortlisted entries from music fans remaking select hits of the band. It contains three tracks that were rearranged an

Beauty brand's eco-packaging does away with those wasteful bubble wraps

Cosmetic brand Garnier Philippines recently launched “Green Beauty,” an end-to-end approach to sustainability in beauty retail aimed at reducing its environmental impact at every stage of the value chain from education, purchasing and recycling. The initiative is part of L’Oréal Group’s global sustainability targets geared towards fighting climate change, sustainable water management, respecting biodiversity and the preservation of natural resources. “Our constant search for innovation and rei

'Never say die': Miss Universe Philippines bet Christelle Abello looks up to Pia Wurtzbach

Miss Universe Philippines 2020 candidate Christelle Abello, representing Aklan, bared that the never-say-die story of Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach inspired her to join Philippine pageantry. Abello is a 26-year-old model who was introduced as the new face of Ginebra San Miguel’s calendar for 2021. She is a current candidate of Miss Universe Philippines 2020 with coronation night slated Sunday, October 25. “The world of pageantry fascinated me so much because I witnessed phenomenal women and
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