Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Everything to Know about KUMU - the Filipino Super-App

An introduction to Kumu: the messenger, the mission, the movement.

It is a fact that Filipinos are heavy internet users. What's amazing is that we seem to dominate in using various social media platforms and we're real proud of it.  But what if there is a messenger app and media platform that is built by and for the Filipino community? An app that suits the digital Filipinos? Introducing Kumu.  


In many ways, Kumu is the product of a long process — a labor of love and countless hours of work contributed by an extended team of over 60 leaders from the Philippines, the diaspora, and the global tech community.

Kumu, the Pinoy super-app is just beginning. We started discussing this idea six months ago; in comparison, Facebook has been around for fourteen years, Viber and Instagram for eight. There remains a massive but exciting gap between where we are and where we want to be. We’re proud of what our team has built, and we invite you to join and help us build this from the ground up! This is our Digital Bayanihan.

What is this all about? Why do we need another messenger app? What exactly is Kumu?

1. A localized communication app for the Filipino people

Localized messenger apps are taking over Asia.  Part of it means designing for the realities and constraints of digital communication in Philippines. Our video and voice call technology is powered by a unique real-time communications protocol that is optimized for low connectivity settings.

We’ve worked hard to infuse Kumu with a voice and spirit that’s uniquely Filipino. Our stickers are one example of this — saturated not only with Filipino language and slang, but also an undercurrent of Filipino history and mythology, all rendered in vivid color by some of the best artistic talent in the Philippines. We will take the same approach to our brand, our marketing, and everything that we do.

2. A media network for the next generation of Filipino creativity

Filipinos are some of the most creative people in the world. But historically, that creativity hasn’t been given the right platform to flourish. People leave the country to be Broadway actors and musicians. The local media landscape remains monopolized and insular. Tapping into our innate creativity isn’t just a matter of expression and inspiration — it’s also the key to surviving the next decade of disruption.

We’re building Kumu’s Explore tab as a platform for the digital creative economy in the Philippines. Beginning with our livestream network, Kumu Explore will be the home to artists, journalists, students, vloggers, historians, musicians, comedians, and all kinds of creative talent from across the global Filipino community. Our curation team will ensure a diversity of voices that represent the best of Filipino talent, and our livestreaming technology will enable a deeper level of interaction and engagement than anywhere else.

3. A digital economy of services that make life easier in the Philippines

The Filipino people are naturally viral. Makati was once named the selfie capital of the world, and the Philippines was ranked #1 in terms of average time spent on social media.

But for the most part, our digital savvy remains very separate from our day-to-day economic needs. Filipinos in the Philippines still have to line up each payday to get their money from the bank; Filipinos abroad still use remittance services with hidden fees and unreasonable exchange rates. The cash economy, which remains king, is a very expensive way of doing business.

Later this year, we’ll be releasing some solutions to make life a little easier. We want remittances, shopping, payroll, food delivery, and Balikbayan Boxes to be as fast and easy as posting a selfie. We want to make everything from day-to-day necessities to other products a more seamless part of the digital experience. For many of these services, we’ll be working with some of the best Filipino innovators to integrate their existing solutions into our platform.

Our goal is to unleash the economic power of one of the fastest-growing economies in the world.

4. A movement to take back our internet and unlock the power of the Filipino community

When the internet came about, it promised to be a great equalizer, a way for us to connect and be better together than the sum of our parts. But fast forward several decades and our internet infrastructure, too, has been dominated and throttled by a few multinational corporations. Our social media channels are rigged against us, selling the public conversation to the highest bidder.

At Kumu, our vision is to harness the full promise of the internet and digital technology to unlock the power of the Filipino people. We think that the internet can build stronger communities rather than divide them, make life easier instead of distracting us from what matters. Digital media can inspire us and broaden our imaginations. Kumu hopes to be, more than any single thing, a vehicle to make these possibilities real. We want to be a platform for the future of the Filipino community, a Filipino renaissance that is rising and gaining momentum.

We hope you join us in getting there! We need all the Filipino spirit spirit and energy for the journey ahead. Let’s start our Digital Bayanihan with Kumu. 

Kumu is now available on the Google Play and App Store. Learn more at our website:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Discover the healing power of food with the Baron Method

Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.”
This was the line that inspired Harvie Baron, a nutritionist and athlete, to learn about the healing power of food—a journey that helped him battle a lifelong health condition, break free from a lifetime of medicine, earn a nutrition diploma from Oxford College, and embark on a mission to teach others to gain their own lives back through the healing power of food.   

In today’s stress-filled world, people struggle with a multitude of health concerns. Cancer, hypertension, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, gout – all these illnesses are affecting the lives and limiting the activities of people, often making them dependent on a lifetime of prescription medicines.

This is why the Baron Method was created.

The Baron Method, painstakingly developed by Harvie, is centered on the transformational healing power of food. It believes that an individual who properly learns how to consume food, when to consume food, and what type of food to consume, will not only attain indestructible health, but also the ability to freely design their lives with their newfound vitality.

In the 7 years that it has been in operation, Harvie has managed to help almost a thousand people transform their health – diabetics bringing down their blood sugar to normal levels, hypertensive clients achieving normal blood pressure readings, cancer patients going into remission, and even hyperactive kids learning how to focus.

Alex Yu, 41, and Deana Collins, 64, are only two of the many that subscribe to the Baron Method. Both of them were overweight, had high cholesterol, and off-the-charts blood chemistry levels, and they realized that they needed to change in order to enjoy life. “I was sick of being sick,” Deana expresses. With the Baron Method program, they both learned how to eat better and healthier, read labels, prepare nutritional food, and make better choices.

“I haven’t taken any medication for the past 6 months. All I did was eat healthy and eat right, and my blood chemistry result is a testimony of how eating healthy food can heal our body,” says Alex. Deana, having beaten cancer with the help of the Baron Method says that, “I absolutely believe in the healing power of food. I’ve experienced it in my life, in my heart, mind, body, and soul.”

Because of increasing demand through endless stories of transformation, the first Baron Method Center in the country has opened its doors to the general public. Located at the ground floor of the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel, 1 Garden Way, Mandaluyong City, the Baron Method center aims to help people enjoy a better, healthier life, free from disease, through smarter food choices and overall health literacy.

In a nutshell, the program  teaches people how to procure proper ingredients by reading labels, how to choose the right poultry, meat, and vegetables, how to prepare food through kitchen strategies and recipes, and most importantly, provides a customized plan to suit the body’s long-term needs.

“We’re not a diet program,” Harvie points out. “Our primary thrust is not to make you lose weight, but to permanently free you from a lifetime of prescription medicines through the healing power of food.”

The six-month program includes a highly personalized eating plan based on an individual’s current state of health, goal, and daily schedule.

In addition, the center offers a one-time food education program where people learn how and what to look for when they’re at the grocery stores, reading labels, 28 recipes, a one-week sample meal calendar, worst ingredients in food, and a pantry-staple swap list.

Sample of the menu:

Harvie noted that the most common diseases that spur people to use the method are lifestyle diseases such as diabetes and hypertension; chronic diseases like asthma; and autoimmune diseases like psoriasis and irritable bowel syndrome. Others are simply too tired and lethargic to concentrate on what they are doing.

“People all have different goals, ideals, plans, and lives, so if you put them on a diet that’s not suitable for them individually, then it won’t work, especially long-term. A program or an eating plan is only effective if it has sustainability. If it doesn’t have sustainability, then it doesn’t work. At Baron Method, each program is made specific to the client’s needs and body type. We believe that anything worthwhile takes commitment and discipline, and we’re here to help you make that change through every step of the way,” concludes Harvie.

You too can break free from the limitations of prescription and embrace the power of nutrition. Experience the ultimate health transformation through the Baron Method.

For more information, check out their website at and follow their Facebook page at

Monday, March 12, 2018

SM Rules Summer with Coco Cabana 2018 Summer Collection

SM, the country’s biggest retail stores, with its SM Woman brand recently hold its 2018 Summer Show. This early, SM is showcasing that in this season , Summer Rules and SM Rules Summer!

In a country with so many beaches in their territory, Filipinos love their summer. Summer is also the high time for style and fashion powerhouse show-offs. And SM Woman is ready to open the season with its annual showcase. Held at the 3/F of SM Makati, this year’s fashion is dubbed Coco Cabana 2018 Summer Collection featuring stylish swimwear and resort wear.

Serving hot trends fresh off the runway, SM third floor concourse is a hotbed of hyper botanicals, fun and flirty ruffles, classic black and white suits, sleek and sexy metallics, and suede numbers parading models. Let’s not forget the pink flamingos and the plus-sized models who stole the show and were given the biggest thumbs up.

Indeed, SM Woman delivered exactly what every woman want. And at SM, this month of March is solely dedicated to What Woman Wants, SM Woman is all about honouring EVERY WOMAN as they launch What Women Want – a celebration for women by women.

For this entire month, SM Woman is giving off amazing deals and the best of the best offer starting with up to 50 percent off on great selections, buy one get one on select items,  and freebies when you purchase from participating brands.

Other offers also include, extra 10 percent off on ALL items for SM Advantage subscribers EVERY Wednesday this month of March (March 7, 14, 21 and 28). There’s also a 5 percent rebate when you purchase worth PhP 5,000 to PhP9,999 for BDO SHOPMORE cardholders and 10 percent rebate for a minimum purchase worth PhP10,000 for  BDO SHOPMORE cardholders. Both are for every Saturday of the month. (March 10, 17, 24, 31). What more, you can get 2X the points on ALL purchases for SM Advantage cardholders only on March 15 and March 30.

So what are you waiting for? Go to your favorite SM store, its high time we get #WhatWomenWant

MILO launches 2018 MILO Sports Clinic program

For many decades now,  Milo has been a part of many Filipino children.  We all grew up with Milo. Aside from the drink,  Milo is also known for its Milo Sports Clinic which, for more than three decades have encouraged parents to get their child into sports. 

There was a time when my brother and I would like to join the sports clinic whenever we sa it on tv commercial but sadly,  the sports clinic is not available in our province then. So we just content ourselves by singing a few lines of Milo theme song "great things starts from small begginings..." while doing karate motions or basketball.  Those were the days. 

This fond memories came back when I attended the presscon of 2018 Milo Sports Clinic which carries the theme "Get Your Child Into Sports." During the presscon held at the Alphaland Southgate,  Mr.  Willy de Ocampo,  Nestle Philipoines Inc.,  Vice President stresses the importance for children to be immersed in sports throughout their developing years. He said,  "Aside from building their health, sports also teaches a lot of life lessons to children, This is a perfect time to instill the different values that will help their character, which will help them in school and in life."

Now on its 35th year, the clinic  will feature 18 sports namely badminton, basketball, bowling, chess, cross-fit for kids, fencing, football, futsal, golf, gymnastics, ice skating, karatedo, lawn tennis, parkour, swimming, table tennis, tough rugby and volleyball and will be handled by expert coaches and instructors, who use modern and scientific approaches to help children appreciate different sports and live a healthy and active lifestyle.

Being the longest running and most widely participated sports program in the Philippines, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics has produced graduates such as popular basketball players Thirdy and Kiefer Ravena and Chris Tiu, taekwondo's Japoy Lizardo, volleyball player Alyssa Valdez, who was at the launch, and gymnast Kaitlin de Guzman, a gold medalist in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia.

After the presscon,  children and parents who were present that day get to sample the clinic by playing tennis,  gymnastic,  basketball and soccer.

So this summer get your child into sports with the MILO® Summer Sports Clinics and see your kid grow as a champion as he learns not only skills, but also values such as Discipline, Teamwork, and Confidence. 

To enroll your child in the MILO® Summer Sports Clinics, visit and follow the registration steps. 

Friday, March 09, 2018

Experience Colorful Summer at SM City North EDSA with Davies Paints in COLORGRAM

Colors always brought life to everything.  Even the plain white looks good when sunlight strikes it. We also likened color to whatever mood we have.  Indeed,  color pkays a major role in our life.  Last March 5, 2018,  SM CITY NORTH EDSA and DAVIES collaborated and presented a world where you not only see but also experience the polwer of color in new, exciting ways. 

The atrium. of SM City North EDSA were filled with colorful set up where you can open yourself to a new dimension and discover a universe of color like you've never seen before. Celebrate and share your colorful encounters through photos. Set your mind free and get creative - this world of colors is yours to enjoy.

Entitled Cologram, it aims to show how colors have an incredible power: beyond the ability to beautify our surroundingd. Admit it,  colors have the power to trigger memories and stir emotions. With colors our creativity is inspired and expression takes a life of its own. Colors communicate personal and universal meanings and represent a spectrum of personalities and identities.

The Davies COLOGRAM at the SM North EDSA Ateium features the following:


Here you can find colored walls, floors, art blocks, pattered corners and the four uniquely beautiful mood rooms which is so instagram-worthy. 

The Mood Rooms Features:

A. What color are you?

What does your favorite color say about you? There are as many colors in the world as there are personalities - sitting in a spectrum of hot and cold, relaxed and intense, joyful and calm.
Color affects us in in waus that we have only begun to discover. In this room, explore how the worlds of color and psychology intersect.

Humans are emotional creatures. We react to stimuli, such as sounds or colors, quicker than we can think about them. This is why we have personal color preferences (just look at your wardrobe when you get home!) or find certain colors inexplicably appealing. Colors influence our mood, our physical and mental states, and our perception of the objects around us - helping us shapes our idea of the world, and our own self-image.  With this room, let the colors speak to you.

B. Larger Than Life

Inspired by the music videos of OK Go, Davies presents a colorful world that's larger than life. Step in. A world of pastel fun awaits.

Pastel colors are desaturated, mellow colors that play very well with other colors - giving us a soothing, friendly impression.

The pastel trend in fashion colors started in the 1980's when individuality and experimentation was at its prime. Today, pastels are coming back to trend, aa way for young people to express their personalities through fashion.

In home and interior design, pastel colors remain a staple for creating comforting, welcoming spaces with just the right amount of character. Let your fun side shine with the pastel colors of DAVIES Megacryl. 

C. Space Warp

How does color help form our perception of the physical world we live in? Explore and learn space perception in this room. Open a world of illusion - and try not to trip!

Watch your step! What you see are simply three different color tones, set as faces of an isometric cube sequence - a simple device, and yet when used to full effect could trick the eyes, and therefore the mind.

We perceive spaces around us using visual cues, enabling us to create an awareness of where our body is in relation to our surroundings. Each color tone used in this room corresponds to height, width, and depth cues - creating an illusion of 3D space in our mind.

Expand and transform your home and work spaces without worry with DAVIES Biofresh+ premium interior paint.

D. It's A Material World

Enter a world inspired by contemporary installation art and open yourself to the challenge of finding your own creative voice in this industrialized world.

In this industrialized age, art is the synthesis of creativity and modernity. Contemporary art is no longer limited to paintings and sculptures or defined by style, but by an attitude that challenges norms and accepted traditions. Contemporary artists provoke thought and explore concepts through transformative use of materials - challenging our ideas of form and function, creating new spaces, experiences, and worldviews.


Official SM City North EDSA photo

There's a three brand new giant ball pits that yout kids can enjoy.  It is located at the Annex, 4th floor, SM Cyberzone where you and your kids dive and swim in the thousand of colorful balls from March 5-31, 2018.


Here you can follow the QR codes and find out more about ColorGram or get a chance to win prizes!

Want to experience #COLORGRAM and be inspired to color your world too? Visit SM North The Block until March 22, 2018!

Banaue International Music Composition Competition launched to create awareness of the Banaue Rice Terraces.

In line with the Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project of Universal Harvester, Inc. headed by Dr. Milagros How and the local government of Banaue led by Mayor Jerry U. Dalipog, a music competition is inviting all local and international composers to join the 2018 BANAUE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPOSITION COMPETITION and have the chance to be immersed in the Banaue’s local culture, be inspired with it and translate it into music.

The BANAUE INTERNATIONAL MUSIC COMPOSITION COMPETITION is not only a great opportunity for the composers but it also aims to promote awareness of our country’s world heritage treasure - the Banaue Rice Terraces.

At the media conference held last March 8, 2018 at the Rizal Ballroom of Makati Shangri-la Hotel Dr. Margarita How, Head of the Banaue Rice Terraces Restoration Project of Universal Harvester, Inc. shared to the media how proud she is of the incoming competition. “We want to let the world know that the Philippines is home to great wonders, not just in term of natural resources, but also in inspiring talents from all over the world.”

Luminaries from the music industries are also present in the said occasion. The 2018 Banaue International Music Composition Competition is open to composers around the Philippines and all over the world, this is the first time that a competition of this magnitude will be held in the country. The event is set to bring excitement and cultural awakening to select participants and their “obra maestra” will first be played before the people of the province of Banaue.

Proving how big the event is , the Grand prize winner will get $12,000 USD while two consolation prizes will get $6,000 USD each and great opportunity to have a week-long immersion in Banaue.

An immersion will be given to the select 20 Composer Fellows, During the Banaue Immersion Program, they will learn and experience Banaue’s culture and music. As they immersed in the culture, new perspectives and inspiration may resort to a revision in their entry right before the semi-finals.

Out of the 20, only 10 will be chosen to be the finalists that will perform during the finals night to be held on July 25, 2015 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

Deadline of the submission of entries is on 15 April 2018. For more details, you can visit

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