Weekly Update # 7

Our PR friends have been quite busy this 2019 so we have a lot of updates for you guys.

ASUS launches ROG lineup at CES 2019 

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today introduces its latest lineup of gaming laptops at CES® 2019, including the ROG Mothership, ROG Zephyrus S GX701, ROG Zephyrus S GX531, ROG Strix SCAR II, and ROG Strix Hero II. All have graphics powered by the latest NVidia GeForce RTX engines. This full top-to-bottom lineup is filled with updates that elevate your portable PC gaming experience across a diverse family of form factors from the ultra-slim Zephyrus S to the innovative GZ700 Mothership. 

After raising the bar for desktop gaming performance and visual quality, the NVIDIA® GeForce RTX series is poised to do the same for laptops. The new Turing architecture is going mobile, and Republic of Gamers has a diverse lineup to meet any gamer’s needs.

More than just vehicles for the latest GPU, ROG’s NVIDIA GeForce RTX lineup showcases our commitment to enhancing every aspect of gaming laptops. They feature incredibly fast displays framed by amazingly slim bezels, amplifying immersion to draw you deeper into your favorite games. Advanced cooling ensures maximum performance with minimal acoustics and lets you choose between system profiles tuned for different scenarios. Add cutting-edge components and exclusive ROG features, and you have the right foundation for a full family that stands apart from the rest.
Gamers have different priorities, so our laptops follow suit. The GZ700 desktop replacement emphasizes performance over portability with a traditional clamshell in the ROG G703. It is joined by the ultra-slim ROG Zephyrus S GX531 that’s augmented to go beyond gaming. The ROG Strix SCAR II and Hero II reprise their roles in the eSports arena with portable form factors filled with competition-grade hardware.

ONE Championship

Robin Catalan Leans On Consistency, Versatility To Triumph In Jakarta

Coming off one of the most productive years in his ONE Championship career, strawweight standout Robin “The Ilonggo” Catalan is certainly turning over a new leaf in high spirits.

Catalan won two of his three fights in The Home Of Martial Arts in 2018, including an impressive submission win over Adrian “Papua Badboy” Matheis at ONE: BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS back in July.

Though his momentum was halted with a submission loss to veteran martial artist Hayato Suzuki at ONE: KINGDOM OF HEROES last October, that only made him realize the things that he needs to work on moving forward.

“I still want to improve my grappling and wrestling. That is one of our main goals this 2019,” said Catalan.

“Those are areas that we, as a team, feel that we lack and needs major improvement, so we will focus more on that for this year,” he added.

Catalan looks to showcase his continuous development in his grappling when he takes on hometown favorite Stefer “The Lion” Rahardian at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY  in Jakarta, Indonesia at 19 January.

Joshua Pacio 's First Title Defense Brings With It Pressure In And Out Of The Cage

To become a ONE World Champion is an achievement few athletes accomplish during their professional careers but earning that coveted title and keeping that title are two entirely different things.

Joshua “The Passion” Pacio, wrote his name in the history books last September when he defeated Yoshitaka Naito to capture the ONE Strawweight World Championship.

Pacio will now attempt to do what neither Natio or the man Natio took the belt off of Alex Silva could do, and that is to mount a successful defense of the title he has only recently claimed.

“The Passion” is set to have his first defense on 19 January at ONE: ETERNAL GLORY in Jakarta Indonesia against the highly-rated Japanese athlete Yosuke Saruta.

ONE Championship announces 45-event schedule in 2019

Following a monumental 2018 in which the world’s largest martial arts organization hosted 24 shows, ONE Championship is set to up the ante even further.

Chatri Sityodtong, ONE Championship’s Chairman and CEO, announced on Facebook that the promotion is set to host 45 events in 2019.

The company’s 24 flagship ONE Championship events had already been announced and scheduled, including forays into new territories such as Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam.

In addition, Rich Franklin’s ONE Warriors Series will see double its number of 2018 live shows with six in 2019.

The groundbreaking documentary series kicked off with three thrilling cards held in Singapore, and saw ONE Vice President Rich Franklin unearthing Asia’s finest burgeoning talent.

This includes the likes of Thai sensation Stamp Fairtex, who captured the ONE Kickboxing Atomweight World Championship en route to being named ONE’s 2018 Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.

Furthermore, ONE will host 12 ONE Hero Series events in the coming year, with further details on the new format to be announced at a later date.

On top of the elite combat sports that are set to light up Asia in 2019, ONE Esports will also get underway. There will be three of the colossal gaming events on offer, held alongside the martial arts shows in weekend spectacles.


Starbucks and the Philippine Food Bank foundation partners for The FoodShare Program

The FoodShare program is one of the many steps Starbucks is taking to fulfill its mission of inspiring and nurturing the human spirit – one person, one cup, and one community at a time.

Since it first opened in the Philippines in 1997, Starbucks has donated unsold yet still fully edible pastries to non-government organizations (NGOs). This year, Starbucks aims to serve more communities with the help of the Philippine Food Bank Foundation (PFBF).

Just recently, Starbucks partnered with the PFBF to help a few Starbucks branches find partner NGOs and implement this FoodShare initiative. For their pilot run which lasted for 1 week, Starbucks and PFBF successfully delivered a total of 1,600 pastries to orphanages, school, and underserved communities near the six stores.

“To eat the products of Starbucks is something that these people could not have imagined. To everyone it is such a blessing. Thank you very much for sharing your products to us. God bless and we continue to pray for all the endeavors you are doing,” said Sr. Cherry Consimino from the Daughters of Virgin Mary Immaculate, one of the NGOs chosen to distribute the pastries.

Elevated Tea Experiences With Bold, New Starbucks Teavana® Beverages

Tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, a timeless drink that has been enjoyed from the east to the west. In Europe, especially Britain, ‘afternoon tea’ is a staple relished by many, while in Asia, tea drinking is not only part of everyday meals but is also part of many traditional ceremonies. Through the years, however, tea has changed as more people look for exciting twists on the classic beverage.

Now, embracing the spirit of innovation and reimagination, Starbucks is introducing a new way to experience tea with a range of Teavana® ™ Tea Lattes to bring a modernized tea experience.

Available  for  a  limited  time  only  starting  January  8, Starbucks introduces four new Teavana® ®  beverages – Oat &  Green Tea Latte, Oat & Green Tea Frappuccino®, Peach Black Tea Latte, and Chestnut Black Tea Latte.

For those with a love for all things Matcha, Starbucks offers two invigorating Green Tea beverages. Warming customers up for the season is the velvet smooth Green Tea Latte infused with Oat Matcha powder and sprinkled with colorful, crunchy granola and fruit topping. The Oat and Green Tea pairing also comes in a more indulgent Frappuccino® variation topped with coffee whipped cream, crunchy granola, and dried fruits.

CNY Year of the Pig Collection
Get ready for an abundant and prosperous 2019 as Starbucks welcomes the Year of the Pig! In
Chinese culture, the pig is a symbol of wealth and luck, and this year, the lucky Pig is sharing
its fortune and promising success to everyone.

Starting January 8, Starbucks is releasing its Lunar New Year Collection complete with tumblers and mugs designed with delightful pig drawings in detailed water color texture and floral elements in pink, red and yellow palettes. Even the Starbucks Bearista gets a porky make-over, dressed up in a
cute pig outfit.

Starbucks is also offering a special Year of the Pig Card with a warm colored illustration of the smiley zodiac sign, surrounded by blossoming flowers in red and yellow colors. The card is available for an initial activation of P300.

With the pig as the last zodiac in the 12-year cycle, Starbucks is also launching a limited edition Chinese Zodiac Demi Set complete with all the zodiac signs, perfect for collecting or gifting. Housed inside a premium red and gold box, the set includes Lunar New Year mugs from 2008 to 2019 in demitasse size. The entire set is available starting February 1 in select
stores for P5,495.

So what are you waiting for? Hog your favorite pieces just in time for the Lunar New Year at your nearest Starbucks!

Max's Restaurant

The New Year calls for new reasons to celebrate with Every Kind of Family, memories created over good company and even better food. With Max’s Restaurant’s latest offerings, celebrating Every Day to the Max has never been more delicious!

A classic Filipino dish served with special spin, the Adobo Ribs is made by slow-cooking a half slab until it is moist and fork-tender. It is then sweetened with onions, served with a tangy and flavorful sauce, and topped with leeks that automatically brings back memories of eating the classic adobo.

Best when shared, the Adobo Ribs can be enjoyed with family and friends alongside a serving of Sizzling Tofu or Pancit Canton, one large plain rice, three glasses of Iced Tea, and three dessert-sized servings of Buko Pandan—all for just PHP899.

Max’s Restaurant now also serves Beef Salpicao, cubed beef sirloin stir-fried in a hot pan with lots of minced garlic and a variety of spices. Savory and garlicky, this Pinoy favorite with a Spanish origin can be enjoyed Ala Carte for PHP499 or served in a Rice Bowl for only PHP249.

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