Weekly Updates # 15

It's been two weeks of craziness so sorry about the miss on last week's updates. We have so much to share so here goes.

CONAGRA Kitchen Hacks

Nothing is more comforting than a delicious homemade meal. Enjoying this moment every day, however, is easier said than done, since the kitchen work can demand a lot of time and effort. Lucky for us, Conagra Brands has put together some hacks designed to #FlavorYourFun and make home cooking (and even cleaning!) easier. You’d surely wish you knew these sooner.

No more sticking. To prevent fried dishes from sticking, always line your pan with PAM Original Cooking Spray. This product also works wonders for grilled and baked creations. Aside from helping out with the cooking part, moms have sworn that using PAM on kitchen equipment makes cleaning easier.

Leftover transformation. A can of Libby’s Corned Beef could yield more hash than you could eat. Instead of throwing the leftover, use it to make a mean frittata the next day. Just crack two to three eggs into your hash, some minced veggies, season with salt and pepper, and pour the mixture into a pan to cook for 5-10 minutes. Top with cherry tomatoes.

Tetra Pak and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

In support for Global Recycling Day which took place last 18 March 2019, Tetra Pak and The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf joined the rest of the world in celebrating recycling and showcasing the vital role it plays in preserving the future of the planet.  These two global companies are teaming up for a carton recycling initiative which will run in select The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf stores until 31 May 2019.

You can drop off empty drink cartons at participating The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf recycling collection points.
Until May 31, you can drop off empty drink cartons of your favorite juices, milk and other carton-packed beverages at recycling bins located in the following The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf stores:

Eastwood Mall
Greenhills Promenade,
26Th St. Bistro Bonifacio Global City
Glorietta 2, Makati
One Arhcers Place, Taft Avenue

Make sure to empty and rinse the pack first and do the 3Fs – Flip, Flap, Flat before dropping it off for recycling.

For packages that have a straw or screw cap, push the straw back into the empty pack so or re-attach the cap when you are finished with your drink before disposing. This step will ensure that all parts of the package will be recycled together.

BGC Summer 

Find new foodie favorites at the Summer Food Fair (April 27-28)

Bite Me Manila is back with more food and surprise performances for 2019. Happening at the C1 Park, discover new foodie finds to satisfy your discerning palate. Jim Beam will also be introducing its new drinks at the Amphitheater. Grab your friends ‘cause there’s nothing like great food and good company on a chill weekend night!

Join fitness activities for a healthier lifestyle (May 3-5)

Sponsored by G Active flavored electrolyte water, Bonifacio High Street will transform into a giant fitness playground that offers a variety of free active lifestyle and wellness activities. Supplement this with a healthy diet from the organic fair and you’ll be on track in achieving your fitness goals.

Have fun at a youth arts and music festival (May 11-12)

Nurture your kids’ passion for arts and music with fun activities like YouthStock!, a Coachella-inspired event for tweens. Kids (and kids-at-heart!) will be treated to a weekend of art activities, musical performances, and loads of fun!


The Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) announces that it is now officially accepting for entries for its 69th year edition, starting today April 16.

All submissions must be printed copies. The foundation will NOT accept online or email submissions for all categories.
Deadline is until 6:00PM of May 31, 2019 (Friday) at the Carlos Palanca Foundation office in Makati.


Online child abuse is the leading cybercrime in the Philippines. New technologies, such as live streaming, are putting more Filipino children at risk of sexual abuse.

Australia is committed to advancing the rights of children and protecting them from exploitation, abuse, and violence. That is why the Australian Embassy in the Philippines has initiated the SaferKidsPH Program, a six year, AUD 8 million (PhP 298 million) commitment.

SaferKidsPH reinforces our commitment to support the Philippine government’s efforts to address this complex form of human trafficking. SaferKidsPH will also work with the private sector and the community to develop the best solutions for a safer online environment for every Filipino child.

Aligned with the government’s goal to end violence against children by 2025, SaferKidsPH will involve children, parents, schools, local groups, businesses, and media to promote online safety. It will strengthen investigation, prosecution and adjudication of cybercrime cases. It will also improve services to protect children in target hotspots.

PLDT, DPC conclude 33rd Visual Arts Competition

Leading digital services provider PLDT and Directories Philippines Corporation (DPC) recently awarded the winners of the 33rd Visual Arts Competition (VAC) during its closing ceremony held at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City.

This year’s Visual Arts Competition garnered 53 entries from Fine Arts students in 14 participating colleges and universities nationwide. Winning entries were chosen based on adherence to this year’s theme, “Creating Legacy, Creating the Future,” as well as on their visual composition and originality, among other criteria.

Awarded the grand prize was Bernice Michaella Cruz, a graduating Fine Arts student at the University of Santo Tomas. A first-timer at the competition, she received Php 100,000 in cash, while her school was given a plaque of commendation and a cash donation worth Php 40,000. Her winning artwork will also be used in the cover of the 2019-2020 Metro Manila Telephone Directories of DPC and PLDT (Yellow Pages & White Pages).

Sony Announces α9, α7, α7 III and α7R III Camera Upgrade

Sony today announced a major upgrade to its α9 mirrorless camera that will be available via a software update.  

Sony’s revolutionary α9 camera will receive several major enhancements to its award-winning autofocus (AF) performance and image quality, as well as a variety of new features that are designed to improve the overall workflow for professional photographers. In addition, new firmware updates for α7R III and α7 III will be available that update these cameras with the latest enhancements including “Real-time Eye AF” performance and add interval recording capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Galaxy A70, the newest smartphone in the popular Galaxy A range. Built with Samsung’s latest innovations and upgraded essential features, the Galaxy A70 showcases a stylish design, large infinity display, enhanced triple camera, powerful battery and seamless connectivity. This smartphone is designed for digital natives who want to capture, connect and share life as it happens.

Galaxy A70 features Samsung’s One UI platform to encourage productivity and focus. Designed to improve the Samsung’s Galaxy user experience, One UI enables convenient and smarter interaction including One Handed Navigation, making interactions easier by bringing the controls within one-handed reach. To make the experience more comfortable, consumers can enable One UI’s Night Mode to switch the display to evening time viewing and get more control over screen time with the Galaxy A70’s App Timer that gives visibility over your screen usage levels. Additionally, the Galaxy A70 includes Samsung Health, Bixby and more.


The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced a multi-year seven-figure partnership with Global Association of Mixed Martial Arts (GAMMA), the independent governing body for the sport of mixed martial arts worldwide.

GAMMA’s objective is to obtain international recognition for mixed martial arts as an Olympic sport, in order to give all amateur mixed martial artists the platform and opportunity to fulfill their dream of competing on the Olympic stage.

As part of this partnership, ONE Championship will support GAMMA’s efforts to obtain Olympic recognition for mixed martial arts. In addition, ONE will also work with GAMMA to develop and promote best practices in health and safety standards, anti-doping regulations, and competition rules for the daily safe practice of competitive mixed martial arts at the amateur level. 

ONE Championship™ (ONE), has just announced additional bouts for ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON, set for 17 May at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Once again, Singapore will play host to world-class martial arts action.

The best and brightest martial arts talent in the world will descend upon the ONE Championship ring to showcase their skills. In the main event, newly-crowned ONE Lightweight World Champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki of Japan will defend his title against rising star Christian “The Warrior” Lee of Singapore.

Ticket information for ONE: ENTER THE DRAGON is available at www.onefc.com.

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