LG reignites an old rivalry with Asian Basketball Showdown II

Korea’s LG Sakers and Barangay Ginebra gear up for a battle of the ages

LG Sakers versus Ginebra San Miguel

CBasketball season is in full swing! Five years after their last meeting, worlds collide yet again as two of the most popular basketball teams in Asia face each other once more. The LG Sakers, one of the stalwarts of the Korean Basketball League (KBL), is set to face what is arguably the country’s most beloved PBA team – the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel.

Dubbed as Asian Basketball Showdown, the first exhibition game between the two teams happened 5 years ago and was received very well by the appreciative crowd. It was a landmark event that pitted perennial crowd favorites in their respective leagues. The LG Sakers is one of the most well-supported teams in the whole of South Korea while Barangay Ginebra is a pillar in Philippine sporting history. To have these two teams face against each other is a dream come true for every fan of basketball.

While the LG Sakers bested Barangay Ginebra in their first foray five years ago, the Filipino squad is determined to pull out all the stops to ensure an enjoyable game for the crowd and hopefully, get a win in home court.

A big fan of basketball himself, LG Electronics Philippines Managing Director Inkwun Heo says “In the spirit of celebration of the 70th anniversary of South Korean and Philippine diplomatic relations, we want to treat Filipinos to an experience they’ll never forget. ”

Just like the first showdown, the exhibition game is still a free event courtesy of LG Philippines. To find out how to get a free ticket, click this Asian Basketball Showdown 2 for the full mechanics.

Asian Basketball Showdown II happens on September 17th, 6PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

New Stores and Restaurants Alert: What’s New at Ortigas Malls

Are you on the lookout for something new? If so, you’ll be delighted to know that Ortigas Malls has just welcomed new tenants, each with exciting offerings that would definitely make your mall visits a lot more enjoyable.

The new entrants widen Ortigas Malls’ ever-growing selection of dining and shopping options, providing visitors with just about everything to match their every need and desire. Just look at what each of the malls has to offer:

Greenhills, the Philippines’ undisputed shopping destination with its endless offerings of gadgets, fashion finds, accessories, artisanal finds, and huge food selection, continues to widen its selection with the addition of four new dining outlets. Sure to send carnivores to a tizzy are  the newest Greenhills destinations: Vagabonds Artisanal, home of the signature 1,000 Gram Steak and Bleu Cheese Mac and Cheese, which has just opened its doors at O Square; Meat Depot, a wholesale and retail outlet that lets you select a prime cut of your choice, to be prepared to your liking by their seasoned chefs; Botejyu, an authentic traditional Japanese restaurant serving their famous Okosoba and bestselling Takoyaki; and Wing Zone, a US-based wings place that offers flavors you never knew existed.

Milk tea lovers will also rejoice as Greenhills recently welcomed Macao Imperial Tea, one of the newest global tea brands that is known for their Cream Cheese and Chestnut Cream Milk Tea; and Cha Tuk Chak, a Thai tea and dessert cafe that serves you signature drinks, food and desserts that are famous in Thailand. Titto’s Latin BBQ and Brew opened its doors to let you experience their fusion dishes such as the Kare Kare Burrito and their flavorful Gambas.

Cha Tuk Chak at Greenhills

Cha Tuk Chak at Greenhills

Soon to open restaurants are Ramen Nagi that satisfies your ramen cravings this rainy season; Dean and Deluca, the world’s leading purveyor of fine food and epicturean products; and Liloan’s Pride Liempo for juicy, mouthwatering pork belly. Pet Express will soon open to cater a huge selection of products for your pets.

It’s no less exciting at Tiendesitas, which has just welcomed the largest and most attractive K-Pub BBQ outlet to accommodate large groups out to enjoy Korean meat-all-you-can selections; and Oppa! Chicken that offers flavorful Korean chicken at its best. Cebu’s famous Rico’s Lechon is now open to delight you with its dizzying array of Filipino food choices that will no doubt add sizzle to the Tiendesitas food scene.  Even its retail scene is growing to meet the ever-expanding needs of shoppers. Athletes and fitness enthusiasts could head over to Decathlon, which offers a wide assortment of sportswear and accessories for various sports activities.

Ricos Lechon

Rico’s Lechon


Decathlon at Tiendesitas

Further reasons to visit Tiendesitas for a wider selection of dining outlets. Wingz Unlmtd will soon open its doors to offer unlimited chicken wings, fries, and milk tea. For those who are into sweet and tangy flavors of smoked ribs, Racks will open at Tiendesitas to fulfill your appetite. For pizza and mojos lovers, Shakey’s will thrill you as they open their new branch. Also coming soon is Macao Imperial to get your favorite milk tea fix and Zullo Coffee Roasters for coffee fix.

Not to be outdone is Industria, with its promise of an active lifestyle for the urban dweller. Samgyupsalamat is now ready to accommodate huge appetites of hungry diners. For those who want to relax, Liam’s & Louis Gourmet Café and Celeste Café and Cycles offer a great selection of coffee, savory treats, and desserts. For milk tea addicts, Bon Appetea has exciting flavors to cool you down, and even has its own milk tea tower.

More restaurant options will be joining Industria’s booming dining scene: Giligan’s for an ultimate entertainment and booze experience; Yang Chow Dimsum & Teahouse for delectable dumplings; and Potato Corner for best flavored French fries.

Industria now includes fresh and active lifestyle concepts covering not just dining but also shopping, health and wellness, and office services. If you are a bike, furniture, and coffee enthusiast, head over to Industry Standard, a hybrid store that features the three combined concepts. You can also check out Ibarra’s Barbershop, the new grooming hub for men at Industria. Both are slated to open within the next few months.

For the ultimate in retail convenience, Estancia Expansion will soon be welcoming the SM Store, a one-stop shopping destination that complements Estancia’s dynamic retail mix in November this year. Also opening its doors in the same month are the Ortigas Cinemas, bringing great entertainment through the blockbusters and a high-tech cinematic experience to mall patrons.

Estancia gives excitement to everyone as it welcomes more shops and cafes. Canada’s favorite coffee Tim Hortons is now brewing in the north wing of the mall while Black Scoop also recently opened, serving its famous milk tea ice cream.

Tim Hortons Estancia

Tim Hortons at Estancia

black scoop

Black Scoop at Estancia

For those who are into high-intensity and low-impact exercise, the new fitness studio Ultra Lagree offers a 45-minute workout to help you improve endurance and flexibility. Pamper yourself with high quality Korean beauty products at The Face Shop, which is now open in the north wing of Estancia.

Indeed, you’ll never run out of things to do and new experiences to enjoy with family and friends at the Ortigas Malls, where shopping and dining options are unparalleled in excitement and fun. For more information, please visit www.ortigasmalls.com or check out each of these Ortigas Mall’s social media page:

Greenhills:  www.facebook.com/GreenhillsOfficial | www.instagram.com/greenhillsph

Tiendesitas:  www.facebook.com/Tiendesitas | www.instagram.com/tiendesitasph

Estancia:  www.facebook.com/EstanciaPH | www.instagram.com/estanciaph

Industria: https://www.facebook.com/IndustriaAtCirculoVerde/ | www.instagram.com/industriaph/

WeeXpress App is here to deliver your gifts this Christmas holiday

This holiday season, delivering gifts to your friends, colleagues and loved ones is now becoming more easier as WeeXpress App is set to be your friendly companion in gift-giving.

WeeXpress, a trusted, Filipino made service and mobile application aims to fulfill customers’ everyday delivery needs with their courier and delivery services all over Metro Manila. The company’s vision is to become the Philippines’ most efficient delivery app, leading in eco-friendliness through their efforts to promote environment-friendly services with couriers making use of bicycles and motorcycles on deliveries.

The app is proudly made by Filipino developers dedicated to giving the Philippines a more efficient way of transporting documents, parcels, and packed food. At the same time, it aims to solve a portion of the Philippines’ societal issues by providing jobs to the unemployed who are willing to make deliveries on bicycles and motors, given that they have the required government clearances.

You can download the WeeXpress App on Google Play (for Android users) or AppStore (for IOS users) and follow the four-step delivery procedure. With their guaranteed same day (eight-hour guaranteed delivery), it’s sure to make your parcels and documents just right in time of your need.

1. Book a Pick-Up point

2. Wait for your rider to pick-up your item

3. Track your parcel through our app. You’ll get notified once the receiver gets the item.

4. Delivery done!

The base rate is at (50) pesos for the roadside pick up and (60) pesos for the door to door deliveries within the first three kilometers. Succeeding distance would be charged (12) pesos per kilometer.

WeeXpress gives money back guarantee for all deliveries in Metro Manila, giving satisfaction to its clients. The said policy guarantees payment refund for all deliveries that exceeds more than 8 hours from the time of pick-up to delivery.

WeeXpress is created by a group of logistics minds with vast experience on shipping and transportation and knows deeply the complete cycle of end to end deliveries.

For every delivery, WeeXpress donates (2) pesos to the My Superhero Friends Foundation Inc.

Michael Maranan who is a biker himself founded the WeeXpress with the aim to make logistics services affordable and eco-friendly.

“We are the first logistic services courier to push bicycles as alternative mode of transporting parcels and deliveries in the Philippines. We want this to be the mainstream mode of transporting small goods here in our country due to its pro-environment advantages, Maranan claims.

Belgium’s top exporters brings the original Belgian fries to the Philippines

Flanders Agricultural Marketing Board (VLAM) will be bringing together five major Belgian fries exporters to exhibit as a group at WOFEX Manila 2018 slated from August 1 to 4.  The five companies, Agristo, Bart’s Potato Company, Clarebout Potatoes, Ecofrost and Mydibel, will be participating at this trade show under the “Belgian Fries” banner to widen their networks, increase their share in the Philippines’ growing market for processed potato products, and heighten awareness of Belgian fries in the Philippines and the region. This is the first time that the delicious Belgian fries are being presented in the Philippines at such a scale.

These five companies represent the five biggest family-owned businesses in the industry in Belgium offering a wide range of potato products and specialties that are exported to over 100 countries worldwide. The companies are all halal-certified. Their participation in WOFEX Manila is part of a five-nation promotion campaign in Southeast Asia, coordinated by VLAM and Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.

“Hot on the heels of exhibiting in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, we are pleased to bring Belgian fries to the Philippines this time around, as part of our plan to increase our presence in the Southeast Asian region. There is an existing market in this region for our products, but we see an even bigger opportunity to expand exports and heighten appreciation for our national delicacy. Southeast Asia is one of the largest fast-growing regions of the world, with a rising middle class, rapid urbanisation and an overall young population. These trends, together with Belgium’s high food standards and innovation, will continue to drive demand in the region and beyond, and our industry is ready to reply to this in an original way, since our Belgian fries are truly different from those from other countries,” said   Mr. Romain Cools from Belgapom.

belgian fries manila

“The Philippines is well-known as a food-lover’s paradise, and Philippine consumers really know and love good food. Belgian fries are still relatively unknown in the Philippines, so we are excited about this opportunity to share one of Belgium’s most beloved national dishes with the Philippines. Golden yellow and crisp on the outside and tender on the inside, Belgian fries, or frites, as we call them, are a true Belgian delicacy that is delicious either as a side served with steak, or as an appetizing snack with a mayonnaise-based sauce!”

Belgium is the largest exporter of frozen fries in the world, with 90% of its production freighted to the global market. In 2016, Belgian fries exports rose 14.3% to 1.68 million tonnes in 2016 from a year earlier, with an increasing share going to countries outside EU.

Belgian fries have a long history and have become part of the country’s heritage, with many shops and stands in Belgium serving this delicious savory snack. In fact, the ubiquitous Belgian fry shops that can be found in every city or village have been recognised as part of the cultural landscape in Belgium, with UNESCO status being sought for the dish since 2014.



We sincerely regret the recent incident at Clark International Airport and we
again extend our sincere apologies to Mr. Jovenil Delacruz. MIASCOR
Management immediately reached out to him upon learning about this
unfortunate incident and we have already reached an amicable settlement. The
Company, together with airport authorities, also acted very quickly and placed
those allegedly involved under preventive suspension. They have since been
terminated and criminal and administrative charges have been filed against them.

We would like to stress that we do not tolerate this type of behavior from any of
our employees. MIASCOR is committed to conducting its business with the
highest standards of compliance and ethics. And every employee is expected to
demonstrate professionalism, honesty and integrity.

We shall formally issue an appeal to the President to kindly reconsider his
position on behalf of our almost 4,000 regular employees and their families who
will be affected. It is unfortunate that the actions of six erring employees in Clark
International Airport have negatively impacted the Company.

The recent incident does not define what MIASCOR stands for and how it
operates. MIASCOR has been in operations since 1974 and has presence in
several key airports in the country, including NAIA, providing aviation services.Many of our customers and the traveling public can attest to our service
excellence and through the years the Company has been a major contributor to
the growth of the country’s aviation and tourism industry.

The Company shall do everything it can to remedy the situation.