Jul 8, 2018

Maine Mendoza is Officially a Universal Records Artist

After weeks of anticipation, Maine Mendoza has officially signed a record deal with Universal Records. The contract signing was held at the Universal Records office. Present during the signing were Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Operations Manager Peter Chan, Business Manager Rams David, and Maine.

Hints of Maine’s signing first hit the web after Universal Records posted a teaser photo of a ‘mystery girl’ wearing a leather jacket bearing the word Universal on it. Fans were quick to catch on, as #MaineForUniversalRecords became the #1 Trending Topic on Twitter in the Philippines and Worldwide not long after the teaser was posted.

The mystery girl was finally shown to be non-other than Maine herself on June 22, as posted through a Big Reveal video, further exciting her fans.

(L-R) Universal Records Operations Manager Peter Chan, Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go, Maine Mendoza, Business Manager Rams David

Signing with Universal Records is just the latest accolade for the 23 year-old star, as she celebrates her third anniversary in show business. Rising to stardom after being introduced as Yaya Dub on the hit noontime show Eat Bulaga, Maine has amassed a number of endorsements, TV shows, box-office hits, and a best-selling book. Now, Maine is more than ready to trade in her dubsmash skills to pursue a recording career, adding to her many talents.

Talking about Maine’s signing, Kathleen Dy-Go, General Manager of Universal Records says “We’re very happy to welcome Maine into the Universal Records family, and very excited to be working with her for her upcoming projects.”

Maine now joins Gary Valenciano, Christian Bautista, Noel Cabangon, The CompanY, Parokya ni Edgar, Gloc-9, Sponge Cola, Ice Seguerra, Shanti Dope, Christian Bautista, and Elmo Magalona in the elite roster of Universal Records’ prime artists.

Stay tuned for Maine's debut single under Universal Records this 2018.

Maine with Universal Records General Manager Kathleen Dy-Go
For more updates, follow Universal Records on Instagram @universalrecordsph and Twitter @universalrecph, on Facebook at http://facebook.com/universalrecordsph 
and YouTube.

Jul 4, 2018

Bell Films Launches Big Comeback Movie: Kontradiksyon

BELL FILMS, the film production arm of Universal Records Philippines, has relaunched its operations, featuring their big comeback film “KONTRADIKSYON”, during The NEXT ATTRACTION concert held on June 30, 2018 at the Samsung Hall at SM Aura, Taguig.

After over 23 years, ell Films is proud to make its comeback into the realm of film production as it strives to enter the digital age of quality and relevant Filipino films. Bell Films was one of the early independent film production outfits that brought international quality films to the Filipino audience way back in the 1960s.

The company has also produced films such as Twin Fists for Justice (1974) starring Ms. Vilma Santos and Hong Kong martial arts superstar actor Meng Fei; and two movies featuring the Universal Motions Dancers: Sige, Ihataw Mo (1994) with Claudine Barretto and Wowie de Guzman, and its sequel Ibigay Mo ng Todong-todo (1995).

The Next Attraction Concert aimed to showcase world-class Filipino musical talent while exploring the different worlds and genres that can be featured on film. Big name OPM icons and artists such as Freddie Aguilar, Vina Morales, Christian Bautista, Gloc-9, Julie Anne San Jose and Shanti Dope performed at the event.

The NEXT ATTRACTION concert also served as the media presentation for the BELL FILMS 2018 debut production KONTRADIKSYON starring Jake Cuenca, Kris Bernal, John Estrada, Paolo Paraiso and Elizabeth Oropesa, among many other stars featured on the film.  

Selfie with Palanca Awardee writer and director Njel de Mesa and actor Paolo Paraiso 

The action-drama film is directed by multi Palanca Award winning writer NJEL DE MESA and is set to be an intense, ground-breaking, critical and in-depth look on the Philippine’s current drug war which will leave audience on the edge of their seats. Kontradiksyon movie will highlight issues on drug problems in a more objective manner that will feature all angles as well as opposing views. The film is scheduled to premiere later this year.

At the red carpet for the Bell Films' launching of their big comeback production "KONTRADIKSYON" at the Next Attraction Concert

Follow BELL FILMS on Facebook and on @bellfilmsph YouTube, Twitter and Instagram for updates.  

Jun 8, 2018

Islas Pinas at Double Dragon Showcases Filipino Culture and Cuisine


Islas Pinas, an indoor “Filipino Food & Heritage Village” and a new, distinct destination for both local and international guests, is now open at the Double Dragon Plaza, DD Meridian Park, Macapagal Avenue corner EDSA Extension, Bay Area, Pasay City, Metro Manila.

Designed to showcase the abundance and vibrancy of the Filipino culture, ISLAS PINAS lets guests discover, explore and experience the Philippines’s heritage sites, natural resources, hospitality and most importantly, its cuisine.

The result of collaboration between DoubleDragon Group and Chef Margarita Forés, Islas Pinas is a project that aims to inspire love for the Philippines and to cultivate patriotism by showcasing the country’s beautiful sites and diverse regional cuisines. With a seating capacity of over 700 seats in an expansive 2,500 square meter space, Islas Pinas is the perfect venue to give visitors a taste of the best that the Philippines has to offer.

ISLAS PINAS also hosts an authentic Sarao Jeepney, which for many generations became the king of the Philippine streets especially in the countryside.

“DoubleDragon has always believed in embarking on projects with relevance. We believe Islas Pinas will be a landmark in the country, and will showcase the diversity not only of our cuisine and handicrafts but also our landscape and architecture brought about by the rich heritage and culture of the country,” says DoubleDragon’s Chief Investment Officer Hannah Yulo.

DoubleDragon’s Chief Investment Officer Hannah Yulo

At the helm of this project is none other than Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés whose mission is to bring Filipino cuisine to global prominence. Thus, Islas Pinas is a vision coming to life for her, where Filipino food is not just on the sidelines but at the centerstage.

Asia’s Best Female Chef of 2016, Margarita A. Forés

“This is an absolute dream project for me that has come at such a perfect time,” said Forés. “I give my thanks to then Undersecretary of Agriculture, now Secretary of Tourism Berna R. Puyat, for putting me together with the DoubleDragon group, who was looking for someone to operate this amazing Islas Pinas project about half a year ago. This fast-tracked such a blessed opportunity to continue pushing my biggest advocacy – that of helping to promote the best our country – our cuisine, ingredients, farers, artisan producers and home cooks from Batanes to Jolo – in the best way I can!”

It is her aim for guests to experience the Philippines with their five senses and beyond. Thus, aside from the culinary delights and a picturesque interior design worthy of Instagram posts, the venue will also feature modern and traditional cultural performances and games to ensure a fun and truly Pinoy ambiance.

SINAG, the Tagalog word for ‘ray of light’ offers all-day Filipino breakfast favorites like our TAPSILOG (TAPa – salted beef, SInangag – fried rice and ItLOG – fried egg) and Batchoy, an Ilonggo noodle soup with pork offal, crushed pork cracklings and beef loin.

or legend, tells the story of the different regions of the Philippines through its signature dishes. BILAO is coined after the woven winnowing basket where comfort snacks like pansit (fried noodles) and puto (rice cakes) are usually served, while PANADERYA offers neighborhood bakery favorites such as pan de sal and kalihim

TUSOK-TUSOK, on the other hand, offers urban street food finds like barbecue on stick, isaw (grilled chicken intestine) and kwek-kwek (fried quail eggs).

PANULAK or beverage is where the samalamig (cold drinks with different flavors) will be available. Lastly, PAMPANG or shore will allow guests to enjoy chosen fresh catch cooked to their preference.

All these will be available daily, without the scorching heat and pollution as the space is fully air-conditioned. Located at the bustling DD Meridian Park in the Bay Area along EDSA Extension and Macapagal Avenue, Islas Pinas can be easily accessed using both private and public transportation.

“Because of the ideal location of DoubleDragon Plaza at DD Meridian Park – our close proximity to the airport terminals and being only about 5 minutes away from NAIA X – we believe ISLAS PINAS will become a must-visit stopover for both domestic and international tourists visiting the capital,” said DoubleDragon's Chairman Edgar Injap Sia II.

AT the ISLAS PINAS Media Launch last June 7 

ISLAS PINAS is the main anchor of DoubleDragon Plaza, which forms part of the 4.8 Hectare DD Meridian Park commercial and office complex.

Jun 6, 2018

24th Megabrands & Lifestyle Sale at SM Megatrade Hall

24th Megabrands & Lifestyle Sale at SM Megatrade Hall

On June 08-10, 2018, Metro Creative Themes Inc. will  kick starts the back-to-school sale with the MegaBrands and Lifestyle Sale happening at Megatrade Hall 1, 5th Level, Bldg B of SM Megamall.

Catch the trendiest back-to-school fashion steals and take advantage of brands like Reebok, Umbro, Sebago, Elle, Echolac,  Hush Puppies, Caselogic, offering up to 70% off . Further, markdown items are also up for grabs ranging from accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, housewares, personal care and many more!

The event is free admission to everyone. Doors are open from 11am- 10pm daily.  RCBC Bankard is the official bank partner and Bankard holders can enjoy up to 12mos 0% interest on deferred transactions. 

The event is in partnership with World Vision, WhenInManila.com, OutofTownBlog and Ask by Flow Galindez.

For more inquiries, please contact Jonathan Roxas or Emer dela Cruz through 0917-5365473 or 0917-5387507.  You can also email through mctevents@gmail.com or mct.emer@gmail.com.  For more details, kindly follow us in our social media sites: @mcteventsmngmnt.

Jun 4, 2018

AweSM DADventures at SM Supermalls

Dad’s Day at SM 2018. Kids and moms can give dad the coolest gift this Dad’s Day season by inviting him to have fun Dad-ventures with the whole family at SM through the host of awesome activities, deals, and treats in 70 SM Supermalls nationwide.

The month of June marks another exciting season for the whole family as SM Supermalls invites everyone to have fun DAD-ventures on Dad’s Day with a host of awesome and fun-filled activities, deals, and treats in 70 SM malls nationwide.

“Over the years, SM Supermalls provides a second home for families, especially for celebrating important occasions such as Father’s Day. The malls serve as a venue to share family-first moments and to thank dad for all the things he does for his family,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.

Kids and moms can give dad the coolest gift by the experience of spending Dad’s Day at SM. Adventures include Dad-licious Dining deals, such as upsized meals, dining promos, and meal combos on June 13 to 24 at participating restaurants! Dad’s passion for speed and motorbikes is indulged at Extreme Wheels, an exhibit of pimped-up cars and bikes on June 13 to 18 or June 19 to 24.

Tech for Dads teaches interested fathers how to pilot a drone or remote-controlled gadgets at the drone demo or RC exhibition on June 15 to 17 or June 22 to 24 in select SM malls.

Dads and their families are welcome to shop at SM’s weekend of fun deals and discounts from June 22 to 24 for the #AweSM men’s fashion finds, as SM celebrates 60 #AweSM years in its malls across the country with exciting promos that laud the number 60, such as pay 60% off, pay only P60, pay P60 less, or pay only 60%.

Meanwhile, digital fans of SM can get a chance to win DADmazing prizes by simply joining the #IdolDADS Photo App promo via www.smsupermalls.com.

To know more about #DadsDayAtSM2018 and SM’s #AweSM 60 years celebration, visit www.smsupermalls.com.

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your fun Dad-ventures at SM, then use the season’s official hashtag #DadsDayAtSM2018.

May 25, 2018

Royal Sporting House Presents: Royal SportsFest Back-to-School Sale

Royal Sporting House will storm the new event center of Megatrade Hall 2, 5th level, SM Megamall and hold the Royal SportsFest Back-to-School Sale on May 25 to 27, 2018 from 11am-9pm. 

Shoppers will enjoy up to 70% discounts from participating brands like Nike, Under Armour, Oakley, Skechers, Keds, Fitflop, Sperry, Kickers, The North Face and many more.  Customers will also enjoy great finds on great selections of shoes, bags, accessories, men’s and ladies fashion, just in time for the summer vacation.

The event is free admission to the public and all major credit cards are accepted.

This event is organized by Royal Sporting House in partnership with Striptop Outlet Store, WhenInManila.com, OutofTownBlog and Ask by Flow Galindez.

For more information about the event, call SOS Team at 239-3807 or 399-2935.

You may also follow us through our social media sites: Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @striptopoutletstore

Filipino Pride: Tanduay Reaps International Recognitions

Proudly Philippine-made rum Tanduay is capturing palates of the world’s connoisseurs as it recently gathers prestigious international awards.

The major recognitions the brand received for its various products included:  a gold award under the category Gold Rum Premium for Tanduay Rum Gold from the Rum & Cachaça Masters 2018; a double gold medal and best white rum citation for Tanduay Rum Silver from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018; a silver award for the Tanduay Rum Gold also from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2018; another gold and silver awards from Tastings of the Chicago-based Beverage Testing Institute also for the Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold; and a Category Winner for Column Still Rum from the World Rum Awards once again for Tanduay Rum Silver and Gold. These award-giving bodies are among the most prestigious spirits competitions in the world and recognized internationally as most influential in the spirits industry.

All these achievements are borne from Tanduay’s commitment to excellence and industry innovations under the leadership of its Chairman, Dr. Lucio Tan. Only the finest ingredients make it into each bottle of Tanduay rum and there is attention to detail at the manufacturing stages, where stringent quality control is meticulously applied at every step of the production process.

Since the acquisition of the Tanduay brand by the Lucio Tan group 30 years ago, plant modernization and expansion projects tremendously increased the distillery’s production capacity. With an unmatched ageing facility that houses not less than 200,000 barrels of aged reserves, Tanduay continues to produce one of the world’s finest rums.

Through the leadership of Tan’s son and Tanduay president, Lucio “Bong” Tan, Jr., the company made a historic expansion in the world arena. Tanduay made a strategic alliance with companies in the United States to expand its distribution capacity. The company likewise backed up its marketing efforts striking a two-year partnership deal with 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors.  

“We are proud to be recognized by the world’s tastemakers and placed at par with international brands. We share these achievements for Tanduay with our Filipino consumers, because it is through their constant support for the brand that we have continued to reach new heights over the past 30 years,” Bong Tan shares. He adds that as Tanduay ensures the excellent quality of its flagship products, it is producing more craft spirits, with the vision to grow the business in the international market, strengthening their claim in the spirits categories all over the world.             

Tanduay Distillers Inc. is a member of the LT Group of Companies. Tanduay is the Philippines’ top rhum maker, which is also distributed in Asia and the United States, among other countries in the world. Likewise, the company produces spirits, wines, brandies, gins, and vodka. We are a registered company in the Philippine stock exchange as a subsidiary of Tanduay Holdings Inc. 

(press release)

Pepe Smith Rockfest Sets to Stage an Epic Event this June 2

“Don't falter, don't fear, just rock! Show them what you've got! Be happy!”
-Pepe Smith (05192018)

These are the words that my #PetmaluLODI and Father of Pinoy Rock Joey Pepe Smith has engraved on my soul. Yeah, this is how he moved me that afternoon on my one on one interview.

At the press conference for Pepe Smith Rockfest event at the Woodsman Head- House of Rock Makati last May 19, the main man of Pinoy Rak ‘En Roll has made his presence felt through his classic cool dude look, denim jacket and silver white hair but at 70 years young, Pepe Smith still got that enigmatic rock star presence that exudes class and genuine rock n’ roll attitude that goes without saying.

His wit and sense of humor truly is still remarkable after all these years in spite of the setbacks that he has gone through last year dealing with health issues. He is very much in the ‘zone’ and his great love for his music is burning ferociously than ever which you can see through his eyes and feel from the words that he utters- indeed Pinoy “rak en roll” is very much alive and people are hungry for it. Such perfect timing for the rock festival event happening this June 2 at Amoranto Sports Complex.

Meanwhile at the ongoing press con, excitement fills the air with friends from media all zoomed in to the main man Pepe Smith. (Photo above) Joining the “Father of Pinoy Rock” Pepe Smith at the press con are- Pearl Lleno (road manager); promoter Arnie Sison; the equally talented daughter, a rocker herself Queenie Smith; and Richard Esquejo of the Pinoy rock band Drive Train. 


Amazing performance by PEPE SMITH with Drive Train band after the press con at Woodsman Head House of Rock Makati

Details were revealed for the much awaited ala “Woodstock” event, indeed the Pepe Smith Rockfest 2018 is so much more than just a musical event since other interests are bound to be featured which truly epitomize the Pinoy rock culture.

Coinciding with the official announcement of the details for the #PepeSmithRockfest, a special surprise caught the legend Pinoy Rock icon Pepe Smith in awe, realizing that there is already a locally handcrafted guitar named after him. The Pepe Smith signature guitars are already in production masterfully crafted by Olin Bandilla, the famous maker of ukulele and other string instruments. 

“Three years in the making! Sa wakas! Meron na kong sariling line ng gitara! Ang PEPE SMITH GUITARS through the amazing craftsmanship of a dear friend. Gusto nyo? :) 100% pinoy made.. tunog takamine!!!! AVAILABLE 'TO SA JUNE 2 
BILI KAYO HA!!!!” – Joey Pepe Smith

There are two styles under the Pepe Smith guitar line, but both got the exclusive “Pepe Smith” hand signature embossed on the guitar fret- now, how cool is that? Pricing of these Pepe Smith guitars is not officially release yet, but chances are (I just overheard-so hush hush) those who will pre-order will get a personal visit from Pepe Smith delivering the guitar of course within Metro Manila area only- this is just a secret, so don’t tell anyone. Haha.

Now going back to Pepe Smith Rockfest, this will be on June 2, 2018- Saturday at Amoranto Sports Complex in QC and will start early as 9 AM. There will be over 70 bands including the bests of the best in the OPM scene. Aside from the concert which will feature various genre from ska, punk, rock, indie, metal to reggae there will a motorcycle and art exhibit, vape expo, food stalls and tattoo competition by PHILTAG. The Pepe Smith Rockfest will surely cover all aspect of the rock and roll lifestyle.
Super anxious- I am waiting for my turn as media people line-up for a Pepe Smith interview

After the press con, media guests lined up for a one and one interview, I waited and when it was my turn…I got flabbergasted- the presence of a true Pinoy rock legend is ridiculously overwhelming but I am doing my best to maintain some composure and think straight as I enjoy our moment together.

Our conversation goes very candid- several questions popped into my mind and one of them is what would be his message or parting words to people who are into music- then he said “All you gotta do is just be true to yourself. Do whatever you can to do good for everyone. Don't falter, don't fear, just rock! Show them what you've got! Be happy!”


When: June 2- Saturday
Where: Amoranto Sports Complex at 140 Don A. Roces Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

The #PepeSmithRockfest is scheduled on June 2, 2018 at the Amoranto Stadium in Q.C. it will feature various musical genre from punk, reggae, metal, ska, indie and of course rock.

There are more than 70 top bands in the country that have already confirmed and as of the moment the list is growing.

Other activities are also lined-up that day which include Vape Expo, motorcycle exhibit, art exhibit and tattoo competition by Philtag. Redhorse is the official beverage of the event and will be available for everyone who needs a kick from time to time. Food stalls are also available to satisfy any hungry rocker.

Here is the partial list of artists and bands that will perform at the Pepe Smith Rockfest: 


  1. Agaw Agimat
  2. ANK
  3. Banda ni Kleggy
  4. Bloodshedd Pilipinas
  5. Blue Jean Junkies
  6. Bone Pagligaran
  7. Bonifacio Republic
  8. Demi
  9. Destroy Pretty Boy
  10. Distorted Mankind
  11. Drive Train
  12. Dying Manifesto
  13. Esremborak
  14. Flying Ipis
  15. Fallen Grace
  16. Gary Perez
  17. Gracenote
  18. IMAGO
  19. Inosente Band
  20. Insekto Pares
  21. Irie Project
  22. Isabelle Daza De Leon
  23. IVV
  24. Kahel
  25. Kalabopis
  26. Keane Trinity
  27. Long Time No See
  28. Maria Cafra
  29. Mayonnaise
  30. MildSkill
  31. Mortal Wounds
  32. NewLight
  33. Olivia's Curse
  34. Pahina
  35. Pastilan Dong
  36. Project VXIX
  37. Project Zero
  38. Pseudo Red
  39. Psywar
  40. Quasar
  41. Queenie Smith
  42. Razorback
  43. Rockalyt
  44. Saydie
  45. Shotgun Combo
  46. Sigaw Pilipinas
  47. Siglo
  48. Sinkro
  49. Square One
  50. Supremo
  51. The Itchy Worms
  52. The Ukulele Philippines Ensemble
  53. The Youth
  54. Tigdas
  55. Tom's World Project
  56. Tropical Depression
  57. Ukerzl
  58. Urban Bandits
  59. Virus Garden
  60. Wayback
  61. WUDS

*Pepe Smith Rockfest tickets are available at the gate. Concert starts at 9 AM on June 2 Saturday at Amoranto Stadium.

After the #PepeSmithRockfest press conference, bands went on stage to perform. The highlight of the event last May 19 is when Pepe Smith rendered 5 of his iconic hits. Together with the Drive Train band, Pepe Smith gave his all on his most loved songs, #Project, #RakEnRollToTheWorld #BeepBeep #TitsersEnemy and #BalongMalanim

Pepe Smith live! Rak 'enroll!!!

For more information, updates and how to get tickets checkout the Joey “Pepe” Smith page on Facebook.

You can text or call 09770170568 for more details.

Pepe Smith Rockfest Ticket Prices

*Gen Admission: P650.00 with 1 class B LIMITADO shirt
*VIP: P1,500.00 with 1 class A LIMITADO shirt and 1 exclusive Pepe Smith Rockfest event shirt
*SVIP: P8,500 with BACKSTAGE PASS, 1class A LIMITADO shirt and 1 exclusive Pepe Smith Rockfest

(*above offer applies to advanced ticket purchase)
Add fee for delivery via LBC
P200.00 Luzon area
P300.00 outside Luzon
Payments for the ticket and shipping should be made via bank transfer BDO Savings Account # 007030033059
Account Name: Mark Julius de Leon

*Then send us the screenshot of deposit slip at Pepesmithrockfest@gmail.com
Tickets and shirt will be delivered every Friday.
Thank you. please call or txt 09770170568 #pepesmithrockfest

Maine Mendoza is Officially a Universal Records Artist

After weeks of anticipation, Maine Mendoza has officially signed a record deal with Universal Records . The contract signing was held at ...