Sunday, December 30, 2012

TORQUE Offers the Best of Technology – Pinoy MEDIA Style

Pinoy brand TORQUE, aims to level up the mobile phone landscape for Filipino users with its new Torque MEDIA Technology. With this technology applied across its entire product line-up including entry-level models, every Juan can now enjoy “MUSIC-ALL-U-CAN, MOVIES-ALL-U-CAN” features at its finest for as low as P688 only. How? Each Torque MEDIA series phone can have expandable external memory upto 32GB as compared to a mere 2GB of its rivaling foreign brand competitors. To boot, a 3.5mm Headset Jack is at bay for audio enthusiasts who wants nothing but the best of sound quality as they can now plug in their preferred pair of headphones. Another function improved here is Customization. End users can personalize not only their wallpapers or ringtones, but also their message tones & SIM names (since it is dual SIM, it is confusing to just see SIM1 or SIM2) set to each specific operator names. SMS Sent items folder and Video Recording  will now be a standard for Torque MEDIA series alongside the camera as this feature is normally not present in other brands’ low tier devices. Torque MEDIA is surely a hit with all Pinoy Audio/Video Enthusiasts. Thus, making communications more affordable and convenient for consumers; and makes it exciting that every Juan will want to have it.    

Torque Now
At present, Torque offers its D5, D9, DQ10 TV, DTV20, i18 Fad, 177 Click, and Droidz Flash.  All products (Except for DROIDZ Flash) are with dual SIM capability with features that are consumer-focused, plus sold at very affordable price points.  As part of the Torque MEDIA lineup, all mobile handsets include an FM radio capability, camera with video recorder, multimedia player, expandable memory up to 32GB and 3.5mm headset included. 

D5 and D9 models, dubbed as ‘TRUE MUSIC/MOVIES PHONE’, feature a large 1.8” 65k color display, VGA camera, sent items folder, torchlight, and easy music keys for music/movies lovers’ convenience. 

For Text Addicts, who opt to use QWERTY instead of keypad, Torque offers the DQ10 TV.  With its Mobile TV, 1.3 megapixel camera, large 2.4” TFT display, plus a 3.5mm headset jack, DQ10 TV suits your entertainment-all-you-want mode.  DQ10 TV also features WAP 2.0/ GPRS/ MMS/ STK. 

Love a bigger screen for TV viewing? One can check out Torque’s DTV20, which has a large & clear 2.4” 262K QVGA LCD, and 2-megapixel camera.  Connectivity is also not a problem with its Bluetooth capability and WAP 2.0/ GPRS/ SMS/ MMS feature.  

Touch & Feel. There’s i18 Fad that has 2.8” full touchscreen and i77 Click with 3.2” full touchscreen.  Both have dual mode text input, which means users can select between using its virtual QWERTY and virtual 4x3 keypad, Bluetooth, Wireless FM radio, and Mobile TV.  Camera is a plus here as i18 Fad sports a 1.3-megapixel camera while i77 Click boasts a 3-megapixel camera.  Connectivity features include WAP 2.0/ GPRS/ SMS/ MMS/ STK for i18 Fad while JAVA/ WAP 2.0/ GPRS/ SMS/ MMS/ STK for i77 Click. 

Surf, Social Networks, Games? Torque offers the very sought-after Droidz Flash.  7.0” WVGA 800x480 Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch Zoom, Slim form factor, 3-Axis Gyro/Accelerometer matched with Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS for a refined interface and easy access that is more engaging and interesting.  Running at 1.2 GHz CPU with 4GB ROM and 512 MB RAM, Droidz Flash is your best mate when it comes to functions, power, and connectivity.  It is also equipped with dual cameras with 2-megapixel rear camera and VGA front camera.  With your Favorite Movies accessible via mini-USB or Micro-SD, plug in your 3.5mm Stereo Headset and enjoy Full-HD 1080p video experience, all movies are now ready for your enjoyment. Connect via Wi-Fi or your preferred 3G USB stick allows you true internet freedom on-the-go.  

Torque Next

Full understanding of the market always needs something fresh – design and functionality-wise, so Torque proudly embraces Pinoy Pride to the Next! It showcases 2 new models under Torque MEDIA Technology…the Most Affordable E2 & the All-In-1 Capacitive Touch i78 Stream.

E2 fits the consumer who simply wants to enjoy his/her dual roles in life – dual SIM. Its features a large 1.8” 65K color display, multimedia player, FM radio, loud speaker, FM radio with headset, Sent items folder, and Micro-SD up to 32GB. Bluetooth is a plus for those who want to transfer data. All this for just P688!

The All-In-1 i78 Stream comes with a large 4.0” HVGA display, capacitive touchscreen, 320X480 Widget-based UI, and a dual mode text input of QWERTY and keypad.  You can use surf the net using the Wi-Fi and be connected using its WAP 2.0/ GPRS/ MMS/ STK.  The i78 Stream also includes Mobile TV, Bluetooth, FM radio, and a multimedia player. 

Torque’s New DROIDZ Flex Technology for Android now ushers in to provide Faster, More Powerful Yet Affordable Android devices for the demanding Filipino users who wants more out of Android.  Such technology will now be implemented on Torque’s new DROIDZ Series such as DROIDZ Sport, DROIDZ Force, DROIDZ Atom, DROIDZ Blast, DROIDZ Motion, DROIDZ Life, DROIDZ Portal & DROIDZ Ultimate.

For the budget-conscious Dual SIM Android lovers, Torque offers the compact DROIDZ Sport and 9.5mm-slim DROIDZ Force with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and runs at 1GHZ CPU. So remarkable here are the screen sizes as DROIDZ Sport features an efficient 3.5” HVGA 480x320 Capacitive Touch Display while  DROIDZ Force features a bigger 4.0” WVGA 800x480 Capacitive Touch Display. DROIDZ Sport having 512MB ROM and 256 RAM while Droidz Force using 512 MB ROM and 512 MB RAM.  These two models are Dual SIM, 3MP camera, goes with 3.5mm stereo headset, FM radio, multimedia player, Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, G-sensor and internet connection via JAVA/EDGE. 

Seeking for More Powerful & Faster Processing DROIDZ? Torque answers this market demand with 4 new Dual SIM-Dual Core DROIDZ Smartphones. All the series models run at 1GHz Dual Core CPU with 4GB ROM and 512MB RAM.  Its superior interface uses the advanced Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, has Multi-Touch Zoom, 3.5mm stereo headset, FM radio, Micro-USB port, Light/Proximity/Gravity Sensors.  Enjoy Global Roaming & Faster Connectivity as the series models support 3.5G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHz at DL 7.2Mbps/UL 5.76Mbps, Quadband GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900MHz. All models support Dual cameras with 8-megapixel rear with LED Flash and VGA front camera.  Other features include Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Tethering, GPS and AGPS Support.

Choose among the newest Large Display Pinoy DROIDZ series: the affordable DROIDZ Atom with 4.0” WVGA 800x480 Capacitive Touch, or the corporate DROIDZ Blast with 4.7” qHD 960x540 Capacitive Touch, or the Note-like DROIDZ Motion with 5.3” qHD 960x540 Capacitive Touch, or the massive DROIDZ Life with 6.0” FWVGA 854x480 Capacitive Touch.   

What Torque is more excited to launch is its DROIDZ Portal and DROIDZ Ultimate Tablets.  These two models have Call and Text features, JAVA/SMS/MMS capabilities, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Tethering, GPS and AGPS Support, 3.5mm stereo headset jack, Micro-USB port, and Light/Proximity/Gravity Sensors. 

DROIDZ Portal runs at 1GHZ Dual Core CPU with 4GB ROM and 512 RAM.  With its 7.0” WSVGA 1024x600 Capacitive Touchscreen, and a multi-touch zoom, users will sure to enjoy Droidz Portal’s interface that uses Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).  Users will also be delighted with its speed and bandwidth as it uses HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and 3.5G HSDPA 850/900/2100MHZ.  Droidz Portal also features dual cameras with its rear camera using 8-megapixel with LED Flash while its front uses VGA camera.

DROIDZ Ultimate powered by 1GHZ Dual Core CPU with 8GB ROM, and 1GB RAM,   It also uses HSDPA 7.2Mbps/HSUPA 5.76 Mbps and 3.5G HSDPA 850/900/1900/2100MHZ.  Enjoy Droidz Ultimate with its Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 9.7” XGA 1024x768 capacitive Touchscreen, multi-touch zoom, dual cameras with 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel for the front camera, plus it has HDMI capability.

Even with these exemplary products, Torque will not stop here and continue its commitment of delivering quality and value for money products for the Filipino consumers.  Soon, Torque will introduce its limited edition line dubbed as ‘Inspire’ series. Coming soon! 

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Sugarleaf Lines Up Exciting Workshops for 2011!

After a successful super and living food preparation series, Sugarleaf, a healthy-eats restaurant-store along Wilson Street in San Juan is pleased to announce its lineup of workshops for the remainder of 2011.

·   Healing with Food & Food Supplements than Pharmaceutical Drugs … An Alternative Health Talk by Dr. Jimmy Dy-Liacco – 27 August, Saturday from 2 to 6pm
·   Goody goody kefir and I gotcha kombucha! A talk on real energising refreshment – 3 September, Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
·   Lifetime Lifestyle Change! A practical guide to detoxification – 17 September, Saturday from 9-12 and 2pm to 5pm
·   Alive!  Living and Super Food Preparation Series – 29 October, 19 November and 3 December, Saturdays from 1pm to 5pm

All workshops are held at Sugarleaf the restaurant.  Early confirmation is appreciated.  Contact 385 0387, call or SMS 0917 8039 055 or email for reservations.  Senior citizen, student, couple and group discounts apply. 

Healing with Food & Food Supplements than Pharmaceutical Drugs … An Alternative Health Talk by Dr. Jimmy Dy-Liacco – 27 August, Saturday from 2 to 6pm

Come and discover for yourself from Dr. Jimmy Dy-Liacco, doctor of metabolic medicine in Philippine College for the Advancement of Medicine (PCAM) the world of natural healing.  The kind, soft spoken doctor shares case
study after case study of people from all walks of life he’s healed with the power of natural food and food supplements – a lot seemingly hopeless, even terminal.  He will also touch on the mysterious and miraculous diagnostic and healing method known as muscle testing.

Dr. Dy-Liacco holds a certificate of doctor of metabolic medicine from Dr. William Donald Kelley's College of Metabolic Medicine.  He has been a trustee of PCAM since 2002, and in 2005, he was Acting Director of the

DOH's Philippine Institute for Traditional and Alternative Health Care (PITAHC). He is an expert on the power of natural healing, having himself survived pancreatic cancer.

Seats are limited at P500/person as the venue is quite intimate and very conducive to interaction and Q&A.  Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served. 

Goody goody kefir and I gotcha kombucha! A talk on real energising refreshment – 3 September, Saturday from 2pm to 5pm

Real energising refreshment comes from getting nourishment from your beverage and not just sugar, flavourings and colourings.

Kefir and kombucha are two beverages with ancient origins that have withstood the test of time as they have potent health benefits – almost too good to be true for a lot of people but even more people from all over the world attest to its curative powers.  And with talented kefir and kombucha brewers Marjoree “Jeren” Cabral of Goody Kefir and Brent Metken of Planet Health Kombucha, these otherwise obscure beverages are now fast gaining popularity amongst health buffs and other people in the Metropolis.

Jeren and Brent will discuss kefir and kombucha’s origins and health benefits.  Sugarleaf’s Angelo N. Songco and Gina S. Yambot will show practical easy-to-do recipes using kefir and kombucha in other applications to make it even more appetising to everyone of all ages.

The workshop is P300 per person with healthy snacks and samplings of the preparations demonstrated. 

Lifetime Lifestyle Change! A practical guide to detoxification – 17 September, Saturday 2pm to 5pm

Change usually happens when a significant event whether positive or negative happens in one’s life.  In the case of entrepreneur-journalist Zonito Torevillas-Tamase, a health crisis spanning several years while she was working in the corporate world encouraged her to shift priorities and turned inwards into herself.

After being given so much medication for high blood pressure and other ailments, she did a lot of self study, attended training, and conducted research regarding the curative powers of detoxification.  Years later, she’s free from having to take pharmaceutical drugs and has made it her advocacy to teach what she’s discovered to more people.

Zonito is also a pioneer proponent of malunggay (moringa) use in the Philippines and has developed many tasty food items from this super food.

Her practical hands-on workshop includes an introduction to detoxification, its health benefits, discussion on materials and recommended take-home eating plan to maximise its effect. 

Aside from physical detoxification, Zonito will also touch on other aspects of life balance such as stress management, relationships and spirituality.

The morning and afternoon session can only accommodate up to ten persons as each participant will undergo a guided enema procedure.  Participation is P2,500 per person with a practical take-home guide to continue the regimen. 

Check out for more information and updates on our seminar and workshop schedule.

Alive !  Raw and Super Food Preparation Workshop Series

Lastly, Sugarleaf has commissioned Bali-certified professional educator Asha Anahata Peri for a three-part living food preparation series three Saturdays from October to December, 2 to 6pm. 

As the weather starts to cool, we theme our demonstration menus with delectable recipes appropriate for the holiday table guaranteed to nourish and impress your family and friends.

Sugarleaf and Asha present holiday-inspired dishes from appetizers to soup and salads, main courses to desserts and drinks utilizing nature’s bounty of fresh organic produce and other natural ingredients.

Unleash The Power Of Plants on 29 October 2011

Imagine a beautifully-prepared meal with the sun literally in each and every ingredient.  A beautiful plant soaking in lavish amounts of light from the source that feeds us all with the nutrient of life. When we eat enzyme-rich raw food, all the forces of nature conspire to provide us with both physical and subtle energies that nurture our entire being with the healing power inherent in plants. In this workshop, recreate your plate by mixing in all the rainbow colors to create low glycemic dishes that will help you get started on the path to wellness, as well as sweetly satisfying all your senses. Use seeds and sprouts, leaves, stems and roots, flowers and fruits to make gourmet meals that highlight the wonders of superfoods, opening up a beautiful light-filled path to be shared with others and the world.

S.A.D. Becomes Happy! On 19 November

The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) has been the major cause of a lot of diseases prevalent today.  Burgers and fries, fast fried food, ice cream and other dairy-based products heavily processed with refined sugars have caused not just physical illnesses but imbalances in the emotional lives of many people.

For those who seek meals that favor a feeling of lightness over sorrow, the good news is that this popular but unhealthy diet can be transformed into living food that can actually mock the taste of S.A.D. food without the illness-causing ingredients. Once anyone commits to a plant-based diet, happiness becomes a natural effect of a raw lifestyle that supports the total well-being of any individual.

A Taste Of Green Gourmet on 3 December 2011

This Christmas, let green be the star of your holiday platter!  This workshop will present a full holiday feast guaranteed to nourish and impress your family and friends.  Learn how to make delicious gourmet recipes that are guilt-free, low-calorie, creatively colorful and surprisingly flavorful!  Make your noche buena extra special and

healthy this year (and beyond) by giving yourself the gift of nature's abundance as you renew for the new year your commitment to create a greener and healthier planet.

Workshop fee is P2,000/person complete with detailed notes and generous samplings of all dishes prepared.  Student, couple, group and senior citizen discounts apply.  Early reservations recommended as seats are limited.  Call, SMS Angelo on 0917 8039 055 or email or Asha Peri on 0917 8611 212.  Sugarleaf’s complete calendar of events is online on

About the instructor:

Asha Peri has been a vegetarian for 10 years and a raw vegan for more than a year now and had obtained her certification from renowned raw food educator Elaina Love of Pure Joy Planet Culinary Academy.  Her advocacy revolves around the value of wellness and promoting a healthy sustainable lifestyle.

Globe Unveils Exclusive Mobile Apps!

Globe unveils exclusive mobile applications for better, richer experience
Messaging app the first in Asia, mobile app the first of its kind in the country

Globe Senior Advisor Peter Bithos
    Keeping up with the growing demand for a better and richer mobile experience with the use of smartphones, Globe Telecom unveiled its own suite of apps that will address the needs of mobile phone users.

The Globe Mobile Apps are GSERVICES, GCASH, GMOVIES and GMESSAGE, all designed to suit the interests and lifestyle of today’s smartphone owners, which include account management and personalized services, financial services, movies, and instant messaging.

GSERVICES is the complete account management app available for free for Globe subscribers. With GSERVICES, subscribers can check their prepaid load or outstanding postpaid balance, register to promos, share load to family and friends, check reward points, and redeem rewards and view postpaid bills and have them sent to their home or email address.

The GCASH app empowers subscribers to buy prepaid load anytime and anywhere with a 10% rebate, pay bills, send money to family and friends via their mobile, Facebook or e-mail accounts, and send donations without having to memorize keywords or access numbers. On top of the full color user-friendly interface, the GCASH app gives subscribers access to their contact list and even Facebook friends without having to switch applications.

GMOVIES is a one-stop mobile application for checking movie schedules and reviews, booking and reserving seats, buying movie tickets initially available in Ayala Cinemas, and soon in SM Cinemas. The first of its kind in the Philippines, the GMOVIES app provides user the convenience of e-movie tickets by letting them view movie schedules, choose seats, and pay for ticket purchases minus the hassle of long queues in theaters, especially during preview of blockbuster movies.

Finally, GMESSAGE is a mobile messaging application that enables user to send and receive free and unlimited messages with other GMESSAGE users anywhere in the world. The app also allows users to send and receive messages with non-GMESSAGE users for only P0.15 per message. With the GMESSAGE app, users can also share photos, videos and audio files. The app also incorporates an innovative technology called “Magic Words” which can detect the context of a sentence and provide a link to what the user is talking about. Globe is the first operator in Asia to launch GMESSAGE, a new tool perfect for Filipinos who have led the world in text messaging over the last few years.

“Once again, Globe leads in innovation with the launch of our mobile application, thanks to our genius globe developers and experts who designed, conceptualized, and produced the apps with such compelling functionalities and features. ”Said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe. “with Globe Mobile Apps, we provide subscribers with unique relevant and delightful content that will add value to today’s fast-paced lifestyle – whether movies, instant messaging, or financial and personalized services. Access to the app is also easy and hassle-free, further empowering our subscribers to enjoy Globe apps, their way”.

GMOVIES and GMESSAGE are initially offered to Android users via Google Play, and soon to iPhone users via the App Store. The GSERVICES app is available in the App Store and soon in the Google Play. Finally the GCASH app is available in App Store, Google play and Blackberry App world. To download the apps type,,, on the phone browser, or send APPS to 8888. Standard mobile browsing rates apply. 

Friday, December 28, 2012

Re-enactment And Transfer Of The MOrtal Remains Of Gat Jose Rizal

On Rizal Day, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines and the Order of the Knights of Rizal, will re-enact the event of a century ago, on Decmber 30, 1912, when Jose Rizal's mortal remains were solemnly placed at the base of the Rizal Monument at the Luneta.
His Exellency, the President, Benigno S. Aquino will lead in the traditional wreath laying rites at the Luneta which will include a symbolic placement of the urn, bearing  our national hero's mortal remains at the base of the monument.
Education Secreatay Armin Luistro, Ma Sereno Diokno, NHCP Chair, Manila Mayor Hon. Alfredo Lim, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino, and Reghis Romero II KGCR Supreme Commander o the Knights of Rizal, will lead dignitaries and officaildom in this historic commemoration of the first Rizal Day at the Luneta Monument.
The procession from the house of Rizal's sister Narcisa, as it happened 100 years ago will be re-enacted in detial. The attendees will assemble at Plaza Ruiz in Binondo at 4:00 AM, the procession will start at 4:30 AM.

The Urn will be brought to the Luneta before 7:00 AM in a funeral cortege and procession, as in 1912, it will be borne on a military caisson and accompanied by several hundred Knights of Rizal  and members of the Grand Lodge of Masonry.
     Full military honors courtesy of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Rizal descendants, soldiers, government employees and official, as well as NGOs, will converge at Luneta from two assembly points Plaza Lorenzo Ruiz at Binondo and Fort Santiago. The general public is invited to participate in this historic event!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Si Ako Is Here!

      The story begins with the establishment of the three different worlds apart, bound to meet for an adventure like no other – the humble family-oriented story of ENTENG KABISOTE (VIC SOTTO), a low-profile technician married to the beautiful Fairy Princess of Encantasia, FAYE (GWEN ZAMORA); the battles of the AGIMAT (RAMON “BONG” REVILLA, JR.), the brave village Warrior Hero of Amuleto; and the high tech-yuppie Kingdom of Diwatara ruled by Princess ANGELINA KALINISAN-ORTEZA (JUDY ANN SANTOS), also known in the human world as “AKO,” where she leads an environmental advocacy organization.

From the initial instalment “Si Agimat at Si Enteng Kabisote” in 2010, the friendship and partnership of Enteng and Agimat continues. From an ‘eligible bachelor’ Hero, Agimat now strives to apply all his learning from Enteng and Faye as he himself tries to start his own family with wife, also an Amuleto warrior, SAMARA (SAM PINTO). The fun levels up as Aiza brings Angelina and her comic modern Fairy sidekicks Pink Kapre CHE (John Lapus), Winged Horse SOL (Yassi Pressman) and Computer-wiz Dwarf CHICHAY (Ryzza Mae Dizon), into the lives of the Kabisote’s and the Amuleto couple.

As the fun triples, so as the adventure and thrill as they are confronted with high-tech and primitive villains from somewhere totally out of their worlds: cannibal tribes of the Tokatoks and filthy alien monsters from other planet. Witness unparalleled battle stunts set in the Philippines’ never-before-seen destinations as Agimat, equipped with his one-of-a-kind swordsmanship, Enteng and his iconic comic fighting style and Princess Angelina, in her Mystical Bird alter ego wins the battle of good over evil.

Enteng movie as it has always been known, values family, marriage, friendship, responsibility, forgiveness, love and respect and the protection of the one and only Mother Earth. Si Agimat, Si Enteng Kabisote at Ako, is a rollercoaster ride of drama, action, magic, visual effects, production design, cinematography and an unlimited fun and laughter for everyone.

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Knights of Rizal Launches Rizal Month 2012!

      The order of the Knights of Rizal has officially launched Rizal Month 2012 last December 1, 2012 and has programmed several activities spanned throughout the month of December.
     Rizal Month 2012 was formally launched by the Order of the Knights of Rizal in a blogger's day last December 1,2012 in the international headquarters of the Order of the Knights of Rizal, Port Area, Manila
    Activities lined up for the Rizal Month 2012 were presented during the blogger's day. Activities include the 50th National Rizal Youth Leadership Institute Conference and the awarding of the Ten Jose Rizal Model Students of The Philippines and to be culminated with the celebration of Rizal Day, December 30, 2012. The highlight of Rizal Month 2012 will be the commemoration and re-enactment of the transfer of Dr. Jose P. Rizal's Mortal remains to Luneta in the morning of Rizal Day.
    The Order of the knights of Rizal owns the distinction of being an organization chartered under a law, republic act no. 646 with a mission "to propagate the ideals and teachings of Dr. Jose P. Rizal" under the leadership of its Supreme Commander Sir Reghis M. Romero II, the knights of Rizal has programmed various activities spread throughout the month of December

     Under Presidential Proclamation No. 126 issued in 2003, the month of December is declared as Dr. Jose P. Rizal Month. The month-long celebration seeks to promote among Filipino youth the visions and ideals of Dr. Jose Rizal, encouraging them to look up to the national hero as their role model.
"We are inviting the public, especially the youth, to partake in the month-long celebrations. In the midst of our current struggles for good governance, justice and progress, we look back to Rizal's life, works and martyrdom which greatly still hold relevance today," Sir Reghis M. Romero II, Supreme Commander of the Order of the Knights of Rizal said.

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