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Food and fashion for the benefit of GMA Kapuso Foundation

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GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) received overwhelming support for its programs on education through Styles and Bites at the SMX Convention Center. It is the newest festival of finely curated flavors and fanciful finds that ran from July 1 to 3.

Styles and Bites, organized by Cut Unlimited, Inc., was held for the benefit of GMAKF’s Kapuso School Development project, which builds and rehabilitates schools and classrooms in the provinces, and “Unang Hakbang sa Kinabukasan,” which distributes school supplies to public schools in remote areas.

Delectable delights were abundant and the fashion and food festival

The event created a unique experience for shoppers and diners as they were able to shop from a variety of event-exclusive merchandise, and indulge in a wide array of culinary delights amidst a social and enjoyable atmosphere – all for a good cause.

The three-day event only featured the best of the best in clothing lines, novelty items, beauty and skincare products, lifestyle brands, arts and crafts, and various culinary delights.

Shoppers were also able enjoy the live music performances and spoken word acts featuring talented young artists like Danny Corsiga, JP Palanca and Mig, Kidthrones, Paola Mauricio, Keiko Necesario, Erickson Amores, Rizza Cabrera and Chrissie Bellosillo, Banna Harbera, Trisha O Bannon, Franz Pantaleon and many more.

Styles and Bites was organized in partnership with SUN Cellular and in cooperation with GMA Network and The Philippine Daily Inquirer. It is supported by, What’s to Love PH,,,, Monster Radio RX 93.1 and Stages Sessions.

Festival-goers enjoyed a musical performances from various local artists

For more great finds in the upcoming Christmas season, shoppers can also anticipate the opening of the Noel Bazaar on Nov. 18 to 30 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City, Dec. 2 to 4 at the Filinvest Tent in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, and Dec. 15 to 18 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Proceeds of the Noel Bazaar will also support GMAKF’s mission of providing Serbisyong Totoo to underprivileged Filipinos nationwide.

Shoppers and fans alike can also grab their favorite stars’ pre-loved items in GMAKF’s annual Celebrity Ukay-Ukay to be held at the Noel Bazaar World Trade Center, while enjoying performances by various Kapuso stars at the event.

To catch updates and special promos about Styles & Bites, like them on Facebook ( or follow them on Instagram (@StylesAndBites); and watch out for more updates on the Noel Bazaar through their Facebook page (

For details on how to support GMA Kapuso Foundation’s socio-civic efforts, visit the website


More filipinos tuned in to ABS-CBN’s ‘Ang Panunumpa: Pangako Sa Pagbabago’

More Filipinos were able to witness and take part in history through ABS-CBN’s comprehensive and extensive cross platform coverage of the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte and Vice President Leni Robredo lon June 30.

Ratings data from Kantar Media shows the Ang Panunumpa: Pangako ng Pagbabago special coverage of the country’s largest news organization led all coverage by media networks with 18.8 percent national TV rating. GMA 7’s Panata sa Pagbabago, meanwhile was a distant second with 13.2 percent.

ABS-CBN’s coverage of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Inauguration garnered high ratings compared to competition

Its flagship newscast program also won that day. TV Patrol, which consistently lands in the Top 5 among daily programs, registerd a rating of 32.1 percent to 19.8 percent of 24 Oras. Late-night newscast Bandila also beat Reporter’s Notebook, 3.0 percent to 2.5 percent to close the day.

Kantar Media uses a nationwide panel size of 2,610 urban and rural homes that represent 100 percent of the total Philippine TV viewing population, while the other ratings data supplier AGB Nielsen reportedly has only 2,000 homes based solely in urban areas that represent only 57 percent of the Philippine TV viewing population.

With unparalleled reach in both traditional and new media, ABS-CBN once again took the lead in ensuring that Filipinos here and abroad, at home or mobile, are informed, updated, and enriched with analysis on a significant event in the country’s history. More Filipinos also watched the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates it organized early this year, a testament to the public’s trust in ABS-CBN.

ABS-CBN offered the widest Inauguration coverage that featured its top anchors and broadcast journalists reporting from the Malacañan Palace, the Quezon City Reception House, and Naga and Davao — the hometowns of Robredo and Duterte, respectively.

There were synergized coverage on free TV, cable TV via ANC, the ABS-CBN News Channel and DZMM TeleRadyo, on radio via DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 and online via, which offered live streaming and had social media postings that informed and engaged netizens.   

ABS-CBN News is the country’s largest news organization and is the news arm of ABS-CBN Corporation, the Philippines’ leading media and entertainment company.


Karl Aquino’s ‘Trumpet Challenge’ video

Rising star and Olive-C cologne endorser Karl Aquino became the talk of the town after his video doing the “Trumpet Challenge” in San Juanico Bridge went viral lately. 

Karl, together with co-Psalmstre endorsers Miss Earth Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz and Dolce Amore guest star Laurence Mossman, was in Tacloban City to grace the Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival 2016.

Olive-C product endorser Karl Aquino

While on their way to the ‘Free Hug’ activity at a mall, Psalmtre chief executive officer Jim Acosta asked Karl to do the “Trumpet Challenge” in the middle of the famous bridge as a way of promoting it as a tourist attraction. In just two weeks, the video, which was uploaded in Olive-C Soap Facebook page, got nearly 200 thousand views.

San Juanico, formerly named Marcos Bridge, is still officially considered as the Philippines’ longest bridge. It connects Leyte and Samar provinces and shows the big initials L and S on aerial view. The bridge is very significant to the Waray-Warays because, aside from geographically connecting them, it also becomes a clear manifestation of their love and unity towards each other.

The “Trumpet Challenge” became a phenomenal dance craze among the millennials. Additionally, it has generated appreciable activities such as fund raising events for cancer patients, dance contests, and many more. Karl’s video significantly aims to help boost Samar-Leyte’s tourism potential. 

“Tito Jim told me his idea automatically popped up of his mind. Later on, we realized it has its own purpose pala. The video is a good advertising strategy to promote San Juanico Bridge and the entire Samar and Leyte provinces. San Juanico bridge offers a breathtaking view, Samar has its captivating island of Biri, and Leyte is the home of the world-famous beach Kalanggaman Island. The video is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to the Leytenos and Samarnons for patronizing Psalmstre products. At least, we can help promote these two beautiful tourism-rich provinces,” said the be-dimpled teen.     

Karl promised to make more tourism-related videos whenever he gets the chance to visit a place. He said his next stop is Dumaguete City, the birthplace of his mother, and Cebu City for the upcoming go-see of the country’s biggest student-model search Mr. and Ms. Olive-C Campus Model Philippines. 


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