Zilingo and Walt Disney’s Exciting Collaboration

Here is great news to MARVEL shirts collectors out there!

E-commerce platform Zilingo today announced a collaboration with The Walt Disney Company (South Asia) to develop and retail over 20 collections comprising more than 500 products inspired by beloved stories and characters from MARVEL, Disney and Star Wars.

“This collaboration is particularly personal for me. I think it is safe to say that almost everyone grew up looking up to MARVEL Super Heroes and I am a big fan myself. The journey of a hero is all about overcoming challenges and conquering your fears and when we met the Disney team, we instantly connected on our shared values of courage and hope. We could immediately envision what we wanted to do with Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame and other properties. Over the next few quarters, we hope to bring inspired collections to customers across Asia,” said Ankiti Bose, Co-founder and CEO, Zilingo.

The first collection of the collaboration, Marvel X Zilingo, launches hot on the heels of the record-breaking Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Endgame. The collection is inspired by the edgy styles of 90’s street fashion and the epic stories of fan-favourite Super Heroes such as Iron Man, Captain America and Captain Marvel. It speaks to both fashion lovers and die-hard fans of  MARVEL, taking a unique spin on creating a merchandise line that is both wearable and on-trend.  The range will feature t-shirts, sweatshirts, tank tops, shorts, skirts, leggings and joggers.

The Marvel X Zilingo collection is now available on Zilingo (https://zilingo.com/) in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore. It will also be available on top e-commerce platforms like Tokopedia, Shopee and Lazada across Southeast Asia, and Amazon and Flipkart in India.

“We are focused on developing exceptional products for Disney, MARVEL, Pixar and Star Wars fans with partners who share our values and high expectations on quality and experience. Working with Zilingo, we are bringing high quality products with an amazing design aesthetic to fans and consumers in Southeast Asia and India,” said Dan Dossa, Vice President & General Manager, Consumer Products Commercialization, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia, India, Middle East and North Africa.

In the coming months, fans can also look forward to Aladdin, Frozen 2 and Star Wars-themed collections slated to coincide with Disney’s upcoming cinematic releases, alongside the launch of a Mickey & Friends collection in August. From chic athleisure gear to trendy summer casuals for men and women, to pyjamas, lunchboxes and water bottles for children, these collections will delight Disney fans of all ages.


Each collection will be managed by Zilingo’s private label service; a one-stop technology platform helping brands build their own private labels – from design and manufacturing to logistics, analytics and distribution. Differentiating itself from other marketplaces through its B2B arm which offers brands and media properties access to the entire fashion supply chain from yarn to closet, Zilingo is making its collections easily accessible to over 23% of the global population across five markets in Asia.

The service has been made possible as a result of the company’s swift expansion from its B2C platform to its B2B services, having identified and unlocked value for merchants and manufacturers across the supply chain all over Asia. It extends to businesses globally, regardless of size, that seek access to Asia’s producers who account for US$1.4 trillion of the US$3 trillion global fashion manufacturing market. Zilingo’s presence in Southeast Asia and India allows it to offer a unique online retail experience for Disney fans and fashion-forward consumers at the heart of a region where e-commerce is scaling rapidly, making it Asia’s fastest growing marketplace.




Happy Father’s Day at All SM Supermalls

The third Sunday of June is popularly known as Father’s Day which came from western influence later on adopted worldwide by most countries including here in the Philippines.
Dad’s are everything rolled into one, a personal cook, family comedian, DIY specialist , motivator and a lot more. This Dad’s Day, show your love and appreciation for your one- in a million dads by throwing him a feast fit for a king with the whole family at  your favourite SM mall.

With Senior VP for Marketing Mr JonJon San Agustin, TVC daughter Rein Salamante, TVC Dad- Ira Liwanag and Dr. Michelle Alignay before the start of panel discussion.  Photo Credit: Ruel Umali 
This Dad’s day ,SM puts the spotlight into our idol dads who brought  nothing but laughter and love to our homes. We celebrate them through exciting deals, events and  fun feast made especially for them”, invites SM Supermalls SVP for marketing, Jonjon San Agustin.      Photo Credit:  Ruel Umali
Here are six exciting ways to spoil the king of the family this Dad’s Day at your choice SM Supermall:

D-day for your main man.  Reminisce about the good old days over beers and barbeques until June 16 from participating restaurants  because let’s be honest , Dads invented BBQ Sundays.

Makeover and wellness time. Dad always put family first. On this special day, make him feel like the king that he is by pampering him at SM. On June 16 get exclusive deals for haircuts and massages.

Toys for the big boys. Fill your dad’s heart with excitement by bringing him to a showcase of classic and contemporary automobiles and motorbikes at the Cool cars and bikes exhibit from June 14 to 16.
Photo Credit:  Rey Esteves
Daddy belly. Take your dads to a steak date and make reservations at his favorite restaurant  this June 14 to 16 . It’s never too late to treat your Foodie Daddy to a sumptuous feast.

Dance machine. Relive great childhood memories! Work as a team and show off supreme dance moves by joining Dads fortnite Dance Challenge on June 16.
Photo Credit: Rey Esteves
Create memories with Dad . Take snaps and play with fun Facebook filters with your super dad for a chance to win exclusive #DadsDayAtSM2019 giveaways until June 16!.
Photo Credit:  Rey Esteves

Make your Dad the happiest father not just on his special day but 365 days of the year!

For videos and speeches about the launching just click this link, https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2326924890721465&id=100002119298281

In the Company of (New Breed) Ballet Idols: Hyuma Kiyosawa & Jasmine Pia Dames

I am so proud of my ballet dancer friends and medalists, Hyuma Kiyosawa and Jasmine Pia Dames who will both reunite on stage to perform one of my favorite classical piece, Diana et Acteon for Hyuma’s former ballet school, Momoko Ballet Studio in Nagano, Japan.

The occasion is
Momoko Ballet Studio
6th Ballet Festival
June 16, 2019
Kisei Cultural Hall
A few weeks ago, I took the chance to record this short but sweet casual video moment with both friends just a day before Hyuma flew back to Japan where he spent four fun and exciting months here in the Philippines for the first time. He personally chose to continue training and learning from Ballet Manila who in return, featured and provided him with memorable dance guestings and exposure. Many thanks to Ms Lisa Macuja-Elizalde and Mr Osias Barroso.

BM was also Hyuma’s first ballet company experience which he will surely treasure as part of his growth as an exceptional and world class danseur. Recently turned 18, he has a very bright and promising dancing career ahead of his time.

Ballerina Pia got previously sidelined due to injury but with the help of determination and therapy was able to bounce back in the past few months and was even able to perform for Ballet Manila’s Season 23 closing show DEUX and got promoted to Principal Dancer! Sister-twin Jessica Pearl levelled up as Soloist. What a wonderful double blessing!

Do enjoy the cute and candid video below and let me wish Hyuma and Pia MERDE! for their exciting performance of Diana et Acteon!

Did I also mention that it is Pia’s first time to visit Japan and another first as international guest artist for a show? Domo arigato gozaimasu Hyuma for the invite and opportunity.

Mwah and lots of hugs guys! Tara let’s!!!

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John Lloyd Back in TV Ad, Thanks to Turks

Who else missed this award-winning actor, aside from yours truly? After two years, we are glad, he decided to comeback in the limelight where we love him most. At least for now, in a TV commercial.

Could this be your comeback year, John Lloyd Cruz?

Cruz, one of the most bankable actors of the Philippine cinema and very effective endorser once again proved that his fans are still waiting for his return. In a teaser video, which lasted only for a few seconds and only shows the back shot of Cruz’s, and posted in the Facebook page of the number one selling shawarma Turks a few weeks ago had been viewed 3.2M times, shared almost 800 times and gained a huge number of comments.

Without any clue in that teaser video, his fans already assumed that it was him in the video. Actress Bea Alonzo on her Instagram also posted a screenshot of that teaser video, which garnered almost a million likes.

The rugged look of Cruz in the Turks video titled Ang Pagbabalik is way too far from his guy-next-door image and a lot of people in the industry are asking if this signals his return to the limelight. His fans are still wondering about the life he’s been living since his hiatus.

According to Turks president Gem L. Zenarosa that during the course of his talks with Cruz, they never talked anything about his showbiz career or plans. He added that he got Mr. Cruz as the latest ambassador of Turks because of his great confidence working with Cruz.

“I am really grateful that John Lloyd trusts our company, he is a brilliant and very creative young man. Aside from acting we have discovered some of his remarkable talents,” Zenarosa stressed.

In  time for the release of Cruz’s endorsement video, Turks also released to the market its newest offering — Turks Rice Bowl, which is a complete meal. You can choose beef or chicken for your rice topping, and it is priced at P50. The Small Pita Donner on the other hand, is priced at P35.

“To keep up with the demands of our customers, Turks continues to improve our menu and offerings to satisfy the discriminating taste of our loyal patrons,” Zenarosa stressed.

John Lloyd Cruz now joins the roster of endorsers of Turks such as father and son Piolo and Inigo Pascual.

To watch the full video of Ang Pagbabalik visit https://youtu.be/Uh0WwLnIEDQ.

You can also view the video on Turk FB page: official.turks.


Teaser Video Interview With a Future Ballet Star

Get to know HYUMA KIYOSAWA very very soon!

“I Love You, LC!” – A Film On Obesity With a Heart

It is not everyday that an advocacy film is shown in local cinemas especially when it touches something social and personal.
What personal concern could it be?

Obesity! How is obesity defined by Merriam Webster dictionary? A condition characterized by the excessive accumulation and storage of fat in the body.
This is a very alarming condition not to be taken lightly by anyone.

That is why thank goodness for this film, “I Love You, LC!” written and directed by Dave Cecilio and Dave Aguila. The film front and foremost tackled obesity in love story form  in the characters of obese Patty Sandoval and falling for his High School classmate, hunky and hottie Lloyd Corpuz .
Jef Gaitan stars as Patty Sandoval who was obese in the film and ended up with a vavavoooom bod!

The film and majority of it’s cast had their successful premiere night last February 23 at Cinema 3 of Fisher Mall in Quezon City.

I Love You LC! also features Eat Bulaga’s That’s My Bae Tommy Penaflor, Marlon Marcia, Faith Cabebe, Andrew Gan, Miguel Reyes, MM Gigante, Drei Roxas and many others.

If you were to watch the film and are having weight issues, you can very much relate to it’s important message that NOTHING is IMPOSSIBLE to achieve when you set your heart, body and mind into your FITSPIRATION goals.

Led by writer-director Dave Cecilio and co-director and Dave Aguila, they both hope that more people and movie-goers will watch and support their advocacy film.

In the Philippines alone, there are about 18 million Filipinos who are suffering from being overweight or obese. Obesity is a very serious subject as this is a precursor to a lot of serious illnesses such as diabetes, hypertension, cancer, etc. which is why Dave Aguila, with his wife Alma Roxas-Aguila, decided to produce a movie that will help spread awareness of LCIF.

Low Carb Intermittent Fasting has been proven by the community of Aguila as clear and effective backed up by it’s life testaments from successful members who were former obese until they have obtained their desired weight and figures.

It is a movie conceptualized by Dave Aguila, founder of Low Carb and Intermittent Fasting Philippines (www.facebook.com/groups/lcifph), the largest, most  and fastest growing online low carb community in the country today.

This group aims to spread awareness that obesity can be reversed without any supplement, surgery nor exercise and without feeling hungry.

Catch the Free Screening of “Little Blue Girl”

Gracing the Filipino audience with the final installation for the year-long “Czech Movie Gems” film festival, the Czech Embassy in Manila and the Film Development Council of the Philippines is proud to bring the Czech drama, “Little Girl Blue” (2007), awarded as the “Best Film” in the Czech Lion Award of 2007.

Produced by Oscar winning director Jan Svĕrák, this film written and directed by Alice Nellis reveals a poetic tale of Julie, a forty-year old translator woman in the midst of an expansive mid-life crisis in the changing city of Prague. Witness how her seemingly perfect and happy family life traverses a crossroad after one passing unveils her to impulsively reflect on her mechanical married life that led her to pursue life-altering decisions.

Played by Iva Bittová, a Czech avant-garde violinist, singer, and composer who started her career as an actress, Julie’s life was also filled with significant decision initiated by her choice to purchase a used piano for the vast living room. The film also stars Karel Roden, a notable Czech actor successful both in his home country and in Hollywood.

Aside from the story line, the cinematography also asserts a sensible and witty portrayal of sparkly images accompanied by life thrumming tunes that perfectly frolic with each scene.

The film is set to be screened on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 6:30 pm in Cinematheque Center Manila.

This is the final film for the year-long Czech Movie Gems which aim to bring award-winning movies to Filipino audience on the occasion of 100 years of independence of Czech statehood.

Admission is free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to capacity.


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