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Lifestyle Buzz: Definitely No FOMO As We Bring You What's Hot In Filipino Leisure!

Lifestyle Buzz: Definitely No FOMO As We Bring You What's Hot In Filipino Leisure!

By Katrina Lacorte and Angela Sy

Suffering from major #FOMO feels? We gotchu, fam. Time flies way too fast and nowadays it’s easy to lose track of it just from being stuck in the office or drowning in piles of school work. Luckily, a lot of stuff has yet to happen—even as July ends. In this week’s Lifestyle Buzz, we round up some of our faves that are neither boring nor too late to catch up on!

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Who’s Buzzin’

Breakups are difficult enough as it is. But what happens when, even after time has passed, you’re still struggling to move on? This is something the upcoming heartbreak film The Day After Valentine’s intends to portray. Directed by John Paul Laxamana and starring Bela Padilla and JC Santos, it will be the second time for the trio to have worked together since 100 Tula Para Kay Stella. The Day After Valentine’s comes out on August 15, but fans can already watch the trailer online:

What’s Buzzin’

Major trips abroad, listening to tales of heartbreak, sharing the weirdest of memes, being the first to like Insta-posts—we express our friendship in the most colorful, thoughtful ways. Whether you’re twin souls or #squadgoals, friends are the family you choose. So, why not spoil them silly with a personalized Toblerone pack on July 30 a.k.a. #FriendshipDay? There are four to choose from, all designed by Filipina illustrator and calligraphist Louise Anne Dimagmaliw. Each pack use colorful animal-themed illustrations that represents friendship.

We’ll let you in on a little secret. Anne and Erwan’s prenup shoot in Korea, Solenn and Nico’s dreamy vacay snaps in Japan, and Coleen’s jealz-worthy bachelorette pics were all taken by the same photographer group: SweetEscape. Since launching in 2016, SweetEscape has grown to a network 2,000 photographers in over 400 cities around the world. And now, the Indonesian-based photographer booking app is expanding operations to the Philippines. They’ve already established a local team with 30 photographers across different parts of the country. To celebrate, SweetEscape is offering a 50% discount for the first 100 bookings within the Philippines until August 9, with the promo code MABUHAY. What’s more, Citi cardholders can enjoy USD 50 off and USD 50 cashback (in SweetEscape credits) for photo shoots around the world when they pay with their Citi credit card and use the promo code LOVE2CLICK until May 31, 2019! That said, what are you waiting for?

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The World Photography Organization has officially opened the 12th of the Sony World Photography Awards, which celebrates the best in contemporary photography from the past year while giving exposure, visibility, and opportunity to photographers all across the globe! Interested shutterbugs can have the option to enter different categories: Professional, Open, Youth, and Student at Go to for full mechanics. Deadline to enter the student category is on November 30, 2018, the Open and Youth categories on January 4, 2019, and Professional on January 11, 2019.

Try something new while keeping your feet on solid ground. Blend the best of past and future design with the new Grid 9000 MOD from Saucony. The modern take on its iconic chunky Grid 9000 runner sees a streamlined build with a sleek textile diamond-pattered upper and accented rope laces. It’s also equipped with midsole cushioning for ultimate comfort and enhanced impact support.

National Lipstick Day may have passed, but the sale season goes on. We kid you not! From August 1-31, Maybelline is taking P100 off of its bestselling Color Sensational and Color Jolt collections! We’re talking an entire month of discounted lippies ready for hoarding! Now who says you can’t have too much lipstick?

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Considering getting a new phone? If you’re on a tight budget, the sleek, all-metal Nokia 6.1 doesn’t disappoint. It performs 60% faster than its predecessor, which lessens the time it usually takes to load apps. The USB-C fast charging port can provide as much as 50% in as little as 30 minutes. And its camera also comes with enhanced ZEISS optics and Dual-Sight technology for clear and sharp images, and a pro-camera mode that makes manual control over photos quicker and easier than other models. Buy yours until August 31, and you can get free JBL T450BT Bluetooth headphones worth PHP3,000 with every purchase of the Nokia 6.1 at participating dealers. During this period, you can also get the Nokia 6.1 for PHP15,990 with 0% interest for 6 months.

Where’s The Buzz

Ever been to the Big Apple and wished a Shake Shack could open a branch in the Philippines? For Metro Manila peeps, that dream will soon become a reality. The famed roadside burger joint is slated to open in Spring 2019, which means we don’t have to fly all the way to another country for a taste of their Angus beef burgers, chicken sandwiches, Vienna beef dogs, frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, wine, beer, and more. #YoureWelcome

ICYMI, there’s a savvy new online community open exclusively to mommas! It’s called Prime Mom Club, which, from the name itself, was started by the folks behind Mega Prime and conceptualized with millennial moms in mind! Here, members get to level up their homemaking skills with tips from online chat sessions, family nutrition basics, Mega Prime recipes, supermarket tips, as well as kitchen and home articles. They’ll also get invites to special events, a Special Prime Mom Club ID, and chances to special gift items from Mega Prime. Oh, and get this. Marian Rivera-Dantes is already a member! How cool is that? Sign up on!

Ubisoft Philippines has found a home in De La Salle University Laguna. Designed for both work and play, this brand new, open floor game development studio is situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city but comes fully equipped with game stations, a dedicated pantry, break-out spaces/lounge areas per floor, a ping-pong table, a giant slide for going between floors, and a full roof deck for barbeques and events! This will also be the first and only space that will co-develop AAA games in the Philippines (they’ve already collaborated on Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, Assassin’s Creed: Origins, The Crew 2, For Honor, and Skull & Bones!). Did we also mention, they’re looking to hire as much as 200 game developers?

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Banner Image from the Official Instagram Account of Sweet Escape




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