September marks the near end of a year. But it also signals the start of new and exciting possibilities! No longer just a countdown to Christmas, the –Ber months are packed with happenings left and right. From media, to sports, and even business, here’s what’s been generating the most (local!) buzz.
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Have you seen McDonald’s newest commercial? It features music icon Jose Mari Chan and McDonald’s Philippines founder and chairman Dr. George T. Yang. We won’t give away too much, but the heartwarming TVC came just in time for Grandparent’s Day!
LouDre, Moira Dela Torre, The Vowels They Orbit are all coming to Myx this September! Lou Yanong and Andre Brouillette were chosen to be this month’s Myx Celebrity VJs—an exciting project for fans of the PBB housemates-turned-lovers—while Moira was named Myx Headliner. The indie pop-rock band behind “Selos” will be featured in the MYX Spotlight. And if that’s not enough for you Myx fans, watch out for the launch of its new shows! VJ Edward Barber will host MYX Most Viewed, while Pinoy MYX Breakout highlights music videos from local artists.
Meet the newest collab to enter the competitive world of advertising media. Philippine ad giant Game Plan Marketing Solutions, Inc. and AD Nagata, the biggest Asian OOH company, have announced their new partnership, bringing together not just their out-of-home (OOH) advertising expertise from different cultural backgrounds, but opening the door to even more innovative and strategic ways of reaching target markets. GP-Nagata offers solution-based services in the form of creative inputs, strategic support, and technical know-how to clients, while specializing in producing quality of billboards, large and small format advertising, digital advertising, public-market executions, as well as other community-based endeavors.
On a numbers perspective, the 2019 SEA Games could be the largest that the Philippines has ever seen. Picture 11,000 athletes and officials, 9,000 volunteers, 530 events, 56 sports, 44 venues in Clark, Subic, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, and La Union. With that, the Philippine South East Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) recruited some of the biggest names in music to create the event’s official theme song. Entitled “We Win As One”, the number is sung by Tony awardee Lea Salonga, composed by National Artist for Music Ryan Cayabyab, and written by Palanca award-winning writer and director Floy Quintos.
In more sports news, UAAP Season 82 has officially begun! To kick off this exciting season, the opening ceremony was held last August 31 at the SM Mall of Asia with performances from the Ateneo Glee Club, the Ateneo Dance Club, and the Blue Babble Battalion, as well as top local bands Sponge Cola, Itchyworms, Autotelic, December Avenue, and IV Of Spades. This was followed by the reading of the Oath of Sportsmanship by Ateneo fencing sensation and World Cup bronze medalist Maxine Esteban as well as the recognition of athletes who have and will represent the country in international tournaments.
The new Super Speed Plans of SKY are changing the fiber-fast home internet landscape. Not only are they the most affordable in the market, but they allow for faster, smoother, and seamless music and video streaming, video games, and web surfing! What’s more, SKY subscribers can even opt to bundle their chosen plans with the new SKY Fiber All-In box, the first in Philippines that combines WiFi-enabled modem, digital terrestrial TV, and cable TV modem, among other conveniences, in a single device. Talk about total entertainment!
Where’s The Buzz?
Six of the largest EU member countries are gathering together for a night of speed networking (think speed dating, but for building professional connections!) this September 10 at Dusit Thani, Makati. The Dutch Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the British, French, German, Italian and Spanish Chambers brings you the 6th Speedworking Night. Here you can meet senior executives of local and foreign businesses, as well as members of other social and business groups. Guests who register will get the chance to win exciting prizes, from roundtrip tickets to a relaxing overnight stay. For details, contact Mitchel Smolders via [email protected].
At Manila's most hip and iconic bars this September 12-13, the first ever Manila Cocktail Festival is set to celebrate Filipino cocktail scene. It does so by featuring Filipino bartenders currently making it big in the region, some of whom even collaborating with local exemplars in the craft. The festival is open to all cocktail enthusiasts willing to learn more about bartending, with discussions offered on sustainability and service and cocktail trends. Check out any of the 18 shifts happening within Makati CBD, Poblacion, and BGC on manilacocktailfestival.com. For more information, follow the festival's account online via @manilacocktailfest.
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