Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Photos and videos of matinee idol John Lloyd Cruz have been surfacing after being on hiatus from the showbusiness since 2017.

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.

This Monday morning Turks finally revealed in the 1-minute and 17 seconds video of Cruz showing the actor walking through different destinations, which somehow depicts Cruz’s sojourn. The video is very simple, yet there’s drama the way it was created, and in a very subtle shot, he stopped and took a bite of a Turks pita donner.

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.

The Ang Pagbabalik according to Zenarosa is actually about Turks Small Pita Doner, which will be available again in all its branches.

“John Lloyd is the best endorser for this because like him, despite his absence in the show business for a couple of years, the warmth and love of his fans for him never dwindles. With our Small Pita Doner, we believe that our customers will be happy to know that it is back in our menu,” Zenarosa explained.

Just like Cruz who is seen to have a different image since he last appeared in the big screen, a clear indication that the actor is recreating himself and exploring different grounds, Turks is also doing the same thing to keep its customers excited whenever they visit a branch.


In time for the release of Cruz's endorsement video, Turks also released to the market it's the 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 Piolo and Inigo Pascual.

To watch the full video of Ang Pagbabalik visit https://youtu.be/Uh0WwLnIEDQ. You can also watch the video on Turk FB page: official.turks.

Monday, April 22, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: SBMA calls for SEA Games volunteers

SUBIC BAY FREEPORT – Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma T. Eisma has called for the participation of volunteers from the Subic Bay area in the 30th Southeast Asian Games that the Philippines will host late this year.

Once more tapping the wellspring of volunteerism that helped make Subic a model for military base conversion, Eisma urged local youths to take the opportunity to serve and be part of history.

“Make a difference and be a hero,” Eisma said in a call broadcast over social media.

“Come show your malasakit once again. Be a SEA Games volunteer and give yourself the chance to serve the country and be part of history,” she added.

Eisma made the call for volunteers after the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) announced the need for some 12,000 volunteers for the regional sports spectacle that will be held in November 30 to December 10.

PHISGOC chief operating officer Ramon Suzara said that volunteers will be mobilized for the Games in Metro Manila, Subic, Clark Freeport, and other venues to help run the country’s hosting of the 56 sports and 529 events in this year’s sports meet.

Eisma said she has called for volunteers to show their malasakit for Subic in so many occasions in the past. “Today, I am calling on you again to join the SBMA team and help make the 30th SEA Games successful,” she said.

Out of the 56 sports slated in the 2019 SEA Games, 16 will be hosted in Subic. These are duathlon, triathlon, pencak silat, sepak takraw, chess, table tennis, muay thai, karatedo, vovinam, obstacle sports, modern-date pentathlon, beach volleyball, beach handball, and all water sports: sailing, wind surfing, and traditional boat race.

PHISGOC said around P100 million to P150 million will be allotted to the volunteer program from the P5-billion SEA Games budget of the national government.

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The volunteers will be provided with uniforms, transportation, allowance and meals for an eight-hour shift.

Eisma said that those interested to join the SEA Games volunteer program in Subic may apply online thru this form. Applicants must be at least 18 years old.

Recruitment of volunteers will be conducted from April to July, with the online registration starting on May 15. Training of volunteers will be held from August to October. (30)

With the monument honoring Subic’s original volunteers in the background, SBMA Chairman Wilma T. Eisma renews the call for volunteers, this time for the upcoming SEA Games events to be held in the Subic Bay Freeport.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

When Should You Upgrade Your Television?

In general when upgrading any household appliances depends on the unit if it still working or in good condition, also the best rule would be if your budget permits you to buy a new one. 

Nowadays, to watch a tv program can be as easy with just a few clicks on your smartphones, tablets, or even on laptop and computers, you just need to hook up your device on Wi-fi connection and you can stream a certain movie or television program for free or even subscribe online. I personally consider this as one of the best technology inventions! Although, shopping for tv is quite stressful when you talk about deals to get. 

Now when we talk about when should you upgrade your television, there are things you need to consider when taking that step. Here are some things I have learned about the technology of television at the present time. 

Some say that a typical lifespan of LED tv is 8-9 years or 80,000 hours or more and as long as there are no technical issues that can cause trouble. If you have a decent television and for the sole purpose is to watch the regular channels whether you are connected to an antenna or a digital box I believe it is still good. 
Now, resolution wise such as 1080p & 4K, HD and UHD (ultra high-definition) features, what I have learned about it is that 4K or UHD is four times the resolution of a 1080p (HD) TV. A display of 8 million pixels for a 4K television giving you a good and quality display looking at it as virtually close to the scene when seated close to the television. 
Some of the points I considered over the last weekend when we purchase our new Smart TV, which was on sale! 

It has been 6 years since we purchased our LG 32" 3D LED Tv and we decided to replace and upgrade it to a new TCL 55" Smart 4K TV! 

Original price of this unit was Php35,600 ($678) less Php12,605 ($240) price was down to Php22,995 ($438), we think this is the best price we can get for a Smart Tv.  Aside from the price point that made us decide to get a new one, here are some of the specs of the Tv. 


HDR pro produces dazzling detail images with accurate reproduction
of light and dark shades. And allow you to experience HDR content via all sources.


MEMC makes pictures smoother with both TV signal and multimedia signal. Enhanced with TCL’s proprietary software algorithm, you can experience every detail when viewing fast-moving, action-packed content (example: Sports).
Micro Dimming
Micro Dimming analyses the TV content in hundreds of separate zones to adjust the brightness and darkness. The picture quality is simply improved and pampers your eyes. You will enjoy a fantastic viewing experience with great contrast, especially in dark.


TCL 4K UHD televisions reproduce in stunning details all shades of light, 
natural colors for a truly immersive viewing experience via 3,840 x 2,160 pixels (4 x the number of pixels on Full HD TVs).

4K UHD Upscaling

TCL natural UHD TV applies a proprietary 2K-4K upscaling technology so that an FHD source
can be enhanced to stunning 4K level - delivering image fidelity higher than 90% - thereby delivering superb high-definition images.

Wide Viewing Angle

Wide Viewing Angle Making everyone fit in the living room is difficult. 
With the innovative technique by TCL, the viewing angle of TCL TV will be extended and the brightness 
of TV will be enhanced, which means that you can also get the perfect detail even when you are sitting in the corner of the living room

Brightness Enhancement

With brightness enhancing technology, TCL TV can enhance the brightness
so as to provide a more natural picture and make sure that you can see clear images in the sunlight

Sport Mode

The optimization of images and sound allows audiences to enjoy the immersive feeling of live-action sports events.

Dolby Audio

Delivers immersive 5.1 surround sound with Dolby decoder which optimizes the TV’s sound quality.


T-cast is the integrated feature exclusive for TCL. It allows you to operate TV by using smartphone; Be able to
screenshot great moment of TV program and share on social media; Cast the latest movies and dramas to a bigger screen,
and also capable to cast video and audio to mobile device, you can enjoy the non-stopped entertainment in every corner of your home.

Smart Volume

TCL TV’s Smart Volume feature automatically adjusts programming volume thus eliminating sudden sound fluctuations typically experienced when switching channels or when television commercials air.

Watch Netflix in 4K HDR

Watch any movies in 4K HDR today, with a premium Netflix subscription. Members will be able to enjoy more HDR content in the coming months.


TCL TV+ APP Store Latest version App Store provides you a comprehensive range of applications, over 300+ applications
ranging from video-on-demand, social, gaming, music, and photo sharing that enables interaction between TV and mobile sets.


As one of the world’s leading internet television with a huge range of popular content, Netflix has something for everyone.
You can watch TV shows recommended just for you, including award-winning Netflix original series, movies, and documentaries.

TCL’s built-in Bluetooth technology allows you to enjoy favorite music on your compatible Bluetooth device.

USB 2.0(3.0)

USB has maximized the transmission speed and increased bandwidth 
which could be used in two unidirectional data paths: one is to receive data and the other is to transmit data.


With YouTube, you can see what the world is watching in 4K quality– from the hottest music videos
to what’s trending in gaming, entertainment, news and more. Subscribe to channels you love, share with friends, and view on any device.


Enjoy your favorite on-demand content at a great lick through your existing network with built-in Wi-Fi.


HDMI2.0 supports 4K resolution image with high transmission speed, up to 4 audio streams could even provide a higher standard for better sound quality.

Last night we watched an episode of MMA match for three hours on Youtube and we enjoyed a continuous stream, our Wifi connection was on point, haha! We will be installing the Tv on the wall this coming weekend using the wall bracket that was included in the package, also we need to purchase an added cord for the digital box for the wall installation. From a 32" to 55" Tv we were amazed by the difference between the two. 

Overall, when purchasing or upgrading for a new Tv, look for the specification of the unit you and your family be needing and the most important thing is to consider your budget. 

Tip: I always find it a must to hook up any appliances in the house to an automatic voltage regulator, this will help any appliance in the house when electricity will fluctuate and will prevent electrical damage to the appliance unit. 

I look forward for years of fun and techy viewing from our new TCL Smart Tv