SidoMuncul, Indonesia’s herbal expert, is bringing Tolak Angin to the PH!

A new herbal medicine brand is about to enter the Philippines and we got to try it ahead of its launch in the country. It’s called Tolak Angin, an Indonesian herbal supplement that will boost your immune system, improve your digestive health, and help symptoms associated with colds like an upset stomach, flatulence, chills, nausea, fatigue, and motion sickness. Did we like it? Yes, we did!

Tolak Angin comes in a sachet, and you can add it to a cup of warm water or some tea, or if you’re in a rush, you can drink it straight out of the sachet.

Our first experience with Tolak Angin was when we drank it straight. The first thing we noticed was how refreshing it was. One of its primary ingredients is mint so it gives a cool sensation in your mouth when you drink it. It may be an herbal supplement but we think it’s also a good drink anytime of the day!

The next thing we noticed is the flavor. The supplement is basically honey infused with herbs like ginger, fennel, cloves, cinnamon, and more. So what you get is a sweet syrup that’s easy and delicious to drink. If you don’t like the strong flavor, you can add it to warm water or tea. The warm drinks take out the refreshing feeling but you still get its honey and herbal taste. Personally, our favorite version is drinking Tolak Angin out of the sachet.

Tolak Angin is a family recipe made by SidoMuncul, Indonesia’s biggest herbal company. The formula was developed in 1930, eventually branching from its home industry in Yogyakarta to a small factory in Semarang. Later on, they built a bigger factory to meet the growing demand in the country. SidoMuncul has more than 180 products in the market and uses homegrown ingredients from their partner farms to ensure quality.

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Semarang, Indonesia – The Tolak Angin packaging area for shipping around the world.

The brand is popular in Indonesia, where many locals rely on herbal medicine to supplement their health and alleviate or relieve their sickness. Tolak angin is Indonesian for “push wind,” and is the remedy for something they call masuk angin or the “entry of wind.” We don’t have an exact term for the feeling in the Philippines, but we’ve definitely felt it: it’s the dizziness, flatulence, nausea, chills, and stomachache we feel when we’re about to get sick.

What’s curious about Tolak Angin is that even if it’s an herbal supplement, SidoMuncul maintains pharmaceutical standards to make sure that their products are safe and effective to use. They have different factories that carry out different tasks: one processes raw materials, another handles production, and another takes care of distributors. We got to visit one of the plants in Semarang and saw that many of its machines are from Germany to make sure that all their products are of the highest quality.

Sidomuncul Tolak Angin Herbal Supplement Semarang IndonesiaSemarang, Indonesia – The Tolak Angin extraction plant

As early as 2000, SidoMuncul has been certified by the country’s National Agency of Drug and Food Control as practitioners of Good Traditional Medicine Manufacturing and Good Medicine Manufacturing. With these two certificates, they were the first herbal medicine factory with pharmaceutical standards. They’ve also partnered with laboratories and researchers from universities to make sure that their products are safe and effective. Because of this, Tolak Angin is healthy to drink three times a day regularly to feel its full benefits.

And does it work? It sure looks like it. Tolak Angin has been tested and it’s scientifically proven. A study conducted by the Faculty of Medicine of Diponegoro University has shown that the regular drinking of the product shows an increase in immune system activity.

Tolak Angin is going to arrive in the Philippines in 7-Eleven outlets by the end of November 2018. Whether you’re looking for something to supplement your vitamin intake or you want to feel refreshed, we think we’ve found your new favorite!

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7 Situations When a Credit Card Will Save You

Many people are afraid to apply for a credit card. Some say they’re scared to get one because they’ll end up buried in debt, while some say they can’t afford the monthly rates. But we believe that with proper self-control (lots and lots of it), people can enjoy owning a credit card. In fact, it might even save them.

If you think we’re exaggerating, here are 7 situations in which a credit card can have your back:

7. When an item you need is part of a surprise sale

The best way to survive a sale when you don’t have cash is to not go, but there are times when the item you’ve been dreaming of is available at half the price. As long as an item is not an impulse buy, swipe it with plastic.

6. When you want to watch a super big movie on opening day

There are so many good movies coming out (hello, Marvel Cinematic Universe) that it has become necessary to watch them the week it comes out, if not on the first day. If you were one of the people who saw Avengers: Infinity War a few days or weeks after it premiered, you probably felt left out of conversations. Let’s not even mention the spoilers! Lining up on the first day can be a pain in the butt so it’s best to just buy your tickets online in advance with a credit card. Take our word for it: the photo above is of the opening day of Infinity War and the line extended to the next building!

5. When you’re traveling and you haven’t booked your trip details

So you’ve already booked your flight. What about for the rest of the trip? Thanks to technology, you can book hotels, reserve slots on tours, and buy tickets online. Doing so will also save you money because you can compare rates online. And you can pay using your credit card so you don’t have to worry about anything when you fly out. Now all you have to think about is if your leave will be approved (good luck with that, beshie).

4. When it’s late at night and you have to commute home

Picture this: it’s another day in the office and you’re asked to do overtime. By the time you’ve finished, it’s 11PM and you weren’t able to watch your favorite teleserye. Commuting this late is out of the question if you live far away. Again, technology will save you here through the ridesharing apps available online. Pay using your credit card so you don’t have to think about getting the cash. Because you’re in a private car, you can catch up on the teleserye you missed!

3. When it’s your first date but you forgot cash

On the list of embarrassing things that can happen on a first date, spilling pasta sauce over your shirt is not as bad as forgetting to bring cash. This is doubly more embarrassing if you’re a guy. While strong, independent women will insist on splitting the bill, arriving cashless can be a big no-no. Let’s pray that none of you guys experience this but if you do, sliding a card can be a suave and gentlemanly move. It will definitely help when your date expects you to pick up the entire tab.

2. Repairs, repairs, repairs

Things break down and no matter how sudden they are, we just have to find ways to repair them to their original condition. We may not have cash every time but it’s best to prepare for sudden breakdowns (office and school-related breakdowns not included). Having a card means not having to find makeshift ways to survive.

1. When payday is far away

Sometimes payday feels so far away and we have spent all our money already. But when you find yourself in an emergency and you need to buy groceries, go to the doctor, or book a ride home (again, a new lipstick does not count), you can rely on a card to save you. Just make sure to control your spending because you might be surprised when your credit card bill arrives!

If you’re thinking of applying for a credit card, you need to find one that suits your needs. Banks offer different cards with different features so it’s best to find one that fits your lifestyle. Check out MoneyMax.ph, an online platform that compares more than 100 cards from all the major banks in the Philippines for free. Its comparison tool lets you pick The One, whether you want the best deals, low interest, shopping perks, travel miles, cashback promos, and more. It also lists down associated fees and annual percentage rates, so you don’t have any surprise charges in the long run.

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Fenelley’s Kitchen: Sweet and Spicy Sushi Bakes Worth Jumping Back Into the Craze for

Who said the sushi bake craze is over?

Fenelley’s Kitchen, a local business established in 2018 known for their delicious lasagnas, is ready to spark your sushi bake cravings once more with their own version that you can’t help but sink your teeth into!

Fenelley’s Kitchen is owned and operated by Fenelle Victoria, a single mom to a 4-year-old boy currently living in New Zealand to study Business Management majoring in Brand Management. Despite being miles away, she continues to manage Fenelley’s Kitchen with her Philippines-based team and innovate ways on how to keep it growing amid the pandemic.

According to her, the idea of selling sushi bake came about after consulting a few chefs until her main chef consultant whipped up a delicious recipe that was both unique and recognizable to all sushi bake enjoyers and first-timers.

“It took me a while to think of a way to add a product that will guarantee the same quality of the lasagna [we sell]. And eventually, I thought of consulting a few chefs for this project, and we got incredibly excited with the sushi bake. The main consultant chef of Fenelley’s Kitchen right now used to work for a hotel for 8 years and I trusted his experience and credibility in crafting our new products,” she shared with When In Manila.

“We collaborated in creating the right recipe for this one; he does product tests in the Philippines and I do it here in NZ myself. After months of trying it out with family and friends, we have perfected the sushi bake loved by them and ready for Fenelley’s Kitchen.”

Fenelley’s Kitchen now sells two variants: the California Sushi Bake and the Sweet and Spicy Kani with Crunchy Salmon Belly, both of which use authentic Japanese ingredients and quality cream cheese. A bite of either one guarantees an explosion of flavor in your mouth thanks to its creamy topping and soft bed of rice as well as that kick of heat. I particularly loved the Sweet and Spicy Kani variant because of the crunchy salmon bits layered on top which just add a whole other level of yummy goodness!

Both are available in Sampler trays which are good for 2 to 3 people, Medium trays good for 4 to 6 people, and Party trays good for a family of 8 to 12!

Of course, no experience with Fenelley’s Kitchen is complete without trying their original baked lasagna too. It makes use of no less than New Zealand grass-fed beef, sitting in between sheets of pasta and sealed with four different kinds of quality cheeses, and baked fresh every single day! You can even request to customize your lasagnas—whether it’s adding more beef, having more cheese, or adding just a tinge of spiciness into it.

Fenelley’s Kitchen is also offering first-time customers a delectable treat! Just screenshot this article and show it to them upon ordering to get ₱50 off your first order!

Bon appetit!

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Andi Eigenmann’s Birthday Message for Her Mom Jaclyn Jose is Super Sweet

Andi Eigenmann went on Instagram to share a birthday message for her mother, Jaclyn Jose.

Eigenmann shared a throwback photo of Jose with her daughter Ellie.

She began her message with, “Maligayang kaarawan sa aming NANAY!”

Eigenmann added, “We all may have different priorities and beliefs as parents raising our children, but the most important gift we can give to our children is to love, and love them with all our hearts. With that, you won’t go wrong. And this I learned from YOU!”

She also gave thanks for the love and care she received from Jose. Eigenmann ended her message with, “Wala ako rito kung hindi dahil sa iyong pagmamahal at suporta. Mahal na mahal ka namin! Wag kalimutan, ibigay naman ang pagmamahal sa iyong sarili.”

Eigenmann is part of one of the most famous clans in showbiz. Her parents are Jose (who won Best Actress for her role in Ma’ Rosa at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016) and the actor Mark Gil. Gil is the second son of actress Rosemarie Gil and singer Eddie Mesa. His siblings are Michael de Mesa and Cherie Gil.

De Mesa has three children with Gina Alajar: Ryan, Geoff, and AJ Eigenmann.

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Columbia Sportswear Unveils the Gold Standard in Warmth with New Omni-Heat Infinity Technology

Columbia Sportswear recently unveiled Omni-Heat Infinity – the next evolution in thermal-reflective warmth – and it is now available on Lazada.

Building upon Columbia’s uber-successful and award-winning Omni-Heat insulation platform, Omni-Heat Infinity debuts a striking new gold metallic lining material in a pattern scientifically engineered to optimize warmth and breathability. Inspired by the reflective technology used by NASA, the enhanced pattern of gold metallic dots reflect and retain natural body heat, delivering instant and lightweight warmth without compromising breathability or adding bulk. The new patented technology will be available in more than 80 styles of jackets, boots, and accessories, making it one of the largest technology launches in company history.

Check out the collection here.

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To celebrate the release of “the gold standard in warmth,” Columbia has debuted a series of ads that reflect an entirely new take on the role that gold plays in the outdoors.  The new spots launched on October 1 and are distributed globally across broadcast, audio, out-of-home, and print channels throughout the winter. Columbia will also promote Omni-Heat Infinity across various social platforms and will leverage brand athletes, ambassadors, and other social media personalities to drive strong engagement among fans and followers throughout the season.

“Omni-Heat Infinity expands upon our best-selling platform of patented technologies and we’re looking forward to showcasing this revolutionary innovation in what will be Columbia’s largest campaign in our 83-year history,” said Joe Boyle, President of the Columbia Brand. “The campaign injects Columbia’s signature light-hearted style but makes it clear that there is a new gold standard in warmth.”

Columbia’s fall technology launch comes at a time when outdoor participation is on the rise. The sweepstakes and other efforts this fall are part of Columbia’s mission to help keep people warm and comfortable as they enjoy the benefits of spending time outdoors.

Check out the collection now.

The inaugural season of Omni-Heat Infinity features an array of technical jackets, winter footwear, hats, and gloves for men and women.  Available in the Philippines at www.columbiasportswear.com.ph and select retail locations: Columbia SM Mall of Asia, Columbia Trinoma Mall,
Columbia SM Baguio, Recreational Outdoor eXchange at Bonifacio High Street Taguig, and other Columbia Sportswear Stores Nationwide.

You may also check it out on Lazada here.

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5 Reasons Why You Won’t Be Able to Take Your Eyes Off “Reflection of You”

Reflection of You is a new series about two women who end up getting embroiled in an ill-fated relationship. Ko Hyun-jung stars as Jeong Hui-ju, a successful painter and essayist, while Shin Hyun-been stars as Gu Hae-won, an art teacher. Directed by Lim Hyun-ook, who previously worked on Flower Crew: Joseon Marriage Agency and Life, Reflection of You tells a fascinating story about these two women and the people intertwined in their lives. Here are some reasons why you won’t be able to take your eyes off once you start watching.

5 Reasons Why You Won’t Be Able to Take Your Eyes Off “Reflection of You”

5. The Ladies

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Director Lim Hyun-ook named Ko Hyun-jung and Shin Hyun-been as reasons to watch the series, and for good reason. Ko Hyun-jung is a top actress and has acted in many notable works such as Dear My Friends, Queen Seondeok, and more. It’s been two years since her last series, so many are excited about her return. Shin Hyun-been is a rising actress who has received much love through the Hospital Playlist series. She has also been cast for the upcoming drama about the youngest son of a conglomerate opposite Song Joong-ki, so she’s definitely an actress you want to look out for.

4. Intense Mystery and Twists

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Jeong Hui-ji appears to have a picture-perfect family and life. She has a successful career, a rich husband, and a happy family. However, everything begins to unravel when she comes across Gu Hae-won. The two met briefly in the past, and this leads to Hae-won being intent on revenge. There’s a lot of mystery regarding what exactly happened between them and what will happen next. Director Lim Hyun-ook said, “Our drama has a lot more twists than you would expect, so you’ll need to tune in. You’ll need to stay focused until the final episode.”

3. Intriguing Characters

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Hui-ju is put in a precarious situation when Hae-won starts to intrude into her life. Shin Hyun-been shared, “Gu Hae-won is someone who used to have a lot of hope and dreams in the past even though she didn’t have much to her name. After meeting Hui-ju, she changes drastically.” Hae-won appears somewhat unhinged, and her actions are unpredictable. Despite the threat, Hui-ju is unwilling to allow defeat which results in a very charged relationship between the two. You’ll be captivated by the main characters and the changes they experience.

2. Shining Supporting Characters

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With such powerful performances from Ko Hyun-jung and Shin Hyun-been, you need excellent supporting actors to further elevate the story. Kim Jae-yeong and Choi Won-young portray compelling men who become entangled with both women. Kim Jae-yeong acts as Seo Woo-jae who meets Hae-won in art school. Choi Won-young acts as An Hyeon-seong who is Hui-ju’s husband and the CEO of Taerim Academy. Furthermore, Director Lim Hyun-ook talked about Kim Su-an, who is known for acting as Gong Yoo’s daughter in Train to Busan, giving a memorable performance. The cast is definitely full of many talented actors.

1. Spotlight on Art

With many of the main characters being artists, art is a crucial part of the story. Jeong Hui-ju starts art at a later age but becomes famous for being an essayist and a painter who paints “happiness.” Likewise, Hae-won also had dreams as an art student and now works as an art teacher. Then we have Seo Woo-jae who is a sculptor who falls short of his renowned father. Some of the artwork featured in the series will be real art from various famous modern Korean artists who have provided their consent. In addition to the intriguing story, there’ll be much art to appreciate.

Don’t miss out on Reflection of You. Episode 4 starts streaming on Netflix tonight, October 21, at 11PM, with new episodes every Wednesday and Thursday at 11PM.

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Robi Domingo Reacts to Claims He’s “Using” Maymay Entrata, “Encouraging” MayDon Tandem

Robi Domingo has had enough of the accusations some fans are hurling at him regarding his friendship with Maymay Entrata and his being an alleged enabler of Maymay’s tandem with fellow actor Donny Pangilinan (dubbed “MayDon”).

In a series of tweets, the 32-year-old host aired out his frustration towards “toxic” MayWard fans as he revealed a rather unkind message he received in his Instagram DMs. The message read, “Naaasar na sa ‘yo, sir, [ang] ibang Mayward kasi ginagamit mo lang daw si [Maymay] tapos boto ka kay Donny […] Dapat respect mo naman feeling ni Edward… Salamat.

[Translation: “Many MayWard fans are feeling irritated by you, sir, because you are only using Maymay and you approve of her tandem with Donny … You should respect the feelings of Edward… Thank you.”]

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Robi then stressed in his reply to the netizen that Maymay and Donny are only friends. “There’s nothing between Donny and Maymay except friendship. Edward is a close friend of mine as well. Please respect that.”

He also threatened to cancel his new talk show with Maymay called “Call Me MayBi” of which he is the producer if fans continue to throw negativity towards the both of them.

“If you guys think that way, then we can always end it anytime. I don’t tolerate toxic people. If you continue to act this way, I will stop producing the show. The very reason why I made this is I see potential in Maymay and I value inclusivity. If you don’t see these, then I am a failure and I shall stop,” he said.

He also wrote on his post how he’s “had enough” of these kinds of comments. “This has to stop. I value my friends,” he expressed. “I care about my friends. I don’t tolerate toxic people.”

Maymay couldn’t help but reply to his tweet and apologize on behalf of the fans for their behavior.

Pasensya ka na Kuya Robs. Gustuhin ko man na matigil ang ganitong eksena pero gusto kong malaman mo kahit anong masamang sabihin ng ibang tao tungkol sayo, mangingibabaw ang katotohanan na busilak ang puso mo kuya at lagi kang may good intention sa mga mahal mo sa buhay. Aja kuya!” she wrote.

[Translation: “I’m sorry Kuya Robs. I want these kinds of things to end too but I want you to know that no matter what other people say about you, the truth will always prevail that you have a pure heart and always have the best intentions for those you love. Stay strong, kuya!”]

Maymay has also previously called on all her fans to stop speculating that she and Donny have a romantic relationship.

Sa lahat ng MayDon fans, thank you pero gusto ko rin pong klaruhin na wala pong namamagitan sa aming dalawa,” she said in a tweet she posted in early October. “Sana ma-stop po ang pag-spread ng rumors about sa ‘min. Maraming salamat po.

[Translation: “To all the MayDon fans, thank you but I want to clarify that there is nothing more between us than friendship. I hope we could stop the spread of these rumors about us. Thank you very much.”]

(ALSO READ: Maymay Entrata Asks Fans to Stop Romantically Linking Her With This Actor)

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LOOK: ASTRO is the First Global Celebrity Brand Ambassador of Atome

Asia’s leading buy-now-pay-later brand, today announced K-pop group ASTRO as its global brand ambassador.

Formed in 2016, ASTRO is one of the most popular South Korean music groups and comprises six members: MJ, JinJin, Cha Eun-Woo, Moon Bin, Rocky and Yoon San-Ha. Since their debut, ASTRO has gained rapid popularity among Gen Z and millennial fans in Asia, amassing over tens of millions of followers across social media platforms. The group recently released their eighth mini-album Switch On in August with the music video of the title song After Midnight, garnering over 30 million views on YouTube and winning notable recognitions from Music Bank, Show! Music Core, The Show, and Show Champion. ASTRO member Cha Eun-Woo has also starred in hit Korean dramas such as True Beauty,
Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung, and My ID is Gangnam Beauty.

As Atome’s global brand ambassador, ASTRO will also headline Atome’s upcoming holiday shopping campaign, #OwnTheExtraordinary, starting today and lasting until the end of the year. The regional campaign will be a 360-degree campaign with a series of online and offline interactive challenges, activities, and promotions until the end of the year.

“We’re thrilled for ASTRO to be Atome’s new global brand ambassador. Atome is a brand that empowers young consumers to pursue their aspirations and passions. ASTRO is a group that wants to seek to inspire, connect and grow with their fans through music, and fits well with their direction. We hope this collaboration will bring positivity and inspiration to our millions of fans across Asia,” said Fantagio, agency of ASTRO.

Atome recently expanded into the Philippines, partnering with over 50+ online and offline retailers, including Agoda, Victoria’s Secret, Timex, Puma Select, Asus, New Era Caps, Giordano, Watch Republic, and Timberland across key shopping categories such as fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and home and living. Paying with Atome allows shoppers to split their bill into three, zero-interest deferred payments over time.

“Through the #OwnTheExtraordinary campaign, we hope to empower young consumers to take positive steps to improve themselves and develop their hobbies and aspirations as we enter the very important holiday shopping season,” said Sheila Sta. Ines, Head of Business Development, Atome Philippines.

#OwnTheExtraordinary Activity Lineup in the Philippines

November 1 – November 14

Extraordinary Experience Instagram Challenge at @atome.ph on Instagram

November 1 – December 31

Purchase and Win through the Atome app on the App Store and Google Play Store

December 1 – December 31

Extraordinary Hunt through the Atome app on the App Store and Google Play Store

The #OwnTheExtraordinary campaign will feature exclusive deals and rewards from brands such as ZALORA, Timex, RoundLab, Watch Republic, Davines, Mia Maison, Browhaus, Strip, OJO Eyewear, and Cult Favorites, and will cut across major festive seasons and sales events, including 11.11, Black Friday, 12.12 and Christmas celebration.

The campaign will launch with a series of online teaser activities in the Philippines, followed by the Extraordinary Experiences challenge on the Atome PH Instagram account, Purchase and Win, and Extraordinary Hunt, with exclusive ASTRO merchandise to be won. There will also be interactive content on smart spending and shopping advice to help Filipino shoppers make smart purchasing decisions and manage their spending.

Atome is available on the App Store and on Google Play.

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LOOK: “Pinoy Big Brother: Otso” Big Winner Is Getting Married!

“Pinoy Big Brother: Otso” big winner Yamyam Gucong is getting married!

In a post he shared on Instagram this week, Yamyam announced to fans and friends his engagement to his non-showbiz girlfriend with a photo of him proposing to her at a jewelry store.

“Alam kung immune kana sa mga surprises ko sayo dati at gusto [kong] maiba naman kaya dinala kita mismo sa store kung saan tatanungin kita ng “papayag kaba na maging asawa ko?'” he wrote in the caption.

Many of his friends and followers jumped into the comments section to send congratulatory messages, including his fellow “PBB” housemates Fumiya, Argel Saycon, and Andre Brouillette.

Yamyam has also been making strides to invest in his and his family’s future. Recently, he shared that he was building a house for his family in his province in Bohol and that he had just purchased a new car for them too. He also started a small business with them in Bohol.

The 27-year-old star is currently part of the iWantTFC series “Hoy, Love You” which stars Joross Gamboa, Roxanne Guinoo, and his other former “PBB” housemates Karina Bautista and Aljon Mendoza.

(ALSO READ: Slater Young Shares Similarities Between PBB and Squid Game)

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IN PHOTOS: Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez’ Gorgeous Prenup Shoot

It’s only a matter of days before Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez officially tie the knot, and the two are counting down to their grand ceremony by finally sharing to the public their gorgeous prenuptial photos!

Taken by Team Pat Dy, the two posed in formal wear in the outdoors, with nature as their backdrop as they danced, hugged, and reveled in each other’s company.

“Finally, a prenup shoot,” Carla wrote on her Instagram posts, expressing relief that all their wedding plans which had gone through so many bumps along the road amid the pandemic finally worked out in the end.

Tom, meanwhile, admitted that he enjoyed the sweet pictorial. “Who knew prenup shoots would be this much fun? Well, with this dream team, it just is!” he said.

Pat Dy also shared some snaps on his own Instagram account. “It’s always about finding that sweet spot (photography-wise) that’s appropriate for my couples,” he explained. “This time, a much lighter mood with Tom and Carla for their engagement shoot.”

Carla and Tom have been together since 2014 and only revealed their engagement last March. They’re reportedly exchanging “I Do’s” this month of October at the Madre de Dios Chapel in Talisay, Batangas.

(ALSO READ: LOOK: Carla Abellana and Tom Rodriguez Reveal Their Secret Engagement!)

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AJ Raval Issues Apology, Wipes Out Instagram Page

Amid the controversy surrounding Kylie Padilla and Aljur Abrenica regarding their breakup, AJ Raval’s name has been dragged into the issue time and time again now that she is pursuing a romantic relationship with Aljur. It got worse in the past few days after she had shared Aljur’s accusatory post towards Kylie challenging her to “tell [people] the truth” about her cheating on him first.

Now, it seems like AJ has reached her limit with all the hate and criticism that she has gone on to wipe out her Instagram clean of posts.

This wasn’t before she took to her Tiktok account to issue an apology for having shared the post and to explain how she feels to be involved in the controversy.

“Gusto ko lang i-explain bakit ko shinare. Hindi naman sa nakikisawsaw ako sa issue nila. Shinare ko yun kasi I’m trying to protect myself and my family, also. Cause people are accusing me sa isang bagay na hindi ko naman ginawa. Tinatawag nila akong kabit. Tinatawag nila akong homewrecker, which is hindi naman totoo,” she said. “Wala akong sinirang pamilya, never akong maninira ng pamilya.”

She said that it hurts her to see her family being dragged into the issue as well. And even though she admittedly did not care about Aljur and Kylie’s controversial breakup, she had shared Aljur’s post as a result of her intense emotions.

“To be honest, wala talaga akong pakialam sa issue nila before. Narinig ko na yan, pero never ako naglabas ng kahit anong statement or what tungkol dun. Kasi wala talaga akong right na magsalita tungkol sa issue na yun. Silang dalawa lang yung pwedeng magsalita dun. And yes, shinare ko lang yun siguro dala ng emosyon kasi I’m hurting. And I’m really sorry sa lahat ng mga naapektuhan, sa mga nagalit, I’m really sorry.”

She then apologized to Kylie and explained that she was only trying to protect herself, though she realized quickly that her method of doing so was wrong.

“Kay Kylie, I’m sorry kung shinare ko yung statement na yun. It’s not my intention to hurt anybody. I was just trying to protect myself, yun nga lang mali yung way ko,” she continued.

She hoped that everyone would reach a “peace” and announced that she will undergo a “social media detox.”

“Sana matapos na to, kasi bugbog na talaga yung mental health ko. Di ko na kaya,” she said.

She assured fans that she will return next year.

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AJ has been hit with accusations from the public the past month that she was the alleged third party who caused Aljur and Kylie, who have been married for over 2 years, to split up. Kylie, however, has come to her defense to say that she was not at all the one Aljur had reportedly cheated on her with during their marriage and also told assured fans that Aljur is free to date anyone at this time.

Aljur then broke his silence on October 19 evening with a Facebook post accusing Kylie of being the first to be unfaithful during their years together. He also expressed dismay at being the “victim” of the “one sided story” Kylie’s father, Robin Padilla, put out to the public when he first confirmed the couple’s separation.

At the moment, their two children, Axl Romeo and Alas Joaquin, are currently living with Kylie.

(ALSO READ: Is This Kylie Padilla’s Response to Aljur Abrenica’s Accusations? The Actress Posts on Social Media)

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TECNO Mobile Launches Its New #StopAtNothing Campaign

Premium smartphone and AIoT devices brand, TECNO Mobile, is focused on becoming the most admired stylish smartphone brand among the passionate young-at-heart consumers in emerging markets across the globe. With this ambition underpinning its strategy, TECNO has launched a new brand communication campaign of #StopAtNothing, championing progressive consumers that are “young at heart”. All consumers are welcome to share their #stopatnothing stories at TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook, and show the world their progressive attitude while inspiring others to never stop pursuing excellence. Consumers who share their stories stand the chance to win amazing gifts.

TECNO’s #StopAtNothing brand positioning represents its recognition of progress and every individual’s motivation to search for excellence, specifically the youth generation who are admirably resilient in the face of adversity. They continue to push society forward through their individual actions, their optimism, and their ability to turn obstacles into opportunities, and ultimately build a better future for themselves and others.

The campaign has started to receive many heartfelt and inspiring consumer stories since its launch day, for instance —

“The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the phrase ‘Stop At Nothing’ is determination. By staying determined, and refusing to buckle when faced with roadblocks and challenges on my path towards achieving a goal, I know I can make it all the way to the end, and finish strong. This is true for huge goals and life dreams like pursuing my passion projects, and finally building my own brand. It also applies to little wins, like a new collaboration or even just making it through a rough day. It may not happen overnight, but I’m excited about achieving excellence in everything that I do. Knowing that I have to be better and do better each time really keeps me on my toes.” – Kate Riola, content creator and visual storyteller 

“I started getting into photography when I was younger, at a time when using a smartphone to take pictures wasn’t popular yet, and you really needed a camera to be able to shoot. Back then, a smartphone was all I had, and I couldn’t afford to invest in equipment. Of course, being a goal-getter, I didn’t let that stand in my way. I was determined to stop at nothing to achieve my dream of becoming a photographer, so for a few years, I used my phone to take pictures that tell stories. Over time, I developed my own style, and found my niche. Passion was what brought me to this career, but determination has been my driver, allowing me to persist in the face of difficulties, until I finally achieved success.” – Arvin Lucas, freelance photographer and filmmaker 

“I believe that everyone has that stop-at-nothing potential, and once they tap into it, they can achieve anything that they set their minds to achieve. When I started believing that nothing is impossible, and practically removed the word from my vocabulary, I realized that there really is no level of greatness that I can’t reach, just as long as I stop at nothing to achieve it.” – Mae Rosaire, young fashion designer 

“At the heart of TECNO, it’s really about progressing with our consumers and carving a path where there isn’t one. It is not only about success, it is about having the self-motivation to do more and realize more.” Said Danni Xu, CMO of TECNO.

“We encourage consumers to never stop challenging the social norms to realize their dreams, especially in today’s digital era that offers a world of possibilities to be discovered. Stop At Nothing represents the values and attitude we embrace, and cements our total commitment to supporting our consumers to constantly look for progress.”

TECNO helps its Filipino consumers stop at nothing, with its soon-to-launch smartphone that features an anti-shake function, CAMON 18 Premier. Camon 18 is a movie master, and with this smartphone series, TECNO makes it possible for everyone to experience mobile technological innovations that can help improve the way they work, learn, play, and live, at a fraction of the price offered by other brands. With this latest offering, TECNO Mobile stays true to its commitment to bring innovation to global emerging markets, as the premium smartphone brand for all.

Be sure to stay updated on all the latest promos when you like and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook. Visit www.tecno-mobile.com/ph to learn more about your favorite TECNO Mobile smartphones and gadgets.