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Go-kart racing course reopens at Enchanted Kingdom releases children’s cadet karts

Together with the entire group, experience the exhilarating Fun Kart!


L-R: EK President and CEO Mario O. Mamon, international race car driver Marlon Stockinger, EK’s Princess Victoria and Eldar the Wizard, and father and son racing champions Carlos Anton and Iñigo Anton during the reopening ceremony of the EK Fun Kart.

The 800-meter go-kart racetrack at Enchanted Kingdom, the first and only top-tier amusement park in the Philippines, has reopened with brand-new karts suitable for both children and adults.

Mario O. Mamon, President and CEO of EK, and Vivienne Cruz, Vice President of Yokohama Tires Philippines, conducted the reopening ceremony on February 25. At the EK Fun Kart, world race car driver Marlon Stockinger and father-and-son racing champions Carlos and Iñigo Anton demonstrated their driving prowess. Alonzo Anton, Carlos’ eight-year-old son, tested the cadet kart intended for drivers aged eight to twelve.

“To make the ride more inclusive, EK added four cadet karts for the younger members of the family to enjoy,” Mr. Mamon shared. “We also have 12 brand new single seaters and five two-seater karts. EK also added a new lap-timing system for more fun and friendly competition,” he added.

International race car driver Marlon Stockinger shared that he was here when EK Fun Kart first opened in 2003. “It gave me a lot of experiences, a lot of good teachings towards my racing career. I think it’s a good place to hone your skills as a driver. So, whether you want to enjoy or bring your family – or if you want to take racing seriously eventually – this is a great training ground,” he said.

The Fun Kart which closed for five months due to the renovation period boasts an enhanced building and new paint markings. It also features new tire barriers in partnership with world-class quality tires company Yokohama Tires Philippines.

“We are glad to partner with Yokohama Tires Philippines who are aligned with EK’s priority to ensure the safety of our guests to deliver a seamless and magical experience here at the park,” Mr. Mamon added.


Alonzo Anton, eight-year-old son of champion car racer Carlos Anton, drove the newly launched EK Fun Kart cadet kart for eight to 12-year-old drivers.

Wednesday through Sunday from 12 PM till the park closes is when the Fun Kart is open. Karts with one seat cost Php 800, those with two seats cost Php 950, and cadet carts cost Php 650.

Visit https://www.enchantedkingdom.ph and EK’s official social media sites @enchantedkingdom.ph for Facebook and Tiktok, and @ek_philippines for Twitter and Instagram for additional details regarding the Fun Kart and forthcoming events at the EK.

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SZA drops a five-track soundtrack pack for “Saturn”

SZA, a four-time Grammy Award winner signed to Top Dawg Entertainment/RCA Records, releases a five-track audio bundle for “Saturn.”   

The bundle comprises the main, sped up, a cappella, and instrumental versions of “Saturn,” which was originally heard live at the 2024 GRAMMY Awards in a breathtaking performance from Mastercard’s GRAMMY House.

So far, SZA’s new track has received excellent feedback. The track is described by Billboard  as a “enchanting” new single that finds “the superstar disappointed with the world around her and wonders if life would be better if she could start over on Saturn.” Variety praised the track for its dreamy and hazy qualities, noting that it’s “SZA in classic SZA form, singing of the despair and helplessness plaguing the world at large and setting it against rich, enveloping production.”

The main version of “Saturn” was written and produced by SZA, Carter Lang, Rob Bisel, Solomonophonic and Monsune. 

 Next month, SZA will set sail overseas for several festival dates, including Lollapalooza Argentina on March 16, Festival Estéreo Picnic 2024 on March 22, and more.  For all upcoming tour stops, please visit https://www.szasos.com/tour/

Links to “Saturn”

https://sza.lnk.to/Saturn

https://sza.lnk.to/Saturn/youtube

Continue to listen to SOS:  https://sza.lnk.to/SOS

 Download hi-res publicity photos: https://www.rcarecords.com/artist/sza/  

Follow SZA:

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For more information, please contact:

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Saturn by SZA is currently available on all digital music platforms worldwide through RCA Records, Top Dawg Entertainment, and Sony Music Entertainment.

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Enchanted Kingdom: Promoting travel and providing top-notch service

During the CALABARZON tourist Excellence Appreciation 2023, which took place in the Twin Lakes Hotel in Laurel, Batangas, last January, the Department of Tourism honored Enchanted Kingdom—the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines—for its significant contribution to the travel and tourist sector.

 Along with Local Government Units (LGUs), partner National Government Agencies (NGAs), private tourism businesses, the academic community, media partners, institutional partners, and well-known locals, Mario O. Mamon, Chairman and President of EK, and Dr. Cynthia R. Mamon, COO, accepted the award.

“This recognition is an affirmation that Enchanted Kingdom is in the right direction towards our vision to be a world-class integrated attractions destination in Asia, and as the Philippine leader in wholesome family leisure and entertainment,” said COO Dr. Mamon.

Dr. Mamon, an advocate of tourism in Laguna, is also the president of Laguna Tourism Council Philippines. “EK is committed to contribute to the growth of the tourism industry. It is our mission to create and provide magical experiences and memories that last a lifetime, both for our domestic and foreign guests,” Dr. Mamon furthered.

EK’s Learning and Development Manager, Pauline C. Barreiro also received an award for her participation as a trainer for the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence (FBSE) Training program for 2023. Currently, 90% of Enchanted Kingdom’s Cast Members (employees) are FBSE trained. “The FBSE Training Program has deepened our appreciation of the culture of service excellence in the Philippines. In EK, all cast members take the Filipino Brand of Service Excellence to heart as we greet every guest with a passionate Mabuhay, magical day!,” shared Ms. Barreiro.

The Laguna government also recognized EK last year for bringing in the most same-day visitors in 2022. According to DOT’s most current Regional Distribution of Overnight Travelers data, the City of Santa Rosa, where EK is located, recorded 40,188 overnight foreign travelers and 92,728 overnight domestic travelers.

Famous Laguna delicacies were on display at the One Town, One Product (OTOP) Hub, which EK and DTI Laguna built in 2022. The Pugad Shop at EK’s Cultural Village zone also featured gift packs of coffee and tea, as well as locally made bags and accessories. AGILA the EKsperience, the first and only flying theater in the Philippines that honors the splendor of Philippine travel destinations, goods, and people, is also housed at EK. Enchanted Kingdom has been actively promoting travel and local goods for the past 28 years.

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The deluxe version of Filipino singer-songwriter and producer Raven’s latest album, Kinulayan, has been released

The young multi-hyphenate will be launching his latest record on February 21 at Balcony Music House in Makati City

Listen to the album’s new single “LML” and bonus track “AOLID”

raven, a Filipino singer-songwriter and producer, explores the hues of life in her latest album Kinulayan, which is out now through Sony Music Entertainment.

Raven defines a Kinulayan as someone whose life was monotonous and uninteresting until they met someone who was worth taking a chance on in a romantic relationship.

With the primary intention of spreading happiness that radiates with positive emotions and expressions, the emerging phenomenon wrote and produced Kinulayan. Kinulayan is an energetic, colorful, and free-spirited record that makes it easy for listeners to enjoy life’s small pleasures and the escape they provide.

“The songs in the album reflect the different stages in a relationship,” the Balcony Music Entertainment act shares. “From catching feelings to wanting to spend the rest of your life with the other half, the record traces these developments from a romantic standpoint.”

Track list

The young newcomer’s second studio album features nine songs, with the addition of the bonus track “AOLID.” raven explains that the etymology of “AOLID” comes from the word “solid,” which he tends to mistype quite often. “It’s is my way of reclaiming the term in all its imperfect glory, while embracing the expression to lift others up and rise against the odds.”

Other songs in the album include the focus track “LML,” which was penned during a very tumultuous phase in his personal life. On the bedroom-pop ditty, raven turns moroseness into a source of inspiration, paying tribute to that special someone who helped him recover from the rock bottom and gave him a reason to make meaningful memories again.

Check out the tracks from his new album:

1. May Sasabihin Lang

2. Tayo Parin Talaga

3. Sinta

4. Sunday

5. Biyahe

6. LML

7. Pangako

8. AOLID (feat. Kvrt & Nichimi)

9. Pangako (with Angela Ken)


Cover art

Album launch

This Wednesday, February 21, at 7:00 PM, raven will formally unveil the deluxe edition of his second studio album, Kinulayan, at Makati City’s Balcony Music House.

The album’s tunes, along with some previously released ones, will be performed live by the open-genre act for the first time. Weekends, ALYSON, Maki, Nichimi, TALA, and others are support acts. Get registered beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Album launch poster

raven’s Kinulayan is currently available via Sony Music Entertainment on all digital music platforms worldwide.

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Josh Cullen of SB19 releases the official remix of “Get Right,” which features Yuridope, a Filipino rapper

The  official remix of “Get Right” features the collaboration of Filipino rapper Yuridope and P-Pop artist Josh Cullen. 

The two hit it off right away and had an unbreakable synergy. They dominated the remix with an unquenchable desire to change the beat, amp up the verses, and give a performance that was just as captivating as the original.

“I’ve been eyeing a remix for ‘Get Right’ with a local artist, and boom, Yuridope pops up,” the lead rapper and vocalist of SB19 reveals. “The dude is not just talented; he is genuine. And that verse of his? It was like he blinked and boom, and it was done. Literal na naglabada lang. (He literally washed it out).”

The remix treatment is a result of Josh’s collaboration with the multi-talented producer Cursebox, who gave the original song a fresh new perspective and enabled Josh to actualize his vision. As a result, an intergenre adjustment is made that pushes the boundaries of production.

Josh recounts, “Cursebox deconstructed the beat, experimenting with sounds and rhythms to breathe new life into the track. Throughout the process, we provided feedback, ensuring the arrangement aligned with our vision. In the end, Cursebox’s unique touch added depth to the song, elevating it to new heights while respecting its roots.”

Serving as a gateway to bridge the gap between hip-hop enthusiasts and his captured market, the reimagining of “Get Right” provides an exciting opportunity to introduce new elements to the music while also inviting fans from different genres to experience Josh’s sound in a fresh light.

Josh adds, “This collaboration opens doors to new connections and possibilities, enriching our musical journey and expanding our reach. And with this remix, we’re kicking off a larger journey, pioneering a unique sub-genre I’d like to call ‘hip-pop,’ which promises to bring even more innovation and excitement to the music scene.”

The rapper and singer from SB19, “Get Right,” navigates the difficulties of breaking it as a solo artist in a very competitive business while embracing his musical path. Josh Cullen wrote and directed the original version, with production assistance from Ocho the Bullet and UK-based indie legend No Rome.

The remix of Get Right by Josh Cullen and Yuridope is currently available via Sony Music Entertainment on all digital music platforms worldwide.

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Seth Fedelin and Francine Diaz appear in the music video for “Tayo Na Lang” by NOBITA

The popular loveteam known as “FranSeth” was the band’s unanimous pick for the leads

In the music video for NOBITA’s Tayo Na Lang,” which is available today via Sony Music Entertainment, Francine Diaz and Seth Fedelin play pals who have a secret crush on one another.

This is the second time that the well-known loveteam “FranSeth” has appeared in a music video. The first was during their highly publicized appearance as a young couple in Ace Banzuelo’s 2022 viral hit “Muli.”

The band unanimously decided that Francine and Seth should be the top choices for this project, according to MV director Jeff Valencia. 

Valencia says, “The people in NOBITA are fans of Franseth.” However, there’s something about Francine and Seth that radiates chemistry and mystery beyond just the desire they share. The song seemed to have been composed just for them. They performed with such natural grace and skill.

Set in a slumber party with a group of friends enjoying a fun-filled nightcap, the visual narrative fits perfectly with the song’s heartfelt earnestness and feel-good vibe, but takes a different turn towards the end.

“The plot twist is something that is non-negotiable on our part,” shares lead vocalist and acoustic guitarist Jaeson Felisimino. “The journey matters the most, for sure, but there’s so much weight in the things that we least expect. We’re grateful to our friend Jeff Valencia for turning our vision into a reality.”

Just in time for the Valentine season, NOBITA released “Tayo Na Lang” on all digital music platforms at midnight on February 14, 2024. The alt-pop ballad garnered significant attention on the day of its release, with #StreamTAYONALANGonSpotify becoming a trending topic.

“Tayo Na Lang” is written by Jaeson Felismino, Sam Aquino II, and Mark Quintero, with co-production by Brian Lotho. The track sounds classic NOBITA in terms of musicality and arrangement, creating a wonderfully dreamy backdrop that conveys those early days of passion and longing.

“We just want to make songs that reflect the state that we’re in,” shares NOBITA in a press statement. “We also care about delivering good songs that stand the test of time. We hope Tayo Na Lang makes the cut and will be remembered as the song that inspired our audience in a positive way.”

Tayo Na Lang by NOBITA is currently available via Sony Music Entertainment on all digital music platforms worldwide. Visit this link to view the music video here.

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Sony Music Entertainment Philippines and Off The Record Collaborate to Promote Filipino Music Worldwide


From Left to Right: Francis Dayao, General Manager, Off The Record; Ricky Ilacad, CEO and Founder, Off The Record; Roslyn Pineda, General Manager, Philippines, Sony Music Entertainment; Maan Atienza, Deputy General Manager, Philippines, Sony Music Entertainment.

To further develop and promote Filipino music, Sony Music Entertainment (SME) Philippines and Off The Record, an independent record label based in Manila that is well-known for supporting Filipino musicians, have announced a new product and distribution agreement.

As part of the agreement, SME Philippines will distribute Off The Record’s song catalog all over the world and collaborate to establish marketing, artist development, media promotion, brand partnership, and synchronization initiatives.

Ricky Ilacad, an industry veteran who has paved the way for the biggest crossover, pop, and alternative artists of the past 20 years, established Off The Record with the goal of using his tried-and-true knowledge to help develop local Filipino talent and increase their prospects of success in the ever-evolving but universally accessible music scene.

“We are thrilled to join forces with Off The Record,” said Roslyn Pineda, General Manager, Philippines, Sony Music Entertainment. “Ricky Ilacad has a proven track record of success in the music industry, and we share his passion for developing exceptional Filipino talent. Together, we will create unparalleled opportunities for artists and reshape the music industry.”

Both SME Philippines and Off The Record are experiencing exciting times as a result of their connection. Recently, Off The Record has seen success with albums from breakthrough band Paham (“Ganid”) and newcomer Ica Frias (“Oh Honey”). With the release of “Hello” through his musical persona totâ, Josh Villena of Autotelic also brought his A game to the label’s expanding roster of diverse talents. Top musicians like SB19, O SIDE MAFIA, and Ben&Ben are part of SME Philippines’ roster, which keeps it at the forefront of the Philippine music scene.

Ricky Ilacad, CEO of Off The Record, said: “I’ve always believed that Filipino music has the potential to take the world by storm. With SME Philippines as our partner, we will be able to provide our artists with the resources and support they need to achieve international success. We are excited to embark on this journey together and help Filipino music reach new heights. This time, we’re going global without leaving home.”

SME Philippines and Off The Record together have the potential to have a big impact on the world of music. The collaboration is evidence of both the companies’ dedication to fostering and advancing Filipino talent as well as the rising popularity of Filipino music.

New releases in February 2024:

YMP Cash – “Life” :: February 2, 2024

Here+Now – “Still Alive” :: February 2, 2024

Lee Noynoy – “Sasaluhin Kita (Acoustic)” :: February 16, 2024

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This February, Enchanted Kingdom offers enchantment, love, and prosperity

The first and only top-notch theme park in the Philippines, Enchanted Kingdom, has released its February specials for Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day.

Enchanting Dinner in the Sky, a Japanese-themed dinner experience for parties and couples that includes a ride on the Wheel of Fate, is returning to EK. As you craft your enchanting story with us, take in the breathtaking vistas and be sure to bring home photo mementos and red string bracelets. Every weekend in February and on Valentine’s Day, standard day pass tickets are also included in the Enchanting Dinner in the Sky.

EK is celebrating the Year of the Dragon with their EnChinese New Year Promo. From February 9 to 29, family and friends may enjoy an exclusive Chinese lauriat set dinner that serves four people, together with four normal day pass tickets. This will let them feel the charm of prosperity. Use the EK Online Store to book this promotion right now.

On Saturday, February 10, Power Duo, the grand finalist of Asia’s Got Talent, will be the main attraction at EK’s Chinese New Year celebration. IOX Dancers and EK’s very own Victoria’s Way and Kingsmen will be joining them. To celebrate the year of the dragon, visitors to the park can see a traditional Chinese dragon and lion dance performed all throughout the park.

Finally, EK commemorates Hug-A-Palooza, which is in its sixth year and marks the beginning of the season of love with cozy hugs amongst friends, family, and loved ones. On Saturday, February 17, park visitors will be serenaded by Sparkle GMA Artist Ken Chan.

Visit https://www.enchantedkingdom.ph/ as well as EK’s official social media pages @ek_philippines on Twitter and Instagram and @enchantedkingdom.ph on Facebook and Tiktok for additional details on these events and promotions.

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Precious Pages Corporation and Wattpad WEBTOON Studios collaborate to publish the most popular stories from the internet

He’s Into Her, University Series publisher to produce more Wattpad novels soon

Good news for Wattpad readers!

Following the official partnership between Precious Pages Corporation (PPC), the largest publishing company in the Philippines, and Wattpad WEBTOON Studios, the fan-driven worldwide entertainment and publishing branch of Wattpad and WEBTOON, expect more online novels to hit bookshops.

“The Philippines has long been one of Wattpad’s most popular and supportive markets, and we are thrilled to partner with Precious Pages to continue bringing Filipino readers more of the Wattpad titles they love,” said Wattpad WEBTOON Studios.

In photo (L-R): Precious Pages Online Manager Marky Cabalteja, Precious Pages Brand Manager Toni Velasco, Precious Pages Corp. President Segundo Matias, Jr., Wattpad WEBTOON Studios Development Executive & Creator Manager International Operations & Strategy Ryan Benitez, Wattpad WEBTOON Studios Content Specialist for Philippines Michelle Angela Yabut, and Precious Pages Sales Manager John Charles Almoninia

Fans may expect to see hard copies of the hottest Wattpad web novels penned by their favorite authors at bookstores across the country through the PPC imprint LIB (Life is Beautiful) Books.

As stated by PPC President Segundo Matias, Jr., LIB Books has been finding and publishing stories from internet platforms for a number of years. Their genre offers a more varied and edgy roster. Additionally, more Wattpad content is expected to be published in print very soon, keeping true to its mission of getting high-quality tales into the hands of more people.

Aside from traditional printed books, LIB Books also offers limited copies of pre-ordered items through Tender Loving Crates (TLC) and Premium Crates, which contain exclusive book merchandise – something fans really look forward to!

Among the widely read Wattpad digital novels published by LIB Books were the enormously successful Possessive Series by C.C. with more than 500 million Wattpad reads, Josh Gonzales’ Law Series with more than 23 million readings, and Inksteady’s College Series with more than 100 million reads. The 3 65 million read He’s Into Her by Maxinejiji was also published by L IB Books. It was adapted into a television series featuring the power couple Belle Mariano and Donny Pangilinan under the banners of iWantTFC, ABS-CBN Entertainment, and Star Cinema.

Precious Pages also released another popular Wattpad tale, 4reuminct’s University Series, which has received 500 million reads. Additionally, Viva One is home to an ongoing series adaption with a cast of actors, including Heaven Peralejo, Marco Gallo, Jerome Ponce, and Krissha Viaje.

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Relive the timeless charm of “Himig Ng Dekada 90,” one of Rivermaya’s greatest hits

A top-tier collection of the band’s most iconic alt-rock anthems, the compilation album is the go-to playlist to hype OPM fans for their reunion concert on February 17, 2024 at the SMDC Festival Ground

Rivermaya has solidified its status as one of the most influential Filipino bands of all time with their timeless pop-rock hits that transcend generations. Their songs have fulfilled their intended roles as wonderful starting points for personal discussions and consoling sources for all Filipinos who long for music that feels like home.

In addition to its melancholic and occasionally reflective thoughts on love, suffering, freedom, and youth, Rivermaya’s songs were written with a combination of steadfast sincerity and vulnerability, encapsulating the essence of ordinary life in complex yet understandable lyrics.

Some of the most enduring masterpieces in Pinoy rock have been recorded by the band, which featured Bamboo Mañalac, Mark Escueta, Nathan Azarcon, and Rico Blanco in its legendary lineup from 1994 to 1998. The popular quartet achieved commercial success while delivering groundbreaking cultural impact and artistic vision in equal measure—something that has proven elusive, even among their contemporaries in the field. From the heart-pounding sing-alongs of “Hinahanap-Hanap Kita,” “Elesi,” and “Ulan” to the stadium-sized glory of “Awit Ng Kabataan” and “Kisapmata,” from the melancholic balladry of “If,” “Panahon Na Naman,” and “214” to the cult appeal of “Bring Me Down” and “Luha,” the popular foursome achieved commercial success while delivering groundbreaking cultural impact and artistic vision in equal measure.

Their legacy, which shaped the ever-fickle pop culture of the ‘90s with their distinct brand of eloquence and charm, is fully captured in their essential Rivermaya – Greatest Hits: Himig Ng Dekada 90 album, which chronicles the biggest hits of their formative years as well as the underrated tunes that still hold merit up to this day. Featuring twelve of their most iconic songs and two remixes, the compilation album gives listeners a complete picture of the band’s music: fearless in its humanity and imperfection, but smugly cool in portraying tenderness, chaos, and adventurousness in situations that don’t always feel like they’re made for the movies. It’s as real as it gets.

“There are powerful messages in the songs, for those who need to hear them,” drummer Mark Escueta reflects on the compilation album’s intrinsic appeal. “Overall, it’s fun to listen to the songs, even the sad ones. We’re honored that we get to share our music and inspire people on a personal, intimate level. We no longer own these songs; they belong to anyone who dares to wholeheartedly embrace them and still emerge whole from the process. It’s everyone’s songs now.”

With Mañalac, Escueta, Azarcon, and Blanco headlining a reunion concert on February 17, 2024, at the SMDC Festival Grounds, Rivermaya’s Greatest Hits record serves not only as a convincing argument for the band’s inimitable genius but also as a guide to the immortal music that’s so deeply ingrained in Pinoy collective consciousness. For long-time fans who would want to deep-dive into the band’s discography and review their career-defining ‘karaoke’ jams, this compilation album is the way to go for the essential no-skips fodder.

Here’s the track list to get you started:

  1. Hinahanap-hanap Kita
  2. Ulan
  3. 214
  4. Elesi
  5. Himala
  6. Awit Ng Kabataan
  7. If
  8. Kisapmata
  9. Panahon Na Naman
  10. Kung Ayaw Mo, Huwag Mo
  11. Bring Me Down
  12. Luha
  13. 214 (Tripnotic Mix)
  14. Kisapmata (Mayhem Mix)

Rivermaya – Greatest Hits: Himig Ng Dekada 90 is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Reunion concert produced by Live Nation Philippines featuring Bamboo Mañalac, Rico Blanco, Nathan Azarcon, and Mark Escueta is a one-night event. The legendary pop-rock group, dubbed “Rivermaya The Reunion,” will celebrate the unmatched Rivermaya legacy with a much-anticipated set that includes some of their best-known songs and rare gems. Both SM Tickets locations and the Live Nation Philippines website sell tickets.