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At Ortigas Malls, Independence Day honors Filipino musicians, culture, and heroes

Araw ng Kalayaan, or Independence Day, honors the heroes of the past and present who have battled for the freedom of the Filipino people. Ortigas Malls has planned a number of events and activities that celebrate our rich cultural heritage and history as we approach the yearly vacation.

Shoppers shouldn’t miss the amazing Independence Day activities that GH Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia will be kicking off on June 12:

Greenhills

Starting at 10am, GH Mall will hold a Pagtaas ng Watawat (flag-raising ceremony) at the East Wing Atrium of GH Mall. A Marching Band will also energize shoppers at 12pm.

From 3pm to 6pm, there will be an entertaining and educational Likhang Sining at Kalayaan presentation by the Tanghalang Tula, Kundiman at Katutubong Sayaw. This wonderful display of talent will highlight our beloved Filipino culture through different facets of art.

Shoppers can also marvel at the extraordinary Philippine flag display at GH Mall made out of 1,400 origami flowers courtesy of Origami Philippines. The origami flowers symbolize the enduring bonds and deep-rooted friendships that define Filipino culture. Feel free to take photos in front of the display and share it on social media!

Tiendesitas

Known for being a home of local goods and handicrafts, Tiendesitas is celebrating Independence Day with a whole day of musical performances. Start the day off with a heart-thumping Marching Band performance at Level 1, Food Village from 10am to 11:30am. Musika’t Kalayaan at Level 2, Food Village will delight shoppers with Filipino tunes from 3pm to 9pm.

Estancia

Estancia Mall will also showcase local music for its Independence Day celebration. From 10am to 7pm, shoppers can sing and dance to their favorite P-pop songs at the P-Pop Music Fest: Hiraya at 2/F East Wing. They can also catch the Independence Day Marching Band performance on the ground floor of the East Wing from 11am to 12pm. 

See these lively and patriotic celebrations if you want to spend your Independence Day at Ortigas Malls. Make sure to use the Ortigas Malls app to register for the Ortigas Community Card in order to have first access to incredible offers, savings, and benefits.

Make sure to like and visit the Greenhills Mall, Estancia Mall, and Tiendesitas official Facebook sites for additional details and updates on the activities held by Ortigas Malls.

Entertainment

Timeless, Meghan Trainor’s sixth album is released – LISTEN HERE TIMELESS TOUR KICKS OFF THIS FALL TICKETS HERE

On the new album, Meghan shares, “Timeless is finally yours and I still can’t believe it!! This album means so much to me! I got to work with so many incredible people to bring this album to life, and I’m so grateful for all of them and all the fans for showing so much excitement over it. I can’t wait to play these songs for you on the Timeless Tour! I’ll try not to cry every night with happy tears.”

With three classic songs— “Been Like This” featuring T-Pain, “To The Moon,” and most recently, “I Wanna Thank Me” feat.—Meghan gave fans a sneak peek at Timeless. Niecy Nash. From the bass-infused grandeur of “To The Moon” to the doo-wop-inspired (and immensely catchy) hymn “Been Like This,” Meghan’s production and songwriting skills are evident throughout. Meghan is performing on the TODAY Show Citi Concert Series to start off release week. On June 11 and June 12, she will be seen on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, respectively.

Meghan’s vulnerability shines through on powerful tracks like “Forget How To Love,” where she condemns those who lack empathy as a choir echoes her sentiment. Meanwhile, playfully biting track “Whoops” proves that Meghan is talented enough to nail a breakup song even though she and husband Daryl Sabara are couple goals. Title track “Timeless” beautifully encapsulates the sentiments of the record as it comes to a close, with Meghan vowing that even though life doesn’t last forever, her love will never fade.

Along with the new album, Meghan has released a brand-new crewneck that’s perfect for celebrating the Timeless era. Fans can purchase select music products and apparel on Meghan-Trainor.com, including the Timeless Transparent Light Blue Vinyl, with exclusive variants available at select retailers including a Timeless Sapphire Vinyl exclusively on Meghan’s TikTok Shop, a Timeless Amazon Exclusive Vinyl, a Target Exclusive Timeless CD (with bonus track “Bite Me”), and a Walmart Exclusive Timeless CD with an alternate cover.

This fall, Meghan will also be making her long-awaited return to stages for the Timeless Tour. Produced by Live Nation and kicking off September 4 at Riverbend Music Center in Cincinnati, OH, the 24-show tour includes stops at Madison Square Garden in New York, the Kia Forum in Los Angeles, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO. Fellow pop powerhouse Natasha Bedingfield will be joining Meghan as direct support for her NYC, Denver, and Los Angeles dates, and “Lil Boo Thing” crooner, Paul Russell will be direct support for the entirety of the tour. Best friend Chris Olsen and older brother Ryan Trainor will also be joining the tour as special guests, bringing their signature charisma and humor to the stage. Fans will have the opportunity to hear tracks from Timeless along with plenty of classics from her chart-topping catalog. Tickets are available at Meghan-Trainor.com.

TIMELESS TRACKLIST

1. To The Moon

2. Been Like This with T-Pain

3. Crowded Room

4. Whoops

5. Crushin’ ft. Lawrence

6. I Wanna Thank Me ft. Niecy Nash

7. Love On Hold ft. T-Pain

8. Forget How To Love

9. Rollin’

10. Maybe

11. I Get It

12. Sleepin’ On Me

13. Hate it Here

14. Bestie

15. Doin’ It All For You

16. Timeless

TOUR DATES:

*WITH NATASHA BEDINGFIELD | ^WITH PAUL RUSSELL | #WITH CHRIS OLSEN | +WITH RYAN TRAINOR

Wed Sep 04 | Cincinnati, OH | Riverbend Music Center^#

Fri Sep 06 | Pittsburgh, PA | Petersen Events Center#

Sat Sep 07 | Philadelphia, PA | TD Pavilion at The Mann^#

Tue Sep 10 | Franklin, TN | FirstBank Amphitheater^+

Thu Sep 12 | Raleigh, NC | Red Hat Amphitheater^#

Fri Sep 13 | Alpharetta, GA | Ameris Bank Amphitheatre^#

Sun Sep 15 | Charlotte, NC | PNC Music Pavilion^#

Tue Sep 17 | Bristow, VA | Jiffy Lube Live^#

Fri Sep 20 | Mansfield, MA | Xfinity Center^#

Sat Sep 21 | Uncasville, CT | Mohegan Sun Arena^#

Wed Sep 25 | New York, NY | Madison Square Garden*^#~

Fri Sep 27 | Cuyahoga Falls, OH | Blossom Music Center^+

Sat Sep 28 | Toronto, ON | Budweiser Stage^+~

Mon Sep 30 | Sterling Heights, MI | Michigan Lottery Amphitheatre at Freedom Hill^+

Wed Oct 02 | Maryland Heights, MO | Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre^+

Fri Oct 04 | Noblesville, IN | Ruoff Music Center^+

Sat Oct 05 | Rosemont, IL | Allstate Arena^#

Tue Oct 08 | Morrison, CO | Red Rocks Amphitheatre*^#

Thu Oct 10 | Rogers, AR | Walmart AMP^#

Sat Oct 12 | Irving, TX | The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory^#

Sun Oct 13 | The Woodlands, TX | The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman^#

Wed Oct 16 | Phoenix, AZ | Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre^#

Fri Oct 18 | Mountain View, CA | Shoreline Amphitheatre^#

Sat Oct 19 | Inglewood, CA | Kia Forum*^#


Photo Credit: Lauren Dunn

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Entertainment, Tech

LOOK: The Cutest Collaboration Merch Is Being Released by POP Boy Group Alamat and DITO Telecommunity!

DITO surprised the Magiliw to an exclusive fan meet and greet event with Alamat and launched the perfect merchandise that highlights Filipino talent!


Exclusive DITO x Alamat Fan Meet and Merchandise Launch Event stickers and posters

There must be a buzz in the air because Ppop songs and artists are taking the world by storm! With yet another thrilling campaign, the distinctively Filipino POP group Alamat is also extending and fortifying their partnership with DITO Telecommunity! As part of the #GalingDITO 2024 campaign, the boy band has officially revealed their newest special gear in collaboration with the telecom firm.

The fan meet was accompanied by a unique online giveaway that was only available to DITO subscribers—especially those who like Alamat. The DITO x Alamat partnership has received an immense amount of love and support from Alamat’s supporters, known as the Magiliw, since the #GalingDITO 2024 campaign was introduced on February 12 of last year. In order to rally the fan base in support of the campaign, the Magiliw coordinated online events and trending hashtag campaigns.

From May 6 to 22, 2024, active DITO Mobile Subscribers registered online for a chance to be one of the 300 lucky Magiliw attendees at the Alamat Fan Meet. Thousands of entries from fans and everyone alike who were excited to see the boy group in person were received online!


DITO x Alamat Fan Meet and Merchandise Launch Event Key Visual

Ms. Evelyn Jimenez, DITO Chief Revenue Officer for Consumer Business, said that the merch collaboration with Alamat is something that came from the organic support of the Magiliw for the PPop boy group ever since they were launched as the main talents of the #GalingDITO 2024 campaign. “When we launched #GalingDITO 2024 last February, Alamat performed the official song and music video because with their multi-ethnic and multi-lingual musical artistry, they embody the campaign’s goals of highlighting Filipino talent from across the Philippine regions. We did not expect such huge support from Alamat’s fans, the Magiliw, as well as PPop fans. Thank you so much to all the Magiliw for the big wins and the big love that you give us at DITO Telecommunity and of course, Alamat. We can only give back with these collaborations between DITO and Alamat as we continue to uplift Filipino talent.”

#DITOTayoMagiliw Fan Meet

The merch collaboration was launched in a fan meet and greet event held this May 26 at SM Megamall. Hundreds of lucky Magiliw were the very first ones to get their hands on the special merchandise of ​​ten (10) photocards consisting of six (6) member solo photos, two (2) subunit photos, and two (2) group photos! Up for grabs also were exclusive items that were not for sale to the public such as stickers, posters, and button pins, some of which were designed by a talented Magiliw, Gelai Manabat!


DITO x Alamat Event Displays

The Magiliw who joined the event enjoyed special performances from Alamat, including a thrilling live version of “Ang Galing DITO”, their collaboration song with DITO Telecommunity and the main theme of the #GalingDITO 2024 campaign.

Truly showcasing their “galing”, Alamat’s talents shone through with lively performances of hit songs  “Maharani”, “Day and Night”, and “Dayang”.

Passionate Magiliw got the chance to meet their favorite 6inoos (ginoo) Taneo, Mo, Tomas, R-ji, Alas, and Jao, all while enjoying their interactions with the boys and having their DITO x Alamat merchandise signed.


Alamat performing “Ang Galing DITO”, the collaboration song with DITO Telecommunity

The group expressed their gratitude for the continued collaboration with DITO and the company’s support for their music and said that, “Being part of the #GalingDITO campaign this year has helped us a lot as artists because one of Alamat’s mission is to promote Filipino culture, and it perfectly aligns with DITO’s goals. The campaign further amplified what we want to do as Alamat so thank you so much to DITO Telecommunity for welcoming us into your family. We feel like they’re one of the first big brands who really trusted us so we’re so grateful for them and we promise that we won’t let you down.”


Alamat and the Magiliw enjoyed interacting with each other in the photo and merch signing opportunity
 

Alamat also conveyed their heartfelt appreciation to all their Magiliw who are supporting them and their campaign with DITO. “Thank you is not enough, really, because from the very start you all have been there and we see more Magiliw joining us. We hope there will be more Magiliw, so from the bottom of our hearts, thank you and we love you,” said Alamat during the Fan Meet interview.

Get your own #DITOxAlamat Merchandise

Don’t worry because even if you missed this fan event, you still have the chance to get your own DITO x Alamat Exclusive Merchandise, coming soon! The DITO x Alamat photocards are exclusively bundled with the DITO Level-Up SIM Bundles or the DITO Level-Up Socials promo so just purchase these great deals to get the exclusive merchandise!

Available soon on-ground at DITO Experience Stores when you purchase the DITO Level-Up Socials promo, and online at the DITO eShop, and DITO’s official stores in Lazada, Shopee and, TikTok when you purchase the DITO Level-Up SIM Bundles – collect all photocards of Alamat and your favorite 6inoos:

  • Get one (1) Solo Photocard of your choice or get up to ten (10) Photocards inclusive of six (6) Solos + Two (2) Group photos + Two (2) Subunits depending on the DITO Level-Up promo you will purchase
  • Get exclusive bonus merch when you purchase the DITO Level-Up Socials promo in-store or at on-ground events

You can also select the photocard you will receive when you purchase the DITO Level-Up Socials at the DITO Experience stores or at upcoming DITO events, in addition to receiving additional merchandise! Customers who purchase the DITO Level-Up SIM bundles online will receive random photo cards because there cannot be a choice.

Be cautious and don’t pass up the opportunity to finish the exclusive DITO x Alamat photocards when you buy these affordable telecom promotions from DITO!

Visit https://dito.ph/ or follow @DITOphofficial on Facebook and Instagram for additional details and updates.

DITO Telecommunity Links:  

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DITOphofficial 

Instagram: @ditophofficial

Twitter: @DITOphofficial  

Tiktok: @ditophofficial

Viber: @ditophofficial

Entertainment, Lifestyle, News

BingoPlus completes its first cleanup effort along the coasts of Anilao

In support of the 1st Saksi Ngayon Bouyanihan and Coastal Clean-up Drive, BingoPlus, your go-to entertainment platform in the nation and provider of your favorite online tongits, bingo, and perya games, searched the shores of Villa Estelita’s beachfront in Anilao, Batangas alongside a number of organizations.

The event organizer, Saksi Ngayon, came up with the Bouyanihan event name to unite people in the shared spirit of environmental stewardship and support. The word “bouya,” which is the Filipino word for buoy, is combined with the word “bayanihan” to refer to the clean-up drive. BingoPlus, Saksi Ngayon, Hotel Sogo, the Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, independent professional divers, and community members came together for this event.

BingoPlus began cleanup mid-morning, meeting up with other participants at the beachfront. Several trash bags were gathered at the meet-up area by the one-hour mark, where attendees meticulously decided on which was the oddest item in the pile. During the cleanup, BingoPlus also gave out merchandise to event-goers who were taking a break from the summer sun.

Once the shores of Villa Estelita were cleaned up, BingoPlus and Hotel Sogo were invited to take a speedboat out into the waters where buoys with their respective brand logos were going to be set up by professional divers. These buoys are meant to provide boats with a place to moor as an alternative to using anchors that have a possibility of destroying corals and disturbing the local aquatic life.

Saksi Ngayon recognized BingoPlus’ support and participation at the end of the cleanup with certificates of participation and acknowledgement, thanking the brand for its partnership.

Despite its reputation as an advocate for Philippine amusement and leisure, BingoPlus makes sure to uphold its environmental and community obligations. The brand’s investment in culture also encompasses the flora and fauna that contribute to the distinctive and internationally renowned biodiversity of the Philippines. BingoPlus viewed the clean-up campaign as a chance to demonstrate environmental responsibility and community cooperation.

Digiplus Interactive Corp.’s core brands, BingoPlus and ArenaPlus, firmly establish the company as the nation’s leading provider of gaming and entertainment. Visit www.bingoplus.com and www.arenaplus.net for additional updates, or get the apps right now from Google Play and the App Store.

Entertainment, Sports

ArenaPlus unstoppably turns to deliver an exciting and enjoyable Kaogma Festival in 2024

Your go-to sports betting app, ArenaPlus, presented a fantastic week-long celebration for the Kaogma Festival 2024, giving the Bicolanos an exciting and genuinely engaging festival experience. The Kaogma Festival, which takes place from May 23 to May 28, commemorates the anniversary of Camarines Sur’s foundation with a variety of online and offline operations events. Despite the bad weather, ArenaPlus, the event’s main sponsor, made sure there was a more thrilling festival by bringing in activities with premium prizes and fun performances by local and well-known musicians. The festival this year had sporting events, singing and dance competitions, and concerts that were all very exciting. A more exhilarating and adventurous experience was provided by ArenaPlus with its array of sporting events, which included the mud race, bike race, 3×3 basketball, triathlon competition, and mixed martial arts battles between Korea and Philippines.

Thousands of Bicolanos also enjoyed the 5-day music festival with the special presence of well-known artists such as James Reid, Yassi Pressman, and Enrique Gil, as well as performances by country’s best singers such as Ely Buendia, KZ Tandingan, and Adie; bands like Apo Hiking Society, Mayonnaise, and This Band; and rappers such as Flow G, Skusta Clee, and rap icon Gloc 9. ArenaPlus added fun and entertainment as Gloc 9 sang the ArenaPlus jingle “Halina sa Arena,” grooved by ArenaPlus Astig Boys, with the brand’s newest song, “Tara na Tropa sa Arena.”

All activities were enjoyed with the games and merchandise given away for free and magic ticket prizes claimed in the ArenaPlus NBA-themed booth installed the whole week. ArenaPlus’ sponsorship of Kaogma Festival 2024 is a testament to the brand’s growing commitment to making any sports events and entertainment scene in the country truly enjoyable while keeping it fun.

The company is well aware of how important it is to bring domestic and foreign sporting and entertainment events closer to Filipinos’ homes while expanding their options to have fun and win prizes at any time or location. Take advantage of ArenaPLUS to enhance your NBA playoff experience.

Visit the ArenaPlus website at www.arenaplus.net and its social media pages to learn more about the NBA Magic Ticket. The nation’s fastest-growing provider of digital entertainment is DigiPlus. With more to come, it runs the top digital platforms in the nation, including BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker.

ArenaPlus is the top sports betting app in the Philippines, offering live streaming of a wide range of sports and acting as the country’s primary source for sports entertainment for Filipinos. To learn more, go to www.arenaplus.net.

Entertainment

Showcasing a great ethnic story at Philippine Ballet Theater

Through a blend of classical ballet, regional dances, and mythology, Philippine Ballet Theatre will present the rich ethnic grandeur and diversity of the Philippines with the kind support of Philippine Airlines and the Cultural Center of the Philippines.

The Philippine Ballet Theatre wants to tell the enthralling story of the bird Sarimanok, which is part of the mythology of the Filipino Mindanao people. This legendary animal, renowned for its vivid plumage and alluring aura, takes the lead in a ballet that defies cultural and temporal boundaries. The ballet centers on the magnificent Sarimanok and narrates the tale of a mortal and a moon goddess falling in love.

Sarimanok symbolizes hope and abundant blessings, and Philippine Ballet Theatre sees the ballet as a divine gift. Through this performance, they aim to generate interest in our cultural heritage and showcase the talent of our current artists. Sarimanok is the artistic vision of Ronilo Jaynario, the Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, set to the original music composed by Paulo Zarate, a highly acclaimed composer. Jaynario and Zarate aspire for ballet, like Sarimanok, to become a symbol of hope and an investment in the Filipino people.

Jaynario explained, “Ibalon made a powerful impact on both the audience and the performers. It received excellent reviews and accolades that any dance company would aspire to have. Therefore, our challenge is achieving the same impact level as Sarimanok. Creating such an impact is vital to us as a company”

Inspiration for the ballet comes from the story itself, the dancers’ response to my movement that enhances the process, and the music that moves me in creating the choreography. I am incredibly grateful that Paulo Zarate is composing for PBT’s Sarimanok.”

Jessa Tangalin and Gladys Baybayin will share the role of the mythical Sarimanok.  Alternating as the romantic couple of  Indarapatra and Moon Goddess will be Matthew Davo and Gabrielle Jaynario and Jimmy Lumba and Joni Galeste.

Sarimanok is PBT’s second full-length Filipino ballet in a row, and the company wants to make a statement about how committed they are to using their art to impact the country.

Sarimanok will have a performance on July 6 and 7 at the Samsung Performing Arts Theater. Reservations for tickets can be made directly with Philippine Ballet Theatre by emailing [email protected] or by texting 09688708887. Tickets can also be bought through Ticketworld.

Entertainment

This July, Munimuni will perform “Alegorya” at the UP Theater!

The experimental folk quintet will be performing at the UP Theater for the first time, following the release of their sophomore album

On July 20, 2024 (Saturday), Munimuni, a Filipino indie-folk group, will celebrate the release of their second full-length album, Alegorya, with a spectacular concert at the esteemed UP Theater.

The much awaited production, ALEGORYA: A Munimuni Concert, is aptly named and promises to be an audio-visual feast for the senses. The concert’s title is derived from their most recent release, which the five-piece group claims conveys a wide range of remarkably distinct feelings and ideas that wouldn’t typically fit into a single album.

The highly regarded group views this performance as a turning point in music history since it combines chamber music with live acts and a more complex narrative. The most fascinating aspect is how Munimuni carefully considers the song order and how they want their followers to find the overall experience rewarding.

“Practically, this one is the biggest so far in terms of audience, and the longest in terms of set list,” Munimuni explains in a statement. “Creatively, we aim to create an experience that mirrors the album’s inherent complexity.”

ALEGORYA: A Munimuni Concert serves as the band’s third major concert, following 2018’s self-titled concert at the Music Museum and 2019’s Kulayan Natin at Cine Adarna, UP Film Center. The live music offering aims to combine the intimacy and adventurousness of Munimuni’s music with a grander scale in terms of ambition and scope, focusing on the album’s overarching theme of “looking at the world and our human selves a bit deeper” and “going beyond what is apparent on the surface.”

Munimuni shares, “We’re excited to perform at the UP Theater, not just because of the size and prestige of the venue, but also because it feels close to home. The band started in the UP Diliman campus, after all. Our goal for performing in large shows and smaller shows is the same, though. We really just want our songs to move people and somehow help them go through life with a sense of hope. For this concert, the goal stays the same, but we get to express it in a different way, which we take as an opportunity to grow as artists.”

Presenting ALEGORYA: A Munimuni Concert are Munimuni and GNN Entertainment Productions. Today at 12:00, tickets will go on sale at bit.ly/alegorya.

View the ticket costs listed below.

SVIP – ₱2,800 (with Meet and Greet + signed poster + soundcheck access)

VIP – ₱2,500 (with signed poster)

LOWER ORCH – ₱2,000

UPPER ORCH – ₱1,500

LOWER BALC – ₱1,100

UPPER BALC – ₱800

Entertainment

The club hit “Ready” by SB19 and Apl.de.Ap elevates Filipino music to new heights

The ecstatic dance-pop track serves as SB19’s follow-up to their recently released bop “Moonlight,” featuring Ian Asher and Terry Zhong

Following the euphoric hit “Moonlight,” which lit up the dance floor, SB19 makes a huge comeback with another incredible collaboration with the legendary Filipino-American hip-hop artist Apl.de.Ap. 

With the release of “Ready,” a flashy club song that effortlessly captures the sound of summer no matter the season, the two powerhouse of Filipino music elevate the craft to a new level.

The tune features SB19 and Apl.de.Ap going all out with big beats and thrilling sound buildup, creating a confident hit with broad appeal and great crossover potential.

The Black Eyed Peas longtime colleague Keith Harris produced the song. Apl.de.Ap claims that Harris did a fantastic job fusing Afrobeats, dance music, and electronic music elements with pop music influences.  

The resident BEP rapper also penned “Ready” with Jean-Baptiste, Vince Nantes, and Denzel.

SB19’s very own Pablo and Josue (Radkidz), on the other hand, contributed to the production of the track, adding final touches and subtle sonic elements. With party-starting vocals gliding atop carefully structured production, “Ready” highlights the individual strengths of both SB19 and Apl.de.Ap while nurturing their chemistry with pure, instinctive joy.

“We never got the chance to record together in a single booth, but Apl.de.Ap was such a great guy to work with,” shares SB19’s Justin. “It’s an honor to collaborate with a global superstar of his caliber. We’ve learned so much from his generosity and creative feedback.”

SB19’s Stell was also ecstatic about sharing how game-changing the entire experience was. “It was something new for the group. We appreciate the chance to delve into new genres and production styles that come with unfamiliar territory. But with Apl.de.Ap at the helm of the creative process, we’re just blessed to take on this assignment. It’s not every day that you get to work with an artist you look up to.”

SB19 and Apl.de.Ap

Ready by SB19 and Apl.de.Ap, is currently available via Sony Music Entertainment on all digital music platforms worldwide.

Beauty, Entertainment

BingoPlus and Miss Universe Philippines 2024 have a fruitful collaboration


President Rafael Jasper Vicencio awarded BingoPlus’ Miss BingoPlus Universe 2024 to Miss Nueva Ecija Maica Martinez with a cash prize of PHP 250,000.00.
 

Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH) 2024 was successfully presented by BingoPlus, your go-to entertainment platform in the nation and supplier of your favorite online tongits, bingo, and perya games. The event made for an exciting and thoroughly entertaining year for the pageant scene in the nation.

As the MUPH primary presenter this year, BingoPlus has the chance to introduce noteworthy events for the pageant during the entire competition, enhancing the experience for all participants—including the organizations and the queens—as well as for all Filipino communities.

The MUPH house visit to BingoPlus at Bonifacio Global City and BingoPlus Studio in Quezon City, the Sponsors Night and the Preliminary Night at the Manila Hotel, and the Grand Coronation Night at the Mall of Asia Arena were a few of these events. The press conference was also held at the LimaPark Hotel Batangas City.

For BingoPlus, the partnership with Empireph Holdings Inc. has been monumental in promoting its advocacies in nurturing culture and communities, expanding efforts in the protection of rich biodiversity, and creating safe spaces and opportunities for wellness. The brand also ensured that its programs empowered women by launching its #GandaPlus campaign, which aimed to provide a platform for queens and fans to express their definition of beauty and purpose, ensuring a diverse and limitless meaning of beauty.

BingoPlus in the Grand Coronation Night

BingoPlus and MUPH made this year’s competition more fun and exciting with the titles and special awards given to the queens, while recognizing their pillars above to advocate social and community growth.

Joining the panel of judges this year was DigiPlus Interactive Corporation Chairman Eusebio Tanco. Meanwhile, DigiPlus Interactive Corporation President Andy Tsui and AB Leisure Exponent Inc.

The night also highlighted the works and programs of the BingoPlus Foundation, providing significant insight into the pivotal impact of the foundation on communities through its programs in education and technology, access to healthcare, community safety and resilience, and responsible digitalization.

Winning the night was Miss Bulacan Chelsea Anne Manalo who was crowned Miss Universe 2024, followed by 1st runner-up Miss Cainta Stacey Daniella Gabriel, 2nd runner-up Miss Quezon Province Maria Ahtisa Manalo, who was also crowned Miss Philippines Cosmo International 2024, 3rd runner-up and Miss Philippines Supranational 2025 Justine Tarah Marie Valencia from Baguio, and 4th runner-up Christi Lynn McGarry from Taguig.

Additionally, Alexie Mae Brooks of Iloilo City was appointed as Miss Philippines Eco International 2025, while Miss Pampanga Cyrille Payumo was named Miss Philippines Charm 2025.

Miss Universe Philippines 2024 Chelsea Manalo

In an exclusive interview, Miss Universe 2024 Chelsea Manalo shared her excitement after winning the title.

“Right now, I feel really ecstatic; it’s still surreal to me that I have actually won Miss Universe Philippines 2024. But I know that there are so many great things that will come my way. And because of this, I’m ready to take the opportunity to work well with the organization and, of course, to better work with the purpose that is really close to my heart.”

Manalo also shared the importance of the Miss Universe Philippines platform in pursuit of her advocacy for youth empowerment and education.

“It’s really important to be Miss Universe Philippines 2024 because this will open so many opportunities for me to work with the purpose that is close to my heart, which is youth empowerment through education of the indigenous people. And I know I can better help them reach a little bit closer to their dreams.”

She also shared her fond memory with BingoPlus, “This was when we went to shoot in Batangas. It was a little bit of a time to get away as a candidate, but you know, to be with my sisters and to shoot with the brand.”

Manalo also described her BingoPlus journey with 3-bingo letters.

“B, beautiful. You know that experience is really, really beautiful. I don’t think there’s anything else I would ever trade at this moment right now. I, I know I have come a long way through so many things that have happened in my life, and because of that, I can really see how independent I have become to be where I am right now. And O, because I know that this is the opportunity that I am waiting for in my life.”

Meanwhile, Miss Universe Philippines 1st runner-up Stacey Gabriel gave advice to the aspiring queens. “Know that you have everything that you need within you to conquer the universe. I believe in you, so I hope you believe in you too.” 

Miss Universe 2nd runner-up Maria Ahtisa Manalo added that knowing your purpose is your core to surviving the competition.

“I think you know the purpose of why you are joining a beauty pageant. It is very important for you to know your purpose and the reason why you are doing it. It is very important to know your core so that you’d be able to stick by that and survive the pageant world.”

Manalo ended the interview after expressing her gratitude to BingoPlus and said, “Thank you so much BingoPlus for bringing this opportunity. I know that this will commend me and all of the other ladies here. It doesn’t stop here. Thank you so much!”

Miss BingoPlus Universe 2024

BingoPlus ensures a fun-filled and truly entertaining experience for MUPH. This year, BingoPlus awarded the title of Miss Universe BingoPlus 2024, a special title given to the queen with the most online votes an express ticket to the final 20 and a cash prize of Php250,000.00. The title was given to Miss Universe Nueva Ecija Maica Martinez.

In an exclusive interview, Martinez expressed her gratitude after knowing she had won the award. “I am so grateful because, technically, I won the first title tonight, and I’m so proud to be Miss BingoPlus Universe 2024. And I’m so grateful to all who supported me all throughout this year.”

Martinez also recalled her experience with BingoPlus, “My memorable experience with BingoPlus was when we visited the BingoPlus office. I’m so happy because I received so much love and support from my BingoPlus family. We received flowers and messages from them that helped us boost our morale and really pump up our journey to the universe.”

In addition, Martinez described her MUPH journey as inspiring, empowering, and transformational. Her journey with MUPH made her realize that dreaming is limitless, and so we must continue to dream bigger.

She also expressed her gratitude for the support from her hometown and to BingoPlus.

“To my family and friends all around the world, thank you very much! This is not only my success; this is the success of the entire Nueva Ecija.

To BingoPlus, thank you so much for this wonderful title. I can’t wait to contribute to the BingoPlus family and, at the same time, to work hand-in-hand, especially with the BingoPlus foundation. Laging panalo at masaya sa BingoPlus! ”

BingoPlus #PurpleLuckPurpleLove and #GandaPlus

The MUPH excitement extended not only to the candidates but also to everyone. BingoPlus launched the #PurpleLuckPurleLove summer campaign, wherein the brand gave away prizes like MUPH VIP tickets, an iPhone 15 Plus, and cash prizes. This is to ensure that, aside from quality and top-tier entertainment, the brand provides everyone with a chance to win prizes that add fun and enjoyment anytime and anywhere.

Along with this, BingoPlus launched the #GandaPlus online campaign, which aimed to provide a platform for queens and fans to express their definition of beauty and purpose, ensuring a diverse and limitless meaning of beauty. Fans were encouraged to share their #GandaPlus stories through video stitching and uploads posted to their social media accounts on Facebook, TikTok, and Instagram. Netizens were also encouraged to mark their #GandaPlus traits on our customized #GandaPlus bingo card. Ten (10) winners of Php 20,000.00 were given away, plus an exclusive dinner with Miss Universe winners.

BingoPlus’s dedication to the Philippine entertainment and leisure sector, which embraces all types of enjoyment that have grown to be significant fixtures in Philippine culture, is reflected in the success of Miss Universe Philippines 2024. Through its collaboration with MUPH, the brand will be able to operate at a level that more fully captures the Filipino definition of “leisure and enjoyment,” guaranteeing that the experience is both memorable and accessible.

The nation’s fastest-growing provider of digital entertainment is DigiPlus. With more to come, it runs the top digital platforms in the nation, including BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker. Filipinos may enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options on BingoPlus, including tongits, bingo, perya games, and many more games they can play at home. Visit www.bingoplus.com for additional information, or get the app right now from Google Play and the App Store.

Entertainment

Listen to the emotional ballad “Hurt Me Too” by James Reid

The stripped-down track serves as his first release under Sony Music Entertainment

Superstar James Reid of the Filipino music industry has joined the expanding Sony Music Entertainment family, which already has an impressive roster that includes SB19, Ben&Ben, Denise Julia, O SIDE MAFIA, and Clara Benin.

James Reid has been a major player in modern pop and R&B music in the Philippines for over ten years, and he has given music lovers all over the world catchy hits that cut across genres and time periods. The music mogul, actor, and singer-songwriter continues to strike a balance between commercial viability and artistic independence, ensuring that there is a place for artists like him in the mainstream music scene who don’t need to pander to existing trends for a hit. He has achieved chart-topping records, sold-out tours, and well-received brand campaigns.

For his first project under Sony Music Entertainment, James Reid explores the theme of being heartbroken in the new single “Hurt Me Too.” A stripped-down ballad that packs an emotional punch, “Hurt Me Too” finds him grappling with the realities of a heartbreak.

The Tim Marquez-produced track shows James at his most vulnerable, looking back at the ghost of his past with equal moments of fondness and pain.

“I wrote the song three years ago together with Seth Reger, an artist from LA,” the talented multi-hyphenate shares. “He really helped me tap into these emotions that I didn’t even know I was feeling at that moment.”

According to the Randomantic act, “Hurt Me Too” marks a significant shift in his sonic and lyrical direction—a crucial decision that he admits, would define the next phase of his music era. This time around, the focus is more on the storytelling aspect of his music-making: unearthing old wounds and memories, and turning them into an inspiring piece of work.

He says, “I wanted to concentrate on the heart of who I am as a composer with minimal but intentional music production for my next album that I’m working on. For me, Hurt Me Too acts as a palette cleanser by introducing a shift in tone and direction.”

A moving music video directed by James’s close friend Elena Virata will accompany the release of the song. The Grammy-winning musical artist continues, “The concept was simple but powerful, focusing on unreleased emotions and frustrations.”

James Reid’s Hurt Me Too is currently available via Sony Music Entertainment on all digital music platforms worldwide.