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Aura is offering Filipino players the chance to win up to P1.1 million during the YGG Web3 Games Summit

The largest decentralized gaming guild network in the world, Yield Guild Games (YGG), and Singapore-based Web3 gaming platform Aura have partnered to host several Web3 gaming tournaments with a combined prize pool of $20,000 or P1.1 million during the YGG Web3 Games Summit in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Popular Web3 games like Zed Run will be available on Aura. Its Wager platform, which enables users to join in or start their own Web3 gaming tournaments, will host the competition.

In addition, Aura is doing a listing campaign called Aura Dollar Deals, during which Aura will buy any Zed Run NFT for $1, up to a maximum of 500 NFTs.

Apart from the competitions, Aura will have an interactive booth that functions as a central meeting point for visitors to discover the cutting-edge elements of the Aura NFT marketplace, peruse more than 250 games on the platform, converse with Aura’s specialists, and acquire knowledge about the exciting realm of Web3 gaming.

“As the platinum sponsor, we’re committed to making the YGG Web3 Games Summit an exciting experience. Our focus on hosting Web3 gaming tournaments is a reflection of our commitment to fostering competition, skill development, and spreading Web3 gaming knowledge within the community. The total prize pool is not just an incentive; it’s a recognition of the talent in the Web3 gaming space,” said Aura Founder Abin Arjun.

A wide range of people are attending the conference, which runs through November 25. These participants include investors, game creators, protocols, players, and exchanges. It offers a thorough investigation of the future of Web3 gaming and includes a conference, game expo, hackathon, and esports competitions.

Aura is a state-of-the-art gaming environment that was created on the Polygon blockchain and offers a variety of tools to improve the gaming experience for players of all skill levels. Renowned for being the biggest decentralized gaming guild network, Yield Guild Games prioritizes Web3 education and blockchain games.


Aura is a state-of-the-art gaming ecosystem built on Polygon blockchain that equips gamers with everything they need to be better at gaming. With 45 million listed NFTs to choose from, Aura offers a unique platform for gamers of all levels. Aura’s commitment to innovation, user-driven experiences, and community engagement cements its status as the ultimate destination for Web3 gaming enthusiasts.






Yield Guild Games (YGG) is the world’s first and biggest web3 gaming guild, where players can enrich themselves as they find their community, discover games, and develop vital skills for web3. As a decentralized network of guilds with a focus on playing blockchain games and onboarding people into web3 ecosystems, YGG is committed to providing opportunities for its members to achieve success in the open Metaverse.

Beauty, Sports

Run to raise awareness of breast cancer with Pia Wurtzbach, Enchong Dee, Kyline Alcantara, and a number of celebrities

On October 21 at the CCP Complex in Pasay City, wear your jogging shoes and join the campaign to honor every woman’s breast health journey.

Everyone is invited to join Fun Run to Boob Love by Avon, the nation’s top manufacturer of intimate apparel, and run alongside the 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, actor and model Enchong Dee, Sparkle GMA actress Kyline Alcantara, 2023 Miss Universe Philippines Michelle Dee, 2023 Miss Supranational 1st Runner Up Pauline Amelinckx, and a host of other celebrities from the worlds of fashion, fitness, and wellness.

The celebration of every woman’s breast health journey is organized by the community. Fun race to Boob Love, which consists of a 3KM/5KM race and a fair focused on breast health and education, aims to generate money for the Philippine Cancer Society, a longtime Avon partner organization.

Avon’s dedication to maintaining women’s breast health reaches another milestone with the educational campaign. Avon encourages people to feel the boob love, be aware of the warning signs, understand the risks, and know what they can do to combat breast cancer. This includes promoting the value of self-care practices that save lives.

Visit to sign up for the Fun Run to Boob Love if you’re prepared to run for a good cause. Avon is part of the Natura &Co Group. *Learn more at

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Automotive, Sports

Top Sporting Class Qualifiers for TGR GT Cup PH 2023 Finish Local Rounds and Advance to Nationals

With the broadcast of the third and final local round on August 4, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) concluded the local rounds of the 2023 season of its TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Gran Turismo Cup (TGR GT Cup).

The National Finals’ successful qualifiers will then compete against one another live in e-racing on August 24 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila as part of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Festival (TGR Festival).

On the virtual Nürburgring GP track, e-racers who took part in the third and final round drove the Toyota GR010 Hybrid. The GR010 Hybrid, with its potent four-wheel-drive racing hybrid powertrain, proved to be a difficult vehicle for the e-racers.

Meanwhile, the Nürburgring GP offered broadcast viewers stunning views of the real-life track in Germany through the crisp visuals of the Gran Turismo 7 game.

David Enzo Ison once again conquered the Junior Class, coming out on top for the third round in a row. Russo Gabriel Formoso and Satoshi Jacobo Taguchi Paredes followed behind in second and third place, respectively.

In the Promotional Class, Stanley Theodore Golez emerged as champion, with Jan Rene Cortez Aldiosa in second and Benedict Salido in third.

Russel Reyes defended his first-place finish in the Sporting Class, with Jether Lugo Miole coming in second and Matthew Spencer Ang in third.

With the culmination of the local rounds, the Top 8 Sporting Class e-racers who will be competing at the National Finals was determined. Based on overall points from the three local rounds, the players who will be racing for a chance to represent the Philippines at the Asia Regional are:

1.       Russel Reyes

2.      Jether Miole

3.      Matthew Ang

4.      Mark Elman

5.      Luis Moreno

6.      Topher Tejada

7.      Estefano Rivera

8.      Bob Villangca

The winners of the National Finals will represent the Philippines in the Asia Regional happening in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

At the National Finals at the Quirino Grandstand, fans of e-motorsports may watch live support for their favorite e-racers. Along with the thrilling sim racing competition, attendees may enjoy spectacular entertainment from visiting bands as well as drifting and gymkhana exhibitions by professional drivers from across the world and their hometown.

On the official social media accounts of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Philippines, additional information on the TGR Festival will be shared. For the most recent motorsports news, follow them on Facebook and Instagram or go to


The Allianz MoveNow Camp: Putting Philippine youth in the spotlight of esports competitions

Teens attended the inaugural Allianz MoveNow Camp – Esports Edition in Singapore over the course of Olympic Esports Week (OEW). During the first OEW finals, the camp featured the abilities and skills of teens in 11 various games. By enhancing the accessibility, engagement, and inclusion of youth in the Philippines and other Asian nations through the MoveNow camps, Allianz PNB Life hopes to increase the role of sports in society.

The MoveNow camp is a collaborative project of Allianz and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), one of the top life insurance providers in the Philippines and a global Olympic and Paralympic insurance partner. The Olympic Esports Week (OEW) was created to showcase the finest of Esports and integrate the gaming industry into the Olympic ecosystem.

The MoveNow Esports Camp displayed the best in esports as well as the most recent developments and inventions. Three of the 23 participants chosen for the camp were from the Philippines out of the hundreds of teenagers (aged 14 to 17) who applied from the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and other countries.

Philippine Team Captain Marlon Stöckinger, a former racing driver, and the first Filipino to win a formula race in Europe, shared, “I was inspired by the talent, commitment, and dedication that the teens showed during the camp. Everyone had a great time and I’m sure that the experience helped develop their skills further while creating once-in-a-lifetime memories for them.”

Tempest Dime, a 17-year-old Filipino participant, said, “It was cool to see these games becoming translated virtually through technology, proving that sports and gaming are not two separate things. The camp was a great display of sportsmanship and the Olympic values as we came together to connect, compete, and learn from one another.”

All the participants received coaching, mentoring, and training sessions from experts and professional players such as professional racing driver, Mikaela; YouTube soccer trick-shot artist, Emmanuel; and professional Rocket League player, Kassio. These sessions enabled them to learn advanced techniques and strategies to improve their gameplay.

Research has supported the various benefits of Esports, such as improved executive function skills, hand-eye coordination, and visual acuity. And like physical sports, Esports also improves teens’ confidence, problem solving skills, teamwork, and ability to communicate.

Gino Riola, AZPNBL Chief Marketing Officer, said, “At Allianz, we believe that anyone and everyone, especially the youth, can engage in sports and reap its benefits. The goal of the MoveNow program is to create a healthy, safe, and supportive environment where young people can engage in sports and skills development.”

Building on a connection with the Paralympic Movement since 2006, Allianz formally launched their global partnership with the Olympic and Paralympic Movements in 2021. Allianz has launched a number of initiatives since unveiling the MoveNow program in June 2022, including the MoveNow Training Series, the MoveNow TikTok Club, and the MoveNow Camps. Allianz is dedicated to relocating the next generation through the MoveNow program by launching national and international projects along the Road to Paris 2024 and beyond.


The official transportation companion of Gilas Pilipinas for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is Toyota

Leading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has turned over two units of its 29-seater mini bus, the Toyota Coaster, to the Gilas Pilipinas national basketball team. The vehicles will be used by the team, the management, and coaching staff during Gilas Pilipinas’ stint at the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 being co-hosted by the Philippines from August 25 to September 10. Photo shows Gilas Pilipinas player pool members AJ Edu, Jamie Malonzo, Kiefer Ravena, Dwight Ramos, and June Mar Fajardo, together with TMP Director and Member of the Board Vince Socco (2nd from left), MediaQuest & Cignal TV President and CEO Jane J. Basas (5th from left), Gilas Pilipinas team manager Butch Antonio of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (3rd from right), and TMP Vice President for Marketing Services Elvin Luciano (rightmost). Aside from being the official mobility partner of Gilas Pilipinas, TMP is also one of the local event sponsors of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

Lifestyle, Sports

Happy Green Run at Vermosa thrilled both casual and competitive runners, as well as pets and their owners

At the recent annual Green Run held on Ayala Land’s 740-hectare property in Imus, Cavite, competitive athletes, recreational runners, and dog lovers all had a great time jogging in the pollution-free, lush green environs of the Vermosa Estates.

The multi-level run, which pushed physical and mental health, saved the world, and celebrated the marvels of nature and its inhabitants, drew 2,550 people and 256 dogs of diverse breeds.

Numerous participants took on the challenge of the Green Run in several categories, including 21K, 10K, 5K, 3K, and the recently added 1K Dog Run, including professional athletes, athletes in training, novices, young and elderly, and devoted pet owners.

Fur parents ran, walked and skipped along the picturesque route, with cute Yorkies, Poodles and ShihTzus, small to medium sized Beagles, Jack Russells and Aspins running alongside Belgian Malinois, German Shephereds, Retrievers and giant Mastiffs.

The Dog Run was a welcome addition to the Green Run – Vermosa Estates’ very own running event that features different running distance categories to suit individual runners’ fitness levels. Established in 2022 to serve as an inspirational, feel-good event after the pandemic to celebrate life, good health, fitness and the great outdoors, this 2023 edition introduced a Dog Run for pet lovers and their fur babies.

The Dog Run slots were the first to be filled up, showing how much Filipinos love their dogs and that the four-legged runners are very much a part of the family.

Pet parents and fur babies showed up dressed in their Green Run running gear — a Green Run bib for the human and a fetching dog bandana with a bone ID tag for the fur baby.

Some dogs ran with the wind, while dogs with shorter legs ran gingerly alongside their fur parents. Some dogs tried to make friends with other dogs along the short trail, while some dogs asked their humans to carry them to the finish line.

“Thank you, Vermosa for introducing a Dog Run to the Green Run this year. This heartwarming activity gave us great moments to remember with our pets. It was a super experience and I’m so happy that my dog’s happy. Looking forward to the Dog Run again next year,” said lawyer Marco Lozada who ran with his retriever Carter.

“We were overwhelmed with the response to the Green Run this year. There was a big increase in runners and it was so delightful to see many dog lovers and their dogs along the trail. We are proud to say that Vermosa’s beautiful, natural surroundings and feet-friendly streets and walkways made the experience fun and safe for everyone. This is really a safe, healthy environment for humans and animals alike,” said Lani Tan, Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub General Manager.

“Vermosa is all about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle. A healthy, well-balanced life is not just physical wellness but also mental wellness. A feel-good activity like the Dog Run has so many physical and mental benefits for both dog owners and their pets that keeps both of them in tip-top shape. We will keep on staging the Green Run each year because we are committed to promote a healthy lifestyle and a love of the environment,” said Moses J. Aragones, Vermosa Estates Development Manager.

The Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-A-Seedling Program will receive a portion of the Green Run’s revenues in order to further the foundation’s long-term goal of preserving biodiversity and ecosystems.

FPG Insurance, MILO Philippines, SunLife, JGO Mart, Doggo Flask, Alaxan, Seda Hotel Nuvali, Merrell, Fitbar, Runnr, Toby’s, Pocari Sweat, Oishi, Equal Sugar, Healthway Qualimed Hospital, and Immuntab Multivitamins all provided support for The Green Run 2023.


FIBA and ArenaPlus are partnering for the 2023 World Basketball Cup

The International Basketball Association (FIBA), supported by TV5 Cignal Ultra, and ArenaPlus, a local online sports betting platform, officially announced their collaboration to become the official sportsbook partner for the eagerly awaited World Basketball Cup 2023.

Since Indonesia, Japan, and the Philippines will be working together for the first time ever to host the FIBA Basketball World Cup in 2023, it will be a really historic event. This momentous occasion is extremely exciting for ArenaPlus as well as the fervent Filipino basketball fans who can’t wait to share world-class basketball memories with FIBA.

“I truly believe that basketball is indeed loved by the Filipinos; hence FIBA alongside with ArenaPlus will surely upgrade your sports appreciation and will give you distinct fun and experience while cheering your team.” said Andy Tsui, President of DigiPlus Interactive Corporation.

This alliance is committed to making sure that every basketball fan in the Philippines has an amazing and enjoyable time at the FIBA World Basketball Cup. ArenaPlus sincerely believes in giving our basketball “kababayans” the top-notch experience they rightfully deserve. Our mission is to provide our kababayan’s with high-caliber basketball entertainment, heightened enthusiasm, and community building while promoting happiness across the country.

Total Gamezone Xtreme Inc. President Rafael Jasper Vicencio guarantees the best and quality betting experience. “We assure you that we will add more hype and escalate your FIBA experience. Together with our first athlete endorser, who is present here today, Scottie Thompson, you already know that we only provide quality and best betting entertainment service.”

The FIBA Basketball World Cup, which will be held in August and September 2023, is the brand’s invitation to all basketball aficionados and supporters to join in celebrating the sport’s peak of greatness.

“Together, let’s make history and forge enduring basketball memories that will be treasured by fans for years to come. ArenaPlus, Astig sa Sports!,” added Vicencio.


Philippines and France Strengthened Friendship Through Basketball

The recent basketball friendly of PBA Blackwater Bossing and the French Navy’s Destroyer Lorraine was part of the 75th-anniversary celebration of the diplomatic relations between France and the Philippines.

The Philippine Basketball Association’s (PBA) team, Blackwater Bossing, and the French Navy’s team, Destroyer Lorraine had showcased not only their talents but also their sportsmanship and friendship during the recent friendly basketball game between Philippines and France held at Paco Arena, Manila City.

The event is part of the 75th anniversary celebration of diplomatic relations between France and Philippines. French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz said, “I know that this country seriously loves sports, and basketball is almost like a religion to them. So the Destroyer Lorraine came to visit us and wanted to play some sport with one of the best teams in PBA.”

L-R) French Ambassador Michèle Boccoz, Ever Bilena Cosmetics, Inc (EBCI) CEO and PBA Blackwater Bossing team owner Dioceldo Sy, ALPACI-France Pacific Command’s Rear Admiral Geoffroy d’Andigné, and executive officer ALPACI Joint Commander and Captain Jerome Henry.

Likewise, PBA’s Blackwater Bossing team owner Dioceldo Sy said, “This sporting event will not only allow my team to improve their game, but I’m also thrilled to be part of something monumental for our country and for France.” Sy is honored to play a role in strengthening the ties between the two countries through his team.

Likewise, PBA Blackwater Bossing team owner Dioceldo Sy is honored to play a role in strengthening the ties between France and the Philippines through his team. “This sporting event will not only allow my team to improve their game but I’m also thrilled to be part of something monumental for our country and for France,” he said.

(L-R) EBCI chief operating officer and Blackwater Bossing Governor Silliman Sy, Embassy of France to the Philippines counselor for cooperation and cultural affairs Marc Piton, and EBCI business development officer Donway Dioceldo Sy.

Blackwater Bossing Governor Silliman Sy, ALPACI-France Pacific Command’s Rear Admiral Geoffroy d’Andigné, and ALPACI Joint Commander and Captain Jerome Henry, Executive Officer – Lorraine were also present to witness the friendly match – where the PBA’s Blackwater Bossing team took home the victory.

To get the latest updates on PBA Blackwater Bossing, follow their Facebook page @BlackwaterBossingPBA and Instagram @BlackwaterBossing.

Lifestyle, Sports

Vermosa and Merrell Collaborate For A Spectacular Environmental Run

The Green Run was held on Sunday, June 25, and was sponsored by Vermosa, a leading provider of outdoor lifestyle footwear. Merrell, a proponent of sustainability and environmental protection, extended an invitation to everyone to enjoy the outdoors, including a variety of fitness experts and environmental activists.

A Run for Nature

The Green Run promotes “leaner and greener” living while raising fitness levels in its participants. The event promotes ways to help environmental protection while also benefiting the Haribon Foundation. The course offered runners a variety of difficulties, including open spaces, rich vegetation, flat and undulating terrain, and well-kept paths.

Sustainable Footwear

The Nova 3, Merrell’s most popular trail running model, was on display at the occasion. The Nova 3 is the most recent addition to their Nova line, and it now has sustainable materials like a footbed made of 50% recycled EVA foam, a footbed cover made of 100% recycled mesh, and mesh linings made of 100% recycled mesh.

From Left: Travel vlogger and environmental advocate Natalie Tarin, Fitness vloggers Ciaran Daragh and Daniel Marsh, and Merrell ambassador Andy Borras.


Fun in Fitness

YouTubers and fitness enthusiasts Daniel Marsh and Ciaran Daragh of Short King Vlogs represented Merrell, each running 21KM. Merrell ambassador and pro-athlete Andy Borras likewise completed the 21K run. Travel vlogger and environmental advocate Natalie Tarin completed the 10K run, remarking “Vermosa was quite a hilly route, so I was happy to still finish.” Runners who dropped by the Merrell booth were treated to a number of fun games and puzzles, with one lucky winner receiving a pair from the brand.

From Left: Runners playing in the Merrell booth. Scenes from the 1KM dog run.

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Lifestyle, Sports

On June 25, participate in Vermosa’s Green Run for family enjoyment, mental health, and physical fitness

The Green Run in Vermosa 2023 is scheduled to begin on June 25, Sunday, almost a year after the inaugural Green Run in July 2022. After being cooped up at home due to the pandemic, last year’s Green Run welcomed everyone to lace up and enjoy the outdoors for physical and emotional wellness.

As both serious and recreational runners continue to improve their fitness, this year’s Green Run challenges everyone to be “leaner and greener”. The Haribon Foundation is still supported by the Run, which also emphasizes how everyone can do their part to protect the environment.

A 3K run for novices, a 5K run for intermediate runners, a 10K run for serious runners, and a half-marathon 21K level for elite runners and athletes in training are the three levels offered by the Green Run. A fun and adorable 1K dog run has been added to the event this year, providing dogs and their owners a wonderful opportunity to connect and exercise together. There will probably be a few celebrities running as well.

The Vermosa Green Run is unique because it allows participants and guests to pursue their passions while taking advantage of Vermosa’s natural beauty, clear skies, and unpolluted environment.

“The abundance of wide-open spaces, lush greenery, flat and rolling terrain and well-constructed walkways at Vermosa offer both challenges and rewards for runners,” said Vermosa Project Development Manager Moses John Aragones.

“There is also scientific evidence that running outdoors is very beneficial. Doctors say it lessens feelings of isolation, anxiety and stress because running outside is a happy feeling. Powerful hormones that boost mood and combat depression are released especially when you run outdoors. Being out in nature is very calming, and at Vermosa you are surrounded by nature everywhere you go,” added Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub General Manager Lani Tan, who is a sports and fitness enthusiast herself.

Organized by Pinoy Fitness, The Green Run will give proceeds of the Run to Haribon Foundation’s Adopt-a-Seedling Program. Runners and guests get a chance to protect the environment by recycling their plastic bottles at the Sun Life ReCycle PH machine on-site where every bottle donated can earn participants points which can be exchanged for prizes.

Green Run’s exclusive non-life insurance partner, FPG Insurance, will also provide all race participants with a 1-month Personal Accident (PA) insurance coverage, ensuring their safety and peace of mind throughout the event.

Ms. Tan said Vermosa Estates plans to hold the Green Run every year because of Vermosa’s commitment to actively promote sport and an active, healthy lifestyle.

“Our Ayala Vermosa Sports Hub, a state-of-the-art professionally–managed sports facility that has a FINA-standard Olympic size pool, a warm-up pool, an IAAF-standard 400m track oval, a football pitch, athletes’ lounge and a Sante Fitness Lab, all speak about our commitment to fitness, health and overall wellness as well as the development of Philippine sports,” Tan said.

Alaxan, Milo Philippines, SunLife, JGO Mart, DoggoFlask, Pocari Sweat and Immuntab, Oishi, Seda Hotel Nuvali, Merrell, Fitbar, Runnr, Toby’s Sports and O Wow, this year’s sponsors of The Green Run include SS Mnl Pet Store and Healthway Qualimed Hospital Santa Rosa.