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‘Mars’ celebrates 4th anniversary

July marks the fourth anniversary of GMA News TV’s Mars, and hosts Camille Prats and Suzi Abrera-Entrata are treating viewers to a week-long of fun-filled episodes.

Yesterday, Chynna Ortaleza and Cogie Domingo dropped by the show to share what they had been up to lately. Fresh from giving birth, Chynna showed how to make bibs from baby’s old clothes. Cogie, meanwhile, is set to make a comeback in showbiz. Upon his request, he will be taught how to cook Asian pork stew.

Mars forverer. Camille Pratts and Suzi Abrera-Entrata
It will be a big Tuesday today as Mars celebrate its fourth anniversary. Stand-up comedians Tetay and Pepay add fun to the show with their crazy antics. Camille and Suzi will also pick the winners for the Wacky Face-Off contest and will even try to imitate the wacky expressions by the show’s Facebook followers. And since it’s a special day, a mysterious chef will give instructions to the guests as they cook a new dish.

The stars of GMA’s latest Afternoon Prime series, Sinungaling Mong Puso, join the show on Wednesday. Sherilyn Reyes-Tan, JC Tiuseco, and Stephanie Sol talk about the TV adaptation of the 1992 blockbuster movie.

On throwback Thursday, Camille goes back to the character that propelled her to stardom: Princess Sarah. See how Camille looks 20 years after her iconic movie role. As a bonus, Sarah will be joined by Ms. Minchin, which will be brought to life by Suzi.

Kapuso actor Dion Ignacio, meanwhile, shows off his handyman skills as he makes a chicken wire magazine rack. Another Kapuso hunk, Juancho Triviño, will prepare veggies and beef packets. 

Catch all these on Mars this week, 7 p.m. on GMA News TV. 


30 new hopefuls in Miss Chinatown

The official candidates vying for the titles Mr. and Miss Chinatown 2016
Fil-Chi Media Productions Incorporated (Chinoy TV), in cooperation with Miss Chinatown Foundation, introduces 30 young, spirited and talented men and women as this year’s official candidates for the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines pageant, co-presented by Oriental Group and the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Incorporated.

Now on its 3rd year, the coveted search in the Chinese-Filipino community has come down to 15 boys and 15 girls, ages 18 to 26 years old, who personify unity in diversity and an effort to stay true to opulent traditions while adapting to the changing times. 

In what is set to be a month-long journey, the candidates will compete to represent the excellence of the Chinese-Filipino youth in areas such as leadership, the arts, entrepreneurship and academics. Two will emerge as ultimate victors who will each be taking home 500,000 pesos worth of prizes.

Unity in diversity

Timely challenges in relations between two different yet vibrant nations have ignited a parade that transcends a show of beauty and charisma. More importantly, the Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2016 candidates will be endorsing an advocacy of oneness and a developed sense of belonging at a time they are needed the most.

This pageant serves as an eye-opener, that through the union of two cultures and making the best of both, there can be unity in diversity. “By emphasizing this advocacy, we can expect more from the candidates this year in terms of their vision and commitment throughout the course”, promises Alvin Kingson Tan, President of Fil-Chi Media Productions.

Month-long events

Leading to the main event in a month’s time, Mr. and Ms. Chinatown Philippines 2016 had a Talent Competition last Sunday at The Lucky Chinatown Mall where select candidates showcased their creative takes on personal skills. Later there will be a Cultural Costume Competition on July 17 at Eastwood Central Plaza, to flaunt the fusion of traditional and modern Chinese-Filipino through colorful ensembles; and a Swimsuit Competition x Fashion Show on July 20 at the Chaos, City of Dreams Manila. 

To conclude, the candidates will be facing off in the grand coronation night set to happen on July 31 at the Resorts World Manila, to be directed by Paolo Valenciano, and will air exclusively on the home of Kapamilyas, ABS-CBN, on Aug. 7 after Gandang Gabi Vice.


Angel Locsin Smart Padala’s brand ambassador

Radio jocks Chris Tsuper and Nicole Hyala join Angel Locsin (center) at the launch of Smart Padala’s new campaign
Smart Padala, the remittance brand of PayMaya Philippines (formerly Smart eMoney, Inc.), launches today its new campaign with Angel Locsin as its brand ambassador as part of efforts to further strengthen its leadership in the remittance service industry.

The new campaign aims to reinforce the brand message of Smart Padala, which is PadaLapit. 

Based on data from the first National Baseline Survey on Financial Inclusion released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas mid-2015, it is estimated that on average, Filipinos take around 22 minutes to reach the nearest financial services touch point. It also costs an average of P43 for a roundtrip fare.

With 15,000 Smart Padala centers nationwide, there is a Smart Padala center in almost every municipality so users do not need to travel, spend for the fare, and consume time just to send or receive money remittances. Smart Padala makes home feel closer by sending the remittances of family breadwinners to their loved ones in the most accessible, convenient, and secure manner. These centers include the recently launched Smart Padala International flagship stores that enable Filipinos to receive the remittances of their loved ones abroad.

“Since the brand was launched over ten years ago, Smart Padala has been enabling our countrymen to send and receive money anywhere in the country in a fast, easy, secure, and affordable manner. With this campaign, we reaffirm and strengthen this ‘PadaLapit’ brand that has made us a fixture of Filipino life,” said Benjie Fernandez, co-COO of PayMaya Philippines and COO of Voyager Innovations.

Known to be a family-oriented celebrity and an advocate of various causes, Angel Locsin was chosen by Smart Padala as the ideal ambassador for the brand as it intensifies its push for financial inclusion. 

 “Angel Locsin represents the family and service-oriented values of Smart Padala. Aside from being a devoted daughter, she also supports advocacies such as the Philippine Red Cross and women’s rights. We’re happy to welcome her to the Smart Padala family,” said Lawrence Ferrer, vice president and head of Domestic Business at PayMaya Philippines.

 “I’m proud to be the new ambassador of Smart Padala. Naniniwala ako sa brand dahil malaki ang naitutulong ng Smart Padala sa mga manggagawa at pamilyang Pilipino. By representing the brand, I hope to help in Smart Padala’s mission to uplift more lives and communities,” said Angel Locsin. 

On top of enabling mobile money remittance, Smart Padala also fosters entrepreneurship in the community. 

 “The backbone of our business is our army of Smart Padala community partners. Part of our mission is to help families and communities by providing micro-entrepreneurship opportunities. Anyone can be our partner and open a Padala center — all they need is a cellular phone, our basic business documentary requirements, and the driving passion to be of service,” said Paolo Azzola, managing director and co-COO of PayMaya Philippines. 

PadaLapit Lang with Smart Padala

With 15,000 Padala centers nationwide, sending money to loved ones anywhere in the country can be as simple as buying mobile load from a nearby sari-sari store. 

To make mobile money more inclusive, Smart Padala launched last year its Pick-Up Anywhere service, which allows users to send money to anyone, regardless of mobile network, to be redeemed at any Smart Padala center nationwide. 

It also launched promos such as Padalang Padalow for lower customer service fees and incentives to Padala partners. 

 “Smart Padala is truly a Filipino brand. It has made its mark not only as the global pioneer in mobile money but as an inclusive financial services enabler, making lives easier for the unconnected, unbanked and uncarded. We are committed in bringing this vision of bridging the digital divide through relevant services such as Smart Padala,” said Orlando B. Vea, president and CEO at PayMaya Phiippines. 

PayMaya Philippines is the digital financial services unit of PLDT and Smart Communications (Smart), under the Voyager Group. Aside from Smart Padala, among its innovative services include: PayMaya, the leading over-the-top digital payments app in the Philippine market; PayMaya Business, suite of solutions for businesses of any size; and Smart Money, the pioneering mobile money service linked to the Smart SIM and mobile phone. To know more about Smart Padala, visit and like its official Facebook page,

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