Of Runways and Social Balls: 4 Ways To Slay Social Events with TikTok

TikTok, one of today’s popular mobile video apps, has become a booming social network giant that attracts millions of users worldwide including millennials and the genZs. As a “global video community”, it has become a go-to platform to everyone and anyone who wishes to show their talent, skills or simply be part of a community with the same interests.

Every second, users share fun and memorable videos with their angsty facial expressions, smooth dance moves, and curated visual effects. Whether you are in the comforts of your home, outdoor by the beach, or at a formal event, there is a perfect filter, music or transition effects to help share these moments in TikTok.

With the “-ber” months full of fashion events, social gatherings and charity balls, make sure you don’t miss out on sharing the inner fashionista in you. Want to make a red carpet or runway-worthy video in just 15 seconds? Slay it with TikTok!

The Transformation  

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Document your before and after look. Share it from your pre-event pampering to the moment you wear that glamorous dress or custom-tailored suit. Show them that Cinderella effect!

Runway Ready

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OOTD shots are overrated. Create a montage of your stylish outfits like a true A-list star. Play with those outfits and serve the looks we all need to see.

Be A Movie/TV Star

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Channel your inner movie star. Choose from the list of memorable scenes from your favorite movies and TV series. Wear that glitter dress plus an iconic coat and be Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wears Prada, or for guys be MI6 agent James Bond wearing that sleek black suit. Remember- Everyone Is A Star!

The After Party

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Fun moments need fun music. Gather your friends and make your own music video to capture and share such  moments during and after these events. You can choose from pop, punk, disco, and EDM, the sky’s the limit!

Create your 15 seconds of Glam and Fashion in TikTok, the world’s leading short-form video sharing app. Available for iOS and Android.

About TikTok
TikTok is the leading destination for short-form mobile video. Our mission is to inspire and enrich people’s lives by offering a home for creative expression and an experience that is genuine, joyful, and positive. TikTok has global offices including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Berlin, Dubai, Mumbai, Singapore, Jakarta, Seoul, and Tokyo. www.tiktok.com.

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More reasons to Chill at "Coco Chill Camp" in SM Mega Fashion Hall until September 19, 2019

Coco Panchinko

Calling all Coco fans, Coco lovers and Coco addicts! Everybody's fave milktea, Coco is having this 3-day "Coco Chill Camp" at the  SM Mega Fashion Hall. This is Coco's way of saying their huge thanks to all their supporters (including myself). The aim of this "get-together," is to unite all the Coco-natics, have fun, enjoy, be acquainted, bond and appreciate the brand more since there will also be exciting prizes  for lucky Coco fans and you can also purchase exclusive limited  edition merchandise at the booth inside the Coco Chill Camp ike CoCo shirts with cool designs that would make every CoCo lover wear it with pride.

Coco Merchandise Pop up store in the camp

Just recently, Coco has won the "People's Choice Award" for Most Favorite  Milk Tea Brand 
and because of that, there are a lot of reasons to celebrate with Coco here in the Philippines!  And they've invited me to come and celebrate with them and try the fun games and experience Coco Chill Camp on its first day! 

Lovin' these!!! 

We all enjoyed ordering and lining-up to get the Coco Milk Tea and Juices we were craving for and we didn't mind lining up in long cues 'coz it's still worth it as always, right Coco lovers?! I ordered 3 Buddies Milk Tea, 2 Ladies Milk Tea, Passion Fruit Tea and their newest addition, the Caramel Choco Cream Slush which I'm most definite that even the kids will love it too!

Got my Coco!!! Yey! 

This is the Passion Fruit Tea if you want another option aside from Coco's milktea faves

C'mon! Dive in at the Coco Panda Pit  and look for that orange ball underneath these giant pearls to get exciting prizes from Coco!!! 

Too bad, these giant pearls errrr balls have their own lives and directions, I couldn't control them here at the Coco Pearl Toss! Hahaha 

If I got to enjoy my Coco Milktea alone... 

I enjoyed it more with blogger-friends!!! 

Ever since young entrepreneur Larry Evans Tan brought CoCo to the Philippines five years ago from the milk tea capital of the world, Taiwan, CoCo has rapidly become a top player in the Filipino milk tea craze and is one of the strongest markets of the CoCo brand worldwide.
CoCo leads in the global tea market with a formidable 4,000 branches spread out across the world and posting an incredible sale of 100 cups per second globally. In the Philippines, where it has become the go-to milk tea brand, one CoCo cup is sold every 4 minutes via delivery alone—further proving the love for CoCo that expands beyond the physical store.

Coco Philippines Gen. Manager Larry Evans Tan 

“We’ve seen how well CoCo was received by Filipinos. The CoCo Chill Camp is our way of showing our loyal fans and supporters that we feel their love. And so we want to give them back the happiness that our drinks have brought to their lives, by giving them an experience that’s uniquely created for them,” said Tan, CoCo Philippines General Manager.

The CoCo Chill Camp showcased fun activities for everyone’s delight, including a CoCo Panda Pit, CoCo Pachinko, and CoCo Pearl Toss. These games come with with exciting prizes for lucky guests.

Social media rockstars, who are self-confessed CoCo lovers, ThatsBella, Rei Germar, Janina Vela and LA Aguinaldo, joined the other CoCo fans on the opening day, sharing their love for the brand and revealing their favorite CoCo drinks. ThatsBella and Rei also had the opportunity to visit Taiwan last month to interview CoCo founder Chairman Tommy Hung.


Social media rockstars Janina Vela, LA Aguinaldo, with Mr. Tan, then Rei Germar and Thats Bella

And if CoCo fans could not seem to get enough of the bestsellers—Panda Milk Tea, 3 Buddies Milk Tea, White Pearl Milk Tea, and Passion Fruit Tea Burst, CoCo launched a new flavor that is quickly starting to be the new favorite—the Caramel Chocolate Cream, EXCLUSIVE to the Philippine market.

Panda Milk Tea 

3 Buddies Milk Tea 

This latest concoction of sweetness, as Tan described it: “waves of caramel blended with chocolate slush over velvety salty cream makes a drink that is decadent for the local palate.”

Caramel Chocolate Cream Slush

Explaining the rationale behind this new Philippines-only product, Tan said, “We wanted to create a unique offering that we know the Philippine market would be drawn to. What’s better than caramel and chocolate? This is definitely something new beyond the milk tea that CoCo is known for.” Tan explained.

White Pearl Milk Tea

Passion Fruit Tea 

The overwhelming reception of CoCo in the Philippines made Tan very much optimistic with the future of CoCo among Filipino milk tea lovers. “We are definitely responding to the clamor of our customers into bringing CoCo more accessible to them, we are opening our 2nd branch in Cebu by the end of the month and we’ll be opening our 1st Mindanao branch soon.  And we continue to explore with new flavors that we know our customers would love,” he revealed.  

The CoCo Chill Camp will run until September 19 and Tan invites all CoCo fans to join in the fun and bring their friends and families to experience the dynamic vibe in the camp that the brand is known for. 

So what are you still doing there, get up on your feet and let's all have some fun at the Coco Chill Camp! Let's chiiiiiiillll!!! 

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Cosmetigroup Int’l Corp's Elite Skin Perfection gets a visit from the "Misters of Filipinas 2019" candidates

Cosmetigroup Int’l Corp’s Elite Shop at Ayala Malls Circuit got a visit from the candidates of Misters of Filipinas last September 11, 2019. CIC's newly released EZStep orthotics were also featured in the event along with brands Aqua Mineral and Botanifique. Cosmetigroup Int’l Corp's Skin Perfection hosted the representatives from the prestigious Misters of Filipinas pageant.

Pamper Party has brought together the country’s greatest influencers for a day of rest and relaxation. There were talks and demos featuring the company's best products. CIC General Manager Idan Segev, CIC Marketing Manager Jonah Bolaños and EZStep General Manager Moshe Alkobi will be attending the event. “This event was created to showcase a unique and authentic relationship the company has with the pageant community.” Bolaños says of this event. Cosmetigroup International Corp. is a duly registered corporation engaged in importing, distributing and retailing luxury cosmetic products in and outside of the Philippines. Mainly focused on the creation and distribution of beauty products and services inspired by the Dead Sea, the company seeks to be one of the leading beauty company in the Philippines and the top provider of beauty products from the Dead Sea.

"Misters of Filipinas" pageant will be held this on Sept.21, 2019 in San Juan City, Metro Manila 

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Lessons in life... Lessons in GCash

Cautious? Yes, that's me. Practical but picky, yes... it's still me! 
Being a mom, and having a family must've taught me to be more cautious and practical in life. Honestly, if there are new innovations or re-creations being introduced in the market, or let's just say, an ad that's "too good to be true," my first reaction is to have doubts about it and be more keen if that "thing" or "product" had caught my attention. 

In this very modern day, a lot of people rely much on "plastic" or the so-called credit card, yes it's actually good only if you use it responsibly, right? Then there's this "cashless" payment app wherein people can do alot of things using the app. Being an "old school" (there's still a part of me, yes hihi) , I always pay my bills, or any services even when shopping or doing my groceries via cash not until this one very unforgettable day that happened... 

As a working mom, the challenge for me is time management. Of course, I can do multi-tasking but only if time and space permits. If I am in the office, I can only do what my job requires me to accomplish. Part of my time management is going out of our house during office days two hours with two hours or more allowance for travel, my day ends when the bank closes and that most of the time, my work demands me to stay in the office and skip break time or else I just sneak on some snacks. I know some of you could also relate with this scenario. :)) With that kind of schedule, I cannot do bank transactions too, and this has pained me when this one family emergency happened. 

Barely a month ago, I've received a call from my niece from the province, as soon as I've heard her quivering voice, I knew something not good happened and I kinda sensed that it was an urgent matter. True enough, she'd told me to lend her some money because her father who's my brother-in-law, was rushed to the hospital and needed immediate medical attention and that includes series of lab tests and meds. She said she had ran out of funds and wasn't prepared for that to happen. I received her call while I was on my way home, I was so worried and stressed thinking of the fastest and easy way to help my niece and my brother-in-law. 

While on my way home, I called up sister who had recently given birth to a bouncing baby boy, to ask for advice as to how to handle the situation as I'd really like to help them. I guess my sister had also sensed my panic-ish voice as much as I want to be calm, I can't (you know what I mean), since all the banks were all closed I was beginning to feel helpless and hopeless. A ray of sunshine suddenly appeared when my sister told me that there is still a way to send money... she told me download the GCash app immediately. 

No other choice for me that time, the picky, practical and cautious mom had to heed the advice of a millennial mom (my sister). As soon as I registered and input my details, I find the app very user-friendly, I got my account verified too so, I was able to use the "Send to Bank" feature. When the transaction was concluded, I was notified by GCash thru SMS or text, I felt half-accomplished and when my niece had informed me that she was able to withdraw the money from the ATM at the hospital, I was soooo relieved! I've noticed that Gcash could also go well with other networks (aside for Globe) like Smart, Sun and Talk 'N Text. Thank God there's GCash and thank you to my sister who's helped me realized what I've been missing the whole time! 

The lab tests were done to my brother-in-law, the doctors had administered the proper meds, my niece was so relieved and thankful... they just have to watch out for my brother-in-law's diet and lifestyle to avoid the abrupt increase in blood pressure again, should also heed doctor's advise and to never fail to drink his prescribed meds. All's well that ends well. 

I've learned a lot of things from that "experience." Firstly, to stay calm and still have the presence of mind during critical moments. To be careful with what we eat and live a healthy lifestyle. Then to be open to brand new ideas and innovations (as long as it's not harmful), and to be patient and thankful for whatever we're going through in life, remember that every problem has always a corresponding solution to it. Just think, work for it and never hesitate to ask for help there's always someone out there that could really be our "angel" in disguise. 

Since that very "unforgettable moment" happened, I am now a happy and satisfied Gcash user. Not only I've learned those lessons in life but I've also learned how to download, use Gcash and I am now entrusting my bills and other services even in shopping to this amazing app. We could all go "cashless" almost everyday with Gcash!!! 

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Shopee teams up with Go Negosyo to drive digital agriculture in the Philippines

From September 18 to 20, users can show support to local farmers and score deals up to 20% off on all-natural products 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with Go Negosyo, the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship’s official advocacy, to digitize the agricultural industry in the Philippines. The initiative equipped farmers with the skills and knowledge to sell their homegrown products online. 

Through this partnership, local farmers can promote their products directly to consumers, as well as expand their reach nationwide via Shopee. They can also reach more customers at minimal cost, allowing them to deliver quality local produce to online shoppers at competitive and affordable prices.

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “Through our partnership with Go Negosyo, our local farmers will be able to tap the full potential of e-commerce. By being on Shopee, they are able to expand their market reach by leveraging our platform’s wide user base as well as enjoy a seamless online selling experience. At the same time, consumers will enjoy greater access to organic and homegrown products while supporting our local farmers.”  
The project kicked off with a special Shopee University class geared toward agricultural cooperatives. Farmers and agri-entrepreneurs owners were taught the basics and benefits of e-commerce.

Ginggay Hontiveros-Malvar, Adviser for Agripreneurship at Go Negosyo, said, “We are grateful to Shopee for providing an inclusive and convenient way for farmers to sell their products online.  Through this project, Shopee is enabling the agricultural industry to grow and touch base with consumers nationwide. We look forward to strengthening our partnership and creating more initiatives that benefit small entrepreneurs.”

Go Negosyo-affiliated farmers, which participated in the class, will showcase their local all-natural products on Shopee from September 18 to 20. Users can look forward to discounts of up to 20% off on various local agricultural products. There will also be an additional ₱100 off for a minimum spend of ₱500 with the voucher SPHGOLOCAL.

For more information visit https://shopee.ph/m/go-negosyo.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

About Go Negosyo

Go Negosyo is the advocacy of the Philippine Center for Entrepreneurship (PCE), a non-stock, non-profit organization that advocates for a change in MINDSET and ATTITUDE. We believe that Filipinos can address poverty in the country by engaging in entrepreneurship and developing an optimistic, passionate, creative and innovative, resourceful, diligent and persevering character. It is led by Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion.

About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support. Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice.

Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea's mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

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With #TeamRobes , San Jose Del Monte is definitely rising up!

San Jose Del Monte City's Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes during the opening of "Tanglawan Gallery" in SM SJDM last September 10, 2019

Most well-loved and respected couple of San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan, Mayor Arthur Robes and Congresswoman Florida Robes had concluded the whole "Tanglawan Festival 2019" with the opening of "Tanglawan Gallery" in SM San Jose Del Monte (SM Tungko). 

I was one of the guests who had witnessed successful opening of the said gallery showcasing SJDM's youth's skills and talent in artworks. I couldn't really help but to feel in awe for these young generation and it was very evident in the paintings that they've created to express their passion and love for their beloved San Jose Del Monte. 

The "Tanglawan Gallery" was initiated by the beauteous Congresswoman Rida Robes, in line with the celebration of the 19th Cityhood Anniversary of San Jose Del Monte. 

Please watch the speech of SJDM Rida Robes and Mayor Art Robes during the opening of "Tanglawan Gallery" and let this video tour you around the gallery 


One if the highlights of the event is the "Tanglawan Gallery's" ribbon-cutting to give way for the viewing public.

Here are some of the artworks displayed at the said gallery: 

I may not be a real painter but I can appreciate works of art like these..  Kudos to all the San Joseños 

According to Congresswoman Rida Robes, the theme for this whole art gallery is "lantern" ehich was very significant to them. 

Great job to Mayor Art and Congresswoman Rida Robes and the whole team!!! 

The unbeatable tandem!!! #TeamRobes

We were given the chance to interview the unbeatable tandem during the gallery opening and we were so surprised by "Ate Cong" aka Congresswoman Rida's passion, dedication and love for all the San Joseños. While she was answering a certain question thrown at her, she couldn't help but to feel emotional and teary-eyed...

Why is she being emotional? I guess her love for all the San Joseños was overflowing and that she was also overwhelmed by the success of every project she does and that she's given her whole heart, effort and time to plan all these...

Everything was her idea and she did it for "Free" and for the love of SJDM. And of course this wouldn't all be possible without the help and support of her other half, Mayor Art Robes, who's primarily the happiest since he loves artworks. 

You can watch the whole interview here... 


Another good news revealed to us that day was, they were very excited in preparing to join and beat United Kingdom come December this year, for the Guinness World Records title of "Largest Living Nativity." And for us Filipinos, not just for the San Joseños, we feel equally proud, happy and hopeful that they will succeed in this attempt. Here's to more good news and and great opportunities for everyone! 

If you could recall, the City of San Jose Del Monte holds the Guinness World Records title of "Largest Lantern Parade" last September 19, 2017 with 14, 173 participants over Singapore. Now that was such a great achievement under the #TeamRobes administration, right?! 

Definitely, the San Joseños are in good hands and will continue to rise up with #TeamRobes around. 


Painting by Emmanuel Borbor of FCPC Visual Art Group 

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Meralco, PLDT, Smart, Pag-IBIG and other bills? Don't pay cash, PayMaya!

Paying for your bills now gets more convenient and ultra rewarding when you use PayMaya. Instead of spending time to line up at a payments center, just use your PayMaya app and get up to P300 cashback plus a chance to have PayMaya cover your bills next month!  

Worried about how to pay for your Meralco, PLDT, Smart and other utility bills as well as your payments for government services? PayMaya has your back with its convenient Bills Pay feature. To make it even better, pay for your bills via PayMaya every Friday and Saturday throughout the month of September and get a P100 cashback on your first three transactions. Don’t forget that your bills worth a minimum of P1,000 each should be paid in full and on time.  

And if you pay at least three unique bills within the month worth P5,000 and above until September 30, you also get the chance to win your next month’s worth of bill payments! One hundred (100) lucky raffle winners will take home P10,000 each, which they can use to pay for the next bill or for other purposes.  

The best part of all this? You can enjoy all these deals and rewards, by simply paying for your bill within the comforts of your own home! All you will ever need is your PayMaya app in your smartphone.  

Paying bills is a breeze with PayMaya!  

To start paying for your bills, just follow these simple steps: 

  1. Open the PayMaya app and select Pay Bills.  
  2. Choose your desired biller.  
  3. Enter the account number from your bill.  
  4. Enter the amount of your payment.  
  5. Confirm your payment.  
  6. You will be notified in-app and via SMS that your payment was successful!  

It's that easy to pay for your bills with PayMaya. Instead of wasting time on long lines and hours of traffic, now you can spend more time working on your passion project or doing the things you love with your family and friends.  

Don't have a PayMaya account yet? Download the app now for your Android or iOS phone and register to pay for your bills, shop online, send money, and even buy prepaid load, in the most convenient way.  
 PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only FinTech company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device.    

To know more how you can maximize your PayMaya account, visit www.paymaya.com/deals 

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