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Tuesday, February 20, 2024

5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Read

Are you on a reading slump?

Do you lack the motivation to read your books?

Is your TBR list piling up? 

If you answered yes, then you are not alone. At one point or another, many readers go through this phase where it's just hard to get inspired to read. You have no interest or you lack the energy to do so. Sometimes you simply just feel lazy. However do not fret because we're sharing with you the 5 Ways to Motivate Yourself to Read


Set Clear Goals: Establish specific reading goals, whether it's a certain number of pages or books per week, exploring a particular genre, or learning about a specific topic. Having a clear target gives you something to work towards and can keep you motivated to pick up a book.

Keep in mind that it doesn't have to be high. Small goals count too! 


Create a Reading Routine: Incorporate reading into your daily or weekly schedule by setting aside dedicated time for it. Whether it's in the morning with your coffee, during your lunch break, or before bed, having a consistent reading routine helps make it a habit. 


Find Enjoyable Material: Choose books that genuinely interest you and align with your passions or curiosity. When you're excited about the content, you'll naturally feel more motivated to read and explore further.

It doesn't have to be popular or trending. So, do away with booktoks if it is really not your genre. There is no point of forcing yourself to read something that you do not even enjoy. 


Join a Reading Community: Participate in book clubs, online forums, or social media groups where you can discuss literature with others. Engaging with like-minded readers can provide encouragement, recommendations, and accountability, making the reading experience more enjoyable and motivating.

Feel free to join Book Philippines if you are looking for a book community. You are also welcome to suggest activities that you wish to find in the group. 


Reward Yourself: Establish a reward system to celebrate your reading milestones. Treat yourself to something you enjoy after completing a book or reaching a specific reading goal. These rewards can serve as incentives to stay motivated and continue making progress with your reading habits.

Little rewards like a cup of coffee or chocolates is a good way to reward oneself. You can also buy a new book and continue growing your collection. 

Friday, February 16, 2024

Philippine Ballet Threat Ablaze with Passion


The Philippine Ballet Theatre’s triumph over daunting obstacles and hardships is a celebration of the company; resolute spirit that continues the revolutionary fighting spirit of its founders. Bold, Brave, and Beautiful, the company, and all the people behind it, continue to dream and fight, striving to see their dreams come to reality.

In 2023, the Company celebrated its dramatic emergence from the pandemic. With the revolutionary fighting spirit of the Company and the solid vision of Artistic Director Ronilo Jaynario, the company proved that they have stayed at the forefront of the industry. They closed the season with a warmly embraced full Filipino ballet “Ibalon”, an electric tour in the United States of America and their crowd favorite, “The Nutcracker”. This 2024, their journey continues as they prepare to take flight.

The Philippine Ballet Theatre proudly announces its vibrant 38th season. This season, PBT embraces the theme “Ablaze”. They begin the season with another brand new Filipino ballet “Sarimanok”. This ballet is ready to soar unveiling the beautiful tapestry of our culture.

“Sarimanok” is a dance of culture and myth. “Sarimanok” is a bird in Filipino Mindanao mythology. The magical bird with its majestic colors is the center of a love story between a mortal and a moon goddess.

This mythical creature, renowned for its vibrant feathers and captivating presence, takes center stage in a ballet that transcends the boundaries of time and culture. The ballet will be choreographed by the same creative team of “Ibalon”. Artistic Director Ronilo Jaynario will be choreographing the ballet with the music of Paulo Zarate. It is slated to premiere in early July.

“Music in Motion”, PBT’s second offering will be a mixed bill program of neoclassical works by artistic director Ronilo Jaynario with the music of maestro Raul Sunico. It will be a blend of familiar Filipino music brought to life through Philippine Ballet Theatre’s exquisite dancing. A flurry of emotions and diverse movement all packed in one show. In a dinner and dance format, this season offering is set to be performed sometime in September.

PBT will end their season with their crowd pleaser. “Nutcracker” is a tradition that is hard to resist. It not only serves as a ballet that ushers in the holiday spirit, it also serves as PBT’s advocacy project. With a cast of 100 dancers, it is able to educate young dancers from different schools regarding the remarkable discipline of ballet.

With a renewed passion for their advocacy, PBT will try to keep their fire burning for their advocacies. As of date they are scheduled to go on a local tour including Legaspi, Bicol, and Bacolod. The number of tour dates are increasing in number as we speak. The Company is also scheduled to go on an international tour this coming October to select cities in the United States of America.

Much has been accomplished but more is to be achieved. PBT is excited to engage with a wider range of audiences this 2024. A RESIDENT COMPANY OF THE CULTURAL CENTER OFTHE PHILIPPINES

CONTACT : (02) 632 8848 | (0912) 945 5151 | (0949) 325 2545 | (0995) 158 0538 | secretariat@pbt.ph

Monday, February 12, 2024

Call for Nominations: 8th National Children's Book Awards

The National Book Development Board (NBDB) and the Philippine Board on Books for Young People (PBBY) are proud to announce the return of the National Children's Book Awards (NCBA). 


This prestigious award is held every two years where the NCBA celebrates the finest achievements in Philippine children's and young adult literature. The award recognizes works of fiction, nonfiction, picture books, graphic novels, and comic books expressly labeled for children. 

If you have a book that you wish to nominate, then you can simply please fill out the form here: https://bit.ly/8THNCBA.

Here are some reminders before you submit that nomination: 
  1. Only books published in the Philippines by an NBDB-registered publisher within 2022 and 2023 are eligible for nomination
  2. It must be written in English or Filipino. 
  3. The deadline for submission is on February 28, 2024, at 2:00 PM.

The full submission guidelines can be accessed at https://books.gov.ph/8thncba.

For more details: please contact Addie Pobre or Catherine Orda at awards@books.gov.ph

Thursday, January 11, 2024

Magbabagsakan Dito: #TheToughestPhone HONOR X9b 5G officially arrives on January 12


HONOR Philippines just made the highly anticipated grand launch of HONOR X9b 5G more exciting! Fans are more than ecstatic as Parokya ni Edgar Vocalist Chito Miranda was confirmed to grace the unveiling of the toughest phone on January 12, 2024. You can catch it live on Facebook at exactly 7PM!

“We are very happy to announce that Chito Miranda, Parokya Ni Edgar’s vocalist will perform during the launch of our HONOR X9b 5G together with Miss Charm Philippines and HONOR Star Pauline Amelincx as the host. This is just one of our suprises, there’s more to watch out for so stay tuned,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

The HONOR X9b 5G is a marvel of modern design and technology. Its golden curvature strikes the perfect balance between aesthetic appeal and user comfort, making it an absolute pleasure to hold. Despite its premium features, the HONOR X9b is surprisingly light and thin, weighing just 185g with a width of 7.98mm. In addition, the triple camera system is meticulously crafted with the precision of light luxury watch craftsmanship. The body is encased in vegan leather, providing a delicate and skin-friendly touch. The HONOR X9b 5G is more than just a smartphone, it is a statement of style and sophistication.

Don't dare to miss out the unveiling of #TheToughestPhone in the market and the performance of Chito Miranda on January 12, 2024 at 7:00 PM via Facebook Live: https://bit.ly/FB_X9b_Pressrelease.

Monday, January 8, 2024

The Filipinos’ favorite: Home Credit financed 1.7M mobile phones in 2023


As 2023 came to a close, Home Credit, the country’s leading consumer finance company, reveals an interesting trend in the Philippine market: an increase in the number of purchases of various commodities, particularly mobile phones with 1.7M units financed. This surge in products sold was facilitated through Home Credit’s year-long promos, including the most recent 0% interest on installment financing.

This year, Home Credit saw a significant upswing in purchases across different categories, showing a shift in what consumers prefer. With a focus on empowering Filipinos to realize their personal and family goals, Home Credit's offerings have reflected an evolution in lifestyle choices and aspirations.

Among the highlighted categories, mobile and tablet purchases garnered the greatest number of units sold, indicating a continued reliance on these devices for work, education, and entertainment. The volume sold in this category, marked by an impressive 1.7M units, showcases the enduring significance of these gadgets in everyday life. For this year, the brand to highlight is Apple, which is now the top mobile brand for Home Credit, with a 100% sales increase from last year.

Filipino consumers have also shown a marked interest in upgrading their living spaces. The appeal of modernizing households resonated strongly, evident in the 420,000 units of home appliances financed by Home Credit. The specifications of these appliances, tailored to enhance convenience and efficiency, have appealed to consumers seeking to upgrade their home appliances in time for the new year.

Meanwhile, the demand for TV and electronics, computers, furniture, and other home improvement materials saw notable traction, signifying a desire for enhanced connectivity and comfort in homes. The specifications of these products, focused on delivering superior performance and comfort, have been key factors driving their popularity.

When it comes to goods supporting sustainability, the demand has also been noteworthy, especially for e-bikes. This year, Home Credit has seen a 122% sales growth in e-bikes, a proof point in the growing trend of green living and alternative transportation products.

The introduction of The Great 0% Festival by Home Credit has been pivotal in driving these purchases. This limited-time promo offers holiday deals and 0% interest rates on installment plans, spanning from six to 18 months. Available at Home Credit partner stores and Shoppingmall.ph, these offers make lifestyle and tech products more accessible, promising an unforgettable holiday season for Filipino families.

Don’t miss The Great 0% Festival! Make your dreams and aspirations this holiday season come true with Home Credit’s special offer, available until January 2024!

To know more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit its official website, www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow its official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are also encouraged to download the My Home Credit App on Google Play to learn more about the latest promos and see what’s new in Shopping Mall Philippines. Home Credit Philippines is a financing company duly licensed and supervised by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

Friday, January 5, 2024

Shopping for Gold Jewelry Made Safe and Easy with the ML Wallet App


Happy New Year! 


It's the first week of January and it is the perfect time for resolutions and realizations. With everything that has happened last month, here I am rethinking about life choices and my priorities. This led me to my "Word of the Year" which is PRACTICALITY.


If you have been following my blog, you'll know that I love to shop. In many cases, I even consider myself a hoarder (especially when it comes to books) but for 2024, I would like to be more practical. I know that I can't simply stop shopping. It’s just so sad not to receive any new parcels and I think my fellow shopaholics can relate to that, so, instead, I want to spend on more useful things or perhaps on stuff whose value appreciates over time. After all, we still deserve to receive and treat ourselves for all the hard work that we do. 


An example is to buy more gold jewellery. Yes, the authentic ones that you can use and pawn during emergencies. Something that can be considered as an investment since it appreciates in value. 


So, when Val asked me what Christmas present I would like, I opted for a new pair of earrings. 


We really did not have time to go to the mall during the holiday season so, I just tried to search online and this is how I discovered the ML wallet app. 


ML Wallet is M Lhuillier’s official mobile application that allows users to send and receive money, buy load, pay bills and buying items using a smartphone. 



Shopping for Gold Jewelry has never been this safe and easy. I know that there are a lot of online scams right now so, having a trusted and reliable jeweller truly makes a difference. Once you have downloaded the app and created an account, just click the SHOP icon and you'll be redirected to the M Lhuillier Jewellers where you can buy authentic gold jewelry. 


Did I mention that you can buy an 18k yellow gold pendant for as low as Php 1,250? 



In fact, their jewelry selection is extensive. They have 21k, 18k and 14k gold jewelry available. Its filter function works really well making it easy to narrow down your search according to budget, preferred color (yes, they even have two-tone and tri-tone) and style. 


Some items are also on sale. Just like the zirconia earrings that I was eyeing, it comes with an additional 10% off making it Php 2,745 only from the original price of Php 3,051. Very affordable, right? 




Anyway, if you are planning to invest in gold this 2024, then don't forget to download the ML Wallet App.


Aside from shopping, you can also send money from one ML Wallet account to another for FREE with Wallet to Wallet feature. You can also cash in your own ML wallet for free by visiting the nearest M Lhuillier branch or through ML Wallet's partner banks. 


The ML Wallet App is available for free in Google Play Store, Apple App Store and Huawei App Gallery.  


Tuesday, January 2, 2024

Play Awesome this 2024: The new Samsung Galaxy A15 5G and A25 5G with Super AMOLED display are here, starting at P10,990!

Enter the new year with Samsung’s most affordable 5G smartphones, now with an improved display for your awesome play moments! Starting at P10,990, enjoy immersive entertainment with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display and supercharged plays with a more powerful battery. Bonus: you can get a free 25W Travel Adapter when you order yours until March 31, 2024.

The Galaxy A15 5G can be yours for only P10,990 for the 4GB+128GB version and P14,990 for the 8GB+256GB variant. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A25 5G is retailing at P15,990 for the 6GB+128GB variant and P18,990 for the 8GB+256GB variant.


Play awesome with improved display and battery

Searching for an awesome phone to watch your most-awaited series this 2024? Enjoy binge watching your favorite shows on the Galaxy A15 and A25 5G’s 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Display which can give you improved screen visibility even in direct sunlight with Vision Booster. The Galaxy A25 5G can brighten up to 1,000 nits so you can still enjoy streaming even when outdoors. It also has up to 120Hz refresh rate for that extra smooth experience and display quality. Both phones also have an Eye Comfort Shield that reduces harmful blue light so that your eyes are cared for day and night.

Binge watch or play all day as the Galaxy A15 and A25 5G packs a 5,000 mAh battery and can now support 25W of Super Fast Charging.

Strut your awesome new year style

Click away and express your creativity with the Galaxy A25 5G’s 50MP OIS Main Camera, 8MP Ultra Wide, and 2MP Macro lens. On the other hand, the Galaxy A15 5G boasts a 50MP Main camera for your photo masterpieces, and a 5MP Ultra Wide and 2MP Macro cameras for landscapes and close-ups. These phones each have a 13MP Front camera for profile-worthy selfies.

Step into 2024 with a refreshed style as the Galaxy A15 or A25 5G sport awesome colors that match your outfits – with the Galaxy A15 5G even flexing a tidy camera layout and a glossy back cover with Blue Black and Blue color options. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A25 5G has a sleek profile with unique patterns and a haze finish, available in Blue Black, Blue, and Yellow as an online-exclusive color.

Awesome features to let you Play Awesome in 2024

The Galaxy A15 5G and Galaxy A25 5G are made to keep up with your fast-paced lifestyle, perfect for kicking off an awesome year. The Galaxy A15 runs on an octa-core processor and offers spacious memory and storage options at 4GB / 8GB and 128GB / 256GB. Meanwhile, a powerful Exynos 1280 processor runs the Galaxy A25 5G, with 6GB / 8GB memory and 128GB / 256GB storage options with support for an additional 1TB with a microSD card.

The new members of the Galaxy A series also offer up to 4 generations of OS upgrades and 5 years of security maintenance, so these phones are ensured for smooth sailing. Both the Galaxy A25 5G and Galaxy A15 5G are protected with Certified EAL5+ Samsung Knox Vault, designed to safeguard your sensitive data, such as PINs, passwords and patterns, in a separate tamper-resistant storage for protection against software and hardware threats involving voltage, glitches, high temperature and laser.

So if you’re still on the lookout for a phone that allows you to play awesome, then the search is finally over! Play forward to 2024 with the new Galaxy A15 5G and Galaxy A25 5G, which also comes with an LTE version.

The Galaxy A15 LTE is also available for as low as P9,990 for the 4GB+128GB variant and P13,990 for the 8GB+256GB version. It also has the same Super AMOLED Display and a 5,000 mAh battery that can support 25W Fast Charging. It also has the same OS and security features as the Galaxy A25 5G and A15 5G, and you can avail this phone in two awesome colors; Blue Black and Light Blue.


To know more about Samsung’s latest offerings, visit www.samsung.com/ph/.