Skechers spark holiday shopping with signature Star Wars sneakers

by Edsel Lorete /

It is Star Wars season! And what is the best way to show you are one with the force? Skechers believes that trend should begin with what you wear! Yes, Skechers has released its signature Star Wars sneaker series, right in time for the pre-Christmas movie launch of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

Designed for adults, inlcuding kids, these handsome Star Wars sneakers features all your favorite Star Wars characters, from Star wars posters to character prints of Yoda, storm troopers and who could forget Luke Skywalker or Darth Vader. Skecher’s Star Wars sneakers series, which is a great choice for gifts to your loves, particularly your relatives who are true blue Star Wars fans, is foot comfy, flexy…like your stepping on your home sofa. It beds your foot in ways that even long hours with your shoe on would keep your feet relax, completely stress free. 

If you want to pair up with your kids, you can size up with flat sneakers while your small ones can settle with modern high-cut court worn rubber sneakers. Skechers, which is known for its flexy, soft and comfy foot wear, is the choice for fashion and sports shoes. 

It is a great sneaker choice to pair or whip up your jeans, sporty t-shirts or why not use it to mix match a casual jacket fit for adults, perfect for big family gatherings. Wearing Skechers, this time with Star Wars themed design branding your footwear, certainly make heads turns! 

Wear it in style and while perfectly protecting your feet from blisters, keeping it protected – even if it means taking the sneakers for basketball spin with your friends. Star Wars Sneakers by Skechers, which is widely available in all Skechers stores, is a special offer, particularly for Star Wars fans who could lean on shoes for kids to take more interest in ways you have enjoyed watching Star Wars: the Force Awakens for the first time.

Lighting up the Christmas spirit!

by Edsel Lorete/ /

What is Christmas without that lit up holiday tree! It builds memories of family, setting the mood of getting together, reminding Filipinos of the true meaning of Chrismas. The Ayala Alabang community, with its lawn set malls, launched another touching Christmas tree lighting celebration, marking the holiday season. 

It is what draw people to take time more shopping, sharing precious moments with their families. But Ayala Alabang did something more this year, lighting not only a tree for shoppers, but also the mall ground’s surrounding trees, walk ways, turning everything into this winter wonderland experience. 

Adding to that misty holiday feeling is Your Face Sounds Familiar judge Jed Madela, who did a series of Christmas songs for dining, passing through shoppers. What is great about Alabang, compared to shopping in BGC, Eastwood or Tri-Noma, is the homely ambience present in the air. It is more provincial in many sense, relieving a bit of the Metro stress triggered by traffic. It is like a Christmas park scene from that romantic Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan movie “Sleepless in Seattle”. 

Dinner outdoors was sumptuous, complimented by a buffet serving a variety of homecook seafood to meat viands cooked to holiday perfect for holiday sharing. Ayala Alabang mall’s lit up surrounding is perfect for shoppers with children, those wanting to relax outdoors, right after a long day shopping or while dining out!    

New Lenovo PHABs out!

Christmas, as the saying goes, is just around the corner! And if you are cornered of gadget gift choices, then why not settle for Lenovo’s latest line of user friendly wireless HOLIDAY GADGETS! 

“Tech brand Lenovo reveals the next big thing from the PHAB series, the Lenovo PHAB.Just like the PHAB Plus, the Lenovo PHAB delivers on the promise of giving an unparalleled phone+tablet mash-up experience, this time with an enhanced sound quality and entertainment features.
“Lenovo’s latest addition to the PHAB Series promises an uncompromising entertainment experience. Aside from the signature PHAB Series distinction of having the portability of a smartphone and the functionality of a tablet, for this latest release the designers at Lenovo intensified several features to suit the lifestyle of entertainment connoisseurs. Following the Lenovo PHAB Plus, the Lenovo PHAB is an affordable phablet perfect for the mobile lifestyle.” said Michael Ngan, Country General Manager, Lenovo Philippines.

Connectivity, all day, anytime, anywhere with the PHAB

These days, people are on their smartphone 24/7, either making and answering calls to catch up on their to-dos or chatting with their friends. Most of the time, it is hard to make calls with the wind blowing or the traffic noise disrupting the call. The Lenovo PHAB solves that problem with its three-mic array solution and dedicated voice processor that ensures a clean voice input. No need to hold off calls while you are outside because the noise cancellation feature, excellent on speaker sound, and powerful speaker box make life easier and gives excellent sound quality even on speaker mode.

With connectivity options that include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, and 4G,plus Dual SIM (GSM) slots compatible with a Micro-SIM, this powerful phablet makes sure users are always connected.

The unique OneHand software of Lenovo makes it easy to control all the PHAB functions with one hand. The Lenovo PHAB also comes with various sensors such as the Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, and Gyroscope to make sure it is the perfect smartphone for every user.

The Lenovo PHAB also comes equipped with a 4,250mAh battery which gives up to 24 hours of talk time thanks to the built-in platform that limits the internal temperature of the device, thus conserving power, eliminating the immediate need for a powerbank.

PHABulous crisp images and exquisite sound quality

The Lenovo PHAB packs a 13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera for crisp and perfect images regardless of setting. After taking beautiful photos and videos, the Lenovo PHAB user gets to appreciate all of his or her multimedia files, including games, with its 6.98” HD screen with a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels.

What’s more, Dolby Atmos Sound with Smart Amplifier gives the phablet twice the volume power compared to a standard phone.Entertainment aficionados will only have fab things to say about the Lenovo PHAB’s dynamic and immersive sound plus images and video with amazing color and quality.

The device runs on Android 5.1, and its Quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and expandable 16 GB storage all ensure the PHAB’s smooth performance and usability.In addition to its features, the Lenovo PHAB boasts of premium craftsmanship and comes in many colors to match any personality. The Lenovo PHAB is crafted with auni-body design with round edges and polished buttons and comes in Tuxedo Black, Polar White, and Aqua Blue.


Pricing / Where to buy?
Buy the Lenovo PHAB this Christmas season at all Lenovo authorized dealers for only PHP 9,499 and receive a free gift.
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Russell Peters 2016 Manila gig set for February

Global comedy rock-star RUSSELL PETERS announces his show in Manila with his ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR on 22 February 2016 at the Kia Theatre!

The ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR will feature Russell’s latest take on some of his favourite communities, jobs he can understand, cell phones, dating and his uncle who’s never been punched in the mouth, plus Russell’s signature lightning fast improv with the audience.

“I like to interact with the front rows,” says Peters of his signature back and forth

with the audience. “I use the interaction to take me from bit to bit. Some guys go on-stage with a script and don’t deviate from it. That’s not my style. I have my set and know what I want to cover; I just use the audience to move me in certain directions. It’s very collaborative and each show is unique.”

Peters was also the first South Asian to sell-out Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, and was the first comedian to sell-out Brooklyn’s Barclays Arena in 2012 – that show becoming the largest comedy show in Brooklyn history.

The Almost Famous World Tour has already sold over 150,000 tickets in Canada, where Peters will become the first comedian to sell-out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre for a sixth time.

In 2015, Peters took the ALMOST FAMOUS WORLD TOUR to Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the UK, Europe and Asia, with more international dates to be announced in 2016. His last tour took Peters to 26 countries and over 200 performances, with over than 300,000 fans attending his shows globally. GET YOUR TICKETS EARLY; THIS SHOW WILL SELL OUT.

Russell Peters Almost Famous World Tour on sale 10AM December 22nd at KIA THEATRE. TICKETS VIA TICKETNET.COM.PH OR CALL 911-5555!

Strides for real life

Philam Life, the country’s premier life insurance company, continues to make a determined effort to affect a paradigm shift regarding the general perception about insurance. The company has consistently emphasized that insurance is all about living life to the fullest, taking care of our health, and pursuing our goals with passion and enjoyment. It was with these principles in mind that Philam Life launched its Vitality program, which encourages Filipinos to embrace a healthier lifestyle while having fun.
As part of the Vitality program, Philam Life recently held The Music Run at the Philippine Arena in Sta. Maria Bulacan. Envisioned as the country’s biggest and boldest run of the year, the groundbreaking event took its Music Runners™ through five different Music Zones—Rock, Pop, Old School, Hip Hop, and Dance. The runners also enjoyed a complete suite of health and wellness activities and perks from Philam Life, such as financial needs analysis at the Real Life Planner booth, sports and fitness challenges at the Philam Vitality area, and financial health check and relaxation activities at the BPI-Philam station.

Present at The Music Run was Philam Life CEO Axel Bromley, who led close to 10,000 Music Runners along the 5km route.  
“The driving factors behind Philam Vitality and The Music Run are actually very closely related,” Bromley explained. “Although being healthy is a top goal for many Filipinos, we tend to view living healthily as expensive and difficult to maintain. The goal behind both programs, Philam Vitality and The Music Run, is to provide a spark of enthusiasm by rewarding people for making healthy choices,” he further noted.

The Philam Life CEO likewise made reference to a recent study by the Oxford Health Alliance, which states that 60% of deaths worldwide are caused by chronic lifestyle diseases. 

“In light of these sobering statistics, our company offers more than just insurance plans. We value wise and health-conscious decisions, and Philam Vitality promotes exactly that,” he enthused. “When healthy choices are combined with proper financial planning, that’s taking real-life strides in making sure that you and your family are secured,” he concluded.

The Music Run has had popular success in Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Germany, and Taiwan. Given the continued success of the event, another Philippine installment may come in the near future. 

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What is Philam Life?

The Philippine American Life and General Insurance Company (Philam Life) is the country’s premier life insurance company. Established on 21 June 1947, Philam Life has earned the trust of customers for its financial strength, strong brand name, and ability to deliver on its promises. 

Philam Life has PHP226.8 billion in total assets as of 31 December 2014 and has delivered timely payouts of over PHP9 billion in education benefits (2004-2014) and over PHP118 billion in insurance benefits (1950-2014), while serving close to 600,000 individual policyholders and over 1,700,000 insured group members. 

Philam Life understands the real life needs of its customers and provides the right plans and the right solutions including life protection, health insurance, savings, education, retirement, investment, group and credit life insurance. It also offers bancassurance and fund management products and services through its subsidiaries – BPI Philam Life Assurance Company (BPI-Philam) and Philam Asset Management Inc. (PAMI). 

Philam Life is a member of AIA Group Limited, the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group.

What is AIA?

AIA Group Limited and its subsidiaries (collectively “AIA” or the “Group”) comprise the largest independent publicly listed pan-Asian life insurance group. It has a presence in 18 markets in Asia-Pacific – wholly-owned branches and subsidiaries in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, China, Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Vietnam, New Zealand, Macau, 

Brunei, a 97 per cent subsidiary in Sri Lanka, a 26 per cent joint venture in India and representative offices in Myanmar and Cambodia.

The business that is now AIA was first established in Shanghai over 90 years ago. It is a market leader in the Asia-Pacific region (ex-Japan) based on life insurance premiums and holds leading positions across the majority of its markets. It had total assets of US$172 billion as of 31 May 2015. 

AIA meets the long-term savings and protection needs of individuals by offering a range of products and services including life insurance, accident and health insurance and savings plans. The Group also provides employee benefits, credit life and 

pension services to corporate clients. Through an extensive network of agents, partners and employees across Asia-Pacific, AIA serves the holders of more than 29 million individual polici

Synchronised Endpoints Security for Sophos XG Firewall with Security Heartbeat

Sophos, a global leader in network and endpoint security, has introduced the first synchronised security protection against today’s sophisticated threats with the Sophos Security Heartbeat™ capability of the Sophos XG series of next-generation firewalls and UTMs. 

This new technology directly links next-generation firewalls and UTMs with next-generation endpoint security to share threat intelligence that enables faster detection of threats, automatic isolation of infected devices, and more immediate and targeted response and resolution. With Security Heartbeat, organisations of any size can advance their defenses against increasingly coordinated and stealthy attacks and drive a dramatic reduction in the time and resources required to investigate and address security incidents. 

The Security Heartbeat pulses continuous, real-time information about suspicious behaviour or malicious activity between endpoints and the network firewall or UTM. By giving these traditionally independent products the ability to directly share intelligence, the Security Heartbeat can instantly trigger a response to stop or help control a malware outbreak or data breach. The Sophos XG Firewall uses data provided by Sophos endpoint protection to isolate and restrict access to and from the affected device, and in parallel, the endpoint protection can remediate the attack.

IT organisations can benefit from advanced threat protection capabilities without requiring additional agents, layers of complex management tools, logging and analysis tools, or expense. The Security Heartbeat is fully enabled and included as part of the Sophos XG Firewall and Sophos Cloud-managed endpoint protection.

“Synchronised security from Sophos is a key innovation in next-generation security protection, and we are delivering that through Sophos Security Heartbeat™,” said Stuart Fisher, Managing Director for Asia Pacific, Sophos. “For years, endpoint security and network security operated in isolated silos and failed to deliver the same level of coordinated security defense needed against fast-moving, coordinated threats. Today, real-time information can be shared between endpoints and the network to provide an automated and immediate response to suspicious behaviour without any manual intervention. Synchronised security delivers better protection and manageability for organisations of any size, and this is particularly important to small and mid-sized businesses.” 

How does the Security Heartbeat work?

· When a new Sophos protected endpoint is added to the network, its Security Heartbeat automatically connects to the local Sophos XG Firewall and the endpoint immediately starts sharing health status.

· If suspicious traffic is identified by the firewall, or malware is detected on the endpoint, security and threat information is instantly shared securely via the Security Heartbeat.

· The endpoint reports context-rich information such as the computer name, username and process information associated with the threat.

· The firewall can automatically take action to isolate the endpoint from any routed or remote networks and trigger additional action on the endpoint to mitigate risk and prevent data loss.

· After the threat has been removed, the endpoint uses the Security Heartbeat to communicate updated health status back to the network, which then re-establishes normal service to the endpoint.
New Features of Sophos XG Firewall:

Built on the foundation of Sophos’ market-leading UTM and next generation firewalls, the Sophos XG Firewall includes proven technology from Sophos and Cyberoam, and delivers the following new features:

· Network Security Control Centre. Innovative interface that delivers instant network and threat intelligence so users can take action fast.

· Unified Policy Model. Simplified policy management with pre-configured templates for business apps to dramatically streamline configuration.

· User and App Risk Analysis. App Risk Score features help identify high-risk users and applications and highlight potential security hotspots.

· User Threat Quotient. Manage user-centric policies based on an individual’s known behaviour as well as the health status of the computer or mobile device they are using.

· Sophos Firewall Manager. Full-featured centralised management of multiple firewalls that’s free for Sophos partners and managed service providers.

· Centralised cloud management. Sophos partners and MSPs can manage multiple Sophos XG Firewall installations from the cloud, using the new Sophos Cloud Firewall Manager.

· Security Heartbeat. This unique capability, an industry first, meaningfully links the firewall and endpoint together, enabling them to share intelligence and enhance protection against advanced threats.

· Series of appliances. A comprehensive range of appliances with options for every customer, including the new entry-level XG 85(w) and high-end XG 750 models.

· Hardware flexibility. The Sophos XG Firewall operating system will also run on existing Sophos SG appliances and Cyberoam NG appliances.

· Deployment flexibility. Customers can choose to deploy as hardware, software or virtual appliances, and every feature is available on every form factor.

Available models range from a desktop appliance with integrated Wi-Fi to rack-mount appliances for the data center. Pricing is available from authorised Sophos partners worldwide.
About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos’ complete security solutions as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Simple to deploy, manage, and use, Sophos’ award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions are backed by SophosLabs – a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Oxford, UK, and is publicly traded on the London Stock Exchange under the symbol “SOPH.” More information is available at

Family feud, political bickery trigger force back into chaos

Review:  Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Sci-Fi/ Action/ Drama) 
Cast: Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Max Von Sydow

Director: JJ Abrams

It is been 38-years since Star Wars: A New Hope phenomenally hit theaters worldwide. Goerge Lucas completed the saga after that with three more stellar Star Wars pre-quels, when it was digitally possible to render what his imagination dictated. It was a smashing experience, but fans wanted to see more of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Lea and the two droids C3Pio and R2D2, character predecessors of what started with Episode IV. Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed this time by Star Trek’s JJ Abrams, finally bridges that long gap, detailing what became of Skywalker, Solo and Lea after the fall of the empire. 

The Force Awakens, as the classic b-movie title would politely suggest, pans out a familiar storyline that is not far from where Episode lV too its form, where the new resistance under Lea’s command is poised to stop another evil entity boldly shadowing on Darth Vader’s deadly imperialistic intergalactic crusade. Skywalker has disappeared, but the lone Jedi, as the film engagely suggested, is relentlessly pursued by another evil empire, an entity lead by a mysterious masked villain with biological ties to force. 

It is a feuding mystery extended to Skywalker, Solo and Lea – who is poised to maintain peace in the galaxy. It is hard detailing how that would transpire, but Star Wars fans would certainly understand where this panning plot discourse is taking time to build new Star Wars characters. You have to see film in full to know where that leads. 

JJ Abram’s direction compliments what Lucas imprinted on the first Star Wars, the fan’s memory. Harrison Ford reprises Solo with much vigor despite his age showing, with exchanging witty dialogues fitting of Indiana Jone’s ego, more than Solo’s normally feuding punches on Luke’s deepening attachment to that Jedi religion. There is a lot in store for The Force Awakens, with new characters designed for integration, introducing young fans to Star Wars franchise. 

It is a nostalgic process, particularly for elderly fans, but it is a character measurement that serves to play up on what everybody truly loves about Star Wars. Space fighter engagement, light saber duels (laced with comic dialogues) may not be that deep when Skywalker faced Darth Vader, lost his hand and then miserably fell off that glalactic pit in Empire Strikes Back (Episode 5), which is the best Star Wars chapter. 

It is the same pattern Abrams took for The Force Awakens, introducing the movie with new characters blending openly with classic faces, opening Star Wars to sequels, which centers on the new rebellion Lea leads next year. Luke’s whereabouts will be significantly addressed, adding depth to the new Jedi female character, including what becomes of Solo. 

It is a teasing character plot thrill that is fairly nostalgic, if not welcoming of a new fan generation already weaving its way into the force’s system. Star Wars has come a long way since Obi Wan Kenobi taught Anakin Skywalker, later Luke Skywalker to become the Jedi that would bring balance to the force. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is best watched on IMAX theater, but audience wanting to see it ahead, before the Christmas pinoy film festivals sets in, can see film in classic 2D form.