Globe subscribers get exclusive ticket discounts on award-winning broadway and west end musical Wicked *

The West End and Broadway musical phenomenon WICKED flies back to Manila after its outstanding engagement in 2014. Presented by Globe LIVE together with Lunchbox Theatrical Productions, Globe customers can receive exclusive ticket discounts of up to 15% off!

Globe Broadband and Platinum customers can enjoy a 15% discount, while Globe Postpaid and Prepaid customers get 10% off when buying up to 6 tickets. Broadband simply have to enter their broadband account number at or present their Globe billing statement upon payment to any TicketWorld outlet nationwide. 

Globe Platinum, Postpaid and Prepaid customers on the other hand can text GLOBEWICKED to 2363 to receive a unique discount code that can be used at, or presented upon payment in-person at any TicketWorld outlet.

Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, Wickedtells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students – a popular blonde girl called Glinda and a misunderstood, green-skinned girl named Elphaba. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. 

Wicked features music and lyrics by multi Grammy and Academy Award-winner Stephen Schwartz (Godspell, Disney’s Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame), and is based on the novel ‘Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West’ by Gregory Maguire and adapted for the stage by Winnie Holzman. Musical staging is by Tony Award-winner Wayne Cilento and the production is directed by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe Mantello.

 Wicked begins February 2, 2017 at The Theatre at Solaire, and runs Tuesday-Friday at 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. The by-invitation gala evening is February 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. 

For a chance to win tickets to Wicked, stay tuned to the Globe official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. For more information, text GLOBEWICKED INFO to 2363 for free. Tickets can be purchased via or visit any TicketWorld outlet, or call 891-9999. 

Wicked is produced around the world by Marc Platt, Universal Stage Productions, The Araca Group, Jon B. Platt and David Stone. Executive Producer (UK/International Tour) Michael McCabe. 

The Manila engagement is presented by Lunchbox Theatrical Productions and Concertus Manila.

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Smart deploys cell broadcast technology, complies with RA 10639 *

Smart Communications has successfully tested its cell broadcast technology recently in key areas of the Philippines, including the National Capital Region (NCR). This is in compliance with Republic Act 10639 or “The Free Mobile Disaster Alerts Act,” which mandates telecoms services providers to send free mobile alerts during times of calamities.

“Unlike SMS or text services, cell broadcast technology has its own dedicated channel, ensuring sustained broadcast alerts even when the network receives heavy traffic from all the calls and messages made during disasters. This makes it a viable platform solution for a mobile-based alert system,” said Ramon R. Isberto, Head of Public Affairs at PLDT and Smart. “We encourage everyone to configure their mobile devices so that they can receive emergency alerts in the future.” 


The company invested about P500 million in this messaging platform to enable the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) and Phivolcs to quickly send alert messages to mobile phone users in specific areas facing natural calamities or other emergencies. 

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Huawei Mate 9: Breaking new grounds in overall smartphone functionality

by Edsel Lorete/ /

Smartphone manufacturer Huawei will break new grounds in as far as the smartphone user experience will concern. Leaning on the open Android platform the rising smatphone brand released what the next generation of wireless internet driven handsets in the Huawei Mate 9. 

Five years in the Philippines, Huawei said for Mate 9’s design it concentrated on five key elements of value to Android smartphones users, specifically for Huawei patrons. Inslashout details on these characteristics for a better perspective of the andvancing features of the Huawei Mate 9.
1.) High Performing Design

Barely an inch from tablet’s standard size, Huawei Mate 9 details with a 5.9 Full HD display. Color quality ups with a 1500:1 ratio with three times the spec value of a typical high end monitor with higher contrast. Color gamut at 96% allowsyou to get 96% RGB. Huawei for better functionality lifted to phone’s back the fingerprint scanning button normally found below to bring on 5.9 screen size. Mate 9 is 30 percent faster than previous Mate designs. Huawei introduced artificial intelligence to Mate 9. It is designed to accelerate processing capacity to user’s actual phone habits the phone strives to understand – resulting in faster performance and responsiveness.
2.) Smartphone speed

It runs on the latest Kirin 960 chpset -the highest performing processor available for smartphones. It is the perfect for managing multitasking but improving gaming performance like you would on a flat TV screen with NBA2k17. Kirin kicks in 30 percent more in terms of processing performance. It is made possible since chipset features ARM CortexA73/A53 Octa Core CPU and Mali G71 Octa-core GPU. When combined with Huawei’s machine learning algorithm and phone’s EMUI 5.) OS the Mate 9 becomes more intelligent. It has the capability to understand let alone adapt to user’s applying phone behavior. Huawei said processor value could hit up to 130 benchmark in Antutu reading for Mate 9. Huawei designed Kirin from in-house production, avoiding any production delays common to devices sourcing processor from a third party manufacturer.                                         

3.) Delighting Photography

Photography retains the superiority of the Leica fused specifications first seen on the Huwei P9’s extraordinary clear dual lense back camera. Huawei Mate 9 lense specification intensifies wth second generation Leica dual-leans camera with 20-megapixel monochrome sensor, 12megapixel RGB sensor. Feature includes a hybrid zoom featuring superior 2x capacity magnification. Having two distinct digital cameras helps process imaging to 4K standards. It works on detailing specific mochrome and while the other lense refines color details for a more naturally raw still shot from mobile. RGB catoures more true-to-life colors while monochrome captures intricate details with depth in Leica’s class particularly for portraits. Images are kept pristine clear with the help of Mate 9’s 4.1 hybrid auto focus laser focus, phase detection focus, depth focus and contrast focus. 
4.) Intensifying power

Rechargeable batteries greatly improves with Huawei Mate 9. It ships with a grand 4000 mAh battery with a news supercharge technology. Feature comes with an intelligent kick that actually allows battery to “talk” with phone avoiding overheating, overcharging. Fast charging can hit 80% of battery capacity in less than thrty minutes. Detecting any overcharging, an issue typical with people who leave their mobile devices plugged in overnight or while asleep, Mate 9 has the capacit to reduce charging upon reaching 60 percent. Huawei said it is what keeps Mate 9’s engine, battery and plugs always cool. Extra protection from battery malfunction is secured by a five gate security mechanism that monitors real time for voltage, electric current and temperature. Battery life can extend two days of interrupted performance. It entails 40% increase in call time and 20% increase in gaming time. 
5.)Other notable features

Huawei Mate 9 is the first smartphone to allow five different fingerprint security features for five different phone interfaces. Based on our understanding during initial media introduction the Huawei Mate 9 is the first of its kind mobile smartphone that allows you to produce five different screen interfaces with your choice of app or programs designated to any specific fingerprint assigned. Similar process allows you to open two live Facebook accounts. Mate 9’s intuitive EMUI 5.0. OS makes that multitasking feature possible streamlining user’s interface with user’s actual user experience with phone’s operating system. Mate 9’s 5.9″ Full HD screen details with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with native damage resisance.

First Impressions:

The Mate 9’s relatively phablet design provides for a highly efficient mobile device for people with expanding multitasking responsibilities. It banners with a powerful processor, long lasting and more safe battery (that can monitor itself). It makes useul impression with new operating system that has the capacity to develop personalized interfaces and this comes designated with fingerprint security. Body is made of metal while front Full HD screen details with scratch proof Gorilla Glass 3 Designed to last two days of active multitasking (from video conferencing, social media and gaming) the Mate 9 details with a second generation dual lens Leica camera, beefing up on the signature DSLR imaging and 4K video features previously introduced with Huawei P9 Plus. 
Huawei Mate 9: Full Technical Feature Specifications
Size: Height 156.9mm / Width 78.9mm / Depth 7.9mm / Weight 190grams
Color: Champagne Gold / Mocha Brown
Display: 5.9″ FHD Display / 1080p (1920×1080), 373ppi/ 16.7M colors, color saturation (NSTC) 96% / High Contrast
CPU: Huawei Kirin 960 / Octa Core (424GHz A73 + 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) + i6 co-processor, Mali-G71 MP8
Operation System: Android 7.0
Memory: 4GB RAM + 64GB ROM (Micro SD card slot can support up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Network: SIM1: 4G TDD LTE (Band38/39/40/41 (100MHz) / 4G FDD LTE / Band: 1/2/3/4/5/68/19 / #G TD SCDMA. Band 34/ 39 / CDMA EV DO Rev A: BCD (800MHz) only for China Telecom
SIM2: #G UMTS(WCDMA) / Band: 1/2/3/4/5/6/8/19

CDMA: BCO (800MHz) only for China Telecom / 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/ 1900MHz
GPS: Glonass/ Galileo/BDS
Camera: Main: 20MP Monochrome + 12MP RGB F2.2 /OIS (Optical Image Stabilization/ Dual tone flash/ PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth Auto Focus / 2x hybrid zoom/ 4K video recording / Front: 8MP AF, F1.9
Audio: Audio File Formats: MP3, MP4, 3GP, WMA, OGG, AMR, AAC, FLAC, WAV, MIDI /Audio decoding formats: MP3, MIDI, AMR-NB, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ 
Video: Video file formats: 3GP, MP4 / Video decording formats: 4K Video, H 265, H 264, H 263, MPEG-4
OS: EMUI 5.0 (Latest Version)

Battery: 4000mAh (Typical Value_ – with super charge, super cool, super smart and super safe technology
SIM Type: Dual SIM (MHA, L-29) 
NFC: Supported

Standard Philippine Retail Price: P31,990

Miss Universe 2016-Converse tie up for charitable project for HIV/AIDS initiatives

by Edsel-Thadeus O. Lorete/ / 

What is the closest way you can get to the Miss Universe 2016 pageant? Well, you can either watch Miss Universe 2016 live or you can get one of 19 exclusively Converse sneakers exclusively designed by 19 Miss Universe pageant candidates. It is a unique way of not only geting a memorable Miss Universe item you can similarly help humanitarian organizations working with HIV/AIDS afflicted individuals. 

Converse went to Cebu to meet with Miss Universe candidates who took time in their busy schedule to design a Converse sneakers for HIV/AIDS the pageant charity is supporting. Converse Miss Universe 2017 sneakers dubbed “Chuck for Charity” will be sold through a silent bid auctions for the benefit of the Positive Action Foundation. Beneficiary helps individuals living with HIV/AIDS and their families, including those displaed from their employment because of their health condition. 

The nineteen 2016 Miss Universe women participating in the campaign includes Ms. Angola- Luisa Baptista, Ms. Belgum – Stephanie Goldof, Ms. Belize, Ms. Bulgaria – Violina Ancheva, Ms. Cayman Islands – Monyque Brooks, Ms Costa Rica – Carolina Duran, Ms. Germany – Johanna Acs, Ms. Guatemala – Virginia Argueta, Ms. Iceland – Hildur Maria, Ms. Mexico – Kristal Sylva, Ms. Netherlands – Zoey Ivory, Ms. Nicaragua – Marina Jacoby, Ms. Panama – Keity Drenan, Ms. Paraguay – Andrea Melgarejo, Ms. Philippines – Maxine Medina, Ms. thailand – Chalita Suansane, and Ms. Uruguay – Magdalene Cohendent. 

Interested Converse bidders can bid for any of the 19 Miss Universe designed shoes that will be exhibited on the following dates and venues:

(February 2017)

February 3-5: Robinsons Antipolo

February 10-12: Robinsons Bulacan and Marquee Pamgpanga

February 17-19: Robinsons Isabela and Robinsons Ilocos Norte

February 24-26: Robinsons Tacloban and Robinsons Cebu
(March 2017)

March 3 – 5: Gaisano Mall Davao City and Gaisano Mall Digos

March 10-12: Gaisano Mall Tagum and Gaisano Mall Toril

March 17-19: Gaisano Mall General Santos 
* Supporters of Converse Miss Universe 2016 Campaign can use official hashtag #ConversePHx65MissUniverse


With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, one cant help but notice that love is in the air – and it smells oh-so sweet. This special day is a time to spread love, kindness, and sweetness all around; a chance to let the special people in your life know how you feel about them through gifts, cards, flowers, and sweet treats. In fact, they say that the fastest way to someone’s heart is through their stomachs. If that’s true, then Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop, has something special and exciting in store for all the lovers out there.  

In addition to its already-impressive treasury of delicious treats, Goldilocks is introducing three brand new limited edition cakes for Valentine festivities that will surely be loved by everyone.

The Strawberry Delight Cake (P540), which— believe it or not — tastes even better than it sounds, is a rich vanilla chiffon cake topped with scrumptious strawberry cream cheese frosting. This cake is perfect for celebrating with your loved ones and families. My Cupcake Heart (P450), on the other hand, is an adorable heart-shaped cake adorned with cupcake roses and garnished with fluffy marshmallow icing. Rounding out the special Valentine’s cakes is the beautiful Bunch of Blooms (P750), a mouth watering vanilla cake topped with 13 elegant cupcake flowers. 

In addition to these sure-to-be best sellers, Goldilocks is bringing back its seasonal favorite, Choco Lollipops (P25). These chocolate lollipops come in vibrant reds and pinks with sweet messages and sayings. 

Any of these sweet treats will be the perfect centrepiece for any Valentine’s celebration, and will surely make the Valentine’s season even sweeter. Follow your heart and head over to your nearest Goldilocks Bakeshop now, or join the conversation through GoldilocksPH at Facebook and Twitter.

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Samsung make waves with new Galaxy A celebrity ambassador Kylie Verzosa

by Edsel Lorete/

Samsuns launches new smartphons series Galaxy A. Formal launch which was dones with plenty of water splashing highlighting the Galaxy A’s waterproof smartphone feature, launching Korean brand’s celebrity endorser Kylie Verzosa. The reigning Ms. International 2016 was inroduced through a unique water and lights spectacle righr in the middle of busy Bonifacio High Street stretch in Taguig City. Verzosa’s presence made way launching Samsung Galaxy A5 and Samsung Galaxy A7, which was launched earlier, smartphones. 

Dust and water resistant the new Galaxy A series is great for active career millenials like Kylie, a day-today phone that helps you make the most out of any situation. Known for its smart, intelligent and high-end feature detailing smartphones Samsung has come a long way with its signature smartphone series with the Filipino consumers. Either phone details with IP68 dust and water resistance make and a decent 16MP front and rear cameras. It is winning standard camera features designed to engage more selfies with your handheld phone cameras. 

The rear camera specs, judging along the Galaxy’s rich camera DSLR leaning camera characteristics, can lit up images despite absence of extra lighting. Samsung was among the first to introduce such imaging feature to its Galaxy camera phones. Smart, stylish and always ahead of the game Samsung believes Kylie, who is known for her winning ways even under pressure, is the ambassadaor for Galaxy A series. Samsung said series intended for multitasking millenials was designed to counter the challenges of rain, sweat, sand or dust. The Galaxy A7 sells in 3 olor. Variants (Gold Sand, Black Sky, and Blue Mist). Scratch free 5.7 inch is super amoled that is perfectly similar to flat TVs screen quality. Galaxy A5 details with two color variants (Gold Sand and Black Sky). It details with smalled 5.2 scratch proof scren. 
The A5 series details with Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge’s dust and water resistance make. Either A7 and A5 can withstand water submersion in up to 1.5 meters of fresh water for up to 30 minutes. Inernal storage details with 32GB (expandable to 256GB) and dual sim card slots and microSD. It uses Type C reversible plug which faster charging. The A7 and A7 are both made of pure steel combined with scratch proof glass for a fashionably stylish blend that is always a crowd pleaser signature for Samsung’s smartphone devices. 

Selfie pa more, look perfectly younger with the Vivo V5Plus camera with new bokeh

by Edsel Thadeus O. Lorete / /
Filipinos love to take pictures of themselves. Selfie was born from that fascinating need, and it is something rising smartphone manufacturer Vivo realizes with the latest addition to brand’s leading selfie feature 4G smartphone the Vivo V5 Duo with no less than NBA basketball superstar Stephen Curry as celebrity endorser. 

Vivo claimed the title for the world’s first smartphone with a whopping 20-megapixel selfie camera. That was the Vivo V5 which was launch just in time for Christmas in 2016. Vivo did more to that unparalleled face camera spec with the help of Sony’s lenses, introducing the world’s first dual 20-megapixel front camera in the V5 Duo. It is a prmising camera setting feature but let us take a closer look at what it can really do to improve those momentously inaugurating selfie moments.
The Camera

Vivo V5 Plus (including last year’s V5) is a selfie smartphone. Knowing that would tell you more about Vivo’s stand on slefie features for mobile handsets. It has a 20-megapixel twin selfie camera that can do more DSLR features specifically shoot images with that dramatic blurr. Camera’s brightness has improved tremendously like the V5 so much so shooting outdoors, particularly in areas with poor lighting conditions, can now be digitally enhanced to publishing HD picture standard. It is what give images more color details you would normally get shooting with a DSLR. 
It can be adjusted technically with V5 Plus’ simplified touch screen menu that allow you to shoot full HD or get this ULTRA HD mode. It is what images or videos shot literally free of visible pixellation even when put on zoom squint. Feature shapes further with a dsignated anti-shake mode that works so much more when shooting moving objects while night mode shoots sharper and noticeably brighter images the V3 Max lacked enhancing raw shot images.
Face Beauty 4.0

Face Beauty is state of the art with the Vivo V5 series. The V5 can literally remove on screen any age related facial or neck blemish on purpose. Skin complexion can be adjusted with a feature called buffing coupled with a skin toner and whitening control – everything combined can literally make you looking live with a complexion of a inborn. It is that imaging selfie specified, and it can take off fatty bulge within seconds to actual shooting mode. Vivo made it easy for people to look younger in view before what most people call a studio shot with make up is traditionally rendered. Beautifying has greatly improved in ways that would bring back that youthful look you can openly enjoy glancing with your phone’s camera selfie phone. It is not wonder Vivo was direct saying it has found the perfect selfie. It makes a phone user’s personality shine with that youthful and rosy red complexion that is absolutely free of blemishes like blackheads and pimples.
Quad Core Value

Vivo made real it can bring higher specs for smartphones without jacking its product’s process. Vivo V5 series upgrades with quad core engine that is energy friendly. It runs with a quad core processor that works handsomely managing multiple live apps without experientally stalling phone. V5 improved further on that spec with a 4GB RAM that appeals to phone’s mobile to selfie’s expanding user design. While data does eat up a chunk of battery charge internet Wi-Fi connectivity would eat less for lengthier mobile performance. It does not heat when camera or when a bunch of apps (or widgets) is turned on with monitor shift streaming a cruising HD video from YouTube or iFlix, allowing you to enjoy mix matching phone’s given office and entertainment functions. 

Fashionable body form

Vivo V5 Plus combines aluminum and scratch proof scren glass. Gorilla Glass 4 screen keeps V5 Plus screen literally scratch free. It does not require tempered glass or an extra layer of extra body protection. Body’s steel finish and diamond edges provides easy grip allowing you to smoothly shift calls right after browsing. It is protruding back camera (with a 16-megapixel spec) that needs protection. Vivo added a gel protection cover for that specific camera protection, basically avoiding camera from experiencing bumps that could damage lense. Dual 20-megapixel front camera’s design is rendered flat for safer selfie imaging. Main speaker which works charmingly loud for HD blasts, is located at the right butt end, side by side phone charging and headset port. 

Hi-Fi Music

Hi-Fi music is the digital HD signature sound standard for Vivo. It works like a digital MP3 music enhancer, basically turning any content playing into the closes surround HD theater sound available. While current standards for HD music details with wireless Bluetooth phone jocks, including third party HD type speajers, Vivo’s Hi-Fi sound enhancement feature only works with a wired plugged headset. At any rate, if you lean on a variety of branded wireless headsets, Vivo is compatible with general wireless headsets and bom boxes with sound enhancing HD features comparable to Hi-Fi.


Having problems multitasking work on a single device? Vivo can make a screen difference in effect. Vivo V5 series (V5 and V5 Plus) includes screen split feature that allows you to work on two (or more) items with your phone screen. It is great for writers shifting writing time while watching a streaming NBA game on a window screen. It is great for live video conferencing while capsule managing detailing office work from another side of your active mobile phone screen. 

Personalized screens

Smartphones can be tasking using daily. It could affect mood swings which is why Vivo did time adding iTheme factory application. It allows you to change themes, enhancing working mood, making you feel like you are using a new device. Themes (including fonts that is become a craze on Vivo’s fan chat sites) can be downloaded from iTheme point or the browser using more specified links to other fonts or themes from third party sources. Vivo provides a variety of themes that changes (and most are available for free) with changing seasons like Valentines Day, Summer and Christmas. It transforms your entire screen design into fancy screen imaging designs that never fails to charm your bored senses. 

Fingerprint security scanner

Vivo V3 Max was the first mid-range smartphone with high-end specifications that launched with a back found fingerprint scanner. It was a welcome feature upgrade that launched Vivo publicly in the summer of 2016. It made headlines, launching a following praising brand for releasing a smartphone sold affordably below the P20,000 price remark, coupled with a faster finger scanning boot feature proven equally more efficient than the features of the iPhone 7.

Video/ Voice Recording

Vivo V5 Plus can shoot ULTRA HD videos. It is a 4K standard that is visibly pixel free – even in zoom mode. It is a reliable smartphone you can alternate shooting movies or even documentaries. It shoots TV production set videos and sound is theatrically modulated for raw shots. Screen menu for camera allows you to manipulate video quality you can shoot in a variety of screen definition (1080P/ 720P or 480P) you can store from phone like you would a digital PC filing cabinet. Sound recording for interviews is relatively detailing making it literally vivid transcribing foreign languages without needing fle transfer or sound enhancement for raw soundbytes.

Overall Impression:

Vivo V5 Plus impressively re-defines what a smartphone selfie camera should details. It is the closes you can get for a selfie phone detailing not only with fast (andl iterally glitch free) DSLR camera features. Vivo simplified camera features right on screen when camera is live. Functionality is rendered faster with V5 Plus’ quad core engine and 4GB RAM (+ 64GBROM) for greater program efficiency. Body is made of light aluminum while screen is impressinably scratch free. V5 series evolves with high end mobile features intended to compliment people constantly shifting time and entertainment with a single and fully functional 4G smartphone detailed for constant screen multitasking. 

Vivo V5 Plus: General Specifications
Processor: Quad Core 625 (Snapdragon)
OS: Vivo Funtouch 3.0 (based on Android 6.0 design)
Body: Aluminum / Dome Shape, 1.8 mm wide U-shaped antenna for better signal reception
Display: 5.5 inch (Full HD) Gorilla Glass 5 Touch Display (with enhanced resistance)
Security Feature: Fastest 0.2 second launching fingerprint recognition technology.
Selfie Camera: Dual ( Full HD / with ULTRA HD capacity) 20 megapixel selfie (IMX376/ co-engineered with Sony) camera / Second camera is 8-megapixel with depth-of-field feature
Rear camera: 16 megapixel (size 1/2.8 inch) camera 
Sound system: Integrated with vivo Hi-Fi system for surround sound theater enhancement (work with plugged headset only)
New features: Bokeh efffect / Face Beauty /
RAM: 4GB / ROM: 64GB