Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Converse Ushers In New Era With Ground-Breaking Chuck Taylor All Star II

CONVERSE Inc. debuts the all new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II, a contemporary adaptation of the exemplary Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette, for the first time overflowing with innovative Nike Lunarlon technology to support the always-on creative lifestyle. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is ready for more, boasting the most recognizable exterior attributes of the original Chuck Taylor All Star. Details include the unique white foxing, rubber toe-cap and statement All Star patch, while dialing up consumer-led features and benefits to deliver a comfortable and versatile premium sneaker for Chuck Taylor lovers everywhere.

“The Chuck Taylor All Star is one of the most legendary and iconic sneakers of all time,” said Jim Calhoun, Converse President and CEO. “The launch of Chuck II is a ground-breaking moment for Converse as we continue to move the brand forward through creativity and innovation, ushering in not just a new sneaker, but a completely new way of thinking.”

Since its debut in 1917, the Chuck Taylor All Star has become one of the world’s most celebrated sneakers, with fans, artists and musicians adopting the brand as a badge of creativity and self-expression. In creating the Chuck II, Converse obsessed over creative spirits around the world joining them on tour, in concert halls and art studios, on sidewalks and at all-night parties, and realized they wanted more. The Chuck Taylor All Star II is designed to meet the demands of the creative lifestyle and is built for the next generation of self-expression. Now, this beloved classic receives an innovative refresh, with product enhancements that stay true to the time-honored aesthetic while also providing modern comfort solutions in a premium execution.

“The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II is a sneaker that started with one simple notion: obsession,” said Richard Copcutt, VicePresident/General Manager of Converse All Star. “We listened and took it to heart that people love their Chucks and want sneakers that are built to enable them to do more. The Chuck II is the full expression of this consumer obsession, staying true to the DNA of the original.”

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II delivers:

Innovative features
-       Nike Lunarlonsockliner for superior full foot cushioning and arch support
-        Foam padded collar and non-slip gusseted tongue for 360-degree comfort
-        A perforated micro suede liner, for breathability during extended periods of wear.

Premium details
Constructed from durable premiumcanvas, the exterior of the Chuck Taylor All Star II elevates the sneaker’s most recognizable features with premium details including:
-       A fully embroidered All Star patch
-       On-trend high foxing
-       Monochrome matte eyelet

The new Fall 2015 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II sneaker makes its debut on Tuesday, July 28, for a suggested retail price of Php 3,990 for ox and hi-top at Converse retail stores, select retailers and online at, in the following colors: Black, White, Red and Blue.  

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Zsa Zsa Padilla: The Philippines’ Divine Diva on The Morgan Show

Zsa Zsa Padilla just celebrated 32 years in the Philippine music scene but she’s never shown any signs of stopping. She’s in full swing. In an interview that I had with her during the press conference for her latest album, “Beginnings”, Zsa Zsa revealed the state of her heart, her return to the concert scene and her general plans for her future in the world of Philippine entertainment.

Her humble beginnings

Zsa Zsa Padilla began her musical career as a member of the band “Hotdog” in the mid-1970’s. In 1983, (when I was born) she went solo and released her first album which was followed by a very successful major concert a year after. Fast forward to the present, Zsa Zsa remains to be one of the Philippine’s most successful singers who has more than 10 albums to her name with her 1998 record, “Zsa Zsa”, earning her a quadruple album platinum award.

One of the few singers in the Philippines who have a coveted honorific title, Zsa Zsa is called as the Divine Diva because of her extremely divine voice wrapped in velvet and distinguished career in singing. Martin Nievera gave her that title during their concert DIVINE AND MADNESS. Though she’s known for hitting high notes and for having that unique and powerful vocal timbre while singing ballads, she’s also comfortable with belting broadway hits, pop, new wave, rhythm and blues, rock and other musical genres. The only thing she can’t do is rap. 

Zsa Zsa is not only a renowned singer, but also an amazing and a respected actress who starred in various Movies, TV shows and Teleseryes. She bagged numerous awards for her acting like being the Best Actress for “Batang PX” in 1996 and “Mano Po 4: Ako Legal Wife” in 2006 and Best Supporting Actress for “Mano Po 6: A Mother’s Love” in 2009.

Timeless Beauty

At 51, Zsa Zsa is the epitome of timeless beauty. She never seems to age and just keeps looking younger and more beautiful every day. This is basically due to a lot of effort and not just because of ‘Belo’. She keeps herself fit and healthy. Zsa Zsa not only lives a healthy lifestyle and goes to the gym for 2 hours MWF and TTH she does PILATES and attends Zumba classes.

Zsa Zsa goes on a pescetarian diet and she promised herself to be committed to wellness after experiencing a kidney cancer scare and going through a surgery. She avoids dairy products, coffee and crackers. 

On Letting Go and Finding New Love

Zsa Zsa revealed that when she lost her long-time partner of 23 years, the comedy king Dolphy, she went through a bout of depression and lost almost 40 lbs in the process. Looking back to the time when the pain of losing, Zsa Zsa recalls that she always cried during that time. “Every day I cry. I have to cry every day just so I can get by. I find that if I cry in the morning and talk to him, it’s healthier than having to sleep with a heavy heart.” She couldn’t even sing well because every words coming out of her mouth makes her emotional.

Years after losing the comedy king, Zsa Zsa opened her heart to love once again. She is now with Conrad Onglao, an A-list architect who is known for designing the business projects of the Ayalas, Zobels and Concepcions to name a few. Zsa Zsa didn’t know about her boyfriend’s credentials until she searched him on google prior to their blind date. 

The megastar Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan, played cupid and set their blind date. At that time, Zsa Zsa has just finished storing Dolphy’s stuff and has been crying and having an emotional whirlwind for two days. Meanwhile, Onglao was designing the house of the megastar who gave Zsa Zsa’s number to Onglao. After texting each other, the two agreed to have dinner and the rest is happily ever after. 

A Return to the Concert Scene

Zsa Zsa returns once again to the concert scene this July 31, Friday at 8pm at Newport Performing Arts Theater, Resorts World Manila. This is a repeat concert entitled “Beginnings” with her long-time friend, The Concert King Mr. Martin Nievera and her daughter Karylle

Beginnings” is also the title of her latest released album under Polyeast Records Label.  “Just a Love Song” is the carrier single that has been playing on radio for few weeks now. The album includes other covers from Chicago, Carpenters and Bee Gees. The 10 tracks included in ‘Beginnings’ are old-time favorites of Zsa Zsa from the 70’s and 80’s. 

Now that Zsa Zsa Padilla has found a new love and has constantly received both support and inspiration from her daughters Karylle, Zia and Nichole, she is bound once again to produce chart-topping singles and albums. 

Friday, July 24, 2015

Converse Updates its All Star Chuck Taylor! Meet CHUCK II

For the first time in almost 100 years, CONVERSE is updating their classic Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker to the CHUCK II, a more premium pair of kicks that will make you become more obsessive to its comfort. 

The update is made of durable tencel premium canvas replacing the cotton material. The All Star II uses a Nike Lunarlon footbed for shock absorption and has a foam padding inside the ankle. It also has a non-slip padded tongues and perforated micro-suede liners along the interior sides for moisture-wicking breathability.

For the outside appearance, the rubber toe cap remains and the iconic all star circle patch is now embroidered on. The eyelets on the other hand have more depth and dimension and are coloured to the match shoe with a slightly higher sole than the traditional Chucks.

Chuck II is now available for sale at $70-$75 in white, black, red and blue colors. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Habitat for Humanity Philippines Turns Over New Multipurpose Centers to Maguindanaons

At General Santos City earlier, the residents of 3 municipalities in Maguindanao received brand new multipurpose centers from Habitat for Humanity Philippines and the government of South Korea.

Towns of Raja Buayan, Upi and South Upi will benefit from these new community centers funded by the Korea International Cooperation Agency-Korean Exchange Bank (KOICA-KEB).

Charlie Ayco, CEO and Managing Director of Habitat for Humanity Philippines said on the presscon that they are thankful to KOICA-KEB for partnering with them in helping Maguindanaon families. He also mentioned that Habitat is committed to providing Filipinos a decent place to live, and this includes giving them facilities that would help spur community development.

By providing facilities in these areas, Habitat aims to empower local communities in conducting community-led development activities, private sector-led outreach and other development initiatives. The multi-purpose centers can also be used as meeting sites, training centers, classrooms and even as emergency evacuation unit. 

In the Philippines, the province of Maguindanao has one of the highest numbers of families living in poverty, with an incidence rate of 62%. The province also suffers from armed conflict between government and rebel forces.

Aside from building multipurpose centers, Habitat for Humanity Philippines will also be initiating capacity-building activities and training to help the communities become sustainable.

Multipurpose centers are regarded as a solid asset for a community especially those situated in rural areas. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Marco Gumabao on The Morgan Show

I got the chance to interview Marco Gumabao at WhistleStop Restaurant in ABS-CBN last week and I’ve learned a lot of things about him that is worth sharing.

Looks and Brains

Marco Imperial Gumabao is the son of actor Dennis Roldan and the brother of La Salle’s spiker, Michelle Gumabao. Marco may be more known for his handsome looks and for being the main heartthrob in “Luv U” but what people don’t know is that he takes his education and acting seriously. He went to Ateneo in High School and is currently taking up Psychology at La Salle. 

According to him, he does find it challenging to balance and manage his studies, showbiz commitments and taping. However, amidst all the fame and busy schedule he still wants to continue and finish his studies. “I never thought of quitting my studies,” he said. While he gets a lot of attention and popularity from the public, he’s thankful that he is not getting the same attention that he gets outside when he’s in school. He’s happy that he is still treated like an ordinary student in La Salle so it’s much easier for him to just focus on his studies whenever he’s in school.

About the Real Marco

Marco, (who happens to be a caring, loyal and thoughtful kind of guy) is currently single for few years now. He is okay with dating a fan as long as the girl has a great personality and he could feel that they could jive together. He loves collecting shoes and likes listening to worship songs. Marco also admitted that he feels the sexiest whenever he works out.

Following his father’s footsteps in showbiz

Marco’s star is shining brighter each day in the showbiz world. He was first introduced as a Kampamilya star in the teen-oriented show “Luv U”. Despite being a neophyte in showbizness as compared to the other casts who were once child stars from Goin’ Bulilit, Marco surprisingly stepped up in his game and worked twice as hard as the others just so he can deliver his best for the show. 

When asked how he had managed to easily blend with the rest of the more experienced child stars, he said that he was really pressured to give his best. He went through workshops to improve his acting skills and he bonded with the cast as they taught and helped him to become more familiar with the feel of the show. 

Marco has also appeared in many other shows like “Kailangan ko’y Ikaw” and had numerous guestings on “Ipaglaban Mo” and “Maalaala Mo Kaya”. He also starred alongside Kathniel in “She’s Dating the Gangster” and was commended by direk Cathy for his stellar performance in the said movie, as well as for his hard work and good attitude while on set. Direk Cathy was so impressed with him that he was casted in “Forevermore” without even auditioning for it. His latest project was working alongside Liza Soberano in the movie “Just the Way You Are” which was just shown 2 weeks ago. 

Despite all the fame and his steady rise to the top, Marco doesn’t forget to keep his feet on the ground. He is very grateful for all the opportunities that were given to him. He hopes for more successful shows that will leave a good impression to his audience. He also wants to try new genre; he said that he is open to anything but he would love to try action or being the villain for a change. He wants people to know that he is working hard on becoming even better when it comes to acting. He takes every role seriously.

Family is everything

When asked about what he considers as his most treasured possession, Marco said that his family is everything. Despite the trials that their family now faces with his father currently incarcerated for kidnapping charges, Marco said that he will forever support and love his father. He visits and talks to him often because he grew up being close with his father, being the only son in the family.

Despite all of these, Marco remains positive. He said that his father has taught him to always thank the Lord for all the blessings and talent that he has been given so he’s focusing all his thoughts on that.

Hobbies and Interests

Aside from acting, Marco is also good in singing and dancing. But what he really loves doing when not taping or having showbiz commitments is playing basketball. He dreams of becoming a professional basketball player and he would have been one if he was not a celebrity. Indeed sports is a favorite pastime in their family as his sister Michelle has become one of the most successful volleyball player in the country. At times, Marco tours the country with other celebrity stars to play basketball with different school varsities. 

Marco also loves hanging out with his showbiz friends when not at work. He has developed close friendships with his co-stars in “Luv U” - CJ Navato and Igiboy Flores. He also hangs out with Daniel Padilla and Enrique Gil at times.

When his busy schedule would allow it, Marco is usually in the gym and working out to have a better physique. Who knows we might see him on the next Cosmo Bash. 

From a boy next door to becoming Philippine’s next heartthrob! Marco Gumabao is going to be one of the hottest men in this country. Get to know him more on this exclusive interview on The Morgan Show! 

P.S.  We couldn't find a better place to have the interview that's why the background is a little noisy and lighting wasn't that good. Nevertheless you would still love him even more after watching the interview.