The Department of Science and Technology – National Research Council of the Philippines (DOST-NRCP) intends to contribute in addressing the special concern on HIV/AIDS awareness through a forum entitled “Enhancing Public’s Level of Awareness through the Use of Digitized Arts” at the Philippine International Convention Center, Pasay City last 13 February 2019.

Dr. Brian Saludes Bantugan, NRCP Division of Humanities Member and St. Paul University Manila Professor investigated the ontology of the arts enhanced with the use of digital technologies and used in HIV/AIDS-related advocacies through his NRCP-funded research project, Going Viral: Using Digitized Arts for HIV/AIDS Related Advocacies. He found that digitized arts enhance traditional arts with the engagement of three major digital artists – core advocates, mediating advocates, and peripheral advocates. These three advocates will also impart life experiences and their fight against the communicable disease.


Barbie Forteza and Mika Dela Cruz play the girl with two faces in ‘Kara Mia’

Two different faces. Two different minds. Two different natures. Both trapped in one body.

Beginning February 18, GMA Network proudly unveils its most anticipated and ground-breaking primetime soap this 2019 – Kara Mia.

A dramatic tale of two sisters facing literally and figuratively good and evil! The fantasy drama series is based on a true story from India and an English urban legend in Great Britain.

Ever since the announcement of the program, various funny and witty memes on the characters have been circulating online and viewers and netizens couldn’t stop talking about it on social media.

Headlining this one-of-a-kind spectacle are two of this generation’s award-winning and brightest actressesBarbie Forteza and Mika Dela Cruz.

Kara (Barbie) and Mia (Mika) were born with Disprosopus or craniofacial duplication, a congenital defect where they have two faces but share only one body. Until today, the origin of this condition, which is one of the rarest malformations in humans, is still unexplained, whether it is mythical or medical.

Kara’s face is in front, while Mia’s face is at the back of their head. Little do they know, they are probably the children of a mystical being, an engkanto, who watches over them as they grow up.

But even if they are “one” person, the two sisters cannot be more different. Kara is kind, jolly, smart, and aspired to become a doctor to continue what their mother wasn’t able to achieve. She believes that this “defect” is what makes her unique and special, and she loves her sister Mia with all her heart. Mia, on the other hand, is the mischievous one. She is lazy, pessimistic, and dreams of being an actress. She is envious of Kara and wants nothing more than to be her own person.

Featured in vital roles in Kara and Mia’s lives are highly-respected and award-winning actors and actresses in the industry: Ms. Carmina Villarroel as Aya, the doting mother of the sisters. She is a beautiful Manileña who moved to Bacolod when her family started drowning in debt, and Mr. John Estrada as Arthur, Aya’s husband and the father of Kara and Mia. He owns a small carinderia and is a strong believer of folk tales; with Ms. Glydel Mercadoas Julia, Arthur’s crazy ex-girlfriend who will drive a wedge between him and Aya.

Adding a dose of enchantment to the series is Mike Tan as Iswal, the mischievous engkanto who lives in the forest and is enthralled by Aya’s beauty. He will do everything in his power to be close to her.

Also starring in this endearing masterpiece are sought-after leading men Jak Roberto as Boni, the lola’s boy and a loving gentleman who likes Kara but captures Mia’s heart; and Paul Salas as Chino, Boni’s handsome and well-off cousin who steals Kara’s heart.

Completing the stellar cast are Liezel Lopez as Ellie, Julia’s daughter who is almost the same age as Kara and Mia who is both narcissistic and materialistic; Althea Ablan as Estrella, the younger sister who is funny, irreverent, and loves both Kara and Mia, even though she’s closer to Kara; Arthur Solinap as Lex, the supportive Ilonggo uncle of Kara and Mia; Karenina Haniel as Lerma/LJ, Kara’s funny best friend; April Gustilo as Betty, the silly sidekick of Julia with Ms. Alicia Alonzo as Asuncion, Aya’s hostile mother who looks at Kara and Mia as freaks and Ms. Gina Pareño as Corazon, the reclusive grandmother of Iswal.

An all original creation of the GMA Entertainment Group, Kara Mia is a powerful and dramatic representation of how good and evil are every individual’s two natures, of how we make the good triumph over the other, and how love will time and again conquer all.

The series is a product of the visionary minds of Tina Velasco, Elle Ortizluis, Cynthia Paz (Brainstormers); Onay Sales, John Kenneth De Leon, Kutz Enriquez (Writers); Des Garbes-Severino (head writer); under the tutelage of the Creative Team headed by Richard ‘Dode’ Cruz (Creative Head); Aloy Adlawan, Denoy Navarro-Punio(Creative Consultants), under the capable supervision of the Production team headed by Ms. Lilybeth G. Rasonable (SVP For EG), Ms. Redgie Magno (VP For Drama), Ms. Cheryl Ching-Sy (AVP for Drama), Ms. Hazel Felizmenio Abonita (Senior Program Manager), Ms. Winnie Holis-Reyes (Executive Producer).

Under the helm of esteemed director Dominic Zapata, the series also showcases the scenic beauty of the City of Bacolod, where the story takes place and some of the important scenes were shot.

Catch the much awaited premiere of Kara Mia beginning February 18 weeknights on GMA Telebabad.

Kapuso viewers from across the globe can also catch Kara Mia via GMA’s flagship international channel GMA Pinoy TV. For the program guide, visit www.gmapinoytv.com. (30)


With Valentines day closing in, the love for racing was in full speed at the Eastwood Open Park for the Yamaha Racing Conference. Yamaha continues its outstanding dedication to racing and committing further to the development of their riders.

Yamaha’s own Maverick Viñales made his way to the Philippines straight from his practice session to recognize the top riders of the country and for the debut of the 2019 YZF-R3.It is designed with a bodywork mirroring the YZR-M1, made to be sleeker and more aerodynamic than ever. The compact and lightweight structure is an ultimate balance of strength and rigidity. It is racing quality at its finest.

The “Top Gun” first recognized the National Team duo of Masato “The Chairman” Fernando and McKinley Kyle “WonderBoy” Paz of UMA Racing Yamaha Philippines Team. Dominant in virtually every track in the nation, their goal has now shifted to the Asia Road Racing Championship. Both are eager to represent their country and show the caliber of Filipino Riders.

Winning now isn’t the only goal for Yamaha with a long-term campaign for future competitions already underway with theUnderbone King Sniper 150 National Championships.Considered as an elite class, 12 selected riders will compete for a spot at the national team in their next tournament.

Then there were the riders for the 10th Yamaha Grand Prix Season – UB150 category. The longest running one make race in the country has continued to develop the skills of riders and preparing them for the next level of competition. The batch of racers this year are a mixture of perennial contenders and new challengers ready to make their mark. Aside from the Championship, bragging rights are also at stake with riders being divided into regional teams of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. Yamaha also continued its partnership with 4S1M racing team and Phoenix Yamaha Koso-Faito Racing Teamwho are both share the commitment of excellence on the racetrack.

The 2019 Yamaha Racing Season is shaping up to be one to watch and with all these riders raring to start their legacyits going to be a spectacle to see.

Underbone King Riders

  1. KervieBegania #23
  2. Andrei Samuel Reyes #61
  3. Aaron WynerBlente #3
  4. Erika Ondillo #98
  5. Leeandro Paredes #5
  6. Jasper James Cruz #79
  7. Alicia Ortega #115
  8. Kerwin Chang #99
  9. Sean Ethan Barcial #97
  10. Amber Torres #16
  11. Justinne Bethany Tolentino #30



  • Amber Torres #16
  • Dustin Esguerra #69
  • Kerwin Chang #99
  • Niel Jan Centeno #822
  • Robert Ryan Espiritu #18
  • Tonton Farin #63


  • JannesseLlois Lucero #6
  • Mario Bourbon Jr. #29
  • Garry Caneda Jr. #88


  • Ephraim Onahon #44
  • Rhowell Matias Mangosong IV #191
  • Ernie Daguio Jr. #8


Name Designation
Mark Clinton Tan Team Owner
Ronald Uy Team Manager
Wlifredo Faustino III Team Chief Mechanic
John Emerson Inguit Rider
Herbert Lopez Rider
Robert Ryan Espiritu Rider


Name Designation
Sheldon Ang Senior Team Manager
Antonio Fernando Jr Team Manager
Kempee Ang Asst. Team Manager
Neil Jan Centeno Rider
Justinne Bethany Tolentino Rider
Vrei-Ar Suba Rider



Celebrating the Chinese New Year is an annual celebration  not only in China but mostly to several parts of the world especially to our Chinoy Kababayans.  It is  also known as the Spring Festival, in China  that starts on the 23rd  day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. The festival lasts for about 23 days, ending on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following  year in the Chinese calendar.

Eng Bee Tin is one of the store in Chinatown, located at the heart of Binondo, Manila  who used to celebrate this annual celebration together with  the traditional Dragon  And Lion  Dance . It  is a traditional dance form in Chinese culture. The dragon represents wisdom, power and wealth. Like the lion dance it is most often seen in festive celebrations. It is believed that performing the dragon dance scares away evil spirits and all the bad luck associated with them, and brings in good luck and wealth instead. This is why the dragon dance is very popular during Chinese New year as well as during other auspicious occasions such as weddings and other festivities.

The dragon dance is a highlight of Chinese New Year celebrations held worldwide in Chinatowns around the world. Chinese people often use the term  “Descendants of the Dragon” as a sign of ethnic identity.

Back to Eng Bee Tin , the store was established  in 1912  by  Mr. Chua Chiu Hong which is a simple stall in the heart of Ongpin,Binondo, the Chinatown in Manila. They are known for its traditional Chinese delicacies, such as hopia, tikoy and glutinous peanut balls. Eng Bee Tin is also the pioneer of the innovations in the Hopia, introducing favorites such as Hopia Ube, Hopia Combi (2 in 1 flavor), Mochipia (Hopia with Tikoy at the center) , Hopia Custard and vast variants of hopia.
Mr. Jeric Chua is the owner/ manager of Eng Bee Tin.

At present, Eng Bee Tin grows to 26 branches  not only in Metro Manila but also to Calabarzon areas. To name a few branches of Eng Bee Tin are  as follows :

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – SM North EDSA

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – SM Bacoor

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Waltermart Makati Branch

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – SM Marilao

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Monumento Branch

Mr Ube Rice and Noodle House Jr – Cloverleaf

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Ayala Cloverleaf Mall

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli- Fisher Mall

Mr Ube Rice and Noodle House – E. Rodriguez Sr.

Eng Bee Tin Chinese Deli – Farmers Plaza

You may visit  their  GIANT Strawberry PIG Tikoy at the Eng Bee Tin Flagship Store at 628 Ongpin St Binondo Manila. You may also visit  http://www.engbeetin.com

2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics: Get Your Child into Sports!

Annual summer clinic strengthens commitment in nutrition and sports for child development

Manila, Philippines, February 7, 2019 –MILO Philippines ushers in the much-awaited summerbreakas they officially launch the 2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics today at KidZania. With its commitmentto provide the nutritious energy to get more children into sports, MILO’syearlyprogram continues to offer a wide array of sportsactivities that kidscan participate in throughout the summer.

Driven by the “Get Your Child into Sports” campaign, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics aims to reinforce the importance of sports in a child’s holistic development.Children today are faced with numerous barriers that hinder them from engaging into sports such as digital distractions, lack of safe play places, and fear of trying. MILO’s annual summer clinic seeks to address these challenges by highlighting sports as a means not only to get kids active, but also to teach valuable life lessons one can learn outside the classroom.

“Getting children involved in sports would be a more enjoyable and productive way to healthy living,” said Willy De Ocampo, Business Unit Manager, MILO Philippines. “We believe that physical and social development lay the foundation for a child’s growth, which is why our MILO Summer Sports Clinics teaches children the fundamentals of various sports in a unique and scientific way and helps them develop character-forming values.

Energizing More Children

This year, MILO makes the Summer Sports Clinics accessible to more aspiring young athletes as they continue their expansion in the Visayas and Mindanao region. The clinics will be available starting end-March, in over 700 venues to more than 30,000 children nationwide.

Arnis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Wushu are this year’s newest additions to the program’s sports offerings. Apart from those sports, the MILO Summer Sports Clinics will continue to provide training to different sports disciplines, namely Badminton, Basketball, Chess, Fencing, Football, Futsal, Golf, Gymnastics, Karatedo, Lawn Tennis, Parkour, Swimming, Table Tennis, Taekwondo, Touch Rugby, and Volleyball.

To enhance the summer clinic experience of the participants, select clinic organizers will offer a MILO Welcome Kit that contains an exclusive Summer Sports Clinics drawstring bag and MILO to ensure the participants will get their Champion Energy Nutrients when they embark on their summer courses.

“MILO contains Champion Energy Nutrients such as milk, Protomalt, B-Vitamins, and Ironto help children get active especially in sports,” said De Ocampo. “So, not only will the kids get the athletic and social benefits at the Summer Sports Clinics, they willalso be provided with the nutritious energy of MILO.”

Nourishing Champions Through the Years

For more than 35 years, MILO prides itself in partnering witha roster of esteemed organizations such as the BEST Center and Philippine Taekwondo Association among many others,that have been instrumental inmaintainingthe sports excellence that the Summer Sports Clinics is known for.

Expert coaches and instructors who have competed and won in local and international competitions such as the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games and the Olympics will handle theprograms. These mentors use modern and scientific approaches that will help participants gain appreciation for the different sports, live a healthy and active lifestyle, and embody the morals of discipline, confidence, teamwork, perseverance, and hard work.

By centering on values in sports, MILO’s Summer Sports Clinics along with its other sports programs, have created outstanding personas in the sporting scene.The roster of alumni includes BEST Center graduate Chris Tiu, Taekwondo clinic graduate and SEA Games medalist JapoyLizardo, and Gymnastics clinic graduate and SEA Games gold medalist Kaitlyn De Guzman.

“We look forward to nurture more children to be champions not just as athletes but also as individuals,” said Luigi Pumaren, MILO Sports Executive. “We encourage parents to introduce their kids to a fun, active and healthy lifestyle and make their summer worthwhile with the MILO Summer Sports Clinics.”

Get your child into sports and enroll them in the MILO Summer Sports Clinics!

The 2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics is endorsed by the Department of Education, Philippine Olympic Committee, Philippine Sportswriters Association and is in partnershipwith Chris Sports, SKLZ, Wilson, and Rain or Shine.

For more information on the MILO Summer Sports Clinics and MILO Philippines, log on to the official website (http://www.milo.com.ph) or the MILO Philippines Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/milo.ph). Follow MILO on Twitter (@MiloPH) and Instagram (@MiloPhilippines).

2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics: Get Your Child into Sports! Annual summer clinic strengthens commitment in nutrition and sports for child development

(L-R) Lester P. Castillo, MILO Sports Executive; Willy De Ocampo, MILO Philippines Business Unit Manager; Undersecretary Tonisito Umali, Department of Education; Japoy Lizardo, MILO Champion and SSC Taekwondo Graduate; Igor Mella, parent; Tourino Dilaga, KidZania COO; Luigi Pumaren, MILO Sports Executive; Robbie De Vera, MILO Consumer Marketing Manager