Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Leveling Up Our Games

Malaysia and the Philippines will be building better digital economies together, starting with Games.


Southeast Asia’s population brew of 620 million brings about the hottest global game revenue growth as it has doubled its total market size from 2014 to $2.2B spell casted for 2017. Contributing to this affinity are Malaysia and the Philippines, both having a keen understanding and already encouraging throngs of its gamers into proper content creators. To-date, the two have dedicated educational programs for their respective games and animation sectors. At the same time, they also have engaged witha range of emerging flagship studios that feature great leadership, young talents, and long-term digital ambition.

For the longest time, they have continued to raise awareness for this industry with flagship events like LEVEL UP KL for Malaysia and E-Sport & Gaming Summit (ESGS) for the Philippines. In cooperation with the Games Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP), ESGS is putting together its GameFest event on October 26, 2017, featuring headline industry professionals such as:

• Brian Recktenwald– Environment Artist from Naughty Dog, Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End & Uncharted: The Lost Legacy
• Ian Lang – Senior Animator from Blizzard Entertainment
• Josh Axner – Technical Artist from Blizzard Entertainment
• Ryan Torrey – Senior Animator from House of Moves, Injustice, Mortal Combat X
• JiaShen – VP of Product for Blackstorm Labs, makers of Everwing
Yi Fei Boon – former Lead Programmer of Sparkjumpers, now Field Engineer at Unity
• *Jeff Agala – Creative Director of Klei Entertainment, makers of Shank, Mark of the Ninja and Don’t Starve.

*Tentative

Adding fuel to this ambitious pursuit is the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) partnership with GDAPas both have come together to form a partnership for the first-event cross-promotion process in the region.


Enabling this partnership to bear fruit is Hasnul Hadi Samsudin, VP of Creative Content & Technologies Division at MDEC. He shared: “This MOU shows a commitment from both sides that, as a region, we believe the best way to grow is to do it together. Since 2014, Malaysia, and MDEC, has always pushed for closer collaboration among friends from South East Asia. This signifies the formalization of a partnership between MDEC and GDAP that, we hope, will benefit both our game development communities in Malaysia and Philippines. This is indeed exciting times for all of us."

Also critical to this promotional partnership is the curators /advisors for GDAP – the famed Art Director of Sony Computer Entertainment’s Naughty Dog LLC, Erick Pangilinan, and Animation Vertigo’s Utah-based CEO Marla Rausch.

“This partnership is not just based on common goals, but on shared paths. We Filipinos have found no better neighbors than Hasnul Samsudin and Dato’ Ng Wan Peng, Chief Operations Officer of MDEC, on this digital road,” added Alvin Juban, President of GDAP.

MDEC and GDAP are keen to pursue three key actions with this partnership: 
  • Raise capability building through experts influence, 
  • talks and workshops;
  • conduct cross-regional events promotion for respective flagship events – GDAP’s GameFest and MDEC’s LEVEL UP KL; and 
  • build a stronger Southeast Asian games community via this progressive framework of cooperation.


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About Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation or MDEC (formerly known as Multimedia Development Corporation Sdn. Bhd.), an agency incorporated 20 years ago under the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia, spearheads the development of Malaysia’s Digital Economy. Its mission is centered on driving investments, building local tech champions, catalyzing digital innovation ecosystems and propagating digital inclusivity.

MDEC is also responsible for ensuring that Malaysia continues to develop digital innovation and nurture local information, communications, and technology (ICT) talent, while attracting participation from global ICT companies to invest and develop cutting-edge digital and creative solutions in the country. To know more about MDEC’s efforts and initiatives in driving Digital economy, please visit www.mdec.myor follow us on:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyMDEC/, Twitter: @mymdec


About Games Developers Association of the Philippines (GDAP)
GDAP is the Trade Association for the Philippine Video Game industry, which was established in 2007. It has a collective of over 50 members composed by Content Developers, Support/Management Studios, Creative Technology enablers, and Educational Institutions. It draws support from agencies such as the Department of Trade & Industry and the Department of Information & Communications Technology and the IT Business Process Association of the Philippines (iBPAP).

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THE EVENTS


PHILIPPINES
ESGS
Gamefest @ ESGS October 26, 2017 Function Room 1 SMX MOA, Manila
ESGS Convention October 27-29, 2017 Halls 2-4 SMX MOA, Manila

MALAYSIA
Level Up KL
Game Jam Nov. 4-5, 2017 Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 JalanKerinchiBangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Technical Workshop Nov. 6, 2017 Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 JalanKerinchiBangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL
Conference Nov. 7-8, 2017 Connexion Conference & Event Centre - CCECNo 7 JalanKerinchiBangsar South City, Wilayah Persekutuan KL





Sunday, September 24, 2017

Celebrating Natural Beauty with the Naturals Beauty Fair

Natural beauty takes center stage as Lazada holds its Naturals Beauty Fair from Sept. 27 to 30. The nature-based campaign led by Unilever will bring out your inner glow with your most-loved naturals beauty finds at a steal.
Give your hair the de-stressing it needs with TRESEMME's Detox & Nourish Range for as low as P106. TRESEMME's Detox & Nourish Shampoo 170ML will have a promo price of P106 while the conditioner will be available for P110 during the sale.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Hey Sugar Waxing Salon: Now Open in SM Marikina


Living in the Metro can have its ups and downs. On one hand, year-round sun and fun; on the other, sustaining your body for year-round sunning and funning can be exhausting.

Friday, September 22, 2017

French Tips Eco-chic Nail Salon Opens at Estancia



No matter who you are or what you do in your life,  you would be feeling thankful for the weekend to come!

Can't decide what to do? Short of packing your bags and jetting off to unwind in the picturesque gardens of France is to spend your precious few hours of pampering in the city’s best kept secret - French Tips Nail Parlour.

It’s a nail salon different from others mostly because of the way it merges eco-chic pampering experience with a unique French-themed ideal. From the moment you step in, you’ll be ushered into a luxe escape from the daily grind.


To sneak in a luxurious and eco-friendly treat at French Tips is to be catered to for a few hours. Here, you become a woman of leisure and nature that is doted on and attended to, where you can choose to zone out or chatter idly, depending on your mood and pamper without putting your health at risk.


The luscious scent of lavender gently ushers you to the gardens of Provence as you begin your luxurious, eco-chic journey, where you will be asked how you want a healthy French Tips to experience using toxic-free nail polishes, beginning with a luxurious hand or foot washing using all-natural soaks (all of which are designed to whisk you away and take you to a lazy sunny day spent in the quaint orchards of the French countryside using Formaldehyde free and Paraben free materials.


The interiors are impeccably designed to reflect the quiet luxury of France. Each element inside French Tips Nail Parlour lets you bask in the elegance that the country is known for—from the high back armchairs that invite you to sink yourself into the intricate details that pepper the salon interiors like the faux grass and white reindeer heads that adore its walls. The team, all expertly trained to provide the best possible eco-friendly service, are attentive and accommodating—all intent on providing you with a few hours to escape and enjoy this rare, but much-deserved opportunity to indulge in a salon which never use animal-derived ingredients in any of their products.


Here, the ideals of the country that inspired its aesthetic and brand of service are evident. Anyone is welcome to pamper themselves for as long as they want in the capable hands of their technicians.

Once you’re done, the experience will certainly make you want to wish you could stay for the entire weekend, but rest assured, you can always come back for more.

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French Tips has 6 branches nationwide: SM Megamall, Nuvali Solenad, Ayala Terraces, SM Mall of Asia, SM Aura and recently opened branch in Estancia. For more information, check out www.frenchtips.com
Facebook.com/FrenchTipsNailParlour, 
Twitter.com/_frenchtips and Instagram.com/frenchtips_ecochic_nailsalon

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa Celebrates the 2nd Year of National Pampering Day #NationalPamperingDay


When it comes to ultimate pampering on a national scale, Nailaholics Nail Salon and Spa holds the number one spot.  After last year's success of the very first National Pampering Day, Nailaholics is back at it again this year with an amplified nationwide celebration of relaxation that everyone is looking forward to this October 17.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Sports Barbers : A Stylish Destination for the Male Grooming Generation Opens in SM Mall of Asia


With pompadours on the rise, man-buns making its way on the street, perfectly trimmed beards and facial hair making a trend, it’s safe to say that male grooming has made its way to the spotlight. 

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Yamaha is Celebrating 50 Years and Spearheading the 3S (SSS) with Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo

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Gary A. Yupangco had finally fulfilled a once-sublimated desire and, with it, the musical desires of millions of Filipinos nationwide. Today, after 50 years, G. A. YUPANGCO & CO., INC., through its present complement of 31 stores and 35 music school centers across the Philippines, continues to serve the needs of the Filipino musician and music enthusiast, providing the state of the art in musical instruments and sound reinforcement technology and the finest in music education. Those are the amazing words written in the company website, but what is the new focus now in Yamaha after all those years?

In celebration of its golden year anniversary, the company is spearheading the 3S (SSS, Sustainability, Self-reliant and Service Oriented mindset to it's team members. Headed by Regina Victoria Y. De Ocampo, the only daughter of Gary and the grand daughter of the former President of the Philippines, Jose P. Laurel, the management is focusing on its valuable asset, that is their manpower organization which has attributed to its success for 50 years.

According to Regina, "We have team members who are already 40 years in the company and this time, it's about them, we would like to sustain them with good benefits, to become self-reliant and of course to be a service oriented team member. If they are happy, the customers are happy and the company will be happy thus we launched the SSS or 3S."

Yamaha is an industry leader in the Philippines and around the globe for its technological innovation. To know more about the company, visit http://www.yupangco.com