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Donny Pangilinan released a surprise treat to his fans -- his latest single, "Wings"

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Donny started the month of October with a big surprise treat to his ever-so-supportive fans as he released his single, “ Wings ”. With assurance and love comes hope and comfort. In this song, Donny promises a life that is better and gives hope to a person who cannot seem to see the brighter days ahead of her. It is a song of hope that is very much relevant to all of us as we go through dark days in the middle of the pandemic. In 2019, he was nominated as the New Movie Actor of the Year for the movie “Walwal”. Other than his various hosting stints, vlogs, movies, TV shows and product endorsements, Donny has been creating pop ballads since he signed under Universal Records back in 2017, thereon having been nominated for various awards. He released his single “ Green Light ” in 2018 which ranked #5 on iTunes PH Chart and his self-titled debut EP the following year.  Donny Pangilinan is known to explore ventures that will test his strengths and will allow him to discover more about hims

Chlöe shines on her own with sultry R&B single “Have Mercy”

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  After gaining prominent attention as part of a soulful pop duo with her with sister Halle, alt-R&B sensation Chlöe proves that she’s ready to shine on her own with the release of her new single “Have Mercy.”  The sultry showstopper marks the 5x Grammy-nominated producer and singer-songwriter’s debut effort as a solo star. With its slinky, minimal textures and confident vocals, “ Have Mercy ” has received exemplary praises across the board upon its release.  NPR called Chlöe a “pristine-voiced, technically brilliant ingenue” and commended her latest jam for its themes of women empowerment and “unabashed booty positivity.” Renowned hip-hop publication Complex praised the track for its “saucy” and “uptempo” vibe, citing how it “boasts major sex appeal.” Teen Vogue also sung adoration for Chlöe’s new song, describing it as “sensual” and “feel good.” Produced by Murda Beatz, Chlöe, Joseph L'étranger, FnZ, and BoogzDaBeast, the acclaimed urban single debuted at No. 28 on US Billbo

Roman Kryklia Defends ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Title Against Murat Aygun

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ONE Championship™ (ONE) today announced the full card for ONE: NEXTGEN , which broadcasts live from the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Friday, 29 October.  In the main event, Ukrainian skyscraper Roman Kryklia returns to defend the ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship against Dutch-Turkish bruiser Murat Aygun. Also featured on the card is the semifinal round of the historic ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix. The final four will see #3-ranked atomweight Stamp Fairtex of Thailand lock horns with Grand Prix alternate Julie Mezabarba of Brazil, who is replacing an injured Ham Seo Hee. In the other semifinal matchup, #4-ranked atomweight Ritu Phogat of India will meet undefeated Itsuki Hirata of Japan. ONE: NEXTGEN Friday, 29 October ONE Light Heavyweight Kickboxing World Championship Roman Kryklia vs. Murat Aygun Heavyweight: 102.2 KG – 120.2 KG ONE Women’s Atomweight World Grand Prix – Semifinal Stamp Fairtex vs. Julie Mezabarba Atomweight: 47.7 KG – 52.2 KG ONE Women’s

Grammy-nominated R&B powerhouse Givēon continues global domination with new song “For Tonight”

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Thanks to his massive success on TikTok and other video-sharing platforms, Givēon has established himself as one of the biggest R&B acts in recent years, reaching the summit of the Spotify Philippines Top 50 and Viral 50 charts, respectively with the inescapable jam “Heartbreak Anniversary” and peaking at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the Justin Bieber -headlined “Peaches,” featuring Daniel Caesar. The former also went No. 1 on all fronts, from digital sales to mainstream radio charts in Metro Manila and beyond, and conquered the media landscape from noontime shows to online dance challenges. This year, the promising newcomer returns with another heartfelt tune called “ For Tonight ,” which serves as the first single off his highly anticipated album to be released later this year. The fascinating slow jam is produced by Seven Thomas (Drake, Rihanna, Travis Scott), Jahaan Sweet (Eminem, Kehlani) and Akeel Henry (WizKid, SwaeLee). Accompanied by a music video directed by Acade

After getting international acclaim, Rap Phenom SHANTI DOPE is back with new song LOADED featuring Hellmerry

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With all the restrictions imposed during the ECQ, as they say, "The show must go on." And so it did with Shanti Dope 's latest single LOADED feat. Hellmerry hitting the various digital platforms with a bang!  Despite getting international acclaim with his song "Amatz" being featured in Marvel 's Falcon and the Winter Soldier TV series, Shanti remains grounded and shares the limelight collaborating with a talented newbie indie artist such as Hellmerry. As usual, Shanti's unabashed and bold rendition of social realities gives the song his signature swag and tapered by by a highly syncopated rhythm and beat that would mesmerize you into a cadent groove.  Watch Shanti Dope's official lyric video for LOADED at https://youtu.be/bY0C5-CZeNE and  on streaming platforms Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and Deezer.  It is also available in digital stores worldwide under Universal Records . 

Indonesian Alt-Pop Artist Mezzaluna Conquers Music on Her Own Terms

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Introduced earlier this year as one of the first Asian artists to join pan-regional music label, OFFMUTE, Mezzaluna has captivated music fans with her jazzy, soulful and sometimes brooding take on pop music. With deep, sultry vocals and intensely personal storytelling style, the Indonesian newcomer delivers inspiring and powerful songs with a universal reach. She also grew up in a musical household as the daughter of Indonesian rockstar, BimBim — drummer of the legendary Indonesian rock band Slank, and started picking up the piano and guitar at an early age. Despite coming from a lineage of acclaimed and respected musicians, Mezzaluna forged a path of her own, and developed her own sense of artistry in a uniquely humbling way. This sense of eclecticism is deeply felt on her debut single “In Situ,” which she wrote at the start of her music journey. “It was one of the quickest writing processes I’ve done as I was being honest with my feelings,” Mezzaluna shares. “Since it was based on m

Eve Alai makes quarantine bearable with club anthem “Touch Me”

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  Electronic producer Eve Alai lights up the virtual dancefloor with bouncy house chords and throbbing percussions on his latest single “T ouch M e,” to be released on October 8, 2021 under Umami Records. Featuring fiery vocals from Z, the infectious raver makes isolation bearable as it delivers another ecstatic shot of energy from start to finish.  Even with the absence of clubs, “Touch Me” works as a soundtrack to late-night revelry. It’s a techno-inspired bop that underscores the healing power of being confidently sensual and hopeful despite being enveloped into the dark, trying times.  With influences that range from British electronic producer Chris Lake to Grammy-nominated Australian music producer FISHER, Eve Alai takes “Touch Me” to effervescent places with its glorious serving of after-hours party music. Unbeknownst to everyone, the slinky material has undergone several changes in the production, and wasn’t initially penned as a dance anthem. “It was written originally as an

Japan’s Tokimeki Records finds new city pop muse in Filipina singer-songwriter syd hartha

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After gaining prominence with some notable pop classics, Japanese music project Tokimeki Records brings boogie and ‘80s retro sounds back to the dancefloor with a reimagining of The Cardigans’ “ Carnival .” Featuring Filipina singer-songwriter syd hartha on vocals, the new version of “Carnival” evokes pre-pandemic Tokyo where neon pulses through the towering skyscrapers and a random stroll downtown offers the best form of therapeutic escape. Trading the ‘90s twee-pop sound of the original for a more lighthearted disco-pop affair, electronic music producer Yutaka Takanami of Tokimeki Records embraces the carefree bliss that has come to define his previous releases, while infusing spacious production and sticky-sweet, synthesizer melodies to the mix.  “One of the most influential western pop songs of the 1990s for me was Carnival,” Tokimeki Records’ very own Yutaka Takanami shares. “It was also played on TV at the time, but it was also played and covered in the Japanese club scene. I&#

Ogie Alcasid, Regine Velasquez, Yeng Constantino & more Celebrates 27th Year of CBN Asia

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CBN Asia Marks 27 Years of God’s Boundless Faithfulness with Virtual Celebration Join us in celebrating 27 years of God’s boundless love and faithfulness to CBN Asia with a virtual event titled Boundless on October 6 and 7, from 1:30 PM to 6:30 PM. You and your loved ones are invited to the two-day celebration filled with performances from renowned artists Ogie Alcasid and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid , Yeng Constantino, Angela Ken , and praise and worship teams, Gloryfall and Powerhouse Worship . Hear inspiring messages from Christian Broadcasting Network President and Chief Executive Officer Gordon Robertson and CBN Asia President and CEO Peter Kairuz. Play and take selfies at the Super booth and get a chance to join meet and greet with hosts from CBN Asia programs. Apart from special performances and messages, you can join breakout sessions hosted by CBN Asia’s Family of Ministries: Asian Center for Missions – Engage in Missions in the New Normal The 700 Club Asia – Get a Front Se

COLDPLAY Released their Much-Anticipated Collab with BTS

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Coldplay have today released their much-anticipated collaboration with BTS . My Universe, which was written by Coldplay and BTS and produced by Max Martin, is available to stream / download worldwide now. The song’s official lyric video - which is available now - features handwritten lyrics from both groups, in both English and Korean.  Coldplay have also teased the song’s Dave Meyers-directed official music video, as “coming very soon”. My Universe follows Coldplay’s worldwide hit Higher Power as the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album Music Of The Spheres (out October 15th). For more information please visit Coldplay.com 

Def Jam Philippines returns with “Puso At Diskarte”

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Def Jam Philippines , considered as one of the most respected record labels in the country, returns with a game-changing posse cut featuring some of the most important rap acts of our time. “ Puso At Diskarte ,” the first single off the label’s second compilation EP, RHAPSODICITY, brings together veteran and rising Filipino hip-hop artists such as ASTRO of Owfuck, ZARGON, HONCHO of Ex-Battalion , DCOY (Wakin Burdado) of Madd Poets, MIKE KOSA of 187 Mobstaz, PRICETAGG and LAYZIE FU of 4 East Flava on the same page—each offering distinct expertise and star power to the mix. Produced by CURSEBOX, the anthemic banger delivers show-stopping verses that set the bar high for hip-hop collaborations, and massive, titanium-grade beats that blur the boundaries between gangsta rap and contemporary urban music.  According to Allan Mitchell “Daddy A” Silonga, A&R Senior Manager of Def Jam Philippines, “Puso At Diskarte” started out as a concept which aims to gather hip-hop icons from different a

Bryan Estepa sparkles with newfound exuberance on 6-track EP, Back To The Middle

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Two years on from the release of his sixth studio album, Sometimes I Just Don’t Know in 2019, Filipino-Australian artist Bryan Estepa returns with another exciting set of soulful and melodic guitar pop. Released under Lilystars Records, Estepa’s new EP, Back To The Middle grows closer to home with its penchant for warm, inviting hooks and sunburst instrumentation.   Lyrically speaking, there is no set thematic agenda when the acclaimed singer-songwriter conceptualized and penned Back To The Middle. In an authentic troubadour fashion, Estepa lets the song take him to where it wants to go most of the time. “But by the end I did notice a leaning towards the idea of letting go and acceptance,” Estepa shares in a statement. “Life throws us curveballs that we may not want or see coming, but then we ask ourselves how do we deal with them? There’s always a slither of light ahead.” While his previous record, Sometimes I Just Don’t Know exhibited a more melancholic, brooding treatment, Estepa

Alessandra De Rossi launches AWOO Records, signs Hya and Alfa

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Fresh from the success of her directorial debut My Amanda in July, Alessandra de Rossi is now setting her sights on different waters. This time around it’s music, which she’s revisited more vigorously as of late: adopting the functional moniker ADR, reissuing her 2012 debut Adrift via Lilystars Records, even penning songs for her films.  The difference is it’s other people’s music now. And no, De Rossi isn’t simply pimping playlists or fawning over new discoveries on her socials. She’s taking things a notch higher, putting up her own label AWOOO Records , which she’s formally unveiling to the public today (September 24) after making an under-the-radar announcement earlier in the month. To the character-actress-turned-indie-darling, it’s not so much about scratching a visionary itch but passing deserving talents the mic. “I think [Filipinos] really stand a chance in changing how the world looks and sounds,” she says, confident that local music can enjoy the same attention other art for

Lil Nas X Explores Love and Loneliness on Game-Changing New Album, MONTERO

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Fresh off his MTV VMA win for VIDEO OF THE YEAR and his show-stopping Met Gala debut, global phenomenon and Grammy Award winning artist Lil Nas X has at last released his debut album MONTERO via Columbia Records today. The 15-track album was executive produced by Take A Daytrip and features tracks with Doja Cat, Elton John, Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus .  Upon its release, MONTERO received overwhelmingly positive review from music critics. USA Today calls the album “an honest portrait of Lil Nas X at 22,” and praises the A lister’s “willingness to dabble in unadulterated pop, grimy rock and the rap-singing that has so far popularized his career.” Variety lauds the record’s “genre-stretching approach and refreshingly honest exploration of love and loneliness,” adding that it just proves how committed the rapper is in giving “voice to the fears and longings of a generation of queer kids.” Launching alongside the album is the official video for “THATS WHAT I WANT.” T

Zack Tabudlo expresses the joy of unconditional love on new song “Habang Buhay”

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  Listen here: https://ZackTabudlo.lnk.to/HabangBuhay Filipino singer-songwriter/producer Zack Tabudlo transports the joy of long, lasting real love on his new single “Habang Buhay”—out today on all streaming platforms via Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc. Expressing security in the promises of unconditional romance, Zack Tabudlo allows himself to bask in the golden feeling of being swept away by love, while looking forward to more affectionate years with that special someone. “Habang Buhay has its own life with the happiness itself of the song alone,” says Zack Tabudlo in a statement. “I haven't written any song with such a happy and positive meaning before, so this is definitely something different.” Written, produced, mixed, and mastered by Tabudlo himself, the shiny, retro-pop tune is inspired by a lot of old school OPM classics such as VST & Company, and other ‘80s songbook stalwarts such as The Police and Fra Lippo Lippi.  Taking into the account the nostalg

Carmi Martin advocates healthy living with Yamang Bukid’s Insulin Plant Tea

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  YAMANG Bukid Healthy Products Inc. (YBHPI) opens the final quarter of the year with a major celebration as it formally welcomes veteran actress Carmi Martin into the family as official brand ambassador of Insulin Plant Tea – the company’s latest healthy product. Yamang Bukid Healthy Products Inc (YBHPI) is the company behind the country's No. 1 turmeric tea brand, the Yamang Bukid Turmeric 10-in-1. Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is made from the leaves of authentic insulin plants (Costus igneus) grown in pristine farming conditions in Palawan. The all-natural wellness drink has no other ingredients aside from dried insulin leaves, so consumers are assured that it’s safe and is of nature’s best.  Yamang Bukid Insulin Plant Tea is the first of its kind to be given a Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) by the Philippines Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The product has undergone revaluation and certification from FDA and passed various tests so the quality and safety of t

Wizkid taps Justin Bieber on the remix of his global smash single “Essence”

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Nigerian pop superstar Wizkid is taking the global music charts by storm with the success of his new single “Essence”—now bolstered even further with a remix version featuring multi-platinum artist Justin Bieber and fellow Afro-pop singer Tems . Currently making waves in the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard Global 200, “Essence” has received glowing reviews from various music publications worldwide, with NME praising its Afro-Latin production and Afrobeats percussion for evoking “a sense of homecoming.” According to Fader, Bieber’s contribution to the infectious summer jam “switches things up” and adds a bit of pop sheen to the mix.  Prior to the highly anticipated collaboration with Justin Bieber, Wizkid’s “Essence” has already been blazing on top of the charts, securing a No. 1 for the Nigerian pop star on the US World Digital Song Sales chart and UK Afrobeats chart. The song has made it on Spotify’s Song of the Summer playlist in June 2021, and in Barack Obama’s favorite songs of 2

Lil Nas X continues to dominate cultural conversations with “Industry Baby”

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After gaining tremendous attention online with #MonteroMakeUpChallenge, a collaborative effort between Sony Music Philippines and Drag Playhouse PH in an effort to pay tribute to his song’s inclusive and overt queer iconography, Lil Nas X continues to dominate cultural conversations here and abroad with the equally controversial new song “Industry Baby.” Featuring fellow rapper and hitmaker Jack Harlow, the song is steadily climbing on various streaming charts in the country, and is currently making waves on mainstream radio in Metro Manila and beyond. “Industry Baby” features production by Take a Daytrip and Kanye West and touches on Nas finding his confidence and proving anyone who ever doubted his staying power, wrong. The song is the latest to be released from the highly anticipated upcoming album Montero, due later this year via Columbia Records.  Controversial music video The accompanying visual was based on a story by Lil Nas X and directed by Christian Breslauer.  It follows N

BGC’S Sustainability Initiatives Lead to a Healthier City

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  Climate change is an urgent issue that cannot be ignored; hence, Bonifacio Global City shifts its focus to lessen its carbon emission and residuals while continuously building a more involved community that champions sustainable and eco-friendly initiatives and advocacies. In 2020, BGC successfully cut its carbon emission down to 37% while offsetting 62% of greenhouse gas by converting streetlights, parks, and buildings with a renewable energy source, encouraging alternative transportation modes, and planting trees and shrubs around the city. The 3,800 trees in its 240-hectare estate helped improve the urban microclimate.  Establishing the 16-kilometer shared and dedicated bus and Personal Mobility Device (PMD) lanes enabled many commuters and car drivers to switch to bicycles and electric kick scooters. By the end of 2020, BGC recorded 5,000 bicycles and other PMD users daily, compared to only 500 users pre-pandemic.  For solid waste, BGC organized a weekly Clean and Dry Plastic Dr

SHEBA®, a Mars, Incorporated petfood brand unveils World's Largest Coral Restoration Program: Hope Reef

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  Hope Reef, part of the world's largest coral reef restoration program, has been unveiled off the coast of Sulawesi, Indonesia. Sitting on Salisi' Besar reef platform near the island of Bontosua, the reef is built to spell the word ‘HOPE.’ Visible on Google Earth, the 45x15m installation symbolizes that positive change can happen within our lifetime and that hope can grow. Coral reef systems are the tropical rainforests of the ocean and home to a quarter of marine life. But they are critically threatened by overexploitation, destructive fishing practices, pollution and climate change. Scientists estimate that if the world does nothing, 90% of the world's tropical reefs will be gone by 2043, impacting nearly 500 million people who depend on them for food, income and coastal protection.  In response to the loss of reefs worldwide, Hope Reef was created to kick-start an even larger restoration effort and create a movement to restore reefs at a large, ecologically relevant sca

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