Month: October 2020

Gaming

DAMWON Gaming crowned Worlds 2020 champions

DAMWON Gaming, the first South Korean team to reach the League of Legends World Championship Finals in three years, defeated Suning, 3-1. Image credit: Riot Games
Image credit: Riot Games

DAMWON Gaming, the first South Korean team to reach the League of Legends World Championship Finals in three years, defeated China’s Suning, 3-1, to become this year’s champions in Shanghai.

DAMWON Gaming made good on its promise to restore glory to the League of Legends Champions Korea (LCK). While the LCK has won five world championships, it had not won in the last couple of years. It was the League of Legends Pro League (LPL) that was creating a new legacy, with Chinese teams winning the championship for the past two years. Dominant throughout the tournament, DAMWON Gaming finally had to fight hard. Ironically, it took the ultimate underdogs, Suning, to test them. Suning, which knocked out higher-ranked teams to make it to the Finals. The score does not reflect how close each game was except for the final one. In fact, the contrast in styles between the precise, disciplined, and stronger DAMWON Gaming team and the flashy, unpredictable, and fearless Suning squad made for very long and thrilling battles throughout the best-of-five series.

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Entertainment

‘Start-Up’ Episode 4: The birthday wish of Nam Do San

"Start-Up" Episode 4: Kim Seon Ho keeps stealing the show -- and hearts -- as Han Jip Yeong. Image credit: tvN
Image credit: tvN

Kim Seon Ho is not the lead actor in “Start-Up”, tvN’s K-drama about tech startups that is now streaming on Netflix. But he’s definitely stealing the show — and hearts — because of his charming portrayal of Han Jip Yeong. And just as in previous episodes, he’s the MVP of “Start-Up” Episode 4.

What makes this “Start-Up” Episode 4 even more heartwarming is that it celebrates the birthday of Nam Do San. Not the person whose real name is Nam Do San, played by Nam Joo Hyuk. But the “Nam Do San” who wrote the letters to a young Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy). The “Nam Do San” who became Dal Mi’s first love. “The Nam Do San in the old days”, as Dal Mi’s grandmother calls him. In other words, the “Good Boy”, Jip Yeong. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the episode.

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Gaming

Worlds 2020 Finals: China’s Suning vs South Korea’s DAMWON Gaming

Worlds 2020 Finals: Who will hoist the Summoner's Cup? Image credit: Riot Games
Who will hoist the Summoner’s Cup at the Worlds 2020 Finals? Image credit: Riot Games

Will China’s Suning, the tournament underdogs, continue their giant-killing run and pull off their biggest upset on the grandest stage? Or will DAMWON Gaming, the first South Korean team to reach the Worlds 2020 Finals in three years, bring back the Summoner’s Cup to South Korea? The two League of Legends Esports (LoL Esports) teams square off at 6 PM Philippine Standard Time today at the 2020 League of Legends World Championship Finals at SAIC Motor Pudong Arena in Shanghai.

“The Worlds will be the first global event of any kind happening in the stadium. And over 3.2 million people registered in the hopes of being selected as part of the 6,000 lucky [ones] who will be attending live on Saturday. And last but not least, thank you [Shanghai] for helping us make this event safe for players, teams, and everybody on the ground. We have over a thousand people who’ve worked on the show, and I know you’ve invested significant resources to make sure each and everyone is healthy and safe for the duration of the competition. In true honesty, I don’t think there’s anywhere else on the planet right now where we could host Worlds. So this year I think Shanghai has proven that it’s on its way to becoming — if it’s not already — the world’s capital of esports,” said Riot Games CEO Nicolo Laurent at the Worlds 2020 Finals Media Day on Oct. 29.

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Technology

GoHealth by Globe: Health insurance coverage for P20

Globe Telecom has partnered with leading non-life insurance provider Pacific Cross and telemedicine service KonsultaMD to offer GoHealth.

Philippine telco Globe Telecom has partnered with leading non-life insurance provider Pacific Cross and telemedicine service KonsultaMD to offer the GoHealth mobile health solution.

GoHealth is a prepaid health product catering to consumers who have limited resources to avail of costly plans in the market. With a small subscription fee of Php20, consumers can enjoy Php1,000 health insurance coverage provided by Pacific Cross.

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Technology

Galileo blockchain solution empowers Singlife Philippines

Galileo Platforms has become the first company to have its advanced blockchain platform used by an insurer as its core policy administration system with Singlife's launch in the Philippines.

Galileo Platforms has become the first company to have its advanced blockchain platform used by an insurer as its core policy administration system with Singlife’s launch in the Philippines.

The Hong Kong-based company has joined with Singlife Philippines, a mobile-first life insurer from Singapore, and GCash, the largest e-wallet in the Philippines, to launch a platform for life insurance products. By using Galileo’s scalable cloud-based blockchain technology, the new Singlife Philippines service can potentially reach a very large and mostly untapped insurance market.

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Entertainment

ARASHI gets party started with new single ‘Party Starters’

Get ready to party, ARASHIANS! "Party Starters," the latest single of the popular five-member Japanese boy band ARASHI, is finally here. Image credit: Johnny & Associates
Image credit: Johnny & Associates

Get ready to party, ARASHIANS! “Party Starters,” the latest single of the popular five-member Japanese boy band ARASHI, is finally here.

The official lyric video of “Party Starters” is already available on the official YouTube channel of ARASHI. You may also pre-save/pre-order the digital single on Spotify, Apple Music, and iTunes. “Party Starters” follows on the heels of ARASHI’s first all-English song, “Whenever You Call“, which Bruno Mars wrote and produced.

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Entertainment

Julie Anne San Jose covers ‘Over the Moon’ lead single

Filipina singer Julie Anne San Jose has done a cover of “Rocket to the Moon,” the lead single of the Netflix Film "Over The Moon". Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

Filipina singer Julie Anne San Jose has done a cover of “Rocket to the Moon,” the lead single of the Netflix FilmOver the Moon“. The performance video is now on Netflix Philippines’ Facebook and YouTube channels.

“When I first heard about [the song cover], I got really excited since I have always been a fan of Netflix films. I’m happy and honored that they have chosen me to do a cover of ‘Rocket to the Moon.’ I hope I was able to give justice to the song and hope that fans like it,” the pop diva said in a press statement.

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A Life Less Analog, Geek Culture

Godzilla Day: 66 years of Gojira, King of the Monsters

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Nov. 3 is Godzilla Day. Believe it or not, it has been 66 years since Toho Studios released Honda Ishirō’s “Gojira” in Japan on Nov. 3, 1954.

“Gojira” was the first kaiju (“strange beast”) film, introducing a new subgenre under tokusatsu (“special filming”) entertainment. Kaiju films deal with giant monsters, while tokusatsu refers to Japanese live action movies or TV dramas that make heavy use of special effects, such as mecha (giant robots) and superhero shows. More important, this first Godzilla film was not only a cinematic classic, but also gave birth to an international pop culture icon and the longest continuously running film franchise, as officially recognized by Guinness World Records.

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Entertainment

‘The Call’ mystery thriller on Netflix stars Park Shin Hye

"The Call" is a mystery thriller film about a woman in the present who happens to answer a phone call from a woman living in the past. Image credit: Netflix
Image credit: Netflix

Coming to Netflix on Nov. 27, “The Call” is a South Korean mystery thriller film about a woman in the present who happens to answer a phone call from a woman living in the past.

“The Call” stars South Korean actress, singer and model Park Shin Hye. She has gained recognition for her roles in numerous TV dramas, including “Memories of the Alhambra”, “Pinocchio”, and “The Doctors”, and also starred in the zombie thriller film “#Alive”.

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Technology

Bakong: Cambodia launches blockchain-based central bank digital currency

Different financial institutions in Cambodia have adopted Bakong, including TrueMoney Cambodia. Image credit: Bakong
Different financial institutions in Cambodia have adopted Bakong, including TrueMoney Cambodia. Image credit: Bakong

Bakong, the blockchain-based central bank digital currency system jointly developed by the National Bank of Cambodia and Japanese blockchain company Soramitsu Co., Ltd., was officially launched on Oct. 28.

After starting its pilot operation throughout Cambodia from July 2019 and winning the Central Bank Award, Bakong is now the core system for retail payments and interbank payments in Cambodia. It uses digitized Cambodian riel or US dollars to enable immediate and final transactions. Eighteen financial institutions in Cambodia have already adopted Bakong as of Q3 2020.

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