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Entertainment

Wheein unveils “Shine On You” for ‘Record of Youth’ OST

MAMAMOO vocalist Wheein is trending on Twitter after the release of her song "Shine On You" for the "Record of Youth" original soundtrack. Image credit: tvN
Image credit: tvN

MAMAMOO vocalist Wheein is trending on Twitter after the release of her song “Shine On You” for the “Record of Youth” original soundtrack (OST).

One thing you really have to admire about tvN’s ongoing K-drama starring Park Bo Gum, Park So Dam, and Byeon Woo Seok is the amazing OST. Now it has an excellent addition from Wheein. The hashtag #Wheein_RecordOfYouth started trending on Twitter after the song and music video became available on YouTube, Spotify, and other digital platforms.

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Entertainment

‘Lovesick Girls’ is BLACKPINK 1st full album title track

YG Entertainment has officially confirmed "Lovesick Girls" as the title track of "The Album", BLACKPINK's highly anticipated first full album in South Korea.Image credit: YG Entertainment
Image credit: YG Entertainment

(UPDATE) YG Entertainment has officially confirmed “Lovesick Girls” as the title track of “THE ALBUM”, BLACKPINK’s highly anticipated first full album in South Korea. The South Korean entertainment company posted the “Lovesick Girls” teaser poster this morning, and unveiled this concept teaser video this afternoon.

This is part of the daily countdown to the BLACKPINK album launch on Oct. 2. It features members Jisoo, Jennie, Rosé, and Lisa apparently posing as the two ships that the girl group’s fans — called BLINKS — are very familiar with: Chaesoo (Rosé and Jisoo) and Jenlisa (Jennie and Lisa).

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Entertainment, Technology

YouTube FanFest 2020: SB19, Chloe Ting, and more

Image credit: YouTube FanFest
Image credit: YouTube FanFest

YouTube FanFest 2020 is back and the community event for YouTube creators and fans promises to be bigger than ever when it streams on Oct. 11.

The first official reveal of the lineup of YouTube FanFest 2020 was posted on Twitter. It includes the first Filipino boy group trained under a Korean entertainment company, SB19; Australian YouTuber and fitness personality Chloe Ting; and many more. Visit the site for the complete lineup.

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Entertainment, Gaming

BTS Universe Story mobile game launched by Netmarble

ARMY can now determine the fate of their favorite K-pop idols with the launch of the BTS Universe Story mobile game developed by South Korea's biggest mobile gaming company, Netmarble Corp. Image credit: Netmarble Corp.
Image credit: Netmarble Corp.

ARMY can now determine the fate of their favorite K-pop idols with the launch of the BTS Universe Story mobile game developed by South Korea’s biggest mobile gaming company, Netmarble Corp.

Available for download on the App Store and Google Play, BTS Universe Story is a storytelling game where the player’s choices influence the outcome. While it can be downloaded for free, the game offers in-app purchases.

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Technology

SYKES brings employees’ interest clubs online

Interest clubs: SYKES has turned their planned activities into virtual events.

To bolster engagement amid the pandemic, multinational business process outsourcing (BPO) pioneer SYKES Philippines has transformed the planned activities of its employees’ interest clubs into virtual events.

“At SYKES, we encourage a healthy work-life balance by heavily investing in the training, development, and overall success and engagement of our workforce and providing them avenues to pursue their passions with fellow SYKESers. We are especially keen on continuing our employee engagement programs now that we are in quarantine, considering how the current situation is significantly affecting our employees’ everyday lives. It’s a little more challenging with our work-from-home arrangements, but we believe that anything is possible if we set our mind to it,” said Lia Lynn Marcos, Human Resources, Senior Director, APAC of SYKES in a press statement.

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Entertainment

Lisa of BLACKPINK named CELINE’s global ambassador

Thai rapper, singer and dancer Lalisa Manoban, better known as Lisa of BLACKPINK, is now the global brand ambassador of French fashion house CELINE. Image credit: Hedi Slimane
Image credit: Hedi Slimane

Thai rapper, singer and dancer Lalisa Manoban, better known as Lisa of BLACKPINK, is now the global brand ambassador of French fashion house CELINE.

Lisa is CELINE’s first global ambassador since Hedi Slimane took the helm in 2018 as Artistic, Creative and Image Director. Founded in 1945 by Céline Vipiana, CELINE has been owned by LVMH since 1996.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Ensuring academic integrity in the age of remote learning

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Remote learning is the new normal. As the dad of a college freshman in UP Diliman, I can tell you that online learning is no joke. My daughter and her classmates are probably studying even harder — and longer — because of these virtual classes than if they were physically going to school. And since remote learning is here to stay, every school will have to deal with the challenge of ensuring academic integrity.

“Moving forward, online education will become much more ingrained throughout the world. We are seeing that online learning is becoming a linchpin of the education system in the Philippines because of the pandemic. Governments have recognized the need for an agile education system that will remain functional, even during crises,” Jack Brazel, Head of Business Partnerships for Southeast Asia of Turnitin, told me in an email interview.

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Entertainment

BrightWin wins in LINE Thailand People’s Choice Awards

Win Metawin (left) and Bright Vachirawit, better known as BrightWin, won for Best Couple. Image credit: GMMTV Co., Ltd. Facebook page
Win Metawin (left) and Bright Vachirawit, better known as BrightWin, won for Best Couple. Image credit: GMMTV Co., Ltd. Facebook page

Thai actors Vachirawit Chivaaree (better known as Bright Vachirawit) and Metawin Opas-iamkajorn (better known as Win Metawin), whom their fans call BrightWin, were named Best Couple last night at the LINE Thailand People’s Choice Awards 2020.

BrightWin starred in the boys’ love Thai TV series “2gether: The Series” and its sequel “Still 2gether”. The immense popularity of “2gether: The Series” helped put an international spotlight on the boys’ love genre, with Netflix also acquiring the streaming rights for the show and its sequel.

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Entertainment, Gaming

Garena announces Free Fire partnership with KSHMR

Garena ​has announced that music producer and DJ Niles Hollowell-Dhar -- better known by his stage name ​KSHMR ​-- is ​Free Fire’s new brand ambassador.​

Garena ​has announced that music producer and DJ Niles Hollowell-Dhar — better known by his stage name ​KSHMR ​– is ​Free Fire’s new brand ambassador.​

Signed to Warner Music Group’s iconic dance label Spinnin’ Records, KSHMR is renowned for his innovative and pioneering approach to producing. The partnership unites one of the world’s most popular battle royale mobile games with one of the world’s most famous DJs, and continues Garena’s rollout of exciting new content for players.

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Technology

Barber services and more offered on demand by MyKuya

Recognizing the needs of Filipinos in the new normal, on-demand service provider MyKuya has introduced new and unique offerings, including barber services in partnership with Felipe and Sons.

Recognizing the needs of Filipinos in the new normal, on-demand service provider MyKuya has introduced new and unique offerings, including barber services in partnership with Felipe and Sons.

MyKuya users can now hire a personal barber through the MyKuya app to give them a haircut or shave in the comfort of their own home or office. They can also request the barber to give them a quick shoulder and head massage as part of the service. The MyKuya partner barbers will wear their set of personal protective equipment and bring their own sanitized equipment.

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Entertainment

MNL48 sub-unit Baby Blue releases 1st music video

Baby Blue, the first MNL48 sub-unit formed by Hallohallo Entertainment in partnership with Tower Records Japan, has released the music video of their debut single "Sweet Talking Sugar".  Image credit: Hallohallo Entertainment
Image credit: Hallohallo Entertainment

Baby Blue, the first MNL48 sub-unit formed by the Philippines’ Hallohallo Entertainment in partnership with Tower Records Japan, has released the music video of their debut single “Sweet Talking Sugar”.

Composed of MNL48 members Jan, Amy, and Coleen, the girl group Baby Blue is the first MNL48 sub-unit. The trio will deliver all-original songs and highlight R&B and hip-hop. MNL48, the first Filipino idol group, is an international sister group of the famous Japanese idol girl group AKB48.

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Gaming

Filipino-made esports platform Kalaro gears for launch

Filipino-made esports platform Kalaro has announced strategic alliances with corporate partners ahead of its Oct. 12 launch.

Kalaro, Asia’s first fully-integrated end-to-end Filipino-made esports platform, has announced strategic alliances with corporate partners ahead of its Oct. 12 launch.

The-AsiaGroup.com Inc., the company behind Kalaro, has partnered with National Computer Systems (NCS) of Singapore, ERNI from Switzerland, and Philippine companies Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), Dragonpay, GCash, and Globe Labs.

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