In The Heights (2021)


If you're familiar with Broadway musicals, this one is also made by the genius behind Hamilton - actually, this was made way back in the mid-2000s by Lin Manuel-Miranda. The movie adaptation did not disappoint at all! Jon M. Chu (The same director of Crazy Rich Asians) really interpreted the show well by incorporating a new perspective to the existing idea of the show.



My favorite part is the showstopper Paciencia y Fe performed by Olga Merediz who played the original role of Abuela Claudia when In The Heights opened on Broadway. She was the perfect fit for the role and I'm so glad they got her to reprise it in the movie adaptation. She still can belt the song and it was given a whole new refreshing look with Chu's visual feast for the song - I literally cried.

This isn't your typical jukebox musical movie *cough* The Greatest Showman *cough*, this is a legit musical movie that incorporated the songs into its core to create a seamless story from start to finish.

Overall, the movie adaptation gave justice to the original source material and improved further!

5/5 ⭐

XTREME Appliances Opens Its 25th Concept Store in Tacloban City


If you've been eyeing some new appliances for your home, you might be familiar with XTREME Appliances, it's the country’s leading one-stop shop home appliances brand that offers premium and affordable home and commercial appliances that ranges from TV, Aircon, Refrigerator, Washing Machine, Gas Range, and many more.

Lucky for our friends in Tacloban, they just recently opened their 25th concept store in Tacloban, Leyte last May 13, 2021. The said grand opening, located at Justice Romualdo St. across Gaisano Central Mall, was jam-packed with customers who wanted to have first dibs on affordable yet quality home appliances.

In line with the grand opening, XTREME Appliances - Tacloban City offered their PISO Sale to customers who came in early. The opening day became a total blockbuster as customers took time to visit to look for home appliances that they need for their homes.

Despite the influx of customers though, the management made sure to strictly implement safety health protocols due to COVID-19. Staff and customers maintained proper social distancing and wore face masks and face shields inside the store.

XTREME Appliances - Tacloban City branch is one of the biggest concept stores yet as it offers almost all the products under the three categories — XTREME, XTREME Cool, and XTREME Home.

Check out the grand opening video for XTREME's 25th Concept Store here:


MORE STORE OPENING FOR 2021

This 2021, XTREME Appliances is aiming to launch a total of 100 concept stores nationwide, bringing a wide range of appliances near every customer’s home across the country. 

Take a look at some of the newly-opened XTREME Appliances concept stores nationwide.

To keep updated on the latest news and happenings of XTREME Appliances, like and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok accounts and join their official online community on Facebook, XTREME Fam. For the full list of products and exclusive discounts, you can visit XTREME on their official website, Lazada, and Shopee.

Mcdonald's and BTS Partner to Bring The BTS Meal to the Philippines


Get ready, because the Golden Arches are about to shine even brighter thanks to a new collaboration with 21st-century global pop icons, BTS.

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In a recent teaser post by Mcdonald's Philippines' social media, they teased about the upcoming collaboration with BTS with the caption "Coming this June: The BTS Meal." along with their world-famous fries shaped as BTS' logo.

BTS collaborates with Mcdonald's to bring The BTS Meal to the Philippines

The Mcdonald's x BTS World 'Tour'

This one-of-a-kind menu “tour” will arrive in the Philippines on June 18, 2021, when customers can enjoy the band’s signature order at participating restaurants nationwide. The BTS Meal includes a 10-piece Chicken McNuggets®, medium World Famous Fries®, medium Coca-Cola, and Sweet Chili and Cajun dipping sauces inspired by popular recipes from McDonald’s South Korea.

The collaboration will be rolling out to different countries throughout the world from May to June 2021.

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The band has great memories with McDonald’s. We’re excited about this collaboration and can’t wait to share the BTS Meal with the world” says BIGHIT MUSIC, label of BTS.

Since 2013, BTS has topped music charts and brought people together from all over the world through their music and positive messages. Over the next few months, BTS fans everywhere will find themselves that much closer to their favorite artists... because for the first time since McDonald’s launched its celebrity signature orders program in the U.S. last year, the BTS Meal will be available globally in nearly 50 countries. You can find a full list of participating countries as well as dates for meal availability here. 

No matter who you are, everyone has a go-to order at McDonald’s - even international superstars like BTS.” said Oliver Rabatan, McDonald’s Philippines Marketing & Channels Head. “This band is truly a global phenomenon with a fanbase that knows no borders, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring the BTS Meal to our customers in the Philippines starting June."

Treat Yourself this Coming Holiday Season with These Branded Smartphones Under ₱15,000 on Shopee!


Although we're facing a pandemic right now and everything is still not normal, we cannot forget that the holidays are fast approaching and as Pinoys, I'm pretty sure we'll continue our normal Christmas traditions -- with some changes for safety reasons.

If you're in search for the best gift this Christmas then you're reading in the right place. Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast and Taiwan, is offering the best deals and prices on smartphones that are affordable, 100% authentic, and takes the best photos just in time for the Christmas season. 

Upgrade your selfie games with these 100% authentic smartphones on Shopee


From October 12 to October 19, you can look forward to fantastic promotions, and up to 20% off on favorite electronic and smartphone brands on Shopee. Check out these ten budget-friendly smartphones you can get for yourself or your loved ones for Christmas:


 Vivo S1 Pro

Take the best grou-fies with the Vivo S1 Pro. It has a 32MP front camera and 48MP rear camera for the perfect photos. It comes in two colors: Knight Black and Fancy Sky.


 ITEL Vision 1 Plus

Be always on the go with the ITEL Vision 1 Plus. It has a 5000 mAh battery and a fast-charging feature. It comes in two colors: Black and Purple.


Nokia 3.1 Plus

Enjoy high-definition videos with the Nokia 3.1 Plus. It has HDR and panorama camera features for those award-winning shots.


Vivo Y19

Never run out of battery with the Vivo Y19. It has a fast-charging feature and a 5000 mAh battery that keeps you going through the day. It comes in two colors: Magnetic Black and Spring White.


Samsung Galaxy A11

Store all your favorite photos with the Samsung Galaxy A11. It has a 32GB ROM size and can support up to 512GB micro SD external memory card. It’s available in Black and Blue.


Samsung Galaxy A01

Get the most out of life with the Samsung Galaxy A01. It has a dual-sim purpose and is 4G LTE-ready.


Xiaomi Redmi 9A 

Do more with the Xiaomi Redmi 9A. It’s 4G-LTE ready, has a dual-sim slot, and a 32GB expandable store. It comes in three colors: Sky Blue, Granite Green, and Peacock Green.


Huawei Nova 7i 

Capture the best moments in life with the Huawei Nova 7i. It’s designed with a wide-angled lens and a 16-megapixel front camera. It’s available in Midnight Black but also has colors such as Crush Green, Sakura Pink, and Skyline Gray. 


Huawei Y7

Indulge in movies in high-resolution with the Huawei Y7. It has a high-resolution screen and scratch-resistant glass for display protection. It comes in two colors: Aurora Blue and Midnight Black.


Huawei Y6P

Keep track of your workouts with the Huawei Y6P and WatchFit Bundle. Both have a 1-year warranty, and the WatchFit has 10-day long battery life.


Check out shopee.ph/m/weekly-tech-top10 for more deals and discounts on smartphones, perfect for the holiday season! Download the Shopee app for FREE on both Android via Google Playstore and iOS via App Store.

Don't forget to use the code ALEXB244 to get 100php discount on your first purchase!

McDonald's Funko Pop Makes A Surprise Worldwide Release Today!


If you're following my blog, you'll notice that I have been attending and reporting Funko Pop releases in the country these past couple of years. As a collector myself, I am thrilled to share whenever there are upcoming new Funko POP! figures releasing in the country and today, say Love Ko To' because Funko releases not one but all five McDonald's Funko POP! Ad Icons!



Starting today, August 4, 2020 at 12:01 AM, you may now order your McDonald's Funko POP! from your favorite Funko POP! toy retailers such as Big Boys Toys Store who conveniently has multiple branches in Metro Manila.


The Funko POP! version of your favorite Mcdo gang consisting of Ronald McDonald, Grimace, Hamburglar, Mayor McCheese, and Officer Big Mac figures all drops today so you can have the option to buy one or buy them all. Check out the gorgeous out of box photos of these Funko POP! figures courtesy of Big Boys Toys Store.






The individually boxed Funko Pop Ad Icons McDonald's figures are available now through your favorite retail stores such as Big Boys Toy Store for only P650 per Funko POP!. You may order through their website BigBoys.ph and also available physically in their branches across Metro Manila. Member discount are applicable for these sought after Pops!

Hurry and grab these Funko POP! Ad Icons while they're hot!
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