Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Travel Guide Made Easy with Smart-Powered KulTOURa Mobile App


Gone are the days when one had to bring bulky, hard-to-fold-back-again maps and heavy travel guide books each time we go around Philippine tourist spots. The good news is that a new mobile app replaces these maps, complete with historical information in a do-it-yourself style of tour guiding, right at your finger tips.

A Star-Studded Galaxy of Pop Culture Celebrities to Grace TOYCON 2017


The 16th edition of ToyCon takes center stage on June 30 - July 2 at the SMX Convention Center in Manila, with much awaited surprises that goes to infinity and beyond.  

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Mazda Celebrates 50 Years of Rotary Engine Technology



On May 30, 1967, Mazda Motor Corporation began its legacy of doing what was said couldn’t be done. This was the day the independent Japanese company started to sell the Mazda Cosmo Sport 110S — the world’s first production twin-rotor, rotary-engine car. It was Mazda’s first sports car, and for a company more well known for its small passenger cars and work trucks up to that date, this was a huge step into the big leagues.  

Monday, June 5, 2017

Globe Empower Filipinos Through PRISM Digital Learning, Elevates Technology Know-how for Educators

Globe's Michelle Tapia and Holy Angel University's Principal Lizabelle Gamboa at the PRISM Digital Learning Expo ribbon-cutting ceremony held in Pampanga.

Globe Telecom, the country's leader in communication technology, recently embarked on a three-week professional development program benefiting 1,000 teachers targeting over two hundred thousand students all over the country to learn the latest electronic tools, and use online information responsibly.

Globe Live Brings Newsies The Broadway Musical to Manila

The energetic cast of Newsies were announced during the recent media launch held at Ibiza Beach Club, Bonifacio Global City. Photo: Monch Henares

Read all about it...  or rather.. listen, watch, dance and sing with the vibrant cast of Newsies The Broadway Musical, right here in Manila. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Unveiling of the Makatizen Card by the Makati City Government, Globe, GCash, and iBayad sparks Makati as the Country's First Connected City

The Makatizen Card was unveiled during the press conference held at the Makati Municipal Hall on May 30, 2017.  From left; Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cuy, Makati City Mayor Abby Binay; GXI President Abet Tinio, and iBayad CEO Paulo Saycon.

The city government of Makati City, in collaboration with Globe Telecom, its subsidiary G-Xchange, Inc. (GXI), and iBayad Online Ventures Inc., recently launched the Makatizen Card which will be made available to Makati’s residents and employees.

Resorts World Manila Presents Father's Day Fine Dining at Impressions

Resorts World Manila's Master of Culinary Arts, Executive Chef Cyrille Soenen is awarded the Maitres Cuisiners de France, the only one who has this award in the Philippines.

A French gastronomic feast awaits Dad this coming Father's Day at Impressions French Restaurant, located on the 3rd floor of Maxims Hotel in Resorts World Manila (RWM).

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Product Review: Auto-Gard Waterless Car Wash and Glass Cleaner



By Monch "Road Monchster" Henares

Rainy days are here again. Don't you just hate it when it's bright and sunny outdoors and you spend two hundred pesos for a car wash, and as soon as you're 100 meters out in the street it drizzles. Just enough rain and road dust to mar your car's almost perfect shine. But last week, it was not only rain that fell from the heavens, but products from Auto-Gard USA that came in the mail for my review. I'm glad I discovered a quick and easy way to keep my car sparkling clean. Miraculously, it can be done in fifteen minutes

In the package were four Auto-Gard products, a 500 ml spray bottle of Auto-Gard Waterless Car Wash, a 500 ml spray bottle of Auto-Gard Glass Cleaner, a 40 X 40 cm Auto-Gard Microfiber Suede Polishing Cloth, and a pack of Auto-Gard Microfiber Cloth Starter Pack.

Auto-Gard products

I focused my attention on my very dirty 2008 Honda City. It had lots of grime and dust on its surface, a weeks collection in fact.  I started the timer and quickly tackled the right rear section. Following the instructions on the label, I sprayed a conservative amount of Auto-Gard Waterless Car Wash solution directly to the painted surface. I could see it work itself into the dirt and grime, lifting and loosening it.  After waiting a few seconds, I wiped the surface with the Auto-Gard Microfiber Cloth. It removed most of the stubborn filth. A second spray application of the solution did the trick,  but this time by wiping the surface clean with the Microfiber Suede Polishing Cloth instead. The result was a very smooth and shiny paint surface with the least amount of effort and time to obtain.  It worked wonders for the glass windows, too. I finished the whole car in about 15 minutes, I rinsed the dirt filled Microfiber Cloths in running water and reused them.

My Very Filthy Honda City

Started with Auto-Gard Microfiber Cloth
Finished with Auto-Gard Microfiber Suede Cloth

Smooth and Shiny Finish
Arabelle finishing off with the trunk..."Easy breezy," she says.

"Our Auto-Gard Waterless Car Wash is made with a unique blend of plant-based surfactants that break down surface grime, while polymers leave your car's surface smooth and protected," the label reads. It also states that you can save 20-100 gallons of water per wash. We all think that our cars get a more thorough cleansing when washed with water and car shampoo. Maybe it does, but clean water is precious now a days, why not save it? Water can make things rust, too. Wow! this product not only washes your car and shines it, it saves water and mother earth too.

I also used the Auto-Gard Glass Cleaner in tandem with the Microfiber Cloth (spray on, wipe off) to clean the car windows in-between Waterless washes. Its label reads, "This product combines plant-derived ingredients and natural minerals to easily dissolve bugs, fingerprints and more." It's also ammonia free and is safe to inhale its spray fumes. A perfect combination of clean windows and a clean bill of health. :)

Before and After Glass Cleaner


These great products are available at Ace Hardware, Handyman, Wilcon Depot, TrueValue, Lazada, and at Miles and Levels Online Store.

They Retail at:
Glass Cleaner 500ML - 99.75
Waterless Car Wash 500ML - 199.75
Microfiber Cloth (set of 3) - 88.00
Microfiber Suede Polishing Cloth - 179.75

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Monch Henares is a tech and motoring specialist, and managed the motorpool for a limousine company in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is now based in Manila, Philippines. 
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Honda Cars Philippines Unveil 2018 New Honda City, Provides Smartest Ownership Experience

Honda Cars Philippines' unveiling of the 2018 NEW CITY at The City of Dreams on May 22, 2017. Image by Monch Henares.

Honda Cars Philippines, Inc. (HCPI), Honda’s automobile unit in the Philippines, recently unveiled the New City at City of Dreams, Paranaque City. Revolving around the grand concept of  “Advanced Energetic Smart Star”, the New City exhibits a high-tech and sporty design, class-leading fuel efficiency and comfort, and above class safety that provide customers with the smartest ownership experience.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Macpower Launches Boompods, the Hippest Audio Speakers in Town

Unveiling the hippest Boompods products from left; Boompods Founder Prem Balani, Boompods Co-Founder David Tansley, Boompods Developer Lea Denison, Globe's Device Business Development Head Leah De Guzman, and Macpower Director of Sales Amy Manzano
Macpower Marketing Corporation (MMC), a leading marketing and distribution company in the Philippines, launched the latest products from Boompads, a UK brand, makers of unique and colorful audio speakers, at the F1 Hotel last night, May 22, 2017.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Two Philippine Robotics Teams Compete at The First LEGO League European Open in Denmark

The two Philippine Robotics Teams held a courtesy call at the Danish Embassy in Manila.
Robots are perceived to be a thing of the future. But in reality, robots and machines are very present in different industries at work and at home in many countries. What if the robots are made out of LEGO bricks? Thanks to the First LEGO League (FLL), it has captured a number of young people with advanced minds, building brick by brick a robot that can be useful for our everyday lives.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Explorers of Sarangani Dive Safari Reveal Rich Marine Life, Elevates Region 12 as the Next Diving Destination in the Philippines

The author on the right, with Dive Guide John Duane Hitalia of Lemlunay Beach Resort enjoying the rich marine life of Sarangani Bay.  Photo: Garri Immanuel Tadlip.


The Province of Sarangani and the Department of Tourism Region 12 recently held its first Sarangani Dive Safari, which signaled the start of promoting Sarangani Bay as the latest diving destination in Mindanao, the 2nd largest island in the Philippines.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

ONE CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTS TEAM LAKAY MEDIA DAY IN MANILA

Team Lakay

(Standing left to right) Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, Team Lakay, coach Mark Sangiao, Honorio “The Rock” Banario and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly. (Sitting left to right) Danny “The King” Kingad, Gina “Conviction” Iniong, ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang, April Osenio and Joshua Pacio.

Press Release

The largest sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held an exclusive media day for Baguio City’s famed Team Lakay. The event took place at Vikings Venue at the SM Mall of Asia Bayside, Tuesday, 9 May.

Monday, May 8, 2017

OPPO F3 Grand Launch in the Philippines: The Groufie Shot Just Got Awesome



Awesome OPPO F3 Groufie

By Monch "TechMonchster" Henares



OPPO Philippines recently held a grand launch of the OPPO F3, "The Selfie Expert", at the Conrad Manila Forbes Ballroom. OPPO is known for its impressive launches, and this was no exception. It was a star-studded evening filled with fun, and surprises. In attendance of this prestigious event were OPPO's partners, dealers, and friends from the media.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

2017 Honda Civic 1.5L RS Turbo: A Superstar Reborn



2017 Honda Civic 1.5L RS Turbo - Damortis, La Union
 By Monch "Road Monchster" Henares


At First Glance

I remember test-dating the Honda Civic 1.8 E a short time ago.  Today, with the 2017 Honda Civic 1.5L RS Turbo before me, it felt like I was meeting my gorgeous, sexy date all over again... but this time she had some upgrading done to her already voluptuous body. A Wing Spoiler topped her ever so bootilicious rear, and a glossy jet black grill that complimented her sleek and squinty LED Headlamps (with Daytime Running Lights). This more provocative and aggressive sister stood symmetrically low with perfect aerodynamic proportions, too.  I just knew this romance was about to rekindle, but this time with the more sophisticated twin. Hand me the keys please!