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Animated digital Video “Companion” Gives Hope in 40 Seconds



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Animated digital Video “Companion” Gives Hope

In just 40 seconds, 21-year old digital artist Vince Serrano aims to provide encouragement to emotionally-burdened people through the help of his animated digital video “Companion”, a story of a lonely boy who almost succumbed to the lure of death but received a second chance at life from a beacon of hope.

The young animator‘s short video bested 20 other entries in the “Hope in 40 Seconds” video competition launched in June by the Natasha Goulbourn Foundation (NGF), a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing depression to light. The awarding ceremonies were held on October 6 in observance of the National Mental Health Awareness Month.

“Although I heard a lot of suicide cases when I was still in college, I didn’t put much thought on them until I decided to take on the challenge of doing an animation for NGF. I had to research about mental health and that was when I realized that it is actually a hidden epidemic, a real issue which needs our attention. This further inspired me to do my best so that in my own little way, I would be able to help other people,” Serrano said.

Animated digital Video “Companion” Gives Hope

The competition encouraged those suffering from depression as well as their loved ones to seek guidance from HOPELINE, NGF’s free 24/7 suicide hotline which can be reached via the following numbers: 804-HOPE(4673), 0917-558HOPE(4673), and 2919 (toll free for TM and Globe).

“We received a number of exceptional submissions but Companion stood out among them with its very clear message of desperation and hope. Through this video which will be distributed via social media and select Ayala Cinemas, we are confident that we can reach out to more people and provide proper intervention to those who need assistance,” said Jean Goulbourn, President of NGF.

At present, a life is lost to suicide every 40 seconds, making it the second leading cause of death among 15-29 year-olds globally, according to the World Health Organization. To add, depression is the predominant cause of illness and disability for both boys and girls aged 10 to 19.


The campaign is being supported by leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom, the Department of Health, and the UP JMA, a university-wide student organization which adopted the campaign as an organization project called SPARK: The Movement to promote healthy lifestyle and to spread hope among the country’s youth.

“Globe is a long-time partner of NGF in providing the information and communications technology infrastructure for HOPELINE. Being an ICT company, Globe also believes that it is its duty to protect and educate the people on the impact of technology. Through the video, we hope that we can also prevent young people from taking their lives due to cyber bullying which causes a lot of pressure and stress,” said Fernando Esguerra, Globe Director for Citizenship. Globe currently runs the Digital Thumbprint Program workshops for students to guide them on responsible online behaviour and has also forged a partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Philippines and the Ateneo Human Rights Center for the protection of children against online exploitation.

Animated digital Video “Companion” Gives Hope

Companion ( ) not only bagged the grand prize but was also the recipient of the People’s Choice Award. Its closest competitors are Catch of Hope ( created by Chih-Chiang “Jason” Wei and Heartless ( ) of Noel Manao.

Catch of Hope talks about the loss of what a young man believed to be everything to him, prompting him to jump from a bridge. Seconds before his death, he gets caught by the unexpected. On the other hand, Heartless is about the potential of a person to be emotionally whole again despite having been trapped in a dark corner of his mind. It aims to encourage the path to self-discovery and recovery with the help of HOPELINE.

The entries were chosen based on the following criteria: Originality – 15%, Storyline/Concept – 20%, Relevance to the Theme – 15%; Technical Skills – 15%; Creativity – 15%, Visual Impact – 20%.

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Globe Streamwatch Device Roku Powered Available in the Philippines




Philippines Telco Operator Globe to Leverage Roku Streaming Platform for New Globe Streamwatch Device; First Roku Powered partner to offer streaming stick form factor in the Philippines by November this year.

Globe Streamwatch Device

Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) and Globe Telecom today announced the signing of a Roku Powered licensing agreement allowing Globe to leverage Roku’s streaming platform including its operating system, channel store and streaming players to launch a new Globe Streamwatch device in the Philippines.

“Globe is one of the leading telecom providers in the Philippines, with millions of cellular and broadband customers. It is a logical next step for Globe to launch a streaming device to its customers to enhance their entertainment experience at home. With the Roku Powered licensing program telco operators such as Globe can launch internet-delivered TV services quickly by leveraging our powerful streaming platform,” said Andrew Ferrone, vice president of pay TV at Roku.

Globe Streamwatch Device

Martha Sazon, Senior Vice President for Globe At Home said, “The collaboration with Roku allows us to give our customers more streaming device choices and a new streaming experience all together. Globe Streamwatch is easy to use and enjoy. By just plugging and activating the device, our customers will readily have access to a wealth of entertainment available at home even without cable connection.”

Globe Streamwatch Device

Globe is the first Roku Powered partner that will offer a streaming stick form factor to its customers. Globe Streamwatch users will be able to watch a variety of content across free and paid channels in different categories including sports, lifestyle, fashion, and more. It comes with three months access to top streaming services such as NETFLIX, Disney Channel Apps and HOOQ.

Globe Streamwatch can be best enjoyed with a Globe At Home plan. To learn more about this latest streaming device, visit


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Koreas’s Hottest New Drama The Legend Of The Blue Sea Now Available Only On iFlix



LOTBS only on iflix


flix is thrilled to premiere Korea’s hottest new fantasy drama, The Legend of the Blue Sea, available only on iflix. Fast tracked from Korea, iflix will premiere two new episodes every Thursday and Friday, less than 24 hours after their original telecast. iflix subscribers in the Philippines can now stream and download the first eight fully subtitled episodes, as well as new episodes weekly as they become available.

Directed by Jin Hyok and written by Park Ji Eun, The Legend of the Blue Sea tells the story of a genius con artist (Lee Min Ho, Boys Over Flowers) who meets the world’s last remaining mermaid (Jun Ji Hyun, My Sassy Girl) as she tries to adapt to life on land. Past and present collide as the pair discovers a connection in their past, unfolding into a charming fantasy drama that leaves viewers believing in fate and destiny. Together with veteran actors Song Dong Il, Mun Soo Ri, Hwang Shin Hae, Na Yong Hi, Choi Chong Wu, the star-studded cast will delight Korean drama fans of all ages across the region.

The Legend of the Blue Sea joins iflix’s extensive library of popular and highly-acclaimed Korean dramas, including the award-winning fantasy drama Secret Garden, hit romantic comedy Boys Over Flowers, successful action drama City Hunters, and popular drama series Moon Embracing the Sun.

Country Manager for iflix Philippines, Sherwin de la Cruz commented: “Reception for The Legend of the Blue Sea has been incredible since we first launched the show on iflix. Filipinos are huge fans of K-dramas, and nothing makes me happier than giving our members the content they love for them to enjoy wherever, whenever. Fans of Lee Min Ho and Jun Ji Hyun will surely enjoy this latest drama from their favorite stars!”

Now available in Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brunei, and the Maldives, iflix will continue to roll out its world-class service to key additional emerging markets in the coming months. Offering consumers, a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian regional, and local TV shows and movies including many first run exclusives and award-winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever. iflix subscribers can also download TV shows and movies from iflix’s extensive catalogue for offline viewing.


The service is priced at only PHP 129 per month in the Philippines for unlimited access with no ads!

For new subscribers, iflix offers a complimentary 1-month trial with full access to its world-class service, features and content. Go to to register.

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Sky Cable One Sky Only P1599 monthly with 8mbps Unlimited Internet plus HD Cable TV




Sky Cable One Sky

SKY unleashes its newest products One SKY and SKYdirect in Cebu to bring its superior brand of entertainment to more families.

Filipino families can now enjoy the convenience and premium entertainment brought by One SKY, an all-in-one subscription plan that integrates its suite of internet, cable, and video-on-demand services for a more enriching digital entertainment experience.

One SKY postpaid plans will allow families to access SKYbroadband’s high-speed internet, watch SKYcable’s premium HD cable TV, connect to SKYmobi’s mobile internet for cable shows on the go, and catch SKY On Demand’s live and on-demand video streaming of cable shows and movies.

The launch of One SKY marks SKY Cable’s foray into convergent services for Filipinos in the evolving digital media landscape.  As an ABS-CBN company, SKY Cable’s introduction of One SKY also complements ABS-CBN’s transformation into an agile digital company.

On SKYcable, Filipino families can bond by watching cable TV channels that cater to every family member. They can also watch channels in high definition like ABS-CBN HD, ANC HD, S+A HD, HBO HD, RTL-CBS Entertainment HD, Cartoon Network HD, and Disney HD, among others.

Sky Cable One Sky

From left: Abbigail Ng Sy – Head Product Manager, SKYdirect, Jerome Almirante, Head of Converged Products, OTT/Digital, Kino Sarabosing, SKY General Manager for Cebu, and Ruel hechanova, SKY Visayas Cluster Head

“We have chosen the channels that are most relevant to Filipinos because we value their viewing habits. This is why we give them exclusive access to high definition channels and give them top-rating channels like NBA Premium HD, which we will offer for plans as low as P1,599 per month,” Claudia Suarez, SKY’s head for consumer product business explained.

Meanwhile, the high-speed connection powered by SKYbroadband enables families at home to stream shows seamlessly on multiple gadgets via SKY On Demand and explore the internet with no limits.


SKYmobi, SKY’s mobile internet service, provides families with easy access to cable TV shows anytime, anywhere when they are far from home through SKY On Demand, the only online video service in the country that allows users to watch live foreign and cable TV channels on different gadgets for free based on their SKYcable subscription. A selection of popular shows from top cable TV channels are also shown on SKY on Demand after an episode has aired on TV.

Families also have an option to enhance their One SKY subscription plan by adding channels individually or in packs via SKY Select and availing of monthly pay-per-view offers. One SKY plans also grant subscribers exclusive access to HBO GO, HBO’s video-on-demand platform exclusively available in the Philippines through SKY, where viewers can explore HBO’s diverse show lineup including “Westworld” and “Game of Thrones” shortly after an episode premieres.

“SKY recognizes the changing habits of the Filipino family, as well as their increasing reliance on internet connectivity for their daily activities. One SKY is a bundle that offers a seamless connected experience to families through only one subscription,” March Ventosa, SKY Cable chief operating officer said.

He added, “This is how we empower Filipinos and underscore our vision to bring the best content experiences closer to Kapamilya homes.”

One SKY offers postpaid subscription plans starting at P1,599 per month with internet speeds ranging from 8 to 64 Mbps for unlimited home consumption paired with a strong lineup of cable TV channels. For families who are always on the go, mobile internet access via SKYmobi may also be added for as low as P499 per month.


Sky Cable One Sky

Meanwhile, families who live in far-flung areas in Cebu can have access to the best content through SKYdirect, SKY’s direct-to-home satellite pay TV service. Similar to SKYcable, SKYdirect showcases a mix of foreign and local cable channels including ABS-CBN HD, DZMM TeleRadyo, Knowledge Channel, Myx, Lifestyle, Tagalized Movie Channel (TMC), Nickelodeon, Warner TV HD, and TLC, among others. Option to subscribe to pay-per-view offerings are also available to SKYdirect subscribers as well as free monthly movie marathons. SKYdirect’s prepaid plans are available beginning at P99, while its postpaid plans start at P250.


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