Making A Christmas Carol a Filipino Christmas Tradition

Singing Christmas Carols has been a treasured family tradition and I always look forward to hearing some songs this season.

Good news for lovers of Christmas Carols, Globe Live is staging of Menken & Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol The Musical, its second theatrical offering for 2016. The musical is a co-production partnership between Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical, fresh from American Idiot’s run, which received 10 citations from this year’s Gawad Buhay Awards.

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A Christmas Carol is a musical written by Tony Award nominee Mike Ockrent and Tony Award winner Lynn Ahrens, with lyrics by Ahrens and music by Alan Menken. It is based on the 1843 novella by Charles Dickens, and tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who brushes off the holiday season with the now-iconic phrase “Bah, humbug!”

He is visited by the ghosts of his former business partner and of Christmas past, present, and future. From them, he learns the true meaning of Christmas: giving.

“We were encouraged by the incredible success of American Idiot,” shares Executive Producer andGlobe Retail Transformation and Stores Management Head Joe Caliro. “We chose to do A Christmas Carol for our second run because Christmas in the Philippines is colorful, and we want to add our musical as a new Filipino holiday tradition.”

“The lessons that Scrooge learns in the musical is something that is already innate for Filipinos,” says Caliro. “They are warm, they are giving, they have a strong sense of family, and their holiday cheer is infectious. Some scenes are reminiscent of the noche buena tradition! This is the kind of musical that will resonate among the people here.”

Globe Live and 9 Works Theatrical’s adaptation of Menken & Ahrens’ A Christmas Carol The Musical is directed by Robbie Guevara, with Onyl Torres as assistant director and Daniel Bartolome as musical director.

It will be staged at the Globe ICONIC Store, an open-space destination with a dynamic setup that can be arranged to suit any need. As an open-air auditorium, it makes theatergoing a more casual and inviting affair for everyone in Bonifacio High Street.


For a minimum single receipt purchase of P4,000 using your MasterCard in any of the participating Bonifacio High Street, or One and Two Parkade establishments, you can avail of two free tickets.

The first 350 customers who apply for a Globe myLifestyle Plan at Plan 999 and higher with a Huawei device at participating Globe stores from November 10-30 can also avail two free tickets.

MasterCard cardholders can redeem their tickets at the BGC Concierge located at C1 and C3 at the Bonifacio High Street daily from 11:00 AM to 5:00PM only. Cardholder must present the following to qualify for redemption: MasterCard credit, debit or prepaid card; original charge slip from the transaction; and proof of identification.

A Christmas Carol will be shown on December 3 to 4, 9 to 11, 16 to 18, 21 and 22, 2016 at 8:00pm, andDecember 25, 2016 at 7:00pm, at Globe Iconic Store, Bonifacio High Street Amphitheater, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Tickets are available for P2,100 on


Globe to accept pre-orders of Samsung Galaxy Note 7 starting August 6, 2016

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Samsung finally unveiled its all-new Galaxy Note 7 at its unpacking event in New York City. I wasn’t there but I attended the launch with tech media this morning.  Pre-0rders already started but if you don’t have the cash, try Globe Telecom.  Globe  is gearing up to take pre-orders starting August 6, 2016 via

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Globe complements the new Galaxy Note 7 with its customizable Globe myLifestyle plans. The myLifestyle postpaid plans provide a personalized online experience through its variety of lifestyle packs designed for different interests ranging from entertainment, music, fashion, to travel, among others.

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Samsung CEO D.J. Kho led the unboxing in New York City on August 2, unveiling Galaxy Note 7’s latest features. Galaxy Note 7 carries the latest innovation – the first ever Iris scanner for added security, alongside the enhanced S-Pen with higher precision and responsiveness. Note 7 is also the world’s first mobile HDR video that can take footage in sharper colors and with high dynamic range. It also carries superior DSLR like Real Pixel Camera with the first ever dual photodiode sensor (2PD) in mobile, providing superfast autofocus and brighter and clearer images with f/1.7 lens that is excellent for low light. It is water and dust resistant, has an expandable memory up to 256GB and runs on an Octacore processor for smoother graphics.

#SpamTextWatch: Bringing attention of companies on the unethical invasion of privacy by their agents

I really don’t understand why I receive so much spam in my Globe postpaid number when I get none on my Smart Phone number. Tired of reporting spam SMS to @talk2globe on twitter, I decided to write a monthly post. Last month, I received only received 21 spam sms. It could have been worse like receiving a spam every day. Out of the total 21 spam SMS, here is the breakdown: two from Banks (Standard Chartered & Maybank) , seven from loans , five real estate from Makati, five from Filinvest , Ayala Land, Megaworld, Vista Residences and two are from technology. The top SMS spammer is from the real estate category with 10 spam sms followed by the banking/loan category with 9 spam sms.

I saw that Globe decided to take action when a news report, How spammers get your cellphone numbers came out . In that news report “Sasha said she buys her listing from telecommunications companies, a golf and country club, and others.” Globe disputed that telcos sell customer numbers to database marketing companies. Globe added “our valued subscribers can rest assured that we treat customer numbers with utmost confidentiality in line with the company’s security policy.”

In a news release, Globe announced that to help reduce, if not eliminate, text spams, it has put in place several channels through which subscribers can report text spams.

Subscribers may report via the Globe website through Talk2Globe Chat (; send a message through Globe Contact Form ( and by tweeting @Talk2GLOBE on Twitter. Subscribers can put in the number, the exact message, and the time and date the text spam was received. Numbers that are reported to be source of text spams are first sent warnings and those that are persistent source of text spams are deactivated from the service, Crisanto said.

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Globe added that “subscribers should also take caution in writing down any personal information including mobile phone numbers.” Now I don’t believe this because I got spam SMS the same day I got my new postpaid number last July 2013. To think that I haven’t even sent out my number. So disappointed.

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I like that Globe is taking action when subscribers receive spam SMS but I would like to see a system in place where spam is prevented or filtered before we even receive it.

On twitter, I take screenshots of spam texts and tag #SpamTextWatch and include both the telco and the company involved in the spam. My friend Jane aka @philippinebeat on twitter created #SpamTextWatch to bring to attention of companies the unethical invasion of privacy by their agents and sales people. On twitter does it this way:

This is how I used #SpamTextWatch: “(Name of company), your agents/sales ppl are invading my privacy by sending spam texts through (telco)”

I also want to know which companies are spamming us so this practice will stop.

#ultrafastTattooLTE Most affordable prepaid LTE broadband device


Good news for those that need Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G connection. Tattoo prepaid LTE comes in two forms: an LTE mobile wi-fi device which can power up to 10 devices at 4,995 pesos. The best thing is that the device has a power bank functionality . It is the most affordable LTE product in the market because it is 2,000 pesos less than the competition. The other is the LTE prepaid stick priced at 3,995 pesos. Both devices come with a free 5 GB worth of data valid for 7 days.

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Subscribers can continue the LTE experience with standard browsing charges of 5 pesos for 15 minutes or through surfing deals lie the new MAXSURF. The Max surf 100 is good for 3 days with 700 MB data . MAXSURF is Tattoo’s volume-based offer that gives subscribers bulk metabytes(MB) of surfing, only using kilobytes loaded for each webpage regarless of how long the users stay on the page thus extending surfing days.

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So how fast is their LTE? Well, I have not yet tried the mobile wi-fi device but I once got LTE speed of 25 mbps at the Fort area when I livestreamed an event. It was seamless. The device should deliver the speed in the LTE covered areas like select areas in Makati city, Pasig City, Quezon city, Taguig City, Manila, Muntinlupa, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Las Pinas, The LTE infrastructure has also expanded to key areas in Metro Cebu and Metro Davao as well as provinces in Bohol, Batangas, Negros Occidental, La Union, Rizal, Aklan, Laguna, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Nueva Viscaya, Cavite, Cagayan, Pangasinan, Isableal, Ilocos, Quirino, Tarlac and in Boracay , Aklan.


It was also a fun event as we witnessed the launch during lunch.

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Tatt Awards Nomination Ends on July 14

Give your favorite online media personality the recognition he or she deserves with the first ever Tatt Awards, sponsored by the Globe Internet brand Tattoo. This award is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of influential bloggers and Twitterers who use their respective platforms to ignite passion and awareness about current events or issues that are dear to them. It’s not a mere popularity contest; the Tatt Awards will look beyond a person’s online followers and see how he or she expressed opinions or spurred socially relevant messages or changes that have influenced their followers to act.

You can send in your nominations for the Tatt Awards by going to Nominations are open for the following categories:

* The One – the most influential trendsetter that shaped opinion, moved people and prompted action
* Ballbreaker – a blogger or a Twitter user who started a debate, sparked conversations or a revolution of opinions with just one hard-hitting post
* Stylisimo – a person that not only reviewed fashion but also set a trend one that everyone followed
* Indie Rocker – a musical band or indie artist who fought hard to claim their space in the hearts of Filipino audience via webtime
* Wordslayer – a blogger whose mastery of words showed wit, humor and grit to the Philippine blogosphere
* Artiste – an inspiring person whose fiery passion for creating visual art through original graphic design, animation or photography has caught fire in the Philippine online art scene
* Tech Junkie – a blogger, podcaster or Twitter user who shares access to the latest in trends and the fast pace world of e-knowledge
* Thought-mover – a Twitter user who sparked a fire in the Philippine Twittersphere with one unique hashtag
* Video Slinger – an individual or group who shook the Pinoy web space with thought-provoking or entertaining video.
* The Advocate – a person or a group of individuals who worked to improve the state of societal cause in the Philippines through social media

As soon as the nominations are closed, a Tatt Award Council will determine the winner for the categories, who will receive 100,000 Pesos in cash each and premium broadband products from Tattoo. Expect the big announcements within August 2011! The Tatt Award Council is led by Dong Ronquillo, who will collectively serve as judges to determine the winners in ten Tatt Awards categories. The Council members are award-winning journalist and ABS-CBN News & Public Affairs social media pioneer News and Current Affairs Maria Ressa, revolutionary online educator and Rock Ed Philippines founder Gang Badoy, prolific lifestyle blogger and entrepreneur Cecile Zamora-Van Straten, esteemed tech blogger and Tattoo ambassador Rico Mossesgeld, popular video blogger and director Kring Elenzano, RX radio DJ Chico Garcia and President of the Internet and Mobile Marketing Association Hans Roxas-Chua.

You only have until July 14 to nominate your favorite social media personality, so head to now!