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Say Yes to May Sparkling Juice’s 6-Ingredient Mocktail Recipes to Fuel the Holiday Fun

A fancy and family-perfect drink, serving mocktails allow a more inclusive atmosphere that are insanely satisfying but totally liquor-free. A perfect party refresher that will also put all your guests in the holiday fun and festive spirit, it’s also ideal to serve for all reason or occasion.  And these almost effortless recipes will encourage you to Say Yes to May today.

Pop open a bottle and you know that it’s made of fresh and fruity flavors, with an aroma that’s like an autumn stroll through the vineyards and the alluring smell of winery during harvest. Made of Belgium’s finest and carefully selected red and white grapes, each pour of May Sparkling Juice is a reminder of the good times and will make you more than ready to celebrate whatever life throws at you. So bring on the joy and try these recipes that will surely send a jolt of excitement in each sip!

 

May’s Watermelon Surprise


The perfect match for a rich dish, this intensely refreshing concoction will open the palate to the wonders of watermelon. The zing of lime also enhances its bright and juicy flavor that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 cup diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups chilled May Sparkling Juice (red)
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: mint sprigs
Instructions:
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until sugar ¬dissolves, stirring with a whisk.
  • Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  • Strain and discard solids.
  • Working in batches, place diced watermelon and fresh lime juice in a blender. Process until smooth.
  •  Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.
  • Stir in sugar syrup and May Sparkling Juice. 
  • Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired. 

May’s Mango Tropical Fizz

When life gives you lemons, serve this invigorating mango drink that’s both sweet and tart. Be sure to add some fresh sprig of mint leaves for that whiff of crisp and cooling flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle May Sparkling Juice (white), chilled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup of mango slices
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint (optional)
Instructions:
  • In a pitcher whisk together 1/2 cup water and sugar until sugar has dissolved.
  • Mix until well blended. 
  • Stir in lime juice.
  • Pour in May Sparkling Juice and stir once.
  • Add in ice and mint.

These recipes will surely make your holidays and friends gathering more special. 
If you’ve tried these recipes, please share your experience on the comments below 🙂

Say Yes to May Sparkling Juice’s 6-Ingredient Mocktail Recipes to Fuel the Holiday Fun

A fancy and family-perfect drink, serving mocktails allow a more inclusive atmosphere that are insanely satisfying but totally liquor-free. A perfect party refresher that will also put all your guests in the holiday fun and festive spirit, it’s also ideal to serve for all reason or occasion.  And these almost effortless recipes will encourage you to Say Yes to May today.

Pop open a bottle and you know that it’s made of fresh and fruity flavors, with an aroma that’s like an autumn stroll through the vineyards and the alluring smell of winery during harvest. Made of Belgium’s finest and carefully selected red and white grapes, each pour of May Sparkling Juice is a reminder of the good times and will make you more than ready to celebrate whatever life throws at you. So bring on the joy and try these recipes that will surely send a jolt of excitement in each sip!

 

May’s Watermelon Surprise


The perfect match for a rich dish, this intensely refreshing concoction will open the palate to the wonders of watermelon. The zing of lime also enhances its bright and juicy flavor that’s perfect for sipping on a warm day.

Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 10 cup diced watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 4 cups chilled May Sparkling Juice (red)
  • Ice cubes
  • Garnish: mint sprigs
Instructions:
  • Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan over high heat. Cook until sugar ¬dissolves, stirring with a whisk.
  • Remove from heat. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.
  • Strain and discard solids.
  • Working in batches, place diced watermelon and fresh lime juice in a blender. Process until smooth.
  •  Strain watermelon mixture through a fine sieve into a pitcher; discard solids.
  • Stir in sugar syrup and May Sparkling Juice. 
  • Serve over ice. Garnish, if desired. 

May’s Mango Tropical Fizz

When life gives you lemons, serve this invigorating mango drink that’s both sweet and tart. Be sure to add some fresh sprig of mint leaves for that whiff of crisp and cooling flavor!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle May Sparkling Juice (white), chilled
  • 1 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • ½ cup of mango slices
  • Ice cubes
  • Fresh mint (optional)
Instructions:
  • In a pitcher whisk together 1/2 cup water and sugar until sugar has dissolved.
  • Mix until well blended. 
  • Stir in lime juice.
  • Pour in May Sparkling Juice and stir once.
  • Add in ice and mint.

These recipes will surely make your holidays and friends gathering more special. 
If you’ve tried these recipes, please share your experience on the comments below 🙂

Vivo V7+ with Paul Salas in GenSan

Recently, Vivo came like a storm and wiped away their competitors with the new Vivo V7+ phone. Nationwide grand launching with the hottest stars, they definitely hit the Philippines like a storm.
Of course, Magpapahuli ba ang GenSan? Noooope!

  

Last November 5, 2017, Vivo had their V7+ All-Screen Eperience mall tour at SM City GenSan with one of their teen hunk ambassador, Paul Salas. I must say, Vivo definitely knows how to throw a party. People enjoyed the booth with fun games and a lot of prizes, and a lucky took home a new Vivo V7+ phone which I was really envy about. Hahaha! There was also a display of different merchandise with Stephen Curry’s autograph which fans enjoyed! Customers and passers by also had a chance to browse and try the new Vivo V7+ and other Vivo phones. An well, it’s not a party if no one is performing right? One of Vivo’s ambassador, Paul Salas performed and serenade the fans which the audience really loved.

The fans went crazy when Paul started to walk around them! And the fans were left craving for more!

The SOX Bloggers had the chance to sit with Paul and her mom at the Chao Huan Chinese Cuisine. It was a chill and smooth kind of press con. And I must say, I’m impressed that Paul knows too well about V7+ which I think is important  and a must for a brand ambassador. It was nice to know Paul and her mom, they were very lovely and down to earth.
Frankly speaking, for me The Vivo V7+ is not meant to compete with the high-end models, such as the iPhone. But with a whole lot of features and perks exclusive to Vivo phones, it’s very clear that the phone was specifically created for people who wants the functionality of a high-end smartphone that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

If you’ll ask me….Would I recommend the Vivo V7+? If you’re into selfies (a lot of it) and social media as well as games, I would really recommend it. With the price of this phone, I think it’s kind of in the middle range, not that expensive and not that cheap either. It “only” costs a month of my salary as a Public School teacher hahahaha! But I guess with it’s functionality, it’s worth it.

What do you think? Have you tried the new Vivo V7+? How do you find it? 

Smart brings together the Eraserheads

Old school will always be cool. The comeback of trends from the 90’s —Pokémon, brown lipstick and Doc Martens boots — only shows it was the best era ever. It was also the golden age of Pinoy rock music.
And when you say Pinoy rock, the first band that comes to mind is the Eraserheads. Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Raymund Marasigan, and Buddy Zabala are the four men behind the Eraserheads, one of the most important bands in the history of Pinoy rock music.
The last time the Eraserheads performed together on one stage was in 2009. Recently, Smart was able to bring them back together for a special private performance. Individually, Ely, Marcus, Raymund, and Buddy are talented artists but together as the Eraserheads, they are legendary. Their time apart has only served to hone their talents and personalities. Other artists can perform Eraserheads songs well but no one can do “Magasin,” “Ang Huling El Bimbo,” Ligaya," and "Pare Ko" like the original.
And as they say, “iba talaga ‘pag kumpleto.” Whether it is entertainment or anything else, people look for the whole package. In the same way, Smart’s prepaid call and text bundles are awesome, and its surf bundles equally so. But if you combine call, text and mobile internet, you have the most comprehensive prepaid deal ever.
On August 19, the telco launches ALLOUTSURF 30, the first complete data, call and text, offer in the market. For Php 30, prepaid subscribers get 2 days of 300MB data with free access to Facebook, unlimited texts to all networks, and 30 minutes calls to Smart, TNT and Sun.
Now, there’s no need to choose between call, text, and mobile data. You can have it all with ALLOUTSURF 30, the first promo offer to give subscribers what they want and need. If you’ve just booked an Uber ride home and you need to call or text your driver, no problem. You can also check your email messages and social messaging apps. Information is just a click or a swipe away with ALLOUTSURF 30.
ALLOUTSURF 30 was created for today’s active digital users — from the student on a budget who always has to choose between two promos, or the young professional who always relies on Wi-Fi, to the grandma who loves to play Candy Crush and needs Facebook for “lives.” 
For more information about ALLOUTSURF 30 and other promos, go to smart.com.ph/alloutsurf. To avail, text ALLOUT30 to 9999

Things To Look For When Buying Workout Clothes For Women

As they say, fitness is the best fashion accessory a woman can ever have.  After all, it will be a lot easier for you to wear the most stylish clothes if you have a healthy and fit figure. That is why many women should invest some time working out in the gym or in the jogging lane to keep their bodies as toned and lean as possible.
If you have finally decided to lead an active lifestyle, you might be looking for clothes to wear to the gym, particularly workout tanks for women. If you wish to find ones that are not just functional but also stylish, here are some of the things that you have to put into consideration:


• Fit


One thing that you have to understand is the fact that different brands of workout tanks for women do not have the same sizing charts. Because of this, it is best that you focus more on the fit of the top, instead of its size. When trying out the top, it is best that you make some exercise movements so you can determine if the top will allow you to do a wide range of movements comfortably. 


• Fabric


Keep in mind that you will use these workout tanks while performing strenuous activities repeatedly. That is why it is best that you shy away from any types of rough fabrics that have the tendency to irritate the skin. In addition to that, you also need fabrics that will allow you to move freely and will let your skin breathe properly. It is recommended that you opt for a workout tank top that contains the least percentage of spandex in its material list.



• Moisture wicking ability


As we all know, you will be sweating a lot when you work out. To keep you dry and comfortable during the entire workout routine, it is recommended that you opt for a top that is manufactured using Polyester and Lycra blend.



• Versatility


This is probably one of the most important things to look for when buying workout tanks. It is important that your tank tops are versatile, not only when it comes to fashion but with its function as well. This means that you should opt for tank tops that are easily layerable. In this way, you can wear it during the summer time and you can just simply add a sweater or jacket over it to keep you warm come winter time.



Other Features:

Today, there are workout pieces that have technologically advanced features like anti-microbial treatments (perfect for the gym), ultraviolet protection (perfect for day jogging) and glow in the dark designs (perfect for running at night).

There are many mistakes that you may commit when looking for workout tanks for women. There is a high chance that you will prioritize style over function. On the other hand, you might go with function and sacrifice style completely. With the considerations mentioned above, you can find the perfect workout tank for you. 



PS:
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Smart makes big splash with GigaSurf50, country’s first 1GB data offer at P50

Enjoy 1GB of surfing and apps plus 300MB for streaming on YouTube, iflix and more, valid for 3 days Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications is changing the way Filipinos enjoy their smartphones as it unveils GigaSurf50, the country’s first 1GB data offer at P50. Valid for three days, GigaSurf50 also comes with an additional 300MB for streaming on sites YouTube, iflix and more, empowering subscribers to ride the digital wave and enjoy more data, video and music right at their fingertips.

To enjoy this latest offer, simply text GIGA50 to 9999.

Bigger and better digital lifestyle
With the country’s first 1GB offer at only P50, Smart is truly changing the way Filipinos enjoy their mobile phones for a much bigger, better and richer digital lifestyle," said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head.

This huge data offer allows you to go bigger on your passions – whether you are an info junkie who likes to surf all the time, a social media butterfly with constant updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, or a music and video buff who likes streaming on sites like YouTube and iflix, among many others.”

Pasadata with GigaSurf50

GigaSurf50 is also big enough for subscribers to share with others through Pasadata, Smart’s innovative feature that lets subscribers pass on a chunk of their data to friends and loved ones. To share part of your GigaSurf50, simply text PASADATA <Recipient #> <Amount>MB and send to 808. With GigaSurf50, you can go beyond your usual mobile Internet activities, from speaking your mind on the latest trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, watching the latest viral videos on YouTube, and binge-watching your favorite movies and series on iflix. GigaSurf50 also lets you record more of your day’s best moments on Snapchat and Instagram, share more of your latest musings on your personal blogs, and connect more withyour groups on Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp, among many others.

Bridging gaps and breaking barriers

GigaSurf50 follows a string of awesome products and services that Smart launched since it refreshed its brand last June 13 to show a stronger commitment in empowering Filipinos to live a digital life without barriers. Smart recently launched its P1,288 Prepaid Smartphone kit to offer the most value-packed big-screen smartphone in the country today, meant to break barriers for many Filipinos to own a smartphone. Smart also recently unveiled its Smartlife app, a breakthrough digital discovery portal that lets subscribers enjoy exclusive daily perks, movies, music and games at their fingertips.

Network boost nationwide

All these new products go hand in hand with Smart’s rapid LTE deployment and network expansion to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country.

Smart starts deployment of LTE-Advanced mobile service


The first in the Philippines, Smart’s introduction of LTE
A promises to help improve Internet services in the country.

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications (Smart) has begun to roll out the country’s first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) service which can provide significantly higher data speeds than existing LTE services using a capability called “carrier aggregation.”
Initially deployed in Boracay, Aklan, one of the country’s leading tourist destinations, Smart’s LTE-A service there has posted speeds of up to 250 Mbps.“With the introduction of our LTE-Advanced service, the next stage of development of 4th generation of mobile technology, Smart is again at the technology forefront, setting the bar higher for mobile service experience,” said Joachim Horn, PLDT and Smart chief technology and information advisor.
Smart joins the short list of operators around the world that have tested and rolled out the technology, which is also referred to as 4.5G. This list includes Optus in Australia, Sprint in the US, and Turkcell in Turkey, among others. “Combined with our other network improvement initiatives for both our mobile and fixed line networks, the introduction of LTE-A will help boost internet services in the country and enable more Filipinos to enjoy and benefit from the fast-growing range of digital services that PLDT and Smart offer,” he said. “We are also planning ahead, in anticipation of future advances in technology. Our current investments in network facilities are already being done in a way that will enable us to be ready for 5G when it arrives sometime in 2020. For this purpose, we are working closely with NTT DoCoMo, which is one of the global pace-setters in the development of 5G,” Horn added.

A much wider highway

Carrier aggregation refers to the ability of LTE-A to combine two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and faster data speeds to mobile users. “This is like being able to put together two or more separate highways in order to create a wider highway through which vehicular traffic can flow more freely and at a much faster rate,” Horn said. “Wireless technologies being a shared resource, the actual customer experience is typically less than the peak speeds being registered during tests.  But, carrier aggregation on LTE-A, by combining the capacities of two or more frequency bands, will enable Smart to deliver to subscribers with LTE-A devices consistently higher speeds than is possible using LTE.  In Boracay, we have combined three frequencies, which is a first in the country,” he explained.

For Smart subscribers using LTE-A capable devices, this translates into superior experiences when using various data services, particularly bandwidth-heavy services like video- and audio-streaming, and gaming. Currently, the LTE-A capable devices include the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.  Other handset manufacturers are expected to introduce their own LTE-A devices soon. Smart ran several tests of LTE-A in 2013 – in Boracay during the Geeks on a Beach startup conference; in Davao City during the Kadayawan festival; and in Makati City.  The introduction of LTE-A capable devices since then has opened the door for its roll-out.

A broader effort

Horn explained that LTE-A is the “cutting edge” of a broader effort to improve the cellular and mobile internet services of Smart and Sun subscribers. In a network integration program started last year, for example, Smart and Sun have been synergizing their networks to improve the coverage and quality of service for the subscribers of both brands using 2G, 3G and LTE capable devices. “For example, where it makes technical and marketing sense, we equip a single cell site – either of Smart or Sun – so that this can serve the subscribers of both brands,” Jorn said. As a result of this program, depending on the area, the effective coverage for Smart and Sun subscribers increases by anywhere from 50% to 100%. The program is expected to be completed by end-2016 or early 2017.  This was part of PLDT’s P43-billion capital expenditure program (capex) in 2015 and will be funded by the 2016 capex budget which has been set at the same level.

In this program, specific attention is being given to enhancing 3G/HSPA/HSPA+ coverage and capacity because about 90% of Smart and Sun subscribers who go online use 3G handsets. “Improving our 3G data service thus delivers immediate benefits to the largest number of people in our subscriber base. At the same time, we have been expanding the coverage of our LTE network because the number of subscribers using LTE phones is steadily rising,” Horn said.“And now, we have also begun to deploy LTE-A. The pace of this deployment will be driven by several factors, including the rate at which subscribers start using LTE-A capable devices,” he added.

Smart brings much anticipated ‘Clash Royale’ to Filipinos

Filipino gamers can now enjoy Clash Royale, the latest mobile game of Clash of Clans creator Supercell. Download it for free on the App Store and Google Play, and fuel your game with Smart Prepaid.

Calling all COCnatics and gamers!!!
Following the massive success of Clash of Clans (CoC) around the world, Helsinki-based mobile game developer Supercell has launched another much anticipated game, ‘Clash Royale,’ in the Philippines, and you can now make the most of it with Smart Prepaid’s PasaData, which allows you to share your data with friends anytime and anywhere for more online gaming fun.

An exhilarating card and strategy mobile game, ‘Clash Royale’ pits you in a duel with other online players in a race to knock down each other’s castle. To achieve this, you draw from a deck of eight cards containing familiar CoC characters, defenses and spells and unleash all their powers in the arena.

Victories lead to more cards, trophies and glory, which then allow you to upgrade your characters, unlock new arenas, and ultimately build your clan and battle community to share your cards with.

Rave game reviews

Prior to its worldwide launch, ‘Clash Royale’ was initially rolled out in select markets in Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and New Zealand, where it garnered rave reviews for creatively merging the card and arena game formats. You can now download the game on Google Play Store and the App Store for free.

“We are thrilled to finally make ‘Clash Royale’ available to Filipinos, who are very engaged CoC players,” said Erlend Christoffersen, Director for Global Expansion at Supercell. “We can’t wait for them to have as much fun and enjoyment while playing our new game with their family and friends anytime, anywhere.”

“We welcome the launch of ‘Clash Royale’ in the Philippines, and we expect it to follow the success of the massive hit ‘Clash of Clans’ as it introduces another exciting way for friends to bond and interact with each other online,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Head of Wireless Operations at Smart.

“Filipino mobile gamers can definitely make the most of this new game with Smart Prepaid’s PasaData, which gives you the convenience and flexibility of passing on a chunk of your Big Bytes Barkada offers to your friends – the first service of its kind in the country,” she added.

PasaData with Big Bytes Barkada offers

PasaData can be used with both Big Bytes Barkada 99 (which comes with 700MB valid for 7 days) and Big Bytes Barkada 299 (which offers 2GB valid for 30 days).  

Both full-packed offers, you can use the Big Bytes Barkada to play ‘Clash Royale’ and other mobile games, stream videos and music on apps like YouTube, iflix, and Spinnr, and stay active on all your other apps, such as Facebook, Viber, and Instagram, among others.

To register to Big Bytes Barkada offers, simply text BBB99 or BBB299 to 9999, respectively, or dial *121# – the all-access portal for all Smart Prepaid promos. Once registered, you can easily make use of PasaData for your friends anytime and anywhere by simply texting SHARE<SPACE>No. of Recipient<SPACE> (Amount)MB to 808.

Best mobile gaming experience

Smart takes the lead in making available the widest breadth of digital content, innovative offers, and engaging event to give its subscribers the best mobile gaming experience.

Aside from offering full-packed data promos perfect for gaming, Smart enables its subscribers to level up their online adventure through an easy mode of purchasing in-app and in-game items using their prepaid load or charged to their postpaid account.

If you are an Android user, you can enjoy convenient transactions when you activate Smart’s Google Direct Carrier Billing. Simply go to the Play Store, click ‘My Account’ and enable ‘Smart Communications billing’ under Payment methods. On the other hand, if you are an iOS device user, you can activate Smart’s Pay-With-Mobile service by texting to REG to 4949.

In September last year, Smart staged the Philippine Clash, the country’s biggest and most prestigious nationwide CoC tournament with over P2.3 million in prizes – the largest pool prize ever in a local gaming competition.

Clash Royale
To get updates on Smart’s latest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook (www.smart.com.ph/SmartCommunications), Twitter (@LiveSmart) and Instagram. To know more about the game, visit www.clashroyale.com.

Change the way you watch movies with Smart Big Bytes 15

For someone who’s always busy and on the go, I barely have time to watch TV while snuggling up on our couch or go to the cinema to watch the latest movies. Whenever i’m stuck in traffic or during bus/tricycle rides, it never gets dull because I have my Iflix and I can enjoy movies with Smart Big Bytes 15 of course in an affordable price. 

What is Smart Big Bytes 15?
Smart Big Bytes 15 is a new offer that enables subscribers to fully experience the Smart Life by changing the way they consume and watch videos by providing access to iflix’s large library of content for just P15 by downloading it on their devices. Smart Prepaid’s Big Bytes 15 also includes 40MB which subscribers can use for their social needs. Smart Big Bytes 15 makes viewing movies affordable and more accessible.


How awesome is that? You can enjoy 2 movies from wide range of choices in Iflix plus connect with your loved ones and post pictures on your social media accounts whenever or wherever you are! Also, it’s very and I believe the most affordable offer in the country. So instead of buying pirated CD’s or DVD’s which costs more than Php15, subscribe to what’s legal but affordable, subscribe to Smart Big Bytes 15.

To know more about this, just visit http://smart.com.ph/bigbytes or dial *121#. And if you did try it, don’t forget to share your experience on social media by using the hashtag #SmartBigBytes

Here’s a step-by-step procedure in accessing iflix:


Always call a criminal attorney for a DUI

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If you have been arrested for driving under the influence, you should always consult with a criminal attorney. Many people equate a DUI with a traffic ticket or a misdemeanor that results in a fine, but make no mistake, when charged with a DUI, you are being charged with a …

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