Grab Heli: Fly around the metro

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Starting Nov. 24, GrabHeli which is in its beta stage, will be tested for three months. PhilJets, a startup in itself, is aligned with the goals of GrabTaxi in innovating and providing transport solutions to the country. “We are very happy to partner with GrabTaxi Philippines.

For Php 3,888 per person, anyone registered with GrabPay can fly around Manila in an aerial tour of Makati, BGC and Pasay.

Unique GrabCar promo codes will be given to GrabHeli passengers to take them to or from PhilJets’ helipad in Manila Domestic Airport. Pre-booking a GrabHeli will be available weekly from Saturdays to Wednesdays through the GrabTaxi app with fixed flight schedules during Fridays and Saturdays at 4pm.

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Natalie Gonzales talks about her debut fight in ONE FC

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Female MMA fighter Natalie Gonzales Hills, also known as “The Kilapino”, debuted for ONE Championship last Friday, November 13 at ONE: Pride of Lions, but her first time inside the ONE Cage didn’t exactly go as she had planned.

Hills was caught in one of the rarest submission maneuvers in professional mixed martial arts by opponent Angela Lee, who is quickly gaining a reputation as a grappling ace. Lee forced Hills to tap out from a ‘Twister’, a move that has only been executed a handful of times in MMA.

Despite being on the wrong end of a highlight reel finish, Hills was able to give fans a glimpse of her potential as she dominated Lee in the stand-up.

Hills surprised Lee with lightning quick punches, sharp knees and kicks. She timed Lee with a plethora of powerful right hands and it became evident that Hills had more than a good chance to score the upset on the hometown favorite had the fight remained standing.

But when the fight hit the mat and Hills dived into top position for ground and pound, Lee found herself immediately in her comfort zone.

“I knew (Angela Lee’s) ground game was stronger but when I got the takedown, I was in top position and I was supposed to finish it from there,” said Hills. “I respect her ground game. She did win by submission but I do feel that I could have won if I hadn’t made the mistake [of following Lee to the ground] that day.”

On the mat, Lee moved swiftly and treacherously, like a spider that had its prey caught in its web. From half guard, Lee grabbed Hills in a side headlock with her arm trapped behind her head, slowly cranking Hills’ torso in opposite directions, putting enormous amounts of pressure on her spine.

“I felt that my neck was trapped and I tried to turn in and at that point I knew the [Twister] was already on. I used the wrong escape and it was too late at that point,” Hills described the moment she realized she was in a Twister.

Despite the loss, Hills describes an ultimately positive experience with ONE Championship and recalls the warm welcome by fans in Singapore.

“ONE is cool and they really looked after me and my team. It was the first time I was treated as a professional fighter,” explained Hills.

“I have a job and a family, and to be flown to Singapore and to be put in a nice hotel. The whole experience, I really felt like a professional fighter. They really took care of us. Everything was well run and went smoothly and that made it less stressful even though we had media obligations.”

After her bout with Lee was announced a month ago, Hills also connected with her Filipino fans online.

Hills is of mixed English and Filipino descent, with her mother being born and raised in the Philippines her entire life. Hills was also born in the Philippines, in a small town in Cavite City, but spent her childhood in the United Kingdom before moving to Australia.

She was surprised by the turnout.

“Yeah, some fans on Twitter mentioned they will be [at the fight] and I didn’t think they would actually come,” said Hills.

“There were people there who wanted my photo and autograph. I was really surprised. They either heard about me or saw me on social media. That was really cool. I didn’t realise that I had friends or fans in Singapore. That was really interesting.”

Needless to say, Hills is looking forward to the next time she can showcase her skills inside the ONE Cage. For now, she’s back in Sydney, staying in shape and trying to stay afloat until she gets that next call.

“Being able to travel and fight and meet new people and reach out to Asian fans – that’s really what I want to do,” said Hills.

“Being able to compete in a promotion like ONE that puts on shows in so many different countries is really, really exciting and is something I’m really looking forward to. It was a really good first experience and I’m just really excited about where I’ll end up next with ONE,” she added.

“This fight (against Angela Lee) was the most high profile fight I’ve ever been involved in because everything was so organised. Despite it being quite a large stadium venue, I didn’t feel the pressure and I actually could focus on the fight, and I really appreciate that from the promotion.”

NBA Christmas Jersey now available

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA) officially announced today that select NBA Christmas Day jerseys are now available in the NBA Store in both Glorietta in Makati City and Mega Fashion Hall at SM Megamall.

Designed as part of the adidas NBA Season’s Greetings Collection, the uniforms incorporate primary team colors and cream tones with player names and numbers showcased in holiday-style script and detailed with woven rows of stitching.  Displayed on the back of the jersey is a scarlet NBA seal taking inspiration from holiday greeting cards.

Filipinos will get the chance to purchase the limited edition Christmas jerseys of Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant, “Chef Curry” Stephen Curry, LeBron “King” James, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, and John Wall.  Fans can also gear up for the holidays by checking out the NBA Store’s comprehensive range of authentic products from all 30 teams that includes footwear, performance gear, lifestyle apparel, basketballs, toys and collectibles.

Regular store hours are:

Glorietta branch : 
10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (Sunday to Thursday)
10:00am to 10:00pm (Friday and Saturday)

Mega Fashion Hall : 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

For all the latest news and updates on the NBA Store and the NBA, visit www.nba.com and follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/philsnba) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/nba_philippines).

NBA Stickers now available on LINE

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) released a sticker pack on the leading global communications app LINE, featuring 40 NBA legends such as Shaquille Oneil, Scottie Pippen etc. for users to personalize their LINE conversations.  The NBA’s official account on LINE

The NBA is accessible on LINE through a range of devices including mobile, tablets and PCs.  By following the NBA on LINE, fans can receive real-time news updates, information on local NBA events, off-court happenings and more.  The NBA became the first major U.S. professional sports league to launch an official account on the messaging application LINE in February 2015.

Since its launch in 2011, LINE has grown into a global service used in 230 countries and regions, ranking first in the free app category in 71 countries.  LINE offers free one-to-one and group messaging, as well as the ability to make free domestic and international voice and video calls.  Apart from its messenger app that is used to send popular virtual stickers such as colorful emoticons, the company offers a wide range of non-messaging services ranging from games to photo sharing apps.

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“Friend” the NBA’s official account on LINE by adding @nba_global or by scanning the QR code and download the Legends sticker pack from the LINE sticker shop.  Follow the NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nba and Twitter at www.twitter.com/nba for all the latest news and updates.  For all things NBA, visitwww.nba.com.

Scottie Pippen LINE Sticker

NBA Official Account (LINE ID: @nba_global)
Supported regions: Global (except mainland China)
Supported languages: Chinese (Traditional), English, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese, and Spanish

Sticker set details

Name: NBA Legends
Release Date: Nov. 19, 2015
Sale Region: Global except mainland China
LINE STORE download link: https://store.line.me/stickershop/product/5359

LeBron 13 akronite philisophy shoes

The LEBRON 13 Akronite Philosophy incorporates a 5 color upper graphic that attests to LeBron James’s loyalty and pride for his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and his journey to Miami and back to cleaveland. The composition features star, lake, hill, field and beach motifs in bright pops of blue, orange, yellow, green and fuchsia — all representing James’s path.

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Example, wheat fields symbolize his upbringing in Akron while abstract palm trees nod to his championships in Miami.

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The LEBRON 13 Akronite Philosophy is available Saturday, November 21 at nike.com and stores globally.

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HONDA launches the All NEW HONDA RS150

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Honda the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer today, is now introducing another exciting motorcycle one after the other in the Philippine market. From the most technologically advance Scooters with Smart Engines to the most powerful Sports Engine in its class. After several months of speculation, Honda has finally presented the All New Honda RS150. This Honda newest Sports Bike is equipped with a New Generation 150cc Liquid-cooled DOHC 6-speed engine, born out of Honda Racing DNA with class leading advance technology.

In its official public launch in this year’s Inside Racing Grand Prix (IRGP) event held at Carmona Racing Circuit, Mr. Daiki Mihara, Honda Philippines, Inc. President and Mr. Noriaki Abe of Asian Honda, Chief Operating Officer of Asia & Oceana Region of Honda Motor Japan, announces Honda’s commitment in delivering the most exciting Honda product for the New Generation. This time, not only that Honda has introduced in the Philippines Honda Smart Engines for Scooter or Automatic models but now our New Generation of Filipino Sports Motorcycle Enthusiast can enjoy the All New Honda RS150 with Powerful Sports Engine. This is just the beginning of another Gen-S story to come hinted by the two top Honda executives.

The All New RS150 is an answer to young generation customers who are looking for freedom of high performance on sporty and sharply designed bike with class leading technology, specifications, and features explained by Mr. Elie Salamangkit Jr., Honda Product Planning Manager. To ensure the best handling possible, Honda’s Philosophy in developing sports motorcycle was applied wherein “Rider can control engine power in any circumstances… exactly when needed and as much as needed” or “Control at Riders’ Will”.

Design, Frame and Engine synergy is what made this newest Honda motorcycle special. The bike design reflects aggressive new generation styling with sharp looking body and boasts attractive features from latest Super sports. Giving pride to the rider is its sharp wedge shape and innovative and edgy surface treatment not to mention its class leading features of LED Headlight, Fully Integrated Digital Meter Panel, Rear and Big Diameter Front Disc Brakes, Aluminum Cast Wheel, Clamped handle bar, Tubeless tires, and Rear Monoshock absorber among others.

The frame which holds the motorcycle was designed with high agility and safety in mind. The frame and chassis delivers agile and responsive control, very suitable for city streets made possible by its agile 45 degrees steering handle, compact dimension wheelbase of 1275mm plus the application of new strong twin-tube type sports frame which is designed to be safe at high speed and quick acceleration.

The engine performance has the best acceleration in its class, but still fuel efficient by application of wide variety of friction reduction technologies producing maximum power of 11.8KW (16.0 PS) at 9,000 rpm. The new generation engine especially designed for Southeast Asia including the Philippines has the following characteristics:

1. Flexible output characteristics that enable fun riding in a wide range of riding situations.
2. Improved fuel efficiency performance.
3. Remarkable level of comfort enabling the rider to experience a high-grade feel.
4. Exterior design with functional beauty that evokes the sophisticated mechanism.

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Honda dares customer to test it and discover real power that you can handle.

All new RS150 is environment friendly with its Euro-3 compliant emission and safety is still Honda’s top most priority with the installation of Bank Angle sensor that increases rider’s safety by automatic engine turn-off during accidental crash or fall.

The IRGP crowd was further treated by actual show-off run of All New RS150 in the race track with its three exciting colors:

  • Black
  • Winning Red
  • Space Magenta Metallic as special color which will all be available in Honda Shops nationwide.

To further strengthen commitment for the young generation, Honda has given the public a sneak peak of another Sports model, the All New CB150R which will be launched by next summer of 2016 as the Honda Gen-S story continues…

Excited with this latest news about Honda motorcycles? Find out more about Gen-S stories, visit their website at www.hondaph.com or visitwww.facebook.com/hondaph or contact the local dealer nearest you!