A Night with OPPO and Philippines Next Top Model at City of Dreams

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In a gala held at CHAOS in City of Dreams Manila, OPPO announced a sponsorship with Philippines Next Top Model (PNTM): High Street.

The OPPO F1s is my phone of choice for its limitless possibilities when it comes to taking selfies and of my life and blogging journey.

I used to watch America’s Next Top Model religiously. The creative and fun challenges they would take made the show all the more interesting.

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“America’s Next Top model was a worldwide sensation that several countries had their own edition of the internationally renowned television contest. We are proud to be part of this show’s new Philippine edition,” said OPPO Philippines Brand Marketing Manager Stephen Cheng. “Like the brand’s collaboration with the team behind America’s Next Top Model, we hope to be just as successful here in the country.”

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OPPO was the official partner of America’s Next Top Model (ANTM) Cycle 22, which aired in 2015. Contestants were given selfie challenges involving the camera features of the OPPO R7 and R7 Plus: Beautify, Double Exposure, and Panorama.

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While the phone for the upcoming PNTM cycle is yet to be revealed, OPPO announced that it will sign up the show’s top three models as online influencers.

The Kapatid Network, which aired two seasons of Asia’s Next Top Model, announced auditions in early January this year after acquiring production and airing rights.

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Former Binibining Pilipinas-World and host for the night Maggie Wilson will head the panel of judges that will choose the winner among 24 contestants.

Other judges will include celebrity stylist Rain Dagala and Professional Models Association of the Philippines President Raf Kiefer.

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Are You Guilty of This? Fail Army Guilty Pleasure

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We’ve all experienced that guilty—but somewhat delightful—feeling when watching other people suffer bad luck, from harmless public humiliations to outright disasters. Should this sound a warning of humanity’s decline? Not quite, science says.

In a study published at the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, neuroscience experts Dr. Mina Cikara of Harvard University and Dr. Susan Fiske of Princeton University said our minds are wired to feel schadenfreude, a German loanword that means “pleasure felt when another person experiences misfortune.”

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However we don’t feel the same level of joy in each instance of failure. According to the results of an experiment by the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan, how we react depends on how we feel about the victim. The way we view ourselves also determines our feelings of schadenfreude.

Here’s a closer look at what studies tell us about this feeling:

  1. A case of self-esteem

The American Psychological Association published a study which revealed that people with low self-esteem are more inclined to feel schadenfreude when someone successful undergoes hardship. The study explained that these people feel threatened by high achievers and often look for chances to affirm themselves.

  1. Rivals at each others’ throats

When Dr. Cikara, Dr. Fiske, and cognitive science expert Dr. Matthew Botvinick of Princeton University conducted a study on the behavior of Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees fans, they found out that the opposing team’s defeat resulted in increased activity in the ventral striatum, a part of the brain associated with self-pleasure. The same result occurred when fans talked about their desire to harm supporters of the rival team.

  1. Green with envy

Researchers from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Japan conducted an experiment where subjects had to imagine themselves as protagonists in a social drama. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans showed that the pain nodes in the subjects’ brains flared when they imagined encountering characters they envy. The imagined downfall of these characters also resulted in the activation of their brains’ reward centers.

  1.  Empathy meets cruelty

An experiment that aimed to measure empathy shows that empathy centers in men and women’s brains lit up when someone they considered “honest” received an electric shock. When somebody considered “dishonest” went through pain, participants had fewer emphatic responses, showed decreased activation in their brains’ pleasure centers, and expressed desire for revenge.

Why we love failure caught on tape

Past personal experiences may confirm what studies tell us about schadenfreude, but they also shed light on why we laugh so hard at mishaps caught on tape.

Shows like Fail Army take viewers on a roller-coaster ride as they watch hilarious epic fail moments submitted by fans.

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This February, the new recruits for Fail Army Season 3 are getting ready to make you roll over in laughter. From little accidents to catastrophes that blow out of proportion, Fail Army compiles the best and most amusing fails from all over the online world.

Catch the brand new season of Fail Army from Mondays to Fridays starting February 6, 9:30PM, first and exclusive on RTL CBS Extreme.

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Inspiring and Heartfelt Kwentong Jollibee Valentine Series

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Though Valentines for me will be vastly different I still welcome the holiday. Jollibee has launched three new videos under its highly successful #KwentongJollibee series in time for Valentine’s Day.

Kianna and I attended a special exclusive screening at the Ayala Malls The 30th of the #KwentongJollibee videos that were inspired by true stories of love. The connotation of Jollibee and love instantly brings to mind only happy and mild musings however, I was more than pleasantly suprised to entertained with truly inspiring and heartfelt stories.

I make it a point to have one of my kids along (when permitted) to events I attend. Kianna has happily found someone she cares about (but no further than that!) and I loved that we shared this experience. Though she teased me a bit because of my loveless status, my kids are more than enough to make up for this new Valentines.

The three stories were incredible and thoughtfully made. Each story represents a different kind of love only affirming that love comes in all forms and sometimes not what we at all expected.

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In what could be the most relatable case of unrequited, unconditional love, “Vow” pays homage to people who continue to love, without expecting anything in return. Directed by Ianco dela Cruz (who helmed all previous Kwentong Jollibee materials), it tells the story of a man who fell deeply in love with “the one” from the time he first saw her at a Jollibee store.

Available on February 9, 5pm

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The second story “Date” explores the grim realities of life and love, yet brings to light the beautiful gift of endless love. Directed by Pepe Diokno, it showed how a young boy took the effort to arrange a surprise Valentine’s dinner for his mother following his father’s instructions to the letter. The son manages to set up the perfect date with his mom, complete with her Jollibee favorites.  The mom was overwhelmed when the son shows her a video recording, which revealed that the Valentine’s date was yet another proof of her husband’s eternal love for her.

Available on February 10, 5pm

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“Crush” is directed by Joel Ruiz and appeals to all the hopeless romantics in us. It is a feel-good and charming tale of a young college boy who’s head-over-heels in love with his schoolmate and who chooses to express his feelings by leaving her with anonymous cheerful notes with her favorite Jollibee burger. Decades later, a homecoming event sees the boy, now an elderly man, making the same romantic gesture for the love of his life.

Available on February 11, 3pm

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