PLDT HOME Fibr powers up star-studded Philippine Mavericks at IPTL 2015

MANILA, September 14, 2015 – Last year, the Manila leg of the first-ever International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) marked the country’s most prestigious sporting event to date as the world’s most iconic names in tennis came together to battle it out in a spectacular showcase.

Following that intense three-day tournament with over 30,000 fans at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, IPTL is poised to return for its second season this December. Presenting the Philippine leg once again and the all-new Philippine Mavericks team (formerly the Manila Mavericks) is PLDT HOME Fibr, the country’s most powerful broadband.

“PLDT HOME Fibr is honored to once again take part in this power-packed sporting event,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Head Gary Dujali said. “Last year’s run was nothing short of world-class and we expect even more for this year with an even bigger roster of tennis superstars.”

Season two of IPTL expands its lineup to over 30 tennis legends and rising stars from around the world. The newly-branded Philippine Mavericks team will now be headlined by World No. 1 in women’s singles Serena Williams, Mixed Doubles Grand Slam titleholder Richard Gasquet, Wimbledon Championships WTA titleholder Sabine Lisicki, 2013 Australian Open Mixed Doubles titleholder Jarmila Gajdosova, youngest ATP top 100 Borna Coric, ATP World Tour Doubles titleholder and Pinoy pride Treat Huey and World No. 8 in men’s singles and team captain Mark Philippoussis.

The Philippine Mavericks will be pitted against tennis stalwarts representing the teams of India, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and an added fifth country—Japan. These superstars form the Micromax Indian Aces, UAE Royals, Singapore Slammers and Japan Warriors.

As a treat to customers, all PLDT HOME Fibr subscribers will be entitled to a 20 percent discount for their tickets to the IPTL Philippine leg from September 12 until October 30.

 “At an exclusive deal, our Fibr-powered tennis aficionados will be able to witness the thrilling moments of their favorite international players in action,” Dujali said. “More than delivering a powerful broadband, PLDT HOME Fibr commits to bringing optimal world-class experiences to its customers.”

The second season of IPTL will commence its five-nation tour on December 2 in Japan. The Philippines will host the second leg on December 6 to 8 at the SM MOA Arena, preceding scheduled stops in Delhi (India), Dubai (UAE) and Singapore.

PLDT HOME Fibr delivers powerful Internet of up to 200 Mbps, letting users enjoy high-speed browsing of multiple websites and up to 93 Cignal digital TV channels through their dedicated connection. For more information, visit

PLDT HOME DSL, the country’s No. 1 broadband, launches the biggest family-sized entertainment with Fox and iflix

Apart from the strong and reliable connection it offers, PLDT HOME DSL, the country’s undisputed No. 1 broadband, pulls miles away from its nearest competitors as it beefs up the biggest family-sized entertainment with iflix and Fox International Channels (Fox).
Broadband and digital services leader PLDT HOME recently launched its groundbreaking TVolution Stick in partnership with multinational technology company Intel. This compact “PC on a stick” innovation transforms any HDMI-ready TV or monitor into a fully operational Windows computer. The TVolution Stick lets users stream movies and videos, search the web, send and receive emails and do other activities that are normally done on a PC. Seen in the photo during the product preview are (L-R): PLDT and Smart EVP and Consumer Business Group Head Ariel P. Fermin, Intel Philippines Country Manager Calum Crisholm and PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali. On a limited run only until November 30, new subscribers of DSL Plans 999 and up and all PLDT HOME Fibr plans who apply online will get this nifty gadget for free along with popular content from Fox, iflix and Spinnr.
Now, subscribers can enjoy their favorite movies and TV shows on iflix and Fox with their TVolution unit, running on the strong, reliable and family sized connection of HOME DSL.

PLDT VP and Home Marketing Head Gary Dujali said, “We are elated with the vote of confidence from our subscribers for keeping us as their brand of choice for their home broadband. We will continue to provide solutions to give our customers the best entertainment that the whole family can enjoy as we provide the strongest connections at home.”

Earlier this year, PLDT HOME formalized breakthrough partnerships with global entertainment company and Asia Pacific’s leading broadcaster FOX International Channels. It also announced its partnership with Southeast Asia’s leading Internet TV service iflix, which recently debuts exclusive access to the critically acclaimed TV Series in the US, Mr. Robot With these two powerhouse content providers, there will always be something for the family to enjoy together—whether it’s a nail-biting suspense thriller, a laugh-out-loud comedy show, a thought-provoking documentary, or films from around the world. 

FOX’s subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) offerings also include live and catch-up television on various FOX channels so that families have the option of enjoying their favorite sports events through live viewing or their favorite blockbuster shows through catch-up TV. 

Jude Turcuato, General Manager and Senior Vice President of FOX International Channels Philippines, said, “We pride ourselves on the quality programming that we deliver to our viewers, and our partnership with PLDT HOME allows us to reach a wider base that consumes content in an innovative way. TVolution also gives our existing customers another convenient way to access our content, improving their viewing experience in turn.”

iflix Chairman Patrick Grove added that they are glad to have found an outstanding partner who shares their vision. “With over 75 million Filipinos communicating and being entertained using the PLDT Group services, PLDT is the perfect partner for iflix in the Philippines.”

To find out how to enjoy TV shows and movies from FOX and iflix with your TVolution powered by PLDT HOME DSL, log on to

New Restaurant: Peppers Iberica Resto

A newly opened restaurant in Davao City, Peppers Iberica Resto serves a variety of delectable dishes that will surely satisfy your gastronomic cravings. It is located in Mabini St., fronting Badminton World. You'll be delighted with the home-cooked quality and taste of their dishes made from fresh ingredients.

Marco Polo Davao Launches English Afternoon Tea

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon at the Marco Polo's Lobby Lounge with their new English Afternoon Tea Set. The set includes tasty pastries, savory sandwiches, scones paired with creams and jams, and a selection of teas. It is ideal for meetings or catching up with friends on a soothing ambiance in  the hotel's lobby at the heart of Davao.

“We are introducing a new way of spending afternoons in the hotel. This new culinary promotion redefines your regular afternoon socials in the hotel; may it be for business or leisure”says Marco Polo Davao Executive Sous Chef Alex Destriza while presenting the tea pairings to lifestyle writers and bloggers last 29 September 2015.

Tea in various flavors—Japanese Green Tea, Earl Grey, Pure Chamomile,
English Breakfast, Pure Peppermint, Four Red Fruit, Apple,
Cinnamon and Raisin Tea.
Sweets/ Pastries: chocolate durian tartlet, mango panna cotta, napoleon
slice, chocolate moist slice
Savory Sandwiches: home-smoked salmon sesame bagel, chicken salad,
tomato and avocado with wheat bread, kesong puti and tomato on mini
pandesal bread, ham and cheese on croissant bread
SconesTraditional raisin scones, Dried mango scones, Lemon cured,
whipping cream, strawberry jam

The afternoon tea set is available at the Lobby Lounge of Marco Polo Davao every Tuesdays to Saturdays from 2:30 to 5:30 in the afternoon for only Php550.00 nett good for two pax. You may book your reservations  at (082) 221 0888 local 7608 or email at

Peak Hours Augmentation Bus Service Schedule & Routes

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Region XI has announced that as of August 22, the  Peak Hours Augmentation ...