James Reid is Grab’s Newest Brand Ambassador


After weeks of teasers and pre-launch contests, James Reid is now officially part of the Grab family!

Grab Philippines, Southeast Asia’s leading transport app, officially welcomed actor James Reid as its newest brand ambassador in a media launch held at Whitespace Manila in Makati City.

Country Marketing head Khriz Lim said, “James is the perfect example of how we see the brand. He’s cool, hip and he embodies Grab’s ideals and principles. We knew that by asking James to be our ambassador, we’ll be delighting our passengers who are also his fans. You would not believe how many fans used the JAMES promo code just to get to meet him in person.”

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A Grab user himself, James Reid said, “It’s a great privilege to be part of a brand I trust. I usually book Grab whenever I don’t want to drive and when I have taping. That way, I get to relax in the backseat after a tiring day without having to worry about anything.”

“Honestly, I’ve already tried almost all modes of transportation in the country and it’s good to know that there’s a hassle-free alternative like Grab for people who commute,” Reid added.

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Grab PR Manager Lorelei Olalia with the contest winners

To celebrate its new celebrity partnership, last month, Grab Philippines has launched a new contest to give its loyal passengers the chance to meet their teen idol in person. To join, passengers just have to use the promo code JAMES when booking a GrabTaxi, GrabCar or GrabExpress.

Through their “Grab with James” contest, Grab flew in 12 fans and their friends from around the country for a rare chance to interact with the actor. “The Grab with James contest was tailor-fitted to make sure we get real fans from our passengers. We know how everybody loves James and getting to meet him is an added value to the regular features Grab has to offer,” said Lim.

The media and fans were treated to a night of parlor games and good snacks, complete with photo booths and prizes.

Reid was seen having fun with the games, joining in by facilitating Grab’s version of Bring Me, “Ready, Grab and Go!”. Hearts were aflutter with the game, Reid My Lips” where contestants were tasked to figure out the words James was silently mouthing to the audience.

“It’s an exciting time at Grab Philippines and we’re so happy that James is finally a part of the family. Moving forward, we can expect more surprises now that James is on-board. The Grab team is currently working on more fun offerings which both Grab and James’ fans can look forward to,” Lim said.

For the latest news about James Reid and Grab, follow Grab Philippines on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GrabPH or log on to www.grab.com.  #GrabWithJames #JamesReid #JaDine






Selfie Expert OPPO F1s Inilunsad sa PH, Pinakyaw sa Loob ng Tatlong Araw


Ang pagkahumaling sa selfie ay namamayapagpag matapos ang pinakabagong teleponong de kamera ng OPPO ay maibenta lahat sa mga tindahang konsepto at merkader sa buong bansa.
Tinaguriang ‘selfie expert’, ang F1s ay inilunsad sa mga tindahan sa Pilipinas noong Agosto 19. Nitong Agosto 21, higit sa 19,000 yunit ang naibenta sa buong bansa.
Isang road show rin ang ginanap kasabay nito sa Kalakhang Maynila, Davao, at Cebu upang markahan ang unang araw ng nasabing smartphone sa mga tindahan.

“Ni hindi namin inaasahan na ang mga mamimili ay magiging ganito kasigasig tungkol sa F1s. Nakakagugulat na malamang ang aming mga unang yunit ay nabili na sa loob ng tatlong araw, “sinabi ni OPPO Marketing Brand Manager Stephen Cheng. “Kami ay nagaganyak na makapaghatid ng higit pang mga yunit F1s sa mga tindahan, lalo na dahil gusto naming mas maraming mga tao na magkaroon ng ganap na selfie experience.”

Kamangha-manghang mga Selfie Anumang Oras, Kahit Saan

Ang pinakabagong karagdagan sa seryeng ito ng OPPO F1 ay nakakukuha ng makulay na selfie sa anumang oras ng araw; salamat sa kanyang 16-megapixel kamerang pangharapan na may 1 / 3.1-pulgadang sensor at isang malaking f / 2.0 siwang. Ang pinakabagong pagpapabuti ng kanyang pampapagandang apparato, ang Pagandahin o Beautify 4.0, ay mayroon ding isang Auto Mode Screen Flash at walong mga filter para sa mga kamangha-manghang selfie, sa mga paraang tiyak na ninanaais ng mga gumagamit.

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Ang panorama tampok ng telepono din ginagawang mas maginhawa na kumuha ng ‘groufies’ habang ang palm-activate shutter ay nagbibigay-daan para sa mas madadali at mas mabibilis na selfie.

Ang F1s ay nilagakan din ng kasing husay na 13-megapixel kamerang panlikuran na may sariling mga plug-in gaya ng na-upgrade ng Expert Mode, Ultra-HD, GIF at double exposure.

Napakahusay, Mabilis, Maganda

Katulad ng kanyang hinalinhan, ang F1 plus, ang F1s gumagamit fingerprint recognition na maaaring magbukas sa telepono sa 0.22 segundo. Ang fingerprint-activate app launch ng telepono nagtatalaga ng fingerprint sa hanggang sa limang mga apps o mga contact para sa mabilis na access sa pamamagitan ng home button.

4 (2).jpgIsang octa-core processor na sinamahan pa ng isang 3GB RAM, 32 GB ROM, at ang ColorOS 3.0, ang nagdadagdag kapangyarihan sa hardware ng telepono. Salamat sa pinaiging kapangyarihan ng ColorOS, na tinambalan pa ng isang bateryang may 3075mAh, ang mga user ay makaaaasa ng pang-isang araw na gamitan.

Ang manipis na metal na katawan ng F1s ay may isang 5.5-inch 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen upang lumikha ng isang natatanging karanasan sa paglalaro at panonood ng pelikula para sa mga gumagamit.

Mabibili na nang Walang Interes

Ang financial service provider na Home Credit ay nag-aalok din ang F1s sa zero percent na interes sa loob ng anim na buwan. Ang nasabing promosyon ay nagsimula na sa unang araw ngg F1s sa mga tindahan.

Ang F1s ay may SRP na PhP12, 990.

Para sa karagdagang impormasyon, mangyaring bisitahin ang global.oppo.com. # OPPOF1s #SelfieExpert


The new Brother Mono Laser Series that means Business

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Brother International Philippines Corp. has launched an all-new mono laser series that delivers high reliability, value and productivity for businesses. Designed in Japan, the four models in the new range comprise two mono laser printers, the HL-L5100DN and HL-L6400DW, and two Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), the MFC-L5900DW and MFC-L6900DW, which serve high print volume office environments.

Mono laser printers, the HL-L5100DN and HL-L6400DW
Mono laser printers, the HL-L5100DN and HL-L6400DW
Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), the MFC-L5900DW and MFC-L6900DW
Multi-Function Centres (MFCs), the MFC-L5900DW and MFC-L6900DW

Brother has enhanced the new series significantly based on customer feedback, achieving several firsts in the process. This family is the first mono laser range by Brother to print up to 50 pages per minute (ppm)¹. This is also the first Brother mono laser series to feature a new heavy duty Automatic Document Feeder with an 80-sheet capacity, a 60 percent improvement over the previous series². Maximum input capacity has improved by 150 percent to a maximum paper input of 2,650 pages¹, another ‘first’, while the dual CIS supports 100 images per minute (ipm) scanner², another new introduction.

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“The new mono laser series offers reliable performance that Brother is known for, coupled with significant innovations to meet the expectations of a modern workplace,” Brother Philippines President Glenn Hocson said. “Businesses are looking for user-friendly, cost-efficient solutions with outstanding high-volume, quality output that can scale as they grow. These Brother laser printers and Multi-Function Centres provide an excellent combination of dependability, versatility and security to meet office needs.”

Improved total cost of ownership (TCO)

Brother’s latest mono laser family is built for high efficiency and cost effectiveness. The laser printers and MFCs support monthly print cycles of up to 150,000 pages per month¹, while an ultra high-yield toner¹ enables up to 20,000^ printed pages with cost savings in mind. Compared to the previous mono laser range, the new family has raised maximum paper output capacity by 600 percent, and expanded toner yield by 66 percent for vastly improved TCO.


Superior productivity and ease of use

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Productivity is a key feature of the new series. High volume print jobs are easily managed, without the need for frequent paper reloads. The default paper tray can hold up to 520 sheets¹, and optional upgrades of either two additional paper trays or a tower tray provide businesses with a total input capacity of as many as 2,080 sheets¹. A 4-bin Mailbox³ with stacker and sorter makes even easier to share a printer as bins can be assigned to individual users or groups.


Simplified business operations

The new models are easily managed over the network with Brother’s BRAdmin Professional Software. This software includes a suite of security solutions to ensure that documents remain confidential. It is also a network management tool that supports remote configurations and the monitoring of useful information such as page count, toner and drum status. Print costs can be more controlled with the option of setting print quotas for users, while instant notification of printer downtime lets customers attend to the problem quickly.


Customized workflow solutions

As each business is unique and may operate under unpredictable conditions, Brother has developed flexible workflow solutions that can be customized if required. Brother Special Solutions Customization (SSC) enables Brother to collaborate with a business on modifying Brother products for specific business needs. The Brother Solutions Interface (BSI¹), a web-based service platform, aims to improve customers’ productivity and efficiency by allowing software developers to create custom solutions easily.


Mobile convenience

Brother also supports the convenient integration of mobile devices into the workflow. Brother iPrint&Scan, Apple AirPrint® and Google Cloud Print enable users to print directly from their mobile devices. JPEG and PDF documents can be printed, while faxes and copies can be previewed. Apple products can also save documents to iCloud.

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Buyers Laboratory (BLI), a widely-respected testing and resource company, has evaluated several of the new Brother models.  BLI noted the significant business value of the new machines:  “The Brother models offer competitive to lower than average cost of ownership,” BLI’s Director of Office Equipment Product Analysis Marlene Orr said.

BLI recognized the machines’ reliability, particularly in high-volume printing.  “Even during peak periods, users won’t see any noticeable slowdowns in output speeds,” Orr added.  She also noted the ease of use: “The smartphone-like interface on the touch-screen models reduces the learning curve, and NFC connectivity eliminates guesswork for mobile printing, offers badge authentication and a quick link to troubleshooting information.”  In addition, BLI pointed to robust scan features that boost worker productivity, and simple and affordable sharing of content and collaboration in the cloud with Brother WebConnect+.

Some of the event highlights of the Brother product launch at Dusit Thani.



The new Brother mono laser series is now available in the Philippines. For more information, visit www.brother.com.ph or call (02) 581-9819. #BrotherPH #BrotherBlackandWhite #brotheraytourside


1 Applicable to HL-L6400DW and MFC-L6900DW
2 Applicable only to MFC-L6900DW
³ Applicable only to HL-L6400DW
^ Applicable for TN-3498, in accordance with ISO/IEC 19752
+ Brother WebConnect requires an Internet connection and an account with desired service

New POND’S ACNE CLEAR Makes Acne a Thing of the Past


The Pond’s Institute unlocks the secret to clearer skin with clinically-proven Lock + Clear technology

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As modern life continues to evolve, the factors attributed to common skin conditions like acne are also becoming more complex and multifaceted. In a study conducted by the Pond’s Institute, increasing urbanization and pollution in the environment have led to the formation of dangerous nanoparticles in the air that are 20 times smaller than our pores. Coupled with changing diets and daily stresses of work, these changes in our surroundings wreak havoc on the skin, causing bacteria, pore clogging, and acne more than ever.

The study also revealed that as acne afflicts more Filipinas, more are also turning to unqualified sources for treatment advice, ushering in the need for effective over-the-counter dermocosmetic products that are accessible and easily understandable by consumers.

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“More often than not, women turn to home remedies and regular soap to cleanse their skin and to try to cure acne,” said Dr. Peachy Paz Lao, Fellow of the Philippine Dermatological Society and Chair of the Dept of Dermatology of Makati Medical Center. “However, what they don’t know is  using a facial cleanser or facial wash instead in their first step of acne treatment is more advantageous. Soaps are alkaline while our skin is naturally acidic and disturbing this acidic milieu in the skin alters the skin’s normal protection against bacteria and environmental stress. Erosion of this acidic mantle also leads to dehydration of the skin leading to scaling and dryness.”


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In order to address this pressing concern, Pond’s, the number 1 face care brand in the Philippines, formulated an innovative combination of Thymol and Terpineol (TT), for the New Pond’s Acne Clear product range. Imbued with revolutionary Lock + Clear technology, the new Pond’s Acne Clear is the first in the world to lock powerful acne-fighting Active Thymo-T Essence, which penetrates deep inside bacteria cells to clear acne from the root. This breakthrough helps acne-prone women have clearer, smoother skin in as fast as three days.

“At Pond’s, we aim to develop products so we can equip Filipinas with credible, clinically-proven solutions and information that combat the changing environment,” shared Mian Datu-David, Unilever Philippines’ Marketing Director for Skin. “With the new Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam and Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel, Filipinas can now get acne-clear skin in just two steps, and in as fast as three days.”


Pond’s Beauty Council member Julia Barretto and her fellow ambassadors, Pond’s Beauty Bloggers Nicole Andersson, Kryz Uy, Patricia Prieto and Tricia Gosingtian, along with Alexa Ilacad and Claudia Barretto were present at the recent launch of Pond’s Acne Clear held at the SM Mega Fashion Hall.

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The bevy of beautiful Pond’s girls demonstrated the simple two-step regimen to get clear and smooth skin. They also shared their own testimonials on the positive effects of this latest range from Pond’s by doing the 3-day #PondsAcneClear Challenge.

The new #PondsAcneClear Facial Foam and Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel are now available at all leading drugstores, supermarkets and department stores in the Philippines. Pond’s Acne Clear Facial Foam is available in 2 tube sizes: 50g – P 85; 100g – P 155, as well as 2 sachet sizes: 10g – P 15; 4g – P 6, while Pond’s Acne Clear Leave-On Expert Clearing Gel is available in 20g – P 180.

Learn more about how Pond’s Acne Clear’s Lock + Clear Technology helps you achieve acne-free skin in just three days at http://bit.ly/2aguDyO.

ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max Officially Coming in PH


ASUS Philippines recently confirms the arrival of its newest addition to the ZenFone 3 smartphone series, the ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone3 Max, set to launch this August.

The ZenFone 3 Laser and Zenfone 3 Max features a 13MP camera with the latest Sony IMX214 sensor that captures stunning photos without any lag. The camera also has an industry-leading Low Light mode with pixel-merging technology that captures 400%-brighter photos at night or in extreme low-light scenes – all that without the need for any flash.

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The 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Laser and 5.2-inch ZenFone 3 Max sports aluminum alloy with design elements that add a visual look and an easy, comfortable grip. It has a finely sandblasted matt surface and a gently rounded edge, combined with a refined metallic-chamfered edge surrounding its display.

The ZenFone 3 Laser boasts a powerful Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage also backed with one of the loudest and clearest speakers in its class because of the magnets used in its voice coils that have an extremely strong magnetic flux.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Laser (ZC551KL) Specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0
  • 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 2.5D glass, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 4GB RAM / 32GB storage
  • Dual-SIM support (one Micro SIM and one Nano SIM)
  • 13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor, EIS, 2nd generation laser AF, LED flash
  • 8MP front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G / 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Colors: Glacier Silver, Sand Gold

Meanwhile, the ZenFone 3 Max offers longevity like no other with its 4130mAh battery that provides up to 30 days of standby time, and the ability to turn into a power bank with reverse-charging capabilities offering high-speed charging of other devices, it is also equipped with a powerful Quad-Core 64 bit processor running at 1.25Ghz complimented with a Mali T720 graphics processor.


ASUS ZenFone 3 Max (ZC502TL) Specs

  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ZenUI 3.0
  • 5.2-inch HD IPS display, 2.5D curved glass
  • 1.25GHZ Mediatek MT6735 64-bit quad-core CPU processor
  • Mali T720 GPU
  • 3GB RAM / 32GB storage
  • Dual-SIM support (one Micro SIM and one Nano SIM)
  • 13MP PixelMaster Camera, 5p Lagan lens
  • 5M PixelMaster Camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G / 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 4130mAh Battery
  • Colors: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Sand Gold

The ZenFone 3 Laser and ZenFone 3 Max which offers the best of both worlds in terms of design and performance, without a doubt – innovation is, and will always be, the middle name of ASUS.

The two upcoming mid-range smartphones will also be launched this August 14 alongside with the other Zenfone 3 devices that includes the Zenfone 3, Zenfone 3 Ultra, and Zenfone 3 Deluxe. Not only that, we also expect the arrival of the Zenbook 3 and the ASUS Transformer 3 Series.

Stay tuned for the official price of this new addition to the Zenfone 3 family.


Jollibee to Celebrate New Forever Love with JaDine!

New Forever Love Fan's Day

#TeamReal invites fans to try the NEW Jollibee Sweet-Spicy BBQ Burger Steak and join in the kilig at SM Mall of Asia this August 3, 2016

Ready to meet James Reid and Nadine Lustre’s NEW Forever Love? This August 3, 2016, Jollibee and #TeamReal are throwing a super-kilig, sweet-spicy get-together at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall and all their fans are invited!


The New Forever Love Fans Day is set to deliver maximum kilig for all JaDine fans through their special performances and fun activities.

The event is open to all, but the first fans to take selfies by the photo walls at the venue can get VIP passes for the event and coupons to try the NEW Sweet-Spicy BBQ Burger Steak!  Lucky fans can also get the chance to meet and greet their favorite love team on stage!

 A New Flavor to your Forever Love

Early this month, Jollibee announced the launch of their latest product innovation: The NEW Sweet-Spicy BBQ Burger Steak. Made with 100% pure beef patty topped with Sweet-Spicy BBQ sauce and corn kernels and served with steamed rice, this new product is a result of Jollibee’s commitment to create better dining and flavor experiences to its customers.

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The NEW Jollibee Sweet- Spicy BBQ Burger Steak is available for both one-piece solo at P50 and one-piece Value Meal at P55. We are also offering this new product with two-piece Solo at P80 and two-piece Value Meal at P85 (prices may vary according to store location).

The Sweet-Spicy BBQ Burger Steak TVC stars two of today’s hottest TV personalities, reel-to-real life couple James Reid and Nadine Lustre. Watch the TVC on Jollibee’s Facebook page (facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines) and follow what the nation is saying about JaDine’s new Forever Love through the hashtags #NewForeverLove and #SweetSpicyBBQLove.

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For more information on Jollibee’s latest product offerings, events, and promotions, like facebook.com/JollibeePhilippines, and follow @BestFriendJollibee on Instagram and @Jollibee on Twitter and Snapchat.



XIU brings Authentic Cantonese Cooking from Hong Kong to Manila


It’s about two hours by plane from Hong Kong to Manila, but if you’re really hankering for food from this cosmopolitan city hailed as a “Gourmet Paradise,” take a drive to Connecticut Street in Northeast Greenhills, San Juan, where a restaurant masterfully captures the flair and flavor of authentic Hong Kong cuisine.


Chinese translation for “elegance,” Xiu gives guests a true taste of Hong Kong the minute they walk into this well-appointed fine dining restaurant. A marriage of Old World charm and modern aesthetics, this two-floor, 230-seater restaurant with five private rooms exudes luxury and ease all at once: note the striking indoor fountain, blend of earth tones, rich golds, and calming shades of blue, and refined details like lattice wood work, silk, and geometric and floral patterns. References to the Chinese phoenix (Feng Huang) in Xiu’s interiors reinforce this state of balance, as the creature, which is composed of the Yin and the Yang, symbolizes virtue, grace, and beauty, as well as the harmonious unity of opposite forces.

An array of traditional Cantonese dishes along with more innovative trends from the Hong Kong fine dining scene (focusing on live seafood) are the appetizing offerings of this restaurant that follows closely in the heels of Lugang Café, Tuan Tuan, and The Dessert Kitchen—three favorite food establishments brought to you by HTCG.

Known as one of eight major cooking styles of China, Cantonese cooking traces its roots back to the Guandong Province (formerly known as “Canton”). Today, the cooking style, largely responsible for shaping Hong Kong’s culinary scene, is characterized by its sparing use of spices, as well as the proper handling and preparation of ingredients to keep their freshness and enhance their flavors.

It’s a tall order, but one that Xiu achieves daily thanks to its fruitful collaborations with key players from Hong Kong’s vibrant culinary scene. Coming from a long line of respected restaurateurs, Lawrence Koo from West Villa, brings his vast knowledge of Cantonese cuisine to the table, while Executive Chef David Cheung boasts three decades’ worth of experience overseeing the action in the kitchens of Hong Kong and China’s premier restaurants such as West Villa and Lei Garden.


As Xiu’s chef de cuisine, Cheung leads a team of seven Hong Kong chefs, each with many years of training and exposure in a Michelin-grade restaurant. Cheung has also provided assistance in cooking up the menu for Xiu, bringing in the finest of Cantonese recipes to Manila.

The proof, of course, is in the pudding—or in Xiu’s case, dishes that are as much a visual feast as they are a gastronomic one.

Double-boiled fish maw, pig's lung and almond juice soup

Tease your taste buds with a Double-Boiled Fish Maw and Almond Soup, a specialty of the house that starts with ingredients placed in a ceramic jar or pot that is submerged in boiling water then steamed for several hours. Double-boiling, a traditional Cantonese cooking method, is clean as it does not let ingredients get in contact with boiling water, thus preserving their natural essences. One main ingredient, the rare and precious fish maw, teems with protein, collagen, complex carbohydrates, and other nutrients—but very little fat. It also possesses healing, energy-boosting, and anti-aging properties. Served with almond soup, which is good for the lungs and skin, and you have a filling dish that is both healthy and delicious.


Honey-glazed Prime Cut Char Siu

Birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions call for a plate or two of Honey-Glazed Prime Cut Char Xiu. This savory treat promises melt-in-your-mouth tenderness and juiciness with its combination of prime cut pork with perfect marbling, secret marination, and meticulous cooking and roasting techniques.




Seafood lovers, meanwhile, have a large range of live and fresh catches that can be cooked in a variety of ways. Try Elephant Clams with Truffle, Deep-Fried Eel with Fermented Red Bean Curd Sauce, or Steamed Crab with Vermicelli, among others.

Steamed spotted garoupa with yunnan ham & mushrooms
Steamed Lapu-lapu, Traditional style

Extensive selections of pork, beef, chicken, rice, noodles, and soup, all artfully plated by the chefs, are yours for the picking.

Longevity Balls
Whatever your fancy, make sure to finish off your feast with delectable bites of Longevity Balls.

Suddenly, Hong Kong just got a little closer to home.


  • For more information visit 115 Connecticut Street, Northeast Greenhills, San Juan City.
  • T: 650 7189 / 0977 100 5168
  • Menu here: Xiu menu
  • website: www.xiu.com.ph | instagram: Xiuph | #XiuPH