SPOTTED Jessy Mendiola, Xian Lim at HOOQ Hangouts launch

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HOOQ endorsers Jessy Mendiola and Xian Lim


Watching a movie is on top of celebs’ favorite things to do when they’re not taping for a television project or shooting a movie.

Xian Lim told PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal), “Masaya kasi yung relaxed ka, kumbaga, you are enjoying what you’re doing and you feel comfortable.”

So when we spotted him last Saturday, July 30, at the HOOQ Hangouts, the country's biggest outdoor cinema event, he was in his element.

We teased him, “Is movie watching also his idea of fun with screen partner Kim Chiu?

His eyes smiling, he replied, “Yes. But you know, hindi lang naman yung kind activity rin, e. It’s the company.”

We then asked, “So what exactly is the real score?”

He smiled, “Secret.”

We prodded, “Ano nga?”

Still smiling, “Secret nga.”

Then turning serious, “We’re really at a stage na mas kumportable.

“And about sa mga labels, labels, what’s more important is protecting what you have.”

Meanwhile, another lady we spotted at the event was Jessy Mendiola, whose idea of a hangout is “ganito, nagkukuwentuhan lang tayo.”

She added, “This is actually the first of their events.

“Kasi they came up with an idea na magpapalabas sila konti ng movies ‘tapos ganito…ito yung launching...

"Akala ko sa ibang bansa lang yung ganito…meron na rin dito.”

THE OUTDOOR CINEMA EVENT. The BGC Amphitheater was transformed into a free outdoor cinema venue with huge LED screens, beanbags, blankets, and cushions.

It rained that evening, but the entire area was covered with a tent.


(L-R) Shiela Paul, HOOQ marketing head; Jeff Remigio, content and programming head; Xian Lim, endorser; Jane Walker, country manager; Ernest Cu, Globe Telecom president; Jessy Mendiola, endorser

Jane Cruz-Walker, country manager of HOOQ Philippines, said the event “aims to build a stronger HOOQ community by bringing them together so they can watch the best movies and hottest TV releases.”

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The featured series that night was DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a spin-off from Arrow and The Flash.


Meanwhile, Globe Telecom’s President Ernest Cu said the reception to the video on-demand service has been “good so far.”

He elaborated, “It’s still early days. Filipinos are still getting introduced to a new way of watching videos on the net.

“You know sanay pa rin sila sa TV, e.”

But he underlined the “watch it when you want it where you want it” advantage of HOOQ, adding, "It’s based on my schedule."


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