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(SPOT.ph) We love showing you all kinds of cool tumblers with different designs and functions from these handy collapsible cups to these zodiac-themes ones. Whether you're the type to spend your days hitting the gym, hiking up mountains, or attending big meetings, you can find a handy water bottle to suit your lifestyle. In case you haven't found The One, we recently spotted a new tumbler that's both pretty and super convenient: Klean Kanteen just revamped their popular insulated flasks in the form of the new TKWide tumblers.

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The TK Wide features what they call a TK Closure, an internal mechanism that promises to improve the tumbler's thermal performance. This means that it can maintain your beverage's temperature for a much longer period than Klean Kanteen's previous models, depending on the size. The smallest jug in the set can keep your drinks cold for up to 38 hours and hot for 11 hours while the largest one can keep them cold for up to 135 hours (that's about five and a half days!) and hot for 38 hours (about one and a half days). No need to be constantly filling your tumbler with ice or reheating your coffee—you'll love it for busy weeks in the city or quick trips out of town. Plus, the tumblers feature a wide mouth, so it's easier than ever to throw in some ice cubes to keep your drinks ice cold! They're available in 12oz, 16oz, 20oz, 32oz, and 64oz sizes so you can pick the one that best fits your lifestyle.

And did we mention they come in the cutest colors? Check out the ones on our wish list:

Insulated TKWide 12oz in Berry Bright
PHOTO BY Klean Kanteen
Insulated TKWide 16oz in Melon Punch
PHOTO BY Klean Kanteen
Insulated TKWide 20oz in Emerald Bay
PHOTO BY Klean Kanteen
Insulated TKWide 32oz in Juicy Pear
PHOTO BY Klean Kanteen
Insulated TKWide 64oz in Brushed Stainless
PHOTO BY Klean Kanteen

Klean Kanteen's Insulated TKWide Tumbler is available at Certified Calm Stores in BGC, Power Plant Mall, and The Podium.

For more information, log on to Klean Kanteen's Facebook page.

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(SPOT.ph) Pizza fans, if you've seen the board-up of British pizza chain PizzaExpress at SM Megamall, we're here to tell you that the long wait is over! PizzaExpress is opening their flagship branch on June 27—and according to brand manager Sabina Lee, this is their biggest branch yet.

Get this cheesy Margherita for free when you drop by the opening early!
PHOTO BY Hans Fausto

"This is our largest store yet with 90 pax capacity," shares Lee via Facebook. "We'll also be launching pizza-making parties for kids and pizza jams or pizza-making parties but for adults, where they get to knead and toss the dough themselves." If that doesn't get you excited yet, here's something that should do the trick. Be one of the first 100 customers when they open at 10 a.m. and get a free Margherita, Sloppy Giuseppe, or Pomodoro Pesto. All you have to do is follow PizzaExpress on Facebook and Instagram, and share this post with the hashtags #PizzaExpressPH and #FreshFromTheUK. 

PizzaExpress SM Megamall is at 3/F SM Mega Fashion Hall, Ortigas, Mandaluyong City.

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(SPOT.ph) Just because movie ratings say it's for kids doesn't mean we're not going to watch that film. It's just as fun to keep the kid-at-heart alive, and we'd argue that it's just as fun to score free tickets to movies. Real kids are in for a treat as SM Cinema brings back their Kids Watch for Free promo from June 19 to December 17. Children who are four feet and below in height can watch movies for free, as long as they have a paying adult companion with them.

PHOTO BY SM Cinema Facebook page

As if free screenings weren't enough reason to be excited, you have a different movie to watch every month. The promo includes the now-showing Toy Story 4 from July 3 to 17, the musical drama The Lion King from July 31 to August 13, the live-action version of Cinderella from August 7 to 13, and the fantasy sequel Frozen 2 from December 4 to 17. You can check the full list of movies and schedule here.

Kids Watch for Free is available at all SM Cinemas, IMAX, and Director's Club theaters nationwide. Seat availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seats can be chosen at the ticket counter after the kid's height is checked.

For more information, log on to SM Cinema's Facebook page.

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(SPOT.ph) The last season of Stranger Things came out in 2017 and it's been a rather long wait since then. The new season is just around the corner and if you're just as excited as we are for what's in store, you'll want to refresh your memory on what happened in the past seasons. Don't have the time to binge? The cast, now grown-up, have you covered as they recap seasons 1 and 2 in preparation for the third season, which premieres on Netflix on July 4.

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We have to say, this recap is just as exciting as the actual episodes of Stranger Things, with funny side comments and jokes wedged in between highlights. "He [Will] also burps up a black slug, which is probably not great," Finn Wolfhard (Mike) quips, and we have to agree with that one.

There's also the occassional jump back to some pretty badass and funny moments and for those, we are just as thankful. "We forgot to talk about the part where Jonathan beats the crap out of Steve," Noah Schnapp (Will) adds at the last minute. Truly a highlight.

Cast members from seasons 1 and 2 are set to return for the new season: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, Noah Schnapp, Caleb Mclaughlin, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton,Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery will be back to face monsters in Hawkins.

Stranger Things 3 premieres on Netflix on July 4.

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(SPOT.ph) So Imee Marcos—daughter of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos—is a senator now, and she's already doing a really good job at shining under the spotlight. During an orientation for newly elected senators on June 25, Marcos told reporters that she has been assigned to use the former office of Sen. Antonio "Sonny" Trillanes IV.

"Siguro magpapatawag ako ng Igorot namin dahil kailangan basbasan office ko," she said according to a report by CNN Philippines, adding "Kung papayag si Senator Trillanes, sabihin ko kay Sonny makikisayaw kami sa Igorot namin para mabendisyunan nang todo." 

Trillanes has already fired back, calling her comment hypocritical, "even for a Marcos." The senator's random comment on "cleansing" the office has sparked the best Facebook comment thread in a while, with people responding to Marcos's call.

Check out the funny ones we've seen below:

Now, while people are still fighting over this, one of the commenters hope to resolve the issue with a prayer. 

We wonder who'll get the final say—Zonrox or Champion?

Main image from ABS-CBN News

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(SPOT.ph) They say forever doesn't exist, but there are some things we can always depend on when the going gets tough: friends, family, and good ol' chocolate cake. There's something about this classic dessert that just hits the spot every time. Whether you're into decadent cakes with layers upon layers of sweet chocolatey goodness or you're more for home-style ones built upon the soothing flavor of pure cocoa richness, there is a chocolate cake out there for you. For this list, we ranked them based on texture, flavor, overall chocolate factor, and value for money.

All SPOT.ph Top 10 lists are researched, paid for, tested, and selected by the writers and editors. They are discreetly conducted without any notice made to the restaurants or their owners.

Here are the best chocolate cakes in Metro Manila: 10. Chocolate Fudge Cake from Becky's Kitchen (P330/half or P600/whole)
PHOTO BY War Espejo

They say simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, and this cake proves just that. The sponge layer is dense without being too heavy, while a thick blanket of fudge makes for a perfectly sweet and cocoa-filled bite that would please any cake lover. If you're looking for a simple cake that's sure to please, then you're safe with this one.

Becky’s Kitchen has branches at 1061 Pablo Ocampo Street corner Bautista Street, Malate, Manila and Community Center, Suha Street, Valle Verde 1, Ugong, Pasig City.

9. Blackout Chocolate Cake from Poco Deli (P240/slice)
PHOTO BY Carlo Maala

Don't be fooled by the word "deli." While this restaurant may be known for its meaty meals and great wines, their dessert holds its own. Their Blackout Chocolate Cake is perfect for those who crave deeper flavors. Each slice has a generous covering of chocolate bits and an intense but smooth cocoa taste, complemented by a slightly sweet caramel filling that has just a hint of coffee. 

See a list of Poco Deli branches.

8. Bruce Bogtrotter from Toby's Estate (P275/slice)
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

We've all seen that horror-inducing scene in Matilda where Miss Trunchbull forces Bruce Bogtrotter to eat an entire cake in front of the whole school. Well, here's your chance to relive—and move on—from that childhood trauma. Replace all the bad mojo with a hefty slice of Bruce Bogtrotter: dense chocolate cake covered in a thick—and we mean thick—layer of sweet ganache drizzled all over with caramel. It's a big and thick one, so unless you can do what Bruce Bogtrotter did, be sure to have a friend and a glass of water to help out!

See a list of Toby's Estate branches.

7. Double Choco Yema from Slice (P250/slice)
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

We feel you?—there are days when you can never get enough sweetness, and for those days, go with this cake from Slice. It's an absolute dream: a thick layer of creamy yema adds a sweet dimension to layers of moist chocolate cake, all blanketed in soft chocolate frosting. You could also ask them to warm up the cake just enough to get the flavors all toasty and have them start melting together.

Slice is at 105 Bonifacio High Street, 7th Avenue, Bonifacio Global City.

6. Chocolate Oblivion from Nono's (P175/slice)
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

Nono's is popular for hearty, comforting food, so it's no surprise their Chocolate Oblivion found its way onto this list. A bit more complex than your staple sponge-and-icing combination, this one has layers of different textures and flavors—cake, whipped chocolate cream, walnut praline—for a different kind of chocolate-cake experience. They all come together pretty well in a lighter, creamier take on the classic chocolate flavor.

See a list of Nono's branches.

5. Classic Chocolate Cake from Chocolate Kiss (P140/slice)
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

While you might be more familiar with the Devil's Food Cake from Chocolate Kiss, their Classic Chocolate Cake is also worth the try. Each slice of this moist and perfectly dense cake is coated in a delicious layer of fudgy bittersweet cocoa. A bit on the heavy side, this one will go well with piping hot coffee. Sip, take a bite, and enjoy as this cake brings back memories of old-school home cooking.

See a list of Chocolate Kiss branches.

4. Classic Chocolate Cake from Purple Oven (P170/slice)
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

This home-style cake from Purple Oven is a definite must-try. Light but not crumbly, this solid cake comes covered in the gooey goodness of rich chocolate. You could easily end up eating an entire slice, or two, without noticing. Plus, it comes with a nutty caramel sauce that makes an already good thing even better.

Purple Oven has branches all over Metro Manila.

3.  Salted Chocolate Cake from Wildflour Café + Bakery (P300/slice)
PHOTO BY Mia Rodriguez

On top of its generouse size, this cake from Wildflour Café + Bakery wins us over with its flavor. There's something about the fun mix of sweet and salty that really makes this one stand out. The cake layer itself is moist without being too overpowering, and goes well with the sweet chocolate icing. Add a sprinkle of salt crystals over all of it, and you're in for a real treat.

See a list of Wildflour Café + Bakery branches.

2. Classic Chocolate Cake from Ms. Polly’s Specialty Cakes and Desserts (P630/cake)
PHOTO BY Clara Rosales

While the drive all the way to the South just to get a cake may seem like a hassle, we assure you it's worth it. A single bite of this deceptively simple-looking cake is all it will take to convince you. Ms. Polly's cake has a dense, hefty block of chocolate sponge cake with enough flavor to kick you out of your craving. It's made even better by an unbeatable classic take on good old chocolate fudge.

Ms. Polly's is available at Select, Shell Gas Station Magallanes, Magallanes Avenue, Osmeña Highway, Makati City.

1. Decadent Chocolate Cake from Big Al's Cookie Jar (starts at P600/cake)
PHOTO BY War Espejo

Too much of a good thing is never bad, we say, especially when it comes to chocolate. Big Al's Cookie Jar makes a cake that is pure chocolate through and through. It comes frozen to preserve its super moist and truly decadent cake base, so don't be tempted to dig in right away. Once it's softened, you can enjoy a rich chocolate base blanketed in a thick layer of equally rich bittersweet fudge. It's the perfect balance of sweet and dark chocolate that'll have you reaching for seconds, thirds, and more!

For more information, visit Big Al's Cookie Jar's Instagram page.

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(SPOT.ph) With a career that spans decades and a body of work that transcends genre, platform, and time, Eddie Garcia left behind a legacy like no other. The Cultural Center of the Philippines' Arthouse Cinema will be screening two of Garcia's award-winning Cinemalaya films for free on June 27 at the CCP Tanghalang Manuel Conde.

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Jun Lana's Bwakaw is a drama-comedy that narrates the travails of growing old. It stars Garcia as Rene, a 70-year-old gay man who looks after a dog named Bwakaw. Screening starts at 2 p.m.

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The second movie in the lineup is Benedict Mique's ML. It follows the story of a college student on the search for accounts on what Martial Law in the Philippines was like. Screening starts at 5 p.m.

Garcia won the Cinemalaya Best Performance by an Actor in 2012 and 2018 for both his roles in Bwakaw and ML.

Entry will be on a strict first-come, first-served basis. Registration outside the theater starts 30 minutes before each screening.

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(SPOT.ph) It looks like things change is coming along EDSA, but whether it's for better or worse, we'll soon find out. Government agencies are all scrambling to get the thoroughfare cleaned up before 2019 ends, working under a declaration made by Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. One of the solutions thought up by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is a revival of the highly contested singles-only ban, which according to the agency would remove over 100,000 vehicles from EDSA, according to a report by the Manila Bulletin. 

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“We are seeing around 100,000 vehicles that will be reduced with the carpooling policy, which is around 30 percent of the total vehicles on EDSA,” Bong Nebrija, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Traffic Chief, told the broadsheet. According to the agency, around 388,000 private and public vehicles traverse EDSA. Earlier, a total of about 140,000 vehicles were estimated to be affected by the ban, but new reports supposedly say otherwise. 

Nebrija also said that the MMDA plans to separate private and public vehicles traveling through EDSA by placing a physical barrier between designated lanes. They will also be enforcing physical and non-contact apprehensions more strictly, he added. 

“The driver-only ban has never been out of the picture," said MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago. “We have studies from the MMDA working group that prove that 90% of cars in EDSA are private, and from that 90%, more than half are driver-only," she told Top Gear Philippines in an interview in February.

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(SPOT.ph) Filipino historical films used to be few and far between, but thankfully, more have been popping up in recent years. From fiercely patriotic General Luna to suave and young Goyo, local cinema has seen a spike in films telling the tales of the heroes who've made their mark in Philippine history. Quezon's Game, which revolves around a crucial time in the presidency of Manuel L. Quezon, came out in May 2019 at selected screens and if you missed the film, here's your chance to catch it: Cinema '76 is extending its run from June 26 to 29.

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Screenings are scheduled on June 26 at 5:10 p.m., June 27 at 3 p.m., June 28 at 7:20 p.m., and June 29 at 3 p.m.

Directed by Matthew Rosen and starring Raymond Bagatsing, Quezon's Game centers around then-president Quezon's efforts to protect Jews fleeing from Nazi Germany during World War II. He shelters them in the Philippines while trying to come to terms with his illness. 

Regular tickets are at P220; students get a special rate of P200.Cinema '76 Anonas is at 3/F Anonas LRT City Center, Aurora Boulevard, Quezon City. For more information, visit their Facebook page.

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(SPOT.ph) There are very few things butter cannot improve—it's even being added to coffee. Now KFC is testing the limits with their newest twist on their Hot and Crispy Fried Chicken. The Garlic Butter Fried Chicken (P99/ala carte, P109/combo, P120/combo with soup) is available starting today, June 26.

The already-spicy fried chicken gets an additional kick from the garlic-butter sauce.
PHOTO BY KFC

KFC has a history of creating fried-chicken dishes you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else, and this—while tamer than their cheese-covered fried chicken or Chaco—is pretty unique, too. "We were looking for an experience that can appeal to everyone [...], and this should be an exciting and unique chicken flavor that you can’t find anywhere else," shares Natalie Perez, chief marketing officer of KFC Philippines via e-mail.

The Garlic Butter Twister has buttery Hot Shots in a warm tortilla.
PHOTO BY KFC

This menu addition takes their crispy, spicy chicken and coats it in a rich blanket of garlic-butter sauce. The Garlic Butter Fried Chicken then gets paired with—what we're most excited for, TBH—garlic butter rice. 

If you're looking for a handier snack, the Garlic Butter Fried Chicken also gets turned into a Garlic Butter Twister (P95/ala carte, P145/combo with fries and drink). This wrap has Hot Shots coated in the sauce, buttered corn, KFC's thick-cut French fries, and just the right drizzle of creamy mayonnaise. 

See a list of KFC branches.

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