Thursday, November 21, 2019

11 wins for SM in the 2019 International Stevie Awards

SM Supermalls scored 11 wins at the prestigious 16th International Business Awards at the recently concluded gala awards banquet, held at the ANDAZ Hotel Am Belvedere in Vienna, Austria. SM received four Gold Awards SM South Luzon’s Pet Party, #DearSMSanta Campaign, Mall of Asia’s 2018 International Coastal Cleanup, and the SM Supermalls Website. SM won two Silver Awards for the #VoteForMom 2019 Mom’s Day Campaign and SM City North EDSA Colorgram. SM nabbed five Bronze Awards for the #VoteForMom campaign, SM Megamall’s Light Your Mood Exhibition, the #SMoments Digital Campaign, MOA’s 2018 Grand Festival of Lights, and the 9th Philippine International Pyromusical Competition.

SM Supermalls bagged 11 Stevie Awards at the prestigious 16th International Business Awards, the world's premier business awards program, at the recently concluded gala awards banquet last October 19, held at the ANDAZ Hotel Am Belvedere in Vienna, Austria.

“We are grateful and honored to be recognized, especially at global scale, for simply bringing family fun experiences to our customers in all our malls nationwide. These international recognitions continue to fuel our passion to delight our shoppers with fun and innovation,” said SM Supermalls chief operating officer Steven Tan.

Children present Manifesto to government leaders in World Vision National Children’s Congress

In time for the 30th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), and the 27th National Children’s Month, World Vision organized a 3-day national children’s congress, attended by more than 140 children across the country. The event, anchored on the theme “Karapatan ng Bata: Ipagdiwang at Patuloy na Pahalagahan”, provided a venue for child leaders to present to government leaders their manifesto which highlights their call for the government and other non-government organizations to address the different issues and concerns that directly or indirectly affect the full attainment of their rights.

ASUL: Reviving the Blue in Pasig River Through Music

To make Pasig River blue again, waters clear enough to reflect the blue skies above it—this is the vision that led NCCA, PRRC, and PETA to come together and create Taga-Alog 2019, a campaign that aims to voice awareness on environmental issues through the use of the arts. Taga-Alog, literally shakers, is inspired by the old Tagalog term for “people from the ford.” With this, the campaign wants to build a community of River Warriors—ambassadors who share the campaign’s values of environmental awareness and responsibility for the rehabilitation of the Pasig River.

After a series of efforts and activities throughout the year, Taga-Alog concludes with ASUL: The Taga-Alog 2019 Grand Concert held on November 9, 2019 at Rizal High School, Pasig City. Together with 4000 passionate people who gathered to support the event, the culminating concert hosted by Pepe Herrera and Yesh Burce celebrated the fruits of its cause through a night of music and commitment.

Smart Gift Choices for the Family with Samsung's Merrier Christmas Gifts

Festive jingles played on repeat in shopping malls, red and green decorations put on display, and the anticipation for a Christmas bonus only mean one thing: holiday season is here. Christmas is known to be the season of giving, which translates it to also being the season of spending, but celebrations and giving out the perfect gifts can be done wisely to avoid overspending.

Here are a few tips on how to stay practical during Christmastime:

Make a list and check it twice. First things first: make a list. Making a list that contains the names of people whom you want to give presents to, the food you plan to make or buy for potluck parties, and everything else you need or want to buy will help you have a clearer view of how much you’re bound to take out of your wallet for this holiday.

Hands-On with the Galaxy Fold: A Foldable Form Factor with a New User Experience

Available via pre-order only through 
Globe and Smart

The long wait is over. Samsung has finally started its pre-order period of the Galaxy Fold from November 18 to December 1, 2019. The category-defining device is only available through Globe’s and Smart’s respective plan offers.

Every purchase of the device comes with Galaxy Buds and exclusive premier services, Samsung Concierge and Care+. Samsung Concierge gives access to specialized customer care programs including a 24/7 dedicated hotline, free pick-up and delivery assistance, and service express lanes, among others. Customers get to directly consult with the company's tech experts for any queries. Meanwhile, Samsung Care+ is a hassle-free year-long program  to assist Galaxy Fold owners for any emergency concerns. It also includes repair coverage for one year.

The Galaxy Fold’s unique design and foldable form factor provides a brand-new user experience with two options for screen size in one device.

Ariel Rivera’s “Sana Ngayong Pasko” featured in Dragonpay’s heartwarming Christmas short film

Christmas is all about reconnecting with the ones closest to your heart. In this season of love, Dragonpay, one of the leading alternative payment solutions providers in the Philippines, has teamed up with music artist Ariel Rivera to kick-off the Christmas season with a heart-wrenching short entitled “Sa Piling Mo” (In Your Arms).

“Sa Piling Mo” tells the story of a maid longing to reunite with her son this Christmas. Long-distance hinders, until one unexpected incident pulls them back together.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Ajinomoto supports 30th SEA Games & Filipino Athletes

Carrying the 30th SEA Games Torch are Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) President Tsutomu Nara and Senior Vice President Takeshi Onikubo together with Ajinomoto employees, SEA Games-bound Athletes and other supporters.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) participated in the 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG) Cebu Torch Run to show its support to Filipino Athletes who will compete from November 30 to December 10, 2019. 

Earlier this year, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. was among the first to become a Platinum sponsor for what is touted as the biggest SEA Games in history with a total of 56 sports and 523 events. This sponsorship is part of the company’s advocacy to realize greater wellness for people all around the world.

LG’s Home Solutions Bring the Future to your Home

The Smart Choice for a Smart Home

Smart appliances have been in the market for a couple of years now, but have they truly lived up to their name? While TVs, speakers, refrigerators, and other home appliances offer a slew of connectivity options, they have to bring something new to the table, otherwise it’s just more of the same. LG Philippines wants to let their products do the talking.

LG’s vision of a truly smart home is powered by its proprietary ThinQ AI technology. “LG ThinQ uses knowledge drawn from data analytics and machine learning algorithms to understand the user’s patterns and preferences,” said Inkwun Heo, Managing Director for LG Philippines. “As it adapts and learns from the user’s behavior, LG ThinQ products will ultimately evolve to anticipate the user’s needs and deliver heightened performance.”

Stay connected all day with the boosted SAMSUNG Galaxy A series smartphones!

A recent study by ClickZ revealed that Gen Zs are considered to be the “smartphone generation.” They spend an average of four hours and 15 minutes on screen per day. They are always-on and they love to use their devices to share their lives online, entertain themselves, and capture memories. With how Gen Z heavily relies on their gadgets, they need a long-lasting device that can keep up with their numerous activities.

Luckily, Samsung recently launched the latest A-series devices built for the “Era of Live” with the Galaxy A50s, A30s, A20s, and A10s. These smartphones are designed to provide the needs of Gen Z when it comes to mobile usage. Aside from elevated content creation through its upgraded features, the A-series lets them go live and enjoy their smartphones longer.

Spotify’s annual Premium holiday offer is here!

Back once again by popular demand! It’s the holiday offer that will help you listen to music like  “Christmas in our Hearts” and “Pasko na Sinta ko” and “All I Want for Christmas” ad-free: it’s the global Spotify Premium holiday offer.

Beginning today, Spotify is offering the first three months for just ₱149 to eligible free users who subscribe for Premium through select mobile operators via the Spotify website - Alternatively, get three months free if you subscribe directly with a credit card on the Spotify website. Both offers are only available to those who have not subscribed to Spotify Premium before.

And for a limited time only,  Spotify is also offering three months for just ₱129 to eligible users who have tried Premium before but ended their subscription for whatever reason - that means you pay for only one month of Premium and the next two are on us. The three months for ₱129  offer is available from today through December 31, 2019. Note: This offer is not available to users who ended their Premium subscription after October 19, 2019.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Jack Daniel’s lights Holiday Barrel Tree in the Philippines for the third time

Jack Daniel's celebrates the Holidays by sharing the special Lynchburg tradition of putting JD Holiday Barrel Tree on key locations in cities and towns all over the globe.

The world’s number one whiskey brings Yuletide cheers in the Philippines with a tree lighting event that happened last November 13, 2019 at C1 Park, 5th Avenue, High Street Central Square, Bonifacio Global City (BGC).

Sticking to the long-standing tradition of spreading festive warmth to family and friends across multiple generations, Jack Daniel’s has repurposed its own whiskey barrel to create a symbolic structure that champions the top whiskey brand’s sole message of “it’s not what’s under the tree that matters. It’s who’s around it.”

Celebrate The Eraserheads’ Legacy with “Ultraelectromagneticpop!” Vinyl Launch

Sony Music Philippines, in partnership with Offshore Music, honors the lasting impact of The Eraserheads on Pinoy pop culture by hosting the official vinyl launch of Ultraelectromagneticpop! —the game-changing debut album released in 1993 under BMG Records.

Be the first to own the 25th edition remastered vinyl, which will be exclusively available on November 24, Sunday at Eastwood Central Plaza in Quezon City from 11am onwards.

A tribute party wouldn’t be complete without performances and tribute covers from the country’s finest music acts including The Itchyworms, Barbie Almalbis, Cheats, Nathan & Mercury, Pinkmen, We Got!, and Nobody’s Home.

The X Factor: Celebrity Contestant Interview - Kevin McHale

Q) What made you decide to go ahead and compete on the series?
A) I thought it would be a great challenge for myself to see if I really loved performing, I had to convince myself that I wasn’t too old or had missed the opportunity. I hadn’t performed since the Glee tour in 2011, so the thought of going on The X Factor scared me, but I realised that is probably why I should go ahead and compete and see how it goes.

Q) Can you tell us if there is a difference between performing as Artie in Glee, and performing as Kevin on The X Factor?
A) Performing on this show feels entirely different to performing on Glee as firstly I’m on my own, and secondly, I’m not playing a character - it’s just me out there as myself. That in itself is scary because all the responsibility and pressure is on me, and because I’m not very competitive, I feel like I’m just competing with myself. Ultimately, I want to think about how I can go on stage feeling like I did myself proud. I want to watch back my performance and think I did a good job, that’s all I can do.

Coca-Cola provides earthquake-hit Mindanao with clean drinking water

President and CEO Gareth McGeown with CCBPI’s local Davao team led the delivery of Wilkins™ water to hardest-hit areas in Mindanao

Following the disastrous earthquakes that struck Mindanao, which left displaced residents without access to potable water, the Coca-Cola System in the Philippines immediately mobilized volunteers and resources to facilitate the donation of Wilkins™ water.

Through its nationwide network of 19 bottling plants, employee volunteers, and NGO partners such as the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Caritas Manila, and other organizations, the Coca-Cola System has thus far provided over 115,000 liters of Wilkins™ water to communities severely hit by the devastating earthquakes. 

OPM artists make Christmas merrier at Filinvest City

Calling all music lovers! Filinvest City will be holding a one-of-a-kind Christmas celebration and some of the biggest OPM artists in the Philippines will be part of the festivities.

Starting November 15 until December 31, Filinvest City will be having its annual holiday celebration. With “Light Up the Wonder at Filinvest City” as its title, the Water Garden at Festival Mall is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. But aside from the decorations, lights, and displays, several OPM acts will be treating Filinvest Cityzens and visitors to a musical experience that will create wonderful yuletide memories.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Mastercard rallies support for Filipino athletes for the 30th SEA Games

The Philippines is set to mark another historical milestone as it hosts the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in November and December later this year.

Mastercard is committed to bring people and communities together through interesting and meaningful events. Just like how it was done for the Australia Open and Rugby World Cup, Mastercard has signed up to be an official sponsor for the 30th edition of the SEA Games. Through this partnership and being a leader in the local payment industry, Mastercard aims to elevate the Games’ experience through a series of activities and promotions that will engage its Filipino cardholders to come together and display their support for the country’s athletes and the SEA Games.

Get the party started with SM’s new Spotify playlist

Looking for the perfect playlist to match your mood? SM Supermalls teamed up with Spotify to launch its official profile and curated playlists fit for every occasion, from Christmas hits to K-pop faves!

SM Supermalls is kicking off the holiday season with classic songs like Jose Mari Chan's "Christmas in Our Hearts," Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," and The Jackson 5's "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,". The playlist also features SM Supermalls’ new Christmas jingle, “Happy SM Mallidays.”

Sunday, November 17, 2019

A game of bowling with Best Buddies

For regular shoppers, it may have been just an ordinary afternoon at the mall, but for Vico, 28, it was a special day to spend a few hours enjoying a game of bowling with his friends from Best Buddies Philippines.   The group of friends were at the mall, with other pairs of best friends, for a friendly bowling tournament organized by Best Buddies, a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement for one-to-one friendships and inclusive opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The activity is one of the many initiatives organized by Best Buddies, in partnership with SM Cares, the corporate social responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings Inc. During the event, individuals with IDD like Vico, had a fun afternoon hanging out with their Peer Buddies volunteers who committed to spend time, have fun activities, communicate on a regular basis and enrich their lives through friendships with individuals like Vico.

Cebu Pacific is Jollibee Family Values Awards’ official airline and Special Citation for Environment partner

(From left) Cebu Pacific Corporate Social Responsibility Specialist Roxanne Gochuico and Director for Marketing Michelle Eve De Guzman, sign the contract to be the official airline and special citation for environment partner of the 9th Jollibee Family Values Awards, together with Jollibee Philippines’ Assistant Vice President for Brand Communications, PR and Digital Marketing Arline Adeva, and  Senior Brand PR and Communications Manager Dennis Reyes.

The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific, forged a strategic partnership with the country’s leading fast-food chain, Jollibee, as the Official Airline Partner and Co-Presenter of the Special Citation for Environment of the 9th Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA). The annual award pays tribute to exemplary Filipino families residing in the Philippines and abroad who promote positive family values through selflessly serving their fellowmen.

The Special Citation for Environment was given to the Sali family, for their innate and selfless love for the environment as manifested by their One Child One Tree movement.  The organization promotes environment preservation and a commitment to sustainable development through tree planting initiatives.

Ben&Ben drops brand new song “Masyado Pang Maaga”

Fresh from reaping prominent spots on international music festivals such as Hong Kong’s Clockenflap and Austin’s SXSW Festival, Ben&Ben is ready to smash their way to global domination with their accessible but compelling brand of folk, world music, alternative, blues, and indie rock. To date, the nine-piece supergroup has accumulated nearly 500 million streams on all online and digital platforms worldwide, making them one of the most streamed Filipino acts of all time.

Their debut album, Limasawa Street was released a few months ago to positive acclaim, earning astonishing praises from publications such as Business Mirror, which called the latest release “an instant classic” and Status Magazine, which went to greater lengths to rave about the album for being “a musical masterpiece and a visual experience.” As of the moment, the full-length record has produced two well-received singles under its belt: the groovy smash “Pagtingin,” which topped the Spotify and Youtube streaming charts for several months since its debut and the radio hit “Araw-Araw.”

Parkway Corporate Center rides on the business growth momentum

The Philippines made it to the top 10 alongside countries such as Japan, Singapore, United Kingdom, and China, placing third best country in 2019 to invest or do business in, according to CEOWORLD magazine.
Among the criteria, the business executives considered in ranking investment potentials were: freedom, workforce, infrastructure, quality of life, and technological readiness.

For global investors looking at the Philippines, Parkway Corporate Center—a well-planned and designed office condominium in Filinvest City, Alabang—offers a unique and appetizing opportunity to further boost the country as a business-friendly location with secured and strong financial future and high capital growth.

Situated in the high potential garden business district in the Metro South, Parkway Corporate Center automatically presents an enticing proposition for businessmen and investors venturing in the Philippines.

McDonald’s gives back to delivery drivers with a special surprise

Because of the hustle and bustle of everyday, we rely on delivery drivers and services to make life more convenient. No matter the weather and traffic situation, we can count on them to deliver our orders. Their hard work and sacrifice often go unnoticed, which is why McDonald’s decided to deliver back to them.

It’s a Merry Samsung Christmas! Enjoy the gift of a connected Galaxy with Samsung’s Holiday Bundles

The Philippines is known for celebrating one of the longest Christmas seasons. Aside from reunions and get-togethers, one of the things Filipinos look forward to during the holidays is the deals and discounts from their favorite brands.

In celebration of the 10 years of Galaxy, Samsung is giving consumers exclusive promo bundles and raffles this holiday with “Merrier Christmas Gifts!"

Fast Charging is the smartphone feature that will change your life.

In today’s fast-paced lifestyle, a smartphone is a must-have appendage to keep up with one’s daily grind. But one feature that rarely takes the spotlight, yet very much deserves it, is Fast Charging.

Go-getters would know that the last thing that they want is for their smartphone to slow them down. And the best smartphone of choice to date, that will be up and running as you are is the Vivo V17Pro.

Friday, November 15, 2019

World Vision and partners respond to emergency needs of quake survivors

Following three succeeding earthquakes that hit southern Mindanao last month, World Vision launched its relief operations to help the affected families of Kidapawan City, Makilala, and Tulunan in Northern Cotabato.

To complement the efforts of the local government, World Vision provided non-food items such as hygiene kits (bath and laundry soaps, toothbrushes and toothpastes, sanitary packs, nail cutter, undergarments and malong or tube skirt), jerry cans, mosquito net, mats, and blankets, and emergency shelter kits (tarp and rope) among others.

Experience Japan's #1 MBA Class for FREE

GLOBIS University, Japan’s largest and No. 1 MBA school, is holding an MBA Trial Class for prospective Filipino students in Manila this month.

Known for its disruptive take on MBA education, GLOBIS University ensures the practicality of its courses and programs to adequately equip graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to advance their careers.

“We want to encourage Filipino business professionals to enroll in our program, and we believe that an experiential activity will effectively demonstrate GLOBIS University’s unique MBA education approach,” says Sven Van Stichel, GLOBIS Faculty.

Growing Philippine tourism

The Philippines is once again at the forefront of the global tourism industry with its participation in the World Travel Market (WTM) 2019 in Excel, London.Organized by the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB), the marketing and promotions arm of the Department of Tourism (DOT), the Philippines’ participation was able to generate more than P62 million based on partial sales leads gathered or a 35.73% return of investment.

With Korea, China, the US and Japan topping the country’s tourist arrivals, the Philippines’ participation in WTM strengthens the country’s presence in the international tourism and travel arena, particularly Europe and brought it close to its goal of attracting 8.2 million tourists by the end of 2019.

The SM Bears of Joy are out to play this Christmas!

SM Bears of Joy Mobile Game, an entertaining free-to-play match-puzzle digital game, is available on any Android and iOS mobile device all throughout November and December.

It is the season of sparkle, excitement, and JOY!

Never miss the fun this Christmas with the SM Bears of Joy Mobile Game, an entertaining free-to-play match-puzzle digital game featuring SM’s very own Bears of Joy – perfect for when you are on idle during a trip or when you are just lounging around in the mall!

“We are hoping that through this, we can inject more fun into our customers’ holiday experience. We would also like to continue to encourage our shoppers to purchase the SM Bears of Joy and make this season more meaningful for themselves and our various charity beneficiaries,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls senior vice president for marketing.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

70% discounts, perks, await Robinsons Rewards members at the 4-day Robinsons Warehouse Sale 2019

Find the best deals and enjoy up to 70% discount at the 4-day Robinsons Warehouse Sale happening from November 14-17, 2019 at the World Trade Center.

The much-awaited #RobinsonsWarehouseSale2019 is finally happening from November 14-17, 2019 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City!  It has everything all in one place—for exciting and convenient holiday shopping where Robinsons Rewards members can get first dibs on exclusive deals from their favorite brands using their rewards cards or mobile app to get discounts of up to 70% plus exclusive perks.

For 4 continuous days of hassle-free shopping at the #RobinsonsWarehouseSale2019, get the best deals on a wide range of items from various top-selling brands. Check out brand-new appliances, compare features, and even get expert advice from product specialists.

How to stay on track of your fitness goals with the SAMSUNG Galaxy Watch Active 2

These days, more Filipinos are encouraged to pursue healthier lifestyles on top of excelling in the office. These young corporate warriors belong to the New Work Tribe, who want to achieve career milestones while having the time to pursue their health goals. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 functions as a life coach that can guide fitness enthusiasts with their health and work goals.

Here are some ways the smartwatch can guide even the busiest individual to a healthier life:

Makeup trends for the Holiday

With Christmas just around the corner, it's time  to level up your makeup game so you look fab and glam for the Holiday gatherings. Look your best and make a statement at every party with these makeup trends fit for the season:

Unique, glossy lip color!
Nothing beats the smokey eye and lip gloss combo. With your finger or brush, dab on brown or black eyeshadow on your eyelids and pair it with a glossy lip color. This resurfacing lip trend also complements a simple matte make up look and may even spice up your nude lipstick to make you look more radiant. For a non-sticky and lightweight supple lips, use Careline Stain Gloss; a magic lip gloss that adapts to skin’s PH level giving every girl a unique lip color.

McDonald’s boosts QSR work immersion, provides world-class training for students in Makati City

McDonald’s, City of Makati, DepEd inks MOA for Work Immersion Program From L-R: Ms. Chona L. Torre, SVP for Human Capital Group, McDonald's Philippines, Kenneth Yang, President & CEO, Golden Arches Development Corporation, Mayor Mar-len Abigail Binay Campos, Mayor of Makati City, Dr. Rita Riddle, DepEd Makati School Governance and Operations Division Chief, Ms. Vissa Marie Aldon, Public Employment Service Office (PESO), Makati Manager, Dr. Rosali Trongco, DepEd Makati School Governance and Operations Division Chief

In a bid to strengthen its commitment to support the learning and development of the youth, Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald’s Philippines) signs a partnership with the City Government of Makati and with the Department of Education (DepEd) through the Schools Division Office of Makati City to help prepare senior high school students in the city for employment through the Work Immersion Program (WIP).

Recognizing the potential of every student to contribute to society and to the growth of organizations, McDonald’s Philippines inks a memorandum of agreement with Makati Mayor Abby Binay and with the Department of Education through the Schools Division Office of Makati. Through the agreement, McDonald’s commits to train over 500 Senior High School (Grade 12) students from seven participating schools, namely: University of Makati, Fort Bonifacio High School, Pitogo High School, Nemesio Yabut High School, Maximo Estrella High School, Benigno Aquino High School, and Makati High School. The students will be assigned across the 23 McDonald’s stores in Makati City, and in the company’s head office to learn more about restaurant operations and gain firsthand experience and knowledge in the industry.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Top Leaders Forum 2019 focuses on transforming disaster landscape from risk to resiliency

Top-level executives from both the private and public sectors will come together for the 2019 Top Leaders Forum to find concrete measures that would make businesses more resilient against disasters. The event will be held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City, Philippines on November 12.

Organized by SM Prime Holdings, in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), ARISE Philippines and the National Resilience Council (NRC), this year's Top Leaders Forum will also highlight the following: 1) Private sector engagement with the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to ensure the same level of preparedness for disasters; 2) NRC’s Adopt-A-City program to engage the private sector in a more innovative and strategic partnership for resilient local government systems; and 3) The launch of the Young Leaders for Resilience Program to engage the youth in co-creating solutions that will address the resilience challenges of NRC’s partner local government units.

Now on its 8th year, the 2019 Top Leaders Forum’s theme is “From Risk to Resilience: Forging Pathways and Milestones.” Ms. Mami Mizutori, UN Special Representative to the Secretary General (SRSG) will deliver the keynote address while Mr. Hans T. Sy of ARISE International Board  and Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of Department of National Defense both co-chairs of NRC will deliver the Welcome and Opening Messages, respectively.

Don’t pay cash, just send to bank with PayMaya!

You can now instantly transfer funds to more than 40 banks with your PayMaya account

Getting turned off by the hassles and extra transaction fees of moving money to another bank account? Did you wish you didn’t have to line up at a bank branch just to make a deposit? Now there’s no need to worry–you can now skip the line and send money the most convenient way with PayMaya’s Send Money to Bank feature powered by InstaPay!

That’s right, with your upgraded PayMaya account you can send money* to more than 40 local banks and financial institutions that can receive money via InstaPay. The best part is it’s absolutely instant and secure–helping account holders save time and effort whenever they need to send money to another person’s bank account.

Refinitiv builds the future through its workforce in the Philippines

Manila Governance Board Members -- Refinitiv  Director for People Service Daisy Aquino (left) and Refinitiv Director for Contributed Operations and Manila’s co-site lead Lei Buendia (right), together with scholars from Far Eastern University

As one of the world’s leading names in financial data, Refinitiv provides global firms with information, insight, and tools to trade faster and smarter. Beyond its bold vision for the future of the financial community, the company is likewise committed to empowering and preparing the next generation of leaders through its university scholarship program.

“The Philippines is teeming with talented students who just need the right opportunity to excel and showcase their skills. Refinitiv is in a position to help them unleash their potential and guide them in their growth as individuals and as leaders,” shares Lei Buendia, Refinitiv’s Director for Contributed Operations and Manila’s co-site lead.

Preserve your business legacy with AXA’s Asset Master

AXA Philippines’ Asset Master as keyman insurance is designed to ensure business continuity and smooth transition with the availability of funds from insurance proceeds in case of the loss of a key person.

Owning a business is not a walk in the park – you have to be on top of your operations 24/7, you constantly have to make crucial business decisions, and you have employees who rely on you for their livelihood.

But what will happen in case of the untimely demise of a key employee? A new executive will have to take over. But it may take months before you could find a suitable replacement, and a temporary loss of profit could happen. To make matters worse, other key contributors might resign when they sense a possible slump, and your creditors and investors may lose a little confidence.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Regine admits Ariel is the one for her!

With all things laundry and taking care of the family, Regine chooses only Ariel Philippines.

Ariel Philippines announced the newest addition to their roster of queens—the one and only Asia’s Songbird, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid.

While everyone knows Regine as a world-class performer onstage, she is actually a hands-on mom and homemaker. When it comes to looking out for her family, Regine has always found it challenging to remove stains and malodor on their clothes, but that battle is finally over as she has found the one for her.

With its innovative and superior cleaning powers, Ariel is the perfect match for a celebrity mom like Regine. Together, they make a world class-pairing that is truly stronger than ever!

Create and be inspired with the SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6

Today’s creatives are always on-the-go. From meeting with clients to sourcing supplies and going on inspiration trips, these artistic professionals live tech-driven, dynamic lifestyles, and are able to stay productive wherever they go.

Designed with the mobile creative in mind, the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 enriches mobile experiences through powerful technology, which is accessible to everyone, anytime, and anywhere. 

AXA Philippines bags a Quill

AXA Philippines, one of the country's leading insurance providers, won a Quill Award for ‘#CommitmentOnPassion: AXA Employee Christmas Bazaar’ in the Special and Experiential Events Category of the 17th Philippine Quill Awards held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. 

The AXA Employee Christmas Bazaar aimed to showcase AXA employees’ interests, skills, and talents by allowing them to sell homemade products with their families, and sharing and showcasing their specific passions as well as performances.

World Vision launches response to Mindanao quake

Following the recent earthquakes in southern Mindanao, child-focused development and humanitarian agency World Vision launches its relief operations for the affected people of Northern Cotabato, including the city of Kidapawan and the hard-hit towns of Makilala and Tulunan.

“We are committed to support the government-led response in Mindanao. World Vision in the Philippines is particularly concerned for the well-being of children“, says World Vision’s National Director Rommel Fuerte,

SM Supermalls launches travel adventure with DOT

As part of its Malling is More Fun in the Philippines campaign, SM Supermalls, in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT), launched the Juan Fun Adventure at SM City San Lazaro. Through this initiative, mallgoers can “travel” to the country’s most popular destinations without leaving the metro through Instagram-worthy life-size displays called Travel Pods at SM. 

These picturesque displays will feature the Mayon Volcano in Albay, Calle Crisologo in Vigan, and the Puerto Prinsesa Underground River, among others. 

Erwan shares passion for cooking with aspiring Michelin Star chef

Food is one of the few things that bring people together. From bonding with loved ones over homemade dinner to meeting new people at restaurants, having someone to share the kitchen with involves shared experiences, shared knowledge, and shared memories as food constantly allows us to build connections with people, as well as create meaningful experiences.

For sustainable traveler, food, and fitness content creator Erwan Heussaff, his love for cooking good food paved the way for connecting with a fan who shares his culinary passion. It is through Carousell Philippines’ Reboxing campaign that the two were able to experience new opportunities and create new possibilities.

The campaign is part of Carousell’s new tagline, “Everyone Wins,” which shows how winning can be as simple as both buyers and sellers getting a great deal or as meaningful as finding new connections and realizing ambitions.

Joshua Pacio submits Rene Catalan to retain One Strawweight World Title

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), once again electrified the crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila. Last Friday night, 8 November, ONE: MASTERS OF FATE played host to a series of action-packed and compelling contests, delivered by the absolute best in world-class martial arts talent.

Visit the official ONE: MASTERS OF FATE photo gallery by clicking:

In the main event, Joshua "The Passion" Pacio of the Philippines turned in a dominant performance, submitting compatriot Rene "D' Challenger" Catalan in the second round to retain his ONE Strawweight World Championship. Pacio survived an early submission scare from Catalan to impose his will on the ground. In the second round, Pacio stuffed a takedown from Catalan and worked his way into mount, before securing a masterful arm-triangle choke, leaving the challenger with no choice but to tap out.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Basta shopping this 11-11, don’t pay cash. PayMaya!

Kick off the holiday shopping season with PayMaya and score amazing deals this 11-11! 

Now is the best time to have a PayMaya account because you can enjoy up to P5,000 in discounts and cashback deals as the holiday shopping season kicks off with the various 11-11 online and in-store sale events happening nationwide. 

Whether you prefer to shop and stay at home or troop to the nearest malls to do all your shopping, PayMaya is your trusted payment buddy for a more convenient and rewarding shopping experience this holiday season. 

With PayMaya, you can easily score up to 100% cashback (maximum of P500) when you use your PayMaya card or PayMaya QR for shopping this 11-11. Just make sure to spend at least P100 to get your cashback.  

RRQ.ATHENA wins VIVO V17 PRO-powered PUBG SEA championship

The PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 SEA Championship has concluded with RRQ Athena claiming the championship and a US$35,000 prize, after collecting 211 points and achieving 3 chicken dinners in map Vikendi, Sanhok and Miramar.

The team will advance to the global finals along with runner-up, Illuminate The Murder. Mega Conqueror, Bigetron, and Orange.Esports.CG also obtained slots to the prelims.

The PMCO global finals will be held from November 29 to December 1 at Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

PMCO-SEA is authorized by Tencent and PUBG Corporation, with Vivo as title sponsor and the Vivo V17 Pro as the official device of the whole tournament.

Carousell tackles counterfeit

Carousell, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing classifieds, has launched the Carousell Rights Owners Programme (CROP), a platform that tackles counterfeit listings in collaboration with brand partners. CROP provides assurance to brands, whose rights are more closely protected, and users, who can deal with greater confidence in the marketplace platform.

CROP allows trusted brand partners to directly remove listings of brand replicas from Carousell with zero processing time, thus tightening the content moderation process by drastically reducing the time required for takedowns. First piloted in December 2018 in Singapore, CROP has taken down 13,000 listings in the nine months since its introduction. Only select brand partners, whose activities will be closely monitored by Carousell, will have access to CROP and its content moderation capabilities. Brands that have come onboard CROP include Nike, Grab and luxury brands such as Gucci, Yves Saint Laurent, Balenciaga and Bottega Veneta.

Landers offers 60% off at Azalea

Landers Superstore, the fastest growing membership shopping establishment in the country, ties up with Azalea Hotels and Residences so you can experience the perfect getaway as the Holidays draw near.

All Landers members can get up to 60% discount on room rates at Azalea in Baguio and Boracay. The discounted offer will include an overnight room accommodation and breakfast buffet. Those who will stay at Azalea Hotel & Residences Baguio will also get free parking for one car throughout the duration of the stay.

Bida para sa bida in new Kuya J TVC

Behind every delectable Filipino dish is a team who relentlessly work hard to make every salo-salo celebration a meaningful experience for you and the people you love.

This was the main message shown in the newest Kuya J commercial with its “Bida Team” passionately and meticulously preparing its best-selling dishes. The TVC showcased their well-loved Crispy Pata, deep-friend crispy pork skin with tender juicy pata meat; the Kare-kare in Kuya J peanut sauce; and Kuya J’s milky-smooth ice Halo-Halo Espesyal that’s packed with toppings, homemade leche flan, sprinkled with crunchy cornflakes, and drizzled with sweet ube cream.

Jessica Zafra's latest book is now available at Fully Booked, Shopee, and other stores

From the author of the Twisted series comes a collection of 27 stories from the last 27 years. The Collected Stories of Jessica Zafra contains award-winning fiction from Manananggal Terrorizes Manila (1992) and The Stories So Far (2014), plus new stories and an introduction by Don Jaucian.

“Jessica is a natural short story writer, and I don’t know anyone else in the Philippines writing in English who does it as well as she does. The fact that she’s a Filipina couldn’t matter less. She would be recognised anywhere on earth that good English is read. But of course in this fatuous world the unmerited hegemony of “English” literature (including of course American, Canadian, Australian, etc. etc.) reminds us that it still fancies itself as the arbiter of the Real Thing. But plenty of us round-eyes know that’s baloney, and JZ provides us with ammunition to stand up in public and say so.”  – James Hamilton-Paterson, Whitbread Award-winning author of Gerontius, Playing With Water, Seven-Tenths, Ghosts of Manila, and the bestselling Cooking With Fernet Branca and Empire of the Clouds.


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