Monday, October 25, 2021

Acer’s eco-friendly Vero line is made for Humanity


  • Acer introduced its Vero line of green products which utilize post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and recyclable packaging
  • The Acer Aspire Vero is an eco-friendly and upgradeable laptop, Acer’s first step on the way to pioneering a green PC that utilizes PCR plastic across the entire chassis
  • The Acer TravelMate Vero is a business laptop that combines the eco-friendly Vero design with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors
  • The Acer Veriton Vero is a mini and modern desktop PC designed to provide commercial-grade performance in a compact package that can be extensively customized
  • The Acer Vero BR277 is an FHD monitor boasting green certifications from ENERGY STAR®, TCO and EPEAT
  • A series of Vero accessories such as mice, mousepads, and laptop sleeves were also announced

Acer Philippines launched a lineup of green PCs with its Vero series, including the Acer Aspire Vero laptop for consumers and the Acer TravelMate Vero laptop for commercial use. From PCs to peripherals, Vero devices share certain green guidelines, such as utilizing post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic and shipping in recyclable packaging. As sustainability concerns not only how a product is made but what becomes of it, Acer’s Vero devices have also been designed to be easy to disassemble, simplifying the process of repairs or upgrades and ultimately increasing the devices’ lifespans.

AXN Asia to rekindle love for both travel and home in new Original Production My Hometown is G.O.A.T.

“Taga-saan ka? (Where are you from?)”

If you’re Pinoy, you have most likely asked or been asked this question upon meeting a kababayan (countryman). Pride in one’s hometown is a quintessential Filipino trait; in the new Original Production by AXN Asia in collaboration with the Department of Tourism (DOT), My Hometown Is G.O.A.T., three sets of celebrity adventurers explore the regions they call home to show audiences what makes these destinations the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T.).

The six-episode travel and lifestyle series will premiere regionally in Southeast Asia on November 4, with episodes coming out on AXN Asia every Thursday and Friday at 8.30PM, and on the AXN Asia YouTube channel every following Wednesday at 8.30PM. The show will also be broadcast on AXN Taiwan and AXN Korea starting November 8 and November 13 respectively.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Move: Stronger Together - IABC Philippines officially opens the 19th Philippine Quill Awards

The 19th Philippine Quill Award is now officially open! 

Hosted by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines, the Philippine Quill Awards is the country’s most prestigious awards program in the field of business communication. A Communication Olympiad which highlights the gold standard in communication, the program fosters a spirit of friendly competition, unity and a sense of community amongst Philippine communications practitioners in pursuit of a common goal – communications excellence. 

The Philippine Quill and the Philippine Student Quill Awards honor exemplary communication research, programs, skills, and creative work. Each entry is evaluated using IABC’s highest global standard that measures and determines the finest, the sharpest, and the brightest in the business communication industry among professionals and students. The Quill has been bestowing the seal of approval to the most reputable organizations and corporations in the nation for almost two decades, emphasizing the use of excellent communication to achieve business goals and to make a difference in society. 

of Mercury navigates new phase in music journey with two-track release, CHANGIN’ vol. 1

Listen to the band’s new single “I’M FINE”

of Mercury, formerly known as Nathan & Mercury, marks a new chapter in their music journey with the release of their two-track volume, CHANGIN’ Vol. 1—out today via Sony Music Philippines.

The dual release, which features the songs “I’M FINE” and “HEAVEN ON EARTH,” finds the band pushing their sound to an unexpected direction and displaying remarkable consistency in terms of musicality and songwriting. “Think of this release as a re-introduction to us,” of Mercury explains. “This release is a statement from us that we’re growing, we’re changing: a foretaste of what the album is going to be.”

Gleaming with funkier, hip-hop-leaning sounds and edgy production techniques, both tracks assert something that has been proven from the early stages of their career: they’re technically impressive as musicians, but they never let the stylistic explorations get in the way of their soulful, confessional storytelling.

ShopeePay Expands Presence with Lifestyle and Food Brands as More Filipinos Embrace Mobile Wallets

ShopeePay now offers an even wider digital experience with new partners such as BonChon, Papa John’s Pizza, Mary Grace, Power Mac Center, and Shoe Salon

ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, partners with more food and lifestyle brands to cater to the growing number of Filipinos patronizing e-commerce platforms and using mobile wallets as an alternative payment method.

Digital payments continue to gain momentum in the Southeast Asian region, with a 70% year-on-year growth in respondents who say e-wallet is their preferred way to pay. In the Philippines, more people opt to use cashless payment methods for its convenience, safety, and benefits, recording a 133% growth in consumers who prefer e-wallets.[1] With continuous usage of mobile wallets, it is expected to peak at 75.5 million users in a span of five years.[2] With Southeast Asia showing a promising future in terms of digital payments, ShopeePay continues to expand its services and network of partner merchants to serve the Filipino community.

Cebuana Lhuillier, GIZ, and AXA Philippines launch first microinsurance for MSMEs

(Clockwise from top left) Jimmy Loro, GIZ RFPI Asia senior advisor; Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president and CEO; Jonathan Batangan, PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies vice president and group head; and Dr. Volker Steigerwald, GIZ programme director during the MicroDRI Project Microbiz Protek, Jr. product launch.

The Philippines ranks ninth in the world among  countries with extreme weather events in the 2020 World Risk Index, according to the Congressional Policy and Budget Research Department by the House of Philippine Congress. When natural disasters and calamities strike, micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are one of the most vulnerable segments.

Since MSMEs make up the majority of businesses in the Philippines today, Cebuana Lhuillier, one of the country’s leading microfinancial services company, has teamed up with AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, and the German Development Cooperation / Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationaleZussamenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (GIZ), to unveil its newest microinsurance product, the MicroBiz Protek Jr., which will help insure microenterprises against typhoons, floods, earthquake, lightning, and fire for an annual premium as low as P172.

Airbnb encourages Pinoys to #TravelAsJuan, as travel searches surge for beachside and nature destinations near Metro Manila

     New Airbnb data shows spike in domestic demand for stays after recent easing of travel restrictions; trending destinations include Zambales, Batangas and Tagaytay

     More Filipinos are searching for getaways lasting a week or longer, at family-friendly villas and bed and breakfasts 

Airbnb just recently launched its new #TravelAsJuan campaign that aims to energize the Philippines’s tourism recovery throughout the remainer of 2021 and beyond. As part of the campaign, the company is encouraging Filipinos to rediscover their country with their loved ones, while celebrating unique stays and hidden gems across the nation. The #TravelAsJuan campaign also aligns with the Department of Tourism’s 2022 plan to rebuild a sustainable, resilient, and inclusive domestic tourism industry

Responding to the Department of Tourism’s call for Filipinos to become “Ambassadors of Fun”, Airbnb’s #TravelAsJuan will work closely with its community of #AirbnbJuanderers including Filipino Hosts and local content creators. They will shine a light on the country’s off-the-beaten-path destinations, from lesser-known beaches to mountainous getaways and farms, as well as tips for safer travel. The campaign will kickstart by highlighting destinations where intra- and inter-state travel are currently allowed, and expand to cover more destinations as more cities and provinces reopen.

Airbnb is already seeing surging interest in domestic stays as Filipinos look forward to traveling with the platform once more, following the recent easing of travel restrictions. In September, searches for Airbnb Stays in Zambales spiked by over 100% month-over-month* after the government announced travel rules allowing Metro Manila residents to travel to areas under more relaxed quarantine rules. In the same period, searches for Airbnb Stays in Batangas and Tagaytay also almost doubled month-over-month*.

Converge drives Philippine esports through its fiber technology


The rise of Philippine esports continues to thrive as Filipino gamers are offered unique avenues to pursue their hobbies as careers through various online tournaments. Converge ICT Solutions Inc. grabs the opportunity to support Filipino esports athletes by providing pure end-to-end fiber technology to help the players experience seamless gaming.

Due to stay-at-home orders, online gaming grew to be one of the Filipino’s pastimes, amplified by a wide array of equipment from consoles, mobiles, and PC available on e-commerce platforms. More than just the gaming experience, gamers have grown fond of designing their gaming setup to not only be aesthetically pleasing but also amplify their gaming experience. From playing in computer shops to having their own set up at home, it goes to show how much the industry has grown.


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