Thursday, January 30, 2020

Vivo S1 Pro: Smooth moves to flaunt your style

As the old saying goes, “the only constant thing in life is change.” These inevitable changes are most visible at the dawn of a new year—well, plans and predictions of these changes are at least. Incoming trends and styles call for a means to get ahead of the style game.

Here are smooth moves and changes you can make to help you flaunt your style.

Spotify’s Disney Hub Now Available in SEA, HK & TW

Disney lovers will always have a friend in Spotify. From 21 January 2020, Spotify listeners in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, and Vietnam will get to experience the magic of Disney on the dedicated Disney Hub.

This new website makes securing your dream home much easier!

Nook Philippines Team
(From L-R: John Santiago, Account Manager for Banking Relations; Tessa Arimado, Director; Chris Elder, Founder & CEO; Carmina Mercado, Head of Property Listings; Cyrus Mercado, Head of Digital Channel)

Get to know Nook, the first online mortgage broker platform  in the Philippines

Buying a home is one of the most exciting phases of life. With new real estate developments sprouting all over the country, and with banks offering different financing schemes, you can actually fulfill your goal to get your dream home soon.

Unfortunately, getting a bank loan and fulfilling all documentary requirements can be a time-consuming, burdensome, and confusing process. Each bank offers different financing terms, and often differ in their requirements – leaving you, the prospective home buyer, wondering if you’re doing what’s best for you.

Diversity and inclusivity in the workplace

(L-R) AXA Philippines chief financial officer Ronaldo San Jose, chief human resources officer Jaspreet Kakar, Project Inclusion Network executive director Grant Javier, and operations lead Jim Nemeño

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, has partnered with Project Inclusion Network to promote diversity and inclusion further inside its organization.

Project Inclusion Network is a non-government organization that helps persons with disabilities (PWDs) find jobs by partnering with local and multinational companies in the Philippines.

LG Gives Back and Shares the Good Life

Due to Taal Volcano’s recent phreatic eruption and the current alert level, more than 26,000 people were forced to seek shelter in temporary evacuation centers, most of them losing their homes and livelihoods. LG Philippines, in keeping with its mission of always giving back to the community, immediately did their part to help alleviate the living conditions of the Batangas evacuees.  

Solane Donates Trash Cans to Rosario LGU

As part of Solane LPG’s commitment to supporting communities, its containers which were initially used for replacement of vapor cargo line were converted to trash cans and duly donated to the Rosario local government unit, along with used paint cans. 

Start smart this 2020 with Samsung Smart TV discounts, freebies

There are very few things that feel as great as a fresh start, especially as a new year rolls in.

While there are a lot of people who are raring to improve their lifestyles, or tick off items on their list of resolutions, some simply want to share better quality time with their loved ones, especially at home.

Upgrading to a big-sized smart TV can enhance the family’s home entertainment experience with the access to more varied content from popular streaming services like Netflix and YouTube.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Realme to Double Global Smartphone Shipments to 50 Million in 2020

Fastest-growing smartphone brand realme is setting its sights on doubling its 25+ million global smartphone shipments in 2019, entering the 5G space and introducing new realme devices with unprecedented features and performance to hit 50 million units this year.

Realme founder and CEO Sky Li announced during the launch of the first realme 5G smartphone, realme X50, that the brand is gearing up to grow its global shipments by more than 100 percent this year after it recorded 500 percent year-on-year (YOY) growth in 2019.

“The smartphone industry is a very competitive market where brands come and go, and it is fiercely growing as we speak. As a young brand, realme is optimistic it will surpass all the challenges in the industry and continue broadening our market footprint with the youth as our number one motivation. We at realme will only keep moving forward and offer real value products to all,” Li added.

Get lucky this Chinese New Year with PayMaya’s amazing cashback deals!

Use PayMaya to shop and send digital Ang Pao to ring in the Year of the Metal Rat!

Gong xi fa cai! It’s time to usher in prosperity and good luck this Year of the Metal Rat. Whether you’re shopping or giving Ang Pao to your loved ones, PayMaya is making your Chinese New Year celebration more rewarding.

Sharing best wishes to celebrate Chinese New Year with Ang Paos? Make it digital!

It’s definitely the perfect time for you to wish good luck to people who matter most with PayMaya’s Digital Ang Pao! Through the app’s Send Money feature, you can easily gift your Digital Ang Pao to another PayMaya user without having to deal with the hassles of cash and red paper envelopes. The best part is you can get up to P200 cashback when you participate in the Send Money promos. You can get up to P100 when you send at least P200 every day and an additional P100 when you send a total of P10,000.

Make the Year of The Rat extra sweet with a Mickey Mouse themed Goldilocks cake!

Many Filipinos welcome the Chinese New Year with many practices that are said to bring good luck for the coming year. Traditions such as Dragon and Lion Dances, AngPao, fireworks, and delicious tikoy cakes are staples during this celebration.

Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop, is happy to release their limited-edition Chinese New Year Theme Cake made especially for the year of the Metal Rat. There is no better way to celebrate than with the world’s most famous mouse, Mickey Mouse!

Goldilocks is the authorized licensee of Disney theme cakes in the country.

Araneta City tops off the country’s first ever ibis Styles Hotel

Araneta City, the City of Firsts, officially welcomes the first ibis Hotel brand in the country with a ceremonial topping-off of the ibis Styles Hotel last Monday, January 20, 2020.

The ibis Hotel brand was developed by the international hospitality company Accor, based in France, as an affordable yet creative brand for both leisure and business travelers. The Araneta Group brings the brand to the Philippines via a 15-storey hotel along General Roxas Avenue, one of the latest additions to Araneta City’s growing offerings.

MOMOLAND kicks off 2020 as MYX Celebrity VJs for January

Filipino “Merries” are welcoming the new year with delightful hearts as their favorite South Korean girl group MOMOLAND graces MYX for the whole month of January as Celebrity VJs.

Nancy, JooE, Ahin, Jane, Nayun, and Hyebin—who have notable hits of their own such as “BBoom BBoom” and “BAAM”—will bring in the freshest tunes and music videos on the number one music channel. The group recently released their newest song “Thumbs Up” and the ladies are set to star on a travel show that will see them going around the country and immersing themselves in the Filipino culture.

Monday, January 20, 2020

EastWest Signs Strategic Partnership with Nissan to Increase Financing Options for Customers

(L-R): Edgardo Obias, Nissan Philippines Inc. General manager for Marketing; Atsushi Najima, Nissan Philippines Inc. President and Managing Director; Jacqueline S. Fernandez, EastWest Senior Executive Vice President & Consumer Lending Head; Jocelyn C. Legaspi, EastWest First Vice President & Auto Loan Sales Head

In line with EastWest’s commitment of providing exceptional financial services to customers, EastWest has signed a strategic partnership with Nissan Philippines, to offer superior wholesale and retail customer financing options. Through special auto loan offers, EastWest customers can now conveniently realize their dreams of owning their favorite Nissan vehicles.

The signing and launch of Nissan Finance was done during the last quarter of 2019 and was graced by Jacqueline S. Fernandez, EastWest Senior Executive Vice President & Consumer Lending Head; Jocelyn C. Legaspi, EastWest First Vice President & Auto Loan Sales Head; Atsushi Najima, Nissan Philippines Inc. President and Managing Director; and Edgardo Obias, Nissan Philippines Inc. General Manager for Marketing.

SURPLUS re-opens at SM City Sta. Mesa

Go beyond stylish shopping as Surplus unveils its exciting new look at its SM City Sta. Mesa.

Illuminating the stores entrance is a bright Surplus signage that welcomes every shopper into a treasure trove of great fashion finds. Surplus stores latest look, which signals a brand new identity, invigorates the shopping vibe with curved walls and walk path that creates a seamless transition from one area to another. On the other hand, dark gray floor tiles form a circular spot at the mid-part of the store to emphasize the merchandise mix.

Experience a Mega Festival Vibe!

Join Mega Global’s fun activities during the Sinulog and Dinagyang festivals

Two grand and iconic festivals – the Sinulog and Dinagyang – are celebrated in the Philippines every January, and Mega Global is adding to the fiesta atmosphere with its festive line-up of activities.

The recently concluded Sinulog Festival, the world-famous Cebu celebration in honor of the Sto. Nino, is known for its colorful dance rituals and giant street parades that attracts people from all over the world.  Mega Global joined the festivities last weekend with its colorfully decorated Grand Float Entry with marine creatures called, “Pasasalamat sa Masaganang Huli” – which won first prize in the Sinulog Grand Float Parade.

TikTok Partners with Southeast Asia’s Leading Video-on-Demand Entertainment Service, iflix

  • Collaboration sees iflix including the most memorable TikTok moments within iflix Snacks, iflix’s category for short-form content.
  • The first-of-its-kind partnership enables TikTok to reach audiences in 13 countries on an OTT platform.
  • iflix users now can enjoy short videos from various categories including travel, comedy, pets, sports, and lifestyle, with more diverse content in the pipeline
To kick-off the new year, TikTok, the leading destination for short-form mobile video has partnered with iflix, Southeast Asia’s (SEA) leading video-on-demand entertainment service to bring short-form videos from a variety of categories to audiences in 13 countries across Asia.

This partnership brings TikTok’s extensive collection of the latest short-form viral videos from around the world to all iflix users on a dedicated ‘iflix and TikTok Present’ channel. On top of a wide range of original movies and series, iflix users can now access entertaining and genuine short-form content across a variety of categories including travel, comedy, pets, sports, and lifestyle, with more diverse content added regularly.

AirAsia now accepting applications for the ‘Dare to Fly! The Allstars Cadet Pilot Program’

AirAsia today officially opened applications for the Dare to Fly! The Allstars Cadet Pilot Program to select and train aspiring young pilots.

A partnership between AirAsia and Omni Aviation Corporation, the program provides successful cadets with up to two years of technical and leadership training, with the aim of reaching the competencies required by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said, “AirAsia is proud to have the best pilots in the country and we will strive to train more young cadets with our partner Omni Aviation Corporation. Through the ‘Dare to Fly! The Allstars Cadet Pilot Program’, we invite Filipinos to dare to dream with AirAsia.”

OYO boosts startup European-inspired hotel in Alabang

Romantic, sophisticated and rich with history—this is how most people would describe Europe, one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. It is this affinity to the continent and its diverse cultures that inspired the Abantos, the family behind the Abanto Group of Companies, to build OYO 171 Amore Hotel Manila. They wanted to bring exquisite European-style interiors and hospitality to the Philippines and let more Filipinos experience Europe-style hotel experience.

Located at the heart of the Alabang Business District, OYO 171 Amore Hotel Manila offers high-quality service without hurting the pocket. Named after the Italian word for love, Amore Hotel Manila’s Executive President and Managing Director Donna Abanto shares that the property aims to impart the feeling of love, passion and dedication through the services they offer. It sounded easy at first, but actualizing that goal was a huge challenge that Abanto had to conquer – until they partnered with OYO.

Lucky PayMaya users get treated to a grocery shopping spree at Robinsons Supermarket

You too can get a chance to win P10,000 worth of grocery shopping spree when you #ScanToPay for your groceries via PayMaya!

PayMaya QR is the preferred payment options for sulit queens like Avegaile, who is always on the lookout for the best deals for their household needs. When you #ScanToPay for your groceries at the Robinsons Supermarket, you instantly get a P100 cashback once a week (for a minimum spend of P500), a raffle entry for a shopping spree worth P10,000 (for a minimum spend of P100), and a 1%, 10%, or 100% cashback for your purchases.

One minute to get as much groceries as you want, all for free. Who could say no to that?

That’s exactly what two lucky PayMaya users experienced when they won their very own grab-all-you-can grocery shopping spree from the promo held in partnership with Robinsons Supermarket, a PayMaya Preferred merchant.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 roll out the latest Android OS this January

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announces the Nokia 6.1 Plus, Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 6.1 as the latest smartphones to join Nokia 8.1 with the Android 10 roll out. This now means that four Nokia smartphones in Philippines have received the latest Android OS since its official launch.

Nokia smartphones maintain their position as leaders in fast OS updates and are once again at the forefront of the latest Android 10 deployment.

World Vision calls for donation in ongoing relief efforts for communities affected by Taal Volcano eruption

Child-focused organization World Vision is calling for donations and volunteers to support their ongoing relief efforts for the immediate needs of the people affected by Taal Volcano’s unrest.

Aside from monetary donations to support the operations in progress, World Vision is also accepting emergency essentials such as dust masks that will be distributed in evacuation centers in Batangas.

See the Flying Carnival 2020 in Carmona, Cavite

For over two decades, the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta, known as “The Weekend of Everything that Flies,” has been the most highly anticipated and longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. Over the years, it has stayed true to its longtime objectives: to spark interest in aviation; to instill discipline in young pilots; and to impart a spirit of volunteerism to the whole community. 

Continuing to spread this advocacy across the Philippines, the organizers will be launching “The Flying Carnival 2020: A Weekend of Almost Everything that Flies,” a 3-day spectacle of hot air balloons, helicopters and air sport events, combined with aviation career seminars, fly markets, food booths and family entertainment! The event will be held at the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite on March 6-8, 2020. 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

SM distributes boxes of water relief to Taal eruption victims in Batangas, Lipa

SM Supermalls, SM Cares, and SM Foundation Inc. head to the evacuation centers in Batangas and Lipa to distribute boxes of 6.6L bottled water to the affected residents of the recent Taal volcano eruption.

The boxes of bottled water were given out to the victims who are temporarily residing in evacuation centers in Sto. Toribio, Banay-Banay, and Inosloban-Maraouy in Lipa and Batangas City Coliseum in Batangas.

Landers Superstore accepts in-store and online donations for Taal Victims

Want to send help to Taal victims but don’t know where to send donations? Or, have you been thinking of reaching out to those displaced by the eruption but are too busy to drive to the nearest drop-off center? Landers Superstore, the fastest growing membership shopping establishment in the country, provides an easy way as it partners with the Philippine Army relief operations project for the victims of the recent eruption of the Taal volcano.

Simply gather items you want to donate and drop them off at any Landers Superstore branch. Donations will be accepted everyday between 9am-9pm. Members and non-members can give all kinds of donations except perishable items.

Visa and Ayala Malls Cinemas Announce Contactless Acceptance in the Philippines

Visa has announced that Filipinos can now use their contactless cards to make payments at 19 Ayala Malls Cinemas across the country. This is part of Visa’s goal to expand contactless acceptance at more merchant outlets in the country.

The contactless terminals have been implemented across Ayala Malls Cinemas, in partnership with Global Payments. The introduction of contactless payments at Ayala Malls Cinemas brings greater convenience and payment options for Filipinos who are embracing a cashless lifestyle.

SM Group organizes relief and recovery efforts for Taal victims

After the recent eruption of the Taal Volcano in Batangas which affected thousands of Filipinos in Southern Luzon, the SM Group immediately mobilized Oplan Tulong Express, a relief operations program that gave assistance to the victims.

“SM has always been a partner of the community, especially in times of need and disasters. After the devastating calamity, we immediately reached out to those displaced by the eruption,” said Steven Tan, chief operating officer of SM Supermalls.

Friday, January 17, 2020

PayMaya powers a more exciting, hassle-free and rewarding experience at Sinulog Festival!

Coming down for Sinulog this weekend? Remember, don’t pay cash, PayMaya!

As millions of Filipinos gather in Cebu in time to celebrate the annual lively and colorful Sinulog Festival to honor Señor Santo Niño, they can look forward to an exciting, hassle-free, and rewarding experience with the help of PayMaya.

Whether it’s flying down to experience the traditional festivities or taking on a gastronomic adventure, PayMaya has teamed up with the biggest merchants and establishments all around Cebu to offer festival-goers seamless payments experience and exclusive cashback deals every time they use their PayMaya app or card for their transactions. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

TPB achieves ISO 9001:2015 re-accreditation

The Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines once again proves its commitment towards the continuous improvement of its management systems by successfully maintaining its ISO 9001:2015 certification.

SM Supermalls wins at the World Branding Awards in London

SM Supermalls was honored the prestigious Brand of the Year Award under the ‘National Tier – Shopping Centre / Mall’ category 2019-2020, during the recently concluded World Branding Awards ceremonies, held at the iconic Kensington Palace in London.

“This recognition affirms our vision to develop memorable lifestyle destinations for our shoppers across the Philippines and in China,” said SM Supermalls COO Steven Tan. “We will continue to bring family fun moments to all Filipinos through innovative retail facilities and global shopping experiences.”

Southeast Asia’s best real estate companies and professionals

Dot Property, Southeast Asia’s leading real estate portal, recently honored the best and the brightest real estate developers, companies and professionals in the region during the recent Dot Property Southeast Asia Awards 2019. 

With delegates coming from the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore, the prestigious awards program honored more than 45 companies and individuals.

Gather all your friends for AJ Mitchell’s Manila mall shows!

American pop sensation AJ Mitchell is set to serenade and meet his Filipino fans for an upcoming series of mall tours.

The eighteen-year-old pop singer-songwriter will be performing in select Megaworld Lifestyle Malls, from January 17 to 18, 2020 with the following schedule:
• 01/17/20: Uptown Bonifacio (Friday, 7pm)
• 01/18/20: Venice Grand Canal Mall (Saturday, 3pm)
• 01/18/20: Eastwood City (Saturday, 7pm)

Friday, January 10, 2020

The English-language version of “Paprika” is the next viral hit that you need to hear

Everybody, get up! There’s a new dance craze that is taking Japan by storm.

“Paprika,” the latest viral sensation that was intended to excite the global sports community for the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo next year, has racked up 140 million views on Youtube. Its related NHK videos has surpassed more than 260 million views, making it the most popular current children’s song and creating a Paprika phenomenon all over Japan.

Produced and written by J-Pop star Kenshi Yonezu, the latest earworm was a huge hit for Foorin, a group of five Japanese singers and dancers composed of Moena and Hyuuga on main vocals, and Takeru, Ririko, and Chise on chorus and dance.

AirAsia offers promotional fares at first major travel sale of 2020

Calling all travelers!

AirAsia is participating at the BDO Travel Sale happening in four different locations across the country.

Enjoy special promotional fares to international and domestic destinations available for booking during the first leg of the travel sale from January 9 to 12, 2020 at the SMX Convention Center Aura, SM Aura Premier, Taguig City, from 10:00 am to 8.00 pm.

“This year, AirAsia is even more committed to providing additional access to our products and services through various events and fairs. At the first major sale this year, guests can already tick off their dream destinations from their bucket lists as early as this month,” says AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla.

Liza Soberano talks about her sweet inspirations

From her humble beginnings in local showbiz, to becoming one of the most sought-after celebrities of her generation, it’s easy to say that Liza Soberano has got it all.

To many young individuals, the phenomenal star is an inspiration, with her perfect blend of beauty, wit, talent, and kindness.

But what inspires and motivates someone as wonderful as her? In an interview, the new Great Taste White coffee endorser opens up about the things that excite her, and shares her sweet inspirations.

GROHE Dual Tech honors first internationally certified students

Leading global bathroom and kitchen solutions brand GROHE recently awarded its first batch of students who have completed the International Certification module at the GROHE Dual Tech, a training facility made possible through the partnership between GROHE and Don Bosco Youth Center. 

A total of 42 graduating students passed the International Certificate on GROHE Standards assessment exams, validating their technical competence in plumbing. GROHE also inaugurated the newly-constructed public restroom in St. John Bosco Parish Tondo. 

Catch the End of Season Sale at SM!

With the End of Season Sale, shoppers can discover great finds with up to 70% discount in all SM malls nationwide ongoing until January 12, 2020.

The year has ended, but the joy of the holiday season is far from over. Check off more items from your wish list at the much-anticipated End of Season Sale in all SM malls nationwide ongoing until January 12, 2020.

“The New Year is a great time to treat yourself and continue sharing the warmth and joy of the season with others. To extend the holiday cheer, SM has prepared exciting promos and surprises for our shoppers to enjoy,” said Jonjon San Agustin, SM Supermalls SVP for marketing.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

RCBC, Multisys to bring an all-in-one virtual banking app

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) has partnered with software and IT solutions provider, Multisys Technologies Corporation, to power the country’s first financial inclusion accelerator virtual bank, DiskarTech. PLDT invested P2.15 billion in Multisys for a 45.73% interest last year.

Through DiskarTech: Kasosyo sa Asenso, RCBC will soon bring banking services and products closer to unbanked Filipinos and grassroots communities. This is in line with the commercial bank’s efforts to further promote financial inclusion in the country.

Ortigas East welcomes Firefly Brigade for the 20th Tour of the Fireflies

The Firefly Brigade and Ortigas East teamed up once again as it recently kicked-off the 20th Tour of the Fireflies in order to promote a more sustainable means of transportation.

Titled “Firefly Brigade v.20: Bike ZEVolution”, the 20th Tour of the Fireflies aims to express that the bicycle is a zero emission vehicle which symbolizes the need for clean air, sustainable transportation, and positive action in addressing climate change.

Creative Ways for Kids to be Responsible at Home

As parents, raising children with the right values are essential for their character. Teaching kids the necessary values in life at a young age can be something that will pay off once they live their own lives, which every parent wants for their child.
Patience and understanding play a huge part in teaching these values to children. Although it is a long process, this is something that will pay off even in the long run. Here are some simple activities and tips on how to teach little ones (or not-so-little ones) with being responsible at home.

AXA and AIM forge alliance for open innovation program

(L-R) AXA Philippines president and CEO Rahul Hora and AIM president and dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurers, recently forged an agreement with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) to jointly hold the Innovation Fellowship Program, a groundbreaking platform that will enable companies, entrepreneurs, business-minded individuals, and innovative students to inspire and develop solutions to real-world problems.

The Innovation Fellowship Program is a business course designed to pave the way for the development of innovative tools and expertise that will help customers, not only of AXA but of the insurance industry in general, achieve their financial and life goals.

Mindanao restaurateur wins 2019 CMA

Eduardo Azores (4th from left), Citi Microentrepreneurship Award (CMA) National Winner leads this year’s batch of microentrepreneurs recognized for their outstanding achievements, joined by National Selection Committee Co-Chairs Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Benjamin Diokno (standing, left) and Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed (standing, right) with member Imelda Nicolas (standing, center.) 

Like a phoenix, Ballet Manila rises with Sleeping Beauty

“We are a team, a family. As one, we will continue to fight and work hard and overcome this together.” That was the statement of Ballet Manila CEO and artistic director Lisa Macuja Elizalde as her dance company continues to show strength and resilience after the fire that razed its home venue, Aliw Theater, and temporarily set askew the company’s planned 24th performance season lineup.

It has been more than two months since the tragedy; and the dance company is slowly getting back on its feet, rising from the ashes like the proverbial phoenix to carry on with its goals and mission.“We went back to the original motto of Ballet Manila – ‘have floor, will dance.’ That was what we did before the existence of Aliw Theater and Star Theater. And that is what we will do,” she said.

5 easy ways to beat airport inconveniences

Make traveling by air smoother and hassle-free.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, shares tips to make traveling by air smoother and hassle-free.

Pack strategically. Travel light as much as possible. Bring only essential items or those you really need. Use travel organizers to separate your things so you do not have to rummage through your luggage or take everything out to find what you need. Buy items in travel sizes allowed by authorities. Find out what you are not allowed to put in your checked-in and/or cabin luggage. Make sure your stuff does not exceed weight limits to avoid paying for excess baggage.

To teach and to lead: furthering literacy and education in the 9th JFVA

Eager kids excitedly participate in a reading session organized by the Bufi family as part of The Storytelling Project that aims to spark hope and inspiration through books, reading, and writing.

“Literacy is a bridge from misery to hope,” thus articulated Kofi Annan, the late United Nations Secretary-General. This profound message could very well have been said in the recent Jollibee Family Values Awards (JFVA), now on its 9th year, as four Filipino families who selflessly advocate for literacy, the value of reading and education were among those deservingly honored: the Bacudios of Malate, Manila; the Bufis of Taguig City; the Mansings of Negros Oriental; and the Manuels of Cagayan Province.

It could be said that the sharing of knowledge and education was the order of the evening, as the inspiring stories of hope that emanated from these families touched the hearts not only of the JFVA Board of Judges but everyone involved and present during the awards night.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

LG introduces next generation of laundry with new AI-Powered Washer

At CES®, LG Electronics (LG) unveiled its most advanced innovation in laundry, deploying artificial intelligence to deliver precision washing for optimal results without the guesswork. Winner of a coveted 2020 CES Innovation Award, the new LG ThinQ™ front-load washing machine features an Artificial Intelligent Direct Drive™ (AI DD) motor along with the company’s AI-powered Proactive Customer Care service.

The AI DD washer builds on 20 years of advancements in LG’s groundbreaking Direct Drive motor, which delivers both effectiveness and efficiency. LG’s new washing machine not only detects the volume and weight of each unique laundry load but also uses AI and advanced sensors to identify fabric types in each load. Using deep learning technology, the washer then compares this information against more than 20 thousand data points related to washer usage to set the optimal setting for the best results, improving cleaning and extending the life of garments by 15 percent.*

LG introduces Air Fry and Knock-On Instaview Technology to connected ovens

LG Electronics (LG) is delivering a better cooking experience at home with its new LG InstaView ThinQ™ Range with Air Fry. The complete cooking solution integrates air frying and the company’s popular InstaView™ technology with AI-powered advanced customer service and connectivity to smart cooking platforms in a seamless package that inspires users to create nutritious meals in the comfort of their own homes.

With the 2020 LG InstaView ThinQ Range’s new Air Fry feature, users can create delicious, guilt-free dishes right in their oven. With up to 6.3-cubic feet of oven capacity, there’s no need for separate air fry appliances that contribute to kitchen clutter and help create healthier dishes with significantly less oil compared to traditional deep frying.  LG’s True Convection technology circulates hot air at high speeds for crunchy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside goodness that’s evenly cooked throughout. And because this means no preheating is required, meals go from fridge to table faster than conventional ovens.

One Championship announces partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand

The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), recently held the ONE: A NEW TOMORROW Official Kick-Off Press Conference at the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel ahead of Friday night’s blockbuster event at the Impact Arena.

Before various local and international media, ONE Championship announced a partnership with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT).

ONE Championship’s partnership with (SAT) aims to further develop the sport of Muay Thai on a global scale. The collaboration will see both organizations work together to establish ONE HERO SERIES MUAY THAI in Thailand, which seeks to discover grassroots Muay Thai talent in both the local and international level.

New ecosystem business and commerce building

Dioceldo Sy, president and CEO of Ever Bilena Cosmetics, has ventured into real estate development with Bamberton Center, a new ecosystem business and commerce building project in FTI, Taguig. 

Strategically situated along the north-eastern ridge at Arca South’s Corporate Center, the 12-storey Bamberton Center is an ideal location for offices and business establishments as it features 12 commercial units at the ground floor. 

LG’s new Soundbar Lineup brings Premium Audio Experience to even more consumers

LG Electronics (LG) will introduce at CES 2020 an impressive  lineup of soundbars featuring premium quality audio, easy connectivity, smart functionality and sleek designs that integrate perfectly with LG’s stunning TVs.

LG’s new soundbar models deliver rich, true-to-life sound that captivate with their accuracy and depth. The 2020 range again leverages the company’s long-standing partnership with Meridian Audio with more models featuring the company’s finely-tuned technologies such as Bass and Space, which boosts low-frequency reproduction and widens the soundstage and Image Elevation, which ensures a more lifelike listening experience by elevating the perceived height of lead instruments and vocals. Furthermore, the majority of the 2020 lineup supports Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for dynamic and thoroughly immersive audio.

PSBank Spreads Holiday Cheer, Gives Annual Support to Partner Organizations

PSBank, represented by its Glee Club members Maui Francisco and Arvy Vergara, together with Corporate Communications Head Marco Sindiong, join the Chosen Children Foundation’s Founder Mrs. Lita Fullerton and some of her village “angels” in the official check donation turnover.

Testament to its longstanding mission of being simple and reliable, and more importantly—of being a bank that truly cares, PSBank once again turned over its annual support donation to its partner organizations, intended to benefit the proper formation and education of well-deserving, disabled, and less-fortunate youths.

Very recently, the Bank, represented by its officers, visited the sites of the Chosen Children Foundation (CCF) and Resources for the Blind (RBI), to officially give the donations and to meet the beneficiaries. These visits resulted in meaningful engagements of PSBankers with the recipients, allowing them to spread cheer in this holiday season of joy and sharing.


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