Saturday, June 20, 2020

#DearPa: A Quirky and Heartwarming Ode this Father’s Day

On his special day, bring the spotlight to the one and only man of the house who always makes the family smile, laugh, and see the silver lining in every situation, especially during tough times.  

Each dad has an unparalleled quirky humor, whose optimism will always be a source of strength and comfort for his family. Through the ups and downs, dads never fail to make the family break into laughter with their signature dad jokes and silly antics. That’s why on his special day, PLDT Home sends a reminder to celebrate the funny guy of the home and play along with his silliness with the latest #StoriesAtHome video, #DearPa. 

Glenfiddich partners with Whisky Auctioneer to raise funds for the Speyside community

Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch whisky, is releasing an exclusive limited edition whisky to raise funds to support the Speyside community - the heart of the world’s largest whisky producing region. Glenfiddich will produce 450 bottles of Glenfiddich 2007 (Cask No. 25427) Spirit of Speyside Distillery Edition 2020, hand-selected by Malt Master Brian Kinsman. 

Bottles will be auctioned on from Wednesday 17th to Monday 22nd June 2020, with all proceeds going to local Speyside causes and those most affected by COVID-19. 

Essential health checklist for dads

Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to let our dads know how important they are to us and how much we want them to be healthy — even moreso with the current pandemic.

As we celebrate this special day for dads, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, offers an essential health checklist so you can help dad achieve optimal health.

Remind him to get annual health screenings. Preventive healthcare is the most effective measure men can follow to live healthier lives. As your dad ages, it is important to encourage him to have regular medical check-ups to prevent health risks common among men such as colon and prostate cancer, stroke, diabetes, and heart attack. As soon as he turns 50, it is vital for him to get an annual prostate screening to detect prostate cancer, especially if it’s in the early stages, which may be easier to treat.

Small Unsung Heroes of Mental Health

The Pet Food Institute educates pet owners on the role of pets during the quarantine

Tales of bravery and kindness flood everyone’s timelines nowadays, including pets that have been the stars of social media because of their cuteness and silly antics. But more than the amusement they bring, pets have become a reliable companion for fur parents living alone or undergoing emotional stress. 

As many of today’s individuals cope with the separation from their friends and family in this time of seclusion, now, more than ever, pets play a tremendous role in keeping people at ease with their unconditional loyalty and companionship.

As a voice for responsible pet ownership, Pet Food Institute shares the how’s and why’s of pets being the ultimate quarantine buddies.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hong Kong Disneyland officially reopens today!

“Believe in Magic” as guests witness the Castle of Magical Dreams construction enter its final transformation stage towards completion in late 2020

Today, Disney characters and cast members welcomed guests back as the gates of Hong Kong Disneyland reopened once again. The resort introduced a number of enhanced health and safety measures, as well as social distancing guidelines so that guests can continue to #BelieveInMagic and embark on their magical journey.

Prior to the park’s reopening earlier today, a special celebration moment hosted by Stephanie Young, managing director of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, took place along Main Street, U.S.A. overlooking the iconic castle. Beloved Disney characters, including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy joined her to mark the park’s official reopening, complete with joyous fanfare and celebration. 

John Legend’s new album, Bigger Love celebrates Black Culture and Pride

Multi-platinum artist John Legend is slated to drop his sixth studio album, Bigger Love on June 19 (Friday) via Columbia Records.

On a lengthy Instagram post, the Emmy, Golden Globe, Oscar, and Tony (EGOT) winner reveals that Bigger Love was written and produced prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the #BlackLivesMatter protests happening around the world. According to him, the upcoming album is a “celebration of love, joy, sensuality, hope, and resilience” and an important showcase of what makes black culture so influential and empowering.

Five Dad-approved meals perfect for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is coming up this weekend, and while the current public health situation means we can’t go out and celebrate as we used to, it won’t stop us from enjoying our family’s company. 

Celebrating Father’s Day under the New Normal entails that we have to be more mindful about physical distancing, including staying at home as much as possible. So if you’re looking for ways to honor Dad this coming Sunday, having a nice family lunch or dinner with great food from his favorite restaurants is a great idea. 

You can easily organize Father's Day celebrations from the comfort of your own home as most restaurants today already accept online transactions. And with PayMaya, paying for your orders is not only much easier, it is also more rewarding. 

Five Types of Dads We Love to Spend Time with at Home Now

Dads may differ in personalities. There are those who are strict, lenient, and there are those who are very quirky and playful. But there’s one common characteristic that we love about them: they will always have a funny “dad joke” or two on-hand whenever we need them.  

Before being quarantined at home, dads were busybodies, waking up at five in the morning and going to work for their daily grind. However, the situation in the past few months has required them to stay at home, finding ways to adjust to their new normal, thus exposing and unveiling his all-so-unique charms and quirks for the cringe-worthy enjoyment of the whole family. With Father’s Day around the corner, here’s a tribute to the types of dads everyone has encountered during quarantine: 

Monday, June 8, 2020

Back to the Basics!

The Pet Food Institute educates the Filipino pet community on the importance of nutrition during this quarantine period


As the country adopts a new normal, pet owners nationwide are looking for ways on how they ensure their pet’s health and well-being amidst social distancing. Filipino pet owners must remember that an important way to ensure their pets’ health during this time is by providing cat or dog with a balanced pet food diet that meets their nutritional requirements.

Ben&Ben releases a song inspired by a fan’s heartbreaking story

Award-winning Filipino band, Ben&Ben dropped their new single, “Lifetime” on June 4 (Thursday) via Sony Music. 

The intricately produced, folk-pop ballad was written as a response to a fan’s YouTube comment on their hit song “Pagtingin,” which to date, has amassed more than a hundred million streams on YouTube and Spotify combined. 

The fan, who goes by the alias of “Anne Jou,” shared her story of regretting not being able to express her feelings because she was afraid to lose the friendship.

Singapore Pop Artist Dominic Chin Releases BETTER via Umami Records

Singapore pop artist Dominic Chin has released BETTER, the fifth single of his 7-track debut EP License To Cry, via indie label Umami Records.

BETTER is a poppy, free-spirited song about the joys of being high on love. Dominic Chin shares: “This song is inspired by love! There’s a quote that says ‘falling in love is the best high without breaking the law’, and I fully agree! The whole chorus talks about how flowers smell better, time passes much slower, the sky is BLUE-ER. How you don’t ever want time to stop when you’re with the person you love.”

Fun, playful melodies accompany Dominic’s beautiful and infectious vocals, leading up to unapologetically brash and compelling choruses which he proudly belts out. “I felt like it needed a quirky aspect too, and that's why I sang ‘You-you-you’ with a slight yodle. AND I love showing off my whistling skills. I have been practicing for years, finally I can properly show it off!” shared Dominic.

GBF & URC face shields get seal of approval from hospitals

Dr. Felicitas A. Soriano of Veterans Memorial Medical Center tries out a URC-produced face shield. GBF delivered more than 100,000 pieces to hospitals within April and May.

The Gokongwei Brothers Foundation (GBF) and Universal Robina Corporation (URC) completed the distribution of over 100,000 reusable face shields to 33 hospitals, as the country ramped up its response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Health workers in the frontlines gave a thumbs-up to these face shields.

“Given the variety of face shields that we got from our warehouse, these were the most user-friendly,” said laboratory manager Ma. Lourdes Gatbonton, of The Medical City.

“They provide the right amount of distance between the user's face and the shield. The person using it can breathe much better, unlike with other face shields,” said Gatbonton. “They also do not moisten or have that clouding effect so it allows us to see better and work around the laboratory without trouble.”

According to Dr Joseph Angelo Kiat of the surgery department at the Veterans Memorial Medical Center, the clearer acetates also help with visibility.

Blackwater launches BB Cream and Lip Balm for men

Blackwater Lip Balm with SPF 20 and BB Cream in Tan shade

Who says that makeup is only for women? Definitely not Blackwater. The brand has just introduced two make up products designed to help men care look good and feel more confident.

The new Blackwater BB Cream in Tan is a grooming must-have for men. For only P195, this new product effectively hides dark spots, pimple marks, dark circles and uneven skin ton.  Available in the shade of Tan, this new product offers a lightweight matte finish to get rid of that oily shine on the face.

Plan for goals during quarantine with AXA Goal Getter

Available online, AXA Goal Getter is a life insurance and investment plan in one
designed to help you reach your goals.

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, introduces Goal Getter—a life insurance and investment plan in one that helps you reach your goals. 

If the current situation has strengthened your resolve to accomplish your life goals and save up for them, then it’s a good idea to check out Goal Getter. Build your funds so you can achieve financial independence and realize your goals, whether it’s starting a small business, getting a car or condominium, or pursuing a post-graduate degree. 

Friday, June 5, 2020

Shop for essentials online with PayMaya

Planning to stock up for essentials this week, the better option today is to shop online!  You can do so at the comforts of your own home, more convenient than lining up at your nearby grocery, braving the heat and risking your health.  Plus, you get to enjoy shopping deals and offers you can only get online!

Happening today til tomorrow Lazada is having their 6.6 Bounce Back Sale where you can enjoy the most affordable deals on your daily needs.

And when you pay using your PayMaya virtual or physical card, you can get up to P200 additional discount. 

Thursday, June 4, 2020

Pru Life UK extends free COVID-19 protection sign-up offer until June 15 for Filipinos through health app, Pulse

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK is extending its free COVID-19 protection and Personal Accident (PA) coverage sign-up offer until June 15, 2020 through Pulse, an artificial intelligence-powered health and wellness app that offers holistic health management.

Pru Life UK is keen to protect more Filipinos, particularly health workers, with its free COVID-19 protection and PA coverage — a one-time, 45-day insurance against the unfortunate event that the individual passes away as a result of COVID-19 or an accident. This limited, exclusive offer is available to the first 500,000 persons who register their profiles on the Pulse app until June 15, 2020. The coverage is effective from the date of registration. 

Pop-jazz sensation Ardhito Pramono invites Ben&Ben as special guests for digital concert

As part of the initiative to forge regional ties with likeminded artists in Asia, Indonesia’s very own Ardhito Pramono will be joining forces with acclaimed Filipino band, Ben&Ben and Singaporean alt-pop artist, Benjamin Kheng for a star-studded virtual show.

Aptly titled, From His Backyard, Online #HappyConcert with Ardhito Pramono and Friends, the first online concert in Indonesia to feature local and international artists, will happen on June 8, 2020 (Monday) at 9 PM (Philippine time) via Loket. Tickets are available here.

Landers is offering free online workshops for kids

Here’s a fun online learning activity your kids can do in the comfort of your own home!

Landers Superstore’s Mommy Club, in partnership with Child’s Home Educational Center, is offering weekly online workshop classes open to children of Landers members who are aged 4 to 7. Kids can learn about nature, science, animals, and health. The classes will have storytelling, arts and crafts activities, science experiments, and games to ensure a fun and educational time for your kids.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Use PayMaya to get the best deals at the Lazada 6.6 Bounce Back Sale

As quarantine guidelines relax across the country, it is still important to continue practicing social distancing in order to curb the spread of the virus. Some physical stores may have started to resume operations but purchasing essentials online remains to be the safest and most convenient option for consumers. And when you pay online using your PayMaya account, your shopping experience is not only more safe and convenient, it is also more sulit!    

In line with this, PayMaya has teamed up with Lazada to provide you with the most affordable deals as you stock up on your daily essentials – from cleaning products to frozen goods and other useful household items you can use at home at the Lazada 6.6 Bounce Back Sale from June 4 to 6. You can easily get up to PHP200 off* on top of the already discounted items at Lazada when you pay using your PayMaya virtual or physical card. 


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