Sunday, August 30, 2020

Caring for Pets during Coronavirus



The Pet Food Institute shares tips on how pet owners can practice social distancing with their pets

As countries around the globe start to reopen and welcome the “new norm”, thousands of people, including pet owners, continue to struggle incorporate the new regulations to their pre-lockdown routine and lifestyle. Pet owners continue to have questions on how they can return to their routine or lifestyle prior to the lockdown without sacrificing their and their pets’ safety. 

As a voice for responsible pet ownership, Pet Food Institute shares how pet owners can incorporate the new regulations in their and their pet’s daily routine.

Bosch partners Lalamove - Reliable automotive parts made more affordable for fleet drivers


In its continued effort to promote road and vehicle safety in the Philippines, leading automotive solutions provider Bosch inks partnership with on-demand logistics company Lalamove, working together in ensuring the safety of the latter’s fleet of delivery service vehicles. Under the agreement, Bosch brings its quality automotive products to Lalamove’s nationwide network of partner drivers through exclusive deals and special rates on its aftermarket offerings for two- and four-wheeled vehicles, including motorcycles, multi-purpose vehicles, and light trucks. 

- Bosch partners Lalamove to deliver affordable and reliable automotive products to its fleet members nationwide

- With on-demand delivery on the rise, Bosch calls for partnerships in creating safer fleet vehicles 

Bayad Center rolls out donation drive across Luzon


In photo (L-R) are Pasig City Councilor Mario Concepcion, Bayad Center Marketing Head Wendell Labre, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, and One Meralco Foundation President Jeffrey Tarayao during the “BAYADnihan, Tulong-tulong para sa Bayan” community outreach.

Inspired by the Filipino bayanihan spirit, CIS Bayad Center, Inc. spearheaded a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative called “BAYADnihan, Tulong-tulong para sa Bayan”, to benefit hundreds of vulnerable individuals and families who continue to experience hardships amid on-going quarantine restrictions in this time of COVID-19.   

With the said initiative, the simple act of settling bills was turned into an opportunity to help Filipinos in need as a portion of customer payments made at any Bayad Center branch or using the mobile app from March 1 to April 30, 2020 were donated to its CSR partner, One Meralco Foundation. Bayad Center employees also pledged a part of their salaries to further the cause.

Free insurance package from AXA Philippines and Metrobank


To provide customers with additional protection as they adjust to the ‘new normal,’ AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, together with Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank), one of the country’s leading banks, are providing clients who open new bank accounts with free AXA Protect Package.

The AXA Protect Package is a personal accident insurance coverage worth P100,000.00, with free daily in-hospital benefit of P500 due to accident, and free access to emergency services via the AXA Rescue Line, a special service accessible through the Emma by AXA app that provides emergency response such as roadside or medical emergency assistance.

LG, together with UNTV and WISH 107.5, stands together in the fight against COVID-19


Throughout the entirety of the pandemic, private companies, groups, and institutions have all come together and mobilized in order to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. This constituted of donations, fundraising drivers, and in some cases, actual buildings built dedicated to treating COVID-19 patients.

Breakthrough and Milestones Production International (BMPI), operator of UNTV 37 and WISH 107.5, is one of groups from the private sector that stepped up in providing much needed help to their locale. BMPI conceptualized a COVID-19 facility that acted as an answer to the urgent need in accommodating the rising number of patients that were spilling over from other health institutions. 

Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo shares her secrets in keeping Luna healthy and happy!


Quarantine stories and parenting tips straight from Mommy Juday!

The health and safety of the whole family is every parent’s number one priority especially during these unprecedented times. For our super mom, Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo, adapting to the new normal was never easy but with the help of her friends and a few experts around her, adjusting has now become a challenging yet delightful learning experience for her and her family.

Knowing the difficulties and struggles of being a mom, Mommy Juday shared some of her latest discoveries in making sure that her kids can safely grow healthy and happy while staying at home.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Help out a friend in need today!


During these critical times, being able to send funds to our loved ones in need is of utmost importance. It's a good thing PayMaya users can send money to other PayMaya accounts, bank accounts via Instapay, and to Smart Padala agents nationwide, to ensure that they can help friends and family across the country. 

For those who don't have a PayMaya account yet, sending money to their loved ones is now made easier, as they can head to over 2,700 PeraHub branches nationwide to send remittances to a Smart Padala agent in their recipient's neighborhood. 

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Thousands get on their bikes for first weekend of My Prudential RideLondon


Amy and Emily Bovington, plus four cousins, formed Team Bov and cycled 100 miles to raise money for Pancreatic Cancer UK in memory of their father Graham. They are pictured at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium where Graham was a season ticket holder.

Thousands of riders got on their bikes this weekend to raise crucial funds for charities during the first two days of My Prudential RideLondon – the world’s greatest festival of cycling.

Participants from across the country took on challenges over a range of distances and on a variety of wheels, including bicycles, tandems, Brompton bikes, roller skates, scooters and skateboards.

The virtual event was originally planned for just this weekend (August 15-16), the dates on which this year’s Prudential RideLondon was scheduled to be held on the streets of London and Surrey before being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Forward-thinking luxury developer utilizes design innovation amid pandemic


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, families have been spending more time in their homes. It has not only become their safe haven but has also served as their makeshift space for work, school, and even fitness. 

Now more than ever, potential homeowners are prioritizing developments that do not only offer comfort and safety, but also a life of ease with all the conveniences within their reach. This has always been the principle behind the projects of luxury real estate developer Filigree, as it continues to build future-ready, masterfully designed spaces that allow residents to live a full life.

“Filigree has always been forward-thinking, taking to mind the needs of its clients through well-thought out locations, design, spaces and abundance of greens. For us, this is what luxury is all about,” Catherine Ilagan, Filigree head, said. “For this year, we will continue to showcase the unmatched value of our developments with residents benefitting from our innovative designs, especially in the new normal.”

Pinoy app addressing pandemic impact won the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge

An integrated public policy information portal measuring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic developed by Filipinos won the Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge in the best use of data, the solution that best makes space data accessible, or leverages it to a unique application. Using Earth observation, in-country economic and human mobility data, and global infection case counts, data analysts Nick Tobia, Helen Mary Barrameda, Kristel Joyce Zapata, Theresa Rosario Tan, and Miguel Oscar Castelo from CirroLytix created a dashboard for policy makers and economic planners to show the impact of COVID-19 on various countries and effects on the economy and environment.

Named G.I.D.E.O.N. (Global Impact Detection from Emitted Light, Onset of Covid-19, and Nitrogen Dioxide), the portal uses news feeds, Google mobility data, and coronavirus cases revealing the multi-dimensional impact of lockdown and other interventions. Night lights from the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) and nitrogen dioxide levels from Sentinel-5P show current impacts and forecast effects of lockdown. Google's community mobility reports, global infection data from Johns Hopkins University, and nitrogen dioxide data reveal pollution levels produced by human activity, and monitor which countries keep air quality under control as they bounce back from lockdown and pave the way for the "new normal."

Sitel CPO highlights the pivotal role HR professionals play during COVID-19 at the virtual Asia CEO Forum “The Future of Work”


In photo: (Top row L-R) Richard Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Chalre Associates; Mitch Locsin, First Vice President and Sales Head, PLDT Enterprise; Cary Lagdameo, Head, Demosa Land; (second row L-R) Ruth Owen, Founder, Connected Women; Brad Sinnatamby, Global Operations Head, Orca; Gemma Gaerlan, Chief Operations Officer, EY Global Services; Lars Wittig, SVP-Asean, Regus Spaces; Haidee Enriquez, Chief People Officer, Sitel Ph-ANZ

Alongside industry experts at the recently concluded Asia CEO Forum, Haidee Cabanag Enriquez, Chief People Officer of Sitel PHANZ, and Chair of the Contact Center Association of the Phils. highlighted the need for HR leaders to be at the forefront of balancing business interest with the health and welfare of associates, and in addressing the immediate needs of the organization while steering the path towards longer-term recovery and sustainability. To ably fulfill that role, Enriquez emphasized the importance of retooling and taking time to learn new skills, reinventing the business through innovation, leveraging technology, and reviewing and realigning HR strategies, initiatives and processes.

“I believe that it is in difficult situations like the one that we are facing now that HR leadership really shines through”, Enriquez shared.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

021 Maker Space Dream Incubator Opening Soon in Binondo

021 Maker Space Dream Incubator, a new coworking space and business incubator will open this September 2020 at the heart of Binondo, a busy commercial district in Manila City. It would be located on the 8th floor of Co Ban Kiat II Building along Juan Luna Street, Binondo. The new coworking space, owned by 021 Group OPC, will the company's first and largest coworking space in Manila's Chinatown district.

The Co Ban Kiat II building is one of the historical structures in Binondo. It was built during the Pre-War period and was previously called S.J. Wilson building, named after American Navy expatriate Samuel J. Wilson. The building, in the pre-war era, used to be the headquarters of the Manila Stock Exchange and many other prominent companies and firms, including the Standard and Chartered Bank, the Japanese Consulate General’s office, Bank of America, Sunlife of Canada, Phil Am Life Insurance, France Consulate, Switzerland Consulate, and many others. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Teleperformance fosters vibrant people culture through global talent competition

Even during the pandemic, the passion and creativity of Filipinos shone through as Teleperformance Philippines, the leading global group in digitally integrated business services, gave their employees a chance to display their talents in a competition.

To showcase its diverse employees and to spread positivity during the crisis, Teleperformance organized the COVID-19 Fight Challenge, a global talent competition held virtually for its employees. 

In the local competition, the more than 47,500 employees of Teleperformance Philippines were encouraged to use their talents to express their feelings about their COVID-19 experiences and about what the future holds for all. Employees were able to submit in any of the four categories, namely, Music, Writing, Art, and Dance. Based on their originality, talent, and presentation, the judges shortlisted three finalists per category and announced the local champions via a Facebook Watch Party hosted by TV and radio personality Gino Quillamor.

Kapuso stars adjust to new normal with XTREME Appliances on August 14

This new normal is the best time to find inspiration within ourselves and in our humble home. That’s why XTREME Appliances is proud to share good vibes in collaboration with GMA Artists straight to your screen. A Facebook Live catch-up with your favorite Kapuso stars will be held on August 14, Friday at 3PM. Find out what keeps them productive, entertained, and resourceful during house quarantine.

Join the following celebrities on this live session:

Choose Your Own Adventure with jaye’s Interactive Music Video

ADHD represents the vicious-affective cycle experienced by artist, jaye in his bygone days as a hustling DJ. The four symptoms that make the acronymed A-D-H-D cycle are: Attention, Depression, Hit, and Dip. These were the formulaic-four that spun the cycle led headfirst by intoxication and party highs. All jaye could yearn for at the end was escape from its cyclical gravity. The genre-fluid single was recently released on 31 July - but that was just the shallows. Today, jaye drafts audiences into a rip-tide of immersive experiences with a powerful interactive Music Video.

Inspired by Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” jaye starts off at the deep end experimenting with the deconstruction of song and video structure to come up with the time-space defying Music Video (MV). The free-form MV is fitted much like Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch which gives users an illusion of control. Audiences get to choose their own adventure from four options (Attention - Depression - Hit - Dip) whilst vicariously living through experiences adapted from jaye’s own memories. The first chapter ends in two options (Ascend and Descend) and from there the viewer controls the narrative, or at least that’s what they think.

Get P5 Balik Bayad per liter when you #ScanToPay with PayMaya QR!


PayMaya fuels a safe and 

rewarding experience at Petron 

Digital financial services PayMaya has teamed up with Petron Corporation to provide a safe and contactless payment experience to motorists fueling up at participating Petron stations nationwide. 

To pay, motorists can simply scan the PayMaya QR code using their PayMaya app, or use their debit or credit cards as well as other e-Wallet accounts through the One by PayMaya all-in-one point-of-sale (POS) device. 

“Offering contactless payment options at our stations is among our top priorities as we embrace the ‘new normal’. We are happy to partner with PayMaya to deliver a safe but also rewarding experience to all our customers nationwide by allowing them to pay using their mobile phones or payment cards. This way, we can further minimize contact between our customers and service station personnel,” said Petron VP for Retail Sales Archie B. Gupalor. 

DENR taps Plastic Credit Exchange for Long-term Solution to Manila Bay Cleanup

DENR is partnering with Plastic Credit Exchange on the ‘AlingTindera’ program to support the cleanup of Manila Bay amid rise of single use plastics due to COVID-19

In response to the government’s call-to-action on rehabilitating Manila Bay, Plastic Credit Exchange (PCEx) and The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), with the support of the PepsiCo Foundation,partnered to roll out a long-term ‘AlingTindera’ coastal cleanup program. PCEx Chairperson Nanette Medved-Po and DENR Regional Executive Director Jacqueline A. Caancan announced the strategic partnership at the DENR headquarters in Quezon City.

Through this initiative, PCEx incentivizes fisherfolk and their families to ‘catch’ plastic waste in and around Manila Bay and sell these in exchange for cash at AlingTindera collection points stationed along coastal areas. The AlingTinderas (women sari-sari store owners) aggregate the plastic, and then turn a profit by selling these to sustainability-conscious companies through PCEx.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

All Day taps PayMaya to bring safer and seamless cashless payment options online and in-store


To provide a safer and more convenient experience to its customers nationwide, All Day will provide contactless payment options online and in-store powered by PayMaya.

Through the partnership, All Day Supermarket will accept cashless payments including PayMaya QR, using the One by PayMaya terminals in their 76 convenience store branches nationwide.

Additionally, grocery shoppers who wish to buy their day-to-day essentials at home can use any debit or credit card as well as their PayMaya accounts to shop via the All Day Market website ( powered by PayMaya Checkout.

Zack Tabudlo takes charge of his fear and soars in love with latest single, “Nangangamba”


Singer-songwriter and producer Zack Tabudlo finds renewed perspective on time’s delicate role in shaping your own destiny, setting an ultimatum on fear with his newest single, “Nangangamba,” out last Friday, August 7, on digital platforms worldwide.

On his first release under Island Records Philippines, Zack urges listeners to take ownership of their own feelings: that inaction may shield you from pain, yes, but ultimately it’ll get you nowhere. He brings love songs up a notch, infusing pop and R&B elements to his powerful vocals—a testament to his ever-evolving songwriting and production style. But moreover, it signals a shift on his creative choices in keeping his individual artistry as dynamic as his growth in the music industry. “With these new tracks, I'm sure people who have experienced these would relate so much more… [the latest single] is very different, music-wise and in terms of maturity,” he shares.

Create a learning space for your kids at home with Landers

Due to the pandemic, distance learning is considered as the new norm. Make home learning fun and enjoyable for your kids by creating a fully functional learning space for them. 

Landers Superstore also has the necessary items to create a study corner that will inspire your little ones to give their best in their school work.

K-Hip Hop Artist, JUNGSU, to drop another hit, “Bullet Holes”


If you were able to have a listen to his recently released single, “Need Ya Now”, you will be served with a new yet a different side of K-Hip Hop artist JUNGSU as he will be releasing another song this month.

The new hit entitled “Bullet Holes” is a crossover of multiple genres and emotions combined into one song. In every song he wrote, it evokes an incomparable style of Korean Hip Hop.

How basketball helped former PBA star with his financial game plan

PBA Star Vince Hizon was one of the resource speakers in AXA Philippines’ "What’s Your Winning Game Plan for the New Normal?” webinar.

Ask retired professional basketball player Vince Hizon what important lessons he learned from basketball and he will tell you that, apart from the obvious, the sport has also taught him essential principles for making important financial decisions.

Hizon shared his insights at the webinar of one of the country’s leading insurance providers, AXA Philippines, titled "What’s Your Winning Game Plan for the New Normal?” which tackled ways on how to prepare and cope financially in current times. The virtual event was part of the series of financial literacy webinars mounted by AXA under the “What’s Your Game Plan?” theme that seek to help people prepare for life’s uncertainties by managing their finances and protecting their assets even during these uncertain times.

He shared that basketball has taught him that athletes may not be able to achieve anything all alone. They need a coach, a partner, or a team that can help them go further.

Joji & Diplo struggle as PAs in “DAYLIGHT” music video

Joji teams up with Diplo on a new collaboration called “Daylight,” the latest single from his highly anticipated new album Nectar, due out on September 25 through 88rising, distributed by 12Tone Music. 

Just in time for the dog days of summer, this midtempo anthem sets Joji’s lulling vocals against Diplo’s crisp production to create a hazy, shapeshifting aural mirage.

The vibrant music video for “Daylight,” directed by Munachi Osegbu (Megan Thee Stallion’s “Hot Girl Summer” video), finds Joji and Diplo tasting the high life of a boy band: as struggling PAs on a 90s music video shoot.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Maxicare gives free COVID-19 testing for thousands of members

To provide continuity of care and to ensure their members’ safety and well-being, Maxicare successfully recently hosted a 4-day free SARS COV2 Antibody Testing activities for 4,061 Maxicare members. 

With a simple and convenient process, members simply had to register and fill out a risk assessment form online. This was a quick and easy screening process that determined their risk category. Instructions were then given based on their respective categories. 

The initiative was met with much appreciation and gratitude from members and their families, both during the event and after.  “Maxicare was very efficient. You will get a 1-hour window to show up and take the test in a large, events-purposed building in Bridgetowne, Quezon City. There were testing stations with proper queuing, social-distancing etc. The whole process took only about 30 mins,” Attorney Butch Dado narrated of his experience.

Up to 40% Off on XTREME Appliances this Grandest 8.8 Online Sale Events!


Get lucky this 8.8 as XTREME Appliances joins both massive online sale events on LAZADA and Shopee. Avail up to 40% discount on us from August 6-8, 2020 (Thursday - Saturday).

LAZADA Brand Mega Offer (August 8 | 12 AM - 2 AM)

The two of our top-selling and high definition XTREME TVs will be part of the Brand Mega Offer Sale. Perfect for family entertainment and informational use, the XTREME V Series Smart TV has music features and has Netflix and Youtube capabilities. On the other hand, the Classic LED TV has good picture quality with  USB, HDMI, and VGA available ports. 

Delivery riders can #ScanToPay for safer and more rewarding transactions with PayMaya

As portions of the country revert to stricter quarantine measures - Best to use PayMaya! 

With stricter quarantine measures now imposed in parts of the country once again, many will be relying on delivery services for their everyday essential needs. To help ensure the safety of delivery riders, PayMaya is encouraging them to use contactless payments via PayMaya QR in partner merchants, which will also give them additional benefits and rewards as well.

By using PayMaya QR for their purchases, delivery riders are able to enjoy a safer payment experience which reduces the risk of transmitting the virus through cash handling - thereby adding a layer of protection for themselves and their customers.

Apart from the safety that PayMaya offers delivery riders, they are also rewarded each time they #ScanToPay for their customers' orders or when they fill up their tanks at partner establishments because they can get up to 100% cashback (maximum of P500), which can easily add to their savings and income.

Parkway Corporate Center recognized at Asia Pacific Property Awards


The ongoing pandemic has redefined the way we live and work and business owners are now further considering the efficiency and safety of an office space’s structure and design. Amid the current situation, Filinvest's Parkway Corporate Center (PCC) has proven its adaptability in the recently concluded Asia Pacific Property Awards as it was recognized the Best Office Development for the Philippines 2020-2021.

The Asia Pacific Property Awards is the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognized program throughout the region. Judged by an independent panel of over 80 industry experts, it honors excellence in the real estate industry based on design, quality, service, innovation, originality, and commitment to sustainability.

Keeping the family team spirit alive in the new normal


One silver lining of the pandemic is the new found closeness of many families who now enjoy a lot of time being together. The team spirit is strong during the lockdown as the crisis saw family members looking after one another’s safety and spending more time under one roof. As the country adapts to the new normal, AXA Philippines, the official insurance partner of the NBA in the Philippines, shares a game plan to maintain the closeness of your family—your no. 1 team—with or without a lockdown situation.


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