Tuesday, May 11, 2021

No Cash? No Problem! Shopee Lets You Pay for Your COD Purchases via ShopeePay

Get 20% cashback when you Scan to Pay using ShopeePay for your ‘cash-on delivery’’ transactions

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, now offers another safe and rewarding method to pay for your cash-on-delivery (COD) orders using ShopeePay’s Scan to Pay feature. 

The pandemic has pushed a lot of Filipinos to opt for cashless transactions more than ever. The total transaction value of digital payments in the country expects to show an annual growth rate of 16.40% and amount to 28 billion US dollars by 2025 . With more Filipinos maximizing the potential of mobile wallets, ShopeePay aims to make it easier and secure for people turning to digital payment methods. With ShopeePay, users can venture into new opportunities whether it’s for personal or business purposes. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As digital payments take on a greater significance in the lives of Filipinos, it is essential that we come up with initiatives that’ll make payments seamless, safer, and more worthwhile for our consumers. Through this additional payment method, we can help people adapt to the evolving digital space and make the transition to a cashless society a lot more convenient.” 

DiskarTech partners with digital payments gateway PayMongo

RCBC’s inclusion super app DiskarTech has teamed up with digital payments gateway PayMongo to expand the reach of its financial products and services.

PayMongo is a Filipino startup that offers various payments solutions that will help micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) give their clients access to payment options that are safe, fast, and efficient. With PayMongo, DiskarTech will be able to offer more seamless payment solutions to individuals and MSMEs using the app for financial transactions, without the need for elaborate paperwork. 

“What is really striking is that the PayMongo team has that clarity of vision. Much like their goal, DiskarTech is also rooted in creating products and services that are easy to understand. We’re all about breaking barriers. Less complex processes will encourage more Filipinos to use the app. With PayMongo, we’re looking forward to breaking some more barriers,” said Lito Villanueva, Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation and Inclusion Officer of RCBC.

Seagate and Serenitea partners this summer to let you save those Summer Experiences!

Summer time is perfect for keeping memories!  And what better way to keep them alive than with your ever reliable Seagate external hard drive.

But here is more great news, just purchase any eligible Seagate external hard drive and get a FREE Serenitea eVoucher of up to P500!

Enjoy this cool summer treat from Seagate with your favorite Serenitea drinks and snacks!

Now that's one awesome deal you would not want to pass on!  Now is the best time to get a Seagate external hard drive to enjoy this offer with Serenitea.

This offer runs from May 1 - June 15, 2021.

But wait, we got more great news to share.

Xiaomi’s entry level kings made even more accessible with Redmi 9A and 9C price drop

Unmatched battery life, display, and price for the young and powerful 

Xiaomi’s young and powerful entry level kings are now even more accessible as Xiaomi announced exciting price drops for the best-selling Redmi 9A and Redmi 9C. Get a Redmi 9A 2GB + 32GB variant now for only PHP 4,490 (from PHP 4,690). Meanwhile, you can also purchase a Redmi 9C 2GB + 32GB variant at PHP 4,990 (from PHP 5,290) or the 3GB + 64 GB variant at PHP 5,690 (from PHP 5,990).

The Redmi 9A is a fantastic choice for an entry-level phone – first, it has a massive 6.53” Dot Drop display screen so presentations and videos are crystal clear, plus its certified for low blue light by Germany’s TÜV Rheinland so that it’s easy on the eyes. It also comes with a 5000mAh high-capacity battery with longer lifespan to provide for years of reliable use and a MediaTek Helio G25 processor to make sure the phone runs smoothly. 

The Redmi 9A also has an AI optimized 13MP rear camera. Kaleidoscope effects add fun to your videos, while Palm Shutter lets you conveniently snap photos with the 5MP selfie camera. The Redmi 9A comes in Granite Gray, Peacock Green, Sky Blue.

Five Fun Ways to Beat the Heat this Summer

Summer is here! And while going to the beach or going for a swim isn’t as easy to choose to do as before, you can still make the most out of the season in the comforts of your own home where you are most safe and sound. 

Grab your favorite milk tea beverage

What’s summer without iced drinks? ShopeePay now offers customers a safer and more convenient way to pay for their favorite summertime beverages!

Thirst your summer quench with drinks from Gong Cha, Dakasi, Black Scoop Cafe, Yi Fang Tea, Serenitea, Macao Imperial Tea, Moonleaf, Infinitea, and What the Tea while enjoying 20% coins cashback.

Ben&Ben paint breathtaking imagery of young love on new single “Upuan”

It’s official: Ben&Ben have finally released “Upuan,” the first single off their upcoming sophomore album to be released under Sony Music.

Written in 2019, in Dumaguete upon arrival at the hotel after one of their shows, their new song takes a nostalgic look on young love, and as Ben&Ben describe it, “the palpable romantic tension that arises from friendships that are formed by sitting next to each other, and the adventurous conversations that ensue.”

Lyrically, “Upuan” draws breathtaking imagery that interprets gestures in such lifelike ways, capturing a play of details with romantic earnestness. The band points out, “we incorporated a more visual style in the song, painting a picture for the listener and transporting them to that familiar place, of falling in love with someone they just met, whether that is in a classroom, by the beach, at a restaurant.”

Art pieces to uplift your mood and elevate your home at Palacio de Memoria’s Segundo auction


Many people now dedicate their free time to decorating their homes and making sure their private spaces reflect their personal taste and style amid the pandemic. A truly great way to create a unique vibe in one’s home are one-of-a-kind art pieces that spark interest and conversations among its viewers.

Casa de Memoria, the Lhuillier-managed auction house, offers world-class pieces that can add enviable European and Filipino touches to any home. In celebration of Casa de Memoria’s 5th anniversary, the auction house is holding Segundo, its second auction event for the year featuring exquisite art pieces.  Segundo will be held on May 22, Saturday, at 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

“Art is an integral part of our lives as it’s an expression of one’s emotions and captures particular moments in time.  Incorporating art pieces in our house truly makes it a home. It can lend fun and visual drama to your home, while uplifting your mood during these times,” said Palacio de Memoria general manager Camille Lhuillier-Albani.

Here are some of the highlight lots at Casa de Memoria’s auction that can elevate your home:

Monday, May 10, 2021

Xiaomi’s Mi 10T Pro 5G joins the Globe Postpaid Line Up

Explore and power your creativity like never before

Getting a Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G phone is easier than ever as the smartphone is now available as part of Globe’s postpaid line up. 

The global technology leader has partnered with Globe Postpaid for the online-exclusive availability of the Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro 5G, a next-level smartphone that would power your creativity. New and existing customers can get this device with GPlan 1999 with a one-time cashout of P 4,800. GPlan 1999 includes 15GB of data and Unli Calls and Texts,  3GB worth of GoWifi, an individual subscription of KonsultaMD, and 3-month GInsure plan covering COVID-19 and Dengue cases under a 24-month contract period.

Xiaomi’s array of smartphones challenges boundaries and the Mi 10T Pro 5G is no different. Exploring new heights with unmatched specs in its class, this everyday smartphone boasts an ultra-high resolution legacy with OIS and 8K video support.  Its triple camera setup is equipped to capture moments that matter with 13MP ultra-wide angle camera and 5MP macro camera. And with a 20MP front camera, anyone can look their best whether taking a selfie or video-calling a loved one.

Pure And Clean, Down To The Very Last Drop, Thanks To LG Instaview With UVnano Technology

As we are slowly finding our footing in the new normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on safety and cleanliness is still the most important thing to do. People must remain careful and vigilant – masks must be worn at all times, hands thoroughly washed, social distancing enforced, and stay at home as much as possible. However, one facet that isn’t focused on as much is equally important – the food we eat. 

LG seeks to assuage these fears with their new LG Instaview refrigerator fitted with groundbreaking UVnano technology. The newest model from the popular Instaview line incorporates UVnano technology in its built-in water dispenser. It operates once every hour to remove "up to 99.9 percent of bacteria" such as E. coli, staph, and pseudomonas aeruginosa (which can cause pneumonia) on the refrigerator's dispenser tap. You can also activate UVnano whenever you want with the press of a button for peace of mind. With it, you can always feel confident that the water you drink is always pure and clean down to the very last drop.

XTREME Appliances Reminding Us to Show our Love and Gratitude to our Mothers

Mothers are the rock and center of every Filipino home – they are the ‘ilaw ng tahan’ who give light, warmth, and guidance in the family. 

This Mother’s day, XTREME Appliances, your local one-stop shop home appliance brand, is reminding everyone to show love, respect, and gratitude to our mothers, grand mothers, aunts, teachers, and all women who continue to inspire us to be better.

As we grow old and get caught up in focusing on our own lives — we tend to forget that our parents, especially our mothers, are growing old as well. 

MSI reveals sizzling gaming promos this summer

MSI, a world leader in producing high-performance and innovative laptops, welcomes summer with a blazing heat sale starting May 1 until June 13, 2021.

Gamers and enthusiasts can upgrade their gears for summer and save up to P17,005 on select MSI gaming laptops and even score a free gaming backpack or bag on select purchases.

The MSI GL75, GF63, GF65 Thin gaming laptops and Modern 14 are the best picks for streamers and are now available at lower prices for a limited time only.

The GL75 has high-end core gaming features and sleek design that will up anyone’s game. It also has a cooler boost 5 system and red backlit steel series with a silver lining print keyboard for the ultimate gaming experience. Get this during the promo and save up to P17,005.

7 hygienic habits to protect what matters most


Good bathroom hygiene habits are important to help us protect what matters most - our loved ones.

The fight against the COVID-19 virus continues even today. While the world embarks on a global search for a vaccine to contain the pandemic, the first line of defense in protecting ourselves and our loved ones is good personal hygiene.

Proper bathroom hygiene is essential, and especially important when we are spending more time together at home. By sharing 7 simple habits, the new HygieneClean™ campaign by American Standard™ seeks to educate and promote better bathroom hygiene to help us protect what matters most - our loved ones. While hand washing remains the most effective action to reduce the spread of pathogens, good bathroom hygiene habits are also important.

Abbott and Shopee celebrate Family Nutrition Day by encouraging families to eat right and live healthy

Abbott, a global healthcare company and Shopee, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and the Philippines, are coming together to help improve nutrition at every stage of life for people in the country. Nutrition for the Whole Family, a regional initiative across six countries including the Philippines, will be held on Shopee Super Brand Day in May.

The Nutrition For The Whole Family campaign aims to nurture families to live fuller lives through good nutrition, and through this program, families will receive nutrition tips, engage with a nutritionist and get to select a range of Abbott’s science-based nutrition products for children and adults.

Today, consumers are prioritizing their health by being more mindful of their diets. Eating is no longer just about taste and sustenance – nutrition has become a key element in living better and healthier. According to Abbott’s annual brand health study, Filipino consumers are engaging in outdoor activities like gardening, as well as taking vitamins and minerals to supplement their health and wellness habits.

airasia partners with the Best Credit Card initiative winner RCBC Bankard; offers special treat for Moms on Mother’s day

airasia sealed a new strategic partnership with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) – hailed as the “best digital bank in the Philippines” through its Card servicing entity, RCBC Bankard Services Corporation , awarded Best Credit Card Initiative – as the airline’s transformation continues to become Asean’s leading travel and lifestyle platform of choice.

The collaboration allows for digital purchasing and delivery of popular international lifestyle products through airasia Shop.

airasia Shop offers value-for-money travel retail shopping, allowing customers to purchase a wide range of quality authentic products from categories such as Beauty, Fashion, Electronics & Gadgets, Health & Wellness, Kids products and exclusive airasia merchandise.

These items are also able to be conveniently delivered right to the doors through airasia’s logistics venture, Teleport.

From 6 – 31 May 2021, RCBC Bankard cardholders can enjoy Php120 OFF any purchase at airasia Shop when they use the promo code “RCBC120”. The promo code is applicable with a minimum purchase of Php1,000.

PayMaya expands its widest bills payment offering

Filipinos can now settle payments at over 550 billers using the PayMaya app, the most number and widest range of billers offered by a Philippine e-wallet to date – enabling consumers with a safer, more convenient, and more rewarding way to pay.   

From monthly utilities like water and electricity, to insurance, loans, credit cards, schools, real estate, healthcare, and government services, PayMaya enables Filipinos to pay their bills from the safety of their homes. PayMaya's Pay Bills feature also enables consumers to easily donate to their chosen cause and organizations - allowing Filipinos to perform digital bayanihan with just a few taps on their smartphones.

PayMaya's extensive list of billers spans across the country - covering utility providers in provinces including Baguio, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bicol, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, South Cotabato, Iligan, Zamboanga, and many more. With this, Filipinos even in the farthest reaches of the country are able to enjoy cashless convenience in their pay bills transactions. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Local Brand Helps Asian Neighbors Fight COVID-19 ...while keeping their hands soft


COVID-19 sowed disaster around the globe in 2020. To date, this pandemic still poses a threat as vaccines are just being made available globally. Hygienix is serious in providing germicidal protection not just to Filipinos, but even consumers around the world! 

The unbeatable attributes of this homegrown brand were readily embraced in the global arena. And for good reason! Hygienix Germ-kill Soap, Germ Kill Alcohol, Hand Spray and Hand Gel does not only kill 99.99% germs and common disease- causing bacteria, it also has a moisturizing formula and a refreshing scent that’s easy on the pocket. This makes sanitizing safe even if done frequently. 

In this time of COVID, Hygienix was able to fill two needs with one deed: shield people from germs AND protect their skin from needlessly going dry. Kudos Hygienix! 

Exciting Mother’s Day Deals and Treats Your Mom Will Love


Pamper her like the queen she is with makeup, skincare, and other goodies at Shopee’s Mother’s Day Sale

Mother’s Day is coming right up. Time to salute our mothers for their innate strength and unconditional love. No one can juggle career, family, and household responsibilities quite like our supermoms do. 

Now that most of us stay home, our moms work extra hard to make a living, run the home smoothly, and ensure that the whole family is happy. They sacrifice their time, and sometimes even their well-being and happiness, to ensure that their children are safe and healthy. During these uncertain times, it's more important than ever to show your appreciation for your loved ones. So this Mother’s Day, go all out and pamper your mom—she deserves it! 

On May 9, check out Shopee’s Mother’s Day Sale, where you can treat your mom to everyday luxuries and functional must-haves, with discounts up to 90% off:

Pru Life UK underscores women’s health with breast cancer protection


Leading life insurer Pru Life UK has launched its latest health protection product designed for the independent and empowered women in our lives, the PRUHealth Prime - Select Breast Cancer, through Pulse, the company’s all-in-one health and wellness app.

“This protection product, designed for the women in our lives, be it our mother, sister, daughter, daughter-in-law, or grandmother, goes a long way for less than Php 2 a day. With it Pru Life UK underscores women’s health by giving hardworking and caring Filipinas financial protection from breast cancer, currently the most common cancer among women in the Philippines and worldwide,” shared Pru Life UK Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

PRUHealth Prime - Select Breast Cancer comes in two packages. A one-time premium of Php 150 provides a lump sum amount of Php 10,000 upon diagnosis, while a one-time premium of Php 425 offers a lump sum amount of Php 10,000 upon diagnosis and a guaranteed lump sum amount of Php 20,000 when undergoing Mastectomy or Lumpectomy. This is valid for one year.

Keep your immunity strong with a good diet and vitamins from Watsons

In the past year, people have become more conscientious about staying healthy and building up their immunity in the face of a global health crisis. Eating well is the best way to get the right nutrients so that your immune system will be strong but no matter how healthy you eat, some nutrients are difficult to get from food alone. Your immune system is reliant on what you put into your body. Drinking vitamins and supplements is a sure way to stay healthy and protected.

Watsons continues to encourage Filipinos to take better care of their health by making vitamins and supplements easily accessible not only in their 800+ stores nationwide but also all their online channels.

Watsons has a wide range of well-priced wellness products that are accessible online and offline. These include vitamins and supplements, health and fitness equipment, healthy food and drinks, first aid essentials, oral care essentials and personal care and skincare products. Whether it’s in-store, through the website, or through the app, discover a World of Wellness for you and your family with Watsons where you can look good feel great always.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Protect your skin from harmful UV rays with Sunplay Skin Aqua sunscreen


We’ve been making time for everything from mani-pedis to at-home workouts all in the name of self-care but taking extra time to focus on our skin should be our No. 1 priority. This time, the beauty buzzword is “protect.”

Now that we are all staying indoors, protect your skin from the UV light exposure and the sun with Sunplay Skin Aqua sunscreens, a Japanese brand with cult beauty status.

Make sure your skin is protected from UVA/UVB rays daily. Do not miss out on putting sunscreen as it is a skincare step you should never miss, even staying indoors.

Surprise Mom with these perfect gifts that matter

Toshiba Low Sugar Multi-Cooker

With Mother’s Day just a few days away, you definitely should be on the lookout for a fun or creative gift that will make the occasion more memorable for Mom. Why not surprise her with meaningful gifts that reflect just how much she means for the whole family? Toshiba has got you covered with these gift ideas that will surely make Mom - or any superwoman in your life - feel all the more loved and cared for.

The perfect companion for her everyday diet

Health is a top priority for everyone these days, especially for elderly loved ones, so a gift to remind Mom to eat healthier will absolutely be appreciated. The Toshiba Low Sugar Multi-Cooker (P11,995) is an innovative kitchen assistant that will help keep her sugar intake in check. 

Smart partners with MPTC to launch country’s first toll top-up via mobile load


As tollways switch to a cashless system for faster, safer, and more convenient transactions on the road, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has partnered with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the country’s largest toll road developer and operator, to introduce a much simpler and easier way of reloading the Easytrip RFID using the country’s first toll top-up via mobile load service.

The new service enables Smart and TNT customers to conveniently reload their Easytrip RFID accounts anytime and anywhere just by sending a text message. To reload, subscribers simply have to key in EASY[DENOM]<SPACE>[12-DIGIT RFID ACCOUNT NUMBER] and send to 3279.

Customers may load in denominations of P100, P300, P500, or P1000, and the amount shall be deducted from their prepaid airtime balance if they are a Smart Prepaid or TNT subscriber, or shall be charged to their monthly bill if they are a Smart Postpaid customer. Subscribers shall receive a text message for every successful transaction, and will have their Easytrip RFID accounts credited quickly after.

On Mother’s Day, moms are out in bloom at Shangri-La Plaza


Shang has readied the Streetscape, the Level 5, East Wing balcony, and the Al Fresco at The Ledge, Level 6, Main Wing areas for the community to enjoy their favorite dishes this Mother’s Day.

Just like the May flowers, moms are in full bloom this month as Shangri-La Plaza celebrates Mother’s Day with surprises and activities that will surely make mom smile and feel loved.

Keep Calm and Treat Mom by safely dining at any of Shang’s al fresco spots on May 8 and 9. The mall has readied the Streetscape, the Level 5, East Wing balcony, and the Al Fresco at The Ledge, Level 6, Main Wing areas for the community to enjoy their favorite dishes. End the meal on a sweet note by getting a free cupcake baked by EDSA Shangri-La Hotel for every minimum single purchase of Php2,500. To avail, just present the receipt to the Concierge at the Level 1 of the Main Wing.

The Mi Fan Festival Gift Guide: Which Xiaomi Phone is right for you?

Treat yourself or your loved ones to a Xiaomi smartphone with great deals at the Mi Fan Festival

Looking to treat yourself or your loved one to a brand-new smartphone? Fantastic deals and discounts await you at this year’s Mi Fan Festival for participating Xiaomi smartphones which also comes with tickets to the exclusive Melody with Mi special online concert featuring OPM rock icon Bamboo. 

The shopping extravaganza is happening now until May 9 with special offers on Mi Stores and authorized channels. Here’s a handy guide to help you pick the right Xiaomi phone for you or your loved one, just in time to catch the great deals at the Mi Fan Festival:

TikTok Launches Media Solutions in the Philippines to Help Local Companies Grow their Business

TikTok For Business levels the playing field and empowers businesses of all sizes to reach their ideal customers.

TikTok, the leading short-form video platform for creating, sharing, and discovering short-form video content, is now open to advertisers of all sizes in the Philippines. To complement TikTok's rapid user adoption in the country, local SME advertisers will now be able to join their enterprise counterparts in reaching their audience on the app through TikTok's authorised agencies and partners in the market.

TikTok has been the #1 downloaded app in Southeast Asia since February 2020 (Source: App Annie, February 2021), creating a large user base, highly engaged community, and diverse content and audiences. The app has experienced a tremendous growth in users in SEA, with 2 out of every 5 users in the Philippines being parents, and 1 out of every 2 users being purchase decision makers (Source: Global Web Index). Users have also driven rapid growth across a variety of content topics, the fastest growing being finance and money, and education.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Enjoy free printable templates with the Brother Creative Center


In the new normal, many problems are solvable with digital solutions. As we work and study from home, we rely more and more on the internet for the projects we work on. There are many free resources online to help you make your output look professional and high-quality.

Sometimes, however, you might need a little help. Not everyone is a skilled graphic designer, and sometimes you just need something that’s quick, easy, and good-looking.

That’s why Brother is here to help you find your creative groove with their new Brother Creative Center. It’s a one-stop resource where you can edit and personalize hundreds of pre-made templates for letters, business cards, brochures, greeting cards, decorations, and much more online—for free!

Shopee and Alex Gonzaga make Akinse Shopping more fun, rewarding, and worthwhile at Shopee 5.15 Payday Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces Alex Gonzaga as the face of Shopee’s Payday Sales. The actress, dubbed the new Shopee Princess, will act as Filipinos’ payday shopping buddy as she shares the best money-saving deals to enjoy at Shopee’s Payday Sales.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We’re excited to kick off our 5.15 Payday Sale with Alex Gonzaga, who is one of the most beloved TV and social media personalities of her generation. With her quirky, vibrant character and ability to connect with Filipinos, we believe Alex is the perfect person to guide shoppers as they try to spend their money wisely by looking for all the best deals on the platform. We hope Filipinos will be able to maximize their money’s worth this akinse with all the discounts and rewards Shopee has to offer at the 5.15 Payday Sale.”

Fans can watch Alex Gonzaga’s Shopee Payday Sale commercial on TV and on Shopee’s official Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube accounts beginning May 6. Meanwhile, here are all the deals shoppers can look forward to at Shopee 5.15 Payday Sale this May 15:

Safe and seamless online payments via GCash’s QR on Demand


These days, social distancing is one of the best and consistent safety measures implemented to prevent further transmission of the COVID-19 virus. Because of this, businesses and individuals are now forced to shift their transactions online, be it to buy goods, pay bills, send money, and even donate.

To provide small businesses with a faster and more secure mode of payment for their products and services, GCash has launched the Personal QR or QR on Demand as a safe and effective alternative to send/receive money without inputting one’s mobile number.

Since its launch last February 2021, GCash has seen more than 100,000 users who transacted using the Personal QR. By March, the superlife app has managed to convert at least 10,000 informal sellers to generate their own QR codes.

Lhuillier advocates further professional development for Cebuana Lhuillier employees; brings IVY Teams to PH


True to his commitment of providing better education opportunities for people, Jean Henri Lhuillier, the president and CEO of microfinancial services giant, Cebuana Lhuillier has enlisted the help of IVY Teams also dubbed as The Social University in providing Cebuana Lhuillier’s more than 8,000 strong workforce access to learning tailor-fit for professional development.

IVY Teams is a social university that brings the campus experience where it becomes possible for users to connect with other learners from various backgrounds and establish meaningful relationships while learning important ideas, grow professionally and make impactful choices that last a long time.

“Our implementation of the IVY Teams for our workforce is a strong step toward professional development within the organization and it aligns perfectly with our company culture of innovation. We hope that this venture into further transformative learning will be more than beneficial for Cebuana Lhuillier employees,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier.

RCBC DiskarTech, Ayannah to expand financial inclusion push


RCBC’s inclusion super app DiskarTech has partnered with Ayannah Business Solutions, Inc. in order to deliver more relevant financial products and services to Filipinos from all over the world.

With this partnership, Diskartech users will be able to cash in through thousands of Ayannah enabled outlets nationwide.

“Ayannah is very pleased to provide our open banking and omnichannel distribution platform for RCBC Diskartech. We have been impressed by the rapid growth of RCBC Diskartech’s user base and we are excited to provide branchless banking services to make it even more convenient to access RCBC Diskartech’s services,” said Ayannah President Dicky Alikpala.

Get exciting rewards for your PayMaya Add Money transactions at Smart Padala


Adding money to your PayMaya account at your trusted Smart Padala agent is not just convenient, it is now also more sulit and rewarding as you can enjoy more affordable rates and even earn 100% cashback on service fees. 

With Smart Padala’s network over 38,000 agents nationwide, adding money to your account is just as easy as heading to your neighborhood sari-sari store, making it one of the most convenient options especially for those without access to a mobile banking account.   

On top of this added convenience, you can now enjoy up to 100% cashback on your service fee for add-money transactions of up to P10,000. If you’re adding more than P10,000 to your account via Smart Padala, you can still enjoy a more affordable rate for your service fee as it is now at 1%, compared to the regular service fee of 1.5%. You can take advantage of this perk until June 2, 2021.  

For the love of K-drama: Here’s why K-content remains irresistible

Filipinos are no strangers to K-dramas, with some people obsessing over them back when an entire series would need to be burned on a whopping 40 VCDs. Recently, K-drama has again taken the country by storm, with fans of all ages binge-watching shows to their heart’s content.

Today, there’s an easier way to enjoy your K-content. For your viewing pleasure, Samsung and Viu have partnered together to bring you thousands of Korean dramas, movies, and shows that you can enjoy on the big screen. Until December 31, 2021, purchase of select Samsung TVs will come with a Premium subscription to Viu.

Let’s take a look at the reasons why the love for K-dramas stayed strong through the years:

WWF-Philippines Celebrates 60th Anniversary with “Bid for Nature” Online Auction


Bid for Nature Catalogue Poster

The World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) is celebrating the WWF network’s 60 years of action for nature and people by bringing together local artists, arts and fashion enthusiasts, and environmental advocates in an online auction for the environment.

Founded in 1961, WWF’s mission of building a future in which humans and nature thrive has stood the test of time and continues to inspire millions.  Active in nearly 100 countries and supported by over 35 million people worldwide, today WWF uses its position to advocate with others for changes needed in response to the world’s biggest challenges. Whether that is transforming global food systems or working with financial institutions to redirect financial flows away from environmentally and socially destructive practices, there is much to do.

In 1997, WWF-Philippines began working as a national organization of the WWF network, and has since been working with the government, business sector and local communities to stop and eventually reverse the accelerating degradation of Philippine environment. Major projects include rehabilitation of Ipo Watershed, addressing plastic pollution, eco-tourism initiatives to benefit communities whilst protecting whale sharks in Donsol, promotion of sustainable fisheries and food systems, renewable energy promotion and the continuing research and conservation efforts in Tubbataha Reefs, among many others.

Kantar: 75% of Filipino Consumers Seek Sustainable, Eco-Friendly Brands


Kantar, the world’s leading data, insights, and consulting group, revealed that Filipino consumers are making significant strides towards becoming more responsible shoppers. In its recent report called Who Cares, Who Does, Kantar observed the important role brands and manufacturers play in sustainability, adding that 75% of Filipinos were actively seeking out brands that offer ways to offset their impact to the environment. 

“Sustainability is an important topic and the pandemic has put an emphasis on the importance of health and wellness for consumers. Based on our research, there is huge potential for the Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) industry in the Philippines to apply more environmental practices as more Filipino shoppers are ready to embrace sustainable living and support eco-friendly brands,” Marie-Anne Lezoraine, General Manager, Worldpanel Division, Kantar Philippines said. 

Teleperformance renews commitment to the planet by pledging monthly switch-offs


Teleperformance Philippines renews its commitment to the planet as it pledges to do monthly switch-offs in all 22 of its business sites nationwide this 2021. 

The pledge was announced at its recent “Let’s Change the World” Citizen of the World (COTW) Meet-up, which shared updates on current advocacy projects of Teleperformance. The townhall, also held in celebration of Earth Hour, included special guest World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines Ambassador Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski. 

The WWF Philippines Climate Change Solutions Steward and the first female Earth Hour Ambassador, Cojuangco-Jaworski shared practical ways for Teleperformance employees and their friends and family to contribute to sustainability and climate change solutions for a cleaner and greener planet.

“Ultimately, it's the things we do when nobody's watching that matters the most. It's about what we do as individuals, which was what we do in our own homes, what is our lifestyle and what are our habits. The biggest problem is the carbon footprint we leave on this earth,” shared Cojuangco-Jaworski.

Buy all you can, fly when you can with the CEB Super Pass


Over a year into the pandemic and it is undeniable that a lot of Filipinos have been wanting to safely go out and travel again – to see some of the Philippines’ world-class beaches and historical sites, or to visit family and friends. Do you belong to this group of travelers but are unsure of your trip dates? Well, you’re in for a special treat from Cebu Pacific this 5.5!

As the Philippines’ leading carrier continues to celebrate its 25th anniversary, it comes up with another innovative product to address everyJuan’s need for utmost flexibility, coupled with the lowest fares.  Introducing another first-of-its-kind product that will let travelers buy all they can, and fly when they can across CEB’s widest domestic network – the CEB Super Pass.

The CEB Super Pass, a limited-time 25th anniversary offer available only from today, May 5 until May 12, 2021, is a travel voucher that gives passengers the much-needed flexibility and accessibility without breaking the bank!

Shop for Mother's Day gifts and enjoy awesome rewards at the PayMaya Mall

 The Claudette Collection from Nars

This coming Mother’s Day, finding the perfect gift for your mom from the comforts of your home is a breeze with the help of your trusted cashless payments app PayMaya. With PayMaya in hand, you can find thoughtful gift ideas from over 200 merchants inside its PayMaya Mall feature. On top of making your mom happy, it's also a safer way to shop, and with PayMaya's cashback and promos, it's also more rewarding.  

From the best food picks to specialty grocery items, health products, stylish kitchenware, and beauty finds, you can easily find a wide range of products that can suit your budget, all within your PayMaya app. And when you pay for your purchases using your PayMaya mobile number, you can even get up to 100% cashback of up to P500-- a sweet treat not just for your mom but for you as well! 

To start shopping for your Mother’s Day gifts and more, simply tap the Maya Mall icon on your PayMaya App and choose from over 200 merchants ranging from lifestyle brands, grocery stores, pharmaceuticals, restaurants, and many more. After choosing the items you’d like to purchase, just select PayMaya as your payment option, key in your PayMaya mobile number to pay, and enjoy exclusive PayMaya deals! 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Up to 45% Discount on XTREME Appliances this Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival sale

The much-awaited Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival Sale is coming on May 5-9, 2021, and the country’s leading one-stop-shop appliance brand — XTREME Appliances — is thrilled to announce its participation. Get exclusive discounts up to 45% on selected best-selling products like TV, washing machine, aircon, dishwasher, and water dispenser. 

Customers can now have the opportunity to upgrade their home appliance products at a very affordable price. With XTREME Appliances’ wide range of products, you can now experience a holistic experience of innovation, comfort, and convenience in your households.

Shopee Tip: Best time to checkout on May 1 between 12:00 AM - 12:01 AM to get discounts up to 47% .

Monday, May 3, 2021

Etiqa Philippines launches MyLife+, a comprehensive health insurance plan with Covid-19 coverage


Etiqa Philippines, one of the leading life and non-life insurance providers in the Philippines, today launched MyLife+, a yearly renewable health insurance plan that gives consumers access to Etiqa’s extensive medical network nationwide. Ideal for individuals and families, MyLife+ is priced competitively and covers individuals from two weeks to 70 years old. Within just 15 days of issuance, MyLife+ members can receive quality healthcare from over 29,000 physicians and 1,500 hospitals and clinics.

“In the face of today’s many uncertainties brought about by the COVID pandemic, people need a reliable health insurance plan that is comprehensive and responsive to their unique medical needs,” said Rico Bautista, President and CEO of Etiqa Philippines. “Etiqa is committed to give Filipinos peace of mind when it comes to healthcare, and to cater to all age segments even those that have been typically overlooked for health insurance.This is part of Etiqa’s mission to humanize insurance and put a smile to our customers’ faces”.

Double your savings with Secretlab 5.5 Sale


Double your savings this 5.5 — enjoy up to ₱500 OFF storewide and an additional ₱1000 voucher on Secretlab official Lazada and Shopee store.

Save when you upgrade your setup with the award-winning Secretlab sitting experience and enjoy proper ergonomic support and full adjustability. Sale starts from May 5, 12AM and ends May 7, 11.59PM.

Limited stock available. Shop now and save even more with FREE SHIPPING.

Go-to summer makeup looks you can try with Careline’s Lip & Cheek Tint

When it comes to summer essentials, lip and cheek tint is probably part of every Filipina’s makeup kit. It is versatile and it stays on the skin, which means your skin will look healthy and glowing all-day long. But the question is: are you making the most out of your lip and cheek tint product? There are so many looks you can try! 

Careline suggests these easy summer looks you can try using its Lip & Cheek Tint (P110):

Co-living spaces The Crib reaches the top


The Crib, the new exciting co-living brand by Filinvest, has just reached a significant project milestone: a topping off achievement that signifies the property developer’s commitment to meeting the needs of the market today.

With this feat, it won’t be long before millennial real estate customers experience the benefits of nestling in co-living spaces that bring live, work, and play together in one cozy yet affordable property development.

“The Crib’s topping off milestone reflects Filinvest’s commitment to delivering modern and comfortable yet budget-friendly housing accommodations to our customers. By meeting our construction schedule, we are one-step away to bringing what millennial tenants need today to enjoy a live+work+play balance,” related Daphne Sanchez, vice president of Filinvest Alabang Inc.

PascualLab supports World Vision in empowering the most vulnerable children through Chosen™

MOA Signatories photo caption: From left to right, top to bottom: PascualLab Chairman of the Board, President and CEO Jose Augusto “Jappy” Pascual and VP for Corporate HROD and DSCC Mia Pascual Cenzon and World Vision National Director Rommel V. Fuerte and Resource Development Director Santos N. Godornes, Jr. during the MOA signing event held via Zoom.

Pascual Laboratories, Inc. (PascualLab), a top-of-mind partner for health products and manufacturing services known for its unwavering passion for health and life, has partnered with World Vision in bringing hope to the most vulnerable by empowering them to choose through the non-profit organization’s new child sponsorship campaign, Chosen™.

Last January 2020, World Vision officially introduced in the Philippines a new approach towards child sponsorship that has changed the lives of both donors and sponsored children since then.

Through Chosen™, children living in World Vision’s assisted communities are given the opportunity to impact their better future by empowering them to choose. This time, potential donors are invited to sign up and be chosen by a child to become his or her sponsor. Amazingly, this has turned into a memorable experience that is shared between the donor and the child.

AirAsia joins tourism organizations in providing a welcome boost to Luzon Regions


AirAsia, in partnership with the Department of Tourism and the Tourism Congress of the Philippines has hosted a virtual meeting to present and discuss ways to boost tourism and economic growth in Luzon.

The ‘Virtual Luzon Regional Consultative Meeting’ took place last Friday, 30 April, attended by Jose Clemente III, President of the Tourism Congress of the Philippines, Jovita Ganongan, OIC, Regional Director, DOT Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Fanibeth Domingo, OIC Regional Director, DOT Regional Office II, Engr. Christopher Morales, Regional Director DOT Regional Office IV-B, Fe Buela, OIC Dot Region V, Joseph Francisco Ortega, Regional Director, DOT Region I, Carlona Uy, Regional Director, DOT Region III, Michael Palispis, Regional Director, DOT Region IV-A CALABARZON, over a hundred Tourism Congress Members, industry stakeholders, and members of the media.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Ricky Isla said, ”COVID-19 may have halted a lot of dreams for the time being but at AirAsia we never stopped dreaming big. While we safely work from home, we are taking this time to carefully plan and plot our next moves for the strong return of tourism and air travel.

Fatigue Coping Strategies for Healthy Blood and Immunity

Staying at one place for a long duration of time is not the most ideal for social beings like us, humans. Migrating all of the activities we used to do outside of our home certainly added more stress to already very uncertain times. Given the new normal setup stress, you may have experienced some symptoms of fatigue.

Fatigue is a sensation of constant weariness, tiredness, or lack of energy for physical and/or mental activities. It is a symptom caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological and general wellbeing factors. Department of Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire stated the department’s concern in a Laging Handa public briefing, “After so many months of being quarantined, people feel restless; people feel anxious; they’re irritable.” She expressed that people need to develop a coping mechanism and accept the fact that things will not go back to the way it used to be and start to transition to the new normal. 

Altering your current lifestyle may sound easier said than done, but these 4 easy and yet effective coping strategies might be what you need to keep a healthy blood and immunity.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Big Brands Share How Shopee Helps their Business Grow Online


With the pandemic causing significant changes in consumer shopping behavior, brands ramp up their marketing efforts by expanding their presence on e-commerce platforms like Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

With the surge of online shoppers fueling the need for digital transformation, three brands share how they remain top-of-mind while establishing themselves as a strong player in the digital space through the support of Shopee’s ecosystem. 

Discounts and generous rebates on Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Multi Action Cleaners in Shopee’s 5.5 Sale!

Even as the COVID-19 vaccine is progressively being made available, it is still important for us to keep safe by following the recommended protocols like mask wearing, maintaining social distancing, and washing of hands. Also of critical importance is keeping surfaces and surroundings constantly and properly disinfected from germs.

Thus, in keeping with its “Disinfect to Protect Mission,” Lysol once again makes its line of multi-surface cleaners and disinfectants within reach of health and value-conscious consumers through the coming Shopee 5.5 sale! With this, there’s never been a better time to avail of Lysol disinfectants as well as multi-action cleaners—all proven effective against illness-causing germs—at special discounted prices—with generous rebates too.

SKY Fiber upgrades super speed plans for the benefit of remote workers


Remote workers and online entrepreneurs will be able to heighten their productivity and efficiency as they achieve their daily goals when they equip themselves with SKY Fiber’s leveled-up super speed plans.

SKY Fiber offers various plans suited to different remote work needs, which includes its best value plan 40Mbps at only P1,499/month, which is perfect for emails, some video conferencing, and browsing. It also offers a highspeed plan of 200Mbps at only P3,499/month, which can be used for heavy and multiple online activities such as regular and prolonged video conferences, maintaining a website and social media, and more.

“With the continuous shift to digital platforms in the workplace, we have decided to increase our speeds with the same affordable rates so that they can practically invest in a reliable internet connection that will help them upgrade their work set-up,” Alan Supnet, SKY’s head for Consumer Broadband Products said.

New OPPO A74 5G now available on Globe’s GPlan1499

OPPO officially announces the availability of the all-new OPPO A74 5G that retails at PHP15,999. Exclusively available via local network operator partners including Globe Telecom starting April 30. A74 5G comes in Fluid Black and Space Silver color variants.

“As the Philippines enter the era of 5G, OPPO is offering Filipinos more competitive and value-for-money 5G-ready smartphone options to our Filipino consumers like our latest OPPO A74 5G. Partnering with Globe Telecom for Globe postpaid services, you can get the OPPO A74, powered by Globe 5G and packed with outstanding camera technology at GPlan 1499 with no cashout,” said OPPO Philippines Vice President for National Sales Zen Han.


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