Thursday, March 4, 2021

LG Sets the Tone With Revolutionary TONE Free Earbuds

Catch the LG TONE Free earbuds in action in the Wish Live Concert happening on March 7, Sunday at 7:00PM

LG’s UVnano technology kills 99.9% bacteria on earbuds in as little as 10 minutes 

Working from home is a luxury for most but it presents its own share of challenges. Meetings are continuously interrupted by running children, crowing roosters, or even roadside vendors selling their wares. Even leisurely activities, such as exercising or gaming at home, suffers from distractions inherent at home. You can’t play music to work out to or play games in full blast when other people in the household are working, after all. Even if it’s your “me time”, you still have to be considerate of others. One of the most popular ways to minimize distractions, increase productivity, and reclaim your personal time is through the use of earbuds which can eliminate background noise. LG Electronics offers a compelling case in why its TONE Free line of earbuds is the best among the rest. 

Nowadays, safety and cleanliness is the most important factor in purchasing anything. LG TONE Free FN7 offers the state of the art UVnano technology that kills 99.9% of bacteria. Studies show that earbuds can contain a host of bacteria. The FN7’s UVnano charging cradle kills almost all bacteria in as little as 10 minutes while charging. LG TONE Free FN7 earbuds have comfortable, hypoallergenic medical-grade ear gels made from non-toxic, hypoallergenic silicone that allows you to have fewer worries about all-day use. 

Spend your Summer in Comfort and Style with UNIQLO

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO announces the launch of its new and refreshed summer essentials line-up for 2021. Its lineup supports the new lifestyle needs of Filipinos today, while still staying true to its philosophy of LifeWear. Dedicated to making lives easier through clothing, LifeWear is rooted in the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity.

“Our collection hopes to provide our customers with simple, affordable, and practical essentials to give comfort and confidence in any situation, especially during this summer season. UNIQLO’s versatile line of summer essentials, made up of shirts, dresses, short pants, and premium and linen items, are perfect for different lifestyles and any type of summer activity whether at home or going out,” says Masayoshi Nakamura, Chief Operating Officer of UNIQLO Philippines.

Challenge your boundaries with the new Dynamic Redmi Note 10 series

Redmi Note 10 Pro

The Redmi Note 10 series continues to raise industry standard by delivering astounding, yet accessible smartphones

Global technology leader Xiaomi today announced it is expanding its lineup of mid-range smartphone devices to include: Redmi Note 10 Pro, Redmi Note 10S, Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 5G. From The 108MP Voyager, The 64MP Adventurer, The AMOLED Explorer, The 5G Pioneer, the series continues Xiaomi’s commitment to providing the latest smartphone advancements to all and redefining the mid-range king in the industry.

Redmi Note 10 Pro ups the ante as one of the highest resolution cameras for smartphones, making it the  mid-range king in mobile photography. The phone’s 108MP sensor with 9-in-1 binning technology and Dual native ISO combine to capture the finest details, provide a higher dynamic range and offer an array of photo editing possibilities. Thanks to the Night mode 2.0 powered by RAW multi-frame algorithm, users can capture stunning visuals even in low-light settings.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Taste the joy of soy: Here’s why you should switch to soy milk

People who switch to soy milk are often after its health benefits, while others still think it might not suit their personal taste preferences. Those looking for nutritious and yummy soy milk can now taste the joy of soy with Vitasoy Plus Milky, a product of Vitasoy-Universal Robina Corporation (VURC). Made with the finest ingredients, it delivers the natural goodness of soy; but with the milky taste, creamy texture, and healthy benefits.

Still not convinced? Here are the reasons why it’s soy good for you.

PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi customers now under the care of Smart

 

Better data offers, perks and rewards await PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi customers as Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the wireless arm of the country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT, rebrands PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi into Smart complementing their current mobile broadband services under Smart Bro.

Starting March 1, all PLDT Home Prepaid WiFi subscribers shall be Smart subscribers and may enjoy data offers like GIGA Pro, which comes with a generous combination of 3 GB per day of any GIGA offer – whether it’s Video, Study, Work, Games, or Stories – plus bigger open access data to cover all online activities.

Customers may also still enjoy big-sized data promos that suit their family’s needs, such as Famload Study, Famload Video, and Famload Video Plus.

LG makes shopping simple with Shopee

Recognizing the need to reach more customers safely during the pandemic, LG Philippines has strengthened and solidified its ecommerce platforms to offer a new way to shop. The South Korean technology innovator’s most popular products – home entertainment, home appliances, monitors, and air solutions, are now available in Shopee. This way, customers can stay at home and order the products they need without needing to leave the house.

To celebrate LG’s Grand Launch in the shopping platform, almost all of LG’s products will enjoy discounts up to 25% off when you order from March 8 to 19, 2021. Each order made within the promo period will be eligible for free shipping as well. You can also follow LG on Shopee and you’ll receive even more extra discounts in the form of vouchers.

Communities are better prepared to combat OSEC, Child labor trafficking

 

The cities of Cebu, Mandaue, Lapu-Lapu, Taguig and the municipality of Cordova are now better equipped to fight Online Sexual Exploitation of Children (OSEC) and Child Labor Trafficking (CLT) as a result of World Vision’s work in these cities under the Child Protection Compact (CPC) Partnership.

The CPC Partnership is a multi-year plan developed between the U.S. Department of State and the Philippines Department of Justice's Inter-agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT), demonstrating the shared commitment of the two governments to strengthen efforts to prosecute and convict child traffickers, provide comprehensive, trauma-informed care for victims of child trafficking crimes, and improve existing community-based mechanisms to prevent and combat OSEC and CLT cases in the Philippines.

Implementation of objectives and activities under this CPC partnership is carried out by non-governmental organizations focused on anti-trafficking efforts, including International Justice Mission and its sub recipient, World Vision.

A colorful European flea market experience at The Palacio

 

Culture enthusiasts from all over the metro enjoyed a weekend filled with beautiful art, antiques, and home décor, along with other exciting activities during the "Flea Market at Palacio de Memoria," an artisanal fair inspired by the El Rastro de Madrid flea market in Spain.

As the heritage house that champions the arts, history, and culture, Palacio de Memoria held the event to show the significance of art and how it can help move our lives forward in times of crisis. The flea market promoted various Filipino crafts and goods, and in turn, supported local craftsmen and artisans and their families. Likewise, the weekend affair also provided a quick escape to leave behind the worries of the current situation, and simply immerse in the richness of the historied past, amid the venue’s expansive and lush grounds.

Young Artist Czar Kristoff Receives the Second "Portfolio Art Prize" of PHP 300,000

2020 Portfolio Agents of Change Artists Supporting Artists

Young artist Czar Kristoff was awarded the second "Portfolio Art Prize" consisting of PHP 300,000 in a ceremony at the Drawing Room Gallery. The grant, conceived by Italian Ambassador Giorgio Guglielmino and Hugo Bunzl, were supported by the Drawing Room Gallery and by curator Angel Vasco Shaw, is based on the sale of a portfolio containing 10 photographic works by as many artists entitled "2020". 

Thanks to the funds raised with the sale of the portfolio, prizes are awarded to young artists who have been selected by a special jury. The idea is to be able to give artists a financial basis to continue their work in this period of generalized difficulties. The first winner of the grant was artist Issay Rodriguez.

Shop smart for a healthier lifestyle, to save cash on groceries

Wise buyers can shop and win at Shopwise, earn more Robinsons Rewards points at The Marketplace

Grocery shopping can sometimes be a stressful chore. Buyers face the challenge of picking healthy and fresh alternatives, while looking for good deals and sticking to a budget. 

But with some guidelines and tips that are easy to follow, making healthy, smart selections can be more fun and convenient. 

Cebuana Lhuillier's services can now be done from home

In the past year, we’ve seen how businesses have switched to digital platforms due to the community quarantine. Many have come up with innovative ways to ensure that they are able to provide their basic services to people at home. One of them is Cebuana Lhuillier, which is one of the most accessible pawnshops in the country with 2,500 branches nationwide. 

To further make themselves more accessible, they launched Cebuana From Home (CFH), a platform that gives clients 360-degree access to Cebuana Lhuillier’s services—from cash remittance to pawning. 

Here’s a quick rundown of CFH and how the platform can help the general public.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Up to P6,000 in GCash credits are being given away by HP desktops and laptops until April 30

 

Here’s a laptop that allows you to flex, bend and flip your way for up to PHP6,000 worth of GCash credits! Choose the HP Pavilion x360 Convertible laptop as your work-from-home companion for added flexibility with its longer battery life and advanced wireless technology. The GCash promo for select HP laptops and desktops is extended until April 30, 2021. 

Remote work this summer just got better with HP as it gives away as much as PHP6,000 in GCash credits for PC buyers until April 30, 2021. Now, you can have more fun even while working or gaming safe at home with HP laptops and desktops. 

The extra GCash credits will go well with the HP Pavilion x360 Convertible laptop. This convertible device that can flex, bend and flip from anywhere with a 360-degree hinge will make work-from-home more flexible. 

The HP Pavilion x360 Convertible laptop is not only flexible in form, it is versatile in allowing you to work from different corners at home because of its long-lasting battery life, HP fast charging, and advanced wireless technology. An added bonus is the HP Quickdrop which lets you quickly share your digital stuff between Android, iPhone, iPad, Windows and Mac devices. 

5 ways to become a healthier couple

Falling in love is one of the best feelings. It’s just comforting to know that you have your better half to confide in during the ups and downs of life, especially after last year. But, when you enter a new relationship, you might not just gain a partner, but also a few extra pounds. Yes, it's called "love pounds" and not to worry, it’s pretty common. Researchers have said that couples gain weight because they’re getting more comfortable in the relationship.

While this is a sign of a happy union, this may also be the effect of poor health choices, such as disregarding personal wellness routines and continuing poor eating habits. AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurers offering a wide range of health plans, offers some tips on how to get your healthy habits back on track with your partner.

Samsung Named No.1 Global TV Manufacturer for 15 Consecutive Years

 

New industry report affirms 15 years of industry-leading innovation, positioning Samsung at forefront of TV industry

 

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. topped the global TV market for the 15th consecutive year, according to market research firm, Omdia. Newly released data published recently notes that Samsung Electronics recorded 31.8% in global TV market share by revenue in Q4 2020 and retained the largest annual category market share by revenue in 2020, at 31.9%.

 

Samsung’s growth across the Visual Display Business reflects a commitment to the most premium at-home viewing experiences, coupled with the fast-growing QLED portfolio, category leadership in the ultra large screen segment over 75-inches, the introduction and expansion of a Lifestyle TV portfolio, and a series of industry, category and product “firsts” made possible thanks to Samsung’s constant drive for innovation.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Shopee Kicks Off 3.3 - 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale with its Newest Brand Ambassador, Willie Revillame

 

Catch Willie Revillame on Shopee's TV specials and enjoy free shipping, 20% cashback, and ShopeePay 1 deals at Shopee Philippines’ first mega sale of the year

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, proudly introduces Willie Revillame as its newest brand ambassador for the 3.3 - 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale, its first mega sale of the year. The partnership comes after several successful runs of Shopee TV specials hosted by the massively popular TV personality on GMA 7’s Wowowin: Tutok to Win. Together with Willie Revillame, Shopee invites Filipinos to enjoy weeks of promotions and prizes at the 3.3 - 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee Philippines is excited to kick off the first mega sale of the year with its newest brand ambassador Willie Revillame, who is one of the country’s biggest TV icons. Kuya Wil, as he is fondly called by Filipinos, has brought joy to millions during these trying times with his fun-loving personality on Wowowin. Together with Willie Revillame, Shopee hopes to provide Filipinos with more meaningful and entertaining shopping experiences at our 3.3 - 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale.”

Fans can catch Willie Revillame on Shopee’s daily segments on Wowowin: Tutok to Win and Shopee’s monthly TV specials on GMA 7. From February 18 - April 4, shoppers can also look forward to daily promotions and discounts on their favorite brands, products, and categories on Shopee, which include:

LG's UVnano Technology Redefines Cleanliness

LG FN7 Tone Free wireless earbuds with its UVnano charging case

Nowadays the importance of cleanliness cannot be overstated. Frequent hand-washing greatly eliminates the possibility of spreading infectious pathogens. Cleaning gadgets and other items we frequently touch, immediately washing clothes worn outside, and introducing air-purifying indoor plants inside the house are also some of the simple ways that you can keep you and your family safe while at home.   

Worldwide technology leader LG Electronics, always at the cusp of innovation, wants to take the idea of cleanliness a step further. The South Korean brand introduces new technology to fight with you in keeping harmful bacteria and viruses at bay. LG’s UVnano is a breakthrough that represents the future of personal care. This innovative sanitization technology works to eliminate 99.99% of harmful germs in just a few minutes using ultraviolet light.

DOT backs “Balik sa Bohol” for tourism industry revival

The Department of Tourism (DOT), in collaboration with the Provincial Government of Bohol, announced its online travel fair, Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale, which will run from February 21 to March 14, 2021. The island-wide travel sale will offer discounts of up to 70% off on accommodations, dining, and tour services. 

The Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale aims to further promote domestic tourism among the public and encourage them to see Bohol’s natural and cultural wonders. To avail of Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale deals, visit traveloco.ph/balikbohol. 

“With the upcoming Balik sa Bohol: Bohol Online Sale, we look forward to more people travelling to Bohol to see and experience the beauty and wonders of the province,” DOT Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat said.  

UNIQLO LifeWear Magazine 2021 Spring/Summer Issue available on March

UNIQLO, the Japanese global apparel retailer, today announces the launch of the 2021 Spring/Summer issue of LifeWear magazine in March 2021. First published in August 2019, LifeWear magazine is a free magazine that conveys the UNIQLO LifeWear philosophy of making the everyday lives of people richer and more comfortable. 

The theme of Issue 04 is “Find Your Healthy” and reflects the belief that leading a healthy life is the first step to creating a brighter future. With that thought in mind, this latest issue is filled with hints for living your best life in the new season.

Pia Hontiveros’ One-On-One with Vatican’s Envoy to the Philippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown

As the nation prepares to celebrate 500 years of Christianity in the country, CNN Philippines Chief Anchor and Correspondent, Pia Hontiveros sits down with the new apostolic nuncio to the Phiippines, Archbishop Charles John Brown. 

In this one-on-one interview, Hontiveros gets to know more about the Archbishop, who carries the dual role of representing Pope Francis to the Catholic Church here and heads the Holy See’s Diplomatic Mission to the Philippines. 

Archbishop Brown talks about his mission, what he thinks about ‘Philippine Religiosity’, how Eucharistic Celebrations changed because of the pandemic and his special message this Lenten Season. The 61-year old New York native also talked about how he is adjusting in the Philippines and why he so enjoys two well-loved Filipino dishes, Pancit Bihon and Lechon.  

#HereforYou: Pacific Cross Philippines meets the challenges of COVID-19 with heartfelt service

 

Pacific Cross Philippines (PCPH) proves their commitment to serving clients by providing reliable assistance amidst the COVID-19 crisis. PCPH has been providing coverage for COVID-19 since March 2020, superseding their standard exclusion on pandemics for their medical plans.

Patients can incur large expenses for getting hospitalized when availability of a treatment for a disease is uncertain. Epidemics and pandemics are normally excluded from medical insurance coverage for this reason.

According to the Department of Health, over 500,000 cases of COVID-19 infections have been recorded in the Philippines. Getting hospitalized for the disease can amount to millions of pesos—money most Filipinos do not have. PCPH understands having medical insurance to cover for such a hefty cost is invaluable.

“We have always thought of Pacific Cross as an instrument in aiding our clients especially in these trying times. We want to be a reliable and trusted ally for our customers. We will continue to be here for our clients by providing support to them when and where we can,” said Pacific Cross President and CEO Mr. Daniel Daly on why they decided to provide coverage for COVID-19.

PayMaya’s workplace programs cited by LinkedIn and Anvil Awards

 

Digital financial services leader PayMaya has been cited by global technology firm LinkedIn and the local Anvil Awards for its trailblazing efforts in creating the workplace of the future today amid the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

PayMaya effectively utilized a variety of digital tools and programs that allowed for higher employee engagement, accelerated business growth, continuous learning initiatives, and recruitment of top talent.

“Behind all our groundbreaking achievements at PayMaya are our employees. The collective purpose, passion, and expertise propels our unique end-to-end digital payments ecosystem providing crucial services to more than 28 million registered users and over 116,000 merchant partners and their customers across the country,” said Charee Lanza, Chief People Officer of PayMaya.

Friday, February 19, 2021

KMVAsia Announces More Than 80% Occupancy for VIVE Montojo Environmentally-friendly Residence to be Completed by March 2021

 

VIVE Montejo, the residence of choice for start-up families, is almost completely occupied, announced its developer, KMV Asia Development, Inc. The property officially broke ground only in the middle of 2019, but has already exceeded expectations with around 35 units of its 40-unit capacity being sold to interested unit owners. Architect Kaydee Marie O. Velasco (KMV), founder and chief executive officer of KMV Asia, says that this signifies a shift in what families want for their homes. 

Vive Montojo is a medium-sized, six-storey, environmentally-friendly structure located in Tejeros, Makati City. Other than being within the proximity of the Makati CBD, Vive is unique in its emphasis of eco-conscious materials and design. The living facility boasts of energy efficient designs which include natural ventilation and lighting, a rooftop garden, low VOC paint, and energy-efficient lighting, to name a few. The goal of the project was to provide a space that is both comfortable to live in and good for the environment. Based on the adjusted timelines of the pandemic, construction progress in Vive Montejo is now on steady progress. 

Cinty Yñiguez: A Different Type of Plantita

With the new year comes renewed hope and firmer decisions to live a better life. Likely, a shortlist of related resolutions is inside a note in your phone or perhaps even carved in your mind. We live in currently delicate times when one’s safety and health must be secured. It will be no surprise that overall well-being takes primary consideration as we embark on 2021.

While exercise may immediately come top-of-mind in resolving to be healthier, one’s diet should also be considered and complement one’s overall lifestyle. A person who has discovered this balanced combination is Cinty Yñiguez - hotelier, yogi, certified nutritionist and entrepreneur.

LG OLED Lets You Create Meaningful Experiences at Home

A lot of things we’ve taken for granted before have fundamentally changed. Simple dinner and movie dates with loved ones, as well as large family get-togethers during weekends are now a thing of the past. These seemingly simple things play an important role in building and fostering relationships and experiences. As the dust settles in the new normal, making the most out of staying at home and being socially distant is integral. After all, this is still one of the simplest and most effective ways one can help in stopping the spread of the virus.

The feeling of bonding with loved ones, whether with partners or family, doesn’t have to stop even when you’re staying at home. Fancy dinners can be cooked from scratch or ordered in. You can set the mood with romantic music and dim lights. For the complete experience, LG has you covered with their OLED CX TV.

NBA and Smart launch NBA’s official digital destination in the Philippines

 

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and digital services provider Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) today announced the relaunch of NBA.com/Philippines, the league’s official digital destination in the country. Today’s announcement builds on the NBA and Smart’s existing partnership to provide Smart subscribers with access to NBA League Pass, the league’s premium live game subscription service, and NBA.Smart, Smart’s over-the-top service that livestreams NBA TV Philippines, a localized version of the NBA’s dedicated 24/7 channel.

The online NBA destination will offer Filipino fans access to game highlights, stats, standings, scores, schedules and more. In addition, NBA.com/Philippines will offer localized content, including recaps and analysis from its roster of sports reporters and basketball personalities, as well as a weekly podcast titled “NBA Hype Squad,” which will feature discussions hosted by local influencers about the latest league news. As part of Smart’s promotions, the network will provide its prepaid and postpaid subscribers access to editorial content on NBA.com/Philippines without incurring data charges.

Shopee Launches #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair to Support Filipino Businesses

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches #TatakPinoy, a virtual trade fair geared towards supporting homegrown Filipino brands and micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Shopee consistently advocates for the growth of local businesses. Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, which forced hundreds of Filipino businesses to close physical shops, Shopee supported over 1,000 sellers transitioning online through Shopee’s Seller Masterclasses and its partnerships with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and local government units. The initiatives helped Filipino entrepreneurs gain a basic understanding of e-commerce and digital marketing. Sellers were also able to master Shopee’s marketing tools, helping them achieve their maximum potential in e-commerce.

To further strengthen support for local entrepreneurs, Shopee and DTI are set to launch the very first #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair, a campaign that aims to promote products from Filipino brands and local MSMEs. From February 19 – 21, shoppers can discover local delicacies and pasalubong items, particularly those from Regions XII and IV-A, on Shopee. They can also buy products from Filipina-owned businesses, championed by Shopee and USAID’s partnership to empower local female entrepreneurs.

Explosive New Cinematic Adventure “Mortal Kombat” Drops First Trailer

From New Line Cinema comes the explosive new cinematic adventure “Mortal Kombat,” inspired by the blockbuster video game franchise, which most recently enjoyed the most successful video game launch in its history, Mortal Kombat 11. The film is helmed by award-winning Australian commercial filmmaker Simon McQuoid, marking his feature directorial debut, and produced by James Wan (“The Conjuring” universe films, “Aquaman,”), Todd Garner (“Into the Storm”), McQuoid and E. Bennett Walsh (“The Amazing Spider-Man 2”).

In “Mortal Kombat,” MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Xiaomi Unveils its Premium QLED TV for Vibrant, High-Quality Entertainment

 

Along with the new Mi 11, Xiaomi also announced the launch of Mi TV Q1 75”, its most premium QLED 4K TV offering for the global market to date. Boasting an enormous 75’’ panel, quantum dot technology, as well as Android TVTM 10 system and an enhanced smart TV experience, Xiaomi is bringing the 4K smart TV experience to the extreme. Starting from March 2021, Mi TV Q1 75” will be available in certain regions. 

“The TV category is definitely one of the most important within Xiaomi’s product universe, and we continue to challenge ourselves to deliver better specs and areas of innovation,” said Emory Babb, Product Marketing Manager, Xiaomi. “Building on Mi TV’s strong momentum in China and India, we are thrilled to bring the next-gen smart TV experience to the global markets.”

Along with the Mi TV Q1 75’’, Xiaomi also announced that its long-anticipated Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team will now be available. 

BPI-Philam powers through uncertainty, wins Global Insurance Awards 2020

Bancassurance leader BPI-Philam capped off 2020 as the World Finance Best Life Insurance Company in the Philippines for the fourth consecutive year. The international business and finance publication recognized BPI-Philam’s agility and innovation, which helped it exemplify calm out of chaos amid a climate of uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Uncertainty continues to prevail amid the pandemic, but we’re optimistic that we will recover sooner rather than later. It is important for us at BPI-Philam to represent stability for customers at this time and to guide them throughout. This award from World Finance is a recognition of the concerted effort of all our employees, the management, and customers to push our own limits in the hope of a better future after this crisis,” said BPI-Philam Chief Executive Officer Surendra Menon.

The World Finance Global Insurance Awards distinguishes organizations that are most able to adapt to the environment and help forge the future of the industry. It acknowledges the role of insurance in alleviating people’s fears and helping the world recover. BPI-Philam’s innovations in product development, onboarding, and customer service, among others, earned it the much-coveted distinction from World Finance.

Top supermarkets offer big rewards when you pay with PayMaya QR

 

Grocery shopping this February is more rewarding when you go cashless as PayMaya teams up with the biggest supermarkets in the country to give you a safer and more convenient experience when purchasing your daily essentials with PayMaya QR. 

Until February 28, 2021, you can get up to P250 in cashback when you #ScanToPay via PayMaya QR at your go-to supermarkets including Mercury Drug, Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, Super8, Waltermart, AllDay, and South Emerald, among so many others. To know the full list of participating supermarkets, visit http://pymy.co/FebGroceryQRCashback.

All you have to do is #ScanToPay at least P1,000 for your everyday purchases to get a P50 cashback. You can enjoy this reward up to five times for the entire promo period – giving you a total of P250 in savings, at your favorite grocery stores all over the country.

DOT lauds Bohol's celebration of the annual Ubi Festival

Photo from the Office of the Provincial Agriculturist - Bohol

The Department of Tourism (DOT) lauds the Provincial Government of Bohol's efforts in setting up this year's annual Ubi Festival under the new normal. 

Running until February 24, the festival, which has been celebrated since year 2000, is proof of the Boholanos’ love for Ubi or purple yam. The root crop was revered as a “savior crop” as its discovery led to the alleviation of hunger in the province during pre-Hispanic times. Now, it has become a staple food for Boholanos because of its taste, long shelf-life, and the many food varieties that can be made from it.

As the largest producer of ubi in the country, Bohol is home to many ubi farmers who turn to the root crop for their livelihood. With this year's theme, “Pagpananum ug Ubi Napuslan, Kagutom Na Dala Sa Covid19 Nabatukan,” the festival aims to celebrate the root crop that has become an agro-historical-geographical-religious symbol for the province and highlight the impact and contributions of ubi farmers. 

AXA donates 3.8 M pesos to UNICEF for children’s protection amid the pandemic

 


AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, continues its support to UNICEF by donating PhP 3.8 million for COVID-19 affected children.

The pandemic has caused a worldwide economic crisis, school closures, decrease in income, and other challenges that greatly affect families. This could plunge more than 86 million children below the poverty line, stop their schooling, and force them to work to augment the family income.

“Children are among the most vulnerable in this time of crisis. They may be less likely to get infected by the virus, but millions of them are not spared from the social disruptions of this pandemic. At AXA, we believe in protecting what matters and it’s important to ensure that these children don’t become the victims of the pandemic,” said AXA Philippines CEO and president Rahul Hora.

How to Unwind When Working From Home

The usual everyday office life is long gone as almost all jobs have shifted to a work-from-home arrangement. Although it has its benefits, this new working landscape brings about a few downsides, which can be stressful and can negatively affect overall health.

Between having to adjust to the new demands of working online or feeling lonely by being physically away from co-workers, it’s crucial to destress and unwind even when working from home. Here are three simple yet very effective ways to do just that.

First-ever Digital PR Congress Opens with Reality Check on PR, Business and Media Landscapes

The 27th National Public Relations Congress kicks off its three-day run with plenaries looking into the new realities for Philippine PR and the business and media sectors. Presented by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the country’s premier organization for public relations and communication practitioners, this year’s conference is the first time the National PR Congress is being held online in its 27 years and the first time it will run for three days instead of the usual two.

From February 17 to 19, 2021, PR and communication practitioners from all over the nation – and the world — will come together to examine the current PR landscape and find ways to move forward as one industry. Local and international experts from different fields will share their insights with more than 1,400 registrants for the three-day conference.

The first day, which sets the context and tone for the congress, will tackle the shifts in the PR industry as it is impacted and bounces back from the challenges of the past year, foremost of them being the pandemic. The sessions will look into the state of PR in the country and outside, the role of PR in the new dynamic, Filipinos’ post-pandemic profile, changes in the business terrain and how companies are adjusting, and the challenges for the media and PR in the perspective of the Philippine media.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Botanika sets the bar high with local, international sustainability awards

 

Botanika Nature Residences’ lobby

Botanika Nature Residences, a high-end eco-friendly residential project under premium property brand Filigree, sets the bar high for green developments as it recently received back-to-back recognitions from Asia Pacific Property Awards and the Philippine Green Building Council (PHILGBC).

Botanika was declared Best Sustainable Residential Development in the Philippines with five-star rating by the Asia Pacific Property Awards, which is the largest, most prestigious, and widely recognized real estate awards giving body 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.

Safe Shopping Experience at Samsung Experience Stores

 

Samsung has always been committed to providing customers with the best and safest shopping experience. The Korean company has taken extra precautions in all of its Samsung Experience Stores to ensure the safety of both employees and customers.

Samsung Philippines adheres to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases. To keep consumers and employees safe, health and safety protocols are strictly followed - limiting the number of its customers to only 50%, mandatory use of masks, and frequent cleaning in all stores .

Here’s a closer look at how committed Samsung is to provide a safer shopping experience, especially now that the Galaxy S21 Series 5G is available in-stores nationwide:

CNN Philippines launches first-ever podcast, “Suddenly Family” an original series exploring shocking DNA results, hosted by award-winning international journalist Samuel Burke

Listen in on families’ most intimate moments as they solve their mystery DNA and struggle with the fallout of their stunning discoveries

CNN Philippines, the most trusted name in news in the Philippines announces the release of its first podcast, “Suddenly Family,” hosted by Emmy-winning journalist Samuel Burke. Inspired by three astonishing DNA results in his own life, Burke masterfully draws on his own experiences as he unravels the mysteries of over a dozen families around the world whose lives are unexpectedly turned upside down by DNA testing.

In 2019, Burke gifted his father a DNA test, only to discover they’re not related to the Burke family and that his small Jewish family is actually part of a large Mormon family. As he delved deeper into his family roots, Burke also learned his mother had a sister whom she had no knowledge of. And, astonishingly, Burke found out that a cousin who his family believed had died of AIDS, is actually alive. 

“As a journalist, I’ve always lived to ask meaningful questions,” Burke says, “but I never dreamed I’d have to ask questions this intimate to my own family and to perfect strangers who have allowed me into the most earth-shattering moments of their lives.”

Autosweep & EasyTrip RFID loading quicker with GCash

 

GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, now offers customers a more convenient way of loading their Autosweep & EasyTrip RFID accounts via the GCash app.

For a minimum amount of PHP 200, customers with GCash accounts can just go to the Pay Bills portion of the app, select Transportation, and choose either Autosweep or EasyTrip, and enter their account number and the amount they want to load. Topping up load using GCash eliminates the hassle of going to physical locations just to do the same, is evidently faster, and is contactless, keeping customers safe against the pandemic.

“GCash has been a staunch advocate of cashless transactions for the transport industry, for both the public and private sectors, and we strongly support the Department of Transportation’s initiative to shift towards a cashless payment system for our national roads. Cashless transactions provide an unbeatable convenience to customers,” said Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash.

Smart drives 5G device adoption

As mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) ramps up the rollout of its 5G network across the country, it is also partnering with device manufacturers to make 5G devices more accessible to its customers.

The wireless arm of the country’s largest integrated telco PLDT has teamed up with device manufacturers like Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, vivo, and realme to put more Smart-certified 5G devices within easy reach of their subscribers.

With Smart 5G’s superfast speeds and lower latency, customers can enjoy an enhanced experience in terms of watching high-definition video, playing esports, and using new digital services.

vivo Envisions User-Oriented Innovation in 2021

 

vivo has concluded a remarkable year in 2020, highlighting the importance of user-oriented innovation in the smartphone industry. Braving the global impact of COVID-19, vivo remained resilient by launching new product lineups, advancing in mobile photography technology and fostering a joy-inspired digital ecosystem to further connect users around the world amid the difficult pandemic.

vivo aspires to benefit consumers by providing premium user experiences, never innovating solely for the sake of innovation. vivo will continue to address consumer needs in 2021 by designing cutting-edge devices that exude futuristic aesthetics. Aside from perfecting current technologies, vivo will also strive to break the boundaries of smartphone design for devices to become an extension of the human body and an effective accessory to everyday life.

Grab, Sarah Geronimo team up to provide everyday value to more Filipinos

 

Grab, the Philippines’ leading super app is excited to announce that it will be working with one of the Philippines’ most popular and influential celebrities, Sarah Geronimo-Guidicelli – as its brand ambassador. Known for her strong sense of practicality, Sarah and Grab Philippines will work on a series of campaigns and initiatives to delight and bring everyday value to Filipinos nationwide.

“As someone who came from a humble background, alam ko kung gaano kahalaga to make the most out of every peso. Mas lalo pa ngayon na I started my journey into married life. Kaya I am very much excited to be working with Grab! May mga campaigns and initiatives kaming inihanda para sa lahat, and I am sure that kung sino ka man, ano man ang iyong budget – may mga makikita kang sulit na deals and exciting promos sa Grab na para sayo,” says Sarah Geronimo.

“We are excited to be working with Sarah Geronimo and we believe that we both share our dedication to delight and provide value to our kababayans. Grab has constantly innovated to be the Philippines’ super app – providing everyday value and delight to our customers and communities. Similarly, Sarah has successfully built her career from being a singer to becoming the country’s most admired total performer – bringing joy and excitement to millions of Filipinos. We are confident that by working together, we will continue to delight and provide everyday value to many Filipinos,” said Grace Vera Cruz, Country Head of Grab Philippines.

Sunday, February 14, 2021

It’s Finally Payday! Splurge on these Products and more at Shopee’s Payday Sale and Enjoy Discounts up to 90% off!

 

On February 15, users can enjoy flash deals and promos, free shipping vouchers, and up to 15% cashback

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, makes payday more exciting and rewarding with amazing deals and discounts at the Shopee Payday Sale this February 15. Shoppers can look forward to flash deals and promos, free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend, up to 90% off on select items, 15% coins cashback, and ₱15,000 worth of vouchers. 

Additionally, make the most out of your sweldo and enjoy exclusive deals and promos when shopping on Shopee Mall! Use the code SHPMALLPAYDAY15 on all ShopeeMall items and get a 15% cashback voucher. 

No matter what you're into, you'll definitely enjoy these 15 deals from top Shopee Mall brands and more at the Shopee Payday Sale: 

Friday, February 12, 2021

Three Things to Look Forward to with Kris Aquino on Shopee Love! Love! Love!, a Special Valentine's Day Livestream

Looking for new love or need love advice? Let the Queen of all Media and Shopee brand ambassador Kris Aquino help you! Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites all Filipinos to join its in-app Valentine’s Day festivities starting today until February 14.

Are you ready to find the ‘right one’ through Shopee? Here are three exciting activities on Shopee that users can look forward to during this Valentine’s Day Weekend: 

XTREME Dating Ideas this Valentine’s Day

 

Making time for your loved ones especially this time of pandemic is priceless, and if in case you are living away from them, you might find it challenging due to restrictions. A lot of celebrations were canceled during the past year, prioritizing our own and our loved ones’ health. 

This 2021, while we haven’t marked an end to this pandemic, Valentine’s Day doesn’t need to get nixed. Dating at home is not just about binging Netflix and ordering takeout. Stay away from the usual and be creative! Refresh your dating routine and try one of these ideas to spice up your relationship, making the affection more intimate with useful appliances from XTREME Appliances.

Moira Dela Torre, PLDT Home collaborate for Valentine’s music video

 

The most streamed Filipina artist on Spotify Moira Dela Torre collaborates with PLDT Home for the music video of her latest single “Pag-ibig ang Piliin,” composed and arranged by award-winning songwriter Jonathan Manalo. As the voice for PLDT Home’s campaign this Valentine’s Day, Moira once again captivates the hearts with a song that speaks the true meaning of love.  

In its Valentine’s Campaign, PLDT Home highlights the importance of choosing to love amidst all circumstances and challenges. While the internet and social media have become important platforms for free expression and open dialogue, the #ChooseToLove campaign reminds everyone to always choose love over hate, divisiveness, fear and rejection.

This new song is a bright ray of light that is much needed today. It tells us that love is the most powerful choice through its moving lines. 

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Get the best deals in mobile and cashless shopping at the newly launched PayMaya Mall

Filipinos now have an easier way to shop for their everyday essentials and more and pay cashless for their purchases with the launch of the PayMaya Mall -- a one-stop shop for your mobile shopping needs all within your PayMaya app!

Whether you’re craving for your favorite meals at Jollibee or McDonald’s, looking to buy your groceries at Landers, or shopping for cool new sneakers at Nike, you can find everything you need and get the best deals at the PayMaya Mall. 

With your favorite brands housed inside this virtual mall in your PayMaya app, going cashless for your everyday needs is now easier than ever. All you have to do is open your PayMaya app, tap PayMaya Mall and browse through over 100 of PayMaya's partner brands featured inside including Jollibee, McDonald's, Goldilocks, Rustan's, Park Outlet, Mercury Drug, Rose Pharmacy, Landers, AllHome and Boozy, among so many others.

Shopee Gives You More Reasons to Shop with the Shopee Loyalty Program

Users can experience a new level of value and engagement via Shopee Loyalty, with rewards including vouchers and exclusive deals to be unlocked every month 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is officially launching Shopee Loyalty, a brand new in-app program that delivers a more rewarding shopping experience for users. With Shopee Loyalty, users can enjoy a range of exclusive perks, vouchers, and deals every month when they shop more with Shopee. 

Highlights of Shopee Loyalty

Shopee Loyalty is an in-app program where users can earn and claim exciting rewards every month when they shop on Shopee. The membership is free and consists of four tiers. Shoppers can unlock higher tiers and enjoy bigger rewards by completing a certain number of orders within a month.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Gong Xi Fa Cai! Here’s What to Look Forward to this Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is just around the corner! And while public gatherings and grand celebrations on the streets are not allowed, you can still enjoy the festivities at home. Here’s what you can do to celebrate the Chinese New Year even if you and your family are staying indoors:

Relax over the long weekend 

This 2021, the Chinese New Year falls on a Friday—which means you have three whole days to enjoy some well-deserved ‘me time’! You can opt to stay in and binge-watch your favorite shows since most festivities in Binondo are canceled due to safety precautions. Here are three items to make your binge-watching more pleasant: 

Get a treat from Xiaomi this Love Month with the Mi Amor Valentine’s Day Promo

This heart month, Xiaomi is giving Filipinos even more reasons to fall in love with their latest phones with their Mi Amor Valentine’s Day Promotion with Mi*. Enjoy a sweeter Valentine’s celebration with a free gift with every purchase of selected Redmi Phones from February 12 to 14, 2021 at participating stores nationwide.

Enjoy a complimentary Mi Red Gift Box worth Php 1,500 with the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Redmi Note 9S. The Redmi Note 9 Pro features a flagship-level quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera, ultra wide-angle lens, macro lens and depth sensor for the best results. The model’s ultra high resolution cameras and AI optimizations keep you prepared to capture fleeting moments at all times and supports 4K video. With a large 5020mAh battery, Redmi Note 9 Pro keeps you powered all day all night and even till the next day. It also includes 30W fast charging so you can recharge up to 57% in just 30 minutes* and the fast charger is included in-box too!

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9S gives you the power to win with outstanding performance from its Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 720G octa core processor, plus a 5020mAh (typ) high-capacity battery that allows you to use your phone for hours on end. It comes with a 48MP AI quad camera, 8MP ultra-wide angle camera for a wider view, 2MP depth sensor, 5MP macro camera and 16MP in-display front camera. Polished and refined, the Redmi Note 9S features a 6.67’ FHD+ DotDisplay with a 91% screen to body display for the ultimate immersive experience,

Send digital Ang Pao with PayMaya and be one of the Lucky 8 to win a brand-new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G!

 

This Chinese New Year, good luck abounds as PayMaya gives away Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G phones to 8 lucky winners for its Send Money promo.  

Whether you’re sending digital Ang Pao to your loved ones or sending a payment to a seller, the more you give, the more luck you’ll receive as every P500 send money transaction gets you one raffle entry from now until February 15, 2021.

Sending money via PayMaya is free and it takes less than a minute. This convenient experience makes PayMaya the best option for your daily transactions. And now, your Send Money experience is made even better with the chance to win Samsung’s coveted flagship phone. 

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