Friday, January 29, 2021

You Can Win Over ₱2M Worth of Prizes during Shopee’s 2.2 Shopee Milyonaryo TV Special

Tune in to GMA’s Tutok to Win this February 2 to win plenty of cash giveaways, score flash deals, and catch your favorite celebs!

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces its 2.2 Shopee Milyonaryo TV Special on GMA’s Tutok to Win this February 2, 5:30-6:30 PM. Viewers can look forward to one hour full of non-stop giveaways such as up to ₱1,000,000 in cash, ₱10,000 ShopeePay credits, and other big cash prizes. Shoppers can also enjoy flash deals from top brands. 

Beauty queens Michele Gumabao and Ariella Arida are set to co-host alongside Tutok to Win’s Willie Revillame. There will also be performances by Wowowin’s official dancers.

Key highlights of Shopee’s 2.2 Shopee Milyonaryo TV Special: 

Microsoft launches Surface Pro 7+ for Business, Surface Laptop Go for Business and Surface Go 2 for Business in the Philippines: Purpose-built to empower people, teams, and classrooms in the new digital age


Microsoft recently introduced Surface Pro 7+ for Business, Surface Laptop Go for Business and Surface Go 2 for Business for commercial and education customers in the Philippines to support business productivity and continuity in remote and hybrid working environments. Surface Laptop Go and Surface Go 2 will start shipping today and Surface Pro 7+ for Business will start shipping from 8th February 2021 via Surface Commercial Authorized Resellers Nexus Technologies Inc., Accent Micro Technologies Inc., Advance Solutions Inc., and ePLDT Inc.

“Surface is more than a device — it is a strategic enabler for businesses. We are committed to designing technology that fosters productivity, creativity, and connection to empower people to be successful. We have spoken at length with many of our customers in the last year, listening to their journeys into remote everything. These discussions combined with extensive commissioned research and the work done by our Applied Sciences group, have helped us understand their rapidly evolving needs,” said Andres Ortola, Microsoft Philippines Country General Manager. “This was a critical part of our development process for Surface – ensuring commercial customer voices are not only heard but brought directly into our product development.”

The Rook premieres for the first time in Asia exclusively on HBO GO this January

Joely Richardson, Emma Greenwell and Olivia Munn in The Rook

From Lisa Zwerling (“ER”; “FlashForward”) and Karyn Usher (“Prison Break”; “Bones”), comes the eight-episode STARZ Original Series, The Rook, a supernatural spy thriller which lands in Asia for the first time. The series stars Emma Greenwell (“Shameless”; “The Path”), Joely Richardson (“Nip/Tuck”; “Red Sparrow”) and Olivia Munn (HBO’s “The Newsroom”; “The Predator”).

Stream or download the first three episodes exclusively on HBO GO. A new episode premieres on the streaming platform every Monday from 25 January to 22 February. The series is produced and distributed internationally by Lionsgate.

Acer unveils Chromebook Spin 514, its first chromebook with AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors and AMD Radeon Graphics


Acer unveiled its first Chromebook with new AMD Ryzen™ 3000 C-Series Mobile Processors and AMD Radeon™ graphics—the new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 (CP514-1H/ CP514-HH). This power combined with a durable, stylish design and long battery life make the Chromebook more than capable of handling all the applications consumers need as they work and learn from home.

Also, Acer will offer the Acer Chromebook Enterprise Spin 514 (CP514-1W/ CP514-WH) which comes with the latest AMD Ryzen™ 3000 C-Series Mobile Processor and the business capabilities of Chrome OS unlocked to support business customers.

“The pairing of AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with a durable design makes the new Acer Chromebook Spin 514 an excellent choice for users that need to get work done at home,” said James Lin, General Manager, Notebooks, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “Users will be blown away by the new level of responsiveness and performance provided by the Acer Chromebook Spin 514 with AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors. Plus, the Ryzen 7 3700C Processor offers the best graphics available in an AMD-powered Chromebook , so our customers can take advantage of the growing range of apps and extensions to tackle even more challenging projects.”

Gretchen Ho brings talent, heart and spunk as Cignal TV and TV5’s newest host

Cignal TV and TV5 recently revealed that star athlete, TV host, and celebrity advocate Gretchen Ho is the newest face to join the network’s growing roster of artists. Network executives and fellow News anchors gave a warm welcome to the ‘Woman in Action’ herself in a virtual media conference that officially announced her big move to the Kapatid Network.

February 1 marks Gretchen’s TV comeback as she co-anchors “The Big Story” with Roby Alampay from Monday to Friday at 8pm on One News, where she will be showcasing her versatility as a news presenter. She will also be joining TV5’s primetime newscast “Frontline Pilipinas.” Gretchen also brings a lot of heart and a spirit of giving and service as she produces and stars in “Woman in Action,” the TV counterpart of her current advocacy of the same name, launching on Cignal TV’s One News and One PH soon.

realme Philippines joins Shopee’s 2.2 cashback sale with exciting deals and promos

realme Philippines, the country’s top 1 smartphone brand, offers another wave of exciting deals and promos for its Filipino squad this month of February at Shopee’s 2.2 Cashback Sale happening on February 2.

Starting 12 midnight during the said date, the realme squad could get up to 25 percent worth of discounts on select realme smartphones and AIoT devices during Shopee’s successive flash sales. Among the devices to receive discounts are the powerful midrange line-up realme 7 Series, the best round smartwatch realme Watch S, and the highly competitive noise-canceling earbuds realme Buds Air Pro.

“One of the many plans of realme Philippines this 2021 is to make its smartphones and AIoT devices become the digital companions of every Filipino. It is why we at realme Philippines are keen to look out for opportunities and partnerships where we could offer our products at much attainable prices. This incoming 2.2 sale, we are partnering yet again with Shopee to make our products much accessible to more Filipinos. We hope this could help the squad achieve their goals and have fun experiences this year,” shares realme VP for Marketing Austine Huang.

Take your business events to the next level with Gateway Cineplex Cinema 5

Level up your next business gathering by renting out the Gateway Cineplex Cinema 5, a world-class venue that promises state-of-the-art facilities while ensuring the most stringent health and safety measures are enforced.

Whatever you’re planning, may it be a seminar, a workshop, or a live recording, Gateway Cineplex Cinema 5 is the perfect venue to wow your participants. Boasting 524 seats and located in Gateway Mall, it’s an event space that promises to be not only conducive for any event, but accessible to everyone as it is located near a transport hub.

The chase continues! Tom & Jerry bring mischief and mayhem to the Philippines

It’s hard to believe that after 8 decades of non-stop chase hilarity, Tom is trying harder than ever to catch Jerry! This year, Tom and Jerry fans will get to enjoy a whole lot more of the iconic cat-and-mouse team with a slew of series and movies during February and March on TV, on streaming apps and at the cinema.

In the build-up to the much-anticipated theatrical release of the big-screen Tom & Jerry movie from Warner Bros. Pictures, there are also plenty of themed retail activations, online activities and fun competitions. It’s the thrill of the chase!

The Cat and Mouse Hijinks Begin Here

Get a daily dose of Tom and Jerry movies, including their reimagined showcases of classic tales like the Wizard of Oz, Sherlock Holmes, and Robin Hood, among others. Catch them all at 5.15pm every day from Saturday, February 6, on Cartoon Network (Skycable Ch 43 SD/178 HD & Cignal Ch 74 SD/220 HD). Fans can also tune in to Boomerang (Skycable Ch 42 SD/Cignal Ch 76 SD) for The Tom and Jerry Show, every day at 6pm and a two-month-long channel takeover featuring various Tom and Jerry series from March to April!

And if that’s not enough, subscribers of the streaming service HBO GO will also get to enjoy a specially-packaged boxset of The Tom and Jerry Show Seasons 1 to 4 and movies, streaming from February 1!

Thursday, January 28, 2021

New Year, New Me: Signs You’ve Embraced the Adult Life

Transitioning to adulthood is never easy. Even when you plan or think you’re ready for what’s to come, there will always be bumps along the way. That said, growing up can feel less overwhelming once you start achieving adulting milestones step-by-step.

Think you’ve mastered the art of adulting? Here are signs to look out for:

PRURide PH seals partnership with Garmin for healthier living

Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga led the opening of the PRURide PH Pasasalamat event, which serves as the official thanksgiving celebration for the media. During the event, Pru Life UK also announced its extended partnership with Garmin smartwatch to bring more exciting fitness engagement for Filipinos.

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK formalized its partnership with Garmin, a renowned leader in the outdoor and fitness markets, to promote a healthier lifestyle in the new year through its PRURide PH Virtual Challenge and other health and fitness initiatives to be launched within its health and wellness app, Pulse.

Following the successful collaboration between Pru Life UK and Garmin on its first ever virtual PRURide PH, a bigger partnership is in the works.

“As we usher in the new year, we continue to expand our ‘We DO Health’ commitment to our customers. Garmin’s competitive advantage in the smart wearables industry brings a wider reach to the partnership, with the common goal to encourage Filipinos to actively monitor and maintain a healthy lifestyle,” says Pru Life UK SVP and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga.

CES 2021 - LG Envisions A Future Made Better, Safer And Easier With Its Advanced Solutions At CES 2021

Under the theme Life is ON – Make Yourself at Home, LG Electronics (LG) is sharing its vision for a more connected and more convenient lifestyle at the first all-digital CES® 2021. At the company’s press event streamed on LG’s CES 2021 website and LG global YouTube channel, LG redefines the meaning of “home” with a presentation of advanced products and services designed to make consumers’ daily lives more comfortable, convenient and enjoyable while its online exhibition booth gives visitors the opportunity to explore LG’s latest innovations from the comforts of their monitors, laptops or mobile devices.

LG’s CES press event had something for everyone, including first looks at LG’s rollable phone project and virtual human influencer. The LG Rollable smartphone made an appearance at CES, briefly demonstrating its unique resizable screen. As the second device under the brand’s Explorer Project, this rollable device is an “exploratory” look at what the future of smartphones may bring. Later in the event LG introduced Reah Keem, a virtual composer and DJ made even more human through deep learning technology. Reah used her time in the spotlight to introduce the new LG CLOi robot that utilizes ultraviolet C (UV-C) light to clean high-touch, high-traffic areas such as hotel rooms and restaurants.

A vibrant, vintage shopping experience in Palacio de Memoria’s Flea Market

The new year meets the golden age of the past as Palacio de Memoria holds "Flea Market at Palacio de Memoria," an exciting and colorful arts, antiques, and artisanal fair, this February 6 and 7, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Featuring a wide variety of must-have art and decorative pieces, the Flea Market at Palacio de Memoria takes inspiration from the El Rastro de Madrid flea market. A weekend of affordable antiques and art all for the taking, the fair will be selling unique and curated products from Rue Angelique, Archivo 1984, Gallery of Prints, and more. You’ll feel like you’re walking along Plaza de Cascorro and Ribera de Curtidores in Europe as you explore beautiful artifacts that reflect Euro-Filipino history and aesthetic.

HP Display Monitors — whether for conferencing or docking, the right tools for working from home

As we find ourselves working from home these days and adjusting to the changes, everybody needs a work from home arrangement that is conducive to productivity and getting the job done. With all the things we have to assemble and consider for that ideal set-up to suit our requirements, the importance of having a good display monitor is one thing we simply cannot not ignore. After all, we now find ourselves in front of the monitor for extended periods throughout the day—whether we’re doing conference calls, creating a presentation deck, or watching videos.

The good news is that HP has got you fully covered with its superb line of display monitors—the E24d/E27d, E243m, and E273m—all packed with features that are perfect for either conferencing or docking. 

The perfect blush for your skin tone


If there’s one makeup product to always keep in your bag, it’s the ever-versatile blush. It can be used on the cheeks, eyes and even lips. However, choosing the perfect blush for your skin tone can get pretty confusing with the many shades and formulas to choose from.

To help you choose the right shade, Ever Bilena, the country’s leading cosmetics brand, shares this guide to the ideal blush, according your skin tone.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Top Up and Transfer for a Chance to Win ₱10,000 at the ShopeePay Cashless Festival

ShopeePay users can also redeem exclusive rewards such as free shipping, coins cashback, and more this January 21-28, 2021

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, launches its first-ever ShopeePay Cashless Festival this January 21-28, 2021. Shoppers who use ShopeePay can enjoy free shipping, coins cashback, a chance to win ₱10,000, and more exclusive rewards during the promo period.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “With the launch of our inaugural ShopeePay Cashless Festival, Shopee encourages more consumers to adopt digital payments for a safer, more rewarding, and seamless shopping experience. Filipinos are slowly embracing a more cashless lifestyle, and Shopee is excited to be at the forefront of this evolution. We remain committed to providing easy access to a wide range of digital payment options such as ShopeePay to cater to Filipinos’ evolving needs.”

CNN’s Philippine Realty TV Unveils LG-Powered Project: Smart Home 2.0

What exactly does a complete, fully-functioning smart home look like? This question will be answered in the upcoming episode of CNN Philippines’ Philippine Realty TV (PRTV) as they unveil Project: Smart Home 2.0 for the very first time. PRTV is the country’s first real estate and construction TV show for local and global Filipinos. Project: Smart Home is a groundbreaking series  where Philippine Realty TV executive producer and homebuilder John Aguilar builds a green, smart, and sustainable modern Asian contemporary home.

The segment, which will be hosted by Issa Litton, will walk through a whole house fitted with interconnected LG electronics and appliances. Through the use of cutting-edge technology, each independent unit seamlessly works together in order to make life better at home. All appliances, from the air-conditioner, the refrigerator, to the TV can be controlled remotely using LG’s proprietary Smart ThinQ app. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

How to Care for Senior Pets



As pets grow older, their routine, lifestyle, and nutritional requirement change and one of the most common signs that comes with aging is a pet’s loss of appetite. Despite this, pet owners must continue to ensure that their pets meet their nutritional requirements every day otherwise these pets are at risk of developing serious health issues such as obesity, diabetes, liver disease, and heart disease. 

Committed to educating the Filipino pet community on nutrition and proper pet care, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) shares insights on how pet owners can take care of their senior pets. 

NutriAsia and Papa team up with DepEd to teach students about proper nutrition

School children from Regions I, X, XI, and the Cordillera Administrative Region received DepEd workbooks and Papa products for a truly unique learning experience!

Proper diet and nutrition are crucial in young children’s formative years. These foster proper development for children, leading to good health, intelligence, and behavior, thus giving them better chances in succeeding later in life.

In light of this, NutriAsia and Papa forged a partnership with both Marylindbert International and the Department of Education (DepEd) for school year 2020-2021, the Pinggang Pinoy Pina-Sweet Sarap Comprehensive School Program. It is a special module that teaches the importance of having the right diet and nutrition. Powered by Papa Banana Catsup and Papa Spaghetti Pack, the program aims to educate Grade 1 and 2 Filipino students about how keeping a good diet with the right nutrition leads to proper and healthy development. 

Fresh start with new appliances from XTREME

2020 is a life-changing year to us consumers. Our home played a bigger role on how we live and get things done. Most people converted their houses as their cozy office spaces. Some turned their kitchens to personal restaurants and developed their cooking and baking skills. Others became “Plantitos” and “Plantitas” and created urban gardens to connect with nature and practice sustainable living. Purchasing behaviors and priorities have shifted too as people became smarter and practical shoppers. Customers during the new normal have allocated most of their budget on healthy food, medical supplies, and of course, home appliances.

As we continue to face the global pandemic this 2021, XTREME Appliances is dedicated to provide efficiency and assistance to more Filipino households. The goal of your #OneStopShopAppliances brand is to give a quality lifestyle in the midst of struggles and inconvenience. The following new line-up of XTREME Appliances are designed to be beneficial and substantial in every corner of our home.

Thursday, January 21, 2021

PBB Housemates undergo COVID-19 Testing with Maxicare's LAB on Wheels


To ensure that housemates for the new season of Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) are all safe from COVID-19, Maxicare LAB on Wheels successfully conducted Antigen Testing for all members of the House, as part of the show’s health protocols.

Being the first PBB season to be held under the new normal, auditions were held online, and safety measures were strictly observed before entering the house. These include medical, psychological, and COVID-19 testing.

Adhering to Maxicare’s stringent health standards, the Antigen Tests were administered by PPE-geared registered medical technologists and nurses.

World Vision and its Partners continue in their legacy of changing the lives of the most vulnerable children


As the Philippines welcomed another year, most Filipinos are anxious to see what the future holds. With everything the country experienced last 2020, a lot of people are doing their best to make the coming year different. Some have decided to make resolutions and pursue new opportunities, but for others, it is to continue the legacy of changing lives.

World Vision, together with its partners, continues the mission of helping the most vulnerable children and their communities led by its vision of seeing thousands or even millions of kids reach fullness of life. 

Through its campaign “A New Year of Firsts”, World Vision invites their sponsors to empower a child by enabling him or her to experience powerful and life-changing moments of firsts such as, for the first time a family could eat until they were full, a village could have clean water, a child could have all she needs to continue going to school, and a child could feel safe and protected.

Monday, January 18, 2021

CES 2021 - Samsung Introduces a One-Stop Shop that Curates Every Step of Your Cooking Journey


Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. announces at CES 2021 that it is making one of its most popular Family Hub™ features available in the SmartThings app. Family Hub won its sixth consecutive CES Innovation Award this year—a testament to Samsung’s innovative strides in offering families smarter and more seamless kitchen experiences.

SmartThings Cooking recommends recipes that fit your tastes and dietary restrictions, then builds weekly meal plans to match. As you’re cooking, it sends recipe instructions directly to synced Samsung cooking devices—so Family Hub can order groceries and the Front Control Slide-in Range[1] can automatically preheat, while SmartThings Cooking guides you through every step of meal prep. 

“Families around the world embraced smarter cooking and streamlined meal planning with Samsung’s Family Hub,” said John Herrington, Senior Vice President, General Manager of Home Appliances.  “We are proud to bring these features to more than 33 million people who use the SmartThings app—and we hope to inspire those who are cooking, and experimenting, more than ever.”

Nestlé strengthens partnership with DepEd, sponsors modules and kits to reinforce Learning Continuity Plan

Nestlé Philippines and the Department of Education (DepEd) formalized today an agreement that will reinforce the implementation of the government’s Basic Education Learning Continuity Plan (BE-LCP) nationwide. Education Secretary Leonor Magtolis Briones and Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki led the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) virtual signing ceremony, which strengthens Nestlé Philippines’ support for the DepEd through the provision of online modules and educational kits that will aid in the country’s shift to blended learning. 

“The Department of Education is committed to helping our learners to achieve their dreams, and we are thankful to Nestle Philippines in supporting our mission of delivering quality education amidst the pandemic. Their initiative to develop health and wellness within the Filipino family was good support for our learners, parents, and to our teachers,” said Secretary Briones.

Win a share of P700,000 in prizes when you fuel up at Caltex via PayMaya QR  

#ScanToPay with the best QR to get a chance to win as much as P100,000!   

Motorists can drive a safer and more rewarding experience with Caltex as PayMaya powers contactless payment options plus a chance to win as much as P100,000 in select Caltex stations nationwide. 

A total of P700,000 worth of prizes from PayMaya and Caltex are up for grabs for 150 winners who can get a chance to win P1,000 and P10,000 in prizes, plus one lucky winner who will take home the grand prize of P100,000!   

By utilizing contactless payment options like PayMaya QR, customers not only enjoy exciting rewards but also experience safer transactions as this lessens the risk of virus transmission often associated with cash handling. With PayMaya as the preferred payment option at their go-to Caltex stations, motorists can now drive around the metro worry-free and enjoy exciting rewards that give them the best value for their money.    

realme starts 2021 with multiple awards worldwide

The previous year is one to remember for realme as it scored local and international awards for its quality products and business milestones. realme’s success in 2020 showcased real strength across all business silos thereby exceeding industry expectations.

realme Philippines was able to climb to being the number one smartphone brand in the country in just two years, as reported by global analysis firms Counterpoint Research, Canalys and IDC. With consistent sold-out sales, successful product launches and campaigns, and industry awards under its belt, the leading smartphone brand in the country is the fastest among its competitors to grow its local presence.

In the previous year, realme Philippines executed several campaigns and launched a number of products in aid of Filipinos trying to thrive in the highly digital dynamics of the new normal. The number one smartphone brand launched two new product line-ups in 2020 — the premium X-series and the e-commerce exclusive narzo series. It also grew its smart home device portfolio with the launch of new audio devices, smartwatches, smart camera, toothbrush and many more. realme Philippines also onboarded its first product ambassadors, social media superstar Donnalyn Bartolome and cosplay royalty Alodia Gosiengfiao.

Safeguarding your business against top cybersecurity threats

Battle cyberthreats prevailing in remote work setups with the HP Security stack working to protect one’s device

With companies of all sizes slowly inching toward hitting the tenth month of the work-from-home setup, many employees find themselves investing in items that best replicate their full office experience. These counterparts range from home office furniture, and more commonly, the devices they would need that will enable them to tend to their tasks more efficiently.

But as remote work presents some positive benefits to people, it also brings about several security challenges that occur when a computer is outside the safe perimeter of the office.

According to various studies, there are several key vulnerabilities, especially in a work from home set-up, that are being exploited by black-hat hackers.

CES 2021: ASUS Reveals New Set of Laptops


ASUS recently announced the latest laptops in the premium ZenBook series featuring The Laptop of Tomorrow, headed up by the 15.6-inch ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582) and the 14-inch ASUS ZenBook Duo 14(UX482).

They are both recipients of prestigious 2021 CES Innovation Awards. These new two-screen models introduce the tilting ASUS ScreenPad Plus, a full-width secondary touchscreen with a new auto-tilt mechanism that improves readability, aids cooling, and works seamlessly with the main display for effortless multitasking and creativity.

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15

In addition to the new dual screen models, ASUS also introduced the latest from the ZenBook and VivoBook series featuring the 4K OLED Screen and the latest from the AMD® Ryzen 5000 U-Series Mobile Processors.

Flagship performance: ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED

ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is powered by up to a high-performance Intel Core i9 processor, an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 laptop GPU and up to 32 GB RAM to make light work of demanding cross-screen workflows using the 14-inch 4K UHD ScreenPad Plus — which now has an improved brightness of 400 nits — and the main display. Ultrafast storage with up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD helps accelerate any creative workflow and optimize productivity. ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED is one of the first NVIDIA Studio laptops with NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs — NVIDIA’s second-generation RTX architecture that offers GPU acceleration for ray tracing, artificial intelligence, and video encoding that allows artists to create in record time.

Ultimate mobile productivity: ASUS ZenBook Duo 14

ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 is an Intel Evo™-verified laptop powered by up to an 11th Generation Intel Core i7 processor, up to 4.7 GHz for incredible performance with multiple cores and paired with up to 16 GB RAM to make light work of cross-screen workflows using the 12.6-inch ScreenPad Plus and the main display. Ultrafast storage with up to a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 SSD helps accelerate any workflow and optimize productivity. ZenBook Duo 14 also features ASUS Intelligent Performance Technology, which works with the 11th Gen Intel processors to intelligently boost performance. Using Performance mode, users can enjoy a performance boost of up to 40% compared to a similar standard laptop. ZenBook Duo 14 also incorporates the AAS Plus thermal system that optimizes cooling performance and allows a 3 mm-slimmer chassis due to the reduced need for empty internal cooling space.

With integrated Intel Iris Xe graphics and a choice of discrete NVIDIA GeForce® MX450 graphics, ZenBook Duo 14 delivers silky-smooth visuals for multitasking users, supercharging photo- and video-editing tasks. Casual content creators will love the effortless on-the-go visual power that ZenBook Duo 14 provides.

ASUS ZenBook 13

Tilting ScreenPad Plus

ASUS ZenBook Pro Duo 15 OLED and ZenBook Duo 14 introduce a new tilting ScreenPad Plus design that adds a new dimension to on-the-go computing. This full-width secondary touchscreen — which has a resolution of 3840 x 1100 and a higher brightness of 400 nits — automatically tilts upwards by up to 9.5° (7° in ZenBook Duo 14), reducing glare and reflections for improved readability. It makes working with the main four-sided frameless NanoEdge display even more seamless, with endless ways to optimize and personalize workflows. When the laptops are placed on the supplied Duo Stand, the tilted display sits at a stylus-friendly angle, and both displays support the latest 4096-pressure-level devices including the bundled ASUS Pen.

ASUS ZenBook 13 OLED/14 (UX325 OLED/UX425)

ZenBook 13 OLED has an amazing FHD OLED HDR NanoEdge display that renders true-to-life colors at any brightness level, with deep blacks for enhanced realism. It’s PANTONE® Validated for superb color accuracy and has a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut. The ultrafast response time ensures blur-free movies and games, and its low blue-light levels are TÜV Rheinland-certified for better eye care. The four-sided NanoEdge design features slim bezels that create an 88% screen-to-body ratio for a more immersive viewing experience. ZenBook 13 OLED is designed for effortless portability, weighing just 1.14 kg with a compact and elegant all-metal chassis that’s a mere 13.9 mm thin. It’s also incredibly power efficient, with up to an amazing 13 hours of battery life on a single charge, making ZenBook 13 OLED a perfect match for today’s on-the-go lifestyles.

The ZenBook 14 on the other hand is one of the world’s thinnest 14-inch laptops that feature QHD Display, with an ultra-slim 14.3 mm profile and up to 16-hour battery life that make it the ideal traveling companion. ZenBook 14 delivers ultrafast responsiveness even for demanding tasks, combined with an ergonomic design that includes the durable ErgoLift hinge and an edge-to-edge keyboard for typing comfort. It also offers versatile features including ASUS AI Noise-Canceling Audio technology and hands-free face login.

ASUS ExpertBook B9


ASUS Philippines are set to announce the arrival of its AMD laptops to its various segment. The premium and elegant ASUS ZenBook Series and the Mainstream yet stylish ASUS VivoBook Series. These laptops are powered by AMD Ryzen 5000 U-Series Mobile Processors for superb performance. Designed to enable effortless creativity with its up to AMD Ryzen 7 5800H Mobile Processors and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® MX450 graphics.

ASUS ExpertBook series: Brand-new features for elevated conferencing, connectivity and security

ASUS ExpertBook laptops are designed to offer unrivaled mobility for business users – the lightest in their class, US military-grade durability and all-day long battery. They also offer ergonomic designs and robust security features, helping professionals work comfortably and securely, anytime and anywhere. The full array of innovations available in ExpertBook laptops and being revealed CES 2021 include:

ASUS ExpertBook B9: The world’s lightest 14” business laptop1, now powered by Intel® vPro

ASUS ExpertBook B9 aims to lead the commercial PC industry. Now, we’re introducing brand-new ExpertBook B9 with Intel® vPro platform to help business users build a reassured infrastructure and advanced ASUS two-way AI noise-canceling technology to receive more clarity on video conferencing. For working anywhere, remotely, the Intel vPro platform delivers business-class performance, hardware-enhanced security features with Intel Hardware Shield, as well as Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) for remote management.

ASUS ExpertBook B1: Primed to perform. Configured for business.

ASUS ExpertBook B1 is designed to offer a wide range of configuration and heavy-duty performance, making it a powerful and tailored choice for ambitious startups, established education organizations and growing firms of all sizes. To drive productivity for businesses, ExpertBook not only employs an 11th Gen Intel Core™ processor with Intel Iris® Xe graphics, but also implements ASUS Intelligent Performance technology, driven by ASUS-exclusive algorithms and an ultra-efficient thermal design to allow users to smartly switch between Performance Mode to boost power for heavy workloads, Balanced Mode for everyday tasks, and Whisper Mode for quiet and power-saving operation.

ASUS Chromebook CX9

ASUS Chromebook CX9: Secure, tough and powerful

To empower remote workers with cloud-first operating systems and collaborative tools, ASUS is proud to unveil our brand-new premium Chromebook – ASUS Chromebook CX9, which is ultra-durable, yet lightweight with magnesium-alloy chassis processed with high-precision CNC-milling, so it is only 16 mm thin and weighs around 1 kg to easily take it to anywhere. It also meets next-level and industry-leading MIL-STD 810H US military tests to ensure it’s tough enough to withstand business rigors on the road. Additionally, the four-sided frameless 14-inch NanoEdge display provides an immersive, near edge-to-edge viewing experience with an impressive 91% screen-to-body ratio.

These all-new roster of ASUS Newest Innovations will be expected to come in the Philippine market very soon. Watch out for future announcement and more details about these awesome laptops through ASUS Philippines Official Facebook Page.

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ZAYN scores another No.1 album in the Philippines with ‘Nobody Is Listening’

ZAYN’s third studio release Nobody is Listening makes history once again as it debuts at No. 1 on iTunes Philippines Top 100 albums chart a few hours after its release. Co-written by ZAYN, the project highlights his R&B influences and showcases deeply personal lyrics. Nobody is Listening sees ZAYN in complete creative control, from designing the album cover art to his sound, he has created a moment in music that is all his own.

The album contains the previously released singles “Vibez” and “Better,” both of which were embraced by fans and critics alike, with Wonderland proclaiming ZAYN was here to “save 2021” with the release of “Vibez” and Billboard calling “Better” a “straightforward R&B track, expressing love in spite of disagreement and designed to showcase one of the most skilled voices in modern pop.”  The latter single has accrued over 105 million streams across all platforms, and upon release the video received a half a million views in the first 10 minutes.

Be K-drama marathon-ready this year with a Samsung Smart TV


The New Year calls for new lists: resolutions, manifestations, and K-drama marathons! But this 2021, say goodbye to the neck-craning, eye-straining struggle of watching on a mobile phone when you switch to viewing on a TV. Samsung has partnered with Viu to give free Viu Premium subscription for a year, so you can watch the latest shows ad-free on a bigger screen.  

Kick off the New Year with Viu’s latest K-dramas on a smart TV:

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Everyday experiences you can enjoy now that can get you free trips in the future


To those who share a love for travel, the past year may not have turned out to be the finest. Instead of ticking destinations off from one’s list, it was — unfortunately — setting aside trips and staying inside the safety of one’s home. But as time passed, people have also learned to adopt new habits and come up with fun ways to ease those travel cravings.

Here are a few good ways to stay inspired as people look forward to their dream getaway:

Forbes names Brother one of World’s Best Employers in 2020

Positive work culture and prudent COVID-19 response earns Brother high spot on the ranking

Influential business publication Forbes Magazine names Brother Industries, Ltd. as one of the “World’s Best Employers” in this year’s edition of the prestigious list released last October.

With a ranking of 130 among 750 multinationals and corporations from 45 countries, this achievement is the first in Brother’s storied history. The survey, which Forbes did with German market research firm Statista, was conducted from June to July this year.

A positive and employee-friendly company culture that places a premium on talent development, gender equality, social responsibility, and economic footprint, as well as the corporation’s deft response to the global COVID-19 pandemic are what landed Brother on the list.

LG’S WebOS 6.0 Smart TV Platform Designed for How Viewers Consume Content Today


LG webOS 6.0

LG Electronics (LG) today announces the introduction of webOS 6.0 for its 2021 OLED, NanoCell and UHD smart TVs. Paired with the new Magic Remote, the latest version of the company’s acclaimed smart TV platform offers viewers a more enjoyable and intuitive content discovery experience. The upgraded LG ThinQ AI in webOS 6.0 supports new voice commands for both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, making TV management and searching across streaming services, internet and broadcast channels easier than ever before.

Users familiar with webOS will immediately notice the attractively updated home screen redesigned for enhanced usability and to meet the needs of viewers’ changing content consumption habits. The New Home screen provides faster access to the most frequently used apps and streamlines content discovery with recommendations based on the user’s preferences and viewing history. All displayed full-screen to show preferred content and related information at one glance, the New Home acts as a central hub for settings and the greater webOS ecosystem.

Watch America United: The Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden live on CNN Philippines

CNN Philippines gives you a front row seat to “America United: The Presidential Inauguration of Joe Biden” a special live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony of the 46th President of the United States on Wednesday, January 20th (Thursday, January 21st Philippine time). The network gives viewers unparalleled multi-platform coverage of the latest developments in the U.S. in the wake of the deadly attack on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on January 6th.

As a CNN branded channel, CNN Philippines has a unique and exclusive access to CNN’s resources from all around the world, from correspondents, to analysts and subject matter experts, for a comprehensive coverage of global stories that matter. From the network’s daily news programs to live breaking news events, CNN Philippines will guide viewers through the significant events leading up to the day when Biden is inaugurated, along with Kamala Harris, who made history as the first female, first black and first Asian-American Vice President. The weekly program, Front and Center brings you a half-hour special on the impact of the U.S. insurrection to the long-standing relationship between Manila and Washington, and to Filipinos living in the States on Wednesday, January 20th at 7:00 p.m., with replay at 10:00 p.m.

Mikey Bustos on navigating the challenges of being an online celebrity

Besides exercise and meditation, Mikey also explores other hobbies such as reading to help keep his creative mind in top shape.

“I don’t think anyone is prepared for the life that comes with going viral in the internet.” 

It’s been 14 years since Mikey Bustos first posted a video on YouTube. It was a video of him performing as a front act for a Pussycat Dolls concert in Manila. And while initially renowned for his career as a singer and performer, it was really the relatable content he has been masterfully crafting and posting online that has captured the hearts and laughs of many.

“It’s been such a learning curve,” said Mikey about his career, despite years of creating countless viral videos such as “Adobo” - a parody of the song Let It Go from Frozen - and “Balikbayan Box” - a parody of the Miley Cyrus Hit “Wrecking Ball”. “You just have to navigate through,” he added.

While having to constantly think of new ideas is already a challenge in itself, having an audience that can directly interact with you via a comments section is another. “Having to deal with bashers is something you never get used to,” he remarked. 

Red lips, a timeless make-up trend

The New Year may usher in new trends and fashion ideas, but some classic favorites are here to stay. These include the ever-versatile white polo, denim jeans, little black dress, white sneakers and of course, the timeless, goes-with-everything red lipstick, which can take your look from day to night.

Luckily, Spotlight Cosmetics, the new local makeup brand that aims to empower Filipinas to transform their looks, offers a wide range of red lip shades in various formulas to suit your preference. 

Friday, January 15, 2021

10 Work from Home Essentials You Need for a More Productive 2021

We’re all finding it a little difficult to swing back into the rhythm at work after the holidays. After all, the current work-from-home setup makes it even trickier—you have to deal with distractions such as an inviting bed, loud neighbors, and clingy pets. 

Still struggling to maximize your efficiency at home, even with months of working remotely under your belt? This new year, use a few key products to make working from home a breeze! Check them out below. 

5 things to remember as we begin again


As we welcome the new year—2021, it might do well for us to look back, to take stock of the positive lessons that we can extract from what was an unprecedented year. For sure, numerous take-aways can be gained as we move forward and anticipate a more “mobile” next normal—especially since vaccine trials by leading pharmaceutical companies have been yielding encouraging results.

With that, here are 5 lessons we should remember as we begin again:

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G: The Ultimate Smartphone Experience, Designed To Be Epic In Every Way

The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G delivers Samsung’s most advanced and intelligent pro-grade camera system, brightest and smartest display in a Galaxy and best Galaxy performance in a smartphone yet

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. unveiled the Galaxy S21 Ultra, a flagship device that pushes the boundaries of what a smartphone can do. The S21 Ultra pulls out all the stops for those who want Samsung’s best-of-the-best with our most advanced pro-grade camera system and our brightest, most intelligent display. It takes productivity and creativity up a notch by bringing the popular S Pen experience to the Galaxy S series for the first time . 

“Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is another example of how Samsung is driving meaningful innovation forward to give people personalized experiences that enrich their lives and empower them to express who they are,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile Communications Business, Samsung Electronics. “Given how indispensable technology has been to our lives during these times, we wanted to take another leap forward and push the boundaries of what a smartphone can do.” 

The Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is the newest chapter in the Galaxy S series’ decade-long legacy of delivering cutting-edge mobile experiences. It’s built for users who demand top-of-the-line technology to stay connected with the people and things that matter most. Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G joins the new Galaxy S series of devices and takes every part of that S21 experience to the next level. 

Better IT career opportunities, win cash prizes while learning enterprise computing

Forrester research found that careers in enterprise computing offer better salaries and more rewarding than other careers in information technology. Large enterprises are looking to hire students who can bring their own innovative ideas and passion while leveraging the company’s existing technological investments."71% of Fortune 500 companies use IBM Z mainframes, 90% of credit card transactions globally are processed through mainframes, and 92 of the top 100 banks use mainframe technology," according to Pat Toole, System Z General Manager at IBM.

Master the Mainframe is a virtual coding competition designed for students ages 13 years old and above at any experience level to learn the foundations of mainframe programming. Powered by IBM, it is one of the world's largest student competitions where participants can practice their new set of coding skills, implement it in a real-world challenge, connect with employers, earn recognized digital badges, scholarships, t-shirts, travel, and mentorship from mainframe professionals at industry events.

Teleperformance helps disrupted enterprises navigate new digital landscape

“As the pandemic forces more people into a digital-only way of life, businesses must meet customers where they are today,” Teleperformance Customer Experience Lab (CX Lab) points out in a recently published white paper entitled Redefining the Customer Experience for a Post-COVID-19 World.

This is being proven everyday as both domestic and global companies have quickly began seeing the impact of the market changes on their bottom lines and just as quickly began recognizing that having a good digital transformation plan is essential for their sustainability. Clearly, organizations need an innovation engine to move them through a business transformation roadmap that are unique to their goals and objectives.

“Companies are operating in a dynamic environment where they have to be agile and responsive to client requirements, so they need solutions driven by Technology, Analytics, and Process Excellence teams to deliver change and results that would delight their customers,” said Mike Lytle, Teleperformance Philippines Chief Operations Officer, as he expounded on the company’s digital transformation framework and innovation methodology during their recent annual Leadership Summit.

Choose HP desktops to customize your office or home workspace

Great things come in small packages. The HP Pro Desk 400 G6 Desktop Mini is the perfect work-from-home machine with its space and energy-savings features which still maintains the same commercial-grade performance and reliable security software. 

With the risks of the global pandemic prompting companies for flexible working arrangements, there is a growing demand for hardware that can support the requirements of both work-in-the office and work from home. 

To make sure that employees are well-equipped to do their jobs well, HP desktops provide the design, productivity, performance, and even security required for both office and remote work.  They also come in compact designs that will perfectly fit any work space in the office and at home.

For those in the business process outsourcing (BPO) industry, the HP ProDesk 400/405 G6 desktop minis and the HP ProDesk 400 G7 small form factor (SFF) will best serve your needs with their space and energy-saving features and powerful built-in security.

GSIS names Bayad Center as payment solutions partner for loan settlements

 In  photo: Mr. Lawrence Ferrer, CEO and President of Bayad Center (left) and GSIS President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet (right)

Bayad Center, the country’s biggest and widest multi-channel payment platform, has been named as the official payment solutions partner of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for loan settlement. 

In a virtual partnership signing, the two financial institutions expressed their mutual aim to make GSIS loan repayment more accessible, convenient, and secure for all members and pensioners especially those in the provinces. 

“Enabling simple and hassle-free over-the-counter financial transactions for borrowers is one way of helping them meet monthly obligations. It is our hope that they will be able to reap the full benefits of their loans, and at the same time efficiently manage and repay them on time. Ultimately, we want Bayad Center to be readily available for every Filipino’s financial needs, providing meaningful payment and financial services wherever they may be,” Bayad Center President and CEO, Lawrence Ferrer explained. 

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Essential mental health tips to power through the pandemic

AXA Philippines recently participated in Belle De Jour Planner’s #PowerThrough webinar that shared tips on how to stay strong amid the pandemic.

With the combination of new changes and health risks brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, many may have been feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and scared. To help minimize the pandemic’s damaging effects on people’s mental health, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance providers, has started the #HowAreYou Mental Awareness campaign to encourage open and honest conversations on mental health among the company, its clients, and the community at large. 

To further highlight this, AXA recently participated in Belle De Jour Planner’s #PowerThrough webinar. Streamed on Belle De Jour’s Facebook page (, the webinar featured mental health advocate Dr. Gia Sison, founder of SOS Philippines (Survivors of Suicide and Depression) and Kate Alvarez who shared tips on how to stay strong amid these trying times. Here are some of the tips.

Ask “how are you?” Every once in a while, don’t forget to check in with loved ones and friends. Listen to the answer. Don’t make it just a ‘by the way, how are you?’ but really listen. 


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