Friday, April 30, 2021

Enjoy Exclusive Deals and Discounts from Well-Loved Brands at Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites Filipinos to enjoy big deals and exclusive promotions from the country’s leading brands at its 5.5 Brands Festival. Shoppers can expect discounts up to 90% off, flash deals up to 50% off, free shipping with no minimum spend, and 50% cashback from crowd favorites such as OPPO, Vivo, Realme, Colgate, Abbott, L’Oreal Paris, Enfagrow, Procter & Gamble, Olay, Unilever, Nestle, Colourette Cosmetics, and Maybelline.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “At Shopee, it is our goal to work together with brands loved by Filipinos to deliver the best value on their favorite products so they can maximize their financial resources. With all the deals in-store at the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival, we are enabling Filipinos to secure everything they need at the best prices while making shopping safe, convenient, and rewarding.”

Until May 5, shoppers can look forward to the following daily promotions:

Why it’s best to always get genuine inks and toners

Counterfeit consumables can destroy your printer

Where there are goods and consumables in a market, there will always follow counterfeit products. This is especially true for electronics, where it’s easy to find and get cheaper yet substandard things without even trying.

Although for practical Filipinos, it may seem incredibly tempting to go for fake products because of their more affordable price, using counterfeit consumables actually puts your electronics at risk for some major damage—and an even greater cost on your pocket for repairing or replacing them. 

This is especially true for your printer, as non-genuine inks and toners have become more common. Here are a few reasons why you shouldn’t turn to fake products:

PayMaya opens gov’t payments, financial services for OFWs and Filipinos abroad

Digital financial services leader PayMaya is making it even easier for overseas Filipinos to pay for government fees and for their family's utility bills through the PayMaya e-wallet app. 

In time for Labor Day on May 1, PayMaya opened this service for Filipinos overseas so they can now use their Philippine mobile SIM on roaming to register for a PayMaya account, allowing them to perform transactions such as paying government dues or utility bills, as well as sending money to other PayMaya users, even while abroad. 

“Our vision of Digital Finance for All Filipinos includes our hardworking countrymen abroad, our modern-day heroes,” said Orlando Vea, Founder and CEO of PayMaya. “Having a PayMaya account wherever you are in the world can empower Filipinos overseas and help them stay connected with their loved ones in the Philippines.” 

According to 2020 data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority, there are an estimated 2.2 million Filipinos who are currently working abroad, with millions more who have already migrated and can still benefit from a strong fintech platform that can help them and their families who are still in the Philippines. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Stylish, powerful battery and other awesome features that you can expect from the new vivo Y12s


Searching for a better performing device without the hefty price tag? Look no further than vivo Y12s with its sophisticated design, upgraded features, all without breaking the bank.

Unpack a load of surprises with the vivo Y12s, a value-for-money smartphone with sophisticated and top-notch specs. Its stylishness and ease of use is highlighted with a side-mounted finger unlock, a stunning 6.51-inch Halo FullView Display and a 5000mAh high-performance battery. The vivo Y12s retails at Php6,499 and is now available in vivo stores nationwide.

Leading global smartphone brand vivo continues to innovate by launching a mid-range phone that offers many surprises – the vivo Y12s.

Globe rolls out all-new GCash-powered GPlans– limitless options in the customer’s hands


With rapidly evolving needs brought about by the pandemic, coupled with the latest innovations in technology that continue to revolutionize our daily lives, Globe Postpaid has reinvented its plans to allow subscribers to take back the reins of life. With the all-new GPlan powered by GCash, Filipinos now have access to limitless options of life enablers, fit for what they need and aim to be.

“With GPlan, we seek to empower Filipinos to be more agile and deal with the constantly changing demands of life—whether it be at home, work, health, for learning or entertainment. The new GPlan allows go-getter Pinoys to choose the right tools they need to easily say ‘G!’ to the life they want,” said Kristelle Dizon, Globe Telecom’s Head of Consumer Mobile Business.

Market newbie RED Fiber now ‘Broadband of Choices’


In response to the overwhelming need of Filipinos for better internet service, Radius Telecoms, a 100% subsidiary of MERALCO, is launching its latest fiber broadband service, RED Fiber, the broadband that gives you more choices.

Since its launch last November 2020, RED Fiber has proven to be a game changer. It maintains its progressive approach as the “Broadband of Choices” in Greater Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and parts of Central Luzon.

Radius Telecoms President and CEO Exequiel Delgado says, “Certain areas are implementing granular lockdowns brought about by this global health crisis. Having a grand product launch doesn’t feel right at the moment. But at the same time, we want to continue creating ways to serve our customers safely and efficiently. That is why we launched RED Fiber online—to provide ease of transaction for our customers.”

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Super savings are coming your way at the TECNO Mobile Payday Sale!

TECNO Mobile treated online viewers to consecutive weekends of fun and freebies with back-to-back events streamed live over the TECNO Mobile Facebook Page.

The first livestream, Spark Up The Fun, took place on April 17, and was hosted by comedy duo, Donekla. Influencers, BEKS Battalion, Baninay, and Mika Salamanca, eagerly joined games and challenges during the program, keeping the audience happy and engaged. The second event happened on April 24, and was entitled Spark Up Your Energy. Hosted by Sam YG and Dianne Medina, the livestream featured three fan favorite local celebrities, Darren Espanto, Jillian Ward, and Julie Anne San Jose, in an awesome talent showdown.

More than 300 happy viewers won huge prizes, including TECNO Mobile smartphones, from the live raffle draws and post-show giveaways on both weekends. The livestream events gathered over two million views online, spreading hope and positivity amidst these trying times. Following the success of both events, TECNO Mobile hopes to continue treating Filipinos to even more online entertainment and one-of-a-kind shows, where everyone gets the chance to enjoy fantastic deals and giveaways.

Go Cashless at 5.5 ShopeePay Cashless Festival to Score these Deals

 Enjoy exclusive rewards such as free shipping, ₱1 deals, and more when you use ShopeePay to pay for your purchases

Do you love online shopping for the ease and convenience it offers? Are you always on the lookout for the best deals and discounts? We’ve got one easy shopping hack for you: go cashless!

ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, offers users access to digital payment services. By going cashless with ShopeePay, shoppers can enjoy safe, easy, and timely transactions. Aside from this, Filipinos can also redeem exclusive rewards and make the most out of events like the 5.5 ShopeePay Cashless Festival from April 26 to April 29. 

At the 5.5. ShopeePay Cashless Festival, shoppers get to score fantastic deals at the lowest prices while enjoying free shipping, cashback, ₱1 deals, and contactless in-store payments with ShopeePay. Check out the best deals you can enjoy until April 29.

ComCo Southeast Asia kicks off 5th anniversary celebration with brand evolution, new metals and pitch wins


ComCo Southeast Asia is in “Blazing Sapphire” as it enters its 5th year with renewed energy through a brand refresh, awards from esteemed local and regional communications and marketing organizations, and major account wins. 

Among the many milestones it is celebrating is a refreshed brand story chronicling the company’s journey from a kick-start-up to a premier multi-awarded regional boutique communications agency serving enterprises and organizations in the Philippines and across the Southeast Asian region, continued recognition for its communications and marketing campaigns, and new client partners. 

Free Landers membership and renewal for medical frontliners


The country’s medical frontliners are not just battling the pandemic. They are also parents, siblings, and friends, who also have other obligations that they need to fulfill including shopping for food and other essentials. 

As a gesture of support and gratitude to medical frontliners, Landers Superstore is giving them a special treat: In its latest promo “Our Heroes Treat” Landers gives the medical frontliners – doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and others in the field – the opportunity to sign up for membership and renewal for free!

The promo is open to all medical frontliners who would like to apply for membership and to those with existing memberships that will expire on December 31, 2021. They must present all of the following proof at Landers branches: valid ID, valid PRC-ID, valid company/hospital ID, and old Landers membership card for those who will be renewing. 

AXA's online recruitment platform receives Quill Award


AXA is the first in the local industry to have a seamless end-to-end Recruitment Management Tool that specifically caters to the sales or distribution recruitment experience.

AXA Philippines was recently recognized at the prestigious 18th Philippine Quill Awards as it continues to position itself as a leading insurance company in today’s digital world.

The company won a Quill award, under the Communication Skills category, for its Recruitment Online Serviced by AXA (ROSA), an online platform that provides a single view of relevant hiring documents and application status needs. This platform can manage the hiring process through all recruitment stages including the licensing of all AXA distributors. 

With ROSA, AXA is the first in the local industry to have a seamless end-to-end Recruitment Management Tool that specifically caters to the sales or distribution recruitment experience for both recruiters and applicants.

Groundbreaking UVnano™ Technology Boosts LG's New RAC Lineup


LG Electronics, the global leader in inverter technology for residential air-conditioners, has introduced its new lineup of LG DUALCOOL air-conditioners with Dual Inverter Compressor. LG’s new and improved air-conditioning units boast of 70% lower energy consumption and 40% faster cooling performance. LG’s groundbreaking UVnano™ technology was also introduced. UVnano removes 99.99% of germs from humidity, bacteria, and viruses within the unit. The powerful 5-step Total Air Care System in the new LG DUALCOOL air-conditioners feature efficient PM1.0 filtration to deliver a clean, healthy, and fresh living experience which are also perfect for your smart home. The air-conditioners support connectivity with the LG ThinQ™ app through Wi-Fi, which enables users to control the air-conditioner anywhere anytime – from powering on and off. With these new line of LG DUALCOOL air-conditioners, LG is targeting an increase in its local market to 15% within 2021.

Mr. Young Park, LG Philippines’ Vice President for Air Conditioners and Energy Solutions, said, “The pandemic fundamentally changed how people live their lives. What was normal before, such as seeing movies or dining out, is now something you need to live without. Staying home as much as possible became one of the most important things you can do to take care of yourself and your family. In response to this change, LG developed new air-conditioners that help protect family members from the spread of germs, viruses, and dust particles that might be in the air. The new machines’ outstanding removal and air purification capabilities are complemented by durability and energy-saving efficiency for longer use.”

Viva Europa 2021: a showcase of European culture and a celebration of partnership and friendship

Get immersed in an exciting cacophony and tapestry of European culture and arts from April to June 2021 as the European Union presents “Viva Europa 2021”.   


During this cultural summer, get ready for a wonderful European online experience of the best of poetry, music and visual arts, dance, film, literature, science, cycling, and children’s arts and crafts.  

European Union Ambassador Luc Véron said that Viva Europa 2021 aims at highlighting the partnership, friendship and the shared cultural values between the EU and the Philippines and in the context of the bilateral Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The cultural festival will also mark the Europe Day on 9 May.  

In view of the ongoing pandemic, these cultural treats will be made available in the Facebook page of the EU Delegation to the Philippines: 

Shopee Brings Back Shopee Bayanihan: Frontliners Package to Further Its Support for All Frontliners

 From April 26 to 30, frontliners can receive an exclusive digital package that includes Shopee vouchers, brand vouchers, and mobile vouchers

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches its second series of the Frontliners Package under Shopee Bayanihan. From April 26 to 30, frontliners can sign-up through the Shopee app to receive an exclusive digital package which includes Shopee discount vouchers, mobile vouchers from Globe and limited brand discount vouchers from brands like Johnson & Johnson, Argentina in the Century Pacific Shop, Hygienix, S Sentials (Neurogen E) and Globe at Home Official Store.  

Martin Yu, Director of Shopee Philippines, said, “As the country continues its fight against COVID-19, it is important for us to step up our support for the Filipino frontliners working tirelessly to serve the local communities. Through our partnerships with these leading brands, we can help frontliners and their families through this challenging time via our platform. This initiative allows us to give back and reinforce our commitment to support the community in any way we can.” 

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Xiaomi Launches Mi 11 Lite: Ultra-slim Smartphone Without Compromise

Xiaomi Philippines today introduced a new addition to its Mi 11 family – Mi 11 Lite. The new device packs all the perks of a flagship-level smartphone into an ultra-lightweight and stylish design, perfect for users seeking a high end smartphone without the high price. This new smartphone from Xiaomi will be available starting April 24. 

Experience the difference with TrueColor AMOLED display

Sporting a 6.55” AMOLED DotDisplay with 10-bit TrueColor support, Mi 11 Lite produces a dazzling 1.07 billion colors – 64x more than its predecessor. This allows for smoother color gradation and a more natural transition between hues, minimizing banding and reducing noise and blemishes on the image, whatever angle the display is viewed from. 

Featuring DCI-P3 color gamut, color performance is further optimized by providing high color accuracy and retention, ultimately creating a stunningly vivid, true-to life image. Additionally, its support for HDR10 creates a more dynamic image with sharper contrast for a more lifelike viewing experience.

Link Your Debit Card to ShopeePay for Fast and Easy Top-Ups


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, makes it easier for users to top up their ShopeePay mobile wallets with the all-new debit card integration feature. 

The digital economy in the Philippines has seen a solid annual growth rate of 12.2%. In the government’s roadmap for e-commerce, the Philippines is expected to shift to a cashless society by 2030 driven by seamless customer experience, convenience and a secure digital infrastructure. 

Shopee recorded a 4x uplift in the total number of orders completed by its mobile wallets across the region in 2020, and this is set to increase as more people adopt digital payment options. Shopee aims to provide users with a seamless and convenient shopping experience through its integrated ecosystem. Enhancing ShopeePay with additional top-up methods is one of the many ways that Shopee is doing so.

GCash urges Filipinos to protect themselves with COVID-19 insurance

GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, is urging the nation to protect themselves against the surge in COVID-19 cases by following health protocols and guidelines and by encouraging customers to get insured against the pandemic.

With its partnership with Singlife, GCash is offering a free COVID-19 insurance via its GInsure marketplace for as low as PHP 300. The coverage entitles the holder protection against and dengue with a PHP 140,500 benefit.

Enrolment to the service can be easily done within a few minutes inside the GCash app. A customer should just log-in to the app, tap the GInsure icon, and select the COVID-19 and dengue coverage from Singlife.

Robi Domingo searches for special co-host in the new season of “Game KNB?”

“Game KNB?” levels up with bigger prizes, tougher challenges for host Robi Domingo, and an exciting opportunity for hosting hopefuls as the ‘pambansang game show’ returns for its third season through the Pinoy community platform kumu (@gknb) with simultaneous broadcast on Jeepney TV.

The newly launched campaign ‘GKNB mag-co-host with Robi?’ gives kumunizens a chance to be a special co-host on the interactive game show by doing kumu livestreams and competing for the top slot in the campaign leaderboard by collecting Game KNB virtual gifts from their viewers.

The leader of the scoreboard by the campaign’s end will be Robi’s live co-host for two weeks, be featured as “Game KNB?’s” co-host of the week in the kumu social TV Instagram account, and be a guest on an FYE Channel show on top of other exclusive perks.

Infinix launches all-new Hot 10S, the ultimate smartphone entertainment experience


Infinix unveiled the all-new Hot 10S Series, the highly anticipated gaming and entertainment smartphone addition to the Hot 10 portfolio. The Infinix Hot 10S and Hot 10S NFC sets a new standard for power, innovation and style by combining sophisticated processing technologies with long-lasting battery performance, a triple camera with Super Nightscape imaging and an ultra-smooth display, encased in a stunning design inspired by nature.

The Hot 10S Series features Infinix’s powerful Dar-link optimization engine software, which improves graphic display and touchscreen sensitivity with self-learning AI algorithm capabilities that minimize lag time. With more than 2.7 billion mobile gamers expected by 2023, the Hot 10S smartphone is equipped with a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset to meet the increasing demand for enhanced gaming experiences.

“When designing the Hot 10S Series, our goal was to set a new standard for mobile entertainment,” said Manfred Hong, Senior Product Director of Infinix. “Every aspect of the Hot 10S Series has been carefully crafted to deliver the ultimate user experience – from MediaTek’s excellent Helio G85 chipset processing power, to the smooth and highly responsive display and optimized battery for non-stop, undisrupted viewing and playing.”

Over 150,000 people in the Philippines acquire digital skills during COVID-19

Microsoft Corp. recently announced it has helped over 30 million people in 249 countries and territories gain access to digital skills, of which over 150,000 are from the Philippines. This tops its initial goal of 25 million last June. Microsoft Corp. is also extending its commitment to help 250,000 companies globally make a skills-based hire in 2021.

From laid-off factory workers to retail associates and truck drivers, millions of people turned to online learning courses from GitHub, LinkedIn and Microsoft during the pandemic to help prepare for and secure the most in-demand roles, including customer service, project management and data analysis. The announcement, detailed on the Official Microsoft Blog,  builds on the company’s efforts to help people by extending through 2021 free LinkedIn Learning and Microsoft Learn courses and low-cost certifications that align to 10 of the most in-demand jobs. The next stage of the initiative sets a new foundation for a skills-based economy through a suite of new tools and platforms designed to connect skilled job seekers with employers.

“Skills will be the new currency in the post-pandemic world. Over the past year, we’ve seen the pandemic affect people all across the world, including those who could bear it the least,” said Microsoft Asia President Ahmed Mazhari. “For us to emerge stronger from the pandemic, reskilling needs to be at the center of our economic reset. Together with LinkedIn, we are doubling down our efforts to re-design work in the region by supporting the development of a more inclusive skills-based labor market, creating more alternatives, greater flexibility, and accessible learning paths that connect people more readily with new job opportunities.”

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Challenge Your Boundaries with the new Redmi Note 10 Pro

The astounding yet accessible Redmi Note 10 Pro goes on sale in the Philippines on April 24, price starts PHP 12,590

Calling all Mi Fans! Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 10 Pro in the Philippines.

Redmi Note 10 Pro is now available for pre-order until April 23 at participating Mi authorized stores and resellers with the open sale starting on April 24. 

Get to know more about what makes the Redmi Note 10 Pro the new king of the mid-range category during the Mi Fan Festival livestream happening on April 23, 11 p.m. at the Xiaomi Philippines Facebook page. 

Puregold Offers Users a Safer Shopping experience with ShopeePay

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with Puregold to offer its customers a safer payment method via ShopeePay, its integrated mobile wallet. Starting today, customers can pay for their groceries using ShopeePay in over 406 Puregold branches nationwide and can enjoy up to 20% cashback starting today until December 31, 2021.

With more Filipinos embracing cashless transactions and digital payment methods gaining traction, Shopee continues to offer a wide range of digital payment options to cater to Filipinos' evolving needs, including ShopeePay, our mobile wallet.

Ferdinand Vincent Co, President at Puregold, said, “Puregold is excited to partner with ShopeePay for this initiative. At Puregold, we want to give our customers only the best kind of service and overall quality shopping experience, and that includes easier and safer payment methods. Through the convenience of digital payments, we aim to increase customer enthusiasm while consumers maintain their purchasing power.”

realme recognized for realme Mobile Legends Cup at 18th Quill Awards, now back for a much bigger RMC Season 4!


Committed to creating opportunities that will enable the new generation of Filipino mobile gamers to pursue their passion, leading smart technology brand realme Philippines was recognized at the 18th Philippine Quill Awards for realme Philippines Mobile Legends Cup (RMC).

The realme Mobile Legends Cup Season 3, which was launched last March 2020, was one of the brand’s initiatives to provide an avenue to help amateur and professional Filipino Mobile Legends gamers develop their skills in mobile gaming amid the ongoing global health crisis. By providing these gamers with the opportunity to hone their talent, the RMC aims to contribute to the growing local mobile gaming industry, especially with the Philippines seen as a key driver of Southeast Asia’s overall gaming market.

First Intelligent Vehicle Co-branded with Huawei Inside Unveiled


The first vehicle integrated with Huawei‘s intelligent automotive solution was launched today at the 2021 ARCFOX Brand Night and New Product Launch in Shanghai. The ARCFOX Alpha-S HI is the first mass-produced vehicle featuring autonomous driving for urban roads and is being billed as a new global benchmark for autonomous driving.

Huawei is a provider of new components for intelligent vehicles that works closely with car OEMs through the Huawei Inside model to build high-quality intelligent vehicles. This model offers OEMs a brand-new digital architecture for intelligent vehicles, more than 30 intelligent components, and five intelligent systems – Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Cockpit, mPower, Intelligent Connectivity, and Intelligent Vehicle Cloud.

The ARCFOX Alpha-S HI is the first premium intelligent electric vehicle co-branded with Huawei Inside (HI). Through partnerships such as the ARCFOX Alpha-S HI, Huawei has promised to use its 30-plus years of experience in ICT to help OEMs build better intelligent cars and drive China’s automotive industry to evolve in new cutting-edge areas such as intelligent and autonomous driving.

Cinema Under The Stars (With Social Distancing!)


With many people having no choice but to stay home and practice social distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19, homeowners of Amiya Raya and their guests were treated recently to an outdoor cinema. The guests also enjoyed free unlimited popcorn, hotdog, mini waffles, and bottled water.

Health and safety marshals were present to ensure that everyone observed minimum health protocols that included the practice of social distancing and frequent use of alcohol-based disinfectants.

The outdoor movie screening was held on March 20 at Club Vihara’s open area, against the backdrop of scenic views for which the exclusive residential enclave is known.

Comfortable and high quality UNIQLO clothing essentials for everyday wear


As more Filipinos embrace a stay-at-home lifestyle, where they work, relax, and achieve their fitness goals indoors, there is a greater need for clothing that is comfortable, lightweight, and functional.

UNIQLO’s LifeWear clothing embodies the Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity. It is ever-evolving to meet the changing needs of consumers. Crafted with the best fit, fabrics, and innovations, they can complement everyone’s home, wellness, neighborhood, and new work life.

Below are some ways to style UNIQLO’s LifeWear clothing for different activities at home:

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

More Than 150 Huge Live Raffle Prizes at the TECNO Mobile Livestream Talent Show!

Grab this chance to take home a brand new Spark 6 Air!

Big things are coming your way on April 24 from the global premier mobile phone brand, TECNO Mobile. In the works is a Livestream event entitled Spark Up Your Energy, which will showcase Filipino talent through song and dance numbers from top celebrities, Julie Anne San Jose, Darren Espanto, and Jillian Ward. The show will be hosted by Dianne Medina and Sam YG and will include a live stream talent show, featuring fans who wish to fulfill their dreams of performing just like their celebrity idols. 

Along with the performances and celebrity games, fans can look forward to an exclusive Lazada deal, as well as an exciting live raffle during the online event. Over 150 amazing prizes will be given away, including cash, TECNO Mobile smartphones, and gift sets. This is your chance to win a Spark 6 Air! All you need to do to join the live raffle is the root for your celebrity idol and enjoy the show. 

Monday, April 19, 2021

Get a FREE HP Neverstop 1000a Toner Tank Printer for every purchase of HP Desktop PCs


Offering a great mix of style and substance, the HP Pavilion All-in-one PC combines solid hardware with a sleek and modern design.

Working and learning from home may be the norm for at least the immediate future. Given the circumstances, you might want to turn your home’s workstation into a conducive space. Start with the most essential: PC. Upgrade to HP’s all-in-one (AiO) computer for better productivity and efficiency, and receive one HP Neverstop 1000a Toner Tank Printer for free!

Everything you need in one desktop computer

Need space? The HP All-in-One computer offers the same features of a traditional desktop, but with a smaller profile. Set it up easily with its plug-and-play function. You can also have a clutter-free workspace with fewer cables to worry about. And while relatively convenient in size and weight, AiO PCs have larger storage capacity and provide better resolution in Full High Definition (FHD) display. 

IABC Philippines, IPRA Philippines, & PRSP partner to boost COVID-19 vaccine acceptance

Three of the country’s major communication groups - International Association of Business Communicators Philippines (IABC Philippines), International Public Relations Association Philippines (IPRA Philippines), and the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP) are joining forces to ramp up COVID-19 vaccine acceptance in the Philippines.

On April 20, 2021, Tuesday, 4 p.m., the three organizations will jointly host “Vax Populi: Driving COVID-19 Acceptance”, a free webinar that aims to equip communicators in crafting vaccine rollout communication plans, provide a platform for public-private collaboration on vaccine awareness and acceptance, and increase vaccine acceptance levels among webinar participants.

Only 19% of adult Filipinos are open to being vaccinated against COVID-19, while 46% are unwilling, even if an effective and safe vaccine is available, a February 2021 study by OCTA Research showed.

Win and choose exciting prizes when you #ChooseFresh with Mentos


Summer is officially here and we all know how hard it is to beat the heat! This season more than ever, we are always looking for ways to stay cool and fresh, especially while we stay indoors. To help you do just that and open your mind up to fresh possibilities, Mentos, one of the most iconic Global candy brands that has kept Filipinos fresh through the years, is launching a nationwide promo all about choosing freshness!

Running from April 18 – May 31, 2021, Mentos #ChooseFresh is the first ever promo where you can choose the prize you want! Take your pick between the exciting pair of prizes for the week! If you’re a movie buff, a one-month Netflix subscription to catch the hottest summer movies, but if you’re a music-lover, a one-month iTunes subscription to keep you up to date with fresh summer hits! Every week, the prizes get bigger and bigger! Plus, lucky grand prize winners can choose the getaway that suits them – a refreshing mountain view holiday in Manor Hotel Baguio or a sunny escape in Acuaverde Beach Resort Batangas!

HBO announces the Iron Anniversary to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Game of Thrones

This April, to mark the 10th anniversary of the hit series Game of Thrones’ premiere, HBO has launched The Iron Anniversary, a celebration to commemorate the original series, engage passionate fans, and ignite audiences to the next iteration of the franchise, with House of the Dragon debuting in 2022.

Starting with The Game of Thrones Reunion Hosted By Conan O’Brien now streaming on HBO GO, fans can catch the familiar faces from the four Great Houses and Dothraki in this exclusive two-part panel. Filmed during the creation of Season 8, the reunion special features appearances by cast members Emilia Clarke, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Sean Bean, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Mark Addy and Jason Momoa.

From 12 to 26 April, fans can also share their best memories of Game of Thrones on Facebook and stand a chance to win a modern-day “throne” – Secretlab OMEGA Game of Thrones Collection chair (worth USD389) – and other exclusive Game of Thrones merchandise. Visit HBO Asia’s official Facebook page for more information on the contest.

DiskarTech partners with Viber, launches online community for financial inclusion

Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) financial super app DiskarTech has launched its own Viber community.

The Madiskarteng Pilipino Viber community was created as part of RCBC’s efforts in expanding its financial literacy programs and promoting inclusion with its innovative digital banking products and services. The community features timely investment and savings tips that everyone can enjoy, as well as inspiring testimonials and quotes members can learn from. True to its DiskarTech roots, the Viber community uses Taglish language in order to reach and empower more people.

DiskarTech is also the first financial institution to offer a free Viber sticker pack to make financial education more entertaining and relatable to millions of users of the popular messaging platform.

OPPO Enco X and OPPO Band now officially available in the Philippines


Leading global smart device brand OPPO furthers its commitment to pursue breakthrough and innovative technology beyond just smartphones. Welcoming to the roster of promising IoT devices, OPPO Enco X and OPPO Band are now officially available in the Philippines, which retails at PHP6,999 and PHP1,699 respectively.

OPPO Enco X is set to be available in the country on April 19 via e-commerce sites Shopee and Lazada, and selected OPPO concept and online stores. The OPPO Band in Black color variant is now available in the aforementioned sales channels while the Purple version will be released in May 2021.

“Filipino consumers are adapting quickly to a more digital lifestyle and with that comes new needs and demands for products that can help them live more conveniently. We’re adding to the roster of our IoT products OPPO Enco X and OPPO Band. The OPPO Enco X aims to deliver world class audio experience whenever and wherever while the OPPO Band that will definitely help you #ActivateYourHealth for your ultimate fitness goals.” said Zen Han, OPPO Philippines Vice President for National Sales.

Upgrade your COVID-19 safety measures with SM


With the alarming surge of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines of late, it is important that we keep our guard up and upgrade our safety measures at home or when going outside to ensure that we are protected from COVID-19 as much as possible.

To do so, here are some tips from SM Supermalls:

Stay safe at home. During this time of health crisis, it is highly encouraged for everyone to stay at home as much as possible, and only go out to buy essentials like food and sanitation products and tools. While at home, members of the household must also practice COVID-19 protocols: wear masks especially when living with seniors or those who are immunocompromised, wash hands thoroughly and often, and have a sanitation station where everyone can easily access UV, alcohol, disinfectant mat, and hamper to leave used clothes, and other items for cleaning and sanitizing. You can get all these and more at The SM Store. Stay at home and have these safety essentials delivered to you by placing your orders via Viber, Facebook Messenger or SM’s Call to Deliver hotline #143SM (#14376). Check this link to find out more:

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Smart launches Unli 5G as its most powerful offer on its fastest technology


As a big step forward in its 5G push, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has introduced Unli 5G, its most powerful offer on its fastest technology yet.

Unli 5G provides customers with non-stop data access at selected Smart 5G-covered areas – with absolutely no data-capping or speed-throttling for a superior and reliable 5G experience.

To give convenience and flexibility to customers, Unli 5G also comes with additional data for non-5G use so subscribers can stay connected even when they move from a 5G-covered area to a non-5G-covered site.

Unli 5G gives customers non-stop data access at selected Smart 5G-covered areas around the country – with absolutely no data-capping or speed-throttling for a superior and reliable 5G experience. Subscribers can avail of Unli 5G exclusively on the GigaLife App.

GCash payment option now available for AirAsia guests

AirAsia today announced its partnership with GCash to provide guests with a fast and convenient option to pay for their flights and other add-ons when booking through the airasia super app or

Guests can now use their GCash e-wallets to make secure mobile payments online through the airasia super app or by simply logging on to, selecting their flights and add-ons, and proceeding to the payment page where they can pay via GCash through the ‘Wallet’ tab. GCash can also be used to make payments for airasia shop purchases via the super app.

5 fun activities you can do with your doggos at home this summer


With all the anxiety and stress brought about by the pandemic, for many of us, pets have been a huge source of comfort to help endure this challenging time. Although it took a lot of effort to distance ourselves from others totally disrupting what we were used to, the social distance gave way for us to get closer and create more heartwarming moments filled with boops, wet kisses, and playtimes with our furry friends. The care and attention we give them during this new normal is our simple way of reciprocating the unconditional love they give us throughout their life.

Here are five fun examples if you’re looking for activities to do at home with your pupperino, woofer, or floofer this summer:

For online classes, get a smartphone that lasts all day long like the Infinix HOT 10 Play

As distance learning will be necessary for some time to come in the Philippines, students need to have devices with features that ensure they can participate meaningfully for the entire duration of their virtual lessons.

DepEd’s recommended specs

The Department of Education (DepEd) has issued guidelines on the minimum specs for gadgets used during remote classes. It recommends smartphones with Octa-core processors, the ability to connect to 3G/4G/Wi-Fi, IPS LCDs that measure at least 6 inches with resolutions of 720 x 1520 pixels, 2GB + 32 GB capacity, dual-SIM slots, and on Android 8.1 operating system (OS) at the minimum.

One such smartphone is Infinix HOT 10 Play, which features the MediaTek Helio G25 Octa-core chip known for its smooth performance even during heavy use boosted by Hyper Engine technology. It connects and switches intelligently between LTE and Wi-Fi to keep the connection steady. To boot, Infinix HOT 10 Play has a stunning 6.82-inch Dot Drop display with a 90.66% screen-to-body ratio and a 20.5:9 full-view ratio similar to IMAX movies, 2GB + 32GB capacity, dual-SIM slots, and Android 10 Go OS.

Smart introduces its new Gen Z Barkada: Iñigo Pascual, AC Bonifacio, Jayda Avanzado, Michael Pacquiao, Donny and Hannah Pangilinan


Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has introduced its new Smart Gen Z Barkada to inspire subscribers to be better at what they love to do with the new Double GIGA promo.

The Smart Barkada includes actor and songwriter Iñigo Pascual; actor and host Donny Pangilinan; dancer and actress AC Bonifacio; vlogger and youth advocate Hannah Pangilinan; singer-songwriter Jayda Avanzado; and rapper Michael Pacquiao – a promising breed of artists and creators who are passionate about their craft and focused on making an impact in their generation.

Knowing that the journey to be better at something never stops, the Smart Barkada aims to help their fellow youth to be better at what they love to do through inspiring and hopeful stories – whether it’s about being a better friend, daughter or son, inspiring others to uplift their spirits, refocusing their energy on new passions, or just simply continuing to do things that make them feel healthy and happy.

Realistic Tips and Affordable Gadgets You Can Use to Transition to a Smarter Lifestyle

realme’s smart gadgets, on sale for up to 28% off this April 16-18, can help you enjoy a smarter lifestyle!

Now that a lot of us are staying home, we have to juggle working remotely, completing household chores, taking care of our family, and somehow squeezing in some rest and relaxation—every single day! If you’re feeling overwhelmed, technology can help you become more efficient and help make each day easier. 

Smart gadgets, for instance, can streamline your work and entertainment for you. With just a single device you can control various household appliances and accessories simply by connecting them to the internet or to each other through Bluetooth. This will help you complete your daily to-do list more efficiently, keep track of your personal goals, and create better ways to bond with loved ones while staying safe at home.

realme’s top-notch gadgets can help you transition to a smarter lifestyle. The good news is they’re on sale on Shopee this April 16-18! Check out some of these gadgets and a few tips for enjoying a smart lifestyle below. 

Choose a powerful device for controlling multiple smart gadgets 

First, you need a heavy-duty device you can use as your “remote.” With realme C25, you can connect to and control your other smart gadgets. This smartphone boasts a massive battery size of 6000mAh, which, aside from being able to withstand hours of serving as a control center for your other devices, can handle multiple activities such as e-mail, gaming, and social media. Even with heavy usage, the phone won’t run out of juice for quite a bit, since it can last more than a month on standby. No need to worry about lengthy charging times with its 18W Quick Charge 9V/2A charger as well. 

Get gadgets that work for all kinds of scenarios

At a time when we can’t see our colleagues and loved ones face to face, it’s important to make sure we stay connected. Get crystal clear call quality with realme Buds Air 2, thanks to its dual-microphone noise cancellation feature. Enjoy lag-free video calls with 88ms Super Low Latency as well. Its IPX5 water resistance, which prevents rain and sweat from damaging the earphones, can help you stay connected even when you’re outdoors or working out. You can enjoy all these features and more with the realme Buds Air 2 Neo, which offers an updated, sleeker build. 

Make technology your partner in health

What steps are you taking to stay healthy these days? Aside from washing your hands and practicing social distancing, make sure you’re eating right and exercising regularly. Keep track of your BMI, muscle mass, bone mass, metabolism, heart rate, and more with realme Smart Scale. Download the realme Link App to receive a customized health report after you use the scale. The realme Smart Scale can store multi-person health data profiles, so get your whole family in on it as well!

Enhance your entertainment experience with upgraded home appliances

At the end of a long day, all we want to do is lay back, relax, and catch up with our families. Make sure to streamline your entertainment so you can make the most of your free time with your loved ones. With the realme Smart Android 43” TV, you can download thousands of apps, games, movies, shows, and music straight from the Google Play Store. Ask questions online, set reminders, and more with the dedicated Google Assistant button on the remote. Use Chromecast to cast more content from your phone to your TV. You can also stream your favorite shows from popular built-in streaming platforms. 

Aside from the convenience, you can enjoy improved efficiency and more free time with these gadgets. This April 16-18, check out realme’s Super Brand Day on Shopee, where you can score discounts up to 28% off. Visit Realme Super Brand Day | Shopee PH for more information on these deals. Enjoy an even smarter shopping experience with free shipping vouchers and cashback promos when you top up and shop with ShopeePay! Check out for more details. 

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AXA PH names new exec leaders

Gaël Lapie as Chief Finance Officer

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, is proud to welcome three new members to its dynamic executive leadership team: Gaël Lapie as Chief Finance Officer, Rose Musico as Chief of Commercial Business, and Fernando “Nandy” Villar as Chief Customer Officer.

“We’re very thrilled to have Gaël, Rose, and Nandy on board the AXA Philippines team. We hope that under their leadership, the company will continue to thrive and cement its position as one of the most established names in the insurance industry,” said Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer. 

Lapie, a financial leader with over 18 years of senior management experience as chief and director of AXA SA and AXA France, has been named CFO of AXA Philippines. Lapie most recently served as the AXA Group Operations, Chief Financial Officer & Head Compliance for IT, Security, Procurement, Group Strategic Program CA, and AXA Business Services. Earlier in his career, he held leadership roles in established financial and insurance firms. 

Friday, April 16, 2021

TCL Sun Inc., in partnership with VST ECS launches TCL Smartphones in the Philippines

TCL Philippines partnered with VST ECS Phils Inc.  – one of the leading ICT distribution companies in the country – to bring a new wave and vast range of affordable TCL smartphones, tablets, and audio devices to the Filipino market.

“TCL has always been about innovation and expansion. Starting from the television business and now to mobile phones, we are continuously expanding our ecosystem of products – with our core deeply rooted to lines of connection, display, and interaction. From there, we are initiating an integrated smarter way of living,” shares Philip Xia, CEO of TCL Philippines – TCL Sun, Inc. “Here in TCL, we believe that greatness knows no boundaries and we have always been relentless when it comes to breaking barriers and exploring endless possibilities. I am confident that together with one of the country’s market leaders in local ICT distribution, which is VST ECS Phils, we will be conquering new and greater heights as we embark on another exciting journey of business expansion through our mobility products.”

“We are delighted to include TCL Mobile to our fold of impressive product portfolio. This addition solidifies our commitment to offer end-to-end solutions for practically all verticals and provide new growth opportunities for our channel partners. And as one of the pioneers in intelligent technology, I am confident that TCL will gain positive traction having been known to deliver some of the industry’s firsts such as QLED, Mini LED, THX Certified Gaming TV, to name a few. We hope to raise the bar in mobile entertainment by offering products that combine innovation and affordability,” says Jimmy D. Go, president, and CEO, VSTECS Phils. Inc.

“The mobile competition in the Philippines is indeed tough and it’s no surprise that almost weekly, there are new devices being launched here and there. But this doesn’t come off as a threat, rather a challenge that we are proud and confident to take as we know that we have the right mindset, products, and partners in this journey. After all, the very goal of this business venture is rooted to connectivity and people. We are here to bridge the gap between mid-tier market and high-performing devices that do not need to cost much. We are here to bring globally competitive products that are highly affordable and accessible to many. And with the credibility and brand image that TCL has built for the past 20 years, I know our mobile products will deliver its promise of ease and convenience to mobile users,” says Jay Guanzon, TCL Philippines’ Senior Manager for Sales Operations and Business Unit Head for Diversified Products.

Globe Telecom soon to launch 5G-powered Niantic mobile game

Globe Telecom is set to revolutionize 5G and augmented reality (AR) gaming with their latest multiplayer demo experience, Codename: Urban Legends. Partnering with Niantic, the Philippines will be the first in Southeast Asia to experience the software development giant’s newest gaming innovation.

Codename: Urban Legends is a multiplayer demo that revolves around casting magic spells to blast monsters and rescue mythical allies, including Doty, the original Niantic Explorer. The game is built on the same platform which powers Niantic’s signature titles like Ingress, Pokémon GO, and Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.

The game leverages Globe 5G’s ultra-low latency or lag time and high bandwidth capabilities to deliver a deeply immersive, highly social AR experience.

In the early days of AR gaming, players are usually trapped within their phone: a single reality that could not be shared with others but with 5G, you are now able to share an identical view and experience with others playing the same game.

realme PH sets a new standard of reliability with the realme C25, initially available exclusively on Shopee


Leading smart technology brand realme Philippines continues to strengthen its commitment to providing Filipinos powerful tools and devices that would help them rise above all the challenges they may encounter this year with the launch of the world’s first TÜV Rheinland certified smartphone – the realme C25. This newest device from realme is available starting April 16 at 12 midnight during the realme Super Brand Day Sale on Shopee at a discounted price of P5,990.

The realme C25 is a powerful yet attainable all-around device that is intended for heavy smartphone users who rely on their device as the central component for their digital-heavy lifestyle, from online schooling, live streaming, shout casting, content creation to connecting and controlling their smart accessories and devices.

“Filipinos always stay ready in all the challenges that come their way. As they remain resilient and optimistic with all the unprecedented events that might happen around this year, we at realme Philippines launch the highly reliable realme C25 that will accompany every young Filipino with all the challenges they will accept and encounter this 2021. Proven to be highly reliable and durable by TÜV Rheinland, the realme C25 is every Filipino’s companion as they continue to navigate and shift to a highly digital lifestyle this 2021,” shares realme Philippines’ Vice President for Marketing Austine Huang.


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