Friday, June 25, 2021

Shopee Among Top 30 on the List of GradPhilippines’ Top Graduate Employers of 2021

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has been voted as one of the top 30 Graduate Employers to work for in the Philippines. 

GradPhilippines, is a platform that connects students, recent graduates, and early career talents with potential job opportunities, employers, internships, and more. It is the most sought-after employer awards in the Asia Pacific Region, especially in countries like Australia and New Zealand. 

The Top 100 Graduate Employers list recognizes the highest quality and most popular graduate employers in the country and acknowledges exceptional employers who hire early-career talents. GradPhilippines’ methodology has been refined to reflect an employer’s popularity and quality. This is achieved by combining data from search engines, page views, and employee reviews. Through this, an objective and comprehensive ranking of graduate preferences have been determined.

IABC Philippines elects new Board of Trustees

The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines announced its new Board of Trustees for 2021 - 2023 with proven expertise and fresh perspectives in the dynamic field of business communications.

The diverse group of trustees include leading communications professionals from different fields, such as banking, insurance, media and entertainment, utilities, and advocacy groups, to the heavyweights of the country’s top communications agencies.

Study finds companies in Asia often underperforming on LGBTQ+, Inclusion and Diversity education

Being 'out' in the workplace felt to hinder careers in Hong Kong

As much of the world celebrates Pride month this June, a new study commissioned by AXA Asia has revealed that many companies in the region are still falling short when it comes to fostering an LGBTQ+ friendly working environment through Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) initiatives. The findings underline key areas where action can help to tackle factors that affect the mental health of LGBTQ+ employees, including acceptance, working culture and the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Companies often underperform on LGBTQ+ awareness and education at work 

Companies play a vital role in creating an inclusive, welcoming environment for employees, demonstrating leadership in educating on both LGBTQ+ and broader I&D topics. However, the study found that progress has been uneven. Hong Kong companies as a whole were rated as performing more poorly on LGBTQ+ education in comparison to other I&D pillars such as gender parity or racism, though international companies in both Hong Kong and the Philippines were more likely to be seen as performing well (55% agree) compared with domestic companies (36% agree) on LGBTQ+ I&D education specifically. Overall, corporates in Japan have been more visible in supporting LGBTQ+ causes and communities in recent years, such as joining Rainbow Pride Parades, but those in Thailand are less active, particularly in traditional sectors like the police and the military, as well as education.

Shopee reveals 4 types of Filipino online shoppers, offers something for everyone this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

42% of Filipinos surveyed are Sulit Shoppers, who are driven by the best deals and prices online

A survey conducted by Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, revealed four types of online shoppers in the Philippines and their motivations for shopping online.

Shopee surveyed more than 3,000 Filipinos and found that value is the most important factor for online shoppers, with 42% of respondents stating that they are driven by the best deals and prices. 71% of them are females, ranging from 18 to 34 years of age.

There is also an emerging segment of consumers who prioritize shopping from their favored brands online. More than half of these brand lovers are around 25 years old, showing how brand loyalty is becoming key to the online shopping experience for younger demographics.

Careline unveils new skincare product line

Careline Cosmetics, the go-to makeup line of every young Filipina, is expanding its product portfolio as it launches a new line of skincare products specially developed to care for young skin and complement your beauty routine.

For an easy, four-step skin care solution, Careline offers the new Skin Hero Set (P395). Enriched with active ingredients such as AHA, BHA, PHA, and Niacinamide, the set helps improve skin tone and texture as well as hydrate, smoothen, brighten, and treat the skin. Its four key products include the Captain Cleanser, perfect for sensitive skin. Gentle and hydrating, the cleanser deeply cleans and refines pores, leaving skin soft and smooth. The Fighting Toner unclogs the pores and reduces excess oil to prevent whiteheads, blackheads, and acne. Meanwhile, its non-comedogenic Wonder Moisturizer calms troubled skin while the Super Serum treats hyperpigmentation and acne and improves skin tone and texture.

Teleperformance Philippines celebrates diversity and inclusion through TP Pride

Teleperformance Philippines aims to be outspoken allies in support of Pride Month through recognizing the contributions and influence of the LGBTQ+ community. As part of its 25th Anniversary, Teleperformance Philippines is celebrating TP Pride, as it seeks to strengthen employee engagement and promote a diverse and inclusive culture through month-long festivities.

TP Pride is an initiative that kickstarted in 2018 that sought to raise awareness and educate Teleperformance employees about the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals. Teleperformance aims to go all-out despite the ongoing pandemic by inaugurating a group of inspiring, formidable representatives of the LGBTQ+ community as the Pride Council tasked to lead the activities they have lined up for Pride Month.

Taking their advocacy to the workplace, Teleperformance will produce a forum called ‘Queeries: Leaders’ Discussion on LGBT Mental Health and Inclusion,’ guest-starring organizations such as Your Millennial Psychologist, Psychological Association of the Philippines Special Interest Group, Philippine Financial & Inter-Industry Pride, and Philippine LGBT COC, where they aim to educate leaders, decision makers, and LGBTQ+ colleagues on the value in creating and maintaining LGBTQ+ inclusive practices in the company.

Scan and Donate to Different Charity Organizations via ShopeePay


ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, partners with more than 30 foundations to offer users an easier, safer, and more convenient way to donate to their beneficiaries of choice. Over the last three months, there was a steady increase in foundations adopting digital payment options like ShopeePay. These newly onboarded foundations are AHA Learning, Animal Kingdom, For Our Farmers, Green Space, Hope, LovedVolunteers, Silid Aralam, Save Philippine Seas, TV Maria, and Waves for Water.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As an e-commerce platform that is close to the community, we are happy to partner with these charity organizations to make donating more convenient and safe. We want to make ShopeePay more than just a platform for online purchases and bills payments, but also a channel that helps facilitate donations for the underprivileged. As more Filipinos start to adopt digital payments in their daily lives, ShopeePay will continue to enhance its products and services further to support businesses, foundations, and the local community.”

Thursday, June 24, 2021

GCash enables seamless bills payment option for VisMin customers


From giving users in Metro Manila access to seamless payment solutions using their GCash app, the country’s leading e-wallet, is now extending its reach to the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) region by building partnerships and ecosystems with LGUs through GCash Pay Bills.

True to its mission of providing “financial inclusion for all,” GCash has enabled VisMin customers in the said regions to pay their bills and send payments from the comfort and safety of their homes anytime, offering greater convenience and empowering a digital financial lifestyle in the region.

“GCash remains committed to its mission to enable financial access for all consumers and merchants, including those in Visayas and Mindanao. Aside from financial inclusion, GCash continues to provide Filipinos with seamless access to their digital financial lifestyle and help keep them safe during the pandemic,” said Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash.

The new realme 8 5G delivers top-notch 5G experience without compromise

The latest 5G innovation from the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand is now available for PHP10,490 this June 25

realme, the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand for Q1 2021, enables Filipinos to capture the infinite possibilities of 5G technology with the launch of the realme 8 5G, available first on Shopee on June 25. 

Unveiled via a special livestream event on the realme Philippines Facebook page and YouTube channel, the realme 8 5G is the brand’s latest innovation as it eyes to lead the fast-growing 5G segment in the Philippines. As 5G infrastructure develops at a rapid pace in the country, realme is committed to providing 5G access and connectivity to as many Filipinos as possible. 

With cutting-edge 5G technology, exceptional speed, and all-around functionality, the realme 8 5G is bound to set a new standard for 5G-ready smartphones in the mid-range category. 

Smart Padala by PayMaya makes remittances easier with new service 

Collecting your remittance has never been easier! You can now walk in and collect funds sent by your loved ones at any of the over 40,000 Smart Padala agents across the country with Smart Padala by PayMaya’s Claim Anywhere service. 

With this new Claim Anywhere service, all the sender needs to do is to provide the recipient’s mobile number, and the funds can easily be claimed by their recipient at any Smart Padala agent anywhere in the country.  

This new service makes receiving money much easier and hassle-free. Best of all – customers don’t have to pay additional charges on top of the transaction fee to avail of this convenient option. Smart Padala by PayMaya customers just need to follow these simple steps:   

Satisfy Your Comfort Food Cravings with ShopeePay ₱1 Deals


Treat yourself with your ultimate comfort food and satisfy your cravings with ShopeePay ₱1 Deals. 

Users can now purchase ShopeePay ₱1 Deals on Shopee and redeem discounts when they pay at our partner merchants via in-store QR codes using ShopeePay. To avail of the promo, purchase the discount or cashback voucher on Shopee, pay via QR code in-store, and select which voucher to use before payment confirmation.

Check out these ShopeePay ₱1 Deals, which give you a ₱30 discount at the following restaurants for no minimum spend!  

Pru Life UK and British government co-funds 4th Chevening scholarship

Virtual Meet and Greet Ceremony Event organized by Pru Life UK’s Government Relations and the Chevening Scholarship team in the United Kingdom for Prudential business unit representatives to get acquainted with their respective Prudential Chevening Scholars for AY (2020-2021). From upper left: Gizelle Camua, Pru Life UK Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs; Maricel Estavillo, Pru Life UK Vice President for Government Relations, Atty. Emeren Vallente, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Legal and Government Relations. From lower left: Soysouvanh Ketsana, Prudential Laos’ Chevening Scholar; Marielle Bordado, Pru Life UK’s Chevening Scholar, and Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer

Leading life insurer, Pru Life UK co-funds its 4th Filipino Chevening scholar with British Embassy Manila, on its 4th year of partnership for the Chevening Scholarship Program. 

Chevening is a scholarship and fellowship program under the UK government which aims to develop global leaders and has long been enabling Filipino scholars to study in the UK. 

Instant Reloading of Autosweep and Easytrip Toll RFIDs is Now Available via PSBank Mobile!

PSBank made the instant and hassle-free reloading of Autosweep and Easytrip Toll RFIDs available via the PSBank Mobile App.

With the PSBank Mobile Toll RFID reload facility, PSBank customers will now be able to save time and breeze through tolls as with just a few taps, their Autosweep or Easytrip account will be reloaded immediately. 

7 Items You can Get to Make the Rest of 2021 Yours at Shopee’s 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

Time goes by so fast—can you believe that we’ve already made it mid-way through the year? Congratulate yourself for powering through the first half of 2021!

Now that we’ve made it to June, make it your goal to finish the remaining half of the year just as  strong. Motivate yourself, whether it’s by holding a small party for your family, exercising more to lift your mood, or even just treating yourself to some makeup to boost your confidence. 

Take this list of mid-year essentials with you as you make the most of the rest of 2021. These items are all on sale at Shopee’s 7.7 Mid-Year Sale:  

Saturday, June 19, 2021

GCash lauded as biggest emergency response donor by Save the Children Philippines

In recognition of its commitment to help address various social issues related to education, environment, health and more, GCash, the country’s leading mobile wallet, was recently honored by Save the Children, the world's leading independent children's organization, for being one of its biggest emergency response donors in the Philippines. 

Save the Children received immediate help through the GCash app for education, nutrition, health assistance, emergencies, and natural calamities such as typhoons. Thanks to the donations, Save the Children delivered life-saving aid and implemented development programs to keep children and families, emergency responders, and community health workers safe from COVID-19.

Gaming royalty Alodia Gosiengfiao captures infinite possibilities with realme and 5G connectivity


The realme ambassador opens up about breaking barriers in the industry and the importance of 5G in mobile gaming

As mobile gaming and esports continue to gain massive ground in the country, realme Philippines aims to strengthen its position in the industry by catering to the diverse needs of mobile gamers and streamers. With this goal in mind, the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand for Q1 2021 teamed up with cosplay icon, entrepreneur and gaming royalty Alodia Gosiengfiao to further empower the local gaming community to capture infinite possibilities.

Having been in the gaming and cosplay industry since her teenage years, Alodia has managed to break through barriers and cement her place in this fast-growing scene. “I’ve always had the mindset that gaming is and should be for everyone,” shares Alodia. “When I started out, there were people who would tend to ‘gatekeep’ the industry based on what or who they think gamers should be. But despite that, I stayed true to my core and focused on my craft because this is something I’m truly passionate about,” she adds.

World Vision highlights child protection and peacebuilding in the Marawi Week of Peace

Child-focused NGO World Vision Development Foundation conducted a series of child protection and peace-building activities during the celebration of the Marawi Week of Peace, spearheaded by the Task Force Bangon Marawi (TFBM) in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur.

World Vision provided school bags, notebooks and pens with learning materials promoting child protection to at least 1,679 students from five public schools.

In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the Ministry of Basic Higher Technical and Madaris Education and the Marawi Operation Center, World Vision also conducted mental health and psychosocial support activities for 90 parents and 60 children. 

WWF-Philippines, Cisco Systems make pitch for food security in Northern Palawan amid pandemic

A farmer plants rice in a field on the island municipality of Dumaran, Northern Palawan. WWF-Philippines and WWF-Singapore are pushing for food security for Dumaran. Photograph © Alo Lantin / WWF-Philippines 

In a bid for sustainable food security, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines, with the help of Cisco Systems, has committed to the construction of food sheds in rural communities in Northern Palawan.

The project comes in response to livelihood disruptions caused by the pandemic. With lockdown restrictions making travel between towns difficult, many farmers and fishers have had difficulty selling their produce. Regional tourism has also plummeted, pushing coastal communities once reliant on visiting tourists further into poverty.

Loss of livelihood and rising poverty has also placed additional pressure on natural resources, as ailing communities increasingly turn to fishing to meet their daily needs.

Brother Philippines officially certified by Great Place To Work

Staying true to its constant mission to giving Filipinos with a healthy and positive work environment while also providing customers with reliable and high-quality printing products and solutions, Brother Philippines has officially been certified by international workplace culture authority Great Place To Work. 

Great Place To Work conducted its survey and assessment of Brother Philippines earlier this year, mainly polling associates on trust, pride in their work, and camaraderie—metrics that comprise the core of what makes a workplace good, in which the company ranked high. The certification is effective from May 2021 until May 2022. 

The survey found that 88% of Brother Philippines associates say that the company is a great place to work, compared to 53% of employees in a typical company. The results also showed that 99% of employees felt that management was competent at running the business, 97% felt good about how the company gave back to the community, 97% agreed that special events were celebrated at work, 96% felt that Brother was a safe place to work, and 96% were confident that they had the right resources and equipment for their job. 

Over 350 trusted stores await online shoppers at PayMaya Mall

PayMaya leads in powering the digital lifestyle of Filipinos as it expands its PayMaya Mall feature to over 350 trusted brands in food, groceries, beauty, fashion, and many more - the widest list of mobile shopping choices available via any e-wallet today.  

As the ultimate one-stop-shop for your everyday shopping needs, PayMaya Mall empowers consumers to easily purchase goods at their favorite stores, including Jollibee, McDonald’s, Chowking, Burger King, Bonchon, Mercury Drug, Rose Pharmacy, AllDay, Landers, FreshMart, Boozy, National Bookstore, Shein, Rustan's, Gap, and many others.  

With over 350 brands to browse through, you can easily shop for groceries and other essentials, order food, or purchase beauty or home improvement products —all with just a few taps on your smartphone.  

Top picks for Father’s Day gifts from Xiaomi

Still looking for something special to give your dad? Check out these amazing gift suggestions from Xiaomi that’s perfect for Father’s Day. From appliances for dad’s man cave to items for a busy man on the go, these techie picks are the perfect way to say thank you to dad!    

1. For the multitasking Dad who need to stay connected

For a fast connection that allows for seamless work and play, 5G is the wave of the future - and Xiaomi is delivering one of the most affordable 5G smartphones in the business with the Redmi Note 10 5G (PHP 9,990 for the 4+128 GB variant and PHP 11,490 for the 8+128 GB variant). It comes with MediaTek Dimensity 700 with its 7nm manufacturing node, Dual 5G SIM supported system and an integrated modem that provides flagship-level power-efficiency for all of dad’s multitasking mobile phone needs. And when he wants to relax, the Redmi Note 10 5G also features a captivating and immersive 90Hz 6.5” AdaptiveSync DotDisplay and is even capable of adjusting to content automatically - from streaming video at 30Hz** or 60Hz to scrolling social media feeds or gaming at up to 90Hz – for a smooth experience and optimum battery usage. 

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

World Vision and ComCo Southeast Asia join forces to support MSMEs


Aside from plaguing the health of people all over the world, COVID-19 has affected global economies, with businesses closing down leaving millions of people jobless. In developing countries like the Philippines, small businesses are hit the hardest as they struggle to survive in the current climate. C

onsumers are looking for brands that care about social issues, but with most business enterprises in the country made up of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), these businesses might not have social issues at the top of their priority list as they try to cope with the pandemic. In line with this, World Vision in the Philippines, an international child-focused non-profit organization, has partnered with ComCo Southeast Asia, a trailblazing and globally award-winning integrated communications agency in the region, for Cause Marketing for Good – a campaign to support MSMEs during these difficult times and to teach them how they can champion social issues through their marketing efforts.

Here’s What You Need to Look for in a Mobile Gaming Phone


Mobile gaming is perfect if you’re a gamer constantly on the go, or if you’re a newbie just starting to immerse yourself into the hobby. Heavy gaming isn’t restricted to just PCs anymore—you can now enjoy the same experience using only pocket-size devices, thanks to all the state-of-the art mobile gaming phones available. 

Dreaming of investing in a new gaming device? Infinix Hot 10S already has everything you’re looking for! Here’s a quick list of a few important features to look forward to:

5 Experiences to Share with Your Dad this Father’s Day

Because the best gift you can give your dad this June is your time

The experiences we share with our loved ones are forever. 

This Father’s Day, there is no better way to show your love for your dad than taking a few hours out of your busy schedule to catch up on each other’s lives, have fun, and just bond. 

We have a few ideas to jumpstart your perfect Father’s Day bonding session at home, and with your PayMaya app, you can enjoy a safer and more rewarding contactless shopping experience as you prepare for this special day.  

Ignite Inspiration with TECNO Mobile’s Spark 7 Pro

This new dream phone is now available at the TECNO Mobile Flagship Store in Lazada!

Premium smartphone brand, TECNO Mobile’s latest offering is every student’s dream come true. The multitasking Spark 7 Pro, which is now available at the TECNO Mobile Flagship Store on Lazada, is the perfect tool for making things happen. Great for online learning, as well as entertainment, with Spark 7 Pro, anything is possible!

Keep Dreaming, Keep Going with Spark 7 Pro

If there’s one thing a Zoomer needs these days, it’s a multitasking smartphone capable of keeping up with their predominantly digital lifestyle. Tech-savvy members of Gen Z rely heavily on their gadgets for most of their productivity, entertainment, and even socialization needs. Spark 7 Pro is more than equipped to handle distance learning requirements, simultaneously running apps needed for online classes, school work, and research. 

Teleperformance supports Davao frontliners with donation to the Southern Philippines Medical Center

Dr. Ricardo B. Audan (middle), Medical Center Chief II of Southern Philippines Medical Center, receives a check representing the Php 300,000 donation from Teleperformance. Joining him were Teleperformance Davao Site Director Ervin John Gok-ong and Human Resources Manager Josie Sacala

In line with its commitment to help cities across the country in their fight against Covid-19, Teleperformance Philippines, through its corporate social responsibility arm Citizen of the World, is making a donation to the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

The PHP 300,000 donation aims to support the health frontliners of Davao City as they continue to serve its citizens amidst the ongoing pandemic. This amount is a collective offering of Teleperformance Philippines employees, who raised their donations through Citizen of the World program, and the amount was matched by Teleperformance. 

Citizen of the World, which provides a channel for employees across the Teleperformance organization to work together for the benefit of others, has been proactively supporting collective efforts against the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Shopee Launches Shopee Thursdays with the Department of Trade and Industry to Help MSMEs Thrive in the E-commerce Space


As e-commerce takes on greater importance for both consumers and sellers, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to offer in-depth discussions about online selling to support the growth of online businesses through Shopee Thursdays. These masterclass sessions aim to equip existing and aspiring online entrepreneurs with the right tools and information on how to use data to operate effectively in the e-commerce space.  

E-commerce is considered a crucial part of the global retail framework. When the pandemic hit, its role became even more critical as physical businesses closed and people were encouraged to stay at home for safety reasons. With the implementation of lockdown measures, more than 65 percent of business establishments had to close temporarily, and only 29 percent of enterprises remained open with limited operations.  This led to people turning to online platforms to shop for their needs and entrepreneurs to shift to digital platforms to sustain their businesses.

Monday, June 14, 2021

Score these Cool Gifts for Your Hobbyist Dad at Shopee’s Payday Sale

This Father’s Day, maximize your sweldo by making dad feel special with the perfect gifts

Gift-shopping for dad isn’t easy. He’s pretty quiet, always responds with a perfunctory “I don't need anything” when you ask him what he wants, and seems to already have everything, anyway. Still, if anyone deserves the best gift, it’s dad—he takes care of the whole family, after all! 

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect Father’s Day gift, narrow down your search by identifying your dad’s interests and hobbies. This will make your gift-hunting a whole lot easier, and your dad will love your thoughtful gesture of personally picking out a gift that fits his interests.

For dads who remain kids at heart, we recommend fun collectibles, graphic tees, and more. These items are all on sale this akinse at Shopee’s 6.15 Payday Sale. Make the most out of your sweldo and check these out now:

Patient groups call for ‘Bakuna, Now Na’

The Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO), representing 38 patient groups in the country, today launches the “Bakuna, Now Na” campaign in a bid to increase vaccination uptake and decrease hesitancy to help curb the pandemic.  The campaign is also in partnership with the Department of Health and is supported by the Department of Science and Technology and the Philippine Medical Association.

The Bakuna, Now Na campaign, an information and education advocacy to increase vaccine acceptance, also kicks off with a Unity Statement with partner groups urging Filipinos to get vaccinated against CoVID-19.  

The patient-led campaign also aims to support efforts towards vaccine equity through various initiatives and collaborations with governments, manufacturers and the COVAX facility among other platforms. 

Jollibee celebrates Filipino pride and joy with ‘Pusong Pinoy’ featuring Sarah G and Billy Crawford

Every June 12, the country beams with pride as it celebrates its independence and freedom from colonial rule. But in today’s context, what does it mean to be Pinoy and Proud and how can this be embraced by every Filipino? 

As the country commemorates its 123rd Independence Day, Jollibee once again ignites the hearts of Filipinos all over the world with its new song titled “Pusong Pinoy.” Performed by world-class celebrities Sarah Geronimo and Billy Crawford, “Pusong Pinoy” celebrates an ever-present Pinoy Pride rooted in the Filipinos’ innate ability to give joy and hope, as well as rise above challenges by embodying the spirit of Bayanihan and helping one another. 

“We wanted to highlight an admirable trait of Filipinos - while we are known as being resilient and being joyful people, what drives this is our malasakit sa kapwa which enables us to face any challenges that come our way. The Bayanihan spirit has always been a part of our culture, and we see now that it is still very much alive in modern times. So, we should all be proud of our Pusong Pinoy”, says Francis Flores, JFC’s Philippines Country Marketing head and Jollibee PH Marketing head. 

Score these Cool Gifts for Your Adventurous Dad at Shopee’s Payday Sale

This Father’s Day, maximize your sweldo by making dad feel special with the perfect gifts

Going gift-shopping for dad isn’t easy. He’s pretty quiet, always responds with a perfunctory “I don't need anything” when you ask him what he wants, and seems to already have everything, anyway. Still, if anyone deserves the best gift, it’s dad—he takes care of the whole family, after all! 

If you’re having trouble finding the perfect Father’s Day gift, narrow down your search by identifying your dad’s interests and hobbies. This will make your gift-hunting a whole lot easier, and your dad will love your thoughtful gesture of personally picking out a gift that fits his interests.

For thrill-seekers and adventurers, we recommend portable barbecue grills, insulated water bottles, outdoor gadgets, and more. These items are all on sale this akinse at Shopee’s 6.15 Payday Sale. Make the most out of your sweldo and check these out now:

Upgrade to the latest Galaxy S21 Series 5G and other flagship smartphones with Samsung’s exclusive promos

SAMSUNG offers exciting discounts for its latest flagship devices until June 30, 2021. 

The Galaxy S21 Series 5G, Galaxy Z Series, Galaxy Note20 Series and Galaxy S20 FE are designed to meet all the demands of everyone’s changing lifestyles, whether it’s for work, play, or all the other epic moments in between. Get these devices for as low as Php 1,166.25/month at 0% interest for up to 24 months using participating credit cards.  Get the first-month installment for FREE at 0% for 24 months using a PNB credit card in select Samsung Experience Stores. 

Avail of the Trade-In, Trade-Up promo where customers can trade in their old smartphone to get the Galaxy S21 Series 5G or any of the flagship devices. Users must simply visit any participating store to have their old smartphone evaluated to get additional tokens worth up to Php 12,000 on top of the value of their traded-in device. 

Challenge Your Boundaries at the PUBG Mobile Philippine Cup, Powered by Xiaomi's Redmi Note 10 5G

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner! PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds or PUBG players can put their skills to the test as Xiaomi Philippines partners with PUBG to host this year’s PUBG Mobile Philippine Cup.  

Get the chance to win exciting cash prizes and your own Redmi Note 10 5G at this nationwide online tournament that brings together Xiaomi and PUBG fans. A massive 128 teams will battle it out during the qualifiers, which will begin on June 26 to July 4, with 32 squads joining the Group Stage on July 10 – 11 and a final 8 advancing to the Grand Finals on July 24 to 25, 2021. 

The winning squad takes home PHP 50,000 and Redmi Note 5G for each team member, 2nd Place wins PHP 25,000 and, 3rd Place takes home PHP 15,000, and 4th Place will be awarded with PHP 10,000. 

Seven Alex Gonzaga-Approved Items to Check Out this Akinse


Actress and social media personality Alex Gonzaga admits that she’s an online shopaholic. However, she’s a shopaholic who gets her money’s worth by waiting for deals and discounts! At Shopee’s upcoming 6.15 Payday Sale, the Shopee Princess plans to maximize promos such as free shipping with no minimum spend, ₱15 deals, 15% cashback, and more to get discounts on her shopping cart and make the most out of her sweldo. 

Here what Shopee’s payday shopping buddy plans to add to her budol haul this coming akinse: 

realme C25S launches in the PH on June 15, promises incredible upgrade at same price

realme, the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand for Q1 2021, is set to launch its latest entry-level offering, the realme C25S, in the Philippines on June 15. Coming off the launch of its widely successful realme C25 back in April of this year, the realme C25S promises upgraded performance at the same price. 

With the realme C25S, users can look forward to incredible performance as it now comes packed with the Helio G85 Gaming Processor. This guarantees a smoother overall experience that mobile gaming enthusiasts and other tech-driven individuals will love. This powerful processor makes the realme C25S capable of handling any mainstream game and other day-to-day tasks with ease in performance. 

The realme C25S also guarantees top-notch reliability to keep up with the youth’s on-the-go lifestyle. Similar to the realme C25, it also obtained a TÜV Rheinland Smartphone High-Reliability Certification, having passed 23 major tests, including ten (10) daily-use test scenarios, extreme environment tests, and component reliability tests. This means users can count on the realme C25S for outstanding quality reminiscent of flagship models. 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Bring yourself closer with the new vivo V21 selfie phone

Bringing you closer to you. The vivo V21 5G in Sunset Dazzle features a beautiful design that is as handy as it is fine-looking

With the situation people are all in, many have found different ways to cope. Some have turned to cooking, some found solace in working out, while others had a heightened appreciation for simple, yet fun things — like taking selfies!

Selfies, after all, is a form of self-presentation and expression. This is why many young people place their confidence in smartphones that deliver superb photography features.

Crocs launches its Classic Translucent Clog


Crocs, Inc., a global leader in innovative casual footwear for women, men, and children, revealed its new ‘Translucent Collection’ featuring a see-through trendy design.

‘Classic Translucent Clog’, a part of the new collection, combined Crocs’ iconic ‘Classic Clog’ design with translucent uppers. It’s the perfect opportunity to show off your Crocs with socks style and simply add Jibbitz charms for more personality.

The clog’s transparent material allows one to style fresh and cool even in the summer, and to create different vibes every day with the design of one’s socks uncovered. Crocs’ ‘Croslite™’ foam is also applied to ‘Classic Translucent Clog’, presenting an incredibly light and comfortable cushioning. The shoes’ ventilation ports add breathability and help shed water and debris, easy to clean and quick to dry, making it a perfect item for summer indeed.

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Shopee and the Department of Health Team Up to Encourage Filipinos to Get Vaccinated

Through this partnership, Shopee and the Department of Health aim to raise awareness on the importance of COVID-19 vaccination through education

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with the Department of Health (DOH) to promote education about COVID-19 vaccines through in-app and social media initiatives. As the Philippines aims to vaccinate 70% of its population within three to five years, this partnership between Shopee and DOH augments the concerted effort of the private sector and local government units to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19.  

While the local government rolls out COVID-19 vaccination programs, the vaccine hesitancy rate among Filipinos continues to increase, going from 47% in January 2021 to 61% by the end of the first quarter.  They remain resistant to the vaccine due to three key  reasons: concerns about potential side effects, uncertainty about efficacy, and skepticism.

GCash sole PH e-wallet feted by The Asian Banker TAB International Awards 2021


GCash has once again solidified its position as the no.1 mobile wallet app in the Philippines as it received two distinctions in the recent The Asian Banker’s Excellence in Retail Financial Services International Awards 2021 (TAB Awards). 

This year, GCash is the only e-wallet app in the Philippines that was given accolades by the prestigious awards program.

The award-giving body recognized GCash for having the “Best Financial Inclusion Initiative/Application” for its Social Amelioration Program (Distribution), which was implemented in cooperation with the Philippine Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Development, during the pandemic. Likewise, the mobile wallet app was also awarded the “Best Digital Brand Campaign” for its innovative #FightCOVID19 program aimed at educating various stakeholders on health and safety measures, as well as providing the GCashforGood platform to aid undeserved affected communities nationwide. 

Xiaomi Celebrates 1000 Xiaomi Stores Event with Mi Fans Across the World


Global technology leader Xiaomi today announced it has opened over 1000 Xiaomi Stores in global markets*, marking a major milestone in the company’s global expansion. To celebrate this momentous occasion, Xiaomi is holding a 1000 Xiaomi Store event both online and offline, offering exclusive gifts and promotional sales as an expression of gratitude to the Mi Fans and loyal customers that have helped the company reach these new heights.

Against all odds - 1000th Xiaomi Store opens following fastest growth year yet

This significant feat was achieved despite the challenging circumstances faced by brick-and-mortar shops around the world. Xiaomi Store success defying this trend is a testament to the strength of the Xiaomi brand among consumers and the enormous potential for Xiaomi’s business to prosper in global markets.

Red Fiber offers special deals; Sets expansion goals for seamless customer experience


RED Fiber, the country’s newest broadband provider, gives new subscribers the opportunity to enjoy three months’ worth of FREE subscription as well as twice the speed of their plans for the first 30 days (available for plans 20Mbps, 50Mbps, and 100Mbps). Subscribers of Dual Play plans, RED Fiber’s internet and TV bundles, may be upgraded to the highest TV plan, giving them access to more than 120 channels for the first 90 days.

RED Fiber is the consumer fiber broadband service of Radius Telecoms, Inc., a 100% Meralco subsidiary, which runs on a pure end-to-end fiber network. The provider’s Dual Play service, made available in partnership with CignalTV, the country’s no. 1 direct-to-home satellite provider, provides a wide array of high-definition IPTV channels to subscribers.

With RED Fiber, customers are assured of the highest service reliability in the market, with the promise of a 24 to 48 hour service restoration for any network issue.

Six Fan Favorite Moments during Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special

From John Lloyd Cruz’s comeback to Treasure’s high-energy performances, we won’t be forgetting these anytime soon

Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special, held last June 6, was definitely one for the books! The fiesta-themed show, which is Shopee’s biggest TV Special to date, featured lots of cash prizes and giveaways, appearances by today’s hottest celebrities, performances from top local and international artists, and more. 

Here are a few unforgettable highlights from the show:

#ParaSaYoSuki: Get up to P600 cashback at Mercury Drug with PayMaya

For Filipinos, Mercury Drug is more than just a pharmacy. As one of the country's most trusted brands when it comes to health and wellness, it is the go-to establishment for medicines and medical supplies, healthcare and personal care products, and basic everyday needs.   

With the ongoing pandemic, Mercury Drug has also made transactions better with the help of digital payments. Today, buying essentials at Mercury Drug's over 1,000 branches nationwide has never been safer and more convenient with PayMaya QR. Customers can #ScanToPay via PayMaya QR for contactless transactions in-store or via Digital QR through their delivery over Viber service.   

What's also best is that by paying contactless via PayMaya QR, you add another layer of safety on your transactions – not just for yourself, but for the Mercury Drug's staff, and ultimately, the community.   

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Your Friendly Neighbor, The Vet


The Pet Food Institute educates pet owners on the importance of bringing their pets to the veterinarian

Like with any family member, it is important that we safeguard the health and wellness of our loved ones, including pets, to keep them safe and happy. Responsible pet ownership means meeting the health care needs of pets so that a dog or cat can live fully and continue to provide the love and companionship they bring to the household. 

Regular veterinary check-ups are a crucial element to proper and responsible pet ownership. Routine visits allow veterinarians to ensure that one’s dog or cat is in tip-top condition by accurately tracking a pet’s health progress and provide the essential vaccines to protect their dogs or cats. 

Committed to educating the Filipino pet community on proper pet care, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) educates pet owners on the importance of bringing their pets to the veterinarian.

Grab Philippines and FoodSHAP join hands to raise food delivery standards in the Philippines

  • Grab celebrates World Food Safety Day, through its launch of its Food Safety Trainings, which aims to strengthen the performance and quality of GrabFood with the help of merchant-partners and delivery-partners in delivering the highest standard of food safety to consumers.
  • Grab Philippines, through its partnership with the Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines, guides merchant- and delivery-partners on key food safety, food handling, and hygiene protocols to improve the food delivery cycle in the platform. 
  • This collaboration is part of the ongoing efforts in raising the standards in the food delivery industry in the Philippines.

In conjunction with World Food Safety Day, Grab Philippines today announced new initiatives to raise the bar for safety, hygiene, and quality standards in the food delivery industry. Through Grab Philippines’ partnership with the Food Safety and Hygiene Academy of the Philippines (FoodSHAP), and additional measures to help ensure cleanliness, safety, and quality throughout the entire food delivery life cycle. These efforts ladder up to Grab’s broader GrabProtect program where Grab Philippines continues to raise the bar for food safety and quality - giving consumers greater peace of mind that their food orders are prepared following strict safety and quality standards. 

With more consumers relying on food delivery services for their everyday meals, their expectations on food delivery platforms have grown - placing a huge premium on safety and quality. As the industry leader in food delivery, Grab Philippines is taking the lead in effecting positive change. This partnership with FoodSHAP and new measures will further strengthen consumer trust in the Grab platform and in our partners, contributing to improved sales, and better livelihoods.

Unilever and Shopee partner for a Cleaner Future with "Linis Pilipinas" campaign

Working toward a cleaner future does not happen overnight. It is a joint, continuous effort, involving partners and communities, meaningful initiatives, and everyone’s individual steps. Added up, all these actions create an enormous impact. Unilever, the makers of well-loved brands like Breeze, Domex, and Surf, has partnered with Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in the region, and the Haribon Foundation to drive actions towards a better, cleaner future through Unilever’s “Linis Pilipinas” campaign, where millions of Filipinos across the nation can take action for a clean future.

Armed with the purpose of providing convenient access to sustainable Home Care products, Unilever kicks off Linis Pilipinas, Unilever Home Care's Super Brand Day Sale this June 10-12 on Shopee. The Linis Pilipinas initiative brings to life Unilever’s global Clean Future strategy announced in 2020, with a bold goal of transforming Unilever’s Home Care brands and products to become better for people and the planet, all powered by purpose and innovation.

TECNO Mobile’s One of a Kind Gaming Live Stream Delivers Power-Packed Fun and Prizes


TECNO Mobile’s recently concluded Power Your Game live stream was a hugely successful event, making true of its promise to deliver power-packed fun and overflowing prizes. Streamed live on the TECNO Mobile Facebook Page last June 5th, in partnership with popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB), the one-of-a-kind online event garnered over 30k live views, a viewership milestone that surpasses all previous livestream events from the brand. After only a few days since the event date, the live stream has already been viewed to almost 2M times on Facebook. 

The highly-engaged audience during the live event eagerly posted comments, and participated in games and challenges, hoping to win one of 250 TECNO Mobile phones and MLBB game skins that were up for grabs that evening. Viewers were also extremely entertained by the guest gamers who livened up the show with their on-stage antics and amazing cosplay performances, as much as their impressive gaming skills. Hosted by Phaister, together with high-energy shoutcasters, Phinesse Lex and Prof B, this is one show that viewers will not easily tire of watching over and over again. 

DiskarTech is the new disbursement platform of choice for Filipinos


Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation’s (RCBC) financial inclusion super app DiskarTech is gaining ground as a preferred disbursement platform of Filipinos for social aid, loans proceeds, dividends, and other digital payments.

In the last two months, DiskarTech averaged 83% in month-on-month growth in volume of received funds from Social Security System (SSS).

Value of cash disbursements by the state-run insurer to DiskarTech also grew an average of 77% in the last two months, from March to April and April to May.

Meanwhile, real-time crediting of dividends payments of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) is now available for stockholders who appoint DiskarTech as their settlement account.

Richard Lim aims every Filipino to have XTREME Appliances at home


(From left: XTREME Appliances VP – Marketing Stephen Cheng, SGC Vice President Kevin Richard Lim, President and CEO Richard Lim, XTREME Appliances – President Adrian Lim, XTREME Appliances VP – Business Development Mark del Mundo)

Sun Group of Companies (SGC), a business empire owned by Mr. Richard Lim, thrives in various industries like real estate, buy-and-sell of properties, consumer electronic goods, construction supplies, hotels and 10 malls this 2021. In the past year, SGC has been penetrating multiple industries with its excellent products and services designed for every Filipino. As of 2021, SGC has approximately 5,000 employees across the country. 

“SGC aims to be the company for Filipinos. We want to provide excellent and outstanding products and services accessible to everyone,” Lim emphasized.

Beat the Heat: Keep Pets Safe from Overheating This Summer



The Pet Food Institute shares tips on how to protect pets from overheating this summer

Longer days and higher temperatures – the summer season has officially started and the usual summer outings and recreational activities have to be conducted differently this year to ensure everyone’s safety. Therefore, Filipinos and pet owners are now tasked to tap into their creative side and come up with different ways to help them and their pets beat the heat and avoid heat exhaustion for the next two months. 

Being in the tropics, the summer heat can be too harsh for pets. More often than not, dogs or cats who suffer from overheating will exhibit excessive panting or difficulty breathing. Dehydration can be found through symptoms such as a dry nose, visible tiredness, sunken eyes. Additional symptoms also include pale gums, panting, bright red, gray, purple, or bluish gums, and a rapid pulse. If left untreated, pets can experience organ failure, which can be fatal.  Pet owners should contact their veterinarian right away if their dog or cat exhibits any of these symptoms.

Committed to educating the Filipino pet community on proper pet care, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) shares tips on how pet owners can protect their pets from overheating. 


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