Saturday, July 31, 2021

Infinix NOTE 10 Pro is coming this August


Infinix has confirmed that the NOTE 10 series, including the game-changing NOTE 10 Pro, will be launched in the Philippines this August.

The NOTE 10 Pro delivers peak performance for gaming and data processing with its MediaTek Helio G90T chipset and memory storage of 8GB RAM and 128GB RAM. Paired with HyperEngine Gaming Technology, users benefit from faster response times, stronger connectivity and low latency reduction by utilizing two Wi-Fi bands or routers at the same time. To be priced under Php 10,000, it is set to be a game-changer in both its price and product categories.

Graphics and images seamlessly glide on the NOTE 10 Pro’s 6.95” full high definition (FHD+) display, boasting of a 91% screen-to-body ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, and 180Hz touch sampling rate, offering users the smoothest and most immersive gaming and entertainment experiences.

AirAsia to fly only essential travelers during ECQ


In light of the government’s directive to place the National Capital Region (NCR) under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restriction from July 30, 2021 to August 5, 2021 and Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) from August 6 to 20, 2021, AirAsia reminds its guests that only essential travel such as Authorized Persons Outside their Residences (APOR) shall be allowed to travel into and out of the NCR plus (Cavite, Bulacan, Laguna, and Rizal) as mandated by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF).

AirAsia likewise informs its guests from NCR Plus, Cebu and Davao City on the “Temporary Suspension” of inbound travel to Iloilo City, Iloilo Province and Cagayan de Oro City from August 1 to 7, 2021, as mandated under Resolution No. 108 by the IATF-Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases.

World-class delivery app Pick.A.Roo celebrates its first year

In August of 2020, amidst the global pandemic, Pick.A.Roo was introduced in the Philippines. A proudly Filipino, premium all-in-one lifestyle delivery app, which was thoughtfully created with the local community’s needs at its core. Through Pick.A.Roo, many have been given the opportunity to shop ON-DEMAND for all their needs and wants, all from the comfort of their homes. Whether groceries, restaurants, or specialty shops, Pick.A.Roo has delivered THE BEST options to choose from. This month, Pick.A.Roo celebrates one whole year of making online shopping a whole new magical experience!

Looking back on its beginnings, CEO and co-founder Crystal Gonzalez shares, “When we built Pick.A.Roo, our initial vision was to offer a fresh concept that would bridge the gap between premium offline brands and the growing online segment. While the pandemic did not impact that vision, we had to be more agile in adapting to the current challenges and needs of both retailers and consumers.”

When it first launched, Pick.A.Roo kicked off with 300 brands on its beta app. Now, a year later, Pick.A.Roo has more than 1,000 brands on the app and almost half a million users! Pick.A.Roo boasts 98% satisfied users with 98% on time deliveries!

"Speed Past Power" in Pursuit of Extreme Performance with New POCO X3 GT

Powered by MediaTek's high-performance Dimensity 1100 5G chipset, POCO X3 GT is a high-performance powerhouse to run the immersive and demanding entertainment all-day. 

POCO, a popular technology brand among the world’s young techies, today announced to global debut of POCO X3 GT, a performance speedster designated for entertainment and mobile gaming. It will be available soon in multiple regions, including Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. 

Starting at PHP 15,990, POCO X3 GT boasts a MediaTek Dimensity 1100 chip with Dual 5G SIM, 120Hz DynamicSwitch DotDisplay, a high-resolution 64MP triple camera, and—for the first time ever on POCO smartphones—67W Turbo Charging technology to rapidly charge its 5000mAh(typ) high-density battery. Plus, POCO X3 GT is built tough, with Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus™ prevents most scratches and cracks. 

IABC Philippines’ CommChat Series Season 2 Premiere Features Beyond the Vax: The Value of Our Body’s Defense and Repair System in Fighting COVID-19


The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines invites you to the premiere of Season Two of its CommChat series entitled Beyond the Vax: The Value of Our Body’s Defense and Repair System in Fighting Covid-19 on July 31, Saturday at 3PM. 

This season kicks off with Dr. Oyie Balburias talking about the value of our body’s defense and repair system in fighting against COVID-19. Dr. Balburias is one of the three pioneering doctors for Functional Medicine in the Philippines and is also a host in GMA’s health program “Pinoy M.D.”.

The CommChat Series is a webinar series that invites recognized professionals in communications and other industries to talk about relevant and insightful topics that will help in the professional development of communications practitioners. It is one of the initiatives of the IABC Philippines that aims to teach both communication practitioners and aspiring professionals how to survive in the constantly changing industry landscape. 

Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner! Xiaomi successfully concludes the Xiaomi PUBG Mobile Philippine Cup 2021

Xiaomi together with PlayerUnknown’s Battegrounds (PUBG) has successfully concluded the Xiaomi PUBG Mobile Philippine Cup 2021, powered by its latest Redmi Note 10 5G.

Anarchyst PH came out on top, being the lead scorer throughout the entire competition, bringing home the grand prize of PHP 50,000. Meanwhile, Guidotti Esports Mikasa in 2nd place won PHP 25,000. UTG international came in 3rd place with PHP 15,000, and XTX Project Rebirth in 4th place was awarded PHP 10,000.

Over 314 teams from all over the country registered, with only 32 advancing to the group stage of the tournament broadcasted live on the Xiaomi Philippines and PUBG Mobile Philippines page. Then the top 16 teams from group A and B outshone their competition during the group stage, and engaged in intense, tactical battles for the top prizes during the Grand Finals broadcasted live on July 24 - 25, 2021.

Friday, July 30, 2021

Globe Rewards gives out essential vouchers for healthcare and protection


Essential vouchers for healthcare, protection, and insurance await Globe customers to keep them safe and secure, especially during the pandemic.

Customers can achieve their wellness goals and address their health concerns through their Globe Rewards points. They may easily avail a unique set of special promos for health protection, medicine delivery, and video or voice teleconsultations from GoHealth, HealthNow, and KonsultaMD.

“Filipinos are now more concerned about their health. We want to help ease their worries by making healthcare more accessible to them and their families. We consistently enhance our Rewards portfolio to provide our customers with offers that are relevant to them,” said Joey Kilayko, Head of Globe Rewards said.

Reward Yourself at Shopee's End-of-Month Sale: ShopeePay Petsa de Panalo!

Make the most out of your suweldo this month with the ShopeePay Petsa de Panalo Sale happening today until July 30, 2021!

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet, offers a variety of digital services and cost-saving deals that enables Filipinos to seamlessly embrace the cashless lifestyle. Users can buy load & data from major telco networks, pay bills to over 40 billers, and pay with ShopeePay at any of its partner merchants. In addition, Filipinos can also enjoy exciting promos such as ₱1 deals, 90% off on their favorite products, and ₱999 deals on fashion, beauty, personal care, lifestyle, electronics, and baby products during the sale.  

Here are exciting things users can look forward to this coming Petsa de Panalo Sale:

How to adapt to the next normal way of online job hunting

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we look for jobs. While online job interviews and applying for vacancies in just a few clicks sound simpler, there is actually a lot more that goes into the next normal way of online job seeking. 

With a large number of candidates seeking the same opportunities amidst the health crisis, it is crucial to maximize opportunities to make the most out of your online job hunting. Leading online job portal JobStreet shares some essential tips on how to adapt to doing your job search online. 

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol launches official Shopee and Lazada stores so you can Be Safe Now

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol brings safety right to your doorstep as they launch their new Shopee and Lazada flagship stores.

More than a year in quarantine has made Filipinos anxious to go out, meet up with family and friends, and once again do their favorite recreational activities and hobbies. 

As the country continues to roll out its vaccination program, experts continue to remind us of the importance of following health protocols to keep yourself and the people around you safe.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Need a car check? Using four senses to detect car trouble


  • Using one’s sense of sight, smell, sound, and feel helps in early detection of car troubles
  • Being able to detect basic vehicle issues with one’s senses benefit vehicle owners and mechanics as it helps for vehicles to perform at its optimum level, safety of all on board are uncompromised besides avoiding greater damage and cost to fix the car   
  • Safer car leads to safer roads

Experienced mechanics or car technicians have developed the ability to diagnose car problems through their sense of sight, smell, sound, and feel. However, the same cannot be said for most drivers or car owners. 

Being able to detect basic vehicle issues with one’s senses allow individuals to bring in their vehicles immediately for service or checks once they sense something out of the ordinary, than to wait for the regulatory mileage to prevent bigger car problems. Drivers and car owners who are able to describe and locate potential problems can also help mechanics perform a better and more accurate diagnosis of the vehicle. 

The good news is, drivers or car owners can easily detect car problems with their sense of sight, smell, sound, and feel by following these tips:

Shopee Offers Users #FullyVaxxed Package to Encourage Filipinos to Get Vaccinated

 Fully vaccinated Filipinos can enjoy an exclusive digital bundle that includes free shipping vouchers and brand vouchers from SkinWhite, Johnson & Johnson, and Maxi-Peel

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the #FullyVaxxed Package under Shopee Bayanihan, to provide fully vaccinated Filipinos a special bundle they can use for personal needs and encourage others to complete both doses. Starting today until September 26, 2021, fully vaccinated Filipinos can qualify for the exclusive package that includes free shipping and discount vouchers from Shopee and discount vouchers from brands such as Hygienix, Maxi-Peel, SkinWhite, Splash Personal Care, and Johnson & Johnson. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is here to support the country’s goal of inoculating as many Filipinos as possible through various initiatives such as our Vaccine Education Campaign, Vaccine Center Support, and now, our #FullyVaxxed Package. This is made possible through our partnerships with leading brands and with the participation of our marketplace sellers who have joined us in this cause to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. We are committed to doing what we can to help the nation stay safe and the Filipino people protected.”

It’s raining discounts and freebies with Nokia mobile’s Rainy Season Sale

Get exclusive price cuts on Nokia devices and freebie bundles to love, trust and keep this wet season

HMD Global, the home of Nokia phones, today announced its latest deals and promos for the rainy season. Fans will love the 20 percent discount on the Nokia 2.4 and Nokia 3.4. Those eyeing the Nokia 5.4 and Nokia 1.4 can also get first dibs on the limited-edition Nokia hoodie and umbrella – the perfect rainy season freebies to trust and keep. 

Nokia mobile brings its Filipinos fans amazing discounts and freebies until supplies last:

• Get 20 percent off with the Nokia 2.4, which features 3GB RAM and 64GB memory in timeless Charcoal, with free TWS earbuds for only Php5,590, an amazing price cut from its original price of Php6,990.

• The Nokia 3.4 with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory in vibrant Fjord or timeless Charcoal is now available for Php6,590 with free Yoobao Speaker, down from its original price of Php7,990. 

• Grab a free Nokia hoodie with every purchase of the Nokia 5.4 for only Php7,990 from its original price of Php9,990. The phone is packed with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage and comes in Polar Night and Dusk colour variants.

• Snag a premium Nokia umbrella when getting a Nokia 1.4 which comes with 2GB RAM and 32GB memory in Fjord and Charcoal colour variants, for only Php4,990.

Binibining Pilipinas, together with Silka, awards the first ever winner of Miss Alagang Silka

Silka Brand Specialist Cody Caranto, Ms. Alagang Silka 2021- Binibini 24 Francesca Taruc, Silka Senior Brand Manager Eunice de belen

The Filipina has captivated the world. For many years, she has captured the hearts and imagination of the globe, not only because of her innate beauty, but also because of her undeniable intelligence, unparalleled grace, and committed drive to positively impact society.

Binibining Pilipinas has been proudly bannering these traits on the international stage, proving again and again the uniqueness of the Filipina. Now, on its 57th year, the most prestigious pageant in the country finds a new ally in Silka, which for two decades has been giving Filipinas walang dudang alaga. These two forces have come together to propel Filipino women to greater heights!

The partnership between Binibining Pilipinas and Silka comes as the latter celebrates a special milestone—its 20th anniversary. As Silka has built a legacy of empowering women through self-care / alaga sa sarili, teaming up with Binibining Pilipinas is significant in reinforcing commitment to women while positively impacting society at large.

Shopee Rolls Out New Features on Shopee Live to Help Sellers Boost Views and Increase Sales in time for the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches Livestream Flash Sale and In-app Business Insights features to help sellers gain more viewers and boost their sales during streaming sessions on Shopee Live. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is excited to launch two new in-app features that aim to help our online sellers grow on our platform. Our sellers are a big part of our business, and we will continue to support them by providing the necessary tools to help them engage with their customers more. Shopee will continue to offer Filipinos a fun and interactive experience.”

5 tips to level up your content creation game with the realme 8

The rise of popular social media apps like Instagram and TikTok means just about everyone can be a multimedia content creator if they want to, resulting in a lot more content to enjoy online. Because of this, content creation has become quite the passion for today’s generation, and realme, the number 1 smartphone brand in the Philippines, is committed to nurturing this passion and enabling the youth’s creativity.

While these social media apps make it easy for anyone to publish content for friends and followers, creating consistently beautiful images and videos—especially with only your smartphone—is something you’ll have to work a little harder to achieve. There’s no need to worry, though, because it’s not impossible to pull off with the realme 8 and its powerful photography features!

Here are a few tips to help you in creating great content using the realme 8.

SIM swap scam: Don’t be the next victim


You may have heard or read about fraud modus involving what is called a “SIM swap scam” and thought, how can this happen exactly?  A SIM swap is the last step to be carried out by the scammers in order to take over an individual’s financial accounts, be it banking, trading or credit cards.  

The sneaky part of this scheme is that the victim is targeted long before the SIM swap.  The fraudster has invested time to gather bank account numbers, email address, online credentials, personal facts and identification together with the mobile number registered to the bank for sending a one-time password (OTP).  Last leg will be to take over the SIM of the mobile number registered for the OTP sending.  

Although it may seem safe to share your home address, birthday, school or company ID, passport details, electric bill, your dog’s name, favorite movie, or credit card photo on social media, such information may mean the difference between safety and danger.  They may get the answer to your security questions from your favorite pet or movie title or even discover your password or Personal Identification Number (PIN) from your birthday or anniversary.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Photography Made Easy with these Redmi Note 10s Camera Hacks

The availability of Xiaomi Redmi Note 10S comes hand-in-hand with high-quality cameras and features, making creative content no longer requiring expensive camera equipment. Most millennials and Gen Zs have looked into leveling up their photo and video skills during the pandemic whether as a hobby, a source of income, or simply to share interesting photos or videos to their friends and family. Now it’s possible to level up your photo and video content just by maximizing the amazing features that come with your smart phone. 

So the next time you want to capture that special moment, here are some tips and tricks that you can try to give your photo and video that pro vibe using your own Redmi Note 10S:

A New Pet on the Block?



Having a new pet is always exciting and rewarding. Pets bring a unique sense of love and companionship, which is why it is no wonder that studies show a pet can help boost one’s mood and decrease blood pressure. But for first-time pet owners, it may not be always the case if one is unprepared. Therefore, pet lovers or aspiring pet owners must carefully consider several factors before getting a new pet to ensure that they give their new four-legged companions a happy, healthy, and long life. 

Committed to educating the Filipino pet community on proper pet care, the Pet Food Institute (PFI) shares a list of factors that pet owners must consider before acquiring a new pet. 

Eight things to do when caring for a COVID-positive family member at home

In this pandemic, one of the best defenses against catching COVID-19 is staying home.

Ironically, it’s also the way some people get infected. Who doesn’t know of a friend, parent, or grandparent who never left the house since the lockdown in 2020, yet tested positive for the new coronavirus?

“All it takes is one family member to unintentionally bring the coronavirus into the home,” says Marion Kwek, MD, Infectious Diseases Specialist from top hospital in the Philippines Makati Medical Center (MakatiMed). “In a place where facemasks go off and social distancing measures are eased, the virus has a greater chance of spreading during mealtime, bedtime, or while simply chatting with a spouse, child, sibling, or house helper.”

Accessibility, vibrancy await future residents of SMDC Light 2 Residences

Light 2 Residences is an iconic master-planned development that will redefine city living 

A big consideration when contemplating where one wants to plant roots is accessibility. People want to live in a locale that has easy access to places where they can have meals and will not be difficult to reach. They also want to live relatively close to where they work. Essentially, leaving work to get home as quickly as possible means spending more quality time with the people they value most or having more time to do activities that give them the most joy.

Although the global pandemic has forced many to work from the safety of their homes, things are normalizing worldwide, and accessibility will be more important than ever. The right location can spell the difference between a comfortable commute to and from work or barely arriving on time daily.

SMDC Light 2 Residences meets that most essential of requirements by being strategically located in the commercial hub that Mandaluyong City has become. It also boasts of amenities that will surely give its residents a relaxed urban feeling. 

Barbie Almalbis shares her challenging but colorful adult life on new album, Scenes From Inside

Acclaimed Filipino artist Barbie Almalbis celebrates her 25th year in the music business with the release of her fourth studio album, Scenes From Inside—out today on all digital music platforms via 12 Stone Records and distributed by Sony Music Philippines.

Derived from her experiences as a musician, a mom, a friend, a wife, and a pet lover during the time of quarantine, the 9-track concept album marks a new chapter in Almalbis’ challenging but colorful adult life. 

SAMSUNG HVAC System Helps Create Safer and More Comfortable Indoor Environment with their Air Quality Solutions

Health and productivity can take a hit in workplaces or commercial establishments with poor indoor air quality. There is also such a thing called ‘indoor air pollution’ and it exists where there’s a limited amount of fresh air circulating indoors, or as some people call it the ‘tight building syndrome.’

Showing the company’s leadership in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning technology, Samsung Philippines introduced its latest lineup of commercial air conditioning systems designed to improve and maintain indoor air quality. These new digital appliances offer timely and highly relevant smart innovations that can transform commercial spaces into cooler and safer hubs, as well as minimize running costs and energy consumption in the long run.

The 360 Cassette offers a brand new way of staying comfortably cool in every corner of the room with its circular design with omnidirectional wind for added style and comfort. Its innovative circular design fits perfectly anywhere — blowing cool air in all directions, so the temperature in the whole room spreads evenly. In addition, the bladeless outlet ensures that cool air is spread gently without creating a cold draft, expelling 25% more air.

GCash gives away free health insurance to over 20 million Filipinos


With the financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic had brought upon the country, digital financial service provider GCash has reported a massive increased interest in financial security among Filipinos. And to help everyone get on top of these new needs, GCash, together with mobile-first life insurer Singlife Philippines, are giving away free health insurance through GInsure to over 20 million eligible Filipinos for free.

With GInsure Cash for Dengue Costs with Free COVID-19 Coverage (CFDC) owered by Singlife, Filipinos can get cash allowance for tests and hospitalization costs related to COVID-19 and Dengue. The ongoing promo will give 3 free months of coverage to eligible TM, Globe Prepaid, Globe Postpaid, and Globe at Home Broadband subscribers.

Friday, July 16, 2021

McDonald’s Philippines reinforces commitment to people, safety through vaccination campaign support

As the government continues its drive to manage the COVID-19 pandemic for the safe reopening of the economy, McDonald’s Philippines continues to enjoin the private sector in its effort to boost the country’s inoculation program to reach population protection.

McDonald’s Philippines President & CEO Kenneth S. Yang, and McDonald’s Philippines Managing Director and Ingat Angat Bakuna Lahat communications advocacy co-lead Margot B. Torres join government representatives and other industry leaders in a symbolic vaccination ceremony that marked the start of the inoculation of economic frontliners.

Grounded by the QSR giant’s commitment to the safety of its people and customers, McDonald’s Philippines President and CEO Kenneth S. Yang has been advocating the importance of getting vaccinated, especially for the vaccination of economic frontliners under the A4 category, which includes McDonald’s crew members and store managers.

More AirAsia Philippines (Z2) flights operate with fully vaccinated flight crew


Guests of AirAsia Philippines flight Z2 775 Manila-Cebu and Z2 776 Cebu-Manila today were greeted and assisted by fully vaccinated ground staff. The flight was also manned by a fully vaccinated crew from pilots to cabin crew and ramp agents.

Capt. Nielfren Baldo Pilot-In-Command of Z2 775 said, “We hope this becomes an added value of protection to our guests as more and more members of the flight crew get inoculated. As a frontliner, I feel more confident flying our guests to our various destinations, and I have peace of mind whenever I come home to my family because now, I am protected against the severe effects of COVID-19.”

Get Ready for the Most Reliable Fiber Internet from RED Fiber

RED Fiber, the country’s newest broadband service from Radius Telecoms, Inc. (RADIUS), in partnership with Cignal TV, today officially launched the “Get Ready for the RED Life” campaign to offer more Filipinos a unique internet experience that is always reliable, stable, secure, and hassle-free.

In this digital era where being online is every household’s most important lifeline to the world, RED Fiber provides the most stable and reliable high-speed broadband internet service, which is powered by Radius’ 100% pure end-to-end fiber optic network. With this unparalleled internet technology, RED subscribers get to enjoy a life without lags, no service interruptions, no hassles — truly the RED Life everyone needs.

RED Fiber has been changing the landscape of broadband service in the country as it caters to a growing number of satisfied customers in Mega Manila and nearby provinces, Clark, Cebu, and soon in the Visayas region.

Microsoft unveils Windows 365 – ushering in a new category of computing


Microsoft Corporation today announced Windows 365 – a cloud service that introduces a new way to experience Windows 10 or Windows 11 to businesses of all sizes. Windows 365 takes the operating system to the Microsoft Cloud, streaming the full Windows experience – apps, data, and settings – to personal or corporate devices. Secure by design and built with the principles of Zero Trust, Windows 365 secures and stores information in the cloud, not on the device, providing a secure, productive experience for workers from interns and contractors to software developers and industrial designers. Windows 365 also creates a new hybrid personal computing category called Cloud PC, which uses both the power of the cloud and the capabilities of the device to provide a full, personalized Windows experience. The announcement represents a groundbreaking development as organizations around the world grapple with the best ways to facilitate hybrid work models where employees are both on-site and distributed across the globe.

“With Windows 365, we’re creating a new category: the Cloud PC,” said Satya Nadella, chairman and CEO, Microsoft. “Just like applications were brought to the cloud with SaaS, we are now bringing the operating system to the cloud, providing organizations with greater flexibility and a secure way to empower their workforce to be more productive and connected, regardless of location.”

Pru Life UK’s Cha-Ching receives Silver Stevie recognition at the 8th Annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga expressed his gratitude to the stakeholders for the Company’s win in his acceptance speech.

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK’s Cha-Ching was conferred the Silver Asia-Pacific Stevie® Award in the Innovation in Community Relations or Public Service Communications Category for digitizing financial learning among Filipino children and families at the 8th Annual Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards held virtually on July 14, 2021.

Pru Life UK was recognized for digitizing Cha-Ching, its banner Corporate Social Responsibility program to continue its commitment to financial literacy in the Philippines despite the challenges in learning modalities caused by the global pandemic. Pru Life UK was recognized for pursuing its We DO Good (CSR) and We DO Digital (Innovation) pillars, adapting the Cha-Ching curriculum for distance learning and taking it online. 

SM, DFA, signs agreement for consular services in CDO

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has inked a five-year deal with SM Supermalls to widen the provision and availability to the public of consular services in Cagayan De Oro on July 2 via simultaneous onsite and online events.

The Memorandum of Agreement signing, held at the MAAX Building in Pasay, was attended by SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan, SM Supermalls SVP for Operations Bien Mateo, DFA Civilian Security & Consular Affairs Undersecretary Brigido J. Dulay, DFA Consular Affairs Officer-In-Charge Senen T. Mangalile, as well as the DFA CDO and Aseana executives who attended virtually.

“We are honored and privileged to be of service to the CDO community as we help the DFA open another consular office that will ensure the delivery of passports and other consular services conveniently and efficiently,” said SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan

Xiaomi Takes the No. 2 Spot in Global Smartphone Market for The First Time

Canalys, the leading global market research firm, launched its Q2 global smartphone market report in which Xiaomi took second place with a 17% share and an 83% YoY growth, surpassing Apple.

Canalys expressed that Xiaomi is now transforming its business model from challenger to incumbent, with initiatives such as channel partner consolidation and more careful management in the open market. Canalys commented that Xiaomi's new goal is to displace Samsung to become the world’s largest vendor.

In a letter to all employees, Lei Jun, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Xiaomi, pointed out that becoming the World's No. 2 is a key milestone in Xiaomi's history. After five years of self-improvement under extremely difficult conditions, Xiaomi's product capabilities have been enhanced significantly - they paved the way for the premium market segment and increased its market share. Xiaomi will continuously strengthen its core capabilities and cement its place as the second largest smartphone brand. 

Thursday, July 15, 2021

10 Cafés and Restos that you can order from at the PayMaya Mall

Miss eating out in your favorite restaurants? PayMaya to the rescue!   

Now, it’s easier than ever to order directly from these top cafés and restaurants from around the metro within the PayMaya Mall. Just open your PayMaya app, tap the Maya Mall icon, choose Food, and click your chosen restaurant to open their order portals or websites.  

Ordering in is made more rewarding with exclusive deals from PayMaya’s partner brands. Plus, you can get up to P1,000 cashback when you spend at least P500 from these restaurants or other brands within the PayMaya Mall and pay with your PayMaya-linked number until July 31, 2021.  

Here are just some of the restaurants you can check out at the PayMaya Mall:

Discover Your Next Budol Purchases on #ShopeeFinds, Your One-Stop Shop for Trending Items

Who doesn’t love a good budol find? Sometimes, what makes shopping fun and exciting is stumbling upon the best deals while browsing, or discovering new favorites while following the wisdom of the crowd on social media. 

To make budol shopping easier than ever, Shopee has rounded up some of the most in-demand, trending items on one page: Shopee Finds! From funky fashion ‘fits to stylish home decor, you can now access popular items across different categories by simply scrolling through Shopee Finds. To check it out, simply type in Shopee Finds on Shopee’s search bar, then click on the #ShopeeFinds banner.

Here are some of the trending items you’ll see on Shopee Finds: 

Shop Your Favorite Brands Straight From Your GCash through GLife

#ICYMI GLife, your one-tap entry-point to all things online shopping has just added even more merchants you’ll definitely love. Shopping for a meal for the family? A snack to eat? 

Or even just looking to rock out to some new speakers and tunes, GLife has got you covered, now you don’t need to go through the hassle of constantly switching apps because they have got it conveniently available for us all! Here’s a rundown of this month’s newest merchants that’ll make you want to add-to-cart ASAP.

Experience safe, secure, and convenient shopping with EastWest Visa Cards’ contactless feature


As the banking needs of consumers continue to evolve amid this digital, contactless era, universal bank EastWest and American multinational financial services corporation VISA, constantly look for ways to provide safe and convenient payment methods for their customers. As advocates of cybersecurity, EastWest and VISA aim to protect customers from scams like cloning and skimming, as well as COVID-19 and other viruses transmissible from exchanges of high-contact items like ballpens, money, and credit cards.

With the EastWest Visa credit and debit cards’ contactless feature, Cardholders experience fast, easy, and secure way to pay for everyday purchases.  Cardholders can also be assured of safety from some card scams. Contactless payments are protected by multiple layers of security and accepted by merchants across the country. For every transaction, a one-time code is created which secures the cardholder’s payment information. And since it is transaction-specific, the code cannot be re-used by fraudsters if they are somehow able to get ahold of it.

Logitech’s G335 Wired Gaming Headset is Finally Coming to the Philippines this July

Logitech G, a leading innovator of gaming technologies and gear, recently announced a new, lightweight headset addition to its Color Collection, the Logitech G335 Wired Gaming Headset. Coming to the Philippine market in late July, the headset is priced at Php 3,399, and will be available in Black and White colors.

The Logitech G335 Wired Gaming Headset is one of the lightest gaming headsets available today, weighing only 240g, including the cable. Slim and sleek, it uses a suspension design with adjustable elastic headband for a customized fit. This headset is also fitted with memory foam earpads and sports mesh material for long-lasting, all-day comfort.

LG Goes Beyond Boundaries With New Monitor Line

L-R: LG Philippines Managing Director Sungjae Kim, LG Monitors Brand Ambassador Luis Manzano, LG Philippines Product Director for Monitors Peter Uhm

Over the past year, working from home has gone from the exception to the norm. The convenience of foregoing hours stuck in traffic, as well as being safe from the pandemic, directly translates to increased happiness, efficiency, and productivity. Consumers were quick to transition at home. However, not all setups were conducive as a workspace. One of the biggest issues that arose was the requirement for proper computer monitors. One of the segments that grew the most over the past year has been monitors. According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), in the 4th quarter of 2020, the monitor market grew 16.9% year over year with shipments surpassing 39.2 million units worldwide. 

LG Electronics, always at the forefront of innovation, has seen this surge and developed new line of monitors that improve upon existing technology in order to help users even more. Whether you’re a hardcore gamer, a budding streamer, or just working from home, LG has a monitor that’s perfect for you. They provide a wide variety of improved features from breathtaking colors, fast response time, to clearer images to enhance customer’s experience. 

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

C The Best Of You with CAMON 17 and Be One of 100 Lucky Live Raffle Winners at TECNO Mobile’s Livestream Show


TECNO Mobile invites you to C The Best Of You, its upcoming CAMON 17 livestream show on July 16, 2021 at 6 p.m. The event will be bursting with cool local celebrities and personalities eager to help you live your best life. 

Hosted by Phaister and Rose Sugatan, there will be segments showcasing guests’ makeup and fashion skills. Never again leave your home second-guessing your makeup and OOTD because these experts will make sure you pick up all the beauty talents you need. 

For one, a special warm-up segment at 5 p.m., done in partnership with Vice Cosmetics, will feature Gandolls Gabby and Nicole. Each of them will share tips on how you can achieve a morena glow and a mestiza radiance. Whichever look you prefer, our Gandolls will help you enhance your natural beauty. When you’re done with your look, care of Vice Cosmetics, CAMON 17 can help you take beautiful IG-worthy self-portraits. 

TikTok Celebrates One Year of Edu Content Building in the Philippines with #EDUSGOTTALENT2021

Over the past year, TikTok has emerged as a game-changer in online educational content, ushering a new age of short-form learning driven by its edu creators, hashtag challenges, and partnerships. In June of 2020, TikTok Philippines launched #TikTokU, which served as the first big umbrella for educational content on the platform. In the same year, #TikTokSkwela was launched as the new umbrella campaign for instructive content. Together, these campaigns have generated billions of video views and hundreds of thousands of educational posts on TikTok.

Amazing Filipino edu creators, onboarded and cultivated by TikTok during the past year, filled the platform with interesting and relevant instructive content. By freely sharing their professional knowledge and experiences through their TikTok videos, these edu creators helped others gain new information, learn new skills, and discover creative inspiration.

Heralding a New Era with Signature™ Collection by American Standard

 Crafted as an embodiment of American Standard, the Signature™ Collection incorporates all the signature design elements of the brand – Frame, Pillow and Line. A culmination of Frame and Pillow forms Superellipse, a geometric shape that is exclusive to this collection, revolving around the theme of soft minimalism.

Gone are the days where bathrooms were purely functional rooms for basic cleansing. The bathrooms of today have evolved with urban living lifestyle, translating from pure functional areas to expressive modern spaces for personal relaxation.

Pure Simplicity of Form

Born from a medley of geometrical shapes, pillowed surfaces and defined edges, the Signature™ collection is a modern showcase of the brand’s three design signature elements: Frame, Pillow and Line

A culmination of Frame and Pillow forms Superellipse, a geometric element that extends throughout the entire collection from basins, fittings, toilets to vanities. 

More than just a rounded rectangle, the Superellipse design bears testament to user comfort as there are no sharp edges. Graduated lines and inviting curves make the faucets and bath/shower fittings a delight to handle. 

By carefully refining the proportions and thickness of each fixture, the collection’s products present a lightweight appearance that blend more seamlessly into the bathroom architecture. This sophisticated balance between minimal and inviting aesthetics is enhanced by superior technologies to provide convenience, comfort and long-lasting functionality. 

Soft Minimalism

Revolving around the theme of soft minimalism, Signature™ collection offers a whole suite of mono and mixer basin faucets, exposed and concealed bath and shower fittings, counter top basins and vessels, and an array of toilets and vanities that will fit any bathroom size and style. 

The unique geometric form takes true shape in the Signature™ collection’s basins, vanities and even the toilets. With rounded edges and moderated curves, every fixture is a shape to behold. 

The design element is signature right down to the smooth curvature of the basin’s interior, whether it is a countertop basin, semi-countertop or a vessel.

Vanities with rounded corners and framed countertops further complement the basins and provide user safety and peace of mind against sharp knocks.  

With a variety of one-piece, close coupled back-to-wall, back-to-wall and wall hung toilets, each fixture is testament to the Superellipse form. The design extends even to the flush button on the tank lid and on the flush plates. Intended as a slight raise in the Superellipse shape, the flush button is an inviting shining beauty amidst the white ceramic and flush plate. Purposefully intuitive and comfortable, it is no wonder that flushing takes little, if not, no effort at all. 

Form and Function

The Signature™ collection’s repertoire of toilets also come with a suite of HygieneClean Technologies to ensure that your bathroom is safe, clean and hygienic. The one-piece toilet features SiphonMax Flushing System with PowerRim that removes both light and heavy waste completely. The close-coupled, wall-hung and back-to-wall toilet features Double Vortex Flushing System with HygieneRim for maximum flushing with minimum effort. Signature™ toilets are also equipped with Aqua Ceramic for anti-stain and ComfortClean for antibacterial protection.

When it comes to showering, American Standard has a no holds barred approach for the ultimate showering experience. With innovative technologies that turn perfunctory cleansing rituals into total enjoyment, American Standard continues to shower consumers with delight. The water-saving Airnergize Technology infuses water with air to provide a luxurious shower experience, albeit consuming lesser water. 

To top it off, a long-lasting chrome finishing of Durashine gives off a polished brilliance that exudes design excellence. 

Humanizing Technology

Caring for consumers is inherent in American Standard products. Intended as a slight raise in the Superellipse shape, the flush button on the Signature™ toilet is an inviting shining beauty amidst the white ceramic or chrome flush plate. Purposefully intuitive and comfortable, it is no wonder that flushing takes little, if not, no effort at all. 

The Comfort Angle feature on the basin faucets assures a splash-proof experience with just a simple tilt of the nozzle angle and ComfortMove engineers the use of a German cartridge that promises a smooth and precise handling movement in both faucets and shower fittings.

With EasyClick, one can easily toggle between spray mode types through a click of a button. And if the height of the hand shower requires adjustment, there is no need to fumble with a shower holder that refuses to budge. The patented hand shower holder design EasyGlide ensures a smooth motion in one fluid twist-and-go movement. Adjust it how you like it, single-handedly. Removing limescale, mold or dirt on showers and fittings is also a breeze with EasyClean. Simply wipe for effortless maintenance. After all, one should spend more time enjoying a shower than cleaning up after one.

The Signature™ collection truly embodies a reflection of sense, and an expression of style – created to be nothing but the best in design and style.

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Unwind from Your Daily 9 to 5 with these Gaming Must-Haves

Check out Shopee 7.15 Mega Payday Sale and Shopee Gamers’ Festival for twice the deals on gaming gadgets such as controllers, earphones, and more

We all get those long days at our daily 9 to 5 that just never seem to end, but there’s always a beacon of hope to look forward to—the weekend! 

This weekend, allow yourself to decompress from work by treating yourself to a few gaming essentials. What better way to spend the weekend than releasing some pent-up stress with action games, or unwinding with relaxing simulation games?

The best part is, you can get good deals on all your gaming purchases at Shopee Gamers’ Festival until July 16, and enjoy even bigger discounts at Shopee 7.15 Mega Payday Sale this July 15. Below, check out some of the best gaming deals you need to score:

ePLDT enables vaccination rollout app of Santa Rosa, Laguna

In its bid to safeguard residents and help reduce the number of COVID-19 cases hitting their city, the local government of Santa Rosa, Laguna launched its website registration portal for its vaccination program powered by ePLDT—the industry-leading enabler of digital business solutions in the Philippines. This initiative is part of ePLDT’s ongoing efforts to support LGUs across the country to help curb the rising cases of COVID-19 through reliable and secure technology.

With the hashtag #LetsGetVacSANTAROSA, the city has launched an online registration portal for qualified Santa Rosa residents for its vaccination rollout. The portal is deployed in Microsoft Azure Stack which is hosted in ePLDT’s VITRO Data Center and is secured via ePLDT Cybersecurity solutions such as DNS Security and SSL-Certificates.

Nestlé Philippines celebrated Pride Month by pursuing workplace diversity and inclusion

Upholding its pursuit of diversity and inclusion by providing equal opportunities for everyone, and building a workplace in which all people are treated with dignity and respect, Nestlé Philippines joined the LGBT+ community’s celebration of Pride Month in June with the determination to foster an even more diverse and inclusive culture within its ranks.

“Nestlé’s values are rooted in respect – for ourselves and for others, for diversity, and for the future.  Diversity and inclusion are a foundation of our strength as an organization,” said Nestlé Philippines Chairman and CEO Kais Marzouki.

Acting on its commitment to give life to diversity and inclusion, Nestlé encourages its employees to “Bring your whole self to work” through education and awareness building, while creating a work environment that cultivates respect through its programs and policies.

It’s official! realme 8 5G 4GB +128GB launching at P1,500 OFF on July 15


As part of its mission to make 5G connectivity accessible to as many Filipinos as possible, realme, the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand for Q1 2021, is set to launch the 4GB (RAM) + 128GB (ROM) variant of its widely successful mid-range 5G offering: the realme 8 5G.

The realme 8 5G is the brand’s latest innovation as it aims to raise the standard for 5G-ready mid-range smartphones. Since its launch on June 24, the realme 8 5G has proven to be a success, even selling out within hours of its official e-commerce debut. Aside from generating remarkable sales for its 8GB (RAM) + 128GM (ROM) variant across e-commerce channels, realme stores and partner dealers nationwide, the brand also consistently garners positive feedback and reviews for this 5G game-changer.

With industry-leading connectivity, impressive speed and performance, and no-compromise functionality, the realme 8 5G continues to elevate the 5G experience within the category.

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

40 MILLION FILIPINOS and GROWING: GCash strengthens partnership with the public sector to promote digital financial inclusion for all

To fast-track economic recovery amid the pandemic, public and private sectors must unite and work together to achieve a more inclusive financial ecosystem for all Filipinos. This is the vision behind “One with the Nation: Forging Public-Private Partnerships Towards Digital Inclusion in the Philippines,” a webinar organized by GCash, the country’s no. 1 mobile wallet app in collaboration with various national government agencies and local government units (LGUs). 

The webinar featured distinguished speakers from both the public and private sectors led by Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Gov. Benjamin Diokno, Makati Mayor Abby Binay, Congressman Jose Enrirque Garcia, DSWD Director Wayne Belizar, Bureau of Treasury of the Philippines OIC Deputy Treasurer Ed Marino,  BSP Deputy Dir. for Payment Systems Atty. Leah M. Irao, GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon, GCash Vice President for Enterprise Jose Luis Reyes and GCash AVP and Head of  Public Sector & Partnerships Cathlyn Pavia.

“Our partnerships with the private sector have provided us with a wide network to reach more customers and develop more relevant financial services and products,” said Martha Sazon, GCash president and chief executive officer. “But in order to truly reach the unbanked and underserved communities, we look to the public sector with their expertise and resources. Together, we can really make a difference in the lives of Filipinos.”

Barbie Almalbis to drop her fourth album, Scenes From Inside this Friday!


Filipina singer-songwriter Barbie Almalbis is set to release her fourth studio album, Scenes From Inside on July 16 (Friday) via 12 Stone Records and Sony Music Philippines.

Delivering intricately produced pop-rock gems with melodic sweetness, the 9-track release is a testament to Almalbis’ consistency as an artist who never gets tired of leveling up her craft and expanding her vision with newfound inspiration.


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