Sunday, January 29, 2023

AXA Philippines partners with Bixie to empower women through insurance

AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurance companies, has partnered with online financial literacy platform Bixie to make insurance more accessible to women.

As part of the partnership, AXA Philippines’ micro insurance products will be available via the Bixie app. Those interested to apply will go through a less complicated application process, which is one of the barriers for people to get insurance. The application involves less paperwork, making it easier to purchase insurance and get themselves protected. The partnership is a significant step to make insurance even more accessible to the everyday Filipino, especially women.

Jumpstart your money goals this 2023 Commit to saving more with these exclusive deals from Maya

New year, new goals! We all want to live through the year in a financially secure position. If you’re looking for a way to jumpstart your money goals this 2023, fret not! Maya, your all-in-one digital bank, has got you covered.

Whether you are looking for ways to save on shopping, travel, boost your savings, or get your bills covered, Maya runs down tips and tricks to master your money and get you closer to your 2023 money goals!

FedEx Collaborates With Local Social Enterprise To Upcycle Old Uniforms Into Sustainable Gifts

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world's largest express transportation companies, collaborated with Mori Notes to breathe new life into old uniforms as part of its sustainability initiatives. A total of 157 uniforms were transformed by Mori Notes into brand new FedEx organizers, which will be used as gifts to customers.

“As part of our commitment to positively impact our local communities, we are constantly incorporating sustainable solutions into more facets of our operations, including waste management,” said Maribeth Espinosa, Managing Director, FedEx Express Philippines. “Upcycling our old uniforms into FedEx-branded items is just one of the ways we can reduce waste and save precious resources.”

Ultra tough HONOR X9a 5G gets tested in an experiential launch in the Philippines, priced at Php 16,990

(HONOR Brand Marketing Manager Joepy Libo-on, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Country Manager Sean Yuan, GTM Manager Steven Yan, PR Manager Pao Oga with HONOR stars)

The NEW HONOR X9a 5G got tested during its official launch on January 19, 2023 but remained unfazed while showcasing its premium OLED curved screen and reliable 2-day battery life.

The NEW HONOR X9a 5G has been tested on several occasions during its official launch on January 19, 2023. Celebrities, guests from the media, and partners have been gathered in an overnight event at Taal Vista Hotel Tagaytay to experience the toughness of the new HONOR X9a 5G.

Globe warns vs online offers for SIM registration assistance

Register for free in a few easy steps on Globe’s official portal

Globe cautions its customers against offers of SIM registration assistance online and advises them not to share personal information to protect their data security and privacy.

There are already reports of individuals taking advantage of the SIM registration requirement. They offer their services through social media either for free or for a fee and request the name, photo, valid ID, birthday, cell phone number, and address of SIM users.

Such personal information, when in the wrong hands, may be used to impersonate their owners, access their accounts, steal money or other fraudulent activities. Identity thieves may also open accounts in another person’s name, run up debt, or commit crimes, causing damaged reputation and financial problems.

Regional insurtech Igloo Launches New travel insurance product - Travel Master with COVID-19 in partnership with GCash and Malayan Insurance

  Regional insurtech Igloo, GCash and Malayan Insurance continue to strengthen existing partnership with the launch of a  new travel insurance product

 GCash Travel Master with COVID-19 offers comprehensive coverage for personal accident, emergency medical treatment, hospital cash allowance, travel inconvenience benefits, and COVID-19 protection

 It is the fourth product launched under the partnership between Igloo and GCash

 Reprise in travel after pandemic lockdowns drive tourism in the Philippines with 85% of the Philippines’ GDP attributable to domestic travel

Regional insurtech firm Igloo, in partnership with GCash and leading local underwriter Malayan Insurance, recently launched Travel Master with COVID-19, a comprehensive travel insurance product to be offered and purchased on the e-wallet. The brand-new product offers coverage for personal accident, emergency medical treatment, hospital cash allowance, travel inconvenience benefits, and COVID-19 protection. With tourism on the upswing due to the easing of restrictions, Travel Master with COVID-19 will enable Filipinos to undertake trips with assured protection in the event of a medical emergency due to the pandemic.

In the forum titled ‘The Philippines and Revenge Tourism – Are We Ready?’ Tourism Secretary, Bernadette Romulo Puyat shared that ‘Revenge Travel’ or leisure travel that follows a period of being unable to travel is driving the tourism boom in the country. Since easing restrictions in February 2022, the country has seen a gradual rise in travel - particularly to local destinations - among Filipinos. In fact, 85% of tourism contribution to the gross domestic product can be attributed to domestic travel, which is expected to grow further with the opening of more local destinations. Travel Master with COVID-19 will help Filipinos be prepared for health and travel risks for their trips.

Jason Marvin travels back in time with the release of his 2023 single “Oras”

His new single is accompanied by a music video starring social media influencer Albert Nicolas and up-and-coming TV/film actress Roxie Smith

Filipino singer-songwriter Jason Marvin starts 2023 on a bright note with the release of his new single "Oras.”

Brimming with lush, gentle arrangements and laid-back vocals, the piano-driven ballad finds the Cornerstone Entertainment artist traveling back in time in an attempt to amend a romantic relationship. It also touches on the idea of admitting one’s mistakes and using them as motivation to become a better person.

To quote Jason Marvin, "Mistakes will be made and regrets will always be a part of life, but we must learn to live with it, grow stronger, and continue singing the songs that we’re meant to sing."

Smart and Maya unveil 'Power Savings' exclusive to Smart Postpaid subscribers

Enjoy up to 7% per annum on Maya Savings with your Smart Postpaid account

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. has partnered with all-in-one money app, Maya, to launch 'Power Savings,' an exclusive promo that enables postpaid subscribers to grow their savings faster. 

Under the exclusive promo running from Jan. 16 to Feb. 28, Smart Postpaid subscribers with Plan 999 and up, and who have upgraded their Maya Savings account, can earn an interest rate of up to 7% per annum credited daily - from the base interest rate of 4.5% — one of the highest in the market. 

This gives qualified postpaid subscribers a unique opportunity to grow their money faster and extra cash daily to help them achieve their financial goals. 

vivo Phones to Watch Out for in 2023

New year, new you, new phone. What better way to celebrate this new year than with a new device to accompany you in all your 2023 adventures? Whether you’re looking to accomplish more goals or document little wholesome moments, vivo can offer you a device that’ll help make 2023 your best year yet.

After the successful launches of its smartphones in 2022, vivo is sure to deliver exciting new gadgets for fans to look forward to this year. Rumor has it that some of vivo’s soon-to-launch smartphones this 2023 may include the next variant in vivo’s V smartphone line, the vivo V27 series; the newest model in vivo’s X series, the vivo X90 Series; the upgraded and premium vivo Y35 5G and its follow up, the vivo Y36. Here’s what we know so far about these awesome new devices!

Sony redefines the Entertainment Experience with the newest SRS-XV900 High Power Wireless Speaker

Sony SRS-XV900 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

Becoming the life of a party or coming home to an immersive watching experience is probably among the #goals of almost everyone. Redefine your relaxation – whether it is through social gatherings or movie-watching at home because whenever and wherever you are, you can bring Sony’s SRS-XV900 high power wireless Bluetooth speaker with you!

Live life loud as Sony introduces the SRS-XV900 wireless Bluetooth speaker – the latest addition to Sony’s state-of-the-art X-Series portable wireless speakers.

Louder and more powerful than ever, the SRS-XV900 is best for those who love music like those who want to experience immersive music through streaming, party chasers, karaoke singers, musicians, and even those who just want to enjoy their time and relaxation at their homes. Here are the reasons why.

MR.DIY shares top household items you didn't know you needed this 2023

With the holiday season officially over, now is a good time to re-evaluate and set new goals for 2023. Whatever your new year’s resolution is, MR.DIY is here to help you achieve it by providing the most useful things at home for your convenience! 

Whether you’re looking at sprucing up your home or taking time to prioritize self-care in 2023, here are household items you can easily buy at the largest one-stop shop for home improvement.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Globe holds assisted SIM registration in 30 Puregold branches across PH

To reach more customers across the country, Globe, the leader in Mobile, is opening assisted registration in 30 branches of leading supermarket Puregold as it hopes to cover as many SIM users under its network as possible before the April 26, 2023 deadline.

Globe will hold assisted SIM registration from January 27 to 29, 2023, in select Puregold branches where SIM users facing challenges in registering their SIMs can get the help they need.

Toyota Motor Philippines all out support for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas


The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas is welcoming a key partner that will help move them forward in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 journey. 

Toyota Motor Philippines is taking part in this year’s FIBA Basketball World Cup as a local major sponsor. In line with that, it has also entered into a partnership with the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) and Gilas Pilipinas as well. “It is with great appreciation and warmth that we welcome Toyota Motor Philippines to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 family,” said SBP Chairman Emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan. 

Toyota Motor Philippines’ participation goes a long way in ensuring the success of the country in hosting this momentous global sporting event. Its partnership with SBP goes deeper than just the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023. They are working together with the national association to support local athletes and improve the level of basketball in the country. 

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

vivo Y02s is now available in BIGGER 3GB+64GB Storage for PHP 5,999!

The slim yet powerful vivo Y02s got a boost to deliver the best experience to Filipinos! From 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM, vivo Philippines upgraded the storage to 3GB RAM and 64GB ROM  internal storage for the same price at PHP 5,999.

The vivo Y02s is vivo’s slimmest yet most powerful smartphone in its price range because it comes in a very thin 8mm body and is also loaded with a huge 5,000 mAh. In fact, it comes with a trendy 2.5D ergonomic design that can easily fit in your pocket or a small handy bag.

Regional insurtech Igloo eyes more opportunities to drive financial inclusion in the Philippines with US$ 27-M in fresh funding

Following a successful $27-M Series B+ funding, regional insurtech Igloo is gearing up to further accelerate financial inclusion in Southeast Asia. Seeing tremendous growth in the Philippines, Igloo will be allocating a portion of the funding to deploy more insurance solutions and increase coverage across the country.

The first investment in Southeast Asia, the recent funding round was led by a group of global institutional investors, highlighting their shared mission of protecting the communities they serve. The investors have expressed interest in Igloo’s initiatives in the Philippines which include providing credit line insurance to entrepreneurs, half of which are women, through its partnership with Philinsure. The firm also pioneered Foodpanda’s PandaCare initiative, a comprehensive insurance package for platform workers that includes accidental death, accidental dismemberment, medical reimbursement, hospital assistance, and burial expense.

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Philippines hosts watch parties across the country

The upcoming M4 World Championship just got more exciting, with various watch parties to be hosted nationwide. Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Philippines will hold on-ground streaming activities from 13 - 15 January 2023 to give fans a place to come together as they support ECHO and Blacklist International in one of the biggest MOBA tournaments in the world.

Ayala Malls - Market! Market! will launch its watch party starting 13 January till the Grand Finals on 15 January. MLBB influencers and MPL Philippines professional players will be present in the area to bond with fans through a meet-and-greet activity. Limited-edition M4-branded merchandize items will be given away.

MOONTON Games will also be hosting watch parties on campuses, universities, and dining establishments across the Philippines starting 14 January 2023.

See below participating schools and cafes:

Ring in the New Year with Great Deals and Promos at MR.DIY!

New year, new stores and deals, but ALWAYS LOW PRICES!

True to its promise to make quality yet affordable items accessible to every Filipino, MR.DIY, your one-stop shop for home improvement and more, will be welcoming the new year with a bang! Beginning January 13 until January 15, 2023, awesome freebies and deals are up for grabs at select MR.DIY stores for their Grand Opening Event.

Start the new year by stocking up on essential items or giving your home a mini makeover. You’ll be surprised that you can find everything you need at MR.DIY!

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

The Official Soundtrack to Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody feature star-studded remixes and originals

The 35-song compilation also contains rare, reimagined versions of ‘Don’t Cry For Me”

Now on theatrical release of TriStar Pictures’ Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody, RCA Records and Sony Music Entertainment has dropped the official 35-song soundtrack, serving as a musical memoir of the cinematic voyage. Listen here.

“This totally unique soundtrack album brings many of Whitney’s classics into 2023 and beyond. Contemporary, current and often scorching, if you love Whitney’s music, you must own this album,” says Clive Davis.

Featuring music spanning two decades of Houston’s legendary career, I Wanna Dance With Somebody (The Movie: Whitney New, Classic and Reimagined) includes nearly two hours of remixed and original versions of Whitney Houston songs, with special guest features by BeBe Winans, Clean Bandit, Kygo, Lucky Daye, SG Lewis, Samaria, Jax Jones, Leikeli47, P2J, Oxlade, Pheelz, and more.

Pasig City partners with GCash in cashless payments thrust

From left: GCash account manager Jamie Tiu, head of public sector and partnerships Lhen Pavia, head of enterprise and public sector Luigi Reyes, Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto, district representative Cong. Roman Romulo, City Vice Mayor Dodot Jaworski Jr., and  City Administrator Atty. Jeronimo Manzanero

The City Government of Pasig has partnered with GCash, the country’s leading e-wallet, to roll out the QR Ph initiative at the Pasig City Mega Market. This will enable market vendors, tricycle operators, and drivers to offer safer and more convenient digital payment options to their customers.

With this partnership now in place, public market vendors and tricycle drivers at Pasig City Mega Market can now easily transact with their customers and passengers using the GCash QR. Moreover, GCash celebrated this launch by giving customers weeklong exciting GTreats – Piso Pizza Slice and Piso Halo-Halo when they pay using GCash.

First-ever M Summit Jakarta brings together esports and gaming industry experts

The popularity of mobile esports has been exponential in Southeast Asia in the past years, constantly breaking viewership records especially for Mobile Legends: Bang Bang tournaments around the world. With this, international gaming developer and publisher MOONTON Games has developed an emerging esports ecosystem that has produced a plethora of opportunities outside broadcast for brands and businesses to explore. 

On 13 January 2023, MOONTON Games will spearhead the inaugural M Summit to guide the esports and gaming stakeholders in discovering vast areas of opportunities in the industry. This year's forum will set the stage for top speakers and experts to discuss trends in Indonesia's mobile esports ecosystem, new commercial opportunities in the esports economy, and keys to holding a successful tournament and building a professional esports team. 

The event will start with keynote address led by MOONTON Games Regional Esports Lead Sophie Guo, Head of Esports Ecosystem Ray Ng, and Regional Esports Sales Head Adrian Cher. The three will share more about MOONTON Games' demographics, partnership models, milestone, and 2023 Esports Roadmap, among others.

Monday, January 9, 2023

HONOR X9a 5G with ultra tough Premium OLED Curved Screen to arrive on January 19

HONOR Philippines has officially revealed the launch of HONOR X9a 5G, its first phone in 2023 that will change the concept of premium. Sporting a premium curved OLED screen, the HONOR X9a 5G will be the first in its price point.

Leading global smart devices provider, HONOR, dropped the official teaser of its first launch of the year. HONOR X9a 5G is the latest addition to the HONOR X Series delivering best-in-class visuals and performance with a Premium OLED Curved Screen, high-capacity durable battery, and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon® 695 5G Mobile Platform, all engineered to fit in a pocket-sized body.

“We are very excited to introduce HONOR X9a 5G in the market. It’s something that HONOR fans should definitely look forward to as it will really change the definition of premium,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President for Marketing, Stephen Cheng. “HONOR is very confident to bring you a highly durable phone with an OLED curved screen and long-lasting battery life without breaking the bank.”

Saturday, January 7, 2023

LG presents commitment to relentless innovation, delivering better life for all

At ‘LG World Premiere’, CEO Cho Shares Vision for Innovation Designed to Make Customers’ Lives Better

LG Electronics (LG) today held its press conference, LG World Premiere, at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Under the theme of Life’s Good, CEO William Cho shared the company’s continuous efforts to create innovation for a better life and ensure a sustainable future for all.

Friday, January 6, 2023

Sony Opens Exhibit at CES® 2023

Introducing technologies and initiatives that move people's hearts and expand the possibilities of entertainment

Sony has recently opened its exhibit at CES® 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO of Sony Group Corporation, took the stage at Sony’s recent press conference ahead of the exhibition's public opening. He explained that collaboration with creators who create Kando (emotion) is essential to advancing Sony's Purpose to "fill the world with emotion, through the power of creativity and technology”.

He also emphasized that the "live" sharing of time and space is the essence of entertainment and that Sony’s creation and interaction technology will support the virtual world to provide live experiences and connect them with the physical world in exciting ways.

He was also joined by a diverse array of speakers from the worlds of pictures, games, music, sports, and mobility to discuss the potential for expanding the scope of entertainment through technology.

HONOR Philippines is ready to dominate 2023

2022 has been the biggest breakthrough for HONOR Philippines – from relaunching the brand to unveiling its first set of devices in the market. Since the comeback in September, HONOR has introduced a tablet. 2 smartwatches, and 6 mobile phones.

Dubbed as a magical comeback, HONOR officially set foot in the Philippine market again in August 2022 and has been unstoppable since then, launching a tablet, two smartwatches, and six mobile phones in just a span of four months.

To excite HONOR fans, the leading global smart devices provider teased that 2023 will be a very busy year for them – more launches, events, and exciting treats for consumers.

“2022 is just the beginning for HONOR Philippines and we are taking the brand to even greater heights come 2023. We have a very solid lineup for the whole year and you definitely don’t want to miss what we will be bringing from the HONOR ecosystem.” said HONOR Philippines Vice President for Marketing, Stephen Cheng. “The expansion of our markets and channel partners is in the works already, and we will stay committed to focusing on creating innovations for everyone. For us, there’s really no way to go but up.”


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