Sunday, May 28, 2023

Grab Philippines makes Filipinos’ travel more seamless and worry-free with Travel Cover in-app insurance feature

With both international and domestic travel back in full swing, there is simply no stopping the wanderlust calls. Research group The Economist Intelligence forecasts a 30 percent increase in global tourism arrivals in 2023, following a growth of 60 percent in 2022[1]. However, concurrent with the return of tourism is the rise of travel-related challenges such as flight delays and cancellations, unforeseen medical problems, and last-minute plan disruptions. Dedicated to improving the lives of Filipinos via the use of technology, Grab Philippines is equipping traveling kababayans with insurance coverage –  a necessary safety net – to protect them against the unexpected while traveling.

With just a few taps on the Grab superapp, consumers can avail of Travel Cover’s extensive coverage that includes domestic and international medical expenses resulting from an accident or illness; expenses related to untoward incidents like casualties and injury; and expenses from taxing circumstances such as trip changes, lost baggage and personal property; and other travel inconveniences. Travel Cover also entitles consumers to COVID-19-related benefits, ensuring they are protected against unexpected medical costs and journey cancellation, or curtailment caused by the illness.3

realme strengthens regional presence, opens stores in SM City Bataan and Gaisano Mall Puerto

realme Philippines, the two-year consecutive champion according to Canalys and IDC sell-in reports published 2021 & 2022, stays committed to reaching as many Filipinos as possible. The smartphone brand continues its expansion and growth in the local market with over 5,000 offline stores all over Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

realme recently opened a new concept store located at the first SM Prime Holdings’ mall in Bataan Province, SM City Bataan on May 19. This also marks the brand’s 11th concept store in the Central Luzon region. As part of the grand opening scheme, the Squad who are visiting the SM Bataan realme concept store on the first day of opening got a chance to win freebies such as a realme Mobile Game Trigger, realme Mobile Game Finger Sleeves, TechLife Power Bank or a realme Pocket Bluetooth Speaker. 

Moreover, realme fans in Mindanao should watch out for the opening of realme’s 25th kiosk in the region at the Gaisano Mall Puerto, Cagayan De Oro City this month of May. The kiosk will be catering a variety of realme products from smartphones, audio, wearables, and AIoT that can be one’s instant day-to-day tech companion.

Saturday, May 27, 2023

FedEx Launches One-Stop-Shop Logistics Solution for Dangerous Goods

 FedEx Express Philippines enables local customers in Cebu to conveniently ship dangerous goods to overseas markets

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and one of the world's largest express transportation companies, recently launched its one-stop shop logistics solutions for dangerous goods for local businesses in Cebu. Customers can now enjoy greater convenience in shipping over 2,200 types of dangerous goods from class 1 to 9 such as paints, perfumes, bleaches and electronic devices with lithium batteries to overseas markets.

Dangerous Goods are items or substances that may pose health, safety, or environmental hazards if not handled carefully. Through FedEx expertise, dangerous goods are safely packed, marked, labelled and appropriately documented, meticulously handled and shipped by trained personnel to ensure they arrive safely at their destination.

Baby Company’s Grand Baby Fair 2023 Goes North for the First Time

Last May 12-14, 2023, Baby Company had the biggest and grandest baby fair at the SMX Convention Center Clark, Pampanga. Expectant and new moms near and far gathered to shop for all kinds of essentials – from toiletries, diapers, clothes, toys, car seats, cribs, strollers, and many more – at unbeatable markdowns and offers.

Filipino fiesta drumbeat performances and decorations greeted the families as they entered the #GrandBabyFair2023. Held at the three-hall venue were several booths arranged per category, eight dedicated counters that accepted different modes of payment, and a four-room breastfeeding area with automatic breast pumps for moms who needed a quick break in the middle of their shopping spree.

Kesha shines a light on her dark depths on new album, Gag Order


Pop superstar Kesha has released Gag Order, her fifth album and the crowning jewel of the GRAMMY-nominee’s eclectic and inspired discography to date. LISTEN HERE.

Called “her most daring music yet” by Rolling Stone, ‘Gag Order’ (produced by Rick Rubin, with Kesha as executive producer), has been self-described as “post-pop” full-bodied collection which flows like a stream-of-consciousness journey through the psychedelic dark depths of the human psyche, followed by basking in the cleansing light when finally reaching the surface.

Pre-release tracks “Eat the Acid” and “Fine Line” have hinted at the pop star’s artistic reinvention, with The Fader calling the former a “cautionary psychedelic anthem” while Bustle complimented the latter’s lyrics as “a jaw-dropper”. Elsewhere on the album, Kesha ruminates on her struggles with panic attacks on “Living In My Head”, finds peace in the fallout of facing one’s fear on “Happy”, and on “All I Need Is You” shares an ode to unconditional true love (aimed at her beloved cat Mr. Peeps).

ZTE Strengthens Commitment to Sustainability; Joins the Science-Based Targets Initiative

l  Establishing science-based emission reduction targets in the near and long terms

l  Achieved an impressive 7.48% reduction in overall carbon emissions compared to the previous year while maintaining revenue growth

l  Committed to addressing climate change challenges and creating a positive impact on both human society and the natural environment


ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a global leading provider of information and communication technology solutions, has officially announced its participation in the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi) and conducted a commitment signing ceremony.

Aligning with the initiative's guidelines, ZTE will establish science-based emission reduction targets in the near term and strive for long-term net-zero emissions. Over the course of 5-10 years, ZTE aims to achieve significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 1.5°C temperature rise limitation pathway and ultimately reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.  

At the commitment signing ceremony, Mr. Wang Xiang, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of ZTE, signed the pledge to the SBTi. Distinguished guests, including Mr. Lin Guoen, Vice Chairman of Deloitte China; Mr. Zhuang Binghan, Vice President of the Marketing Group at Intel; Mr. Hong Xiongbin, Regional General Manager of SGS Limited; and Mr. Ma Qi, Executive Deputy General Manager of Great Wall Power Technology Co., Ltd., representing valued suppliers, were in attendance, bearing witness to this significant milestone.

On World Hunger Day, Globe kicks off its culinary crusade against hunger with Longest Hapag Food Festival Series

Standing firm against hunger, Globe launches the Longest Hapag— a five-month nationwide food festival series. The campaign kicks off in time for the commemoration of World Hunger Day this May 28, amplifying the global call to eradicate chronic hunger.

This initiative is part of the Globe-led Hapag Movement, which aims to help address the staggering problem of involuntary hunger among 13.5 million Filipinos. The advocacy raises funds and spreads awareness about the problem while empowering communities to create sustainable livelihood.

"Involuntary hunger is one of the critical societal challenges of our time. With the Longest Hapag, we are leveraging strategic partnerships and collective effort to confront the hunger problem that continues to affect our nation,” said Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer.

Beko Marks 3rd Anniversary In The Philippines with Trade Launch, Lays Out Business Development Plans

Beko Executives (L-R - Rolixus Kho Yute, Product Certification Specialist of Beko Philippines, Rebecca Aguilar, Product Marketing Senior Specialist of Beko Philippines, Ghie Papa, Brand Marketing Communications Specialist of Beko Philippines, Gurhan Gunal, Country Manager of Philippines, Nattinee Techanungnirun, Beko APAC Marketing Director, Panninuch Suwanaroek, Beko APAC Senior Lead Marketing Communications, Dyeun Zapanta, Marketing Head of Beko Philippines)

Beko Philippines is entering a new phase of business in their journey to bring the European brand to a sustainable lifestyle for Filipino customers. In celebration of its third year of operations, Beko announces its goal of being the number one European brand in the Philippine market in the next 5 years.

“We are very happy to be holding this trade launch for our dealers and stakeholders as we share that Beko will be a bigger and better brand in the Philippines in 2023 and beyond,” said Gürhan Günal, Beko’s country director in the Philippines, who also presented the company’s business development plans of EXPAND, GROW, LEAD, CONNECTIVITY and SUSTAINABILITY for the Philippines along with the brand’s hero technologies at the anniversary trade launch at the Grand Ballroom of Marriott Hotel Manila.

This is the heart and reason why this year, Beko will be made available soon in other appliance stores nationwide as it continues to “expand” its distribution to other retail channels.

Igloo protects Southeast Asia's multi-billion dollar coffee industry with innovative weather insurance for farmers

● Following the success of its Weather Index Insurance for rice farmers launched in November 2022, Igloo expands its reach to coffee farmers in Vietnam

 Igloo’s Weather Index Insurance helps protect coffee farmers and their crops against extreme weather conditions

Igloo plans extend this protection to more markets, more communities, and more indices

Regional insurtech Igloo expands its blockchain-based parametric index insurance to coffee farmers in Southeast Asia, showing commitment to covering more underinsured communities and industries after successful product implementation with rice farmers.

Southeast Asia - a part of what is called the coffee belt - is one of the biggest coffee producers in the world. While Vietnam and Indonesia are responsible for the majority of global coffee output, the Philippines is also an important global producer with industry revenue expected to reach US$6.7 billion in 2023, according to statistics portal Statista. The local market is also expected to grow annually by 5.69% until 2025.

Redefined Accessibility: realme C-Series Sets New Benchmark for Entry-Level Smartphones

Get the perfect all-rounder smartphone to reflect your personality without breaking the bank!

Customization has always been part of the smartphone experience, from selecting our preferred alarms to choosing the quirkiest phone case that best reflects who we are. Set to take smartphone personalization to another, even more exciting level is realme's C-Series.

Positioned to redefine the entry-level segment, this collection presents four feature-packed models that each cater to a certain type of personality. Here, we run down each one to help you pick the perfect choice for you.

AXA Philippines and Toyota launch first Pay-How-You-Drive insurance product in the country

 Get premium incentives based on how you drive with Connected Toyota Insure

Leading insurance provider AXA Philippines together with leading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has officially launched Connected Toyota Insure, the first Pay-How-You Drive car insurance product in the country.

Connected Toyota Insure is an advanced and comprehensive car insurance product under MyToyota Connect suite of services that considers how the vehicle is used when computing the premium due. This insurance product makes use of a connected device, a technology that monitors vehicles via a network to achieve safe, secure, comfortable, and convenient vehicle usage which users can access through the MyToyota app. Customers will be given a driving score based on their driving habits such as cornering, braking, and acceleration.  A higher score with low mileage driven corresponds to a bigger premium discount wherein customers can receive a renewal premium reduction of up to 25%.

HONOR sets foot in Caloocan, opens 5th experience store in SM City Grand Central

HONOR opens yet another store – this time in Caloocan!

HONOR Philippines Country Manager Sean Yuan, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager Joepy Libo-on, and PR Manager Pao Oga with Cellboy Chief Operating Officer Johnson Lim, Chief Finance Officer Harold Lim, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Operations Paul Mykhel Oilvar

The leading smart devices provider, HONOR Philippines, has opened its fifth Experience Store in SM City Grand Central in Caloocan.

This milestone was officially launched by HONOR Philippines Country Manager Sean Yuan, Vice President Stephen Cheng, Brand Manager Joepy Libo-on, PR Manager Pao Oga, GTM Manager Steven Yan, Cellboy Chief Operating Officer Johnson Lim, Chief Finance Officer Harold Lim, and Assistant General Manager for Sales and Operations Paul Mykhel Oilvar. Flocks of HONOR fans attended the program to celebrate yet another milestone with the brand.

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Uncle John’s now available via MetroMart

More quick pantry restocking options with MetroMart Express

Popular convenience store chain Uncle John’s is now available to order online via MetroMart, the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines.

Customers may now avail quick pantry restocking from Uncle John’s with MetroMart Express, with minimal order volume and delivered within the hour.

KonsultaMD SuperApp: A game-changer in Philippine healthcare

The KonsultaMD SuperApp, a pioneering health tech initiative aimed at enhancing healthcare accessibility, was recently unveiled at the #IWantToBeHere ColorFest Run, promising to redefine the country's healthcare landscape.

The SuperApp is the next-generation iteration of KonsultaMD, a telehealth platform established by the Globe Group in 2015 that has since been instrumental in digitizing healthcare services in the Philippines.

The newly launched SuperApp is a one-stop shop that brings together several medical services from top medical apps KonsultaMD, HealthNow and AIDE, making bookings and purchases fast, seamless and easy. The app offers Konsulta Plus, an annual subscription for unlimited chat consultations, 24/7 mental health support, same-day medicine delivery via the KonsultaMD Pharmacy, and at-home diagnostics, lab testing, and wellness services. The platform also offers physical therapy, newborn and elderly nursing care services, and a concierge service for hassle-free bookings and reservations.

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Make Mother’s Day special with these incredible deals from HONOR!

Catch our Mother’s Day live sessions every 12 NN and 5 PM from May 12 to 14 on Lazada, Shopee,  and TikTok, and get up to Php 2,000 worth of discounts!

Still thinking on how to #HONORmyNanay this Mother’s Day? Don’t fret because HONOR is here to offer you a wide range of smartphones and devices suited for your mom’s lifestyle! And the best thing about this is that you can get these for up to Php 2,000 worth of discounts, with free shipping and exclusive freebies nationwide through Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop.


Looking for eXtra phones for your eXtra special moms? HONOR definitely got you! HONOR X7 has 5000 mAh large battery, perfect for moms who like uninterrupted calls with their kumares or binge-watching of their favorite dramas! HONOR X8, on the other hand, has 64 MP Quad Camera style for mamas who like taking Instagram-worthy pictures of their babies, grandchildren, and even furbabies!

4 easy ways to surprise Mom with a staycation treat this May!

And you can shop these groceries online too 

Celebrate Mother’s day this summer-y month of May with a simple but super sulit staycation. Brainstorm some ideas and get cracking - just order your groceries via MetroMart for this special day with moms.

  1. Home spa. We can give mommy dearest a great day of rest and relaxation, with simple but useful tools and ingredients that you can source from your groceries to put together a weekend self-care routine. For example, use slices of Fresh Cucumber to cool the eyes, make a lip scrub out of Robinsons Brown Sugar with Carica Virgin Coconut Oil and Capilano Pure Honey from Robinsons Supermarket, and mix Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salts from S&R and fragrant Natural Oils from Scentful Living for a foot soak. Set the ambiance with relaxing music, light scented candles from Yankee Candle - try scents like Black Cherry, Sweet Plum Sake, Lemon Lavender, and Crisp Campfire Apples - and brew some soothing tea, like caffeine-free Isparta Rose and Pomegranate Flower teas from 8th Wave Wellness Bar.

Because Mom’s love connects us all Globe At Home celebrates Mother’s Day with exclusive offers

In Filipino culture, mothers hold an irreplaceable position as the "ilaw ng tahanan" or the "light of the home." Their selflessness and unwavering love for their children and families are deeply appreciated and cherished. This is why Mother's Day holds a significant place as an eagerly awaited occasion to pay homage to these exceptional women.

Because mom's love connects everyone, Globe At Home is dedicated to ensuring that they feel the recognition and affection they deserve through special gifts and offers.

From May 10, 2023, customers who successfully install a GFiber UNLI Plan or purchase a Home Prepaid WiFi device via Globe Stores or Registered Globe Agents will receive vouchers as gifts for their mothers. Those who apply for a GFiber UNLI Plan online can get a P1,000 Xiaomi voucher when they use the promo code GFiberMi.

realme celebrates #ChampionMOMents through heartwarming videos

realme gives special tribute to all moms and mother figures this Mother’s Day 

realme Philippines joins millions of youth around the country in celebrating the triumphs, hardships, and sacrifices of all our moms and mother figures this coming Mother’s Day.

The term “Mga Ilaw ng Tahanan”, as we Filipinos used to call them, holds true until today. As the unsung heroes of the daily grind, realme recognizes that our Champion Moms have given above and beyond for the welfare of their families: may it be at home or at the workplace, all the while staying awesome, bright, and true to themselves.

To honor their unconditional love and support, realme created the #ChampionMOMents initiative, which involved the local media, content creators, the realme Community, and realme’s internal team members. realme invites the entire Squad to watch and share this video:

realme #ChampionMOMents

Thursday, May 4, 2023

Hurry! Up to 50% discount on these HONOR Gadgets this 5.5 Sale

If you’re looking for a sign to get your dream HONOR gadget, this is it! Up to 50% off HONOR accessories and 20% off select HONOR smartphones with exclusive bundles and FREE shipping nationwide await you this 5.5 Sale!

Leading smart devices provider in the Philippines, HONOR, is going all out this 5.5 Sale on Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok including the crowd-favorite HONOR X Series. Up to Php 2,000 worth of discounts are up for grabs with exciting bundles and FREE shipping nationwide.

“Now is the best time to reward yourself as we are throwing away our biggest discount to date. With our wide range of choices for smartphones, laptops, tablets, and accessories, there’s surely an HONOR device for whichever requirement you have,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.

Caltex Philippines presents the 2023 Auto Focus Summer Multi-brand Test Drive Festival

Experience a smooth and enjoyable test drive of your dream car at this year's Auto Focus Summer Multibrand Test Drive Festival 

Caltex brand of fuels and lubricants, marketed by Chevron Philippines Inc. (CPI), presents the 2023 Auto Focus Summer Multibrand Test Drive Festival happening on May 4-7, 2023 at SM Mall of Asia concert grounds.

The event is open to the public and everyone is invited to test drive the latest car models from Ford, GAC Motor, GWM, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota, and WM Motor, fueled by Caltex with Techron.  

Free SPAM, Starbucks Bottled Frappuccino, Lotte Juice in S&R Freebie Fest

Get freebies exclusively via the MetroMart app

Fantastic freebies are up for grabs in the new S&R Freebie Fest, exclusively via MetroMart, running from May 5 to 14, 2023.

The S&R Freebie Fest, exclusively via MetroMart, will have various items available for FREE with online grocery delivery orders. Customers just need to add to cart the Free Item of the day, and continue shopping at S&R Membership Shopping on the MetroMart app.

These products include SPAM Luncheon Meat, Starbucks Bottled Mocha Frappuccino, Ghana Dark Chocolate, Prem Corned Beef, and more. All New and Existing Users may check their MetroMart app to see the freebie of the day throughout the promotion period, May 5 to 14, 2023.

Please see the S&R Freebie Fest itinerary below:

World Password Day: May the cyberforce be with you?

Weak passwords are a huge threat vector and one of the big points to attack and can lead to data breaches, phishing scams, and ransomware attacks. 

The invention of passwords in the 1960s changed the digital world as we know it. Passwords are now an unconscious standard practice in our lives; from your first pet to the street you grew up on, they are deeply ingrained in our minds. Passwords today are the primary guardians of our privacy, personal data, and finances.

Despite this knowledge, passwords are often viewed complacently, even though simple, easy-to-guess passwords are insecure. Your dog’s name, spouse’s name, birthdate, and other words and phrases related to your life that are easily discoverable on your social media profiles are easy for attackers to discover.

realme deals to look out for at Shopee, Lazada 5.5 sale

Grab your very own realme products and save up to 58% OFF on realme Official Shopee Store or up to 75% OFF on realme Official Lazada Store!

realme Philippines, the two-year consecutive champion according to Canalys and IDC sell-in reports published 2021 & 2022, kicks off the month by joining the 5.5 sale campaigns via Shopee and Lazada. From smartphones, audio, wearables, to accessories, realme is offering irresistible discounts all while bundling additional freebies!

Fans are in for a treat as realme products can be scored at the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival with up to 58% OFF from May 5 to 7. To make things even more fun during the first selling on May 5, realme will be giving away an additional 15% OFF vouchers to all customers that are redeemable upon checkout. On top of this, fans should also watch out for surprise voucher drops on selected realme products during the day!


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