Monday, July 31, 2023

Pru Life UK named International Life Insurer of the Year for third consecutive row

In photo: (2nd from left) Allan Tumbaga, Pru Life UK Executive Vice President and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer; Atty. Em Vallente, Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief ESG, Legal and Government Relations Officer; and Cecille Fontanilla, Pru Life UK Assistant Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs.

Insurance Asia Awards, one of the prestigious recognition programs honoring the most outstanding insurance companies in Asia Pacific, cited

Pru Life UK as the International Life Insurer of the Year - Philippines for the third year. The award-giving body recognized Pru Life UK’s innovations, new products, strategic partnerships, and community investment initiatives related to youth financial literacy, climate health risk management, and OFW protection.

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Stay safe from phishing attacks as SIM Card Registration Deadline Approaches—Palo Alto Networks

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) has clarified that there will be no further extension for SIM card registration in the Philippines. With the July 25, 2023 deadline set by the national government looming, only 60.75 percent of the total 168 million SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) cards have been registered so far, leaving over 40% of Filipinos at risk of deactivation and social engineering tactics such as phishing. Scammers are taking advantage of the situation, employing SMS messages to lure users into sharing personal information via bogus registration links, posing a persistent and dangerous threat.

The increasing number of unregistered SIM cards exposes users to potential deactivation of their mobile services, disrupting their communication capabilities. Additionally, as the deadline approaches, the risk of phishing attacks intensifies. Cybercriminals exploit SMS messages to deceive unsuspecting victims into divulging sensitive information, such as One-Time Passwords (OTPs), which grant them unauthorized access to accounts.

Saturday, July 15, 2023

Citadines Benavidez Joins The Makati Skyline

Citadines Benavidez Photo Renders

The Ascott Limited Philippines has announced the opening of Citadines Benavidez Makati, located in the heart of Makati City. The latest addition to the Citadines brand will complement the mix of Ascott’s properties in Makati which include Ascott Makati, Somerset Millennium Makati, Citadines Salcedo Makati, Somerset Central Salcedo Makati, and the soon-to-open Somerset Valero Makati. The property offers a vibrant and comfortable living experience, equipped with top-notch facilities that cater to the needs of modern travelers.

Citadines Benavidez Makati caters to the lifestyle of active guests who collectively share a love for experiencing the city. The property offers 207 units, ranging from Studio Deluxe, Studio Premier, One-Bedroom Deluxe, Two-Bedroom Deluxe, and Two-Bedroom Premier. Each unit boasts a modern design and is equipped with a kitchen, comfortable bedding, high-speed Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs.

Teleperformance Philippines drives community development efforts anew in Bayani Challenge


Teleperformance (TP) Philippines is again at the forefront of empowering communities as part of Gawad Kalinga’s Bayani Challenge (Heroes Challenge), a multisectoral initiative that aims to combat poverty across the country.

A total of 25 volunteers from different Teleperformance sites in the Philippines participated in this year’s Gawad Kalinga (GK) Bayani Challenge in San Lorenzo Ruiz, a remote agricultural municipality in the Southern Luzon province of Camarines Norte. 2023 marks TP's seventh consecutive year of joining the humanitarian cause, demonstrating the company’s unwavering commitment to be a force for good for people, communities, and the environment despite the lingering COVID-19 pandemic.

Volunteers participated in different activities to enhance the quality of life, promote sustainability, and foster a sense of unity among community members.

Gigacover, Generali partner to provide affordable health insurance for freelancers, entrepreneurs

 From left: Grace Gelle, Vice President, Generali, and Amerson Lin, CEO and Co-founder, Gigacove

Insurtech Gigacover and Generali Philippines, a leading player in the insurance industry, have teamed up to further democratize access to insurance in the Philippines.

With the partnership, Generali will be able to feature its wide-range of insurance products that are tailor-fit to the needs of Filipino consumers in Gigacover’s platform.

“Gigacover and Generali share the same vision and strategy of leveraging technology and making insurance more accessible to many people and varied industries. In an ever-changing world, the means to get insured also evolves. We will rely on our core strengths – Generali as a trusted, global insurance provider and Gigacover as a transformative platform – to provide Filipinos a more seamless and innovative approach to insurance,” Gigacover CEO and Co-founder Amerson Lin said.

Android Malware Disguised as ChatGPT Apps Targeting Smartphone Users : Palo Alto Networks Unit 42 Research

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, has recently found a surge in Android malware that is pretending to be the popular AI Chatbot ChatGPT. The malware emerged following the release of OpenAI's GPT-3.5 and GPT-4, targeting users interested in using the ChatGPT tool.

A Meterpreter Trojan disguised as a "SuperGPT" app and a "ChatGPT" app are found to send premium-rate text messages, resulting in charges for the victims that are pocketed by threat actors. Considering that Android users can download applications from various sources other than the official Google Play store, there is potential for users to obtain applications that have not been vetted by Google.

Lower Power Rates for Meralco Customers this July

The Manila Electric Company (Meralco) announced a P0.7213 per kilowatt hour (kWh) decrease in power rates this July. This reduction is equivalent to P144 in total savings for a typical household consuming 200 kWh. 

Meralco Vice President and Head of Corporate Communications Joe R. Zaldarriaga explained that the rate reduction was triggered mainly by the lower generation charge due to lower costs from the Wholesale Electricity Spot Market, Power Supply Agreements, and Independent Power Producers.

HONOR opens another experience store, now in SM City Makati!

HONOR continues to expand in the Philippines, opens new experience store in SM City Makati.

Another big milestone for the leading smart devices provider in the country! HONOR Philippines just opened its newest Experience Store in SM City Makati.

In a span of just three months, HONOR Philippines expanded rapidly nationwide opening five stores – SM City Fairview, SM City Consolacion Cebu, SM City Marilao, SM City Marikina, and SM City Grand Central. Adding to the list is the unveiling of its sixth store in SM City Makati on July 11, 2023.

“We, at HONOR Philippines, are very grateful to those who have supported us since day one and we owe this feat to them. We have more stores to open and we are really excited to  get closer to our HONOR fans by providing them more accessibility in trying out our products,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.

Friday, July 14, 2023

Father and Content Creator, Eric Eruption Tai, Finds Balance with ZTE and RedMagic Phones

Eric ‘Eruption’ Tai, a devoted father and acclaimed content creator, emphasizes the crucial role of ZTE and RedMagic phones in his dynamic lifestyle. These cutting-edge devices provide exceptional capabilities and features that enable him to excel in both his roles as a father and a content creator.

Reliability and Dependability

As a dedicated father, Eric understands the importance of having a reliable phone that can keep up with his demanding schedule. He affirms, "Being a father means I need a phone that I can depend on throughout the day. The ZTE phone's reliability ensures that I can efficiently manage my tasks and responsibilities, both as a father and a content creator."

The Ultimate Dance Battle Returns as Red Bull Dance Your Style Philippines is Back for Another Season

Red Bull Dance Your Style, the renowned brand’s take on a 1-on-1 unique street dance competition that pushes the boundaries of every dancer’s freestyle and improvisation skills, is set to return to the Philippines for its highly anticipated 2nd season.

Carrying on the momentum of last year’s introduction to the country, Red Bull Dance Your Style promises to deliver another intense and electrifying competition that showcases the talent and creativity of the Philippines’ top dancers. Unlike traditional dance competitions, Red Bull Dance Your Style places all the powers in the crowd’s hands as they decide the winner of each battle. The participation of the crowd creates an unparalleled level of atmosphere that empowers every dancer to channel their full potential and deliver a captivating performance.

Globe At Home GFiber Prepaid advances digital access and literacy

Recognizing the crucial role that internet access and digital literacy play in socio-economic development, Globe is committed to bridging the digital divide in the Philippines through its latest innovative solution, Globe At Home GFiber Prepaid.

GFiber Prepaid is designed to bring fast and reliable internet service to every Filipino household through its affordable fiber connectivity.

While digital connectivity has become a ubiquitous part of modern living, not all communities have equal access to its benefits. According to a joint study by Thinking Machines and the Asian Development Bank, the average internet speed disparity between the wealthiest and poorest cities in the country was a significant 21.03 Mbps as of 2020.

Experience less stress with your bills thanks to Digido’s latest promo

By simply applying for a loan, clients of the award-winning platform have the chance to win allowance for select monthly bills!

Award-winning consumer finance company Digido announces the launch of its “Bills-Free” promo — giving customers the chance to win bill allowance for six months for select monthly expenses!

Ten winners will be issued a monthly bill allowance worth PHP 5,000 for six months, and can spend the amount to cover only the following: house rent, water bill, electricity bill and internet bill. 

It Starts Here: Toyota Motor Philippines launches the all-new Wigo

Leading mobility company Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has unveiled the latest major update of its best-selling hatchback, the All-New Toyota Wigo. 

Known to be a preferred first car, the All-New Wigo features a bold redesign paired with improved technology and driving performance, reinforcing its position as the Filipinos’ reliable, practical, and easy to use mobility partner in starting any life journey. 


During the launch program held at the Trinoma Activity Center in Quezon City, TMP showcased its lineup of the All-New Wigo featuring an improved driving platform and appearance. The well-loved Toyota vehicle is getting a combination of a sportier look and easy driving—ideal for those looking for a quality daily driver that gives a good impression. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2023

Why HONOR Magic5 Pro is the Perfect Phone for you this Rainy Season

With its IP68 splash, water, and dust resistance rating, the HONOR Magic5 Pro is indeed the perfect phone for the daring and adventurous!

Where can you find a smartphone with a powerful Triple Rear Camera System, groundbreaking AI Motion Sensing Capture Technology, and an IP68 splash, water, and dust resistance ranking? Leading smart devices provider in the Philippines, HONOR, has recently launched its newest flagship phone, and here are the reasons why you should quickly get your hands on the all new HONOR Magic5 Pro!

“It is very rare to have a phone with an IP Rating as high as IP68, and for it to perform very well in other aspects too. HONOR has ensured that the all-powerful HONOR Magic5 Pro includes these specs without compromising its other features,” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.

The 6 in this scoring indicates the phone’s resistance to solid debris such as dust and very fine particles, while the 8 pertains to its resistance to water. This means that this smartphone can withstand being submerged for up to 30 minutes – truly the perfect phone, rain or shine!

Work and Play Like a Champion with the realme C53

Get the best of all worlds from realme’s newest C Series that’s fit for various lifestyles

The list goes long for two items that pair perfectly and go much better as one. Top of which is a phone you use for work and another you use for play, now combined in the perfect all-arounder: the realme C53.

Why switch between two smartphones when one provides all the functions you need and more? Designed to allow you to work and play like a champion, the realme C53 proves ideal for multi-taskers, gamers, stylish techies, and just about everyone else in between.

Here, we list down the reasons why the realme C53 is an absolute must-have for Filipinos looking for an accessible, quality device that does not skimp on performance and reliability.

Welcome Lahat DITO!

Enjoy unlimited 5G home WiFi as DITO Telecommunity officially launches DITO Home UNLI 5G designed to give Filipino households high-speed connectivity with no limits.

To support the digital lifestyles of Filipino households, the fastest-growing telco provider DITO Telecommunity, officially launches DITO Home UNLI 5G, an affordable broadband subscription that allows Filipinos to enjoy 500Mbps+ and 5G internet speeds at their homes.

With DITO Home UNLI 5G, Filipinos can now enjoy and experience an ultra-fast internet connection at an affordable price, enabling them to go all-out in their daily activities at home—whether for remote work, business meetings, online schooling, or leisure activities like online gaming, streaming, e-shopping or social networking.

“As you all know, we recently unlocked a new mobile experience by introducing the DITO Mobile Postpaid FLEXPlans, but this time around, we want to elevate our subscribers’ digital experience by launching another offering that caters to their connectivity needs at home. DITO

Sunday, July 9, 2023

FedEx Provides Masterclass to Deliver Expert Tips and Insights to Support Filipino Businesses in Tapping Overseas Growth Opportunities

FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE:FDX) and one of the world's largest express transportation companies, is offering FedEx Masterclass to support local businesses, small-and-medium enterprises, and individual shippers in the Philippines who are looking to expand their reach to international markets. The class will be held on July 12 in Seda Nuvali.

The program is designed to equip attendees with the right tools to tap cross-border trade opportunities, and is part of the latest in a series of trainings hosted by FedEx. Senior executives and field experts from the company will share updates on import, export, and shipment protocols for dangerous goods.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

From daily hustle to all-out entertainment, achieve more with narzo

Here’s how you can stay on top of your game all the time with narzo and catch big discounts this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale!

Whether we’re catching up on social media, working on-the-go, or pursuing an interest or passion, our smartphone is there with us through it all. As our daily companion, it needs to be able to keep up with and cater to various parts of our lifestyle.

When affordability, function, and that something “extra” come together, consumers can win—and this is what a narzo can deliver. The narzo smartphones are part of the diverse portfolio of realme Philippines, the #1 brand in Counterpoint’s Smartphone OEM Market Share Report for Q1 2023 and the two-year champion in Canalys and IDC sell-in reports published in 2021 and 2022.

Known for its leap-forward technology and above-and-beyond experience, realme assures that whichever narzo its customers choose, they can be assured of getting value for their money and being able to power through their days:

It’s raining discounts and promos in MetroMart’s 7.7 Sale ₱7.70 items, Freebies, B1G1, FREE Delivery, and up to 70% off!

Step into the second half of the year well-armed with even more discounts and promos for your groceries and essentials, with MetroMart’s 7.7 Rainy Season Finds.

Various items will be available at only ₱7.70 at S&R Membership Shopping and Landmark Supermarket from July 7 to 9. These products include premium canned delicacies, cereal, chocolate milk, and more.

Please see the S&R and Landmark 7.7 Rainy Season Finds itineraries below:

Wednesday, July 5, 2023

Piso Sale and Up to 30% Discount on Selected Devices, and More, Await You this Coming HONOR Super 7.7 Sale!

Leading smart devices provider in the Philippines, HONOR, has dropped their much-awaited deals for the 7.7 HONOR Sale on Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop! Up to Php 2,350 worth of discounts are up for grabs with exciting bundles and free shipping nationwide from July 7 to 11, 2023.

“Now is the best time to gift yourselves with our lineup of HONOR devices, currently offered at discounted prices! From smartphones, laptops, tablets, and accessories, there’s certainly an HONOR item perfect for you. Make sure to check our Online Partner Stores, and avail these awesome deals this 7.7 HONOR Sale!” said Stephen Cheng, HONOR Philippines Vice President.


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