Friday, July 19, 2024

PATH OF EXILE: SETTLERS OF KALGUUR EXPANSION detailed during “GGG LIVE” Event, Register Now for First Path of Exile 2 Closed Beta Test

Update 3.25 to Path of Exile brings a Challenge League, Balance Improvements, Two Ascendancy Class Changes, Endgame Improvements, Additions to the Campaign and Much More

During today’s Path of Exile livestream, “GGG Live,” developer Grinding Gear Games unveiled details for Path of Exile’s 3.25 update, Settlers of Kalguur. The July expansion introduces the Settlers of Kalguur Challenge League, balance improvements including two Ascendancy Class changes, Endgame improvements, further additions to the Campaign and a variety of quality of life (QoL) features for both PC and console players. Path of Exile: Settlers of Kalguur will launch on July 27th at 4 AM (GMT+8).

Rex Orange County announces new album, The Alexander Technique; releases 2 new singles and music videos


Rex Orange County by Clare Shilland

The Alexander Technique







“Guitar Song”



Rex Orange County announces his new album The Alexander Technique for release on September 6th via RCA Records. The album was produced entirely by Rex himself alongside Teo Halm (Rosalía, SZA, Beyoncé) and Jim Reed, the latter a member of the Rex Orange County touring band since its inception, in addition to James Blake who produced and features on “Look Me In The Eyes.”

PVL shows support for Team Philippines ahead of Paris 2024

From Left to Right: Lut Malaluan, Pia General, and Issa Molde proudly donning their support shirts for Team Philippines during the PVL Reinforced Conference games.

As Team Philippines gears up for the Olympic Games Paris 2024, the Premier Volleyball League found a unique way to show their support.

A week before the country's top athletes compete on the world stage, the Cignal HD Spikers and the Choco Mucho Flying Titans donned special shirts during their warmups in the 2024 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Thursday evening.

Each shirt bore the names of Filipino Olympians who are set to represent the nation with pride.

Premier Volleyball League (PVL) President Richard Palou expressed the league's commitment to supporting Team Philippines in its Olympic journey.

Thursday, July 18, 2024

ZTE's Sustainability Report 2023 highlights advancing digital innovation for a more sustainable future

l  ZTE constantly explores new fields, applications, and value of digital and intelligent transformation, contributing to industrial revolution, social development, and the well-being of all humanity

l  ZTE made CDP A List for leading climate action and received official approval for both near-term and long-term GHG emission reduction targets from SBTi

l  As one of the first ITU P2C Champions, ZTE pledged to construct ICT infrastructure annually for LDC/LLDC/SIDS countries by 2025 and to dedicate 50,000 hours of ICT lectures globally for the benefits of local workforces in need, as part of its efforts to drive global meaningful connectivity

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a global leading provider of integrated information and communication technology solutions, recently released the company's Sustainability Report 2023, detailing its strategies, actions and progress in green innovations, social contributions and corporate governance. As a Driver of Digital Economy, ZTE has been releasing sustainability reports for 16 consecutive years, highlighting its unwavering commitment to sustainable business.

Xu Ziyang, CEO at ZTE, stated in the report: "We uphold the Human-Centric and Tech for Good philosophy, and constantly explore new fields, applications, and value of digital and intelligent transformation. Together with global customers, partners, investors, and people from all walks of life, we will build a digital and intelligent ecosystem, making efforts and contributions to promote industrial revolution, accelerate social development, and enhance the well-being of all humanity."

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

HONOR Unlocks AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 starting at Php 24,999 only!

AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 and Studio Harcourt Paris have officially arrived in the Philippines!

Global technology brand HONOR Philippines today announced the launch of the new HONOR 200 Series, an accessible flagship lineup that delivers flagship-level performance and unparalleled AI portrait photography experience. Starting at Php 24,999, you can now pre-order HONOR 200 and HONOR 200 Pro from July 17 to 26, 2024 to get FREE JBL Soundgear Frames worth Php 9,499!

“With an unwavering commitment to innovation and unlocking new possibilities in smartphone photography, the HONOR 200 Series product team has collaborated with Studio Harcourt, a legendary Parisian portrait photography house, to co-engineer the HONOR AI Portrait Engine. By combining Studio Harcourt’s expertise and HONOR’s cutting-edge platform-level AI capabilities, the HONOR 200 enables users to unlock studio-level portrait photography on smartphones,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

HONOR PayDay Sale: Get up to 80% off and 0% Installment Interest via Shopee and Lazada

Claim your HONOR PayDay Sale vouchers 

from July 13-July 17! 

Checkout and have better payment options sans breaking the bank with HONOR, a leading global technology provider, only on July 15 via Lazada and Shopee for the 0% interest installment voucher. If you haven’t checked out the last double-digit sale, this is the perfect time to have your desired HONOR gadgets.

“We love treating the HONOR fans! It’s high time to buy your well-deserved HONOR gadgets! Stay tuned as we’re nearing the grand launch for HONOR 200, another addition to our roster of quality products,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.

The PayDay Sale runs from July 13 to July 17, but the 0% interest installment voucher is redeemable only on July 15. HONOR fans can purchase HONOR X6 for as low as Php 930/month for 3 months, the HONOR X5 Plus for as low as Php 1,363/month for 3 months, and the HONOR X7b for as low as Php 2,463/month for 3 months.

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Teleperformance Philippines supports chronically ill children at Kythe Foundation's Summer Nature Camp 2024

‘Through the help of our team at Citizens of the World, TP Philippines’ decade-long partnership with Kythe Foundation is a testament to our organization’s commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of children and families facing immense health challenges,’ said Teleperformance Philippines CEO Rahul Jolly.

Teleperformance Philippines’ corporate social responsibility arm, Citizens of the World (COTW) Philippines, proudly supported Kythe Foundation’s Summer Nature Camp 2024 for children with chronic illness.

Teleperformance’s partnership with Kythe started way back in 2008. This shows the company’s consistent commitment to giving back to the community, enforcing Teleperformance’s dedication towards corporate social responsibility.

In this year's camp, Teleperformance leaders and employees spent a day volunteering for the annual camp. The volunteers engaged in various fun activities with the children and distributed essential items to ensure their well-being. COTW Philippines Vice President Norman Littaua expressed gratitude to Kythe Foundation for the decade-long partnership in support of children with chronic illnesses, stating: "We are honored to stand with Kythe in bringing smiles and hope to these brave children. Our commitment remains steadfast, and we look forward to many more years of collaboration," Littaua remarked. 

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Is Global Star Yang Yang coming to PH for the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 on July 17?

Catch the launch of the AI Portrait Master on Facebook on July 17: and get a chance to win your own HONOR 200! 

Leading smart devices provider, HONOR, has officially named the Heartthrob Yang Yang as the Global Ambassador for HONOR 200. Much to the delight of his fans, the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 Series is officially arriving in the Philippines on July 17, 2024 which will be telecasted live on Facebook:

“HONOR takes pride in being the ultimate leader in smartphone portrait photography, transforming mobile imaging with the HONOR 200 Pro's advanced AI capabilities. Combined with its powerful hardware performance, the HONOR 200 Pro offers an exceptional level of convenience and enjoyment for users who enjoy capturing and preserving moments of their lives,” HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng said.

FedEx Signs Agreement to Expand Philippine Gateway in Clark

From left: Lourdes Josephine Gotianun-Yap Chairman, LIPAD, Noel F. Manankil, President and CEO, LIPAD, Maribeth Espinosa, Managing Director, FedEx Philippines, Jenieryll Jomarie Mangalindan, Senior Manager for Operations, FedEx Philippines

Federal Express Corporation, one of the world’s largest express transportation companies, has signed an agreement with Luzon International Premiere Airport Development (LIPAD), operator and manager of Clark International Airport, to expand and upgrade the company’s gateway in Clark, Pampanga. The new facility is set to offer enhanced capabilities that will benefit local businesses looking to amplify their presence in international markets and support the growing demand for e-commerce, freight, and cold-chain shipments across the Asia Pacific region.

To demonstrate their support for the expansion, Joshua Bingcang, President and Chief Executive Officer, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA), Arrey Perez, President, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC), and Noelle Meneses, Vice President for Business Development and Business Enhancement, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) attended the signing ceremony at the FedEx Gateway.

Upon completion, the new FedEx facility will be more than double the size of its current facility. The gateway will further boost support for both importers and exporters including small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs) and heavy-weight freight shippers with greater and more reliable access to and from international markets.

Unfold Your New Era at the Galaxy Unpacked Watch Party

This year’s Unpacked is being streamed live at the Watch Party at Bonifacio High Street!

Unfold your new era as Samsung unveils the latest Galaxy AI Innovations at the Galaxy Unpacked Watch Party, happening on July 10, 7:00 p.m. at BHS Amphitheater at Bonifacio Global City.

Prepare to discover the power of Galaxy AI, now infused into the latest Galaxy Z series and the entire Galaxy ecosystem as Samsung streams Unpacked live at this event! This year’s Unpacked will be hosted in Paris - the iconic cultural nexus and trend epicenter which is the perfect backdrop for the rollout of Samsung’s latest cutting-edge innovations.

Members of #TeamGalaxy AC Bonifacio and top content creator Wil Dasovich are also joining the evening’s festivities as they enter their new eras. And don’t miss the special sneak peek of the #TeamGalaxy film, which will showcase our fave personalities in a whole new light.

Pru Life UK hosts nationwide events for aspiring financial advisors

Join Pru Life UK's Build Your 

Business Sessions this July!

In a bid to nurture entrepreneurial talent and drive financial security across the country, leading life insurer Pru Life UK is set to continue its series of Build Your Business (BYB) sessions throughout July.

Held both in-person and virtually nationwide, these sessions offer budding entrepreneurs valuable insights into building a sustainable and financially stable business in the life insurance industry.

By holding these sessions, Pru Life UK aims to expand its 38,000-strong agency force, ultimately contributing to the broader goal of securing the lives of more Filipino families.

Save Big During realme’s 7.7 Sale With Special Offers on TikTok, Shopee, and Lazada

Get exclusive deals with up to P6,300 OFF on realme items along with various limited-time freebies

realme has geared up for the 7.7 Sale, where the Squad can expect exclusive discounts across a wide range of realme products and exciting TechLife freebies, making this sale the perfect opportunity for them to upgrade their tech arsenal. From hardcore gamers to those looking to upgrade their everyday phone, realme's 7.7 sale ensures a perfect device for everyone.

realme TikTok 7.7 Mid-Year Markdown Sale

realme is thrilled to provide incredible discounts for fans at the TikTok 7.7 Mid-Year Markdown Sale, running until July 7 only. The realme 11 (8GB+256GB) is now priced at just P9,799 (SRP P13,199), and the realme C51 (4GB+128GB) is available for only P4,899 (SRP P6,499). As a bonus, exclusive freebies come with every purchase for a limited time. Below is a list of items available on Tiktok and their corresponding freebies.

EastWest Bank’s ESTA Hailed as Mobile Banking and Payment Initiative of the Year at Asian Banking and Finance Awards 2024

EastWest Bank was recently recognized and awarded the Mobile Banking and Payment Initiative of the Year for its innovative EastWest System Tech Assistant (ESTA), which was honored as the Mobile Banking and Payment Initiative of the Year at the Asian Banking and Finance Awards 2024. The award ceremony took place last July 4, 2024 at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Center Singapore, recognizing ESTA for its groundbreaking contributions to the digital banking landscape in the Philippines.

The Asian Banking and Finance Awards remains as Asia Pacific region's most prestigious awards programme for banks and annually recognizes the industry's outstanding players. The Asian Banking & Finance Awards offers a platform for banks, like EastWest, to showcase their innovative solutions, products, services, and deals that have proven to be game-changers in the industry.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Catch the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale Fever and Get up to 80% OFF on Select HONOR Devices for a Limited Time Only!


Leading smart devices provider, HONOR, welcomes the middle of the year with a double-digit treat sale from July 7 to July 11 across Lazada, Shopee, Tiktok Shop. HONOR fans can enjoy up to Php 14,000 discount using the platform vouchers.

We’re halfway 2024 and we’re always happy to treat HONOR fans with our smartphones and the rest of our ecosystem. So, what are you waiting for? Add to cart and checkout your favorite gadgets from HONOR,” said Stephen Cheng, Vice President of HONOR Philippines.

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Road Tripping with The All-New Winner X: Four Awesome Long Ride Ideas

Find out how The All-New Winner X is the perfect motorcycle for long trips

Road Tripping with The All-New Winner X: Four Awesome Long Ride Ideas 

Now that you have acquired The All-New Winner X, you are probably thinking of breaking your new ride by taking it on a road trip or a long ride. After all, long rides aren’t just great for breaking in your new motorcycle, it also allows you to explore new places, gain new experiences in a way that’s relaxing and open.  

This hot weather offers ideal conditions for a long—and potentially cooling—ride. But what are the best destinations for such a ride, particularly if you're from Metro Manila? 

Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI), the No.1 motorcycle manufacturer in the country, has come up with some suggestions for the best destinations for a memorable long ride. 

Life with Allure: Discover Ambition on the Road with Peugeot

Discover a Life with Allure, Peugeot’s ethos for a tech-forward and human-centric future. The French automotive giant offers superior driving experiences with refined performance, comfort, and luxury within reach. Peugeot Philippines embraces Allure - the power of pushing boundaries, driven to take the extra mile in realizing one’s goals. It empowers the brand’s determination to fuel passion in every individual, allowing them to discover a lifestyle of refined taste and ambition, celebrating Allure in every journey taken. 

Lifestyle gurus Mikyle Quizon, Trasienne Estrada, Jonathan de Guzman, Lissa Kahayon, and Kimpoy Feliciano share the Allure difference, taking the PEUGEOT 2008 and PEUGEOT 3008 SUVs for a spin. 

Effortlessly Manage Work and Life with the new Logitech Signature Slim K950 Wireless Keyboard

In today’s interconnected world, the ability to seamlessly navigate between professional and personal tasks at your desk is more critical than ever.

Logitech’s latest innovation, the Signature Slim K950 Wireless Keyboard, is set to revolutionize your workspace by blending functionality with style. Launched in the Philippines last May, the K950 is designed to help you manage work and life with ease.

Toyota Motor Philippines celebrates 10th season of racing series with TGR Philippine Cup

Racing fans can expect new format, activities and more at Toyota’s premier motorsports event

Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has announced the start of its 2024 motorsports season, with new developments to celebrate its racing series’ tenth season. This year, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup (TGR Vios Cup), its premier one-make-race (OMR) series, will be held as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Philippine Cup (TGR Philippine Cup), signifying a new chapter in the country’s racing scene.

The TGR Philippine Cup will be held over three race weekends that are open to the public — July 13 for Race Weekend 1, September 28 for Race Weekend 2 and November 9 for Race Weekend 3. All three race weekends will be held at the Clark International Speedway in Mabalacat, Pampanga.

TMP launched its racing series in 2014 with the goal of bringing the thrill of motorsports closer to Filipino racing fans by inviting professional and amateur homegrown racers to race the locally made fan-favorite sedan, the Toyota Vios, in its OMR form. Now in its 10th edition, the annual motorsports event is expanding to provide ever-better experiences for fans with more activities to look out for.

Barbie Almalbis confronts deep pain and longing on eclectic new song “Desperate Hours”

The song serves as the first single off her upcoming fifth album, to be released at the end of the year

After collaborating with indie-folk band Munimuni on “Tupa” and co-headlining the Mist Music Festival in Canada, Barbie Almalbis gears up for a new era in music with the release of her new song “Desperate Hours.”

Produced by La Ball’s resident arranger and studio whiz Nick Lazaro, who has done exemplary work for artists such as Clara Benin and BP Valenzuela, “Desperate Hours” serves as the first official single off Barbie’s upcoming fifth studio album, to be released at the end of the year.

Coming across as an innovative tour de force in the mold of Bjork, Melanie Martinez, and St. Vincent, Almalbis’ avant-pop track refuses any easy categorization but unravels quite literally and figuratively as her most experimental work to date. Here, the two unlikely collaborators play around with unconventional guitar riffs, loose structures, and oddly charming noises, while showcasing an uncompromising vision that’s far from anything that Almalbis has released so far. It sounds like pop music in the strictest sense of the word, but not the type that is bound by rules and limitations. 

The new realme C63 is jam-packed with features to keep up with daily wear and tear

The latest installment under the realme C Series line is made with a unique Weather Proof Design

Life can be unpredictable, but one thing that should stay reliable is a trustworthy smartphone. Everyone deserves a device that lasts, and the new champion, the realme C63, is designed to handle whatever challenges may come, making it the perfect companion for the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Launching on July 11, the realme C63 shines with its Weather Proof Design built to endure daily use, guaranteeing users an all-rounder phone that is particularly well-suited for commuters, students, and even parents.

For outdoorsy users braving the elements, such as extreme temperatures, the realme C63 offers peace of mind. Backed by a 48-Month Fluency Certification and High Reliability Certification from realme Labs, it's engineered to withstand accidental drops and harsh environments while ensuring a lag-free experience for years.

Your Haven With an Investment Edge: RLC Residences unveils the last tower of Le Pont Residences

Le Pont Residences continues to bridge Filipinos to their best life

Le Pont Residences, which translates to “The Bridge,” has linked Filipinos to their best life at the 31-hectare master-planned Bridgetowne Destination Estate (BDE). RLC Residences’ premium high-rise property launched its first tower in 2023 and is now introducing its second.

Le Pont Residences’ first tower is now 85% sold, one of the fastest-selling residential developments in the area. Aspiring homeowners can still have their slice of heaven with the remaining units or invest in the new tower. Le Pont Residences’ second tower will keep the sophisticated charm of its first tower, along with new features to look forward to.

“Le Pont Residences is both a haven and an investment opportunity. It’s only been 1 year and 6 months since we first introduced the first tower, but it already appreciated by 8% in net value, with units currently valued at Php 310K/sqm compared to the initial launch price of Php 286K/sqm. We are proud of this performance, which is much higher than the government 10-year tenor of 6.5%," reveals John Richard Sotelo, RLC Residences’ Senior Vice President and Business Unit General Manager and Robinsons Land Chief Marketing Officer.

Wednesday, July 3, 2024

MWC Shanghai 2024: HONOR Unveils Industry's First AI Defocus Eye Protection and AI Deepfake Detection

Debuted at MWC 2024, the latest HONOR features leverage hardware-level AI to relieve myopia and circumvent scams 

Global technology brand HONOR revealed two industry-leading on-device AI innovations created to empower individuals and introduce a new level of user safety. During its keynote at MWC Shanghai 2024, titled “The Human-AI Synergy: Intelligent Devices Will Empower People Better,” HONOR showcased its latest advancements in human-centric AI, AI Defocus Eye Protection and AI Deepfake Detection. During the keynote session, the brand also reiterated its focus on human-centric on-device AI and its belief in the potential for AI-enabled hardware to empower users by delivering tailored services while protecting user privacy.

Bayad is now PCIDSS 4.0 certified, elevating payment security standards in the Philippines

CHAMPIONING CYBERSECURITY EXCELLENCE: In photo (from left to right): Bayad Chief Information Officer / Security Officer – Rocky D. Bacani, SISA Philippines Country Head Etika Mehta, Bayad President and CEO – Lawrence Y. Ferrer, and Bayad Deputy Chief Information Security Officer – Rolly N. Bañez.

With the fast-growing fintech network in the Philippines, Bayad continues to trailblaze in the industry as an outsourced bills payment collection service provider, enabling a one-stop-shop payment solution for its consumers.

Formerly known as Bayad Center, the company has rebranded to Bayad, transforming into a digital first institution which offers a full-range of services made available for consumers and enterprise. From its own brick-and-mortar business model, Bayad has expanded its payment ecosystem by connecting a multitude of billers with leading establishments and e-money players in the country.

Today, Bayad stands as a fintech subsidiary of Meralco, the largest electric distribution utility company in the Philippines.

ANALYSIS: Filipinos spent 42 years’ worth of time using digital lending apps in 2023


The average user of digital lending apps spent approximately 14 minutes and seven seconds per month in 2023.

About 1.3 billion seconds — equivalent to 42 years — were spent by persons in using digital lending applications in the Philippines in 2023, according to new analysis from consumer credit service Digido.

An examination of 70 digital lending applications duly-registered to operate in the country, including Digido, reveal that 63.4% of that time was spent on platforms offering personal loans, followed by ‘point-of-sale’ and secured loans at 17.5%, ‘buy now, pay later’ (BNPL) services at 16.6% and installment loans at 2.5%. 

You want it? We got it! Check out what Skyro has in store for you!

Window shopping can be such a delightful pastime for some adults. There’s just something therapeutic about checking out your dream appliances, furniture, or even gadgets, and imagining using them or having them in your own space. But why stop at just admiring when you could do some actual shopping and bring those thoughts to life?

Skyro, the fast-growing fintech company in the Philippines, has over 2,500 partner merchant stores across the country to provide Filipino shoppers with various lifestyle products that they can get through a flexible installment plan for 6, 9, or 12 months at low interest rates in all Skyro partner stores nationwide.

Ready to get started? Get your list ready and check out this amazing selection of top-rated items to see what piques your interest!

Teleperformance’s innovative work-at-home solutions win at Contact Center World

The TP Cloud Campus jeepney, a vibrant mobile workstation connected to a centralized cloud, allows work and connectivity on the go. The award-winning mobile unlocked talents and formed partnerships in over 40 provinces, with microsites in Ilocos Norte and General Santos.

Teleperformance's revolutionary work-at-home solution, Cloud Campus[1], clinched the prestigious Best in Remote Work Technology title at the Contact Center World Awards. TP had its double triumph with the prestigious Gold Award for Asia-Pacific region, followed by a global category win.

This June, the organization hosted an internal awards ceremony, showcasing the remote work solution which allows home-based experts to remain connected to their teams through Cloud Campus hubs. This builds on the recognition received by TP at last year’s CCW awards ceremony. 

"At Teleperformance, we don't just solve problems; we ignite transformations. TP’s Cloud Campus transcends geographical boundaries, and ensures the delivery of top-notch service whenever and wherever our clients are," said Teleperformance Philippines Chief Executive Officer Rahul Jolly. 

Better Melody for All: nubia Philippines brings the fun in music with the new nubia Music!

While not everyone can sing, Filipinos enjoy listening to and vibing to  music. They appreciate music when shared with everyone from their families and friends to even their community. Music is shared inside their homes and is jammed on the street for everyone to enjoy.

To better appreciate the art of music and its commitment to providing Filipinos with innovation and the latest technological advancements, nubia Philippines introduces its newest addition to its smartphone portfolio that offers a better for all experience, this time bringing a new level of experience for music lovers—nubia Music, a smartphone marvel that will elevate the way Filipinos listen to music and enjoy a better melody for all.

Putting customers first: Pru Life UK unveils 'Our Reason is You'’ campaign

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK continues to champion its customers with its latest campaign, 'Our Reason is You’. It features heartwarming real-life client stories, underscoring the company’s dedication to putting its customers at the core of its business.

By understanding its customers’ evolving needs, Pru Life UK delivers its promise through life’s most challenging moments.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

VFS Global inaugurates Joint Schengen Visa Application Centre in Manila, serving 10 countries

L-R: Mr. Syed Shahen Shah, General Manager for VFS Global Philippines, Brunei, and Myanmar; Mr. Urs Siegwart, Head of Visa Section, Embassy of Switzerland in the Philippines; Mr. Pieter C.M. de Wit, Consul of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Philippines; Mr. Romano Gualtieri, Attache. Austrian Embassy Manila; Mr. Fabio Pompetti, Consul and Deputy Head of Mission of the Kingdom of Belgium; H.E Dr. Titanilla Tóth, Ambassador of Hungary to the Philippines; H.E. Mr. Karel Hejč, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the Republic of the Philippines; H.E Juha Pyykkö, Ambassador of Finland to the Philippines; Mr. Michael Kutzner, Head of Visa Section, Federal Republic of the German Embassy in Manila.

       The newly relocated centre to provide visa services for countries such as Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.

  Travellers can also opt for a host of additional services including Visa At Your Doorstep, Premium Lounge, Prime Time submissions beyond normal working hours, and Personal Assistance among others, for an added convenience.

To offer an enhanced visa application submission experience to Schengen visa applicants in Manila, Philippines, VFS Global, the world's largest visa outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions worldwide, inaugurated the newly relocated state-of-the-art Joint Visa Application Centre in Manila providing visa services to ten countries - Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Switzerland, and The Netherlands.

2GO Open Hubs Expanding Forwarding Operations in Mindanao

From left to right: Tina Marie Yu, Senior Assistant Vice President and Head of 2GO Forwarding Operations; Faye Alonzo, Business Unit Head of 2GO Forwarding; Dr. Mirasol Tiu, Vice President of PSU - Davao Chamber; Mary Antonette Doromal, Secretary General of the Davao Chamber; Elizier Santiago, Assistant Vice President of Operations for 2GO Forwarding; Mary Josephine Baylon, ATS-PPA Davao; Lester Tan, Operations Head at Globalport Terminals, Inc.; and Marceliano Rivera, Philippine Ports Authority Davao.

2GO continues its expansion in Mindanao by recently launching its shipside services in General Santos City and Davao, marking the sixth and seventh ports to offer this service after Manila, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, and Zamboanga.

2GO, the Philippines' largest end-to-end logistics, transportation, and distribution solutions provider and part of the SM Group, strengthens its presence in Southern Mindanao. Seizing the economic growth opportunities in Davao and General Santos, 2GO opens its logistic hubs in these cities' major ports.

Breaking News: The AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 Series is coming to PH on July 17!

Watch the Facebook Live on July 17: and get a chance to win your own HONOR 200!

Leading smart devices provider, HONOR, has officially confirmed the arrival date of their newest smartphone here in the Philippines! The AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 is coming on July 17. The HONOR 200 also includes portrait modes built through co-engineering with the iconic Studio Harcourt, making it perfect for users looking for studio-level portrait photography on their smartphones.

“The HONOR 200 Pro is created for users looking for an unparalleled portrait photography experience. As an accessible flagship device that delivers robust performance, it is perfect for company employees, university students, content creators, and young entrepreneurs,” HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng said.

Monday, July 1, 2024

Vlog and Play Like a Pro with TECNO CAMON 30 Pro 5G for only PhP 15,999

Industry-leading smartphone with esports-grade performance and flagship camera in the PhP15k price range

Vlog and play like a pro using just one device with innovative technology brand TECNO’s CAMON 30 Pro 5G, competitively priced at PhP15,999.

Part of the game-changing, ultra-fashionable and power packed CAMON 30 Series, the CAMON 30 Pro 5G features a Triple 50MP camera system with SONY IMX 890 50MP OIS on main camera, 4K 60fps  Eye-tracking Autofocus front camera and ultrawide rear camera, Mediatek Dimensity 8200 Ultimate 5G processor, 70W Ultra Charge with 5000mAh, and 24GB RAM + 256GB ROM (extended 12GB RAM).

SB19, a five-member boy band from the Philippines, on THE FIRST TAKE!

Special performance of the viral hit song “Gento” Famous for its impactful dance that gained popularity on TikTok

The latest episode of YouTube Channel THE FIRST TAKE has been announced.

Episode 449 welcomes SB19, a five-member boy band from the Philippines, to make its first appearance on THE FIRST TAKE.

SB19 is the very first Southeast Asian artist to be nominated as Top Social Artist at the 2021 U.S. Billboard Music Awards, and they will be performing their song “GENTO,” which became a hit on TikTok for its addictive phrase and unique dance moves.

Sunday, June 30, 2024

DITO launches exciting new Prepaid Promo 'Level-Up' Socials'

DITO Telecommunity introduces DITO Level-Up Socials, an all-new mobile prepaid Data promo packed with big data allocation designed for Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Threads, and WhatsApp usage.

One may argue that social media is the new poster boy for modern communication.

For instance, we always access our Facebook and Instagram to share life updates and interact with the world around us. Be it a fun travel getaway, a new achievement unlocked, or daily routines at home, we curate our feeds with IG-worthy photos, post stories showing our day, and create aesthetic reels to share our best moments and life happenings. Moreover, we also use these social apps to promote our businesses, support causes, and catch up on the latest news and trends.  

Staying in touch with family and friends has also been easier through instant messaging apps like Messenger and WhatsApp. We bond over group chats by sending funny videos and memes while video calling our best friends to share the latest chika, making socializing more fun, faster, and convenient.

51% of women-led SMEs surveyed in the Philippines experience increased revenue after accepting digital payments

Visa, a global leader in digital payments, conducted a survey on small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the Philippines. Findings show that 51% of women-led SMEs and 56% of micro-businesses experienced revenue growth with digital payments adoption. Given women constitute over half of Asia's population and SMEs' vital role in the economy, maximizing women's economic potential could add $89 billion annually to the Asia Pacific economy including in the Philippines.

SMEs are crucial for  economic growth in the Philippines, with more than a million Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country. The Philippines’ Department of Trade and Industry data show that 99.5% of businesses in the country are MSMEs with almost 50% of them in wholesale and retail trade, generating 65% of total employment. Furthermore, the Asian Development Bank estimated that MSMEs contribute around 36% of the country’s GDP[1].

The Visa study found that managing businesses has become easier for 72% of the surveyed SMEs in the Philippines. Wallets, predominantly GCash, dominate as the main provider of digital payment for SMEs, especially those that are female-led (61%) who were surveyed in the Philippines. Visa has partnered with GCash to introduce the new GCash Card – giving millions of unbanked Filipinos access to the benefits of owning a payment card.


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