Tate McRae drops highly anticipated debut album, i used to think I could fly

Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae releases her highly anticipated debut album, i used to think i could fly today via RCA Records/Sony Music. 

The album is released on May 27th via RCA Records and showcases Tate at the top of her game. The album features all-star writing collaborators and producers including Greg Kurstin, Finneas, Charlie Puth, Alexander 23, Blake Slatkin, Louis Bell and more.  The album will feature already released tracks “feel like shit,” “she’s all i wanna be,” “chaotic,” “what would you do?” and more.  

Mobile service providers must scale up to meet subscriber growth, continued digital shift

Mobile operators must continue to expand their network capacity to support rising demand for mobile connectivity and match customers’ increasing reliance on digital services. According to international mobile industry organization GSMA, subscriber growth will persist within the next three years along with an increase in mobile services’ contribution to the global economy.

In its recently published The Mobile Economy 2022 Report, GSMA projected that there will be nearly 400 million new mobile subscribers by 2025, 148 million of whom will come from the Asia Pacific region. The group added that “mobile data will more than triple in most regions over the next six years, driven by increasing smartphone adoption and video usage.”

GSMA previously reported that over 333 million people from across the Asia Pacific region will start to use mobile internet for the first time by 2025. This will take the penetration rate to 52% of the region’s total population.

Employee innovations save Globe US$6.7 million, reduce processing time by 80% using Google AppSheet

Employees often have many ideas to make their jobs more efficient, making it beneficial for enterprises to nurture a culture of innovation in the workforce. Citizen Development is one of Globe’s employee engagement strategies that bring out innovation and support for high-potential initiatives that result in better ways of doing business.

The digital solutions platform encourages individuals and teams to use Google Cloud’s no-code development platform, AppSheet, to create workplace apps without the need for coding.

Cebuana Lhuillier and Bayad intensifies partnership through real-time bills payment services

Cebuana Lhuillier, one of the leading micro financial service provider companies in the Philippines, boosts its bills payment services through its intensified partnership with Bayad, a trusted multi-channel payment solutions.

Meralco bills can now be paid conveniently in more than 3,000 Cebuana Lhuillier branches.

“Cebuana Lhuillier has always been committed to offer efficient micro financial solutions to our clients, and partnering with the biggest and widest multi-channel payment platform in the country will surely optimize one of our essential services. As we continue to expand our network and improve our digital payment facilities, we will provide our clients more convenient options for their bills payment needs,” Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier shared.

Sponge Cola reveals the inconvenient truth about regret on new single “Laman Ng Panaginip”

The new single is inspired by the power ballads of the ‘80s and ‘90s

Filipino alternative rock outfit Sponge Cola addresses the truth about regret and longing on their heart-wrenching single “Laman Ng Panaginip”—released via Sony Music Philippines.

Redefining love songs with reckless abandon, the Filipino quartet expresses the complexity of impossible choices in a world that is grounded in the familiar and often neglected reality of prioritizing practicality first before anything else, including love.

“This idea is mentioned concretely in the song almost as blunt exposition,” lead vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon stresses. “I really wanted the listener to feel that slab of reality to the face as opposed to something vague and symbolic. No figures of speech here; just feel it and let it all out. It’s the type of material that deserves to be sung out loud in the videoke over drinks with our friends and family for some kind of release.”

According to Yuzon, the song is about a love that never was. “The courage and reckless abandon that goes with singing a power ballad oftentimes come from a place of regret.” 

In terms of sonic approach and arrangement, “Laman Ng Panaginip” is inspired by the power ballad movement of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. With guidance from producer Joey Santos of Love One Another Studios, the track delivers another high point in the band’s career with indelible catchiness and impressive musical chops to back it up.

“It's a direct reference to a specific genre and time period that had a very influential impact in our formative years,” guitarist Armo Armovit shares in a statement. “It was recorded in Love One Another with producer Joey Santos making sure each layer of production had meaning and told the story.”

The song’s release is accompanied by an arresting visual helmed by filmmaker Ken Tan. Referencing Armovit, the MV director “did an excellent job in conveying the dream vs reality theme with the most minimal of elements.” The Sponge Cola’s resident guitarist adds, “The dancer, Ysabel Lava, delivered a captivating and emotionally charged performance with every move she choreographed herself.”

“Laman Ng Panaginip” is the fifth single released off their upcoming new album, CLASSIC—to be released sometime this year. The new record will serve as the band’s eighth full-length album, following a string of multiplatinum and critically acclaimed hits that span for more than two decades.

Sponge Cola’s “Laman Ng Panaginip” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines. Watch the music video here.

Globe signs in AcadArena as first gaming partner to support the Hapag Movement

Globe is tapping the local gaming community to help alleviate hunger.  As gaming continues to thrive in the country, Globe saw an opportunity to give customers an avenue to contribute to something meaningful through The Hapag Movement, a fundraising initiative that aims to encourage support for vulnerable families and communities.

To jumpstart the gaming industry's involvement in The Hapag Movement, AcadArena, a leading organization for campus gaming and esports education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, was the first to signify its support. They have a long-standing partnership with Globe that focuses on building skills development programs, hosting gaming leagues and tournaments, and providing scholarship support.

Musica FEUROPA: Going Strong On Its 13th Year

A Decade And Three Years Of Music, Harmony, And Legacy

MUSICA FEUROPA, the annual national choral festival of Far Eastern University with the European Union (EU) in the Philippines as its partner, makes its mark in the choral scene as it holds its 13th iteration this year. 

The key criterion of MUSICA FEUROPA is that each participating choir has to perform two songs: one song written in any Filipino language, and one song written in an official EU language by someone from an EU member nation. 

Starting with four choirs in 2009, the participants of the choral festival rose to an all-time high of thirty-one choirs from all over the Philippines, with some of them going on to win in competitions outside the country.

Musica FEUROPA became one of the definitive choral competitions in the country. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that still affects our country today, Musica FEUROPA has moved to an online setup, utilizing the power of technology to stage the choral festival and present the participating choirs’ music, allowing audiences from around the country and the world to hear their harmony, and letting the choirs build their legacy. 

Tate McRae drops highly anticipated debut album, i used to think I could fly

Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae releases her highly anticipated debut album, i used to think i could fly today vi...