Play Hard & Win Big: Shopee 6.6 Super Flash Sale is Here with New In-App Games to Enjoy

From May 18 to June 6, users can grab exclusive deals as low as ₱6 and new games that let you earn more coins!

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches two new in-app games just in time for the Shopee 6.6 Super Flash Sale. Shopee Claw and Shopee Poly join the roster of Shopee’s in-app games where users can play, redeem prizes and earn as many points which they can use for the big sale. 

More cashless Pinoys: GCash is top finance app for Android, iOS

More Filipinos have gone cashless during the pandemic with GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, emerging as the top finance app for both Android and iOS devices, reflecting the growing reliance of people on digital finance for the management of their personal finances.

GCash powers Edsa buses with contactless payment capabilities

GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, is enabling commuters to pay for their EDSA bus fares through their GCash e-wallets, as it continues to strongly support government initiatives in curbing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

Through its partnership with AF Payments Inc., the operator of tap-and-go contactless beepTM card and payments systems, GCash is empowering its users to use their mobile wallets to safely pay for their bus fares, particularly the EDSA route.

Tanghalang Pilipino, CCP partner with iWant in online ‘Pantawid ng Tanghalan’

Tanghalang Pilipino (TP) and the Cultural Center of the Philippines team up with ABS-CBN’s streaming app iWant in bringing six (6) previously-staged  TP productions online through ‘Pantawid ng Tanghalan’, a fund-raising activity that seeks to sustain the company’s commitment in bringing artistically-excellent and socially-relevant productions to the public. This activity comes from the heels of TP’s online initiative, ‘PansamanTANGHALAN’, which was launched last April.

“Tanghalang Pilipino’s commitment to constantly engage our audiences, especially now that we’re in the midst of the pandemic, gave birth to our ‘PansamanTanghalan”. However, we want to elevate the audience’s experience and thankfully, iWant has agreed to partner with us in making our shows more accessible to the public.” says TP Artistic Director Nanding Josef. “This partnership fortifies a strong future for the entire performing arts industry in the digital landscape. And we’re so glad that TP is at the forefront of that movement.”  

PLDT-Smart Foundation partners with AFP to feed over 4000 families in QC

To support over 4,000 families in communities under lockdown in Metro Manila, the PLDT-Smart Foundation recently turned over 1,250-kg of rice and 500-kg of vegetables to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) mobile kitchen.

The initiative aims to provide hot meals to families in underprivileged communities. 

The fresh vegetables were purchased directly from farmers’ cooperatives including the Batangas Organic and Natural Farming Agriculture Cooperative. This includes potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, garlic, squash, green beans and bell pepper.

6 Reasons Why Shoppers Should Look Forward to Shopee 6.6 Super Flash Sale

Get over ₱1 Million worth of cash prizes, free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend, deals as low as ₱6 and exclusive discounts with ShopeePay 

Shopee-holics, rejoice! Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches 6.6 Super Flash Sale to provide users with greater convenience and cost savings for their everyday needs. Filipinos can look out for deals as low as ₱6, free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend, and prizes worth over ₱1.3 million. Running from May 18 to June 6, 2020, shoppers can look forward to a fun and entertaining shopping experience for the coming days before the big sale. 

Jollibee Group Foundation’s Coin Banks Go Online to Feed More Families

In response to many families going hungry this COVID-19 pandemic, the Jollibee Group has been providing food to frontliners and affected families through its FoodAID Program. To give the public a convenient way to help feed even more families, the Jollibee Group Foundation (JGF) is now taking the coin banks that used to be found only on the counters of Jollibee Group stores and making them available online for the first time.

“We remain committed to continue extending a helping hand, and this time, the public can actively take part in this initiative,” said Jollibee Group Foundation Executive Director Gisela Tiongson.

The coin banks used to be found only inside the branches of Jollibee, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich, Burger King, Red Ribbon, Pho24, and Highlands Coffee. Now, these coin banks may also be found online via the website so customers can donate via PayMaya and do bank account transfers from anywhere around the country and the world. 

PH hospitals strengthen cybersecurity during COVID-19

Amid the ongoing global pandemic, Philippine hospitals engaged in COVID-19 response now also face cybersecurity threats with cyber criminals exploiting the pandemic to contrive their cyberattacks and take advantage of vulnerable systems during this time.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) recently raised alerts on cybersecurity threats, specific to targeting hospitals. In a COVID-19 Czech Republic hospital which is a testing center for COVID 19, for instance, a cyberattack forced the facility to shut down their systems, causing delayed surgeries and forcing them to move some patients to other hospitals.

Singapore Tourism Board, Zouk Singapore stage grand virtual party ‘Zouk Phuturescapes’

Just as life has to go on, so is the partying. Clubbing regulars missing the euphoria of the nightlife due to the pandemic can dance their socks off again in their homes, as Singapore Tourism Board (STB) partners with Singapore and Asia’s iconic nightclub Zouk for the virtual nightlife of the times Zouk Phuturescapes.

Showcasing the world-class nightlife that Singapore offers, STB and Zouk will be holding a series of free virtual parties for audiences around the world under Zouk Phuturescapes, which kicks off May 29 in the United States, and May 30 in Asia, including Philippines. The party series reinvents the nightlife into today’s context by bringing it into people’s homes, complete with a curated line-up of local and international DJs and musicians, as well as innovative technology elements such as augmented reality filters and 3D virtual backgrounds.

Ordering at your favorite JFC fast food restaurant is now just a chat away!

Jollibee Foods Corporation and PayMaya pioneer conversational commerce with ‘cashless’ ordering chatbot

Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) along with all of its food and restaurant brands in the country has begun piloting an interactive mobile ordering system via chatbot, with a seamless payment experience powered by PayMaya.

Customers in select areas can now use their credit, debit, or prepaid cards  as well as their PayMaya e-wallet accounts to pay for their favorite food items and meals via the Facebook Messenger channels of  Jollibee, Burger King, Chowking, Mang Inasal, and Red Ribbon -- which are all currently running on beta version.  This will soon be available in the Facebook messenger of Greenwich as well.

Shopee offers the Ultimate Gen Z Dream Job - be a TikTok Star!

Shopee is looking for a content creator for their TikTok Channel

Are you obsessed with TikTok? Have you been following all the viral hashtags and trends on social media? If you answered “yes” to these questions, then you may be just what Shopee is looking for!

In this role, you get the chance to create and produce engaging social media content from beginning to end. The best part? Not only will you get paid to do something you really enjoy doing, but you’ll also proudly represent the brand as one of the Faces of Shopee on TikTok! 

Watch Rico Blanco’s inspiring music video for “This Too Shall Pass”

Rico Blanco has finally dropped the official music video for his new solo single in four years.
With various footage taken here and abroad, the visuals for “This Too Shall Pass” take a closer look at how the pandemic has brought the entire world to a standstill. 

Given the unprecedented uncertainty and challenges that COVID-19 poses, the video doubles as a tribute to the unsung heroes and frontliners leading the fight against an invisible enemy, showing us the true meaning of bayanihan in times of crisis. 

Kalinga QC beneficiaries may opt for GCash as disbursement method

Quezon City residents may opt to receive their supplemental financial assistance from the local government safely, securely, and conveniently through GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines.

Through GCash, beneficiaries of the local government’s Kalingang QC Program stand to benefit from the wide array of financial services that GCash offers to its users — from savings to credit, from investments to insurance. 

JobStreet empowers displaced workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted businesses in many aspects, including their workforce. Unemployment is expected to increase as local companies lay off their employees, not to mention the repatriated Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and job-hunting fresh graduates. 

To provide valuable support and opportunities among jobseekers and hirers amid the challenging situation, online job portal leader launched its #TogetherAhead initiative with its commitment to be at the forefront in rebuilding businesses and careers. 

Through the #TogetherAhead initiative, JobStreet’s COVID-19 Jobs and Resources Hub provides job opportunities fit for the condition nowadays such as home-based or freelance. The microsite presents information on financial assistance available from the government to guide employees and companies in their applications. It also publishes critical information resources from JobStreet’s extensive network to motivate jobseekers for their next career path and to guide employers in adapting their business through the challenging times. 

Grab, DA team up to help Filipino farmers, agripreneurs through digitalization

(L-R) Grab Philippines President Brian Cu, Dept of Agriculture
Secretary William Dar, GrabExpress Philippines Head Jacq Lim
Together with the Department of Agriculture, Grab Philippines through its GrabExpress on-demand delivery service has launched its partnership for the Kadiwa ni Ani at Kita Program whereby customers across Metro Manila can purchase fresh produce and meats from the DA’s eKadiwa website ( and be delivered through GrabExpress, thus supporting farmers and agripreneurs in the Philippines amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

As the everyday everything app, Grab proudly supports the Department of Agriculture’s vision of unlocking the many potentials of agriculture and agripreneurship through technology and innovation.

Grab, the leading every day everything app in Southeast Asia, together with the Department of Agriculture (DA), announced a partnership that would protect and support the livelihoods farmers and agripreneurs through on-demand delivery service for DA’s eKadiwa online marketplace initiative. 

Canva launches its largest content update

Stock videos, photography, icons, elements, animated stickers,
audio tracks, illustrations, and more are all available
for access to all Canva Pro Users. Photo credit: Canva
Global online design platform, Canva, has launched the biggest update to Canva Pro in history, with 15 times more content now available at no extra cost.

The major upgrade is taking on traditionally expensive stock subscriptions by including more than 60 million premium images, over 20 thousand videos along with a huge collection of audio tracks, and more than 3.5 million graphic elements as part of its subscription-based product Canva Pro, saving its design community up to 10 times the cost of comparable platforms and stock subscriptions in the market today.

Have fun labeling with Brother’s Labeler Bundles!

Level up your home and office organization skills by getting a handy new Brother P-Touch Labeler—bundled with two rolls of 12mm TZe tape to get you started!

Make your own exquisitely-crafted labels for both your home or office with the enhanced and easy-to-use design and printing capabilities of Brother’s P-Touch label printer line.

The budget-friendly Brother PT-D210 standalone label maker (P3,840), which can print on up to 12mm TZe tape, is a great place to start making your own labels. It comes with a wide variety of symbols and frames to decorate your labels with, and makes high-quality labels with auto-lamination for an affordable price.

The high-quality Brother PT-D400 label printer (P4,740) gets you more memory, with up to 50 slots for your most used labels, and more flexibility by being able to print up to three lines.

Globe Offers up to 6 months Installment Payment for postpaid customers

As Filipinos continue to face the challenges brought on by the community quarantine, Globe is offering its postpaid customers a flexible way to settle their outstanding balances through an installment payment program.  All Globe Mobile Postpaid and Globe At Home customers, including business and enterprise customers, are eligible to avail of this program starting May 15, 2020. 

Globe mobile customers enjoy access to GCash App even without load

More than half of the Philippine population may unlock the immense benefits of digital finance, as GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the country will now be available to Globe customers free of data charges.

Close to 90M Filipinos may benefit from accessing the App even without load. This will help them transact with merchants, pay bills, and transfer money to their loved ones amid the Covid-19 situation.

Fintech will drive ‘new normal,’ as cash may pose risks on health safety

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the whole world to drastically change its old ways. Most of its population went into isolation to flatten the curve. In the Philippines, Luzon has been placed under an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ), which meant limited mobility and fewer options for most people since businesses were closed down. 

Since everyone is affected by a general anxiety of contracting the coronavirus, private citizens have also imposed upon themselves to observe safer and more hygienic practices to avoid transmission of the disease. While these were once deemed “alternatives” before the pandemic struck, they are sure to remain in the post-COVID world as part of the new normal.

WebTVAsia And YouTube Announced "One Love Asia" A Live A Concert In Support Of UNICEF

WebTVAsia and YouTube announced “ONE LOVE ASIA”, a star-studded concert in support of UNICEF, featuring a stellar lineup of celebrities, artists, public figures and YouTube creators across Asia, to be live streamed exclusively on One Love Asia's official YouTube channel on May 27, 2020.

Starting at 8:00pm HKT, this four-hour live stream feature biggest stars from Asia including UNICEF Regional Ambassador for East Asia and Pacific, Choi Siwon, Exile Akira, Karen Mok, Apink Jung Eun-Ji, Namewee, G.E.M., Chi Pu, Sam Tsui, Ranz & Niana, Davika Hoorne, Jack Neo, Morissette, Boy William, Ice Paris, Pearwah, Christian Bautista, Baim Wong, Raditya Dika, Ismail Izzani, Quang Dang, DatG & DuUyen, Erik, Inul Daratista, Celine Tam, Priscilla Abby and HaoRen along with over 50 leading artists, public figures, celebrities and YouTube creators. All donations from the live stream on One Love Asia will go to UNICEF Asia in an effort to prevent the pandemic from becoming a lasting crisis for vulnerable children.

"Dune" Reveals New Photo of Hero-In-Training

Warner Bros.’ epic adventure “Dune” has revealed a brand new image, this time showing Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides in deep training for what lies ahead.

Director Denis Villeneuve tells of the film’s hero Atreides: “His survival depends on being able to make the right decisions and adapt to different dangerous situations. It's a very beautiful story about someone that becomes empowered.  Like any young adult he is looking for his identity and trying to understand his place in the world, and he will have to do things that none of his ancestors were able to do in order to survive. He has a beautiful quality of being curious about other people, of having empathy, something that will attract him towards other cultures, and that's what will save his life.”

Scrubb’s songs on 2gether soundtrack, now a Philippine hit!

After the massive hype surrounding 2gether: The Series, its official soundtrack featuring the music of Thai crossover sensation Scrubb, continues to dominate streaming platforms such as Spotify with an average of four to six entries a day on the Philippines Viral Top 50.

Their back catalog, which features previous hits, “ขอ (Wish),” “ทุกอย่าง (Everything),” “รอยยิ้ม (Smile),” and “ใกล้ (Close),” has consistently charted on the local digital and streaming services for more than a month. Its success in the Philippines and the Asian region is propelled by the publicity it received from the smash series, which currently airs on Thailand’s GMM 25 and Line TV, as well as the YouTube account of GMMTV.

XTREME launches official online stores in the Philippines

Bea Alonzo, XTREME Appliances’ brand ambassador and its official online stores Lazada, Shopee and XTREME website

Today marks the grand launch of XTREME’s online shop as well as its official online stores in Lazada and Shopee. And with the ongoing Summer Xtravaganza promo, Filipinos can get discounts and freebies like rice cookers, microwave ovens, and TVs. 

Chalamet, Brolin Are Desert-Bound in New "Dune" Image

Timothée Chalamet's Paul Atreides is mesmerised by the desert in a newly released image from Warner Bros.’ epic adventure “Dune,” in Philippine cinemas January 2021.

The new photo shows Paul (Chalamet) and his weapons teacher Gurney Halleck (Josh Brolin) in an ornithopter as it goes airborne.

Director Denis Villeneuve provided some insights on the new image, sharing, “It’s Paul’s first contact with the deep desert, where he’s mesmerised by it. He has a strange feeling of being home. There’s a lot of action at this specific moment, and [it’s] one of the scenes in the movie that I’m starting to get pretty proud of.”

NBl, GCash charges 3 suspects with cybercrime, estafa

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested three individuals in Quezon City for violations of the Cybercrime Prevention Act and Estafa, after they swindled money from hapless victims, whose identities were also stolen. The arrests were made possible with the assistance of GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines.

Another young showbiz royalty will join the discussion tomorrow for Actors Cue Series 10.

Joshua Garcia will join the panel along with Daniel Padilla to talk about his films and process as an actor in a special edition of Actors Cue for the #ExtendTheLove initiative tomorrow May 22, Friday, LIVE 7PM at

They will also be in the company of Zanjoe Marudo to be moderated by filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr. The event is for the benefit of the displaced film workers affected by the quarantine. 

#ExtendTheLove is an initiative to help displaced film workers that are affected by the lockdown because of the pandemic. It started by screening films online and then through live sessions related to film.

Hit the High Notes, Win Cash Prizes In Acaperra Online Singing Contest

Make the most of your time at home by embracing your musical side. Whether you’ve been training formally for years, been practicing only in the shower, or you’re a master at the karaoke bar, this contest is finally your time to shine. 

Anyone can join along to share their talents while potentially earning themselves cash prizes in Insight 360’s ACAPERRA, a brand new online contest for all the prospective musical artists stuck at home practicing social distancing.

Presented by BRIA Homes and NutriAsia, ACAPERRA seeks to celebrate the power of raw undiscovered Filipino talent even in these extraordinary and trying times. Even now, the world famous natural Filipino musical ability can shine through.

Globe launches better voice call experience with VoLTE & VoWiFi

Globe is launching its Voice Over LTE (VoLTE) service along with Voice Over WiFi (VoWiFi) that aims to improve voice call experience for its customers. These services will initially be available in NCR and to selected customers on May 14, 2020.

With the VoLTE technology in place, Globe customers, instead of relying on the older 3G to handle their calls,  can now enjoy the advantages of a  4G LTE network.  Calls made over VoLTE are clearer because of a  high-definition voice quality, especially if both parties are on VoLTE.

VoLTE also allows for faster time to connect compared to the usual calls via 2G and 3G. The time it takes to set up a call is faster by one to five seconds, which can be vital during emergency situations.  Another benefit of VoLTE is the simultaneous use of voice and data. As both can now run on the LTE network, multi-tasking becomes a breeze and sharing information from the web or apps while on a call is now made possible.     

VoWiFi or WiFi calling, on the other hand, extends network coverage in areas with poor signal quality allowing calls to be routed over Wi-Fi instead of a 2G/3G/LTE network, without the need for any app. Subscribers can use WiFi calling to make and receive important calls as long as they have good Wi-Fi connection. 

Similarly, overall voice call experience is better with WiFi calling with customers also enjoying the benefits of high-definition quality calls and faster call connection time.

“The VoLTE service will allow us to maximize our LTE network resources providing our customers with seamless and better communication experience. We understand that the people’s need to be constantly connected have heightened, especially during this period of community quarantine and Globe is steadfast in its commitment to continuously improve our services," Albert de Larrazabal, Globe Chief Commercial Officer said.

GCash, DOTR-LTFRB tie up for taxis cashless payments amid GCQ

GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, has strengthened its partnership with the Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (DOTR-LTFRB) to promote cashless payments in the transportation sector, as the government implements more stringent health and safety measures amid the implementation of a more lenient community quarantine in certain areas.

Globe partners with Philippine Red Cross to support rapid COVID-19 response app

With the unfamiliar situation brought upon by the COVID-19 pandemic, Globe believes that knowing how to stay informed in such times is crucial in ensuring the safety of Filipino citizens and in helping frontliners contain the spread of COVID-19 in the country. 

That is why Globe is teaming up with the Philippine Red Cross to support RC143, a contact tracing mobile app created by Red Cross that can help medical frontliners identify possible patients and help users track their levels of exposure to the virus.

Daniel Padilla joins Actors’ Cue Series for #ExtendTheLove initiative

Box office superstar Daniel Padilla will discuss his craft as an actor in a special edition of Actors Cue for the #ExtendTheLove initiative this May 22, Friday, LIVE 7PM at

He’ll talk about his films and his passion as an actor to be moderated by filmmaker Adolfo Alix Jr. The event is for the benefit of the displaced film workers affected by the quarantine. 

#ExtendTheLove is an initiative to help displaced film workers that are affected by the lockdown because of the pandemic. It started by screening films online and then through live sessions related to film.

ACTORS’ CUE is an online session where actors talk about their work and passion. Already in its 10th session, previous sessions featured acclaimed actors and actresses including Cannes Best Actress Jaclyn Jose and one with Asian actors with Piolo Pascual.  

Globe partners with DOST to improve COVID-19 reporting and tracing via TanodCOVID

As the country battles the COVID-19 pandemic, Globe continues to do its part in keeping families connected during these challenging times, while assisting organizations and government agencies in flattening the curve. Through its innovative developer group Globe Labs, the telco giant is once again taking new steps by partnering with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) for the implementation of a new online platform called TanodCOVID. 

Pandemic highlights need for fintech revolution

The national health crisis caused by the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has highlighted the need for a financial technology (fintech) revolution in the Philippines, one where digital transactions become the new normal to keep people in their homes and help flatten the curve.

Digital finance is now emerging as the core of services today in the Philippines. Now, people are using their e-wallets to pay for bills, transact with merchants, send and receive money to and from loved ones and friends, and even donate to the ongoing efforts to curb the spread of the virus.

Popular KOrean Dramas Goblin And Saimdang To Touch Filipino Hearts Once More

Pinoy K-drama fans rejoice! Starting 20 May 2020, satiate your Korean drama cravings by watching again two of the most popular Korean drama series that touched our hearts – Goblin, one of the highest rated Korean dramas on cable television1, and Saimdang, a love story set across time, on HBO GO. Also available on HBO GO are two episodes of Goblin Specials with cast interviews and behind-the-scene action from this popular series. 

Goblin, an epic story that spans centuries, boasts a star-studded cast including beloved actor Gong Yoo (Train To Busan), Lee Dong Wook (Hotel King), Yoo In Na and Kim Go Eun (The King: Eternal Monarch). Written by Kim Eun Sook (Mr Sunshine) and directed by Lee Eung Bok (Mr Sunshine), the masterminds behind the highly acclaimed Descendants of the Sun, relive the 16-episode Korean thrilling romantic drama that is set in a fantasy world of present day. The storyline follows the handsome Goblin (Gong Yoo) who is tired of his immortality. He needs a ‘goblin bride’ to end his life, leading him to cross paths with Euntak (Kim Go Eun), whom he falls in love with. Euntak is actually on the run from the Reaper (Lee Dong Wook), who is tasked with killing Euntak. The plot thickens when it is revealed that Goblin and Reaper are roommates, plunging them into a complicated pit as they wrestle with their emotions and duties. 

National Live Events Coalition PH (NLEC) - An Alliance of Various Sectors of The Live Events Industry Recently Formed

Live Events was the first to feel the impact of the crisis when events were cancelled as early as January 2020 when news of the pandemic broke out. Live Events is now deemed the last to recover.  

LIVE EVENTS is an “experience industry” with a chain linking various sectors – from Theatre, Weddings and Social events, AVL (audio-video and lights) and staging suppliers, Agencies and Activations, Concerts, Gigs and Festivals, Freelance Production Workers, Conventions and Venues.

Celebrities join forces for “Songs of Hope” online concert series to support World Vision’s COVID-19 Emergency Response

World Vision Ambassadors Ogie Alcasid, Christian Bautista, Quest, Joyce Pring, Iñigo Pascual, Tippy Dos Santos, and the Perkins Twins with supporters Sitti Navarro, Janina Vela, and Pastor Rommel and Susan Guevara shared their talents for “Songs of Hope” online concert series that aims to increase awareness and support for World Vision’s COVID-19 Emergency Response. 

As a Christian non-profit organization, World Vision encourages everyone to remain “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer” (Romans 12:12) in the mist of these difficult times. Through “Songs of Hope”, the organization aims to contribute in keeping the hope alive through inspiring music and positive content from its celebrity ambassadors and friends.

LRMC ramps up safety measures for operations restart New guidelines for LRT-1 passengers

Preparations are in full swing as the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) anticipates the resumption of the LRT-1 operations. This is after the Department of Transportation (DOTr) released new safety guidelines for mass public transportation once the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) enforced in Metro Manila is lifted.

To ensure the welfare and protection of both passengers and employees, LRT-1 private operator LRMC will implement the following health and safety measures to fight the spread of COVID-19 once it re-opens its trains to the public.

Your neighborhood Smart Padala agent is the easiest way to add money to your PayMaya account

Looking for a more convenient way to add money to your PayMaya account? Your neighborhood Smart Padala agent can help you! With the largest network of over 30,000 Smart Padala agents all across the country, you can add money to your PayMaya account at the Smart Padala agent in your neighborhood -- making cashless payments more accessible as the country transitions to the "new normal." 

In these critical times, using PayMaya is the easiest and safest way to pay for your daily essentials – whether you need to send money to a loved one, pay for online deliveries, settle your bills, or buy discounted load. Doing all these is more convenient than ever, since adding money to your account is as simple as visiting the trusted Smart Padala agent in your community. With this, there's no more need to risk traveling to convenience stores or endure lines at payment centers.   

Earn Cashback when you pay your PLDT Home bill via PayMaya

PLDT Home continues to make it easier for its subscribers to pay and save up on their bills by giving 20% or up to P100 cashback rebate when they settle their bills using the PayMaya app until May 31, 2020.

Understanding the need of its customers to keep their families safe during the enhanced community quarantine, PLDT Home encourages subscribers to stay at home and conveniently transact online. PLDT Home subscribers who will settle on time and in full their PLDT Home bill worth at least P500 through their PayMaya app can enjoy the cashback rebate.

PLDT Home continues to step up its efforts to ease the burden of its customers during the quarantine period. At the start of the Community Quarantine in many parts of the country, PLDT Home has suspended disconnection of overdue accounts and rolled out FREE Speedboost for Fibr subscribers. This allowed subscribers to enjoy minimum speeds of 25 Mbps, which is ideal for multiple users at home.

No service fees on Globe/TM load and promo loans extended until May 28

As the country continues to face the challenges brought by COVID-19, Globe remains committed in meeting the demands for strong data connection and continuous connectivity for users who cannot leave their homes and are struggling financially due to the effects of the pandemic.

To help Mobile Prepaid and TM customers stay connected, informed and  #SafeAtHome, Globe is extending its waived service fees for its Globe load and promo loans until May 28, 2020. With this, customers can continue to conveniently borrow load and subscribe to promos from the security and safety of their homes, without worrying about additional costs. 

Globe loans is an emergency service that allows Globe Prepaid and TM customers to continue using Globe services even without sufficient load. Eligible customers can avail loan products from P5 to P50 in the form of load and promo. Prepaid customers can also loan 5MB of data for P5 or 3 texts to Globe/TM + 1 load for P4. On their next top up, only the borrowed amount will be automatically collected (i.e. the standard service fees are waived). 

Philippines ranks #1 for women advancement in the workforce in global index

The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs finds that across different markets all over the globe, Filipino women make the greatest strides in the workforce.

Favorable entrepreneurial framework and conditions characterized by high levels of support for SMEs, ease of doing business, and access to financial services and academic programs are typically the key factors for women advancement in business. Such is reaffirmed in The Mastercard Index of Women Entrepreneurs 2019 (MIWE) through the findings for high-income countries like the U.S., New Zealand, and Canada. The Philippines, however, stood out as a promising market showing that women in less wealthy and developed economies can still thrive in entrepreneurial businesses.
Online concert to raise funds for the fight against COVID-19 continues with even bigger stars this May

Smart Communications stages Season 2 of Bayanihan Musikahan to continue to rally support for those affected by COVID-19 while uplifting the spirits of Filipinos staying safe at home. In partnership with Smart Music Live (SML) Online Sessions, the online concert series increases its vigor as the most visible Filipino citizen action platform at this time

McDonald’s Celebrates Discovering Mom’s Hidden Quirks  in Latest Mother’s Day Video  Because there’s always new reasons to say #LoveKitaMa 

Being locked up at home during this community quarantine may not be the most ideal of situations, but looking at the bright side, it has given us the opportunity to spend more time with our families. These moments together make us realize that there’s much more to discover about each other, especially our mothers.   
This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the quirky and unique things that set our mothers apart, as we get to know more about them over shared moments at home, and as we discover that there are always more reasons to love them.   

Realme PH launches realme 6i, the smartphone for the lifestyle needs of Filipinos

Realme Philippines, the lifestyle partner of the youth, launches the latest smartphone to match the lifestyle needs of Filipinos and disrupt the sub-10K segment, the realme 6i.

The realme 6i offers a bang-for-buck experience with technology and features yet to be seen in its tier: a MediaTek Helio G80 SoC, a 48MP quad-camera set-up and a 5,000mAh battery. With these features, the realme 6i optimizes user experience and elevates it to that of a midrange smartphone. The successor of the realme 5, the realme 6i boasts a 35 percent CPU performance boost over the former. This latest smartphone offering from realme is ready to unleash the power of young aspirants in the fields of gaming, photography and content creation and move young dreamers’ goals forward.

GCash provides more affordable digital insurance products amid COVID-19 situation

The coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) placed more than half of the world in a state of crisis, with almost every country battling the virus by all means to flatten the curve. Frontline workers emerged as modern-day heroes, as their jobs require them to take the highest risk of getting infected with the virus just to save lives. While the time stopped for the rest of the world, it did not stop for them.

Adapting to the new normal: Fintech is bedrock of digital services as PH fights pandemic

The pandemic has changed the way Filipinos deal with everyday life. Today, services are now delivered through digital platforms, and adjusting to this new reality may come in with some form of learning curves.

Now, Filipinos are advised to leverage digital technologies and smartphone apps in conducting day-to-day activities to reduce their risks of contracting COVID-19 outside their homes. For most, working from home has become the new normal, and social interaction is now being done through social networking sites and messaging apps.

Tanghalang Pilipino goes online with ‘PansamanTANGHALAN’

The NCOV-19 pandemic may have caused stage productions to prematurely close, but Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident theater company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), has prepared a slew of programs on its temporary home – the digital platform.

Aptly-billed “PansamanTANGHALAN,” this program aims to defy the limitations brought about by this crisis and with the use of the online platform, to continuously educate and awaken the cultural consciousness of Filipinos, not just in the country, but all over the world.

Shopee identifies 4 of the biggest e-commerce trends in 2020

Consumers shop more often on weekdays and show an increased preference for cashless payments, while brands and sellers expand their online presence

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, identifies four major e-commerce trends in 2020. The retail landscape in the Philippines has been transformed due to increased social distancing efforts, such as the implementation of the Enhanced Community Quarantine as the nation combats the spread of Covid-19. As a result, brands and sellers are venturing online in search of growth, while consumers turn to e-commerce to meet their shopping needs.

PLDT sponsors high-level decontamination services to RITM and NKTI

COVID-19 hospitals and their health workers have received a fresh dose of help in the form of decontamination services and packages of hygiene and food items from telecoms and digital services provider PLDT Inc. and the Makati Medical Center Foundation.

PLDT sponsored the provision of high-level decontamination services using Steramist Asia’s Binary Ionization Technology (BIT) for The Research Institute for Tropical Medicine in Muntinlupa City and the National Kidney and Transplant Institute in Quezon City.