GCash drives PH digital transformation, hits over PHP 1 Trillion Transactions in 2020

GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, exceeded its 2020 business targets, one of which is hitting its PHP 1 trillion transaction commitment earlier this year -- an impressive 254% YoY growth -- while it continues to empower millions of Filipinos with digital financial tools and services that helped them adapt into the new normal. 

The service peaked at PHP 7.5 billion daily gross transaction value, and more than 6 million transactions a day. Meanwhile, its customer base ballooned to more than 33 million -- a third of the Philippines’ national population -- coming from 20 million in 2019.

“The remarkable growth GCash experienced this year shows that Filipinos have embraced financial technology. People have realized that fintech isn't just an option but a necessity, allowing them to fulfill their financial lifestyle conveniently,” said Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash.

Sponge Cola releases “Siguro Nga,” a song inspired by K-drama series, Start-Up

Sponge Cola is no stranger to writing music inspired by their love for cinema and pop culture. In fact, the four-piece alternative rock outfit named their debut full-length album, Palabas to acknowledge the compelling impact of shows—be it a theatrical play, a dramatic film, or an episode in a television series—in making us understand our own lives, the lives of those around us, and the lives of people whose contributions to humanity deserve to be celebrated at all cost.

With this creative pursuit comes a tribute to the blockbuster K-drama series, Start-Up, which is currently heaping praises all around the world for its gripping story on young entrepreneurs aspiring to make it big in the competitive world of Korean high-tech industry. Sponge Cola released “Siguro Nga” as a song born out of vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon’s love for Han Ji-Pyeong, a prominent character whose unconventional upbringing and misfortunes in life enabled him to become a principled, self-made man with a tough exterior and unbeknownst to everyone—a tender heart. 

YORI launches Takara Shelf in partnership with Boss Protector, now available in SM Stores nationwide

Ever wonder how you can stack your Funko Pop! Collection? In case you still have no idea how  to do it, YORI’s new Takara Shelf will make your life easier!  

YORI Takara Shelf collection is custom built for space-saving symmetrical displays. The shelves  are fully maximizable from top to bottom, and front to back. They are also suitable as a back-to back island display. 

Both Medium and Mega Takara Shelves are able to efficiently fit the most popular collection  packaging sizes even with their special protectors on.  

Take note that you can also stack the Takara Shelf with either boxed or out-of-box displays. TAKARA SHELF MEGA TAKARA SHELF MEDIUM 

Width: 78 cm Width: 78 cm Height: 30 cm Height: 30 cm  Side: 147 cm Side: 110 cm Weight: 11.1 kg Weight: 8.7 kg  

The YORI Takara Shelf is made with wooden MFC panels and steel frames with electric coating.  Every DIY package comes with tools and YORI’s Easy-To-Understand assembly instructions. 

Get and Refill Your Favorite NutriAsia Sauces and Condiments at the Reopened BYOB (Bring Your Own Bote) Store in Quezon City!

Great news! There’s now an eco-friendlier way to get your favorite NutriAsia sauces and condiments! NutriAsia has reopened their BYOB (Bring Your Own Bote) store at the Quezon City Hall!

Relaunched to the public on 7 December 2020, the BYOB (Bring Your Own Bote) store at the Quezon City Hall gives everyone a safe and sustainable way to purchase NutriAsia sauces and condiments. As the name suggests, you can bring your own bottle to refill with Datu Puti Soy Sauce, Datu Puti Vinegar, and Hapi Fiesta Vegetable Oil. The BYOB (Bring Your Own Bote) store also has strict health protocols, so you don’t have to worry about risking your health!

Ordering a refill at the store is easy as 1-2-3.

Simply scan the QR code on the NutriAsia Facebook page or go to http://bit.ly/QCBYOB (BRING YOUR OWN BOTE)form to fill out the order and waiver forms. After completing the forms, you’ll get a confirmation e-mail which you’ll have to show at the store.

FREIA at Pico de Loro Cove: A seaside condo that refreshes you daily

(Artist’s perspective) The contemporary tropical architecture
 captures the expansive views of the sea, mountains and
 man-made Pico Lagoon. FREIA’s distinctive three-step roofline 
mimics the rugged hillside terrain.

COVID fears and quarantine restrictions have driven Filipinos to seek refuge outside of the city.  Closeness to nature, a healthier environ, and the avoidance of curtailed freedom are the main reasons.  Likewise, advance technology has made remote working easier, thus setting the trend towards relocation. 

FREIA is the newest gem within Pico de Loro Cove at Hamilo Coast, the prime leisure resort community located in Nasugbu, Batangas. A fitting apex and the most luxurious after eight mid-rise residential condominium developments in the sprawling 40-hectare estate, FREIA at Pico de Loro Cove offers prime units with panoramic views of the West Philippine Sea and Mount Pico. The whole of Pico de Loro Cove (developed by SM Prime’s Costa Del Hamilo Incorporated) guarantees the seclusion, security and serenity required for a quick recharge or remote business supervision.  Yet, it is a mere half-hour drive to Nasugbu town proper and an hour and a half commute to Metro Manila. 

HOPELINE 24/7 mental health support now in HealthNow app

As mental health issues rise due to isolation, fear, and worries that accompany the current pandemic, it becomes necessary to make it easier for the public to access mental health support services whenever and wherever they need them.

Thus, HOPELINE, the 24/7 suicide prevention and crisis support desk of New Good Feelings (NGF) Mindstrong, partnered with telehealth service integrator HealthNow to give the public more ways to reach the hotline.  HOPELINE can be found under HealthNow app’s Urgent Help button in the welcome page. Globe and TM subscribers will be able to call the hotline toll-free.  

Eastern Communications grew 7% in 2020

World-class digital solutions and excellent customer service applauded

Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on many industries, premier telecommunications company Eastern Communications reported a 7% growth from 2019. 

The company attributed this growth to increased subscribers acquiring single to multiple services such as work from home productivity tools, residential internet, and enterprise connectivity due to the sudden rise of demand for internet service as people adapt to the new normal.   

Monoprice brings the ultimate year-end sale and amazing coupons and perks via Slickdeals

Monoprice, founded in 2002 is an American online retailer that provides electronics and technology at low prices. It sells generic-branded consumer electronics under its namesake private label. There are also name brand consumer electronics and outdoor equipment that can be purchased from their shop. As of 2013, the company which is based in Rancho Cucamonga, California earns over a hundred million US dollar in a year. A few of the products it offers are : Cables, Adapters, HDMI Cable, Professional Audio, Computer Accessories, and Home Theater.

Before 2021, most of us would like to replace some of our old cables, computer accessories and paraphernalia as a sign of good luck in the coming year. If you are also planning to buy those, there are coupons to enjoy from Monoprice via Slickdeals.

Filipino music acts syd hartha, She’s Only Sixteen, and KRNA to perform at Music Lane Okinawa 2021

The trend of hybrid and online music showcase and conference festivals is set to continue next year with the debut edition of Music Lane Festival Okinawa in Japan on January 16 and 17, 2021 at select venues in the cities of Okinawa and Naha. The foreign lineup and its international conference program—the annual Trans Asia Music Meeting (TAMM)—will stream online for free.

More than 33 Asian music acts will showcase at the festival weekend, with local artists performing in front of live audiences at Sakurazaka Theater, Sakurazaka Central, and other venues in Naha; and Music Town Oto-Ichiba, 7th Heaven Koza, Remy’s, and more venues to be announced in Okinawa City—all of which will implement strict prevention measures against COVID-19. The festival will stream pre-recorded live sets from international artists curated by its partner music organizations from seven countries.

Hope And Care Continues As We Leave 2020

Like one of the popular songs today, life goes on for many of us despite the year 2020 has been not the best year for everybody. Imagine that the bustling economy and daily social life was put into a halt almost instantly, and it has affected us in one way or more.

From the usual gatherings we have, we have been living in quarantine for months, and maybe can reach up to a year. Jobs were lost as businesses were closed. Schools and Offices goes online just to avoid infection. And even during holidays, traveling is strictly discouraged as part of health protocols.

This make its really sad to experience but we have to adjust to keep ourselves and and our families safe. But there is a glimmer of hope as we are now receiving news of a vaccine that will help us go back to normal. However it will still take a while for it to be distributed to all, and it still practical to keep safe than sorry.

Driver of ride-hailing app finds support in Globe’s QC expansion

When every single text message and every single second counts, it is very important to have a reliable, dependable and fast internet connection.

And if you happen to earn your living using mobile apps, then it is a must to have connectivity anytime of the day, and anywhere you may be.

For Sigfried Ragay, a Transport Network Vehicle Service (TNVS) app driver and a Globe user for several years, much of his days rely on the messages he receives from potential passengers.  So for him, to fill his quota and earn a few more pesos, Ragay needs to have his internet connection on the fly.

A New Year for New Beginnings at Tagaytay Highlands’ Horizon Terraces Garden Suites

While the pandemic has caused sweeping changes in our lives, home as we know it has morphed from not just a place of refuge but also into a hub for work, study, and even business. As families stress over space to rethink how their domiciles can sustain frenzied activities and still serve as a haven at the end of a long day, they are considering a bigger picture: Visualizing their primary home in an idyllic suburban setting just one-and-a-half to two hours away from the metro.

At Tagaytay Highlands’ Asian contemporary-themed Horizon Terraces Garden Suites—luxurious five-storey, low-density residential condos with stunning nature vistas all around, the new year ushers in such new beginnings in life. 

After spending months quarantined indoors, people are raring to break free and move out of the congested metropolis. Settling down in the suburbs has suddenly become enticing. 

Ben&Ben teams up with Smart to simply inspire the Filipino youth

The year 2020 may have turned our world upside down, but it has also brought out the best in people who rose above the pandemic by helping others. We’ve seen people come together despite the physical distance via online fundraisers and virtual gigs that push forward our passions with a purpose. Indeed, “walang imposible” for Filipinos when it comes to providing for their loved ones or caring for those who truly matter.

With this in mind, folk pop band Ben&Ben and mobile services provider Smart Communications have teamed up to inspire more Filipinos. Smart and Ben&Ben’s paths have crossed way back during the band’s PhilPop days as the network has always championed the annual songwriting festival.

B. Braun Avitum set to start Make-A-Wish Christmas campaign

Leading renal care provider and dialysis center, B. Braun Avitum, announced the resumption of its annual Christmas campaign, this time in partnership with Make-A-Wish Foundation Philippines.

Founded in 1980 in the U.S., the Make-A-Wish Foundation helps fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses.

It was established in the Philippines on January 2000.

During the holiday season, B. Braun employees reach into the kindness of their hearts and “adopt” (i.e., buy) a customized B. Braun Bear. This program contributes to the Foundation’s cause of granting a wish for children currently afflicted with critical illness. 

Medical research and doctors agree that a wish can help improve a child’s quality of life and serve as a catalyst to better health: when a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.

GoWiFi gives frontline heroes the gift of connection this Christmas season

This Yuletide season, GoWiFi shows its support for medical frontliners by giving free unlimited internet access to different hospitals nationwide, providing the hardworking staff the opportunity to connect with loved ones and to stay energized and positive throughout their long days and nights. 

Designed to help the modern-day heroes #StayConnected with their family and friends and bridge physical gaps between them during the holidays, GoWiFi’s free internet access lets them browse social media, check emails, watch videos and download files. 

Bilingual pop anthem “Suyo” wins PhilPop 2020 Songwriting Festival

The week-long celebration culminated with podcast documentaries, a series of radio guesting, music video premieres, and the annual finals night.

Noah Alejandre and Reanna Borela’s “Suyo” bagged the top prize of the PhilPop 2020 Songwriting Festival.

Conveying the intricacies of romantic relationships amidst language and cultural differences, “Suyo” bested 14 entries from Metro Manila, North Luzon, South Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao clusters on the PhilPop Finals Night held online last Sunday, December 20, 2020. The winning song also walked away with the grand prize of P1 million, tax free.

RUSH launches digital and data program with Unilever U-COIN

RUSH, a 917Ventures, Inc. loyalty and e-commerce solutions provider, has launched a partnership with Unilever through a digital rewards program called U-COIN. U-COIN is a web-based platform that provides consumers with a more rewarding shopping experience through incentives for customers when they buy Unilever products. Customers can now earn points through engaging with any of Unilever’s channels, be it offline or online, and even through participation in brand activities. Additionally, customers can visit https://www.U-Coin.com.ph/ to  monitor their earnings and redeem amazing rewards from the catalog. 

Membership to U-COIN is free and accessible to all regardless of network, which aligns with Unilever’s value of touching lives across their various brands and initiatives.  As a hub for innovative data-driven marketing and collaborative culture, Unilever’s vision of an agile platform that aggregates digital rewards from different partners was an advantage that RUSH readily delivered. 

"MGA KWENTONG MUSMOS" Room to Read in cooperation with Tanghalang Pilipino

Room to Read, an international non-profit organization, announced new initiatives with its literacy program in the Philippines amidst school disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Around 20,000 copies of high-quality children’s books created by the country’s top writers and illustrators are being distributed in five provinces of BARMM.

20 audio drama adaptations of the children’s books were produced in cooperation with Tanghalang Pilipino. These will be broadcast as radio drama supplementary learning materials through local BARMM radio stations. 

LRMC announces LRT-1 schedule for December holidays

In observance of the holiday season, LRT-1 private operator Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) will implement shortened service hours on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 31 (New Year’s Eve), which were both declared as special non-working days by the Philippine Government under Proclamation No. 845.

On Christmas Eve (December 24), the LRT-1’s operating schedule will be from 4:30 AM to 8:00 PM both bounds, and 4:30 AM to 7:00 PM both bounds for New Year's Eve (December 31).

LRT-1 will continue to serve passengers on 25 December 2020 (Christmas Day), 30 December 2020 (Rizal Day), and 1 January 2021 (New Year’s Day) following the regular weekends/holiday schedule.

Clorox gives 1,000 Disinfecting Wipes to medical frontliners

With the pandemic still a threat for all of us, we have now made it a habit to always disinfect. Hospitals right now have been taking care our sick and is now the most important institution today. We recognize the hardwork done by  giving them gifts to show that they are appreciated. With this, Clorox Philippines also have something for our medical frontliners that they can also use to stay safe.

We are in a situation where staying in can be for our own good and the welfare of others. But what happens to those who are on the other side of the spectrum? Our frontliners are working day and night risking their lives to serve their purpose. They are our new world heroes.

Gentle Bones teams up with Benjamin Kheng on ‘Better With You’

This year has been full of surprises. As we wrap up 2020, Cross Ratio Entertainment as a label hopes that homegrown prolific singer-songwriter Gentle Bones’ EP ‘Better With You’ will bring in some good cheer and will relieve the pain for all music lovers. 

Fresh off the heels of Gentle Bones successful debut Mandarin single, “Don’t You Know Yet?” which grossed over a million digital streams within a month after its release, this EP has two special highlights for fans to look out for as it consists of a collaboration single with Benjamin Kheng, titled “Better With You” and solo pop track “Put My Hands Up.”

Focus track “Better With You” is a heartfelt conversation with a loved one. Relatable to a time period of uncertainty, “Better With You” is a frank, thoughtful attempt at reaching out to a loved one and checking in on them - letting others know that the people around them value and appreciate them and that life indeed is better when they are around. With the soothing vocals and pop groove, the duo will woo your hearts with their warmth as they sing this meaningful song in this festive season. 

MVP Group inspires true meaning of the holiday season with Tuloy Pa Rin Ang Pasko

As the COVID-19 pandemic and various typhoons batter the country in 2020, many Filipinos have been left with very little, making the coming holidays difficult to celebrate. Steadfast in its commitment to heed the call of those in need, the MVP Group is embarking on a country-wide donation drive called Tuloy Pa Rin Ang Pasko, where 22 companies and foundations under the leadership of Manuel V Pangilinan are uniting to pool funds for Noche Buena packs for families to enjoy. 

The Noche Buena packs include meals and rice sacks which will depend on each company’s contribution. Some of the companies will also donate other essentials such as printers, pocket wifi, and toys for the children among others. Part of the donation will also include a fund to support various sectors and advocacies amid the new normal. These include teachers, farmers, public hospitals, as well as communities affected by recent typhoons and the Taal Volcano eruption of January 2020.

TECNO Mobile launches new AI-powered, revolutionary TECNO Spark 6 Series - A smartphone for the masses

6 new enhancements bring users an elevated immersive experience, along with more powerful cameras, multiple Bluetooth sharing, bigger screens, higher capacity and faster speeds

Recognizing the evolving need for high-performing, multi-tasking and affordable smartphones during these challenging times, global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile has launched its latest innovation, the TECNO Spark 6 Series.

The TECNO Spark 6 Series is smartly designed for work and play, and is competitively priced to give locals the best value for their hard-earned money. Price ranges from PhP3,990 to PhP6,490. The Spark 6 Series is packed with six upgraded features - a unique camera system designed to elevate photographic immersion to the next level, bigger screen, more generous memory and storage, boosted processing speed, enhanced video call experience, and a fun Bluetooth audio share feature.

TESDA taps GCash as fintech partner for scholars’ training subsidy

GCash, the undisputed leader and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, further establishes itself as the fintech platform of choice for government agencies as TESDA taps the platform to distribute training subsidies to its scholars. Under the agreement, scholars will receive up to PHP 160.00 per training day from the agency through GCash.

TESDA’s adoption of GCash is seen as a move by the agency to achieve efficiency during the pandemic further, as assistance distribution will be remitted digitally, saving its scholars the trouble of going to field offices or claim centers to receive funds. Their shift to cashless also allows for contactless transactions, mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on its employees and students, amidst the ongoing implementation of GCQ.

Healthier Alternatives For Traditional Filipino Christmas Dinner

This Christmas we will cook and eat a lot of food. With a lot of choices, flavors, and textures it is really a season of feasting on many treats. And for Filipinos, we would go all-out in preparing a lot of dishes.

Since it is a special occasion, we usually whip out the best dishes we usually have every year.
With some new dishes introduced to keep up with the times. But since we are now eating a lot, we are now noticing the effects after the holidays. Weight gain, mild illness, and other side-effects come out after days of partying.

Though we did enjoy those days, we are now more conscious of our health. For us to achieve living a healthy lifestyle, we are now considering new alternatives that can still keep the festive mood with food that are less oil, salt, sugar, and fat.

One great alternative is to cooking with an Air Fryer. This uses less to no oil when cooking which is also an effective cooking them effectively and quickly. Another alternative is to mix in more vegetable dishes to the table like salads, vegetable rolls, and fruits are highly recommended.

Bangkok-based Korean producer Saint Nine drops tropical-infused anthem “Don't Call Me Sugar”

Bangkok-based Korean electronic producer Saint Nine has officially released his new single, “Don’t Call Me Sugar.” The eclectic artist is the newest addition to the growing roster of Umami Records, an independent record label based in Singapore.

A tropical electro-pop track infused with Latin-Cuban melodies, suave instrumentation, and a vocal performance by an unnamed two-time Grammy nominee, “Don’t Call Me Sugar” deep-dives into a compelling narrative about romantic betrayal and trust issues.

The upcoming producer explains, “The song is about a man who was cheated by his girlfriend. He’s probably a lot better off without her. It will just become another bittersweet memory at the end of the day for him.” 

As for the musical structure, Saint Nine’s wrote a catchy chorus that is easy to sing along to. He adds, “I wanted sad lyrics for the song but with an irresistible beat that would put listeners in the mood for dancing. Nothing too energetic, just enough to make people want to move and dance.”

Enjoy the most sulit deals on your groceries with PayMaya

Your grocery run for Noche Buena just got more rewarding!

Whether you are planning to shop for your groceries at your go-to supermarket or from the safety of your home, PayMaya is making your Noche Buena shopping experience even more rewarding with the best sulit deals at the biggest supermarkets in the Philippines whenever you pay with the #BetterQR this holiday season.

Whenever you shop for your groceries and pay using PayMaya QR at Mercury Drugstore, WalterMart, Robinsons Supermarket, The Marketplace, AllDay Supermarkets, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Shopwise, Amesco Drug, LCC Supermarket, Metro Retail Supermarket, Gaisano Brothers Supermarket, Gaisano Grand, Gaisano Capital, and other partner supermarkets, you can easily get up to P250 cashback for your purchases the entire month of December. 

Get in the Christmas spirit with Lilystars Records’ compilation album, IN REVERIE

Philippine indie music label Lilystars Records brings festive warmth to music listeners all around the world with the release of IN REVERIE: A Lilystars Christmas Compilation. 

In keeping up with the tradition of spreading Holiday cheers, the 11-track album offers heartfelt music that evokes the reassuring comfort of home and togetherness even in the unlikeliest of circumstances.

According to Clem Castro, the CEO of Lilystars Records, the compilation release is more than just a reflection of longing, hope and love. “It’s a call to keep our spirits alive no matter what we are facing. There are also tracks about celebration, optimism, loneliness and even dismay.” 

While Christmas can mean a lot of things to different people, IN REVERIE: A Lilystars Christmas Compilation isn’t afraid to explore themes that indirectly address the current pandemic situation. “We can’t say if this release will have an impact for those who are having a difficult time with the pandemic, but we are hoping it does make a difference, Clem shares. “This serves as our gift to music fans this holiday season.”

This 1.1, ‘Reese-tart’ your life with ‘Princess DayaReese’

Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber reunite in ‘Princess DayaReese’

Finally, the moment that we all have been waiting for has come and that is for year 2020 to end. And this New Year’s Day, 1.1 (January 1), Star Cinema brings a new movie to accompany us as we start the year 2021 right, the movie ‘Princess DayaReese.’

Starring Maymay Entrata and Edward Barber or popularly known as ‘MayWard,’ the film tells the story of Reese (Maymay) who dreams of living like a royalty and opportunity arrives in the form of Princess Ulap (also played by Maymay), a runaway princess from Oro Kingdom who looks exactly like her. 

Switching places for 40 days in exchange of gold, Reese flies to Ulap’s kingdom where she meets Caleb (Edward), a young and determined reporter who is set to find the truth about the kingdom. The road to happily ever after becomes bumpy when the man in search for truth begins to fall in love with the fake princess.

Ipasa ang saya: Here’s how you helped spread cheer this holiday season with Grab

Gifts for all with 24 Days of Christmas and the Grab Christmas Factory

2020 has certainly been a unique year for all of us. The onslaught of the pandemic, the rise of activities like working and learning from home, and the lessened contact with our loved ones, among other adjustments, have invited many to sit back and value the small joys and bits of happiness just a little bit more this year.

Now with this year soon coming to a close and Christmas quickly approaching, the call to remain united and finish 2020 on an optimistic note is stronger than ever. From medical frontliners to delivery riders, there have been many members of our community who deserve thanks and appreciation for helping us make it through to the end of this year. Luckily, Grab has made spreading the holiday cheer and Christmas spirit easier for everyone with Ituloy Ang PassKo - Ipasa ang saya at biyaya sa bawat pa-Grab!

Inspiring story of the enduring Filipino spirit wins grand prize in UFC Reel Life short film competition

The first ever UFC Reel Life: Nagsasama-samang Sarap Short Film Competition, an event meant to celebrate UFC’s 50th anniversary as well as highlight the talents of local filmmakers, has officially selected its top three winners. 

The competition focused on sharing stories about how ordinary Filipinos rise up and find hope despite the odds. Together, UFC celebrates these special moments of triumph, inspirations of courage, and resiliency for the coming year. 

Embassy of Czech Republic, World Vision partner for “Bridge to Employment Project” in Baseco, Manila

Embassy of Czech Republic, World Vision partner for “Bridge to Employment Project” in Baseco, Manila

Despite the difficulty of finding a stable job, Rodelyn Rabaya, who is unemployed, still hopes to earn a decent living. “I worked as an office encoder and as a warehouse assistant but since the contracts ended, I have been without work since then,” said the 23-year-old housewife from Baseco compound in Manila.

Especially now with a global health crisis, she thought opportunities were hard to come by for someone like her who did not earn a college diploma. Rabaya had to drop out from first year college to give way for her other siblings’ schooling.

Smart takes subscribers further into the future with the launch of iPhone 12 on new Signature 5G Plans

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is taking subscribers further into the future as it launches the latest iPhones – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Mini – with the new Signature 5G Plans.   

The first Apple devices with 5G capabilities, the latest iPhones will open exciting possibilities for subscribers as they offer a higher level of performance for uploads and downloads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, and real-time interactivity for breakthrough 5G experiences.   

The latest iPhones also take users into the future with new advanced features – from the Apple-designed A14 Bionic chip, the fastest chip in a smartphone, Super Retina XDR displays, pro camera systems, and innovative design.    

Shoppers Embrace Digital Payments on 12.12, with ShopeePay Transactions Increasing 50 times in the First Hour

Adoption surges in North and South Luzon as ShopeePay provides shoppers across the Philippines with easy access to digital payments

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, saw more consumers adopt digital payments at the recent Shopee 12.12. It was highlighted by a 50 times increase in ShopeePay transactions in the first hour of December 12 compared to an average day, as people turned to digital payments for their convenience and ease of use.

Baguio-based Artist, Riz Cabrera, launches online art auction for Smile Train Philippines

Visual artist, Riz Cabrera

Beautiful charcoal drawings featuring Smile Train Global Ambassador Catriona Gray, Smile Maker Marian Rivera and patients by Riz Cabrera

Smile Train, the world’s leading cleft charity, invites everyone to share the gift of smiles this holiday season. Visual artist, Riz Cabrera, has partnered with Smile Train to raise awareness for children born with a cleft through the launch of her online art auction which she hopes can contribute to sustaining Smile Train’s goal to provide children the urgent support and care needed.

Every day, 540 babies are born around the world with this serious health condition – preventing them not only from smiling, but also posing difficulties in eating, breathing, and speaking. Through the auction, Riz hopes to help fund the surgeries and therapies that could transform the lives of Filipino cleft patients.

Ben&Ben music video of KathNiel-starrer “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay”

Kathryn Bernardo and Daniel Padilla stars as a romantic couple stuck in a time loop in the new music video for Ben&Ben’s “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay.”

Helmed by the band’s resident director Jorel Lising and written by Gaya Sa Pelikula creator Juan Miguel Severo, the song’s visual narrative explores the complicated relationship dynamics of two lovers who have lost and found each other in a fated cycle of events.

Complicated love in a time loop

Severo reveals that “Sa Susunod na Habang Buhay,” a song that deals with the “possibility of another life to succeed in love,” complements the KathNiel starrer that he has in mind. Having written Hintayan ng Langit, an evocative piece that examines eternal romance in the afterlife, Severo decided to do away with another reincarnation story for his interpretation of the material. 

“Then it hit me, what about a couple stuck in a time loop?”, the prolific writer points out. “What if every time one dies, they go back to their first date with one of them carrying memories from their previous run? It took the band, Direk, and I a couple of zoom calls, brainstorming ideas to compound on that concept and get everything laid out before I presented it to KathNiel.”

Globe's strong connectivity in Marikina spells better disaster preparedness for its residents

More network builds and site upgrades are underway as Globe pursues its ambition to build a #FirstWorldNetwork. 

In Marikina, Globe installed two new cell sites and 146 sites were upgraded to fulfill the telco's commitment to have 4G everywhere.  

Digital connectivity is the way to cope, better yet, prepare for disasters in this often-hit area. Marlon Llamson of Barangay Tumana and his family have been constantly affected by floods that damage their area. Despite situations beyond their control such as losing personal belongings, they are still thankful that they have enough time to prepare as much as they can with advance information on apps and Marikina LGU’s social media accounts. “Nakikita na kaagad sa internet kung gaano ka kataas ‘yung tubig, kung anong level na dito sa may tulay. ‘Pag mabagal ang internet, hindi kaya.” (The water level is easily seen on the internet, and what level it is already at is near the bridge. If the internet connection is slow, that isn’t possible.)

Rockwell Malls spark up holiday shopping with Rockwellist Mobile App powered by PayMaya

Just in time for the holidays, patrons of Rockwell Malls can now shop more conveniently and safely with the Rockwellist Mobile app powered by PayMaya.

With the PayMaya cashless experience integrated in the Rockwellist Mobile App, customers of Rockwell Malls can enjoy exclusive promos and rewards whenever they pay for their purchases via PayMaya QR at participating establishments. Mall goers and store personnel can also have safer and faster transactions by utilizing PayMaya's contactless technologies. All customers have to do is log in to their PayMaya account via the Rockwellist Mobile App and Scan to Pay. PayMaya is the first eWallet in the Philippines to be integrated in a shopping mall mobile app.

“Our aim is to provide a more seamless experience for our customers through the Rockwellist Mobile App. What makes it even better is that it addressed a very timely need for contactless payments as we have integrated the PayMaya experience in our app, ensuring a safer, more convenient, and more rewarding holiday shopping season and beyond for all,” said Tracey Castillo, AVP of Marketing for Rockwell.

Acer’s new music video encourages Filipinos to find joy amid adversities

This Christmas watch Kathryn Bernardo, Daniel Padilla, Ivana Alawi, Janina Vela, Cong Velasquez, and Awi Columna come together for the music video "Finding Joy," a song that talks about breaking barriers and staying hopeful even during difficult times.

With composition and lyrics by Mart Sam Olivades, Felichi Salva Cruz, and Penelope Ann Medrano, the song was released by Acer Philippines, powered by Windows 10 and 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processors. "Finding Joy" is both serious and light-hearted and is the perfect song for the season as it expresses hope and optimism.

Smart Omega to represent PH in Mobile Legends World Championships

Smart Omega, the official esports team supported by leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc (Smart), will be one of the professional teams that will be representing the Philippines in the upcoming Mobile Legends: Bang Bang M2 World Championships in Singapore.

Happening on January 18 to 24, 2021, the M2 World Championships will be the first in-person competition for Mobile Legends since the pandemic began.

Professional teams from Japan, Brazil, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Russia, and the Philippines will battle it out in the biggest ML competition in the world.

917Ventures, Puregold partner for an easier online grocery shopping experience with PureGo

The holidays are just right around the corner, which means everyone is gearing up to buy their yuletide staples. Fortunately, stocking up on essentials is now easier and affordable, with PureGo, a new online grocery shopping platform created with 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines, and Puregold, one of the leading supermarket chains in the country.

With PureGo, there’s no need to go through the hassle of a typical grocery trip which usually involves lots of walking, lining up, and carrying heavy bags. Now with thousands of products from reputable and trusted brands at their fingertips, consumers can easily order everything from pantry essentials to household necessities all sourced directly from Puregold. What’s more, they can settle their transactions using multiple payment options, including contactless payment thru GCash, and have the items delivered within 24 hours. 

With Ohmyhome, purchasing a property has never been easier

With Ohmyhome, viewing properties is a hassle-free and 
informative experience. Just one tap on the app or one click 
on the website allows each property listing to show high-quality 
photos, the price of the property, the complete address,
 and an option to view its location on the map.

From the time leading proptech company Ohmyhome launched its services in Singapore in 2016, and Malaysia in 2019, it has helped thousands of property seekers find the ideal home through its practical and innovative application and website. Buoyed up by their impressive success in these first two outings, Ohmyhome had looked to replicate their performance in the Philippines, a fact that is now validated by the tremendously positive feedback from initial users.

Primed to make the housing journey fast and affordable for the Philippine market, Ohmyhome lost no time in making a vast number of options available for Filipino homebuyers. 

“All types of residences are available from our real estate developer-partners,” company founders Race and Rhonda Wong confidently assure users. “These include condominium units, bungalows, single-attached and single-detached house-and-lot units. Lot-only options are also in the platform.”

Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol welcomes Richard Gutierrez, Sarah Lahbati, and kids as brand ambassadors

Defensil 70% Solution Isopropyl Alcohol continues its campaign to be Filipino families’ ally in germ protection in the new normal as they welcome newlyweds, Richard Gutierrez and Sarah Lahbati, together with their adorable kids Zion and Kai, as their brand ambassadors.

Adjusting to the New Normal with Defensil Isopropyl Alcohol

Richard and Sarah, who got married in a solemn ceremony earlier this year, celebrated their new life together in quarantine. While being stuck at home was an opportunity for them to spend more time together as a family—planting, painting and playing all sorts of games, they also needed to go through a lot of adjustments as a family. 

Globe builds 6 new sites for better internet experience in Malabon

Better connectivity and data experience are now being felt in various cities and municipalities all over the country.  Thanks to the aggressive network builds and upgrades to 4G/LTE that Globe is doing.

In Malabon, Globe installed six new cell sites  and 101 more sites were upgraded to fulfill the telco's commitment to have 4G everywhere.  

For residents in the area, digital connectivity is the way to cope within this disaster-prone city.  Ryan Geronimo, Barangay Captain of Tinajeros shared, “The new normal is digital, to enable us to serve our constituents better, and this will go on.” 

What To Get Your Dad This Christmas

No idea what to get him this year? From December 14 to 20, Shopee is offering discounts up to 65% off on the best gifts for dad!

Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for—after all, what gift is good enough for the man who has provided for you after all these years? This Christmas, it’s time to show your appreciation for everything your dad has done for you, with thoughtful presents tailored to his interests. 

Whether your dad is into exploring the outdoors, tinkering with new gadgets, or fixing things around the house, these are Christmas gift ideas he will surely appreciate. From December 14 to 20, Shopee is offering discounts up to 65% off on the best gifts for your dad!

Keep on fighting: The admirable heroism of MVP Group’s frontliners

It’s been eight months since the quarantine began and the lives of people have drastically changed. While some have managed to ease into a new normal life at home, others are still out there risking their own lives to either save other people or make life much more comfortable for those who are staying at home.

In medical institutions under the MVP Group’s Metro Pacific Hospital Holdings, staff under the COVID-19 crisis teams run the risk of contracting the dreaded disease themselves. While the hospitals take every possible precaution to shield its healthcare workers from the virus—including the appropriate PPEs (personal protective equipment), stringent hospital safety measures, and meticulous airflow management—the frontliners still have a non-zero chance of infection.

Staff nurses Roselle Gale Arranz of the Manila Doctors Hospital and Glyza Cris Iguban of St. Elizabeth Hospital in General Santos City are among the many brave men and women in the medical field who have unfortunately contracted COVID-19 in the line of duty. Roselle shares her fears and frustrations when she found out about her COVID-positive status, "Naiyak ako, siyempre. Inisip ko: All this time, nag-aalaga ako ng may sakit, pero ngayong ako na ang may sakit, mag-isa lang ako.”

Christmas Tradition of MMFF Continues in 2020 Online Via Upstream

The film industry is one who suffered the most when this pandemic hit. And with the normal movie viewing still limited or even unavailable for many, film festivals were greatly affected as well. But for the annual Metro Manila Film Festival which is the most anticipated movie tradition in the Philippines, it endures and adjusts to the new normal by going online.

This year would have been the 46th season  and is celebrated with fan meets, mall tours, and grand parade which are all halted this year as part of health safety protocols. Despite this huge change, the MMFF 2020 will now focus on reaching to viewers via online streaming which is now the way movies of this year are released.

Dumagats cry foul over false accusations by Masungi Georeserve; seek help to uphold the rule of law

In a press conference held today, Tribal leaders of the Kaksaan Ne Dumaget De Antipolo, Inc., lambasted the officials of the Masungi Georeserve headed by Benjamin Dumaliang, President of the Blue Star Construction and Development Corp. and operator of Masungi, for accusing them as land grabbers, squatters and illegal loggers who caused the flood in Marikina recently.

“Masungi is lying. They are the ones, together with the military, who forcefully intruded into our property and fenced it off as part of the Masungi last October 2020. And if it were not for the help of Retired Gen. Luizo Ticman since the early 1990’s, we would have lost by force most of our ancestral homeland,” stressed tribal chieftain Ernesto Doroteo, a Bayaning Filipino Awardee in 2006. 

Weekends well-spent with Kapuso Weekend Watchfest

Beginning December 11, finish the week right with well-loved GMA dramas only on Kapuso Weekend Watchfest!

Ten episodes in bite-sized clips of “The Rich Man’s Daughter”, “Someone to Watch over Me”, and “Let the Love Begin” are uploaded weekly on GMA Network’s official Facebook page.

Facebook users now have the chance to watch “The Rich Man’s Daughter,” the ground-breaking 2015 drama series that bravely tackled lesbianism on Philippine TV. Rhian Ramos showcases her versatility as an actress as she breathes life to the main character, Jade. Everyone’s perspective of her life and her persona will change once she finds love with another woman (Glaiza de Castro). Episodes of The Rich Man’s Daughter are uploaded every Friday at 3PM.

Intel is giving away as much as Php100,000! Here’s how

Intel is starting this holiday season with a promo! With every single purchase of the 10th Gen Core i3/i5 Processors, you are qualified to win exciting prizes such as Php 100,000 of PayMaya credits, Sodexo vouchers, gadgets, and many more!

Participating products in the promo are Intel Core i3-10100, Intel Core i3-10100F, Intel Core i5-10400, Intel Core i5-10400F, Intel Core i5-10500, Intel Core i5-10600, Intel Core i5-10600KF, and Intel Core i5-10600KA. Any single purchase of any of these products from November 27 to December 25, 2020, entitles the buyer to a raffle entry. This promo can be availed at all participating Intel resellers nationwide.