Get a chance to meet #TeamGalaxy Ambassador SB19 with Samsung’s #AwesomePosesUnleashed TikTok Challenge

TikTok has become the app of choice for Gen Z. The platform is an endless source of entertaining videos—inspiring young people to become social media superstars on their own. Samsung is encouraging Gen Z to bring their imagination to life and become content creators with the #AwesomePosesUnleashed TikTok Challenge. 

This follows Samsung’s TikTok challenge with SB19 in 2020, where they invited the P-Pop boy band’s fans to share their #AwesomeGrooves on the platform.

This year, creators are invited to show everyone how awesome they are with their most creative poses through the #AwesomePosesUnleashed effect featuring the SB19 minis. The challenge will run from April 2 to 30. Participants will get a chance to win e-vouchers, or an opportunity to join an online meet and greet with the boys and receive signed photocards.

LRMC implements adjusted LRT-1 operating hours

In support of the government’s announcement of Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) in Metro Manila, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) will implement a new schedule for the last train service on March 29 and 30, 2021.

LRT-1 will be operating from 4:30AM until 9:30PM (Northbound) and until 9:45PM (Southbound) on March 29 - 30. The adjusted schedule for the last train is in consideration of the government’s curfew from 6PM – 5AM and will allow LRT-1 Operations personnel to prepare and travel home safely.

As previously announced in the Holy Week schedule advisory, LRT-1 operations will be temporarily suspended from March 31 (Holy Wednesday) to April 4, 2021 (Easter Sunday) for the annual maintenance and rehabilitation works to facilitate continuous improvements to the LRT-1 system. LRMC has also coordinated with the Department of Transportation for the deployment of public utility buses along the alignment of LRT-1 to support essential workers with additional means of transportation during this period.

Which Motorcycle is Right for You?

Rev Up your summer with Transcycle, now also online!

With 2021 presenting new possibilities and a glimmer of hope for recovery from challenges over the past year, it’s not a stretch to say now is the time to get moving and stay motivated. People are slowly going out for work and leisure while maintaining precautions and social distancing for personal safety.

For some, it’s a great time to get a new motorcycle. It’s estimated that the coming years will see a boom in demand for individual mobility, with people opting to keep a distance from others and use a clean individual device untouched by anyone else. 

MSMEs Share their Digital Journey in Time for Shopee’s 4.4 Mega Shopping Sale

Through Shopee, two sellers gained  immense success with their online business

As e-commerce takes on greater importance in Filipinos’ lives, entrepreneurs continue to explore online selling opportunities to reach a new generation of tech-savvy users. 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, provides an ideal avenue for MSMEs to quickly shift their businesses to e-commerce, the tools to upskill entrepreneurs, and engagement features to reach even more customers. With about 88,000 new online business registrations in 2020, 86,000 of these businesses registered from March to December when strict lockdown measures were implemented across the country. With many entrepreneurs going digital and turning to online platforms, Shopee shares two business owners’ success stories on the platform. 

Acclaimed producer Wovensound, rapper Ihasamic!, and alt-pop songstress Jeena navigate emotional uncertainty on new single “Lonely Shores”

"Taking a page out of Brockhampton and Tyler the Creator’s books, producer Wovensound weaves in elements of lo-fi, jazz and hip-hop to create a track that sounds like a road trip." - TimeOut Magazine

Acclaimed producer Wovensound, rapper Ihasamic!, and alt-pop songstress Jeena have recently teamed up for a song about two lost souls crying for help as they struggle to find their place in a world that invalidates their feelings and actions. 

Released under Umami Records, “Lonely Shores” comes from a place of emotional pain and confusion—a track written by Ihasamic! in his attempt to “reflect on times where we sometimes like to hold on to things that hurt us.” 

Framed with cinematic production and ethereal calm, the collaborative effort from Singapore’s finest musicians tackles mental and emotional health with a level of sensitivity that is often unheard of in contemporary hip-hop/R&B releases—for most of its existence. 

PayMaya bags 11 Quills for its COVID-19 initiatives

PayMaya Philippines brought home 11 Quills at the recently held 18th Philippine Quill Awards Night for its initiatives that enabled various stakeholders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The digital financial services leader was conferred three Excellence Awards and eight Merit Awards this year by the International Association of Business Communicators-Philippines (IABC-Philippines), a prestigious award-giving body that recognizes strategic and excellent programs, campaigns, and materials in business communications. 

Rapper/producer Zelijah dives deep into teenage nostalgia on “17”

Zelijah takes a trip down memory lane on his new song “17,” out today via Sony Music Philippines.

Trading verses with fellow hip-hop artist Ellis G on bossa-infused, lo-fi beats and stripped-down guitars, the Filipino rapper/producer strikes a balance between honing a music palette that distills the algorithm-driven sounds of today and approaching the intersection of various music styles with a pop flair.

According to Zelijah, “17” was supposed to be a sad little tune about cherishing the best years of our lives in a bubble, tucked away from the hassles of adult responsibilities. “But the vibe it gave us when we were working on the song was just purely nostalgic so we thought of writing the lyrics about the 2012 and 2017 era where both of us were 17 years old,” the multi-talented artist admits in a statement. “Personally, this age bracket is where we worry less about the world and only think about ourselves and all the mundane things— free from our life problems.”

“Huwag Kang Mangamba”: A reminder to hope in the time of uncertainty

It is easy to lose hope when a series of untoward things happen in our lives. Especially when the Covid-19 pandemic struck, a lot of people had lost a loved one, their jobs, and had been challenged in different ways possible. Thus, the airing of ABS-CBN’s latest series “Huwag Kang Mangamba”on TFC, TFC IPTV, and iWantTFC is a timely reminder that there is always light at the end of the tunnel.

“Huwag Kang Mangamba” is a series that stars Andrea Brillantes and Francine Diaz who give life to the characters of Mira and Joy, respectively. Mira may be blind, but she sees that there is hope despite everything that is happening in her life. On the other hand, Joy was blinded by the pains and hardships that are going on in her life.

Catch these new thriller K-dramas on Viu best viewed on a Samsung Smart TV

Binge-watching the latest K-drama series has never been easier. With any purchase of selected Samsung Smart TVs, get a levelled-up viewing experience as the device comes with a free one-year Viu Premium subscription, giving you access to a wide variety of fresh and exclusive Korean entertainment content.

We’re zeroing in on the newest thriller K-drama titles on Viu that will entice you to avail of Samsung and Viu’s promo before the month ends:

The Penthouse 2

Following its explosive first season and first on Viu, The Penthouse 2, starring Lee Ji Ah and Kim So Yeon, follows the lives of society’s ultra-elite and how they’d do anything to maintain their status, even it means plotting and scheming.

Give Back In Style With Havaianas!

With the warm weather now slowing coming soon, we now adjust to more comfortable outfits including footwear. Despite staying in our homes, having comfortable flip flops makes home staycation feels like a getaway.

Havaianas is what many has in mind when it comes to flip flops. With a lot of designs that fits everyone's lifestyle, it has become a household name for those who live the slippers life whether it may be indoors or outdoors.

Grab Your Own Xiaomi Devices with these Amazing Deals at the Lazada Birthday Sale

Calling all Mi Fans! Get ready to add to cart your favorite Xiaomi devices and enjoy up to 30% off during the Lazada Birthday sale on March 27.

Amazing offers are lined up on a wide selection of Xiaomi products this one-day sale. Catch the Flash Sale happening from 12:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. and enjoy fantastic discounts including the Redmi 9A 2+32GB variant at PHP 3,990 (from PHP 4,690), the Redmi Note 8 4+64GB at PHP 5,490 (from PHP 7,990) and the Mi 10T Pro 8+256GB at PHP 23,990 (from PHP 24,990).

Mi Fans should also keep an eye on Mega Offers available throughout the day for the Redmi Note 9 Pro 6+64GB variant at PHP 8,490 (from PHP 9,990) and the Redmi Note 9 Pro 6+128GB variant at PHP 9,990 (from PHP 10,490). Also, the highly raved Mi 10T 6+128GB variant is now priced at PHP 17,990 (from PHP 19,990). The Redmi 9T 4+64GB and 6+128GB variants are also up for grabs for PHP 6,990 and PHP 7,990 respectively. 

World TB Day 2021: Duque calls for urgent recovery to prevent TB deaths

Estimating over 100,000 deaths due to tuberculosis (TB) in the next five years, Department of Health (DOH) Secretary Francisco Duque III sounded the alarm for a swift recovery in TB care and services amid COVID-19 quarantine restrictions.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused enormous health and economic impacts, even affecting our TB response. But let us come together and bring our TB response back on track,” Secretary Duque said at an online advocacy event in observance of World TB Day. 

#ExtraCareAtHome: Free medical insurance against Covid with Globe At Home, GCash and Singlife

Globe at Home, GCash and Singlife joined forces to give Home Prepaid WiFi and Postpaid Broadband customers FREE medical coverage and extra care as the country grapples with the spike in COVID-19 cases.

Apart from connectivity and cashless transactions, all new and existing customers of Globe At Home Unli Postpaid plans will also get FREE 3 months of COVID and Dengue insurance coverage worth up to Php140,500 starting March 26 for new customers and April 4, 2021 for existing customers. Globe At Home Postpaid customers will just need to download the Globe At Home App to avail of the coverage.  If they already have the app, they just need to update their details.

“We recognize that customers’ concerns about health, protection and peace of mind are the utmost priorities right now. With more cases and different variants of the coronavirus being reported, we want our customers to feel that they are not alone in facing these difficult and even more challenging times.  So we want to give them relevant offers that go way beyond connectivity,” said Darius Delgado, Globe Head for Broadband Business. 

#Connect2Earth: Globe solidifies climate change support through action-led initiatives

Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots movement for the environment, representing large-scale public clamor for a sustainable future and the protection of the environment.

On Saturday, 27 March at 8:30 p.m. local time, this global event will virtually bring together millions of people, businesses and leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on the urgent need to address nature loss and climate change. With evidence pointing towards a close link between nature's destruction and rising incidences of infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19, Earth Hour 2021 will unite people online to speak up for nature. This event comes ahead of key moments when world leaders will take critical decisions on nature, climate change and sustainable development, setting the course of our future.

As part of its support to Earth Hour, Globe has also established several initiatives that put the planet first such as WasSUP ('Wag Sa Single Use Plastic), a sustainability program that advocates a zero waste lifestyle and educates Globe employees on how avoidance of single-use plastics can protect the environment. Globe has collaborated with Green Antz Builders Inc. for proper disposal and processing of single-use plastic wastes within their office premises by purchasing a new plastic shredder. Clean and dry plastics are shredded and brought to the Green Antz facility in Arca South, Taguig for further processing and conversion to eco-bricks and eco pavers.

It also worked with Vending Experts Night and Day Philippines, Inc. (VEND Phils. Inc.) to come out with first vending machines that operate using the Quick Response (QR) code for cashless and contactless transactions via GCash. 28 machines have been installed in Globe offices and an automatic PhP1.00 GCASH rebate is given every time a Ka-Globe uses his or her own mug.

Globe customers may further take part in the zero-carbon initiatives. Here’s how:

1.       Donate your Globe Rewards Points

Be part of the rainforestation advocacy by supporting Globe’s rainforestation initiatives through your Globe Rewards points. Globe supports Hineleban Foundation for the rainforestation of denuded primary forests in Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur. Together with its has already raised a total of PhP 15.6 million equivalent to 156 hectares of reforestation sites planted with Calliandra as pioneer species coupled with multiple native trees such as Narra, White Lauan, Balsa, Bitaog, and Ulayan.

Every 100 Rewards points donation is equivalent to one tree. To donate, just download the Globe Rewards app on your mobile device and click the “DONATE” banner. Tap “HINELEBAN100” and press “REDEEM”. Download the app via https://www.globe.com.ph/rewards.html#GRewardsApp

The company also engaged in a long-term partnership with The Mead Foundation for the reforestation of upland forests in Iba, Zambales in collaboration with the local IP community. To support, go to https://mead-foundation.org/trees/ and scan the QR code using your GCASH app. Every PhP100 donation is equivalent to 1 native tree planted.

2.       Go Digital - Use GCASH and help reforest the country

Every successful GCash transaction earns you equivalent green energy in GCash Forest. You can collect these green energy by linking your health accounts, switching to online GCash transactions and reducing your carbon footprint. With enough green energy, you can plant a virtual tree and a real tree will be planted on your behalf by partner local communities. Help rebuild Philippine forests and protect our remaining watersheds! Download the app now via Google Play and App Store or go directly to https://www.gcash.com/gforest/

3.       Enroll in Paperless Billing

Globe actively encourages its customers to shift to electronic billing in order to reduce paper consumption and decrease environmental footprint. In addition, by automating and migrating to a paperless process, the company was able to save over 781 tons of paper, equivalent to saving 18,753 trees in 2020.

4.       Practice Zero waste at home. Donate your old, non-working electronic gadgets through Globe’s Ewaste Zero program

E-waste Zero is Globe´s environmental program focused on responsible disposal and recycling of electronic wastes. The program was formerly called “Project 1 Phone” and remains to be a platform for everyone to donate their old, non-working electronic devices via participating Globe Stores, select malls and offices of partner organizations.

Since its launch in 2014, Globe has worked with more than 66 corporations, private organizations, NGOs and schools nationwide. To date, more than 1.4 million kilograms of ewaste were donated, collected and recycled responsibly.

You may drop your e-waste items in more than 120 locations nationwide. This includes select Globe stores, participating malls and offices of partner organizations. To see the full list of drop of points or request for free door-to-door pickups, go to Globe’s Sustainability website - https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability/environment.html

5.       Together, let us reduce our carbon footprint. Switch to renewable energy or simply switch off lights when not in use

Conserve energy by being mindful of your power consumption. Turn off lights and home appliances when not in use and, if possible, shift to renewable energy by using solar panels.

Similarly, Globe is constantly finding ways to reduce its impact to the environment by shifting to renewable or clean energy sources. In 2020, a total of 7 key sites have totally shifted to clean energy sources which is a milestone for the company since it started its efforts on decarbonizing its facilities. It has also decommissioned legacy machines to ensure only energy efficient systems are in place for its operations.

Globe has been supporting Earth Hour since it was first held in 2007. This year, Globe will again participate by turning off lights and non-critical equipment in its offices and key facilities during the global event on Saturday. Through this action, the company hopes to encourage the public to continuously look for ways to live and operate sustainably.

All these are part of Globe’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals such as UN SDG No. 12—Sustainable Consumption and Production—which is about achieving economic growth and sustainable development by urgently reducing ecological footprint. It is also about decoupling economic growth from environmental degradation, increasing resource efficiency and promoting sustainable lifestyles by changing the way people produce and consume goods and resources; and SDG No. 13, which is to take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

To learn more about Globe’s environmental initiatives, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/about-us/sustainability.html

Viral Rico Blanco TikTok gets reimagined by producer/singer-songwriter raven

The earworm of a track also features verses from new artists Naila and somere.

Rising producer/singer-songwriter raven teams up with indie pop artists Naila and somere on the new single “S.U.K.I.”—released today via Sony Music Philippines.

The lo-fi jam, which was produced by raven and Rico Blanco, takes into account the pain and longing of someone who gave his all, but failed miserably to mend what’s left of the romantic relationship. Collaborators Naila and somere, who also provided their lilting vocals to the insanely catchy bop, are also credited as songwriters for this special project featuring different generations of musicians.

5 Exciting Things to Look Forward to at Shopee's Mega Free Shipping Sale

Shop to your heart’s desire and enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, cashbacks, freebies, and more this March 27

Looking to splurge a little this weekend? Are you thinking of finally checking out items sitting in your cart? This Saturday, you can shop all you want with all the deals available at Shopee’s Mega Free Shipping Sale.

Aside from free shipping, you can enjoy big cashbacks, ₱1 deals, and discounts up to 90% off on Shopee Mall brands. You can also win up to ₱200,000 by tuning in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this March 27. 

Elite™ Series, XG Series and VX Series all are equipped with high response rate and superior visual performance

ViewSonic Corp., a leading global provider of visual solutions, continues to expand its IPS gaming monitor lineup. Together with the professional  Elite XG270QG,  Entry 1ms & 144Hz XG05 Gaming series and QHD VX2705-2KP-mhd, the full IPS gaming monitors series provides the perfect combination of speed, hyper-responsive control and vivid IPS colour.  In contrast with traditional TN panel gaming monitors, IPS gaming monitors can deliver the ultimate experience for gaming with both color and speed. Gamers no longer need to choose between speed or color, now they can enjoy both while playing at esports-level speed.  

“ViewSonic as a brand is always thriving to offer the latest technology in the gaming sector” said Mr. Eric Wei, Senior Sales Director ViewSonic Asia Pacific, “We want to fulfill both pro gamers and casual gamers expectation in terms of Colour and speed.  These newly launched full line-up IPS gaming monitors all deliver high speed, design, and rich colours and gamers from entry-level to professional-level can choose based on their budget and requirement.” 

Women in the workforce drive quick commerce success

foodpanda champions a gender-balanced ecosystem as it looks forward to sustained growth

Innovation, convenience, and safety have pushed on-demand delivery or quick commerce as a thriving sector in recent years and an essential one amid the pandemic. As a business that thrives through the contributions and success of each player in its ecosystem, foodpanda Philippines ensures to create a balanced arena that benefits everyone. This includes nurturing a gender-balanced workforce and delivery ecosystem. 

At foodpanda Philippines, women account for over 50% of the total employee population, many of which are at the helm of their teams. Female employees thrive as leaders at foodpanda as they make up around 40% of the company’s senior managers and 45% of its team leaders. Around 54% of other managerial level roles are also taken up by women.

Among the different departments of foodpanda, the commercial team has the most women employees. Almost 64% of the team, which handles sales operations, account management, and partner vendor acquisition, is made up of women. The same team is considerably one of the obvious drivers of growth in the company as more customers and businesses sign up on the foodpanda platform.

Japanese scientists discover fabric spray kills >99.9% of COVID-19 virus

Clinical studies show that Natucair was
effective in killing >99.9% SARS-CoV-2.

Leading Japanese household company Earth Corporation has announced breakthrough clinical studies confirming that Natucair, its brand of fabric and linen spray, kills >99.9% of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.

Shintaro Noda, in charge of Regional Marketing of Earth Corporation disclosed that based on clinical studies made by the Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Center in Kobe, Natucair was effective in killing >99.9% SARS-CoV-2 in suspension. 

With 17 testing centers in Japan and around the world, the Japan Textile Products Quality and Technology Center is one of the most credible and trusted institutions when it comes to evaluating the efficacy of products to be used internationally.

The testing involved mixing nine parts of Natucair with one part sample of the SARS-CoV-2 using plaque assay protocol. After five minutes of contact, the samples were re-examined to see the effect on the SARS-CoV-2 particles.

Globe reinvents customers' everyday experiences with innovative life-enabling offers

Filipinos are very agile, always ready to adapt to new experiences and face challenges head on. Despite the pandemic, many are able to stay afloat thanks to digital means which remain abuzz with new platforms, services, bundles and plans that reinvent how we live.

Globe recognizes the challenges its customers continue to face given the current state of the pandemic. To support them, the company launched first-to-market innovations that redefine telco experiences that enable them to win each day.

“Today, Filipinos have better connectivity with truly proactive service here and abroad, powered by the largest mobile network and the fastest-growing 4G network in the country. More advanced technologies are also in place such as 5G and fiber plus pervasive network improvements,” shared Globe’s Deputy Chief Commercial Officer Issa Guevarra-Cabreira during the first-ever Globe Innovation Fest.

Alpha 7SIII: Top Choice of Renowned Cinematographer and Content Creator

When you talk about professional shooting, renowned and sought-after content creators, veteran directors, and cinematographers would not hesitate to say that their top choice is Sony’s Alpha 7SIII mainly because of its extraordinary capabilities that bring their Imagination in Motion.

Sony Philippines (SPH) conducted a virtual interview with game-changing digital content creator, Lit Lab Studios headed by Patrick Martin and Hiromi Uematsu and professional director and cinematographer, JA Tadena to share their experience using the Sony Alpha 7SIII and why is it their top choice.

Xiaomi offers amazing price drops for the Redmi Note 9 series

Xiaomi just announced amazing price drops for its Redmi Note 9 series! 

Get a Redmi Note 9s 4GB + 64GB variant now for only PHP 9,490 (from PHP 10,490) or a 6GB + 128 GB variant for only PHP 10,490 (from PHP 11,490). Meanwhile, you can also purchase a Redmi Note 9 Pro 6GB + 64 GB variant at PHP 10,990 (from PHP 11,990) or the 6GB + 128 GB variant at PHP 11,990 (from PHP 12,990).

The Redmi Note 9s introduces Snapdragon’s powerful 700 series processors to the Redmi Note series for the first time. The Note 9s includes a 720G processor and a 5020mAh (typ) ultra-high capacity battery. It also supports 18W fast charge and comes equipped with a 22.5W fast charger in the box.

Combine this with an improved design featuring a 3D curved glass back for a good grip and maximum comfort plus Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for added toughness and durability, a 48MP AI Quad camera and a 6.67” FHD+ Tiny DotDisplay (another first for the Redmi Note series) and the Redmi Note 9s truly does give you the power to win! 

Teacher-singer Jayson Dedal shows acting chops in BL-themed music video

Jayson Dedal and Alfio Schmidt are an odd couple
 with incredible chemistry on the BL-themed
video for Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin

The official music video for public school teacher-turned-artist Jayson Dedal’s debut single “Bilyon-Bilyong Panalangin” is a moving piece of short film that takes a page from popular Asian boys’ love (BL) series.

The video showcases Dedal’s acting chops opposite his love interest played by top model Alfio Schmidt. We see Dedal go through the moments of unfeigned but unrequited intimacy, as he falls deeper and deeper into Schmidt’s charms.

Throughout these memorable moments like baking cakes or playing billiards, Schmidt gives Dedal every reason to believe in love. He acts as the partner his friend has wanted for a long time—someone who’s gentle, patient and, above all, present. And despite the singer’s fears of a lack of reciprocity and being out of his league, Dedal tries to muster up whatever courage he can to express his feelings. But as many real love stories go, the story doesn’t end in ‘happily ever after.’ 

Sponge Cola puts a refreshing spin on romance with new song “Labis-labis”

Aside from churning out modern rock classics that carve a special place in our collective consciousness, Sponge Cola has always been adept in capturing the divine feeling of romantic high, the cautionary tale that comes after, and the journey caught in between the respective timelines. 

The “Siguro Nga” hitmakers have mastered the art of helming the soundtrack of our lives with universal appeal, and this time, they are putting a uniquely captivating but relatable spin on the ‘love song’ format with the release of their new single “Labis-labis” via Sony Music Philippines.

Goldilocks offers as much as P200 cashback exclusively to PayMaya users

Fulfilling your Pinoy food cravings has just gotten more rewarding, especially if you’re paying contactless, as Goldilocks offers an exclusive reward to customers who will #ScanToPay via PayMaya QR for their online purchases.  

Whether you’re craving for your favorite puto’t dinuguan or looking to buy your go-to cakes for special celebrations, you can’t go wrong with ordering from Goldilocks. And now, your cravings can turn into rewards, as you can enjoy up to P200 Balik Bayad when you order meals at www.goldilocksdelivery.com.ph and pay via PayMaya QR.  

When you spend at least P800 on your online orders at Goldilocks, you will get a 10% cashback of up to P100. You can enjoy this exciting reward twice, until March 31, 2021 to get a total of P200 cashback.  

To take advantage of this exclusive promo, all you have to do is order your Goldilocks favorites at www.goldilocksdelivery.com.ph, select debit/credit card in the payment option, and click PayMaya to pay via QR. From there, just scan the QR code using your PayMaya app and tap Pay! It’s that simple and convenient! 

Meatless Meal Ideas You'll Want to Recreate this Holy Week

Enjoy up to 20% on Unilever Food Solutions ingredients and essentials for these recipes from March 23 to March 31 

For the Catholic community, Lent is a time to reflect and focus on our spiritual well-being. During this season, people abstain from certain types of food like sweets and alcoholic beverages, but the most common food that practitioners avoid eating are meats such as pork, chicken, and beef. 

It may sound easier said than done, but skipping red and white meat during Holy Week is manageable. If you’re looking for meat-free meals that are delicious and healthy, Shopee and Unilever Foods has you covered. Below are some easy Lent-friendly meals you’ll want to make this Holy Week: 

Five Home Fire Safety Tips to Protect Your Family

This Fire Prevention Month, learn how to prepare your family and keep them safe to avoid disaster from striking

Did you know that an average of 42 fire incidents occurs in the Philippines daily? This amounts to around ₱4.65 billion worth of damage every year. According to the Bureau of Fire Protection, the top causes of fire outbreaks in the Philippines are faulty electrical connections, lighted cigarette butts, and open flames. 

Since most of us are staying home with our families during this time, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our haven and sanctuary remains free from such health hazards. This Fire Prevention Month, educate yourself and your family on fire safety measures. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Guapad 4000 And !llmind Release New Album

Guapdad 4000 and !llmind recently dropped their collaborative album 1176 via PARADISE RISING. The album includes previously released singles "How Many" & "She Wanna" which Hypebeast called "an honest look at the Oakland-born artist." In addition to the album, he is releasing the video for "Chicken Adobo," the third entry in the cinematic universe that Guap has created with the visuals for this album alongside frequent collaborator and director Chris Simmons. Shot in Hawaii, the new video brings a comic book daydream to life, complete with beachside villas and dirt bike rides at sunset, before it takes a wild turn in the closing scene.

Speaking on the collaboration, Guap says: “If !llmind had a power it would be to shapeshift, he can do anything! Something like this comes in handy when you need to tell the full spectrum of your story like I did in this music. I had no idea we would stumble upon something this magical though but I guess I should have known that linking up with my Filipino brother would enhance my super powers! Enjoy it scamily.”

LRMC announces LRT-1 2021 Holy Week schedule

In order to facilitate necessary upgrades and continuous improvements to the LRT-1 system, private operator and maintenance provider Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) is announcing a temporary suspension of LRT-1 operations from March 31 (Holy Wednesday) to April 4, 2021 (Easter Sunday) for its annual maintenance. LRT-1 will continue to be operational on March 29 and 30 following its regular service hours.

“The work we will need to do on our lines is to ensure that our train system continues to perform at its best. We are doing everything we can for a better and smoother commute on the LRT-1,” said Enrico R. Benipayo, LRMC Chief Operating Officer.

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free on Google Play and App Store.



UNIQLO Appoints Green Doraemon as Global Sustainability Ambassador

Famed cat-type robot character to engage in sustainability initiatives with LifeWear Special Ambassador Haruka Ayase and UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors 

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO today announces that it has appointed “Doraemon” as its Global Sustainability Ambassador. The name of the green model of the internationally beloved blue Japanese manga and anime character is “Doraemon Sustainability Mode.” Presented with the UNIQLO logo also rendered in green, he will help convey the many ways in which UNIQLO materializes its sustainability message of “Changing our future through the power of clothing”. 

“We are delighted to partner with Doraemon,” said Koji Yanai, Group Senior Executive Officer, Fast Retailing. “Over the past two decades, UNIQLO has undertaken numerous sustainability initiatives through business to contribute to a better, more sustainable world. We believe that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, social transformations, and evolving consumer attitudes make it more important than ever to collaborate with customers and other stakeholders in driving positive social change,” he added. 

Commenting on the new partnership, Doraemon said, “Hi, everyone! I'm Doraemon and now I am Green! I’ll do my best as UNIQLO Global Sustainability Ambassador to help create a much brighter future! I want to work with you all, so we can make people everywhere more interested in the future of our world!”

Partnership with Doraemon

Doraemon hails from Japan and has become beloved by people of all ages, all around the world. UNIQLO similarly originated in Japan; the company has evolved over the years by providing quality apparel to people everywhere in keeping with its commitment to fostering social progress. As UNIQLO Global Sustainability Ambassador, Doraemon, who has traveled back in time, will help create a better future for the world by presenting the brand’s sustainability initiatives in fun and easily understandable ways. Rendering Doraemon and the UNIQLO logo green underscores the company’s determination to accelerate its sustainability efforts. Doraemon Sustainability Mode will feature in UNIQLO stores around the world, the brand websites, and other channels.

“As a LifeWear Special Ambassador, I am very happy to be involved in UNIQLO’s sustainability efforts. I too wish to learn together with everyone else and contribute, even if a few steps at a time, to a sustainable environment and society,” said Japanese actress Haruka Ayase.  

Doraemon joins Ms. Ayase and UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Shingo Kunieda, Gordon Reid, Ayumu Hirano, and Adam Scott in taking UNIQLO's sustainability initiatives forward. 

Participation of Haruka Ayase and Global Brand Ambassadors in Sustainability Activities

LifeWear Special Ambassador Haruka Ayase is slated to participate with the character in the UNIQLO school outreach program for elementary, junior high and high school students in Japan, as the first step of her participation in UNIQLO’s sustainability efforts. The six UNIQLO Global Brand Ambassadors will also contribute to these endeavors through sport and by wearing everyday apparel incorporating environmentally friendly materials.

UNIQLO The Power of Clothing Logo

This version of the UNIQLO logo in green underscores a message of “Changing our future through the power of clothing” in conveying the company’s sustainability initiatives across various channels around the world.

For more information

UNIQLO Sustainability site 

www.uniqlo.com/en/sustainability/

Fast Retailing 2021 Sustainability Report 2021

www.fastretailing.com/eng/sustainability/report/new.html

Producer Sam Raimi's "The Unholy" Unveils New Trailer

Columbia Pictures has just released the international trailer of the supernatural horror-thriller The Unholy from producer Sam Raimi (Spider-Man, Evil Dead).

Check out the trailer below and watch The Unholy in Philippine cinemas soon.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/8RL9fqJDWW0 

About The Unholy

Be careful who you pray to....

Enjoy exciting discounts from Mentholatum and Sunplay this month of March

We've been making time for everything from mani-pedis to at-home workouts all in the name of self-care but taking extra time to focus on our skin should be our No. 1 priority. For summer, the beauty buzzword is "protect." 

This summer, protect your skin and lips from the sun and other elements with Mentholatum LipCare products and Sunplay Skin Aqua sunscreens, both beloved Asian beauty brands with cult beauty status.

There may be no summer outings but you still have to make sure your skin is protected from UVA/UVB rays and even blue light. Sunplay Skin Aqua sunscreen is a skincare step you should never miss. One popular choice is Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Essence with SPF 50+ PA++++; doesn’t feel thick or heavy, and doesn’t contain any fragrance or alcohol. Another is Skin Aqua Sarafit with beauty and protection benefits; blocking UVA/UVB and blue light, plus you will get to have a supple skin because it has Hyaluronic Acid.

Enjoy Free Shipping, ₱1 Deals, Bigger Cashbacks, and More at the 4.4 ShopeePay Cashless Festival


Use ShopeePay from March 22 to 25 to discover all the perks of going cashless 

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet that offers users easy access to digital payment services, invites Filipinos to go cashless at the 4.4 ShopeePay Cashless Festival. This is the second iteration of Shopee’s Cashless Festival, which had its successful inaugural launch last February. From March 22 to 25, users who shop, buy load, and pay bills with ShopeePay get to enjoy exclusive rewards such as free shipping, ₱1 deals, and cashback. 

Safeguard Detox Foaming Body Wash is this Season’s Must-Have

Spending so much time at home during this humid dry season really does make you want to take showers even more. But doing it so often makes it feel like such a chore. Good thing Safeguard just released the NEW Natural Detox Foaming Body Wash — the first in the Philippines. And it comes in three luxurious fragrances namely Pomegranate, Bamboo Charcoal, and the classic Pure White. Foaming body wash can make for a luxurious bathing experience and transform an everyday shower feel indulgent, while also deep clean your skin.

Ordinary soaps are only able to clean surface level, leaving behind germs, pollution, and oil in the skin. Every pump of the Safeguard Detox Foaming Body Wash body wash is a light and airy foam that purifies the skin while gently lifting germs, dirt, and oil with their new Triple Detox technology that provides 99.9% germ protection. Plus, not only are you able to have a fun and indulgent shower experience, but you also you get to save on water consumption of up to 30% in each shower. 

Destiny Rogers thanks BLACKPINK’s Lisa for viral boost, drops new version of “Tomboy”

Rising singer/songwriter Destiny Rogers today releases a new version of her debut single “Tomboy” featuring New Jersey rap sensation Coi Leray. 

This new version follows ignited streams of “Tomboy” after Lisa of K-Pop group BLACKPINK posted a choreographed mini-film entitled “Lili’s Movie” performed to “Tomboy,” which has enjoyed over 39 million views and counting since its release last month.

Following Lisa’s post, Destiny’s single “Tomboy” peaked at #12 on the Spotify Viral 50 Global chart and is currently top 20 on the chart. Destiny connected with Lisa from BLACKPINK directly on FaceTime last night to thank her for the new wave of support for “Tomboy.”

Clara Benin joins Sony Music Entertainment’s new Southeast Asian label ‘OFFMUTE’

OFFMUTE offers emerging artists from across all genres a dedicated platform to pursue their own creative vision and reach audiences across Southeast Asia

New artists on board include acclaimed Philippine singer-songwriter Clara Benin, Indonesian alt-pop sensation Mezzaluna and Malaysian recording star liesl-mae

Sony Music Entertainment announced today the launch of OFFMUTE – a new pan-regional label focused on championing new and emerging Southeast Asian talent by drawing on the combined experience of Sony Music’s entire Southeast Asian team.

Get first dibs on the latest deals and discounts with Home Credit’s HC Live

More episodes, prizes, and surprises await Home Credit customers and followers these coming months! 

After a successful pilot run of livestreams, Home Credit Philippines—the country's leading consumer finance company with nationwide store presence and rapidly growing mobile presence—will be streaming weekly episodes of HC Live on its official Facebook page starting from March 2021. 

As a madaling lapitan or an easy to approach financial partner especially during this digital shift, Home Credit intends to use HC Live as a platform to connect and interact with its customers and followers online. Through entertaining unboxings, informative product reviews, and fun game demos, HC Live also gets to promote the latest offers of its partner brands.

Special shopping vouchers await you from Globe Rewards

Love to shop? Mark your calendar! 

As a treat to its loyal customers, Globe Rewards is giving away discounted shopping vouchers that can be redeemed for as low as 10 Rewards points. Globe customers can use these vouchers at their favorite shops such as The SM Store, Shopee, Zalora, 0917 Lifestyle, and online grocery shopping platform, PureGo on March 24, 2021.

For just 10 Rewards points, customers can redeem a The SM Store GCash voucher worth P100. Those who prefer to shop online can avail of Shopee and Zalora vouchers. Customers can get a P100 Shopee for 80 Rewards points or enjoy a P500 Zalora voucher for just 50 Rewards points.

When Power Meets Speed: POCO Launches Two Flagship Phones

"The Real Beast" POCO F3 and POCO X3 Pro, Exactly What You Need and More

With top-notch processors, display and quality sound, POCO F3 offers powerful performance and entertainment, while POCO X3 Pro is an all-around upgrade tailor-made for gamers

POCO Global today launched two flagship smartphones - The Real Beast POCO F3 and the new and soon-to-be-coveted POCO X3 Pro. 

Sporting the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 870 5G Mobile Platform, POCO F3 immediately grabs attention as the brand's most commanding device to date. POCO F3 is also equipped with a 6.67" E4 AMOLED DotDisplay with 120Hz refresh rate, as well as the Dolby Atmos® audio technology. Powerful yet slim and light, POCO F3 is comfortably in the league with high-end flagships.

NutriAsia Rolls Out Free Vaccination Program for Employees and Dependents

NutriAsia, the Philippines’ leading company for condiments and sauces, attributes its success to its people who are committed to providing excellent and quality products for every Filipino household.  As such, the company considers People its most important asset and is providing free COVID-19 vaccines to its employees and their qualified dependents to protect them and safeguard their good health.  The implementation of the planned vaccination program will follow government regulations and guidelines. 

UNIQLO Opens its First Store in Butuan City on March 26

Japanese global apparel retailer, UNIQLO, is set to open its first store in Butuan City. Starting March 26, 2021, Butuanons can have access to the complete lineup of LifeWear clothing for women, men, kids and babies. UNIQLO LifeWear is clothing designed to make everyone’s life better. It is simple, high-quality everyday clothing with a practical sense of beauty, ingenious in detail, thought with life’s needs in mind, and always evolving.

With 859 square meters of shopping space, UNIQLO’s first store in the city is located on the ground floor of SM City Butuan, along JC Aquino Avenue. 

Shopee Offers Bigger, Better Deals at 4.4 Mega Shopping Day, the Region’s First Mega Sale of the Year

Riding on the growing trend of late night shopping, Shopee will hold a two-hour Midnight Mega Sale on April 4

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, steps up its efforts to deliver value and variety to users all year round with its inaugural 4.4 Mega Shopping Day. Coming on the heels of Shopee’s successful year-end campaigns and the 3.3-4.4 Mega Shopping Sale, its first mega sale of the year in the Philippines, this big regional sale offers even better deals, discounts, and rewards. 

Get up to 70% off on Promate products at Lazada’s 9th Birthday Sale

Promate offers exclusive deals and discounts to celebrate Lazada’s 9th Birthday Sale happening on March 27, 2021

Known for high quality and unique products, Promate joins Lazada's 9th birthday celebration this coming March 27, 2021, with exciting deals for everyone.

The need for electronic peripherals to aid the work force as well as students in their video conferencing and online learning continue to grow. As people adapt to the new way of doing things, more essential digital and gadget solutions are needed. With a unique focus on lifestyle technology, Promate thrives on providing customers with a wide array of personal computing accessory options.

"At Promate, we ensure that our customers have options on their computing needs," said Dimple Condes, Promate Lifestyle Inc. Country Manager. "We hope to provide them with the necessities of the new normal without compromising style and quality. Promate wants to give them more options to upgrade or get new accessories as we all navigate this new normal."

Japanese Breakfast Make Late-Night TV Debut On The Tonight Show Staring Jimmy Fallon

Japanese Breakfast, the musical project of Michelle Zauner, made her late-night television debut on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon recently performing "Be Sweet," the acclaimed new single from her anticipated upcoming album, Jubilee.

The band also performed "Jimmy Fallon Big!," from 2017's Soft Sounds From Another Planet as a web exclusive, a song Zauner wrote about the bass player of her previous band. "He'd been offered a better touring gig and so he sat me down at my kitchen table and told me he had to quit the band because this other band were going to be 'Jimmy Fallon big.' At the time it felt like losing a brother, and there was this shame, feeling like I was never going to get there myself," Zauner told NPR. "Funny enough, he now plays bass in Japanese Breakfast! Now we just need to play Jimmy Fallon and the cycle will be complete!"

Jubilee is due June 4th via Dead Oceans.

Globe, Ortigas Land future-proof modern homes with high-speed fiber internet

Globe and premier property developer, Ortigas Land have recently entered into a partnership which will allow residents of the Ortigas estates to future-proof their homes with built-in smart home systems and with high-speed fiber connectivity. This will enable future homeowners to enhance their living experiences which will include features for the modern home such as security, convenience, and comfort.

As Ortigas Land celebrates its 90th year in developing master-planned communities, the property developer has begun to offer smart home features in its residential projects that would enable soon-to-be homeowners to future-proof their homes. 

Collaborating with Globe, upcoming luxury residential offerings in Ortigas East and Capitol Commons in Pasig City, and The Galleon in Ortigas, will be equipped with Globe At Home’s (GAH) Fiber Internet Broadband even before homeowners move in.

5 simple eco-friendly tips for your workspaces at home

When it comes to optimizing a space for productivity at the comfort of your home—whether for work, school, or for personal projects—it’s essential to consider organizing and designing beyond functionality. Approaching this from a holistic perspective means being aware of the environmental impact you create and making eco-conscious choices for your home setup. 

There are a lot of advantages to being more mindful with your workspace. Aside from an organized space allowing you to think more clearly and work more productively, you can also push for energy-efficiency, which translates to less power consumption and practical financial savings in the long run.

Celine Dion’s landmark album ‘Falling Into You’ turns 25

Celine Dion celebrates the 25th anniversary release of her monumental album ‘Falling Into You’ this month. This became the biggest-selling album of 1996 worldwide and sold over 30 million copies, plus winning two Grammy Awards including Album of the Year.

The album’s opening track ‘It’s All Coming Back to Me Now’ is often seen as emblematic of Celine’s musical style and quickly became a fan favorite and a centerpiece of her concert repertoire. Other showstopper tracks on the album include Celine’s own take on ‘All By Myself’ by Eric Carmen and ‘River Deep Mountain High’ a song created by Phil Spector for Tina Turner, the album title track ‘Falling Into You,’ plus the classic ‘Because You Loved Me’ film theme to ‘Up Close and Personal’ - to name a few. 

JobStreet launches 100,000 free online courses in partnership with FutureLearn

In an effort to empower Filipino candidates during these uncertain times, leading online job portal JobStreet launches 100,000 free online courses in partnership with FutureLearn, a British digital education platform.

JobStreet continues its commitment to extend valuable support among job seekers amid the pandemic by not only providing jobs that matter but also giving learning and upskilling opportunities to every Filipino.

With this partnership between JobStreet and FutureLearn, Filipinos can now learn 100% online with world-class universities and industry experts with a diverse selection of courses. The levels per course are delivered one step at a time as one progresses in learning. Courses are accessible on mobile, tablet, or desktop. 

GCash expects to surpass inclusive growth targets, offers full array of financial services

The Philippines’ leading mobile wallet GCash reported that it expects to exceed its inclusive growth targets on the full array of financial ...

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