Juan Karlos returns from hiatus with arresting folk-rock tune “Boston”

The comeback single comes with a music video shot in EDSA


After taking an indefinite hiatus from social media, acclaimed artist Juan Karlos returns with a new single that showcases a more laid-back, stripped-down approach in terms of songwriting and production.  

Released digitally, “Boston” revisits an old memory with a former flame, and runs with the fictional idea of “what could have been” if decisions in life were done differently. The song also documents that lingering bittersweet feeling of longing that, because of circumstances beyond control, cannot persist.

Two Philippine teams are finalists in global space data competition for COVID-19

Global finalists of the Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon. World MAQI: Dominic Vincent “Doc” Ligot, Michael Lance M. Domagas, Arturo "Art" Caronongan III, and Mark Neil Pascual. GiveSight: Karl Adrian de Guzman, Angelica Mhay Salazar, Joshua Bungcaras, Mark Barretto, and Gabriel Kristopher "Cricket" Soong.

Two teams from the Philippines, GiveSight and World MAQI, are selected by the United States space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), European Space Agency (ESA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) as global finalists for the all-virtual Earth Observation Dashboard Hackathon held last June 23-29. With 4,300+ participants from 132 countries and territories, the week-long event featured 233 projects to solve challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic using data from the Earth Observing (EO) Dashboard, an interactive data resource giving policymakers and the public a unique tool to probe the impacts of pandemic-related restrictions implemented around the world through the lens of Earth observation satellites.

Geo-Intelligent Visualization of Earth Systems in Graphical and Historical Timelines (GiveSight)

The Geo-Intelligent Visualization of Earth Systems in Graphical and Historical Timelines (GiveSIGHT) seeks to improve the current EO dashboard by highlighting significant changes of the COVID-19 pandemic through visualizations and guided insight for prospect users. The proposed dashboard is intended to visualize economic proxies through night lights, economic activities, and lock-down timeline in the Philippines. 

The team is led by Gabriel Kristopher "Cricket" Soong, an electrical engineer and emerging technologies consultant, and members include software engineer Mark Barretto and Adamson University computer engineering students Angelica Mhay Salazar, Karl Adrian de Guzman, and Joshua Bungcaras.

Mobility over Air Quality Index (MAQI)

The Mobility over Air Quality Index (MAQI) is derived from the fusion of mobility statistics provided by Google with air pollutants like nitrogen dioxide (NO2) from Earth observations.  While the COVID-19 pandemic initially led to decreased mobility and improved air quality, countries around the world have begun to lift their quarantine restrictions, triggering air pollution once again. Through MAQI, areas and communities with improved mobility and air quality may be identified and recognized. 

The team is composed of space data researchers and hackathon veterans. Data analyst Dominic Vincent "Doc" Ligot and data engineer Mark Neil Pascual led the conceptualization and prototype development, while Michael Lance M. Domagas, a computer science Master’s student, reunited with his undergraduate thesis adviser, Arturo "Art" Caronongan III, an assistant professorial lecturer from De La Salle University, to do research and concept validation for MAQI. 

Pinoy pride and ingenuity

In 2020, Art Caronongan’s team placed as global finalist in the NASA Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge for Snail Space, an app giving a "safe space" by providing mental care and comfort during times of social isolation brought by COVID-19 pandemic.

In 2019, Doc’s team developed Advanced Early Dengue Prediction and Exploration Service (Project AEDES) which used Earth observations for data-driven dengue detection and nowcasting, bagging the global award for the best use of data in the prestigious NASA International Space Apps Challenge. Since then, the initiative has garnered more accolades: recognized in 2020 by the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) for applying Earth observations towards the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and more recently last May 2021, vetted and approved by the Digital Public Goods Alliance (DPGA), and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), as a Digital Public Good (DPG), putting the Philippines on the map as a DPG pathfinding pilot country.

A team from CirroLytix Research Services, a Philippine-based startup leading the charge in using big data for social impact founded by Doc, developed Global Impact Detection from Emitted Light, Onset of COVID-19, and Nitrogen Dioxide (GIDEON), a data portal that used satellite data and news feeds to measure economic and social impacts of lockdowns and pandemic interventions. In 2020, GIDEON also won the best use of data global award in the NASA Space Apps COVID-19 Challenge.

Cricket Soong and Mark Pascual are also from CirroLytix, and in late 2020 were Space Apps global nominees for Global Hazard Exposure and Resiliency Trends by Earth observation and Analysis Tools (Global HEARTBEAT), an interactive tool providing geo-located information on natural and human hazards surrounding communities within the Philippines and Canada.

Winners of both space hackathons are invited to visit NASA and partner agencies’ facilities but are responsible for covering their own costs. Although travel has been on hold since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, invitations shall resume once travel is deemed safe. 

Michael Lance, a lead local organizer of Space Apps, appeals for support in recognizing these global winners and finalists, "Having both led and participated in these hackathons, I can attest to the world-class quality of our local innovators but sadly support for these innovators has been minimal. In the same way we Filipinos love to cheer our athletes and beauty queens who represent our country, I hope we can find value in supporting our Philippine technologists, who also bring our country pride through their innovation.”

EO dashboard hackathon winners shall be announced in early August 2021.

Selsun Blue manages dandruff by addressing the root of it

Dandruff is a common and recurring condition that can be caused by certain factors, including an oily scalp, infrequent hair washing and even allergies you didn’t know you had. It can take the fun out of so many things, such as wearing dark clothes, baring your shoulders and even the simple act of flipping your hair.  

Having dandruff is a sign that your scalp is not healthy. Thus, you need to address the problem at the root, literally and figuratively. How do you do this? There are many home remedies touted to treat dandruff, but many of these lack clinical research evidence for them to be credible. You can achieve dandruff-free status and gain more confidence by using a shampoo that really works to manage the problem.  

Ben&Ben reunite with Moira on the confessional ballad “Pasalubong”

After working together last year for the heartwarming ballad “Paalam,” which has reached more than 40 million streams on all combined music platforms, Ben&Ben and Moira are reuniting again for a song that captures the intensity of deep longing and persistent desire.

Their second collaborative single “Pasalubong” is a romantic confessional that drips with unapologetic sentimentality:  a song that is defenseless in its yearning and honesty, hoping that one’s profession of love will be received and reciprocated. 

According to Ben&Ben, the song was inspired by the double meaning behind the title, which is a term that is commonly used to refer to a gift, and a word that could also mean to meet. “The track is a play on both these meanings,” the acclaimed nine-piece outfit explains. 

Smile Train Expands Comprehensive Cleft Care Services Across Philippines

(ARC Hospital in Lapu-Lapu City serving as the first Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) in Cebu)

Smile Train, the world's largest cleft organization, announced today the establishment of four Comprehensive Cleft Care (CCC) centers across the Philippines to increase accessibility of treatment to cleft-affected individuals and their families.

Every day, more than 540 babies are born with a cleft around the world, an ongoing reality that calls for comprehensive solutions to help them overcome challenges and live a happy, healthy life. 

Shopee Rolls Out New Features on Shopee Live to Help Sellers Boost Views and Increase Sales in time for the 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

Shopee introduces Livestream Flash Sale and In-app Business Insights features to help sellers maximize the Shopee Live experience

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches Livestream Flash Sale and In-app Business Insights features to help sellers gain more viewers and boost their sales during streaming sessions on Shopee Live. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is excited to launch two new in-app features that aim to help our online sellers grow on our platform. Our sellers are a big part of our business, and we will continue to support them by providing the necessary tools to help them engage with their customers more. Shopee will continue to offer Filipinos a fun and interactive experience.”

"King Richard": Film About the Father of Venus & Serena Williams Drops Trailer

Will Smith is “King Richard,” the new film based on the inspiring true story of the coach/mentor/father that brought the world Venus & Serena Williams.  

Check out “King Richard’s” first official trailer below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas soon.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=241473954313586

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Rhi8G-Hvi30

About “King Richard”

Based on the true story that will inspire the world, Warner Bros. Pictures’ “King Richard” follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever.  Two-time Oscar nominee Will Smith (“Ali,” “The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Bad Boys for Life”) stars as Richard, under the direction of Reinaldo Marcus Green (“Monsters and Men”).

World Vision calls to support a meaningful future for Filipino children in the “Back-to-School” campaign

World Vision, one of the leading child-focused NGOs in the Philippines, launches its “Back-to-School” campaign to support Filipino children for the opening of the school year 2021-2022. 

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the consequences of COVID-19 continue to affect many, especially those living in the most vulnerable conditions. Among those most heavily affected are children as the pandemic continues to disrupt their learning and development and makes education inaccessible to millions of students nationwide.

Reward Yourself at Shopee's End-of-Month Sale: ShopeePay Petsa de Panalo!

Starting today until July 30, enjoy up to 50% bills cashback, ₱1 deals on Deals Near Me, and ₱1 load and data offers via ShopeePay

Make the most out of your suweldo this month with the ShopeePay Petsa de Panalo Sale happening today until July  30, 2021!

ShopeePay, an integrated mobile wallet, offers a variety of digital services and cost-saving deals that enables Filipinos to seamlessly embrace the cashless lifestyle. Users can buy load & data from major telco networks, pay bills to over 40 billers, and pay with ShopeePay at any of its partner merchants. In addition, Filipinos can also enjoy exciting promos such as ₱1 deals, 90% off on their favorite products, and ₱999 deals on fashion, beauty, personal care, lifestyle, electronics, and baby products during the sale.  

Good Vibes Tayo DITO: Get exclusive premium items from Viber when you purchase your DITO sim with a friend!

Newest telecommunications player DITO Telecommunity has teamed up with Viber, one of the most popular messaging apps in the country, for Good Vibes Tayo DITO - an exclusive promo from July 23 to August 31, 2021, where consumers can avail of exciting Viber Premium items when they purchase their DITO SIM cards in pairs. 

"At DITO, our goal is to empower Filipinos through stronger connectivity with our fast, reliable, and value-for-money data services. By partnering with Viber Philippines, we are hoping to provide a seamless and enjoyable experience of the country's most preferred messaging app to more subscribers all over the country," said Jasper Evangelista, DITO's Brand & Marketing Director. 

The Good Vibes Tayo DITO promo is just one of the many programs DITO and Viber have in store for Filipino subscribers. Now, Viber users can enjoy connecting with their family, friends, colleagues, and loved ones non-stop using DITO's reliable and affordable data promo offers. 

Piolo Pascual joins the Poten-Cee family

Poten-Cee strengthens its immunity proposition with the addition of the multi-awarded actor and health enthusiast

Multi-awarded actor, singer, and health enthusiast Piolo Pascual joins Poten-Cee Vitamin C’s family of A-list brand ambassadors as the latest endorser of Poten-Cee + ZN and Poten-Cee + Zn Advance, the brand’s newest variants.¹

It is an endorsement that has long been waiting to happen, what with Piolo sharing a surname with the company’s founders and owners. While there is no relation, Pascual and the PascualLab Family share one thing in common – a love for life and passion for health.

"Speed Past Power" in Pursuit of Extreme Performance with New POCO X3 GT

Powered by MediaTek's high-performance Dimensity 1100 5G chipset, POCO X3 GT is a high-performance powerhouse to run the immersive and demanding entertainment all-day. 

POCO, a popular technology brand among the world’s young techies, today announced to global debut of POCO X3 GT, a performance speedster designated for entertainment and mobile gaming. It will be available soon in multiple regions, including Southeast Asia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. 

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" Unveils Spooky Main Trailer

From director Jason Reitman and producer Ivan Reitman, comes Columbia Pictures’ Ghostbusters: Afterlife, the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.

Check out the new trailer of Ghostbusters: Afterlife below and watch the film in Philippine cinemas soon.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/Iak1UesbiuY

About Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Acer intros Sarah Geronimo as newest ambassador, hypes up #AcerDay2021

Acer Philippines officially announces Sarah Geronimo as their newest ambassador for this year’s Acer Day

Acer kicks off Acer Day, launches Sarah Geronimo as the newest member of the family

All eyes and ears on Acer as they welcome Sarah Geronimo as their newest celebrity ambassador. Everyone will definitely be in for a treat as the Popstar Royalty will be headlining their upcoming song for #AcerDay2021. 

Acer’s biggest annual brand event is back, and this time it will be launched simultaneously across the Asia Pacific! The ICT giant is just getting started with the announcement of Sarah Geronimo as their newest family member. This leaves us wondering what else does Acer have up on their sleeve on this year’s Acer Day. 

Comedy Central’s Awkwafina is Nora From Queens season 2 gets an all-star guest lineup including Margaret Cho, Fortune Feimster, Alan Kim, Ross Butler, Chloe Fineman & more

Comedy Central released the official season 2 trailer and key art for Awkwafina is Nora From Queens, and announced season 2 guest stars: Margaret Cho (All-American Girl) as well as previously announced Alan Kim (Minari). Additional guests include Lauren Ash (Superstore), Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel), Ross Butler (To All The Boys: Always and Forever), Cindy Cheung (13 Reasons Why), Catherine Cohen (Search Party), Catherine Curtin (Stranger Things), Nancy Eng (Premium Rush), Fortune Feimster (Sweet & Salty), Chloe Fineman (Saturday Night Live), Judy Gold (Search Party), Stephanie Hsu (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kerri Kenney-Silver (Reno 911!), C.S. Lee (Dexter), Fay Ann Lee (Falling for Grace), Ajay Mehta (The Good Place), Haley Joel Osment (Goliath, The Kominsky Method), Bea Soong (The Wives Of Henry Yuk), Aaron Takahashi (Yes Man) and Jade Wu (Luke Cage). Season 2 also features Gabo Augustine, Michelle Buteau, Jennifer Esposito, Chrissie Fit, Jonathan ‘Dumbfoundead’ Park, Jaboukie Young White, Wai Ching Ho, and Liang Ying He reprising their roles from the first season.

Huawei ICT Academy expands in Philippines with 15 new partner schools

Huawei Philippines continues to develop, build and strengthen the local ICT talent ecosystem as it welcomes 15 new partner universities and colleges to Huawei ICT Academy. 

In a virtual onboarding ceremony, Huawei ICT Academy introduced its new partner schools from different parts of the Philippines. In Luzon, the Academy onboarded the University of the East, STI College Alabang, Southville International School and Colleges, Colegio de Muntinlupa, Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Muntinlupa, Southern Luzon Technological College Foundation, Angeles University Foundation and the University of the Assumption.

5 Easy Tips to Help You Shop Wisely at the Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale

Enjoy exciting promos such as Midnight Flash Deals, Daily ₱8 Flash Deals, and free shipping with no minimum spend

If you’re an online shopping newbie, or maybe an occasional shopper who struggles to navigate e-commerce platforms, then you’re probably wondering what flash deals are. On Shopee, flash deals are limited-time price drops, available in limited quantities. In fact, you get some of the biggest discounts when you shop flash deals. A lot of these flash deals can go for as low as ₱8!

At Shopee 8.8 Mega Flash Sale, which runs until August 8, you can enjoy not just flash deals, but also free shipping, themed sales, cashback, and more. Before you start shopping, check out the tips below so you can maximize and enjoy your shopping experience without having to worry about missing out on limited-time offers:

Turn rainy days into rainy yays with Home Credit’s top tips (and 0% interest deals)

It always seems to happen when you least expect (or want) it. Just as you’re ready to go out of the house, mask and face shield on, excited for the day’s activities, the first few drops start to fall from the sky—ulaaaaaaaanI

While it’s true that there is a lot to appreciate about the rainy season, especially if coming off the scorching summer months, it can often put a damper on our day especially if we are headed out to work or for some safe outdoor activities.

If it’s starting to literally rain on your parade, don’t worry because Home Credit, the country’s leading provider of in-store financing and digital financial services, has some useful tips—not to mention irresistible 0% interest deals—that can turn your rainy days into rainy yays:

Camila Cabello makes a huge comeback with latin-inspired single “Don’t Go Yet”

Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated, multi-platinum, and chart-topping singer/songwriter Camila Cabello has released her new single Don’t Go Yet.” 

The song was written by Camila, Scott Harris, Ricky Reed, and Mike Sabath, produced by Mike Sabath and Ricky Reed and includes live percussion by acclaimed Cuban drummer, Pedrito Martinez. Alongside the new release, Camila also debuted the video for the track. 

Oozing with infectious harmonies and tropical rhythms, the latin-inspired banger shows her Mexican and Cuban roots, while retaining that glorious pop sound with a chorus that sticks in your head for days.

Sanofi celebrates International Self Care Day with Power To Love Yourself Completely Online Event

In celebration of International Self Care Day, Sanofi Philippines held an Instagram Live event called Power to Love Yourself Completely to discuss topics related to self care. Sanofi invited MommaNManila founder Michelle Aventajado and She Talks Asia Co-Founder and CEO Lynn Pinugo to talk about self care, with topics such as how to teach kids about self care, and how working millennials can take care of themselves while working from home. 

In photo: Janeena Chan, Jill Lim, Group Brand Manager of Sanofi Consumer Healthcare, Mommy Mish of MommaNManila and Lynn Pinugo, Co-Founder of SheTalksAsia.

In line with the Global Self-Care Federation’s theme, #SelfCarePromise, the event also invited everyone to share their self care promises online, empowering the viewers to take the step towards taking care of themselves even in the smallest ways.

Promoting a holistic approach to health is a big part of Sanofi’s Panata, and encouraging others to practice self care is a part of this. Jill Ong-Lim, Group Brand Manager of Sanofi Consumer Healthcare shared, “We need to realize that self sare in itself is the goal. Not just for others, but just for yourself. ” 

Shopee Offers Users #FullyVaxxed Package to Encourage Filipinos to Get Vaccinated

Fully vaccinated Filipinos can enjoy an exclusive digital bundle that includes free shipping vouchers and brand vouchers from SkinWhite, Johnson & Johnson, and Maxi-Peel

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the #FullyVaxxed Package under Shopee Bayanihan, to provide fully vaccinated Filipinos a special bundle they can use for personal needs and encourage others to complete both doses. Starting today until September 26, 2021, fully vaccinated Filipinos can qualify for the exclusive package that includes free shipping and discount vouchers from Shopee and discount vouchers from brands such as Hygienix, Maxi-Peel, SkinWhite, Splash Personal Care, and Johnson & Johnson. 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is here to support the country’s goal of inoculating as many Filipinos as possible through various initiatives such as our Vaccine Education Campaign, Vaccine Center Support, and now, our #FullyVaxxed Package. This is made possible through our partnerships with leading brands and with the participation of our marketplace sellers who have joined us in this cause to encourage citizens to get vaccinated. We are committed to doing what we can to help the nation stay safe and the Filipino people protected.”

PANA kicks off PANAta Awards 2021 with a Virtual Media Launch

The Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) just launched its PANAta Awards 2021, the country’s annual recognition program for effective and creative marketing communication campaigns, continuing its legacy of celebrating brands which have made a difference.

This year’s PANAta Awards theme is “Hilaraya”, a portmanteau of the Tagalog words hila, which means “to pull”, and hiraya, meaning the “fruit of one's hopes, dreams and aspirations; rendered through a creative device of a spectrum where the myriad of colors representing various sectors of the industry meet at a certain point. 

Pop-R&B songstress Charlene Su releases debut EP, onlyfriends

Pop-R&B songstress Charlene Su has finally dropped her debut EP titled onlyfriends, with four songs that promise to be absolute bops. 

Aside from subtly and cheekily referencing the popular, albeit raunchy online platform, OnlyFans, onlyfriends came about through collaboration among friends. Looking through the writers, you can see why. “To me, collaboration is the best part about music,” says Charlene, as she likes to think of songwriting as self-expression through shared human experience. 

“We have all felt disappointment and the ache of heartbreak before, be it unrequited feelings for a crush or even within friendships. I think of this EP as my coping mechanism of sorts for that disappointment; it’s really just me whining and trying to get over my feelings in a very melodic, pop way.” 

bbno$ Releases New Single ‘Edamame’ Featuring Rich Brian Out Now

Today sees rising star bbno$ [baby-no-money] release his brand-new single ‘Edamame’ featuring Rich Brian, out via the bbno$ label in partnership with mtheory.

Listen to ‘Edamame’ here

Following the release of the infectious and highly lauded ‘wussup’ last month, bbno$ is back with another incredible new single ‘Edamame’, lifted from his forthcoming album ‘Eat Ya Veggies’, due September 2021. Collaborating with 88Rising’s Rich Brian, the track sees the duo effortlessly maintain an astonishing flow over an uptempo beat, all whilst continuing to flaunt their lavish lives and antics. With its horn section hook, thumping bassline and deftly delivered vocals, ‘Edamame’ is yet another impressive track to add to bbno$’s growing catalogue.

Talking about the track, bbno$ said…"i started making music right after rich brian popped off and i was obsessed with glow like dat. my 19 year old self is still fan boying over edamame. i hope everybody rocks with it as much as i do. gg no re.”

We Got releases comically bizarre music video of “Panahon”

Eight-piece reggae collective We Got has released the official music video of their new single “Panahon.”

Directed by Shai Advincula, the story takes place in the time of pandemic, where a woman in isolation found unexpected companionship in the unlikeliest of circumstances. 

According to Advincula, the concept behind the music video revolves around the idea of isolation and the crazy things that we do to cope with the loneliness that comes with it. She explains, “Over the past year, our lives have shifted by being stuck at home most of the time. There are a lot of things that we’re missing from our pre-pandemic life, one of which is the affection we get from a companion. But how do we cater to our need for affection in a socially distanced world? The music video shows a bizarre but refreshing take on coping.”

ShopeePay Helps Brands Transition to Digital Payments

SEAOIL, Novo Department Store, and Potato Corner share how they’re maximizing ShopeePay for their business

Today, more Filipinos use alternative payment methods such as online banking and mobile wallets in their everyday lives. With this rising new trend, brands like SEAOIL, Novo Department Store, Potato Corner, and many others partnered with ShopeePay, Shopee’s mobile wallet, to seamlessly adapt to the change to provide better service to their customers.

About 39 million people make digitally-enabled payment transactions globally, and in the Philippines, about 30 percent of Filipinos aged 16-64 are now using mobile payment services each month. With the expected increase in digital payments worldwide in the coming years, local brands share how they’re maximizing mobile wallets like ShopeePay to adapt to the current trend. 

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino 2021 goes digital with diverse and inclusive programming

Linggo Ng Musikang Pilipino (LMP) marks its second digital edition this year with a commitment to promoting awareness and appreciation of OPM artists from all over the world through multiple social media platforms.

The weeklong celebration promises a wide variety of music programs that not only cater to a specific format, but also encompasses concerts and gigs, open mic challenges, exclusive premieres, workshops, and a lecture series. 

Vote Pilipinas, Smart Team Up, Urging Filipinos to Register For 2022 Polls

PLDT’s wireless arm Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has teamed up with the Commission on Elections’ (COMELEC) official Voter Registration Information Campaign partner - Vote Pilipinas – to encourage more Filipinos to register for the 2022 elections. Spearheaded by the non-government organization Impact Hub Manila, Vote Pilipinas offers non-profit, non-partisan online and offline information about the upcoming elections.  

“As the country’s leading mobile services provider, Smart is in a unique and significant position to expand the reach of ‘Vote Pilipinas' using the power of digital technology and our nationwidest and nationfastest network,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

With more than 18 million Filipinos belonging to the 18-39 year-old range, Gen Zs and millennials make up the biggest bulk of the voting population next year. Together, Smart and Vote Pilipinas will drive an information campaign aimed at igniting the youth’s passion and purpose to live smart and vote smart – starting with registering for next year’s polls.

Huawei, JMC ink ICT deal for 5th industrial revolution

DAVAO CITY – To keep up with the latest innovations that technology can offer to today’s education, Jose Maria College (JMC) partners with telecommunications giant, Huawei, last July 6, 2021 in an agreement to pursue the fifth industrial revolution of educational technology.

Through this partnership, students will soon be able to access the most modern educational tools such as state-of-the-art Learning Management Systems (LMS), Virtual Laboratories, Virtual Reality, Smart Campus, etc.

According to Ken Sentorias, the JMC Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) Director, the opportunities are limitless because both JMC and Huawei are on the same page of commitment and that is to deliver the latest educational technology.

5 Easy Ways to Become A Smart Shopper on Shopee

Shopee Cares PH shares how you can enjoy a seamless, rewarding, and safe shopping experience on Shopee

Most of us discovered the joy and convenience of shopping online during the past year. But are you truly maximizing your online shopping experience? Online shopping is now an indispensable part of our daily lives, and we owe it to ourselves to develop a better understanding of online shopping platforms and services. Our hard-earned money is at stake, after all!

However, navigating e-commerce platforms and services can get overwhelming. To guide you on your journey to becoming a smarter shopper, Shopee Cares PH, Shopee’s new dedicated customer service platform, shares tips regarding common issues online shoppers deal with, in areas such as logistics, safety, and authenticity: 

Globe Business backs Supply Chain and Healthcare MSMEs in Visayas, Mindanao

As supply chain and healthcare industries in Visayas and Mindanao pivot their businesses from the effects of the pandemic, Globe Business backs up MSMEs in these regions with digital solutions, providing customers safer, reliable and more convenient ways to move their goods and care for their health.

Driving value and growth in the supply chain sector

Globe Business’ M2M Fleet Management System allows for robust collaboration between businesses, suppliers and distributors, by enabling businesses to conveniently monitor deliveries and cargo status and locations in real time, simply thru a laptop or mobile phone. This easy tracking helps both sellers and buyers feel secure and know their packages are being reliably routed. 

“Companies that gain complete control over their fleets will cut down late deliveries, and spoilage, and protect their shipment against theft, tampering and accidents, and subsequently drive more value and growth for their business,” said Michiko Castaneda, Industry Marketing Head for Supply Chain at Globe Business.

Globe Business also works with several partners to offer unique perks and bundles to encourage more MSMEs to go digital. Ninja Van offers businesses 15% discount on its all-you-can-fit pouches at a flat price; online fashion portal Zalora waived fees and reduced commission rates on top of providing dedicated onboarding and account support; and e-commerce platform Lazada, offers dedicated onboarding, free photoshoot and e-store collateral for SMEs.

Optimizing health IT to reinvent patient care

On the healthcare front, Globe Business has launched the Hospital Information System, offered in partnership with health tech expert HyBrain. This system allows hospitals to automate medical, financial, logistical and administrative processes, including billing and hospital admissions, so healthcare professionals can focus on giving the best patient care.

“Helping healthcare institutions digitize their operations with our solutions provide them a host of benefits: it digitally manages patient information and medical history; improves patient satisfaction through shorter admission and discharge time; enhances inventory and accounting accuracy and increases compliance rate with government requirements,” said Manelle Cousart-Suyat, Industry Head for Health care of Globe Business.

Globe Business is at the forefront of driving digital transformation in different industries across the country. As a staunch supporter of MSMEs, especially in the most vulnerable areas, it is committed to provide learning and access to business solutions that empower them to own their success. 

To know more about the different business solutions offered by Globe Business, visit https://www.globe.com.ph/business/sme.html.

PascualLove: From Our Family to Yours

PascualLab joins hands with health guru Dr. Willie Ong to share the love 

via “MEDtalks with Doc Willie Ong” and donations to less fortunate sectors

After a memorable digital celebration #PascualLoveLiveat75, Pascual Laboratories, Inc., one of the trusted pharmaceutical companies in the Philippines¹, extends the celebrations to more Filipinos by joining hands with health guru Dr. Willie Ong. 

True to its 75th anniversary campaign #PascualLove, the company found it fitting to partner with Dr. Willie Ong because of their shared passion for health and social responsibility.  Dr. Ong or “Doc Willie” as he is more popularly known, is a cardiologist and a known philanthropist.

GVBOYS nears 1 million views with just two episodes

Because life can be overwhelming, we need every bit of fun we can get. This is the heart and soul of the Puregold Channel. Its "shoppertainment" concept, which combines shopping and entertainment, brings fun and happiness to Filipino households in these challenging times.

"GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes" is Puregold Channel's first digital series with eight episodes and two specials. True to its title, the series is filled with good vibes and Puregold Channel subscribers and followers have enjoyed the first two episodes so much that the combined views on the Facebook page and YouTube channel have already surpassed 900,000!

Banking Giant BDO and Huawei Collaborate to Provide Inclusive Financial Services for Filipinos

More than 50 million citizens — over half the population — do not use any form of online banking.

The average person in the Philippines spends more time on the Internet than any other country in the world. Filipinos are online over 11 hours each day, compared to a global average of just six hours. Indeed, with a total population of more than 100 million, 71% of Filipinos are active Internet users, creating the perfect environment to develop the country’s digital economy through Financial Technology (also known as FinTech).

Despite being the most active online, more than 50 million Filipinos — over half the population — do not use any form of online banking. According to an official government report published in 2019, only 8% of Filipino adults have an active online account. This, combined with the 97% of Filipinos who still trade in cash, has created increased risks during the global pandemic when in-person interactions are limited.

Danone Specialized Nutrition inspires healthier nutrition choices with its first regional campaign on Shopee

Shoppers can learn to make smarter choices for their health and discover the full benefits of Danone’s Specialized Nutrition (SN) portfolio for everyone in the family

Danone, a leading multi-local food and beverage company building on health-focused and fast-growing categories, and Shopee, a leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the first Regional Brand Day, ‘Our Health, My Choice’ on Shopee Mall to provide consumers in the region access to Danone’s full Specialized Nutrition (SN) portfolio for the whole family. The SN portfolio includes core milk products for children and convenient cereal bars for pregnant women and lactating mothers, and adult nutrition for healthy aging. With more people going online to shop for health products, the collaboration aims to support more families to make informed nutrition choices and discover products that support their health and nutrition needs.

SCYE aims to debunk ‘mental health’ stigma on new song “Paru-Paro”

Considered as one of the most promising acts in contemporary Philippine hip-hop, SCYE has successfully established himself as a rapper with incisive songwriting style and undeniable talent. This year alone, the acclaimed rookie has enjoyed prominent attention with the release of his single “Aking Kabanata,” which received praises from industry veterans such as Gloc-9, and with a participation on the hip-hop remix of Olivia Rodrigo’s chart-topping hit “drivers license,” featuring the biggest music acts in Def Jam Southeast Asia.

Now ready to conquer the insurmountable, the Bulacan-based rapper returns on triumphant terms with a new song centered around the importance of tackling mental health and depression with an open mind. Released under Def Jam Philippines, SCYE’s latest single “Paru-Paro” is a four-minute urban opus that tells the story of someone battling the demons inside his head.

Kain Tayo Pilipinas launched to help address hunger and malnutrition

Private sector-led initiative intends to aid nutritional gaps among Filipino children through feeding and education

Kain Tayo, Pilipinas! The private sector, in collaboration with non-government organizations (NGOs) and government partners, launches Kain Tayo Pilipinas, the flagship program of Pilipinas Kontra Gutom, a multi sectoral movement behind Task Force Zero Hunger which aims to eradicate hunger in the country. Present during the program (from left to right) Chief Executive Officer of Publicis Groupe Philippines Ken Lingan, Private Sector Lead of Pilipinas Kontra Gutom Margot Torres, Kain Tayo Pilipinas Lead Kristine Go, Task Force Zero Hunger Chairman Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles, and National Program Head of Kusina ng Kalinga of Gawad Kalinga Mark Lawrence Cruz. National Nutrition Council Executive Director, Dr. Azucena Dayanghirang, also gave a speech through a pre-recorded video.

SB19 pushes the boundaries of pop music with new EP, Pagsibol

A global phenomenon and Spotify's RADAR artist, SB19 captures their journey in their latest six-track EP

As torchbearers of Pinoy pop, SB19 has achieved record-breaking success in every step of their journey. The award-winning boyband has reaped accolades here and abroad, being the first Filipino act to be nominated for a Billboard Music Award and reaching a No. 2 peak on Billboard Social 50, a chart that utilizes real-time social media data to track the most fan-engaged artists in the world. From being part of Spotify’s RADAR program in 2020 that supported the band’s borderless access to fans, to becoming the Most Requested Artist of the Year for 2020 on MTV US Friday Livestream, the band has solidified their global presence with their music.

Paolo Avelino and Charlie Dizon reunite on the music video of Zack Tabudlo’s “Hindi Ko Kaya”

Watch here: Zack Tabudlo - Hindi Ko Kaya (Official Music Video)

Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) best actress Charlie Dizon and 4th EDDYS best actor Paolo Avelino reunite with acclaimed filmmaker Antoinette Jadaone on the music video of Zack Tabudlo’s “Hindi Ko Kaya.”

The two have worked with Jadaone on the breakout drama, Fan Girl, which premiered in Japan at the 33rd Tokyo International Film Festival last year, and swept the awards of last year’s Metro Manila Film Festival 2020, including Best Picture and Best Director, and acting nods for both of its leads.

"Malignant," James Wan's New Original Horror Film Reveals Trailer

You won’t be able to look away from “Malignant.” Watch the newest trailer from the director who brought you “Saw,” “Insidious,” and “The Conjuring.”  Only in Philippine cinemas soon.

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About “Malignant”

“Malignant” is the latest creation from “Conjuring” universe architect James Wan (“Aquaman,” “Furious 7”).  The film marks director Wan’s return to his roots with this new original horror thriller.

In the film, Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.  

The Steve McQueens continue to defy simple description with new single “Mila Ascending”

“Art created with thought and feeling often defies simple description; but closer inspection rewards the listener with layers of discovery and revelation. For those who enjoy the hidden twists and detours, Mila takes us on that journey.”   

“Mila Ascending” is The Steve McQueen’s first single release from their much awaited fifth studio album, The Observer. The mercurial band went directly from touring Japan and the Asian festival circuit into the studio to record this collection of new music which simultaneously invokes alternative R&B, chill-pop, 60’s Motown and nu-soul. 

The acclaimed band has recently celebrated their 8th year on the road with this release of coy and inconspicuous observations, and early listeners say it’s their best yet: balancing unique forms, ear-catching sounds and clever storytelling with an accessible pop sensibility.

fern. Drops his first tagalog single “Kagandahan”

Filipino singer-songwriter and producer fern. has finally dropped his new single “Kagandahan,” a minimalist pop tune that tackles the overwhelming feeling of being surrounded by beauty, and how people are afraid of it going away.

Released under Island Records Philippines, fern.’s latest jam is essentially stripped-down to the core, with its message offering a quiet, meditative space that doesn’t lose sight of what truly matters—even in the age of fast-paced modernity and fleeting romanticism.

“Kagandahan is about the beauty of anything in this world,” the prolific young artist explains its meaning. “It talks about how we're often scared of losing beauty that we believe is in our possession and how this fear often robs us of enjoying the beauty while its right in front of us.”

Hada Labo Premium Whitening range makes skin care less complicated

Skin care shouldn't be complicated. Make it Perfect X Simple with Hada Labo, which uses only the finest, purest, and highly effective ingredients that are beneficial to the skin and has no alcohol, no mineral oil, no colorants, and no fragrances. 

Hada Labo first came to the Philippines in 2019 with its Hydrating range. Hada Labo Hydrating Lotion has been the No. 1 facial lotion in Japan for 13 consecutive years and Filipino beauty enthusiasts were only too happy that it was finally here. Regular use of this lotion will result in softer and moisturized skin with a dewy look. 

This year, Hada Labo introduced its Premium Whitening Range in the Philippines. The flagship product of the range is the Premium Whitening Lotion. It has two different types of Hyaluronic Acid, Vitamins C and E and also Tranexamic Acid, which addresses dark spots, rebalances skin tone and restores skin radiance. This ingredient also has an anti-inflammatory effect and prevents rough skin. Use this after cleansing. Dispense a few drops of the lotion into your palm, rub between your hands to warm and then, gently pat onto your face and neck until thoroughly absorbed. 

ASEAN Music Showcase Festival 2021 adds two more countries, heads 3-day virtual event this September

ASEAN Music Showcase Festival (AMS) is slated to return on its second edition with an initiative to help regional artists stay connected with their fanbase and introduce themselves to new audiences despite the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Southeast Asia’s first collaborative intraregional music showcase festival will have its online premiere on September 11-12, 2021 (Saturday and Sunday) via YouTube. Virtual speed meetings aimed to provide one-on-one networking opportunities between emerging regional musicians and global music industry professionals will be held as a private event on the following day, September 13, 2021 (Monday).

This is Where We Currently Stand in Voter Registration—and How Far We Have to Go

Vote Pilipinas, the official voter information registration campaign of the Commission on Elections, holds the first of three Town Halls calling more people to register to vote.

With three months left until the deadline of voter registration, where do we stand in terms of the number of registered voters? There are now 60 million registered voters and 4.3 million new voters who will place their ballots in the 2022 Local and National Elections, according to the Commissions on Elections (COMELEC) Director James Jimenez. COMELEC projects that the number of registered voters will be at 62 million in time for elections next year. This data was released and presented during the Magparehistro Ka! virtual town hall organized by non-profit and non-partisan campaign Vote Pilipinas. The virtual event held over Zoom on July 8, 2021 featured a line-up of speakers including Jimenez,  who talked about the current state of voter registration in the Philippines and the collective action Filipinos must take to close the gap before registration closes in September 2021.