Globe At Home makes internet access more affordable to bridge the digital divide on e-learning

The global health crisis has exposed the technological gap especially in the education sector as more households still clamor for decent and accessible connectivity to cope with learning from home.  In response to this, Globe At Home continues to pursue an aggressive cell site build and network improvement program, while delivering an evolving product portfolio that prioritizes accessibility and convenience for the Filipino family.

ICYMI: There’s A GCash Hack That Lets You Shop Great Deals For Brands You Love

Tap into your Super Life with GLife -  get access to everything you love & need, with just a few taps.  Great deals with the brands you love now all in one super life app, GCash. 

This one’s for all you Add-To-Cart Aficionados. We know you love online shopping and convenience, so what if we told you there’s a GCash life hack that lets you access all your favorite merchants, get exclusive deals, and shop all things lifestyle: from food & drinks, to retail & essentials, home improvements, tech, and gaming, right in the app itself. 

Introducing GLife: a feature within your GCash app that makes it your all-in-one Super Life app! And because it’s already in GCash, you get to enjoy super seamless payments without having to switch apps!

Even more brands to love: Now with a wider range of brands curated for your lifestyle

Globe, DepEd, Sen. Villanueva make digital learning more accessible with GoLearn

A gap in access is a gap in learning.  With this in mind, Globe joined hands to give educators, parents, and students access to highly engaging programs and affordable digital solutions so there will be no reason for learning to stop.

To make the education stakeholders feel more optimistic for this school year, Globe has launched GoLearn, the unified, company-wide platform aimed at helping the country achieve 21st Century Learning.   Through the initiative, Globe is looking forward to creating a better tomorrow for the sector.

Hidilyn Diaz raises the bar and makes the Smart move 

The first Filipino Olympic gold medalist joins the Smart family 

The Philippines' first Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz joins Team Smart as its newest ambassador, a collaboration aligned with the thrust of the country’s leading mobile services provider to empower and inspire Filipino athletes and its millions of subscribers.     

Much like Hidilyn, love of sports has always been deeply ingrained in the Smart DNA. The telco has been doing its share of heavy lifting to provide support for our athletes both at home and on the international stage. In fact, Smart has been a part of Hidilyn's journey since 2016.  

Moreover, the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) has always been in Hidilyn’s corner, giving constant support from then until now. This partnership with Hidilyn came as no surprise because Smart and Hidilyn are coming from years of shared passion in heeding the call for a stronger nation.    

GCash helps OFWs support their families and manage their finances

This National Heroes Day, we not only celebrate the names in our history books, but also the millions of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who sacrifice every day to provide for their families back home and create a brighter future for themselves. 


While working overseas is a dream for many, it comes with its own set of challenges and sacrifices such as not being physically present for milestones of loved ones or not being able to take full control of where the money they send really goes to. 


This is why GCash has designed its features to be accessible to Filipinos overseas. It’s hard enough to be away from home, and being able to support our families should not be any more difficult. 


Those based in the Philippines have experienced the ease and convenience GCash has to offer, and those abroad can experience the same, too. 

Kickstart your week right with #PayMayaMondays!

After a fun-filled weekend, it’s no surprise to feel a little sluggish about the idea of starting another week. Mondays can be a drag as tasks start piling up and emails come rushing in, leaving you unmotivated.   

If you find yourself feeling the Monday blues, don’t worry, we’ve got the cure for you. PayMaya is bringing the fun to your Mondays with exciting weekly prizes from this month until December with the #PayMayaMondays giveaway promo.  10 lucky winners will get a chance to take home P1,000 weekly by answering one simple and easy question every Monday on the PayMaya Facebook and Twitter pages. 

How to Join 

Get an easy win by following these simple steps:    

Answer our question and post it on your timeline with a screenshot of your PayMaya Request Money QR.​  

Tag PayMaya’s official Facebook/Twitter pages and use the hashtag #PayMayaMondays. Make sure your account is public. ​  

Fill out the DTI-required form (https://pymy.co/PayMayaMondays) before 9PM to qualify.  

No sweat, right? Once winners are announced, PayMaya will then transfer the credits to your account from the PayMaya QR code you posted. Dreading Mondays will be a thing of the past especially for the lucky #PayMayaMondays winners!   

Get Protected, Be Rewarded! Check Out Shopee's #FullyVaxxed Package

Fully vaccinated? Every person who completes their second dose brings us a step closer to safety against the COVID-19 virus. In addition to protecting yourself and your loved ones, you can receive an exclusive digital package from Shopee! 

Enjoy free shipping and discount vouchers once you register for Shopee’s #FullyVaxxed Package. Whether it’s personal care products or groceries, keep your eyes peeled for discounts up to 15% off from our partner brands such as SC Johnson, Colgate-Palmolive, Bo’s Coffee, Airqueen Philippines, Hygienix, and more.

To sign-up, visit the Shopee Bayanihan: #FullyVaxxed microsite by simply searching for “fully vaxxed” on your Shopee app or going to https://shopee.ph/m/fullyvaxxed-package; submit your vaccination card for proof of vaccine completion; and wait for 5-7 working days to be verified. Once you get verification from Shopee, here is a list of some deals you can look forward to:

Get Ready to Shop All Out at Shopee’s Aug 30 Payday Sale

This coming payday, treat yourself to little luxuries while using ShopeePay for discounts, cashback, and more

We’ve nearly reached the end of the month, which only means one thing—it’s almost time for payday this 30th! First, prioritize buying essentials, paying off bills, and setting some savings aside.

But it’s also important to indulge yourself a little from time to time. You’ve worked diligently, and this payday it’s time to go all out and enjoy some of your hard-earned money. Aside from Shopee’s payday sales every akinse, you can now maximize your money’s worth at the upsized Aug 30 Payday Sale. You can also use ShopeePay to make the most out of your paycheck with exclusive discounts, cashback, and ₱1 Deals.  

From gadget upgrades to new makeup and everything in between, check out these luxuries, big and small, that’ll definitely bring you joy this 30th:

Huawei sees bright future for Thomasian scholars

Huawei Philippines organized a virtual event to warmly welcome its first batch of scholars from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), the oldest existing university in Asia. 

Thomasian students Hermil Gerard Calasang, Jia Anette Phi, Kryzha Lei Aguilar, Maricar Auditor and Matthew Gabriel Rabanes joined the Huawei family as scholars with a bright future ahead of them. 

In her speech, Dean Jerralyn Padua of the UST College of Information and Computing Sciences shared how the pandemic has affected all families in terms of their financial capabilities to support the education of their children. "This opportunity given by the Huawei team is really very helpful for them to be able to continue their education despite the current situation in the country." 

Shopee Is Giving Away ₱1 Million Worth of Free Money this 9.9 Super Shopping Day

Don’t forget to activate and verify your ShopeePay account to join 

If you love online shopping, you should know that there are plenty of benefits to using ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet, to pay for your purchases. 

First of all, the convenience is unparalleled. You simply have to top up your ShopeePay wallet through your debit card or online banking to enjoy seamless transactions. Second, it’s a lot safer for your health. You can lessen face-to-face interactions with couriers or personnel at payment centers by using ShopeePay. Lastly, it’s extremely rewarding. ShopeePay users get to enjoy exclusive perks such as cashback, discounts, and, this action-packed 9.9 Super Shopping Day, free money! 

The Show Must Go On: Social U Brings Back Community In Universities

School life holds a special place in our hearts. Our time with friends inside the four corners of the classroom is something we cherish forever. Our Alma mater is a second home—a stronghold where knowledge, friendship, and countless incomparable memories are built.

School is a place where we begin to know ourselves better. We discover the things we like, the things we are good at, and the people we would love to be with. 

Now, times have changed. Students are all behind their computer screens as they continue their studies. At a time when physical get-togethers are impossible, there’s nothing we can do but reminisce about that moment. And it might sound business as usual, but admit it or not, our social needs are challenged.

Over October breaks the mold with first Tagalog song “Sandali Lang”

SIngle art by Miel Lego

Listen to Over October’s new EP ‘Sandali Lang’: https://open.spotify.com/track/10lpJuXqIl5dm7L42ucdYD?si=18504078c2d64406

Acclaimed Filipino band Over October are breaking the mold with the release of their first Tagalog EP “Sandali Lang” under Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc. Finding a new sense of accomplishment in trying new things, the acclaimed quartet writes a heartfelt tune in the local language for the very first time, while sticking to a broadly appealing sound that gravitates toward an irresistible blend of alternative rock, ‘80s pop, blues, and indie rock. 

“We didn’t have a specific vision for how we wanted the song to sound,” Lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Josh Buizon points out. “We just drew inspiration from different kinds of local music - different genres and eras.” 

Jumpstarting growth: How ‘hacking’ your apps can be a solution for you

It seems almost every day we get bombarded with ads clamoring for us to download the hottest new app that will change our lives.

Need something to track your sleep, or something that can convert images to text? There’s an app for that! How about the note-taking app that’s somehow better than all the others on the market? There are quite a few of that, too! But which app should we get?

How can budding apps compete with already established titans in a market where recognition is everything?

Enter: Growth hacking.

It’s growing, growing, growing

But what exactly is growth hacking?

Viewers clamor for a second season of ‘GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes’

Now down to its last episode, "GVBOYS: Pangmalakasang Good Vibes" on the Puregold Channel continues to bring forth laughter and happiness into the homes of Puregold’s over 30,000 subscribers on YouTube during these challenging times. 

With more than 3 million combined views on YouTube and Facebook, the seven episodes of GVBOYS have entertained viewers and shoppers to the extent of receiving clamor for a second season!

Celebs and online creators spread saya and Pinoy pride through the #TNTYanAngPinoyOneBreathChallenge on Tiktok

Celebs and online creators put their rapping skills to the test by taking on the latest TikTok trend, the #TNTYanAngPinoyOneBreathChallenge featuring the mobile brand's anthem of TNT’s ‘Yan ang Pinoy by Asia’s Soul Supreme KZ Tandingan.

“Yan Ang Pinoy” is the latest campaign of mobile brand TNT, which aims to reignite Filipino pride amid the challenges we face and encourage everyone to keep on chasing their dreams. Through the campaign, TNT and KZ also seek to positively impact especially the Kabataang Pinoys who may be looking for reassurance in pursuing their dreams.

KZ kicked off the #TNTYanAngPinoyOneBreathChallenge on TikTok, an increasingly popular platform among Filipinos who want to promote and share good vibes through creative content like fun challenges and trends. For the challenge, KZ rapped "Yan Ang Pinoy" in only one breath.

Lolo Pops embraces online selling and transforms his life amidst the pandemic

73-Year-Old Street Vendor Builds Dream House with Earnings from Shopee

Despite his age, Lolo Pops, a small business owner from Angeles City, still works hard to earn money. At 73 years old, Lolo Pops may be a bit weaker and hard of hearing, but the sprightly man still insists on managing his shop. Together with his son Angelo, Lolo Pops runs a small online store selling pastillas, polvoron, and other local goods. 

PANAta Awards 2021 moves brands towards 'Hilaraya'

Cognizant of the challenges brands and marketing organizations face these unprecedented times, the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) is even more determined to recognize brands that have made an impact on the market despite the hurdles.  The PANAta Awards 2021, which is now open for entries, celebrates outstanding Philippine marketing communication campaigns and their advertisers and their commitment to crafting creative, innovative and effective materials which help in the development of a value laden culture and nation.

This year’s theme, Hilaraya, conveys the message of moving forward together toward new and brighter realities. In view of this, the PANAta Awards 2021 highlights these categories.

Shopee Kicks off the Most Action-Packed Year-End Shopping Season with 9.9 Super Shopping Day and International Superstar, Jackie Chan

With non-stop entertainment and the biggest deals, including free shipping with no minimum spend, 20% cashback, and Daily ₱1 Deals, Shopee is the only place to be

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the most exciting year-end shopping season starting with its signature 9.9 Super Shopping Day. As part of its biggest and most action-packed shopping season, Shopee also welcomes international superstar Jackie Chan, who will be featured in a range of activities across Shopee’s end of year shopping festivals.

Gareth Fernandez Announces "Lost In You" Album Documentaries

Gareth Fernandez is slated to drop a two-part docuseries inspired by the success of his full-length album, Lost In You, which was released early this month.

The ‘Lost In You’ docuseries will make its debut on Wednesday, 25th August at 8pm SGT (first episode), and on Tuesday, 31st August at 8pm SGT (second episode). The two-episode video series will feature exclusive performances by Gareth himself and his soul/funk/R&B/pop band (Gareth & The Momma Shop), as well as some special guests. 

Each song from Lost In You is lovingly arranged specifically for this retro-inspired music show. “I’m gutted that I wasn’t able to do a live gig as performing is like lifeblood to me, but I figured this docuseries would be the next best thing,” Gareth shares in a statement. “I spent 2 years of my life on this project, with many almost-sleepless caught up in planning, writing, recording, filming, photoshoots and post-production, thinking through and working on every tiny minute aspect to make this album a success.”

DITO empowers Filipino gamers as realme Cup telco partner

DITO Telecommunity, the newest telco player in the country, supports the Philippines’ growing mobile gaming community as the official telco partner of realme Mobile Legends Cup Season 4.  

The realme Cup (RMC), one of the country’s largest e-sports tournaments, has been attracting thousands of players from all over the country since it was first launched in 2018. Established to provide a venue for amateur gamers to develop their skills, this year’s tournament offers up to ₱500,000 worth of prizes.  

“DITO Telecommunity is excited to be part of this year’s realme Cup. We have seen the competition get bigger each year, which reflects how much the local gaming telecommunity continues to expand. With the goal of empowering Filipinos through stronger connectivity, DITO continues to support different telecommunities in pursuing their passions. By empowering our Filipino gamers, we can continue to see the country become a key gaming hub in Southeast Asia,” said Jasper Evangelista, DITO’s Brand and Marketing Director. 

Watch Electrifying Performances from K-Pop Girl Group TWICE at Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special

TWICE comes to Shopee Live this September 9 with a lineup of exclusive performances

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites all Filipinos to enjoy the start of the year-end shopping season and the best entertainment at the action-packed 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. This September 9, 9:30 PM, viewers can tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live to catch exclusive performances from K-Pop girl group TWICE! 

TWICE is one of South Korea’s most successful K-Pop acts today, with hits such as Alcohol-Free, Feel Special, and What is Love. Members of ONCE, the official TWICE fandom, can look forward to seeing their favorite idols’ stunning visuals. Even non-fans will enjoy the group’s perfectly choreographed performances. 

Golden Haven provides more income opportunities for OFWs

Golden Haven has launched Kabayan Rewards,
a referral program that presents significant income
opportunities to OFWs worldwide.

The Overseas Filipino Worker has long been a symbol of the enduring values and enterprising spirit of the Filipino. Their persistent hard work to help support their families back home has done immeasurable good for the country. 

Consider how OFWs’ contributions to our national coffers could help mitigate the economic fallout from a raging pandemic. The latest figures from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reveal that overseas Filipino workers’ cumulative cash remittances amounted to $16.616 billion in the first half of 2021 alone. However one looks at it, OFWs, now numbering 2.2M, are helping reboot the economy despite intermittent lockdowns.

To show gratitude for their immense sacrifices, Golden Haven, a leading name in the deathcare industry, has launched Kabayan Rewards, a referral program that presents significant income opportunities to OFWs worldwide. This encourages OFWs to refer any number of their fellow Filipino workers to Golden Haven and spur them to invest in its wide array of products—memorial lots, columbarium vaults, family estates, and even professionally curated mausoleums called “The Golden Shrines”. 

Huawei donates $200,000 for PLDT’s CSR

MANILA, Philippines — Chinese tech giant Huawei has donated $200,000, or about P10.11 million, to PLDT Smart Foundation (PSF) to help fund the corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs of PLDT Inc. and Smart Communications Inc.

The CSR initiatives for funding to be determined by both PSF and Huawei will include disaster response, rehabilitation and recovery, promotion and enhancement of education in the country, environmental conservation, and the use of technology in health services.

“I would like to thank Huawei for the $200,000 donation to PSF, which will go a long way in supporting our CSR programs like education, disaster relief, environment, telehealth, and many more,” PSF chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan said.

‘City of Smiles’ Bacolod enjoy K-pop good vibes with Globe’s 4G LTE

Similar to many places worldwide, the Korean Pop or K-pop wave has invaded the City of Bacolod. The catchy pop tunes and elaborate videos captured an audience with the Negrenses in the City of Smiles, home of the similarly colorful and vibrant Masskara Festival.

As more and more people consume their media online, K-pop included, a stable and reliable internet connection becomes a must, prompting Globe to double its efforts in Bacolod City and nearby areas to provide residents with the connectivity they deserve.

PLDT Home Biz powers home-based entrepreneurs with e-commerce solutions

Despite the challenges of the global health crisis, the country's small business ecosystem continues to thrive as resilient entrepreneurs make the shift and explore the opportunities of going into digital.

In its commitment to help build and enable this business sector through digital acceleration, PLDT Home Biz recently held a launch event to introduce its latest Asenso Fiber Plans featuring bigger, better, and faster digital solutions tailor-fit to the needs of the home-based entrepreneur.

“Nation-building starts with a strong economy to which everyone benefits with opportunities to live and earn better. We can surely create more entrepreneurs by helping them win in their pursuit. That is the core goal of PLDT Home Biz – to build successful businesses, one entrepreneur at a time. With our Asenso Fiber Plans, we aim to help entrepreneurs establish a strong foundation to help them succeed,” said Patrick Tang, Vice President and Head of PLDT Home Biz.

LOIR takes listeners on a fun, cozy ride with debut single “Sakay”

Filipina R&B artist LOIR invites listeners to a joyful sonic ride with her debut solo single “Sakay,” released under Sony Music Philippines.

Brimming with luscious beats and deep, laid-back grooves, the exciting newcomer’s latest song touches on the playful, romantic side of getting to know someone during a road trip in the countryside.

For her part, LOIR channels the warmth that comes with the thrilling stages of infatuation, providing soulful, understated vocals that aim for resonance rather than stylistic venture. “I’ve always been particular in capturing the essence of the material by prioritizing the message first before taking the delivery and aesthetic appeal into consideration,” LOIR explains in a statement. “Most of my songs are confessional in nature, so I make sure to sing from the heart and interpret the message clearly, but without sacrificing my own music style.” 

ShopeePay Makes Top Ups Easier with BPI

Enjoy fast and free top-ups when linking your BPI Online account to ShopeePay

Using mobile wallets has never been this easy! ShopeePay is the all-in-one e-wallet that you can use to Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay at multiple merchants nationwide as digital transactions continue to play a significant role in the new normal. 

With more Filipinos adapting to the cashless lifestyle, ShopeePay offers users an easier way to top-up their wallets by linking their BPI Online account. Once you link your BPI Online account to ShopeePay, you can get fast and free top-ups with only 2 clicks! With its enhanced two-step verification process, users can enjoy safe and secure digital transactions. Here’s how you can link your BPI Online account with ShopeePay to enjoy these benefits:  

“Kape Kape Muna Session” Brings Together Industry Professionals to Engage in a Meaningful Virtual Speed Networking Event

“Kape Kape Muna Session” powered by Glue Up was a free virtual speed networking event that gathered professionals from different industries to build new relationships, connect with old connections, and expand their business network from August 12 to August 20 using Glue Up’s Speed Networking platform.

When the National Capital Region (NCR) followed a range of restrictive measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, Glue Up sought to gather industry professionals, keep them engaged, and enable them to build meaningful connections while under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

Globe Postpaid customers empowered to control browsing experience with free SurfAlert service

Globe postpaid customers can now control their data usage to ensure worry-free surfing and prevent unexpected browsing charges using the new SurfAlert service.  This addresses a current customer pain point as mobile data has become a necessity for online transactions and activities.

With the service going live last August 6, SurfAlert is now activated for all Globe postpaid customers, allowing them to fully manage their data charges. This service is given FREE to postpaid customers. In terms of experience, customers will get a notification once their monthly data plan allowance is used up so they can decide whether to stop browsing or to avail of data add-ons.  This puts back in customers' hands the power to decide on their data experience and how much to spend, especially relevant during this pandemic.

New Shopee Users Can Enjoy Up to 100% Off* with the Code FULLYVAXXED

For those who are fully vaccinated, they can also look forward to an additional exclusive digital bundle that includes free shipping and brand vouchers

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, encourages more Filipinos to get vaccinated through its #FullyVaxxed initiatives. To further encourage the community to get both doses of the vaccine, Shopee is offering an exclusive discount to those who are not yet Shopee users. New Shopee users* can enjoy a 100% discount** on their first online purchase with the code: FULLYVAXXED, and fully vaccinated individuals can look forward to an exclusive digital bundle when they sign up on the #FullyVaxxed microsite.

Madison Beer’s new hit “Reckless” gets covered by SB19’s Stell and more!

Madison Beer’s new single “Reckless,” a powerful vocal statement from the rising pop star and the first single to come from her next project, is enjoying traction in the Philippines—thanks to its heartfelt lyrics and compellingly laid-back sound.

Several Filipino musicians and content creators have already covered the song, including SB19’s Stell, who recently put his own spin to Madison Beer’s R&B ballad. Stell’s version has received a compliment from Madison herself, replying “mahal kita” on the SB19 member’s TikTok post. To date, Stell’s irresistible take has amassed more than 478k views on the popular video-sharing platform.

World Vision concerned by trending Covid-19 cases among children, urges more priority to their well-being

With latest health reports of increasing number of COVID-19 infection among children, World Vision urges family members especially the parents and adult caregivers to be mindful of the prescribed minimum health standards even while at home to also protect children and prevent viral transmission amidst the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ).

World Vision, an international child-focused NGO, also expressed its support to all stakeholders in upholding everyone’s welfare especially of children amidst the ECQ and heightened restrictions in selected areas threatened by the more contagious Delta variant.

Will Wilbert Tolentino Be The Next Willie Revillame?

Many are now saying that the former Mr. Gay World titlist, businessman, social media infuencer, and philanthropist Wilbert Tolentino is following the footsteps of TV host Willie Reviliame. Following what Willie does generously, he also gives out a lot  of prizes on every  episode of his vlog. 

Now known as Kuya Wil II (the second), he always gives out prizes to his loyal subscribers with fun and gamen he calls this Kafreshness CodeBination Giveways. In this giveaway, there are 20 winners of P500 GCash and two winners of an OPPO A15. To be part of this, you can check out the mechanics and follow him on his Instagram at sirwil75.

Recently he also did a collaboration with the viral online seller Madam Inutz  (Daisy Lopez) in the Wilbert Tolentino Vlogs which now has 1.4 M subscribers. 

Smart Signature and Infinity customers to get FREE Landers membership

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is giving Smart Signature and Smart Infinity customers the opportunity to enjoy the best grocery shopping experience with a FREE one-year membership to Landers Superstore, the fastest-growing membership shopping store in the country.

Under this special treat, Smart Signature and Infinity subscribers residing in Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, Cavite, Bulacan, and Cebu who have opted into Smart’s promos will receive a unique voucher code via text message.

Subscribers may redeem their FREE Landers membership by simply heading to any Landers Superstore branch to present their voucher code. For a safer and contactless experience, subscribers may also redeem their FREE Landers membership online.

Get Expert Parenting Tips and Win Exciting Prizes at the Shopee Mom’s Club Special

Shopee kicks off Mom’s Club with a member-exclusive webinar to equip moms with expert parenting advice

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites moms and soon-to-be-parents to sign up for the Mom’s Club Special, its first member-exclusive webinar, this August 16, 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN. Attendees can gain insights on parenting from fellow moms and subject matter experts, win exciting prizes, and get a preview of the member-exclusive deals on Shopee Mom’s Club.

World of Wonder Brings Drag Race Franchise To The Philippines

The Latest International Version of the Global Phenomenon Will Premiere Worldwide Exclusively on WOW Presents Plus

Media company World of Wonder announced today the next international iteration of the Emmy-winning franchise, Drag Race Philippines. The series will premiere exclusively on WOW Presents Plus globally. The Filipino version of the worldwide franchise joins existing formats across Thailand, Chile, Canada, Holland, the UK, Spain, Australia and New Zealand, and Italy.

“The Drag Race franchise has shined a spotlight on so many incredible queens from around the world and we are so excited to introduce audiences to the dazzling queens of the Philippines.” said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. “WOW Presents Plus was created to serve as a springboard for underrepresented voices, so we are thrilled to exclusively premiere Drag Race Philippines on the platform for our global viewers.”

Huawei Holds Developer Day 2021 this August 20

Global tech leader Huawei is set to present its most recent feats in the Philippine market across its many verticals on August 20 at the HUAWEI Developer Day. The tech giant is also expected to provide updates on how it is building and growing its ecosystem in the Philippines vis-a-vis the local rollout of the recently launched HarmonyOS; and how it is projected to further the smart lifestyle of Filipino Huawei fans.

Get Transported to Your Favorite Anime or Movie Universe with these Merch from Shopee Collector’s World

From My Hero Academia to Marvel, get these collectibles for up to 80% off

Anime and movie fandoms are two of the most exciting communities to be in. There are so many details and Easter eggs to discover on your nth rewatch, plenty of theories to discuss and debate on with fellow fans, and of course, lots of cute and well-crafted merchandise to collect!

If you’re part of an anime or movie fandom yourself, check out Shopee Collector’s World to discover Shopee-exclusive deals and markdowns from popular hobby shops and trusted sellers. Go deeper down the rabbithole by picking up shirts and action figures from your favorite movie franchise at Movie Merch World this August 16-17. If you’re more of an otaku, check out all the sugoi and kawaii collectibles to add to your display at Anime Merch World this August 18-19. 

Clara Benin releases first international single “Suara Hati”

Originally released in Filipino as “Tila,” the folk-pop tune was re-recorded in Bahasa Indonesia as part of OFFMUTE’s efforts to empower emerging acts across and beyond the region

Award-winning singer-songwriter Clara Benin has finally dropped her first international single “Suara Hati” under Southeast Asian label, OFFMUTE. 

The folk-pop tune, which showcases Benin’s stripped-down sound and delicately intimate songwriting style, was originally written and released in 2015 as “Tila,” a Filipino track off her debut EP, Riverchild. To date, the song has amassed more than 6 million streams on Spotify and YouTube combined, becoming one of her most commercially successful releases.

Cash in to your PayMaya account for FREE via BPI, Ministop, Smart Padala

You can now cash in to your PayMaya account FOR FREE via BPI (linked account), Ministop, and your trusted Smart Padala agent - making it easier than ever to go cashless for your everyday transactions. 

Wherever you are, and whether you want to do it online or in your go-to establishment, PayMaya offers the most accessible way to cash in to your account for free! Here’s how:  

Cash in via BPI  

If you’re a BPI account holder, there’s no need to go out of your house because you can quickly cash in to your PayMaya account for free by simply linking your BPI account to your PayMaya e-wallet. Just follow these easy steps:   

Select the "Cash In" icon on your PayMaya app’s home screen. Tap “Bank Account," then select the BPI logo.  

Mi 360° Home Security Camera and Xiaomi Home app gain BSI Kitemark™ certification

Global technology leader Xiaomi recently announced that Mi 360° Home Security Camera obtained the Kitemark™ Certification for Residential IoT Devices while the Xiaomi Home App obtained the Kitemark™ Certification for Secure Digital Applications from the British Standard Institution (BSI), the business improvement and standards company and the UK’s National Standards body. 

Obtaining the Kitemark™ certifications means that Xiaomi products are in compliance with the best security practices, including the EN303645 standard issued by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). It marks another milestone for Xiaomi’s relentless effort in protecting information security and privacy of its consumers.

Creativity and Productivity at its Prime: the HUAWEI MatePad 11 Sold Out

The latest mainstream flagship from Huawei proves to be a productivity beast having sold out a few days after its launch

Huawei’s latest productivity tool, the MatePad 11, features an exclusive 120hz Huawei FullViewDisplay supported by the new Huawei M-Pencil 2nd Generation and intelligent collaboration powered by Huawei Share. Truly, the Huawei MatePad 11 is designed for superb consumer productivity! Huawei is glad to report the success of the pre-order launch with stocks being sold-out in less than a week! 

But not to worry! Consumers can still avail of the Huawei MatePad 11 through the Huawei Store, Lazada and Shopee and other physical stores at  SRP Php 26,999 which comes with a FREE Huawei M-Pencil 2nd Generation (worth Php 5,999) and Huawei Sleeve (worth Php 999)! #HUAWEIMatePad11PH #MadebyMatePadPH

Given the success of this product, Huawei is whole-heartedly thanking our fans for the continuous support, especially on the Huawei MatePad 11, which was designed for consumers to benefit greatly from features that enable and inspire them to perform at their very best. 

Shopee Princess Alex Gonzaga Shares How She Manages her Time with these Productivity-Boosting Items

Learn how Alex juggles different hats as a TV personality, entrepreneur, and wife

Like many of us, Shopee Princess Alex Gonzaga also finds herself struggling to manage her time. After all, she isn’t just an actress and TV personality. She’s also a vlogger, business owner, and wife. With just 24 hours in a day, she handles tapings, business meetings, and more. 

“Dati medyo nahihirapan talaga ako to manage all my responsibilities. I wanted to pursue other passions, but I couldn’t because I didn’t have much time. Nakaka-frustrate because I wanted to spend more time with my family but I couldn’t,” she shares.

Ben&Ben and Munimuni team up for the very first time on “Sugat”

In a history-making turn of events, critically adored group Ben&Ben have finally teamed up with indie-folk outfit Munimuni on “Sugat,” a heartfelt ballad that offers moments of solace and healing in a time that badly needs it. 

While both award-winning acts have released songs that explore the pain of loss and the path towards self-care and recovery, “Sugat” allows space for reflection. The song acknowledges the importance of looking back and learning from the past, while refusing to be defined by the choices and mistakes people make.

According to Ben&Ben, the intricately produced song is percussionist Toni Muñoz’s love letter to herself during a difficult period in her life, when her confidence is weighed down by self-doubt. “When Toni first presented the song as it was at the time to the band, Paolo immediately thought of a chorus section to address and accompany the message of the verses,” the nine-piece band reveals in a statement. “It was the deeply personal experiences of both Toni and Paolo that made Sugat such a powerful song of self-healing and overcoming past wounds.”

Shopee and Taguig LGU Provide Care Packages to Support Vaccination Efforts

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, teams up with the local government unit (LGU) of Taguig City to provide care packages that can encourage more people to get vaccinated and to express gratitude towards frontliners diligently working at the center. Last July 28-30, Shopee rolled out its vaccination center support initiative in Western Bicutan National High School by giving food, water, and health kits from Shopee and its partner brands under Shopee Mall to 1,500 frontliners, staff, and the people getting vaccinated. These included snacks from Del Monte, Perfetti Van Melle, Dutchmill Soy, Monde Nissin, and Rebisco; water from Hope in a Bottle; health kits from Mighty Clean and Colgate; and industrial fans from Symphony.

New Album, Therapy, Out Today Via Asylum/Major Toms

Anne-Marie, who releases her highly anticipated new album Therapy today, has dropped the official video for her brand new single ‘Kiss My (Uh Oh)’ with Little Mix (watch here).

Inspired by the girls’ joint love of the movie, Bridesmaids, the official video for ‘Kiss My (Uh Oh)’ - directed by Hannah Lux Davis - sees Anne-Marie in character as a bride-to-be who embarks on her hen-do overseas alongside her bridesmaids that include Little Mix’s Perrie, Leigh-Anne and Jade. Brimming with laughter and chaos, the video trails the group of friends living life to the full, albeit without the pregnant Perrie and Leigh-Anne, who retire for the night before the real evening of partying begins for Anne-Marie, Jade and the rest of the crew.

Teleperformance Bacolod earns Certificate of Safety Seal

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia presents the
Certificate of Safety Seal to Teleperformance Bacolod
leadership team
Teleperformance, the global leader in outsourced omnichannel customer experience management, recently received its Certificate of Safety Seal for its business site located in Bacolod City. Mayor Evelio Leonardia presented the certification to Teleperformance Bacolod for its compliance to health and safety protocols against Covid-19.   

Now on its 15th year of operations in Bacolod, Teleperformance is the first Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) company in the city to receive a Certificate of Safety Seal from the city government. This certification is part of the Bacolod Safety Seal Committee initiatives to ensure that health and safety protocols are implemented in the conduct of business and trade in the city.  

Receiving the Safety Seal badge was Teleperformance Bacolod Site Director Andrea Resurreccion, together with Vice President for Operations Mark Andrada, Human Resources Director Claire Bedia, Human Resources Supervisor Marili Lim, and Facilities Manager Malvar Gualdrapa. Joining Mayor Leonardia in the ceremony was Bacolod City Economic Development Chair George Zulueta.  

Globe bests competition on 5G with over 770K devices connected to network

Globe’s aggressive expansion of its 5G network in more areas across the country has resulted in a richer, fuller experience for customers benefiting from the advantages and opportunities offered by the latest global wireless standard.

The country’s mobile leader has more than 770,000 5G devices connected to its network as of June 2021, beating competition’s 520,000 as reported.

“This number is a validation that we are doing the right thing when it comes to our efforts in making 5G technology more pervasive and accessible to our customers. It is also proof that a growing number of our customers now realize the promises of 5G to deliver a better mobile experience,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

5G is the fifth generation mobile network. It promises unbeatable speeds and almost real-time latency, opening a world of countless possibilities that Filipinos can look forward to as more and more areas are transformed into 5G-powered smart cities, delivering new experiences in retail, entertainment, gaming and healthcare.

Teleperformance Philippines is certified Great Place to Work® for fourth year in a row

Celebrating 25 years of growth and leadership in the country, Teleperformance Philippines recently earned a re-certification as Great Place to Work® for the fourth year in a row. It is the first and only company in the country to have accomplished this feat.

The Trust Index® Survey had the highest participation rate ever in Teleperformance Philippines’ 45,000 workforce coming from its 22 business sites located across Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Among those programs is the company’s vibrant Diversity and Inclusion program championed by the executive leadership who actively drive a culture of respect and acceptance. Advocacy is promoted through institutionalized policies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Policy, Anti-Sexual Harassment Policy, Diversity and Inclusion Policy, and HIV in the Workplace Policy. Learning and Development is another Teleperformance strength, as it offers its online learning platform called myTP Learning to all employees. 

Three Things You Didn’t Know You Can Do With ShopeePay

Buy Load, pay bills, and scan to pay safely and securely with ShopeePay 

Can’t go out? No problem! With ShopeePay, not only can you pay for your online shopping purchases, you can also buy load and pay your bills right in the comfort of your home. With more brands, sellers, and shoppers embracing digitalization, ShopeePay makes it easier and more convenient for Filipinos to embrace the cashless lifestyle and maximize the power of digital payment alternatives.

With a growing network of partners, ShopeePay lets you do more with just a few taps. In addition to safe and secure digital payments, ShopeePay also offers users coins cashback for bills payments, discounted mobile load & data, ₱1 deals from select establishments, and other promos. 

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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