Def Jam Philippines releases “Puso At Diskarte,” another game-changing hip-hop anthem

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Def Jam Philippines, considered as one of the most respected record labels in the country, returns with a game-changing posse cut featuring some of the most important rap acts of our time.

“Puso At Diskarte,” the first single off the label’s second compilation EP, RHAPSODICITY, brings together veteran and rising Filipino hip-hop artists such as ASTRO of Owfuck, ZARGON, HONCHO of Ex-Battalion, DCOY (Wakin Burdado) of Madd Poets, MIKE KOSA of 187 Mobstaz, PRICETAGG and LAYZIE FU of 4 East Flava on the same page—each offering distinct expertise and star power to the mix.

Produced by CURSEBOX, the anthemic banger delivers show-stopping verses that set the bar high for hip-hop collaborations, and massive, titanium-grade beats that blur the boundaries between gangsta rap and contemporary urban music. 

REVIEW: Huawei FreeBuds 4

Huawei continues its Freebuds line with the Freebuds 4 which seems not far in terms of design yet has indeed shown upgrades to the previous features. As part of the Huawei ecosystem, it is important that earbuds should also mirror the innovations of the new releases such as the mate series, tablets, and more.

For this new phase of the Huawei Freebuds, it continues its aesthetic of having a round case as the most practical and most optimized shape to help in charging, connection, and also in grip use. 

Available in two colors, silver frost and ceramic white, it keeps it simple for those choosing polar colors as preferences. The case is also slightly smaller compared to its predecessors which is hardly noticed unless you compare it with measurements. Though I would also love that they can have it in black and red like in the previous versions.

Jose Mari Chan Shares Tips for Finding the Perfect Christmas Gift and Avoiding Last-Minute Holiday Shopping

Keep the Shopee Christmas ambassador’s tips in mind as you start your holiday shopping at the Sep 30 Payday Sale

As we settle into the -ber months, it’s time to start thinking of your Christmas list. If you’re at a loss as to how to spread joy to your loved ones during the holidays amidst a pandemic, who better to ask for advice than one of the Philippines’ Christmas icons, Jose Mari Chan? 

The musician, who has been Shopee’s Christmas ambassador since 2018, shares that the important thing is to imbue the true spirit of Christmas. “This pandemic may have completely changed our shopping habits, but one thing remains the same—every chance you get to show kindness, do so. Whatever you give doesn't have to be a big amount.”

Amaia Scapes Bulacan expands to offer affordable homes to working-class Filipinos

Aligned with Amaia Land’s goal of upgrading
the lives and lifestyles of Filipinos, the real estate
developer is expanding Amaia Scapes Bulacan
to make more modern and affordable homes
available to prospective homeowners in Bulacan. 

While millions of Filipinos long to return to their prepandemic lives, transitioning to normalcy continues to be an elusive prospect, especially with the more transmissible Delta variant causing a surge of new cases in the country.

Still, despite the uncertainties this engenders, trusted real estate brand Amaia Land remains constant in its goal to upgrade the lives and lifestyles of Filipinos with affordable high-quality housing all over the country. ss

For one, Amaia Land is expanding its Amaia Scapes Bulacan project, a 20.4-hectare development located along Sta. Maria-Pandi Road in Barangay Manggahan and Sta. Cruz, Bulacan. The development currently comprises four sectors but an ongoing expansion, set to last until 2023, will make more Amaia Scapes dwellings available to a vast market of aspiring homeowners who want to escape from the congested metropolis and settle down in healthier environs like Bulacan.

Filipino-Australian artist Bryan Estepa sparkles with newfound exuberance on 6-track EP, Back To The Middle

Two years on from the release of his sixth studio album, Sometimes I Just Don’t Know in 2019, Filipino-Australian artist Bryan Estepa returns with another exciting set of soulful and melodic guitar pop. Released under Lilystars Records, Estepa’s new EP, Back To The Middle grows closer to home with its penchant for warm, inviting hooks and sunburst instrumentation.  

Lyrically speaking, there is no set thematic agenda when the acclaimed singer-songwriter conceptualized and penned Back To The Middle. In an authentic troubadour fashion, Estepa lets the song take him to where it wants to go most of the time. “But by the end I did notice a leaning towards the idea of letting go and acceptance,” Estepa shares in a statement. “Life throws us curveballs that we may not want or see coming, but then we ask ourselves how do we deal with them? There’s always a slither of light ahead.”

Shopee Debuts Kim Chiu as Brand Ambassador to Kick Off the 10.10 Brands Festival

Catch the Filipino actress’ new Shopee TV commercial and enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, big brand giveaways, and up to ₱1,000 off brand vouchers at Shopee’s biggest brands sale of the year

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, introduces its newest brand ambassador, Kim Chiu, alongside the launch of the 10.10 Brands Festival, its biggest brands sale of the year. The famous actress, dubbed the Princess of Philippine Movies and TV, will feature in Shopee’s new TV commercial and many exciting in-app activities. 

Hya, Alfa Join Alessandra de Rossi-helmed AWOOO Records

Fresh from the success of her directorial debut My Amanda in July, Alessandra de Rossi is now setting her sights on different waters. This time around it’s music, which she’s revisited more vigorously as of late: adopting the functional moniker ADR, reissuing her 2012 debut Adrift via Lilystars Records, even penning songs for her films. 

The difference is it’s other people’s music now. And no, De Rossi isn’t simply pimping playlists or fawning over new discoveries on her socials. She’s taking things a notch higher, putting up her own label AWOOO Records, which she’s formally unveiling to the public today (September 24) after making an under-the-radar announcement earlier in the month.

To the character-actress-turned-indie-darling, it’s not so much about scratching a visionary itch but passing deserving talents the mic. “I think [Filipinos] really stand a chance in changing how the world looks and sounds,” she says, confident that local music can enjoy the same attention other art forms like cinema are getting. “All we need is to offer something pure, peculiar, and distinct. I think we can make it, too!”

Madam Inutz Is Now A Recording Artist Thanks To Wilbert Tolentino

Social Media sensation Daisy Lopez or more known as Madam Inutz, is now a recording artist with her debut single "Inutil"

This was made possible with the guidance of former Mr. Gay World titlist, businessman,  and philanthropist, Wilbert Tolentino who served as her angel and mentor to make her dream a reality.

From her humble beginnings as a live seller, she is now a certified recording artist. This made Wilbert or Kuya Will proud of his talent.

“Meron siyang unique na raspy voice. Bagay sa kanya ang mga Novelty, Rap, Hiphop, Rock, lalong-lalo ang mga Tunog Kalye. Bagay sa kanya ang mga estilo nila Sampaguita, Aegis, o Up Dharma Down." he said.

“Mabilis niyang natutunan ang mga melody ng kanta at kaya niyang baguhin ang atake ayon sa kanyang style. Sobrang professional at walang reklamo sa oras, kahit inabot ng madaling araw sa pag-shoot ng music video.” he added.

Huawei Hosts an Energy Summit — Digital Energy, Powering the Low Carbon Era

Huawei hosted the Energy Summit online, which was held within the framework of HUAWEI CONNECT 2021 and themed "Digital Energy, Powering the Low Carbon Era". During the summit, customers and partners discussed best practices in using new technologies to transition the energy industry toward carbon neutrality. Huawei also released the Global Energy Transition and Zero Carbon Development White Paper and shared its Energy Trans-Cube Strategy. 

Energy Trans-Cube, Creating New Value for the Industry 

After signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, more countries than ever before are committed to carbon neutrality and are taking positive actions to address climate change. Each one follows a different path, suitable to its resource profile, energy, and environment. "Despite the strong will to go carbon neutral, we need to take into account three challenges: green and low carbon development, economic development, as well as the security and continuity of energy supply. The convergence of energy transformation and digital transformation will pave the digital way for carbon neutrality," said David Sun, Vice President of Huawei Enterprise BG and President of the Global Energy Business Unit. He added, "Huawei has developed a Trans-Cube methodology. It suggests that to get closer to a net-zero carbon intelligent energy system and achieve global zero-carbon development, we should build three core capabilities — net-zero carbon transformation, energy transformation, and digital transformation." 

Tom Morello Releases New Single From Forthcoming Album “Let’s Get The Party Started” featuring Bring Me The Horizon

Rock & Roll icon and two-time Grammy winner Tom Morello released the third single off his highly anticipated album The Atlas Underground Fire. The single, “Let’s Get The Party Started” featuring Bring Me The Horizon, is available HERE.

“Bring Me The Horizon is really the current standard bearer of hard rock/metal today, and thank God for them for that. I had a couple of huge riffs and we just started mashing it up with Zakk Cervini, who has worked with them before. This song was written on three continents — Oli was in Brazil, Jordan was in England and then I was here in L.A. It was a real United Nations of metal coming together to produce this song, which really feels to me like it captures the angst and the frustration of the pandemic boiling over into an all-time mosh pit. This song also has one of my favorite guitar solos that I’ve played in quite a while, as I was really digging deep to make a solo as devastating as the track,” said Morello.

SM Supermalls Start 100 Days of Caring and Giving

September kicks off the start of the countdown until Christmas day on December, and being Filipinos, the season already starts with sounds and sights seen in decorations on the first day of the month. SM Supermalls also has a yearly tradition of bringing a yuletide ambiance and advocacy to also reach out to communities all over the country where SM Malls are also located.

As we are still in a challenging period of limited movement and essential shopping, it does not hinder the opportunity to bring the spirit of Christmas with the 100 Days of Caring and Giving. This event not only celebrates the upcoming holiday but also brings together all the SM Supermalls from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Developing Young Tech Talents is Crucial to Support the Growth of E-Commerce

Shopee equips individuals with industry knowledge essential in the digital landscape

E-commerce continues to play a significantly important role in the Philippine market and is estimated to be worth US$12 billion by 2025. As more consumers turn to e-commerce, and as more businesses capitalize on the potential of the emerging digital economy,  there is also a rising demand for qualified tech talents. According to Linkedin, tech roles make up the majority of “emerging jobs” in the region, with robotics engineer, cyber security specialist, and javascript developer roles making the job trend list. 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, prepares and nurtures students and professionals for the digital landscape through its various talent development initiatives. One of these is the Shopee Apprentice Program which is an internship program designed to develop young tech talents into leaders through high-impact projects, specialized learning and development training, and mentorships led by Shopee leaders. 

Here Are Interesting Characters From GMA's Stories from the Heart: Loving Miss Bridgette

GMA New Afternoon Prime show "Stories from the Heart: Loving Miss Bridgette" can be a monumental show in recent times as it is the first Kapuso show of Beauty Gonzalez and paired with young Kevin Miranda. It is quite a pairing for Beauty's first series for the network but also explores a new story and romance which some may still find as taboo.

With the story that revolves on a relationship of a teacher to a student, it gets more complicated as more people are involved with the romance that involves exes, colleagues, family and friends. Beauty and Kevin chemistry might be scandalous at some point but also makes it a very interesting plot to work with.

Globe scores big wins in Opensignal 5G Global Impact Awards

Sweeps recognition in all categories

Further strengthening its status as the pioneer in 5G supremacy in the Philippines, Globe secured all the coveted categories in Opensignal’s 5G Global Impact awards for this year.

5G Global Impact measures the improvement or “uplift” in mobile experience when users connect to 5G compared to 4G technology. The award recognizes the top 30 operators with the greatest improvement in the following categories: Download Speed, Upload Speed, Games Experience, and Video Experience.

In Opensignal’s latest report[1] released this month, Globe leads the Games Experience category as it saw the highest improvement globally with a whopping uplift of 65.2%, while the global average stands at just 8.2%.

Let’s talk about Gender: Teleperformance shares views on creating a gender-neutral workplace

Teleperformance Philippines continues its advocacy of promoting inclusive workplaces through its recent participation in the University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC) Department of Communication Research and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines’ webinar “Let’s Talk About Gender.” 

Marilyn Romero-Ventenilla, Senior Director for Communication and Marketing of Teleperformance Philippines, joined various experts from the communication industry and academe and gave a talk on Genderlect, or different ways of communicating between men and women, as well as on Teleperformance Philippines’ commitment of being a Great Place to Work® for all, and tips on how to create and foster a gender-smart working environment. 

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 services it offers in the country, spanning credit, savings, insurance, loans, and investments. It also announced that it is doubling down on lending as Filipinos move towards digital finance. Having the first mover advantage on digital financial services, GCash is poised to offer more innovations leading to finance for all Filipinos

Its Assets Under Management (AUM) for its GSave product has grown to over PHP 9 billion, from PHP 5 billion in 2020 - almost double in just 6 months -  while its GInvest product, just launched last year with 4 new fund categories, has helped GCash immediately capture 70% of the domestic market of total UITF accounts in just 6 months.

Coldplay & BTS Collaborate for "My Universe" Single Out Now

Coldplay have today released their much-anticipated collaboration with BTS. My Universe, which was written by Coldplay and BTS and produced by Max Martin, is available to stream / download worldwide now.

The song’s official lyric video - which is available now - features handwritten lyrics from both groups, in both English and Korean. 

Coldplay have also teased the song’s Dave Meyers-directed official music video, as “coming very soon”.

My Universe follows Coldplay’s worldwide hit Higher Power as the second single to be taken from the band’s forthcoming album Music Of The Spheres (out October 15th).

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Watch & Share the Good Vibes: HONNE, Vance Joy, BEKA, SB19, many more to perform at G Music Fest 2021

At a time when daily routines may have become repetitive and mundane, we look forward to events that remind us of the good old days. In this year’s G Music Fest, Globe is bringing back some of the feels with a wide roster of local and international artists, including HONNE, Vance Joy, BEKA, SB19, and many more.

G Music Fest is an annual event hosted by Globe, in line with its 917 Day celebration held every September. The much anticipated music festival will be broadcasted for FREE on Globe’s official Facebook Page.

Ayala Foundation, Huawei scale up efforts towards building sustainable communities

Ayala Foundation Inc. (AFI) and Huawei Technologies Philippines Inc. held a virtual signing ceremony today to mark another milestone in their purposeful partnership aimed to provide digital education to Filipinos and building sustainable and resilient communities, with the long-term goal of contributing to Philippine nation-building. 

At the event, AFI Senior Director for Social Development Joanna Maria Duarte, Huawei Philippines Vice President Daniel Guo and Huawei Philippines Director for Globe Telecom Zeh Zhang inked a Memorandum of Understanding to formalize the partnership between AFI and Huawei. The collaboration coincides with the celebration of AFI's 60th anniversary with the theme: "Faith in the Filipino – 60 Years of Partnerships in Nation-building."

Duran Duran Releases More Music From Forthcoming Album - Listen To The New Single 'Anniversary'

Duran Duran share the anthemic ‘ANNIVERSARY’, produced by the band along with British DJ/producer, Erol Alkan and the third song taken from their fifteenth studio album, ‘FUTURE PAST’, set for global release on October 22 via TAPE MODERN for BMG. Pre-order/save/add HERE.

‘ANNIVERSARY’ is Duran Duran at their exhilarating best and continues to show why they’re still one of the most exciting and progressive bands on the planet. Celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, the song is sure to be a massive live favorite. Listen HERE.

Speaking from London, where they are rehearsing for a string of upcoming dates, Duran Duran bassist and founder member John Taylor said today:

Huawei: Innovating Nonstop for Faster Digitalization

Huawei's annual flagship event for the global ICT industry – HUAWEI CONNECT 2021 – kicked off today. Huawei Rotating Chairman Eric Xu opened the event with a keynote speech titled "Innovating Nonstop for Faster Digitalization".

This year's event, themed "Dive into Digital", explores how digital technology can better integrate with business scenarios and industry know-how to address critical business challenges, and how stakeholders can work together more effectively to foster an open industry ecosystem and drive shared success. The event is scheduled to have four keynotes, five summits, and 66 sessions, featuring more than 200 speakers, including industry visionaries, business leaders, top tech experts, and ecosystem partners. It will be live streamed in 11 languages on Huawei's corporate website and by its media partners. The event will also feature online exhibitions, remote visits to exhibition halls, and open panel discussions, enabling online interaction and one-stop experiences.

realme launches GT Master Edition and realme Book, available starting September 24th

Get up to P2,000 OFF on the realme GT Master Edition and up to P8,000 OFF on the realme Book starting September 24.  

realme, the Philippines’ number one smartphone brand for two consecutive quarters in 2021, disrupted the local tech scene yet again with the official reveal and launch of its two highly anticipated products: the realme GT Master Edition and the realme Book today, September 23, via a livestream event on the brand’s official Facebook page. 

Keep Up with the Latest TikTok and Fashion Trends for Less with #ShopeeFinds

Don’t miss out on the latest trends in beauty, home decor, fashion, and more! 

These days, trends constantly change, and it can be difficult to keep up. If you’re unsure about which home decor trend to take inspiration from, or which sartorial trend to try, we’ve got a quick, easy solution for you⁠—Shopee Finds, your one-stop shop for trending items! 

To check it out, just type #ShopeeFinds using Shopee’s search bar. Aside from in-demand items at the best prices across different categories, you can score free shipping and cashback vouchers on the page. For the TikTok-obsessed, don’t miss out on all the amazing finds on the TikTok Made Me Buy It section on the page. You can also check out the Takeover Calendar to discover upcoming trends across different categories.

From September 23 to October 6, discover a fresh roundup of trendy finds you shouldn’t miss out on:

Globe, Pinas Forward educate over 2,000 students on cybersafety

With the rising risks and dangers of the online world, Globe partnered with social movement Pinas Forward (PF) to guide students around the country on ways to protect themselves from numerous threats posed by the Internet.

Just this past month, over 2,000 students joined Pinas Forward’s free webinar E-ligtas: Blocking The Dangers of the Online World.  It is part of Pinas Forward’s goal to build a nation led by a new generation of leaders who are inspiring, intelligent, digitally aware, and driven towards positive change.

Smart and Limitless: Xiaomi Announces Arrival of Mi TV P1 Series and Xiaomi Pad 5 in the Philippines

Xiaomi today launched its latest smart TV lineup- Mi TV P1 Series, and a new tablet Xiaomi Pad 5 during its new product launch in the Philippines. Offered in 55’’, 50’’, 43’’, and 32’’ four different sizes, Mi TV P1 Series makes smart home entertainment experience more accessible to everyone. The Xiaomi Pad 5 on the other hand, is an all-in-one work station that’s packed with value from form to function. 

Mi TV P1 Series: An All-Round Smart Entertainment Hub

The whole series sports a bezel-less display for maximum viewing space with a sleek and stylish design that blends beautifully into the home’s surroundings. Its 60Hz LED panel offers an ultra-wide 178° field of view so that you can clearly see the display, no matter what angle you are watching from.

The 55”, 50” and 43” variants deliver a top-of-the-line picture quality with 4K UHD resolution and Dolby Vision® support. The larger 55”, 50” variants further enhance visuals with HDR10+, which allows the TVs to generate a high dynamic range and make the picture even more vivid and life-like. To complement the stunning visuals, all three models offer MEMC technology, enabling the TV to reproduce an incredibly smooth and lag-free picture.

LIMITED EDITION: A Different Kind of Everlasting Love

Once upon a time, three fine gentlemen named Jethro, Arnold and Mario, figure in a different kind of love, complete with its many saccharine trappings, weep-triggering tribulations and promise of happily ever after which are all in “Limited Edition.”

“Limited Edition” is a romantic drama about finding one’s elusive and everlasting love with a love triangle story arc that gives it more kilig, heartstrings pull, and a fairy-tale like conclusion of who ends up with who. 

“What makes him lovable is his innocence and simplicity,” says Jomari Angeles about Mario. “Not all of us are born with the right knowledge about life and love right away. He is a hopeless romantic and pag  pag nakuha na ang loob niya or pagna-inlove na siya bibigay niya ang lahat sa kanyang partner.”

Huawei Releases the Intelligent World 2030 Report to Explore Trends in the Next Decade

Huawei, along with industry partners, held the Intelligent World 2030 Forum. David Wang, Executive Director and President of ICT Products & Solutions of Huawei, released the Intelligent World 2030 report with a keynote speech on Exploring the Intelligent World 2030. This is the first time that Huawei has used quantitative and qualitative methods to systematically describe the intelligent world in the next decade and forecast industry trends, helping industries identify new opportunities and discover new value.

Over the past three years, Huawei has conducted in-depth exchanges with more than 1,000 academics, customers, and partners in the industry, organized more than 2,000 workshops, and drawn on data and methods from authoritative organizations, such as the United Nations, World Economic Forum, and World Health Organization. Huawei has derived insights from scientific journals such as Nature and IEEE, and drawn wisdom from relevant industry associations and consulting firms, as well as experts within and outside Huawei. Through these efforts, Huawei has developed the Intelligent World 2030 report, providing insights into ICT technology and application trends in the next decade.

Globe, Quezon City empower students and residents with digital tools

Globe is working together with the Quezon City (QC) government in providing a suite of internet and digital solutions to support the connectivity needs of local residents and learners and keep them digitally empowered in the new normal.

The partnership includes the expansion of Globe’s GoWiFi and KonekTayo WiFi as well as the activation of Globe Labs’ SMS API, School Bus WiFi, and Load Up services in the city. These offerings are part of Globe’s efforts to provide reliable connectivity and extend educational support to students and teachers while online learning is in place.

BRIA Homes eyes stronger VisMin presence in its portfolio of residential developments

With such buoyant prospects for VisMin, BRIA Homes,
one of the country’s top developers of best-value housing,
 has bolstered its presence in these regions

In the past, one prevailing socioeconomic myth held the idea that all roads led to bustling Metro Manila, where bountiful employment and business opportunities awaited ambitious and hardworking Filipinos. Tiny as the Philippine archipelago is, Visayas and Mindanao used to be considered as trailing behind the National Capital Region in terms of progress and development. 

Fast-forward to the present times, nothing could be further from the truth. Business and industry have fast acknowledged the tremendous potential that VisMin offers, making it a much-coveted region for both government and private sector investments. With Visayas and Mindanao as hosts to some of the country’s most fascinating and culturally diverse places, the region is developing into a center for agro trade and world-class tourism, providing a plethora of employment opportunities to local Visayans, Mindanaoans and Filipino migrants who have set up roots in the South. 

Lil Nas X Explores Love and Loneliness on Game-Changing New Album, MONTERO

Fresh off his MTV VMA win for VIDEO OF THE YEAR and his show-stopping Met Gala debut, global phenomenon and Grammy Award winning artist Lil Nas X has at last released his debut album MONTERO via Columbia Records today. The 15-track album was executive produced by Take A Daytrip and features tracks with Doja Cat, Elton John, Jack Harlow, Megan Thee Stallion and Miley Cyrus. 

Upon its release, MONTERO received overwhelmingly positive review from music critics. USA Today calls the album “an honest portrait of Lil Nas X at 22,” and praises the A lister’s “willingness to dabble in unadulterated pop, grimy rock and the rap-singing that has so far popularized his career.” Variety lauds the record’s “genre-stretching approach and refreshingly honest exploration of love and loneliness,” adding that it just proves how committed the rapper is in giving “voice to the fears and longings of a generation of queer kids.”

Zack Tabudlo expresses the joy of unconditional love on new song “Habang Buhay”

Filipino singer-songwriter/producer Zack Tabudlo transports the joy of long, lasting real love on his new single “Habang Buhay”—out today on all streaming platforms via Island Records Philippines and MCA Music Inc.

Expressing security in the promises of unconditional romance, Zack Tabudlo allows himself to bask in the golden feeling of being swept away by love, while looking forward to more affectionate years with that special someone.

G na sa Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi this National G Day!

Exciting promos await loyal Globe customers on National G Day on September 17. Don’t miss the fun and get your Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi with an exclusive discount!

From September 13-19, every purchase of any Prepaid WiFi device (Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi, Globe At Home Xtreme Prepaid WiFi, Globe At Home LTE-Advanced Prepaid WiFi, Globe MyFi LTE and Globe MyFi LTE-A) at Globe’s partner merchants and channels will give customers a P91.7 discount. In line with the annual 917 celebrations, Globe is giving back to its customers to ensure that every home has affordable, reloadable, and reliable internet, especially when it is most crucial.

Ber-Months Made Extra Special With OPPO

Start the holiday season early with special treats, as global smart device brand OPPO offers exciting freebies, bundles, and discounts on your favorite and latest OPPO products from A and Reno Series smartphones to IoT devices starting September 17 until October 3, 2021. Such a great way to welcome ber-months with sweeter deals.

“We love how the Filipinos embrace the spirit of Christmas early from the beginning of ber-months, thus we are offering great deals to make it even sweeter as they enjoy the latest and best-selling OPPO products from smartphones to IoT devices, and more,” shared OPPO Philippines Vice President for National Sales Zen Han.

Shopee Continues to Strengthen Its Support for MSMEs with Its Second Shopee University Summit

On September 18, entrepreneurs can learn about marketing tools and strategies via Shopee Live or Shopee’s official Facebook page

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches the second edition of Shopee University Summit to further support sellers as e-commerce takes on a significant role in the global retail landscape. Interested viewers can catch the webinar this September 18, 2021 at 9:00 AM via  Shopee Live or Shopee’s Official Facebook page. 

As more consumers turn to online platforms for their daily needs, more entrepreneurs are adapting to the change and setting up online stores, with the Department of Trade and Industry reporting 88,000 online business registrations by the end of 2020. Shopee aims to equip business owners with the right tools and sufficient knowledge to embrace e-commerce and use it to scale their business. 

Cinema ‘76 Café expands its cinematic universe of delectable drinks

Like any cinematic universe, TBA Studios’ movie-themed coffee shop Cinema ‘76 Cafe is expanding its menu, introducing 13 must-try coffee and non-coffee variations.

If you need your espresso shots to save the day, you can choose between Caramel Macchiato and White Mocha.  Caramel Macchiato served hot or iced is made with vanilla syrup, freshly steamed milk or cold fresh milk, and marked with perfect espresso shots and drizzled with premium caramel sauce.  White Mocha is likewise an espresso-based beverage but with premium white chocolate sauce and freshly steamed milk, finished off with whipped cream.

To those who want a deeper, richer taste, Virgin Irish Coffee would be your cup of coffee.  Flavored with vanilla and Irish cream syrup, this new drink treats you with non-alcoholic deliciousness to help you get through your work or studies. 

Huawei hails Filipino students in annual ICT tilt

With the theme of "Connection, Glory, Future," the national leg of Huawei ICT Competition Philippines 2021 concluded today with the teams from the University of the East and STI College bagging the top awards.

Huawei Philippines named the UE team as the champion for the cloud category of the competition. The team is composed of instructor Mr. Alexis John Rubio and students Jio Vince Chua, Jerwin Samala and Mark Jayson Gutierrez.

For the network track, STI College received the top prize with their instructor Ms. Beronika Peña and students Roy Molod Jr., Renante Burgos Jr. and Mharjon Abante.

Student Fundraiser helps thousands of learners in World Vision’s 5K Campaign Challenge

Students across the Philippines once again showed their support for fellow learners whose education were affected by the pandemic by joining World Vision’s 2020 5K Campaign Challenge, a fundraising initiative for the benefit of the child-focused organization’s COVID-19 emergency response.

Going above and beyond their goals, World Vision’s student ambassadors were able to raise more than PHP 300,000 and the total amount of donations will be used to help over 3,000 learners all over the country

The 5K Campaign Challenge’s objective is to encourage the participating students to fundraise among their peers and relatives to help children receive modules and gadgets to continue their education.

Globe empowers over 85M customers nationwide, encourages support for community partners in biggest-ever 917 celebration

Globe is celebrating National G Day or 917 Day a little differently this year. As a way of giving back to the community, Globe is encouraging its customers to support various advocacies and communities.

Together with Globe’s over 85 million customers nationwide, it hopes to pass on the rewards to communities who have been greatly affected by the pandemic.

Bianca Wong, Head of Globe’s Feel Valued Tribe shared, “Every year, we make this celebration meaningful for our customers, but as the local situation progresses, we want to extend the rewards to our communities, as well. By providing unique experiences for our customers, we can help uplift their lives and the wider community we live in.”

100 Days to Go until a Perfect Shopee Christmas with Jose Mari Chan

Gear up for holiday festivities with free ShopeePay credits, giveaways, and more with the Shopee Christmas ambassador

Once the -ber months set in, we all await the official start of the holiday season with the comeback of a Christmas icon—aside from Santa Claus, that is— Jose Mari Chan! The Filipino artist has been a holiday fixture for years, and this coming Christmas season, you can expect to see more of long-time Shopee Christmas ambassador Jose Mari Chan as he joins the exciting year-end shopping festivities along with the latest Shopee superstar, Jackie Chan.

Whatever your idea of a perfect Christmas may look like, you’ll definitely enjoy Shopee’s lineup of Jose Mari Chan-themed games, activities, and giveaways during the holidays:

Catch Billie Eilish, Dua Lipa, Coldplay, Maroon 5, and more live for free exclusively on Smart's GigaPlay App

Kick off the “Ber” season with great music from the best and hottest international acts at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 2021. This September, leading mobile services provider Smart Communications Inc. is bringing the annual music event hosted by the American broadcast, podcast, and streaming radio platform iHeartRadio for free through the new GigaPlay App.      

The epic two-day music festival will be held in two venues at the T-Mobile Arena and AREA15 in Las Vegas. Catch exclusive, never-before-seen performances from Billie Eilish, Cheap Trick, Coldplay, Dua Lipa, Florida Georgia Line, J Cole, Journey, Khalid, Lil Baby, Maroon 5, Nelly, Sam Hunt, Weezer, and more. Hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the iHeartRadio Music Festival will also feature one-of-a-kind collaborations plus other surprise performances.      

realme Philippines Official Store emerges as no. 1 top-selling mobile store during 9.9 Big Brands Sale

The country’s no. 1 brand for smartphones, watches, and TWS for Q2 2021 continues its e-commerce leadership with a strong 9.9 sale performance.  

realme, the country’s no. 1 smartphone brand for Q2 2021 continues to strengthen its foothold in the e-commerce landscape as proven by a successful performance during the recently concluded 9.9 sale on Lazada and Shopee. 

From September 9 to 11, the brand rolled out discounts of as much as 50% OFF on realme smartphones and TechLife products, along with other offers such as free shipping and shopping vouchers. 

Education Financing Solution Provider Bukas onboards new partner institutions including De La Salle University, UA&P and more

Providing much needed access to education to the Filipino youth, Bukas, a tech-enabled education financing platform, widens its reach with new partner institutions from private universities such as De La Salle University, University of Asia and the Pacific, Panpacific University, Technological Institute of the Philippines, St. Louis University, Colegio de Dagupan, St. Paul University - Quezon City, Baliuag University, and University of the Visayas, to more specialized schools like SoFA Design Institute, Enderun Colleges, De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute, Avion School, and Uplift Code Camp. 

GCash honors OFWs with new financial solutions

Better experience in sending remittances to loved ones

“Mga bagong bayani.” 

Around 10 million Filipinos live and work overseas-- seafarers, nurses, caregivers, hotel staff, construction workers, oil field personnel and many more-- help drive the Philippine economy through remittances they send back home. Considered the world’s fourth largest recipient of remittances next to India, China and Mexico, OFW remittances account for about 9% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

5 Easy Ways to Maximize Your Money When You Start Your Holiday Shopping at Shopee’s Sep 15 Payday Sale

Get into a festive mood with free shipping, 50% bills cashback, and ₱150 off vouchers

It’s already September, and you know what that means—the beloved and uniquely Filipino tradition of counting down to Christmas Day has begun! Aside from setting up our lights and trees, listening to festive jingles, and planning (virtual) reunions once the -ber months set in, we’ve also made it a habit to gear up for some intense early holiday shopping. After all, Filipinos are known not just for our love of Christmas, but for our generous spirit as well. 

Ylona Garcia Releases New Track 'Dont Go Changing"

The fast-emerging pop artist invites fans into her music video in her newest song, to be featured on 99rising's Head In The Clouds III

Today, 19-year-old Sydney-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Ylona Garcia has released a brilliant slice of power pop breakup balladry entitled “Don’t Go Changing” via 88rising.  Produced by industry veterans Jonas Jeberg (Panic! At The Disco, Demi Lovato, The Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez) and Marcus Lomax (Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Miley Cyrus), the Filipino-Australian trailblazer and 88rising newcomer effortlessly uses emotionally telling vocals to grieve through different stages of letting go. 

Speaking on the single, Ylona says, “‘Don’t Go Changing’ is a song that embraces truth towards life’s many mysteries, tough love in particular.”

To create the song’s video, Ylona Garcia invited her fans onto the mainstage. Personal footage of the cultural roots of these fans are included in the music video. The final music video features photos and videos from across the globe, shot by real fans, each representing a slice of each creator’s life beautifully juxtaposed with that of Ylona’s. 

Spectaculart2 Fund-Raising Virtual Auction Set On October 1-3

Calling all art lovers and collectors! 

The Santuario de San Antonio Parish Francisfest joyfully presents SpectaculART 2:  An auction of art, jewelry and homeware.  Both pristine and pre-loved pieces are up for grabs!

The proceeds of the auction shall assist in the numerous Social Services and development ministries of SSAP and its sister parishes.  

SpectaculART 2 will featureFine Jewelry, Estate, Artisan and an assortment of diamonds, pearls and  colored stones. 

The homeware collection will feature European, Asian, and locally sourced pieces ranging from antique, vintage, and contemporary furniture and home décor.

This year, SpectaculART 2 shall showcase a carefully curated selection of meaningful works created    by esteemed artists namely: National Artist for Visual Art Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Impy Pilapil, Romeo Tabuena, and Anita Magsaysay Ho. Unique pieces by renowned Filipino Visual Artists Gus Albor, Ramon Diaz, Jojo Guingona, Noli Principe Manalang, Isabel Campa, Ivy Lim and Marivic Rufino are pooled together in a celebration of Philippine Art  in the last few decades.    Unique prints by Salvador Dali and John Lennon will also be for sale. 

Going from ZERO to Hero: Infinix Kicks off Exciting New Corporate Partnership with Royal Observatory Greenwich

Infinix and Royal Observatory Greenwich have embarked on a corporate partnership to support Infinix in an exciting online webinar to launch the new smartphone – ZERO X Pro – to spark inspiration and capture visuals outside the norm.

Global smartphone company, Infinix recently held its long-awaited Infinix Presents: See Beyond online webinar event at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London as part of the company’s strategic commercial partnership and commitment towards the world of exploration and discovery. At the event, Infinix unveiled its brand new ZERO X Pro smartphone that sets the stage for a whole new era of mobile phone technology. Inspired by the moon and space exploration, the event brought together an incredible panel of experts from astronomy and technology to discuss all things celestial related – from the universe to the Moon. Experts who spoke on the panel included:

Western Union Money Transfers Now Available at a Smart Padala Agent near you

Smart Padala by PayMaya, one of the leading financial service providers in the Philippines, and Western Union, a global leader in cross-border, cross-currency money movement and payments, have come together to offer Western Union money transfer services at select Smart Padala agents across the country. 

With this new service, picking up Western Union remittance is made more convenient and accessible. Once a customer receives a Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) from their loved ones abroad, they can walk into any participating Smart Padala agent and receive their money transfers without incurring any additional fees. 

The Western Union money transfer service is available across more than 800 Smart Padala agents nationwide, scaling up to more than 3,000 in the coming months. This is especially relevant today in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, ensuring customers have access to Western Union services closer to their homes.