Plastic pollution reaching Philippine waters equivalent to 14 Titanics. WWF’s three-year project with Grieg foundation, a Norwegian foundation, aims to reduce the waste by 50%.

Plastic trash in the sea results in many problems for the environment, animals, and human settlements. A recent study found that there is a significant amount of plastic waste not adequately disposed of and end up polluting the environment. WWF-Philippines/Neal Roxas

Filipinos consume about 2.15 million tons of plastics in a year and from which 9% are recycled and 35% leaks into the open environment, according to a study conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), in a project funded by Grieg Foundation.

That amount of total plastics is equivalent to the weight of 41 Titanics. And out of that total, 14 of those massive ships (35%) end up as plastic waste in the ocean every year. A key pathway in how plastic pollution ends up in oceans is through ports where there is a high level of activity and traffic. 

Unleash Your Inner Water Tiger: Financial Tips from 2022’s Chinese Zodiac Sign

In a few days, we'll be celebrating Lunar New Year and ushering in the Year of the Water Tiger. Depending on the representative Chinese zodiac and element, it is said to impact one's luck and chances to become successful. Take charge of your own destiny and learn the traits of the Water Tiger in order to become more financially savvy and prosperous in 2022.

Here are some financial tips to keep in mind this Lunar Year:

Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi Modem now more affordable, perfect for every Filipino family!

Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi is now available at more affordable prices, becoming more accessible to millions of Filipinos in need of reliable connection for work and school amid the continuing pandemic.

Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi will be available at the Globe Online Shop at an exclusive price from P999 to P499 starting January 21, and in all Globe stores and retailers nationwide at the same price starting February 1, along with Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi LTE-Advanced at from P1,999 to P999.

The offering will surely benefit households across the country, especially students still studying at home as face-to-face classes remain prohibited due to the fresh surge in COVID-19 cases.  Whether for modular or online learning, Pinoy students will find a reliable partner in Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi.

“We’re nearly two years into this pandemic.  We know how important a reliable and affordable connection is to every Filipino family, particularly for breadwinners who have to work from home, students who want to finish their studies to provide a decent future for their family, and for anyone who wants to relax and get entertained,” said Barbie Dapul, Globe At Home VP for Marketing.

SB19’s PABLO gets up close and personal on his debut single “La Luna”

The creative force behind P-Pop’s biggest hits is ready to shed society’s unrealistic expectations with material he can call entirely his own

SB19’s PABLO embarks on his journey as a solo artist with the release of his debut single “La Luna”—out today via Sony Music Philippines.

The eclectic banger, which the 27-year-old artist composed and produced himself, is all about freeing yourself from the need to meet society’s unrealistic expectations. 

As PABLO sums it up, the song is about learning to embrace imperfections in pursuit of achieving acceptance and self-love. “We all have flaws and we need to accept those imperfections because those are what make us who we are.”

The prolific singer-songwriter and producer adds, “to be mentally healthy, we need to come to terms with ourselves, that what we feel is valid. We shouldn't suppress it just so we can please everyone and avoid confrontation. There will always be black in white and white in black. We should maintain balance within us. That's how we remain sane and alive.” 

Shopee gives you five days of deals and discounts this 2.2 Free Shipping Sale

Shop your home needs safely while saving on shipping fees from January 30 to February 3

Getting ready for another round of shopping for your essentials and budols? Lucky for you, you can shop without breaking the bank during Shopee’s 2.2 Free Shipping Sale. Prepare for five exciting days of Free Shipping with ₱0 minimum spend, ₱1 Flash Deals, and 10% off vouchers daily, as you shop for your stay-at-home needs from January 30 Payday Sale until February 3.

Gōng xǐ fā cái! Welcome the Croc-tastic Year of the Tiger!

Have an Ang Pao from Crocs! Get 3 amazing vouchers with your purchase* from January 28-February 28, 2022!

Crocs, a global leading brand for innovative casual footwear is welcoming the new Water Tiger Year with exciting Ang Paos that you can get starting January 28 until February 28 for every regular-priced Crocs footwear purchased at any Crocs stores nationwide or when you buy at Crocs webstore (www.crocs.com.ph).

Present your receipt and redeem the Ang Pao at the nearest Crocs store until February 28, 2022. Each voucher matches a different treat this month. You may choose to get Php 100 off on your next purchase of regular-priced footwear, a free Jibbitz™ when you get another regular-priced footwear or a Php 100 off on any purchase of regular-priced flips, slides, and sandals. Only one (1) Ang Pao may be used in every transaction.

Hurry, visit Crocs stores nationwide near you and get your Ang Paos:

  • SM branches nationwide (SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Pampanga, SM Cebu, SM Davao)
  • Ayala Malls nationwide (Trinoma, Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Town Center)
  • See the complete list here.

 

Rex Orange County announces new album, Who Cares?

Rex Orange County returns to announce his forthcoming album WHO CARES?, which is due March 11th via Sony Music. Along with the announcement, Rex also shares the new album's lead single and its accompanying video in "KEEP IT UP." In the video, Rex is seen dancing his way through Amsterdam's busy city center as he performs the track alongside musician Benny Sings, with whom he created WHO CARES? over the course of a few sessions in Sings' Amsterdam studio.

Today's release is Rex's first since 2020's Live at Radio City Music Hall EP taken from his two sold-out shows at the venue in 2020 just before his international Pony tour was cut short in Berlin due to Covid-19. As it turns out, however, that tour being cut short is part of the genesis of this album. After spending the bulk of 2020 quarantined back home in the UK, Rex made the trek to Amsterdam that fall to record with Benny Sings, with whom he crafted the 2017 platinum selling breakout single "Loving Is Easy." 

LOREN: The Lady Who Leads

From a multi-awarded broadcast journalist to a top-notch senator, and beyond. For the past three decades, Loren has dedicated her life to serving the Filipino people. In 1998, Loren became the youngest senator in the Philippines. She is also the only female to top the Senate race twice and the only female to become Senate Majority Leader.

Because of her advocacies on climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and management, sustainability, and climate justice, the Philippines has been recognized for her pioneered laws on the environment.

Loren is also a women’s & children’s rights advocate, consistent with her efforts to promote the welfare of women and the protection of the Filipino youth.

She is a true Filipina at heart, passionately advocating for the protection of the rights of indigenous peoples and promoting arts and culture in the local and international arena.

A Legend Reborn: are finally coming to the Philippines

Huawei Philippines teases the arrival of the most awaited all-new P-series, the HUAWEI P50 Pro and HUAWEI P50 Pocket on February 4, 2022. 

In the pursuit of providing only the best technological aesthetics and smart photography, Huawei pushed itself to produce the P Series. It started with the P9 Series where all the multi-lense camera phone era began. Then followed by the HUAWEI P10, HUAWEI P20, HUAWEI P30, HUAWEI P40 series, which pushed boundaries, driving innovation in smartphone photography with intelligent algorithms, larger and more sophisticated sensors, and better zoom capabilities. Truly, this evolution shows that Huawei continues to take great leaps in order to cater to the ever-changing technological needs of consumers today. 

COMCO Southeast Asia’s Leader Ferdinand Bondoy elected to UK-based Chartered Institute of Public Relations’ (CIPR) International Committee

COMCO Southeast Asia’s Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director, Mr. Ferdinand L. Bondoy, has been elected to the International Committee of the United Kingdom (UK) based Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) composed of PR leaders from across the world – Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, and Africa.

Mr. Bondoy is the only committee member based in the Southeast Asian region and he brings in diversity and representation in the globally renowned professional body for public relations practitioners. He will also be the lead for online events of CIPR International.

Founded in the United Kingdom, the CIPR is the world’s only Royal Chartered professional body for public relations practitioners, with nearly 10,000 members across the globe. As pioneers in the industry, the CIPR champions its expertise in public relations through standards and skill guidance to accelerate development among PR practitioners.

Xiaomi Introduces Redmi Note 11 Series for International Markets

Redmi Note 11 series once again makes flagship-level specs more accessible, raising industry standard with four all-new devices.

Xiaomi today announced Redmi Note 11 series for international markets, pushing forward the legacy of Redmi Note series with four all-new devices: Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, Redmi Note 11 Pro, Redmi Note 11S and Redmi Note 11. Rising to the challenge to bring even stronger specs and features, Redmi Note 11 series again brings powerful upgrades to its camera system, charging speed, display, and SoC—making flagship-level smartphone performance more accessible than before. Also announced today, the brand-new Xiaomi Smart Air Purifier 4 series, starting at PHP 6,999.

9 Items to Help You Prosper this Year of the Water Tiger

Attract luck in love, good health, and success in business and career as you welcome the Lunar New Year with these items on Shopee

The Lunar New Year gives us another shot at a fresh start. With the hope and excitement that the Year of the Water Tiger brings, it could be the year of transformation we all need. For those born in the Year of the Tiger, it’s a year for making big changes, risk-taking, and new adventures. Whatever your zodiac sign is and whether you can expect good fortune in love, health, or wealth, equip yourself with these items on Shopee to boost your abundance and prosperity:

Drink your water and get up to P500 cashback from Wilkins Distilled and PayMaya!

Staying hydrated with your trusted Wilkins Distilled water is now made even more sulit as you can get up to P500 cashback via PayMaya.  

Just look for the specially-marked label on the product whenever you purchase a 7L Wilkins Distilled bottle, and you will receive instant prizes of P5, P50, or P500 cashback vouchers via PayMaya until January 31, 2022.  

To enjoy this instant reward, all you have to do is follow these simple steps:   

  1. Scan the QR code in the Wilkins Distilled 7L bottle label. 
  2. Open the landing page, read the mechanics, and click on the promo button that will either: 
  3. Prompt you to download and create a verified PayMaya account if you don't have one yet 
  4. Open the PayMaya app and log in 
  5. Users with newly-created accounts will be prompted to enter the unique promo code in the app, while existing users can either tap the button on the landing page to go straight to the Worth a Win sa Wilkins Mission or tap the Wilkins banner found the PayMaya homepage. 
  6. Enter your unique code and get a cashback voucher.   
  7. Don't forget to claim your Voucher in the PayMaya app within 60 days after receipt! 

Check out the full mechanics at this link. Once you get your cashback via PayMaya, you can add it to your daily budget and use it to buy prepaid load, bills, groceries, and so much more! 

Young Cocoa’s “Manila” enjoys commercial boost thanks to ENHYPEN’s Ami Paris XVI playlist

The groovy track currently ranks on Spotify Viral Top 50 in South Korea and the Philippines

Filipino hip-hop artist Young Cocoa is propelled back into the spotlight. 

His debut single “Manila” has received resurgence in popularity after K-Pop music act ENHYPEN included it in Ami Paris XVI – Curated by Enhypen Spotify playlist. 

Handpicked by the members of the Korean supergroup, the new edition of the fashion house playlist includes an esteemed selection of upbeat and summery tunes from Justin Bieber, Yerin Baek, 5 Seconds of Summer, and more. 

PH records faster Internet speeds in December, up 9 notches for fixed BB

The Philippines logged better Internet speeds in December, improving in both mobile and fixed broadband rankings as it sustained a steady climb, the latest report of global Internet speed monitor Ookla showed.1

The country rose 9 places to 63 out of 178 in median fixed broadband connectivity, recording a median download speed of 50.26 Mbps, up from 46.44 in November.

Mobile connectivity also improved at a 19.20 Mbps median download speed, up from 18.68 the month prior. This pushed the Philippines up a notch to 89th out of 138 countries.

The improvement came amid a steadily growing demand for reliable Internet connectivity, with millions of Filipinos still working, studying and streaming entertainment online as movement restrictions persist due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Scream" Rated R-16 Without Cuts, Holds Sneaks on Feb 1st

Paramount Pictures has just announced that its US No.1 box-office hit Scream will hold special sneak previews in selected cinemas nationwide on Tuesday, February 1st.  Horror fans are advised to check with their favorite theaters for the screening hours and ticket prices.  

[Watch the sneaks announcement video at https://youtu.be/rnUeWdf3T6I]

Scream, which opens wide in Philippine cinemas on February 2, has been rated R-16 Without Cuts by the Movie & Television Review & Classification Board (MTRCB).  Fans are guaranteed to see the film in its integral, original version, complete with all the “strong language, gore, and graphic depiction of murders.”  As Ben Travis of Empire Magazine writes, “In an era of elevated horror, it's a gloriously gory basement party.”

A Sign of Things to Come for Print Shops with the Latest Large Format Printers

In our daily routine, few things stop us in our tracks like an awesome billboard or creative signage. With digital advertising increasingly gaining traction in the region, billboards and creative displays continue evolving to engage, entice and inspire us. Despite the many distractions in our world, glowing backlit displays, creative vehicle wraps, and vibrant POP displays are evolving to help brands gain attention.

Indeed, companies are finding more ways to incorporate engaging patterns, bold colours and unique prints into the lives of consumers by being more creative and innovative in their visual engagements. The latest advancements in printing technology, including advanced image processing software and high-density inks, are supporting these new applications with more sustainable processes that deliver impactful visuals that companies expect.

Bajula delivers nostalgia with sensual bliss on soulful new track “Bad Man”

First impressions might not be everything, but electronic soul duo Bajula shows inimitable promise with the release of their debut single “Catching You” a few months ago. The irresistible slow jam, whose retro-inspired R&B shows no signs of withering away, received consistent airplay at Jam 88.3 for weeks, and even gained traction online—thanks to its hilarious music video and sultry, infectious vibe.

Two months after the maiden song became available on various streaming platforms, Alvin “Vertigo” Guanlao and Jolo “Frazier” Juatco return with a follow-up track that blends bedroom R&B/pop confessionals with homemade instrumentation. 

Chuck Marabella As Engineer Topbills Miss Saigon Vienna Production

The most moving love story of our time MISS SAIGON, Cameron Mackintosh’s global smash hit production, is all set for  the gala night January 23 in Vienna, Austria. 

VBW Artistic Director Christian Struppeck brings the famous musical by Alain Boublil & Claude-Michel Schönberg in the spectacular new version as the opening production at the Raimund Theatre, a 128-year old newly renovated theatre with Miss Saigon as the first musical to reopen it. 

The top-notch cast are as follows:

  • Vanessa Heinz --- Kim
  • Oedo Kuipers --- Chris                   
  • Christian Rey Marbella --- Engineer
  • Gino Emnes --- John
  • James Park --- Thuy
  • Abla Alaoui — Ellen,
  • Annemarie Lauretta — Gigi.

Globe debuts first ever Eco-SIM in Asia Made from recycled refrigerator waste

As the country’s leader in mobile, Globe debuts the first-ever Eco-SIM cards in Asia for its postpaid mobile customers, contributing to environmental sustainability by recycling refrigerator waste, in time for Zero Waste Month in January.

SIM cards are among the smallest consumer items in the world, weighing around 4 grams each. However, with approximately 4.5 billion SIM cards manufactured every year[1], their combined weight represents an estimated 20,000 tons of plastic and other polymers, or the equivalent weight of 4000 jeepneys. 

Together with its partner, Thales, Globe has deployed Eco-SIM cards starting November 2021, made from 100% recycled materials including polystyrene waste from refrigerators, diverting this waste stream from landfills.

DOT Launches “ASMR Experience the Philippines” Project

The Philippines’ Department of Tourism (DOT) invites everyone to go on an ambient sound trip and experience a destination through the distinct sounds that can be heard when all is quiet. 

In launching the “ASMR Experience the Philippines” Project, the DOT aims to bring people to certain destinations through ASMR videos that explore the natural sounds of a place, allowing one to tune into nature and be fully present in the moment.

The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (QJEP) defines Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) as a “special perceptual phenomenon in which some people can experience a tingling, static-like sensation in response to some certain auditory or visual stimulations”. It brings a pleasant feeling that one experiences in response to certain sounds, visuals, feelings, or descriptions. The sensation leads to contentment and relaxation.

Shopee Recognizes Top Sellers For Operational and Marketing Excellence

These top performers exceeded expectations and continue to grow on the platform

As the e-commerce industry rapidly grows, so do the avenues and opportunities for digital MSMEs to stand out. With this need to adapt quickly, Shopee recently held its Shopee Seller Operations Excellence Awards to recognize sellers who performed exceptionally during Shopee’s mega sales and campaigns in the final quarter of last year.

With three categories based on what helped paved the way for their success, these sellers maximized the tools and tailor-fit platform features Shopee provides in order to emerge as among  the fastest-growing sellers in the platform:

DCME upbeat amid growing broadband consumption, 5G adoption

Amid the continuous rollout of 4G and 5G broadband services through its telco subsidiary DITO Telecommunity, holding company DITO CME is optimistic that rising data consumption and broadband use will continue to drive revenue growth for the industry.

DCME President Eric Alberto points to a  Moody’s report that gave a stable outlook to Asia Pacific’s telecommunications sector over the next 12-18 months, which in part will be driven by the early gains from 5G adoption.

“As we transition to a digital world, where consumers will move from 4G to 5G, we would like to think that we are getting the better end and the higher number of customers into our services,” Alberto said.

Maris Racal and raven team up for sparkly pop anthem “Pumila Ka”

After making headlines with generation-defining songs that celebrate individuality and empowerment, Maris Racal is back with another track that fits cohesively in the country’s ever-diversifying P-Pop music landscape. 

Featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriter and rapper raven, Maris Racal’s latest single “Pumila Ka” asserts the internet-breaking star’s knack for capturing the zeitgeist and shaking up outdated conventions in mainstream music. 

Move-in ready, safe, and secure BRIA Homes communities in Pampanga and Bataan

 Trusted homebuilder BRIA Homes continues to
provide top quality homes of choice to Filipinos nationwide.

Each new calendar year brings fresh resolve and determination to make changes in one’s life—from recharging career goals to upgrading to a new residence. With the pandemic now seen as a manageable threat, it’s no surprise that people are looking forward to a more productive and stable 2022. 

One big step that they may undertake is buying their very first home. While finding a cozy and comfortable place to live is quite easily the goal, the search for it can be an exciting but specially challenging experience. Prospective homebuyers do not wake up one day and decide to invest their savings in the first house they like. There are key factors in the planning process such as location, affordability, and commitment.

Jarlo Bâse marks his major label debut with soulful, laid-back track “Kalapati”

The Filipino singer-songwriter is ready to make a mark as a recording artist under Sony Music Philippines

Filipino singer-songwriter Jarlo Bâse is ready to carve his own lane in the music industry with the release of “Kalapati,” his first official single under Sony Music Philippines.

Recorded at Sonic State Audio, “Kalapati” doesn’t sound like a total diversion from his previous releases, but it has a more pristine quality to it as far as production is concerned. The laid-back tune finds the promising newcomer embracing a lighthearted but soulful direction while remaining adept in making accessible R&B/pop music that yields ecstatic returns.

WWF-Philippines continues to push for Extended Producers Responsibility Scheme

An Extended Producers Responsibility roadmap was released by conservation group World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF-Philippines) on Thursday, highlighting the substantial impact of plastics in our environment and how adopting the EPR scheme can effectively change this worsening plastic problem. 

The updated report entitled “Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Scheme Assessment for Plastic Packaging Waste in the Philippines”, WWF-Philippines proposes an EPR scheme where the responsibility of implementing the scheme for building high-quality recycling capacity should be assumed by an industry-led, non-profit Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO), acting as the system operator, with strict monitoring and control systems carried out by the government.

Globe wins Opensignal award for largest uplift in 5G global mobile gaming experience

Globe has received yet another global recognition for its network upgrade and modernization efforts, winning top prizes at the 5G Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2021[1].

The top Philippine firm placed first in 5G improvement over 4G for Games Experience, and second in 5G improvement over 4G for Video Experience, owing to its massive investments in network improvements.

At its 2021 awards, independent global standard Opensignal recognized Globe for having the largest uplift in mobile multiplayer gaming experience, with an improvement of 65.2%.  5G Video experience with Globe was also elevated to a rating of excellent, with an uplift of 32.8% better than 4G.

The results highlight impressive improvements in user experience that can be achieved through extensive investments in 5G, which can deliver internet speeds up to 100 times faster than 4G. It also has less lag, making it suitable for video streaming and gaming.

Acclaimed singer-songwriter lullaboy drops debut album, chapters of you

Singapore-based Indonesian-American artist lullaboy rings in the new year with his debut compilation album, chapters of you—released independently and available now on all major digital streaming platforms. The record comes with two new songs: “deja vu” and “open up.”

After being rejected by countless labels, lullaboy decided to take matters into his own hands across 2021, releasing a song every month for the whole year. Each song explored different perspectives around a central theme of discovering what love means, in all its different shapes and forms. With his storybook lyricisms and genuine, heartwarming vocals, it didn’t take long for fans around Southeast Asia (and the globe!) to take notice. This persistent approach garnered him tens of millions of streams, and grew his following to an incredible 1.5 million monthly listeners by the turn of the year. 

Hundreds of fans then came together to co create the artwork for chapters of you, each submitting handwritten versions of their favorite lyrics and lines from his catalogue, to be placed alongside each other in the final image. 

"Scream" Characters: Meet the Next Generation

Just as the original 1996 Scream film starred a group of young actors who would go on to achieve enormous success, the makers of the 2022 Scream set out to fill their movie with an equally talented group of up-and-comers destined for stardom.

[Watch the Scream - New Blood featurette at https://youtu.be/dQ0WbO5G5e0]

Melissa Barrera (In the Heights) plays Samantha “Sam” Carpenter, who returns to Woodsboro after a long absence when her younger sister Tara is attacked by Ghostface. Like the character she portrays, Barrera has a younger sister in real life and says she identified with Sam’s protective instinct.

Gaming influencers and streamers competed at Realme Cup in partnership with DITO

DITO Telecommunity joined realme in supporting the country’s gaming community as the official telco partner of the recently concluded realme Mobile Legends Cup: Streamers Royale. 

The tournament, streamed on the realme Philippine Facebook page, saw some of the local gaming community’s most popular influencers and streamers battle it out in Mobile Legends livestream matches. Participating influencers included AkoSi Dogie, ChooxTV, Manjean, Sh1n Boo, Suzzysaur, Butters, and Rob Luna. 

Team Panda emerged as the grand champions beating Team GHOST Wrecker during the grand finals held last December 22. The winning team, composed of Coach Panda, Demonkite, Exort, Emann, Heath, and Nathz, bagged the P100,000 grand prize. Their chosen charity will also be receiving P100,000. Aside from the main competition, the tournament also featured a highly anticipated showmatch between Team Bulldog and Team ChoOx.

Achieve a Better You this 2022 with these Deals at Shopee’s Brands Spotlight Festival

Starting January 17, tune in for exclusive promos from your favorite Shopee Mall brands

Ushering in a new year also means the chance to make a fresh start. We reflect on the habits we want to change, new behaviors we want to start adopting, and goals we want to achieve. More often than not, the  resolutions we set on January 1 get abandoned in a couple of weeks because “life happens.”

While the journey of self-improvement can be daunting, it’s important to remember that taking small steps builds up to significant progress in our goals. For those of us who don’t know where to begin, consider these tips with product recommendations from your favorite brands on Shopee. From January 17 to 31, check out daily exclusive deals from these leading Shopee Mall brands, only at the Brands Spotlight Festival.

Shopee Launches Brand Spotlight Campaign to Help Brands Increase Presence and Deepen Customer Engagement

With the new Brand Spotlight campaign, brands can unlock more growth opportunities in e-commerce

The future of e-commerce is looking bright. With the global industry expected to grow by $10.87 trillion dollars by 2025, online platforms are in a unique position to help businesses gain more traction and drive conversion. Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues to innovate its offerings to support the  growth of brand partners with Brand Spotlight - a daily campaign that features exclusive deals and product offerings from  Filipinos’ favorite brands. Starting January 17, users can look forward to unique daily offers from their favorite Shopee Mall brands, such as new product launches, bundle deals, and other exciting promos that are available only on Shopee.

Ease your worries and shop for your essentials from home on Shopee

Check out Shopee's Payday Sale and Gadget Zone this January to enjoy big discounts on everything you need and more

Nowadays, staying at home is one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe and healthy. As you hunker down for now, you’ll need essentials to make sure that everyone remains in tip-top shape and your home’s needs are well taken care of.

For more convenient and rewarding shopping from home, visit Shopee for can’t miss deals on branded goods starting January 15 until February 3. Check out these household must-haves at irresistible deals:

Globe supports employee welfare and local communities in recovering from Typhoon Odette

The devastation that Typhoon Odette brought was felt across several areas in the Philippines–mainly Palawan, and the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Globe’s own employees were not spared. At least 630 employees were affected by the severe weather disturbance.

In response, Globe has released an initial cash assistance for all affected employees and partnered with PureGo and the Ayala Group to deliver relief goods.

The internal #ALAGANGGLOBE donation drive has so far collected over P750,000, with employees contributing to augment support for their fellow ka-Globe across the country. 

Through its sister company Ayala Land, Inc., Globe is also providing temporary shelter for those whose homes were severely damaged. It is also offering home restoration support with interest-free company loans, Ayala Cooperative loan products,  and Globe Cooperative loan products.

“Our people are the most important resource. Our Crisis Team has been working tirelessly in ensuring that our fellow ka-Globe and their families have access to essentials during this time,” said Ato Jiao, Globe Chief Human Resource Officer.

He added, “As our people work to help the Filipino communities in Visayas, Mindanao, and Palawan restore connection to communication services, we will continue to support our employees and their families’ needs so that we may all bounce back from this endeavor together.”

Xiaomi Fan gets free home renovation from Xiaomi

Xiaomi continues to treat its fans to a smart life through the Xiaomi Home Renovation Campaign.

The global campaign called Xiaomi Renovation is organized by the Xiaomi Community where their fans can get randomly selected for a free home renovation using Xiaomi AIoT or Artificial intelligence of things products.

The latest Xiaomi fan is Daniela from the Philippines, who is the first among the three lucky fans who got selected by the Global Community. Her home, which she shares with her parents, got a makeover featuring the Xiaomi Pad 5, Mi TV, Redmi Watch 2 Lite, Air Purifier Pro H, Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L and Mi Vacuum Mop Pro.

SB19 launches premium merch line inspired by record-breaking EP, Pagsibol

Released in collaboration with ShowBT and Sony Music Philippines, the merch promises a ‘full fan experience’ with its three main collections

Filipino pop supergroup SB19 is welcoming 2022 with an exclusive merch line named after their record-breaking EP, Pagsibol.

The official Pagsibol merchandise features an assortment of designs heavily referenced by the emerging global stars’ chart-topping songs, as well as their corresponding videos and artwork. 

Proudly made in the Philippines, the premium merch promises a ‘full fan experience’ with its three main collections: What? Collection, which includes an Iron-On Patch and Enamel Pin as inspired by the critically acclaimed first single; MAPA Collection, which includes a bundled T-shirt and a collectible photocard, handmade resin keychain, along with its own Iron-On Patch and Enamel Pin inspired by the smash anthem for parents and family; and Pagsibol Collection, which includes a poster and a photobook. 

Emmy Meli inspires a global movement with soulful new track “I Am Woman”

21-year-old singer-songwriter Emmy Meli is currently making waves with the viral popularity of her new single “I Am Woman.” 

The soulful R&B/pop track, which carries an uplifting message, recently spawned a global movement on TikTok where women of all stripes posted videos of themselves that match the description presented in the chorus. 

To date, “I Am Woman” has racked up more than 31 million views on TikTok, and has inspired more than a million videos on the platform alone.

Final Trailer of "Scream" Boasts Early Rave Reactions

“Horror fan or not, this movie is just awesome.” Watch the final trailer for Paramount Pictures’ all-new Scream and see what critics are screaming about!

YouTube: https://youtu.be/8Eb7FWPnvXo 

About Scream

Twenty-five years after a streak of brutal murders shocked the quiet town of Woodsboro, a new killer has donned the Ghostface mask and begins targeting a group of teenagers to resurrect secrets from the town’s deadly past. Neve Campbell (“Sidney Prescott”), Courteney Cox (“Gale Weathers”) and David Arquette (“Dewey Riley”) return to their iconic roles in “Scream” alongside Melissa Barrera, Kyle Gallner, Mason Gooding, Mikey Madison, Dylan Minnette, Jenna Ortega, Jack Quaid, Marley Shelton, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and Sonia Ammar.

Heaven Peralejo stars as a vampire on the music video of Sponge Cola’s “Kung Ako Ang Pumiling Tapusin Ito”

The visual narrative is an allegorical take on walking away from an unhealthy, toxic relationship

Filipino actress Heaven Peralejo stars as a deeply conflicted vampire on the music video of Sponge Cola’s “Kung Ako Ang Pumiling Tapusin Ito”—the new single dropped ahead of their full-length album to be released in 2022.

The MV sees Heaven on the verge of a domestic breakdown as she adjusts to a life of uncertainty and fear from the sunlight. 

Shopee Delivers Aid to Typhoon Odette Victims via Shopee Express

Shopee collaborated with partner brands and utilized its nationwide Shopee Express fleet to dispatch immediate relief 

Almost a month since Typhoon Odette devastated several provinces in Visayas and Mindanao, millions of Filipinos continue to reel from the aftermath. To support and serve the communities affected, Shopee partnered with several brands and corporations and mobilized its nationwide Shopee Express network to help provide immediate relief to Typhoon Odette victims in less accessible areas.

Reaching the affected communities via Shopee Express

With the typhoon damaging communication and transportation infrastructure, a lot of the affected communities experienced difficulty receiving aid. With its nationwide coverage, Shopee Express trucks and vehicles have been able to transport water, health kits, water filters, solar lights, and other relief goods from brands and organizations such as the Manila Water Foundation, Maynilad Water Services, Inc., Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc., Unilab, Akari Lighting, Envirocab, Socone, Asia Brewery, Inc., Mitsushi, Herco Trading, Inc., Qoncept Furniture, Foodplus, Del Monte, Dohera Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, San Miguel Corporation, Lions Club International, and Luzon Clean Water Development Corporation. 

DITO Telecommunity connecting Filipinos after Typhoon Odette onslaught in beleaguered localities

Dr. Jobe Buling-Viernes, the coordinator of San Beda University-Graduate School of Business, joins relief operations to distribute 500 DITO SIM cards  to local members of the Philippine National Police (PNP), students, drivers, and municipal employees in Valencia, Negros Oriental. Photos were taken by: Dr. Jobe Buling-Viernes

Nothing is more crucial than staying connected in times of calamity and DITO Telecommunity has been a lifebelt for many Filipinos who have been massively affected by the recent onslaught of typhoon Odette in the country.

While most mobile services were temporarily rendered unserviceable by the catastrophe, the newly laid out DITO cell towers stood resilient in the beleaguered provinces, except for only six of DITO microsites that were affected.

Achieve Your 2022 Financial Goals with ShopeePay

Buy Load, Pay Bills, and Scan to Pay with ShopeePay for safe and cashless payments this new year. Plus enjoy free and real time transfers! 

The New Year is an opportune time to improve ourselves in various aspects of our lives. When it comes to financial resolutions, what would you do differently this time around? This year, you can consider embracing digitalization by exploring digital payment services like ShopeePay, integrating it to your lifestyle, and using it to your advantage for your 2022 financial goals.  

ShopeePay allows you to do so much with just a few clicks. It’s Shopee’s e-wallet that gives you instant savings with exclusive free Shipping and cashback promos, doubles as a convenient tool to settle your bills, enables you to buy discounted load and data, and more. When it comes to achieving financial goals, having a versatile e-wallet partner can make a difference. As you progress in your financial journey this year, ShopeePay will be with you every step of the way. Here are some pointers to help jumpstart a prosperous 2022:

Sing Galing’s Year-Starter Season Presents Wildcard Rounds, Nonstop Duelo-han and More

Sing Galing Sing Back-Bakan showcases the most awaited comeback of fan-favorite singtestants 

TV5 rings in the New Year with more fun and surprises with Sing Galing’s wildcard edition: Sing Galing Sing Back-Bakan. Recently debuted on January 3, 2022, the new edition of the Original Videoke Kantawanan ng Bansa features familiar faces from previous episodes who have left unforgettable impressions among the ka-awitbahays.

Introduced as Team Balik, the most talked about and well-supported singtestants who were not able to join Team Galing last year but were able to leave a fond memory among the ka-awitbahays, are coming back for the title. Each episode follows the accustomed 3-round format: Randomising: Pang-Sing-Galingan, Hula-Oke Jukebosses Edition, and the final round, Duel-Oke Face-Off Edition. Among four singtestants per level, one will be hailed as the Team Balik Bida-Oke Star of the Night who will immediately move forward to the next stage of Sing Back-Bakan, for an everyday nonstop Duelo-han.

Zack Tabudlo teams up with James Reid on the emotionally captivating single “Hatdog”

Listen to ZACK TABUDLO’s “HATDOG”: https://zacktabudlo.lnk.to/HATDOG

Prolific singer-songwriter/producer Zack Tabudlo is starting the year right with a high-profile collaboration featuring multimedia superstar James Reid.

The pair teams up on “Hatdog,” a soulful pop ditty written, mastered, mixed, and produced by Zack Tabudlo himself. With its swoon-worthy chorus and sterling guitar work, the song not only benefits from the duo’s impressive vocals, but also from their undeniable talent to a tackle an emotionally captivating song.

According to the breakout recording artist, “Hatdog” is all about loving and waiting for the right person despite the other camp’s hesitation to give in. “Hatdog is about giving reassurance, love, and support to the person who has mixed feelings for you. You are there for them no matter the situation is even if it will hurt in the long run.”

Stay Organized this 2022 with 5 Easy Tips and Useful Items from Shopee

It’s time to declutter and make room for your new goals

Hello, 2022! After taking the time to reflect on the past year, it’s time to get ready for new beginnings. Not sure where to start? For a truly clean slate, your first step should be to clear and rewire your brain. And what better way to do that than with some decluttering and organizing? With a clean, put-together space (and mind!), you can stay focused on your new goals. 

Check out five easy tips to help you stay organized throughout 2022. Below, you can also discover product recommendations from Shopee, your go-to source for organization items, essentials, and everything in between at the best prices: 

ShopeePay Offers Users Free and Real Time Transfers for a More Convenient Cashless Payment Experience

With ShopeePay, users are able to save on additional costs from InstaPay fees, and also send money to other ShopeePay users for free.

ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, continues to make financial services more accessible and convenient for Filipinos. The e-wallet offers free and real time transfers, on top of other free services, to enable easier and more seamless digital transactions.

ShopeePay users can now enjoy free cash ins and bank transfers in real time with 35+ banks and e-wallet partners, including BDO, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), RCBC, Metrobank, Chinabank, UnionBank, and more with InstaPay. InstaPay is an electronic fund transfer (EFT) service that allows customers to transfer funds almost instantly between accounts and is available 24/7, all year round. On top of the new cash in via InstaPay option, users can  also link their bank account to their ShopeePay Wallet for free and easy cash ins.

Within the app, verified ShopeePay users can also instantly send money to any ShopeePay user for free, available 24/7. Additionally, senders can also personalize their send money transactions with themed virtual cards fit for any occasion. With ShopeePay, users can do more cashless transactions and get discounts on load products and cashbacks on bills payment.

"The Matrix Resurrections," "The Batman" Lead Warner Bros.' 2022 Movie Line-up

Neo gets resurrected, Bruce Wayne returns with a vengeance, Newt Scamander unravels the secrets of Dumbledore and Black Adam unleashes his unique form of justice in the modern world.  

Buckle up as Warner Bros. reveals its formidable line-up of films for 2022!

THE MATRIX: RESURRECTIONS - Opens January 12

Happy New Year Vignette: https://youtu.be/1oQ_3ZHbioI

From visionary filmmaker Lana Wachowski comes this the long-awaited next chapter in the groundbreaking franchise that redefined a genre. The new film reunites original stars Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss in the iconic roles they made famous, Neo and Trinity.

Buy a Redmi Watch 2 Lite and get a chance to win Spider-Man: No Way Home tickets

Xiaomi Philippines is welcoming the new year with a special promo for their new Redmi Watch 2 Lite featuring everyone’s favorite friendly neighborhood spider!

From January 1 to 8, those who purchase the Redmi Watch 2 Lite from the official Xiaomi online stores will not only get it for the special price of PHP 2,599 but will also automatically get a raffle entry for the chance to win two (2) e-passes for the much-anticipated, Spider-Man: No Way Home.

Ticket winners will be announced on February 9, 2022 through the Xiaomi Philippines Facebook page.

Predator Gaming x Blacklist International Dota 2: Breaking the Code in Dota 2 with a World-Class All-Filipino Roster

After solidifying their position in Mobile Legends: Bang Bang as a global esports giant, Tier One Entertainment and Blacklist International ...

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