Tate McRae drops highly anticipated debut album, i used to think I could fly

Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae releases her highly anticipated debut album, i used to think i could fly today via RCA Records/Sony Music. 

The album is released on May 27th via RCA Records and showcases Tate at the top of her game. The album features all-star writing collaborators and producers including Greg Kurstin, Finneas, Charlie Puth, Alexander 23, Blake Slatkin, Louis Bell and more.  The album will feature already released tracks “feel like shit,” “she’s all i wanna be,” “chaotic,” “what would you do?” and more.  

Mobile service providers must scale up to meet subscriber growth, continued digital shift

Mobile operators must continue to expand their network capacity to support rising demand for mobile connectivity and match customers’ increasing reliance on digital services. According to international mobile industry organization GSMA, subscriber growth will persist within the next three years along with an increase in mobile services’ contribution to the global economy.

In its recently published The Mobile Economy 2022 Report, GSMA projected that there will be nearly 400 million new mobile subscribers by 2025, 148 million of whom will come from the Asia Pacific region. The group added that “mobile data will more than triple in most regions over the next six years, driven by increasing smartphone adoption and video usage.”

GSMA previously reported that over 333 million people from across the Asia Pacific region will start to use mobile internet for the first time by 2025. This will take the penetration rate to 52% of the region’s total population.

Employee innovations save Globe US$6.7 million, reduce processing time by 80% using Google AppSheet

Employees often have many ideas to make their jobs more efficient, making it beneficial for enterprises to nurture a culture of innovation in the workforce. Citizen Development is one of Globe’s employee engagement strategies that bring out innovation and support for high-potential initiatives that result in better ways of doing business.

The digital solutions platform encourages individuals and teams to use Google Cloud’s no-code development platform, AppSheet, to create workplace apps without the need for coding.

Cebuana Lhuillier and Bayad intensifies partnership through real-time bills payment services

Cebuana Lhuillier, one of the leading micro financial service provider companies in the Philippines, boosts its bills payment services through its intensified partnership with Bayad, a trusted multi-channel payment solutions.

Meralco bills can now be paid conveniently in more than 3,000 Cebuana Lhuillier branches.

“Cebuana Lhuillier has always been committed to offer efficient micro financial solutions to our clients, and partnering with the biggest and widest multi-channel payment platform in the country will surely optimize one of our essential services. As we continue to expand our network and improve our digital payment facilities, we will provide our clients more convenient options for their bills payment needs,” Cebuana Lhuillier President and CEO Jean Henri Lhuillier shared.

Sponge Cola reveals the inconvenient truth about regret on new single “Laman Ng Panaginip”

The new single is inspired by the power ballads of the ‘80s and ‘90s

Filipino alternative rock outfit Sponge Cola addresses the truth about regret and longing on their heart-wrenching single “Laman Ng Panaginip”—released via Sony Music Philippines.

Redefining love songs with reckless abandon, the Filipino quartet expresses the complexity of impossible choices in a world that is grounded in the familiar and often neglected reality of prioritizing practicality first before anything else, including love.

“This idea is mentioned concretely in the song almost as blunt exposition,” lead vocalist and guitarist Yael Yuzon stresses. “I really wanted the listener to feel that slab of reality to the face as opposed to something vague and symbolic. No figures of speech here; just feel it and let it all out. It’s the type of material that deserves to be sung out loud in the videoke over drinks with our friends and family for some kind of release.”

According to Yuzon, the song is about a love that never was. “The courage and reckless abandon that goes with singing a power ballad oftentimes come from a place of regret.” 

In terms of sonic approach and arrangement, “Laman Ng Panaginip” is inspired by the power ballad movement of the ‘80s and early ‘90s. With guidance from producer Joey Santos of Love One Another Studios, the track delivers another high point in the band’s career with indelible catchiness and impressive musical chops to back it up.

“It's a direct reference to a specific genre and time period that had a very influential impact in our formative years,” guitarist Armo Armovit shares in a statement. “It was recorded in Love One Another with producer Joey Santos making sure each layer of production had meaning and told the story.”

The song’s release is accompanied by an arresting visual helmed by filmmaker Ken Tan. Referencing Armovit, the MV director “did an excellent job in conveying the dream vs reality theme with the most minimal of elements.” The Sponge Cola’s resident guitarist adds, “The dancer, Ysabel Lava, delivered a captivating and emotionally charged performance with every move she choreographed herself.”

“Laman Ng Panaginip” is the fifth single released off their upcoming new album, CLASSIC—to be released sometime this year. The new record will serve as the band’s eighth full-length album, following a string of multiplatinum and critically acclaimed hits that span for more than two decades.

Sponge Cola’s “Laman Ng Panaginip” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Philippines. Watch the music video here.

Globe signs in AcadArena as first gaming partner to support the Hapag Movement

Globe is tapping the local gaming community to help alleviate hunger.  As gaming continues to thrive in the country, Globe saw an opportunity to give customers an avenue to contribute to something meaningful through The Hapag Movement, a fundraising initiative that aims to encourage support for vulnerable families and communities.

To jumpstart the gaming industry's involvement in The Hapag Movement, AcadArena, a leading organization for campus gaming and esports education in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, was the first to signify its support. They have a long-standing partnership with Globe that focuses on building skills development programs, hosting gaming leagues and tournaments, and providing scholarship support.

Musica FEUROPA: Going Strong On Its 13th Year

A Decade And Three Years Of Music, Harmony, And Legacy

MUSICA FEUROPA, the annual national choral festival of Far Eastern University with the European Union (EU) in the Philippines as its partner, makes its mark in the choral scene as it holds its 13th iteration this year. 

The key criterion of MUSICA FEUROPA is that each participating choir has to perform two songs: one song written in any Filipino language, and one song written in an official EU language by someone from an EU member nation. 

Starting with four choirs in 2009, the participants of the choral festival rose to an all-time high of thirty-one choirs from all over the Philippines, with some of them going on to win in competitions outside the country.

Musica FEUROPA became one of the definitive choral competitions in the country. 

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic that still affects our country today, Musica FEUROPA has moved to an online setup, utilizing the power of technology to stage the choral festival and present the participating choirs’ music, allowing audiences from around the country and the world to hear their harmony, and letting the choirs build their legacy. 

Justin Bieber Announce Final Global Dates For Justice World Tour

Justin Bieber today announced the final international dates for his record-setting Justice World Tour, including Manila on October 29, 2022 at CCP Open Grounds Manila, Philippines. Having sold in excess of 1.3 million tickets so far, the tour will travel to over 30 countries -- playing more than 125 shows – from May 2022 through March 2023.  

Promoted by AEG Presents Asia and Ovation Productions, tickets to Justin Bieber Justice World Tour Manila are priced from PHP2,692.8 and will go on sale at 10AM local time on May 30, 2022 via Ovationtickets.com and SMTickets.com. 

The upcoming dates start this month in Mexico, with a stop in Italy before continuing on to Scandinavia for shows in August.  Next up is South America, South Africa and the Middle East in September and October.  The tour will close out the year in Asia, Australia and New Zealand before moving to the UK and Europe in early 2023.  Additional dates have also been announced in Dubai, Bahrain, Sydney, New Delhi, Manila, Amsterdam, London and Dublin.

These new shows come on the heels of his 52-date 2022 North American tour, which kicked off in San Diego on February 18. Each evening promises to be a celebration for both Justin and his fans after the pandemic sidelined his 2020 tour.  

Cast of "Top Gun: Maverick" Thrilled to Fly Actual Fighter Jets

Ever wondered what it’s like to fly in a fighter jet? It’s like being strapped onto a DRAGON.  Join Tom Cruise and the cast and crew of Top Gun: Maverick, as they discuss their experiences flying in actual US Navy F/A-18s in this behind-the-scenes featurette called “Power of the Naval Aircraft.”

Check out the video below and watch Top Gun: Maverick in cinemas across the Philippines May 25.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/8Ez6ZLU30-Q

“Tom [Cruise] said that the only way he was going to do this sequel was if there was no CGI,” says co-star Miles Teller of Cruise’s one undebatable demand. Fortunately, the director of Top Gun: Maverick, Joseph Kosinski, felt exactly the same way. “That was one of the first tenets of even doing this movie,” says Kosinski. “Tom doesn’t have to do another movie for the rest of his life. [He] will only make a movie if he truly believes there’s a reason it has to be made.” That reason? To do the only thing he couldn’t last time out: shoot it for real. “It’s a love letter to aviation,” says producer Jerry Bruckheimer of shooting without CGI trickery. “We’re going to show you what it’s really like to be a Top Gun pilot. An aviation film like this has never been done.”

New Trailer Explores the Rise to Fame of "Elvis"

“I’m gonna show you what the real Elvis is like tonight.” Don’t miss Austin Butler and Tom Hanks in THE film of the summer. Check out the new trailer of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” below and watch the film only in theaters across the Philippines June 22.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/J-_kQZPOOIs

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/warnerbrosphils/videos/742988720039748/

About “Elvis”

From Oscar-nominated visionary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann comes Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “Elvis,” starring Austin Butler and Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks).  The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.  Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).

Harry Styles' Critically Accalimed Album 'Harry's House' Out Now

Harry Styles ‘ONE NIGHT ONLY IN NEW YORK’ performance at UBS Arena at Belmont Park tonight will be available to stream exclusively to Apple Music subscribers in 167 countries around the world. The special show will celebrate his brand new album Harry’s House, and will see Styles performing his new album for the first time ever.

‘Apple Music Live: Harry Styles’ will be available to stream live on Apple Music today, May 20 at 9:00p EST / 6p PST HERE and will encore on May 22nd at 12:00p EST / 9:00a PT / 6:00p CET and on May 26th at 4pm BST / 5pm SGT / 7pm AEST. 

Glam and Fab Celebrates 3rd Anniversary With New Branches And New Beauty Ambassadors

11 on 3 : Glam and Fab and Dear Self Aesthetics and Wellness Center Celebrates 3rd Year Anniversary with their 11th Branch


“With the coming of our 11th branch this month, we are beyond grateful to welcome the new members of our family and the vision that soars beyond self-care and self-love.”


This was part of the message of the Glam and Fab COO and Dear Self Aesthetics CEO, Ms. Krystal Tecson-Garalde when she delivered her speech during their company’s third year anniversary celebration and thanksgiving last May 10, 2022 at the Pandan Asian Café, Tomas Morato, Quezon City.

Are you #DesignedToBePowerful? Here’s your chance to prove it at the OPPO Game On Cup 2022

Calling all Mobile Legends players - now is your chance to conquer the battlefield, and show that you’re #DesignedToBePowerful! To go with the launch of the latest A96, global smart device brand OPPO is partnering with Mineski Philippines to search for the next big name in esports, with the OPPO Game On Cup 2022. 

Open to all amateur Mobile Legends teams and casual players, the OPPO Game On Cup 2022 is a month-long tournament held in four phases online and onground. With up to Php100,000 in cash prizes plus OPPO gadgets going to the top teams, the OPPO Game On Cup calls on gamers to gather in teams of 5 and sign up today until May 29, 2022 to be one of the 128 teams taking their shot to be named the OPPO Game On Cup champions. 

‘The Wild Dreams Tour’ Performing All The Hits!

WESTLIFE is coming back and will be bringing ‘The Wild Dreams Tour' to Manila! Supporting their latest album, Wild Dreams, and celebrating their greatest hits, the band will be performing in MANILA on February 20, 2023 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Following their record-breaking 2019 reunion tour ‘The Twenty Tour’ which saw Shane, Nicky, Mark and Kian play over 600,000 fans across 27 countries. The new tour will see the global pop kings perform songs from the new album plus all their well-loved hits including ‘Swear It Again’, ‘Flying Without Wings’, ‘If I Let You Go’, ‘My Love’, ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘A World Of Our Own’, ‘Unbreakable’, ‘Mandy’, and ‘You Raised Me Up’.

Westlife have sold over 55 million records worldwide, and are the only band to have their first 7 singles enter the UK chart at No.1. They also have the most singles of any artist to debut at No.1 in the UK. Overall the band has had an incredible 14 No.1 singles, behind only Elvis Presley and The Beatles. They have had 33 No.1 albums worldwide and as a live act have sold 5 million concert tickets worldwide.

Presented by Wilbros Live. Tickets to WESTLIFE: The Wild Dreams Tour in MANILA will be on-sale beginning June 4 at 10AM via TicketNet.com.ph and at all TicketNet outlets nationwide.

FB, Twitter, IG: @WilbrosLive

#WESTLIFEManila2023

Stay Dressed to Impress this Season When You Shop from Your Favourite GLife Fashion Merchants on GCash

Without a doubt, new seasons are a big inspiration for many of us to upgrade our outfits. Whether it's trying out a fashion trend, repurchasing old favourites, or filling in gaps in our current style lineup, changing our wardrobe is a great way to give our style a fresh new look. It also allows us to express ourselves more confidently. 

This summer, GCash is helping every person express their inner fashionista by providing so many smart selections to choose from. GLife is a service within the GCash app that caters to all things essential in one’s daily life. Through its curated brands and services, GLife allows users to make smart choices when they shop, providing access to everything they want and need in just a few easy taps. 

From food, technology, fashion, and beauty, shopping on GLife is so easy when every option offers quality products that will suit all of your plans and activities this season. And with these fantastic fashion offers to look forward to from May 9 to 21, 2022, there’s so much to get excited about on GLife: 

Watch the Teaser Trailer of "Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One"

It’s time to pick a side.  Watch the official teaser trailer for Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One starring Tom Cruise.  Coming to theaters 2023.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/KoGS_3MbNCQ 

About Mission: Impossible - Dead Reckoning - Part One

Paramount Pictures and Skydance present a Tom Cruise Production a film by Christopher McQuarrie, Tom Cruise in “MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – DEAD RECKONING - PART ONE”

Directed by Christopher McQuarrie, based on the television series created by Bruce Geller.  Produced by Tom Cruise, Christopher McQuarrie.  Executive produced by David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Don Granger, Tommy Gormley.

Kumu and Wattpad Partner to Adapt Filipino Hit Kiss Master as a Fan-Driven Streaming Series

Kiss Master fans will have a chance to guide the 8-part series adaptation of Jamille Fumah’s Wattpad hit

The branded entertainment partnership follows a series of successful collaborations between Wattpad and Kumu  

Kumu and Wattpad are tapping into the power of fandom! Kumu, the leading social entertainment platform in the Philippines, and Wattpad, the global entertainment company and leading web novel platform, today announced a partnership to adapt Jamille Fumah’s (@JFStories) Wattpad hit Kiss Master as an 8-episode series for multi-platform distribution. What’s even more exciting is that through the power of real-time engagement via Kumu’s interactive livestreams, fans will have the ability to influence the project’s casting, storyline, and more. 

With 7.7 million reads (and counting), Kiss Master follows young heroine Sussie five years after Arkanghel Wolfgang broke her heart. The playful bad boy, once head over heels for Sussie, has since turned into a cold and arrogant billionaire CEO. Now separated not only by their social status but also personal issues that could separate them for good, their worlds seem even further apart. But when Arkanghel reappears in her life and attempts to mend their broken ties, will Sussie ever be able to forgive her first kiss?

Level up your enjoyment with HUAWEI’s First Ever Portable Bluetooth speaker, the HUAWEI Sound Joy

This May, HUAWEI Philippines introduces its first ever portable bluetooth speaker to the HUAWEI Audio family. Not only does the HUAWEI Sound Joy boast compact, style, and portability designed for everyday use, it is also co-engineered with Devialet––bringing in top of the line audio technology. 

Premium design and build for when you’re on the go

The brand-new woven fabric design even offers IP67 rated dust and water resistance and an anti-slip surface, making the HUAWEI Sound Joy tough and durable across all scenarios. With a large-capacity built-in battery of 8,800 mAh supporting up to 26 hours of playtime and 40W fast charging support, the HUAWEI Sound Joy is the ideal speaker that will bring life to any outdoor party.

It definitely does not exaggerate portability because it only measures 202mm high and weights 680g with a diameter of 73mm. The HUAWEI Sound Joy is easy to carry around just like a water bottle, great for various occasions. From going on a picnic to hiking in a national park and cycling around the city, HUAWEI Sound Joy is a great companion that lets consumers bring their favorite tunes to any outdoor activity. To add, the new speaker even comes with a multi-colour ring for pleasing lighting effects too!

Here’s how TikTok propelled Ricky Montgomery into indie-pop stardom

If there’s an artist whose songs have aged like fine wine, it’s Ricky Montgomery. Anyone who’s on TikTok has probably heard two of the indie-pop star’s songs on repeat  – “Mr. Loverman” and “Line Without a Hook.” The former is a softer, more gentle track that builds up to a rousing sing-along chorus, while the latter is a more upbeat narrative on coming of age paired with power-pop riffs.

Both songs were actually released in 2016 as part of Ricky’s album titled Montgomery Ricky, but it wasn’t until recently that they became certified hits. Today’s listeners have clearly found his sound to be equal parts comforting, relatable, and timeless. These songs, particularly “Line Without a Hook,” propelled him into TikTok stardom and earned him over one million followers on the platform.

Young Cocoa infuses bossa nova sample with modern hip-hop flair on new single ‘Nova’

The catchy, laid-back track will be part of his debut EP to be released sometime in 2022

After landing on several high-profile playlists curated by some of the biggest names in K-Pop, Filipino singer-songwriter/producer Young Cocoa returns with “Nova,” his new single under pan-regional label, OFFMUTE. 

Incorporating a bossa nova sample as foundation for the rest of the beat, the prolific hip-hop artist raps about young love with awe-inspiring giddiness, and delivers one of the breeziest crossover tunes to come out in a while.

The smooth bop was produced by Cavill, who captured the energy of the lyrics with undeniable ease. It will be part of his upcoming debut EP to be released in the latter part of 2022.  

Maya unlocks its 6% savings interest rate to all customers

Make your money work harder for you with Maya Savings! 

Maya Savings, the digital savings account with a 6% interest that's as easy to use as an e-wallet, is now available to more Filipinos through the all-in-one money app, Maya.    

The feature was launched on early access mode as part of the all-new Maya app just over two weeks ago and due to the overwhelming response from Maya customers, Maya Savings is now available to all upgraded users.  

Now, you no longer need to complete missions or wait for your turn to access Maya Savings. If you have an upgraded Maya account, you can already unlock the Maya Savings feature on your app. Upgrading your account is easy - all you need is just one valid ID. And once you have a Savings account, there is no minimum opening and maintaining balance requirement.

BPI Sinag evolves to achieve more inclusive and sustainable growth

BPI Foundation remains committed to be at the forefront of social entrepreneurship in the country through its Sinag program.

BPI Foundation, the social development arm of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), officially launched the 8th iteration of its flagship program, BPI Sinag, which champions the social enterprise (SE) sector in the country. 

With this year’s theme: BPI Sinag Evolution, the program aims to elevate its impact and achieve inclusive and sustainable growth by implementing for the first time, a multi-stakeholder approach, highlighting three vital pillars: the social entrepreneurs, the educators, and the intervenors or sub-sectors. BPI Foundation has committed Php3 million worth of cash grants for these pillars this year.

Last-minute trip? Cop the Xiaomi 11T Series for P2,000 off to document every moment

Capture your last-minute adventures via a special promo for the Xiaomi 11T Series.

Starting May 20, 2022, customers can avail of Xiaomi’s price slash promo that grants a P2,000 for every purchase of the Xiaomi 11T and Xiaomi 11T Pro. They can also enjoy up to 12 months installments using major credit cards. (Terms and conditions may apply)

Check out the table below to see the discounted prices.

Cinema-grade videography on tap

The Xiaomi 11T Series is known for delivering cinema-grade videography courtesy of their triple rear cameras made up of 108MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, and 5MP telemacro lenses, and 16MP front camera. The Xiaomi 11T Pro can even record in 8K.

Pie Channel Delivers Fun and Prizes On TV, Online Starting May 23

Celebs, content creators introduced as ‘PIE jocks’

New revolutionary TV and digital channel PIE, short for Pinoy Interactive Entertainment, is here to give the traditional viewing experience a digital upgrade starting May 23. Prepare to have the ride of your life with PIE’s exuberant jocks and be among winners of cash prizes from a total pot of P10 million by tuning in to BEAM on TV or via the PIE website.

How these top-performing sellers grow their businesses through Shopee’s mega sales

Shopee’s Seller Recognition Operations Awardees highlight how efficient operations contribute to online success

In the Philippines, double day dates such as 9.9 and 11.11 have become highly anticipated due to shopping festivals offered by platforms such as Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. In fact, last year over 2 billion items were purchased by shoppers during 11.11 alone across the region. This uptick in purchases made during mega-sales allowed more than 1,000 local sellers across the region to exceed US$100,000 in sales during Shopee’s year-end festivals in 2021. 

Xiaomi 12 Series Lets You Master Every Scene In The Philippines

An exceptional phone ideal for every travel scenario

The Philippines is home to many world-class tourist destinations and heritage sites. As travel restrictions in the country start to ease, it’s the perfect opportunity to pack up, and embark on unforgettable adventures.

These trips won’t be complete without capturing every thrilling moment. Master every travel scenario with the new Xiaomi 12 Series, a device built to deliver clear, crisp photographs in any situation.

Here’s how one can utilize the Xiaomi 12 Series’ features at these key destinations:

Magical Siquijor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58tggYAo_Xg

Siquijor is shrouded in both mystery and magic as it’s known as an island inhabited by “healers.” It has numerous pristine beaches with snorkeling sites, picturesque waterfalls, and historic landmarks that will inspire travelers to live in the now and capture every inch of their beauty using the Xiaomi 12 camera.

Gloc-9 Has A Confession To Make In His New Single “Kumpisal” Featuring Skusta Clee

The one and only Makata Sa Pinas Gloc-9 is releasing yet another single this May! This new song is called "Kumpisal", the Filipino rap icon’s third release for his Pilak album in celebration of his 25th anniversary in the Philippine music industry. Joining him in this string-fueled and vibrant collaboration is Skusta Clee, who’s undoubtedly one of the most popular rap artists on the OPM scene today.

Written and composed by Gloc-9 with musical arrangement, mixed, and mastered by Thyro Alfaro, "Kumpisal" looks into the dynamics of the Catholic sacrament of confession from the perspective of a confessee.

The lyrics? It’s classic Gloc-9 in his prime that you’ve always loved — bathed in cryptic word play and ethereally anthemic that even this mundane topic can transform into a poetic masterpiece. Gloc-9 said that he already wrote different songs on various topics, but releasing a song about religion and spirituality? Not yet. Thus, this song was carefully crafted and was made possible this year.

Hwang In Youp Is Coming to Manila --Here's How You Can Join His Fun Meet

Get ready for the “True Beauty” star’s first fun meet event in the Philippines! Mark your calendars as Korean K-Drama star, Hwang In Youp is visiting Manila on June 19, 2022 at the New Frontier Theater to meet his Filipino fans.

Known for his striking looks and edgy personality, Hwang In Youp initially pursued modeling before making his acting debut with the lead role in the webdrama, “W.H.Y.” After which, he has appeared in a number of television dramas including “Freshman” (2019), “The Tale of Nokdu” (2019), and “18 Again” (2020). He gained further recognition in “True Beauty” (2020), which is based on the Line Webtoon of the same title.

The hallyu star continues to rise with his latest series, “The Sound of Magic” (2022), which is unsurprisingly gaining popularity on Netflix and a pivotal role in “Why Her?” (2022) that is set to premiere this coming June.

Last September 2021, BYS Philippines signed on Hwang In Youp as its endorser and headlined the #UncoverTrueBeauty campaign that coincided with the launch of the Skin by BYS Minis. And now, we will finally get the chance to meet our favorite oppa in the flesh!

Heads Up Fur-Parents! GCash Now Offers Insurance for your Pets

Dogs are one of the best blessings humans can ever ask for. Being greeted with an excited, tail-wagging, tongue-sticking-out pupper is the ultimate mood booster and stress reliever on a busy day. As the saying goes, we don’t deserve dogs for always being there for us. Where we see them as an additional companion, to them we are their world. 

However, with a great love for fur babies, comes great responsibility. Whether you are a long-time or new fur parent, you would know it takes a large amount of upkeep to care for your four-legged friends. Raising dogs can be challenging as they require a lot of love, attention, and physical care. 

Being a good fur parent is more than just giving baths; it also entails taking them to proper groomers. It is more than providing basic care of food and water, but also ensuring they get the proper nutrients. It is more than deworming and anti-rabies vaccines, but also giving extra supplements and check-ups with the vet when necessary. 

COMCO's Ferdinand Bondoy wins PR Champion of the Year Gold Award in the regional PR Awards

COMCO Southeast Asia (SEA)’s Regional Integration and Chief Executive Director, Mr. Ferdinand L. Bondoy, bagged the Gold Award for the PR Champion of the Year (Agency) – at the Marketing Interactive PR Awards 2022 in Singapore.

Marketing Interactive's PR Awards is the definitive awards programme for PR practitioners on both the client and agency side, designed to recognize outstanding work in the PR and communications industry across Southeast Asia, South Asia and Australia - New Zealand regions.

For the PR Champion of the Year (Agency) award, Mr. Bondoy won for outstanding leadership and excellence from an agency-side leader who has made a significant impact on their PR campaigns, executions and results.

HUAWEI showcases next generation of cutting-edge products for Smart and Healthy Living

Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) featured a variety of HUAWEI’s cutting-edge hardware products at the HUAWEI Flagship Product Launch 2022, including: HUAWEI Mate Xs 2, HUAWEI WATCH GT3 Pro, HUAWEI WATCH D, HUAWEI S-TAG, HUAWEI Band 7 and HUAWEI WATCH FIT 2 which aims to further simplify the daily lives of consumers. Starting May 20, pre-order the HUAWEI GT3 Pro at PHP 16,999, and get the Watch Fit 2 at PHP 6,499 on May 27:

HUAWEI GT3 Pro 46mm: Huawei Online Store, Shopee, and Lazada

HUAWEI GT3 Pro 43mm: Huawei Online Store, Shopee, and Lazada Huawei Online Store, Shopee, and Lazada

WATCH FIT 2: Huawei Online Store, Shopee, and Lazada Huawei Online Store, Shopee, and Lazada

Along with its hardware products, HUAWEI also features its world-renowned Health App which has aided consumers all around the world lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Huawei Consumer Business Group always puts consumers at the centre of what it does. At the launch event, Richard Yu, CEO of the Consumer Business Group, highlighted Huawei’s continuous dedication to optimising user experience to fulfil its strategy and vision of an All-Scenario Seamless AI Life.

Globe At Home provides great value, experience to customers via stronger GFiber plans

Globe At Home offers the best value and experience through its strong and affordable GFiber high-speed unlimited internet plans that address its customer’s connectivity needs.

This brand new home essential provides varying connection speeds from 50 Mbps up to 1 Gbps, depending on the need. Customers can have speeds of up to 50 Mbps under GFiber 1599, with a FREE speed boost of 100 Mbps for 3 months or up to 150 Mbps under GFiber 2099.

Moreover, all eligible GFiber Unli subscribers will receive 3-month premium access freebies. This allows them to make the most out of their GFiber plan, including VIU, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime, for non-stop family bonding while watching streaming movies, series, and TV shows.

In addition, GFiber Unli plans come with FREE 3 months unlimited 24/7 access to licensed Filipino doctors through telehealth service KonsultaMD.

"Where the Crawdads Sing" Unveils Gripping New Trailer

Where the mysteries lie. Where the secrets are buried. Where the crawdads sing. Watch the new trailer of Columbia Pictures’ Where the Crawdads Sing, featuring the new original song by Taylor Swift. Uncover the mystery, exclusively in cinemas across the Philippines soon.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/04kbkq2595c 

Also check out the new vignette in which star Daisy Edgar Jones and producer Reese Witherspoon  talk about the film.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/v_dk8SAN3lo 

Innovative New Web Series ‘Ming ♥ Tomas’ Will Make Viewers Laugh and Want to Fall in Love

Justin Besana, the creative mind
behind posters of critically-acclaimed
movies is behind the colorful
and quirky poster of Ming ♥ Tomas

When so much media nowadays seems to be about challenging things happening around us, romcoms offer us a breath of fresh air. At their very best, romantic comedies are sheer joy. They are about forging human connections and people bringing out the best from one another. It is a genre that’s about delivering joy and kilig to the audience. Watching a romcom feels worthwhile because they rekindle our hope for love and the best that life can offer with its fair share of laughs in store for the viewers. 

Launched by the Philippines’ favorite pampagana, Mang Tomas All-Around Sarsa, the new three-episode series “Ming ♥ Tomas” delivers the thrills that every kilig-hunter hopes to take comfort in. The series offers viewers everything that one should expect from the genre: a cast of lovably authentic characters that follow a storyline with the perfect emotional hook and laughs that will keep men and women of all ages glued to their screen. 

Tom Cruise Takes to the Skies Again in "Top Gun: Maverick"

Thirty-six years after portraying Pete “Maverick” Mitchell in Top Gun, Tom Cruise returns to the iconic role that catapulted him to global superstardom, with the long-awaited sequel, Paramount Pictures’ Top Gun: Maverick (in Philippine cinemas May 25).

Watch the film’s final trailer at https://youtu.be/MX3gBYuV5Jg

Single mom is foodpanda’s solo walker in Dagupan

A 43-year old Ka-Panda partner walker and single mother, Sheila Macabenta has been delivering food on foot for almost a year now to foodpanda customers in Dagupan City. 

It’s been said that anything that a man can do, a woman can do as well. That certainly holds true for the fast-growing quick-commerce industry, where women delivery workers make up a significant chunk of the workforce, thanks to food delivery apps like foodpanda. One of the industry’s leading names and known for their eye-catching brand, foodpanda is also known for giving opportunities to Filipinos regardless of gender to become “Ka Panda” delivery partners. 

917Ventures launches Concati one-stop API hub for faster time to market

Globe’s venture builder 917Ventures has launched Concati, a one-stop application programming interface (API) marketplace, where developers can access high-quality APIs to effortlessly enhance existing solutions and get to market faster.

This suite of secure, scalable, and enterprise-grade APIs can be easily integrated into an organization’s digital systems, allowing companies to come up with better products more quickly. Users can cut their building costs and development time by one to two months.

Concati APIs work well with all major development languages. Developers can simply use the technology they are most familiar with.

Did you know that you can use ShopeePay to send money to any bank or e-wallet for free?

We already know how easy it is to send money online—all it takes is a few taps on your phone and you’re done. Convenient and ideal, right? Yes, but only if you’re sending money to someone with the same bank account or e-wallet as yours or else you need to pay extra fees. That’s not very practical so we’ve got a solution for you. Did you know that ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, actually lets you send money to any bank, e-wallet or Shopee user for free? Yes, no hidden fees because we want to enable all Filipinos to fully enjoy the benefits of sending money online. 

Globe At Home GFiber: An essential tool for WFH and online class setups

As home Internet has become the lifeblood of every household through the pandemic, people are now more sensitive to internet downtime and speed to avoid disruptions to work and schooling.

Because of the higher demand for a more reliable and faster broadband connection, Globe At Home had to innovate and deliver on the expectations to keep customers satisfied.  It increased high-speed fiber capacity and laid down 1.4 million Fiber-to-the-Home lines in 2021 alone.

From Globe At Home’s efforts came GFiber, which has the speed, service, and offers to handle the changing needs of household members.  Through GFiber, parents can hold work meetings, while children can attend their online classes powered by fast Internet connection.

“We believe that GFiber will be pivotal for Globe At Home as many of our customers are looking for fiber for their internet requirements. GFiber is ideal for handling our customers' elevated digital lifestyle at home,” said Barbie Dapul, Globe At Home Vice President for Marketing.

Discover what you need for whatever summer adventure at the Shopee May 15 Payday Sale!

Enjoy summer while it lasts and get shipping discount vouchers, 10% off vouchers, and 100% Bills Cashback when you shop this May 15 Payday Sale

Say yes to new adventures and enjoy the great outdoors before summer ends. This May 15 Payday Sale, get-up from your chair, try new activities, and explore a change of scenery that’s a good break from all the stress of work. Be well-equipped for whatever thrilling adventure awaits you when you check out these payday deals:

GCash and CIMB Bank offer up to 7% p.a. interest with GSave

To help Filipinos grow their finances and achieve their #IponGoals, GCash, the leading mobile wallet in the country, and CIMB Bank, the country’s leading digital banking services provider, are offering as much as 7% per annum on GSave. Currently the highest interest rate available in the market, the offer is available to GCash users who will sign up for their first GSave account from April 1, 2022 to June 30, 2022.

The GSave feature has been live in the GCash app since December 2018 in partnership with CIMB Bank. It has been providing unbanked Filipinos with the opportunity to open a savings account that requires no initial deposit, maintaining balance, or lock-in period.

Something BIG is happening at The Big Dome!

Four of the biggest South Korean acts are slated to visit Manila for “Begin Again: KPOP Edition” taking place on May 29, 2022, 5 PM at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.  Fans are sure to have a blast with NCT DREAM, SHINee’s KEY, WEi, and ALICE performing their latest hit songs on the Philippine stage.

NCT DREAM will be headlining the show, coming on the heels of their widely successful album “Glitch Mode.” Released last March, NCT DREAM has recently wrapped promotions after selling an impressive 2 million albums. This makes them a double million-seller for two consecutive years—a feat only a handful of groups have achieved.

Seemingly a magnet for historic achievements, NCT DREAM is set to tick another one on its checklist. Back in 2020, the group is the last to hold a live concert in the Philippines before COVID-19 lockdown. Now, they’ll be one of the first international artists to perform live again after two years. Needless to say, NCT DREAM is making dreams come true with their return to the country.

Performing alongside the group is labelmate KEY, lead dancer, and lead rapper of SHINee. In 2018, KEY made his solo debut with the single “Forever Yours,” which he quickly followed up with a full studio album titled “Face.” The album peaked at number 5 on Korea’s Gaon Chart and snagged a top 10 entry on the US World Albums Chart.

Prepare for Takeoff with "Top Gun: Maverick" Character Posters

Meet the best of the best.  Get to know the Top Gun: Maverick crew with the reveal of their individual character posters.  See them on the biggest screen possible on Wednesday, May 25 in theaters and IMAX across the Philippines.

Watch the film’s new spot at https://youtu.be/N8stAcufxy8

About Top Gun: Maverick

After more than thirty years of service as one of the Navy’s top aviators, Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) is where he belongs, pushing the envelope as a courageous test pilot and dodging the advancement in rank that would ground him. When he finds himself training a detachment of Top Gun graduates for a specialized mission the likes of which no living pilot has ever seen, Maverick encounters Lt. Bradley Bradshaw (Miles Teller), call sign: “Rooster,” the son of Maverick’s late friend and Radar Intercept Officer Lt. Nick Bradshaw, aka “Goose”.

KodeGo, Jobstreet address IT skills, jobs mismatch in PH

Online tech bootcamp KodeGo is partnering with one of Asia’s leading online employment marketplaces Jobstreet Philippines to help address the skills mismatch between job seekers and open company positions, particularly in the field of Information Technology (IT).

Through the popular recruitment platform, hiring firms can easily source candidates from KodeGo for Web Development and Data Science. KodeGo graduates are given a special tag so they are noticed faster.   

“JobStreet has always been a titan in the recruitment and job placement space, so they are an ideal partner for KodeGo. Through this collaboration, we can give our bootcampers bright career opportunities and contribute to building a future-proof digital nation,” said Glenn Estrella, Head of Portfolio Growth for 917Ventures.

KodeGo is the latest spinoff of 917Ventures, the country’s largest corporate venture builder owned by Globe.

Southeast Asia's Culture, People and Colorful Life Captured With Xiaomi

Embarks on a journey through the lens of Xiaomi 12 Series to Master Every Scene with four visual storytellers from Vietnam, Malaysia, Philippines and Thailand.

Xiaomi brings together four visual storytellers across Southeast Asia to share their passions and stories with the latest Xiaomi 12 Series. The campaign ‘Proactive Action’, produced by National Geographic Creative Works for Xiaomi, documents and raises awareness of causes that are close to the hearts of the storytellers, in an effort to create interest and preserve their existence. The stories are told through the eyes of a celebrated photographer from each country reflecting their local perspective - Gab Mejia from the Philippines, Annice Lyn from Malaysia, Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai from Thailand, and Linh Pham from Vietnam.

KM Leong, General Manager for Southeast Asia of Xiaomi International shares, “We are excited to be collaborating with National Geographic Creative Works on this campaign as we celebrate the people, lives and cultures in Southeast Asia. Dubbed as the premium flagship of Xiaomi, Xiaomi 12 Pro can beautifully capture the visual stories of each explorer that will be a part of this campaign with its pro-grade triple 50MP camera array, complemented with Xiaomi’s advanced AI algorithm. We look forward to seeing how the featured National Geographic Photographers will master every scene.”

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is currently the Philippines’ highest grossing film of 2022

Filipino Marvel fans showed their unwavering support for the MCU creating new box office records

Catch the release of MCU’s newest film in cinemas nationwide

A fortnight after the local theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, the film is now reported to be the Highest Grossing Film in the Philippines in 2022. Fans of the Marvel franchise expressed their warm reception of the movie as it created new records in the Philippines: the 9th highest opening film of all time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, 10th in the highest opening of all time for a Disney film, and placed 13th in terms of the highest opening weekend of all time in the local box office.

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness premiered in the Philippines on May 4, 2022. It is a sequel to its first installation, Doctor Strange (2016). The movie follows the narrative of Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), who connives with both old and new mystical allies – Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), America Chavez (Xochitl Gomez), and Wong (Benedict Wong), among others – to unlock the secrets of the Multiverse and push its boundaries further than ever before. The film is a work of award-winning filmmaker Sam Raimi, and produced by Kevin Feige.

Tate McRae drops highly anticipated debut album, i used to think I could fly

Multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/dancer Tate McRae releases her highly anticipated debut album, i used to think i could fly today vi...

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