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Acer Unveils new Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

  • Acer Unveils new Nitro 5 Gaming Laptop

    Acer announces its new Acer Nitro 5 gaming laptop, designed for casual gamers seeking great performance in an attractive laser-textured design. Powered by Windows 10, the new 15-inch laptop is targeted towards mainstream users who enjoy the thrill of gaming with friends, and building their own network of like-minded players. 
    The Acer Nitro 5 will be available in North America in April with prices starting at US$799; and in EMEA in April with prices starting at €1,099.

    Nitro 5 Specifications:
    • Latest-generation AMD Radeon™ RX560 graphics
    • AMD Ryzen™ mobile processor
    • The Nitro 5’s internal solid-state drive is available up to 512 GB
    • Lightning-fast speeds of DDR4 RAM of up to 32 GB combined with the SSD
    • Acer’s NitroSense utility allows the monitoring of the CPU/GPU, and adjustment of cooling fan speeds via Acer CoolBoost to keep them in optimal operation.
    • Top cover with elegant laser texturing that brings bold refinement to the gaming laptop. A matte, crimson red hinge is a gorgeous yet understated accent that beautifully matches the futuristic design of the backlit keyboard.
    • 6-inch Full HD IPS display
    • Front-facing HD web camera lets users strategize face-to-face, and then celebrate together as they bask in their post-match glory.
    • Users can also easily broadcast games live with Mixer, directly from the Game bar on Windows 10 simply by pressing the Windows key plus G.
    • Dolby Audio Premium and Acer TrueHarmony technology
    • Fast and reliable dual-stream 802.11ac wireless technology, a plethora of ports, including hyper-fast USB Type-C, HDMI 2.0, and Gigabit Ethernet.
    Exact specifications, prices, and availability may vary by region. To find out about availability, product specifications and prices in specific markets, please contact your nearest Acer office or retailer via

UBP Gatsby Themed Thanksgiving Party

Sunday, January 14, 2018
Coming back from the New Year's celebration, I went to a Gatsby themed party of the United Bloggers Philippines group. It was facilitated by Adae Ang who attended with his hubby and daughter. It all went smooth and everyone went home with smiles on our faces. January 7th, 2018 --the skies were clear and since it's Sunday, going to the venue at Jupiter street in Makati was no hassle. 
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Romulo cafe is where we're at. The place has a homey ambiance with a touch of modernity.  They served us food so great, I want to come back for more. Classy, rustic, and elegant are three words to describe the place. Since I was not able to get there on time, I arrived just in time for the activities. Before we consumed the food, we participated and had some fun interacting and catching up.

Ralph Huertas of Trendspotting came over to celebrate with us, Charmaine Pahate of Eggshell, also visited, as well as Eugene Caab and gave out some tokens.

Everybody almost looked liked the people on the framed pictures posted at Romulo Cafe. Well-- almost. Our outfits were in the same era. Those were the times when dressing up and looking prim and proper was the trend. The place was perfect for the event.

We would all like to thank Adae's Kitchen, Allianz PNB, Eggshell, Herbalife PH, Lola Deling's Traditions, Restaurant Depot, Shakedown Street Cafe and Tanduay PH and of course, Romulo Cafe for sponsoring the event. 

Converge ICT lends support to “My Dream in a Shoebox”

Friday, January 12, 2018

Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. recently lent its support to the “My Dream in a Shoebox” Gift-Giving Day activity for the benefit of the Payatas Orione Foundation. The event was held at the Mother of Divine Providence church grounds located in Payatas, Quezon City.

“My Dream in a Shoebox” is a long-running project that collects and distributes shoeboxes filled with school supplies to poor and underprivileged Filipino children around the country. It is spearheaded by TeamAsia together with the IT & Business Process Association of the Philippines, Inc. (IBPAP).

It was the first time that Converge ICT participated in such an inspiring event in Metro Manila that was held in one of the most poverty-stricken areas in the metropolis. According to Ms. Mari-Au Acuesta, HR Director of Converge ICT, most of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events werefocused in Pampanga where Converge ICT traces its roots.

Converge ICT served as food sponsor for the more than 700 people, composed mostly of kids, their parents and volunteers. They also put up a photo booth and a face-painting area at the venue, the first time these were included in the gift-giving event. The photo booth and face painting truly delighted not just the kids but also the kids-at- heart, who all patiently waited for their turn. The long lines were a testament to the fun-filled activities’ success.

Even Converge ICT personnel, particularly their graphics design team, did the face-painting themselves long after the professional face painters have left. This further elicited laughter among the kids who nonetheless remained wide-eyed with excitement.

“We were delighted to see the response of kids. They were all awed by the Photo Booth setup and of course, the face-painting. They marvelled at the kiddie-friendly images drawn on either hands or face, and clearly they had fun, even if the Converge ICT personnel took over the face-painting chores. It was an inspiring sight,” Acuesta said.

Mr. Jesus Romero, COO of Converge ICT, bared that this initial CSR venture of Converge ICT will definitely see a repeat next year, and hinted that perhaps will even be bigger in scope.

For her part, Monette Iturralde-Hamlin, President of Team Asia and the project’s main proponent, said she can’t believe that “My Dream in a Shoebox,” which started through a dream, is in its 9 th year already.

“We thank our many sponsors who supported the project throughout the years and still continue to support us until today, including other new sponsors.”

Hamlin was delighted that Converge ICT Solutions, Inc. joined this year’s edition of “My Dream in a Shoebox.” She thanked Converge ICT for participating as a Platinum sponsor and helped feed the throng of kids who came in droves.

Converge ICT, Inc. started its business in 1992 and was already granted a congressional franchise. The company has many Tier 1 international peering partners to ensure fast and reliable connectivity. It also partnered with top domestic peering partners currently has the 3 rd largest Internet backbone in the country to help further improve the Internet experience of Filipinos.

Concentrix Philippines cherishes a day of fun and games at National Children’s Hospital

Friday, January 5, 2018

Leading global business services company Concentrix Philippines, partnering with United Airlines, brought smiles to the faces of young patients as they were gifted with Ben Flyin’ Adventure bears.

 The occasion was the Adventure Bear Program organized annually by United Airlines. This year, it was held at the National Children’s Hospital, which is dedicated to serve the pediatric needs of indigenous patients.

Concentrix Philippines held fun games and activities at the event, served meals, and distributed happiness bags and other prizes, which greatly lifted the mood of the children. Photo shows United Airlines’ senior managers for Contact Center Supplier Performance, Mark Seville and Joyce Neumeyer, with Concentrix Philippines volunteers.

Restaurant Depot celebrates first year with a bang!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

RESTAURANT DEPOT in Harrison Street Pasay City is a membership-only warehouse club for people involved in the foodservice industry - canteens, food stalls, restaurants, caterers, home bakers, and chefs. Unlike most membership-only warehouse, they offer FREE membership. Membership gives customers access to a large selection of ingredients, food supplies, and kitchenware in a convenient shopping format, where buying in bulk translates to big savings.

Restaurant Depot Categories:

FRESH AND FROZEN – Seafood, meat, chicken, and pork products have all gone through rigorous quality control standards by trusted suppliers and are priced competitively for your needs.

PROCESSED – From frozen dimsum products to processed meat products and shabu-shabu ingredients, Restaurant Depot has a variety of pre-made food products for business needs.

BAKING ITEMS – Restaurant Depot is a baker’s haven with its specialized sections for fudges, syrups, flavorings, sprinkles, nuts, and chocolates.

OIL – Giant sizes of various oil brands are available in the store for easy selection as well as an extensive selection of cooking oils, olive oils and truffle oils.

DRY GOODS – Restaurant Depot has all the staples for a full service meal from flour, rice, salt to sugar products in bulk sizes.

DAIRY – Restaurant Depot’s big sizes of mozzarella, cream cheese and dairy products gives you huge savings where it counts.

CANNED GOODS –Various sizes of canned mushrooms, corn, olives, tuna, and meat products are available to cover your kitchen needs.

NOODLES AND PASTA –Restaurant Depot has pasta and noodles in all shapes and sizes for your kitchen’s recipes.

SPICES – Restaurant Depot has an extensive array of spices with shelves full of choice seasonings for your easy selection. Spices and seasonings are available in large packs, ensuring huge savings and more quantity for lower prices.

BEVERAGES – From ready to drink juices, beverage syrups, purees, to economical juice powder packs, Restaurant Depot provides numerous choices of beverage blends for your food service needs. The store also has a wide section of alcoholic products; from imported wines, beers and liquor for your bar needs.

SAUCES AND CONDIMENTS –Restaurant Depot has all the condiments to flavor your food, from ketchups, mayonnaise, mustards, soy sauces, fish sauces, and vinegars. Apart from this, Restaurant Depot brings world food cuisine to table tops with everything from Thai to Malaysian to Japanese condiments.

PACKAGING –With an extensive assortment of cupcake liners, pastry and cake boxes; as well as various plastic food storage sizes for take-out needs and disposable party products in bulk, the store is filled with options for your packaging requirements.

CLEANING – From scrubs to sponges and cleaning liquids, Restaurant Depot has larger sizes in order to optimize your cleaning budget.

TABLEWARE – Restaurant Depot has dinnerware and drinkware for classic table settings, as well as table accessories to complete your table tops.

KITCHENWARE – From flatware to small electrical appliances, Restaurant Depot has a wide array of pots, pans, kitchen tools and equipment to fulfill your needs.

Last December 12, 2017, Restaurant Depot celebrated their first year anniversary. As a way of saying THANK YOU on their first fruitful year, they offered food sampling, cooking and baking demos, and a lot of special promos to their loyal and new customers visiting on that date. Visitors also have had the chance to win instant prizes by just spreading the news on Facebook.

If you get hungry, there are stalls and stores to dine in inside the warehouse such as Chicken Charlie which offer really crispy and good-tasting fried chicken.

At Restaurant Depot, you can find all these great selections under one roof. They aim to be the reliable partner – providing a convenient food service shopping experience where SAVINGS come in BIG SIZES. The store is open from 8 am – 7 pm, Mondays to Sundays.

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Here’s how you can answer both your biggest New Year’s Resolutions with one solution

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

It’s that time of the year when everyone thinks of #Goals to make or break for the year. Before you get tempted to create a long list of to do’s and must haves for 2018, focus on must do’s. Simple resolutions can bring you a long way if they’re doable, feasible, and impactful.

On your new journey toward living better next year you may come across challenges. But with a strong and dependable partner to lend you a hand, ticking off the must do’s in your list will be an easier and more rewarding experience.

Two for one 

Research institute, StatisticBrain ranks healthy living and wiser financial decisions as the two resolutions that regularly top anyone's list, but Time Magazine says they are some of the most common ones to break throughout the year.

Regardless, the secret in successfully ticking off any item in your annual list of goals is to get help – a buddy for an extra boost to hit two targets with one swing! 

Fitness and financial plans may be a challenge to keep, but BPI-Philam offers their latest Wellness Series to help you get started and encourage you to lead a life of total wellness. This takes care of both your financial and physical health through four personalized insurance products integrated with Philam Vitality, a science-backed wellness program that rewards your healthy choices. 

Through the Wellness Series you get comprehensive life and health protection, and with Philam Vitality you get upfront 20% additional life coverage, and additional lifestyle rewards throughout your wellness journey. Philam Vitality empowers you to take consistent steps toward a healthier and more fulfilling lifestyle – as you continuously do more healthy activities, your Vitality status increases and can give you additional life insurance coverage increase of up to 50%!

More rewards await you with every healthy decision you make! When you take steps to know and improve your health, you get exclusive discounts on services and exciting items like: screens from Hi Precision diagnostics and Makati Medical center, gym membership from Gold's Gym, and sports apparel from Garmin or Toby's Sports. Then, enjoy rewards like discounted air fare on your next Philippine Airlines trip, hotel room reservation at Seda or Marriot, or tickets to Enchanted Kingdom and SM Cinemas!

Which Wellness Series product is for you?

For your protection and insurance needs, choose among Life Ready Plus, Critical Care Plus, Critical Care Max, and Build Estate Plus--affordable solutions that secure your health and build your wealth. 

While each of us may generally have similar health goals, we also have specific financial needs according to which of life’s key moments we are in.

For as low as P 2,100 a month, first jobbers and young professionals can build a protection fund for the future early on with Life Ready Plus. This plan also protects them for as long as needed by providing insurance coverage up to 360x their monthly premium. 

Meanwhile, employees looking to maximize their health and life insurance to keep providing for their families, will find a fit with Critical Care Plus and Critical Care Max. Either policy gives them and their loved-ones peace of mind by providing cash benefits upon diagnosis or early stages of critical illness. It also builds a health fund that accumulates over time to support future health needs. This minimizes costly hospitalization and medical fees so they can focus on recovering and enjoying moments with their family.

Finally, people preparing for retirement and continually need protection for their assets can do so worry-free and with ease through Build Life Plus. With its life insurance benefit, estate taxes can be covered to secure their legacy, wellness, and their family’s future through health. 

Every product also offers riders you can add to the policy to add peace of mind by maximizing protection and customize your cover to make sure it fits other needs you might have.

With your top two, yearly concerns efficiently out of the way, you can focus on accomplishing the things you love doing for the rest of the year without hassle or holding back.

Make nothing but the best life choices as you enter 2018 with BPI-Philam and get ready to live better and healthier not just for the new year but for the many fulfilling years to come.

Partner up with BPI-Philam in planning for a vibrant future today by visiting  or any BPI branch across the country. Want to know more? Send us your inquiries at .

Essilor's New Shared Service Office Strengthens Global Support

Strengthening its support shared services for a broader, better and more global reach, Essilor, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, recently celebrated the inauguration of Essilor Shared Services Philippines Inc. (ESSPI), a global Information Technology and Finance Shared Services organization supporting Essilor’s global locations on a 24/7 capability.

Located in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, the new shared services office received a level three certification from Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) for both IT Development and Services. It provides robust shared services on IT applications, infrastructure, e-commerce, digital solutions and finance to support the Essilor business all over the world.
ESSPI’s IT application shared services is equipped with global helpdesk that ensures continuous business via various channels; applications and development support team who are responsible in providing solutions needed by the business; project management and quality assurance team who ensures the development of applications; and data management team who consolidates, analyzes and generates critical data and reports.

Delivering high-quality infrastructure services, ESSPI also has experts working in the infrastructure team. Its e-commerce and digital solutions team develops online and mobile applications for the convenience of customers while the finance shared services team delivers accurate and high quality financial reports to seven transitions and nine Essilor European entities worldwide.

With over 160 employees, ESSPI is still actively recruiting to ramp up its workforce in both IT and finance.

For more information, visit or Essilor’s website at, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.