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Vivo brings premium features to Y17 to level up lifestyles

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Vivo continues to introduce top-notch features in its latest line of entry-level handsets, such as the Y17, to enable more Filipinos to level up their lifestyles and discover the premium smartphone experience.

The leading global technology company has equipped the Y17, available for just P12,990, with an AI triple rear camera setup—which includes a 13MP main camera, 8MP super wide-angle camera, and 2MP depth camera—so users can effortlessly capture Instagram-worthy portraits and sceneries.

To maximize the premium camera experience, the newest smartphone even allows for a 120-degree super-wide angle shot, courtesy of a 16mm ultrawide camera, to enable users to capture not just group photos but fascinating landscapes, in just one click.

More than showcasing a modern yet elegant design accentuated by its Mineral Blue and Mystic Purple colors; the smartphone brings the best viewing experience to its users, boasting of a bigger 6.35-inch screen with a 720x1544 pixels resolution, offering a Halo FullView™ Display that is ideal for watching videos and playing games.

The Y17 also has a big memory storage and bigger battery capacity that add to the users’ premium experience. With a 4GB RAM and 128GB memory powered by an industry-leading 5000mAh massive battery and bolstered by an 18W dual-engine fast charging technology, users can store more apps, photos, and videos, do more tasks, and play more games, for longer hours.

So, what are you waiting for? Level up your lifestyle and experience premium smartphone features by getting the Vivo Y17 today, available at all authorized Vivo dealers nationwide.

Four Filipinos to Represent Asia Pacific at Jr. NBA Global Championship


Select Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 All-Stars, comprised of three boys and one girl, will represent Asia Pacific at the Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida.

Camille Nolasco, Heinz Gabriel Demisana, Sebastian Reyes, and Lionel Matthew Rubico were recognized as part of the top performing players of the first-ever Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Selection Camp staged June 15-16 at the Universitas Pelita Harapan (UPH) in Jakarta, Indonesia, which featured 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Led by Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca, Rob Newson and Natalia Andre, the two-day camp lessons to the participants including how to execute technical and tactical skills and develop teamwork among players of varying languages and cultural backgrounds.

In addition, Jr. NBA athletes participated in the skills challenge during the Jr. NBA All-Star Saturday Night event that featured Jr. NBA Indonesia alumni and Indonesian personalities including professional basketball player Daniel Wenas, actress and singer Mikha Tambayong, and social media influencers Hadi al Ghifary and Reynal Abipraya.

Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.

Fans can learn more about Jr. NBA Philippines at and on Facebook and the NBA at and on Facebook and Twitter. Visit to learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.


Henjz Gabriel Demisana
Basketball has given me many opportunities with one of them being able to play in the Jr. NBA program. I’m very proud to join the Asia Pacific team competing in the Jr. NBA Global Championship.”

Diane Camille Nolasco
When I first saw my opponents, I didn’t expect to be here since they’re so tall, but I brought the Filipino mentality ‘puso’ which helped achieve my goal of being part of the Jr. NBA Asia Pacific girls team.”

Sebastian Roy Reyes
I’m excited for the competition in the United States because it will be a lot harder than in Asia. Representing the Philippines is a big deal for myself because not all kids have an opportunity to play for their country.”

Lionel Matthew Rubico
My coaches always reminded to go hard to the basket, not be afraid, believe in myself, and fight with all my heart. I’m looking forward to meeting new friends and challenging the talented players from around the world.”

The following is a complete list of Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Team members:


First Name
Last Name
Henjz Gabriel
Tan Zi Sheng
Email Ajmal Bin
New Zealand
Sebastian Roy
Lionel Matthew


First Name
Last Name
Angelica Jenifer
Chong Pui
Phung Trang
Diane Camille
Vanissa Renata
New Zealand

QBO’s ecosystem mapping effort calls for stronger support for PH startups

Manila exhibits ‘accelerating ecosystem,’ 4 other cities reveal potential

The 2019 Startup Ecosystem Mapping is participated by startup representatives, accelerators, public and private incubators, community builders, venture capitalists, angel investors, government, and private companies—all working together to uplift the Philippine startup ecosystem.

The Philippine startup industry is reaching new heights but aspiring tech entrepreneurs still face certain challenges—from business conditions to regulatory requirements and gender disparity.

To assess the country’s current startup ecosystem, QBO Innovation Hub, in partnership with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), conducted a Startup Ecosystem Mapping exercise which identifies areas that need to be improved and available resources in order to help make the Philippines a globally competitive place for startups. The initiative is also part of QBO’s Startup Pinay program that encourages and supports increased female participation in the startup industry.

DTI acknowledges the importance of a thriving, science and technology-based startup ecosystem to achieve the country's goal of growing globally competitive and innovative industries. Our focus is on S&T-based solutions in sectors that need innovative solutions such as communications, agriculture, health, AI, IoT, among others. and covering not only software but also hardware and business model. Having an innovative tech and services industry contributes to inclusive growth and employment generation of the Philippines as a whole," said DTI Undersecretary of the Competitiveness and Innovation Group Rafaelita M. Aldaba. "We partnered with QBO to support startup development by building the startup ecosystem; bridge the gap between innovative technological seeds and commercialization; and help create global Philippine startups."

In 2016, only two cities—Manila and Cebu—were mapped. But with Philippines startup exhibiting growth in other areas, the 2019 Startup Ecosystem Mapping extended to three other cities: Legazpi, Bohol, and Naga. Similar mapping efforts are to be conducted in Zamboanga City, Puerto Princesa, Pangasinan, and Dumaguete by the Department of Information and Communications Technology with Ideaspace Foundation, making it an unprecedented countrywide effort.

The mapping sessions were participated by startup representatives, accelerators, public and private incubators, community builders, venture capitalists, angel investors, government, and private companies. The cities were categorized based on Techstars’ 7 Stages of Startup Communities: Nascent, Foundational, Accelerating, Established, High Functioning, Progressive, and Aspirational.
Aside from assessing the health of the startup communities in these cities, we also put together a set of recommendations after each mapping session to help them move to the next stage,” said QBO President Rene “Butch” Meily. “We’ve seen remarkable changes from 2016 to 2019 and ultimately, our goal is to promote and encourage collaboration to address the pain points experienced by startup founders and identify initiatives that will enable them to grow.”
Manila: A Place Where Startups Accelerate and Thrive
Home to most successful startup stories in the country, Manila’s landscape has improved remarkably. The 2018 Startup Ecosystem Canvas revealed Manila as having an “Accelerating Ecosystem” because of the increasing support it is getting from the government, investment groups, and other stakeholders. Recent exits from startups such as ChatbotPH, Teko, and have also contributed to the stronger awareness about startups in the city. Recent findings of the 2019 StartupBlink Report revealed the Philippines ranking 54th among 202 countries, with the strongest startup ecosystem, Manila, as its frontrunner breaching the global top 100 for the first time.

In order for Manila to move to the next stage, we recommend verticalization of support programs that specialize in specific industries such as FinTech, HealthTech, and PropTech and creation of a density center or cluster for housing, services, and spaces to increase collaboration among startups and ramp up their productivity,” said Meily. “Corporate engagement must also be strengthened and entrepreneurs must be engaged in the development of a favorable regulatory environment that addresses concerns relevant to the tech industry.”
Cebu, Bohol, Naga, Legazpi: The Next Wave Cities for Startups?
Aside from Manila, four other cities exhibited growth potential in their respective startup economies: Cebu, Legazpi, Bohol, and Naga.
Cebu is categorized under the Foundational Ecosystem due to an increasing density of startups, considerable number of co-working spaces, and strong regional networks with connections with Manila, the rest of Southeast Asia, and Silicon Valley. The city also benefits from the strong support from the government, with local officials taking the lead in developing the local startup ecosystem. To further elevate Cebu’s ranking, recommended key actions include the establishment of local incubators with accessible mentor networks, stronger support for local businesses, as well as more dynamic engagement with universities.

Bohol’s potential to be a travel tech hub is also evident with efforts to develop the local talent and inspire Boholanos to be more involved in tech. The mapping effort revealed that these programs must be made sustainable for Bohol to reach its full potential. “Bohol has a lot of potential and this can be fully achieved by inspiring and mentoring young talents to build their own startups,” added Meily. Currently, Bohol is categorized as a Nascent Ecosystem characterized by a group of passionate people pushing to build a stronger startup community.

Visible support from local businesses and involvement of local universities is pushing Naga to be categorized as a Foundational Ecosystem. Additionally, the efforts of Naga’s local government units contribute to its fast-growing startups. Similarly, Legazpi’s startups are benefitting from programs with fund allocation and support from different government agencies. To continue this momentum, recommended actions include putting up an online information portal related to the local startup ecosystem and organizing more collaborative and networking events.
The Philippines has a lot of potential hubs for startups—all it takes is for all stakeholders to come together and realize that great ideas can come from everywhere. To achieve our goal of advancing the Philippines’ startup ecosystem, there must be a concerted effort not just from Manila but from the countryside as well to cultivate talent and support burgeoning businesses locally” said Meily.
For inquiries on how you can map out your own city, visit or email To learn more about the QBO’s ecosystem mapping efforts, visit

Jollibee Burger Steak’s beefy-saucy linamnam ulam, still at P50!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Jollibee Burger Steak’s appetizing combination of 100% beef burger patty topped with mushroom gravy is still within your reach

While the price of goods continue to rise, looking for something beefy, saucy, and malinamnam to complete your day is still within your reach. Don’t worry - Jollibee Burger Steak is here to indulge your craving for a super affordable price that is still only at PHP 50!

Waiting for you at the nearest Jollibee store is the delicious and appetizing combination of the beefy-linamnam 100% beef patty and the saucy-linamnam mushroom gravy on a comforting cup of steamed white rice. Not to mention, its economical price tag means that treating yourself to a beefy-saucy linamnam ulam meal whenever you want is always easy on the budget!

“When you’re on a budget and the craving for something delicious kicks in, there’s no better way to fill yourself up than with the Jollibee Burger Steak” says Jollibee Marketing Director for Core Products Mari Aldecoa.

What are you waiting for? Give in to your beefy-saucy linamnam ulam craving and get a Jollibee Burger Steak at any Jollibee store nationwide through dine-in, take-out, delivery, or drive-thru starting at PHP 50.00 only!

For more information on Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.


GreatBrands Sale June 21 to 23

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Shoe Makers Shop Inc., in cooperation with Metro Creative Themes Inc. will feature the best brands in a back-to-school sale that will welcome the rainy season. Mark your calendars for the biggest sale this June 21 to 23. A weekend 3-day GREATBRANDS SALE welcomes smart shoppers at the Megatrade Hall 2 of SM Megamall Building B.

Brands like HUSH PUPPIES, SEBAGO, PETITE JOLIE, CUSHE, ADIDAS, G. H. BASS are up for grabs with up to 70% off!

And there’s more! SKECHERS, KEDS, POLO RALPH LAUREN, MERRELL, S&H, ITALIANOS, IPANEMA, GRENDHA, ELLE and ECHOLAC are just some of the participating brands that will offer marked down prices on their items. Fashion accessories, personal items, apparels and other great finds are also on sale to complete your shopping list.

ADMISSION is FREE and shoppers are welcome from 10 AM to 10 PM during the 3-day GREAT BRANDS Sale.

The third leg of its mall series, the GreatBrands Sale event is organized by Shoe Makers Shop Inc., and managed by Metro Creative Themes Inc. For more information and inquiries, please contact Jonathan Roxas or Vilma Baculot through 0917-5365473 and 09171633597 respectively. You can also email MCT Inc. at for details.

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 GreatBrands Sale
June 21 to 23 opens daily from 10AM until 10PM
Megatrade Hall 2, SM Megamall Building B

Adventure-filled playtime awaits kids with the new Jollibee Fun Camp toys

This June, JolliKids are sure to have more exciting afternoon playtimes as they build and enjoy their own campsite with Jollibee and Friends, in the latest Jolly Kiddie Meal toys – the Jollibee Fun Camp!

With Jollibee’s newest set of connectible toys, kids will surely enjoy building their own fun camp as each toy features a different, enjoyable activity! With Jollibee at the tire swing, little campers can delight in playtime adventure as they watch him glide by simply moving the lever. They can also join Hetty for an amusing lakeside fishing session by casting her rod with a push of a button. Popo, together with his guitar, can play campfire music for the kids, as they gently push him forward with every strum. Joining Twirlie by the bonfire, young campers can help her roast some marshmallows by pressing a button. Lastly, with Yum at the raft, kids can help him navigate the waters by attaching the paddles to help him row his boat.

Let your little ones explore and discover the great outdoors with Jollibee and Friends as campfire buddies! Collect and connect the Jollibee Fun Camp toys, available until June 30 only, with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100), Jolly Spaghetti (P95), Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105), 1-pc.Burger Steak (P95), 1-pc. Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105), 1-pc. Chickenjoy with Rice (P120), or 1-pc. Chickenjoy Meal with Drink (P135), each with its own Jolly Joy Box.

Start collecting all five toys today by visiting the Jollibee branch near you!

Syd Hartha Takes a Pro-Women Stand on new single "ayaw"

Monday, June 17, 2019

Upcoming singer-songwriter Syd Hartha breaks out from the mold with the release of her new single, "ayaw."

Known for her intricate folk-pop sketches and disarming vocals, the 17-year-old artist takes a step back from her confessional musings to affirm her stand against sexual harassment and abuse towards women in general.

The empowering number, which Syd Hartha wrote as a reminder for people to respect boundaries, delivers an inspiring message that puts into light the importance of consent. "It is undeniable that sexual harassment continues to be a prevalent issue that we face today," Syd Hartha points out. "I feel for the victims of catcalling and rape, and understand how hard it is to talk about their experience. As a musician who some people look up to, I know I have to use my voice in behalf of all the victims and survivors. This inspired me to write ayaw."

A well-conceived effort that embraces her newfound strength as a singer-songwriter, "ayaw" suggests lyrical confidence and maturity that's beyond her age. Production-wise, it's her most sonically adventurous release to date: an excursion to a more bluesy territory, a more organic vibe that gives her personality the spunk and edge it needs.

"Ayaw" is Syd Hartha's third single, and her first official release under Sony Music Philippines. The song is now available on streaming and download platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes store and Deezer.