Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Filipino millennial leads a very tech-driven lifestyle. They are dynamic and mobile in everything they do, be it work or play. Thanks to technology, the young professional can elevate their day to day activities with devices that fit their lifestyle.

What better gift for the millennials in our lives (or ourselves) than something that complements their modern lifestyle. Look no further than a Modern PC. These Windows 10-powered laptops are thinner, lighter, faster, and able to perform even the most demanding tasks.

From form to function and all the innovations in between, Modern PCs are packed with features to meet the dynamic needs of today’s young professional. They are more compact and feature revamped batteries capable of running all-day. Inside, they are equipped with SSD Hard Drives that ensures maximum performance and speed. Here are 5 laptops that make perfect gift ideas for the Filipino millennial.
  1. Acer Swift Series

One of the most portable laptops in the market today is the Acer Swift Series. From this series is the Swift 3, a featherweight among its peers weighing a mere 1.3kg. Don’t be fooled, the Swift 3 still packs quite a punch with 8th gen processors, a 14” screen, and 512GB SSD. Portability is without a doubt the highlight of Acer’s latest Swift. The slim and light laptop makes it perfect for carrying around all day, without hurting your back. That said, the rest of the machine makes few compromises on performance. So you can knock out your daily computing needs with powerful tech features while on the move. If you’re looking for more power without sacrificing portability, look no further than the series’ higher spec models — the Swift 5 and Swift 7.
  2. Asus Zenbook UX331

The new ZenBook 13 gives you all the elegance and style you expect from a ZenBook and a whole lot more, with a stunning crystal-like finish and a sophisticated modern design that places it in a class of its own. It’s an ultrathin Windows 10 i5 laptop with serious processing power and class-leading graphics performance. At its heart is the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor — which can be boosted to 3.7GHz when needed — with 8GB RAM and an NVIDIA® GeForce® MX150 discrete graphics chip. And blazingly fast storage is provided by a 256 GB SATA SSD. So whether you’re creating mega-sized office documents, manipulating high-resolution photos, editing videos, or simply taking a break with the latest high-powered games, the ZenBook 13 will never keep you waiting. With ZenBook 13 and Windows 10, you get the very best computing experience. ZenBook 13 supports all the great new features in Windows 10, including Windows Ink, Modern Standby and Cortana.
Asus Zenbook UX331

  1. Dell Inspiron 7370 / Inspiron 7373
The Dell Inspiron 13 7370 is a small and light modern PC that packs significant horsepower with its Intel 8th gen processor. Performance and portability are the laptop’s best features. Dell’s new Inspiron features a 13.3-inch screen with Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution. Speaking of battery, the Inspiron 7370 is equipped with a 3-cell “smart” lithium-ion battery unit, so you can be secure in the idea of working away from a wall socket for extended periods of time. This Dell Inspiron also has a 2-in-1 version, the Inspiron 7373.

Dell Inspiron 7370
  1. HP Envy 13

The HP Envy 13 packs strong performance, long battery life, and a fantastic typing experience into a lightweight and affordable package. Under the hood of this 2.9-pound ultrabook is an Intel 8th Gen Core processor, boasting power to go along with heavy doses of style. With its Intel 8th Gen Core processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB PCIe SSD, the Envy 13 offers a plethora of performance for everyday use. The all-metal chassis combined with the convenience of all-day battery life to go with one of the best keyboards in the market makes the HP Envy the weapon of choice for several young professionals. At 12 x 8.5 x 0.55 inches, the Envy is slim enough to fit into a narrow pocket in your bag while its 2.93-pound weight makes it very easy to take with you wherever you go.
HP Envy 13
  1. Lenovo Yoga 520 / 530
The Lenovo Yoga 520 is a stylish 14” 2-in-1 laptop with powerful processors and long-lasting battery life. More than just a traditional laptop, it transitions to a tablet thanks to a durable 360-degree hinge. It features pin-point accuracy and palm-rejection technology with the Lenovo Active Pen — an emulation of a natural pen-on-paper writing experience. Paired with new Windows Ink, the creative possibilities are endless. At 1.75kg, the Yoga 520 is the picture of sleek portability. Work on your designs from home, or pop it in your bag on a day out to fix layouts later. It’ll easily go wherever life takes you.
Lenovo Yoga 520 - 2
Whatever laptop you choose for yourself or for your loved one, all of the above make for great choices. And all are available at Octagon, the #1 Windows PC retailer in the Philippines. With over 150 branches nationwide, you can give these laptops a spin at the branch closest to you. For even more convenience, visit their website at

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Brother launches two new Refill Tank System inkjet printers with A3 print capabilities, superior cost-efficiency, and comprehensive connectivity options.
(Top L to R) Brother HL-T4000DW Inkjet Printer , (Bottom L-R) Brother MFC-T4500DW

August 29, 2018, Manila – Brother takes great pride in developing inkjet printers that deliver greater reliability, innovation and cost-effectiveness. This same unwavering commitment to its ‘Customer First’ approach can be found in Brother’s newest A3 Inkjet Printer Series for businesses and home-office users with high print volumes.

Many businesses are considering A3 inkjet printers for creating their business plans and presentations, or design materials such as floor plans, blueprints, site images and technical drawings.” says Mr. Glenn Hocson, President at Brother Philippines. However, such high-print volumes, ink replacement can be extremely costly. Brother’s latest A3 Inkjet Printer Series in 2018 have been designed for outstanding cost-efficiency and business productivity while delivering the same quality and reliability for which Brother is renowned.”

This new series features an Inkjet Printer HL-T4000DW and Multi-Function Centre, MFC-T4500DW. Performance and enhanced features for this new inkjet printer series include:

Superior Cost Efficiency
  • Lower cost-per-page – Refill Tank System inkjet printers come with ultra-high-yield ink refill bottles that enable you to print up to 6,500 pages1 in black and 5,000 pages1 in color
  • Cut costs by 50% – Instantly reduce your paper waste and expenses by half with the automatic 2-sided printing feature
  • Enhanced durability – Features a robust printhead with stainless steel lamination and Piezoelectric ceramic technology for longer machine life and less frequent repairs and servicing

Effortless User Experience
  • Convenient ink tank access – Enjoy quick, mess-free refills with the embedded, front-access tank, and easily monitor individual ink levels through the transparent ink tank cover
  • Comprehensive paper handling – Handle a variety of paper weights and sizes with a 250 sheets standard tray and 100 sheets multi-purpose tray
  • Multi-page scan, copy & fax capabilities2Perform multi-page scan and copy and fax jobs without having to insert the pages individually with the 50 sheets Automatic Document Feeder
  • User-friendly navigation Easily navigate features and functions with the large 2.7” LCD touchscreen and full-sized keypad2

Enhanced Productivity
  • Fast print speeds – Enjoy print speeds3 of up to 22/20 ipm (mono/color), and boost your business productivity with Fast Mode speeds of up to 35/27 ppm (mono/color) [ipm: images per minute; ppm: pages per minute]
  • Quick first-page-out times – Spend less time waiting with fast first-page-out times4 of just 5.5 seconds for mono prints and 6 seconds for colour prints
  • Professional print quality – Print brilliant photos, crisp and clear text with an outstanding resolution of 1,200 x 4,800 dpi
  • Comprehensive print capabilities – Print detailed floor plans, blueprints, site images and other materials in-house on a wide variety of paper types and sizes up to A3

Extensive Connectivity
  • Multiple connectivity options Easily share your device among the entire office workgroup using the built-in wireless and network connectivity
  • Effortless mobile printing – Print directly from your iPhone, iPad, Android™ or Windows® Mobile device through Brother’s iPrint&Scan, AirPrint, Mopria® and Google Cloud Print
  • Print JPEGs directly from USB storage – Print photos from your USB flash drive conveniently via the front-access port with USB Direct Print
  • Scan and print via Wi-Fi Direct – Directly print or scan from your mobile device without need for access to your network

Advanced Device Management
  • Restrict access to your printers –Assign authorized users or groups with access to specific functions such as color printing, setting page limits, scanning features and more with the Secure Function Lock
  • Integrate easily into your IT Security Infrastructure –Manage printer access and login authentication through a central management system with Active Directory and User Authentication
  • Conveniently monitor via fleet management software – BRAdmin Light is an enterprise-level device management solution that allows you to manage a fleet of network-connected machines from one centralized location

Series Line-up and Availability
The HL-T4000DW and MFC-T4500DW are both available in Authorized Retail Stores nationwide. For more information, visit

Introducing the models in Brother’s latest Inkjet Printer and Multi-Function Centre Series:

RSP: P29,990.00
Availability: already available

  • Refill Tank System
  • Automatic 2-sided print
  • Up to 22/20 ipm print speed3
  • Up to 5.5 sec (Mono) / 6 sec (Colour) first print-out time4
  • Up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi print quality
  • 2.7" colour LCD touchscreen
  • 250 sheets standard paper tray
  • 100 sheets multi-purpose paper tray
  • Ultra high yield ink bottles of up to 6,500 pages (mono) / 5,000 pages (colour)
  • Wireless and network connectivity
  • Brother iPrint&Scan, Apple AirPrint, Mopria, Google Cloud Print
  • USB Direct Printing

RSP: P39,950.00
Availability: already available

  • Refill Tank System
  • Scan, copy, fax and automatic 2-sided print
  • Up to 22/20 ipm print speed3
  • Up to 5.5 sec (Mono) / 6 sec (Colour) first print-out time4
  • Up to 1,200 x 4,800 dpi print quality
  • 2.7" colour LCD touchscreen and full keypad
  • 250 sheets standard paper tray
  • 100 sheets multi-purpose paper tray
  • Ultra high yield ink bottles of up to 6,500 pages (mono) / 5,000 pages (colour)
  • Wireless and network connectivity
  • Brother iPrint&Scan, Apple AirPrint, Mopria, Google Cloud Print
  • USB Direct Printing

All prices are inclusive of the prevailing taxes and include a 2-year extended warranty. These machines are supported by the Brother Customer Service Centers.

Log on to for the list of authorized stores and service centers and for warranty support. Customers may also send Brother Philippines an email at for other product inquiries or concerns.

Users can look forward to a super series of non-stop deals over 11 consecutive super themed days, and massive giveaways worth over ₱15 million to be won

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, kicks off its biggest annual regional shopping event, Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. After last year’s successful 9.9 event which saw a three-fold uplift in orders and a five-time increase in traffic, Shopee is upping the ante this year with a 11-day mega shopping event from 30 August to 9 September. With over 500,000 sellers, around 800 brands and more than 60 partners onboard, users can expect up to 99% off from the largest collection of deals and massive giveaways worth over ₱15 Million.

“Shopee has grown tremendously in the past year. We now boast around 160 million users across the region, including over 16 million in the Philippines. At the same time, the number of sellers on Shopee has more than doubled to over 500,000 in less than a year, showing how we are quickly becoming the online shopping destination of choice for both shoppers and sellers in the region. To thank all our users for their continued support, we extended this year’s Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day to feature almost two weeks of non-stop promotions across all product categories. We have also continued to strengthen our ties with leading brands and partners to bring our users even more exclusive deals and promotions on Shopee,” said Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee.

Super savings on super themed days

Starting 30 August, users can participate in a 11-day shopping marathon, featuring different back-to-back themed days every 24 hours in the lead up to the peak of Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day on 9 September. Users can also look forward to free shipping with lowered minimum spend every day during this period. Key highlights include Super Flash Sale Day on August 30 featuring flash deals as low as 99 happening nine times over the course of the day; and Super Vouchers Day on 3 September with a total of over ₱900,000 worth of vouchers to be redeemed.

On 5 September, Shopee will also be teaming up with hundreds of leading brands including giants P&G, Maybelline, Samsung, Colgate - Palmolive, Oppo, Asus, and more to launch the first-ever Super Brand Festival, comprising the largest collection of deals from major brands on Shopee Mall. Users will get first-hand access to thousands of products sold by their favourite brands across all product categories including Electronics, Mobile and Gadgets, and Health and Beauty.

Shopee Shake, the highly popular in-app game that has since clocked over 70 million plays by users across the region, is making a comeback, this time with a new group mode where users can invite others to play at the same time to earn bonus coins, and a supersized coins pool of over 9 million Shopee Coins up for grabs. On Super Shopee Shake Day and Super Shopping Day on 8 and 9 September respectively, users can play up to 18 times in 48 hours for a chance to win Shopee coins, vouchers and prizes.

Take part in the nationwide Shopee Dance competition to win super giveaways

In line with Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping day, Shopee will also be launching a nationwide Shopee Dance competition called Shopee Dance to Win with prizes including an Ace 50” TV and up to ₱100,000 in cash to be won. The dance is featured in Shopee’s second television commercial starring Shopee Philippines’ brand ambassador, Anne Curtis.

To qualify, users will need to post a video of themselves doing the Shopee Dance on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #ShopeeDancePH. The competition will run from 31 August till the end of Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Winners will be announced on Shopee’s social media pages on 9 September.

Join us for this year’s Shopee 9.9 Shopping Super Day

This year’s Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day is co-presented by more than 60 partners, including Grab, Cebu Pacific, BPI, SM Advantage, ABS-CBN Publishing, and ABS-CBN Store. Joining Shopee in its biggest sale of the year, Grab will be giving 9,000 worth of Grab rides each to 99 Shopee users; while Cebu Pacific will be giving round trip tickets to Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Bali and Siem Reap. In addition, the campaign is also supported by its official partners Black Arrow Express, Freenet, Citibank, Maybank, PNB and Robinsons Bank.

“We have packed Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day with a comprehensive suite of deals and promotions tailored to our users’ varying needs and preferences. With the strong support of our sellers, brands and partners, we are confident that shoppers will enjoy an unmatched online shopping experience at our largest annual regional shopping event,” Pang concluded.

Shop the biggest sale of the year, Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Visit from August 30 to September 9.
For more information on Shopee Dance competition, check out Shopee’s Facebook page at
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Cebuana Lhuillier Foundation, Inc. (CLFI) has partnered with the Department of Education (DepEd) for the first-ever National Alternative Learning System Teachers’ Achievement Recognition (NALSTAR) which honors and recognizes exemplary alternative learning system (ALS) teachers.

The success of the ALS program can be attributed to the hard work and dedication of its educators, who give more than 100% of their efforts in moulding and educating our fellowmen, especially those belonging to the underprivileged sector. NALSTAR is our means to recognize their selfless commitment to teaching,” said Jean Henri Lhuillier, PJLI president and CEO, as he expressed his support and appreciation for ALS teachers.

The top NALSTAR educator will be selected from among 17 finalists coming from DepEd regional offices nationwide. The winner will take home P125,000 cash, and another P125,000 will be earmarked as seed money for their own ALS school. The top four finalists will take home P20,000 each while the remaining nominees will receive P10,000 each.

CLFI’s commitment to bring education closer to the youth—especially coming from the marginalized communities—has always been laudable. They took the ideals of the ALS program and made it infinitely better by ensuring that the teachers under their ALS schools have all the resources needed to make learning a fun and meaningful exercise to the students,” said Tonisito Umali, DepEd Undersecretary for Legislative Affairs, External Partnerships and School Sports.

CLFI is one of the country’s leading proponents of alternative learning, providing out-of-school youths and those from indigent families with an opportunity to complete high school education via alternative schooling.

In 2018, CLFI has already surpassed its own targets: establishing 75 partner schools which educated more than 11,000 learners, of which, 1,482 learners have already obtained their elementary and/or high school diplomas. Its learners’ ALS Accreditation and Equivalency (A&E) test passing average also consistently surpassed the national average for the A&E Test—netting 57% passing rate in 2015 and 71% in 2016.

One notable graduate, Carina Cortes, a Cebuana Lhuillier ALS learner from Cubao Elementary School, got a 100% score in the 2015 ALS A&E Test. Graduates of Cebuana Lhuillier’s ALS Program get holistic learning, more than the traditional academic modules -- by means of livelihood, spiritual, and social education programs offered free for all out-of-school youth and adults.

For more information, email CLFI program manager Kristina “Pebbles” Muniz at or call 0917-5233753 or 0906-3090059.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Women’s Open Division Winners Discovery Perlas with NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson, AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Amor Balagtas, NBA Champion Brian Scalabrine, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway and the Detroit Pistons Flight Crew.

Manila, Philippines, Aug. 27, 2018—UL-Dagupan Team A from Pangasinan and  Discovery Perlas are the new champions of the NBA 3X Philippines 2018 presented by AXA Men’s Open and the Women’s Open divisions respectively at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on Aug. 26.

The two teams bested their toughest competition in the finals, with the young team from University of Luzon composed of Mario Angelito Torio, Reynald Ballesteros, Robert Caasi Jr. and Julius Tiburcio outlasting their physical match against Metro-Manila-based SAN-C. Discovery Perlas (Joy Galicia, Angeli Gloriani, Ella Rodrigues and Jhenn Angeles) meanwhile outplayed Team Fast Track.

The eighth edition of NBA 3X Philippines drew a large audience that witnessed outstanding competition in the Boys Under 13, Boys Under 16, Boys Under 18, Girls Under 18, Men’s Open and Women’s Open divisions on Aug. 25-26.

North Luzon dominated the annual three-on-three competition as teams that qualified in the Benguet eliminations on Aug. 11-12 emerged champions in four out of six divisions: Boys Under 13, Girls Under 13, Boys Under 16 and Men’s Open.

Men’s Open Division Winners Team UL-Dagupan A with NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson, AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer Amor Balagtas, NBA Champion Brian Scalabrine, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway and the Detroit Pistons Flight Crew.

The Greyhounds of Baguio City (Rieken Espinosa, Dreyxius Castillo, Kyle Patrick Margarata, Adam Floyd Darden) defeated Metro Manila’s Team Palanan in the U13 Division while Balon Dagupan, a team of Pangasinan school girls (Regimay Castres, Rosemarie de los Santos, Jane de Vera and Fionna Camangeg) overcame HIMC Monarchs A of Holy Infant Montessori Caloocan for the Girls U13 crown.

Another team from the North, SLU A from St. Louis University Baguio (Jaudenes Parone, Dennis De Vera, Manson Lee Cerantes and Francis Almazan) dominated Braderhud in the Boys U16 category. HIMC Monarchs 2 of Caloocan (John Dominic Geli, Jeth Monteleyola, Renzo David Apolonia and Alfon Jazmin) edged out the Caloocan Supremos C in the Boys Under 18 finals.

In the AXA Division, which showcased skilled athletes from the world’s largest and fastest-growing life insurance company, 2017 runner-up Go Elite (Edster Sy, Ronald Lim, Nicolo Chua and Florante Salazar) came out on top after beating the CL Warriors.

The much-awaited Celebrity Division crowned Killa Crossover, composed of former NCAA MVP Sudan Daniel, actor-model Marco Alcaraz, singer-actor Billy Crawford and model-rugby player Eric Tai as champions. David Carlos, the Slam Dunk King, stayed undefeated in the Slam Dunk competition.

Young as they are, Boys U13 players give their all in the NBA 3X 2018 semifinals.

The NBA 3X weekend treated passionate Filipino fans to a competitive 3-on-3 tournament featuring men’s and women’s teams and authetic NBA entertainment. Five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr. and NBA Champion Brian Scalabrine of the Boston Celtics engaged the fans and helped coach a basketball clinic for 20 kids from AXA, while the Detroit Pistons Extreme Team showcased their aerial dunks and acrobatic performance.

A total of 1,200 players, 456 from the Baguio eliminations and 744 from the Metro Manila qualifiers, participated in this year’s NBA 3X preliminary tournaments.

AXA Philippines is the presenting partner of NBA 3X Philippines 2018. In addition, CloudFone, Gatorade, Nike, Panasonic, Rexona, PLDT and Smart will serve as official partners while SM Mall of Asia an Spalding are supporting partners. Official NBA broadcasters for the event are ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV, and NBA Premium TV.

For more information on NBA 3X Philippine 2018 and the registration process, fans can visit philippines, philsnba and @NBA_Philippines on Twitter.

For more details on AXA Philippines and their product offerings, visit and

Monday, August 27, 2018

Whether through high-interest savings accounts, savings plans, and educational plans, parents invest in various tools to help them finance the needs of their children as they grow into adults. However, parents need to look at their own future beyond the needs of their kids as well. Their need for financial security and health protection continues even after retirement, which might make it difficult for them to allot funds for those needs. Keeping their finances secure with a tool that can protect their health and future income is essential so they don’t deplete their savings should an emergency arise.
In 2016, the World Health Organization said that life expectancy across the globe has increased by five years since 2000. This is a result of better access to basic healthcare and innovations in preventing treatable diseases. While this information bides good fortune, there is a growing need for older adults to better plan for their futures when they no longer receive a regular income after retirement.

Life just as planned

The usual route to compensate a medical need is to turn to one’s savings, however with the rising cost of healthcare globally, this could easily deplete funds for the future. That’s why when it comes to assurance, especially with one’s health, a better option for preparation is a comprehensive health plan.
Most adults depend on health plans provided by their company but are limited by many criteria. There are limited conditions and beneficiaries covered by health plans, typically carried out by HMOs. The biggest consideration is that when the employee leaves the company, the health plan also terminates. This becomes problematic for parents who are going into retirement, or retired parents of policy holders.
There are many pros and cons to weigh in choosing the right insurance plan but having a separate one independent of employment and any other external factor is the best choice. It’s also important that the insurance provider has a suite of products that can answer both financial and physical needs, as well as a strong infrastructure that makes claims easy to process.
That’s why there is BPI-Philam Critical Care Plus.

The Real Coverage of Good Health Insurance

Critical Care Plus is a variable life insurance that provides coverage against a wide array of major diseases and critical illnesses and sets aside funds for rainy days. It's a double-advantage policy that gives life insurance coverage, securing the family against financial strain in an emergency, and health coverage which pays for medical bills that may arise in the future, allowing families to keep their savings undisrupted.

With Critical Care Plus, the insured automatically gets a cash benefit upon diagnosis of any of the covered critical illnesses. He or she is also exempted from making any future payments to the policy to focus on getting better.

Before that happens, however, Critical Care Plus, as part of BPI-Philam’s Wellness Series, provides rewards and benefits for the insured through Philam Vitality.
Philam Vitality gives the insured a better understanding of their health’s current state and what they can do to better it. The program also provides upfront additional coverage of 20% while the insured’s lifestyle is improved through health-improving decisions, amplifying their choices with fun and practical rewards like exclusive discounts on lifestyle products and services.

Integrated with Philam Vitality, Critical Care Plus also promotes a balanced lifestyle through deals on medical services as well as gym membership so they can really commit to a new active lifestyle.

Critical Care Plus also builds a health fund over time that can be used for additional medical services, or any expense they might also have--assisting policy holders whenever they have need of it.

With the proper plan in place, parents can be assured that they and their families can enjoy the lifestyle they live now worry-free until the many years to come.

The journey towards a secure and better future starts with a plan, and the best one gives a whole lot more when kept for longer. Visit BPI-Philam's official website or Facebook page to know more about Critical Care Plus and all the other solutions in the Wellness Series. Each BPI and BPI Family Savings bank also has Bancassurance Sales Executives ready to give expert advice so anyone can live life just as they planned.

Coach Ruben Lanot II (center) receives the Gawad Pilipinoy 2018 trophy from (L-R)
Mang Inasal Head Jojo Subido and Marketing Head Aileen Natividad.

Basketball is the most-loved sport in the Philippines. For Filipinos, the ball game is more than just a pastime – it is training ground for discipline and sportsmanship, as well as for building friendships and camaraderie.

Making use of basketball as a means to inspire and teach life lessons to underprivileged youth, 35-year-old Ruben Lanot II, a tireless and dedicated basketball coach, was recently honored as the Mang Inasal’s 2018 Gawad Pilipinoy awardee.

The leading Pinoy chicken inasal brand’s very own recognition program for the country’s modern-day heroes, Gawad Pilipinoy cites outstanding individuals who represent galing ng Pinoy by fulfilling a passion or vocation that uplifts the lives of the less fortunate.

“Mang Inasal Philippines wishes to promote positive Filipino values by recognizing individuals who exemplify them, like Coach Ruben, who dedicated his life to teaching the youth the importance of sportsmanship and realizing their dreams through basketball. He fulfills his passion for the game while inspiring kids to love the sport and make it as an instrument to improve their lives,” said Mang Inasal Head Jojo P. Subido.

Utilizing basketball as a means to inspire and teach life lessons to underprivileged youth, Coach Ruben Lanot II was recently honored as the Mang Inasal’s 2018 Gawad Pilipinoy awardee.

Coach Ruben started his love affair with the game at a very young age of six. He grew a deep liking for the sport while watching Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) games. He became a varsity player in his senior year at the University of Sto. Tomas, and after graduation, eventually found coaching basketball as his calling.

His decision to quit his day job as an office employee in favor of coaching was further strengthened when he was commissioned to join the Junior NBA program as coach, where he was able to meet and coach talented young players from different provinces. It was there that he thought that these raw talents, when given the right training, equipment, and the opportunity to play, would become even better players.

Founder of Hoops Dreams, Coach Ruben holds basketball training sessions at the Taguig Tenement, where the young players are not only coached on the game, but also on life lessons that will help them achieve their dreams.

“I was able to relate to those aspiring young players since I myself didn’t come from an affluent family. When I was just starting to play, I didn’t have access to scientific basketball. That’s why I want these kids to experience what I didn’t get to enjoy before. Wala ako noong coach na masasabi kong naghulma sa akin nung bata ako about basketball (I didn’t have a coach whom I can say molded me as a young kid trying to play basketball),” Coach Ruben said.

These experiences inspired him to start his “Hoop Dreams” advocacy program, which aims to help those youth who aspire of becoming basketball players by giving them the skills, the drills, the right values, and even the jerseys and the shoes they need for the game. For the program, Coach Ruben partners with different orphanages, associations and organizations, which are looking for ways to give indigent youth better opportunities.

Coach Ruben holds basketball training sessions at the Taguig Tenement, where the young players are coached on the game, but also on life lessons that will help them achieve their dreams. As far as Coach Ruben is concerned, he exerts the same amount of sacrifice and effort to train the kids from the tenement as well as those children attending the private school where Ruben also coaches.

“Through basketball, I am able to give the youth, especially the underprivileged ones, a new reason to dream and hope that they can be good at something. That’s the best thing about pursuing my passion in basketball – I am able to fulfill the purpose behind that passion – that is, to be able to help others. Kaya’t hanggang may batang gustong matuto, nandito lang si Coach Ruben para sa kanila (As long as there are kids who want to learn, Coach Ruben is just here for them),” he said.

With Coach Ruben’s selfless use of his skills and passion to help the Pinoy youth through basketball, he is definitely a deserving recipient of the 2018 Gawad Pilipinoy award. Get to know more about Coach Ruben from the 2018 Gawad Pilipinoy Awards video at Mang Inasal Philippines’s official Facebook page (

Sunday, August 26, 2018

   In photo: students learning about proper personal hygiene from OK sa DepEd officers.
                                                                                                                                                                                    The Department of Education (DepEd) launched their flagship program OK sa DepEd in the city of Muntinlupa through an interactive session held at Poblacion Elementary School (POBES). The launch coincided with the blessing of the school’s new multi-purpose covered court and was attended by representatives from the different schools in the city.

OK sa DepEd focuses on the five major school health programs of the Department: School-Based Feeding Program (SBFP); National Drug Education Program (NDEP); Adolescent Reproductive Health Education (ARH); Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) in Schools (WinS) Program; and medical, nursing, and dental services.  DepEd first introduced the program in Makati City and the launch at POBES signals its roll out for the city of Muntinlupa.

Present during the launch to show their support were Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi and Congressman Ruffy Biazon.   Also in attendance were stakeholders from private companies such as
Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI), who has been a long-time partner of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the local government Muntinlupa in promoting activities for the area focused on education and nutrition. 

Saturday, August 25, 2018


 Global smartphone brand Vivo has been known for its high-technology innovations that have wowed the world several times over. But it has also been a pioneer of various consumer-centricsmartphone designs. 

Starting August 20, the fastest growing smartphone brand hasteased tech savvy followers with a series of mysterious videosposted on its social media pages. The latest was a video of the moon with its shape emphasized by a curved line, a hint of the look of the next flagship smartphone. 

“The galaxies coalesced. Prepare for something greater. #GoBeyond,” Vivo wrote in its latest post.

For its latest smartphone releases, Vivo has pushed the boundaries of the screens based on various studies and insights on what its consumers want

In 2017, Vivo released the V7+, which has a 5.99-inch AllScreen Display that offers a wider visual experience without compromising a comfortable grip. This gives those on the go a chance to enjoy a bigger screen for gaming, reading, or watching videos. 

Vivo followed up the V7+ with the release of the V9 in 2018. It was their first flagship smartphone for the year with the notch. The V9 features the new 19:9 FullView™ Display that has a massive 90% screen-to-body ratio that gives users a wider look into the digital world. The Vivo V9 may be as compact as the5.5-inch phone, but it was able to attain a 6.3-inch screen

Halfway through the year, Vivo released the Vivo X21, its first X-series smartphone in the Philippines. It still has a the iconic 19:9 FullView™ Display. But it has a bigger screen-to-body ratio of 90.3% to provide a more impactful visual experience for gamers and video hoarders.

But Vivo was able to get closer to its target when the Vivo NEX was released in some markets in June. The NEX introduces the Ultra FullView™ Display experience with a whopping 91.24% screen-to-body ratio. Vivo was able to achieve this by pioneering the 8-megapixel Elevating Front Camera that hides in the body when not in use. It also introduces the Screen SoundCasting Technology that replaces the traditional earpiece speaker entirely and cutting the bezel size

With these releases, Vivo has proven that the window to the digital world has no limits. What barriers will the brand break next? 

About Vivo
A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle.  In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide.   

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