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GO ECO WITH SM FOODCOURT’S FREE CUTLERY KIT

Tuesday, July 30, 2019









People nowadays have become more conscious in their lifestyle to preserve the environment. A zero-waste lifestyle means not just saving natural resources, but also helping save the earth. This can be done by reducing our consumption of single-use plastic products or going eco.

SM Foodcourt in Marilao and Baliwag make it easy to incorporate green living and sustainable practice with the Free Eco Cutlery Kit promo. Portable and lightweight, the eco cutlery kit comes in small case that you can bring anywhere. These reusable cutlery kits are good eco choice for dining out, parties, picnics and travel. It is also a wonderful way to reduce waste and a great alternative to single-use plastic utensils that take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose.

To get the Free Eco Cutlery Kit, shoppers may simply dine at SM Foodcourt in Marilao and Baliwag. Present Php.250 single receipt purchase with any Coca-cola product at the redemption booth for a Free Eco Cutlery Kit. Collect all four colors and help save the environment



Grab these freebies until August 25, 2019. Let’s do our share and turn the tide on disposable utensils!



Visit SM Foodcourt today at ground level of SM City Marilao and SM City Baliwag!

Cisco Philippines: Communication Technology fully impacts national disaster approach






Entering the rainy season, the Local Government Units (LGUs) of various regions have kickstarted awareness drives and preparedness programs anchored on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation (DRRM) for this year's Disaster Resilience month.

The Asian Disaster Preparedness Center attributes the effectiveness of disaster reduction and response to the effectivity of managing information before, during, and after a disaster. However, utilizing relevant information is largely anchored on the availability and most importantly, the reliability of platforms for communication in place, according to Cisco Managing Director for the Philippines Karrie Ilagan.

"A huge part of the government's DRRM measures for a disaster-prone country like ours is vigilant preparation as this is the foundation of our response to and recovery from disasters," said Ilagan. "While preparation may involve tasks like having survival kits ready at home or LGUs readying early warning systems and transport systems like rubber boats and trucks, technology is a powerful tool that also plays a crucial role in DRRM and in fact, cuts across all stages of our disaster approach."



Based on Cisco's multinational partnerships, Ilagan forecasts communication technology greatly benefiting each DRRM aspect the government has in place:

  1. Prevention and Mitigation
In order for the development of DRRM plans to be accurate, Ilagan believes communication technology must aid community assessments through solutions that facilitate end-to-end monitoring.


"Evaluating municipalities will need continual monitoring of areas exposed to natural or man-made risks like flooding or even vehicular accidents," she said.

Ilagan also highlighted that the reliability of these surveillance solutions is hinged on cloud platforms that allow seamless data gathering, storage, and exchange, easing the generation of vital community reports. Likewise, continual communication on surveyed areas are dependent on communication solutions that facilitate consistent exchanges between LGUs and their communities to ensure these reports are updated.

  1. Preparedness
Ilagan further discussed that strong partnerships and coordination among all key players like LGUs and their constituents rely on collaboration solutions that expand from traditional telecommunication platforms.

To Ilagan Video Conferencing will innovate communication between these LGU's, giving critical meetings full context while maximizing the time of each stakeholder through an all in one platform. With advanced video conferencing technology, stakeholders will be able to utilize all the benefits of reliable audio conferencing with the added value of visual aids.


"We can't grasp in its entirety how much valuable time has gone to waste in preparation just because stakeholders had difficulty relaying critical information to each other. Visual reports are understood, appreciated, and applied faster when everyone involved can see them because they transcend verbal challenges in collaboration."

  1. Response
Collaboration among stakeholders facilitated by reliable communication solutions carry over to the next DRRM aspect of response. Integrated and Coordinated search, rescue, and retrieval capacities are fortified with resilient, uninterrupted communication among municipality Network Operation Centers.

On the other end, mobile IP-based communication systems will aid on-ground operations using small-scale, independent Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP)—using the internet to facilitate phone calls. These can be enforced to bridge possible communication gaps caused by damaged or destroyed infrastructure.


Tactical kits that are easy to deploy and navigate without the need for technical experts will greatly benefit early recovery implementations as well by assisting in the public's connection to family, friends, and colleagues in devastated regions.

  1. Rehabilitation and Recovery
Finally, on the road to recovery and rehabilitation, communication technology can aid reconstruction efforts for disaster and climate change resilient infrastructure through faster exchanges. Quick relay of data from small municipalities to national government offices like the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRRMC) has the potential to hasten assistance. Tactical solutions can ease reporting on potential or new hazards each region must take into account and can help facilitate monitoring for rehabilitation progress.

While recovery efforts are underway, mobile VOIP solutions can also provide interim connectivity infrastructure for constituents as communication tower reconstructions take place.


"We have plenty of use cases from different countries for our communication and collaboration solutions, Meraki Wifi, Webex, and Emergency Communication Kit--but all of them contributed to the effectivity of each nation's disaster plan and we see the same potential in the Philippines," Ilagan concluded.



GO ECO WITH SM FOODCOURT’S FREE CUTLERY KIT






People nowadays have become more conscious in their lifestyle to preserve the environment. A zero-waste lifestyle means not just saving natural resources, but also helping save the earth. This can be done by reducing our consumption of single-use plastic products or going eco.


SM Foodcourt in Marilao and Baliwag make it easy to incorporate green living and sustainable practice with the Free Eco Cutlery Kit promo. Portable and lightweight, the eco cutlery kit comes in small case that you can bring anywhere. These reusable cutlery kits are good eco choice for dining out, parties, picnics and travel. It is also a wonderful way to reduce waste and a great alternative to single-use plastic utensils that take hundreds to thousands of years to decompose.


To get the Free Eco Cutlery Kit, shoppers may simply dine at SM Foodcourt in Marilao and Baliwag.  Present Php.250 single receipt purchase with any Coca-cola product at the redemption booth for a Free Eco Cutlery Kit. Collect all four colors and help save the environment


Grab these freebies until August 25, 2019. Let’s do our share and turn the tide on disposable utensils!


Visit SM Foodcourt today at ground level of SM City Marilao and SM City Baliwag!



Allianz Solidifies Support for Para-OCR Athletes in the Upcoming ASEAN Para-Games

Monday, July 29, 2019

Allianz Philippines is now the Official Life Insurance Partner of the Philippine Para-Obstacle
Course Racing National Training Pool and National Team for 2020. The company recently entered into an agreement with PILIPINAS OBSTACLE SPORTS FEDERATION, INC. (POSF), the national sports association accredited by the Philippine Sports Commission, recognized by the Philippine Olympic Committee, and sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Sports d’Obstacles (FISO) or World OCR, the International Federation on Obstacle Course Racing (OCR) and OCR Asia.

“Allianz has always believed in creating equal opportunities and encouraging people to meet challenges. This is why we have always been supportive of OCR in the Philippines. Entering into an agreement with the POSF furthers our support for these ideals,” said Allianz Philippines President and CEO Alexander Grenz.

Para-OCR has been officially included as a Demonstration Sport in the 10th ASEAN Para- Games, which the Philippines will host this January 2020. The POSF has already chosen the members of its Para-OCR National Training Pool (NTP) and will soon select the members of the National Team (NT) in the coming months. The members of the Para-OCR National Training Pool include: Ramon Anievas; Jeferson Biteng; Nigel Archer; Jerald Polintan; Angel Torres; Ariel Zinampan; Aga Casidsid; and Bert Natividad.


According to POSF President Alberto Agra, “POSF believes and advocates ‘building better humans’, which is the core value of ‘Olympism’. As such, we promote holistic development of our athletes. Partnering with Allianz PNB Life, in part, helps us achieve this mission. Looking after the welfare of athletes is our duty. POSF becomes more accountable by reason of our collaboration with our Official Life Insurance company.” Under the agreement between Allianz and POSF, the former will provide financial assistance that will be used for the development and welfare of the members of the Para-
OCR NTP and NT.

Allianz will also grant life and medical insurance as well as travel insurance during the athletes’ training period. As part of their preparation, the NTP and NT will be training and competing here and abroad.


Globally, Allianz has always been committed to promoting inclusion, diversity, and excellence, both in the workplace and in the world of competitive sports. The company is an advocate of the Paralympic Movement in raising awareness of sports for people with impairment worldwide. It is likewise a partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) since 2006.

“Our para-athletes have shown that no matter what one’s background or situation is, one
can succeed. Allianz is one with the Filipinos in supporting them as they compete in a
milestone event,” Grenz concluded.

FUJIFILM OPENS 2ND PH OFFICE IN CEBU CITY

Friday, July 26, 2019



As part of its “NEVER STOP” global branding campaign, Japanese company FUJIFILM, one of the leading camera and film brands in the world, will open today its second Philippine office in Cebu City to cater to the growing number of customers in the Visayas region.

Mr. Ryo Nagaoka, FUJIFILM Philippines president, said there has been an increasing demand for FUJIFILM products in the southern part of the country. “Despite the vast product lineup for camera brands, most Filipinos still choose FUJIFILM because of its high-quality products and competitive prices,” Mr. Nagaoka said.

According to Mr. Nagaoka, the opening of the second office in the Philippines is in line with FUJIFILM’s dedication to achieve continued growth and to develop innovations for the betterment of society while reinforcing technical support and maintain customer satisfactions. 


Same with the FUJIFILM main branch in Pasig City, the new office on the 2nd floor of NIC-2 Building, Capitol Square, N. Escario St., Cebu City, serves people’s needs through diverse range of innovative consumer and business products including solutions and services. The new branch will also prioritizes after-sales support both for consumers as well as business partners and has local repair center for Digital Camera and Endoscopy products.

Fujifilm was established in 1934 as a Japanese photographic film manufacturer, headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. Since then Fujifilm continuous to evolve and develops leading-edge, proprietary technologies by leveraging its depth of knowledge and expertise derived from photography film into other products and markets. At present, FUJIFILM today span a diversified range of product segments including healthcare, graphic systems, highly functional materials, optical devices, digital imaging and document products. 


Last year, FUJIFILM Philippines partnered with the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc. to promote Pink Ribbon Campaign and remind women to have themselves screened and checked for breast cancer owing to the alarming rates of breast cancer in the country. The company started to work with Philippine General Hospital to deliver quality healthcare to patients through Fujifilm’s AMULET Innovality Mammography System SYNAPSE RIS & PACS (Radiology Information Systems & Picture Archiving and Communication System).

As part of its social responsibility, FUJIFILM Philippines also conducts workshops, shooting events, customer interviews, symposia, tradeshows, and outreach programs to reach more audiences. 


FUJIFILM never stops creating value from innovations. The company is committed to ongoing growth and will never stop evolving.

For more information about FUJIFILM, visit http://fujifilm.com.ph and https://brand.fujifilm.com/neverstop/global/.

In1Go and AIM collaborate for data science project

Present at the signing ceremony held at AIM were (from left) Dr. Tahrini A. Garcia, chief finance officer of In1Go; Ramon S. Garcia, chief executive officer of In1Go; Dr. Christopher P. Monterola, executive director, ACCeSs@AiM and school head of AIM’s Aboitiz School of Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship; and Dr. Erika Fille T. Legara, deputy director, ACCeSs@AiM and program director of AIM’s Master of Science in Data Science program.


In1Go Technologies, Inc. has partnered with the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) for the data science project Capstone Project Collaboration.




The project aims to use information or real data to solve the company’s real-world business problems. Data from various industries are becoming more and more important for businesses to get ahead.




In1Go Technologies, Inc., an information technology services and BPO (business process outsourcing) company that provides a wide range of value solutions using the latest technologies, provided data so students in AIM’s Master of Science in Data Science program could develop a model that could lead to solutions to its business problems.



“We’re looking forward to this partnership because this is new in the industry. With data science becoming more important, we’re looking into gaining insights from the information that we have to leverage our clients’ position,” said Ramon S. Garcia, chief executive officer of In1Go.



Data In1Go shared from its clients could help develop a predictive model that the company could use internally for its projects or incorporate into its existing applications. In1Go’s clients are mostly from the fast-moving consumer good (FMCG) industry. Their data include inventories, sales and on-shelf availability.



Data Science students from AIM studied, analyzed and worked on the live data to create a model that could benefit In1Go’s clients. Students partnered with data scientists from ACCeSs@AiM to look for patterns and gain insights from the information provided to meet In1Go’s requirements and parameters to solve its business problems.



Students used computers, machine learning and algorithms to process the data. Depending on the business objective or problem, students tried developing solutions based on the information from the data. The collaborative project also served to meet thesis requirements of AIM’s Data Science students.



“What we envision is for our students to work closely with different industries and do a practical application of data science by working hand in hand with various organizations,” said Dr. Christopher P. Monterola, executive director at ACCeSs@AiM and head of AIM’s Aboitiz School of Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship.



The Master of Science in Data Science program is a pioneering program of AIM’s Aboitiz School of Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship, considered the first in the Philippines and one of the firsts in Asia.



In1Go specializes in supply chain, field and distribution management, location marketing and location-based services using state-of-the-art technologies.



Through this collaboration, In1Go hopes to use of the information they have to service its clients more effectively. AIM, on the other hand, hopes to work with more industries and help them understand the advantages of using data science in today’s competitive business environment.

Save The Planet by Switching to Reusable Bottles











Protect the planet for the better with one good deed every day. With the threat of rising sea levels, combined with the increasing presence of plastic waste, the Earth needs our help more than ever, do your part by saying goodbye to single-use plastic bottles. Instead, consider making the change to Vaya Drynk; a handy and sophisticated temperature-controlled bottle made from sustainable materials!


What’s Wrong With Single-Use Plastic Bottles?


Plastics are synthetic materials made from a host of raw, organic ingredients such as fossil fuel, coal, minerals, natural gas, and plant protein. Because of its durability and versatility, we have become incredibly dependent on the use of plastic. This dependency has come at a cost, with the World Economic Forum finding that of the 78 million tons of plastic waste annually produced, 32% will end up in our oceans. At this rate, with just 14% of all plastic produced collected for recycling, the number of bottles can outnumber the amount of fish in the oceans by 2050.


Plastic bottles are not biodegradable. This means that plastic cannot be digested by living organisms, such as fungi or bacteria. Instead, plastic is broken down into smaller pieces (microplastic) through natural means such as sun exposure and weather conditions. The process for plastic to degrade can take hundreds of years.


However, the power is now in our hands to change the world before it’s too late. We can do this by reducing our dependency on single-use plastic for a smart and eco-friendly water bottle!


Introducing Vaya Drynk





Designed by a global team with a revolutionary zeal for innovation and improving people’s lives, Vaya Drynk is the only water bottle you will ever need! Vaya’s patented VacuTherm Insulation keeps your drinks hot for up to 12 hours, and cold for up to 18 hours- ensuring constant freshness no matter where you are. Each bottle comes with two unique sanitary lids:


Sipper – Comes equipped with magnetic latches to ensure you can relish your drink without having to worry about the lid ever touching your nose







Gulper – Comes equipped with two detachable cups that allow you to share your favorite drinks with family and friends







Compared to other bottles, Vaya Drynk sports the widest mouth on the market today. This allows for quick and easy cleaning. In addition, the wide mouth enables you to load any beverage of your choice into the bottle with incredible ease; whether it’s water, a fruit smoothie, or milk tea with pearls!


Make the Switch to Reusable Bottles

Why settle for constantly paying for plastics, when one reusable bottle can do absolute wonders for the environment and your wallet? Make the change to eco-friendly and sustainable ways of consuming and carrying your favorite beverages with Vaya Drynk, a water bottle made from BPA-free materials!


Take Vaya Drynk everywhere you go; to the gym, to the office, on your commute, or even on your travels in-and-out of the country. The sleek and slim design will do wonders in adding to your style quotient. Drynk allows you to avoid straw use, which is great for your kids as straws inhibit oral development.


Vaya Drynk comes in a range of modern and elegant designs and colors including graphite, gold, black, purple, green, blue, shiny black, white, and red. Vaya Drynk is available in 350ml bottles (PHP1,547) and 600ml bottles (PHP1,866). Each bottle comes with a one-year warranty and can be purchased at http://www.VayaLife.com.l

Pepsi Philippines sees sustainability efforts as effective business strategy

Wednesday, July 24, 2019









Amid the environmental challenges the country is facing, local bottling firm Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) has strengthened its commitment to running a sustainable business through internal solid waste management efforts. Throughout its 70 years of serving Filipinos world-class refreshments, PCPPI has acknowledged the importance of these measures not just in perpetuating the business but also in ensuring its generational service to the country.




“We strengthened our core commitment to sustainability as we acknowledged that the natural resources we have are limited. Our business and surrounding communities depend on these resources so we resolved to make sure they will continue to be available now and in the future though internal programs we’ve set for ourselves,” said PCPPI Senior Vice President for Operations Allan Frias II.




One of the measures PCPPI initiated within its business was driving a circular economy—minimizing waste at its source through its internal 5-year Luntiang Yaman program focusing on environmental conservation and development. Under this program they launched a three-pronged approach to solid waste management: Packaging innovations, Recycling, and Partnerships.




Innovative packaging solutions

PCPPI has ensured the recyclability of its entire product portfolio—with the bigger share comprised of Returnable Glass Bottles (RGB) at 71%, and the rest comprised of 20% special packaging of pre-mixed beverages for soda fountains, 8% high-value recyclable PET and 1% aluminum can.






"Our product portfolio historically has always been hinged on the returnable glass bottle (RGB) as there continues to be a demand among consumers, and RGBs are a lot sturdier than plastic bottles,” Frias said. “We focus on RGBs because very little needs to be done for their re-use. Our partners return our glass bottles for a fee and all we need to do then is wash and sanitize them.”




Through years of developing RGBs, PCPPI has optimized packaging by reducing the materials in other containers apart from glass bottles by making them lighter, successfully diverting tons of solid waste from landfills. As a result of their packaging innovations since 2014, PCPPI has collectively reduced plastic resin used in its PET containers by 863.4 MT, glass material by 6,467.5 MT, and carton material usage by 921.35 MT.












“Lighter packaging in no way compromises the durability of these containers. The same quality of our products is retained but with added benefit of lessening waste being generated,” Frias explained.




Effective recycling efforts

The Filipino bottling firm also tightened its enforcement of recycling within all of its 13 plants across the Philippines. According to Frias, since the implementation of their Luntiang Yaman program, PCPPI has successfully recycled 81% of in-plant solid waste, putting them right on track to reach their 85% goal by 2020.




“PCPPI embeds recycling even in our community volunteerism projects,” Frias said. “In the past we transformed PET bottles into sustainable sources for light in war-stricken Marawi and recently, in our Brigada Eskwela efforts this year where we turned over a greenhouse made of upcycled PET bottles to one of our beneficiaries.”




Strong Industry partnerships 


As sustainability isn’t a competition for PCPPI, the company also leveraged on their industry partnerships to help address solid waste challenges outside their plants.




The company has been a long-time partner of the Philippine Alliance for Recycling and Materials Sustainability (PARMS) alongside other industry movers among Fast-Moving Consumer Group enterprises . "We do not have control over post-consumer wastes, but we try to address this by engaging with our brothers in the industry to help the community have a common recycling facility for all of their wastes,” Frias said. "Here, we segregate our wastes, as well as our partners’ for recycling.”



Further, PCPPI has recently partnered with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya to donate its used industrial oils, and car in exchange of proceeds that will be remitted to the ABS-CBN foundation to help fund its projects. The project will not just help divert and properly dispose these harmful leftovers, but aims to help alleviate as well the lives of the beneficiaries.



“When it comes to strengthening business continuity, sustainability must always be a key component. By being more conscious of our responsibility to the environment, we benefit not only our business but the communities that surround and support us well into the years to come,” Frias concluded.


At the forefront of design and innovation: Xiaomi Philippines co-presents annual ‘Sinulid’ Fashion Show




There is no denying it—the local fashion scene is flourishing on a global landscape. We’ve got world-renowned designers dressing up Hollywood red carpets, blockbuster movies, and royal weddings here and there.

Every year, the College of Saint Benilde’s Fashion Design and Merchandising program graduating class stages ‘Sinulid’, a captivating show of creativity and out-of-the-box fashion trends shimmying down the runway—and this year’s was no exception. With the cooperation with Xiaomi, the youngest company on Global 500 fortune list this year, we’d love to talk about the young bloods, the emerging talents who are not afraid to push the imaginary boundaries of fashion.

For the first time ever, leading tech and innovation company, Xiaomi, took part in the much-celebrated event. Similar to the talented student designers, Xiaomi is committed to continuous innovation with an unwavering focus on quality and efficiency. The smartphone brand is known for its groundbreaking ideas in the tech-industry that pushes boundaries in every product it markets.



“We’re happy to be part of Sinulid, an event that showcases the creativeness of students from the College of St. Benilde on how they can make an impact in the growing Philippine fashion industry. Similar to the students, we at Xiaomi believe in being creative, being innovative, so that we can deliver a positive change in the community,” said Mark Li, country manager of Xiaomi Philippines.

He added: “Xiaomi relentlessly build amazing products with honest prices to let everyone in the world enjoy a better life through innovative technology.”

As co-presenter of the Sinulid 2019 Fashion Show, Xiaomi captured the edgy OOTDs and runway looks of the guests and participants with its cutting-edge smartphone, the Mi 9T.
With its triple camera and pop-up selfie plus its fulfilled promise of a true full screen experience, the Mi9T was the perfect accessory. And with its 4000 MAH battery capacity and tough hardware, the Mi9T provided hours and hours of uninterrupted camera use for the hundreds of IG-worthy shots to be had during Sinulid. The Mi9T is available at SRP Php 15,990 for 6GB+64GB, and Php 17,990 for 6GB+128GB. It comes in Carbon Black, Flame Red and Glacier Blue and is available at Xiaomi’s official store on Lazada and at Mi Authorized Stores.



With over 50 participating student designers, the result was an enthralling show of romantic and nostalgic themes that ranged from sartorial glamour to casual elegance. Together with Xiaomi, the annual event continuously breeds a new crop of young talents ready to take on the ever-changing and highly-competitive fashion scene in the country.


*For more information about Xiaomi as a company, please visit: http://blog.mi.com/en/
For more information about the products available in the Philippines pleas visit: https://www.mi.com/ph or the Xiaomi Philippines Facebook page athttps://www.facebook.com/XiaomiPhilippines/

Shopee launches its first-ever scholarship program, Shopee Scholars, in the Philippines

Monday, July 22, 2019

Three children of Shopee sellers will receive a 1-year scholarship grant worth 100,000 each




Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches its first-ever scholarship program called Shopee Scholars for the benefit of Shopee sellers and their families. Eligible Shopee sellers can sign up for a chance to receive a one-year scholarship worth ₱100,000 for their children.

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines said, “Shopee is excited to launch its first-ever scholarship program with the aim of helping sellers achieve their hopes and dreams for their children. We want to further engage our sellers through this exciting program and help develop the Filipino youth to become future leaders and innovators.”

Starting July 19, Shopee sellers who are active for 6 months or more on the Shopee platform and have a shop rating of no less than 4 out of 5 stars can start nominating their children for the scholarship program. In order to qualify, their child must also be an incoming college student or currently enrolled in a university.

In order to participate, sellers need to follow these steps:
  1. Attach the necessary documents1.
  2. Shopee scholarship nominee should submit a 300-500 essay for the program.

The deadline for applications is on August 2, 2019.

For more information about Shopee Scholars Program, visit https://shopee.ph/shopee-scholars or check out Shopee’s Facebook page.

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.
Visit https://shopee.ph for more information.

Get the best of Brother with two awesome promos this season!

Friday, July 19, 2019





The rainy days coming means a downpour of amazing treats and discounts from Brother Philippines, a world leader in home and office imaging, as they bring back not one, but two promos for Brother customers this season!






From June to September, Brother is holding the Back to School Treat and Switch to Tank promos, featuring the Refill Tank System Series. The printers in this series are most ideal for home, school, and small/home office printer users










Kick off the school year right with the Back to School Treat Promo!





Yes, it’s back, thanks to popular demand! For every purchase of a Brother Refill Tank System printer, customers can get some of their favorite Jollibee meals. From July 1 to September 30, 2019, customers who purchase any of the participating printer models Brother DCP-T310, DCP-T510W, DCP-T710W, MFC-T810W, and MFC-T910DW Color Inkjet Printers will be eligible for up to P2,000 worth of Jollibee treats.






Just head to http://promotions.brother.com.ph to register and input all purchase details, and within 10 working days you’ll get a unique bCODE with which you can redeem at any Jollibee store nationwide.














Trade in your old machines for great deals with the Switch to Tank Promo!














Another returning promo for the rainy season is Brother’s Switch to Tank Promo, which lets you trade in both unused or broken printers, scanners, fax machines, and other peripherals for awesome discounts! From June 13 to September 30, 2019, you can bring your machines to select Switch to Tank locations nationwide and get new Brother printers for 30% off (if trading in a Brother) or 20% off (if trading in other brands). The participating Brother machines are: (1) DCP-T310, (2) DCP-T710W, and (3) MFC-T910DW.






All you have to do is register first at http://promotions.brother.com.ph/brotherswitchtotank, input your information, including details about the machine you’re trading in and the Brother printer you want to purchase. You’ll get an e-mail with an attachment including all your details, which you will present to the store when you trade in your machine. Official Switch to Tank partner stores will be announced on the Brother Philippines Facebook page.






“With these promos, we at Brother are excited to be the preferred imaging and printing partner at home or in the office for even more people in the Philippines,” says [Brother President, Glenn Hocson]. “This is our way of expressing our gratitude and giving back to them for choosing our printers for all their needs.”










For printers that are featured in both promotions, customers may only avail of one promo with each purchase. For the complete details of both promotions, customers may visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BROTHERatyourside/. They can also call the Brother Helpdesk Hotline at


(02) 581-9898, or through the toll-free line at 1-10-BROTHER or send an email to helpdesk@brother.com.ph.





HIS & HERS: Good Things Come in Pairs

Thursday, July 18, 2019


There’s a thin line between the idea of being thoughtful and practical when choosing the perfect gift for couples. Striking a balance can be a real challenge. You have to consider their shared interests and make sure that you pick up something neither of them owns. Novuhair is here to help you decide and make the process simpler.

Introducing 2 gift ideas that fit couples of all forms and are guaranteed to be loved and used by your favorite duo. These gifts are perfect for couples who share the same passion to couples celebrating major milestones together such as engagement, housewarming, and anniversary to name a few.

NOVUHAIR Travel Kit


Promo duration: October 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0929 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR TRAVEL KIT SRP: Php 4,220 (Save Php 202.25)

Two of the country’s leading brands packed in one travel kit exclusively available at participating Watsons stores nationwide and online:
  • NOVUHAIR, nature’s answer to hair loss, the No.1 hair loss treatment brand in the Philippines
  • NAFLORA, made delicate for your generation, the No.1 most prescribed feminine hygiene wash in the Philippines


HIS: Experience nature’s makeover at home
NOVUHAIR 2-IN-1 PACK contains one 200ml. bottle each of the Topical Scalp Lotion and Herbal Shampoo, highly recommended if HE is –
  • experiencing hair loss - excessive hair shedding, thinning hair, receding hairline and bald patches
  • in need of a natural solution to help prevent hair loss, keep healthy hair and scalp, and stimulate hair growth
  • opting to regain hair luster and vibrancy
  • looking for a natural alternative solution to help prevent dandruff and scalp itchiness
  • in need of scalp cleansing and detoxification


NOVUHAIR TOPICAL SCALP LOTION has a unique combination of 19 natural ingredients that work in synergy to help prevent hair loss and is clinically proven safe and effective.


NOVUHAIR HERBAL SHAMPOO cleanses and prepares the scalp in an optimal way prior to the application of NOVUHAIR topical scalp lotion and helps enhance the effect of the topical scalp lotion.

HERS: Experience a special protection made for your delicate flora
NAFLORA PROTECT is a feminine wash formulated for women of reproductive age and in need of special care to help maintain and protect their natural flora during monthly periods and everyday use. It is formulated with antimicrobial ingredients that help prevent vaginal irritations and infections.


NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 Plus 1 Promo Pack


Promo duration: September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019
DOH-FDA-CCRR Permit No. 0581 s. 2018
*NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 PLUS 1 PROMO PACK, SRP: Php 5,280 (Save 1,100)



HERS: NOVUHAIR 3-IN-1 Pack
NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner has been formulated specially to complement the use of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo.

Regular use of NOVUHAIR Herbal Conditioner and NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo helps prepare the scalp for the application of NOVUHAIR Topical Scalp Lotion in order to maximize its effect, improve the overall cosmetic qualities of the hair, giving it a shinier, softer and supple look.

HIS: NOVUHAIR Herbal Shampoo (free)

Chemical-based shampoos contain ingredients that may seem to clean the hair but does not preserve its natural texture. These harsh chemicals strip off the hair’s natural protective layer making it more prone to damage.

A good herbal shampoo like NOVUHAIR herbal shampoo may help leave a stronger, healthier-looking hair and aid in preventing excessive hair shedding which may lead to hair loss. This will be a healthier alternative for him.

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Jollibee Wheel of Joy allows kids to build their own Ferris Wheel

Tuesday, July 16, 2019



This July, Jollikids are in for an exciting playtime as Jollibee brings the magic of a carnival ride into their homes with the newest Jolly Kiddie Meal toy set – the Jollibee Wheel of Joy!

With the latest set of connectible toys from the country’s leading fast-food chain, kids will truly have another fun-filled experience as Jollibee and Friends take them on an exciting Ferris Wheel ride.

Jollikids can build the Jollibee Wheel of Joy by first assembling the pillars of their carnival attraction, placing Jollibee at the base, and turning the knob to see him move around. Next, they can assemble the Ferris Wheel’s cabs by using bars to connect the swing frames and fixing the swings of Hetty, Popo, Twirlie, and Yum to the bars.

As they connect the base and each of the colorful gondolas together, kids can make Jollibee’s friends spin by turning the knob – just like a real Ferris Wheel ride!

Let your Jollikids have fun building their own Jollibee Wheel of Joy with a fascinating charm and magic that will capture their imagination.

Collect and connect all five toys with every purchase of a Yumburger (P80), Yumburger Meal with Drink (P100), Jolly Spaghetti (P95), Jolly Spaghetti Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Burger Steak (P95), 1-piece Burger Steak Meal with Drink (P105), 1-piece Chickenjoy with Rice (P120), or 1-piece Chickenjoy Meal (P135), each comes with its own Jolly Joy Box.

So, let Jollibee and Friends give your kids a more adventurous playtime as they build and bring to life their favorite theme park attraction. Head to a Jollibee branch near you and start collecting all five Jolly Kiddie Meal toys, available until July 31 only.


SM City Calamba wins in the Buhayani Festival






Rizal sa Espana’ float scores top prize in the Grand Float Competition

SM City Calamba designed and created an impressive float that won the top prize at the recently concluded Buhayani Festival Grand Float Competition held at Rizal Shrine in Calamba, Laguna.

We take pride in the Filipino culture as we show our support by promoting and joining fun, local celebrations, such as the Buhayani Festival. This recent win definitely makes us even more proud to be part of the community,” said Engr. John Jason Terrenal, senior assistant vice president for South Luzon Mall Operations.

SM Calamba’s ‘Rizal sa España’ float was inspired by the life of Rizal in Spain. The façade showed a replica of Universidad Central de Madrid where Rizal studied medicine to fulfill his dream of becoming a doctor. Behind it was a library which emphasized Rizal’s exemplary performance and traits as a student. The dockyard where Rizal began his journey in Madrid was also included in the float, as well as the paper and pen which strongly symbolizes his wisdom and his great contribution in attaining the country’s sovereignty.

Since 2014, SM City Calamba has been taking part in the Buhayani Festival, which has gained recognition and support from the local community – from schools, government agencies, private establishments and local organizations. The Buhayani Festival is Calamba City’s way to celebrate the life of its homegrown hero and the National Hero of the Philippines, Gat. Jose Rizal. “Buhayani” is derived from two Filipino words, “buhay” (life) and “bayani” (hero).

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Go on an LRT-1 food trip this Saturday with these Manila eats





MANILA, July 16, 2019 – Manila is known for many things, not least of which is its rich and delicious food. That means you don’t have to go very far to go on a memorable food trip—you could go on one right now in your own home base!

All it takes are a few quick trips up and down the city’s iconic LRT-1 line. Make it a fun and productive Saturday to remember and get yourself full and satisfied with this convenient itinerary:

Lunch at Baclaran
The southern end of the line at Baclaran station is home to various choices, largely thanks to its famous Baclaran market. Start your Manila food trip with lunch at any of the endless options, such as the Pista Food Hall at Redemptorist Road with a whole host of Filipino cuisine and delightful regional flavors by its different concessionaires, or the Yokocho Food Court if you’re fixing to have some mouthwatering and affordable Japanese food. With all the possibilities in Baclaran, make sure you’ve still got room for the other stops!

Photos from Pista Food Hall Facebook page




Merienda at Carriedo
If you want to experience more diverse flavors in Manila, make your way over to Chinatown in Binondo via Carriedo station. There, you’ll find the legendary Quik Snack restaurant on Carvajal Street, home to traditional Filipino-Chinese fare with a few more international dishes also in the menu. You might find the restaurant packed to the brim with other excited diners, but don’t be discouraged—the food is definitely worth the wait. You came all the way here for the good stuff, didn’t you?

Railway Jam at the Doroteo Jose station
Head one stop further up the LRT-1 line and discover a cultural gem outside of food—music! From 4PM-6PM, the Doroteo Jose train station becomes a mini-concert hub for commuters as up-and-coming local musicians perform through busking sessions, also known as Railway Jam. Initiated by Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) and ikotMNL, in partnership with Organisasyon ng mga Pilipinong Mang-Aawit (OPM), Railway Jam is showcased from Thursdays to Saturdays until August 2019 at the Doroteo Jose, Monumento, and Baclaran stations for commuters to enjoy pure musical talent and witness the rise of the next potential OPM star.

Dinner at Abad Santos
Last, but certainly never the least is the Filipino delicacy nobody passes up—the immortal and ever-present lechon. Score some of the best lechon in the city by taking the train to Abad Santos station where you can find Mila’s Lechon. You can be sure that it’ll satisfy and serve as a delicious end to an enjoyable and unique Saturday.


The beautiful thing about Manila is that you can head to all these stops in one day, thanks to the convenience of the LRT-1 and ikotMNL! And since it’s already the rainy season, don’t forget to bring your umbrellas—you wouldn’t want to go on your food trip all soaking wet!

ikotMNL is a tourism campaign launched by the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) in 2018 to connect foreign and local travelers to Manila’s rich history, cultural heritage, and top food destinations by riding the LRT-1 to areas such as Intramuros, Binondo, Quiapo, and many more. For more information, visit ikotmnl.com, like ikotMNL on Facebook, and follow @ikotmnl on Instagram and Twitter.