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Shopee Donates 3,000 Test Kits and 100,000 Masks as Part of Shopee Bayanihan’s Initiative to Support the Front Liners’ Fight Against COVID-19

Tuesday, March 31, 2020






PHILIPPINES, March 31, 2020 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues its efforts to help contain the COVID-19 outbreak in the Philippines with its latest initiative Shopee Bayanihan. Together with the Office of Senator Bong Go, Shopee donates 100,000 surgical masks and 3,000 FDA approved COVID-19 test kits to support public hospitals and front-liners in their battle against COVID-19. The 100,000 masks were distributed to over 40 hospitals across Luzon including public and private hospitals from Quezon City, Makati, Pasig, Quezon City, Rizal, and Batangas.

Martin Yu, Associate Director of Shopee Philippines said, “It is important for us to tide through this fight against the COVID-19 outbreak as one community. Our medical front liners and hospitals in the Philippines are working around the clock to contain the outbreak and we applaud them for their hard work and dedication. We are committed to doing what we can to support these medical front liners, the government, and the wider community during this period.”

Senator Bong Go said, “We laud Shopee for their generous donation and for stepping up their social responsibility efforts to help fight COVID-19. Shopee, as an e-commerce platform, helps support our government’s efforts to promote social distancing by ensuring that consumers can get their goods safely and conveniently straight to their own homes. Both the government and the private sector must work together and do what we can to address and respond to the growing threats of COVID-19. Magbayanihan po tayo. Tulungan nating bumangon ang bawat Pilipino bilang isang nagkakaisang bansa. Together, we can heal as one.”



Gerard Ho, Singapore Ambassador to the Philippines said, “I commend Shopee in their efforts to support the Filipino community during this Enhanced Community Quarantine period in the country. Their donation will help medical front liners battle the crisis caused by COVID-19. This is a great example of a private enterprise contributing to the community.

Shopee Bayanihan demonstrates its commitment to provide support to those most affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Shopee will continue to work closely with the government and step up its efforts to support them to prevent, detect and manage COVID-19.

For more information, please visit: https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-bayanihan

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Being Courageous May Not Always Be Easy — But These Women Are Proving It Can Be Done

Monday, March 30, 2020

“What am I doing with my life?”, “Am I falling behind?” and “How can I make my life truly matter?”. These are some of the questions that often pop up in the minds of women around the world - and sometimes, not having the answer can be frustrating. Courageous women in leadership shared what it’s like to face these questions as part of “Existential Courage,” an International Women’s Day event held by The Purposeful Creative in partnership with global design platform Canva.

Held at Canva’s Philippines headquarters, the event brings people together to share real-life stories of what it’s like to bring purpose and passion to what you do, and all
the struggles that come with it. “We want this event to celebrate hope, courage, and persistence. We want to show young people examples and stories of how we can and should keep on creating  & doing things despite and because of the times we live in,” shared Arriane Serafico, founder of The Purposeful Creative and author of Existential Courage, a book released last December under Summit Books.

“I started at Canva in 2015 where I was the first recruiter based in the Philippines. Here, I helped to grow the local team to over 100 amazing individuals. Today, we’re a team of 250 working to empower everyone in the Philippines, and around the globe, to achieve their goals through powerful messaging designed with Canva. Our culture is testament to the amazing impact women continue to create in the workplace,” said Yani Hornilla-Donato, country manager of Canva Philippines.
“It’s important to us that women are represented on every level, in every team. We not only embrace but also celebrate gender diversity and inclusion,” added Donato.

On Finding Courage and Purpose
Over 150 attendees were treated to meaningful conversations with inspirational women leaders who, just like them, have gone through the journey of self-doubt and self-discovery.
Audrey Pe, founder and executive director of WiTech (Women in Tech), Ayen Dela Torre, co-founder of Where To Next, and Trina Tanlapco, corporate executive and founder of A Little Montessori, shared what it takes to be a true influencer in an increasingly digital world and how one can use her power to impact a community. Pe, Dela Torres, and Tanlapco all echoed what the attendees needed to hear: that in a world where your social media following seems to be the standard for influence, one can still be an ‘influencer’.

“It’s not about followers, it’s about putting yourself out there,” was the key takeaway from the panel discussion. Anna Oposa, Chief Mermaid of Save The Philippine Seas, and Carmel Valencia,
Head of Corporate Communication and Sustainability at LOreal, led another meaningful panel discussion with Donato to shine light on the importance of using one’s voice even if that voice might be drowned by a million others. They also shared tips for women to step up and change things for the better, especially for those in leadership positions.

When asked about their advice for young people who feel like they don’t have power, Oposa posed a thought-provoking insight: “It’s not about if it’s possible. It’s about ‘how do I make it possible?’ Donato, a leader of over 250 Canva employees, encourages her team to not be scared to speak up. She said, “If there is an absence of anything in the office, don’t take it as the absolute truth. Challenge it.” Valencia who has been with L’Oreal for 16 years knew what it was like to be a small voice in a big room back when she was still starting in the global company. She advised the audience to find like-minded allies. Just because you want to change the world doesn’t mean you have to do it on your own.”

Together with author of Paano Ba ‘To and Founder of She Talks, Asia Bianca Gonzales, and Rags2Riches Founder Reese Fernandez, Serafico discussed how women can keep persisting no matter the challenges and ways in which to find inspiration when there seems to be none. For them, purpose is not something that you have to find, it’s something that you bring.
Gonzales, Fernandez, and Serafico highlighted that sometimes, people stay where they are for the wrong reasons. Fernandez’s journey as a social entrepreneur, for example, has always been driven by her principle. “Every decision I make can affect someone in a positive way,” Fernandez said. Gonzales advised the audience to work hard, share opportunities with others, wait for the right season for things to happen in your life, and to maintain a growth mindset.

“We want to create more conversations about Existential Courage. We want to break out of our bubble, and to stop only preaching to the choir. Existential Courage was an afternoon of fun, mentorship, and meaningful conversations for passionate, creative, curious and purposeful individuals,” Serafico added. Want to honor the courageous women in your life? Canva has released an additional 50 design templates, encouraging its design community around the world to celebrate, praise and unite with women this International Women’s Day. Check out the full photography collection here.

For more information on Canva, visit https://www.canva.com/.

Shopee launches Shopee Bayanihan, an initiative focused on providing support for medical front liners and Filipinos in need

Friday, March 27, 2020
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches Shopee Bayanihan, an initiative focused on providing support for medical front liners and Filipinos in need.

In a true bayanihan spirit, Shopee partners with various humanitarian organizations like Red Cross, Kaya Natin and World Vision to raise funds to support different communities most affected by COVID-19 outbreak. Among those in need are hospitals faced with limited medical equipment and low-income households who face difficulties in securing daily necessities. Under Shopee Bayanihan, users can make a direct donation to these organizations via Shopee from 26 March onwards.

Additionally, Shopee donates 2,800 KFN4 respiratory masks to support the health workers in the Philippine Lung Center in their combat against the virus. Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing of Shopee Philippines, said, “In the spirit of bayanihan, we need to come together and draw strength from one another as we tide through this COVID-19 outbreak as one community. We launched Shopee Bayanihan to provide Filipinos a platform to step forward and help those in need. The funds raised will channel much-needed resources to vulnerable individuals and families to help them cope with the situation. We urge everyone to stand together with us and help one another stay strong during this period.” All Filipinos can make a donation to their partner organizations of choice in amounts of P50,
P100, P500, and P1,000 via Shopee Bayanihan. Here’s how:

On March 31, users can tune in to Shopee Live to watch a special program on “Shopee Bayanihan Day”. During the program, popular local celebrities will put up a special performance to help raise funds under Shopee Bayanihan. Users can also find more information on what the partner organizations are doing to support the community.

All proceeds made through Shopee Bayanihan will go straight to their partner organizations. For more information, please visit: https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-bayanihan
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Canva joins fight against COVID-19 by giving all Public Health Organizations free Canva Pro to #StopTheSpread

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Global design platform, Canva, has announced it is providing all public health organizations around the world free lifetime licenses for Canva Pro in an effort to combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

To help spread accurate information across the globe, Canva has updated its Not For Profit (NFP) program which will now empower all public health organizations with premium design and publishing features such as access to more free diverse stock photos, illustrations, the ability to upload own font libraries and brand kits, as well as it’s productivity booster, the ‘Magic Resize’ button, which can automatically turn any design format into a collection optimized for sharing across more channels such as Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, posters, presentations, and more.




In its effort to educate the public on the necessary steps to keep themselves safe and supported, Canva also released #StopTheSpread graphics and templates which anyone can post and share online. These designs are available in Filipino which anyone can access by simply changing their language to Tagalog through the account settings. Find the step by step guide here.

Canva’s in-house design team has also committed to volunteering its services to local organizations in need of further assistance with delivering effective visual communications. Through its Enterprise team, Canva will aid in the design and graphic requirements of local government units, not for profit organizations, and hospitals who need to raise awareness about COVID-19. Interested individuals and
groups can access this form to apply.




The move comes in response to the surge of misinformation surrounding the virus, as public health organizations struggle to fight back against myths and rumors gaining traction online.

Canva Philippines Country Manager Yani Hornilla-Donato said sharing accurate information about the pandemic is crucial in helping the country #StopTheSpread. “Canva’s mission is to always be a force for good. We’d like to champion our concept of bayanihan by tapping into our resources to help spread accurate information about COVID-19 and how people can protect themselves from it,” said Donato.


With a vast collection of new health-related templates including flyers, posters and social media posts designed with pre-populated content based on the information supplied by the World Health Organization (WHO) - Canva hopes its platform can be used as a force for good.

For further information or to apply for a free lifetime Canva Pro account, all public health organizations can contact health-assistance@canva.com.

SM ASSURES EMPLOYEE COMPENSATION, GIVES HELP TO HEALTH WORKERS

Monday, March 23, 2020

With the unprecedented global health crisis, companies under SM today stand in solidarity with the nation and the citizenry in the battle against COVID-19.
SM today assured all of its employees their regular compensation as well as the extension of an Emergency Financial Assistance to its front liners, security guards and janitorial staff during the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) period from March 16 to April 14, 2020. The extent of this assistance includes the following:
All employees will receive their regularly scheduled salaries during the ECQ period without deductions made against their Vacation and Sick Leaves;
The company’s front liners, who comprise the skeletal workforce, will, in addition, be provided with premium pay;
All Security Guards and Janitorial staff will receive financial assistance of PHP5,000 for the period.
It is focused on helping these key resources so that they in turn can be of service to others. 
On a daily basis since the ECQ, SM has also been undertaking measures to protect the safety and welfare of its front line personnel with protective gear, meals, and transportation whenever possible.
“In these trying times, we are in uncharted territory. Let’s be one with each other, united in the spirit of service. Let’s be mindful of our front liners and help with their need to be alert so they can continue to do their best in working for the safety and health of our communities,” said Hans T. Sy on behalf of the Sy family.
SM continues to assess the health crisis with vigilance; enjoining its employees and the public to follow guidelines and precautions to help combat the virus.
 This financial assistance is another commitment to fighting the negative effects of COVID-19. Earlier, SM made separate announcements to waive tenant rentals nationwide as well as to support health workers as they actively fight the spread of COVID-19 with PHP100 million worth of protective equipment, testing kits and supplies.

Making Your Place Look Like A Million Bucks

Thursday, March 19, 2020

While anyone can easily admire a chic pad that looks like it came straight out of a magazine, not everyone has the budget for a major renovation or hire a world class designer to spruce up their homes.

Taking design cues from some of the metro’s most sought-after condominiums, these are simple design inspirations anyone can pull off even on a budget.

1. Add depth to your ceiling!

Ceilings have a great influence on how we feel in certain spaces. Low ceilings prompt quick action as small rooms make us unconsciously want to leave faster, while the inviting aura of a room with high ceilings make us want to take our time and relax.

You can highlight the size of your living space using recessed lights for a more modern, understated way of lighting. Likewise, full-length mirrors further expand the space in the room. In the one-bedroom model unit from Mi Casa, for instance, the interior design done on the ceiling adds visual depth. This works well for an area where you regularly welcome guests. The living room and dining area are good areas to apply this concept because they will greatly benefit from the impression of a bigger space.

2. Let nature illuminate your home for you.

Natural lighting is the best way to brighten up any space.
Condominium units with floor to ceiling windows not only provide sweeping views but give off the impression of a bigger and more calming living space. You will only be able to take advantage of spectacular views, of course, if your unit is on the higher floors of a condominium unit and where the building itself is located strategically.

Marco Polo Residences in Cebu plays this up perfectly with not only floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows that provide unobstructed views of its mountainous surroundings, the city and the sea in the distance. On the other hand, if you have smaller windows, you can achieve this same
feeling by keeping the window area clear of clutter.

3. Opt for earth tones.

Earth tones are timeless and versatile, making it suitable for any kind of home.
The neutral colors, just like in the showroom model unit of Four Season Riviera in Binondo, Manila
drive just the right amount of attention to your home and allows you to add your own accent colors here and there. You’ll save on expensive paint jobs by strategizing which segments of your living space to highlight and which you can leave bare.

4. Experiment with open spaces.


Although your studio unit has no pre-set divisions, this does not mean you that you need to fill the void with clunky furniture. You can utilize every fixture and piece of furniture you own to
achieve a clean and organized look.

A good example would be using a slim table in a bar-like set up which can help divide your kitchen from your living area through a more open concept. You don’t need walls to define spaces. You can use partial wood and frosted glass partitions that double as shelves or different colored tiles and rugs to segment floor areas for different spaces.In this model unit at The Capital Towers in Quezon City, the bedroom area is defined by using tinted glass, while the dining and living area are fused into one to maximize floor space.


5. Tastefully maximize storage space.

Keep knickknacks out of sight with built-in storage like the shoe cabinet, bedroom closets, and kitchen floor storage in The Seasons Residences in North Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

Using beds with hidden compartments underneath for clothes and shoes, as well as hollow ottoman seats that double as storage boxes will help eliminate clutter around the house and keep your intimate belongings away from prying eyes as well.

By lessening the use of heavy furniture, you will be freeing-up breathing space in your stylish abode making it easier on the eyes and a delight to move around in.

Lastly, while your design options may be influenced by your current budget, never sacrifice personal tastes. Any luxurious house will feel like home when it reflects the personal style of its owner. To get your own feel of luxury, visit the nearest Federal Land property show room today or get a virtual tour at www.federalland.ph.

Perfect rice every time

Tuesday, March 17, 2020



Like most Filipinos, I can’t live without rice. It just goes with almost every meal I eat. From adobo to sinigang to tocino, a cup of steaming white rice is the perfect complement. Mas sumasarap talaga ang ulam pag may bagong lutong kanin! So it goes without saying that the rice cooker is actually a must-have in my kitchen.










While it may be an afterthought to some, a rice cooker is not just a simple kitchen appliance to me. The model I use right now is the Kyowa 1.8L Rice Cooker, and I love it! It’s very affordable but I am still able to cook perfect fluffy rice every time.





The Kyowa is great for large portions, able to cook enough rice for about 8 people. Perfect for when I have visitors over for lunch or dinner. Aesthetically, I really like the Japanese-style design. And I think the built-in cover seals the rice better so it stays fresh and warm longer. It also came with a measuring cup and spatula as standard, together with a tray for steaming vegetables.




If you’re a big rice fan like me, check out the affordable Kyowa Rice Cooker available on Shopee.

HEAD OVER MEALS AT NEW STORES IN SM CITY BALIWAG

Thursday, March 12, 2020







They say that love for food crosses boundaries, strengthen ties and promotes good understanding. Simply put, good food bring no less than pure joy to one’s heart.

As such, SM City Baliwag introduces some new yet excellent food concepts to the province of Bulacan. Whether you are looking for a mix of Asian or authentic bread goodness, rest assured you would get what your taste palate desires with these newly opened stores.

RAMEN KURODA. One of Japan’s widely known cuisine can now be enjoyed on a daily basis as SM City Baliwag brings Ramen Kuroda to Bulacan. Experience Japan authentic ramen made with homemade noodles, Umami enriched soup, and seasoned oils. Aside from house special ramens, foodies may also feast on their set meals, rice specials and fine selection of side dishes prepared by top-class Ramen Chef with years of experience. On top of it, Ramen Kuroda’s real-deal menu comes in surprisingly affordable prices. Visit Ramen Kuroda branches at the ground floor Annex of SM City Baliwag, and second level of SM City Marilao.









SSAMJANG KOREAN GRILL RESTAURANT. Samgyupsal lovers may rejoice as SM City Baliwag brings the taste of Korea to the province with the recent opening of Ssamjang Korean Grill Restaurant. With their sleek and cozy interiors, Asian-inspired corners, family friendly ambience, Ssamjang is no doubt, the next instagrammable spot in Bulacan. Not to mention that they have the best deals in meal selection namely Unlimited Set A that includes 5 kinds of premium pork, ramyun, grilled fried rice, sushi rice, and a special menu complete with some side dishes and special sauces for just P399 per person! While Unlimited Set B has 9 kinds of premium meats for only P499 per person! The table is ready, brings friends and family and have your next Samgyupsal bonding at Ssamjang Korean Grill and Restaurant located at the ground floor Annex of SM City Baliwag.








CLYDE’S BREAD AND PASTRIES. The long wait is finally over as the premier bakeshop finally lands in SM City Baliwag. Clyde’s Bread and Pastries, with its sleek interiors and refreshing ambience offers the finest bread and premium pastry selection. Prepare your taste buds and drool over Clyde’s bestseller treats. Some of their must tries are Golden Floss, Salad bread, Almond, Monggo rolls and a lot more. Bring home some goodies and check out Clyde’s Bread and Pastries at SM City Baliwag. Also, watch out for their grand opening at SM City Marilao.

Apart from these, SM City Baliwag recently welcomed Thai Milktea KIN-A-RAIDEE and local cookie brand COOKIES BY THE BUCKET. Both are located at the ground level, Main Mall of SM City Baliwag.

For more exciting happenings, visit SM City Baliwag’s facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/SMCityMarilao) or follow @SMCityBaliwag at Instagram.





SM MALLS IN BULACAN IMPLEMENT ADDITIONAL PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES

NO CONTACT; SM City Baliwag sanitation and preventive personnel provide hand sanitation assistance to a shopper before entering the mall premises. Alcohol dispensers are placed in all entrances and rest rooms to encourage customers to sanitize their hands upon entering the mall and after using the comfort rooms.



In view of the global challenge, SM Malls in the province of Bulacan have taken additional precautionary measures to intensify response against the spread of COVID-19.

The management of SM Malls in San Jose Del Monte, Marilao, Baliwag and Pulilan have rolled out several enhanced initiatives to protect public’s health and welfare. These include placing of alcohol dispensers in all entrances and rest rooms, visibility of health advisories on COVID-19 and conducting temperature checks at all mall entrances. Shoppers with temperatures above 37.3°C are advised to seek medical help in the nearest health facility and are encouraged to stay at home if unwell.
SM City Marilao security personnel checks the body temperature of a shopper using a non-contact thermometer. SM Management in Marilao, San Jose Del Monte, Baliwag and Pulilan enforce body temperature check for every shopper who enters the mall premises as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19. Shoppers with temperatures above 37.3°C are advised to seek medical help in the nearest health facility and are encouraged to stay at home if unwell.

 
SM Bulacan Malls have likewise augment its standard janitorial as well as sanitation services to increase frequency of cleaning and disinfection of shopper’s touchpoints including locations as well as common areas with heavy customer contact. All comfort rooms are also regularly sanitized every 30 minutes.

Because health, safety and well-being of shoppers and employees always remain to be a top priority; sanitation and preventive personnel are deployed in all key entries to provide assistance to shoppers, employees on hand sanitation upon entering the mall premises.

SM City San Jose Del Monte increases its standard janitorial as well as sanitation services to keep all public points clean and disinfected including door handles, escalator handrails, concierge desks, and elevator buttons.

All front liners like guards and janitorial personnel are also mandatorily directed to wear mask and protective gloves. Tenants as well as mall employees are urge to remain calm and vigilant while adopting good personal hygiene practices.

These preventive actions were strictly implemented early January of 2020 and are continuously reiterated and enhance for the safety of both SM’s customer and employees.


RAMEN KURODA, SSAMJANG, CLYDE’S BREAD & PASTRIES ARE FOOD GOALS AT SM CITY BALIWAG

Wednesday, March 11, 2020


They say that love for food crosses boundaries, strengthen ties and promotes good understanding. Simply put, good food bring no less than pure joy to one’s heart.


As such, SM City Baliwag introduces some new yet excellent food concepts to the province of Bulacan. Whether you are looking for a mix of Asian or authentic bread goodness, rest assured you would get what your taste palate desires with these newly opened stores.


RAMEN KURODA





One of Japan’s widely known cuisine can now be enjoyed on a daily basis as SM City Baliwag brings Ramen Kuroda to Bulacan. Experience Japan authentic ramen made with homemade noodles, Umami enriched soup, and seasoned oils. Aside from house special ramens, foodies may also feast on their set meals, rice specials and fine selection of side dishes prepared by top-class Ramen Chef with years of experience. On top of it, Ramen Kuroda’s real-deal menu comes in surprisingly affordable prices. Visit Ramen Kuroda branches at the ground floor Annex of SM City Baliwag, and second level of SM City Marilao.


SSAMJANG KOREAN GRILL RESTAURANT





Samgyupsal lovers may rejoice as SM City Baliwag brings the taste of Korea to the province with the recent opening of Ssamjang Korean Grill Restaurant. With their sleek and cozy interiors, Asian-inspired corners, family friendly ambience, Ssamjang is no doubt, the next instagrammable spot in Bulacan. Not to mention that they have the best deals in meal selection namely Unlimited Set A that includes 5 kinds of premium pork, ramyun, grilled fried rice, sushi rice, and a special menu complete with some side dishes and special sauces for just P399 per person! While Unlimited Set B has 9 kinds of premium meats for only P499 per person! The table is ready, brings friends and family and have your next Samgyupsal bonding at Ssamjang Korean Grill and Restaurant located at the ground floor Annex of SM City Baliwag.


CLYDE’S BREAD AND PASTRIES





The long wait is finally over as the premier bakeshop finally lands in SM City Baliwag. Clyde’s Bread and Pastries, with its sleek interiors and refreshing ambience offers the finest bread and premium pastry selection. Prepare your taste buds and drool over Clyde’s bestseller treats. Some of their must tries are Golden Floss, Salad bread, Almond, Monggo rolls and a lot more. Bring home some goodies and check out Clyde’s Bread and Pastries at SM City Baliwag. Also, watch out for their grand opening at SM City Marilao.


Apart from these, SM City Baliwag recently welcomed Thai Milktea KIN-A-RAIDEE and local cookie brand COOKIES BY THE BUCKET. Both are located at the ground level, Main Mall of SM City Baliwag.


For more exciting happenings, visit SM City Baliwag’s facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SMCityMarilao or follow @SMCityBaliwag at Instagram.

Canva releases new women in the workplace photography to celebrate International Women’s Day



Design platform, Canva, is celebrating International Women’s Day by releasing a new collection of design templates and free stock photography, featuring its very own Canva employees who volunteered as models. The photoshoot, titled Canva Studio Women, showcases Canva’s women at work, building on this year’s theme of #GenerationEquality which highlights the importance of a collective effort to forge a path towards gender equality.

Canva studio curator Elle Hughes explains the inspiration behind this special collection.


“With over 70% of women feeling underrepresented in everyday images in the media, our new stock photography collection aims to shine a light on the amazing diversity of women in the workplace.

“We have so many talented women in Canva — what better to showcase a diverse team than through a fun photoshoot — and then giving it away as a completely free stock photo collection?” she added.

Yani Hornilla-Donato, country manager of Canva Philippines added, “Since inception, Canva has placed a key focus on diversity and inclusion. Having our employees in the Manila office be part of this shows how committed we are to empower women and provide them with a platform to freely express themselves.”

Canva has also released an additional 50 design templates, encouraging its design community around the world to celebrate, praise and unite with women this International Women’s Day.

Check out the full photography collection here.
For more information on Canva, visit https://www.canva.com/.

Converge ICT first to complete free Wi-Fi infra among players

Tuesday, March 10, 2020


Converge ICT, the country’s premier pure end to end fiber Data and Internet service provider, recently announced the completion of the free Wi-Fi infrastructure for the list of areas the Department of Information and Technology (DICT) has contracted under the Free Public Internet Access Program – Free Wi-Fi for All.

Previously, the DICT engaged all telco players through public bidding, to provide free public Wi-Fi to Filipinos in an effort to make available “free, open and high-quality” Internet access to users. The free Wi-Fi must be accessible in places like health centers, hospitals, parks, and schools, among others. Converge ICT is the first to fulfill service requirements, overcoming challenges and fast-tracking completion ahead of other contracted DICT vendors.

DICT awarded 186 sites to Converge ICT including key areas like Manila, Pasay City, and Quezon City.We are glad to have been able to fulfill the task the DICT has given us," said Ronald G. Brusola, Chief Technology Officer of Converge ICT. We are one with the government in providing free high-quality Internet access to Filipinos, and we will use our broad and strong infrastructure to give users seamless Internet experience they deserve. DICT mapped out public areas that will be provided with free broadband Internet access in all municipalities and cities nationwide, especially in far-flung areas.

This service is available in public plazas and parks, public libraries, schools, colleges, and universities; rural health units and government hospitals; train stations, airports, and seaports; and national and local government offices. As of June 30, 2019, the Philippines has 67 million internet users from a population of over 100 million (Based on Internet World States https://www.internetworldstats.com/stats3.htm ).

Converge ICT believes that access to the Internet is a fundamental need, which drives us to further expand our network by forging partnerships and strengthening our infrastructure. said Jesus C. Romero, Chief Operating Officer of Converge ICT.

The Internet is now a tool to accelerate economic, social, and educational opportunities. Beyond casual browsing and research, it is an important component for organizations to move forward with digitalization, and for citizens to communicate and transact with the government. The opportunity to give free Internet access makes it feasible to advance socio-economic agenda that will lead to nation-building.

LBC offers lowest rates ever for domestic remittance services



Committed to providing Filipinos access to cheap and convenient remittance services, LBC Express Inc., the leader in money remittance services, announces its lowest rate ever. For as low as Php2, senders can send their money to their loved ones with the help of LBC’s over 1,400 branches nationwide with its cheaper Instant Peso Padala service.

This announcement aims to benefit the over 52 million unbanked Filipinos, a number released by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 2018. “We understand that sending and receiving money from your loved ones may be hindered with access to digital means. That is why our over 1,400 branches are open to serve as transaction points so Filipinos don’t have to worry about remitting money
wherever in the country they may be. Our strong network coupled with these affordable rates will enable Filipinos to do quick, cheap, and safe financial transactions,” said OLV.
The new rates are as follows:

 LBC remains bullish of the remittance transactions in the Philippines citing that Filipinos are
still looking after secured and fast means to send and encash money. For more information
on LBC’s services, visit https://www.lbcexpress.com/.

3-DAY SALE, WOMEN’S MONTH RULE THIS MARCH AT SM CENTER PULILAN

Wednesday, March 4, 2020



Nothing compares to the excitement SM Center Pulilan has to offer as the mall rolls out the best of March with Women’s Month and 3-Day Sale happening on March 13-15.

Score the best deals at unbelievably great discounts of up to 70% off on countless items mall-wide at SM Center Pulilan’s 3-Day Sale. You may also check out the latest finds from SM Hypermarket, Ace Hardware, Watsons, SM Appliance Center, Sports Central, Surplus and Miniso.

Shop your heart out as the Sale mania starts at a payday week Friday, March 13 until Sunday, March 15.

It is a shop-and-play experience, as the 3-DAY SALE not only brings big savings but also luck as exciting prizes are at stake with every fun and exciting games revealed during the Sale.

Purchases could even bring you heap of chances to bring home a SUZUKI SKYDRIVE SPORT MOTORCYCLE! For every minimum purchase of P1, 000 receipt, shoppers are entitled to one E-raffle entry. Double your chances of winning by securing additional coupons on the Saturday and Sunday.

While shopping, also check out awesome dining deals at selected food stores perfect for friends and family.

Meanwhile, SM Center Pulilan pays tribute this Women’s Month with series of activities dedicated for women of all ages.

Ladies rule Wednesdays as SM Center Pulilan offers the best finds and great discounts with Women’s Wednesday Sale on March 4, 11, 18 and 25.

Haul best dibs on beauty care products at the Beauty Alley located at the Mall atrium until March 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29.

For mall events and updates, checkout SM Center Pulilan on Facebook or follow @smcenterpulilan on Instagram.

Mang Inasal puts spotlight on Mas Ma-Crema Pinoy Halo-Halo in a one-day nationwide celebration

Tuesday, March 3, 2020



Did you know that for the past four years now, Mang Inasal has been spearheading a national celebration every March to allow Filipinos to enjoy the creamiest halo-halo in town?






Mas Ma-Crema Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo once more takes centerstage during the one-day National Halo-Halo Sarap Day on Sunday, March 15.






Mang Inasal’s over 600 stores around the country will offer the small Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo at a special price of only Php35.






Not many people know that apart from serving the leading branded grilled chicken in the country, Mang Inasal also offers the creamiest halo-halo. Fans of the refreshing snack are one in saying that Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo is truly “Mas Ma-Crema,” whether taken as a refreshing dessert to cap their hearty meal or a delightful merienda treat.






Likewise, foodies agree that Mang Inasal has elevated the halo-halo to the next level with its finely crushed ice, choice ingredients, and generous serving of the creamiest milk.






If you haven’t tried Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo, you’ll definitely be in for a sweet and creamy surprise!






So mark March 15, 2020 on your calendars. Bring your family, relatives and barkada to the nearest Mang Inasal branch and enjoy Mas Ma-Crema Mang Inasal Pinoy Halo-Halo.