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The Modern-Day Heroes on Two Wheels

Sunday, August 30, 2020









Tanauan, Batangas—August ,30 2020— Who says that only heroes with capes are superheroes? And who could imagine that every day, we can see heroes around us? And who would think that this pandemic will turn the negative into something good and positive? 

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the country’s economy into a complete halt, affecting the lives of Filipinos. However, it is during these trying times that hero within us tend to show. 

Lockdowns and quarantines in the country may have limited mobility and the community’s ability to help one another, but it did not stop some riders to lend a helping hand to those who are most affected by the pandemic.  

Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), the No. 1 motorcycle manufacturer in the country, pays respect to the initiatives of these unsung heroes on two wheels, who continue to go above and beyond to help their fellow Filipinos during a time of struggle.  

The Man of Togetherness 
In the Municipality of Kabacan, North Cotabato, a small community in Barangay Kilagasan, has one man who supported them during this crisis. Mark Rollon, an accounts developer, a member of I RIDE SOLO PH, and an owner of The New XRM125, organized a poster-making contest for the community to help people still have a sense of togetherness. 

Last July 24, Rollon organized and donated materials for the poster-making contest, so parents in the community can express their hardships. The contest also gave away facemasks to the families in the community to stay safe and abide by the quarantine guidelines.  

The Humanitarian Rider 

Hush Aguelo, a proud owner of The New CLICK150i and founder of a humanitarian group of motorcycle riders named “Cebu Tabang Express.” He created this group to call upon volunteer riders to give free delivery services for the less-fortunate people in Cebu. 

“We aim to deliver groceries, parcels, and even buy medicine for seniors, minors, pregnant, disabled, people without access to the internet and delivery services, and people without quarantine passes. We’re a free delivery courier delivering essentials,” Aguelo said. 

Thanks to The New CLICK150i, he can perform his humanitarian duties, despite the challenges of the pandemic. And, with the help of the volunteers and the group’s beneficiaries, they continue to face the pandemic with their heads held high. 

The Mommy Volunteer 
Delivery couriers are not the only heroes on two wheels. Jessa Cayago, a teacher, volunteer, and single mother, who uses The All-New Genio to bravely face the dangers of the global health pandemic to help not only her baby but also the youth of tomorrow.  

Last July 26, she was on her way to Laguna Bay with the Laguna Genio Riders for a charity ride, when they came across a group of starving street children before arriving at their destination. They decided to prepare food and come back for them. 

“Thank God, they were still out there. We came back to the place where we saw the street children, and there we gave them all the food we prepared. It really touched our hearts to see the smile on their face. We usually count the blessings we receive but should also make our blessings count,” Cayago said. 

Leaders of Tomorrow 

COVID-19 changed many people's lives, including children who were heavily impacted by this pandemic. Jerson Zuniga, President of the XRM Biker's Club (XBC) Iligan Chapter, and other club members took it upon themselves to help the future of this country survive and move forward from this crisis. 

Members of XBC Iligan Chapter donated boxes of bond papers to help teachers ease expenses in making and printing learning modules for their students, last August 23. 

They also did another outreach activity to help a family of orphans, which included a pregnant sister. The bikers brought supplies such as food, clothes, and other essentials to provide their basic needs during these trying times. 

"Our aim is to share as much as we can, even if it is small shares, to help the teachers make the modules the students will use for remote learning. We also shared with the orphans so that they have food and clothing. No matter how small the sacrifice, if many will share, all will have enough," Zuniga said. 

These people show that there is still good in this pandemic. Seeing fulfillment of one’s dream and desires to be good is as important to be a human. Same with the “ONE DREAM” Campaign of HPI, which helps fulfill the dreams of Filipinos through the joy of mobility with Honda motorcycles. 

The All-New GenioThe New CLICK150iand TheNew XRM125 are only three of HPI’s top of the line Models that can let Filipinos experience the joy of mobility and the ability to help each other during these difficult times. 

There is a lot more to explore from Honda and its wide array of motorcycles. For more details about Honda products and promos, visit our website www.hondaph.com and follow our Facebook page, Honda Philippines, Inc and Instagram, @hondaph_mc. You can also contact us through our landline number, (02)-8581-6700 to 6799 and mobile number, 0917-884-6632. 

Want to learn the basics and master riding a motorcycle? Stay tuned for our next article on the best way to learn riding a motorcycle. 

Biggest Philippine Esports movers and makers unite, await POC accreditation

Saturday, August 29, 2020











Prominent local stakeholders enter strategic partnership under PeSO to elevate Philippine Esports




August 2020 - The largest and most credible esports companies and personalities in the Philippines have come together under the revamped banner of the Philippine Esports Organization (PeSO). Backed by telecommunications giant, Smart Communications, PEsO is comprised of the most recognizable names in Philippine esports – Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, Mineski Philippines, The Nationals, PlayBook Esports, Tier One Entertainment, TV5, and TNC Holdings.




PeSO has the distinction of being the sole organization accredited by the International Esports Federation (IESF) since 2012. PeSO’s member organizations had previously worked together under the banner of the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP) and the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Esports Union (PSEU) for the successful staging of the first ever esports event in the SEA Games held in the Philippines in 2019. The AESF had sanctioned the PSEU to execute the SEA Games esports tournament. The AESF had also signed in March 2020 a landmark agreement with the IESF, wherein the IESF recognizes and acknowledges AESF as the sole federation for esports in Asia, while the AESF recognizes and acknowledges the IESF as the sole international federation for esports.


The Philippine E-Sports Organization (PeSO) has been accredited by the International e-Sports since 2012. 






PeSO President Mr. Brian Lim with other member countries of the IESF in 2012 





In the 2019 SEA Games Esports Tournament, Bren Esports, Gariath Concepts, and TNC worked under the leadership of The Nationals Commissioner Ren Vitug to be the National Technical Officials (NTOs) of the tournament, while Mineski Philippines and TV5 co-produced and streamed the event for all the participating countries. Distinguished individuals from Bren Esports, Mineski Global, PlayBook Esports, and Tier One Entertainment provided the coaching and management staff for Team Sibol, the Philippine National Esports Team. Gariath Concepts managing partner Joebert Yu was also overall competition manager for the tournament.







Member organizations of the Esports National Association of the Philippines (ESNAP) have merged with PeSO for a powerhouse group to elevate Philippine esports. 





To kick off this significant milestone, PeSO will be mounting the Philippine Qualifiers for the 12th IESF World Championship to be held in Eliat, Israel in December. This year’s Philippine Qualifiers will be an online format, featuring DOTA2 and Tekken 7. Team Sibol’s Andreij “PBE.Doujin” Albar took him the bronze medal in last year’s IESF World Championships, and PeSO is confident that this time, Team Sibol can match, if not exceed, last year’s contingent’s performance and standing.




"With the support of Smart Communications, there is no doubt that we are in a stronger position to place in this year’s IESF World Championships,” said Brian Lim, president of PeSO. “Smart’s commitment to support and grow esports and the national team, Sibol, is crucial and is definitely appreciated.”




Jane Jimenez Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart, had this to say about Smart’s support for the esports national team: “Our goal is to continue leading the way to bring glory to Philippine esports. After supporting Team Sibol in the 2019 SEA Games, Smart reaffirms its commitment to the esports industry by looking for the next members of Team Sibol who will represent the Philippines in the IESF World Championships. “




PeSO has also applied for accreditation from the Philippine Olympic Committee to be the official National Sports Association (NSA) for the Philippines, giving it the main responsibility to govern and develop esports nationwide. PeSO’s application for NSA accreditation is bolstered by the unified presence of the biggest and most credible collection of esports stakeholders in the Philippines, who have tirelessly worked towards the industry’s growth and betterment since the early 2000s.




The search for the newest members of Team Sibol starts this September 2020. Details on the Philippine Qualifiers for the 12th IESF World Championship will be announced through the PeSO Facebook Page. TV5 and Cignal, who have been strong advocates of esports on Philippine airwaves, will air the Philippines Qualifiers on One Sports and One Sports Plus.










For more info on the Philippine Esports Organization (PEsO), visit the following links:





Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/philesports/


Website (under construction): https://www.esports.com.ph

Here’s how we can create an HIV-free world in the next normal

Friday, August 28, 2020





Inevitably, there are numerous issues of importance that have taken a backseat because of the ongoing pandemic. One of them is HIV, which has not only been a cause for concern for those in the LGBTQIA+ community, but the entire human race as well. And while the DOH recently announced that HIV cases have gone down by an astounding 68% in the 2nd quarter of 2020, they also note that it is no cause for celebration.



Whether the number of cases has truly gone down or is simply unreported due to lockdowns across the country, the fact remains that there are still new cases daily. In fact, before the pandemic, DOH statistics revealed that the country averaged 35 cases on a daily basis.



While we have movements and events like Pride Month that promote HIV-awareness alongside gender equality, bringing awareness to this cause, even while on lockdown, should not stop. There are actually some ways to raise the alarm and bring the issue of HIV to the fore. Here are a few:



Accept



A good first step—especially for those who are still on the fence and have reservations on the matter—would be to acknowledge and accept that people are free to identify themselves as they wish and that there is no one way to express one’s self and one’s love—not to mention that HIV exists. With this first step, individuals will have a much easier time trying to understand and empathize with each other and possibly help each other overcome challenges such as HIV, gender inequality, and other similar issues.



Educate



One of the many benefits of this fast-paced, digital world we live in today is that seemingly-unlimited information is readily available within our fingertips. This is key because part of creating an HIV-free world also entails learning more about it, the groups of people who usually contract it, and ways in which the virus can be eradicated.



Advocate



With a clear understanding on HIV, creating a world without it would mean spreading the word, engaging in discourse, and spreading your knowledge to uninformed people. In advocating, one can also learn more through likeminded people looking to express themselves as well.



Heed



Lastly, in order to disseminate information and knowledge further while building a sense of community, it would be good to take action and support calls and campaigns such as Durex’s “No One Way Love All Ways” Campaign that supports and promotes all ways of living and expressing.



“A big challenge in the fight against HIV has always been the lack of acknowledgement and proper education on the matter.” Said Dr. Rica Cruz, Licensed Psychologist, Sex Therapist and Educator. “While our current situation presents difficulties as physical events cannot be staged, the opportunity to use available technologies such as social media and online webinars can also be utilized to our advantage. These are excellent tools for spreading the word to a wider audience from the comforts of our home while still being safe in more ways than one.”

Canva unveils a raft of new social media features


Small businesses, content creators, and marketers can plan and schedule their content in advance with Canva’s new Content Planner 



Global online design platform Canva is leading the charge into emerging social networks, it announces a raft of new social media features including the ability to plan and schedule content directly from Canva as well as new templates and publishing options for TikTok and Instagram Reels.

With much of Canva’s early success and exponential growth stemming from the overwhelming need for a quick and easy way to create eye-catching social media content, the design tool is now used by more than 30 million people from 190 countries creating everything from t-shirts to presentations, videos, posters and more.


As Canva continues to double down on its rapidly growing marketing suite, the company is looking back to its roots, today announcing a raft of new features to further empower content creators and small businesses using social media to connect with their communities.


Available from today to Canva Pro subscribers and more than 60,000 nonprofit organizations as part of Canva’s Nonprofit program, Canva’s new Content Planner now makes it possible to schedule upcoming social media content directly from the Canva Editor to a range of social networking platforms, solving the need for manually downloading individual Canva designs or paying for standalone social media scheduling tools.


“There has never been a more critical time for sharing messages on social media, particularly amid the ongoing pandemic as small businesses work to keep their customers informed, millions of people look to kickstart their own side-hustle and community groups work to stay connected despite being apart. While these product updates will add even more value to Canva’s growing repertoire of marketing capabilities, we hope they’ll also go a long way in keeping people connected, creative, and together,” said Head of Canva Pro, David Burson.


Canva’s regularly updated library of social media templates provides a wide variety of fresh content ideas with everything from sales announcements to TikTok challenges, and for those looking to publish to multiple platforms at once, Canva’s Magic Resize feature takes time-saving and productivity even further. Gone are the days of creating multiple designs with unique dimensions for each platform. With only a few clicks, Canva can automatically resize and schedule your designs optimized for a variety of social platforms.




With 80% of Canva Pro users using the platform in a marketing capacity, Canva Pro also includes access to an additional 170,000 premium templates and tools such as Canva’s Background Remover, Brand Kit, and the ability to export designs with Transparent Backgrounds.

“Canva's new Content Planner will empower anyone to amplify their social media strategy, engage their online communities and save valuable time and money. We’re excited to be rolling out this new set of marketing tools for Filipino small to medium business owners who can now plan, design, and schedule captivating social media content directly from the Canva Editor,” said Yani Hornilla-Donato, Canva Philippines Country Lead.


In addition to the new Content Planner, Canva has also launched a variety of templates to help content creators capitalize on the mass adoption of both TikTok and Instagram Reels. The new templates are available to all users along with the ability to publish from Canva’s video editor directly to TikTok.


“The emergence of these new social networking platforms presents a unique opportunity for content creators to engage with new audiences in ways that weren’t previously possible. We’re thrilled to be rolling out these new templates and publishing options as we double down on our mission of empowering our community to design anything and publish anywhere,” explained Burson.

Canva’s Content Planner and scheduling currently supports Facebook pages and groups as well as Twitter, LinkedIn, Slack, Pinterest, Weibo and Tumblr with more platforms coming soon.





HEALTHY CHOICES AT SM CITY BALIWAG





During these challenging times, it is best to keep ourselves fit and healthy. Apart from proper diet and exercise, it is important to look for good sources of vitamins and minerals to equip ourselves against virus and illnesses. Others also explore natural remedies and supplements that could help strengthen the immunity and help prevent diseases.

As such, SM City Baliwag caters some healthy options such as dessert, refreshers, and natural supplements you may enjoy, while keeping up with these trying times. 

AVOCADORIA. Have your dose of Avocado’s rich vitamins and minerals the sweeter way at Avocadoria premium dessert stall in SM City Baliwag. Who would dare resist their tempting bestsellers: the Avocado Lover, an avocado soft-serve with avocado slices, sprinkled with nuts, crushed graham crackers, flax, and chia seeds; and the Avocado Dream, an avocado ice cream served in an avocado shell topped with sweet pastillas. Apart from their best sellers, other offerings include Avocado Shake and Avocado Cheesecake.
DAILY DETOX AND LEMON FRESH. Shoppers may indulge to goodness of fruit infused water with The Daily Detox available on different selections:  lemon-orange, lemon-cucumber and apple-orange. For an added treat, patrons may also enjoy The Daily Detox refill for only Php 20.00.
Another way to detoxify and recharge immunity is through Lemon Shakers. This refreshing treat fused with fruity flavors is by far the latest trend in lemonade. Some of their newest selections are lemonade in orange, aloha and four seasons. These are served with sinkers of your choice: nata de coco, fruit jelly, chia seeds, honey or aloe vera.
YAMANG BUKID AND CARICA. SM City Baliwag is a home to two of the most trusted brands when it comes to natural way of maintaining a healthy lifestyle— Yamang Bukid and Carica.
Yamang Bukid is inspired by wonder plant Turmeric with anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant components and may help prevent heart disease. Try Yamang Bukid’s honest to goodness products such as their bestseller turmeric 10-in-1 herbal tea available in different sizes. You may also try their amazing line of pure and healthy powdered variants such as pandan, lemongrass, malunggay, turmeric, ginger, and sambong.
Established in 1996, Carica is a well-known brand that develops functional foods and food supplements made out of tropical fruits and plants such as wild papaya, noni, mangosteen, and forest berries. These resources gathered from biologically grown plants (rather than from cultivated plants) are all natural and and have not been touched by pesticides or fertilizers. Some of their products include capsules, coffee, juices, syrups, extracts, tea, virgin coconut oil and personal care.

Now more than ever, staying safe and healthy are the ones most important things we have to consider. Visit SM City Baliwag for your healthy eats and other essential needs or order at the comfort of your homes and have your favorites delivered right at your doorsteps. Just browse through https://bit.ly/SMBaliwagMenuGuide to check menu guide, store contact details and delivery options.
Also, visit SMCityBaliwag at Facebook, Instagram and Twitter as well as SM SUPERMALLS BULACAN Viber community for updates and promos. 

Holcim partners with digital platform for construction sector to reach industry professionals

Thursday, August 27, 2020


















Holcim Philippines has partnered with construction sector webpage Pinoy Builders to better communicate with building industry professionals who are increasingly using digital platforms for industry news and learning and development.






Leading cement manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. has partnered with an emerging digital platform for the construction sector to better reach industry professionals on how the company’s various solutions and offerings can support them in their projects.






Holcim Philippines has tied up with Pinoy Builders, a website focused on providing relevant and helpful content for construction professionals in the Philippines including industry trends, project management tips and building material use updates. Specialists and experts from Holcim Philippines serve as resource persons on topics such as cement, concrete and health and safety.






Holcim Philippines Senior Vice President for Marketing and Innovation Ram Maganti said the partnership is helpful in the company’s efforts to reach the country’s construction professionals who are steadily using online platforms for industry news and professional development.






"The Philippines is a very digitally savvy country and majority of professionals in the Philippines' construction industry are millennials who are 'digital natives'. With its steadily growing number of subscribers and followers, Pinoy Builders is helpful in our efforts in engaging and positively influencing the construction industry. We are excited in continuing to contribute to this platform to let Filipino building professionals know how our offerings and solutions can help them in their projects,” he said.






Pinoy Builders has also recently branched out to provide webinars in collaboration with building industry groups such as the United Architects of the Philippines and Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers. The first webinar on cement basic and cement types featured members of Holcim Philippines’ technical services team.






Launched in April 2019, Pinoy Builders attracts about 150,000 visitors per month making it a powerful platform to communicate and engage with members of the building industry.

Quarantine creativity: 19-year-old Cebu student uses soy sauce to make art


Quarantine Creativity: 19-year-old Thea Sophia Disabelle only had a bottle of Silver Swan Soy Sauce, large plate, and a limitless imagination to create unique works of art.






As the quarantine keeps everyone at home for their safety, many young Filipinos spend their time honing their skills and creativity, finding ways to express themselves. With all this free time on their hands, there are those who even go the extra mile when it comes to being creative.


This was certainly the case for 19-year-old communication student Thea Sophia Disabelle, from Bantayan Island, Cebu, who stirred buzz on the internet after creating art not just through traditional mediums, but also using a medium no one thinks could be used for art: soy sauce. Yes, the very same soy sauce you ordinarily see in kitchens at home.


“It all started when I poured a little amount of soy sauce into a saucer, since I needed it for my fried fish,” said Thea, who made her first soy sauce artwork back in March using Silver Swan Soy Sauce, a staple in their pantry. “After that, I paused for three seconds while staring at it—something was beautifully formed. After I had my breakfast that day, I asked myself, ‘Why not make art using soy sauce?’”






Working with soy sauce


Photo from Thea Sophia Disabelle’s Facebook Account



While Thea always had access to Silver Swan Soy Sauce as it was the family’s preferred brand since her childhood, it would take her a few more months before trying to make another soy sauce artwork after her first one. This time, however, people took notice.


“I posted it on Facebook and didn't expect to get many likes, comments and shares,” she said.

“Fortunately, it really went viral and I was so overwhelmed.”


Although Thea also creates art using more traditional mediums such as paint, pastels, and pencils, she likes the convenience that soy sauce allows, recommending it to artists who may have challenges getting art materials during the quarantine. Silver Swan Soy Sauce, made of high-quality soybeans, also provides artists a unique texture to work with, distinguishing it from the usual materials and providing a tamang-tamang timpla even to art.


“The texture looks so cool after a while,” she says. “Artists just need soy sauce, a large plate, and imagination. It's tricky to do this kind of artwork because one wrong move, you'll have to start all over again. It might be an ephemeral artwork but it's worth the effort.”


Inspiring young Filipino creatives





As some artists find new ways to make breathtaking art during the quarantine using everyday items, Thea believes that there’s really no limit to what anyone can create as long as they keep trying. She herself wants to pursue a fine arts course and eventually turn her hobby into her life’s work.


“I encourage them to be creative and make use of their time through art,” she says. “You don't need expensive art materials—you just have to go to your kitchen, get some stuff and make it your masterpiece. It's just a matter of creativity, dedication and willingness to learn something new. You just have to be creative in making nothing into something. That's how art works.”


As a token of recognition for Thea’s astounding creativity and resourcefulness, NutriAsia, makers of Silver Swan will be sending her and her family more of their products for their use—whether it’s for their food or for more of Thea’s art.

Leading Brands and MSMEs Gear Up for Shopee’s Highly-Anticipated 9.9 Super Shopping Day





MANILA, AUGUST 27, 2020 - Brands and Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are gearing up for Shopee’s signature annual shopping event, 9.9 Super Shopping Day. With more Filipinos going online-first for their shopping needs, the highly anticipated 9.9 Super Shopping Day provides brands and retailers the opportunity to reach more customers and amplify their online presence.

This year, 9.9 Super Shopping Day takes on greater significance in the Philippines, as the nation continues to combat the pandemic and uphold social distancing efforts. The 9.9 Super Shopping Day acts as a springboard for recovery for brands and MSMEs, and is in line with the new normal where consumers are now online-first. Shopee is working closely with brands and MSMEs to bring shoppers the most comprehensive assortment of products at 9.9 Super Shopping Day. It includes greater logistics integration and marketing support, which will help brands and MSMEs make the most of the spike in demand.

Leading brands and MSMEs such as Aukey, Vivo, and Playbookstore have outlined their goals and their plans this 9.9 Super Shopping Day.

Aukey

Aukey, an electronics and mobile tech accessories company, is stepping up logistics coordination with Shopee and optimizing their marketing efforts to maximize higher user traffic at 9.9 Super Shopping Day. “We want to give our customers the best shopping experience with better deals and faster deliveries. It is why we ensure that our inventory can meet the increasing online demand. We also have a dedicated logistics team that keeps track of orders on Shopee, helping us optimize the delivery process so that customers receive their parcels as soon as possible. Along with that, our social media ads will run before the live sale to ensure that our target customers will see our offers during the shopping event.” says Janine Mangahas, Brand Manager for Aukey Philippines.

Mangahas added, “Besides, Shopee offers a wide range of payment options to meet our consumers’ differing needs. It’s especially vital for brands like us who want to reach more clients and customers who don't have debit or credit cards.”

Vivo

Meanwhile, Vivo aims to give their customers the best possible deals at 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Tess Xian, Digital Manager for vivo Philippines, says, “We believe that our products help customers stay connected with their friends and loved ones, especially during these difficult times. With this, we plan to offer exclusive discounts on selected smartphones on Shopee and vouchers to provide greater cost savings for our consumers. ”

“Also, we find the paid search ads on Shopee very useful because it helps customers find what they are looking for more efficiently. Shopee’s social features such as Shopee Feed and Stories let us engage our fans more easily on the app, making it easy for our customers to stay up-to-date on our latest updates. Besides this, we can build consumer trust in our product quality and our brand image by posting positive product reviews on Shopee Feed,” Xian added.

Judy Wong, @playbookstore

Sellers such as Playbookstore are also mapping out their plans for 9.9 Super Shopping Day. After being on Shopee for three years, Judy Wong, the owner of @playbookstore on Shopee, is a veteran in big campaigns like 9.9 Super Shopping Day. “We prepare as early as possible, with our marketing team, designing all our photos and homepage to follow the overall theme of the campaign. During the preparation phase, we worked closely with the Shopee team to set targets, and they always shared with us tips on how to hit those targets, which has been very helpful,” she said. “Also, we find ShopeePay useful as it makes online shopping more convenient, easy, and secure for our consumers and us. With ShopeePay, our consumers can easily make online payments when they purchase from us. They are also able to make these purchases with the ease of mind because ShopeePay follows strict security standards and is supported by strong infrastructure as well as 24h Customer Service teams to respond to customer queries.” she added.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We appreciate the strong support from MSMEs and brand partners for our 9.9 Super Shopping Day. This year’s key commitment for 9.9 Super Shopping Day is to supercharge recovery for local MSMEs, sellers, and brands, and Shopee has rolled out a wide range of support measures to help them achieve success with us. We will continue to empower businesses of all sizes to unlock growth opportunities at our signature shopping event and deliver our users’ best experience.”

Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day
The Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day will run from August 19 to September 9, 2020. It will feature exciting promotions like free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend, daily flash deals for as low as ₱9, and bigger discounts when shoppers use ShopeePay. Consumers will also get huge discounts up to 90% off on leading brands, win exciting prizes via in-app games and many more.

For more information on the Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day, please visit https://shopee.ph/m/99.

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

Smart brings Ellie Goulding's The Brightest Blue Experience online concert to Filipino fans

Wednesday, August 26, 2020





Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. makes it simpler for Filipinos to score tickets and watch Ellie Goulding’s The Brightest Blue Experience along with millions of fans around the world.

Smart has partnered with LIVENow, a pay-per-view service, which shall broadcast the British singer-songwriter’s one-off exclusive virtual concert live on August 27 from London’s iconic Victoria & Albert Museum.

The showcase will see Ellie perform tracks from her new album for the first time as well as some fan favorites, accompanied by a special ensemble of live musicians and a very special guest.

Smart subscribers can buy their ticket and conveniently charge this to their postpaid bill. To do this, subscribers only need to sign up at https://www.live-now.com, select Pay Your Phone, then choose Smart as mode of payment. Smart Prepaid customers can also conveniently buy their concert pass using their prepaid load.



Digital concerts in the new normal
As the world continues to deal with the pandemic situation, online concerts have become a huge source of entertainment for the quarantined public.

Through this, Smart continues to bring subscribers closer to their passions, in this case music, by giving them easy access to world-class talents amid the new normal.

Ellie Goulding's The Brightest Blue Experience adds to the string of local and international artists that Smart has brought closer to Filipino fans through exclusive experiences and elevated lifestyle perks.




Country's fastest mobile data network


Smart subscribers can enjoy the concert seamlessly powered by the country's fastest mobile data network, as recognized by third-party analytics firms, such as Ookla and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the first half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 18.33, with average speeds of 15.94 Mbps for download and 7.57 Mbps for upload, based on 2,810,963 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, reported in its April 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report* for the Philippines that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload, and Download Speed Experience, Voice App Experience, Games Experience, and 4G Availability.



To know more about The Brightest Blue Experience concert, visit https://smart.com.ph/Pages/smartEllieGoulding.




SHOP AND PLAY AS TOY KINGDOM GOES ONLINE




Shop for the most amazing stay at home toys for your kids at Toy Kingdom’s newly launched online shopping website- www.toykingdom.com.ph.





Kids and kids at heart can now enjoy an amazing shopping experience with Toy Kingdom’s recent launching of its very own shopping website- www. toykingdom.com.ph.









As one of the leading toy stores in the Philippines and the largest toy store chain in the Asia- Pacific region, Toy Kingdom continues to deliver its mission of providing amazing childhood for kids and creating lasting memories for families even during these trying times.
Let your kids learn the basics of piano with Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Piano. Shop this now at www.toykingdom.com.ph for only Php 1,999.75. 





Through their official e-commerce website, Toy Kingdom customers can now conveniently shop online and choose from a wide variety of toy assortment for babies, kids, tweens and big kids at heart. There are creative play sets, cuddly plush toys, dolls, action figures, innovative arts and crafts sets; as well as indoor and outdoor toys from various brands.




Aside from ordering via hotline and online store, Toy Kingdom can also take you on a tour of their SM City Marilao store through video chat! Simply set an appointment by calling or sending an SMS at 09175578805, SM City Marilao Toy Kingdom brings the fun in online shopping by taking shoppers through an interactive virtual world. Your personal shoppers will be unveiling and demonstrating new toys for kids to love and discover.
Little girls will surely love playing with Baby Alive Blonde Snackin’ Lily Super Snacks Doll. Available for only Php 800.00. 





For safety and convenience, Toy Kingdom offers various payment options such as credit/debit card, over-the-counter payments, online bills payment, BPI Online, UBP Online, GCash and Grabpay. Toy Kingdom also has guaranteed delivery services and 15 days return for online purchases. They also have various in store and online promos available. For more details you can now check out and shop your toy essentials at www. Toykingdom.com.ph. You can also like @toykingdomPH at Facebook and follow @ToykingomPH at Instagram for amazing toy updates.
Kids will have fun and also improve their constructive skills with Lego’s Classic Disney Pixar Toy Story 4 RV Vacation Building Blocks for only Php 3,399.75.





Mom and dad may also check out Toy Kingdom Express outlet at The SM Store of SM City Baliwag and SM City San Jose Del Monte for amazing in store promos. Buy 1 get 1 or even 3 for a price of 2 on the latest toy for boys and girls. Because kids deserve reward for being good while at home, get the first dibs and sweet deals for your lil one by availing its Call to Deliver Service at 0917-832-1637 for SM City San Jose Del Monte and 0917-810-8034 for SM City Baliwag.

Rico Blanco releases fun, upbeat single “Happy Feelin”




PRESS RELEASE


MANILA, Philippines – Alternative rock icon Rico Blanco spreads love and positivity amidst difficult times on his new single, “Happy Feelin”—out today, August 25, on all digital platforms worldwide.

On his second release this year under Sony Music, the award-winning producer and singer-songwriter delivers a bright, upbeat number that soars with an inescapable chorus and a rockabilly vibe.

For someone who has spent a career pushing pop music to exciting new places, Rico Blanco succeeds in releasing a diverse selection of tunes that blends crossover appeal with an adventurous edge. Count “Happy Feelin” as the latest addition to his winning streak: a finger-snapping, retro-leaning bop that finds Blanco dialing down his sonic ambition for something that resembles a big ball of sunshine.

“Happy Feelin” is the second song written and produced by Blanco in his home studio during the lockdown period. It’s the follow-up single to “This Too Shall Pass,” which was released on the first week of May 2020.

Stream Rico Blanco’s latest single here.





Surprising Benefits of Motorcycle Riding

Tuesday, August 25, 2020























Tanauan, Batangas—August 24,2020—In the Philippines, commuters see motorcycles as one of the most reliable and convenient modes of transportation amid the current health crisis. Some, however, still see these rides as unsafe, especially for a long drive in highways and busy streets around the metro.






What most do not know are the surprising benefits as to why many Filipinos continue to consider motorcycles as one of the best vehicles they could ever have in their lives. It may have its downsides, but in truth, motorcycles bring unparalleled joy, excitement and adventure to its riders.






Honda Philippines Inc. (HPI), the No.1 motorcycle manufacturer in the Philippines, lists down some of the surprising benefits of motorcycles, and why people rely on them for their daily commute.






It Gives You A Good Workout. People notice how motorcycle riders maneuver around traffic and creep around every corner to get to their destinations faster. The maneuvering engages the rider’s neck, core, arms, and thighs, which is why they sometimes feel like they got a workout at the end of the day.






It also makes motorcycle riding seem like a low impact workout that helps burn calories and improves muscle endurance. Experienced riders may not notice it anymore since their muscles have become developed to be comfortable sitting and maneuvering on a motorcycle.






Improves Mental Health and Awareness. Maneuvering around every street corner or amid heavy, slow traffic also benefits the rider’s mental health. Motorcycle riding requires riders to be constantly vigilant with their surroundings. Engaging the many obstacles like pedestrians and even trucks require agile mental faculties.






The concentration required while riding keeps the brain functioning at its best and can even establish higher levels of cognitive function. Since riders have more outdoor exposure their time spent outside can also help relieve stress and anxiety, improve moods, and boost feelings of happiness and well-being, according to heart.org1.












Great Long-Term Investment. Since buying and maintaining motorcycles are more economical and stays in top shape, this shows that its value remains high or near its original price regardless of age.






Riders can also expect motorcycles to have a long-life expectancy since it has a low maintenance cost. This further shows how motorcycles are more affordable for commuters to own, making it a fantastic long-term investment and a wise financial decision.






Environmentally Friendly. Motorcycles use less fuel, needs fewer resources to build, takes less space, and emits less carbon than other means of transportation. This makes it completely efficient for commuters and less harmful to the environment.






And given the health crisis commuters need to face today, motorcycles help people arrive at their destinations faster while staying at a safe distance from other people.






Express Yourself More. Motorcycles are easy to customize. You can be creative with it at a reasonable price, and you get to show off your aesthetics to the public.




Riders can also customize their protective gear to match the design of their motorcycles, giving you the best swagger to stand out on the road. However, always remember that safety should come first, regardless of how beautiful your ride is. You can’t show off your bike if it has a busted engine.






If you want to experience these surprising benefits, you can start riding with HPI’s The All-New AirBlade150, which boasts of its powerful 150cc SOHC liquid-cooled engine for prime acceleration superiority in stop-and-go situations.






Not only will you go through all of these benefits, but you also get to have a whole new experience with The All-New AirBlade150’s cutting-edge features like the front-wheel Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) which prevent wheels from locking up, All-LED Lighting System including headlight, position light and tail light, Smart Key with Answer Back System & Anti-Theft Alarm, spacious 22.7L Utility Box that can accommodate helmet with enough room for personal belongings with a Power Socket and LED Lamp inside. It also includes features such as the Digital Meter Panel that keeps track of your riding with an easy-to-read display system, Park Brake Lock that gives added safety and convenience when on a standstill and a Fuel Tank with a fuel efficiency rating of 47 kilometers per liter.






The All-New AirBlade150 also lets you choose how you want to express yourself with its three unique colors: Matte Galaxy Black Metallic, Candy Caribbean Blue Sea, and Candy Ross Red. It is available at all of Honda’s dealerships with a suggested retail price of PHP109,000.






The All-New AirBlade150 is only one of HPI’s wide array of cutting-edge motorcycles for motorcycle enthusiasts, newbie riders, and long-time riders to experience every benefit a motorcycle can give.






Motorcycles are all about adventure, a whole new experience, and joy. For Honda, these factors inspire them in their motorcycle innovations. It is also in line with HPI’s “ONE DREAM” campaign, which aims to fulfill every Filipino rider’s dream through the joy of mobility.






There is a lot more to explore from Honda and its wide array of motorcycles. For more details about Honda products and promos, visit our website www.hondaph.com and follow our Facebook page, Honda Philippines, Inc and Instagram, @hondaph_mc. You can also contact us through our landline number, (02)-8581-6700 to 6799 and mobile number, 0917-884-6632.






There’s a hero inside all of us that’s just waiting to be discovered. Stay tuned and read about the Unsung Heroes on two wheels who went out of their way to help their fellow Filipinos.




Smart, Moonton bring Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League Season 6 with top PH teams

Monday, August 24, 2020






Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. continues to strengthen its presence in the esports scene by powering the latest season of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Season 6, which is set to run every weekend from Aug. 21 to Oct. 18, 2020.

Ten teams are participating in the country’s largest mobile esports league, including Aura-PH, Onic-PH, BREN Esports, Execration, The Smart Omega Team, Blacklist International, BSB, Blu Fire Cignal Ultra and NXP Solid, which battle it out for the lion's share of the prize pool worth over Php 6 million in cash and freebies.

Smart subscribers can watch the regular season live on the Smart Facebook page and get a chance to win exciting prizes. Throughout the season, subscribers can also expect ML updates and freebies.

Prior to this season, Smart also teamed up with Moonton for the MPL Season 5 and MPL Champs Invitational. Smart's support for the esports community is also in recognition of how Mobile Legends and other games keep Filipinos connected during the pandemic - by allowing them to socialize and bond over their favorite games.

Rank up in ML with Free Games for All

Smart subscribers can keep leveling up with their friends on Mobile Legends and other games with Free Games For All. The promo comes with open access data, plus 2 GB of Games Every Day for Mobile Legends, Facebook Gaming, and more for 7 days. To register, download the New Smart App, choose Free Games, and register to Giga Games 99.

Free Games for All is powered by Smart LTE, the country’s fastest mobile data network, as certified by third-party mobile analytics firms, such as Ookla and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the first half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 18.33, with average speeds of 15.94 Mbps for download, and 7.57 Mbps for upload, based on 2,810,963 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, reported in its April 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Games Experience, Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, Voice App Experience, and 4G Availability.

Smart, Moonton bring Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Pro League Season 6 with top PH teams

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. continues to strengthen its presence in the esports scene by powering the latest season of Mobile Legends: Bang Bang Professional League (MPL) Season 6, which is set to run every weekend from Aug. 21 to Oct. 18, 2020.

Ten teams are participating in the country’s largest mobile esports league, including Aura-PH, Onic-PH, BREN Esports, Execration, The Smart Omega Team, Blacklist International, BSB, Blu Fire Cignal Ultra and NXP Solid, which battle it out for the lion's share of the prize pool worth over Php 6 million in cash and freebies.

Smart subscribers can watch the regular season live on the Smart Facebook page and get a chance to win exciting prizes. Throughout the season, subscribers can also expect ML updates and freebies.

Prior to this season, Smart also teamed up with Moonton for the MPL Season 5 and MPL Champs Invitational. Smart's support for the esports community is also in recognition of how Mobile Legends and other games keep Filipinos connected during the pandemic - by allowing them to socialize and bond over their favorite games.

Rank up in ML with Free Games for All

Smart subscribers can keep leveling up with their friends on Mobile Legends and other games with Free Games For All. The promo comes with open access data, plus 2 GB of Games Every Day for Mobile Legends, Facebook Gaming, and more for 7 days. To register, download the New Smart App, choose Free Games, and register to Giga Games 99.

Free Games for All is powered by Smart LTE, the country’s fastest mobile data network, as certified by third-party mobile analytics firms, such as Ookla and Opensignal.

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, recently named Smart as the country’s fastest mobile data network in the first half of 2020 after it achieved a Speed Score™ of 18.33, with average speeds of 15.94 Mbps for download, and 7.57 Mbps for upload, based on 2,810,963 user-initiated tests taken with Speedtest®.

On the other hand, Opensignal, an independent mobile analytics firm, reported in its April 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Games Experience, Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, Voice App Experience, and 4G Availability.

For updates on Smart’s eSports initiatives, follow Smart on Facebook at facebook.com/SmartCommunications, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

For updates on Smart’s eSports initiatives, follow Smart on Facebook at facebook.com/SmartCommunications, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

ADP Pharma Launches NOVUHAIR ®  3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT

Friday, August 21, 2020












NOVUHAIR on its 10th year of continuous commitment to consumer health awareness on hair loss prevention and maintenance and also a decade of partnership with Mercury Drug Corporation, ADP Pharma Corporation has launched the NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT.



Check out the video promo










The NOVUHAIR® 3-in-1 VIP PROMO KIT serves as a token of the company's appreciation and gratitude to the affirmative support of its loyal users and new trialists.





The continued consumer support, committed distributors and agency partners, dedicated brand ambassadors, passionate and hardworking marketing and sales teams spearheaded by Managing Director Mr. Bob Segovia, and the full support of ADP Pharma CEO Mr. Martin Pascual and executives.





NOVUHAIR® has retained dominance in 2019 as the leading hair loss treatment in the Philippines. (Source: Passport Euromonitor International October 2019 Research)

Discover more: https://bit.ly/2DWvOnH

Stand out with the Infinix Note 7 exclusively available on Shopee until 23rd of August!

Thursday, August 20, 2020




The search for phones that offer good value for money ends here. Infinix is known for providing more features for the same price than the competition and they recently launched the Note 7 X960 in the Philippines. Their phones have a custom user interface called XOS, which changes the appearance of Android OS, as well as adds a number of extra features. Talk about bang for the buck!


Hear this one out, the said phone model is now exclusively available on Shopee! Here are the full specs that will make you get one asap:


It is packed with protruding circular quad-camera setup on its rear consisting of a 48MP main, 2MP macro, 2MP depth, and a low-light video camera. Take advantage of its depth camera with adjustable background blur. Its 40mm macro lens can record even the most minute of details. On the other hand, the 1080P low-light video camera lets you capture rich detail and color, even in the dark.



The phone has a punch hole display; the front 16MP Front shutter that is small and conspicuously placed at the top side of the 6.95" HD screen so as to maximize the size of it. Enjoy watching on its cinematic screen from the palm of your hand.





The MTK Helio G70 Gaming Processor is behind the phone's ability to provide incredible gaming experience. No more lags, now you can focus on your game and forget about hardware interruptions.


It runs on Android 10 XOS 6.0. As stated before, their phones are equipped with the XOS bringing a more personalized and better navigating experience. Customize your phone to your taste, avail of the latest features such as Dark Theme and Android 10 Gesture Navigation.

A performance smartphone calls for a reliable power source that's why it's supported by a 5000mAh battery with the best-in-class 18W Super charge 3. It will never let you down.


Purchase it ahead of the rest because it is only available until the 23rd of August. Check out the Infinx official store here: https://shopee.ph/infinixofficialstore

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























GCash doubles down on security amid pandemic






GCash, the undisputed leading and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, is doubling down on security measures to safeguard its users from fraudsters and cybercriminals, putting in different safety nets that keep customers alert and aware of their accounts’ security and safety.
GCash has ensured that users receive SMS, in-app and social media advisories against fraudulent pages, including fake donation drives and fake financial aid offers under the government's social amelioration program.
App notifications informing customers not to share their account details were rolled out. As soon as a customer opens the GCash app, the reminder not to share any information such as MPINs and OTPs (one-time pins) with anyone can be seen.
It has also taken a more active role in ensuring that fake social media advisories and accounts are taken down.
"As the fight against the coronavirus ensues, we're also waging a war against unscrupulous individuals who are taking advantage of this pandemic to defraud Filipinos. We want to ensure that GCash users who are dependent on our services have trust and confidence in our app, which is why we are doing everything we can to improve our own programs that promote cybersecurity awareness,” GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon said.
GCash also launched social media livestreams that explain how users can further secure their account and delve into account safety and security, making sure that the average GCash user understands how and why these features matter.
In line with strengthening its commitment in protecting consumers from financial fraud, GCash publishes timely and easy to understand infographics, in both English and Filipino, through their official social media channels, that remind and keep users up to date.
"We want to ensure that GCash users who are dependent on our services have trust and confidence in our app, which is why we are doing everything we can to improve our own programs that promote cybersecurity awareness," Sazon said.
GCash has also partnered with authorities in fraud investigations, offering assistance and cooperating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
In May, GCash helped the NBI arrest three online swindlers who violated the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 and committed estafa. The individuals asked for users' personal details, including birth dates, addresses, authentication codes and email addresses.
"We are committed to ensuring that our users' data is protected and that they enjoy the app safely and securely," Sazon said. "This is why we're always on the lookout at how we can intensify our drive against criminals who continue to sully the company's name.”
Aside from these, GCash has also introduced the Customer Protect program, wherein qualified users are assured of compensation for unauthorized financial transactions on their GCash app, arising from stolen mobile phones or identity theft.
"At GCash, we understand that the surge of users can also breed fraud risks like cyberattacks and identity theft, which is why, since day one, we have always worked toward prioritizing security and reducing our vulnerabilities," Sazon said. "We recognize the importance of mutual trust and confidence between the app and its users and we aim to further develop this through our efforts in upgrading and ensuring that our system is always at its best.”
Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc.
GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https://www.gcash.com/.