Friday, June 30, 2023

In the recent past, text scammers would claim to be an OFW relative using their new roaming number and ask for prepaid load, or pretend to mis-send load credits and ask you to return them. While we still get our share of text scams from time to time, a lot of us already associate these messages with fraud and simply ignore them.

But as the use of e-wallets and online payment channels have become increasingly popular and indispensable, scams have evolved to be much more sophisticated. A common scam is done through phishing, wherein a fraudster gathers personal information like MPINs and OTPs, and uses this to gain access to accounts and steal the funds of the user.

Targeting users of leading e-wallet platforms, phishing scams happen not just through text messages, but also through call and social media platforms. While trusted financial institutions such as GCash double up on their security measures through security features such as DoubleSafe Face ID against cybercrimes, it is also helpful to be aware of new scams, how they work, and warning signs to catch them early. Here are common phishing scams e-wallet users should look out for:

  • ‘Magtop-up para sa online gambling’ phishing scam

It’s very tempting to earn extra income while having fun, but that could be the opposite if you find yourself a victim of scammers that pose as online gambling sites. This phishing scam involves fraudsters leading players to a non-PAGCOR licensed gaming provider, where they will be asked to ‘top-up’ using a fake GCash portal, often using the same layout, color and logos, to retrieve credentials and access the victim’s account. 

How do you spot this? 

When you create an account with suspicious gambling sites, you will be given the option to use  your GCash account so you could top up your account. You will be redirected to a fake website that looks like a GCash portal, and will be prompted to enter your mobile number, OTP and MPIN. Once you’ve provided your information, hackers will now be able to access your account.

How could you stop this?

When asked to link your GCash account, always check the URL or name of the link to make sure you are on the GCash portal. Legitimate GCash portals begin in https:// and only end in ‘’ while suspicious portals may have a series of numbers in the beginning, extra characters, and have misspelled words (ex. Gccash vs GCash). 


When requesting an OTP, always read the SMS to make sure you are not unknowingly linking a foreign device to your account. Never share your MPIN and OTP to anyone, including suspicious online gaming sites.

  • ‘Nakahold ang account mo’ phishing scam

While there are scams that exploit different forms of entertainment, there are also those that cause panic and simulate emergency situations. The ‘Nakahold ang account mo’ phishing scam involves fraudsters pretending to be from legitimate financial institutions and making up negative consequences to encourage users into immediately providing their sensitive information.

How do you spot this? 

The fraudster will contact you, either through a phone call or social media platforms, and will claim to be a GCash employee, telling you that your account is on hold or frozen. They will then tell you that you can only have your account activated by sharing your MPIN and OTP. Once they have this information, they can gain access to your account and steal your funds. 

How could you stop this?

GCash will never ask you to activate your account through a phone call or through messaging applications. All transactions are only done through the official GCash app, including resolving concerns related to your account.

If a notice feels rushed, it’s most likely a phishing scam! Check your account through the GCash app first to confirm if it is indeed on hold and don’t share your MPIN and OTP to anyone – even those who claim to be from GCash. Remember that GCash will never ask these details from you.. 

  • ‘Nanalo ka ng prize!’ Phishing Scam

Remember those earlier text scams telling potential victims that they've won a raffle and asking them to send a processing fee to be able to claim a prize? Just like this, a third phishing scam also notifies potential victims that they’ve won prizes to a GCash raffle they did not join. However, instead of asking them for a fee, this involves using a seemingly legitimate link to gain your credentials and access your account. 

How do you spot this? 

The fraudster, pretending to be from GCash, will send you an SMS or email saying you’ve won a reward, cashback or prize. You will be directed to click a link to claim the prize, leading to a fake website that looks like a GCash portal. Once you enter your mobile number, MPIN and OTP, your account can now be accessed by the cyber criminals.

How could you stop this?

Remember that GCash will never send links via SMS, email and messaging apps and all legitimate rewards and promos will only be communicated through the official GCash app, so never click on links and never share your MPIN and OTP to anyone. Always make it a habit to check any SMS or email you receive. Any communication from an unexpected or unfamiliar sender with an offer that’s too good to be true is usually a phishing scam.

Cybercriminals will continuously find ways to become more creative with their tactics and remain unsuspicious and realistic. Even if you might think you are not worthy of being the target of online predators, being a technology user will always put you as a potential target of any attack, especially if you’re one of the millions of user base of a leading e-wallet app like GCash. 

Fortunately, you have one of the best defenses against any phishing scam: you. Now that you are aware of how common phishing scams work, doing your part to protect your e-wallet account only takes a simple action: Do not ever share your MPIN and OTP.

If you encounter phishing scams and fraudulent activities targeting your GCash account, you may report by visiting the official GCash Help Center at  or messaging Gigi on the website and typing, “I want to report a scam.”

NexGard® COMBO for cats is a one-and-done, easy-to-use formula with the eprinomectin, praziquantel and next-generation active antiparasitic ingredient: esafoxolaner, which has been specially formulated for cats.

Manila, Philippines – Boehringer Ingelheim, a global leader in animal health, has launched the parasite treatment, NexGard® COMBO for cats. With nearly 20 years of expertise in preventing parasites such as fleas, ticks, Lyme disease and more in dogs, NexGard® now adds a feline-specific product to the NexGard® family. The new treatment is designed to safeguard cats from a wider range of parasites than any other product on the market, covering both external parasites and internal parasites such as fleas, ticks, ear mites, face mange, hookworm, roundworm, vesical worm, lungworm, heartworm prevention, as well as tapeworm infections that affect their health and quality of life.

Parasite infections are common in cats and prevalent across Asia. According to an epidemiological study of over 1,000 cats in eastern and Southeast Asia, 43% of pet cats suffer from external parasites such as fleas, ticks and mites and 14% harbour deadly internal parasites such as hookworm, heartworm and roundworm.i

“Boehringer Ingelheim has always been on the cutting edge of research and development in the parasiticide space. Trusted by pet owners and veterinarians alike, our NexGard® family of products is currently ranked top in pet parasiticide sales worldwide. In Asia where over 26% of pet owners have catsii, we are thrilled to expand our feline parasite prevention line-up, which includes Broadline® and FRONTLINE PLUS® Cat, with NexGard® COMBO for cats. It is an innovative one-and-done formula with esafoxolaner, the first isoxazoline parasiticide formulated for cats plus eprinomectin and praziquantel for the broadest external and internal parasite coverage to date,” said Sukje Sung, Head of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc.

Common misconceptions about parasites in cats

Parasite infections are often disregarded as trivial issues but can cause serious health complications in cats such as bloody diarrhoea, dehydration, skin inflammation and anaemia. Ear mites are common causes of feline ear infections which are often picked up when roaming outdoors and can cause itchiness, inflammation and swelling of the ear canal.3 Additionally, some internal parasites such as hookworms can attach themselves to the intestines and to feed on the blood of cats. Left untreated, hookworm infections can result in potentially life-threatening blood loss, weakness, and malnutrition.4

Despite the high prevalence of parasite infections, many pet owners remain unaware of how common they are. In fact, according to veterinary specialist Dr. Ross Antonio Banayo, Technical Manager for the Companion Animal Business Segment of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. pet owners remain misinformed about how these parasites are transmitted and impact their cats. These common misconceptions include:

  • Cats that are kept indoors are not susceptible to parasite infections and do not require regular veterinary visits.
  • Cats only require treatment when they are infected with parasites. Preventive treatment is not necessary.
  • Parasite infections are self-limiting and do not cause serious health issues.
  • Removal of ticks and fleas can be effectively managed with parasite prevention shampoos alone.

According to Dr. Ross Antonio Banayo, Technical Manager for the Companion Animal Business Segment of Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health Philippines, Inc. “Parasite infections can be particularly dangerous for cats. Common feline behaviours like grooming and roaming outdoors put them at a higher risk of contracting a variety of parasites. Often, cats only present with symptoms much later into the infection, resulting in worse complications. This highlights the need for us to change perceptions and move towards a preventive approach to parasite infections to safeguard their health.”

Parasites can be transmitted and affect human health too

Parasite infections not only impact the health of cats but can be transmitted to humans to cause complications such as skin infections, anaemia, gastrointestinal disturbances and more. Fortunately, transmission can be effectively prevented by administering regular parasiticide treatment for cats and adhering to regular follow-ups with a veterinarian.

“The lives of pets and humans are so deeply interconnected that their health issues can impact our own. Just as we are shifting towards a preventive approach to human health, NexGard® COMBO is our preventive solution to preserve the health of cats. It represents the next step that we are taking to improve the health of animals across the region and drive a positive impact on our own health into the future,” said Sung.

The monthly treatment protects pet cats and their households from the deadly, debilitating, and transmittable internal and external parasites.

Important Safety Information

NexGard® COMBO is for topical use only in cats. The most frequently reported adverse reactions include vomiting, application site reactions, and anorexia. If ingested, hypersalivation may occur.

Avoid direct contact with application site for 4 hours or until visibly dry.

Esafoxolaner is a member of the isoxazoline class. This class has been associated with neurologic adverse reactions including tremors, ataxia, and seizures in cats with or without a history of seizures.

Use with caution in cats with a history of seizures or neurologic disorders.

The safety of NexGard® COMBO has been tested and is approved in breeding, pregnant, or lactating queen (cats) in the Philippines. The safety of the product has not been established in breeding male cats.

NexGard® COMBO is for use in cats 8 weeks of age and older, weighing 0.8 kg or more.

For more information, click here for full prescribing information.

Thursday, June 29, 2023

The 7-track release also features the Gloc 9-assisted track “TAKAS”

After dropping ethereal tunes that capture the struggles of youth in the most genuinely honest way, Filipino recording artist LOIR is now ready to open up old wounds and deliver an unsparing narration of her teenage life in her debut EP, Chapters, out today via Sony Music Entertainment.

The 7-track EP, which exhibits a knack for confessional songwriting and tender, spacey production, reflects emotional maturity beyond her years. In moments when the soulful newcomer needed some rescuing, she wasn’t afraid to examine her decisions in life with both sides of the coin: never consumed by ego, but instead, looking for answers with a hopeful, open mind.

Chapters represent the ups and downs of my life,” the young singer-songwriter explains. “I’ve learned along the way that sometimes, it’s okay to pause and embrace defeat. But while there’s beauty in acceptance, I’ve always made it a point to celebrate my imperfections and use it as a motivating factor to keep going. Sharing my story is my own way of healing.”

The release of her new EP Chapters is accompanied by the focus track “TAKAS,” featuring Filipino hip-hop icon Gloc-9. “From the beat to the melody, pure devastation is felt at every part, desperately clinging to that hope that might change the heart,” she describes the song. Buoyed by dramatic strings and intricately powerful arrangements, the ethereal track is LOIR’s way of finding escape in a world troubled by uncertainty and not knowing what lies ahead.

Aside from “TAKAS,” the EP shines just as bright with songs that communicate storytelling in particularly nuanced ways.

Her debut record includes “PANAGINIP,” featuring rapper Melrhyme, and “UMAGA,” which are both crossover jams with hit potential. The stripped-down ballad “MAMA” is LOIR at her most vulnerable, asking big questions about life’s purpose and her conflicting sense of direction. And then there’s “PAHIYOM,” which shows just how charismatic LOIR can be as both an interpreter and a storyteller.

Despite its introspective themes, the production always stands out with refreshing ideas, thanks to contributions by urban/R&B collaborators such as Goodson, Havo and Shaq.

LOIR’s new EP, Chapters, is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.


Ben&Ben drops envelope-pushing single “Could Be Something,” announces international tour

After drawing more than 60 thousand fans for their homecoming concert last year and gaining accolades for their performance at Hong Kong’s Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival 2023, Filipino nine-piece collective Ben&Ben marks the introduction of a new era with the release of “Could Be Something” on June 30, Friday at midnight.

Signaling a new chapter of musical growth and evolution, Ben&Ben’s first single of 2023 is a big step forward. This time, the multi-awarded band infuses their guitar-driven folk/pop-rock roots with city pop elements, tropicalia beats, and twinkling production touches, for a more electronic-leaning track. Together with co-producers timothy Run and Sam Marquez, they collectively brought a new dimension to Ben&Ben’s sound. “We wanted the instrumentation and production to capture a more mature kind of hope, so we used slightly darker chords, coupled with tight rhythms, to bring out a unique kind of catharsis for the listener, for our Liwanag,” Ben&Ben explains in a collective statement. “Together with our co-producers, we built the soundscapes to reflect a lush, yet tighter than ever sound for the band.”

According to the Pagtingin hitmakers, “Could Be Something” delves into the often-overlooked phase before taking a leap of faith. It candidly addresses moments of overthinking and overprocessing, providing a relatable narrative for all.

Could Be Something is a song about turning doubt into belief,” Ben&Ben shares. “It’s the revival of hope after being caught in a very cynical place. It’s the feeling you get after meeting someone who unexplainably makes you believe in love again, or finding a new passion that sparks life in you.”

The nine-piece act reveals that, beyond being a love song, their new single doubles as an anthem for people grappling with doubt. “It offers a reminder to believe, surrender, and let go during challenging times,” the acclaimed Filipino group adds.

The band worked together with Ben&Ben Music Production, the management team behind the band’s entire operations, music production and marketing efforts, to embark on this new journey. Since the pandemic, the band has been self-managed by a tightly knit, yet efficient team of people that the band believes in, and trusts wholeheartedly.

International Tour

Ben&Ben plans to debut a live performance of “Could Be Something” in the coming months, as they headline their nationwide tour in key cities across the country. Additionally, for the first time ever, they will be taking the song to an international audience with an international tour that kicks off in London, followed by Los Angeles, Toronto, Sydney, and Dubai. This is in collaboration with ABS- CBN Global and 1MX Music Festival. More details will be revealed in the coming weeks via their social media accounts and official website.

Ben&Ben’s “Could Be Something” is the first song to be will be out on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment on June 30, 2023.

Tuesday, June 27, 2023

GCash Stories returns with a powerful new release featuring Turing Quinto, as the face of GCash’s “Werk With Pride” advocacy for Pride Month. Directed by Antoinette Jadaone, the film celebrates pride by putting a spotlight on GCash's commitment to inclusivity and financial empowerment while telling the story of strength and persistence of Filipino drag performer, Turing. . 

Turing gained fame as a contestant on the debut season of Drag Race Philippines. The short film delves into Turing's aspirations and determination to succeed in life while showing the challenges faced by breadwinners striving to make ends meet.

Just like anyone else chasing a brighter future, Turing works with pride, thanks to GCash. She reassures her mother, “Ako nang bahala sa pag tambling, Ma," despite the struggles their family faces. 

Overcoming tears, she performs in her living room, cheered on by her family and supported by GCash, enabling her to receive tips from fans all around the country.

“Sobrang proud ako sa film na ‘to, kasi it really showed how GCash was there during some of my most challenging times,” shares Turing. “Especially nung lockdown kasi virtual shows lang ang nagagawa naming drag performers kasi sarado lahat ng bars and clubs, ang laking tulong ng GCash para makatanggap kami ng tips in real time, and I got to continue doing  what I love the most.” 

The premiere of Turing's GStories film took place at the GTalks: Werk With Pride event on June 22. GCash created GTalks as a space for meaningful discussions on topics that impact the everyday lives of Filipinos, such as providing access to financial services, diversity and inclusion, and climate action. 

Sharing their own success stories with GCash, the Werk With Pride event also featured a panel discussion with LGBTQIA+ business owners and entrepreneurs Gabby Cantero, Butterboy co-founder Hilder Demeterio, and Nariese Giangan of Food for the Gays. They were also joined by LGBT Chamber of Commerce Representative Atty. Quino Reyes.

                                   (L-R Nariese Giangan, Hilder Demetrio, Gabby Cantero, Atty. Quino Reyes)

(L-R Gabby Cantero, Hilder Demetrio, Nariese Giangan, and Atty. Quino Reyes joined by GCash  Chief Marketing Officer, Neil Trinidad)

GCash: Enabling Dreams and Aspirations for All

Regardless of who you are or what you aspire to, GCash supports your dreams by providing accessible financial services – even beyond Pride Month. GCash remains an essential tool for Filipinos as they work to achieve financial independence. 

GCash offers GLoan, instant cash loans for kickstarting your goals, and GInsure, a range of insurance products safeguarding the future of LGBTQIA+ individuals and their loved ones. Business owners can also enjoy seamless payment experiences with Scan-To-Pay, enabling easy QR code payments online and offline.

“We understand the needs of our customers and will continuously innovate to provide accessible financial services for Filipinos, regardless of gender, background, or preference,” says Neil Trinidad, Chief Marketing Officer of GCash. “Like Turing, there are many stories of hope that inspire us to continue to help uplift the lives of Filipinos.”

With GCash, you, too, can #WerkWithPride, just like Turing does with every performance, knowing she’s supported by a platform that leads Filipinos to a better tomorrow. 

Watch Turing's inspiring story in the full "Turing" short film on YouTube. Share your own story of hope and progress using the hashtags #GCashStories and #MyGCashStory, and tag @gcashofficial.

Castaway Music Festival
, the first major music event at SM City Baliwag that took place after the global COVID-19 pandemic, marked a resounding success as it showcased an extraordinary lineup of homegrown artists and ignited the spirits of music lovers in the province of Bulacan. With a record-breaking attendance of 25,000 music enthusiasts, the festival united a variety of talented performers, setting the stage for a vibrant post-pandemic music scene as it created an unforgettable experience of live music, community, and unity among festival goers. 

The Castaway Music Festival has become renowned in the province of Bulacan for its ability to captivate music enthusiasts of all ages, drawing them in with its impressive lineup of talented performers from the local music scene. Looking back at the 2019 edition, the festival showcased the very best of Philippine OPM bands, featuring unforgettable performances by revered acts like Side A, the legendary rock band True Faith, and the soulful group Freestyle. This year's festival followed suit, presenting a diverse lineup that included both rising stars and beloved favorites. Artists such as Leona and Similar Sky graced the festival's stage, leaving the audience awestruck with their extraordinary talent. 

One of the prominent acts to headline the festival was
 Silent Sanctuary, an acclaimed Filipino band known for their distinctive fusion of alternative rock and pop. Their music filled the air, captivating everyone with their renditions of timeless hits that have characterized the band's growth over time.  

Completing the formidable lineup for this year's Castaway Music Fest was the explosive alternative rock band Sandiwa, whose raw energy resounded through the venue, leaving everyone craving for more. 

Beyond the captivating performances, the Castaway Music Festival also brought to life an immersive sensory experience, combining an unparalleled sound system, breathtaking light displays, and awe-inspiring stage effects. The atmosphere buzzed with an electrifying energy that permeated through the crowd, amplifying the overall experience and taking it to new and unparalleled heights. 

Dubbed one of SM's most exciting events, the Castaway Music Festival highlights the Philippines' best music artists in a touring concert. This festival, honored with the 2018 Silver Award for Innovation in Entertainment Events at the prestigious Asia Pacific Stevie Awards, captivates the heart of North Luzon as it traverses 11 selected SM Supermalls, with a grand culmination at SM City Baliwag. 

Castaway is one of the many exciting activities in SM North Luzon malls, held as a way of thanking shoppers. While creating moments of connection with customers, it also aims to foster patronage of Filipino music. 

Checkout the newly stocked titles, and unbelievable promos and performances scheduled this week at Big Bad Wolf Book Sale

Manila, Philippines. June 27, 2023 — The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2023 has arrived, bringing with it an unparalleled celebration of literature and an extraordinary shopping experience. Until July 3, book enthusiasts can indulge in unbelievable deals, incredible performances, and exciting prizes.

Unbelievable Deals:

Book lovers can expect an extensive selection of titles at jaw-dropping discounts of up to 95% off across all genres. But the incredible savings don't stop there! Students can enjoy an exclusive 5% discount on weekdays, while Metrobank credit card holders can take advantage of a remarkable 10% cashback offer. These unbeatable deals make it the perfect opportunity for bookworms to expand their collection without breaking the bank. With each passing day, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2023 offers new and unbelievable deals. (Please see appendix on daily deals on book titles)


BBW Price: P950 BBW Price: P540 BBW Price: P110

Regular Retail Price: P3,670 Regular Retail Price: P2,390 Regular Retail Price: P440

Unbelievable Acts:

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2023 is not just about shopping for books. It's a vibrant and immersive experience that showcases remarkable performances from talented bands, singers, and other performers. Attendees will be treated to captivating talks and book signings by authors and notable personalities, adding an extra layer of excitement and inspiration to the event. (Please see appendix on daily performers)

Unbelievable Prizes:

As if the book sale extravaganza wasn't enough, attendees have the chance to win unbelievable prizes. By sharing their Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2023 experience on social media with creative photos and videos using the hashtags #BBWManila2023 and #TrolleyfulOfBooks2023, participants can enter the contest to win daily vouchers worth P25,000. And for one lucky grand winner, a trolley full of books awaits, making the prize truly extraordinary.

So be sure to check out the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2023, happening until July 3, open daily from 10 AM to 1 AM at the Forum Tent in PICC, Pasay City. Don’t forget to SCAN and REGISTER the QR Code throughout the hall to get access to the Book Sale and the unbelievable deals in store for all book lovers.

This is a MUST, do not forget! It's an event you don't want to miss—the ultimate destination for unbelievable deals, unforgettable performances, and a chance to win incredible prizes. Join us in celebrating the joy of reading and immerse yourself in an experience that will leave you spellbound.

For more information regarding Big Bad Wolf Books’ grand return to the Philippines, please visit:




Infinix crowned a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) champ during its recently concluded “Guard Your Goddess Miya” Tournament Grand Finals at Market! Market! last June 25.

Joined by Infinix Chief Gaming Officers (CGOs) Cherizawa, Kristine, and Yskaela, the three finalists battled it out in three MLBB matches where they had to defend their “Goddess” or Miya player. After an exciting bout, Team Pampamilya came out victorious.

Team Pampamilya took home P50,000 cash prize, Infinix NOTE 30 5G phones, Elite MLBB Hero Skins, Infinix backpacks, and Infinix sunglasses.

Team Undr4fted placed second, while Team Nover Esports was third. They were awarded with P2,000 and P1,500 worth of MLBB diamonds, respectively, MLBB Hero Skins, and pairs of TWS Air 1 Pro.

An immersive esports event for all MLBB fans

In partnership with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Infinix gave esports fans and avid players an immersive experience at Guard Your Goddess Miya tournament venue. MLBB cosplayers were present to take photos with attendees.

There were exciting games, like a claw machine and falling sticks booth, where they could win special prizes, such as MLBB diamonds, Infinix backpacks, Infinix sunglasses TWS Air 1 Pro, and MLBB Hero Skins. Those looking to buy a new phone could also avail of them at a low price during Infinix’s biggest one-day sale during the tournament.

Infinix’s Guard Your Goddess Miya Tournament showcased the incredible skill of MLBB players on a big stage, as well as their love for the game. This was all made possible with the Infinix NOTE 30 5G, a gaming phone with ultra-fast performance and powerful fast charging technology.

The NOTE 30 VIP is available in Magic Black and Glacier White, starting from P13,999. Get exclusive discounts on the Super Brand Day sale via the Infinix’s official TikTok Shop. Also available on Lazada, and Shopee.

Sunday, June 25, 2023

Manila, Philippines, June 25, 2023 – Infinix today launched the latest smartphone in its NOTE 30 series, the NOTE 30 VIP, bringing users flagship-level wireless fast charging and exceptional performance designed to meet the ever-expanding needs of today’s youth. The NOTE 30 VIP features All-Round FastCharge technology with 68W wired and 50W wireless fast charging, offering high-speed charging both with and without wires.

The NOTE 30 VIP is also one of the first smartphones to be fitted with the Dimensity 8050 5G processor. It has received an A Rating in the TÜV SÜD 36-Month Fluency certification in recognition of its long-term smooth experience. Equipped with a 120Hz high refresh rate display designed for eye protection, an under-screen fingerprint recognition, as well as up to 21GB of Extended RAM, the NOTE 30 VIP delivers powerful performance with a faster and smoother user experience.

“With All-Round FastCharge technology on the NOTE 30 series, Infinix has brought users an unprecedented fast charging experience. Now, on the newly released NOTE 30 VIP, we have taken the overall performance of this technology to a new level. By introducing faster, flagship-level 50W wireless fast charging and covering more charging methods across different scenarios, NOTE 30 VIP provides a safe, fast, and convenient experience that removes any worries users may have about battery life. Thanks to the new Dimensity 8050 5G processor, high refresh rate screen, and rich audio-visual features, the NOTE 30 VIP is the top choice for users seeking all-round powerful performance.” - Charisma Buan, Sr. Public Relations Manager at Infinix Philippines.

Flagship-level Ultra Fast Charging

For the first time on the NOTE series, the NOTE 30 VIP delivers flagship-level wireless fast charging capable of charging the NOTE 30 VIP’s 5,000mAh battery to 50% in just 30 minutes[1]. Users only need to place their phones on Infinix’s wireless fast charge pad to charge their phones anytime, anywhere without being restricted by charging cables, while still enjoying a highly efficient, time saving charging experience.

For even faster charging, the NOTE 30 VIP also supports ultra-fast 68W wired charging, which can charge the battery from 1% to 80% in 30 minutes[2]. The technology also helps to maintain battery longevity, supporting near optimal battery performance for up to 1,000 charge-discharge cycles. In addition, the NOTE 30 VIP supports multiple charging methods, including Reverse Charge (wired & wireless), Bypass Charge, AI Smart Charge, and PD 3.0, offering users more ways to charge their phone using All-Round FastCharge technology in a variety of different scenarios for maximum flexibility.

Designed for a Truly Comprehensive User Experience

As one of the first smartphones in the industry to feature the Dimensity 8050 5G processor, the NOTE 30 VIP boasts lower power consumption and more stable network connectivity. Built on advanced 6nm process technology and running at up to 3GHz CPU clock speeds, the NOTE 30 VIP smoothly handles multitasking and runs large-scale games at higher frame rates while keeping power consumption to a minimum. The processor also features MediaTek’s HyperEngine5.0, which ensures stable and low latency performance during any type of game or content to ensure mobile gamers to stay connected and in the heart of the action at all times. Thanks to this powerful hardware configuration and Infinix’s own software level algorithm optimizations, the NOTE 30 VIP has obtained an A Rating in TÜV SÜD 36-Month Fluency’s certification, meaning that it provides a guaranteed level of smoothness after as many as 36 months of standard usage.

The NOTE 30 VIP is equipped with Infinix’s proprietary UPS (Ultra Powerful Signal) technology. By using software algorithm optimizations tailored for specific scenarios, UPS can increase cellular signal strength by 20% and WiFi signal strength by 100%[3], helping users keep a stable connection even in areas with typically weak signal, such as underground or in an elevator. To provide even smoother 5G connectivity, the NOTE 30 VIP supports Dual 5G SIM and Clever 5G 2.0 technology, enabling use of two SIM cards at the same time for high-speed Internet access. The system also optimizes 5G frequency band allocation according to different scenarios to obtain the fastest connection while extending battery life.

On the audio-visual side, the NOTE 30 VIP’s technical specs are just as impressive. The ultra-narrow bezel design provides a high level of immersion alongside the 120Hz refresh rate 10-bit AMOLED screen, which also supports under-screen fingerprint unlocking. With up to 900 nits peak brightness and support for 100% DCI-P3 and 1920 Hz PWM Dimming, the display offers rich and uniform colors that add clarity and vibrancy to visual content. The inclusion of Infinix’s Smart Refresh 2.1 and Magellan Engine 1.1 also add to the sleek visual experience while helping to save more power, so users can enjoy video streaming and gaming to the max without draining their battery. What’s more, the screen offers an eye care mode certified by TÜV Rheinland, which effectively filters out blue light to provide a more comfortable experience that reduces visual fatigue even during prolonged exposure.

Fantastic Smartphone Photography

Rounding off the superior all-round user experience are the comprehensive imaging capabilities of the NOTE 30 VIP. Central to this experience is an Ultra-High Pixel 108MP Main Camera and a 32MP front camera packed with features that enable users to capture highly detailed and stylish images. Automatic color grading technology has also been included to produce the best-looking images in any lighting environment. On top of this, the NOTE 30 VIP comes with built-in features such as Super Night Mode, Sky Remap, and Dual View Video that make it easier and more practical to take incredible photos in a variety of situations.

Additional Key Features

Extended RAM

The NOTE 30 VIP comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, while also supporting Infinix’s Extended RAM technology. When enabled, Extended RAM can increase the amount of total RAM to 21GB (12GB+9GB), providing users with better multitasking capabilities and up to 7% faster startup speeds for commonly used applications.

VC Liquid Cooling

The NOTE 30 VIP’s built-in VC Liquid Cooling technology uses 11 layers of VC cooling material across a VC area of 2890mm² to keep the body from overheating during high load operations.

Dual Speakers

The NOTE 30 VIP is equipped with stereo dual speakers featuring Hi-Res certification and JBL sound tuning to deliver premium audio quality.

XOS 13 on Android 13

The NOTE 30 operates on XOS 13, an operating system built on Android 13. With this, users can enjoy new sound design, motion graphics, and a smooth user interface. XOS 13 also offers upgraded PC connection 2.0, Lightning Multi-Window, Notepad and other features that make for a more personalized and intuitive experience.


The NOTE 30 VIP is available in Magic Black and Glacier White, starting from P13,999.[i1] It will be available via Infinix’s TikTok Shop, Lazada, and Shopee.

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Friday, June 23, 2023

The newest version of the OnePlus Nord brings you flagship level performance, big battery, and a powerful camera at an affordable price

OnePlus Philippines is set to launch the Nord 3 5G, the most powerful Nord yet, giving Filipinos top-quality smartphones they can use as tools for their dynamic lifestyles.

The OnePlus Nord 3 5G offers flagship-level features at a reasonable price point, making it pretty much everything you could ask for in a smartphone.

Looking for a smooth and seamless performance? The OnePlus Nord 3 5G has got you with its MediaTek 9000 flagship chipset and 16GB RAM that makes it easy to switch from one app to another. It is also powered by OxygenOS 13.1 making app installations faster and reducing app lag and loading time. The OnePlus Nord 3 5G also has an ultra smooth interface. It offers an immersive mobile entertainment experience through its 6.74” 1.5K 120hz AMOLED super fluid display. You are guaranteed a higher PPI resolution, brighter peak brightness, and higher refresh rate. It is also equipped with Dolby Atmos high-resolution audio dual stereo speakers.

The battery capacity of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G keeps you powered up for whole day with its massive 5,000 mAh battery capacity. The OnePlus Nord 3 5G is fitted with a whopping 80W SUPERVOOC fast charging feature which allows you to fully charge your phone in just 30 minutes! Perfect if you are always on-the-go or in a rush, and need your smartphone with you at all times. The new Nord is also equipped with Battery Health Engine, designed to make charging safer and more efficient.

The OnePlus Nord 3 5G also brings you a flagship-grade camera that lets you snap hi-res photos effortlessly using its Sony IMX890 Main Sensor 50MP main camera, 8MP ultra wide camera, and 16 MP selfie camera. The cameras of the OnePlus Nord 3 5G supports a 4K 60fps video quality that works great for vlogging, content creation, or simply documenting precious memories.

With its smooth performance, massive battery, and superb camera specs, you are sure to stand out with a mid-range phone with flagship-grade capabilities. The OnePlus Nord 3 5G is everything you could ask for for a smartphone, and it will soon be available in the Philippines in a Misty Green colorway. Stay tuned to the OnePlus official website and Facebook page for more details.

Get ready to satisfy your shopping cravings and embrace the ultimate retail therapy experience as SM Supermalls proudly announces its highly anticipated End of Season Sale, running until July 2! This exciting event is set to make waves, offering unbeatable discounts and mind-blowing deals on a wide range of products that will leave shoppers in awe. 

The End of Season Sale promises to be a shopaholic's dream, with prices slashed on all major product categories. Whether you're searching for trendy apparel, fashionable accessories, sophisticated home decor, or the latest gadgets, SM Supermalls has something for everyone. This sale presents a perfect chance to revamp your wardrobe, upgrade your living space, or find the ideal gift for a loved one, all at incredible prices.

What can you expect from SM’s Year- End Sale?

Unbelievable Discounts: Prepare to be astonished by jaw-dropping price reductions, with discounts ranging from 30% to a whopping 70% off! This is your chance to snag those coveted items you've been eyeing all season long.

Trendsetting Fashion Finds: Elevate your style game with a vast array of fashion-forward clothing, accessories, and footwear. Whether you're on the hunt for a show-stopping evening dress or a pair of sleek sneakers, our End of Season Sale has you covered.

Tech Nirvana: Calling all tech enthusiasts! Delve into a paradise of cutting-edge gadgets, gizmos, and electronics. From state-of-the-art smartphones to immersive gaming consoles, unleash your inner techie at unbelievable prices.

Home Bliss: Transform your living space into a sanctuary of comfort and elegance. Discover a treasure trove of home decor essentials, stylish furniture, and chic accents that will breathe new life into your abode without breaking the bank.

Irresistible Add-ons: As if the incredible discounts weren't enough, we're sweetening the deal with exciting add-ons and exclusive giveaways. Keep an eye out for surprise gifts and limited-time offers that will make your shopping experience even more memorable.

SM's End of Season Sale is not just about incredible savings—it's an opportunity to indulge in self-expression, explore new possibilities, and treat yourself to the finest products at prices that defy imagination.

Don't miss out on this once-in-a-season shopping extravaganza! Head to your favorite SM Bulacan Malls in Marilao, Baliwag, San Jose Del Monte, and Pulilan before July 2 and immerse yourself in the ultimate retail paradise. Also, don't miss out on the incredible opportunity to score remarkable deals at SM City Valenzuela, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM City Grand Central in Caloocan. Remember, stocks are limited, so act fast to secure the best deals! Come early and indulge in a world of savings at SM!

At the request of fans, Curb | Word Entertainment singer, songwriter and pop artist Sarah Reeves debuts viral hit “Get Back Your Fight,” available today (6/23) — listen HERE. The blazing track marks the first song written and produced solely by Reeves. The music video premiered on Wonderland, a global magazine highlighting the best new and established talent across pop culture — watch it HERE.

After posting a reel of her demoing the first verse and chorus of the honest, theatrical selection that gives listeners a glimpse into Reeves’ mental health journey, the songstress garnered 25K new followers on social media in a month’s time. As fans gave the clip legs, the in-demand lyricist was challenged to complete the song that reveals her slapping on a fake smile, stuffing down her issues, and letting depression wreak havoc on her psyche. “Get Back Your Fight” finds the multifaceted artist in the ring, throwing a calculated one-two punch at fear and reassuring listeners they’re not alone in the struggle.

I’ve done a lot of digging deep and healing this year, but sometimes I surprise myself when something comes up that trigger me or takes me back a few steps. It’s discouraging, but at the same time, I never want to be afraid to confront those issues that are deeply rooted in my heart. Let’s keep growing, keep healing; and don’t be too hard on yourself when you mess up. No hurt is ever wasted. We’re all in this together. Be kind to one another,” Reeves encourages fans, who continue to share her reels of “Get Back Your Fight.” “I’m so glad this song is helping and connecting with so many of you.”

Get Back Your Fight” is the third in a series of new releases from Reeves this year, following nostalgia-laced offering “Jealousy” and romantic, first dance-worthy “Wanna Be Here,” which was featured in Hallmark Channel’s original movie, A Winning Team, this spring. Reeves will continue sharing new music in the months to come, leading up to a new full-length LP expected this fall.

Stream or purchase “Get Back Your Fight” HERE.

From Sarah’s forthcoming album “Best Days” Pre-save HERE:

  1. Best Days

  1. I’d Rather Be Living

  1. Back In Time (feat. Taylor Hill)

  1. Billboards On Sunset

  1. Triggered (feat. Social House)

  1. Zuma Beach

  1. Jealousy

  1. Heaven Right Here

  1. Any Other Way

  1. Wanna Be Here

  1. Conversations With Myself

  1. Flash

  1. Did You Forget

  1. Little More Less Alone

  1. Curtains

  1. Get Back Your Fight


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