Sunday, December 31, 2023

SM City Grand Central, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM City Valenzuela capped off the year with their annual ChriSMiles project. Spearheaded by the Human Resources Department of each mall, ChriSMiles is a employee volunteerism initiative designed to bring smiles to the faces of children while spreading holiday cheer throughout the community.

In Caloocan, children from Tahanang Mapagkalinga Social Development Center were overjoyed as volunteers from SM City Grand Central and SM Center Sangandaan gave love and heartwarming surprises. SM City Grand Central became a hub of joy as the young ones were treated to a day filled with surprises, including a tour around SM City Grand Central, a hearty meal from Jollibee, engaging games from Tom’s World, Quantum, and Jack Adventure, and entertaining movies from SM Cinema.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of the Caloocan City Government, City Social Welfare Officer Regina Embalsado conveyed her heartfelt thanks to SM, emphasizing the importance of the ChriSMiles project for the abandoned, neglected, and abused children. ” We are very grateful po dahil may magagandang puso na yumayakap sa mga bata. Taos puso po ang pasasalamat namin sa inyo,” she remarked.

Meanwhile, the employees of SM City Valenzuela brought joy to the children at Bahay Kalinga ng Valenzuela. Laughter echoed through the air as the youngsters were treated to gifts, entertainment, and a year-end party, creating lasting memories for everyone involved.

SM City Grand Central, SM Center Sangandaan, and SM City Valenzuela go beyond their roles as shopping destinations, evolving into hubs of community spirit and generosity. Fueled by the dedication of each mall and its employees, the ChriSMiles project embodies the true essence of the holiday season. It also serves as a testament to the transformative power of collective efforts, making a positive impact on the lives of those in need.

SM ChriSMiles was made possible through the initiative of the malls and their employees. Each SM employee contributed generously, both in time and resources, to raise a substantial amount of money for the holiday celebrations of less fortunate children.

Saturday, December 30, 2023


The OPPO Find N3 Flip has been the talk of the town since its release, and it’s all for good reasons. With its offer of new upgrades in a sophisticated, pocket-sized foldable smartphone, the curiosity around it is more than just chatter – it's an anticipation worth exploring.

Setting new standards with its functional vertical cover screen and a unique three-camera setup that includes a Telephoto lens, this isn't your average device. It's a sleek blend of style, functionality, and unswerving reliability—all bundled into one sensational foldable phone.

The OPPO Find N3 Flip steps up the game again in flip phones, delighting users with enhanced features that promise to elevate the experience, starting from its incredible functionality embedded within the cover screen.

Here are some highlights to love about this upgrade.

Access Apps Straight from the Cover Screen

The OPPO Find N3 Flip introduces more than 80 mini apps to access from the cover screen, including third-party apps like Gmail, Google Maps, WeChat, WhatsApp, TikTok, X (previously known as Twitter), YouTube Music and more. With its built-in keyboard and voice-to-text functionality, you may quickly and easily create emails without opening the device.

These applications are available to access from the OPPO App lab so whether you need to manage emails or messages and enjoy some social media time, you can now easily do it from the cover screen. It only takes a swipe left to do it. This added feature lets you accomplish these tasks seamlessly without opening the device.

Add a Touch of Cuteness in the Cover Screen

Aside from the widgets and mini apps access in the home screen, you can also now add a dash of cuteness. While productivity remains a focus, the OPPO Find N3 Flip puts a playful touch by reintroducing interactive cover screen pets, now elevated from 2D to vibrant 3D animations.

This time around, the selection expands, offering a wider array of pets like Bird, Cat, Dog, Hamster, Koala, Panda, Rabbit, and Tiger. These delightful animated companions mirror your activities, whether you're engrossed in music or taking a nap, while also showcasing their innate charm and playfulness.

Easily Take Photos from the Cover Screen

Bringing out tripods for selfies or group photos won’t be necessary anymore as the OPPO Find N3 Flip makes life easier. Unlock the wonders of FlexForm Mode by gently folding the OPPO Find N3 Flip, fully utilizing the camera's potential.

This mode revolutionizes your photography experience, delivering stability similar to a tripod setup on any flat or stable surface. Preview your selfies on the cover screen, harnessing the superior camera quality for flawless results, and conveniently position the device on a surface for steady, professional-grade selfies and remarkable group snapshots.

The Cosmos Ring Next to the Cover Screen Brings Out A Sophisticated Look

The OPPO Find N3 Flip takes the spotlight as the first flip phone having a triple camera setup, including the groundbreaking telephoto camera.

Featuring the most generous sensors among all flip phones across its trio of cameras, OPPO has pulled off a camera system free from compromises by reintroducing the expansive vertical cover screen and crafting the eye-catching Cosmos Ring design which allows the device to deliver convenience without sacrificing reliable smartphone functionalities.

Add Your Go-to Widgets in the Cover Screen for Easier Access

The OPPO Find N3 Flip’s upgraded cover screen apps and widgets menu provides a heightened level of intuitiveness.

From the reminiscent card-style interactions to a more familiar application tray of the first generation OPPO flip phone, navigating, organizing, and firing up your preferred apps or widgets has never been smoother.

You can now customize your screen with an animated weather wallpaper paired with a corresponding Always-On Display (AOD), delivering real-time updates. Additionally, pinning three widgets or apps to the cover screen wallpaper allows instant access with a simple tap!

Get Your OPPO Find N3 Flip Today!

Time to cop the latest stylish and functional foldable phone in the market today. Dive into the sophisticated and reliable OPPO Find N3 Flip experience for Php 64,999!

Enjoy the Present with OPPO Philippines

Spread holiday cheer and enjoy exclusive promos when you purchase OPPO smartphones this Christmas. Make the most out of special discounts and freebies, exclusive benefits and gifts, and exciting festivities until January 7, 2024 for a merrier, more meaningful celebration.

Learn more about the new OPPO Find N3 Flip by visiting or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

Friday, December 29, 2023

This holiday season, GCash is advising the general public against illegal raffle promotions that sell online tickets for a chance to win cash prizes and automobiles. The warning comes as part of the leading e-wallet’s thrust to build a financially inclusive and safe cashless ecosystem by educating users on the modus of scammers, fraudsters, and cybercriminals.

The warning comes with a reminder to users that all such activities, including those online, should have a license to operate issued by the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).

GCash cited an incident involving the social media page 'Tipsy D Garage' which, according to PAGCOR, was operating illegally, prompting an investigation by the National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP ACG) arranging the necessary operation.

The PNP ACG, aided by GCash, implemented a warrant to search, seize, and examine computer data (WSSECD) protocol, which resulted in the arrest of the suspects and confiscation of computers and mobile phones used in their operation.

Six suspects were later arrested and charged with the violation of Presidential Decree No. 1602 (illegal gambling). The suspects were identified as Mark Kevin Borbon Andrade, 35; Jeffrey Gatbonton Siron, 38; Cedric Oneal Obordo, 27; Adrian Gregorio Diaz, 29; Jerele Bautista Javier, 34; and Jedric Ambrocio Siron, 27.

"Let us continue to fight scammers, fraudsters, and cybercrime by being aware and properly informed about their mode of operations. This can make everyone a step ahead of these perpetrators," said GCash vice president and head of corporate communications Gilda Maquilan.

In addition, GCash continues to urge its users to exercise extra caution when transacting on the platform, never to reveal their MPIN or OTP, and to refrain from clicking on links that lead to external websites or senders they are unfamiliar with. For help and assistance, users can contact the PNP-ACG via their hotlines at (02) 8414-1560 or 0998-598-8116, or via email at

To report scams and fraudulent activities, users can visit the official GCash Help Center in the app or at, message Gigi, and type "I want to report a scam." GCash will never send private messages to ask for personal information, especially the MPIN and OTP. Customers can also reach out to the official GCash hotline at 2882 for queries and other concerns. For more information, visit

For more information, visit

Wednesday, December 27, 2023



OPPO announced the top three winning teams of OPPO ColorOSHack 2023 following the demonstration of the final ten teams’ work at the Final Event in Kuala Lumpur. 

OPPO ColorOSHack 2023 Final Demo Event


"We are extremely grateful for the support from global developers who have come with us on this journey. The intelligent products and experiences we’ve brought to users so far are just a starting point." said Nicole Zhang, General Manager of Software Innovation Center, OPPO. " We are now looking ahead to what comes next—working closely with global developers all over the world to create services that understand users even more deeply, and respond to their needs more intelligently."


Nicole Zhang, General Manager of Software Innovation Center, OPPO

Innovations in Development and Improved Efficiency with Pantanal Developer Services

Since 2021, OPPO has held the ColorOSHack competition annually. This year's competition centered on the theme "Pantanal Service: Empowering Lives with Intelligence" and focused on the Asia-Pacific region, with an emphasis on three key scenarios: daily life, transportation, and entertainment. Participants were encouraged to learn the ropes of the Pantanal Platform, develop smart services catering to one of the three scenarios, and conceptualize scenarios



and design forms of interaction so as to help explore a new service format for the Asia-Pacific market. Since the kick-off in July, the entire competition lasted over 150 days, attracting more than 200 participants from over 50 countries and regions around the world.


OPPO ColorOSHack 2023 attracted more than 200 participants from over 50 countries


Pantanal Platform‘s capabilities, including Aqua Dynamics, firstly introduced in ColorOS 14, provide a framework in which a service is developed based a single template and then automatically adapted for compatibility with phones, tablets, earbuds, and automotive head units, as well as different access points, such as widgets, the cover screen on a flip phone, and more. These new tools can further boost the development efficiency for developers. OPPO now provides video tutorials, written guides, and codelabs documentation, as well as a Pantanal IDE and Pantanal development framework, as part of a comprehensive suite of resources intended to help developers get to grips with Pantanal.


Increasing Strength of Global Innovation Fuels Steady Eco-System Expansion

OPPO ColorOSHack 2023 focused on three core scenarios, and was supplemented by a suite of newly upgraded developer services. Many excellent works emerged, of which ten were selected for the finals. The team creations addressed scenarios including navigation, payment, social interaction, study, health,

and more. The final round lasted over three hours. A jury composed of OPPO experts and industry experts from the Asia-Pacific region evaluated the team’s work in terms of app prospects and

innovation, and selected the top three winning teams. Each of the three will receive cash prizes to be put toward the incubation and implementation of their products.


“NavOpp”, a transportation and payment project by the Malaysian team End2End, earned unanimous approval from the judges and won first place. The project is an app that provides cross-device support for transportation and payment services. Relying on Pantanal's context-detection capabilities, the app enables the seamless flow of information and services, reducing steps and saving time on daily commutes and business trips, and making ubiquitous services more scalable.


OPPO ColorOSHack 2023 Platinum Award - NavOpp by End2End


Through this year’s ColorOSHack, OPPO connected developers on a global scale. Pantanal Developer Services lightened the workload of developers, abstracting away the need to understand the complex underlying hardware of different devices. Based on the open capabilities of the Pantanal Platform, OPPO ColorOS will continue to provide developers with a foundation on which to innovate and a communication platform through which they can showcase their creations, bringing developers, entrepreneurs, and startups together to develop and implement innovative solutions, and bring a smarter life to 600 million ColorOS users.




Makes remittances easier for millions of Filipinos across the globe

GCash continues to expand its global remittance network as it partners with Aboitiz retail network brand PERA HUB for cash-in transactions. The country’s leading fintech company has recently announced that PERA HUB partners will now be accessible via the GCash app.

“Through this partnership, millions of Filipinos around the world can benefit from easier and more affordable remittance services, ensuring they can always send money back home,” remarked Ren-Ren Reyes, president and CEO of G-Xchange Inc., the mobile wallet operator of GCash.

GCash users can now easily claim remittances and access PERA HUB’s vast network of remittance partners, which include, Remitly, IntelExpress, InstantCash, Ayannah, and soon, Uniteller, without the need to change applications or go outside their houses and line up at remittance centers.

"GCash is thrilled to have PERA HUB as a key partner in our international remittance network. This collaboration enhances the convenience and accessibility of remittances for our users, making financial inclusion now a global reality," noted Reyes.

Each year, millions of Filipinos find employment overseas to remit better earnings to their families back home. In 2022, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) reported an all-time high in remittances to the Philippines, reaching a staggering $36.14 billion.

"GCash is proud to empower Filipinos worldwide to live their best lives through a range of tailored products and services, particularly designed to meet the unique needs of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs). Our International Remittance service is a prime example, enabling those abroad to send remittances directly to the GCash accounts of their loved ones in the Philippines," stated GCash International General Manager Paul Albano.

PERA HUB, the retail brand of PETNET, operates 186 company-owned locations and boasts thousands of sub-agents. PETNET, with a remarkable 25-year history in the remittance business, is majority-owned by City Savings Bank, Inc. and Union Properties, Inc., both wholly-owned subsidiaries of the Aboitiz Group’s Union Bank of the Philippines..

“With PERA HUB’s partners now part of the GCash platform, OFWs and their families now have access to an even broader selection of remittance partners, making the process of sending and receiving money more convenient than ever,” said Albano.

Saturday, December 23, 2023

The Philippine Trade Training Center - Global MSME Academy (PTTC-GMEA) under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) unveiled the OBRA Design Masterclass Program that aims to provide specialized furniture training and mentorships to young designers and scholars.

The OBRA Design Masterclass Program is designed to empower and uplift local talent within the furniture and creative industries. The program is set to put the standards of Filipino furniture design to the next level by seamlessly integrating cutting-edge technologies, sustainable materials, and innovative creative processes.

“In the OBRA Design Masterclass, there will be training programs from mind setting, design thinking, market-driven designs, creative process, design phase, and prototyping. We will be witnessing the participants’ progress from the raw materials to those worth selling to the international market,” PTTC-GMEA Executive Director Nelly Nita Dillera said.

The program also aims to address challenges faced in the industry that affect Filipino furniture makers’ creativity and product development. Dillera cited escalating costs of imported raw materials and the competitive landscape amid rapid development on both local and international fronts.

Moreover, according to Ruby Salutan, Executive Consultant of Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc., a critical challenge the program intends to deal with is the emigration of professionals, including skilled furniture designers, from the country. OBRA Design Masterclass focuses on cultivating a cohort of young designers capable of seamlessly entering and contributing to the industry.

DTI-Competitiveness and Innovation Group Undersecretary Rafaelita Aldaba highlighted in her keynote speech the pivotal role of design in shaping a product's value, influencing consumer perceptions, demand, and market positioning, which generates value in the furniture landscape.

“In an increasingly competitive market environment, design stands as a key differentiator. Beyond keeping pace with design trends, our designs must also align with emerging consumer preferences encompassing eco-friendly materials, digital technology integration, and responsible sourcing,” Aldaba said.

The program sessions will take place simultaneously across three locations: Pampanga, Cebu, and Manila. Participants will have the opportunity to refine their skills and capabilities in crafting designs and prototypes, guided by industry-renowned furniture designers such as multi-awarded industrial designer Kenneth Cobonpue and industry partners like the Chamber of Furniture Industries of the Philippines, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc., and Pampanga Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc.

The program comprises three phases: the designer’s phase, providing participants with training in planning, execution, evaluation, and tools; the program consultancy phase, involving participant-companies in product development planning; and the designing for the market phase, where participant-companies engage in an international event, notably the Philippines International Furniture Show in March 2024.

The OBRA Design Masterclass Program sessions are scheduled to commence in the second week of December 2023. For more information, visit the DTI-PTTC Facebook page or

The undisputed “Queen of Christmas” also dropped a behind-the-scenes look at her sold-out tour, ‘Merry Christmas One and All!’

Mariah Carey continues her reign as the undisputed Queen of Christmas with “All I Want For Christmas Is Youreturning to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

The pop megastar has logged in a total of 13 weeks on the top of the chart since its release in 1994, making it the biggest holiday song of all time.

All I Want For Christmas Is You” also makes history as it scores a record-breaking 16 weeks on top of the Billboard Global 200 chart, which ranks songs based on streaming and sales activity compiled from more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

To mark its global dominance and impact, an activation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia has gone viral featuring Mariah Carey getting “defrosted from a giant Christmas snowball.” After seeing the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Globe campaign that blew up on social media platform, X, Mariah acknowledged the tweet with a positive response complete with celebratory emojis.

In addition to the celebration of the song’s overwhelming success, Mariah Carey has released The Merry Christmas One And All! mini documentary, which gives music fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at her sold-out arena tour, Merry Christmas One and All!.

Embracing the festive spirit with unmatched enthusiasm, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter also gifted her "festive lambs" with a brand-new music video, "All I Want For Christmas Is You (Festive Lambs Edition)."

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is available on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment. Listen to the playlist here, which includes Mariah’s iconic holiday smash.

Thursday, December 21, 2023

Manila, Philippines, December 21, 2023 – Giant technology brand HONOR, and luxury lifestyle brand Porsche Design have announced a strategic partnership to create cutting-edge smart devices that combine exceptional design and advanced technology. The collaboration aims to deliver a range of high-end products, offering consumers a sophisticated and luxurious electronic experience that embodies the best of both brands.

“HONOR’s human-centric design melds with Porsche Design’s brand philosophy to create intelligent luxury products that will accelerate the mobile lifestyle of tech enthusiasts and Porsche aficionados alike. This long-term collaboration between HONOR and Porsche Design opens exciting new opportunities to bolster our growth in markets around the world,” said George Zhao, Chief Executive Officer of HONOR.

Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Lifestyle Group Stefan Buescher and HONOR CEO George Zhao

The excitement surrounding this limited-edition collaboration escalated with a teaser poster showcasing Professor Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, the original designer of the iconic Porsche 911, who also created the world’s first all-black wristwatch. The poster highlighted the goal of becoming a future classic, paying homage to Porsche's design legacy.

According to Stefan Buescher, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Lifestyle Group, the exclusive partnership with HONOR is a milestone for the further expansion of Porsche Design’s iconic electronics product portfolio as Porsche and HONOR share the same goal to become leaders in the modern luxury segment of smart devices.

HONOR and Porsche Design will introduce their first jointly developed smart device in China in January 2024.

For more information and announcements, you may visit HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok Shop: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Conti's Bakeshop and Restaurant upped the sweet spirit of Christmas by surprising random customers with free Mango Bravo cakes and a heartfelt request to share the joy with a stranger.

Diners who received a complimentary Mango Bravo were given another whole cake and were encouraged to pass the kindness forward by giving the second cake to a random person.

"The act of paying it forward fosters a sense of connection and community. Sharing Mango Bravo with a stranger is a simple yet powerful way to bridge gaps and strengthen the bonds between people," Patricia Marañon-Tan, one of the daughters of Conti’s founder, said.

"In a world that can sometimes feel chaotic, simple acts of kindness stand out. It has the power to create a positive and uplifting environment."

Conti's chose to give away Mango Bravo cakes because it's the most sought-after delicacy from the beloved food brand's roster of delectable dessert offerings, and has been a part of many family's Noche Buena for the past 26 years.

"Our signature cake represents indulgence and celebration. It's not just a treat for the taste buds but a symbol of joy and festivity," Marañon-Tan said.

"Christmas is a season of giving, and what better way to celebrate it than by sharing the joy our beloved Mango Bravo brings. It's a small gesture that we hope will inspire a chain of kindness that will make a lot of people's holiday season brighter."

The special project was captured in a video that had been getting a lot of attention and spreading warm holiday cheer on Conti's Facebook page ( where it was posted.

To know more about Conti’s Bakeshop & Restaurant visit or check out the Facebook (@contisph), Instagram (@contis_ph), and Tiktok (@contisph) pages.

Philippines, 21 December 2023 – Following the launch of the first lyf property in Malate, Manila, The Ascott Limited is thrilled to announce its expansion into the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) region with the opening of lyf Cebu City, the first international co-living serviced residence in the city. The latest property sets the tone for lyf’s continued growth and commitment to providing the new generation of travelers with a unique and vibrant co-living experience.

lyf Cebu City aims to bring its unique and distinct brand of co-living spaces and community-centric service to the Queen City of the South. Last December 16, 2023, lyf Cebu City extended an invitation to local media and influencers from Visayas, treating them to an unforgettable experience at "lyf of the City." The event offered an exclusive sneak peek into the property through fun activities, live entertainment, an interactive tour, and a delicious spread of food and drinks.

Among the key personalities present were Rey Vergel Mulat, lyf Cebu City’s POP Champion, and Eunice Lodripas, the Director of Communications at The Ascott Limited, who shared insights into the brand's vision.

Mathias Bergundthal, the Cebu Landmasters Director of Hotels and Assets, was also in attendance along with Denise Olegario, the Director of Sales and Distribution at The Ascott Limited. Their presence highlighted lyf’s commitment to delivering an exceptional co-living experience in Cebu City.

Strategically located in the heart of Cebu, lyf Cebu City adds to the spirited atmosphere that the city made its name out of. The property will be located at Tower 3, Baseline Center, Cebu and is only a car drive away from Cebu CBD. It’s well-connected in terms of transport infrastructure and roads, making it a prime spot for both residents and businesses.

Moreover, being at Tower 3, Baseline Center, Cebu means guests are likely surrounded by the vibrant energy of the city. This area offers a mix of commercial, residential, and recreational spaces, creating a dynamic environment, which can be attractive for individuals seeking a balance between work and lifestyle. Such strategic locations also often witness ongoing urban development, adding to the value of the property over time. It's not just about the present amenities but also the potential for future growth and expansion.

A glimpse of lyf Cebu amenities

Stepping inside the interior of the property, lyf Cebu City presents a wide range of amenities designed to foster a sense of community and offer an incomparable level of living experience. Guests can choose from a selection of One of a Kind (Studio), Side by Side (Twin), and All Together (Two-bedroom and Four-bedroom) apartment units to suit their preferences. The Connect (Coworking Space and Communal Lounge) provides an inspiring environment for collaboration, networking, and a sense of community, while Nook (Private Working Spaces) offers a peaceful and quiet sanctuary ideal for focused work.

In addition, lyf Cebu City’s Bond (Social Kitchen) is an amazing area where guests can unleash and let out their culinary creativity and build connections with fellow professionals that extend beyond work. The Wash and Hang (Social Launderette) ensures convenience and cleanliness, while the property’s pool offers a space to relax and share stories while taking in breathtaking views of the city. Health enthusiasts can also stay on track with their fitness goals without leaving the premises of the lyf with the Burn (Social Gym), a 24-hour fully equipped fitness center.

Complementing the vibrant environment of lyf Cebu City, the lyf Crew is the missing piece to complete every guest’s experience. Comprising of the lyf Champion (Residence Manager), lyf Guards (Multitaskers), and Ambassadors of Buzz (Community Manager), the lyf Crew are all dedicated to providing every guest with an exceptional experience throughout their stay. The crew is readily available to give local insider information, assist with inquiries, facilitate community-building activities, and foster a sense of belongingness and camaraderie among the guests.

“The expansion of our lyf property into Cebu marks an exciting milestone not only for lyf but also for The Ascott Limited as a whole. lyf Cebu City is only the beginning as we are determined to bring our innovative and community-focused properties to new locations,” said lyf Champion (Residence Manager) Rey Vergel Mulat.

lyf Cebu City is set to open its doors soon, and the opening will be the beginning of The Ascott Limited’s expansion plans into the VisMin region.

Explore the advantages of becoming a member of the Ascott Star Rewards (ASR) program, where guests can unlock a world of exclusive benefits, rewards, and the most competitive rates. To learn more about the Ascott Star Rewards program, please visit this link.

For more information and updates about lyf Cebu, follow the official social media pages ( Facebook | Instagram | Tiktok )

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) and Full Feeling Inc. ink three-year partnership. Present during the ceremonial contract signing ceremony were (from left to right) PCPPI Region Commercial Head Maricel Guro, Full Feeling Inc. Purchasing Manager Twila Amista, Full Feeling Inc. President Kimberly Cruz, PCPPI Chief Commercial Officer Lyndon Cuadra, and PCPPI National Key Accounts (NKA) – Food Service Director Alex Catindig. Under the agreement, Full Feeling Inc.’s restaurants Dohtonbori and Karayama will be serving PCPPI’s carbonated soft drink brands in all their branches until 2026.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. (PCPPI) recently welcomed Full Feeling Inc. to its extensive roster of clients. Under the engagement, Full Feeling Inc.’s Dohtonbori and Karayama restaurants will serve carbonated soft drink brands such as Pepsi, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Mirinda, and Mug Root Beer alongside their signature Japanese specialties until 2026. Currently, Dohtonbori has seven branches in Metro Manila and Luzon, and Karayama’s flagship restaurant is located in Quezon City.

During the ceremonial contract signing in Pasay City, PCPPI Chief Commercial Officer Lyndon Cuadra, Regional Commercial Head Maricel Guro, and National Key Accounts (NKA) – Food Service Director Alex Catindig were joined by Full Feeling Inc. President Kimberly Cruz and Purchasing Manager Twila Amista. “We are honored to support Full Feeling Inc. as they bring delicious and filling Japanese favorites to more customers in the country. Together, we look forward to making every dining experience in Dohtonbori and Karayama more memorable for our customers for many years to come,” said Cuadra.

For more information about PCPPI and its brands, please visit

The undisputed “Queen of Christmas” also dropped a behind-the-scenes look at her sold-out tour, ‘Merry Christmas One and All!’

Mariah Carey continues her reign as the undisputed Queen of Christmas with “All I Want For Christmas Is Youreturning to the summit of the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

The pop megastar has logged in a total of 13 weeks on the top of the chart since its release in 1994, making it the biggest holiday song of all time.

“All I Want For Christmas Is You” also makes history as it scores a record-breaking 16 weeks on top of the Billboard Global 200 chart, which ranks songs based on streaming and sales activity compiled from more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

To mark its global dominance and impact, an activation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia has gone viral featuring Mariah Carey getting “defrosted from a giant Christmas snowball.” After seeing the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) Globe campaign that blew up on social media platform, X, Mariah acknowledged the tweet with a positive response complete with celebratory emojis.

In addition to the celebration of the song’s overwhelming success, Mariah Carey has released The Merry Christmas One And All! mini documentary, which gives music fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at her sold-out arena tour, Merry Christmas One and All!.

Embracing the festive spirit with unmatched enthusiasm, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter also gifted her "festive lambs" with a brand-new music video, "All I Want For Christmas Is You (Festive Lambs Edition)."

Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” is available on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment. Listen to the playlist here, which includes Mariah’s iconic holiday smash.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023

Sun Life Grepa Financial, Inc., one of the major life insurers in the country, participated in the 66th Charter Anniversary Symposium and Special General Membership Meeting of the Rural Bankers Association of the Philippines (RBAP) at the Rizal Park Hotel Manila in November 22-23, 2023.

A Sun Life Grepa booth was set up to entertain inquiries and give advice to rural bankers on the merits of life insurance for their different business needs. Additionally, free medical check-ups, doctor consultations from Grepa Medical Diagnostic Clinic, as well as fun games were offered to attendees during the event.

In the photo (L-R) are Julie Estares - President, ACM Business Solutions, Inc.; Sun Life Grepa Business Development Manager Andrei Vegas; Head of Sun Life Grepa Group Sales and Strategies Justine Daguman; current RBAP President Rafael Francisco Amparo, incoming RBAP President and Executive Director Anacleta Dayola-Aboyme; and Sun Life Grepa Affinity Marketing Sales Head-Partnership Distribution Marge Estrera.

Gift-giving makes the holiday season even more magical and festive. But the truth is: many people deal with pre-holiday jitters from the pressure of finding the perfect gift to delight family and friends.

This should not dampen the holiday cheer. Gifts are not required to be new or expensive, and there are so many amazing gift items that are not just thoughtful and economical, but also eco-friendly.

Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc. highly supports sustainable practices during the holiday season. As part of its Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) commitment, PCPPI encourages Filipinos to practice a green lifestyle during the most wonderful time of the year.


With less than a month to go until Christmas, PCPPI shared some sustainable gift ideas worth considering this season:

·        Upcycled clothing

Instead of going to the mall to buy gifts, you might want to turn to your closet first. Your old clothes can go a long way with a little creativity. By upcycling clothes, you can help reduce clothing waste.

Transform old jeans into shorts or create a trendy top from a pre-loved shirt. This low-cost gift idea will surely convey your thoughtfulness, appreciation, and care for the receiver.

·        Making food with love

The options for oven-baked recipes are endless! Cookies, classic baked chicken, lasagna—You can never go wrong with these delightful eats.

Make sure to buy ingredients from stores that offer local, fresh, and healthy options. Learn more about farmers and fishermen who can bring their goods directly to your neighborhood. Spread happiness this season through scrumptious and nutritious food.

·        Digital gifts

No gift list, no problem. Digital presents or e-gifts are great gift ideas that will surely save holiday shoppers from the stress of searching for tangible presents. Ideas may range from online shopping vouchers, access to streaming platforms, or even greeting cards.

With limitless options online, these gifts are also easier to send to your long-distance friends and loved ones.

·        Reusable items

Influence your family and friends to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle by gifting them reusable items.

Some of the best items available include stainless straws or utensils, reusable glass containers, and tumblers. Using these items will help reduce plastic disposable waste.



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SM City Valenzuela demonstrated its steadfast support and commitment to the Valenzuela City local government through a significant contribution of 1 million pesos. Present at the ceremonial turnover are Valenzuela City Mayor Weslie “Wes” T. Gatchalian and SM’s Assistant Vice President for Mall Operations, Ana T. Datu (middle). Sharing honors (L-R) are SM City Valenzuela Assistant Mall Managers Kristine Joyce S. Pimentel and Cenen III M. Pamintuan.

SM City Valenzuela demonstrated its unwavering support and commitment to the local government of Valenzuela City by making a substantial contribution of 1 million pesos. This significant contribution solidifies SM City Valenzuela's dedication to the city's progress and its role as a key partner in fostering positive growth within the community.

The timing of this donation holds particular significance as Valenzuela City celebrates its 400th founding anniversary with the theme "400 years of History and Progress." From its origins as a humble agricultural town in the province of Bulacan, Valenzuela City has evolved into a "Livable City," recognized for its good governance and award-winning innovative programs.

"We are delighted with our partnership with Valenzuela City, especially on the significant milestone of its 400th founding anniversary. The 1-million-peso contribution is a testament to our shared vision for a thriving and vibrant community. SM City Valenzuela has always been, and will continue to be, an active partner in the city's journey towards progress," said SM’s Assistant Vice President for Mall Operations Ana T. Datu.

As SM City Valenzuela continues to be an integral part of the community, the mall looks forward to actively participating in the Local Government’s initiatives and projects that contribute to the overall well-being and development of the city.

Tuesday, December 19, 2023

foodpanda logistics is set to host its highly anticipated 'Pau-tastic Event ng Taon' for the second consecutive year, promising a grand nationwide year-end celebration dedicated to their Ka-panda delivery partners.

Scheduled for December 20 at the Globe Circuit Events Ground in Circuit Makati, this event aims to commemorate the hard work and dedication of these modern-day road heroes while fostering a sense of community and appreciation.

With over 2,000 delivery partners expected to attend, this year's festivities promise an array of delights, designed as a gesture of gratitude and a testament to the significant contributions of the delivery partners in ensuring efficient and timely service to customers.

According to foodpanda logistics Operations Manager Ruben Mariano, what sets this year's celebration apart is the special inclusion of Ka-pandas from provinces across North Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. “The event embodies our heartfelt appreciation for the contributions of our delivery partners nationwide. We want to celebrate and thank all our delivery partners, no matter where they're from, so we're inviting Ka-pandas from provinces too, not just Metro Manila.”

The 'Pau-tastic Event ng Taon' Year 2 promises a day brimming with engaging activities such as raffles, games, and specially curated music to entertain and honor the delivery partners.

"We've lined up popular and trendy games we know our Ka-pandas will love! We want them to have a blast while grabbing awesome prizes,” Mariano shared.

Adding to the excitement, local artists and bands are set to grace the stage for an electrifying concert experience for attendees. “There will be amazing performances lined up from local artists like Salbakuta, ALLMO$T, Yeng Constantino, 6 Cycle Mind, and Rico Blanco.”

foodpanda logistics has also joined hands with government partners like Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth, and brand sponsors such as PepsiCo, Selecta, New World Diagnostics (NWD), Motivo, Caltex, POSH, JUANLIFE, Jollibee Food Corporation, and The Generics Pharmacy (TGP), to make this celebration possible.

“We want this to be an event to remember. This year-end party serves as a testament to our commitment to building a supportive community among our delivery partners and showcasing the spirit of gratitude during this festive season.”

The 'Pau-tastic Event ng Taon' Year 2 will be streamed live via foodpanda riders' official Facebook page and pandaridersPH's official TikTok account, allowing a broader audience to join in and witness the festivities.

Supporting Ka-pandas nationwide

Throughout the year, the pandaPatrol: Hub on Wheels ventured into various cities and provinces nationwide, organizing engaging games and activities while serving as a support hub for delivery partners. At the upcoming event, the pink-colored bus will also be present to serve as a redemption booth where Ka-pandas can redeem foodpanda logistics merchandise. A Rider Support Express booth will also be at the event, further showcasing the company's commitment to supporting its delivery partners.

"We're here for our Ka-pandas every step of the way. From fun events like the year-end party where they bond with fellow delivery partners, to our panda Patrol Hub assisting their concerns all year-round. It's about continuously supporting them and creating an inclusive environment where their voices are heard, their needs are met, and their hardwork is appreciated," Mariano assured.

Embark on a festive journey of flavor as we explore a delightful array of nourishing drinks, adding a touch of sophistication to your holiday celebrations

The holidays are a time for joy and delicious treats, often accompanied by usual holiday beverage choices like alcohol and sugary drinks. While it's tempting to indulge during festive gatherings, excessive drinking can impact your well-being. However, you don't have to compromise on enjoying the season with your loved ones. This year, consider adding a healthy twist to your celebrations by making your own festive barley drinks using Santé Barley with Stevia.

These nourishing drinks, recommended by Santé, one of the fastest-growing distribution and direct-selling companies globally dedicated to helping people live better lives, provide a worry-free way to savor and cherish every moment with your loved ones.

Explore a variety of healthier options. While the holiday season often involves toasting with alcoholic beverages, there's a world of non-alcoholic options that are just as festive and enjoyable. Consider indulging in mocktails, sparkling water with fruit infusions, or virgin versions of your favorite cocktails.

One recipe you can make is a sparkling barley drink inspired by a mojito, containing sparkling water, Santé Barley Powder with Stevia, lemon slices, and mint leaves. Simply combine a scoop of Santé Barley Powder with Stevia with sparkling water and add fresh citrus slices and a few mint leaves for a burst of flavor.

Create a drink with natural and fresh ingredients. When selecting ingredients for your holiday beverages, choose fresh and natural options. Freshly squeezed juices, real fruit purees, and herbs can elevate your drinks without the need for added sugars or artificial flavorings. This not only enhances the taste but also ensures that your beverages contribute positively to your overall well-being.

One recipe you can make is creating a yogurt drink with mixed berries and Santé Barley Powder with Stevia. You can blend Santé Barley Powder with Stevia, mixed berries, and a dollop of Greek yogurt until smooth. Sweeten with honey if desired. Pour into festive glasses and garnish with additional berries for a delightful and nutrient-packed treat.

The health benefits of Santé Barley Powder with Stevia are the perfect you can give to yourself this holiday season. Certified organic barley grass by BioGro, it contains dietary fiber that aids in digestive health. Rich in Vitamins A, B, and C, along with essential nutrients such as potassium, iron, zinc, and more, a single scoop in a glass of water can boost your immune system and promote regular bowel movements. This festive season, enjoy the added health benefits while toasting to joyous moments.

"In Santé, we believe that the joy of celebrations can be complemented by mindful beverage choices. Our focus is on providing options that enhance the festive spirit while aligning with individuals' wellness goals," said Joey Marcelo, Chief Executive Officer of Santé.

With its mission to help people live better lives, Santé promotes, produces, and distributes natural health and wellness products and services. Santé consistently delivers top-quality products to its loyal customers globally.

To learn more about the Santé and its health and wellness products and services, visit its website at mySanté.com.


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