Tuesday, April 30, 2024

UDD, Cheats, Chicosci, Clara Benin, Ena Mori and more to headline #GNN9



The events production company celebrates its ninth year in the local music scene with a show at 123 Block


GNN (Gabi Na Naman Productions), an events production company, is throwing a birthday party to celebrate nine years of producing local and international shows for the Filipino audience.

Dubbed #GNN9, the special showcase aims to honor the production company’s commitment to honing a safe space for music fans through concerts and events that champion the Filipino creative spirit.

#GNN9 will take place at 123 Block in Mandaluyong City on May 25, 2024 (Saturday), from 6 p.m. onwards. This year’s edition includes some of GNN’s personal favorites, including UDDAng Bandang ShirleyCheatsEna MoriClara BeninGabba, and Chicosci.

This time around, GNN wants to celebrate their milestone with a simple, intimate gathering that focuses more on the live music alone, built on community building and inclusivity.

Tickets to #GNN9 are available via bit.ly/gnn9 for PHP 800 only (early bird price) for limited quantities only.




BingoPlus, your comprehensive entertainment platform in the country and provider of your favourite online tongits, bingo and perya games, serves a fun-filled and truly entertaining experience for the most-awaited and prestigious pageant in the country, the Miss Universe Philippines (MUPH).



Since its establishment, BingoPlus has been known to support making the national and local pageant scenes in the country more enjoyable. This year, the brand forged a bond with Empireph Holdings Inc. to bring an exciting and thrilling MUPH experience to both the candidates and their supporters.


To welcome this venture, the brand hosted an exclusive press conference attended by a diverse cast of 44 delegates from different parts of the country and overseas Filipino communities last April 12 and 13 at the Limapark Hotel and Batangas Lakelands, Batangas City. In the event, the queens shared their growing friendship and sisterhood in the competition, which empowered and enabled them to build camaraderie and good relationships even beyond the competition.


Among the notable pageant veterans are Ahtisa Manalo from Quezon Province, Christi Lynn McGarry from Taguig City, Kris Tiffany Janson from Cebu, Stacey Gabriel from Cainta, Selena Antonio-Reyes from Pasig City, and Victoria Velasquez Vincent from Bacoor City. Joining them are national pageant newbies Alexie Mae Brooks from Iloilo City, Tarah Valencia from Baguio City, Rethiana Rosa from Camiguin, and Kayla Jean Carter from the Filipino community in Northern California.


BingoPlus will make this year’s MUPH more exciting by launching its online voting campaign soon that will give the top-most-voted queen an express ticket to the final 20, along with a cash prize of Php 250,000.00.


The MUPH excitement extends not only to the candidates but also to everyone. BingoPlus will be giving away prizes like MUPH VIP tickets, an iPhone 15 Plus, and cash prizes. To learn more about the campaign, visit our social media pages or website at www.bingoplus.com.


Watch the coronation night live on May 22 at the Mall of Asia Arena.


Enjoy bingo, tongits, perya games, slot game, and more

BingoPlus and ArenaPlus proudly stand as flagship brands under Digiplus Interactive Corp., solidifying its position as a leading gaming and leisure provider in the country with its newest product, GamePlus.



MANILA—Feeling the intense heat? As we experience unprecedented heat levels, Acerpure has come to the rescue with its air circulators, so say goodbye to sweaty summer woes and enjoy a cool breeze of relief. 


Beat the heat with Acerpure’s Summer Refresh Deals, which offer up to 50% off on Acerpure products until June 30, 2024. You can also score amazing deals on Acerpure’s cordless vacuum cleaners.

Cool down in this summer heat with these Acerpure air circulators and keep your home clean with Acerpure cordless vacuum cleaners.

Acerpure Cozy F1 (White) is an air circulator that projects air up to 15 meters away and covers over 108 sqm. It is priced at Php3,999 from Php4,799.

Acerpure Cozy F2 (White, Beige, and Pink), which has 16 speeds and powerful 3D Airflow up to 25m, is available for Php4,999 from Php5,699.

The Acerpure P2 Classic provides exceptional air purification without straining your budget, featuring a powerful 3-in-1 HEPA Filter. From Php7,999, it is now priced at Php5,999

Acerpure Cool C2 is an air circulator and purifier with a 4-in-1 HEPA Filter for four-layer protection. It has a 10-speed Circulator and 5-speed purifier priced at Php7,499 from Php14,999.

Acerpure Clean V1 Lite, a cordless vacuum cleaner, very lightweight at 550g and has excellent suction power up to 13000Pa, is at Php3,099 from Php3,999.

Acerpure Clean V1, which has 23000Pa Suction Pressure Power and featuring a Turbo/Standard/Eco Three-Mode switch, is priced at Php9,999, down from Php10,999.

Only purchases made from Acerpure Authorized Resellers, Acer Concept Stores, Acerpure Shopee, Acerpure Lazada, and Acer Philippines Online Stores qualify for the Acerpure Summer Refresh Deals.

For more information about the promotion, follow Acerpure Philippines on Facebook: @AcerpurePH.

For more information about Acer, follow Acer Philippines on its social media platforms: @AcerPH on Facebook, @acerph on Instagram, and @acerphils on Twitter, or go to www.acer.com. 




In the Agoncillo household, where vibes are chill and the living’s smart, Ryan and Judy Ann —along with their daughter Luna—turn every day into #SavingsGoals. Dubbed the “Agonsulits“, this family shows us that being frugal doesn’t have to be a drag. It’s all about living large without the splurge, proving you can keep it 100 with budget-friendly moves that still deliver all the feels.

Imagine kicking back at a peaceful lakeside, just the family and nature vibing together. No expensive setups, just good old-fashioned quality time. That’s the 
Agonsulit style. And when it comes to home hacks? Ryan’s got it down. In a post that went viral recently, it was shown that when little Luna had a wiggly tooth, Ryan didn’t rush to the dentist. Nope, he just whipped out some dental floss and gently turned dentist, showing that sometimes, the best solutions are the simplest—and cheapest.

Public transport isn’t just a way to get around; it’s a classroom on wheels. For their eldest daughter Yohan, Judy Ann says, her lessons in life don’t happen in a lecture hall alone but on buses and jeepneys, learning the real deal about money and how the average Joe lives and travels. For the 
Agonsulits, this is not just practical; it’s a way to stay grounded and connected to their roots.

Money talks in the Agoncillo home are never off the table. Ryan and Judy Ann keep it real with open convos about the cash flow, ensuring everyone from the eldest to the youngest knows how the money works and why saving is cool. It’s about setting up a future that’s as secure as it is bright, and keeping everyone in the loop means every choice is a shared win.

“We believe in being smart with our resources, which means finding quality options that are also affordable. 
Wais kaming mag-asawa pagdating sa pamilya. Gusto namin mataas na kalidad at murang-mura para sulit. Kaya nga Agonsulit di, ba?

(We’re wise when it comes to family spending. We want high quality for low cost because that’s what makes it worthwhile. That’s why they call us Agonsulit, right?),” asserts Judy Ann.

When the munchies hit, McDelivery is their hero, delivering big flavors without the big price tag. Judy Ann, with her chef’s insight, puts it simply: “McDelivery isn’t just quick food; it’s smart eating. It’s about getting our favorite meals without the guilt.” The app is a staple on their phones, loaded with deals that keep every meal exciting and economical.

Malaking ginhawa ang experience namin sa McDelivery. Sulit talaga! (The experience we have with McDelivery is truly comforting. It’s really worth it!). It’s not just about ordering food; it’s about the convenience, variety, and affordability that it brings to our family’s table,” she adds.

Level up your hangout game the 
Agonsulit way with the McDelivery App. Movie night magic happens with the Chicken McNuggets Family Bundle (Php599), composed of 20 McNuggets, BFF fries, and three Coke Floats. It’s a blockbuster deal without the blockbuster prices. Whether you’re Team Big Mac or all about that Quarter Pounder life, the Burgers Family Bundle (Php699) covers all bases with burgers, fries, and Coke floats to please the crew. Feeding the whole squad? The Chicken McShare Family Bundle (Php799) brings the feast with chicken, spaghetti, and Coke floats, making sure no one’s left hungry. These aren’t just meals, however, they’re meal savers, making sure the family eats like kings on a jester’s budget.

In this fam, even the kids are in on the budgeting game. Using apps isn’t just for snaps and laughs; it’s for learning the ropes of digital pesos and cents. “Teaching our kids to budget through apps like McDelivery makes money management relatable and real,” says Judy Ann.

For those new to the McDelivery experience, there’s an extra treat: first-time users can score a free six-piece Chicken McNuggets with a minimum order of PHP 500. And it gets even better — all users enjoy free delivery with a minimum order of just PHP 450, making it easier and more affordable to indulge in your favorite meals.

Why not roll like the 
Agonsulits and turn your next mealtime into a major win? Check out the McDelivery app and snag those family bundles. As Ryan puts it, “Grab the app, pick your fave deals, and watch how you can feast without the fuss. Let’s make those meal moments epic and economical.”

So, when you’re feeling the munchies, remember it’s all about smart choices and chill vibes. Swipe into McDelivery and switch up your meal game—where every bite is about living large without spending big.


All roads lead to Marilao as SM throws the biggest and most festive sale this summer, with the Marilao Fiesta Sale happening on May 3, 4, and 5.

Shop all you want, as the Marilao Fiesta Sale offers discounts of up to 70% only at SM. Enjoy price slashes on countless items mall-wide while checking out the latest finds from The SM Store, SM Hypermarket, Ace Hardware, Watsons, SM Appliance Center, Our Home, and Miniso.

Whatever your plans are this summer, May 3-5 is definitely the best time to fill up those carts at SM City Marilao.

While shopping, also check out awesome dining deals at affordable prices from selected food tenants at the mall.

Get your calendars and mark May 3–5 all the way from 10am-9pm. Grab the best deals at the Marilao Fiesta Sale in SM! For mall events and updates, follow SM City Marilao on Facebook and Instagram.



Make the most out of your Labor Day holiday by giving your smartphone a much-needed check-up, ensuring your device is running in optimal condition.

OPPO is waiving all labor fees on May 1, 2024 for every phone repair initiated and completed at all OPPO Service Centers. All walk-in customers with out-of-warranty repairs are covered in this one-day only offer. Spare parts remain at regular price.

OPPO’s official Service Centers provide friendly, convenient and professional services including repairs, software updates, consultations, device inspection and much more.

Head to any of the 27 OPPO Service Centers across the Philippines and allow their fully skilled technicians to address your repair requirements.

For more details, check the official OPPO website or check out OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on FacebookYouTube, and TikTok. To get the best care for your OPPO devices, visit your nearest OPPO Service Center or get in touch via OPPO Support or OPPO Care-PH’s Facebook page.

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Dary Chang, Pam Quiñones, and Vince Uy talk about the stylish and functional capabilities of OPPO’s flagship flip phone


OPPO made a triumphant return in the flip phone market last year with the OPPO Find N3 Flip. It marked another groundbreaking move from the smartphone brand as it brought various industry-first features to consumers – a triple camera system with a Hasselblad-branded telephoto lens, long-lasting battery life, and improved cover screen capabilities.

The device excels in both portability and functionality. Its compact design fits snugly in the palm when folded and easily slips into shirt pockets, reducing the risk of theft. The enhanced cover screen offers access to popular apps like Netflix and YouTube, enabling users to multitask without fully opening the device. These are only some of its top features. Since its release, more and more individuals across different industries have been sharing their journeys with this reliable foldable phone from OPPO.

Standout Impressions: The Most Noteworthy Features of the OPPO Find N3 Flip

The clamshell-like device from OPPO won over enthusiasts with its dependable performance and versatility.

According to creative director and entrepreneur Vince Uy, the fusion of style and dependability in the OPPO Find N3 Flip is what he loved about the device. “As a tech geek that’s so much into fashion, the form + function combination is what really impressed me the most.” he shared. “I love taking photos and documenting all forms of inspiration around me, that’s why now that I have more options to shoot myself and various subjects, my creativity and point of view is constantly being challenged.”


Another standout feature that people loved from the OPPO Find N3 Flip is the industry-first camera setup. Noted stylist and Billboard Magazine fashion director Daryl Chang noted, “It’s the first triple camera set-up on a flip phone, co-engineered with Hasselblad. Shooting with the OPPO Find N3 Flip is a very different and imaginative way for me to create new images.”


With this setup, Vince said there are so many possibilities for you to level up your mobile photography. “I have a main camera, wide-angle camera, and telephoto camera all-in-one, and the cover screen that doubles as a viewfinder in framing all my photos gives me a more considered approach to photography,” he adds.


Known celebrity stylist and VOGUE fashion director Pam Quiñones detailed most of the features she loves from the OPPO Find N3 Flip, “I adore the large main screen with its creaseless feature. The size allows me to enjoy movies while on the go. When snapped, the size is so compact that it can fit my micro bags, my accessory of choice.” This proves that you don’t have to compromise functionality for style. “Overall, the N3 Flip just looks really chic with its retro modern design in pearl colorway. I frequently snap my phone on my belt, pocket or bag handle and it doubles as an accessory.”


Navigating Daily Life: OPPO Find N3 Flip’s Uniqueness Reshapes User Interaction

Convenience is something that you should get from your mobile device to maximize its usage. For the OPPO Find N3 Flip, this feature comes in many ways to let users streamline their daily tasks and offer the best phone performance. Vince detailed, “Its convenience has changed the way I interact with smartphones. The typical smartphone screen tends to be too distracting and glaring. The OPPO Find N3 Flip’s cover screen is big enough that I get to access all my essential apps and yet small enough that it’s not visually distracting. The best part is the rapid replies (being able to reply to messages without the need to flip open my phone).”

Daryl also shared firsthand experience with his device, “It folds to fit, so I can easily bring it in my pocket or my smallest handbag. Mini apps are on the cover screen, supporting my essentials: Gmail, Google Maps, Telegram, and even Netflix, so I can check my mail, navigate, message, and even watch movies without flipping open my phone. Camera-wise, it has gesture controls that trigger the camera shutter, allowing me to set it up anywhere and take photos without needing anyone else to do it for me.”


Daryl has made sure to maximize the OPPO Find N3 Flip’s imaging setup. “The ability of the Find N3 Flip to preview all poses before capturing the shot, grants me unprecedented creative control over compositions and I find myself using it every chance I get. The pre-set interval shooting in the camera settings which allows me to customize intervals with a variable number of shots leaves me hands-free to create images in timed bursts—is a convenience I appreciate in creative shoots. And the flip shape itself is an unobtrusive way to get multi-angle captures from low to high, giving me a dynamic platform for full artistic expression.


From Work to Play: The OPPO Find N3 Flip’s Contribution to Streamlining Daily Tasks

The OPPO Find N3 Flip proved its capability in helping professionals like Daryl when with their daily tasks and activities. “The true test has always been when I’m traveling, as my phone doubles as my eye, capturing new food, places, and experiences—in stills and videos,” said Daryl. “This means my phone battery needs to keep up! The Find N3 Flip lasts more than 24 hours and, when needed, charges super fast—about the same time as it takes for me to order and finish a cup of tea.”


Pam agrees by adding, “There is a stark difference with the Find N3 Flip’s industry-leading battery life and SUPERVOOC flash charging performance compared to conventional smartphones. I charge my phone at night and can go the whole day without the need to juice up. That’s pretty useful for someone who does most of her work on her phone.”

Another thing to note are the features included in the device. “One of my most used phone features is Keep Notes. I use it as my journal and my notepad for when I need to illustrate drawings for work. A lot of random visual references with corresponding notes are saved there.” Pam shared.



Meanwhile, Vince praised the functionality of the cover screen, “It’s convenience has changed that way I interact with smartphones. The typical smartphone screen tends to be too distracting and glaring. The OPPO Find N3 Flip’s cover screen is big enough thatI get to access all my essential apps and yet small enough that it’s not visually distracting. The best part is the rapid replies (being able to reply to messages without the need to flip open my phone).”

Don’t Miss Out and Get Your Own OPPO Find N3 Flip Today!

The OPPO Find N3 Flip combines durability with premium design, flagship performance, and user-friendly software that guarantees a seamless experience for every user. It is available in two captivating colors: Cream Gold and Sleek Black for only Php 64,999 at authorized OPPO stores nationwide and through official OPPO stores on TikTok, Shopee, and Lazada.


New OPPO Find N3 Flip users can redeem exclusive benefits via the MyOPPO app from partners such as Pretty Huge Obstacles, PAGSS Premium Lounge, Estée Lauder, Origins, or Clinique, The Spa Wellness, CUL-DE-SAC and AKIMBO.


Learn more about the new OPPO Find N3 Flip by visiting https://www.oppo.com/ph/find-n3-flip-opensale or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.



Join the SM Job Fair 2024 at SM City Marikina and secure your dream job on the spot!

On May 1, 2024, in honor of Labor Day, SM City Marikina is hosting the SM Job Fair event aimed at bridging the gap between applicants and potential employers. Collaboratively organized with the Marikina Public Employment Service Office (PESO), the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and the Marikina City local government, this one-day job fair offers a remarkable opportunity for both job seekers and companies.


With the participation of 34 esteemed companies across diverse industries and 3 government agencies, there are over a thousand job openings eagerly awaiting applicants. Whether your interests lie in retail, food and beverage, business process outsourcing (BPO), customer service, sales and marketing, construction, housekeeping, finance, logistics, or any other sector, the SM Job Fair 2024 caters to all career aspirations.



SM City Marikina provides an ideal setting for productive interaction between job seekers and employers at the SM Job Fair.

2bBe prepared with your resume and your best self as you might land your dream job at the SM Job Fair

Don’t let this opportunity pass you by! Ensure you’re well-prepared, punctual, and ready to seize the chance to apply for your ideal job at the SM Job Fair 2024 at SM City Marikina.

Monday, April 29, 2024

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines has locked in its representatives to compete at the Red Bull Half Court 2024 in New York City, USA, following the last regional showdown in Manila last April 27 at the Bonifacio Shrine. 


The journey to make it to this point has been nothing short of spectacular and exciting, as teams from across the country displayed incredible sportsmanship, skill, and resilience on the court. From thrilling buzzer-beaters to jaw-dropping dunks, the Red Bull Half Court series this year has been fierce, and yet only the top twenty four teams: eight men’s qualifying teams, eight men’s wildcard teams, four women’s qualifying teams, and four wildcard teams, were left to compete at the Red Bull Half Court 2024 National Finals. 


Last April 27, the qualifying teams with dreams to compete in New York battled it out in the court. Actor and basketball enthusiast Gerald Anderson was in attendance with his team, 3rd Floor. After advancing through the Pool Phase and facing off against four other teams, they reached the Quarter Finals. Despite a valiant effort, they were bested by TNT Tropang Giga with a score of 12-11. 

“It was recommended to me. I was looking for a basketball event to compete in and Red Bull Half Court was perfect,” Gerald Anderson said, explaining how he came to know about the event. “Red Bull Half Court is intense,” he commented. “(It’s) very hot due to the intense heat, but overall the concept is great for everyone.”


In the end, Almond Vosotros, Levin Flores, Chester Saldua, and Matt Salem of TNT Tropang Giga and Sam Harada, Kaye Pingol, Eunique Chan, and Afril Bernardino of Uratex Dream earned the prestigious chance to represent the Philippines on the global stage for the Red Bull Half Court 2024 World Finals. Their hard work and dedication have evidently paid off, and these attributes brought them one step closer to their ultimate goal. 

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Photo Provided by Red Bull


“Red Bull provided a lot of opportunities for the basketball community in the Philippines, from Cebu, (to) Davao, and here in Manila. It really is a great help for all of the players and we hope that Red Bull will continue this event (Red Bull Half Court) every year or even better if possible twice or thrice a year for everyone to play and participate ” exclaimed Almond Vosotros from TNT Tropang Giga.


Kaye Pingol from Uratex Dream expressed their gratitude and enthusiasm to Red Bull for providing women an opportunity to be seen in a bigger stage, “Red Bull Half Court is a big win for our team, especially (since) women’s basketball isn’t often seen or given a bigger platform here in the Philippines.”


In addition to the thrilling matchups on the court, the Red Bull Half Court 2024 National Finals also featured performances by the Philippine All Stars, Pricetagg, Zae and DJ Razikyle. Their electrifying routines brought an extra dimension of entertainment to the event, showcasing not only the incredible agility but also the vibrant cultural scene of the Philippines.


Moreover, amidst the basketball action and artistic performances, attendees were treated to an art showcase by Raco Ruiz. His unique artistic vision brought a touch of creativity and flair to the event. Red Bull’s collaboration with Raco Ruiz and the Manila LGU extended to the revamping of a chosen basketball court for a local community in Manila, including painting a mural for the floor and hoop backstops. Adding to the spectacle, live art demonstrations on the hoop backstops further enriched the atmosphere, and highlighted both sports and artistry in the country. 


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Photo Provided by Red Bull


With their heads held high, the winning teams, TNT Tropang Giga and Uratex Dream now prepare to be the Philippine representatives at the Red Bull Half Court 2024 World Finals, where they’ll face off against formidable teams from different regions.


“This is a really big opportunity, not only for us but women’s basketball in general, to have an opportunity to showcase our talent, and we are extremely happy that we won and will be representing the Philippines in New York,” said Kaye Pingol of Uratex Dream. 


The Red Bull Half Court 2024 World Finals will take place in New York this October, where the best street basketball talent from around the globe will battle it out in an unforgettable series of tournaments. As each team prepares for their next challenge, they carry with them the hopes and dreams of a nation united by the love of the game. 


For more information and updates regarding the World Finals of Red Bull Half Court, visit Red Bull website and the following social media pages (Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Tiktok )


GCash, the Philippines’ top finance app and largest cashless ecosystem, recently received the recognition of Company of the Year Award for the Philippines' Financial Technology Industry from leading global analysis and growth strategy consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.

The award recognizes GCash’s pioneering use of digital solutions and innovative financial services and its strong overall achievements in the financial technology space—highlighting its “deployment of best practices and strategic analytics across a value chain.”

The practices and strategies identified by Frost & Sullivan highlighted GCash’s promotion of financial inclusion through a streamlined banking application process, which entails a digital onboarding system that simply requires consumers to provide personal information such as their mobile number, address, and email address (as opposed to conventional banks’ process requiring documents such as proof of billing or income statements)

The citation also included the company’s investment in next-generation technology to deliver improved customer service experience, through its electronic know-your-customer (eKYC) service that makes use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for face matching and fake identification detection; and GCash’s Credit service, which has a streamlined application process with minimal requirements, lets consumers get a credit line of up to P50,000 instantly, and make credit payments at over 100,000 stores and billers.

To date, over 94 million Filipinos have used GCash, making it the leader in the Philippines’ fintech industry. Across the country, digital transactions today account for close to half of total retail payments—whereas 10 years ago, that number was only at 1%.

Frost & Sullivan analysts independently evaluate candidates for the Company of the Year Award based on two main criteria: Visionary Innovation and Performance (Addressing Unmet Needs; Visionary Scenarios Through Megatrends; Leadership Focus; Best Practices Implementation; Financial Performance), and Customer Impact (Price/Performance Value; Customer Purchase Experience; Customer Ownership Experience; Customer Service Experience; Brand Equity).

“The country’s fintech industry has seen tremendous growth in over a decade. Amid the uptake of digital payments, we have been cognizant of the reality that the underbanked population remains high,” said Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash. “This recognition, to us, is a validation of our work in continually identifying growth opportunities, innovating solutions, and meeting ever-evolving customer needs. It motivates us even more as we continue working towards our vision of Finance for All and our purpose of Making Filipinos’ Everyday Lives Better.”


ArenaPlus, your 24/7 sports betting app, maintains momentum in elevating the sports entertainment experience in the Philippines with its support for the Php 9 Million Philippine Open International Dart Tournament 2024 held last April 17 to 19, 2024.

Partnering with the National Darts Federation of the Philippines as its major event sponsor, ArenaPlus was notably present throughout the entire three days of the tournament. The partnership was proudly acknowledged by organizers with all corners of the event toting the iconic ArenaPlus logo, including game boards, the stage backdrop, and the photo wall


. Additionally, BingoPlus, the brand’s corporate sibling, had its logo displayed alongside ArenaPlus in support.

ArenaPlus also set up pull-up banners to guide attendees to its booth, where visitors could receive free brand merchandise. Players were meanwhile reminded of ArenaPlus’ support in the practice area, where teardrop banners decorated the space.

The dart tournament serves as a national ranking event, resulting in over 2,000 local and international players across six categories. Each day began at 10 AM and ended at 10 PM, with games lasting well into the afternoon.

The tournament kicked off with a Classified Draw Doubles event on April 17; Joel Hizon of Team Pacman and Cien Barientos of Team Sapul were the category champions. April 18 featured two events: the Fixed 4-Person Team event and the Classified Draw Triples event. The champion of the team event was MCDC 1, featuring Lourence Ilagan, Sanloy Sosing, Alexis Toylo, and Rowby John Rodriguez. Meanwhile, RJ Escaros, Jasper Natividad, and Daven Rey Liwayan were named champions for the triples event.

On April 19, Jhay Doria from Pacman/Barabida claimed the champion title for the Men’s Singles event, while Aileen Oclarit from Adfil Butuan came out as the champion of the Ladies’ Singles event. Youth players were similarly given the opportunity to compete on the same day, with Moses Habil from Team Sajid The One being named the Youth Singles champion.

Dedicated to encouraging the growth and development of Philippine sports and culture, ArenaPlus aims to sustain its involvement in the local sports and leisure scenes. The brand remains consistent in reaching even niche sectors of the sports industry, investing time and support for sports with a limited presence in the community. By partnering with the National Darts Federation of the Philippines, ArenaPlus has become more inclusive in its commitment to developing the local sports scene.

BingoPlus and ArenaPlus proudly stand as flagship brands under Digiplus Interactive Corp., solidifying its position as a leading gaming and leisure provider in the country. For more updates, visit www.bingoplus.com and www.arenaplus.net or download the apps now via the App Store and Google Play.  

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Jayson and Juanito proudly showcase a selection of produce at the SM City Clark’s Weekend Market.

While modern agricultural techniques boost yields for some, there remains a number of Filipino farmers who struggle to keep pace. These experienced hands find themselves falling behind in a market demanding higher production, clinging to familiar yet often inefficient methods passed down through generations.

One farmer from Pampanga, Jayson Garcia, sought to disrupt this prevailing narrative in his family. He knew that he had to chart a new course forward for his farm and innovate to remain competitive within the rapidly evolving landscape of modern agriculture.

“Noon, mahirap ang magtanim,” he recalled their life before joining SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan. “Para bang tsambahan, basta pag itinanim mo ‘yan, hintayin mo na lang mamunga. Mas mahirap pa lalo kapag nagkaroon ng kalamidad,” he added. 

SM Foundation’s training program focused on high-value crop cultivation was the breakthrough Garcia needed to revitalize his farming techniques. These included selecting the best seeds and caring for them as well as strategic planting schedules. 

Jayson attends the SM City Clark’s Weekend Market to observe best practices and gain insights into new agricultural techniques.

The livelihood program also gave way for him to discover alternative sales channels that enhanced his earning potential while extending fair prices to his customers. The knowledge and confidence he gained led him to expand his farm, and in effect, increased his monthly income to more than Php25,000.

Aside from directly selling his harvests, he is now planting a variety of vegetables–on his farm, including lemongrass, malunggay, and madre de cacao, which he sells online to small businesses that process the produce into other products. 

Embracing new techniques

Sharing the same story of hope is another KSK farmer from Pampanga, Juanito Dela Cruz. Despite his age, he actively pursued and adopted modern farming techniques. Building on his current success, he shared the importance of adaptability for farmers, calling for others to try and explore new practices. 

From a modest monthly income of Php10,000, Juanito experienced an upsurge in his earnings, notably through participation in the Weekend Market at SM City Clark, yielding around Php30,000 weekly. “Kailangan maging bukas tayo sa makabagong pamamaraan ng pagsasaka para makahabol tayo sa demands ng panahon ngayon—ito ang itinuo sa akin ng SM Foundation-KSK,” he said. 

Juanito, alongside his wife, actively participates in the SM City Clark Weekend Market. They credit the market with contributing to their increased profitability.

The SM Group’s KSK program has changed the lives of roughly 30,000 Filipino farmers, including Jayson and Juanito. Through its initiatives, farmers who once lost hope have been able to embrace modern farming techniques, leading to adaptability in the face of the evolving agricultural landscape. 

The SM Group, through SM Foundation, remains steadfast in its commitment to spreading social good. This dedication extends to SM’s forthcoming endeavors to be led by its future smart city property development – with focus on enhancing positive social impact in the communities where SM operates.


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