Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Singaporean-Filipino singer-songwriter Ysa Yaneza has released the music video for her new single “1Nightwitu.”

Helmed by new filmmaker Jaig D. Guzman, the visuals showcase the R&B/electro-pop artist having the time of her life with friends and a guy she just met in the club.

“For this music video, I was drawn to earthy tones, giving those late Y2K vibes,” says the indie pop star. “What the director brought was kind of a modern twist to all of these nostalgic inspo that I had. I wanted the music video to really convey female empowerment.”

The music video was shot in Metro Manila, with locations that include a bohemian-inspired apartment and a neon-lit club.


1Nightwitu” is an island-tinged, dance-pop track that celebrates women empowerment and encourages young ladies from varying cultures and upbringing to embrace their sexuality and value their self-worth.

The upbeat jam is penned by Ysa Yaneza herself, and co-written/produced by LA-based artist Shubu, who has worked with international music acts such as Paul Cherry, Anna Burch, and Dorian Electra. Grammy-nominated sound engineer Stuart Hawkes, who has shaped records by artists ranging from Charli XCX and Disclosure to Lorde and Mabel, also mastered the track, giving it a fuller, more intricate musical direction.

“1Nightwitu” is the official lead single of her upcoming self-titled EP, YSA, which follows her journey towards heartbreak, reinvention and womanhood.

Watch the music video here.

The highly-anticipated “Quezon City Investors Summit: Future Ready” will promote Quezon City as an ideal destination for investors and businesses as they continue to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
QC Mayor Joy Belmonte

“The summit will put the spotlight on Quezon City as a top business destination for local and international investors. We hope to attract many investors who can help further stimulate the economy and provide employment for QCitizens,” Mayor Belmonte said.

Scheduled on Oct. 7 at Novotel Manila at the Araneta City, the event will engage investors, business leaders, business associations, chambers of commerce, foreign dignitaries, and Quezon City government officials in discussions on key areas for investments, public-private partnerships, and opportunities for expansion and growth.

Margarita Santos, head of the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) of Quezon City

“Quezon City is future-ready, ready for investors, ready to build a better and more prosperous city so that our QCitizens will be able to enjoy the resulting benefits,” said Margarita Santos, head of the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) of Quezon City.

Aside from its strategic location, Quezon City also has the homegrown QC E-Services platform that makes business processes such as permit and license applications easy for investors, according to Santos.

“The LGU has automated and digitized 95 percent of the city’s services through its QC E-Services platform. This means potential investors can apply for business permits online,” said Santos, adding that “the permit will even be delivered to the applicant’s business or home address free of charge.”

As a matter of principle, the Quezon City government constantly consults and coordinates with the business sector, which has enabled both sectors to build a relationship of mutual respect and support. “This continued dialogue with the private sector helps all stakeholders to address various challenges and issues, and to think up ways to create a free, fair, and fertile business environment,” Perry Dominguez, head of the Local Economic Investment Promotions Office, points out.

The local government is known as an ardent supporter of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), providing them with incentives from tax breaks, and tax payment extensions to changing the validity of business permits and licenses to help businesses, especially during the pandemic.

Soon, Quezon City will launch its Start-Up QC program to further strengthen and develop the city’s start-up business ecosystem. “This program is calibrated to provide financial gains to innovative, creative, and promising business models that can help provide solutions and recommendations to social issues and challenges,” Jay Gatmaitan, Investment Affairs Office head, explained.

The city’s commitment to good governance saw results when the Quezon City government received its second straight unqualified opinion from the Commission on Audit for its annual audit report for the year 2021. An unqualified opinion is the highest audit rating that can be rendered by COA to a government agency.

Recognized for its quality public service, Quezon City has increased its social services budget over the past three years, enabling the local government to provide livelihood opportunities and create more jobs, support education, and provide permanent housing, better healthcare, and social safety nets, among others.

Earlier, Margie Santos, head of the summit’s organizing committee, said this gathering of business leaders aims to build investor confidence in Quezon City; generate investments and public-private partnerships and make Quezon City the top-of-mind preferred investment destination.

In the last two years, neobanks—or digital banks that don’t have physical branches—have been disrupting the market by offering unprecedented high interest rates for a basic savings account.

“People who immediately benefit from the high rates are usually those who are able to maintain high balances and can afford to open another deposit account outside of their current banks. Beyond the introductory rate, unusually high interest rates are not permanent, nor sustainable,” explained Carmina Marquez, BPI Deposits Head.

This is the reason the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is introducing honest-to-goodness savings products that are not only easy-to-open but also uniquely and sustainably rewarding—the #SaveUp digital deposit accounts. #SaveUp is now available not only through the BPI mobile app but also via GCASH app’s GSAVE feature called BPI #MySaveUp.

These BPI products offer a convenient and trusted option for digital natives and banking newbies, with low initial deposit, affordable maintaining balance, and more attractive savings rate than what one gets from typical savings accounts opened via bank branches.

“What makes this BPI product unique is instead of participating in accounts with high interest rates that usually benefit the more affluent depositors, it provides an easier, more fun way of saving through a gamified rewards program that can benefit more people from all walks of life,” said Marquez.

Called #Coins, this program rewards depositors with virtual game coins as they save. The #Coins can be used to win prizes such as cash vouchers and wallet credits, an automatic KIA Stonic Style Edition car, or an Avida Vireo Studio condominium unit.

“BPI introduces another first with our #Coins rewards program for #SaveUp depositors. We want to make saving more affordable, more convenient, more fun and more rewarding. This is our way of making saving more inclusive and encouraging those who have not yet tried banking to do so easily. This is also our way of giving our depositors a chance to own a brand-new SUV or a prime condominium unit as they grow their savings—things that remain aspirational for so many Filipinos. Through #SaveUp made rewarding with #Coins, we hope to invite more Filipinos to experience banking and begin their journey towards achieving their dreams,” said Ginbee Go, BPI Consumer Banking Head.

The #CoinsProgram rewards clients with one coin per month if their BPI #SaveUp or #MySaveUp account has at least P3,000 worth of transactions each month that include branch and digital deposits, remittance, funds transfers, and similar services. Depositors may also earn extra coin for every P10,000 saved in their BPI #SaveUp or #MySaveUp account by end of the month.

Game perks

Through the #COINS Program, BPI rewards its depositors with virtual game coins every time they save, which they can use to win prizes such as electronic gift certificates. Every month, there are 5,000 eGCs worth P100 available for clients, 500 winners of P500 eGC, and 100 winners of P1,000 eGC; add to that two major prizes: an automatic KIA Stonic Style Edition car and an Avida Vireo Studio condominium unit in Arca South.

Depositors will be able to enjoy these game perks in the #Coins microsite, which features a Winners Gallery that display the users who already won a prize. It also shows how many total #Coins are at play, and how many available eGC prizes there are to help users strategize and control their game luck.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) recently reported that “savings deposits had the biggest share of total deposits at 48.7 percent.” This is as the Philippine banking system (PBS) sustained its solid footing amid the pandemic, according to the “Recent Trends in the Philippine Financial System” report released by BSP in January 2022.

“Especially during this time of high inflation, it is important to sustain the growth momentum of the deposit and savings segments. BPI will continue to do its part and launch new innovative products and programs with convenient digital options, as well as easy access, and a more rewarding experience. A more financially inclusive economy is how we, in BPI, can help build a better Philippines,” said Go.

To earn #Coins while saving, interested depositors may open a #SaveUp by downloading the BPI mobile app, or open a #MySaveUp account from the GSAVE menu of the GCASH app.

Monday, October 3, 2022

Samsung’s fourth generation of the Galaxy Z Fold offers a greater experience by improving on its most important features. Powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and One UI 4.1.1/Android 12L, the latest foldable by Samsung is feature-rich and powerful, perfect for those seeking a greater device for their productivity needs.

Multitasking with the all-new taskbar

One of the biggest upgrades offered by the Galaxy Z Fold4 is its new taskbar feature that provides multitasking capabilities that replicate the experience on a PC. The taskbar is the easiest way to access essential applications that users need for working on-the-go.

The taskbar makes multitasking more convenient and more efficient by letting users seamlessly navigate between multiple applications. Users may now easily move between applications without closing any open windows by using the taskbar.

Multi-window feature

The Galaxy Z Fold4’s multi-window feature is one of the most attractive features of the device. This feature allows users to view up to three windows on the same screen simultaneously. Together with the new taskbar, accessing multiple applications is made smoother. To open another app, one may simply drag an application from the taskbar onto the screen. Switching between apps and changing layouts are also more convenient with the Z Fold4’s interface.

Flex Mode

One of the biggest advantages of the Z Fold4 is its Flex Mode function. The improved flex mode now comes with a convenient touch pad that lets users navigate applications similar to a PC. Virtual meetings are also simplified with more efficient ways to collaborate and take notes to get the job done quicker.

A greater entertainment experience

The Galaxy Z Fold4 is also great for entertainment experiences after work. Its 7.6” QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate screen provides a significantly greater watching experience as opposed to that of a typical smartphone. The bigger screen size paired with the powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor also provides an enhanced mobile gaming experience delivering optimal performance and refresh rates.

Those who rely on their smartphones for daily tasks and activities, as well as those who want to get more out of their gadgets, will find the Galaxy Z Fold4 to be the ideal device to own.

Unfold a world of discounts and freebies with the Galaxy Z Fold4

The Galaxy Z Fold4 is now available on samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com, MemoXpress Online, and operator partners, Globe and Smart.

Customers can enjoy discounts and freebies worth up to PHP 29,400. Enjoy a free Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 with the Galaxy Z Fold4. Plus, enjoy 50% off on 2 Years Samsung Care+ worth PHP 19,999, 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series. Promo runs until September 30, 2022 only.

Enjoy flexible payment terms when you purchase the new Galaxy Z Fold4 in select Samsung Experience Stores and Authorized Stores for as low as PHP 4,124.58/month at 0% interest for up to 24 months with participating credit cards. Citibank cardholders, on the other hand, can enjoy 0% interest for up to 36 months.

Enjoy up to 35% off when you trade in your old smartphone for the new Galaxy Z Fold4 and enjoy up to PHP 25,000 in savings1, plus a top-up token worth up to PHP 10,000.

Samsung is also offering a limited edition VIP Executive Bundle, featuring the online exclusive Galaxy Z Fold4 1TB variant. It comes with an ecosystem of wearable devices to maximize the Samsung experience, including the Galaxy Watch5 Pro 45mm and Galaxy Buds2 Pro in a sleek, Phantom Black. A FREE Super Fast Wireless Duo Charger, Standing Cover with Pen, and a 2-year Samsung Care+ full coverage2 are also included in the package. The Executive Bundle is offered at only ₱133,388.00 with up to ₱56,070.00 worth of freebies and savings, and exclusive access to a 24/7 VIP concierge.

The new Galaxy Z Fold4 will be widely available at the following price points:

⦁ Galaxy Z Fold4 (256GB) – PHP 98,990 SRP

⦁ Galaxy Z Fold4 (512GB) – PHP 105,990 SRP

⦁ Galaxy Z Fold4 (1TB) – PHP 119,990 SRP (Online Exclusive)

The Galaxy Z Fold4 comes in colors gray, green, and phantom black. A 256GB variant in beige is also exclusively available at Samsung.com.

Unfold a greater world with the Samsung Galaxy Flip4 and Galaxy Fold4. To know more about these brand-new devices, visit www.samsung.com/ph/.

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks, and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

To find the nearest Samsung Experience Store, visit samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations.

Volunteers from SM Foundation and community members undertake the planting of flowering trees in Nasugbu

SM Foundation, Inc. the social good arm of the SM group, and the Fast Retailing Foundation (FR Foundation), a general incorporated foundation in Japan, formally launched the ‘Grow Trees Community’ project in Nasugbu, Batangas last September 27 as the first stop of three provinces for their ‘treescaping’ and reforestation initiative.

The Grow Trees Community project aims to plant and grow trees across the Philippines while helping create livelihood opportunities by working closely with the people’s organizations in the communities. The project also joins hands with Costa del Hamilo, Inc., Manila Southcoast Development, Inc and the local government of Nasugbu.

“The core of our program is to go beyond planting trees. It also addresses the social and economic needs of communities by providing them with the means to engage in agroforestry. With this in mind, we want to build a strong foundation to keep growing communities by fostering collaboration and leadership in caring for the environment” said Cristie S. Angeles, SM Foundation Assistant Vice President for Livelihood.

“Facilitating sustainable development is one of the core activities of FR Foundation and we support this program to further promote environmental stewardship, preservation and the economic development among communities. We are delighted to partner with SM Foundation who has an extensive experience in community development and tree planting programs in the Philippines,” Mr. Yoshio Ishida, Secretary-General of FR Foundation said.

The project is also seen enhancing prospects for eco-tourism and in turn, job creation for the community.

FR Foundation Secretary-General Yoshido Ishida (right) plants flowering trees at the launch of Grow Trees Community in Nasugbu, Batangas

“This endeavor will definitely boost the eco-tourism here in Nasugbu moving forward with the flowering trees creating a picturesque view of the property. This will promote not just Hamilo Coast, but also the local community with no other property hosting this vast array of Palawan Cherry and other flowering trees,” Franklin M. Bolalin, Assistant Vice President for Hamilo Estate Management said.

Hamilo Coast looks after one of the largest mangrove forests in the province of Batangas in partnership with WWF Philippines since 2007. The 24-hectare mangrove belt is covered by lush 50,000 mangrove trees.

Three of Hamilo Coast’s coves, namely Pico de Loro, Etayo and Santelmo, have been declared as Marine Protected Areas by the (Organization) since 2009.

The site serves as a marine sanctuary to an exuberant diversity of marine animals and a resilient locale for migratory and unique species of birds, now totaling 96, which includes the vulnerable Philippine eagle-owl (Bubo philippensis).

The presence of more trees in these areas will act as natural protection against erosion, and absorption of planet-warming greenhouse gases.

Grow Trees Community is in support of the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.

FR Foundation focuses on promoting research designed to help make the world a better place, spurring technological development, nurturing human resources, and supporting socially vulnerable individuals or groups.

It is part of Fast Retailing Co. Ltd., the leading Japanese retail company that owns well-loved casual wear brand, Uniqlo.

Overseas Filipinos can take better care of themselves and their families back home through the latest partnership between PLDT Global Corporation (PLDT Global) and the Philippines’ fastest growing health app mWell, for Tindahan ni Bossing (TINBO), a one-stop gateway that allows easy access for their connectivity and financial needs.

Customers can register for a TINBO number – a Smart Virtual Number (SVN), that would serve as their Philippine mobile number whenever they are outside the country – via tinbo.ph. The TINBO Number, powered by PLDT’s wireless unit, Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), allows them to receive calls and texts without a physical SIM, including one-time passwords (OTPs), for secure payment transactions. TINBO users can also easily access services for their connectivity and financial needs through TINBO.

“Our partnership with mWell is aligned with TINBO’s mission of empowering overseas Filipinos and helping them become our bossings sa alaga at diskarte especially when it comes to taking control of their families’ health and wellness needs,” said Albert V. Villa-Real, President and CEO of PLDT Global. PLDT Global is the international arm of the Philippines’ largest network PLDT, serving millions of overseas Filipinos across the globe.

TINBO users can access mWell subscription plans tailored for overseas Filipinos. Wherever they may be in the world, they can consult with doctors online 24/7 via the mWell app. Through the mWell platform, they may choose from hundreds of highly-trained doctors—Internal Medicine Specialists, Cardiologists, Endocrinologists, Ophthalmologists, and more. They may also send health passes to their families in the Philippines which they can use to consult with a doctor right away or book an appointment at their convenience.

Beyond telemedicine services, Filipinos abroad may monitor their wellness level with the mWellness Score using the mWell app. This exclusive feature developed in partnership with an award-winning team of doctors and data scientists from Aktivo allows users to track physical activity, step count, and sleep—for free! Improving one’s score requires making simple tweaks in one’s daily lifestyle to make space for regular physical activity and adequate sleep. Customized fitness programs developed by Olympians and exercise physiologists are also available on the mWell app. To stay healthy, Filipinos abroad may also try out calorie-controlled recipes created by dietitians and nutritionists.

“By working together with PLDT Global and TINBO, mWell hopes to bring healthcare closer to our fellow Filipinos abroad and their families. As part of the MPIC Group, mWell is committed to work towards the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 3: Good Health and Well-being. It also supports the MVP Group’s Gabay Kalusugan advocacy focusing on quality and affordable healthcare,” said Chaye Cabal-Revilla, Chief Finance, Risk and Sustainability Officer of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation.

Get up to 48% off on OPPO gadgets, discount vouchers worth P10,000, and exclusive bundle deals and freebies this October 5 at OPPO’s Official Store on Lazada

Calling all OPPO loyalists and bargain hunters – happiness awaits you at OPPO’s O-Fans Festival this coming October 5. Buy those OPPO gadgets you’ve been eyeing and avail of discounts up to 48% off to make your -Ber month budol worthwhile.

Shop during the one-day festival and get special vouchers with minimum spends, including Php200 off for a minimum spend of Php9,999, and Php400 off for a minimum spend of Php14,999. You can also avail of free shipping vouchers worth Php55 with a minimum spend of Php500. One lucky shopper on October 5 will also be awarded a Php10,000 voucher for Reno Series phones at 12 noon.

Two is better than one, most especially with OPPO’s bundle deals that prove perfect pairs are within your reach. Get an OPPO Band + Enco Buds bundle for only Php1,999 this October 5. If you need the right smartphone and Buds duo, you can shop the Reno5 + Enco Buds and the Reno5 5G + Enco Buds for only Php15,999 and Php18,999 respectively.

Stuff your cart with freebies galore, as OPPO offers loads of giveaways when you complete your shopping. All customers who purchase a smartphone during the festival will also take home a free DITO Sim card. Those who make #TheSmartChoice by adding the A-Series to cart will also take home a free memory card to go with their new A16 3GB, and free TG113 Bluetooth Speakers with their new A55 or A94. Those looking to score #ThePortraitExpert will also be treated to a free Neon Island Deskpad with every Reno6 Series purchase, and a free Q9 Pro Smartwatch for all Reno8 Series buys.

Shopping during the O-Fans Festival also becomes much more enjoyable thanks to LazPayLater, which offers 0% interest when you check out OPPO Products. You’ll also be getting 10% coins cashback with every purchase.

Luck may also be in your favor this October 5, as OPPO will be raffling 100% cashback for one O-Fans Festival customer. You might just be the chosen shopper, or be one of the lucky fifty who can take home a limited edition Ollie pillow!

Don’t miss out on the OPPO-rtunity and check out OPPO’s Lazada Official store this October 5. For more updates and detailed promotion mechanics about the sale, visit OPPO’s official website at www.oppo.com/ph or the official OPPO Facebook page.


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