Friday, November 27, 2020

In line with its commitment to sustainable mobility, Allianz PNB Life, through its Ride Safe Movement, unveiled the country’s first solar-powered bike pit stop in San Juan.

“We commend San Juan for taking the lead in establishing biker-friendly areas and it is only fitting that we put up the Philippines’ first solar-powered bike pit stop here. Biking is not just an alternative but an imperative transport solution during these times when we are facing challenges in mobility. Through this pit stop and other safety infrastructure we have put in place in partnership with the city, we hope that more people will be encouraged to use bikes,” said Allianz PNB Life President and CEO Alexander Grenz.

San Juan is known for its Bike Safety campaign. It has been awarded as one of the Most Bike-Friendly Cities in Metro Manila by the Mobility Awards. The city has designated bike lanes with corresponding safety infrastructure along its major thoroughfares. It has also deployed bike patrollers to ensure the safety of bikers and enforce the city’s strict quarantine protocols. In October, Allianz PNB Life became the exclusive Life Insurance Partner of its Bike Safety campaign.

“We’re very thankful that Allianz PNB Life has chosen the city of San Juan to be their partner for this very innovative, very progressive project,” San Juan Mayor Francis Zamora said during the unveiling ceremonies.

“Ang pagbibisikleta po, minsan iniisip ng iba, nakakatakot at delikado. Delikado, kung hindi tayo magbibigay ng proteksyon sa ating mga nagbibisikleta. Ngunit dito sa San Juan, bahagi na rin na bakit tayo nahirang na Gold Awardee ng Mobility Awards, ay dahil binibigyan natin ng proteksiyon ang mga nagbibisikleta. (Some people think that biking is scary and dangerous. It can be dangerous when there is no protection for our bikers. Here in San Juan, part of the reason why we are a Gold Awardee at the Mobility Awards, is that we give protection to bikers),” he added.

The design of the bike pit stop was patterned after the Allianz race car pit stops at Formula 1 races. It has bike parking, bikers’ resting area, and a small footprint bike repair station complete with hanger arms, repair tools, and an air pump.

San Juan City First Lady Keri Zamora, Vice Mayor Warren Villa, and city councilors were also present during the bike pit stop’s blessing and unveiling. The event also included the blessing of the 105 bicycles for San Juan’s Bike Sharing Program for its government employees.

After the ceremonial turnover of the pit stop to the local government of San Juan, Allianz PNB Life executives joined San Juan officials for a bike tour of the city. According to Mayor Zamora, the city government will be launching a historical bike trail of the city in January next year. The trail includes the historic Pinaglabanan Shrine, Museo ng Katipunan/El Deposito Museum/El Deposito Underground Tunnel, St. John the Baptist Parish, Ortigas Avenue, Santuario del Santo Kristo, Iglesia ni Cristo Property – F.Manalo (Gruet St.), Marcos House (P. Guevarra St.), Mini Park, Club Filipino, and the Greenhills Loop.

The bike pit stop is not the first project that Allianz PNB Life has worked on with the city of San Juan. Last month, one of the world’s leading sustainable insurers also put up signage and safety bollards in the city’s biking lanes.

“Sustainability is part of the Allianz DNA. Globally and locally, we have taken part in initiatives that promote environment-friendly solutions. We are looking forward to work with more local government units that share our ideals of providing a safer and healthier planet for our future generations,” Grenz concluded.

As social distancing and other health protocols that prevent most people from going to the gym remain in place, premiere global nutrition company Herbalife Nutrition leveraged digital technology to bring fitness to people through videos, virtual events, and other interactive platforms. One such platform is its Fitness Portal, which features workout videos that range from beginner routines to advanced workouts – making fitness an achievable goal for everyone. All videos can be accessed for free.

“Three years ago, we started to work on our digital platform for fitness. It’s a free resource that’s for everybody,” said Samantha Clayton, Vice President, Worldwide Sports Performance and Fitness, and Chairwoman of the Fitness Advisory Board of Herbalife Nutrition.

Clayton spoke before members of the media and the blogging community during the Virtual Wellness Tour of Herbalife Nutrition Philippines. The forum was held in line with Herbalife Nutrition’s Get Moving with Good Nutrition, a campaign that aims at breaking health inertia and fostering communities to support one another on their healthy living journey. It was launched as part of Herbalife Nutrition’s 40th anniversary celebration.

“Digital has been driving fitness for a long time. It really amplified the average everyday fitness professional’s voice. If you see a lot of the content that’s on YouTube, Twitter, or Instagram, the content that gets the most amounts of likes tend to be fitness-based content, so the digital transformation of the fitness world has been happening for a long time. It has always been supported hand in hand with going to a location to exercise, but as this year has gone on, the physical getting together piece has gone down a little, which has made the digital transformation of fitness move at a more rapid pace,” Clayton said.

She added that even when gyms start to open and people get back outside, people have realized the convenience of online workouts and that they could do it in their own time and in the comfort of their own home. For companies that create content, the challenge lies in making it interesting enough for people to consumer.

“When the sports world kind of stopped this year, we really had a challenge to put out a really interesting and engaging content with our athletes to meet our consumers in their homes, meet our distributors, and people in the community in a space that we know,” Clayton said.

To address this challenge, Clayton and her team came up with a 2020 Quarantine Sports and Fitness Content that comprised of athlete cook-off contests, social media workout videos, sports nutrition blog series, Facebook live workout series, and social media workout graphics. A former Olympic athlete, Clayton added that the audience for fitness and sports nutrition has never been wider until today.

“For many years, the fitness industry and the sports nutrition industry, in particular, was all about the athlete. Everything was geared towards speaking to the athlete, a person that was really striving to be the best at their sport. What’s exciting for me today is to share with you that the audience not for fitness and sports nutrition has really expanded,” she said. “People are truly inspired and interested in what good nutrition has to offer.”

Citing data gathered by Herbalife Nutrition between February 23 - March 25, 2020, Clayton shared that key categories of conversation in Sports Nutrition International Online listening are: health (37%), market growth (28%), food (15%), science (10%), and nutrition (10%).When it comes to what gets people moving, running and endurance training ranked highest at 26%,followed by bodybuilding/weightlifting at 23%, cycling at 13%, and plyometrics at 12%.

“I believe that it’s important that people subscribe to a healthy active lifestyle, which is not necessarily striving to be the best athlete in the world. It’s not about reaching peak performance; it’s about having simple daily habits each and every day so that you could be at your best. So whether that’s having a healthy breakfast or getting your minimum amount of exercise, a healthy active lifestyle is about sustainable healthy habits that last a lifetime. Your body is your one vehicle that will last you for the rest of your days. A lot of how that vehicle operates relies on you,” Clayton said.

A mother of four, including a set of triplets, Clayton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Health with a concentration on Nutrition and Wellness. She has competed in the Sydney 2000 Olympics, and is an Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA)-certified personal trainer and group exercise specialist and International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA)-certified personal trainer, group exercise specialist, and youth fitness specialist.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

In creating a better normal for every Filipino, Robinsons Bank has accelerated its digital initiatives while continuing to put customers at the heart of their business development.

As a testament to this, Robinsons Bank was awarded the Omni-Experience Innovator Award for its RBank Sign Up in the recently concluded IDC Digital Transformation Awards 2020 Philippines held by
leading IT market research and advisory firm International Data Corporation (IDC). Similarly, it was also recognized by the International Business Magazine as the Most Innovative Retail Banking Product Philippines 2020.

The RBank Sign Up app is one of the newest products launched during the pandemic as a response to the needs of many Filipinos. The Sign Up capability lets customers open a bank account through an all- digital and online process. With just one (1) ID card, e-KYC, and internet connection, customers are sure to have their account details within minutes of completing the application.

“Robinsons Bank takes customer-centricity seriously. Traditional banks develop processes just to re- engineer themselves internally but nowadays we are re-engineering primarily to improve our customer’s experience and to enable them more in a digitized environment,” Mr. Ramon Abasolo, RBank's Chief

Digital Officer explains that one of the main drivers for this initiative is to service the needs of their clients. Through the app, customers can now open a Simple Savings Deposit Account, Regular Savings Account, Passbook Savings Account, and a Payroll Account with unique paths depending on the selected bank product.

“RBank Sign Up’s fully digitized and agile banking process helped clients utilize online banking at their own convenience. The variety of products offered in just one single app made it more beneficial not only for personal banking, but also for corporate clients and soon to sole proprietors and micro-enterprises.

As the pandemic changed the way how we do banking, it only showed that they are more than ready for the future of banking.” Lilibeth Agudo, Market Analyst and DX Awards Lead for IDC Philippines, states.

Bank beyond the ordinary

RBank’s mobile banking has taken a new form with the new RBank Digital! It has been designed to give users a smooth experience with its user-friendly and more responsive interface. Being a full-featured mobile banking application, the RBank Digital gives users the power to do all of their banking needs anytime and anywhere.

Easily enable the RBank QuickR to generate a unique QR code to accept payments or fund transfers via cashless and cardless transactions. Skip the hassle of enrolling billers online because RBank Digital has over a hundred listed billers-- from utilities (electricity, water, cable) to insurance, and more!

Furthermore, there’s nothing more convenient than being able to monitor all accounts in one place. Manage your savings account, credit cards, Time Deposit accounts, and more in just a single RBank

Digital account.

Ensuring safety and security at all times, the new mobile banking app has security features which users
can enable and manage, allowing them to have full control of their bank accounts!

With the significant boost in digital transactions that the Bank has seen in the past months, expect more
to come as Robinsons Bank continuously rolls out digital initiatives putting the customer at the center in all its innovations.

Robinsons Bank is the financial services arm of the JG Summit Group of Companies, one of the largest
conglomerates in the Philippines. It currently ranks 18th among universal and commercial banks in the
country, with assets amounting to Php 131.088 Bn as of December 2019. The Bank is recognized as the
Fastest Growing Commercial Bank in the Philippines for 2020 by the Global Business Outlook; and the
Best Commercial Bank in the Philippines for 2020 by the International Business Magazine. RBank was
also recognized as an Outstanding Employer at the PH Best Employer Brand Awards 2020.

For inquiries and concerns, you may reach Robinsons Bank through its Customer Care Center at (02)
8637-CARE (2273) or domestic toll-free 1-800-10-637-CARE (2273); or visit its website at Like us on Facebook at and join our

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Staying at home for months has had us bawl and cry our hearts out over a number of love teams in the numerous romcoms and dramas we’ve binged over the quarantine. But with the current situation, there has been a lack of local films as our favorite OTPs are on hiatus in the big screen. Like their dramas, the lack of local romcoms has been heart breaking, gut-wrenching, and has left us craving the kilig.

But that didn’t stop Head & Shoulders from serving us with the electrifying on-screen chemistry of Alden Richards and Bea Alonzo. With their new endorsement and the release of their advertisement, Bea and Alden gave us all the kilig we’ve been wanting to feel and that made them undeniably one of the biggest love teams to date!

The comments sections of their Compliment Wars and First Impressions videos blew up with fans raving and requesting for a movie team-up. While we’re not able to enjoy a big screen release with Bea and Alden as a love team yet, we actually get to see them test their chemistry with a short “itch not you” skit. We don’t want to spill all the beans for you, but Alden had a valid reason why ‘itch not Bea.’

You don’t want your loved ones to leave you for itch. When you itch, it’s time to switch to Head & Shoulders anti-dandruff shampoo! Head & Shoulders always has our scalps covered with protection against scalp germs, itch, and an oily scalp. They even upgraded with a new formula that features new, and better scents. What more can you ask for in an anti-dandruff shampoo when Head & Shoulders can keep you itch-free, 100% dandruff-free, and maintain fragrant hair all day!

Itch Not You, Itch a Challenge

Ignite the inner Bea or Alden within you and get a chance to win 1-year supply of Head & Shoulders products and the Oh! Scratch package!

Just duet with Andrea Brillantes or Kyle Echarri’s #ItchNotYou TikTok video and post it on your TikTok or Twitter with the hashtag #ItchNotYou. Kyle and Andrea will be choosing the 6 lucky winners of 1-year supply of Head & Shoulders products. Entries are valid until December 16. Duet now for more chances of itch-free moments.

You might just find your Alden or Bea and experience kilig that’s dandruff-free and itch-free. Save yourself from itch-uations when you use Head & Shoulders!

Building on its renowned smartphone lineup, POCO Global today announced its independence, as well as its brand-new entry-level smartphone, POCO M3. Boasting a 48MP triple camera setup, 6,000 mAh battery, a beautiful FHD+ smartphone display, and a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 chipset, POCO M3 is the next “it” device for young entertainment-on-the-move enthusiasts.

POCO M3 marks the debut of POCO Global’s M-series: the brand’s foray into an entirely new category. The new product line builds on POCO Global’s success competing with top-of-the line flagships with its F-series, as well as the impact of its X series in the mid-range category, opening the brand up to a new set of global tech lovers. 

POCO Brand Independence

With this latest launch, POCO Global is ushering in a new era as an independent brand. This significant milestone was enabled by the overwhelming support of itsglobal fan base, which helped the brand accomplish several notable achievements since its initial POCO F1 device debuted in 2018:

 The brand entered more than 35 global markets within three years;

 POCO F1 reached over 2.2 million shipments*;

 Overall, the brand has sold over 6 million* POCO phones globally.

“These tremendous results underscore consumers’ overwhelming endorsement of POCO’s brand philosophy – ‘everything you need, nothing you don’t – and we remain focused on bringing innovative technology to consumers without all the unnecessary frills.” said Kevin Qiu, Head of POCO Global.

“The POCO philosophy embodies an attitude we all strive for - to be different and confident. As a newly-established independent brand, we’re looking forward to continuing to deliver technology that matters in an ever-evolving world.”

POCO M3 - More than you expect

Superb battery life without compromises
Equipped with the largest battery capacity in its class, POCO M3 guarantees even the most avid gamers will be fully powered to browse, connect, and stream throughout the day with its mighty 6,000mAh high charge cycle battery. The phone is expected to last over 5 days under light usage, and slightly below 3 days under moderate usage. It takes roughly 1.5 days** for the battery to be fully drained under heavy usage. Meanwhile, POCO M3 packs a punch with its specially-designed battery, built to withstand high temperatures and nearly 2.5 years** of usage without notable degradation, ensuring a long-lasting experience.

In addition to its durability, POCO M3 provides a faster and more consistent charging speed for users on the go with its MIUI ultra battery saving mode and 18W fast charge. The device comes with a 22.5W in-box charger and supports reverse wired charging, offering enhanced convenience.

“POCO M3 brings a truly elevated experience to our users, offering one of the largest batteries in the industry for long-lasting security,” said Angus Ng, Head of Product Marketing, POCO Global. “This massive battery allows you to spend more time doing the things you love, including streaming, listening to music, and recording videos using the triple camera setup. We’re flipping the device category on its head with POCO M3, providing more than you expect at every level.”

Stunning display for endless entertainment

A true entertainment beast, POCO M3 sports a 6.53” FHD+ Dot Drop display with 2340x1080 high resolution, along with an impressive 1,500:1 contrast ratio and 19.5:9 aspect ratio for a dazzling edge-to-edge viewing experience. Its Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3 front screen offers ample protection against drops and scratches, while its anti-fingerprint textured back cover provides a secure grip and superior light-weight feel. POCO M3 is equipped with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that enables a minimalistic front screen design without compromising user accessibility.

POCO M3 is easy on the eyes in more ways than one – it’s TÜV Rheinland Low Blue Light certified, meaning users can watch hours of content with minimal eye strain. Boasting a dual speaker system with dust blaster, POCO M3 provides superior sound with powerful bass for an immersive indoor entertainment experience. 48MP triple camera set-up with bonus photography features

Ready to take your photography skills to the next level, POCO M3 flaunts an attractively priced 48MP triple camera on the smartphone market, supported by a 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, your selfie game is sure to stay strong thanks to the device’s 8MP selfie camera.

And the fun only continues with POCO M3’s creative new software offerings. Movie frame gives photos a cinematic flavor, while Time-lapse leverages various speed values to capture different scenes. Night Mode enhances photos taken in dark environments by boosting the color contrast, while Color focus can make specific tones pop so you can stand out like a stud. Capturing killer moments and upping your social game has never been easier!

Delivering brilliant mobile performance without breaking the bank
Featuring a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 662 processor, POCO M3 delivers a brilliant experience never seen before in this price tier. With Qualcomm® Adreno™ 610 GPU, you’ll get a smooth gaming and video experience – and the opportunity to store high-quality photos at half the size. POCO M3’s 11nm processor delivers higher performance, less heat production and lower power consumption, making it a must-have device in its category. With its UFS storage promising higher performance, speed, and multitasking, you will edge out the competition when it comes to opening apps and games quicker than your opponent.

Experience effortless entertainment from the palm of your hand with the smooth operating system. The MIUI Game Booster allows you to track CPU and GPU usage in real time, while the voice changer brings a little spice to your gaming experience. What’s more is you can cast your screen onto an external monitor, making sure your friends can join in on the fun.

Distinguish yourself from the others with a unique design
At less than 200g, POCO M3 delivers a stylish design that won’t weigh you down. The device comes in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow, and Power Black, and in a material hat ensures you won’t lose your grip. The redesigned side-mounted fingerprint scanner is easily accessible allowing you to unlock your phone in a jiffy, and includes a smaller groove and rounded corners to minimize sharp edges. POCO M3 also offers 20% more battery life with its 6,000 mAh battery weighing less than competitors.

Pricing and Availability

POCO M3 will be available in The Philippines in two variants – 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB, in Cool Blue, POCO Yellow and Power Black. From November 27, both variants will be available for purchase online exclusively on Xiaomi Official Store Global on Lazada at a price of PHP 6,990 and PHP 7,990 respectively.

As part of the first sale in The Philippines, a 48-hour deal for both variants will be available on November 27 and 28 at early bird prices of PHP 5,990 (4GB+64GB) and PHP 6,990 (4GB+128GB), a PHP 1,000 price drop from their recommended retail prices.

In addition, those who purchase POCO M3 on November 27 from 00:00 to 02:00 will receive a free gift, Mi In-Ear Headphones Basic Piston Earphone, while stocks last.

POCO M3 Quick Specs:

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, collaborates with adidas to launch “Ready for Sport,” its first regional Super Brand Day (SBD) in the Philippines and across five other markets. Through this collaboration, adidas aims to reinvent the online sports shopping experience to reach and engage more mobile-first shoppers. This effort is part of its growth strategy for e-commerce in the region.

More people are working out and shopping from home in this new normal, which has led to a boom in demand for athleisure products and sports gear. The adidas Super Brand Day serves to excite users with a fun and interactive shopping experience on Shopee. For instance, users can participate in sports challenges led by KOLs and celebrities to win prizes and access fitness-related content. As live stream shopping continues to gain prominence among shoppers, adidas will host a free workout session on Shopee Live, where users can score discount vouchers and purchase exclusive adidas products.

Martin Yu, Associate Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Sports and athleisure is a growing category as more of our users turn to online shopping for convenience and to get the best deals. We’re excited to partner with adidas in bringing their first Super Brand Day to Shopee, where users can enjoy a more interactive experience when shopping for adidas products. We’re confident that our Super Brand Day campaign’s popularity will boost their online visibility, traffic, and sales. We remain committed to supporting brands in achieving their e- commerce ambitions through our robust suite of brand solutions.”

Starting November 26, Shopee users will get to access three days of special features on Shopee Live, take part in games and activities, and enjoy promotions on the official adidas store. Users can look forward to:

● Exclusive adidas originals on Shopee: The adidas Originals Flower Pack for women and Patch Work Pack for men will be available exclusively on the adidas official store on Shopee.

1. Adidas ORIGINALS Stan Smith Shoes Women White Sneakers

2. Adidas ORIGINALS Superstar Shoes Men White Sneakers

3. Adidas ORIGINALS Superstar Shoes Women White Sneakers

● Special Promos: Shoppers can also enjoy up to 50% off and a “Buy 3, get an additional 55% off” promo. On November 27-28, users can look forward to discount vouchers up to 15% off.

● adidas ‘ReadyforSport’ LIVE workout on Shopee Live: Viewers can join a 20-30 minute workout session led by a qualified instructor. They can enjoy vouchers unlocked at the end of the session as a reward for completing the workout. Shopee Live viewers can also win exclusive adidas originals. All featured adidas products will be available for purchase on their official store on Shopee Mall.

● Special adidas edition of Shopee Catch: Users can earn points by playing the in-app game, where they will have to catch adidas merchandise using an adidas sports bag while avoiding bombs. Users can exchange points for Shopee coins and adidas discount vouchers. In addition, players can also win discount vouchers of up to 30% off.

Check out the official Shopee store of adidas at Download the Shopee app for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Just in time for Christmas, WalterMart is set to pass the love with the opening of its 33rd mall at Malolos, Bulacan on November 24, 2020.

Shopping at WalterMart Malolos is convenient, fun and safe. As a community mall, it stays true to its commitment to uplift lives by providing livelihood to residents in the area.

WalterMart will provide Malolos shoppers with great merchandise and convenient services with anchor tenants like WalterMart Supermarket, W Department Store, Abenson, Homeplus, Food choices, and Services.

Prep your Christmas feast and parties at home with WalterMart Supermarket. You can purchase fresh, bakery to wide assortments of groceries and imported items.

Dress in holiday style with W Department Store’s fashion and beauty brands like Freego, Freshgear, Handford, OMG!, Caribbean, Islander, Hawk, CNA, Ever Bilena and Careline. Homeplus, on the other hand, has affordable but quality home essentials and furniture.

Gifting appliances or gadgets to your loved ones for Christmas? Abenson with over 100 stores nationwide, is your trusted appliance store for original brands at affordable prices. It also offers easy payment options, delivery and installation service and other applicable home furnishing and business solutions.

WalterMart Malolos will also have food choices for the family, such as KFC, Cindy’s, Black Scoop, Potato Corner, Turks Shawarma, Siomai House, Lugaw Republic, Okaymiyaki and a food court for peers to meet up and bond.

Enjoy convenient shopping with WalterMart with their BogiWogi Online Booking services. Once they sign-up, customers can schedule their visit and go directly to their preferred stores without lining up. Also, shoppers can pay thru cashless transactions.

Malolos residents can experience a #HappyAndSafeWalterMalling with all health and safety protocols in place. Exclusive promos such as buy 1 take 1, sulit deals, awesome discounts are coming your way on November 24!

WalterMart Malolos is located at KM 45 McArthur Highway, Brgy. Longos, Malolos, Bulacan.

People who believe in creativity know that design can make a difference, whether it’s for a school report, a client presentation, or even a personal post on social media. Design platform Canva, which offers tools for eye-catching graphics through its awesome suite of features, is encouraging everyone to get creative for a good cause.

Canva has partnered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to launch #DesignForACause — an initiative that encourages creators from around the world, to submit drawings of one thing that makes them smile.

Canva will select 200 winning designs and convert them into Canva elements for sale. When the digital elements are purchased by any of Canva’s users (for $1USD), this will be donated to UNHCRs refugee education projects around the world.

With many Filipinos spending most of their time at home, Canva and UNHCR are inspiring people to get in-touch with their creative side, and empower at-risk children.

The raised funds will help to enroll refugee children into quality, primary education across 14 countries, as part of its Refugee Education Program.
To join, here are three simple steps on the Canva website under Design for a Cause:
1. Draw anything that makes you smile, on any medium.
2. Upload your image by taking a photo or scanning your drawing and saving it as a PDF or JPEG.
3. Submit your details using the online form. Drawings by children under the age of 13 will need to be submitted by their parents or guardians. If the
child’s drawing is selected, the parent/legal guardian will be contacted for
permission to share the child’s name as a winner.

Maisie Littaua, Head of Growth for Canva Philippines says, “Filipinos are innately creative and we’re known to have the value of malasakit in our DNA. With #DesignForACause, your creativity has the power to help school-age refugee children receive an education – which is something that every child deserves. We believe that this simple act of designing can go a long way in making a difference to the lives of the children, who hold the key to the future.”

UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, Ben Stiller says, “Design for a Cause invites people to be creative while showing their support for refugee children and helping them access education. Working together we can make a difference and aim to put smiles on the faces of refugee youth around the world.”

Entries for this campaign for a cause can be submitted through until December 8, 2020. For more information about Canva, visit

Monday, November 23, 2020

6 new enhancements bring users an elevated immersive experience, along with more powerful cameras, multiple Bluetooth sharing, bigger screens, higher capacity and faster speeds 

Recognizing the evolving need for high-performing, multi-tasking and affordable smartphones during these challenging times, global premier mobile phone brand TECNO Mobile has launched its latest innovation, the TECNO Spark 6 Series. 

The TECNO Spark 6 Series is smartly designed for work and play, and is competitively priced to give locals the best value for their hard-earned money. Price ranges from PhP3,990 to PhP6,490. The Spark 6 Series is packed with six upgraded features - a unique camera system designed to elevate photographic immersion to the next level, bigger screen, more generous memory and storage, boosted processing speed, enhanced video call experience, and a fun Bluetooth audio share feature. 

Ye Yuan, Deputy General Manager of TECNO Mobile, said: “Now more than ever, the smartphone is a necessity. It is an essential link to the outside world – for remote working, online learning, staying in touch with loved ones, getting news, and for entertainment. Our goal is to make advanced, innovative smartphones more accessible to more people. TECNO Mobile’s smartphones are affordable, and that includes the latest TECNO Spark 6 Series. We continue to develop our smartphones with the consumers’ changing needs.”

The Spark 6 Series comes in three (3) amazing variants – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB, and Spark 6 Go in 4GB RAM +64GB and 2GB RAM+32GB. These all have a high performing, impressive battery life, and a sleek, simple yet bold design. The Spark 6 Go variant was the first to be released this November, and is available in all TECNO Mobile partner retail stores.

Here are some of the features packed into the powerful Spark 6 Series that everyone can enjoy:

Spark 6 Go

  • A 13-megapixel AI Dual camera and 8MP front camera, AI lens with 18 different scene detection, up to 95% recognition rate and upgraded algorithms. The 13-megapixel primary lens supports 4x digital zoom with F-1.8 big aperture that captures more light at night, and processes image details more finely. 

  • Various shooting modes for the AI Dual camera, including Bokeh, AI Beauty, and AI HDR, among others. Full picture details and quality are greatly improved, plus a dual rear flash fills light in dark environments to ensure better photos.

  • A Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time, enabling users to listen and watch with friends.

  • A 6.52 inches dot in display screen with 20:9 screen aspect ratio and 720 x 1600 resolution for a wider, clearer, immersive display effect, rich color contrast, and great visual experience.

  • A 5,000 mAh battery that stays charged longer, ideal for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming and music.

  • HiOS for a more intelligent and convenient user experience, with a brand new dark theme feature that uses less phone battery and causes less eye strain.

Spark 6

  • A 16-megapixel AI quad camera with a depth lens. This 16MP primary lens can work as a macro lens, and AI lens with AI Scene Detection that can recognize 18 different scenes with a 95% recognition rate.

  • Quad lens that provides high definition portraits, macro photos, and immersive AI video experiences with features like ‘Video Beautify’, ‘AI Beauty’, ‘AI Body Shaping’, and ‘AR Interaction’.

  • Android Q with a G70 processor, and 4G long-term evolution (LTE) network connectivity for improved performance, and allowing for a wide range of user customization. The operating system is also equipped with utility applications that allow users to free up memory, freeze applications, limit data accessibility for specific applications, and other useful features.

  • A Bluetooth Audio Share feature that can connect to multiple wireless Bluetooth headsets at the same time to enable users to listen and watch with friends.

  • A 6.8-inch high-definition (HD) dot in display screen that gives a perfect screen ratio for an extremely sharp display and much broader viewing experience.

  • A 5,000 mAh battery that ensures top conditions for photography, gaming, browsing, video streaming and music with every full charge.

The Spark 6 Series is available at TECNO Mobile partner retail stores, and comes in three models – Spark 6 4GB RAM+128GB priced at PhP6,490, Spark 6 Go 4GB RAM+64GB at PhP5,490, and Spark 6 Go 2GB RAM+32GB for only PhP3,990. For a complete list of stores, visit

To stay updated on products and the latest offering from TECNO Mobile, visit and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook.

Huawei's new wearable is the the new Watch GT 2 Pro which is a huge upgrade from GT2. It has improved massively when speaking of style and build quality and has maintained a long battery life and still has an attractive price tag.

According to reviews abroad and locally, the interface is responsive and the internals are still the same while the external part of the watch is made of more durable material.

Charging won't be a problem with this gadget since it can be done wirelessly using the provided standard Qi wireless charging cradle which means most wireless chargers can do.

It has a simple, minimalistic design which caters to the taste of fashionable individuals. This time the glass is replaced with Sapphire, known for giving a scratch proof surface. The body is Titanium compared to the steel counterpart from the previous model. And the back plate is ceramic, a smooth, tough, and scratch proof material that will show no signs of wearing even with long use.

The said wearable has loads of watch faces to choose from, analog and digital and the display will turn on when the wrist is raised. It's also customizable to turn on and stay longer or stay on all the time. If you're into sports, you'll love the 100 different types of workout modes in which six of them can be detected and engaged automatically. There's even a Golf mode that analyzes your swing and give important advice such as angle and speed attack.

Waterproof 5 ATM feature lets it withstand a pressure of 5 bar or a water column of 50 meters. That is equivalent to pressure of a flowing water jet when washing hands, showering or bathing.

Regarding connectivity, bluetooth lets you connect headphones to it so listening to songs that are in your on-board memory that is 4B is possible. Meanwhile, answering calls can be done thru the microphone and speaker built-in to the device.

The battery is the selling point for the said device. It can last for eight days if the display, is on all the time, and if the notifications and heart rate is always on. Fully charging it can mean only one hour of connecting it to the wireless charger.

Visit the official Huawei store and pre-order it from November 20-27 for P11,999 or you may also get it starting November 28 on Shopee starting on November 28.

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

Saturday, November 21, 2020

Typhoons have visited our country and there's no guarantee that bad weather will be all over soon. This changing climate makes us prone to sickness. Add to that the strenuous task of maintaining our homes which is now even harder that the kids learn online, and coping with work stress. Our bodies could only handle so much and lack of sleep as well as lack of nutrition we get from food that we consume isn't enough at times.

We trust the advice and recommendations from the elderly because we know they're tried and tested. Lola Remedios food supplement syrup has been making rounds in social media through testimonies from our countrymen sharing their good news about the product. Lola Remedios is a unique formulation inspired by our Lolas’ traditional remedies; but now blended in a convenient sachet. You don’t have to worry about side effects in the long-term.

Lola Remedios is recommended to be taken when we feel unwell or at times when we Filipinos say "Napasukan ng lamig". The supplement is ready-to-drink and helps address colds and other respiratory discomforts, relieve headache and dizziness, soothe sore throat, boost immunity and remedy weakness/body malaise, prevent cough and loosen mucus/phlegm, increase energy levels and reduce fatigue, relieve body pains and aches in the mouth, ease allergies, alleviate flu-like signs, and improve digestion and relieve stomach discomforts.

It includes all natural ingredients like Honey, Mint, Ginger, Fennel, Mint, and Clove. It's a product imported from Indonesia and 1-3 sachets a day of this all-natural food supplement syrup is enough for that "Hagod-ginhawa"feeling. Lola Remedios comes in 15ml sachets in boxes of 12. Personally, I find it soothing to the throat. It can be taken before or after meals, upon waking up or before going to sleep. 

A word of advice, though. This supplement is for adult use only, and not intended for pregnant and lactating women, and those with allergy to menthol flavors. No Approved Therapeutic Claims. Lola Remedios is now available at Mercury Drug, 7-Eleven, and Watsons nationwide!

Precious stones, gemstones, and jewelry have always been connected to human culture since time immemorial. These beautiful adornments continue to hold real meaning and value. Throughout the course of history, jewelry has been offered as a trophy, an amulet, and sometimes, even art. It perfectly symbolizes love, a celebration of milestones, and of course, the ultimate representation of wealth.

The line between jewelry and money has always been intertwined with each other. To this day, jewelry continues to be used as currency, inheritance, and investment. But investing in jewelry requires the right knowledge and responsibility. It is a wise and valuable asset to have as it continues to grow in value every year. In fact, many investors prefer investing in jewelry more because it is less risky than other markets.

Interestingly enough, while the value of the world’s currencies constantly fluctuates, gold, diamonds, and other precious metals and stones, on the other hand, has remained stable. Despite the many global economic downturns, including the current pandemic that has severely affected the world’s economies, the value of jewelry has held strong.

Though the price of gold, gold jewelry, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and other gemstones and precious stones also fluctuates, its value however has never truly depreciated significantly. Their value continues to steadily appreciate over time. 

“What’s beautiful about investing in jewelry is that it is timeless and its value does not diminish. Real jewelry becomes more valuable over time and it is a great investment asset to have as it pays dividends in the future,” said Tyzianna Teves of Just Jewels.

From November 23 to 29, 2020, Just Jewels, one of the country’s highly respected stores of real and authentic jewelry, will be holding their Bright Beginnings Black Friday Grand Sale on Facebook,, and at all the Just Jewels branches nationwide. The Grand All Out Sale will likewise guest Sofia Andres in the Facebook Live selling event on November 23, November 27, and November 29. There will also be raffle prizes, games, and many more exciting activities for the attendees.

For more information on the Just Jewels Bright Beginnings Black Friday Grand Sale, visit

Just Jewels
Just Jewels


Actress and model Ivana Alawi joins the growing Tanduay family as the brand’s newest calendar girl.

“Ivana embodies the modern calendar girl — someone who’s strong, hardworking, and has a heart for helping others. She also knows when to relax and have a good time with friends and family. We gladly welcome her here at Tanduay,” said Paul Lim, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Tanduay Distillers, Inc.

Ivana will appear in the 2021 calendar of the company, with photos shot by renowned Filipino photographer Mark Nicdao. Aside from being Tanduay Calendar Girl, digital collaborations are in the works between Ivana and the world’s number one rum.

“I am honored,” Ivana said of being chosen as the latest Tanduay Calendar Girl. “Not everybody is given the chance to be a calendar girl, and I’m happy that Tanduay gave that to me. I am also happy because of the beautiful outcome of the photos. It was a beautiful collaboration that I am truly proud of.”

Ivana said that she sees the Tanduay Calendar Girl as someone who is strong and independent – ideals that she embodies. Most recently, Ivana earned the admiration of netizens for taking the time to personally pack and deliver goods to the families in Cagayan affected by the flooding caused by Typhoon Ulysses. 

This is not the first time that she took part in charitable work. Ivana has also previously organized relief efforts to help families affected by the lockdown due to the pandemic.

Born Mariam Sayed Sameer Marbella Al-Alawi, Ivana is half Moroccan and half Filipino. The 23-year-old has appeared in numerous teleseryes and has been awarded the Best New Female Personality for Television in the 33rd PMPC Star Awards for Television

A popular social media personality, Ivana has 6.3 million followers on Instagram and her YouTube channel has 9.9 million subscribers. Currently, she is busy creating vlogs, shoots, and brand partnerships.

Tanduay’s previous calendar girls include Heart Evangelista, Jessy Mendiola, Erich Gonzales, Jennilyn Mercado, Bela Padilla, and Barbie Imperial.

Friday, November 20, 2020

MSI, a world leader in producing high performance and innovative laptops, unveils its latest roster of laptops in the Philippine market: The Business  Productivity; notebooks: The Summit, Prestige, and Modern series.

These new offerings are MSI’s response to the changing and growing need for machines that balance the power and value MSI is known for with the daily requirements of its customers. It is also MSI’s attempt to cater to the overwhelming shift to remote work and distance learning caused by the pandemic. Each series is designed and engineered to meet differing requirements and needs of various users – from business professionals and students to creative artists and content creators – while staying true to the brand’s highly-regarded build and design qualities.

“Leveraging on our gaming DNA, MSI’s new Business and Productivity laptops reflect years of research and development, customer feedback, and design improvements which only underscores our commitment in providing only the best-performing, sleekly designed PCs to its wide range of users regardless of any scenarios, may it be at home or the office,” according to Rhyan Sy, MSI Philippines’ Product Manager.

Meet the Modern, Prestige, and Summit Series

The entire line-up of MSI Business & Productivity laptops is designed around the needs of business users, eliminating common pain points without sacrificing power and performance.

MSI Modern Series

The Modern Series is engineered to withstand the high demands of everyday use. With units powered by the new 11th Gen Intel® processor and AMD RYZEN 4000 SERIES, this high-performance line combines versatility with high functionality and value. 

It is a quality choice for videographers, photographers, and graphic designers as it comes with True Color Technology calibration that delivers true-to-life images at the highest standards. It i’s portable and stylish with its ultra-light and ultra-slim aluminum chassis design while boasting a batter life that can last up to 10 hours because of its fast-charging feature allowing users to work remotely and play seamlessly.

MSI Prestige Series

Prestige Series is the best mobile workspace that could cater to people’s every need, dubbing it the “Jack of All Trades” of MSI laptops. It offers powerful performance, high-range NVIDIA graphics, color-calibrated display and long durability, all packed in an ultra-portable and ultra- light design. 

This powerhouse series is jampacked with new features that deliver the best user experience such as fast fingerprint Sensor, IR webcam, and Nahimic feature that enhances audio performance with virtual surround sound.

MSI Summit Series

Summit Series takes business leaders and professionals to greater heights. This series powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processor and Intel® iRIS Xe, the most powerful integrated Intel graphics ever. Not only is the Summit series designed to power up productivity, style, and performance, it’s also engineered for maximum data protection.

It matches enterprise-grade security and is equipped with the latest authentication technologies like fingerprint and facial recognition readers, TPM 2.0 security chips, and BIOS security menu. A highlight feature of the new series is the MSI Summit E13 Flip, featuring a display that flips 360 degrees. It combines the utility of a laptop with the convenience of a tablet to accommodate the many ways people work.

MSI in building strong partnerships to deliver the best products

MSI in building strong partnerships to deliver the best products MSI’s reputation as a top a brand in gaming PC and now a key player in business and productivity is made possible by the tight integration and collaboration of MSI with its key partners AMD, Intel, and NVIDIA.

“AMD and MSI’s business relationship keeps on getting stronger since we started years ago. With the newest Business Productivity lineup powered by our most powerful AMD processors to date, users are guaranteed powerful performance and great built-in entertainment that they can proudly use meeting after meeting, play after play.” Roel Chua, NSM of the Consumer Group, AMD Philippines.

For Intel, this year is extra special as they enter this new venture with MSI’s thin and light Modern, Prestige, and Summit series especially designed for productivity and business and powered by their newest 11th gen intel core processors. Gabriel Padit, Retail Sales at Intel Philippines said “We are beyond excited to witness the great performance of MSI’s newest line that highlights the value of balance between power and portability. These new generation of Intel-powered laptops are co-engineered and designed to ease up productivity tasks and help get things done that matter most.”

MSI and NVIDIA are truly pushing the boundaries of work and play experience with its latest NVIDIA GeForce GTX GPUs. Jerome Matti, Consumer Sales Lead of NVIDIA Philippines said “MSI and NVIDIA’s tech fusions are here to bring out the best in content creation and gaming experience. This new series brings supercharged performance whenever users utilize productivity applications and gaming applications. More creating, less waiting.”

MSI Business  Productivity Logo

Along with the launch of the new lines, MSI unveils a chic and sleek logo to represent its Business and Productivity products. The modern logo for their new line perfectly embodies the same spirit of robust performance as the distinct red and silver dragon crest design MSI Gaming is known for. The sharper, straight lines and characters reflect the new product’s minimalist style and elegant design.

It is precisely calculated and designed under the “Fibonacci Number and “golden ratio,” paying homage to MSI’s vision to produce the best, premium laptops in the industry, shares Henri Chen, MSI Notebook Division Chief Design Officer,

This bold new direction is a major milestone for MSI and sets a new standard of achievement in the business laptop category. Diverse, adaptable, powerful, high-performance, and enterprise-grade security all packed in MSI Business Productivity Laptops.

To know more about this lineup, visit Users may get these laptops with up to 9,500 pesos worth of freebies on the ongoing MSI’s Christmas Promotions 2020. Visit for more information.

Jolly-Anne Casaldan Rebenito, grand winner of the Allianz eAZy Five Promo received an Allianz e-bike and an Allianz eAZy Health Blue Plan.


Allianz PNB Life recently announced the winners of its eAZy Five Promo, which encouraged participants to share their health aspirations for the next five years and how they aim to achieve them.

Jolly-Anne Casaldan Rebenito was declared the grand winner of the contest, and she received an Allianz e-bike and an Allianz eAZy Health Blue Plan as her prizes.

Allianz eAZy Health is the affordable and renewable 5-year insurance solution that helps you future-proof your health and live with peace of mind. It includes critical illness, life, accident, and disability benefits.

In receiving the Allianz eAZy Health Blue Plan, Rebenito is entitled to a five-year coverage that includes an enhanced critical illness benefit worth PhP500,000; an accidental benefit (death, disability, and dismemberment) also worth PhP500,00; and a life insurance benefit worth PhP150,000. She also received a health bonus—30% of premiums when she remains healthy after five years.

Apart from Rebenito, four finalists were chosen to receive an Allianz regular bike. They are Sebastian Casil, Jamaila Buensuceso, Christine Mae Mante, and Ryel Fineza.

Most recently, Allianz PNB Life bolstered its support for biking as a sustainable transport alternative when it launched its Ride Safe campaign. In line with this initiative, it became the exclusive Life Insurance Partner of the city of San Juan for its Bike Safety project. Allianz will be putting up the Philippines’ first solar-powered bike pit stop in the city. Prior to this, it set up bollards to ensure the safety of bikers.

To learn more about Allianz PNB Life’s health and insurance products and latest initiatives and promotions, follow its Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts.


Watch Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendez and more at GigaFest.Smart

Mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc. is pulling out all the stops to give Filipinos a giga-sized Christmas celebration as it brings the highly anticipated 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball to subscribers through an exclusive livestream on the GigaFest.Smart portal on December 11, Friday, at 10 a.m. (Philippine Time).

Taking the stage at the 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball are some of today’s chart-topping and award-winning artists including Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, Harry Styles, Lewis Capaldi, Sam Smith, and Shawn Mendes, who will perform their hits as well as never-before-heard covers of iconic holiday songs.

This year’s iHeartRadio Jingle Ball will also be more intimate and personal as artists will sing from their own homes and share some of their holiday traditions in between performances – a departure from the ball’s previous big concert venues such as the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Watch live via GigaFest.Smart

Wherever you are, you can watch the 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball live on your Smart-powered smartphone. For seamless streaming, make sure you are on mobile data and not connected to WiFi before going to GigaFest.Smart on your browser.

If you are a Smart Prepaid customer, you can stream the concert plus all your other favorite videos by registering to GIGA Video 99, which gives you 2 GB data plus 1 GB Video Every Day, valid for 7 days. To register, just dial *123# on your mobile or choose GIGA Video on the GigaLife App.

On the other hand, if you are a Smart Postpaid customer, you can simply watch the concert with your generous data allocation, which you can simply manage and monitor on the GigaLife App.

The 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball exclusive livestream on GigaFest.Smart is just one of the many awesome treats Smart has in store for new and loyal subscribers this Christmas season.

Philippines' fastest mobile data network

Smart enables subscribers to stream HD content seamlessly powered by Smart LTE, the country’s fastest mobile data network as certified by third-party mobile internet analytics firms, such as Opensignal and Ookla.

In its November 2020 Mobile Network Experience Report for the Philippines1, Opensignal noted that Smart remained ahead of the competition in terms of Video Experience, Upload and Download Speed Experience, 4G Availability, and 4G Coverage Experience.

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

For more details on Smart’s latest products and offers, follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (, Twitter, and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

[1] Opensignal Awards –Philippines: Mobile Network Experience Report November 2020, based on independent analysis ofmobile measurements recordedduring the period July 1 September 28, 2020© 2020 Opensignal Limited.

NutriAsia, the country’s leading producer and distributor of sauces and condiments including Datu Puti, UFC, Golden Fiesta, and Locally, is joining Plastic Credit Exchange (PCEx) to attain plastic neutral certification for its Datu Puti brand.

A step toward the company’s climate change goals, NutriAsia has pledged to make the entire Datu Puti product portfolio plastic neutral, which entails offsetting 100% of its plastic footprint over the last year and for the future. This means calculating the plastic usage in Datu Puti’s bottles, bottle caps, cap seals, and stand-up pouches, then through PCEx, diverting the equivalent amount of post-consumer plastic from nature. Datu Puti commits to achieving a net-zero plastic footprint by 2021.

Since 2014, NutriAsia has been taking part in the movement towards a zero-waste community through projects like Datu Puti’s Jumbohalang Tambalan, BYOB (Bring Your Own Bote) DENR-EMB’s Refill Revolution, as well as through the launch of Locally, a socially responsible brand for the “local good”. A stepping stone to sustainability, these projects raised awareness on responsible plastic use.

Through their engagement with PCEx, NutriAsia activates a key piece of their sustainability plan. Angie Flaminiano, President at NutriAsia, said, “With our brands being an integral part of every Filipino household, NutriAsia takes its role in nation-building with much fervor. We strive to live by our commitment to our consumers of making their lives Masarap (good), Masaya (happy). This partnership with Plastic Credit Exchange is part of fulfilling that promise. NutriAsia through plastic neutrality is intensifying its drive for sustainability. We are one with the nation in ensuring quality lives for our countrymen by protecting our environment, now and in the future.”

“We welcome NutriAsia to our global movement of changemakers,” said Nanette Medved-Po, Founder and Chairwoman at PCEx. “By choosing to undergo the boldest action to help put an end to plastic waste, NutriAsia underscores its ongoing commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of their brands like Datu Puti.”


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