Learn how to invest in your passions and grow your savings in GCash 2nd Money Talks series

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

During this time of pandemic, some of us might think investing for the things you desire is a waste of money and time. Even though you have extra funds to make it happen, weighing your wants and needs is the first thing that comes to mind.

GInvest, the first-ever digital investment platform on GCash that allows Filipinos as young as 18 years old and with a valid ID, lets you explore easy ways and means on how to start investing and conveniently grow your money through a tap on the app.

To further educate Filipinos on the many investment possibilities using GInvest by GCash, GCash is mounting its second webinar series Kaya Mo Money Talks on June 24 at 8pm on GCash’s Facebook page.

The webinar aims to help customers, specifically the young adults, to unlock their financial goals so they can experience their passions, and teach them the ropes on how to invest and grow their money using Gcash.

It also hopes to empower Filipinos to take charge of their finances and identify their goals to achieve their dreams. What’s excellent about GInvest is you can get started with as little as ₱50 buy-in for local funds and ₱1,000 for international funds. These affordable rates make GInvest by GCash the first fintech company in the Philippines to offer low investment buy-ins.

Hosted by Jaz Reyes, the webinar will feature financial expert Chinkee Tan who will discuss the ins and outs of investing, debunking investing myths and why you should treat your savings like an investment.

He will be joined by members of the popular gaming team, Blacklist International (V33Wise) and Tiktok creator Dora Dorado who will talk about investing in their passions and growing their investments using GInvest.

With GInvest by GCash, anyone can start investing and fulfill their financial goals. It’s an extraordinary entryway to the wonderful world of financial freedom and lets you #UnlockYourLifeGoals at the press of a button.

To learn more about the GCash Money Talks, and more information about GInvest, you may visit GCash’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial/

Shopee reveals 4 types of Filipino online shoppers, offers something for everyone this 7.7 Mid-Year Sale

A survey conducted by Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, revealed four types of online shoppers in the Philippines and their motivations for shopping online.

Shopee surveyed more than 3,000 Filipinos and found that value is the most important factor for online shoppers, with 42% of respondents stating that they are driven by the best deals and prices. 71% of them are females, ranging from 18 to 34 years of age.

There is also an emerging segment of consumers who prioritize shopping from their favored brands online. More than half of these brand lovers are around 25 years old, showing how brand loyalty is becoming key to the online shopping experience for younger demographics. Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “The mid-year shopping season is an exciting time for Shopee. As more Filipinos go online to fulfill their shopping needs, we are also seeing more diverse preferences and shopping habits emerge. 

This is why we consistently listen to our users’ feedback and improve our features, services, and products to serve their needs. Our 7.7 Mid-Year Sale is no different and comes packed with highlights such as the Payday Sale, ShopeePay Day, and other exciting promotions to deliver more value, variety, and fun to all shoppers.”

The four key types of Filipino online shoppers are:

1) The Sulit Shopper - Decisive shoppers who hunt for the best deals 42% of respondents are Sulit Shoppers. They prioritize finding the best deals and prices before making an online purchase. These shoppers are patient and take the time to research products, but act quickly when they discover deals they like.

Key characteristics:

● Decisive buying: 66% browse a maximum of just five items before making a purchase

● Deals seeking: 62% don’t typically plan purchases in advance—they shop whenever they see big discounts on products they’re eyeing

● Regular shopping: Half of them buy something online at least twice a month Sulit Shoppers can rejoice at the 7.7 Mid-Year Sale, which offers non-stop deals and discounts.

They can save money on shipping, get discounts, and claim cashback at the Vouchers Sale on July 6. During the 7.7 period, they can also tap on the Vouchers button on the Shopee homepage for one-stop access to the best deals.

2) The Shop-and-Go Consumer - Shoppers who enjoy the convenience of delivery to their doorstep

For a lot of Filipinos, online shopping’s main draw is convenience. 17% of shoppers surveyed turn to online shopping for its ease and safety. More than half of the shoppers in this community are 30 years old. They know what they want to buy and do not necessarily spend extra time on the app, but will often make impulse purchases if they stumble upon good deals.

Key characteristics:

● Quick decision-making: 64% browse through a maximum of five listings before they find what they're looking for

● Proactive shopping: Almost one in two do their own research on products by either searching online or chatting with sellers

● Frequent shopping: 45% shop online twice a month on average, making them one of the most frequent purchasers

Shop-and-Go Consumers can take advantage of Free Shipping on Shopee’s home page. They’ll also love the convenience of ShopeePay, Shopee’s built-in e-wallet. On ShopeePay Day this July 1, they can enjoy ShopeePay-exclusive rewards, such as free shipping, cashback, and ₱1 deals.

3) The Budol Shopper - Window shoppers who can also be spontaneous buyers

Making up 14% of respondents, the Budol Shopper refers to window shoppers who value variety and choice of products. Compared to the Sulit Shopper, the Budol Shopper browses more items on average, and are also more likely to spontaneously check out a product that catches their eye.

Key characteristics:

● Impulsive buying: 63% will buy an item because they felt like doing so at the moment

● Frequent browsing: 27% of window shoppers usually browse up to 15 items before

each purchase

This 7.7, Budol Shoppers can window shop to their hearts’ content across Shopee’s themed days such as Home Tech Sale on June 24, Home & Outdoors Sale on June 25, Kids & Babies

Sale on June 26, and Apparel & Shoes Sale on June 27. Each sale offers a huge selection of discounted products from popular categories.

4) The Suki Buyer - Shoppers who have a good eye for brands

Suki Buyers make up 12% of respondents, and they shop online because they can find their favorite brands easily. Unlike Sulit Shoppers, shoppers who prioritize finding the best value, brand fans are less price-sensitive. Instead, they value having a large variety of brands to choose from, as well as accessing perks and loyalty points from brands they follow.

Key characteristics:

● Regular shopping from brands: 62% of them purchase from their favorite brands as frequently as twice a month

● Brand familiarity: About 1 in 4 follow their favorite brands on social media in order to stay informed of latest product launches

Suki Buyers will enjoy the RB Super Brand Day until June 23, Vivo Super Brand Day from June 27-28, and Olay Super Brand Day from June 28-30, which all offer exclusive deals from well- loved brands on Shopee Mall. Suki Buyers can also get exclusive perks from their favorite brands, such as 30% off vouchers, at the Shopee Mall Sale this June 29.

Animezing North: A Glimpse of the Anime World In SM City

Saturday, June 19, 2021

SM City North Edsa brings a taste of the Japan experience to Northern shoppers through Animezing North: A Japan Pop Culture Fest.

One of the many new normal trends was the resurgence of the Filipinos' interest in the Anime culture in forms of streaming and toy collecting.

With that, SM City North Edsa gladly launch the Animezing North to bring the exciting feel and food Japan has to offer! In partnership with the Philippines most influential and popular toy collector Yexel Sebastian, Animezing North will feature his enormous and life-size preeminent Anime character collection from the multi-generational anime and manga that Filipino fans love!

Otaku fans can also savour a taste of Japan from Japanese favourite restaurants such as Teppanya, Karayama, Dohtonbori, Daiesumi Digital Cafe Genki Sushi and cop and even shop the latest manga fashion collaboration from Filbar's, Skechers, Miniso and Levi's.

Visit The Block Atrium from June 16 - July 1, 2021. Join the conversation at #AnimezingNorthAtSM

Here are the Best Filipino Books You can Score at the Aklatan Book Fair on Shopee

Looking for new reads? After celebrating Independence Day just a few days ago, it only seems fitting to explore the abundance of Filipino books out there. Whatever genre you're into—be it self-help, adventure, or romance- there are plenty of brilliant local works to choose from

From June 19-21, you can check out the Aklatan Book Fair on Shopee to add local literature to your reading list. Even if you can’t visit in-person book fairs again just yet, you can still enjoy perusing a wide selection at the online book fair. The best part is, you can get discounts up to 90% off!

Support local authors by checking out the following titles: 

Enjoy tales of local mythology set in modern times. Go along with Alexandra Trese’s encounters with monsters and demons in Trese: Bloodlines, read Nick Joaquin’s fascinating anthologies on mythical creatures in May Tiktik sa Bubong, May Sigbin sa Silong, follow a steampunk quest set in a dystopian Intramuros in the comic book Incognito, and tag along an action-filled mythical adventure in Si Janus Silang at ang Pitumpu't Pitong Pusong.

In the mood for a lighthearted, feel-good read? Feel amused and touched by turns with a series of love stories in Para Kay B, enjoy a kilig-worthy high school romance in Ang Mutya ng Section E, and follow an ordinary girl’s journey to success in both her career and relationships in That Promdi Girl.

We could all do with a little guidance in life from time to time. Spruce up your cooking skills with Dishkarte sa Kusina, learn more about the psychology of money with Why Financial Education Alone Does Not Work, and take a little time to reflect by reading motivational speaker Francis Kong’s ruminations on family, work, and self-improvement in All That Matters.

Want to encourage your little ones to discover the wonderful world of books? You’ll both enjoy a touching story of motherly love with Inay, Inaaay Ko!, learn more about sharing in Hating Kapatid, and recognize the value of hard work in Ang Langgam at Ang Tipaklong

Enjoy a series of creative works by local writers and artists with these picks. Komiks Cum Laude features works from 15 student creators from the Komiket Awards, while Sacada contains an experimental catalog of doodles, poetry, and quotes coupled with eccentric photographs.

For more amazing deals on books by local authors, visit the Aklatan Book Fair on Shopee this June 19-21. 

To enjoy more deals, don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay through debit card, online banking, TouchPay machines, and over-the-counter. Use ShopeePay at checkout to get 15% daily cashback and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199.

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

SHOW YOU LIKE THAT : BLACKPINK's exclusive show for Globe fans

Wednesday, June 16, 2021


Over the past years, record-breaking Korean girl group BLACKPINK has taken over the world, capturing hearts with their powerful songs and heart-stopping performances. In case you haven’t heard, JISOO, JENNIE, ROSÉ, and LISA are Globe’s newest brand ambassadors, and last year the girls painted the Philippines black and pink with a stunning TVC, a massive digital channel takeover, fan-favorite pre-show, access to THE SHOW concert, and more, all streamed via Globe’s social media and online platforms.

Giving you more ways to connect with all your favorite K-pop acts, Globe continues to reinvent entertainment, and today invites all fans of the quartet behind smash hits like “DDU-DDU-DDU- DDU” and “Lovesick Girls,” to SHOW YOU LIKE THAT, a free online event for Globe’s Kmmunity PH Facebook Group. On June 18, 2021 at 8pm, members of the hallyu-centered Facebook Group will get exclusive access to catch the OT4 for the first time since their record-shattering online concert earlier this year.

Bet you wanna be one of the lucky viewers? Feed your frenzy for their high-energy pop and stunning visuals! Simply join Globe’s Kmmunity PH Facebook Group to catch the special online event with JISOO, JENNIE, ROSÉ, and LISA, and quench your thirst for more BLACKPINK content in your area.

Always looking to uplift Filipinos in their everyday lives, Globe Telecom is committed to creating innovative ways for all fans to stay connected with each other and with their favorite idols. For more updates about Show You Like That, follow Globe Telecom’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/globeph/, and join Globe’s Kmmunity PH’s Facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/2216020118728072.

IKEA Philippines Searches for Magazine Cover Models


In preparation for the opening of the first store in Pasay City, IKEA Philippines is producing a magazine to share the brand’s milestones and inspiration to the Filipinos. IKEA will feature Filipino families or individuals on the cover and searches for magazine cover model.

The invitation to be on the cover of IKEA Philippines magazine is open to all Filipinos. Five families or friends or individuals will be selected to be on the printed and/or digital cover of the magazine. Selected participants will also receive P30,000 worth of IKEA shopping vouchers.

Entries to the search will be collected from 15 – 30 June 2021. Winners will be announced via IKEA Philippines Facebook page.

How to join the search

Interested individuals may visit (https://www.ikea.com/ph/en/campaigns/search-for-ikea-magazine-cover- model-pub628065f0) and submit a photo taken inside their homes. Photo entries may include their friends, partners or other members of their family. For more information and to see full contest mechanics, visit the IKEA Philippines website, www.IKEA.ph

Here’s What You Need to Look for in a Mobile Gaming Phone


Mobile gaming is perfect if you’re a gamer constantly on the go, or if you’re a newbie just starting to immerse yourself into the hobby. Heavy gaming isn’t restricted to just PCs anymore—you can now enjoy the same experience using only pocket-size devices, thanks to all the state-of-the art mobile gaming phones available.

Dreaming of investing in a new gaming device? Infinix Hot 10S already has everything you’re looking for! Here’s a quick list of a few important features to look forward to:

1. A hardworking processor that promises to render at a quick speed

Lags take the beauty out of gaming. You won’t get to enjoy smooth gameplays nor communicate with your teammates in real time. Worse, you might end up losing if your phone freezes during a particularly crucial part. Infinix Hot 10S runs on MediaTek Helio G85, a top-speed Octa-core processor, so you can play alongside optimized graphics and frame rates.

2. A high-definition, responsive display

Gamers appreciate the hobby not just for the thrill, but also for the gorgeous graphics and character designs. If you plan on playing heavily on your phone, choose a resolution which can give justice to the game’s artwork. Infinix Hot 10S’ 90Hz Ultra Smooth Display provides a smooth visual experience when you swipe the screen or play high-speed moving footage. You also get a fast touch response with its 180Hz touching sampling rate.

3. A heavy-duty battery which can handle long hours of gaming

Nothing is more annoying than losing momentum due to a low-batt phone while you’re enjoying a really exciting gameplay. If you’re prone to binge gaming, look for a phone with a high- capacity battery. Infinix Hot 10S is powered by a formidable 6000mAh battery, with which you can enjoy up to 18 hours of gaming. With its Power Marathon technology, you also get extra 25% battery life when the battery drains down to 5%. Gaming

4. Bonus: A high-tech game optimization engine

Looking for a super-enhanced gaming experience? Infinix’s pioneering AI-powered Dar-link Ultimate Game Booster works with the Infinix Hot 10S’ software to optimize performance, screen display, touchscreen sensitivity, and more.

Infinix Hot 10S launches exclusively on Shopee this June 16. Until June 18, get it on sale for only ₱6,490 (6GB+128GB) and ₱5,490 (4GB+64GB).

Upgrade to the new Infinix Hot 10S here. For more deals from Infinix, visit https://shopee.ph/m/super-brand-day-19.

For more deals, don’t forget to top up your ShopeePay through debit card, online banking, TouchPay machines, and over-the-counter. Use ShopeePay at checkout to get 15% daily cashback and free shipping with a minimum spend of ₱199.

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

Get 2 for the price of one on Nivea's deals on Shopee Beauty

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

I've been stuck at home since March of 2019 and I'm not complaining. In fact, I enjoy the perks of working at home. Although it may have its benefits, it does have its shortcomings like paying for your own electricity bill and suffering from from the high cost brought about by air conditioner use. But using the AC daily isn't practical at all so I switched to my fan and now I'm perspiring a lot because of the humidity.  But recently, I've invested in a mesh type ergonomic chair but it contributes just a little to  cool myself down. Personal hygiene, in my experience plays a big role in maintaining a good mood for work. I take a bath almost thrice a day but there's still something missing. 

My clothes get stained by the deodorant I'm currently using and I just hate it. Not to mention that it also darkens my underarms. Also, it doesn't stay dry for long and that's not economical at all. Keeping myself fresh is such a tedious job. Well, purchasing deo isn't that hard coz Shopee is just a click away. However, I need a better product and this where Nivea comes in.

Got my supply of Nivea for Men Black and White Power Roll On Deodorant 50ml Bundle of 2  from Shopee recently for two reasons. It doesn't stain my clothes; Black clothing doesn't have white marks and my whites stays white instead of being stained with yellow. My clothes aren't the only one not getting stained but also my skin. It 's anti-perspirant protection practically lasts up to 48 hours. Plus, it's dermatologically tested and approved.

It's not only the ladies who gets conscious about dark pits. Nivea for Men Whitening Roll On Deodorant 50ml bundle of 2 lightens underarms, repairs it, and evens out underarm skin. Best of all, it keeps it dry and fresh for also 48 hours. It's dermatologically tested and approved so it's safe for all skin types.

Working at home just felt way better with these hygiene products from Nivea. Take advantage of their Buy one Get One deals. Visit their official store at https://shopee.ph/niveaph.  Find this and more skincare and makeup essentials at Shopee Beauty starting June 14. For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-beauty. 

Six Fan Favorite Moments during Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special

Friday, June 11, 2021

Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special, held last June 6, was definitely one for the books! The fiesta-themed show, which is Shopee’s biggest TV Special to date, featured lots of cash prizes and giveaways, appearances by today’s hottest celebrities, performances from top local and international artists, and more. 

Here are a few unforgettable highlights from the show:

  1. Willie Revillame and Gloc 9’s performance

Willie Revillame is more than just your regular TV host. He’s also a beast on drums! The Shopee brand ambassador collaborated with revered local rapper Gloc-9 for an electrifying performance during the TV Special. 

  1. #RaStro reunion

It was a reunion day for “The Rich Man’s Daughter” co-stars Rhian Ramos and Glaiza de Castro as well. The show may have aired years ago, but the fan base remains as active as ever, even getting #RaStroOnShopee66RaStro being a portmanteau of the actresses’ last names—to trend on Twitter.

  1. K-Pop act Treasure’s exciting performances

Treasure, one of Korea’s hottest rising groups, kept Treasure Makers all over the country glued to their screens as they made their Philippine television debut during the TV Special. The rookie K-Pop boy band performed three of their most popular hits: “I Love You,” “MMM,” and “My Treasure.”

  1. Treasure doing their version of Shopee Shake

Treasure Makers managed to capture an adorable fan cam of Treasure members doing the Shopee Shake dance. Fans fell in love all over again as the boys lent their own brand of swag to the dance! Were you one of the Treasure Makers who got bias-wrecked with this short clip? 

  1. John Lloyd Cruz’s emotional comeback

Four long years after his showbiz hiatus in 2017, fans finally got to see John Lloyd Cruz on-screen once again. After treating adoring fans to a rendition of “Yakap,'' the actor shared that he was excited to be back in an emotional interview with host Willie Revillame. 

  1. Shopee Milyonaryo jackpot winner

Jenevie Quisoy, a wife and mom from Aklan, joined the ranks of previous lucky Shopee Milyonaryos as she won the jackpot prize during the TV Special. Aside from taking home 1,000,000 in cash, Jenevie also got a house and lot sponsored by Frontrow. 

Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale

Enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend, daily ₱1 deals, and 20% cashback on several categories at Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale, which runs until July 7. For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/6-6

Shopee and the Department of Health Team Up to Encourage Filipinos to Get Vaccinated

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, partners with the Department of Health (DOH) to promote education about COVID-19 vaccines through in-app and social media initiatives. As the Philippines aims to vaccinate 70% of its population within three to five years, this partnership between Shopee and DOH augments the concerted effort of the private sector and local government units to encourage Filipinos to get vaccinated and protect themselves and their loved ones against COVID-19.  

While the local government rolls out COVID-19 vaccination programs, the vaccine hesitancy rate among Filipinos continues to increase, going from 47% in January 2021 to 61% by the end of the first quarter. They remain resistant to the vaccine due to three key  reasons: concerns about potential side effects, uncertainty about efficacy, and skepticism.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is honored to partner with the Department of Health to educate Filipinos on the importance and benefits of vaccination. Through our collaboration with DOH, we can provide the community with accurate and science-backed vaccine information. With proper education, we aim to raise the public’s awareness and hopefully encourage more people to get vaccinated.”

Beverly C. Ho, MD, MPH, Director IV, at Health Promotion Bureau DOH, said, “This partnership symbolizes what we, in the Health Promotion Bureau, want to domeet people where they are and make living healthy easy. That's why we are thankful to use Shopee’s platform, one that effectively reaches and engages millions of Filipinos, to make RESBAKUNA reach a wider audience. The immense potential this partnership holds, not only in increasing vaccine confidence but in improving overall health literacy among Filipinos, truly excites us.”

Starting this month until August, users can learn more about vaccines’ safety and effectiveness from DOH and World Health Organization representatives. On June 23, 9:00 PM, users can watch a discussion on “Fake vs Fact on COVID-19 Vaccine Safety and Efficacy” on Shopee Live. Shopee will post helpful information about the vaccines on its official social media pages. A separate microsite will also be available on the Shopee app. 

Visit https://shopee.ph/m/resbakuna-kasangga-ng-bida to stay updated on Shopee’s initiatives against COVID-19. 

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

Shopee Levels Up Engagement on Shopee Live this 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale with Bida Sa Pagalingan, Stream & Win, and Suki Marathon

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, takes its engagement initiatives to the next level with fun and interactive live streaming activities in time for the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale. Until June 6, shoppers, online sellers, and streamers can participate in various 6.6 activities on Shopee Live such as Bida sa Pagalingan, Seller Stream & Win, and Suki Marathon, where they can win cash prizes, vouchers, and ShopeePay credits.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “As Filipinos’ buying habits shift, our brand partners and online sellers need to find innovative ways to keep shoppers constantly engaged and interested. Many of them turn to Shopee Live to maintain customer loyalty and satisfaction by showcasing their products and answering customer inquiries in real-time. Shopee is doubling up on our efforts to enhance the online shopping experience for users with three exciting live streaming activities this 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale.”

Starting today until June 6, viewers, sellers, and live streamers can win amazing prizes, coin bonuses, vouchers, and ShopeePay credits during the three Shopee Live activities. Viewers can win up to ₱96,000 in Bida sa Pagalingan and ₱15,000 ShopeePay credits in Suki Marathon. Sellers and live streamers who meet the challenges’ requirements will also get a chance to win vouchers, coin bonuses, and up to ₱10,000 ShopeePay credits.

Two Shopee Live streamers share the benefits of live streaming and how these new activities helped them create an exciting atmosphere to sell their products.

Rina Alinsunurin Salcedo, a 28-year old Shopee seller, shared how Shopee Live has benefited her business. She started live streaming in 2019 and discovered how effective it was in helping her gain sales and interact with her viewers more. 

“Through Shopee Live, we could demonstrate and explain our products effectively to our customers and answer their inquiries in real-time. It’s also through Shopee Live where we can talk about the product and assess which ones we would recommend to our viewers, making it an interactive online shopping for both parties. With our sales from Shopee Live, we were able to occupy a 3-story building office. We are very motivated to stream every day with these new Shopee Live initiatives for 6.6, and so far, it has boosted our sales. I’m excited to know what new initiatives Shopee has in store for

Meanwhile, Shopee livestreamer, Zedrick Lugada Arnuco, said that initiatives like the 6.6 Suki Marathon is an opportunity for him to push sales and reach his quota. “As Shopee continues to come up with fun activities, it has allowed me to grow as a content creator, challenging myself to push beyond my limits.” His experience as a live stream viewer also provided insights into what exactly his viewers are looking for during a stream.

“During competitions like the 6.6 Suki Marathon, I am very appreciative of viewers’ eagerness to help me to boost sales and engagement. I usually receive messages from them saying how much they’ve enjoyed my live stream, and they also motivate me to join more competitions. These 6.6 live stream activities provide a win-win situation, where viewers can stand to win prizes and streamers can also use the chance to achieve more engagements.”

Users can look forward to free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend and 20% cash back at the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid Year Sale. In addition, users can also enjoy more free shipping vouchers, big discounts, ₱1 deals, discounted data and load, and daily 15% cashback when they check out or pay bills using ShopeePay.*

To know more about the Shopee 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/m/6-6-sneak-peek.

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

Filipinos only somewhat prepared for medical emergencies -- Allianz PNB Life

Friday, June 4, 2021


A recent study published by Allianz PNB Life reveals how Filipino millennials have adjusted to work and earning income during the pandemic. While some FIlipinos adjusted to working from home for the first time, some struggled to find other sources of income amidst rising prices, pay cuts, and unemployment.

While job and income security became a main concern among many Filipinos, Allianz PNB Life reveals it was only second in the list of challenges posed by COVID-19. According to the study, 80% of respondents were most concerned about keeping their families safe and healthy.

“The pandemic has definitely made more people conscious of their health. Besides making simple yet significant changes to their lifestyles such as eating more nutritious food, Filipinos are also starting to consider boosting their protection with insurance,” said Allianz PNB Life CEO Alex Grenz. The survey shows 76% of Filipinos without coverage are expected to avail of a health plan soon, especially within the year.

Despite most respondents claiming to already have Philhealth or HMO coverage, only 22% can say they are fully prepared for a medical emergency. Majority consider themselves only somewhat prepared for these emergencies, while the rest have much less confidence. Conditions like cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, and dengue continue to burden Filipinos and lead them to borrowing or using up life savings to pay for exorbitant healthcare fees.

“In the Philippines, the protection gap remains at trillions of pesos. A single crisis like cancer could instantly cost a family no less than Php 300,000 and lead to eventual financial ruin, which shouldn’t be the case when flexible and viable coverage plans are widely available,” said Grenz.

This is why Allianz PNB Life is pushing more future-proof plans like Allianz Well!, which covers vaccination and treatment for COVID-19 and Php 100 million for in-patient hospitalization, one of the highest limit-plans in the market today. There’s also eAZy Health, an affordable and renewable option that offers life, accident, and disability benefits along with more comprehensive coverage for critical illnesses, including cancer.

The major life insurer is also growing its online presence to keep in step with Filipinos’ current shift to digital. From telemedicine to online yoga, they now maximize digital means to take better care of their health. Platforms like Allianz’ Health Concierge and Life Changers help more Filipinos access quality insurance 100% online and from the safety of their homes.

“Inadequate coverage remains a common problem that only worsens in the time of COVID-19,” said Grenz. “Allianz PNB Life aims to raise awareness on the importance of good health and protection while providing sustainable and timely solutions for it.”

Read the full report on Allianz PNB Life’s official website.

Top 6 TREASURE Songs You Need to Listen to

Having debuted in August 2020, boy band TREASURE may be new to the K-Pop scene, but this twelve-piece group’s strong vocals, fun choreographies, and boyish charm definitely make them rookies to watch out for!

WOO, and SO JUNG HWAN have already managed to gain quite a following, thanks to their musical prowess. If you’re just starting to explore TREASURE’s discography, here’s our roundup of six songs you need to check out:

1. BOY

“BOY” will always be a special track for TREASURE MAKERS—it’s TREASURE’s debut song,

after all. For times when you need that energy boost to get work done, queue this powerful

dance song, which features strong raps laid over catchy synth beats.

Stream BOY here.


Listen to your biases’ kilig-worthy confession of love with this upbeat dance-pop number. The lyrics explore the youthful flutterings of romance. Enjoy the medley of angelic vocals in each verse, shifting to a banger EDM drop in the chorus.

Stream I LOVE YOU here.

3. MMM

TREASURE shows a more mature side to themselves with “MMM,” a hip-hop song with darker flavor. Vibe out with this smooth, sensual track and admire the group’s complex dance moves in the music video. Warning: You’ll get addicted to the slick beats.

Stream MMM here.


If you’re having a bad day, “MY TREASURE” can definitely turn your mood around with its bright, bouncy rhythm and happy lyrics. This song showcases the band’s sweet, melodic voices while a few rap verses here and there lend a bit more edge.

Stream MY TREASURE here.


OG TREASURE MAKERS can recognize this song from survival show YG Treasure Box. Fall in love with this catchy pop song’s youthful vocals, set to an upbeat melody. This track is a definite earworm—we guarantee you’ll just find yourself humming “This must be crazy love” out of nowhere.

Stream GOING CRAZY here.


TREASURE has one of the strongest vocal lineups around, and this song from the group proves it. The members’ harmonious vocals start off mellow and sentimental, then soar to a rousing chorus, perfect for singing along to with friends on road trips.

Stream BEAUTIFUL here.

Heads up, TREASURE MAKERS: You can catch TREASURE perform their most popular songs at Shopee’s 6.6-7.7 Mid-Year Sale TV Special. Tune in to GMA 7 and Shopee Live this June 6, 2:00-3:30 PM to watch your biases perform! You also get the chance to win over ₱15 million worth of prizes by watching the show.

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