Monday, January 31, 2022

The start of the year had its ups and downs, but like always, we should keep moving forward with our heads held high. After dealing with the stress of these past weeks, we all need a break to recover physically and mentally. A little retail therapy is always a good option, right? If you’re reading this, take this as your sign to reward yourself with some

well-deserved self-care needs on sale during the Shopee 2.2 Free Shipping Sale.

Look good and feel good with these health and fitness staples



End those long days with a must-have for your skin care regimen. The Laniege Water Sleeping Mask_EX has Sleeping MicroBiome™ and enhanced Pro-biotics Complex that strengthen the skin’s defense for a well-slept, bright and clear complexion. Let this overnight mask nourish your skin so you stay fresh no matter how busy you get.


Need a boost for your active lifestyle and a trendy workout? Add the Kemling Adjustable Jump Rope to your home gym and get into the habit of breaking a sweat before or after work. For its price, you’re getting a quality, reliable jump rope that’s easily adjustable and comfortable to use.


Motivate yourself by investing in an Active Mindful Yoga Mat for your floor work, stretching, body weight exercises, and yoga sessions. This lightweight, non-slip mat is a perfect companion for your fitness journey this year and a reminder for you to keep pushing for progress.

Upgrade your entertainment set-up with these powerful gadgets



Don’t underestimate the difference a bigger, better screen can make for your gaming experience. If you’ve been wanting to pull the trigger on a new monitor, consider getting the Xiaomi 34-inch Curved Gaming Monitor. Enjoy more immersive visuals and a wider field of view that is supported by an ultra-wide 21:9 display and 144 hz refresh rate.


Another worthwhile buy is a trusty wireless speaker. With the Edifier MP260 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker, you get solid Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity, multiple functions that include a built-in clock and USB, Micro-USB inputs, and AUX inputs, all in a stylish wooden box finish. This speaker packs a punch with its booming bass and will be a cool addition to your bedroom, living room, or work area.

Stay cozy and have these home items ready anytime



Aside from the known health benefits, there’s something undeniably therapeutic about drinking tea. Stock up your pantry with Gold Leaf Green Tea Selections: Lavender so you can sip on a refreshing cup of tea to start the day, pick you up during midday breaks, or wind down at night before going to bed.


One of the very basic yet most important ways to practice self-care is by getting enough sleep. You need good sleep to keep you energized and help you recover after all the tasks you accomplished throughout the day. Look forward to a more luxurious sleep with the Home de Luxe Fleece Blanket. These blankets are soft, lightweight, and breathable and come in different colors and sizes.


Discover all the awesome products on exciting deals this Shopee 2.2 Free Shipping Sale: https://shopee.ph/m/22.


To enjoy more savings for your self-care essentials, use ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e- wallet where you can buy load, pay bills, send money and scan to pay at thousands of partner merchants nationwide. This 2.2 Free Shipping Sale, enjoy more free shipping vouchers at ₱0 minimum spend, exclusively with ShopeePay.


This 2.2, you can also get up to 50% cashback on your monthly bills from participating billers such as Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, Globe, Smart, Manila Water, and Converge. If you need to stock up on groceries or home necessities, get big savings with ₱1 Deals via ‘ShopeePay Near Me’ on the Shopee app. Redeem your discounts by paying with ShopeePay at partner merchants such as Puregold, National Bookstore, Ultra Mega, Metro Department Store &  Supermarket, FamilyMart, and many more.

With ShopeePay, you can also enjoy free transfers to any bank or any Shopee user. Until February 3, get a chance to win ₱110,000 when you send at least ₱1 to any Shopee user, or if it is your first time to send money with ShopeePay. Additionally, you can also cash in for free via InstaPay; get up to ₱25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in

Friday, January 28, 2022

 





As PABLO sums it up, the song is about learning to embrace imperfections in pursuit of achieving acceptance and self-love. “We all have flaws and we need to accept those imperfections because those are what make us who we are.”

The prolific singer-songwriter and producer adds, “ to be mentally healthy, we need to come to terms with ourselves, that what we feel is valid. We shouldn’t suppress it just so we can please everyone and avoid confrontation. There will always be black in white and white in black. We should maintain balance within us. That’s how we remain sane and alive.”

“La Luna” cements PABLO’s foothold as one of the most imaginative figures in P-Pop and a creative force with a knack for ambition. Aiming for a grander, more cinematic-sounding track, PABLO rips through the speakers with punchy cadences over a hard-hitting bed of bass, strings, wind instruments, hip-hop-inspired drums, and choral harmonies.

“I always like the cinematic feeling the music scoring bring upon movie scenes,” the SB19 member reveals. “It amplifies the emotion that is currently being portrayed. I decided to incorporate that in my music. I want it to be grand and full to bring out the intensity of the song’s emotion.”

In an official statement, PABLO’s decision to release “La Luna” is a way for him to confront his personal battles. He considers making his own music as an outlet to express all his emotions in its messily beautiful but unfiltered state.

“Its focus is mostly about myself, my feelings, my beliefs, how I view the world and how it affects me,” the certified hitmaker explains.

“La Luna” marks PABLO’s first official release after teasing the public with an unreleased song titled “???” last week. Outside his stint as a leader of SB19, PABLO has done exemplary work as a producer/composer, and has even won the top prize at last year’s Djooky Music Awards for his collaboration with rapper Josue on “Determinado.” He also wrote all the songs from SB19’s 2021 EP, Pagsibol.

PABLO’s “La Luna” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide.


In a few days, we'll be celebrating Lunar New Year and ushering in the Year of the Water Tiger. Depending on the representative Chinese zodiac and element, it is said to impact one's luck and chances to become successful. Take charge of your own destiny and learn the traits of the Water Tiger in order to become more financially savvy and prosperous in 2022.

Here are some financial tips to keep in mind this Lunar Year:

Don’t be afraid to be experimental and adventurous. 

Water Tigers tend to be very open to new ideas. If you're feeling stuck in an area of your life, this is the year to change things up. You can start small, such as listening to music genres that aren't on your typical playlist, enrolling in a new hobby class, or taking on a new project at work. Soon you’ll find that you’re more courageous as you make bigger life decisions.

When it comes to finances, being receptive to non-traditional ways can help you become more prosperous and independent. E-wallets are a game changer in the financial world. This year, introduce yourself to ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet that enables you to buy load, pay bills, send money, and scan to pay at thousands of merchants nationwide. It only takes a few steps to enroll. Activate your ShopeePay account here.

Adaptability is key.

Water Tigers can quickly shift to improve their circumstances, making them ideal role models during a time of unprecedented changes. For businesses to continue thriving, entrepreneurs need to be more creative and strategic when it comes to running their operations. If you own a physical store, join ShopeePay’s growing list of Offline Partner Merchant’s for safe and convenient cashless transactions. ShopeePay’s Scan-To-Pay feature enables secure and real- time payments for your goods and services in-store via QR code. Enjoy the many benefits of ShopeePay by signing up to be a ShopeePay Partner Merchant. For those running an online business, chances are fund transfers are your primary means to get payments. Encourage your customers to transact using ShopeePay as it offers free and real time money transfers to any Shopee user or bank account.

Resourcefulness can help you go a long way.

Being resourceful like a Water Tiger means you're able to find solutions to deal with problems or search for more efficient ways to perform a task. It’s actually one of the best traits to imbibe when it comes to money matters. Any good financial decision maker would weigh options and search ways to spend wisely and save more. Start by exploring your e-wallet’s features and keeping tabs on scheduled promos and ongoing deals.


Making sound financial decisions also means setting a budget and tracking expenses. With ShopeePay, you get access to exclusive promos and deals to help you stick to your budget. If you need to transfer money; whether it be to your family and friends, or to your own bank account, you can do so without the added transaction fees through ShopeePay’s free transfers feature. From January 26 to February 3, send personalised Angpaos and stand a chance to win up to ₱220,000 when you send at least ₱1 to any Shopee user with ShopeePay. You can even get the chance to win an additional ₱88 via ShopeePay when you cash in for free with your linked BPI Online Account. Finally, schedule your shopping and bills payments on January 30 in time for ShopeePay Day - where you can get up to 50% cashback on bills, discounts on load, and discounts on groceries and essentials with ShopeePay ₱1 Deals.

Those of the Tiger zodiac portray courage and leadership. They're determined to do anything to achieve their goal. 2022 is all about taking those traits and channeling them into opportunities to be more successful. After all, Water Tigers are action-based people who value hard work and don’t hesitate to make things happen.

 


Getting ready for another round of shopping for your essentials and budols? Lucky for you, you can shop without breaking the bank during Shopee’s 2.2 Free Shipping Sale. Prepare for five exciting days of Free Shipping with ₱0 minimum spend, ₱1 Flash Deals, and 10% off vouchers daily, as you shop for your stay-at-home needs from January 30 Payday Sale until February 3.


Score Free Shipping, Daily Midnight Sales and Non-Stop Rush Hour Sales


This 2.2 Free Shipping Sale, make the most of the sitewide Free Shipping vouchers with ₱0 minimum spend for all your needs. On February 2, you can claim free shipping vouchers hourly and have all your home essentials shipped to your house safely without worrying about shipping fees. 


For those eager to score the hottest deals at the lowest prices, check out Daily Midnight Sales from 12MN to 2AM from January 30 Payday Sale until February 3. Be one of the first to claim midnight vouchers, and exclusive deals from a wide range of brands and sellers.


If you’re an avid shopper who can sneak in checkouts during school and work breaks, then the Rush Hour Sales are made for you. Early birds can shop during the Big Morning Sale from 8AM to 10AM. If you're taking your lunch break then check out the Big Lunchtime Sale from 12NN to 2PM. For those who thrive on last-minute shopping sprees, then the Last 3 Hours Sale from 9PM to 12MN is perfect for you. With each Rush Hour, expect limited-time vouchers and deals at irresistible prices to make your purchase rewarding. 


Planning how to maximize the five day sale this 2.2? Keep some of these incredible deals in mind: 

For most, a clean home can help bring peace of mind. With the Philips FC9351/0 Vacuum, you get ultra-strong suction that takes care of all your dust and dirt problems so you can lounge around more comfortably.






For most of the day, your phone will be pretty much attached to you whatever you do and  wherever you are at home. It’s time to upgrade your most prized gadget to the hottest one in the market, the iPhone 13. This 5G phone is powered by a super fast A15 bionic chip that takes all your downloads, photos and video streaming to the next level. 






Be extra careful that the dishes you use are clean and have no specks of food and bacteria that can harm your loved ones. With the Kyowa Dish Sterilizer, you’ll be serving your signature recipes in clean, sterile, and dry dishes.




Find Low Prices on Home Essentials this 2.2 Free Shipping Sale 


Are you a bargain hunter on the prowl for the best deals for your home? Then check the Big Price Drop Sale on February 2, 6PM to 8PM for deals ₱222 and below. You’ll also find even more exciting low prices when you Add To Cart this January 31. 




For home staples, check out these items below: 


Being extra careful now goes a long way in protecting your family. With the Lysol Disinfectant Spray, you’re sure that the surface and air you breathe at home is free from harmful fungi, viruses and bacteria. Apart from keeping your space clean, this also eliminates unpleasant odors, replacing them with a fresh, relaxing  berry scent.



For a good quality mask that you can rely on, the Health Guard KF94 Face Mask is a must-buy. With 4 layers of thickness, this mask effectively filters disease-causing viruses so you can stay protected while on the go. 



Say goodbye to restless nights and hello to sweet dreams when you get the Angbon Memory Pillow. Made from 100% rebound material, this soft memory foam pillow is designed to support your head and neck, relieving pressure points for a more comfortable slumber. 


To enjoy 5-days of Free Shipping with ₱0 minimum. spend, ₱1 Flash Deals and 10% off vouchers daily, make sure to visit: https://shopee.ph/m/22 


To enjoy more discounts on your purchases, use ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet where you can buy load, pay bills, send money and scan to pay at thousands of partner merchants nationwide. This 2.2 Free Shipping Sale, enjoy more free shipping vouchers at ₱0 minimum spend, exclusively with ShopeePay. 


This 2.2, you can also get up to 50% cashback on your monthly bills from participating billers such as Meralco, Maynilad, PLDT, Globe, Smart, Manila Water, and Converge. If you need to stock up on groceries or home necessities, get big savings with 1 Deals via ‘ShopeePay Near Me’ on the Shopee app. Redeem your discounts by paying with ShopeePay at partner merchants such as Puregold, National Bookstore, Ultra Mega, Metro Department Store & Supermarket,  FamilyMart, and many more.


With ShopeePay, you can also enjoy free transfers to any bank or any Shopee user. Until February 3, get a chance to win 110,000 when you send at least 1 to any Shopee user, or if it is your first time to send money with ShopeePay. Additionally, you can also cash in for free via InstaPay; get up to 25 cashback on your InstaPay fee when you cash in.


Activate and cash in your ShopeePay wallet for safe, cashless payments. 


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

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

The Lunar New Year gives us another shot at a fresh start. With the hope and excitement that the Year of the Water Tiger brings, it could be the year of transformation we all need. For those born in the Year of the Tiger, it’s a year for making big changes, risk-taking, and new adventures. Whatever your zodiac sign is and whether you can expect good fortune in love, health, or wealth, equip yourself with these items on Shopee to boost your abundance and prosperity:

Luck in Love: Year of the Snake, Sheep, and Rabbit

For those born in the Year of the Snake, Sheep, and Rabbit, prepare to make strides in your love life! This year has opportunities for you to meet the right one or make your current relationship flourish.

If you’re single, it’s time to put yourself out there and meet new people. Turn heads with your youthful glow by trying Olay’s Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream + White Radiance Essence Dropper. This power duo formulation has Carob fruit extract and amino-peptide complex to give you plump and radiant skin. For those already in love, make your significant other fall for you even more with a Mikana 18k Rose Gold Plated Bangle Bracelet. The piece is a perfect gift for any occasion, even for spontaneous surprises for when your partner least expects it. Flaunt your couple status with matching INSPI Oversized Shirts, which come in a variety of sizes and colors. These closet staples aren’t just versatile, but also extremely comfy.


Good Health: Year of the Dragon, Dog, Rat, and Ox

Those whose sign falls on the Year of the Dragon, Dog, Rat, and Ox can thrive this new year while making strides in their overall health and wellness. Achieving a sound mind and body starts with the commitment to your daily fitness goals and ample rest and relaxation.

Start each day with Vicks Immune Defense Multivitamins, packed with Vitamin C to boost the immune system, Vitamin D3 to fight against infections, and Zinc to protect against cell damage. Focus on keeping your body in tip-top shape with the Kemilng M7 PLUS Electric Treadmill Foldable Machine. This is a must-have for your home workouts, which you should squeeze into your day no matter how busy it gets. When you need to unwind and de-stress, soothe your muscles using the HAN RIVER Massage Gun. Spend a few minutes with this to relieve tension, improve blood circulation, and boost your overall mood.


Success in Business and Career: Year of the Horse, Monkey, Rooster, Pig, and Tiger


Despite the optimistic fortune for those in the Year of the Horse, Monkey, Rooster, Pig, and Tiger, it won’t hurt to be extra careful in making big financial decisions and career moves. Hard workers can look forward to fruitful career milestones, along with growth and investment opportunities if things fall into place this Year of the Water Tiger.

Maximize your productivity and efficiency with the Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite, an on-the-go device which lets you stay on top of your work, side hustles, and money matters. Track all your to-do lists and jot down all your business ideas and important notes on the simple and straightforward The Everyday Classic Planner. Have the best of both worlds by enjoying the functionality of a gadget and the memory retention of classic notetaking. Lastly, stay comfortable through the long working hours by getting a home office essential like the Headrest Tiltable Mesh Home Office Chair.

No matter what zodiac sign, you can have a seamless, rewarding online experience this Year of the Water Tiger with ShopeePay, Shopee’s all-in-one e-wallet. Score exclusive deals and discounts when you buy load, pay bills, and scan to pay at thousands of merchants nationwide.

Get up to 10% off on load across all networks and up to 25% cashback on your monthly bills from over 60 billers. For food and essentials, get big savings when you avail of ₱1 Deals via “ShopeePay Near Me” and redeem your discounts when you pay via ShopeePay at their physical stores.

Say goodbye to sneaky transaction fees, and enjoy free transfers to any bank and any Shopee user with ShopeePay! Withdraw money to your bank account; or send money to your friends and family to their ShopeePay wallet or bank account. Transferring money with ShopeePay is instant and available 24/7. You can also get up to ₱25 cashback on your transfer fee when you cash in to ShopeePay via InstaPay; on your InstaPay fee. Enjoy these exclusive deals and more when you activate your ShopeePay, for a rewarding and cashless experience.

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

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

 


Now is the best time to clear the clutter, clean your closets, and share your extras with the less fortunate in the SM Store’s Share Your Extras campaign.

A joint project of The SM Store in partnership with SM Foundation and local Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), shoppers can donate their slightly used or brand new clothes (tops and bottoms) for infants to adults. All the items collected will be for the benefit of those affected by the recent Typhoon Odette.

Shoppers can drop off their donations or purchase new ones from The SM Store until February 15 in all branches in Metro Manila, and from February 1 to 28 in the rest of the stores nationwide.



Each donation will entitle shoppers to a P100 discount coupon voucher courtesy of The SM Store. The discount coupon can be redeemed at any The SM Store branch, from January 15, 2022 until February 28, 2023 with a minimum P1000 single-receipt purchase of any denim item from SM Woman, GTW Urban, Just Jeans, Code Blue, and SMYTH.

Share Your Extras is part of the annual donation drive of The SM Store and SM Foundation. Previous beneficiaries included communities in need such as in Marawi, Isabela, and many other communities across the country. As mentioned earlier, this year’s campaign will benefit families affected by Typhoon Odette, which has displaced thousands of families in Mimaropa, Visayas, and Mindanao.



Share Your Extras is one of the ways The SM Store reaches out to the communities. Other store based projects include Donate-A-Book, Share-A-Toy, Share Shoes, Share-A-Gift, and Gamot Para sa Kapwa.

Sharing is not just about donating, it is about making a difference in the lives of the less fortunate. Visit SM City MarilaoSM City Baliwag, SM City San Jose Del Monte, and SM Center Pulilan today to Share Your Extras at The SM Store.


Monday, January 24, 2022



MSI, the innovative computing manufacturer in gaming, creator, and business laptops, proudly reveals its new lineup of laptops equipped with the latest 12 th Gen Intel ® H series processors. MSI demonstrated their determination and vision for the coming era of the metaverse. The new laptops boasting the Meta-ready logo are equipped with Intel ® Core TM i7 or above processors and NVIDIA GeForce RTX ™ 3070 or above, for anyone who’d like to experience Metaverse-compatible performance.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX laptops are based on the revolutionary Ampere architecture, with 2nd generation RT Cores for ray tracing and 3rd generation Tensor Cores for DLSS and AI.

The new GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU brings the flagship 80 Ti class of GPUs to laptops for the first time. Featuring 16GB of the fastest GDDR6 memory ever shipped in a laptop, the RTX 3080 Ti delivers higher performance than the desktop TITAN RTX. The new GeForce RTX 3070 Ti is up to 70% faster than RTX 2070 SUPER laptops and can deliver 100 frames per second at 1440p resolution.

Additionally, the new 4th generation of Max-Q Technologies, with CPU Optimizer, Rapid Core Scaling, and Battery Boost 2.0, further enhance efficiency, performance, and battery life.

The new gaming laptop lineup features a significant performance improvement over previous models, including up to 30%~45% increase in CPU performance. MSI also added innovations in thermal solutions: the Phase Change Liquid Metal Pad. The MSI-exclusive cooling helps fully release the power of the new 12 th Gen Intel processors. It provides a solution that is as efficient as liquid metal, but safer and more reliable.


Sleek & Sophisticated – Stealth GS77/66

The award-winning Stealth GS series are the lightweight, powerful laptops for gaming and professional use. The GS77/66 comes with a new “core black” color and a more durable zinc alloy hinge. At less than 21mm for Z height, MSI managed to enlarge the touchpad and keycap size for a precise and comfortable typing experience. It is also equipped with six speakers for crisp treble and powerful bass. Business gamers will benefit from the webcam lock switch and support for up to100W PD charging for better security and mobility. For the Philippines, the Stealth GS66 12UG S-086PH and the Stealth GS66 12UG S-011PH will be dropping in the market at the prices of PHP 209,995 and PHP 177,995 respectively.

Slim, Sharp & Stylish – Stealth 15M

The Stealth 15M was MSI’s inspiration to create for gamers a portable, stylish and powerful laptop. The 15M was made with an aesthetic and urban stylish design in mind to bring a mesh of flair and tech. MSI doesn’t joke around with portability when they made the 15M come in at 1.8kg and 18.2mm thin. Slick and chic Filipino gamers can expect this laptop to drop in at PHP 114,995 for their productivity, leisure, and gaming needs.

Ultimate Powerhouse – Raider GE76/66

MSI Raider GE series is the real eye-catcher, retaining the panoramic aurora lighting which creates an alluring sci-fi ambience. The performance is even more astonishing; with the innovative thermal design by MSI, the Raider GE series performance can reach up to a total of 220W 1 with GeForce RTX 3080 Ti via MSI OverBoost. The Phase Change Liquid Metal Pad increases performance by extra 10%, and with displays up to 4K with the support of Discrete Graphic Mode, gamers will have a fast and smooth experience with the MSI Raider Series. There will be two of MSI’s Raider GE series that will be made available in the Philippine. The Raider GE76 12UHS-228PH will be coming in at PHP 272,995 and the Raider GE66 12UGS- 020PH will be priced P172,995.

Born for Performance – Vector GP76/66

The Vector GP Series was born with a new concept; the name “Vector” represents MSI’s expectation for the GP series to have all the power needed to move forward with a satisfying experience in gaming, engineering, or scientific computing. With Cooler Boost 5 Technology, the Vector’s performance can reach up to 210W via MSI OverBoost. MSI’s Filipino fans can look forward to the powerful Vector GP76 12UH-088PH to come at PHP 177,995 and the Vector GP66 12UH-095PH at PHP 167,995.

Rainbow Six Extraction Edition – Crosshair 15

The Crosshair GL series is a collaboration between MSI and Ubisoft. The series features a futuristic design with exclusive sci-fi elements inspired by the feeling and mood of gameplay, and the comes equipped with Intel ® Core TM i9 processors and Cooler Boost 5 Technology. The graphic performance is at a maximized level - setting the Crosshair series apart from its competition . Crosshair GL Series comes in three variants: Crosshair 15, Crosshair 17, and also the limited edition Crosshair 15 Rainbow Six Extraction Edition that comes with an exclusive bundle pack. Filipino’s looking into stylish and powerful laptops will look no further when the Crosshair 15 B12UG SZ-207PH and Crosshair 15 B12UG SZ-206PH drop in the Philippine market. These laptops will be priced at PHP156,995 and PHP 135,995 respectively.

Pulsating Power– Pulse GL66

The MSI Pulse GL66 keeps the design features by Maarten Verhoeven along with the titanium power-armor inspired by Pulse energy for the Dragon Army to enhance agility and flexibility. Cooler Boost 5 increases airflow by 15%, even with a 33% reduction of wall thickness. The Pulse GL66 12UEK-028PH will bring innovation and efficiency to the hands of Filipinos. This laptop will be up for grabs in the market at PHP 114,995.


Sharpen Your Game - Katana GF66

The MSI Katana series are set to help gamers succeed with a comfortable key travel at 1.7mm and Cooler Boost 5. The Philippine market can most likely expect and be excited about the famous Katana GF66 12UGS-269PH to be dropping in the country. They can expect the slick and thin laptop to come at PHP 125,995.




Saturday, January 22, 2022







In today’s world, the term literacy is not just about learning how to read and write anymore. As the country charts its future toward the so-called “next normal,” presuming that this pandemic will end already, digital literacy in the Philippines will be of high significance and importance.




The level of digitalization at present may already be in an advanced stage, but do Filipinos have the skills and capabilities already to be fully functional, effective, and efficient and be called “literate” enough to use digital technologies? Are they digitally literate enough to use information and communication technology (ICT) to tackle issues related to gender inequality, education, health, even employment?

Heck, can Filipinos even connect to the internet properly and consistently?




Recent data from the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), the specialized agency of the United Nations about ICT, showed a surge in terms of internet usage to an estimated 4.9 billion in 2021 from around 4.1 billion back in 2019.




But despite this surge, connecting to the internet still remains unequal. An estimated 2.9 billion people have still never used the internet and of this number, 96 percent live in developing countries. “While almost two-thirds of the world’s population is now online, there is a lot more to do to get everyone connected to the Internet,” said ITU Secretary General Houlin Zhao.




For most ordinary people, being able to send messages and post to social media or simply surf the internet does not mean being digitally literate. People must have specific skills to be able to create digital content and share it online in the most responsible manner. The time to teach students anything and everything about digital literacy should also start right now, in the classroom, while they are still young so that once they graduate, they can proudly say that they are already digitally literate and be able to find gainful employment.




As many people look to the internet for information, it is also about teaching them how to create, communicate, share and yes, discern the kind of information they get. People should know how to consume and share correct information, especially in this world where “fake news” is practically considered gospel truth, protect them from and even help stop cyberbullies and cybercriminals. Digital literacy means not just having the ability to enter the World Wide Web and surf websites but also having the skills to effectively and responsibly find, assess, and evaluate information found online.




Digital literacy for all Filipinos is the kind of dream that Computer Literacy, Innovation, Connectivity and Knowledge or simply “CLICK” partylist wishes to achieve for Filipinos. It is about spreading awareness about digital literacy as a catalyst for change in many aspects of their lives, be it in education, employment, health, business and yes, more importantly, governance.




An important part of improving lives of many Filipinos is also about governance, which is why part of what CLICK intends to provide a solution in the area of governance is to usher it to the digital era. Admittedly, the government is still not ready for digitalization. Government processes are still mostly manual or paper-based, and many public servants in government are somewhat still aloof to modernization and technology, perhaps due to lack of awareness about its benefits, or probably the thought of “change” scares them.




With CLICK, their legislative agenda with regard to digitizing government services is to let every level of government, from the national to the barangays undergo a digital literacy journey to keep itself at pace with technological developments in governance in the 21st Century. Perhaps, reinventing how the government provides services and opening up its eyes regarding its role in national development through legislation will fast-track its modernization/automation of services using technology to make the lives of Filipinos easier and better in the years to come.



CLICK believes that only through effective and sound legislation can they affect change for all Filipinos regardless of economic status and geographical location using the power of technology and will help chart the country’s digital literacy roadmap. Decades of neglect and misinformation, coupled with corruption in terms of governance, will not be fixed overnight. Righting what was wrong for decades is not just a “weekend project.”




The work of crafting laws to help create better lives for Filipinos through the power of digital technology will be painstaking and meticulous, and will not offer an instant cure to their problems. Ultimately, through laws that leverage on technology, CLICK partylist can do its share of slowly undoing what had been wrongly done, and create a stronger and more progressive Philippines that can compete—or belong side-by-side—with other more developed countries in the world with regard to digital literacy and competency.




For CLICK, digital literacy should become a way of life to give the country a chance to move forward and create an efficient and digitally sound Philippines, and a better future for Filipinos.




To know more about “CLICK,” follow CLICK Partylist on their social media accounts or visit their website at www.clickpartylist.ph.




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Friday, January 21, 2022



OFFMUTE, Sony Music Entertainment’s new Southeast Asian label, is excited to put the promising new talent on the global map


After delivering an impressive rendition of Ben&Ben’s anthemic rock single “Lunod,” up-and-coming songbird liesl-mae is ready to conquer the international music arena with the release of her original song entitled “Headspace.”


With two previously-released singles under her belt, “Headspace” marks her official debut as a soulful pop singer-songwriter with a knack for ethereal melodies and soaring vocals. The single is one of the first original songs that the Kuala Lumpur-based artist has ever written, noting that she penned “Headspace” in the beginning of 2020 when she found herself at a point in her life where she was feeling weighed down and overwhelmed.


“Headspace” was born out of the songwriter finding herself struggling to feel present; instead spending most of her time inside her own head.


“Trying to snap out of it and being able to focus again. That’s what the song’s about,” says liesl-mae.


Lyrically, the single is a nuanced display of vulnerability and, in liesl-mae’s own words, “a cry for help” – of wanting to find peace and safety, whether it be a person, place, or headspace.


An advocate for mental health, liesl-mae is determined to openly address and discuss mental health in her music in the hopes of inspiring others, as well as to foster understanding around the subject matter – and she does it all with her heart on her sleeve. The proof is in her artistry.




“‘Headspace’ is about finding peace amidst the chaos. Writing this song gave me that peace, and I can only hope that listening to it gives you that too,” concludes liesl-mae.


liesl-mae is one of the three new artists that OFFMUTE, Sony Music Entertainment’s new Southeast Asian label, signed upon its launch last March 9, 2021. Prior to “Headspace,” she has previously released called “Solace,” a self-written and home-recorded single born out of the lockdown-stricken crucible that is life in a pandemic.


Headspace” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via OFFMUTE. The official music video will be released at 8pm, same date.


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 After making headlines with generation-defining songs that celebrate individuality and empowerment, Maris Racal is back with another track that fits cohesively in the country’s ever-diversifying P-Pop music landscape.


Featuring up-and-coming singer-songwriter and rapper raven, Maris Racal’s latest single “Pumila Ka” asserts the internet-breaking star’s knack for capturing the zeitgeist and shaking up outdated conventions in mainstream music.

On “Pumila Ka,” the recording artist claps back at those who use their privilege and entitlement for all the wrong reasons. The empowering tune emphasizes that people need to be more aware and considerate of those around them – that it’s okay to aim high as long as you won’t be hurting or do anyone wrong in the process.

In an Instagram post, Maris Racal dedicates the song to everyone who had to line up and work hard in order to achieve their goals. “Time will come that you’ll get through your destination and live up your dreams,” the Ate Sandali hitmaker said.

“Pumila Ka” is accompanied by a colorful music video that bursts with the 24-year-old singer-songwriter/actress’ chameleonic persona. Helmed by veteran filmmaker Treb Monteras, the visuals offer a choreography-heavy spectacle that brings listeners back to the era of early 2000s pop music, led by artists such as Beyoncé, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera.


Upon the release of the music video, “Pumila Ka” instantly climbed the iTunes Philippines chart at No. 3, and trended on Twitter Philippines at No. 1 for several hours. As of press time, the MV has racked up more than 100,000 views.

The unapologetic bop is written by Maris herself and singer-songwriter/rapper raven, with production by Rico Blanco. According to raven, who happens to contribute a verse on the multihyphenate star’s 2022 single, working with Maris was a fun and exciting experience. “I used to watch her in PBB, and I’m glad that I got to collaborate with someone as talented as Maris. The verse that I’ve written for her was based on a true story.”

The bedroom musician shares that it was his first time appearing in a music video with backup dancers and a more elaborate setup. He also praised Maris Racal and Rico Blanco’s work ethic as collaborators, and their kind gesture of making him comfortable during the entire shoot. “At first, I felt intimidated by Maris and sir Rico, because I’m not used to working with artists of their caliber. Good thing they were approachable and very accommodating on the set. I’ve learned a lot of things from them.”

“Pumila Ka” marks Maris Racal’s first release of 2022, and continues the journey of her previous singles “Ate Sandali” and “Asa Naman.” Both tracks earned positive feedback from music critics and fans for steering pop music forward with exciting new ideas.

The song also serves as raven’s latest offering since 2021’s Lika Na album, a collection of songs that put refreshing spin on ‘90s indie rock, lo-fi hip-hop, folk, and bedroom pop. The record includes hits and absolute gems such as “Ngayon Lang ‘To,” “Paraluman,” “SUKI (which includes Rico Blanco on production),” and “Kung Tayo, Tayo.”

Maris Racal and raven’s “Pumila Ka” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music. Watch the music video here.

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