Wednesday, February 21, 2024

realme Philippines also debuts latest model to the Number series

Following the global launch of the realme 12 Pro Series 5G in January that stirred up anticipation from the Squad, realme Philippines finally hinted the arrival of the realme 12 Series 5G in the country via post on its official Facebook page. The renowned smartphone manufacturer once again raises the bar even after the back-to-back sold out performances of the realme Note 50 (4GB+64GB) and successful launch of the realme C67.

While realme Philippines has yet to confirm which variant of the Pro Series it will be bringing to the Philippine market, the smartphone brand confirms local launch of the new model realme 12+ 5G as part of the realme 12 Series 5G. This new model, with the addition of the "+" symbol, signifies realme's commitment to providing ultimate value within the mid-range smartphone segment.

The realme 12+ 5G promises outstanding photography performance. To deliver elevated imaging, realme partnered with Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda to develop three image enhancement filters inspired by his award-winning films.

In line with the brand’s tradition of highlighting exceptional design in its smartphones, the realme 12+ 5G incorporates design elements from the luxury watch world, redefining the smartphone design language.

Mark your calendars and catch more details about the realme 12 Series 5G on the realme’s official Facebook page on February 29.

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

PhilEnergy emerges as a stand-alone event from March 20 to 22.

Pasay City, Philippines—One of the most anticipated and well-attended B2B trade events is set to mount its fourth edition in March. PhilEnergy is set to gather local and international energy leaders, brands, organizations, and businesses in a three-day trade show that will further promote the revitalized energy sector in the country.

PhilEnergy was then before a co-located event of Informa Markets’ WATER PHILIPPINES. It was then announced that the energy trade show will be a stand-alone event this year because of the potential of the industry. Thus, PhilEnergy 2024 will also serve as its launch event and will be an “ultimate platform for industry players to explore cutting-edge energy technologies and products.”

This event is expected to welcome more than 4,000 trade visitors from the energy field and industry on top of over a hundred of participating energy and related companies not just from the Philippines and the Southeast Asian region but also from across the globe.

“PhilEnergy is the country’s most comprehensive energy trade event,” said Rungphech ‘Rose’ Chitanuwat, Country General Manager of Informa Markets in the Philippines, the organizer of the PhilEnergy.

“It is a significant trade show as it is a collaborative effort aimed at further propelling the clean energy revolution towards a sustainable and net-zero future. PhilEnergy promotes the development of innovative renewable solutions that are shaping the crucial energy industry,” she added.

Ultimate renewable energy platform

Aside from the exhibition, which will showcase the latest products and innovations in the industry, PhilEnergy 2024 will also mount a series of seminars, workshops, and conferences to be facilitated by partner organizations. These include Smart Grid Technologies by MERALCO, Developing Future Energy Systems in PH by the Asia-Pacific Urban Energy Association, Power System Stability and Control by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines, and Power System Planning and Optimization by the National Transmission Corporation.

“PhilEnergy indicates a transformative moment in the Philippines' energy landscape and serves as a catalyst to support the energy transition towards a sustainable, low-carbon future. We are excited to participate in and contribute to this year's edition of PhilEnergy, which will help shape the future of energy in the Philippines and ASEAN.” said Peter Lundberg, Executive Director of the Asia Pacific Urban Energy Association.

PhilEnergy is also the venue for the Society of Philippine Electrotechnical Constructors and Suppliers Inc.’s industry forum ‘Accelerating Renewable Energy Transition’ and the PCAB Licensing Workshop (paid seminar). Full on-site conference by the Philippine Energy Efficiency Alliance Inc. ‘First Fuel Energy Efficiency Day 2024’ set of Day 1 will have invited honorable ambassadors (the UK, Sweden, and Denmark) and major PH business leaders (including Ayala Corporation’s Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, JG Summit Holdings’ Lance Gokongwei, and SM Prime Holdings’ Henry Sy) as speakers.

Some of the participating companies for PhilEnergy Expo are AsiaPhil Inc., Daikin Philippines, Lead Core Technology System Incorporation, Prisma Electrical Controls Corporation, Schneider Electric Philippines, Yokogawa Philippines, and to name a few.

PH efforts to boost industry

PhilEnergy 2024 is expanding the focus of its main energy profiles to five (from just two when it was still RE EE Philippines). Those are Renewable Energy (RE), Energy Efficiency (EE), Electric and Power (E&P), Electric Vehicle (EV), and Energy Storage (ES). This move aligns with the current expansion of the renewable energy sector and with the Philippine government’s push to establish secure, sustainable, and resilient energy strategies.

During the Asia Zero Emission Community (AZEC) leaders’ meeting held in Japan in December 2023, President Ferdinand ‘Bong Bong’ Marcos Jr revealed the national government’s goal to increase the renewable energy share in the country’s power generation mix to 35 percent by the year 2030 and to 50% by 2040. He also cited the ongoing policies aimed at promoting renewable energy, including tax incentives and the lifting of foreign ownership limits for renewable energy facilities and businesses.


The Philippines has also just recently granted ‘green lane processing’ for up to ₱244 billion worth of renewable energy investments. The Board of Investments has approved the seven projects that will be fast-tracked to speed up the roll out and implementation of the initiatives.

PhilEnergy 2024 will be held from March 20 to 22, 2024 at the 2nd floor of SMX Convention Center in Pasay City. Gates will open from 9:30 a.m.


For visitor inquiries, contact Informa Markets representative: Danah F. Castillo through or +63 2 8581 1921.

About Informa Markets

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From left: Chinabank Chief Finance Officer Patrick Cheng, President & CEO Romy Uyan, Michelle Dee, Sparkle GMA Artist Center Vice President Joy Romina Marcelo, and Miss Universe Philippines
Creative Director Jonas Gafud.

Chinabank has signed up its first ever brand ambassador, the reigning Miss Universe Philippines Michelle Marquez Dee. The collaboration was formalized on February 14, 2024 at the Chinabank head office in Makati City.

The beauty queen, actress, host, athlete, and model is a fitting and inspiring representative for Chinabank. Michelle, who has won the hearts and minds of Filipinos and the world with her charisma, authenticity, and sense of purpose, is redefining contemporary Filipino culture on a global stage. Her lifelong autism acceptance and inclusivity advocacy has led her to a degree in BS Psychology and to use her platform and her work with the Autism Society of the Philippines to create awareness about the condition. With Michelle on board, Chinabank is strengthening its brand presence and building a profound connection with the new generation of dynamic and forward-thinking banking customers.

“This engagement with Michelle Dee signifies the beginning of many things to come. For us, Michelle is family. But beyond her obvious lineage to the bank's co-founders, we firmly believe that Michelle has the qualities to aptly represent a bank with a storied history and an unwavering commitment to building an inclusive and sustainable future for every Filipino,” Chinabank President & CEO Romeo D. Uyan Jr. said during the contract signing.

Michelle expressed her happiness and excitement for her new role, noting that she and Chinabank are a good fit as they share the same high regard for building trust, making an impact, and bringing about change.

“Chinabank isn’t just any bank, it’s been a beacon of trust and resilience for over a century. Now that’s a lot of years of making a difference in people’s lives and making dreams come true, but it’s also the spirit of making a difference that really resonates with every Filipino heart,” she said. “I would like to keep it real. I’m here to share my stories and the incredible work Chinabank does… I can’t wait to make memories and make such ground breaking opportunities for everyone around us as well.”

Chinabank founder Dee C. Chuan was Michelle Dee’s paternal grand-uncle. Her grandfather was former Chinabank Chairman Dee K. Chiong whose leadership shaped the bank into prominence. He also led the bank’s early foray into computer technology, becoming the first bank in Southeast Asia to process deposit accounts online.

MMD with his cousin Chinabank CFO Patrick Cheng

Chinabank is the fourth largest private universal bank in the Philippines. The bank is set to launch an advertising campaign featuring Michelle as it continues to innovate and improve its products and services with a keen focus on its customers.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Your favorite weekly food market is now in Ortigas Malls. Mercato Centrale has opened its doors at Estancia, Capitol Commons and The Strip at Circulo Verde.

Best known as the country’s #1 food and lifestyle night market, Mercato Centrale is a hub for business owners to share their products with foodies everywhere. This month, shoppers at Estancia Mall and The Strip can now enjoy a wide range of dishes and refreshments all day.

Here’s the schedule for Mercato Centrale at Ortigas Malls:

● The Strip at Circulo Verde: February 8 to 29, every Thursday to Sunday from 3pm to 11pm (If you purchase a bucket of Heineken Silver, you’ll get a free 0.0 Heineken Cap)

● Estancia, Capitol Commons: February 14 to March 10, every Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 11pm

If you’re looking for somewhere to chill during your lunch break or over the weekend with your loved ones, drop by Mercato Centrale at Estancia and The Strip. Let Ortigas Malls be part of your “Larger Than Life” dining experience.


Here's your one-stop app for all your Larger Than Life experiences: Sign up for the Ortigas Community Card via the Ortigas Malls app to get first dibs on amazing deals, discounts, and perks.

For more information and updates on Ortigas Malls’ events be sure to like and visit their official Facebook pages: Greenhills Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia Mall.

The attractiveness of sales and low prices, coupled with the time pressure that comes with it, make everyone vulnerable to online scammers, including fake sellers.

Financial super app GCash shares the signs you should watch out for when checking an online seller and how to do a ‘legit check’ with the help of the Express Send Checkbox for Send Money transactions, a unique feature designed to help you verify the legitimacy of your Send Money transaction.

How do you spot a fake seller?

The seller has little to no account history

Be wary of sellers with minimal or no account history. Scammers frequently create new accounts to continue their fraudulent activities, even if they have been reported or blocked in the past. When making purchases through social media pages, use the page transparency feature to verify when the page was created and its previous name changes.

The seller offers ridiculously low prices

When an online seller has no other posts and reviews on their profile, it may mean that they are new to the platform or have minimal experience selling online. Legitimate sellers usually have a consistent record of posts, listings, and reviews to provide potential customers an understanding of their reputation and customer experience.

How can I do a Legit Check on an online seller?

Check the seller’s profile

Before agreeing to pay for a product, examine the seller’s profile. Do a quick search of the business or seller’s name to make sure they are not imitating a legitimate business or individual.

Assess seller reviews

Check for reviews and complaints about the business on various platforms, including the seller’s own profile, independent review sites, and social media pages. Be on the lookout for recurring complaints that may suggest potential issues.

Ask for payment-upon-delivery option

When possible, ask the seller if it’s possible for you to pay only once the item is delivered, or once you have confirmed that the item is correct.

Use GCash as your trusted payment option

When paying for your purchases, make sure to use a secure mode of payment such as GCash. When you use GCash to send money to the seller, you are reminded to do a ‘legit check’ first with the help of the Express Send Checkbox feature. The Express Send Checkbox prompts you to verify that you have reviewed the person you are sending money to and that the number of the recipient and the amount you are about to send are correct, before enabling you to proceed with the transaction.

Remember, online shopping should be a fun and enjoyable experience of rewarding yourself and your loved ones, not a cause of worry and fear. By staying vigilant against fake sellers and being proactive in doing legit checks, you can fully enjoy the fruits of your hard work and have the confidence to shop online and pay with GCash.

If you encounter phishing scams and fraudulent activities targeting your GCash account, you may report these by visiting the official GCash Help Center in the app or at, messaging Gigi on the website, and typing, “I want to report a scam.”

Sunday, February 18, 2024

P-Pop star Josh Cullen joins forces with Filipino rapper Yuridope for the official remix of “Get Right.”

Instantly hitting it off with undeniable chemistry, the duo rocked the remix with an insatiable drive to flip the beat, get the verses turned up, and deliver a performance that is equally compelling as the original.

I’ve been eyeing a remix for 'Get Right' with a local artist, and boom, Yuridope pops up,” the lead rapper and vocalist of SB19 reveals. “The dude is not just talented; he is genuine. And that verse of his? It was like he blinked and boom, and it was done. Literal na naglabada lang. (He literally washed it out).”

The remix treatment serves as a collaborative effort with multi-talented producer Cursebox, who brought a reinvigorating spin to the source material and helped Josh realize his vision. The result is an inter-genre tweak that pushes the envelope forward as far as production is concerned.

Josh recounts, “Cursebox deconstructed the beat, experimenting with sounds and rhythms to breathe new life into the track. Throughout the process, we provided feedback, ensuring the arrangement aligned with our vision. In the end, Cursebox's unique touch added depth to the song, elevating it to new heights while respecting its roots."

Serving as a gateway to bridge the gap between hip-hop enthusiasts and his captured market, the reimagining of “Get Right” provides an exciting opportunity to introduce new elements to the music while also inviting fans from different genres to experience Josh’s sound in a fresh light.

Josh adds, “This collaboration opens doors to new connections and possibilities, enriching our musical journey and expanding our reach. And with this remix, we're kicking off a larger journey, pioneering a unique sub-genre I'd like to call ‘hip-pop,’ which promises to bring even more innovation and excitement to the music scene.”

Get Right” finds the SB19 rapper and vocalist embracing his music journey while navigating the challenges of making a dent in a highly competitive industry as a solo act. The original version was written and helmed by Josh Cullen himself, with collaborators Ocho the Bullet and UK-based indie icon No Rome assisting with the production.

Josh Cullen and Yuridope’s remix of “Get Right” is out now on all digital music platforms worldwide via Sony Music Entertainment.

Manila, Philippines, February 18, 2024 –

Leading global smartphone provider, HONOR, shines a spotlight in Pangasinan for the viral HONOR X9b 5G Ultra Tough Challenge with the Smash Test being the consumer’s favorite in testing the durability of the all-angle ultra tough smartphone.

“We are truly touched by the warm patronage and unwavering support shown to us by the vibrant community of HONOR fans in Pangasinan and provide them with the opportunity to experience the remarkable durability of the HONOR X9b 5G through our viral smash test as it continously excel across both our offline and online platforms,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

The HONOR celebration at Guanzon Festival 2024 held in Calasiao, Pangasinan is a resounding success packed with HONOR gifts and prizes. The All-Angle Ultra-Tough HONOR X9b 5G is still available at an affordable price of Php 16,999.

With the cutting-edge HONOR Ultra-Bounce Anti-Drop Display at its core, the HONOR X9b 5G earns accreditation from SGS's Five Star Overall Drop Resistance. Its shock absorption capacity is bolstered by up to 1.2 times, ensuring unparalleled durability and stability, ideal for the demands of modern, on-the-go smartphone users.

Moreover, the HONOR X9b 5G boasts a triple camera system, comprising a 108MP Ultra-Clear Camera, a 5MP Ultra-Wide Camera, and a 2MP Macro Camera. The 108MP Ultra-Clear Camera features a sizable 1/1.67-inch sensor and a wide f/1.75 aperture, enabling it to capture more light and deliver images with striking clarity. Additionally, the camera offers superior optical quality with 3X zoom and an exceptional motion capture engine, guaranteeing that the HONOR X9b 5G produces crisp snapshots with captivating detail.

Priced at Php 16,999, the HONOR X9b 5G is readily available on Lazada (,

Shopee (, TikTok Shop ( and HONOR Experience or Partner stores.

To know more about the complete features of HONOR X9b 5G, you may visit: and head on to HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms for exciting announcements: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok Shop: ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Even though February is the shortest month of the year, love month at SM City Valenzuela is anything but short on heartfelt attractions and activities. SM City Valenzuela pulled out all the stops to make his season of love unforgettable for shoppers of all ages.

Every day is Valentine’s Day with SM City Valenzuela’s Luck in Love Spots. Located at the heart of the mall, this enchanting display features captivating lights and romantic designs that will make hearts skip a beat. From fluttering heart motifs to mesmerizing elements, "Luck in Love Spots" promises to be a delightful attraction for lovers, friends, and families alike.

For those looking to recreate their favorite romantic movie scenes or K-pop drama moments, SM City Valenzuela also offers Instagram-worthy displays throughout the mall premises. Snap-worthy spots situated at the mall's atrium invite shoppers to capture unforgettable memories with their loved ones, be it in group photos or charming selfies.

Adding to the ambiance, shoppers can also indulge in live music sessions and soul-stirring performances. Let the soothing melodies serenade you and your special someone as you bask in the joy of togetherness.

With so many Valentine-inspired attractions to enjoy, there's no better place to celebrate love than at SM City Valenzuela. Whether you're shopping for the perfect gift or simply looking to spend quality time with loved ones, SM City Valenzuela has everything you need to make this love month truly special.

Friday, February 16, 2024

 Celebrate the Month of Love as the MyOPPO App offers treats you and your loved ones with gifts and exciting raffle prizes



OPPO spreads the love this February in a grand way by giving away amazing prizes and a chance to win up to Php2,400 worth of gifts in the daily raffle exclusively through the MyOPPO App until February 29.


Redeem load vouchers to stay connected no matter the distance

If you're in a long-distance relationship or simply want to reach out to friends and family, OPPO has got you covered. You have a chance to claim a Php100 load voucher daily from Globe or Smart to connect with your loved ones through calls, texts, or even data. Plus, you can also share this voucher with your special someone.


Claim shopping vouchers to practice self-care or show thoughtfulness for others

Treat your family and significant other to a shopping spree at AKIMBO or CUL-DE-SAC with Php1,500 worth of vouchers. Whether it's a new outfit, a piece of jewelry, or something for the home, these vouchers will surely make their day. But that's not all! You can also use the Php100 mobile pass from Sodexo to buy a special gift they'll love. With these vouchers, you can make this Love Month unforgettable for your loved ones.


Seek dining rewards for dates with your special someone

After a day of shopping, it's time to relax and enjoy a delicious meal together. Use the Php100 digital voucher to savor the delectable dishes at Tim Ho Wan, known for their mouthwatering dim sum and other Chinese delicacies such as their famous pork buns, dimsum, and more.


Enjoy the company of loved ones while binge-watching movies and series

Score a 6-month subscription to VIU and spend quality time together to binge-watch your favorite Asian movies, TV shows, anime, and variety shows. Whether you're into thrilling dramas, romantic comedies, or action-packed series, VIU has something for everyone.


All MyOPPO App users are eligible to participate in the daily raffle. Simply access the promotion page by tapping on the homepage banner or pop-up in the My OPPO App. Once you're in, you'll have three chances each day to play and win these amazing prizes.


Whether you're looking to win big or simply have some fun, don't miss out on your chance to enjoy this love season!


Find out more perks and information about the MyOPPO App raffle promo in the MyOPPO App. Also visit OPPO Philippines’ official website at or OPPO Philippines’ official social media pages on Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok.


(L-R) Enercon Asia Executive Chairman Dr. Azhar Othman, Enercon Asia CEO Roland Lim, and Enercon Systems International Philippines Corporation Country Manager Dexter Carinugan

Enercon Asia, a leading provider of comprehensive energy and power system integrator solutions, is pleased to announce the expansion of its services in the Philippines and the introduction of an advanced smart energy assessment and monitoring system to address the growing market demand for sustainability innovations. 

Amidst the global challenge of achieving energy sustainability, businesses worldwide are increasingly adopting more efficient energy consumption solutions. This trend is especially prominent in the Philippines, where the Philippine Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) recognizes the need for more efficient energy usage.

To meet the urgent demand for advanced energy efficiency solutions, Enercon has introduced its Remote Energy Monitoring System. This IoT-based power monitoring system seamlessly connects to various energy sources, including generators, solar panels, batteries, and the power grid. Additionally, it is equipped with a data-driven tool to prepare businesses for sustainability management and reporting.

Dr. Azhar Othman, Executive Chairman, Enercon Asia, "Our goal is to advance towards a more intelligent and sustainable energy landscape while assisting businesses in navigating the complexities of energy efficiency. We aim to empower businesses to actively monitor their energy consumption, address challenges in establishing carbon reduction goals, and most importantly, achieve a significant reduction in power consumption costs."

In addition to catering to commercial and industrial sectors, Enercon strategically positions itself to support rapidly growing industries such as microgrids and data centers. Projections from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) indicate a fivefold increase in data center capacity by 2029. Enercon's timely launch of the Remote Energy Monitoring System, combined with their proficiency in integrating Data Centre Power system solutions, is well-positioned to support businesses in adapting to the ever-changing landscape of energy consumption efficiency.

“Recognising that power consumption constitutes a significant operating expense for many facilities and building owners, we are committed to helping them better manage their energy usage. Through site verification, measurement, monitoring, and analysis with state-of-the-art smart energy monitoring equipment, our teams ensure that clients have a thorough understanding of their energy consumption patterns, on top of meeting compliance requirements. By incorporating preventive and predictive measurements, our solution furnishes businesses with insights into their energy consumption patterns. Moreover, it facilitates remote monitoring of facilities' energy usage, empowering businesses with enhanced control and efficiency in overseeing their energy resources,” said Roland Lim, CEO of Enercon Asia.

For the past 50 years, Enercon has been specializing in power generation and control, spanning across commercial, industrial, and emerging sectors. Beyond offering energy audits, Enercon extends its services to include asset management, encompassing regular preventive maintenance, upgrading, retrofitting of electrical equipment, and thorough testing, commissioning and training. This holistic approach ensures the sustained longevity and efficiency of power systems. In the Philippines, Enercon is already an ESCO registered company, backed by a team of energy engineers and energy auditors to help companies comply with RA-11285, the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Act.

With summer around the corner, the excitement for upcoming adventures and travels rises. Sonos, the wireless home sound system brand, powers the trips you are set to take with its latest and most powerful portable speaker, the Sonos Move 2. 

Take heart-pumping sound that moves you wherever you go with the upgraded portable speaker. At just 3kg, the speaker is designed to power your soundtrack for any activity, whether indoors or outdoors.

The Sonos Move 2 adjusts and optimizes sound based on the acoustics of its location, giving you the best soundscapes wherever you are. This is all thanks to the new and improved acoustic architecture, which includes dual angled tweeters for stunning sound on each side and one midwoofer with precisely-tuned basslines.

Users can enjoy longer sound journeys thanks to the Move 2’s powerful battery, which gives up to 24 hours of non-stop playback. The device is also 30% more energy efficient versus the Sonos Move, and comes with a replaceable battery, extending the life of the speaker. Its Wireless Charging Base and compact adapter allows you to charge conveniently wherever you are.

Take the durable Move 2 poolside or to the mountains, as it has IP56 rating for dust and water resistance. Its design also incorporates shock-absorbent materials to protect your speaker from sudden drops while outdoors. Each Sonos speaker also incorporates responsible design, as the brand takes conscious steps towards reducing its overall climate impact with more efficient hardware and software. Sonos devices also come with 100% recyclable exterior and interior packaging.

Create and customize your portable home theater as you please with the Sonos system, powered by the Sonos App. Thanks to wireless connectivity, setting up your Sonos devices takes mere minutes. All you need to do is switch on your Sonos Move 2, connect it to Bluetooth or via auxiliary cable and open the app to start listening to your favorite songs on the go. Through the app or through voice activation, users can also control volume, bass levels and more.

With the Sonos Move 2, your adventures have the perfect soundtrack whenever, wherever.

The Sonos Move 2 is available for purchase at Php30,990 via Mod Audio Philippines’ stores and Lazada page, as well as through official retail partners Power Mac Center and SM Appliance Center.

Sonos devices are available at Mod Audio Stores in 3F Podium and 2F IKEA Mall of Asia, as well as through Lazada, Power Mac Center and SM Appliance Center. For more information and inquiries, visit, follow Mod Audio on Instagram and Facebook, or contact 0917 503 2734 or 0933 813 3906.

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is providing Huawei users with more options to maximize their time and do convenient banking transactions through its mobile app now available on HUAWEI AppGallery.

Starting February 9, 2024, Huawei users can download the BPI app on the HUAWEI AppGallery and enjoy the convenience of mobile banking, anytime and anywhere. The BPI app allows users to access and manage their accounts, send money, pay bills, and more, all from the comfort of their mobile devices.

“Having the official BPI app on HUAWEI AppGallery allows users to enjoy all our features, enabling them to transact conveniently, efficiently, and securely wherever they are. This launch enables us to cater to more customers and continue to become their trusted financial partner. Our commitment is that the BPI app will keep getting better, so they can expect more improvements to serve their evolving needs,” said Fitzgerald Chee, Head of Consumer Platforms, BPI.

Aside from daily banking transactions, the BPI app enables cashless payments, allowing users to pay in stores and restaurants by scanning QR Ph codes. The app also provides top-notch security, as users can approve online transactions with Mobile Key, set transaction limits, and enable biometric authorizations, among others.

Huawei users can also do more with BPI through Track & Plan in the BPI app. This is a first-in-industry personal finance management feature that gives customers AI-powered insights based on their spending and saving habits. Unlike other apps, insights from BPI app's Track & Plan stems from their actual usage of the BPI app, making it more personalized and actionable. They can say goodbye to random financial tips that may not be applicable to them.

“By strengthening our digitalization efforts, we are able to reinvent customer interaction and experience. The availability of the BPI app on HUAWEI AppGallery demonstrates how BPI constantly works towards providing a convenient and secure daily-use financial app, and how the bank supports inclusive online banking for Filipinos,” Chee added.

The BPI app debuting on AppGallery is welcome news to HUAWEI’s 7 million customer base in the Philippines to date.

“We are one with BPI as they continue their thrust to cater to every Filipino, since for Huawei, consumers are its ultimate driving force. Huawei ensures that its products, software, solutions, and applications meet the needs of its consumers. And this is why we are overjoyed to announce that the BPI app is now available in HUAWEI AppGallery. Now BPI can connect quickly and securely with more of their Filipino users online,” said Peter Peng, CEO of Huawei Philippines, Consumer Business Group.

To get started with the new BPI app, Huawei users are encouraged to follow the steps on the BPI website or on the BPI YouTube channel.

For more information and other details, users may also visit @BPI on Facebook, @officialbpi on Instagram, or call BPI’s hotline: 889-10000.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

SM Center Pulilan yet again introduces another exciting treat for Bulakenyos as they bring the goodness of Pan de Manila and Mat’s Donut to the province.

Pan de Manila, a brand that has become a household name, is now serving baked goodness at the ground level of SM Center Pulilan. Known for their quality breads made from the highest quality ingredients, Pan de Manila is popular for their classic pandesal, which brings back a lot of memories in a bite. They are also famous for their soft-crusted sandwich breads, specialty breads, and other baked treats like muffins and ensaymadas.


Aside from baked treats, Pan de Manila also offers specialty house-brand products such as Spanish-style flavored coffee and chocolate, classic spreads, butter, and flavorful jam. Moreover, Pan de Manila takes pride in promoting a healthy and natural lifestyle, ensuring their breads are made with bromate-free flour, while all their house-brand products are crafted from natural ingredients with no preservatives or artificial flavor or color.


Mat’s Donut literally brings happiness with every bite at the ground level of SM Center Pulilan. Discover the craze as Mat’s offers large-size donuts at an affordable price. Whether you are craving some snacks, would like to bond with friends over food, or are looking for the best treats to bring home to your loved ones, Mat’s Donuts is definitely worth a try. Check out different variants to choose from, including ring, premium, and cheese donuts, which come in 25 amazing flavors. Likewise, they also offer coffee and blended drinks, perfect to pair with your chosen pastries at any time of the day.

Watch out as SM Center Pulilan goes full circle in bringing top and trending brands to Bulacan in 2024. Follow for updates.


Don’t forget to check out items from your shopping carts this Valentine’s Day loaded with freebies and vouchers for a week-long celebration! 

Manila, Philippines, February 15, 2024 – Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to show your love and appreciation with a gift from the global tech giant, HONOR, as they launch their Valentine’s Day sale. With discounts of up to 50%, there has never been a better time to shop for that special someone in your life. Hurry, though, as this sale won't last forever!

“We at HONOR Philippines are thrilled to spread love during Heart's Month by offering amazing discounts to our beloved HONOR fans. Take advantage of these discounts to make gifting easier and more delightful, with our wide range of products catering to every consumer's personality and needs,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

Grab the HONOR 70 5G at a whopping Php 9,000 off! Plus, receive a FREE HONOR premium speaker to enhance your intimate dinners with loved ones. The HONOR X8 and HONOR X9 are also available at an amazing Php 6,000 discount, with FREE Earbuds Pro included.

Capture the memorable moments of this celebration with the HONOR 90 5G, now at a special discount of Php 1,000 off, and get a FREE JBL Go 30.

Looking for durability and functionality? The All-angle ultra-tough HONOR X9b 5G is now Php 500 off, and it comes with FREE HONOR Choice Earbuds X5 and an exclusive HONOR Gift Box. For those who prefer a wider screen for viewing, the HONOR Pad X9 is now Php 400 off, and it comes with a FREE HONOR Smart Keyboard.

Don’t miss out on these fantastic deals! Celebrate Heart’s Month with HONOR and make your February truly special! Add to cart and check out this Valentine’s Day via Shopee (, Lazada (, and TikTok Shop (

Don’t forget to tune in on HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( for more exciting announcements! 

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

This Valentine’s Day, it’s time to plan out the perfect date that matches the love language of your partner, best friend, and family member. If you’re looking for fun and romantic ideas, Ortigas Malls has you covered.

Quality Time

Live shows are a great way to spend time with your loved ones while also vibing to your favorite songs. If you’re looking for something classical, catch the Echoes of Romance: Piano Serenade at the GH Mall East Wing Atrium every Saturday and Sunday from 3pm to 6pm. The mall will also host the Quartet Harmony: String Serenade featuring Mabel Air Strings on Valentine’s Day from 3pm to 4pm. There will also be a Designer Blooms and kiosks on the ground floor of GH Mall, where you can buy sunflowers for your loved ones.

Tiendesitas hosts The Music Vibe at Level 2, Food Village every Friday and Saturday, from 5pm to 9pm. On Valentine’s Day, there will be a Romantic Acoustic Night performance by Day for Night from 5pm to 9pm for all the romantics out there.

Over at Estancia Mall, the Romantic Acoustic Nights featuring James and Shine from February 14 to 17 and February 23 to 24 will have you swooning. The show will be at the G/F East Wing from 6pm to 8pm.

Physical Touch

If you love hugging and holding hands, capture these cute moments in a self-shoot studio at Love in the Lens at G/F East Wing, Estancia Mall on Valentine’s Day, from 5pm to 8pm.

You can also join the Love Snaps Contest at Greenhills, Tiendesitas and Estancia Mall from February 11 to 14. Get the chance to win a beautiful bouquet from Amor Blossoms when you post a photo with your loved ones at the aforementioned malls.

Words of Affirmation and Receiving Gifts

A lot of times we show our gratitude and love through words and gifts, and you can do that by treating your loved ones to a hearty meal and drinks at Mercato Centrale at Estancia, Capitol Commons (Wednesday to Sunday, 10am to 11pm from February 14 to March 10) and The Strip Circulo Verde (Thursday to Sunday, 3pm to 11pm from February 8 to 29).


Here's your one-stop app for all your Larger Than Life experiences: Sign up for the Ortigas Community Card via the Ortigas Malls app to get first dibs on amazing deals, discounts, and perks.

For more information and updates on Ortigas Malls’ events be sure to like and visit their official Facebook pages: Greenhills Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia Mall.

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Catch the realme Regional Wars in Guanzon Festival on February 17

Following the success of the first-ever realme Regional Wars - Call of Duty: Mobile last September 2023 at the realme FanFest that commenced in Pampanga, Davao and Cebu, the smartphone brand continues to prove its commitment and support to Filipino gamers in local esports. This time around, realme Philippines brings Regional Wars in Pangasinan and will be holding a Mobile Legends: Bang Bang (MLBB) tournament as part of celebrating Guanzon Festival on February 17.

The tournament is open to all MLBB amateur players residing in Pangasinan and neighboring provinces or cities. Meanwhile, teams must consist of five (5) players and at least thirteen (13) years old (all minors must provide written guardian’s consent during registration) and all teams must be willing to participate in the qualifier match schedules set by the event organizers.

Moreover, all participants will be equipped with a realme C67 to use for the duration of the tournament as the smartphone. It is backed with a highly power efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 685 and has a 90Hz refresh rate that both allow for a smooth gaming experience.

The realme Regional Wars Pangasinan Edition has a total prize pool of P150,000 worth of cash and products. The winning team will be taking home P5,000 and a realme Pad each. Meanwhile, the first runner-up and semifinalists will take home cash prizes as well as TechLife products.

The realme Regional Wars Pangasinan Edition will be hosted by Chantelle Hernandez and will be joined by shoutcasters OSX and Manjean Faldas. Aside from this, the Squad can visit the realme booth to get a chance to meet and greet these well-known casters along with Odin.

Don’t miss the registration period and score exciting prizes

For those who are interested to join, teams can register online via and as for the participants who prefer to register on-site, they can walk-in the venue as registration starts at 10:00AM on February 17. For complete mechanics and registration, the Squad can check out realme Philippines’ official Facebook post.

To stay updated on news about the upcoming realme Regional Wars Pangasinan Edition, check out the realme official Facebook page.

Manila, Philippines, February 12, 2024 –Joining HONOR’s highly acclaimed X Series, the HONOR X8b will debut its powerful innovations and unmatched user experience on February 21! By combining exceptional photography capabilities, immersive display, and a stylish design, HONOR X8b will surely be a feature-packed smartphone that caters to users' needs for visual excellence and unique aesthetic.

“If there's anything we can promise our HONOR fans, it’s our dedication in providing solutions to the ever-changing needs of smartphone users. With the arrival of HONOR X8b, we can give a solid example of quality technology without having to be expensive,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.

The HONOR X8b offers massive memory and storage options, including 8GB of RAM + 8 GB RAM Turbo and 512GB of storage – enabling it to handle demanding tasks and store a large amount of content.

The HONOR X8b features a triple camera system, including a 108MP Main Camera, 5MP Wide and Depth Camera, and 2MP Macro Camera. The 108MP Main Camera comes with the powerful ISOCELL HM6 sensor, enabling it to capture sharp, vibrant photos even in low-light environments.

The 3240Hz PWM Dimming protects users from eye strain, making it ideal for digital-savvy users who spend long hours on smartphones. Additionally, the display's HBM brightness of 1200nits and peak brightness of 2000nits ensures excellent visibility even under bright sunlight. By adjusting the screen brightness from 2nits to 2000nits automatically, the HONOR X8b provides an optimal viewing experience in any lighting condition.

Catch the launch live on Facebook: at exactly 6PM and don’t forget to tune in on HONOR’s website or social media platforms: Facebook (, Instagram ( and TikTok: ( for more exciting announcements!

To check out HONOR’s wide array of mobile phones, tablets, and laptops at any HONOR Experience and Partner Stores nationwide or online via Shopee (, Lazada ( and TikTok Shop (

Remember the FLAMES—Friends, Lovers, Anger, Marriage, Engagement (Enemy for some), Soulmates—game in the 90’s? It was a popular pen and paper pastime among young teens. They would name their ‘crush’ and be able to ‘predict’ their future by playing with the letters that make up the name.

Fast forward to this day and age, “FLAMES” can guide adults and teens alike. But this time on a more serious note.

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) presents a ‘FLAMES’ way—of protecting against scammers.

No one can really predict when and how a scammer attacks. We must always be careful not to fall for their schemes,” said BPI Enterprise Information Security Officer and Data Protection Officer Jonathan John B. Paz.

BPI’s ‘FLAMES’ reminder consists of simple cybersecurity tips that account holders can do to keep their accounts safe and secure especially this Valentine’s Day:

  • F-riends? Family? It is better to keep confidential details like your PINs and passwords a secret (even) from them.

  • L-ove to share your latest updates online? This is okay but be sure to set boundaries. Avoid oversharing, especially on social media, for your and your loved ones’ safety.

  • A-nger, excitement, and curiosity are some of the most common emotional trigger's scammers latch on to for their social engineering scams. Too much of these feelings can also be used as bait to manipulate you.

  • M-arriage between online and offline cybersecurity practices is a good habit to develop. It is not enough to be careful with your actions online only but not offline, and vice-versa.

  • E-ngage only with trusted accounts. When planning to use e-commerce, do background checks first and read reviews about the sellers or product. Legitimate Facebook pages have the blue verified badges on them.

  • S-oulmate? One-True Pair. Just like them, take care of your One-Time PINs (OTPs) as well by never sharing them with anyone.

This Valentine’s Day, everyone must be vigilant. Remember, cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, “ Paz added.


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