May 21, 2019

PHINMA Education and Quest Aim to Inspire Filipino Youth to Fulfill Their Dreams

Manila, Philippines — PHINMA Education, a network of schools fast emerging as a leader in providing accessible quality education, has partnered with musician Jose Villanueva III, also known as Quest, for a campaign to inspire young Filipinos to pursue their education and fulfill their dreams.

PHINMA Education has launched the campaign with Quest’s new song “Sasamahan Kita,” which talks about keeping dreams alive in the face of challenges and counting on a support system to achieve a brighter future. This supports the company’s longstanding mission of “making lives better through education.”

In writing “Sasamahan Kita,” Quest took inspiration from his own childhood. Battling poverty, Quest found his first mentor in his grandmother, a teacher, who taught him the value of education and the importance of having a strong role model.

“My grandmother took care of us from the start. I placed myself in her—a teacher’s—shoes and wrote about the experience. I saw how much she dedicated her life to her profession. I saw her dedication and hard work,” shared Quest. “She inspired me to work hard and never give up.”

For Quest, his grandmother’s example led him to value education and seek people who would support him and his dreams.

“I’m a big advocate of getting an education and having the right mentors. I had to learn that I needed to surround myself with the right people,” he added. “The people in my life gave me the confidence I needed to dream and achieve, no matter how small.”

It was Quest’s passion for education and desire to pay it forward that inspired PHINMA Education to link up with the artist.

“When the opportunity to work with a passionate partner like PHINMA Education was presented, I gladly accepted. Through this anthem, we aim to raise the spirits of the Filipino youth, remind them of the value of education, and even pursue their educational opportunities with PHINMA Education,” said Quest.

“At PHINMA Education, we believe that education is key to creating a better, brighter future,” shared PHINMA Education President Chito Salazar. “We share Quest’s advocacy giving Filipino youth a strong support system. Working on ‘Sasamahan Kita’ has given us the chance to highlight how education haschanged the lives of our own students and those of young Filipinos from households with limited income across the country.”

Quest’s music video for “Sasamahan Kita” features PHINMA Education institution Araullo University (Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija) and the stories of three of its students: Harry Bibat, a BS Criminology student who moonlights as a tricycle driver; Aldrin Aquino, a BS Civil Engineering student who works as a student assistant; and Erika Balaoing, a BS Civil Engineering student who makes a living as a farmer to help support her family and her studies.

With PHINMA Education, students like Harry, Aldrin, and Erika have access to an education that focuses on active learning; provides an industry-relevant, skills-oriented curriculum; and encourages them to develop their soft skills and leverage their motivations to create tangible results. They also have access to scholarship programs without a grade retention component, making it easier for students to stay in school and complete their degree programs.

To date, PHINMA Education’s network covers Araullo University (Nueva Ecija), Cagayan de Oro College (Cagayan de Oro), Southwestern University (Cebu), University of Iloilo (Iloilo), University of Pangasinan (Pangasinan), and Saint Jude College (Manila).

PHINMA Education’s structured, gritty approach to education has already started to bear fruit. More than 80% of its graduates find employment within a year of their graduation. In addition, the PHINMA Education schools have recorded a 100% passing rate for first-time examinees in 40 different board examinations, including nursing, civil engineering, accountancy, criminology, and education.

For more info on PHINMA Education, visit Stream “Sasamahan Kita” on Quest’s official Spotify channel and watch the official music video on PHINMA Education’s official Facebook page (@phinmaeducation) and YouTube channel (PHINMA Education). ###

May 20, 2019

Leading the midrange game: realme Philippines brings realme 3 Pro to the market

Ready to lead in the midrange smartphone segment, realme Philippines introduces the latest addition to its lineup, the realme 3 Pro. Packed with outstanding smartphone essentials such as optimal system performance, superior cameras and long battery life, the #RealGamingPro is a champion designed to elevate the midrange experience.

Photo shows (L-R) realme Philippines Marketing Lead Eason De Guzman, realme Philippines CEO Neil Zhou, realme Philippines COO Jacky Chen and realme Philippines Marketing Director Austine Huang showing to the press their latest midrange champion, the #RealGamingPro, realme 3 Pro!

In order to give the fans and audience a first-hand look and experience of the gaming capabilities of the device, a Mobile Legends tournament was held after the reveal of the realme 3 Pro, making it the first smartphone launch in the Philippines that hosted a mobile gaming tournament.

The realme 3 Pro runs on a powerful Snapdragon 710 processor that can significantly accelerate the performance of AI-based applications and ensure smart power efficiency for a bug-free and optimized smartphone experience. The impressive processor is supported by RAM and storagehuge for this price segment -- 4GB RAM+64GB storage and 6GB RAM+128GB storage --guaranteed to rev up the device for full gaming speed. To further embody the promise of gaming power and speed, the phone’s aesthetic combines a good mix of racing elements and Le Mans track.

Raising the bar even higher for midrange smartphones is the realme 3 Pro’s imaging features. The phone has a combination of 16MP+5MP rear shooter camera supported by a Sony IMX 519 image sensors. Its selfie camera supports 25MP. It also packs the two unique camera features ofthe realme 3 -- Chroma Boost mode, which optimizes photos and produces richer color presentation, and the upgraded Super Nightscape, which smartly adjusts the exposure of images taken with extremely dim lighting.

The realme 3 Pro ensures many hours of use with its 4045mAh large-capacity battery, the biggest capacity in its price range. It also carries the brand-new VOOC 3.0 technology with a 20W (5V4A) charging power for efficient power transformation and charging speed.

“We see how mobile gaming continues to gain traction here in the Philippines and want to support the goal of a growing number of Filipinos to become gaming legends. With the realme 3 Pro, we know we have just the right device to help them be the gaming pros that they truly are. The realme 3 Pro is finally here in the Philippines, ready to slay in any battlefield with you with its powerful features that won’t cost you diamonds. Be the champs you aspire to be with our #RealGamingPro,” shares Jacky Chen, realme Philippines Chief Operating Officer.

Greater gaming power

The realme 3 Pro is supported by a 10nm process-manufactured Snapdragon 710 processor and Kyro eight-core architecture to achieve a clock speed up to 2.22GHz. It is also equipped with an Adreno 616 GPU to guarantee real visual sense and more efficient and advanced 3D image rendering compatible with the latest graphics APIs. 

The smartphone is also engineered with the brand new 14-bit Qualcomm Spectra 250 ISP to support still image capture of up to 32MP and video capture up to Ultra HD 4K, along with zero shutter lag, motion compensated temporal filtering and accelerated electronic image stabilization.

The Qualcomm multicolor AI engine in the realme 3 Pro is two times more powerful thanprevious AI engine. With the Snapdragon X15 modem, mobile applications will be downloaded much faster and the Wi-Fi coverage will get an apparent boost.

The realme 3 Pro boasts a 4045mAh large-capacity battery, allowing users to enjoy many hours of gaming fun without having to worry about running out of juice. Further boosting the phone’s power is the brand-new VOOC 3.0 flash technology, which charges the phone to 50 percent in just 30 minutes and 100 percent in 80 minutes. The built-in 10nm silicon reduces the risk of overheating while handling heavy-duty tasks.

Design enhancing gaming and visual experience

Complementing the phone’s speed and performance and to offer users better sensory experience, the realme 3 Pro’s design features elements from the Le Mans track and racing. It has a light grating effect and an oblique gradient colorway that comes with an irregular S-shaped pattern and unique rhythm as its back cover design.

To give customers a better grip and visual experience, the realme 3 Pro features double waistlines in the middle similar to those in cars to create a sense of rhythm and speed. Its 3D plastic shell makes for a more streamlined and lightweight body but with a better touch.

The #RealGamingPro features a dewdrop design that aligns the front camera and light and distance sensors. It has a 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio with its 6.3-inch water drop screen top and 1.55-meter-wide bezel, delivering super wide view for even greater visual immersionperfect for slaying enemies in any mobile game.

Camera features for high-grade photography

The realme 3 Pro has 16MP+5MP rear dual cameras supported by Sony IMX 519 image sensors. Its 25MP selfie camera delivers high-quality color presentation, detail restoration and exposure. The camera can recognize 16 independent scenes and 100 scene combinations to automatically select the best exposure strategy for better dynamic range and contrast ratio. The realme 3 Pro further has a 960fps/720P slow-motion video capability for capturing all those wonderful moments.

The two unique features found in its predecessor realme 3 have been upgraded in the realme 3 Pro – the Chroma Boost and the Super Nightscape modes. The Chroma Boost feature uses AI technology to identify and optimize scenes and reveal richer details and highlights and shadows. The Super Nightscape mode, superior to other night photography smartphone features, provides definite exposure in extremely dim lighting and keeps noise under control to make photos much clearer.

Intensifying the user’s photography game is the Ultra HD mode that produces high-quality photos with high-pixel image sensors through multiframe synthesis technology.

Pricing and availability

Offering real midrange champion value, the realme 3 Pro is available in 4GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB storage variants for Php12,990 and Php14,990, respectively. It will be available exclusively in all realme kiosks and partner stores nationwide such as MemoXpress, PC Express and Fonestyle.

“In response to growing interest in our products and the robust smartphone market, we are diversifying and opening more channels to make the purchasing of realme products more convenient for our customers and users. This is why the realme 3 Pro will be offered exclusively offline for us to promote our kiosks, which are also expanding in number alongside our expansion as a brand,” shares Eason de Guzman, realme Philippines Marketing Lead. 

The realme 3 Pro is anticipated to set new records as it meets the needs of smartphone users. The #RealGamingPro will be available in three color variants, namely Nitro Blue and Lightning Purple, both of which have an oblique gradient colorway, and Carbon Gray, which comes with an optical coating that increases refraction and reduces reflection.

Pre-ordered realme 3 Pro smartphones can be redeemed beginning May 25. Realme fans can be the first ones to get their own realme 3 Pro through Home Credit’s 6-month installment with0% interest.

To celebrate the gaming champ's arrival in the Philippines, a parade of diamonds is in order. Ranked Mobile Legends Players can score diamonds when they purchase a realme 3 Pro anytime from May 25 to May 26. Grand master rank players get 100 free diamonds, epic rank players get 300 free diamonds, legend rank players get 500 free diamonds and mythic rank players get 1,000 free diamonds.

Customers are encouraged to follow the realme official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Purchasers of the realme 3 Pro are also welcome to join the realme community on Facebook to see the latest news and discussions about the brand. Members also get exclusive invites to gatherings, special offers and many more.

Realme is a technology brand that specializes in providing high-quality smartphones. Established on May 4, 2018, National Youth Day of China, the brand is committed to offering powerful performance, stylish design and quality services to Filipinos, in particular the youth, to enable them to explore and experience more possibilities with their smartphones.

America’s Got Talent Season 14 Returns with a Bang This May, Boasts New Host and Judges

New weekly episodes will air on AXN within 48 hours of U.S. telecast with same-day encore telecast 

America’s top variety competition series, America’s Got Talent, is set to hit the screens with its 14th Season at the end of this month.

A stark departure from its previous seasons, fans of the global ratings juggernaut are in for a big surprise as the upcoming season will bring with it a few changes including a fresh host and two new judges.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Terry Crews will take over Tyra Banks as host of the hit series, a role he is familiar with, having emceed the highly rated spinoff “America’s Got Talent: The Champions”. Meanwhile, award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union as well as actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough will debut as the series’ new judges, alongside executive producer Simon Cowell and fan favourite Howie Mandel, to shake up the judges’ table. 

Union and Hough will replace singer Mel B and model Heidi Klum who had both been sitting on the judges’ panel since Season 8. Together, the refreshed panel of judges will sift through hundreds of auditions nationwide in search of the most unique, jaw-dropping and show-stopping performers worthy of the chance to be crowned as the ultimate winner of America’s Got Talent. 

“The Got Talent is indeed a successful reality format due to its ability to move and bring fans and participants together despite of cultural and geographical differences. This year, we're looking forward to the new and bold changes that America's Got Talent Season 14 has to offer. It'll be another season of surprising highlights, wild and unimagined discoveries and tons of chatter. Seasons after seasons, we will continue to build AXN as the Home of Talent," said Virginia Lim, Senior Vice President & General Manager, Distribution and Networks, Sony Pictures Television.

Once again, this year’s series promises to be a season of spectacular talents and extraordinary participants. Fans can catch the brand-new season of America’s Got Talent from Thursday, 30 May 2019 at 6pm (5pm JKT/BKK) on AXN, within 48 hours of the U.S. telecast. Same-day encore telecast is available at 8pm (7pm JKT/BKK).

Watch America’s Got Talent Season 14 official trailer here.

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About AXN
AXN is a leader of regionally produced original content in Asia, with notable ratings successes including two record-breaking seasons of Asia’s Got Talent, five seasons of the award-winning The Amazing Race Asia; The Elements: Cosentino; Adventure Your Way; Cash Cab Asia and Cash Cab Philippines; The Apprentice Asia; Cyril: Rio Magic; Cyril’s Family Vacation: Hawaii Edition; and Cyril: Simply Magic.

Launched first in Asia in 1997, AXN is a global channel brand with a presence in Latin America, Africa and Europe. In Asia, the channel is enjoyed in 133 million households across 21 territories and is available in both SD and HD. AXN Asia is wholly owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and managed by Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia.

About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) is one of the television industry’s leading content providers, producing and distributing programming worldwide in every genre and for every platform. In addition to managing one of the industry’s largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, SPT is home to a thriving global production business operating 21 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 12 countries around the world. Sony Pictures Television is a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company.

Get your child ready for school with HP printer, free HP Odyssey Backpack

There’s nothing like giving your child the most exciting reasons to start another school year. And HP is helping you do just that, with its back-to-school promo!

You can get a free HP Odyssey backpack for every purchase of any participating HP Ink Tank, DeskJet Ink Advantage, and LaserJet printers from any authorized HP resellers nationwide.

Get a free HP Odyssey Backpack when you buy any of the selected HP Ink Tank, DeskJet Ink Advantage and LaserJet printers.

The 15.6” bag will enable your kid to comfortably bring all the things he needs at school, including assignments, charts and reports, colored pictures, projects, and research materials, all conveniently printed using the family’s HP printer.

The participating HP printers include the DeskJet Ink Advantage 2135, 2676, 2677, 3775, 3776, 3777, 3835, 5075, and 5275 all-in-one printers, the HP Ink Tank 315 and 415 wireless all-in-one printers, and the HP LaserJet Pro M15a and M15w wireless printer, and the MFP M28a and M28w wireless multi-function printers.

Hurry and buy any of the participating HP all-in-one and multi-function printers to get your free backpack. Promo is until July 31, 2019 only. See promo flyers for more details. Per DTI-FTEB Permit No. 8219, series of 2019.

ARISE Philippines kickstarts new round of disaster resilience network initiatives

Members of ARISE Philippines gather for the 2019 Annual General Meeting held recently at the Mall of Asia Arena Annex Building in Pasay City. The AGM was led by ARISE global member & chairman of the executive committee of SM Prime Holdings Hans Sy (seated, center). 

Representatives from both public and private sectors, including Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and the SM Group, convened recently for the annual ARISE General Meeting held at the Mall of Asia Arena, Pasay City. 

ARISE Philippines is a network of private companies that are united under the common objective of establishing innovative disaster resilience practices within organizations. This initiative supports the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR),and the Sendai Framework. Sendai Framework is a 15-year, voluntary, non-binding agreement which recognizes the role of UN member countries to reduce disaster risk, and which should be shared with other stakeholdersincluding local governments and the private sector.

Through their membership with ARISE Philippines, companies from the private sector are enabled to build their own capacity and develop strategies in making their organizations resilient to disaster risk, by learning from subject matter experts and engaging in workshops that discuss best practices. In recent studies, the Philippines have been globally ranked as the third most vulnerable country, in terms of disaster and calamity. 

The government sector was represented by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).

Director Susan Juangco delivered message from Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, Executive Director of NDRRMC, “As private organizations begin to understand their roles in disaster risk reduction management, and actively collaborating with the public, the government’s vision for a disaster resilient nation is coming to its reality. We are here not to boost the self-interests of our organizations, but to attain our goal for our stakeholders and assure quality of life beyond disaster.”

Asst. Director of the Bureau of Small and Medium Enterprise Development of DTI, Alicia M. Opeña, added, “The MSME sector has a vital role in the welfare of our society as it serves as a proximity market or immediate provider of most goods and services, and we believe that integrating disaster risk reduction initiative in the MSME structures will ensure that businesses can continue to operate their core services even in the occurrence of an adverse situation.”

During the roundtable discussions, participants gained shared understanding of key performance indicators in each of the presented work themes, which are organizational initiatives that respond to preventive measures against disaster, and eventually develop a joint action plan to ensure progress in creating disaster resilient societies. Some of the key topics covered were disaster risk management strategies, education and training and urban risk reduction.

At the annual meeting, the vision of Hans T. Sy was reiterated, “As a member of ARISE, I encourage everyone to promote disaster preparedness and risk resiliency. We must continue to help each other in minimizing property damages and most especially inprotecting lives because disaster resilience is everybody’s business”.

To know more about ARISE Philippines, you may contact its secretariat through or


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