September 4, 2015

SM celebrates longest Grandparents' Day

SM Supermalls gives its shoppers the longest Grandparents' Day celebration, where grandmas and grandpas take the spotlight in all of SM's 52 malls nationwide for two whole weeks.

 As a sign of solidarity with the Filipino family's inherent respect for elders, from August 31 up to the actual Grandparents' Day on September 13, SM malls will have their "Grand Gifts and Treats" activities where special treats and discounts are offered by various mall tenants during the whole two-week celebration.

As an attraction for all families, a "Grand Memory: I Love You Lolo & Lola" photo wall is also installed  It is a special spot where families can capture their precious bonding moments with their elders while inside their favorite SM malls. Also not to be missed is the "Grand Market" activity which will happen in select malls from September 7 to 13. It is a bazaar showcasing items produced by grandparents.

Come September 12, at 7am, a "Grand Walk" warms up the grandparents for the days with special exercises and a massage therapy session conducted by accredited Red Cross volunteers. Registration for the activity is open to 60 years old and above.

Finally, on Grandparents' Day (September 13), all SM Supermalls will go full force to delight all grandfathers and grandmothers with dining offerings, entertainment, and event gadgets and technology products.

Setting the mood right are the malls' 9am Thanksgiving Mass for Grandparents, where the priest will administer a special blessing for grandparents and grandchildren, who will offer flowers to their lolos and lolas.

SM Cyberzone will have an all-day play gaming event at SM Dasmariñas, SM San Mateo and SM Masinag.

A "Grand Music" event will serenade the senior SM shoppers with oldies but goodies tracks that will not only make them reminisce about the good old times, but also introduce the timeless music to their grandkids.

To capture all the special bonding moments of the families celebrating in their favorite SM malls, a special Grandparents' Day photo booth will also be present per mall on the actual Grandparents' Day on September 13. 

In SM Supermalls’ social media assets, several Grandparents' Day online promos will be ran from August 31 until September 13.

Shoppers can visit SM Supermalls' official website at www.; follow its official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through Viber Public Chat. 

Customers can tweet their thoughts, upload and share photos while celebrating Grandparents' Day inside the SM Supermalls, then use the season’s official hashtag #GrandparentsDayAtSM.

September 3, 2015

Health and happiness in a convenient package for employees

Happy and healthy employees lead to improved morale and higher productivity. This is why providing attractive medical benefits for a company’s workforce is essential. It is also one of the key considerations of employees in choosing which company to work for.

While providing employee medical benefits is a sound investment for employers, many are still daunted by the cost and challenges of medical insurance application for their employees. Luckily, there are companies that provide medical benefits to large groups that don’t cost as much as employers think.

Philam Life, the country’s premier life insurance company, recently launched a comprehensive Group Medical Insurance plan through its Corporate Solutions arm. Employers can now avail of flexible and extensive medical insurance for their employees depending on their need and budget.

Philam Life CEO Axel Bromley discussing the benefits of the Group Medical Insurance during the launch.

“Companies need to take care of their workforce if they want them to be efficient and productive,” said Philam Life CEO Axel Bromley. “With the new Group Medical Insurance plan, Philam Life empowers employers with the right solution to address the real life needs of their employees,” Bromley emphasized. 

In partnership with Medilink, the pioneer in state-of-the-art technology solutions in the healthcare industry, Philam Life introduced Health Link, a packaged plan for micro and small businesses that gives employees the best of both HMO and medical reimbursement programs while providing life insurance benefits. 

"We believe that healthcare is a universal human need. It should be affordable, accessible and efficient," explained Medilink President and CEO Esther Go. "We are pleased to support Philam Life's newest product. Trust that our commitment to quality services and innovation will remain as strong as ever."

Employers can choose from any of Health Link’s basic benefits like Basic Medical/Inpatient Benefits, Group Life Insurance, Accidental Death, Dismemberment & Disability Benefit and Total & Permanent Disability Income Benefit. 

They can also add optional medical benefits such as Annual Physical Exams, Dental Benefits and Outpatient Benefits which include physician/specialist consultations and x-ray and laboratory tests. The benefits and premiums of Philam Life’s Health Link can be customized depending on the budget or needs of the employer.

Philam Life’s Health Link is available for small business owners with at least five regular employees. Employees may also enroll their legal spouse, children, parents and siblings as their dependents. For large companies or non-employee-employer groups, Philam Life can customize a plan specific to their requirements, too.

Insured members who need financial and medical assistance must simply present their Philam Life membership card to any hospital, clinic or doctor accredited by Medilink. In case their preferred hospital, clinic or doctor is not accredited with Medilink, members can still avail of their services and subsequently, reimburse the expenses incurred. All benefits will be subject to their plan limits.

To know more about Group Medical Insurance or Health Link, contact Philam Life Corporate Solutions via phone at (02) 528-5363, or email at 

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Google Philippines crowdsourced “Miss Ko Na” OFW song first 360-degree video

Tapsilog, Halo-halo and noche buena, among the things overseas Pinoys miss

Google Philippines recently launched  its crowdsourced song entitled “Miss Ko Na” for OFWs. Also, the music video of the song is the first 360-degree video in the Philippines.

Together with 5 well known bands and musicians, Google released the “Miss Ko Na” song featuring crowdsourced lyrics from Filipinos here and abroad. Sponge Cola, ItchyWorms and Kjwan, along with vocalist Ebe Dancel, and YouTube star Mikey Bustos worked together to put melody and structure to the answers to Google’s question “Anong namimiss mo sa Pilipinas?” (“What do you miss most in the Philippines?”) Google asked for submissions from OFWs using Google Forms and on their social media accounts using the hashtag #GoogleMissKoNa, which were then used as lyrics to the song.

The “Miss Ko Na” music video is also the first 360-degree YouTube video in the Philippines, which viewers on Chrome browser can tap on and drag to see different perspectives of the video. Viewers on Android phones using the YouTube App can simply move their phones to watch the video from different angles. 

The video found on can also be saved on the YouTube Offline playlist for viewing within 48-hours without an internet connection. 

“The submissions of our kababayans were very inspiring and made it easy for us to come up with a song that speaks of their longing for home. “Miss Ko Na” is not only about the story of OFWs; it is also a story about sacrifice and selfless love that Filipinos are known for,” shares Kelley Mangahas of Kjwan.

The song captures famous Filipino traditions such as celebrating noche buena with family, going to fiestas with friends, playing basketball with relatives, and eating with bare hands, among others. It also showcased Filipino food that OFWs crave for such as halo-halo and tapsilog.

Yael Yuzon of Sponge Cola said “It’s a simple catchy song that captures the Filipino spirit. It reflects how we celebrate the good and we pummel through the bad with a smile and a positive outlook.” 

“We are very thankful for the participation of our kababayans in this initiative. To show our gratitude, Google and the collaborators donated a peso for every submission we got, and the overwhelming replies from Pinoys allowed us to donate Php 1 million to the Blas Ople Policy Center & Training Institute. This will be used to build halfway houses for overseas Filipinos in need,” says Ryan Morales Google Philippines country marketing manager.

Filipinos can sing-along using the YouTube Karaoke version at

For National Heroes Day, five Pinoy musicians (Ebe Dancel, Itchyworms, Kjwan, Mikey Bustos, and Sponge Cola) wrote this song for OFWs, with a little help from Filipinos all around the world.

The song is exclusively available on YouTube.

September 2, 2015

Cuddle up for the “Ber” month, Vivere Hotel & Resorts September Offerings

Cuddle up for the “Ber” month is here, welcome this much awaited moment with your family and friends with Vivere Hotel & Resorts September Offerings. 

Jump-start the celebration and rekindle the bond with Vivere Hotel’s “Snuggle” room package. Enjoy an overnight accommodation in a Premiere Suite inclusive of buffet breakfast for four (4) at The Nest Dining in the Sky, complimentary afternoon snack, free use of Lama Pool & Gym, unlimited use of internet access & local calls, a free shuttle service within the vicinity of Alabang and kids get to play in Vivere Hotel’s Kiddie Playroom for free for Php7, 500nett/night. Or spend the night in a 2-Bedroom Suite with same inclusions for Php12, 500nett.

Settle in and simply relax as The Nest Dining in the Sky, an alfresco dining restaurant perched at the 31st floor roof top of Vivere Hotel serving home-style classics, comfort food of the finest taste, and international cuisines to satisfy even the most discriminating palate. Get in tune with life with the cozily lit ambience of soothing jazz music played every night & the newest drinking address no one should miss. The Nest Dining in the Sky revamped its selection of concoctions for the perfect after work antidote such as craft beers on tap, expertly mixed signature hand crafted cocktails and all time classic infusions by David Dennis.

Escape the city bustle and unwind in Anilao Batangas as Vivere Azure rolls out a blissful room promo “Beach & Breakfast”, get 25% discount on all room rates from Sunday to Thursday inclusive of breakfast for two (2), free use of the game room, and complimentary use of snorkeling gear and kayaks.

Vivere Hotel & Resorts is located at 5102 Bridgeway Avenue, Filinvest Ciy, Alabang Muntinlupa City 1781 Philippines and Vivere Azure is located at Sitio Aguada, San Teodoro, Anilao, Mabini, Batangas.. 

Log on to & or call 771-7777, for inquiries and reservations. Like us on Facebook /viverehotel & /vivereazure for regular updates.

PAGCOR starts the 'BER" months with a bang!

It’s going to be a fun-filled September for all Casino Filipino habitues as Pagcor ushers in the ‘Ber’ months with exciting celebrity shows. You wouldn’t want to miss the chance to watch and sing along with the stars who will pump up the volume with their much-awaited performances. 

Young balladeer Michael Pangilinan returns to Pagcor stage as he performs on September 2 (Binan Satellite), September 3 (Casino Filipino Malate), and September 4 (Madison Satellite). Michael is now making a name for himself as one of the most promising young artists of his generation.

The band Pretty Young Thing (PYT) will liven the night when you watch them live on September 2 at Casino Filipino Angeles.

As one of the country’s female singers with powerful vocals, Sheryn Regis proves once more that she has what it takes to be called a singing diva in the music scene. She will captivate the audience at September 2 (Casino Filipino Iloilo), September 3 (Mactan Satellite), September 5 (Casino Filipino Cebu), September 10 (Casino Filipino Malate), September 11 (Casino Filipino Davao), September 16 (Casino Filipino Pavilion), September 18 (Malabon Satellite), September 19 (Casino Filipino Angeles), and September 25 (Casino Filipino Tagaytay). 

Julia Clarete is not only a good actress but also a regular fixture on the small screen as a talented host. Catch her onstage at Mimosa Satellite on September 11.

For inquiries, call the PAGCOR Entertainment Department at (02) 708-2046, 526-0337 loc 2401 or 2403. 

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