February 17, 2018

South Star Drug now accepts GCash in Metro Manila outlets



South Star Drug, one of the biggest drugstore chains in the Philippines, becomes the first drugstore in Metro Manila that allows customers to purchase medicines and other items using GCash scan to pay mode of payment.

From L-R:  Christine Tueres, South Star Drug Deputy General Manager; Robina Gokongwei, Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. President & COO; Anthony Thomas, Mynt President and CEO: Luigi Reyes, Mynt VP for Business Development; Dahlia Dy, South Star Drug Managing Director; Thaddeus Sanchez, South Star Drug AVP for Operations; and Manuel Dy, South Star Drug SVP for Business Development.

The medicine retailer has over 450 stores nationwide and still growing.  The use of GCash in South Star Drug’s Metro Manila outlets is being piloted in six branches – two in Pasig (C. Raymundo cor. F. Legaspi, Dr. Sixto Ave.), two in Makati (Herrera, Guadalupe Unimec), one in Pasay (Balabag Merville), and one in Las Pinas (Philamlife).  By end of the year, all South Star Drug outlets are expected to accept GCash scan to pay.

GCash is being operated by Mynt which is owned by Globe Telecom, Ant Financial and Ayala Corp. “Mynt’s partnership with South Star Drug is part of our company’s efforts to make payments more convenient, safer and easier.  This brings us another step closer to our goal of making the Philippines a cashless country,” says Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.
Christine Tueres, General Manager of South Star Drug said:  "South Star is always working to improve customer experience and find ways of doing things better - that includes giving our customers more payment options. With GCash QR code feature, even without cash or credit card, our customers can make a purchase in any of our stores with just a few taps on their smart phones". 
Using GCash is easy.  A customer with an iPhone or an Android smartphone only needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash App, register for an account, and fund  their GCash wallet at any of over 12,000 GCash Partner Outlets nationwide. This includes Robinsons Business Centers. Once done, the customer just has to tap on Scan QR, point a phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, and key in the amount to be paid.





Blue Ant Entertainment celebrates good fortune and prosperity with lunar New Year Weekend Special

The coming Lunar New Year is set to bring another round of fun, food, and fireworks to welcome good luck and prosperity as lion and dragon dances parade the streets. To heighten the festivities, Blue Ant Entertainment is lining up exciting and exclusive shows from February 16, Friday starting 11:30AM, to February 18, Sunday, to kick off the Year of the Dog with the best television has to offer.



Red Carpet Glamour


Can’t get enough of lucky color red this Lunar New Year? Revisit the glitz and glamour of the red carpet at the encore of the 75th Golden Globes, along with stand-out moments at the stage of the 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Catch Hollywood’s finest as these accolades recognize the most outstanding actresses, actors, and performances of 2017.



Sing-Along Surprises


What’s a Lunar New Year celebration without music? Join today’s hottest artists including P!nk, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson, and Sam Smith on a series of Carpool Karaoke sessions care of The Late Late Show with James Corden. Indulge in laughter on interviews with your favorite celebrities on top of other segments with the one and only, James Corden.




Hidden Talents Unleashed

A bit of thrill—and a few cringe-worthy moments—will surely add to the Lunar New Year excitement. Don’t miss the best, the worse, and the funniest acts from across the United States and throughout the world at the audition weekend marathon of America’s Got Talent Season 12.

Blue Ant Entertainment’s Lunar New Year Special starts at 11:30AM on February 16, Friday, and runs until February 18, Sunday. Blue Ant Entertainment is available on SKYcable channels 53 (SD) and 196 (HD), SKYdirect channel 35, Destiny Cable channel 53, and Cablelink channels 37 (SD) and 313 (HD).

For more updates, follow Blue Ant Entertainment at www.facebook.com/BlueAntEntertainment/, @BlueAntEnt on Twitter, and @BlueAntEntertainment on Instagram.


One Rewards Card: Limitless Possibilities

Rewards programs are designed to create a mutually beneficial relationship between brand and customer.

In return for the customer’s continued patronage, they get rewarded in the form of points and perks. 0n the surface, it’s a win-win situation that many customers find value in. In fact, studies show that Filipinos keep up to 11 rewards cards in their wallets or purses to ensure that every purchases, whether groceries, pizza or coffee, counts.

The rewards programs being offered today award points that expire and provide a list of redemption partners.

Imagine a program with limitless possibilities no points expiring, no redemption venues and one that offers more than just rewards.


Be rewarded for paying your most important bills 

Earn points for paying something essential and inevitable like your monthly bills. And not just points – points AS GOOD AS CASH. It’s a simple yet innovative approach that goes beyond rewarding consumers, and now, it’s a reality.



Pioneered by the PLDT Group, MVP (Most Valuable Partner) Rewards is an innovative program that allows PLDT Home, Smart, Sun and Talk ‘n Text (TNT) customers to earn points that are good as cash just by paying for the basic necessities of modern day living – mobile and Internet. Points earned from different accounts are credited into the MVP Rewards Card powered by PayMaya. With this, customers can choose how they want to enjoy their rewards without ever having to worry about expiration dates. And because points are good as cash, it can be used to shop or dine locally and abroad.


“MVP Rewards is in a category of its own. We’ve taken what is best across industries and put it in one powerful program that offers more than just rewards. And the PLDT Group has the unique ability to provide this level of convergence owing to the breadth of our combined services.” – PLDT Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan


One wallet for all your points, the one card you need in your wallet

You can skip your frappuccino for a week or choose not to order pizza for a month. But can you imagine not being able to use your phone or the internet for a single day? Your monthly internet and phone bills are essential and non-negotiable.

Now, with MVP Rewards, if you’re a customer of PLDT Home, Smart or Sun postpaid, every time you pay IN FULL and ON TIME, you are immediately credited with points as GOOD AS CASH. Prepaid Smart, Sun and TNT customers, on the other hand, earn points every time they load up.

The more accounts you enroll in this program, the more points you get AUTOMATICALLY since earned points from each service of each company are credited and consolidated into one wallet.



More than just rewards

With the MVP Rewards program, you can shop or dine anywhere and at anytime you want, just like using a credit card or a debit card. That’s because the points you earn are as GOOD AS CASH and HAVE NO EXPIRATION DATE and the MVP card itself is powered by PayMaya.

This allows it to function as a prepaid card, which makes it your safest choice for shopping, both online and offline. Unlike credit cards, which rack up interest and debit cards, which are connected to your salary or personal savings account, the MVP Rewards Card can help you manage your expenses by loading ONLY WHAT YOU’RE WILLING TO SPEND. So if you’re going out of the country and you want to keep your shopping habits in check, you can conveniently use the card by loading it and by swiping as a VISA card.

You can even use the card to pay your toll fees. The MVP card also has Paywave function which means it can be used as ‘tap card’ when paying for toll fees in Cavitex.


Members get automatic perks and discounts

Just by being a member, you get instant perks.

For starters, customers enrolled in the program are automatically included in regular member-only raffle draws. Here you get a chance to win big rebates for your phone, cable, Internet, and utility bills!

Members also enjoy special discounts when they show their MVP card at various establishments nationwide including restaurants, fitness and wellness centers and retail outlets.


“MVP Rewards is a game-changer in the country’s rewards category. We made sure that the unique benefits and features of the program and the card are truly rewarding for our subscribers. This is only the beginning of a wider roll-out that will include a bigger membership base, more partners and more exciting perks.” – PLDT FVP and Group Head for Loyalty and Rewards Annette W. Tirol



Get your personalized card delivered to your door for free

Qualified subscribers who sign up for the MVP Rewards Card on or before February 28, 2018 will get their very own sleek black personalized card delivered right to their doorsteps for FREE.

MVP Rewards members can also earn more points as good as cash plus enjoy up to 15% savings if they subscribe to the PLDT Best Buy Bundle offer product bundles that enable subscribers to mix and match the best unlimited Internet service from PLDT Home Fibr, fastest LTE from Smart, and Cignal HD TV.

Sign up for your own MVP Rewards Card and enroll your PLDT Home, Smart, Sun and TNT accounts at www.mvprewards.ph.



SPOTTED #KwentongJollibee 2018 Valentine Series


SPOTTED: In celebration of the loveliest day of the year, the stars of the #KwentongJollibee 2018 Valentine Series take over selected Jollibee branches to surprise the customers with red roses! 

Gracing Jollibee Mendiola, The One Grand Espana and Strata 2000 today are Enrico Cuenco from “Homecoming”, Kyle Anda from “Signs” and Elora EspaƱo and Abdulaziz Rustamov from “Status”.







ROBINS DESIGN CENTER: Go-to-Hub for Everything Home and Architecture Introduces new design brands and showrooms

Robins Design Center introduces several design brands and showrooms featuring unique finishing materials and latest trends in home decors that are of the highest quality, and are unique and stylish.

Homeowners who would like to decorate their haven to reflect their distinct taste and preferences can go to Robins Design Center for all their home furnishings and interior design needs. 

Robins Design Center Helps You Achieve the Perfect Look

Rastelli offers a wide range of kitchen and wardrobe accessories that will add a touch of class and unique accents to the kitchen.





De Adorno is known for simplicity, function, and appeal, a fine furniture manufacturer and interior design company that hails from Pampanga.



Designery showcases customized wallpaper, canvas, stickers and decorative panels that add a dramatic focal point to your wall decor.




Harver Hill offers chic accessories for the home, entertaining, dining, as well as art and design. 




La Europa Ceramica is a leading importer of European and Asian floor and wall tiles and a direct distributor of TOTO sanitary wares and accessories.




La Maison houses high-end home finishing decor pieces.




 Perch Interior Furnishing is a trusted local supplier of high quality, made-to-order furniture and imported modern-classic and contemporary furniture




Schema brings the art of metal weaving in a beautiful and innovative collection. 




 Spectrum by Larry's houses quality products like fabrics that can completely change a room’s aesthetic. 




Robins Design Center is located at #31 Meralco Avenue, Pasig City across the Ayala Malls the 30th. You may contact them at (02) 696 5952, or visit http://www.robinsdesigncenter.com for more details.

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