August 21, 2018

Cross-border trade to accelerate expansion opportunities for Filipino SMEs

MANILA, Philippines – A growing cross-border e-marketplace in Asia Pacific is a signal for Filipino SMEs to consider taking their products and services abroad, according to PayPal.

The global leader in digital payments and Ipsos recently released the 2018 PayPal Cross-Border Consumer Researchwhich investigates the online shopping habits of approximately 34,000 consumers in 31 countries [1]— including the Philippines. It reveals a growing cross-border e-commerce scene, with the US and China being the biggest markets in terms of online spend.

According to the study, there is a healthy appetite for e-commerce in APAC, with 48 percent of consumers shopping cross-border in the last 12 months. “This is a huge opportunity for local entrepreneurs to expand their businesses beyond the Philippines. China, in particular, shows significant promise as the Philippines improves its bilateral relations with the world’s second largest economy,” said Abhinav Kumar, Head of Strategic Partnerships for PayPal in Southeast Asia.  

China, the largest market for online purchases in the world, spent an estimated total of RMB 3.9 trillion for online transactions in 2017. This is projected to increase to RMB 5.4 trillion in 2018. Cross-border trade (buying from a website not in their own country) is increasing with 43 percent of Chinese consumers shopping cross-border in the last 12 months compared to 26 percent the previous year.

APAC countries like Australia, India and Japan are likewise growing fast. For 2018, the PayPal study projects Japan to increase its total online spend by 26 percent, India by 53 percent, and Australia by 19 percent. 

Cross-border opportunities for Filipino merchants

The digital upheaval brought about by social media and increased smartphone penetration translate to increased opportunities for cross-border trade, as seen by the projected growth in online spending. The world has become much smaller as platforms like PayPal enable merchants to take advantage of opportunities by connecting them with global consumers, allowing SMEs and micro enterprises more opportunities to thrive.

According to the study, the top few reasons for the growth in cross-border shopping can be attributed to the novelty of accessing items that are not available in their own country (49 percent) or to discover new and interesting products (34 percent). Over 30 percent of consumers from China and Australia who shop online cite finding items that are hard to find locally as a reason for making them more likely to shop cross-border.

The demand for unique products is there, and this is an opportunity for Filipino businesses to showcase products not available elsewhere. The Philippines produces many unique products thanks to its rich culture, and with e-commerce, local merchants can now bring uniquely Filipino products to the world,” said Kumar.

Cosmetics on the rise for APAC consumers

As more and more Asian nations become more open to cross-border trade, Filipino businesses should be mindful of what consumers are buying to be able to take full advantage.

Globally, fashion, such as clothing, footwear and accessories, remain the top category for online shopping, with 68 percent of cross-border online shoppers having spent on these items in the past 12 months.

While APAC shoppers are forecasted to be spending more online in 2018, buying behaviors are also changing. Survey results showed that Chinese consumersare turning their attention to spending on things for health and beauty as well as their children, with online spending on cosmetics and baby supplies predicted to increase by 21 and 31 percent, respectively, in 2018. In India, online spending on the same categories are forecasted to increase by 40 and 37 percent, respectively. Consumer electronics is also another growth category in APAC, with online spending in the category expected to grow by 40 percent in India, 20 percent in China, and 13 percent in Australia.

Security a key driver of cross-border trade

Despite the increasing popularity of international online shopping among consumers across the globe, challenges to cross-border shopping remain. Barriers vary from region to region. Over a third (38 percent) of all online shoppers say that having a more secure way to pay would make them more likely to shop internationally.

In order for Filipino merchants to take full advantage of the expected increase in online spendthey need to address these barriers to encourage overseas purchases. With PayPal, they can connect to international consumers via a secure, seamless, and hassle-freenetwork.

“At PayPal, we understand that while more and more people shop online, the hassle of online payments can be a barrier. PayPal addresses those concerns through a more convenientand more secure online payment facilityfor consumers to buy the things they need and love. As Filipino businesses take their cross-border sales online, we are proud to empower people and businesses to join and thrive in the global economy,” added Kumar.

PayPal endeavours to bring a sense of security to online shoppers with Refunded Returns (terms and limitations apply). In addition to Refunded Returns, PayPal offers Buyer Protection for eligible transactions to help provide a greater peace of mind for online shoppers. This protection goes both ways as merchants can be protected against eligible fraudulent transactions with Seller Protection.

"Barangay 143" : First Filipino anime series mounts trade event

Barangay 143 held its Trade Launch with the voice actors and advertisers last August 9  at the Green Sun Hotel, Makati City. 

First Filipino anime series “Barangay 143” is set to hit small screens nationwide very soon and the excitement keeps building as fans and even advertisers look forward to this Philippine TV milestone.

At a recent trade launch, advertisers warmly welcomed the anime show led by voice actors Ruru Madrid, Migo Adecer, Kelley Day, and Julie Anne San Jose together with Edu Manzano, Pinky Amador, Jaime Fabregas, Cheska Kramer, Doug Kramer, Kendra Kramer, Archie Alemania, Kimpoy Feliciano, Roadfil Macasero, and Gary Lim.

Producer and managing director of Synergy88 Entertainment Media Inc. Jackeline Chua was also present and graced the occasion.

Julie Anne San Jose

As early as now, fans eagerly anticipate the airing of “Barangay 143” with netizens sharing their thoughts on the timeslot and the story. The show even got the attention of international content publications’ WorldScreen, Prensario, and C21Media and helped share the good news about this Philippine television milestone to the rest of the world.

Also part of the voice cast are Cherie Gil, John Arcilla, Sylvia Sanchez, Alice Dixson, Teresa Loyzaga, Pen Medina, Benjie Paras, Paolo Contis, Ping Medina, and Jerald Napoles while rapper Gloc 9 and Dea sang the theme song with the same title.

Aside from the anime series,  Barangay 143 is also going around different barangays in the metro  for its "3 on 3 Celebrity Challenge and Mini Concert. " 

“Barangay 143” airs October on GMA 7. 

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August 20, 2018

Reality TV show First Dates reveals the ins and outs of matching potential lovebirds


We all have that one datable colleague who seems to be the perfect match to that single, lovelorn friend from college. Playing the matchmaker sounds like harmless fun, but setting them up without knowing what they want in a partner, or whether they have anything in common, might just put them in an awkward situation that you unwittingly helped make.

Without practice and experience, you might end up with more misses than hits that could have terrible consequences on your friendships. It would help to pick up a few tips from the pros, like maître d’ Fred Sirieix and his crew on Blue Ant Entertainment’s British reality show First Dates. Not only do they give romantic hopefuls a chance at love over cocktails and dinner, they also pair people based on their personality and what they’re looking for in a partner.


So don’t let the excitement of romance get ahead of you. Before letting loose Cupid’s proverbial arrows, there are a few basic things to keep in mind that will up your chances of successfully matching singletons in your circles, or at least convince them to go on a date without risking your friendships with them.


Are they interested?

You might think it’s sweet to set single friends up behind their backs. NEWSFLASH: Not all singles are unhappy being single! They may not even be ready to date, so your “sweet gesture” might just turn against you. If you think two of your friends might work out as a couple, best to ask them first if they’re interested in dating.

No two singles are alike

Singlehood won’t automatically match two people. Find out what your single friends are after in a date, like personality, hobbies, or career, so you know who among them are compatible. Be detailed. Don’t just tell them you know someone who looks great and is looking for a relationship. Still, be ready with a few pictures—with consent, of course.

Movie vs. coffee date

You wouldn’t want the first date in the movies where your potential lovebirds will end up glued to the big screen and not talking to each other. Encourage conversation by having them meet in a cozy café or a hip but family-friendly restaurant. Just avoid locations that are too “off the beaten path” so they don’t feel trapped or forced into a romantic situation.


Want more tips on matchmaking? Catch First Dates every Tuesday at 8:50PM (7:50PM JKT/BKK), first and exclusive on Blue Ant Entertainment. 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).

Follow Blue Ant Entertainment at, @BlueAntEnt on Twitter, and @BlueAntEntertainment on Instagram for more updates.

Blue Ant Entertainment
Blue Ant Entertainment is a general entertainment channel with the best mix of reality, drama, comedy, and daily programmes. Featuring hit series and late-night television, airing day-and-date with the U.S. and U.K. markets, including: competition series The X Factor UK; dailies Entertainment TonightThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden. The channel also ‘LIVE’ broadcasts some biggest award shows in the world, including The Golden Globe AwardsScreen Actors Guild AwardsAmerican Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards.

#BeExtraORLYnary : Orly leads in innovating nail care products for Filipino

Enjoying life with passion and adds color to your life , to have an extraordinary lifestyle. Thankful to be invited to join ORLY with the " Strength in Color" campaign launch with  extraORLYnary women.

International nail care brand ORLY recently held a colorful boho-themed grand launch to celebrate its “Strength in Color” campaign and to recognize ExtraORLYnary women who embody individuality, style, and talent in their respective fields.

The event, which was held at the Blue Leaf Cosmopolitan in Pasig City last August 8, was attended by ORLY’s international representative and executives who led a toast to ORLY’s brilliant and colorful years of setting the professional standard in nail care worldwide. SprintAsia is the exclusive official distributor of ORLY in the Philippines.

Mr. Paul Yap, SprintAsia President

Whether you are into mattes, gel or classic nail lacquer, ORLY has you covered. From the concept of classic and elegant nail aesthetics to what’s next in nail art technology, ORLY is always at the frontline in the field of nail care and nail enhancements. This international nail care brand offers a breathable nail polish as a 1-step system (no base on top) and a 13-free formula. ORLY is also halal certified and its Builder in a Bottle is the new innovation in hard gels and extensions.

Ms. Amy Oung, ORLY International Brand Ambassador

Since 1975, ORLY has been the leading maker of professional and retail standard nail color and care. Through the years, ORLY has created trendy nail lacquer shades that are vegan, cruelty-free, and free from harmful ingredients.

Color and Care are ORLY’s heart, soul, and the reflection of the brand’s multi-faceted personality.

Mr. Tim Yap, Ms. Shaira Luna (photography), Ms. Sanya Smith (music), Ms. Ornusa Cadness (music), Ms. Persie Torregoza (SprintAsia General Manager), Ms. Georginna Desuasido (beauty), Ms. Soleil Ignacio (design), Ms. Abbey Sy (arts), Ms. Amy Oung (ORLY International Brand Ambassador), Ms. Jennifer Yap (SprintAsia Vice President), Mr. Paul Yap (SprintAsia President)

To represent ORLY’s vast array of colors, six extraORLYnary women showcased their talent and individuality during the grand launch. Tim Yap moderated a panel discussion with Abbey Sy (arts), Soleil Ignacio (design), Georginna Desuasido (beauty), Sanya Smith (music), Ornusa Cadness (music), and Shaira Luna (photography) — all trailblazing women who often use their hands in their work.

ORLY is perfect for empowered women who combine talent and style. It has become the everyday choice of nail polish lovers for all of their daily activities. With ORLY’s continuing innovations in nail care technology, there’s little wonder why this leading breathable nail polish brand makes every woman feel truly ExtraORLYnary.

August 18, 2018

Lenovo introduces new laptops for the ‘modern avid gamer’

Lenovo, a global leader in PCs and smart devices development, is launching two new laptops designed to meet the demands of the ‘modern avid gamers’.

“Through our market research, we have discovered that there is a subset of gamers being ignored – the modern avid gamers. Most of these are millennials who carried their enthusiasm to adulthood but find it hard to continue due to their responsibilities at work, family, and social life. They are looking for a gaming PC that lets them partake in their passion but in a way that fits their lifestyle and time constraints. Our newest gaming machines are designed to meet their needs – a powerful, portable device with a stylish and minimalist exterior,” said

Michael Ngan, Country General Manager of Lenovo Philippines.

Lenovo Legion Y530 and Lenovo IdeaPad 330 

The new devices, namely, theLenovo Legion Y530 and theIdeaPad 330 are built for more than just gaming. Both can handle programs for work or study easily, but also allows you to watch movies and TV series, it supports digital performance like video, animation, and graphics editing.

The new devices, namely, theLenovo Legion Y530 and theIdeaPad 330 are built for more than just gaming. Both can handle programs for work or study easily, but also allows you to watch movies and TV series, it supports digital performance like video, animation, and graphics editing.

Lenovo Legion Y530 – The portable gaming and office workhorse

The new Lenovo Legion laptops are built for today’s on-the-go gamers who travel light. The Lenovo Legion Y530 Laptop has a subtle but compelling top cover texture that radiates out from the “O” in its Legion emblem. The laptop is fully equipped with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 Ti GPUs, up to the latest 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors and Windows® 10.

With up to 16GB DDR4 2666MHz memory and up to 256GB M.2 PCIe SSD or 2TB HDD storage, it can fulfill both powering and storage demands. Heat is no longer a bother to gamers as the new Legion Y530 features improved thermal layout with dual fan design and quad-vent cooling for increased airflow.
Users can enjoy clear and crisp audio with its Dolby Audio™ Premium, which can dynamically adjust audio to deliver home theatre quality in a virtual surround sound experience. The Legion Y530 comes in at only 24 mm thin and 5.1 lbs. light. Its bezels are 62% thinner compared to previous gaming laptops, making it more portable and easy to carry.

The device is available in Onyx Black with backlit keyboards.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 – The all-around productivity and entertainment booster

Stacked with premium processing and discrete graphics options, the Lenovo IdeaPad™ 330 is as powerful as it is easy to use.  Buyers can choose up to 7thGeneration Intel® Core™ i7 processor, coming with the lightning-fast responsiveness and reliable performance.

The device supports up to NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 graphics, perfect for those who want to play graphics-intensive games and handle resource-intensive business applications smoothly at the same time.

In addition, users can choose from up to 2 TB SATA HDD storage. The laptop comes in 14-, 15- and 17-inch anti-glare screens, in HD and full HD resolution options. Starting at 4.6 lbs, the device is made up of sturdy PC-ABS material chassis and it promises up to 8 hours of battery life.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330 comes in Onyx Black, Platinum Grey, Midnight Blue, and Chocolate.

Starting price for the Legion Y530 and IdeaPad 330 are P59,995 and P17,995, respectively. Both devices are now available at leading electronics stores.
The devices will be first showcased at Conquerors Manila 2018
where Lenovo is the official gaming hardware partner.


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