November 15, 2018

Taste the sounds of Pinoy music as KZ Tandingan and Apl De Ap collaborate for Coke Studio Season 2



KZ TANDINGAN AND APL DE AP: WE WILL ALWAYS RETURN HOME 

If there’s one thing we Pinoys love, it’s a good underdog story. And it’s even better when that underdog goes way beyond our shores to fly the Pinoy pride flag. Then, when we know that they choose to return to the Philippines and spread the love, then it’s the modern day edition of the fairy tale, with a particularly Pinoy twist. For the finale of Coke Studio Season Two, artists who have conquered the international arena come together for a surprise collaboration that captures the soulful and complex journey of each and every Filipino proving their worth to the world. 


KZ first came to national prominence when she won a major reality show on one of the country’s top free television networks. She joined the contest so that her family could help out in the building of their parish church. She became a part of ABS CBN’s Sunday variety show ASAP and also sang theme songs for Star Cinema movies. But KZ went way beyond her comfort zone when she joined a singing contest in Beijing where she trended on the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, aka Weibo. “Even if the schedule would allow me to be home only for one day, I would go. I just couldn't be away from home too long. Home is where I can just really be myself and I needed to feel that so I could be my best at the competition.” 


Apl de Ap, born Allan Pineda Lindo, was actually legally blind as a child and this condition qualified him for an operation in America, sponsored by the Pearl S. Buck foundation. When he got to California and settled there, he then befriended a neighbor, William James, who then became more famous as rapper and songwriter Will.i.am; Apl then went on to worldwide phenomenal success. They won Grammy’s and sold -out stadiums and arenas all over the world. But Apl always made it a point to remember his roots. “I try to follow in the footsteps of those who came before me. The Pearl S. Buck foundation helped me and so I want to do the same. If I come back to help my countrymen, it’s because I love my country and want to see us be competitive among the best in the world.” In this light, he has set up the Apl de Ap foundation, which concentrates on empowering Filipino youth especially in the fields of arts and technology. On a personal note, he says, for him coming home can be summed up in three words. “Family. Food. Festive.” 

When it was time for KZ and Apl to collaborate, it is reasonable to imagine that the younger KZ would be intimidated.
“I had followed Season 1, and did want to be included but when it was time to meet Apl and also start recording, I was a bit quiet. He was always asking me, ‘how do you feel about it?’ or ‘how would you change it?’ And my first thought would always be, ‘Who am I to do that? What gives me the right to tell you anything?’ But after a while , I would give my inputs and suggestions, and I think I was able to add my own flavor to it. He allowed me to see that my complexity can be my strength. And so our song reflects the story of the Filipino who has to go away, how they manage their fears. ” 
 Apl says of their song, “It’s the story of every Filipino. It’s about trials and tribulations. It’s about having to to seek a better life.” 
 When he is traveling, Apl loves it when he lands at an airport with a lot of Filipinos who love to call out to him, “Kabayan.” He reveals, “They know that I know what they’re going through. I did what they’re doing.” KZ also gets a rush when she does shows for the Filipino communities abroad. “When they come to our shows, it’s a way for them to get to feel they’re at home, even if they’re still far from home.” 

For both KZ and Apl, music is also their home, and through music they can bring that feeling of home to all who share in their art. 

Taste the sounds of Pinoy music as KZ Tandingan and Apl De Ap collaborate for Coke Studio Season 2. Catch them on November 18, at 11:15 a.m. before ASAP on ABS-CBN or on www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH

PLDT, Smart unlock amazing digital experiences powered by PH’s fastest network

Leading digital services providers PLDT, Inc. and Smart Communications unlock the future with new innovative products and services powered by the country's fastest fixed and mobile networks. In the photo: PLDT and Smart Chairman and CEO Manuel V. Pangilinan leads the celebratory toast with PLDT and Smart executives and partners from ABS-CBN, Cignal, ESPN 5, Google, Huawei, iflix, NBA, Oppo, Samsung, StarMobile, and Roku.

Fresh from their latest recognition as the Philippine’s fastest fixed and mobile networks, leading digital services provider PLDT Inc. and its mobile arm Smart Communications are ushering in a new wave of innovative products & services that aim to unlock amazing experiences for Filipinos whether they are in the comfort of their home or on the go.

PLDT and Smart presented their latest products at a powerhouse event aptly themed ‘Unlock the Future’ and graced by executives, endorsers, celebrities, and partners in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

“Over the past years, we’ve been hard at work to future-proof our network and beef up our digital content and product partners. We’re delighted to present our most exciting services that are designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of Filipinos,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., PLDT and Smart SVP and Consumer Business Market Development Head.

“Backed by our fastest networks, these innovative solutions will elevate the way our customers enjoy digital devices, services, and content. As we get ready to close 2018 and prepare for a new year ahead, we will continue our groundbreaking work to help empower Filipinos to enjoy an amazing life,” said Andrew L. Santos, PLDT-Smart FVP and Consumer Marketing Head.

Unlocking an amazing life for Filipinos

To establish even stronger connections at home, PLDT has introduced the new PLDT Home Fibr Google Wifi Plans, which feature a whole home wifi network system that puts an end to dead spots and ensures strong and Fibr-fast connection in every corner of your home.

New PLDT Home customers can now subscribe to Google Wifi Plan 3799, which comes with an unlimited 50Mbps connection, three Google Wifi points, and free service assistance from the Home Geek Squad. On the other hand, existing PLDT Home Fibr customers can simply avail of Google Wifi units as an add-on for Php799 per month for a set of three.

PLDT is also unlocking a new entertainment experience at home with the upcoming launch of the new PLDT Home TVolution Lite that is powered by Roku®. The new service features a plug-and-play device that allows customers to easily and effortlessly watch trending videos on YouTube; their favorite HD channels from Cignal; Top Hollywood, Asian and local movies and TV series from iflix; critically-acclaimed Netflix originals and films, and hundreds of free streaming channels on their TV.

Following their support for the much celebrated Esports and Gaming Summit 2018 and the recently concluded ‘Road to the Nationals,’ which awarded the country’s top DOTA 2 and Tekken 7 players, PLDT and Smart also affirmed their commitment to deliver the best gaming experience for Filipino gamers powered by PLDT Home Fibr, the fastest Fibr connection for lag-free gaming at home, and Smart LTE, the fastest LTE network for gaming on-the-go.

Unlocking bigger and more rewarding experiences

On the other hand, buoyed by the massive success of its Free YouTube campaign, which more than doubled the daily active YouTube users on its network and drove over 13 times more data usage traffic from customers, Smart has stepped up to unlock total entertainment with Video Every Day.

A new promo that comes with all of Smart’s GigaSurf data packages, Video Every Day provides customers with up to 1 hour of Video access daily for YouTube, iflix, iWant TV, Cignal Play and NBA League Pass - for as long as their GigaSurf subscription is valid. Smart customers can now register to GigaSurf with Video Every Day by simply dialing *121# or via the mySmart app.

Apart from these services, Smart has also announced game-changing partnerships with popular smartphone manufacturers Oppo, Samsung, and Starmobile to encourage more Filipinos to upgrade to LTE-capable handsets that come with special discounts and freebies.

Among these special LTE-capable handsets are the OPPO A71 Smart LTE phone kit, which is now available for Php5,998 (from the original SRP of Php6,990); the Samsung J2 Core Smart LTE Phone Kit priced at Php4,990 (from Php5,990); and Starmobile Play Click TNT LTE phone kit, which is very affordable at Php2,998 (from Php3,490).

To offer a much bigger digital experience, Smart also continues to strengthen its portfolio of the latest flagship devices with the data-packed GigaX Plans, which feature separate data allocations for streaming videos, as well as enjoying apps and surfing websites.

Smart offers the newly launched Huawei Mate 20 with the GigaX Plans at Php2199 per month, and the Huawei Mate 20 Pro at Php2,599 per month.

Smart also makes it easier for customers to get hold of the latest iPhones, starting with the iPhone XS at Php3,299 per month, and the iPhone XS Max at Php3,599 per month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also available with the Smart GigaX Plans.

Finally, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, Smart announced its biggest anniversary e-raffle promo in the company’s history, which gives customers a chance to win data packages, MVP Rewards points, LTE smartphones every month, leading up to the grand raffle on February 25, 2019 in which one lucky subscriber will win Php25 million cash! To join, subscribers need only to register to select data promos and add-ons.

Twin awards for the country’s fastest network

Earlier this year, PLDT and Smart were cited for being the country’s fastest fixed and mobile networks for Q1-Q2 2018, respectively, by Ookla®, the global leader in internet testing and analysis.

Just recently, independent mobile analytics company OpenSignal also cited Smart for providing its customers the best video experience in the country. The UK-based firm has published an independent analysis of the customer experience for video services by telecom carriers in Asia, showing that Smart garnered a video experience score of 42.2, well ahead of competition in the Philippines and well above the national average.

OpenSignal also recognized Smart earlier this year for having the country’s fastest LTE network, awarding the company with four citations including best in 4G LTE download speed; best in overall download speed; best 4G latency performance; and best 3G latency performance in its March 2018 report.

3 Ways to Upgrade Your Holiday Traditions at Home

Filipinos have their own unique way of celebrating the Christmas season. While Western countries have mistletoe, eggnog, and stockings hung over a fireplace, they look forward to bibingka and puto bumbong, and festivities that start as early as October.

The holiday season brings families together, and gatherings are made memorable with stories and laughter shared in front of sumptuous meals, games, and entertainment played by both young and old. Gifts are also exchanged as a sign of love and affection.

Christmastime in the Philippines means happiness shared at home with people valued most. Here are a few ideas to turn this year’s celebration even more special:


Prepare a musical number with the family

Take some time to organize a musical interlude with loved ones. Music can be shared by everyone, and the bond and memories shared with family and friends while rehearsing, planning out costumes, or even going as far as caroling around the neighborhood, are reason enough to make an effort.


Reinvent the local ‘Secret Santa’

Shopping for gifts for every member of the family is a daunting task, so try an alternative scheme like white elephant gifts or a raffle. By purchasing one grand gift to add to the pot, each member will get a chance to win something special. Raise the stakes with additional draws for gadgets and entertainment devices. 


Gather around the family TV

The holidays bring the family together and are the best time to reminisce the year that was. Watch home videos and stay in touch of family members away from home and share in the simple pleasure of watching TV with loved ones.


To make the Yuletide season more exciting, Samsung is offering up to 35% off on prices of select Full HD, Smart HD, UHD, Curved UHD, Premium UHD, and QLED TV models and Soundbars, when purchased through cash or straight card transactions.

The ‘Holiday Cheers for Samsung’s 20 Years’ promo is the company’s way of saying thank you to its customers, as it celebrates its 20th year in the Philippines. The promo runs from October 1 to December 31, 2018, in all accredited dealer stores nationwide.

The promo also features a raffle for customers who purchase participating TV and Soundbar models from October to December. Lucky winners will be drawn monthly and will get a chance to win either a grand package prize of a QLED TV, Soundbar, and a Galaxy Note9, or either of the secondary prizes: one of five 49” Smart TVs, or one of 14 Soundbars.

To know more about the promo, visit https://www.samsung.com/ph/offer/HolidayCheers/

Customers may register their purchases in the raffle at https://www.samsung.com/ph/offer/HolidayCheers/Raffle/

16th Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards launched - The search is on and nominations are underway for the most inspiring micro business owners nationwide

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. and Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed jointly announced the launch of the 16th Citi MicroentrepreneurshipAwards (CMA) during the recently held annual conference of the Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. (MCPI).



L-R) Microfinance Council of the Philippines, Inc. chair Fr. Jose Victor Lobrigo; Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor Nestor Espenilla, Jr.

Since its inception in 2002, the CMA awards program, a partnership among BSP, CitiPhilippines and MCPI, with funding support from Citi Foundation, has been steadfast in its commitment towards recognizing entrepreneurs who have beat the odds, lifting themselves and others out of poverty. The awards also recognize the strong support from microfinance institutions as key partners, underscoring the role these organizations play in financial inclusion and enterprise development. 

In his keynote speech, governor Espenilla took note of how digital technology has made an impact in the development of microfinance in the country. “The digital revolution is fundamentally reshaping the financial inclusion landscape and traditional financial value chains,” he said. “Rapid digital innovations in financial technologies have led to the emergence of more dynamic business models.”

"Amidst all the talk of technology and disruption, it is only appropriate that we continue to showcase inspiring stories through the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards, which has served as a vehicle for inspiring microentrepreneurs nationwide to achieve greater heights,” says Espenilla.

The event saw the introduction of the commemorative book “From Modest Dreams to Microentrepreneurial Triumphs,” which shares success stories of past CMA winners, inspiring tales of winning against adversity through hard work and perseverance.

In his remarks, Citi’s Ahmed said: “The Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards are about the passion, energy, and commitment of microentrepreneurs who want to do better for themselves and their families. At Citi, we are proud to help people pursue their dreams because we are committed to making a difference in the communities where we live and work.”

Governor Espenilla and Aftab Ahmed serve as co-chairpersons of the CMA National Selection Committee. Other members include industry and community leaders such as Ayala Corporation president Fernando Zobel de Ayala; RFM Corporation president and CEO Jose Ma. Concepcion III; GMA Network, Inc. chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe Gozon; former Philippine Daily Inquirer chairperson Marixi Rufino-Prieto; DTI secretary Ramon Lopez; SPARK! Philippines trustee Imelda Nicolas; SM Investments Corporation vice chair Teresita Sy-Coson; Voyager Innovations, Inc. president Orlando Vea; National MSME Development Council-Mindanao Private Sector representative Mary Ann Montemayor; and University of the Philippines Diliman chancellor Dr. Michael Tan.

The awards are open to microenterprises with business assets up to PhP3 million. The award categories are Microentrepreneur of the Year Award, regional awardees from the three major island groups (Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao), Youth Microentrepreneur of the Year, and special awards for agri micro-business, community leadership, and green/sustainable business.

The national winner of the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards will receive PhP200,000while the three regional awardees, the youth awardee, and special awardees will each get PhP100,000. The loan officers and MFI branches of each awardee are also given acash incentive of PhP10,000. Semi-finalists will receive a cash incentive of PhP10,000.

In addition to cash prizes, long-term sustainability of the winning microenterprises is of vital importance, thus, entrepreneurship training and mentoring is also provided at the Citi Microenterprise Development Center.

READY. SET. SHOP GUAM!

It’s that time of the year again. Fairy lights on house windows, suspicious-looking pine trees line up mall entrances, Christmas delicacies sold in random street corners, and Jose Mari Chan songs being played in public spaces. The Christmas season is officially upon us. But if you ask any true-blue Filipino; “what’s the one thing they look forward to during the holiday season?”, they would immediately tell you - Christmas shopping. 

The Philippines is notorious for celebrating the Christmas season very early. In fact, most Filipinos start getting into the holiday spirit as early as September. Therefore, malls and retail centers start to advertise nationwide sales when the BER months show up in the calendar - to the excitement of Filipinos everywhere.

Though it may seem fun, holiday shopping in Metro Manila is actually a stressful and tedious process. The amount of people who go out to scour malls for good deals is beyond crazy. Traffic is bad and trying to get a parking slot is excruciatingly time-consuming. But what if your next favorite shopping destination is only a 3-hour flight away? Wouldn’t that be better than getting stuck in a 3-hour jam in Metro Manila? More so, imagine going shopping and having an online directory of all the promos and sale offers in your phone, doesn’t that sound like the most convenient thing ever?

Shop Guam e-Festival is a mobile app-driven shopping campaign that combines the fun of shopping in a mall with the convenience and ease of online shopping. How does it work? One just has to download the Shop Guam app, browse through the offers, visit any of the participating stores, and present the in-app coupons upon making a purchase inside the store. 

The best thing about Shop Guam is the plethora of choices and massive discounts from its participating retail outlets. From luxury labels to commercial brands, the campaign has something for every discerning palate. Whether you like to splurge on Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, or go bargain shopping in Ross and Macy’s; Guam has the answer to all of you’re shopping needs this holiday season. And since you’re already on vacation, make sure to check the Shop Guam app for cool happenings and fun events on the island. Experience the best that Guam has to offer.

So what are you waiting for? Book your flight now and fly to Guam! You can choose from any of our three air carriers that regularly fly to the island: Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, and United Airlines. So start your holiday shopping and catch the Shop Guam e-Festival from November 10, 2018 to February 10, 2019.

Make sure to follow Guam Visitors Bureau’s official Facebook and Instagram pages (@VisitGuamPH) for the offers, updates, and promos.


The Shop Guam mobile app is free to download on iOS and Android. 

To know more about Guam, you may visit the Guam Visitors Bureau’s PH Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/visitguamph, or you may follow the @visitguamph page on Instagram.




AirAsia paints the skies (RED), featuring 88rising


SEPANG,  November 2018 - AirAsia is proud to announce our partnership with (RED) in support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Asean.

The funds generated from the (AirAsia)RED partnership will go directly to the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS programmes in Asean, home to nearly 1.8 million people living with HIV, according to 2017 UNAIDS data.



AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes (centre), (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan (centre left) and 88rising Founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro flanked by AirAsia cabin crew at the livery launch.


AirAsia has pledged proceeds from its current Free Seats promotion and various activities planned for 2019.

For every seat sold on airasia.com and the AirAsia mobile app during the 24-hour period from noon tomorrow until noon on Wednesday (GMT +8), AirAsia will donate 20 US cents, enough to buy one day’s worth of live-saving antiretroviral treatment for someone living with HIV.

In addition, AirAsia and (RED) will be collaborating with leading global Asian music label 88rising to launch a new Asean music and arts festival in 2019 to drive positivity and awareness of HIV/AIDS in the region. Dates, location and lineup will be announced at a later date.

AirAsia Group CEO Tony Fernandes (centre), (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan (centre left) and 88rising Founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro (centre right) flanked by AirAsia cabin crew at the livery launch.


The partnership was announced at the unveiling of a special (WEAREALLCHAMPIONS)RED livery at Sepang Aircraft Engineering (SAE) here today. Guests were treated to a live performance by Los Angeles-based rapper Dumbfoundead, an 88rising collaborator who performed at their recent Head in the Clouds festival in the US.

The event was attended by Malaysian Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, Malaysian AIDS Foundation (MAF) Malaysian Business Consortium on HIV/AIDS Manager Dr Rethish Raghu, MAF Advocacy Manager Dayana Omar, (RED) CEO Deborah Dugan, 88rising Founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro, AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and AirAsia Group Head of Branding Rudy Khaw, among others.

(RED) CEO Deborah Dugan said, “We couldn't be more excited to partner with such a creative and innovative brand like AirAsia! Loved by millions and committed to making a real difference in Southeast Asia, the (AirAsia)RED partnership is literally taking the AIDS fight to new heights.”

88rising Founder and CEO Sean Miyashiro said, “88rising is absolutely over the moon with the idea of an amazing music and arts festival in Asean that empowers a young audience to save lives. All of 88rising will put all of our creative minds together to make this experience one of a kind, while creating massive awareness and engagement to a globally minded audience.”

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “AirAsia has always been about making the impossible possible. Today’s global partnership is all about championing new opportunities, both for those living with HIV/AIDS and in terms of bringing a broader message of positivity and change to Asean. And this is just the beginning. We have many more things planned with (RED), with support from 88rising, to supercharge outreach in the region, so watch this space.”







About (RED)® 

(RED) was founded in 2006 to engage businesses and people in the fight against AIDS. (RED) partners with the world's most iconic brands that contribute up to 50% of profits from (RED)-branded goods and services to the Global Fund. (RED) Proud Partners include: Apple, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Belvedere, Claro, The Coca-Cola Company, MCM, NetJets, Salesforce, SAP, Starbucks, Supercell, Telcel, and Tradeshift. (RED) Special Edition partners include: aden+anais, Alessi, ALEX AND ANI, Fatboy USA, Fresh, FreshDirect, Girl Skateboards, Gretsch, HEAD, Jonathan Adler, Le Creuset, Live Nation Entertainment, Moleskine, Mophie, Square, Uber, and Wolfnoir. To date, (RED) has generated $350 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, to support HIV/AIDS grants in Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. 100 percent of that money goes to work on the ground – no overhead is taken. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted more than 70 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services.

About 88rising

By now, if you’re in tune with the culture, you know about 88rising. Revered by the likes of CNN, Forbes, Bloomberg, The New Yorker, Billboard, Pitchfork and Los Angeles Times, 88rising is at the forefront of catapulting Asian culture and stories into new dimensions. Refusing to be confined within a single vessel, 88rising has exceptionally executed any and all ideas, while breaking new ground along the way. Best known as the team behind Internet-breaking sensations, including Joji, Rich Brian, Higher Brothers and Keith Ape, 88rising have quickly escalated to selling out world tours, hosting festivals and working with today's biggest stars. “88rising is distinguished by its idiosyncratic tone and its up-to-the-nanosecond appreciation of hip-hop’s youthful, Internet-driven trends,” The New Yorker said, in their 8-page long features on CEO Sean Miyashiro and the company. Furthermore, it’s highlighted that in just two years, “88rising has become an authority on how to create Asian and American pop-culture crossovers. With over 20M subscribers of their talent and nearly 700M views on their YouTube channel, 88rising's influence is undeniable.

AirAsia and AirAsia X champions at the 2019 AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards


SEPANG, 15 November 2018 - AirAsia and AirAsia X Malaysia have been awarded Best Low-Cost Carriers Asia Pacific for 2019 in the industry-led AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards.

Judged by a panel of industry experts with a combined 200 years of experience, the awards bring together four major international industry and government safety audits alongside demonstrable leadership in the areas of innovation, value and passenger comfort.

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, 
“We are proud to be recognised as champions and thrilled to see our industry peers appreciate the efforts we’ve made in areas of operational safety and innovation. 
“This award is significant because it highlights the important role AirAsia has played in making air travel possible for hundreds of millions of people. This award also casts light on the work we’ve done to be the best in safety and passenger experience.”

AirAsia Malaysia recently jumped from a 4/7 star safety rating to an impressive 7/7 stars, following its completion of IATA’s independent IOSA audit in September this year.

Long-haul sister airline AirAsia X Malaysia moved points this year to a 4.5/5 star product rating, following its commitment to redefining premium low-cost travel with its award-winning Premium Flatbed.

AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail said, 
“These awards are testament to the incredible efforts of our Allstar staff who live and breathe our values ‘Safety Always’ and ‘People First’ each and every day. 
“Being recognised and rated by experts in the industry helps to ensure our team remains motivated to develop and understand the drivers associated with safety and customer service excellence.”

Commenting on the award,
AirlineRatings.com Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas, said 
“The win was richly deserved. Mr Fernandes and AirAsia X Malaysia Chief Executive Officer Benyamin Ismail have done an outstanding job guiding the airlines to their market dominant position. 
“These airlines have made travel affordable for tens of millions throughout Asia and they offer outstanding value and a great experience.”

The full awards list can be viewed at airlineratings.com.

Yellow Cab’s Hungry Holiday Feast!


Yellow Cab fuels the hungry this Holiday Season.

Christmas is near and the most awaited event for foodies and hustlers everywhere is here.

With a little over fifty days to go before the year ends, Yellow Cab is giving its hungriest hustlers new offerings that will surely fuel their need to keep on going this holiday season.

Yellow Cab literally takes the hungry to New York


It’s go big or go home with Yellow Cab’s Hungriest Holiday Raffle where one lucky, hungry soul gets an all-expense paid trip for two to the Big Apple.

All you need to do is order from Yellow Cab starting now until December 31 in order to be part in the hungriest raffle. For every single receipt worth PHP999 to PHP1,788 entitles you to one raffle ticket, two for PHP1,799 to PHP2,488, and three for purchases PHP2,499 and above. For those who don’t win the grand prize, 999 winners will get the chance to avail of a free Bronx Creamy Mushroom Pizza.

The most complete Yellow Cab bundle ever



Back-to-back celebrations are sure well on their way this holiday season, and what better way to feed the hungry crowd than with Yellow Cab’s Hungry Holiday Feast? 

With almost everything their menu has to offer, each order comes with an 18” 2-in-1 Pizza featuring the pizza joint’s bestsellers New York Finest and #4 Cheese, three pastas namely Yellow Cab’s signature Charlie Chan, Chicken Alfredo and Spaghetti & Meatballs, a 12pc. Chicken Box in Hot Chix, Garlic Parmesan and Salt & Pepper flavors, and two 1.5L bottles of Mountain Dew. Finish it off with Strawberry and Pistachio ice cream, the Hungry Holiday Feast really has everything—and it’s all for only PHP2,789! And that’s not all, every receipt order of the Hungry Holiday Feast is worth 5 raffle tickets for the Hungriest Holiday Raffle, so order one now to up your chances for a FREE trip to New York!


Ain’t no party like an Ultimate UnliParty



Don’t wait to get invited to a party, why not throw the party yourself with Yellow Cab’s annual Ultimate Unli Party, and this year it’s bigger than ever. 

On December 5, enjoy unlimited slices of Hawaiian or The Bronx Creamy Mushroom pizza and free-flowing Mountain Dew for only PHP399. The Ultimate Unli Party now also comes with one serving of regular Hot Wings and Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta or Spaghetti & Meatballs for dine-in customers. For hustlers who prefer to bring the food to where their crowd is via takeout, delivery, or curbside pickup, they can choose to avail of the 14” Hawaiian and The Bronx Creamy Mushroom pizzas for only PHP999. Generous, complete, and value for money, Yellow Cab’s Ultimate Unli Party is the most awaited event for foodies and hustlers everywhere.

Don’t miss out on these holiday specials. Visit your nearest Yellow Cab branch and have a hustlin’ holiday!

November 14, 2018

Leisurely and functional amenities await homeowners at Amaia Scapes Bauan

Amaia Scapes Bauan residents can celebrate life’s precious moments with their families, friends, and neighbors at the village pavilion.
Although space and design aesthetics are factors that initially drive people to choose what home to buy, aspiring homeowners who are also smart investors are ultimately influenced by a property’s more enduring attributes.

For instance, does the community promote the residents’ well-being and inspire a holistic, leisurely, and comfortable living for all?

For top-of-mind and affordable real estate provider Amaia Land Corp., these are features that, in the long term, make their homes attractive to prospective residents. 

Homeowners at Amaia Scapes Bauan can do recreational activities with their kids such as playing basketball at the basketball court.


For instance, in Amaia Scapes Bauan in Batangas, fully functional amenities offer homeowners a chance to take a break from the daily grind. Families may celebrate life’s precious moments at the village pavilion, do recreational activities like playing at basketball court or playground, and spend quality time at the swimming pool.

Amaia Scapes Bauan also has a swimming pool where families can spend time together and take a refreshing dip.



Situated along the Bauan-Batangas Provincial Road, Amaia Scapes Bauan is an expansive 11.5-hectare development that may be accessed through the Batangas City Exit of Star Tollway. Key establishments such asmalls, markets, schools, and hospitals are within reach since Amaia Scapes Bauan is a short distance away from Bauan town proper and Batangas City.

In support of Amaia’s advocacy of environment-friendly living, Amaia Scapes Bauan is equipped with sustainable features such as bike racks and waiting sheds; encourages proper waste management by providing material recovery facility for solid waste disposal, Patio greens and gardens which serve as rain gardens to replenish ground water supply; offers ample breathable space, sufficient room for house expansion, and the flexibility of combining units; and is flood-free, earthquake- and fire-resistant.

As it enables Filipino families to own affordable yet quality homes, Amaia commits to building sustainable communities that support comfortable lives today and in many years to come. Amaia CARES for life, the living and the spaces around it.

Amaia Land brings the dream of owning a home closer to ordinary Filipinos by offering pocket-friendly payment options: cash, deferred cash, and bank financing.

For inquiries about Amaia Scapes Bauan and other Amaia developments, check out www.amaialand.com or like www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.
























November 12, 2018

Venus Tan is the new Chief Operating Officer of TPB

The Board of Directors of the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Marie Venus Tan as its Vice Chairperson and concurrently, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the TPB.


Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Marie Venus Tan

Prior to her assumption of office at the TPB, COO Tan was the Director of the Department of Tourism in the Cordillera Administrative Region (DOT-CAR) for three (3) years. In that capacity, she spearheaded several urban rehabilitation tourism initiatives, including her brainchild campaign, Rev Up, Revive, Revisit, Revitalize (REV-BLOOM), Project Stobosa, Project PURAW and the Village Innovation Community Enhancement Project, among others. Likewise, COO Tan held the post National Coordinator for International Marketing and Promotions of North Luzon and Palawan from May 2015 until September 2018.

She is known for her genuine dedication to the cause of sustainable tourism, as attested by her affiliation with notable local and international organizations dedicated to socio-civic causes. COO Tan is a member of the Steering Committee of the United Nations Mountain Partnership in Slow Food International, Chair of the Asia Pacific Government Cluster and the focal person in the Philippines for the UNESCO Creative Cities Network 2017. She is Vice President of the Cordillera Association of Regional Executives (CARE), the founding Chair of the non-governmental organization Inspirational Women of the Cordilleras (IWOC), the International Organization Women in Travel, and Asia Travel Marketing Association.


Department of Tourism secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat swears in Tourism Promotions Board chief operating officer Marie Venus Tan


COO Tan started her career as a Senior Public Relations Officer of the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) from January 1980 to December 1986. She went on and acquired nearly 13 years’ worth of experience as Chief III of the Europe and the Americas Divisions of the then Philippine Convention and Visitors Corporation (PCVC), the precursor of the TPB. COO Tan’s hard work lead to a significant contribution to the development of Philippine tourism relations with Western, Central and Eastern Europe for 15 years, serving as Tourism Attaché for these regions beginning 2000 to 2015.

COO Tan is determined to make the TPB the DOT’s best performing agency under her administration. Topmost among her priorities are the development of meetings, incentive travel, conventions and exhibition events (MICE), providing optimal experiences for long-staying guests, and aiming for the Philippines’ high-spending source markets.





Former Goin’ Bulilit Kids thrill, excite, surprise in “Class of 2018”



Former “Goin’ Bulilit” kids Nash Aguas, Sharlene San Pedro, CJ Navato, Kristel Fulgar, Kiray Celis, topbill the upcoming teen horror-thriller “Class of 2018” which opens in cinemas nationwide on November 7. The film written by Jericho Aguado and Charliebebs Gohetia and directed by Charliebebs Gohetia, is the “back-from-sem-break” offering of T-Rex Entertainment—the studio that brought us the celebrated “Deadma Walking” and “Bakwit Boys,” among many other hit movies.


When Nash, Sharlene, CJ, Kristel, and Kiray were little kids, they were mainstays of the popular “Goin’ Bulilit” comedy show of ABS-CBN. Together with other child performers, they cheered up weekend nights with their wit, charm and impeccable comedic timing. Since then, these five have become multi-talented stars.


Sharlene is now a MYX VJ and recording artist and favorite teen actress of “Maalaala Mo Kaya.” Nash, an award-winning actor, has gotten raves for his role in the teleserye, “The Good Son.” Kristel and CJ are social media stars whose song covers on YouTube have garnered millions of views. Kiray, meanwhile, has starred in box-office hits like “Shake, Rattle, and Roll XV” and “Crazy Beautiful You” alongside leading love team, Kathniel.

They give life to distinct and memorable characters in “Class of 2018” — Sharlene is Ada, a loner who gets bullied. Nash is RJ, a “cool kid” who is a part of the popular rich boy posse. CJ is Migs, a geek obsessed with conspiracy theories. Kristel is Princess, a reformed mean girl who is doing her best to befriend the class, while Kiray is Venus, the school’s reigning queen bee who leads a popular clique.



“Class of 2018” is about Section Zamora, which is a class of underachievers, repeaters, and delinquents. When Section Zamora goes on an out-of-town field trip, a classmate contracts a mysterious virus, which prompts the military to quarantine them in an abandoned military facility. Ada, RJ, Princess, Migs, Venus, and the rest of Section Zamora fight for survival while dealing with the dangers of the infectious virus and politics among untrustworthy classmates.



When the project was offered to the actors, they responded with instant enthusiasm. Sharlene says she found the premise very intriguing, “Nabasa ko ang summary. Sabi ko sa sarili ko, ‘Kakaiba!’ Shinare ko sa mommy at daddy ko at nag-agree sila na kakaiba nga. So sabi ko, ‘Go tayo dito!’”

The energy on the set was undeniable; just like the mysterious virus, it was hard to contain. Direk Charliebebs reveals that his cast was a noisy but incredible bunch. “Napakaingay nila. Pero kapag take naman, ginagawa nila kung ano ang instructions ko.”



So whether it was doing a complicated fight scene, running endlessly in hallways, moving the audience with a heartfelt dialogue, or uttering a hilarious line (“Merong parts na matatawa ka rin!” says Nash), the cast of “Class of


2018” were always spot-on perfect! Direk Charliebebs says that their experience plus rapport made for a terrific movie. “Nag-gel lahat. Magagaling sila,” he says of his cast.

“Class of 2018” also features a stellar ensemble composed of Yayo Aguila, Adrian Alandy, Dido dela Paz, Alex Medina, Sherry Lara, Michelle Vito, Ethan Salvador, Jomari Angeles, Kelvin Miranda, Nikki Gonzales, Lara Fortuna, Aga Arceo, Shara Dizon, Hanna Francisco, Renshi de Guzman, Dylan Ray Talon, Micah Jackson, Jude Matthew Servilla, John Vic De Guzman, Yvette Sanchez, Jerom Canlas, and Noubikko Ray.

For updates, follow @prodsthatmatter on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

November 11, 2018

PhilSka Music Festival 2018

As we celebrate the Philippine Ska Community's 1st year anniversary on November 17, PHILIPPINE SKA COMMUNITY (in cooperation with INFINITY ADS SOLUTION) brings you the biggest and grandest Ska music festival in Philippine history--PHILSKA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018, happening on DECEMBER 1 at Mayflower Parking, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong, 2pm.

Filipino fans are expected to witness a night filled with music and lots of fun. It features two global SKA talents plus 13 homegrown SKA bands headlining the music fest.

Two international SKA bands are ready to invade Pinoy stage: Beat Bahnhof (Japan) and Red Stripes (Hongkong) who offered their music that's why the music festival created. 


13 Homegrown SKA bands are ready for epic performances that will keep the audience on their feet: GoForTheGoatSKA! (Cavite),

The Stolenshots (Albay), The Upbeats Ska (Albay), The Buzzer Beaters (Laguna), STEADYMOVINBEAT, Mobster Manila, Rocket Punch, Pinkcow Philippines, Dandimites, Neighbors, Skabeche, ZCENTIDO, and Todo Pasa.

Today, the Philippines are yet to discover the beat and sound of SKA, but it has already reached its audience. These 13 homegrown SKA bands are set to showcase SKA, from its tone to its message.

Mr Noel Salonga, founder of PhilSka community, gives his vision: to create a community of not only musicians but group of people who deeply appreciates Ska Music. 

Since the group have already reached 3,000+ members and still increasing locally and acknowledged internationally, he thought that this is the time to have a grand eyeball with everyone. 

With this Music Festival, this will expose that Ska Music can be on the mainstream too.

November 10, 2018

Get 50% Off* and a Chance to Win a Condo at Lazada 11.11 with GCash!

The biggest one-day online sale of the year, the Lazada 11.11 Sale, is just a few days away. So what do you do when items you've been wanting to buy are discounted up to 60% off? You shop with GCash!



In time for Lazada 11.11 Sale, the country's leading mobile wallet provider GCash can now be used to pay for purchases at Lazada real-time. This is thanks to the company's tech integration efforts with the biggest online shopping platform in the Philippines. This payment feature is available to customers with a GCash account, regardless if they’re using a Globe, TM, Smart, Sun, or Talk n' Text network SIM. They just need to link their GCash-registered mobile number upon selecting GCash as a payment method at the checkout screen.

Tens of thousands of products will be on sale at Lazada on November 11, 2018, starting 12:00 AM, including gadgets and electronics, personal care items, and apparel, among others, with site-wide discounts up to 60% off. On top of this, GCash is also giving away 50% discount voucher codes for use at the Lazada 11.11 Sale, capped at PHP 200 per transaction per user. Customers should just key in “GCASH1111” upon checkout to avail of the discount voucher code.

"The Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival is the single most important date in online shopping in the Philippines. Filipinos are big in online retail and in deals, and GCash will enable them to purchase the items they want directly. They just need to create a GCash account by downloading the GCash App from the App Store or from Google Play, and link it with their Lazada account via mobile or PC. They will also be able to enjoy discounts being offered by Lazada," said Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas. Mynt is the holding company of GCash.

GCash is also holding a huge promo exclusive to Lazada: One lucky customer that would pay using GCash on Lazada starting 11.11 to 12.31 will get a chance to win a condominium unit worth PHP 2 million as the grand prize. A customer should just use the code “GCASHCONDO” with a minimum purchase worth PHP 50 upon checkout to get one (1) entry to the condo raffle.

Getting a GCash account is easy. Just download the GCash App for free from the App Store or from Google Play and sign up for an account. Alternatively, you can look for @gcashofficial on Messenger and sign up.

To fund their GCash account, a user can visit over 16,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide, like 7-Eleven, SM Business Centers, Robinsons Business Centers, Puregold branches, and Villarica Pawnshop branches, and tell the cashier to cash-in to their GCash account. Cashing-in to a GCash account is free.

For the latest updates, visit GCash's social

https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial

https://www.instagram.com/gcashofficial

https://twitter.com/gcashofficial

Win a condo, car or New York trip while scoring these 11 deals on Lazada’s 11.11 Shopping Festival !

This year’s highly anticipated annual shopping event finally returns !

Dubbed as the “biggest one-day sale”, Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival will be creating a full customer shopping experience on November 11 with bigger and better deals. Shoppers can look forward to more than 50 million deals, including items up to 99 cents during the 24-hour shopping spree!




Here are some of the products to delight customers on Lazada’s 11.11 Shopping Festival:
  • • Get the 5-piece SamYang Buldak Spicy Fire Chicken for only Php 85 instead of Php 1000!
  • • Heal your pet’s skin problems with 130g Prolific Madre de Cacao Organic Soap for Catsand Dogs for Php 49 instead of Php 440!
  • • Keep your pets away from ticks, mites, and fleas with Fipronil Pet Spray priced from Php 590 at Php 99!
  • • Make that game night happen with the UNO Card Game which is sold at Php 50 from the original price of Php 199!
  • • For the parents on the go, grab the Akeeva Aerolite Pocket Stroller as it lowers its price from Php 12,000 to Php 4899!
  • • Make your dry skin more renewed with the Esfolio Pure Snail Moisture Soothing Gel as it lowers its price from Php 349 to Php 164!
  • • Be princess-like with Ever Bilena False Eyelashes, which will sell at Php 120 from Php 250!
  • • The Philips HP8120/00 Essential Care Hair Dryer, priced at Php 1599, will be discounted at Php 799!
  • • Get 40 pieces of Huggies Dry Diapers Newborn diapers for only Php 118.75 from itsoriginal price of Php 237.50!
  • • The NYX Professional Makeup MLS10 Perfect Red Matte Lipstick is only Php 117 from the original price of Php 234!e
  • • Reinforce your body’s natural ability to protect with 3 Bottles of 950mL Lifestyles Intra 23 Herbal Juice as it goes on sale at Php 3060 from Php 5400

Shoppers can also expect exciting games while collecting discount and promotion vouchers in addition to shopping for their favourite brands. With previously endorsed “Shake It” and “Slash It”, Lazada is also introducing a brand-new game called “Wonderland” – an interactive map that allows shoppers to discover 11.11 deals from various brands as well as win special Lazada or store vouchers for their purchases!

But wait, there's more! Lazada is also raffling off a brand new Avida condo from GCash, a brand-new car from PayMaya, trip for two to Hong Kong and Taiwan care of Klook and roundtrip tickets for two to New York in partnership with Philippine Airlines!

For more information, shoppers can stay tuned to Lazada Philippines official social media accounts, on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPH, and Instagram: @Lazada_PH. They could also log on to www.lazada.com.ph/ or download the Lazada Mobile app via App Store or Google Play!


"All About Giving" with Unilever x Shopee Big Christmas Sale

The most exciting shopping day of the year! 



The Unilever x Shopee 11:11 'All About Giving"

The online sale Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, a special e-commerxe partnership for the holiday season.

This is a 24-hour Shopping Festival,  a campaign wherein consumers can enjoy big discounts and win vouchers from consumer goods, beauty, electronics, fashion, and home decor industry partners of the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan.

For holiday shopping celebration, Shopee 11.11-12.12 Big Christmas Sale promo, Unilever consumers can avail of exclusive deals and discounts on Unilever products through the Unilever x Shopee “All About Giving” campaign. As another special e-commerce partnership for the holiday season, the campaign kicks off on November 11, 11AM and will feature exclusive Unilever deals which are only available on Shopee.



Check these affordable products on sale in the Unilever x Shopee “All About Giving” campaign:

  • Hero deals only from Unilever: 
  • Tresemme: UP TO 50% OFF 
  • St. Ives: UP TO 50% OFF 
  • Dove: UP TO 40% OFF 
  • Unilever Homecare products: UP TO 30% OFF 
  • Unilever Foods products: UP TO 40% OFF 

Watch out for Flash Sales on 11.11. 

Use this Voucher code valid for 11.11 only: 
  • ShopeexUL 
  • Mechanics: 20% OFF when you buy 
  • PHP 1000 worth of Unilever items 
  • Free Shipping on all Unilever products 

As this is the single and most important date in online shopping in the Phillipines , the perfect time to kickstart your Christmas shopping with Unilever x Shopee “All About Giving” campaign. 

All About Giving tote bag and Unilever products


To see more of the products on sale, visit https://shopee.ph/collections/116397.

#UnileverxShopee 
#UnileverAllAboutGiving
#ShopeePH1111 
#ShopeeBigChristmasSale




Kickstart your Christmas Shopping with Shopee and Sun this Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale


Enjoy up to Php300 off on Shopee with Sun Postpaid
Now’s the perfect time to kickstart your Christmas shopping as Sun, in partnership with leading e-commerce platform Shopee, lets you enjoy up to Php300 discount on Shopee with your Sun Postpaid plan.



The promo is open to all Sun Postpaid customers who are renewing their plan or signing up with any Sun Non-Stop LTE Plan at any Sun Shop or Sun Satellite Branch nationwide until Nov. 22.  Those who sign up with a new Sun Postpaid plan from Nov. 8 to Nov. 22, 2018 may get up to Php150 off on their Shopee purchase. In addition, Sun Postpaid customers who already renewed their plan from Oct. 26, 2018 to Nov. 3, 2018 at any Sun Shop or Sun Satellite branch nationwide may enjoy as much as Php300 worth of discount on Shopee.

Eligible Sun Postpaid customers will receive a special Shopee voucher code via text, which they should enter during checkout or before paying on the Shopee app or website.

Convenient and secure Christmas shopping

This special treat for Sun Postpaid customers coincides with the biggest online Christmas sale of the year, the Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale, which features exciting offers up to 99% off, flash deals and other holiday treats for online shoppers. On November 11, Shopee will be offering 24 hours of free shipping with the lowest ever minimum spend of ₱99 only and will be giving away 11 million Shopee Coins from the popular in-app game, Shopee Shake, as well as exciting prizes including round-trip tickets to Australia, Malaysia, and Japan.

With its wide selection of products, Shopee offers a convenient and secure platform to buy your Christmas gifts for loved ones and friends – with just a few taps on your smartphone.

For more information on the Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/11-11. Download the Shopee app for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

Unlock non-stop connections this Christmas with Sun

Connecting with loved ones and friends this Christmas is a lot easier and more convenient with Sun Non-Stop LTE Plans. This value-packed plan comes with Non-stop Facebook, Messenger & Google Search. Enjoy data for surfing, viewing apps and checking photos on Facebook, non-stop calls & SMS to Sun, plus an LTE-ready smartphone for as low as Php 599 per month.

Non-Stop LTE Plans are powered by Sun’s newest and fastest LTE network, which offers as much as six times faster mobile internet speed versus 3G.

Upgrade to a Sun Non-Stop LTE Plan that suits your lifestyle! For more information, visithttp://suncellular.com.ph/postpaid or head to the nearest Sun Shop now.

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