September 20, 2018

Gabay Guro celebrates 11th year Anniversary with ‘Grand Gathering’ for teachers at MOA Arena on Sept. 23

PLDT-Smart Foundation’s education advocacy and flagship program Gabay Guro is celebrating its 11th anniversary by bringing together thousands of teachers from all over the country for the much-awaited Grand Gathering 2018 on September 23, Sunday, at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

Grand Gathering 2018 event is in time for National Teacher’s Month.   
The event is exclusive to teachers, and admission is FREE. For a chance to secure tickets, teachers may visit Gabay Guro's official Facebook account at and follow its official accounts on Twitter and Instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro for updates.

Organized as the biggest tribute for Filipino teachers, the star-studded event features celebrity performances led by Megastar Sharon Cuneta, Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Jaya, Gabby Concepcion, Randy Santiago, and Christian Bautista, among others.

As a grand treat to teachers, Gabay Guro is also raffling off exciting prizes, including gift certificates, smartphones and gadgets, home appliances, livelihood packages, vehicles, and a brand new house and lot.

“Gabay Guro's annual Grand Gathering is our big 'Thank You' to all our beloved teachers who dedicate their life to the invaluable role of educating our children. They are our partners in nation-building through education, and we look forward to continuing our mission to support and uplift them as we mark our 11th year,” said Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla.

Award-winning advocacy program

Over the years, Gabay Guro has teamed up with various organizations, including companies within the PLDT Group, to improve the quality of life of teachers and their families by launching livelihood programs for teachers.

The organization has also partnered with local government units to bring the "Grand Gathering" experience to the provinces through the "Teacherfest" celebration, which was recently held in Bataan, Butuan, and Bulacan, and will soon be staged in Ilocos, Cebu, and Davao.

Gabay Guro’s efforts have been recognized by various award-giving bodies including Gawad Tanglaw, Anvil Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, and the Philippine Association of National Advertisers Awards.

Empowering teachers across the country

Established in 2007, Gabay Guro aims to honor and empower teachers across the country through seven pillars: housing and educational facilities; scholarships; trainings; livelihood programs; broadbanding and computerization; innovations; and the Teachers’ Tribute.

Since its founding, Gabay Guro has built and donated over 40 classrooms nationwide and provided over 1,300 scholarship grants through its 47 partner schools. Of its scholars, 800 have graduated, with 234 finishing with honors. Over 500 graduates have also passed the Licensure Examination for Teachers.

Over the years, more than 40,000 educators have also benefited from Gabay Guro's regular training programs, which include personality development, emotional intelligence, English proficiency, information technology, leadership, and creativity, among others. To promote an innovative mindset and unlock opportunities for teachers, school leaders, staff, Gabay Guro also links schools to communities and industries through workshops and interactive seminars.

Gabay Guro Grand Gathering 2018 is made possible by the support of Colgate-Palmolive; Devant; Enchanted Kingdom; FINTQ; Foton; Gen Korean BBQ House; HBC; Honda; Kettle Foods Corp.; Landco; Manila Doctors Hospital; Motorlandia; MPTC; MVP Rewards; MyPhone; PECCI; Penshoppe; PLDT Home; Red Planet Hotels; Reyes Haircutters; SGV Foundation; Smart; Standard Insurance; Stanford University Batch 2018; Sun; Sunsilk; Suzuki; Telescoop; TNT; and Yamaha.

For more information, please visit the Gabay Guro’s official website at and follow the organization's official Twitter and Instagram accounts at @PLDTGabayGuro.

Vivo’s young stars troop to the ritzy V11 launch

The country’s young and brightest stars aligned and came down to a once-in-blue-moon gathering to support the launch of the Vivo V11 at the Shangri-La at The Fort on September 11, adding more glitz to the brand’s most stellar night of the year. 

Vivo’s roster of talents was led by blockbuster actor Daniel Padilla. He was joined by fellow stars Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, Barbie Forteza, Kisses Delavin, Iñigo Pascual, Julie Anne San Jose, Loisa Andalio, McCoy de Leon, Elisse Joson, Vern Enciso, Verniece Enciso, Maris Racal, Darren Espanto, Ashley Rivera, Kira Balinger, Chienna Filomeno, and KZ Tandingan. 

The night’s entertainers, Julie Anne and KZ, show off the beauty of the Vivo V11 in their social media pages. 

The launch was kicked off by Julie Anne, also known as the Asia’s Pop Sweetheart, with her powerful medley of Jennifer Lopez songs that pumped up the mood of the guests. KZ, the Soul Supreme, then closed the grand launch with a mini-concert that highlighted her vocal prowess and engaging performance. 

Squad goals: A Vivo event is never complete without the signature selfie featuring its endorsers! 

The Vivo endorsers, of course, would not let the night end without their traditional selfie with Ms. Annie Lim, the Vice President for PR and Strategy Partnerships, and Ms. Hazel Bascon, the Vice President for Sales. The selfie was taken by Darren who made sure that the Vivo endorsers and executives fit the frame. He used the Vivo V11 that features a 25-megapixel AI selfie camera that produce more vivid and vibrant photos. 

Iñigo looking good in a suit and his all-new Vivo V11. 

The program was co-hosted by Myx VJ Iñigo—along with fellow Myx VJ Ai dela Cruz—who shared the responsibility of making sure the launch stayed the course as planned. Iñigo took on the gargantuan task of hosting the launch although he was a few days away from releasing a new song and a music video. 

The Enciso sisters are not only fashionable; they are also techy with their Vivo V11. 

Fashion vloggers Vern and Verniece, meanwhile, guided the guests visiting the Vivo V11 Experience Area after the star-studded main event launch. 

DJ Ashley starts the party at the Experience Area. 

Ashley, although most known for her comedic acts, showed a different side during the event when she played DJ for Vivo. 

Maris and Loisa are as beautiful as the Vivo V11 in Starry Night and Nebula colors. 

Maris and Loisa also shared their talent at the launch and sang for Vivo’s partners. Maris showed off a jazzy vibe with her rendition of “Don’t Know Why,” while Loisa charmed with her sweet cover of “Starving.” The partners who were at the event were Google, Twitter, Globe, Smart, Lazada, Shopee, Akulaku, Spotify, Innity, Robinsons Malls, Ayala Malls, SM Supermalls, Under Armour, Home Credit, Cyberzone Group, Vivo Club Ambassadors, and Vivo Fans. 

Daniel, the blockbuster actor, took some time off from his busy schedule to throw his support to Vivo. 

One of the highlights of the V11 night was the press conference of the endorsers where they got to share why they love the latest Vivo smartphone. Daniel could not even stop himself from gushing over the V11, especially its In-Display Fingerprint Scanner. 

“Who here has watched sci-fi films that showed the use of fingerprint scanning technology to unlock the smartphone? Twenty years ago, we can only watch these on films… Who would imagine that today, tonight we can do the things that we’ve seen only on films? The Vivo V11 is the future,” he said in a mix of English and Filipino. 

Daniel also praised Vivo V11 for its 3400mAh with Dual-Engine Fast Charging and its Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE Octa-core processor that improve performance for gamers like him. 

“This smartphone is not a joke. It is really super high-tech,” he said. 

The blockbuster actor also entertained the Vivo dealers with his suave rendition of “Fly Me to The Moon.” 

Daniel and MayWard entertain the Vivo dealers at the launch of the all-new V11. 

Maymay and Edward, also known as MayWard, meanwhile, shared their youthful charm at the Dealers’ Night. Their fellow housemate, Kisses, also dropped by and said hi to the guests composed of dealers and distributors. 

The stars’ new favorite smartphone, the Vivo V11, is available for pre-order for Php19,999. It is available on pre-order online on Lazada, Shopee, Argomall, and Akulaku as well as on ground at all participating Vivo concept stores and multi-brand stores. 

Learn more about the Vivo V11:

Vivo  - A global smartphone brand focused on introducing perfect sound quality and ultimate photography with cutting-edge technology, Vivo develops innovative and stylish products for young people. We now have over two hundred million users and are one of the preferred brands of young people around the world. As an Official Sponsor of the FIFA World Cup™, Vivo believes in the importance of encouraging young people to embrace self-expression and an energetic lifestyle. In the Philippines, Vivo is the top 3 smartphone brand in terms of market share with 1.5 million users nationwide. 

For inquiries about Vivo, visit the Vivo website at or check out their Facebook (, Instagram (, and Twitter ( accounts. 

Cherry Mobile Communications and GlocalMe™ launch CherryRoam, the ultimate travel WiFi roaming device

Cherry Mobile Communications Inc. (CMCI) proudly launches CherryRoam, the ultimate travel WiFi roaming device which allows all Filipino travelers to connect online globally at local rates.

CherryRoam provides up to 4G LTE-connectivity with fast, stable, and secured internet connection to over 100+ countries worldwide. The device is powered by GlocalMe™, the global leader in CloudSIM technology.

“Cherry Mobile Communications’ vision has always been about providing affordable connectivity to all Filipinos. Since the launch of Cherry Prepaid three (3) years ago, we have offered affordable data, call, and text rates with significantly longer validity to our subscribers. Now with the launch of CherryRoam, we are extending that affordable data connectivity not just in the Philippines, but globally. This partnership with GlocalMe™ will surely empower all users to gain global data access to more than a hundred countries at competitive rates,” shares Jacy Chua, CMCI’s Chief Finance Officer.

“We want Filipino travelers to experience hassle-free and affordable WiFi connectivity with CherryRoam. They can simply subscribe to a large variety of data packages best suited to their travel needs. Because of the CloudSIM technology, they are assured of a secured and stable mobile connectivity during their entire trip. Be it for a business or leisure trip, CherryRoam is the ultimate travel WiFi partner.”

GlocalMe™’s Senior Vice President, Kenneth Chau, also shares “We are extremely excited about our partnership with Cherry Mobile Communications. CherryRoam will be one of the first partners we have to offer with longer validity at cheaper cost per gigabyte. This makes it more affordable for CherryRoam users to stay connected globally.”

CherryRoam, Your Ultimate Travel WiFi Partner 

  • CherryRoam sports a 4-inch touch screen display with compact built, exterior, and real-time data monitoring.
  • It is packed with a Qualcomm 4G LTE chipset – enabling fast connectivity especially at 4G speeds and allows five (5) users to connect.
  • It can also be used as a local WiFi device as it houses two (2) Nano SIM card slots. 
  • CherryRoam also doubles as a power bank with its 5,350mAh battery and 15-hour standby time.
  • Available in black and white colors, the device retails at Php6,990SRP. 
  • For only Php250, users can enjoy a whopping 1GB internet data up to LTE speed, valid for three (3) days to their favorite travel destinations in Asia, and Php550 for 1GB valid for three (3) days to Europe and America, to name a few.

Customers can purchase any data packages weeks or even days before their scheduled travel. They have the option to control their usage through the CherryRoam app which can be downloaded in Google Play or App Store. With the app, users can manage their data packages, monitor data usage, or top-up credits – offering more convenience and ease to the consumers.

With over 100+ destinations globally that it covers, travelers can also choose from special packages at an affordable rate. The device’s flexible rates empower users to select the data package suited to their travel needs. Plus, they can purchase roaming voucher credits which have no expiration dates.

Moreover, CherryRoam also offers ‘Unlimited Day Pass’ with 1GB high-speed data and unlimited browsing Internet access. Consumers can also rent CherryRoam by going to the website, filling-out information such as travel dates and preferred data package. The device can be delivered to their doorstep or can be picked up at accredited hubs such as Travel Club outlets.

As exciting as it is, CherryRoam is here to bring travelers a brand-new experience during their trips abroad as they can easily connect to the online world anytime, anywhere – making CherryRoam the ultimate travel WiFi partner.

Learn more about CherryRoam, its special packages, and promos through:



Instagram: @cherryroamph

CherryRoam is the latest venture of Cherry Mobile Communications, Inc., along with the successful launch of Cherry Prepaid in 2015, the group’s mobile virtual network operator business.

September 19, 2018

5 Simple tips to avoid diseases during the rainy season

As the rainy season continues to pound the nation with torrential rains, Filipinos have no choice but to constantly deal with floods, power outages, and transportation disruptions. But a bigger concern are the numerous diseases that are most common during this time of the year, such as cholera, typhoid fever, influenza, and most especially, leptospirosis.

Leptospirosis can be acquired by an individual through direct contact with infected animals and the urine of rodents. The disease is contracted through superficial cuts and open wounds that are exposed to contaminants such as flood water. If contracted, leptospirosis can lead to headache, muscle pain, chills, and even organ failure and death.

This is why preventing leptospirosis and other diseases is very important, and among the easiest ways to do this is by keeping yourself and your immediate surroundings clean. Below are five simple tips to ensure safety for you and your family this rainy season.

1. Proper Waste Management

Garbage must be kept away from your belongings to prevent contamination. Proper segregation ensures that waste is kept in a safe and efficient manner. Make it a habit to put your trash in designated bins and avoid leaving them out in the open to maintain the environment’s cleanliness.

2. Wear Protective Clothes

Students and employees are often exposed to pathogens and viruses, making them susceptible to various diseases. Protective clothes such as boots, jackets, and gloves work provide protection against water-borne diseases that are present during floods.

3. Wash Hands Frequently

Bacteria and viruses can be found almost anywhere, and you can easily get infected just by crossing the street, riding a public utility vehicle, or holding onto an infected railing. To lower the risk of acquiring diseases, wash your hands frequently.

4. Disinfection

Your home could be rife with bacteria and viruses without you even knowing, which is why disinfection is a must if you want to keep you and your family healthy. To help with this, New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation (NMPC) introduces Hygiene PRO, a disinfectant with coating technology that can protect nearly any surface for one week up to months. It’s easy and safe to use on people, things, animals, and plants. With this new product, a wide variety of materials inside your home are secured from disease-causing viruses!

5. Proper Hygiene

As always, the best way to prevent leptospirosis and other diseases during the rainy season is by observing proper personal hygiene. For additional layer of protection, use Hygiene 24, a hand sanitizer with coating technology equivalent to 10 handwashes in just one application, which also remains for 24 hours!

For more information about the latest products of New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation, visit their website at

Reflections of Time :“Kuh Ledesma Christian Bautista Sing Streisand Groban Legrand”on October 20 at The Tent at Solaire

The veteran artist also known as Pop Diva, Kuh Ledesma and Asia’s Pop Idol Christian Bautista sing  famous great songs of international icon artists Barbra Streisand,  Josh Groban and Michel Legrand. 

Listen to classic melodies from iconic names in music history be transformed by two of the country’s finest voices in a concert entitled, “Kuh Ledesma Christian Bautista Sing Streisand Groban Legrand” happening on October 20, 2018 at The Tent at Solaire. 

As an advocate of Filipino artists, Solaire showcases yet another pair of brilliant stars that will serve as the opening act in the integrated resort’s newest event venue, The Tent. 

“The Tent seeks to accommodate Solaire’s ever expanding entertainment fare. We can now simultaneously hold concerts and musicals in two spaces for our guests’ enjoyment. It is quite fitting that The Tent’s maiden offering is “Kuh Ledesma Christian Bautista Sing Streisand Groban Legrand” as it speaks of how time is a transforming force, a common thread that the artists and Solaire have experienced over the years. It will truly be a wonderful night of beautiful music.” says Audie Gemora, Solaire’s Director for Entertainment. 

Kuh Ledesma has been in the business for four decades and is showing no signs of stopping from performing on stage. She was prominently compared to Barbra Streisand during her beginnings, but eventually shook the association off due to her own striking looks, soulful sound and acting prowess. The veteran artist behind the hits “Dito Ba?”, “Til I Met You”, and “One More Try” has a busy 2018 with shows both local and abroad, including her upcoming concert with Christian Bautista whom she’s sang with several times in the past. “It’s always a pleasure to work with Christian.” she says. 

“First of all, he has a great voice – and it’s always a delight working with singers with great voices. Second, he is a friend and brother in Christ, so that’s a bonus. Lastly, he’s good looking — what else can I ask for?” 

Christian Bautista also had his dose of early comparison. He was likened to American artist Josh Groban for his lanky physique when he first auditioned for a defunct television singing contest. Despite his competition exit, he was offered a recording contract and thus began his climb to entertainment stardom. His debut single “The Way You Look At Me” received an acclaimed exposure in Indonesia which set his singing career in an international trajectory. Kuh is not a stranger as a performance partner, and Christian only has praises to say about her. 

“I’ve learned so much from her. As an artist, I admire the brilliance she injects in our craft. She knows how every little detail will flow and has total control of her shows. It’s an amazing opportunity to see how she does it and be able to sing with her on the same stage again.” 

With strings of ups and down throughout the years under their belts, both artists agree that time has allowed them to translate their repertoire into more personal narratives of their lives even beyond the limelight. Kuh divulges, “Being in the industry for 40 years, the songs have become mine over time. There is one song that brings me to tears whenever I hear it and this concert is my opportunity to sing it as my own.” To put more context, Christian cites his relationship with fiancé Kat Ramnani and how she has made an impact to his performances. “Groban’s ‘You Raise Me Up’ has more meaning to me now. When I hear it, sing it, I think about Kat and how the song perfectly describes how she affects me and how much she inspires me.” 

Reflecting on the last few years since doing this concert for the first time, Kuh shares, “The years in between have brought a lot of amazing experiences. We’ve gone through various events, even life changing milestones that bear different emotions. Although the songs will be familiar and the best from the three icons, there will be more depth and honesty.” says Kuh.

“Our, and of course the fans of Streisand, Legrand and Groban can definitely expect a deeper sense of connection in the songs that we will sing in the concert. It’ll still be the music that the fans have fallen in love with, only this time more heartfelt.” 

For tickets to “Kuh Ledesma Christian Bautista Sing Streisand Groban Legrand”, you can call TicketWorld at 891-9999

September 18, 2018

Putting focus on moments that matter with the SAMSUNG Galaxy J8

Wouldn't it be perfect if a phone’s camera could capture the world, the way one wants to see it? Where everyone who matters is captured clearly, vibrantly, standing out in perfect focus?

This is exactly what Samsung’s Live Focus allows. Debuting just under a year ago, the feature lets photos stand out through beautiful bokeh shots. It captures the subject and background separately, producing a blurred background, focusing on the subject. The feature has made its way across dual camera-equipped smartphones on the Galaxy line, allowing users to take stunning professional-like images.

With its 16MP + 5MP Rear Professional Dual Camera, the Samsung Galaxy J8 lets users focus on the moments that matter most and guarantees Instagram-perfect shots.

Stand out from the crowd

Who wouldn’t want to snap and share photos of a breathtaking travel destination or the concert of a chart-topping artist? When everyone else has the same idea and the background is filled with people trying to get a great shot, it can get frustrating.

Flawlessly stand apart from the crowd in photos by using Live Focus. Quick tip: the feature works best when the subject is about four feet away from the lens. Find that sweet spot and start snapping away!

Make meaningful moments stand out

Switch to Live Focus when documenting memories, whether it’s from a private date or a long overdue catch-up with a friend. When looking through those vibrant and sharp shots, it will bring back all those warm and fuzzy feelings. Unsure what level of blur to apply? Just take the shot, and edit later using Samsung’s Gallery app.

Bright light is best

Take the Galaxy J8 for a spin particularly when going on sunny adventures. Live Focus works best under good lighting conditions—perfect for capturing that carefree shot on a beach trip, or that “candid” pose along an artsy city street.

The Galaxy J8’s rear camera is equipped with F1.7 aperture enabling clearly documented moments despite low light conditions. The device is also powered by a long lasting 3,500 mAh battery that will let consumers and photo enthusiasts snap photos all day.

Available in black, purple, and gold variants, the Galaxy J8 also provides access to exclusive benefits via the Samsung Members app and anti-theft function through Find my Mobile. Also get quick emergency access via the Samsung 321 app.

The Samsung Galaxy J8 is available in stores with suggested retail price of Php 15,990

To know more, visit any Samsung-authorized store nationwide or visit or .

Ready, Set, Seoul: RCBC takes lucky winner on a special trip to Korea

Whether it is the cute and heartwarming stories of their dramas, the catchy rhythm of their pop music, or the wonders of their fashion and beauty products, the Korean fever has caught the Pinoys by storm. That is why it is no surprise that Filipinos have developed a strong desire to visit and experience Korea for themselves.

Ready, Set, Seoul winner Amy Adona made the best out of her travel experience as she and her husband explored the streets of Korea dressed up in hanbok. (Photo from Brea Adona)
Last year, RCBC launched its Ready, Set, Seoul campaign where it gave customers an opportunity to have an ultimate Korea experience with their MyDebit Mastercard. Dr. Amy Tagaloguin Adona won the prize and embarked on a 4-day trip to Korea with her husband and daughter, enjoying five-star superior room accommodations at the Lotte World Hotel, free shopping and taxi vouchers from Shilla and Shinsegae Duty Free, and passes to some of Lotte World top attractions.

The great Seoul adventure

To start their Seoul vacation, the Adona family dressed up in traditional hanbok costumes and roamed around the Bukchon Hanok Village to explore the quiet neighborhood that is home to Korean culture. They also tasted the various street foods which Korea is known for – from fried skewers and tteokbokki (spicy rice cake), to pajeon (Korean pancake) and big ice cream.

The family had a magical experience at one of the biggest amusement parks in Seoul, the Lotte World. With free passes courtesy of Mastercard, the Adonas enjoyed sightseeing around Lotte World Aquarium, Sky Tower Observatory, and Lotte World Adventure.

“We’ve always wanted to take a break from our busy schedules and spend quality time together as a family. When we were in Lotte World, it was a nice opportunity to bond with my daughter and do fun things together,” said Dr. Amy. “The whole experience at the amusement park was something I really enjoyed and it brought out the child in us again.” 

The Adona family made unforgettable memories and enjoyed a day of adventures at Lotte World with free passes from Mastercard. (Photo from Brea Adona)

Dr. Amy also shared that they were really looking forward to going on a shopping spree in Korea. She said, “We know how Seoul is popular for its affordable beauty products and fashion items so we wanted to maximize our trip and buy what we want.”

Shopping was definitely the highlight of the family’s Korea vacation especially with Dr. Amy’s RCBC MyDebit Mastercard. With her card loaded with the P40,000 prize, the family enjoyed cashless transactions as they spent a day shopping in the malls of Seoul.

Amy and her family got to try one of the things that Seoul is known for: their great-tasting street food. Photo from (Brea Adona)

“Sobrang saya mag-shopping kapag hindi ka nagwo-worry about not having enough cash in your wallet. When you have your debit card, you can be assured na lagi ka may pang-bayad kasi nandoon na ‘yung savings mo.Nowadays, most stores, even in abroad, accept debit cards for payment so I didn’t have to worry about bringing dollars for the trip.”

On how grateful she is for the amazing Korea experience, Dr. Amy shares, “My family and I are really thankful to RCBC, Mastercard, Lotte World and Openbay Korea for giving us an opportunity to unlock great moments in Seoul. I didn’t think something as simple as using my RCBC MyDebit card can bring us to Korea.”

Aside from a trip to Korea, RCBC also gave other MyDebit Mastercard holders a chance to win exciting vacations to Japan, Thailand, and New Zealand. Want to experience the fulfilling feeling of traveling with RCBC MyDebit Mastercard? Apply for your own card at any RCBC branch nationwide. Just bring a valid ID, proof of address, and deposit a minimum amount of P3,000 and you can start enjoying hassle-free transactions with RCBC MyDebit Mastercard.

Global, PH Design Leaders at Int’l Design Conference 2018

Local and foreign design rock stars, change makers and industry leaders are participating in the International Design Conference (IDC) 2018 on September 21 at the Samsung Hall in SM Aura. 

Theme of the conference is Dangerous Ideas: Unleashing Design Leadership. Organized by the Design Center of the Philippines, an attached agency of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the one-day event will seek to outline the different ways to make ideas that are nothing short of dangerous the norm in a world of hyper-change. 

Keynote speakers include Quotient Design Research founder Michael Barry and Aidea, Inc. president and chief executive officer Abelardo “Jojo” M. Tolentino, Jr. 

Barry, an engineer and product designer, will contextualize craftsmanship in the wake of Industrialization 4.0 that makes more digitization and mechanized fabrication more and more sophisticated. With his artistry rooted firmly in Philippine culture, Tolentino will discuss his journey as a homegrown talent. 

He will also share the secret that enabled Aidea to become the first and only Philippine architectural firm included in Building Design’s World Architecture100, a ranking of the top firms in the world. Aidea is ranked 47th. 

Launched in 2017, the International Design Conference embodies the ethos of Design Center – to nurture a strong community of creative and act as a catalyst for the design community to thrive. 

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Essilor volunteer tops optometrist board exam

Morel Paul Abesamis, Essilor volunteer for eye health care campaign and graduate of Manila Central University (MCU), successfully topped the 2018 Optometry Licensure Exam with a rating of 87.23%. Conducted by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC), this year’s Optometry Licensure Exam recorded 188 successful passers, out of the 222 who took the exam. Last year, Essilor scholar Jennifer Parmerola, who is also a graduate of MCU, also topped the 2017 Optometry Licensure Exam. As the world leader in ophthalmic optics and a key player in visual health, the Essilor Group provides solutions to protect visual health, as well as correct and prevent visual problems. Essilor is also dedicated to providing underprivileged people the opportunity to live a better life through various global philanthropic and scholarship programs. 

For more information, visit Essilor’s website at, and follow @EssilorPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

5 Ways to Protect the Future You’ve Built for Your Family, Lay the foundation for their future, and go beyond it

The future is made of the small, everyday decisions that shape the kind of life you’ve envisioned for the people you love. 

Starting a family? Scrimp and save to build your dream home. Striving to send your children to the best schools? Work hard at your day job and… your “rakets.” Planning to leave a legacy to your children and grandchildren? Wisely invest your earnings. 

But don’t stop there because things don’t always go as planned. Jobs are lost. Unexpected expenses crop up. Not all investments pan out. It’s not enough to just build a future, you have to make sure that your loved ones get to enjoy it, too, in the future. 

How to do that? Here are five easy ways to ensure that all your hard work will not go in vain, no matter what! 

Set up an emergency fund 

Don’t let life’s unwelcome surprises—a major home repair, a health emergency, or worse, unemployment—throw you off guard. Make sure you have an emergency fund saved up that is at least 3 to 6 months’ worth of your living expenses. How to compute? Add up your expenses for a month (Don’t forget to include the monthly equivalent of your annual expense like school tuition, insurance premiums, taxes, etc.) and multiply it to three months (or up to six months). That’s how much money you should have, kept, right now! This is your financial safety net when the need arises.  

Pay your debts 

Avoid debt at all cost! But if you have to have debt, prioritize paying them. If you don’t, all your mortgage, car loans, and other debts will be your loved ones’ burden. Yup, there’s no escaping them. And remember, don’t just pay the minimum. Pay in full and on time. Don’t let money that could have gone to your retirement fund or your kid’s educational fund just go to interest payments. 

Protect what you built 

Don’t let uncertainties take away the things you worked hard for. Whether it’s the house that you’ve taken a loan for or the college education that you’ve been saving up for, make sure your family will get to enjoy the fruits of your labor! Insurance plans like Set for Tomorrow protect what you have built so you don’t have to worry about your family losing what you’ve worked for. This new product from pan-Asian insurer FWD Life Insurance Philippines has three affordable variants: Short Term Cover for your loans and financial obligations; Income Protector for your family’s living expenses and your children’s education; and Estate Protector for smooth transfer of wealth to your heirs. Want to calculate how much it’ll take to ensure your family’s better tomorrow, no matter what? Visit FWD’s calculator, CALI at and get a quote! 

Develop new skills 

From volunteering to manage a project to finding a mentor and attending seminars, developing new skills add value to your career and is crucial for your growth (and promotions)! Don’t be scared to veer away from your corporate comfort zone. Turning on and upgrading hobbies like baking, photography, blogging, etc. could mean new streams of income for you and your family. The possibilities are endless when you don’t stop learning! 

Diversify your investments 

Remember the old adage “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”? That’s investment diversification in a nutshell. Diversification is investing in different funds from different companies and industries so you don’t run the risk of losing all your money when one of your investments suffers. That way, the money you intend to grow for your family’s future needs are secure. 

Want to make sure your tomorrow is made better today? Visit

September 17, 2018

XCALE: Asia e-Commerce Summit 2018 : “Tapping Into the Trillion Dollar e-Commerce Industry”

XCALE, the collaborative partnership of topnotch e-commerce gurus and pioneers today announced the event XCALE: Asia e-Commerce Summit 2018 with the theme “Tapping Into the Trillion Dollar e-Commerce Industry”. Speakers from various e-Commerce industries will share their expertise worth spreading on September 29, 2018, 9AM at SMX Convention Center.

XCALE: Asia e-Commerce Summit 2018 is organized under the license of XCALE Group and includes a one-day summit which celebrates E-commerce and elevate the businesses of attending participants into a whole new level.

The Summit is a gathering of at least 1,000 participants to boost and brim online marketing ideas, impart knowledge and network with industry experts to strengthen their respective businesses. Confirmed partner-speakers and co-presenters are Alibaba, Lazada, Payoneer, OneOkada, ShineOn, Viralstyle and a lot more that are related and significant in the e-commerce arena.

The show will be broadcasted and covered by various media outlets, print, broadcast and digital. The host of the conference is an award-winning Sales guru and Success Coach which will make the event even more memorable.

Tickets are available for P3,000 (inclusive of meals and summit materials). VIP tickets are available at P7,000 for front seat + VIP networking dinner. Both tickets are on early bird rates of P2,000 and P3,999 respectively.

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September 16, 2018

Filipina singer Maria Laroco impresses The X Factor UK judges, gets a standing ovation from Simon Cowell, Louis Tomlinson, Ayda and Robbie Williams

Maria Laroco, 17, from the Philippines, wowed all four judges of The X Factor UK with her rendition of Purple Rain sung by Prince on the second week of the competition. Maria flew to UK all the way from the Philippines, sharing it was just her third time to get on a plane.

Before her performance, Judge Simon Cowell asked Maria what gives her the strength to come all the way from where she lives to perform in front of them. The young lady immediately answered “Since I was a little girl, I’ve always wanted to be an international superstar and I want to be big! That’s why I’m doing this because I love to do this, and this is my dream!”

Deep into Maria’s performance, as she hit on the high notes, the crowd started cheering loudly and were on their feet, the judges then followed one by one started by Robbie Williams, Ayda Williams and Louis Tomlinson. Simon Cowell was also on his feet at the end of her song.

Host Dermot O’leary expressed his awe by asking Maria’s companions “Is there anyone in the Philippines who can’t sing?”

That was absolutely incredible, incredible.” Former One Direction member and Judge Louis said. “To do what you’ve just done at 17, vocally, you absolutely, blew me away! Well done!” He added.

Judge Ayda gushed “O.M.G! You just bossed that stage, well done!”

Judge Simon asked “Was there ever one moment where you doubted this?”

Teary eyed Maria responded “No, I never gave up on my dreams, a lot of times people tell me that I can’t do it, that I’m not good enough.”

“Look what you did to the audience, that hasn’t happened a lot!” said Judge Robbie. “You’re amazing! I’m going to kick this off, and I’m going to give you a massive yes!” He added.

Judge Ayda followed saying “I’m gonna give you all the yeses I can possibly give you, Yes!”

“Maria, thank you so much for auditioning for this show, it’s a yes!” said Judge Louis.

“So you are 17 years old, and you’ve flown all the way [from the Philippines], which is a long trip, you’ve taken on probably one of the biggest songs in the world, I’m gonna go beyond the billion yeses, I’m gonna give you infinity yeses!” Judge Simon expressed.

Maria Laroco now moves on to the next round of The X Factor UK. 

The X Factor UK airs first and exclusive, same day as the UK on Blue Ant Entertainment every Sundays and Mondays at 7:55 PM. 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).

Cebu Pacific encourages Filipinos to enjoy life’s first experiences with new campaign

Experiencing first moments always leave a big impact in everyone’s lives. From something as simple as meeting a new friend, to thrilling new adventures such as driving your own car or travelling out of the country—these unforgettable moments turn into wonderful memories that are worth treasuring for a lifetime.

Among these cherished moments is that exciting feeling one can get from traveling for the very first time. For today’s young Filipinos, flying off to a destination is a realization of their long-time hopes and dreams. Accompanying them in their journeys, the country’s leading local carrier, Cebu Pacific, opens a world of possibilities where everyJuan can create their life’s most memorable moments. 

“It has always been our goal to support everyJuan to fly to their dream destinations. Now, we want to take things to greater heights, and share and celebrate exciting first memories and experiences with our loyal patrons,” said Cebu Pacific Director for Corporate Communications Charo Logarta Lagamon.

Cebu Pacific inspires more Filipinos to travel and gain more experiences with its Make Moments Happen campaign. The airline is touching on relatable stories that perfectly capture the interests of the viewers, especially the frequent and first-time fliers.

In support of its campaign, Cebu Pacific is releasing a series of digital videos that showcase real-life situations which are worth capturing as it happens. It focuses on first time moments that define everyone’s lives and shows how the airline plays a role in elevating the experience.

The first episode, Leah (First Break), follows a hardworking Manileña who is looking for a break from her busy reality. As her birthday comes near, she decides to take a leap and book that much-awaited vacation to a local destination, alone for the first time in her life.

Following Leah’s story, Cebu Pacific will also share an uplifting narrative of first achievement and a heartfelt tale of first welcome. Watch and share the videos on Cebu Pacific’s official Facebook page or YouTube channel. 


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