October 31, 2018

ASOP Music Festival presents Songwriting Competition Grand Finals night on November 11



The Only Praise Songwriting Competition To Set Its 7thFinals

Inspirational hymns are set to echo inside the country’s premier performing arts venue as the 7-year longstanding praise songwriting competition A Song of Praise (ASOP) Music Festival will stage its Grand Finals night on November 11, Sunday at 7 PM in New Frontier Theater, Araneta Center CubaoQuezon City.

Twelve musical masterpieces from monthly winners startingNovember 2017, will vie for the “Song of the Year” grand titleof the 2017 awardee of PMPC’s Star Awards for “Best Talent Search Program.”

Five of the twelve finalists are returnees in this year’s competition namely Rommel Gojo (2013), Oliver Narag (2015), LJ Manzano (2016), Emmanuel Lipio Jr. (2017) and Joyner Dizon (2017).

At stake for the grand winner is half million pesos cash prize (tax free) while non-winning entries will each receive Php20,000 as consolation prize. Two special awards will also be picked and will both receive Php50,000, the Best Interpreter Award and People’s Choice Award.

The People’s Choice Award voting starts at 9 in the evening today until 12 noon of November 11, just visit https://www.asoptv.com/poll to vote once per day using your Facebook and Twitter accounts.



This year’s grand finals’ entries comprise of the following:

JANUARY
“MAGPATULOY SA MABUTING PAGGAWA”
COMPOSER: FEBS COLIBAO
INTERPRETER: GIAN MAGDANGAL


FEBRUARY
“’WAG KANG BIBITIW”
COMPOSER: OLIVER NARAG
INTERPRETER: JESSA MAE GABON


MARCH
“GOD IS WITH US”
COMPOSER: EMMANUEL LIPIO JR.
INTERPRETER: CELLO NUNEZ 


APRIL
“SALAMAT PANGINOON”
COMPOSERS: ELMAR JAN BOLANO AND REX TORREMORO


MAY
“PAGBABALIK”
COMPOSER: JOEL JABELOSA
INTERPRETER: MARCELITO POMOY


JUNE
“HILING”
COMPOSER: JEFFREY LIM
INTERPRETER: PLETHORA


JULY
“MAKIKITA KITA”
COMPOSER: JOYNER DIZON
INTERPRETER: DAN BILLANO


AUGUST
“BANAL MONG SALITA”
COMPOSER: LJ MANZANO
INTERPRETER: MARK MICHAEL GARCIA


SEPTEMBER
“TUGTOG”
COMPOSER: JOHN PAUL SALAZAR
INTERPRETER: BRADZ


OCTOBER
“'DI NA 'KO AAWIT”
COMPOSER: ROMMEL GOJO
INTERPRETER: HANS DIMAYUGA


NOVEMBER
“ISANG MILYONG PASASALAMAT”
COMPOSER: EDWARD SALDE
INTERPRETER: LEAH PATRICIO


DECEMBER
“BINAGO MO AKO”
COMPOSER: JETT VILLAREAL
INTERPRETER: DARYL ONG


Conceptualized and created for television by Breakthrough and Milestones Productions International, Inc. (BMPI) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Kuya Daniel Razon, the ASOP Music Festival aims to encourage amateur and professional songwriters in praising our Almighty God through music.



For more information about ASOP Music Festival, visit its official website at https://www.asoptv.com

You can follow ASOP on Facebook via facebook.com/asop.untv and Twitter at twitter.com/asoptv.

October 30, 2018

The Trip of a Lifetime Awaits! Join the BIC Amazing Asia Getaway Promo!


Itching to hop on another plane and go on a much-needed getaway? 

BIC Lighters have your back because they’re giving away some major prizes to top-notch Asian destinations that any creative traveler would love! 

This is BIC Lighters’ way of giving new and loyal customers a chance to take a much-needed breather from the everyday hustle and bustle! 

Excited? Here's the easy-peasy way on how to join the BIC Amazing Asia Getaway's e-raffle promo. 

Until November 20, 2018, simply purchase any two (2) BIC Lighters at any 7-Eleven store nationwide and have your CLiQQ Card or App Barcode scanned before payment. For every two (2) pieces bought of the same items, you will earn one (1) or two (2) e-raffle entries

Now here’s what you might just win. For the first draw, there will be two lucky winners of a trip for two to any of these destinations: Bali, Taipei or Seoul; four winners of heavy-duty Samsonite luggage; and ten winners of Grab vouchers worth Php5,000 each. 

For the second draw, there will be two lucky winners of round trip tickets for two to one of these destinations:
  • Hong Kong; Bangkok, or Tokyo; four winners of heavy-duty Samsonite luggage; 
  • Ten winners of Grab vouchers worth Php5,000 each. 

So achieve your travel dreams now with BIC Lighters and join the BIC Amazing Asia Getaway Promo! 

For more inquiries regarding the promo, you may contact customercare@7-eleven.com.ph or visit www.facebook.com/BicLighterPhilippines



Petron Lakbay Alalay ready to give the “best biyahe” for motorists for this Undas

ACelebrated every 1st of November, Undas or All Saints’ Day is an enduring Filipino tradition wherefamilies honor the memory of their departed loved ones by visiting their final resting place.

As in the past three decades, Petron will once again ensure that motorists going to memorial parks or traveling to their hometowns will have “the best biyahe” through Petron Lakbay Alalay during the Undasweekend.

As they make their stop at designated Petron stations on major highways, motorists can experience a variety of services that will make their journeys safer and more enjoyable. Petron employee volunteers will offer a BLOWBAG Safety Check covering Battery, Lights, Oil, Water, Brakes, Air (tire pressure), and Gas. Free parking and traffic assistance is available for a smooth and hassle free stop.

Motorists can also be a road safety advocate by joining the stickering campaign. to appreciate the importance of using seatbelts and the dangers of drunk driving, they can also try out the seatbelt simulator and fatal vision goggles. 

Safety checks by automobile partners, free medical assistance, and a 15-minute massage can also be availed for free at Lakbay Alalay tents located at the parking lot of the stations. Food and lifestyle partners also offer product sampling and other fun activities. Underscoring Petron’s commitment to total customer service, clean and accessible rest rooms will also be ready for customers at all times.

To serve the motorists traveling out of Metro Manila, there will be Petron Lakbay Alalay activations on Wednesday, October 31 from 12NN to 8PM at the following Petron service stations: 
  • • North Luzon: PEC1 NLEX, Marilao Bulacan; Parkville Km 42 Plaridel, Bulacan; Lakeshore NLEX, Mexico, Pampanga; and TPLEX Km 134 Northbound, Pura, Tarlac.
  • • South Luzon: PEC 3 SLEX, San Pedro, Laguna; PNCC Km 44 SLEX, Silangan, Cavite; and Star Tollways, Malvar, Batangas.

On Thursday, November 1, from 7AM to 4PM, Petron Lakbay Alalay will also be present at the F. Ignacio Station on Dr. A. Santos Ave., Sucat, Parañaque, to provide assistance to those visiting major memorial parks in the area. 

Assisting homebound motorists on Sunday, November 4, the Petron Lakbay Alalay teams will be at the following stations from 12NN to 8PM:
• North Luzon: PEC 2 NLEX, Bocaue, Bulacan and TPLEX Km 134 Southbound, Pura, Tarlac.

• South Luzon: Star Toll, Lipa City, Batangas and MATES, SLEX Km 44, Silangan, Cavite.

October 29, 2018

One Great Love, One Great Movie

In coming Metro Manila Film Festival, REGAL ENTERTAINMENT, INC. presents “ONE GREAT LOVE” with  ​Kim Chiu, Dennis Trillo and  JC De Vera, directed by Enrique Quizon, will be shown starting Christmas Day December 25, 2018 nationwide. 



We all wish that we find our One Great Love in this lifetime with whom we hope to spend the rest of our lives with.

But are we willing to make the sacrifices and go through all the pain to attain it and keep i

Is our One Great Love provided by destiny or do we get to choose?

This is the premise of the upcoming movie One Great Love, produced by Regal Entertainment, Inc. and an official entry to the upcoming 2018 Metro Manila Film Festival.

Every year, Regal Entertainment, Inc., creates an entry/entries to the annual film festival to adhere to its commitment in bringing quality entertainment for moviegoers.

This Christmas, the film production outfit is bringing together a stellar cast from two major TV networks to breathe life to one great movie, entitled One Great Love.

Top-billed by celebrity A-listers Dennis Trillo, JC de Vera, and Kim Chiu, the romance drama film, a hugot - bangon film that tackles a subject that everybody is highly familiar with and which we can all relate to: love and relationships.

The story tackles about love, which remains to be one of the greatest mysteries up to this day.Falling in love with someone is one thing, but staying in love with that person is another story.

Kim shows a different side of her in this movie. Mainly known for tackling romantic-comedy roles in movies, Kim goes out of her comfort zone and portrays another mature character. The bubbly bungisngis Kim Chiu will not be seen in Zyra, her character in the movie. She is expected to have love scenes in this film.

ABS-CBN premier artist Kim Chiu portrays the role of Zyra Paez, a woman fortunate enough to know and be with her one great love.

JC portrays the role of Carl Mauricio. Carl’s turbulent past has left a scarred, and in the process, keeps hurting the woman who did nothing but love him over anything else.

Kapuso dramatic actor Dennis is Dr. Ian Arcano, a heart doctor who firmly believes in the sanctity of family and keeping it that way. Ian is a dependable friend to Zyra, but then eventually falls in love with her.

The lives of Zyra, Carl, and Ian are intertwined with one another in a story that reveals to us that like every human being, we all seek for love, but our views about it differ.

"Magagaling lahat dito umarte. Baka makakuha sila ng awards. Totoong magagaling. Maganda ang pelikula para sa pasko. One Great Movie to watch out for," says matriarch Mother Lily Monteverde.

The movie helps us understand ourselves through the characters: are you the type to cling to someone you love no matter what or are you willing to let it go for someone you love?

The film also stars Eric Quizon portraying Dante Paez, Zyra’s loving father, who never got over of his One Great Love, discovers that he deserves a second chance at love.

Nina Dolino as Annie Paez, Dante’s second wife, who is a firm believer that One Great Love exists.

Miles Ocampo is Jemi Paez, sister of Zyra and who is mature for her age. She is a practical thinker, who challenges Zyra’s view about love.
Marlo Mortel is Bryan Gomez, a loving free-spirited guy who falls in love with Jemi.

Directed by Eric Quizon, One Great Love opens in cinemas on December 25.

For more updates, follow Regal Entertainment Inc on Facebook and Youtube, @RegalFilms on Twitter, @RegalFilms50 on Instagram.

Upgrade your homemade Halloween goodies

The spookiest night of the year is coming up! Soon it’ll be time to slip on fun costumes and hand out all kinds of treats to the kid-sized ghouls, goblins, and ghosts who will come trick-or-treating. 

Children adore Halloween, the one day of the year famous for its connection to candy and every sweet treat imaginable. But all that sugar isn’t very good for them, and it’s a challenge for parents to come up with tasty treats that are as creepy (or creepier!) than mass-produced chocolate eyeballs and gummy monsters. 

It’s not impossible, though, to produce treats that are wholesome, tasty, and still thrillingly Halloween-y! One such parent is self-professed travel enthusiast, foodie, and writer Stephanie Zubiri-Crespi. As a mother of two young children, she recognizes that her boys should enjoy the thrill of Halloween just like all the other kids, but also knows that curbing their sweet intake during this candy-crazed holiday is also important. 



To strike a balance between treats, Steph cranks up her trusty La Germania oven and breaks out her creative side. “It’s nice to go trick or treating and have a few candies,” the mother of twosays, “but it’s also good to have more filling, healthier treats waiting back at home when the kids come in from trick or treating around the neighborhood. Having wholesome Halloween-themed snacks on hand keeps them from attacking their candy stash right away, and when they’re not feeling hungry, it’s easier to negotiate a more reasonable schedule with them for eating the rest of their candy loot.” 

Spider pizza and spooky pretzels are great examples of quick, easy-to-make, and hearty snacks for kids fresh from the candy trail. Stephanie makes hers with one simple secret: she uses frozen pizza dough. “It’s faster and easier than making pizza dough from scratch, it’s practically foolproof, and kids usually appreciate the taste of it,” she explains. 

To make spider pizzas, Stephanie loads a small disk of frozen pizza dough with toppings of choice: tomato sauce, cheese, and ham bits. She then takes an olive and cuts it into half for spider bodies, and then slices another olive for the spider’s legs. Another, smaller slice forms the head, and voila, a large black spider sits on top of a tasty pizza!

“You can use any topping your kids like,” Stephanie recommends. “As long as you decorate it with a Halloween theme, you don’t have to convince your kids to try it out. They’ll be excited to eat ‘scary’ food.” 

Stephanie doesn’t recommend that mommies and daddies push themselves too hard to create a “perfect” Halloween snack. “If you’re stressed and you have less time to spend with your kids, nobody’s having any fun, and the holiday is all about having a good time shared with your children.”

If your kids like vegetables, slice up carrots, kamote slices, butternut squash, zucchini, and even potatoes into fun shapes like grinning faces, cats, and witch hats. Season with salt, pepper, and your favorite spices, drizzle with olive oil, and roast the veggies in the oven. They end up looking cool, tasting almost sweet, and being really nutritious!

Another thing you can do is bake whole wheat muffins ahead of time, and just pop a store-bought decoration on top of it. You can do the same with almost any baked good: cookies, cupcakes, tiny pies, and even toast slices! 

The simplest treat of all is almost entirely store-bought. Gently melt some chocolate on your stove top, dip some store-bought pretzels in it, and sprinkle Halloween-themed candy sprinkles on it. 

So this Halloween, opt for homemade treats for your little monsters and avoid the sugar crash altogether. Give these decorating tips a try, spend less time in the kitchen, and enjoy the thrills and chills of the holiday as a family!

October 27, 2018

Capture more with SAMSUNG’s first triple camera smartphone, the Galaxy A7, in stores now!

  

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MANILA, Philippines -- October 27, 2018 -- Experience the power of three cameras with the Samsung Galaxy A7, now available in stores nationwide.

As the tech giant’s first triple camera smartphone with a very accessible price point, the Galaxy A7 allows users to capture more sights and details anywhere they go. Create breathtaking and unrestricted wide-angle photos with the standout 120° Ultra Wide Lens. Highlight what matters with the Galaxy A7’s Depth Lens with Live Focus, which adjusts blur levels to create sharp contrasts and beautiful bokeh effects. Take crisp and clear shots under any lighting condition with the 24MP camera with low light F1.7 aperture.

With the various selfie functions of the Galaxy A7’s 24MP Front Camera, snap gorgeous portraits at any time of the day. Experience outstanding design with the smartphone’s immersive 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display, premium glass finish, side fingerprint sensor, and smooth seamless curves. Designed to make life fun and convenient, the Galaxy A7 also provides superb acoustics through one’s headphones with Dolby Atmos®* immersive technology. The smartphone also comes with Bixby** and Samsung Health.

Purchase the Samsung Galaxy A7 for only P17,990 in Samsung stores nationwide. It comes in three colors—blue, black, and gold*** to fit different styles. Moreover, Samsung is offering flexible payment options when you purchase the Galaxy A7. 

For more information about the triple camera features of the Samsung Galaxy A7, visit Samsung’s Facebook page or log on to https://samsung.com/ph/smartphones/galaxy-a7-a750/SM-A750GZBUXTC/.

Our Lady of Fatima University Rises in the South with New Laguna Campus

OLFU enters another milestone after 50 years of quality education


Breaking ground for another milestone. Together with the University Chaplain, OLFU executives set a time capsule in the four-hectare Macabling property in Santa Rosa, Laguna, for the groundbreaking of a new campus. 



From left: Yvonne S. Guevara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees; Enrico O. Santos, Member of the Board of Trustees; Don August O. Santos, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Fr. Lito Caliwag, University Chaplain; Dr. Caroline Marian S. Enriquez, University President; Dr. Mylene S. Abad Santos, Vice President for Student Affairs; and Robert Bjorn O. Santos, Alumni Affairs Director.

Our Lady of Fatima University (OLFU) takes its first foray to the south following 50 years of providing quality education in and around Metro Manila as well as Central Luzon with the groundbreaking of a sixth campus set to rise in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

“When we open a campus, the first and foremost that we have in mind are the students coming in,” said Don August O. Santos, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of OLFU. “With any person who goes through Fatima, and graduates with a degree from Fatima, there’s a sense of achievement that we were able to mold that person to the best that he or she could be.”

The new campus is set on a spacious four-hectare property in Macabling and will initially house a five-story building complete with school facilities and amenities for holistic student learning. Like in OLFU’s other locations, the Laguna campus will offer business courses together with the university’s trademark healthcare programs to meet the demands of the Santa Rosa community.

“We’ll offer both medical and business programs so we are able to address current needs. If there’s a strong calling for business programs, we’ll include them in our offerings,” OLFU President Dr. Caroline Marian S. Enriquez said. “Because we are known for our medical programs, we’ll include those as well. We’re delivering the best for each program.”

A nod to heritage, this milestone reflects a return to the humble beginnings of one of OLFU’s founders, Professor Jose Olivares. In 1967, Professor Olivares founded a 25-bed general hospital in Valenzuela City to convince his son-in-law, Dr. Vicente Santos, to cancel migration plans to the United States. Soon the hospital grew to a nursing training center in 1973 and then to a medical college in 1979. Further expansion led to a second campus as well as a more diversified academic program in the 1990s. In 2002, Our Lady of Fatima College was granted university status by the Commission on Higher Education.

“It’s like coming full circle. When we were kids, we would go to the Olivares ancestral house in Santa Cruz, Laguna, and we would always pass along this path (the new campus site),” Santos said. Santos and Dr. Enriquez are among Professor Olivares’ seven grandchildren who are part of the university leadership.

“We thought it would be a good idea to come back to where we came from. Our roots are from Laguna,” Dr. Enriquez explained regarding why the university chose Santa Rosa for its latest campus.

The Laguna campus adds to Our Lady of Fatima University’s roster of educational institutions located in Valenzuela City, Quezon City, Antipolo City, City of San Fernando (Pampanga), and Cabanatuan City (Nueva Ecija).The university offers several courses including Hotel and Restaurant Management, Information Technology, Accounting, Education, Civil Engineering, Criminology, Psychology, and Maritime Education, as well as its heritage healthcare programs, namely Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Medical Laboratory Science, and Dentistry. OLFU is currently home to about 45,000 students across all campuses.

OPPO receives “One to Watch” award by TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer

In recent time, OPPO, one of the leading brands in the world in the smartphone market, has received the prestigious One to Watch prize, within the TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer Awards ceremony.

This year, OPPO has literally excited the jury, thanks to its innovative technologies and willingness to challenge the norms. Despite a packed marketplace, OPPO is definitely the brand to keep an eye on this year.

Through this prestigious award, OPPO can rightly continue to claim its place as one of the leading brands in the smartphone market. The company is very proud of this recognition, which highlights its commitment to explore cutting edge technologies, through a revolutionary design approach, combining tech-innovation and design with art. This fully reflects OPPO’s values and its pursuit to create the smartphone of the future.




Consumers choose the innovation of the future

While OPPO received its award in London, consumers made more than a choice between several mobile companies. Consumers made the choice of a smarter future. Only 3 months after its official launch in Europe, OPPO is considered one of the leading brands in defining the smartphones of tomorrow. Trendsetter and innovative, OPPO surprised by its boldness with its stealth 3D cameras, this year’s most important technological breakthrough. OPPO has already started to reinvent the rules of the mobile scene, and has now drawn the attention of big names in tech as TechRadar Mobile Choice Consumer.


About the prize

The Mobile Choice Consumer Awards celebrates the best of mobile industry, from handsets to services, brands to retailers for the last 18 years. 2018 is a special edition as Mobile Choice Consumer Awards are joining forces with UK’s leading technology website, TechRadar, to reach a larger voting audience.

One to Watch Award, celebrates companies pushing back tech boundaries and who have a strategic role in defining the mobile landscape of tomorrow.

October 26, 2018

Get P100 Off at The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf with GCash QR Scan to Pay


Coming into the holiday season, the country’s leading mobile wallet provider GCash have partnered up with The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) to enable customers to be able to scan to pay with the GCash App. Instead of paying in cash, all a customer needs to do is open the GCash App, point their smartphone’s camera at the GCash QR code located at a partner merchant’s counter, and input the amount to pay to settle the transaction.

Alipay customers will also be able to use Alipay QR at participating branches




On top of being able to pay with the GCash App, CBTL is also one of the first coffee chains in the nation to support Alipay QR payments, letting international customers who have the Alipay App installed on their phones to be able to pay as well. This feature is currently available in select branches, with all others to follow this year.




“We’re excited with our partnership with CBTL. On top of accepting local QR payments to help us in building a cashless nation, they’re also already accepting Alipay QR payments for international visitors, a feature which will surely make them feel welcome,” said Anthony Thomas, President and CEO of Mynt. “I’m also inviting GCash customers to scan and pay with the GCash App to enjoy P100 discount on CBTL products,” he added. Mynt is the holding company of GCash.



For a limited time only, GCash customers can enjoy a P100 discount on CBTL products. They just have to scan a P100 GCash QR voucher code using the GCash App, and then scan again upon payment to avail of the discount*. This new feature allows customers to get outright discounts on the spot instead of waiting for cashbacks.




CBTL is also set to launch their new set of holiday drinks and the 2019 Giving Journal on October 27, 2018. Their Ube Ice Blended and Chocolate Nut Ice Blended new drinks, give a very Filipino feel, a perfect fit for the Yuletide season. The 2019 Giving Journal on the other hand, will feature 4 new designs inspired by the CBTL community, proceeds of which will go to the Real Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that sends out-of-school-youth to learning institutions.

“We are excited to officially launch our partnership with GCash alongside our biggest campaign of the year. One of the brand’s pillars is innovation, and we are delighted to offer a cashless mode of payment to guests in all our stores nationwide.” said Paolo del Rosario, VP of Marketing & Business Development of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.




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.




*Minimum product purchase of P115 required for the P100 discount


For the latest updates, visit GCash's social media pages:

https://www.facebook.com/gcashofficial
https://www.instagram.com/gcashofficial
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Connext Insurance Agency kicks off eco-policy with Miss Earth 2018 candidates


Thirthy gorgeous Miss Earth candidates join Connext Insurance Agency, an emerging and innovative insurance provider, and FPG Insurance, the major player in the general Insurance industry and leader in motor insurance coverage, in pushing the envelope to move towards ‘paperless’ insurance policy during an event last October 23 at The Viridian in Greenhills, San Juan City.


The event was graced by the Air Group of Miss Earth candidates including Miss Earth Philippines bet Celeste Cortesi who is very positive for a back-to-back win. FPG Insurance Ortigas Branch, headed by Ms. Rowena Cuaresma, takes pride in having Connext Insurance Agency as its top producer and among those who find exciting ways to promote safety and insurance through various channels such as the Miss Earth pageant.


Meanwhile, Connext President and General Manager Jonathan Ramirez shared with the ladies and members of the press his vision of moving insurance towards not only to a more efficient business process but also an environment-friendly one.



Miss Earth Philippines Celeste Cortesi with Mr. Ramon Dimacali and Mr. Jonathan Ramirez
Miss Earth Philippines Celeste Cortesi 



”We would like to challenge the current process of insurance companies, including us, that depend heavily on actual manpower logistics and the excessive paper we print out. We saw Miss Earth, an institution that advocates environment conservation, as an ideal platform, and FPG Insurance as the perfect partner, to introduce our latest technology and business process to the market,” said Ramirez.

The event kicked off the partnership among Connext Insurance Agency, FPG Insurance, and Carousel Productions, the organizer of the 17-year long pageant, to promote the norm of insuring among the public and recognizing that peace of mind is something as valuable as time.

”We are very happy to be a part of Connext’s vision of changing the landscape of the general insurance industry. FPG Insurance will always be a staunch supporter of innovation and advocacies that contribute to better lives,” said Ramon Yap Dimacali, President and CEO of FPG Insurance Philippines.

Formerly known as Federal Phoenix Assurance Co., Inc., FPG Insurance was established in 1958 and is a member of the Zuellig Group of Companies in implementing bespoke insurance and risk management soiutions for its ciients. FPG Insurance is the trusted name in general insurance solutions. FPG Insurance also has operations in Indonesia and Thailand.

Connext Insurance Agency is one of the leading Insurance agencies in the Philippines pioneering on sustainable insurance practice. it is a company advocating to reach out to every citizen making insurance more accessible to every Filipino through easy and affordable plans.

October 25, 2018

Lenovo opens concept store in Tacloban

 Technology leader, Lenovo, has recently opened its newest concept store in Tacloban City, Leyte, as part of efforts to bolster presence in the Philippines. This is the company’s first concept store in the Eastern Visayas region.

Located in Robinsons Place Tacloban, the store features Lenovo’s ever-growing product portfolio of notebooks, laptops, and desktops, designed and customized to cater to the different lifestyles and tech needs of various market segments.


Leading PC and smart devices developer Lenovo recently opened its first concept store in Leyte as part of efforts to bring its services closer to customers in the region. Located in the second level of Robinsons Place Tacloban, the store features Lenovo’s ever-growing product portfolio of notebooks, laptops, and desktops, which can be designed and customized to cater to the different lifestyles and tech needs. This process is part of the company’s overall thrust to focus more on customers in its overall strategy to achieve growth by delivering excellent service solutions. In photo from left to right: Eddie Uy, Managing Director of Electrocomputer Data Systems, Katherine Uy, CFO of Electrocomputer Data Systems, and Michael Ngan, Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager.


“Lenovo position as a global leader is not just because of our innovative products, but because of our efforts in making them more visible and accessible to the public, especially in key cities with a bustling local economy such as Tacloban. Through our concept stores, which we plan to expand all over the country, customers can have a unique first-hand experience of our products and at the same time discover what suits their lifestyle and needs through the advice of our professional staff,” said Lenovo Philippines Country General Manager Michael Ngan.

With the unique, face-to-face experience that customers can get from visiting the concept store, Lenovo gains crucial insight about its customers, which enables it to develop the best customized solutions to meet market requirements. This process is part of the company’s thrust to focus more on customers in its overall strategy on achieving growth by delivering excellent service solutions.

This strategy has helped position Lenovo as a worldwide leader in terms of PC and smart devices sales. Between the fourth quarter of the fiscal year 2017-2018 and the first quarter of fiscal year 2018-2019, the company experienced double-digit growth and improved profitability as its revenue reached $11.91 billion, a 19-percent year-on-year growth. These figures earned Lenovo the number one spot in PC shipments by Gartner.

Further growth is expected with Lenovo’s new and upcoming offerings. Customers in Tacloban can expect some of the recent additions like the IdeaPad 330, 330S, and 530S, the three powerful yet budget-friendly PC devices that run on Windows 10. Avid gamers can also expect to get their hands on the new Legion Y530.

”We’ll continue to develop more innovative products in the years to come. Hopefully with the help of our concept stores, we can introduce them to our customers in a simple, flexible approach. We know that in the Philippines, actual hands-on experience with devices is an important part of the buying decision. Through our concept stores, customers are given a unique and personalized experience that puts their needs first,” Ngan said.

There are currently 19 Lenovo Concept Stores serving clients in key cities across the nation. Lenovo Concept Store Tacloban is located at the second level of Robinsons Place Tacloban. It is open daily during mall hours from 10:00AM to 9:00PM.

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