October 20, 2019

OPPO Reno2 series, designed to bring out the creative storymaker in you, officially launches in PH

The Reno2 series is a phone videography powerhouse that’s bound to take 
smartphone vlogging to the next level

World-leading smartphone brand OPPO takes on today's emergence of video content creation as a creative outlet with the grand launch of the Reno2 Series in the Philippines, which includes both the Reno2 and the Reno2 F. This latest iteration to the successful line of the Reno series is jam-packed with top-notch video-focused specs such as the Quad Rear Camera setup capable of up to 20x Digital Zoom, Ultra Steady Mode, Ultra Dark Mode, and more. These high-grade features allow users to create quality videos, and ultimately sparks creativity in sharing stories. With the OPPO Reno2, #AnyoneIsAStorymaker

The Reno Collective Embraces being Storymakers
The Reno Series values creativity and self-expression through the stories that make up our everyday lives, brought to life by storymakers that make up The Reno Collective. Alongside the Reno2 Series Launch, notable vloggers and content creators were introduced as the official brand ambassadors: Actors Gabbi Garcia and Mikael Daezfashion and lifestyle personality Laureen Uyand globe-trotting adventurer Daniel Marsh. These well known icons’ content may differ in theme, but they all share the same goal of creative self-expression in the form of videography, which then inspires others to embrace being a storymaker. The OPPO Reno2 Series’ newest innovation enables one to widen horizons, discover new possibilities, and express one’s self with no reservations.
With a mix of old and new storymakers onboarded, OPPO also launched the “100 Moments” digital campaign that gives a glimpse of 100 diverse stories, all creatively captured with the Reno2. Each distinct story is open for viewing online through the hashtag #AnyoneIsAStorymaker.

The Evolution of Phone Videography with the new OPPO Reno2
More people are seeing the vast potential behind videos as a form of expression nowadays. We also see this with the rise of popular platforms such as Youtube, Instagram, and TikTok, as well as the increased number of videos being churned out online. Videos speak volumes in creating stories, and with smartphones now being an extension to one’s lifestyle, people are more open to sharing stories and expressing creativity through videos seamlessly captured with their smartphones.
With the advent of the rise of video, the OPPO Reno2 takes things up a notch to better capture video content. The Reno2 series was especially designed to allow its users to help budding content creators become more effective storymakers. Thanks to the smartphone’s enhanced Quad Rear Camera consisting of a 48MP main camera, an 8MP wide angle lens, a 13MP telephoto lens, and a 2MP mono lens, supported by 5x Hybrid Zoom and up to 20x digital zoom and the Ultra Wide Angle lens. The Reno2 offers 116° Ultra-Wide Angle view, bringing your stories to life through boundless landscapes day or night. The series enables its users to capture long-distance scenarios in ultra-high quality imaging, whether it be taking videos of your favorite performers at a concert or capturing breathtaking scenery.

The Reno2’s Ultra Steady Mode feature is designed to guarantee stable and smooth videos in the midst of extremely shaky situations. The series is equipped with Optical Image Stabilization and a 60 fps frame rate to compensate for those shaky shots and enhance image stabilization, fluency, and overall image quality. A true testament of eliminating boundaries as you better express yourself.
The Reno2 is equipped with the Ultra Dark Mode, which produces crisp and clear shots even during low light conditions, capable of picking up details invisible to the human eye. 
Adding to the Reno2 camera’s roster of video-focused features are the Bokeh Effect Video that adds depth, the Background Noise Reduction feature that cuts out background noise to make the subject’s sounds more focused, and the Audio Zoom feature that allows one to amplify the sound of a subject while zooming in on it. 
The upgraded VOOC 3.0 flash charging technology and a large-capacity 4,000 mAh battery will enable its users to a more enjoyable and longer experience. It is also powered by Hyper Boost 2.0, Frame Boost, and Touch Boost to provide a smooth user experience while running on ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9.0. You can enjoy the immersive video experience on the Reno2’s 6.5” AMOLED full screen made from durable 6th Generation Corning®Gorilla® Glass and the Dolby ATMOS feature to experience surround sound effects when using a headset.

The Reno2 series comes in colorways inspired by nature: options for Reno2 are Sunset Pink and Luminous Black, while Sky White and Lake Green for Reno2 F.

Reno2 F: the next generation of the OPPO F series
With the objective of boosting the OPPO F series’ features, the brand introduced the Reno2 F equipped with a 48MP Quad Rear camera that comes with the Ultra Night Mode 2.0, which offers greater adaptability to a wider range of lighting intensity and optimized night shooting. Amplifying this is the Atmosphere Light for an optimized experience when using the front camera to take selfies efficiently. The Reno2 F also utilizes Electronic Image Stabilization to guarantee image stabilization amidst high-action activities together with 119° Ultra Wide angleadaptability to enable you to capture wider perspectives.
Enhanced Auditory Experience with the new OPPO ENCO Q1

Alongside the Reno2 Series, OPPO has also launched in the Philippines its first wireless noise-cancelling headphones, the OPPO ENCO Q1. The noise-cancelling feature comes in handy in low-frequency noise environments when in transit such as in cars, airplanes, or trains. Designed by the OPPO acoustic team, it cancels out all external noise to enable uninterrupted auditory experience. It is equipped with massive 11.8 mm high-resolution dynamic driver units with PEEK+PU composite diaphragms, resulting in rich mid-range to crystal-clear treble.
Charging time completes within 2 hours and can last up to 15 hours of music play time, 10.5 hours of communication, and 22 hours standby. It is also built with Bluetooth 5.0 that allows stronger connection between the phone and earphones up to 10 meters. The OPPO ENCO Q1 comes with premium design that exhibits elegance and beauty, available in color variants Midnight Black and Sunny Orange.

Get your OPPO Reno2, Reno2 F, and OPPO ENCO Q1 soon!
The new OPPO Reno2 will retail at PHP 28,990 with Muse Bluetooth Speaker worth PHP2,499 as a freebie, while the Reno2 F will retail at PHP 19,990 with O1 Bluetooth Headphone worth PHP2,499 as a freebie. Both will run pre-order period from October 18 to 24, and will be officially be available nationwide on October 25 in OPPO concept stores, authorized dealers, and online via Lazada, ShopeeAkulakuArgomallAbenson and Memoxpress.

The Reno2 series will be available in partner operators Globe and Smart. For Globe, the Reno2 will be available on Plan 1,799 online and offline with no cash out starting October 24, while for Smart, the Reno2 will be available on Smart Signature Plan M 1,499 with Php7,500 cash out starting November 8. 

You can enjoy the auditory experience as well with wireless noise-cancelling earphones OPPO ENCO Q1 for onlyPHP4,990 starting October 25 in all OPPO concept stores and authorized dealers nationwide. It is also available via Home Credit for 6 months installment with 0% interest.

To know more about the new OPPO’s latest products, visit the website www.oppo.com/ph or check the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/OPPOPH.


Wear and Care: The Electrolux Guide to Keeping Clothes looking newer for longer

Wear it well without wearing it out! That is the fashion philosophy shared by Electrolux, a leading global appliance company from Sweden, when it comes to clothes. You don’t need a lot of clothes to look stylish – just give them some TLC, especially when doing your laundry.

To help keep your clothes in the best shape, check out these tips from Electrolux FashionCare Ambassador Rajo Laurel, along with the FashionCare Council members Amina Aranaz-Alunan and Bianca King. From washing to storing, these practical hacks will help keep your clothes looking new for longer. 

1. Check the Label 

Acclaimed fashion designer Rajo Laurel shared that his number one rule when it comes to caring for clothes is to check the care label, which teaches you everything from the temperature, the kind of cycle and even instructions on drying, bleaching and ironing. And if those laundry symbols look like hieroglyphics to you? Executive director and teacher of SoFA Design Institute, and Creative Director of fashion accessories and bag label ARANÁZ Amina Aranaz-Alunan’s practical tip: print out a guide that explains the symbols for laundry instructions.

2. Caring for White Shirts and Tops

A staple in anyone’s wardrobe, the classic white tee is a great piece to build your wardrobe around. It’s easy to dress up and down, going from casual to business-chic. To keep your white shirt looking new, before washing, unbutton your shirt including its cuffs and collar. Check the label recommendations for care guidelines. Use a laundry detergent that contains bleach to really make your whites, white.

And if your white shirt or polo gets wrinkled easily, check if your washing machine has a Steam or Vapour Care setting - this relaxes the fibres and removes odours to bring back that soft, fresh feel to your white top.

UltimateCare™ 900 Washing Machine 

3. Caring for Colours

Having coloured pieces is a great way to make a look pop but they are also prone to fading faster than dark or white clothing. To help make sure your colouredgarments don’t lose their vibrance, sort your garments by colour before doing the laundry. Bright clothes such as purples, reds and oranges can be washed together, so can bright blues and greens. If a colour stands out on its own, consider washing it alone. Then check the garment for stains and apply a small amount of liquid detergent to the stain and shake gently in water. Turn your garments inside out to minimize rubbing of fibres. Choose a low temperature and avoid hot settings that can cause fading. You can also use a gentle wash cycle.

4. Caring for Jeans

Denim is durable but to make them last longer, especially the coloured and printed denims or anything with a deep indigo wash, you need to give them extra special care. The key to a long life is to wash at a low temperature and avoid over washing. First off, be sure to wear your jeans for as long as possible before they are first washed to give them a comfortable shape and a natural fade. Separate your jeans from white or other brightly coloured clothes because they might bleed colour. Turn them inside out before washing as well. 

5. Dealing with Stains

The FashionCare Council members all share that it’s best to deal with stains immediately. Soak or try to wash them off right away. For food and wine stains, Laurel shares that he uses salt and soda water on the stains before washing as these help to lift the stains. 

Here are some other helpful tips to remove common stains. For ink stains, blot the stained area with alcohol using a clean cloth and rinse thoroughly. For coffee stains, first try using cold water through the back of the stain for 10-15 minutes. If the stain is not fully removed, use liquid laundry detergent and a little cold water, or try using dish washing liquid. Gently rub the liquid detergent or dish washing liquid with your thumb to loosen the stain for about five minutes. 

6. Proper Storage 

The FashionCare Council members also shared that storage can play a role in keeping clothes looking their best. Model and actress, Bianca King advised people to keep their closets neat so you have a full account of everything you own and to know which items should be hung or folded (if it’s a knit or weave). And speaking of hanging, Laurel and Aranz-Alunan both mentioned the importance of using proper hangers - Laurel mentioned avoiding those without foam defense as they could ruin the shape of clothes. 

Another advantage of keeping a closet organized is it could help you plan your wardrobe – you can rotate your pieces, as shared by Laurel, to help prolong their life. 

UltimateCare™ 900 Washer Dryer

7. Find the Right Washing Machine

When asked about effective and reliable ways of caring for clothes, the FashionCare Council agreed that the right washing machine can also help extend the life of your clothes – like the Electrolux UltimateCare™ 900 Front Load Washing Machine, which comes with innovative features that help keep your favourites looking new for longer, even up to 1 year later. It comes with SensorWash™ which detects dirt and adjusts cycle times to ensure that clothes receive the perfect wash, and UltraMix™ technology that activates detergents so that you can wash at lower temperatures to reduce colour fading*. It also comes with Vapour Care, which finishes the wash cycle with a soft spray of vapour to remove up to 99.9% of allergens and germs**

The UltimateCare™ 900 is also WiFi-connected and through the Electrolux Life App, you can remotely control your appliance, allowing you to choose wash or dry programs and receive notifications on the go. The Care Advisor also provides intuitive guidance to assist you in expertly cleaning up to 48 fabrics and 40 of the most common stains.

King, who wanted a washing machine smart enough to help her decide how to wash her laundry, talked about how her Electrolux UltimateCare™ Front Load Washing Machine “makes my life simpler and actually makes me look forward to doing my laundry!” 

Meanwhile Aranaz-Alunan enthused, “I love the features, especially that I can oversee the washing process even when I’m not at home.”

Laurel, who has been using the UltimateCare™ Washing Machine for over a year, said that, “Ever since I invested in my Electrolux UltimateCare™ Washing Machine, my clothes really last longer, and I feel better about it. My clothes are also a big part of my investment, my character and my personality and this has helped me improve a lot and made me so much happier!”

For more information on Electrolux and its products, visit www.electrolux.com.ph and follow @ElectroluxPhilippines on Facebook and Instagram.

*In comparison between previous model as endorsed by Intertek.
** EFF902BQWA with vapour compared to same model without vapour

Electrolux shapes living for the better by reinventing taste, care and wellbeing experiences, making life more enjoyable and sustainable for millions of people. As a leading global appliance company, we place the consumer at the heart of everything we do. Through our brands, including Electrolux, White-Westinghouse, AEG and Frigidaire, we sell more than 60 million household and professional products in more than 150 markets every year. In 2018, Electrolux had sales of SEK 124 billion and employed 54,000 people around the world. For more information go to www.electroluxgroup.com.ph. 

October 19, 2019

Amaia Scapes Cabuyao residents to benefit from new Skyway Extension

Sleekly designed modern homes boasting roomy interior spaces never fail to catch the eye of prospective homebuyers. When these are located in well-maintained and secure gated communities and have close access to key commercial hubs, individuals and families that aspire for a stress-free lifestyle wisely seek them out. 

Amaia Scapes Cabuyao offers all these features and more. The property will soon benefit from the construction of the new Skyway Extension to Susana Heights, a project that started last June. 

Set for completion by December 2020, the Skyway extension will connect the existing Skyway to Susana Heights, making travel time between the South, such as Laguna province, and Metro Manila smoother and faster. 

Domestic travelers will soon be enticed to explore the Southern provinces’ tourist attractions and make life easier for locals—both longtime residents and migrants with jobs and livelihoodopportunities in said places. 

Aspiring to reside in a secure and tranquil community like Amaia Scapes Cabuyao? Fast-track that dream and choose from its variety of home models. The Bungalow Pod, for instance, offers a total house area of 34 sqm with an indoor area of 30 sqm and minimum lot area of 75 sqm. Future residents of this development will benefit from the new Skyway extension to Susana Heights. For inquiries about Amaia Scapes Cabuyao and other Amaia projects, check out www.amaialand.com or like www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.

Amaia Scapes Cabuyao presents as a wise option for this market. A pleasant community sprawling on a 19.1-hectare property, it is located along the provincial road in Barrio Marinig, Sala, Cabuyao, an easy drive or commute from Cabuyao Proper, Sta. Rosa, and Calamba City. 

Shopping malls, public markets, educational institutions, and hospitals are likewise within convenient distance from Amaia Scapes Cabuyao. The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) is just a 25-minute drive away.

Amaia Scapes Cabuyao presents the Carriage Pod for a growing family. This unit boasts a ground floor area of 27 sqm and a 24 sqm second floor area, for a total house area of 55 sqm on a minimum lot area of 75 sqm. To know more about Amaia Scapes Cabuyao and other Amaia projects, check out www.amaialand.com or like www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.

A perfect choice of residence for Filipino families, the property offers amenities that include a village pavilion, a swimming pool, a basketball court, and a children’s play area. 

A total of 501 house and lot packages, with floor areas ranging from 28 square meters to 60 square meters, will be available for prospective residents who can choose from a variety of unitssuch as Bungalow Pod, Carriage Pod, Twin Pod and Single Home 60. Each home in Amaia Scapes Cabuyao features a kitchen, dining and living areas, a bedroom, a porch, a bathroom and a garden, which is also a provision for expansion. 

Amaia continues to serve prospective homeowners with affordable and sustainable developments that aim to elevate the Filipino living experience in a well-secured environment. 

The sleekly designed modern homes of Amaia Scapes Cabuyao never fail to catch the eye of prospective homebuyers. One of the home models it offers is the Twin Pod unit, which has a 34 sqm total house area with an indoor floor area of 30 sqm, standing on a 75 sqm minimum lot area. For inquiries about Amaia Scapes Cabuyao and other Amaia projects, check out www.amaialand.com or like www.facebook.com/AmaiaLand.

With Amaia Land offering budget-friendly homes to all Filipinos, convenient payment schemes such as cash, deferred cash and bank-financing are also available.

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

PayMaya is now available as a payment method for the App Store and other Apple services in the Philippines

Beginning today, PayMaya is now available as a payment method for Apple services in the Philippines. Customers can use their PayMaya account to pay for App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV app, and iTunes Store purchases, iCloud storage and more.

The addition of PayMaya as an Apple ID payment method offers a new way to pay for Apple services without needing a credit card and still allows for easy, one-tap purchasing from all Apple devices. PayMaya does not share your bank information with Apple, making it simple and private.

"Having PayMaya as a payment option for Apple purchases brings immense convenience for Filipinos who are looking to unlock even more possibilities with their Apple devices, especially for those who have little to no access to a credit card or other financial products. We're excited for the many ways PayMaya can help owners of Apple devices fulfill their digital purchase needs in the Phillippines," said Shailesh Baidwan, President of PayMaya.

Customers can manage their Apple ID payment information in Settings on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, or on their Mac or PC.

For more information on how to add PayMaya as a payment method, please visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201266 and www.paymaya.com/apple-services.

October 18, 2019

Mang Inasal offers online promo for its Road to 600 countdown

Mang Inasal, one of the fastest-growing brands under Jollibee Foods Corporation, is on its way towards launching its 600th store soon.

To create further excitement on this milestone, Mang Inasal has embarked on a digital activation promo that began with the opening of its 595th store at WH Olongapo City last September 13.

Here, Mang Inasal collaborated with Filipino visual artist Paulina Luz Sotto for a movable Pinoy jeepney installation artwork, reflecting Mang Inasal’s journey towards becoming a national icon in the quick-service restaurant industry. For over 15 years now, Mang Inasal has fast become a favorite among Filipinos who look for truly satisfying, value-for-money Pinoy meals.

The jeepney art installation will move from the 595th store to the 600th store.

Customers who dine at these Mang Inasal stores can take their selfies or groupies at the Pinoy jeepney installation artwork and post them at the official Mang Inasal Facebook page. Set the image to public and use hashtags #MIRoadto600 and #MangInasalJeep.

Ten entries will be chosen randomly per new store opening, each winning Mang Inasal gift certificates worth P600. 

For more updates, visit Mang Inasal’s official website at www.manginasal.com

Mang Inasal Olongapo store franchisee Eugene Y. Go (left) with special guests Richard Antonio, John Michael Javelosa, and Gilbert Chua.

October treats abound at Midas Hotel and Casino

Feel the chills or say cheers when you book this October at Midas Hotel and Casino with our awesome room, event and buffet promos!

Book a room under the Chills or Cheers promo to get a free ticket to Encantacia: Midas Halloween Kids Party on October 27, 2019, Sunday from 1 to 3pm at The Midas Tent, or, celebrate October Fest with a Php500-worth beverage credit voucher. For reservations, call 7.902.0100 local 8108 or email info@midashotelandcasino.com 

Encantacia: Midas Halloween Kids Party

For only Php550 nett, join the party with your child and enjoy loads of awesome fun andtreats in their most spellbinding engkantada outfit, the cutest dwende or dwarf wear, or the scariest tikbalang or werehorse costume. Kids with the cutest and scariest costumes get a chance to win a free lunch or dinner buffet at Midas Café or Yanagi!

Before hitting the party, sample an array of sumptuous buffet dishes at Midas Café! Save Php1,088 from Midas Café’s regular rate of Php2,088 when dining in on October 27, 2019,Sunday before joining the party.

Delight your kids with an acrobat show, magician, games, photo booth, snacks and loot bags plus a memorable bonding time together! Then, after the party, enjoy the same buffet promo rate at Yanagi and sample the delectable Japanese dishes with the whole family!

For Encantacia ticket reservations, call 7.902.0100 local 8198 or emailrestaurants@midashotelandcasino.com.

PayMaya's new campaign jingle goes viral with 25 million views online

Everybody’s feeling the joy of the catchy jingle—and enjoying the world of benefits brought by going cashless with PayMaya.

There are many things that make for a really catchy tune, and one of them is the power of nostalgia. PayMaya draws from that rich 90's music pool as it unleashed its new campaign, "Don't Pay Cash. PayMaya!" set to the iconic tunes of the classic Eraserheads song entitled "Ligaya."

With the unforgettable melody that heralded one of the most memorable periods in '90's Pinoy rock music enmeshed in lyrics that narrate the "joys"–or Ligaya–of paying without having to use cash, the song has definitely become an earworm, capturing the ears and hearts of netizens as it amassed a combined 25 million views on the video streaming platform YouTube and social networking site Facebook. It's a stunning feat, considering it's only been over a week since the campaign launched.

The song takes the addictive and influential original song and cleverly rewrites its lyrics to talk about all the joy, the hassle-free convenience, and the various possibilities PayMaya has to offer to everyone–from earning cashbacks when you scan-to-pay with QR for groceries, sending allowance to your loved ones without delays, and buying the most affordable prepaid load for you and your barkada, among many others.

"Most Filipinos are fans of the Eraserheads, and who hasn't heard their iconic song, ‘Ligaya’? We made a fresh and relevant take on this timeless classic for our new campaign because we truly believe that PayMaya offers a fresh and relevant way to pay, particularly for Filipinos at this day and age. The time for cashless payments has truly arrived," said Raymund Villanueva, Director and Head of Growth and Brand Marketing at PayMaya.

If you haven’t seen or heard “Don’t Pay Cash. PayMaya!” video yet, you’re definitely missing out—check out the song on YouTube and see what everyone’s been jamming to.

And if you don’t have PayMaya account yet—what are you waiting for? 

Now is the best time to have a PayMaya account, because you can get as muchas P200 instantly on your account just by signing up, upgrading your account, and using your friend's invite code when you join.

Download the PayMaya app for iOS or Android and sign up today to feel the joy of paying for anything you want in the fastest, most secure, and most rewarding way! 

To know more about how you can maximize your account, visit www.paymaya.com/deals.

PayMaya, the digital financial services arm of Voyager Innovations, is the only financial technology company in the Philippines offering integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions with the widest on-ground branch network. It is the first to give millions of Filipinos an e-wallet that allows them to pay cashless transactions at any time of the day, anywhere in the world, and from any device. It is the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the country backed by PLDT, KKR, Tencent, World Bank’s IFC and the IFC Emerging Asia Fund.

Shopee Launches Manny Pacquiao as its Newest Brand Ambassador for Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces world boxing champion Manny Pacquiao as its newest brand ambassador for Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. 

Martin Yu, Associate Director, Shopee Philippines, said, “We are very happy to welcome the holiday season with the Philippines’ People’s Champ, Manny Pacquiao. He is a globally recognized household name and his commitment to achieving excellence in boxing mirrors Shopee’s commitment to giving Filipinos the best online shopping experience. We are thrilled to partner with him for Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale.”

Manny Pacquiao said, “I am honored to be working with Shopee as their newest brand ambassador. My partnership with them will allow me to connect to my Filipino fans in a more exciting way and I am very happy to be working with a company that shares the same commitment to being the best.” 

Manny Pacquiao joins Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Manny Pacquiao will be featured in a series of initiatives with Shopee to bring fans closer to him: 

● Watch Manny Pacquiao star in Shopee’s latest TVC: stay tuned for Shopee’s latest television commercial starring Manny Pacquiao, which will air on all major TV networks starting October 15.
● Win signed Manny Pacquiao boxing gloves: Shopee will be hosting a nationwide social media contest where fans stand a chance to win 200,000 cash prize and signed boxing gloves. 
● Play Shopee exclusive Manny Pacquiao games: Fan-favorite games, Shopee Catch and Shopee Slice, will sport a new look and feature boxing elements to give users a chance to win Shopee coins and vouchers.

Key Highlights for Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale

From October 15 to November 11, the first wave of Shopee 11.11 - 12.12 Big Christmas Sale promises four weeks of exciting promotions. Key highlights include:

● Free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend: Users can avail of free shipping with  ₱0 minimum spend promotions common.
● 50% off deals daily: Consumers can score deals up to 50% off on their favorite products. 
● Category fairs: Shopee will be hosting specially-curated category fairs including Mobiles & Gadgets Sale from October 15 to 17 and Beauty Fair from October 21 to 24. 
● Cashback vouchers: There will be daily cashback vouchers up for grabs.
● Shopee Catch: Users can play Shopee Catch every day at 8PM for a chance to win from a coin pool worth 100,000.
● Shopee Shake: There will be 11 million Shopee coins to be given away in the iconic Shopee Shake game. 
● Win an iPhone 11 from Shopee Live: Viewers of Shopee Live can stay tuned every Friday at 6PM as Shopee will be giving away one iPhone 11.
● Exclusive deals from leading brands: Pampers, Silverworks, Bosch, Unilever, Maybelline, Olay, Pantene, Globe, Anker, Safeguard, Watsons, and Huawei will be participating to giving amazing discounts

Find out more about Shopee 11.11 Big Christmas Sale at https://www.shopee.ph/1111

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Max's Restaurant celebrates 74 years of Sarap-to-the-Bones with 'Sorpresang Sarap' Mystery Box

“The House That Fried Chicken Built” and the beloved culinary heritage brand responsible for Sarap-To-The-Bones goodness turns 74 this October. In celebration of its birthday, Max’s Restaurant offers a special treat: all dine-in transactions with a regular or family-sized whole fried chicken can avail of a special pick from the Mystery Box containing Sorpresang Sarap coupons for only Php 74.

Available from October 11 to 24, these bonus Sorpresang Sarap coupons give guests the chance to win one random item from an exciting, delectable list of freebies: a feast for 10 persons complete with Max’s signature dishes, a Regular Crispy Pata, Kare-Kare, a Regular Whole Fried Chicken, Sweet and Sour Fish Fillet, Chicken Sisig, a Small Pancit Canton, Fresh Lumpiang Ubod, or a 1.75L bottle of Pepsi.

Redemption of Sorpresang Sarap coupons is valid for dine-in only from October 11 to December 24, 2019 at any Max’s Restaurant branch nationwide.

Max’s Kabisera, the Bonifacio Global City neighborhood destination for classic and modern Filipino dishes, also celebrates its first anniversary this month, launching NEW appetizing dishes now available for dine-in, take-out, and catering transactions. Savor the flavor of Max’s Kabisera’s version of the classic Chicken Inasal for only Php 299. For grilled chicken lovers out there, the Grilled Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillet combo meal and Griled Boneless Chicken Thigh Fillet 2-piece platter at only Php 424 will surely satisfy cravings and get more bang for your buck. All plates include Peanut Sauce, Toyomansi, Pinakurat with Honey and Cucumber, and Achara on the side.

“As a sign of our unwavering appreciation and gratitude to the millions of Filipinos who’ve supported Max’s Restaurant in the last 74 years, we have these special promos and new menu items that will surely delight our customers’ dining experience,” said Mark De Joya, Marketing Director for Max’s Restaurant. “We’re committed to uphold the excellence in our quality and service as the flagbearer of Filipino cuisine and culture.”

October 17, 2019


Rapper Al James and indie band Lola Amour felt an instant rapport when they met to discuss their Coke Studio Season 3 collaboration. 

“Match yung energy namin! They’re all so young so you feel that youthful vibe from them,” Al James said of their first meeting. 

On Lola Amour’s part, lead singer Pio Dumayas has this to say on working with a hip-hop artist, “We really believe that there is strength in numbers and so adding one more genre to the music can only be good. For us, we were just thinking of what could make a great song.”

Lola Amour is composed of eight musicians, seven of whom were part of a marching band in De La Salle Zobel and the youngest member is from the Philippine High School of the Arts. Joining Pio are backing vocalist and keyboardist Martin Kim, backing vocalist and bassist Raymond King, guitarist Mico Fernandez, guitarist Zoe Gonzales, trumpeter Angelo Messina, saxophonist JoxxPerez and drummer Renzo Santos. 

Raymond speaks for the band when he says, “Music is what keeps us sane…especially at this stage when we’re starting to face responsibilities…adulting na kami!” 

And Al echoes this sentiment. “Early on, from childhood, music started as an escape from reality until it became a kind of therapy, especially ngayon sa life and career ko…”

Pio puts it this way—"Music is what helps us to see, to see each other and who we really are.” And who they are is a unique combination of verve, spunk and swag, all rising to the challenge of adulting under the spotlight.

Watch Al James and Lola Amour as they collaborate on Coke Studio Season 3. Catch them on October 19, Saturday, at 10 a.m. on ABS-CBN or on https://www.youtube.com/CokeStudioPH.

How to get your own native tree through GCash Forest

You may have seen it on your Facebook feed before: use mobile wallet GCash and help save the environment.

Through its feature GCash Forest, GCash allows users to be green warriors in their own right by using the app for transactions, eventually earning them points corresponding to a tree.

Upon earning enough points, users may choose a native tree to adopt, an actual sapling to be planted at the Ipo watershed, where GCash aims to plant 365,000 trees in a year, or 1,000 trees a day.


The virtual turned real this month when GCash and partner organization WWF brought several GCash users to the Ipo Watershed in Bulacan. The select group includes those who accomplished the feat of earning at least 20,000 green energy points.

For them, it was an opportunity to get involved in action that would help ensure a healthy environment for the future.

BPO worker and financial adviser Rodolfo Villena Jr. first learned of GCash Forest through a pop-up ad on his computer screen.

“I said sige try ko, wala naman mawawala. Binasa ko, OK, virtual way to plant a tree. Sabi they will plant a tree for you,” he said.

He was happily surprised when, after earning nearly 23,000 green energy points, he was selected as one of the GCash users to join a tree-planting activity on Oct. 12.

“One-of-a-kind experience siya--this is it, pinaghirapan ko itanim ito. It's a chance na not all are qualified to do so ang galing, alam mong ikaw mismo magtatanim ng puno, na-earn mo. You're not just expecting someone to plant for you,” he said.

So how did RJ earn all his green energy points? By using GCash as frequently as he could.

A GCash user for over three years now, RJ said he uses GCash to purchase mobile phone load (even for his friends) and do bank transfers for money he eventually uses for bills payments, which he also does via GCash. He also uses GCash to invest and save, and GCredit when he runs out of funds in his GCash wallet.

RJ frequently uses payment via QR codes, and GCash-to-GCash transfers for his Grab Car. His driver sends him the week's earnings via GCash.

“Bank transfers talaga ang nagpabilis nitong points ko. Minsan I earn 300 energy points for a single bank transfer. I also use QR code, nakaka-engganyo kasi ‘pag may vouchers, bili ka ng bili,” he said.

Phone banker Lorna Jane Andales also learned of GCash Forest through an online ad. A GCash user since April, she has earned 21,962 green energy points by using GCash for bills payments, fund transfers and prepaid load.

“From the very beginning of GCash Forest, I have been so excited to see the outcome. I didn't imagine that I would personally see it,” said Lorna, who was part of the first batch of tree-planters brought by GCash to the Ipo watershed.

Describing herself as a “progressive activist” for the environment, Lorna said the GCash Forest initiative could help spur collective action.

“It's for every one else, but most of all, Mother Earth. I may not be the most green-inspired person you'll meet but for me, every little thing we do affects Mother Nature. That's why it's very important to do small things to get back and fix Mother Nature. Every little thing counts,” she said.

Curiosity led housewife Edna Lyn Pagulayan, 31, to GCash Forest, and she had no second thoughts about lending a hand.

“I saw an ad on Facebook and when I checked my GCash App I saw a new icon for GCash Forest, got curious and found the objective very interesting and helpful,” she said.
Edna, a home-based travel consultant, has earned 20,752 points through using GCash every day for bills payment, groceries and load, and for fund transfers.

“With GCash, I found a better way to preserve our environment by using cashless transactions. Proud of myself, as I am now able to plant a real yakal tree,” she said.

She hopes more Filipinos would get involved, saying protecting our forests “means giving my children a breath of fresh air now and in the future.”

“I look forward to gain awareness and to see all Filipinos help GCashForest in planting more and more trees for a healthier and livelier ecosystem and environment,” she said.


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