July 5, 2020

Iloilo consumers elevate appeal to President Duterte and Supreme Court

MORE POWER,  electricity service providerwallops Iloilo with double whammy of brownouts, bill shocks

MORE Electric and Power Corporation has been pummeling Iloilo City consumers with double whammy of persistent brownouts and soaring electricity bills, hence, they are now pleading for urgent action and attention from President Rodrigo Duterte himself.

The Iloilo consumers are also elevating their hue and cry to the Supreme Court, which is the ultimate judicial body that could resolve the ownership of the power utility that could end their dilemmas of never-ending service interruptions and electric bills that have doubled and with errors yet without explanation being offered by MORE Power to the affected customers.

Ruperto Supena, chairman of the Koalisyon Bantay Kuryente (KBK) in Iloilo City, has raised emotionally during the recently held webinar press conference and said, 

“Iloilo is dying and needs the help of President Duterte and the Supreme Court. The lights are out in Iloilo because of MORE Power. Their long and frequent brownouts are killing our businesses and livelihoods, and they are disrupting our essential medical services.” 
Supena stressed  “most especially, we need the President to intervene, so he can keep a watchful eye on those who would exploit us.”

KBK Coordinator Jose Allen Aquino reiterated their plea to Congress on immediate investigation of the brownouts in the area, as they vowed on hastening information gathering and collating all consumer-complaints that will then be submitted as evidence and basis of the probes that shall be done at the legislative branch.

Supena also called on Congress to review the franchise granted to MORE Power, stressing that “there is still time for Congress to change its mind on granting that franchise to MORE given the technical incompetence they have been exhibiting in their provision of service to Iloilo consumers.”

He further appealed to the other national government agencies, including the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) for serious and immediate action, as he emphasized that while the plight of the customers of Manila Electric Company (Meralco) are given paramount attention, the uproar of Iloilo City consumers seems continually falling on deaf ears.

“Meralco is being investigated by the government, so why is our situation not being looked into?” he asked; while he reiterated that “we need the Supreme Court to settle this matter, and for the DOE and the ERC to step in and make sure we are no longer abused by lack of service.”

In a recent Council meeting, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas forthrightly told MORE Power President Roel Castro that “the people of Iloilo deserve more, and MORE Power promised “more”; and we are still waiting for MORE to give us the “more.”

Iloilo City Councilor Alan Zaldivar, for his part, has castigated Castro, telling him that: “our clear message to MORE is that, you are not ready to give quality service to Iloilo City.”

Another City Councilor Ely Estante had also given the chief executive of MORE Power a dressing down, stressing that “mas mayo tani nagbakal na lang sila sang ila facilities, other than e-expropriate mo kag kwaon ang facilities ng PECO (Panay Electric Company), dapat kuntani hindi pa sila magastusan sang todo for the repair.” (Mas mabuti sana kung bumili na lang sila ng kanilang facilities kesa e-expropriate pa nila ‘yong mga facilities ng PECO, di pa sana sila gumastos ng todo para sa repair).

Councilor Ed Peñaredondo further urged MORE Power to commit what it can do soonest to improve power supply in the area, since this is already turning out to be a major dilemma in attracting investors in Iloilo City.
“Power supply is very bad. Water, power, infrastructure – roads and bridges, then good governance. But number one is: water and power should perform. Sometimes you meet the supply requirements, sometimes you do not supply. So, if that is the case, we cannot convince our investors to come over,” the city councilor pointed out.

Based on data logs, it was noted that the frequency of brownouts caused by MORE Power already totaled 326 hours since it took over power distribution in Iloilo City in February until end-June this year.

Mikel Afzelius, corporate communications and external affairs officer of PECO, said “there have been a total of 326 hours when Iloilo had been plunged into darkness. We have to let that sink in – 326 hours of suffering of our people. That already doubled the outage duration when compared to PECO within the same timeline last year.”

He noted in particular that “the 13-hour, more or less, power outage that happened on June 20 in Mandurriao, based on the information from MORE itself, is something that could have been fixed in around one hour at most.”

July 4, 2020

Catch the Shopee 7.7 Flash Deals on Wowowin and Eat Bulaga for Amazing Promos ! On July 7, users can enjoy sitewide free shipping, big discounts, and exclusive offers from premium brands

MANILA, JULY 4, 2020 - Grab the best deals on Shopee’s Shake & Win TV Special on GMA’s Wowowin and Eat Bulaga this coming July 6 and 7. 

In addition to that, users can enjoy offers such as low-priced deals, free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend for featured stores, up to 90% off on selected products, and cash prizes: 

Maybelline Sensational Liquid Matte LIP & CHEEK TINT

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Liquid Foundation Tube 18mL

L’Oreal Paris Excellence Crème Triple Care Hair Color [World’s No. 1]

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 

Cream Silk Conditioner Triple Keratin Rescue Gold Ultimate Repair and Shine

Mikana 18k Rose Gold Plated Katsura Pendant Necklace

Dove Sensitive Skin Body Wash 1L With 650ml Refill Set

Surf Fabric Conditioner Antibacterial with Mint 1.5L

Anker PowerCore Select 10000mah, Portable Powerbank 

Vivo Y15

Enjoy the best deals on Shopee! 

July 3, 2020

Catch the Shopee 7.7 Shake and Win TV Special on GMA’s Wowowin and Eat Bulaga to Win Over ₱2 Million Worth in Prizes Tune in on July 7 and watch your favorite celebrities perform

MANILA, JULY 3, 2020 - Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, will celebrate the peak of 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta with TV Specials in partnership with Wowowin and Eat Bulaga, screened exclusively on Shopee Live and GMA. On July 7, users can tune into Shake & Win at 11:30 AM on Shopee Live; 12 NN at Eat Bulaga GMA and Shake & Win TV Special from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wowowin GMA for a chance to win a total of ₱1.9 million in cash prizes. In addition, users can also win up to over ₱1.8 million Shopee coins, non-stop prizes and giveaways, low-priced deals, and up to 90% off on leading brands.

Joining Wowowin host Willie Revillame are Kapuso stars Gabbi Garcia, Rita Daniela, and Julie Anne San Jose. Users can also catch top celebrities Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza on Shake & Win TV Special on Eat Bulaga. 

Key highlights of Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta 

On July 7, consumers can expect fun games, amazing promotions, and big cash prizes. Key highlights include: 

All-day sitewide free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend
Shopee Shake: Users can win a total of  ₱1.2 million cash prizes during the Shopee Shake segment on Eat Bulaga and Wowowin.
Salamat Shopee Suki: One lucky winner will win either ₱50,000 or ₱100,000 via lucky draw. To join, users have to register on the Watch and Win microsite from July 1 to 6. 
Shopee Quiz: Participants of the game can win a total of ₱250,000. There will be five questions, and players advance to the next round when they answer correctly. 
Watch & Win: To participate, users have to register on the Watch and Win microsite before July 7. Seven lucky winners will take home ₱50,000 in cash and a Shopee grocery cart worth ₱10,000. Users can register at https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-live-gma-registration-2. 
90% off on selected items: Get amazing deals across different categories.  Users can enjoy exciting discounts up to 90% for items, including Knight Black WaterProof Sport Watch, Transcend SD Card with 128GB of memory, JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and 33 cm-Inflatable two-ring swimming pool. 
Exclusive promos from leading brands: Users can look out for exclusive offers and up to 90% off on products from leading brands such as Globe, Pampers, Nestle, Unilever, Maybelline, Wyeth, and The SM Store. 

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to team up with Wowowin and Eat Bulaga to bring greater fun and bigger rewards to all Filipinos across the country. As people adapt to the new normal, Shopee is redoubling our efforts to connect and engage consumers better via our platform while they shop from home. We are excited to partner with popular programs such as Eat Bulaga and Wowowin to deliver on this commitment to each of our users. We want to invite all Filipinos to join us at the peak of 7.7 Shopping Fiesta on July 7.”

To find out more about the Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta, head over to https://shopee.ph/m/double-double

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

Latest appliances from XTREME to gear your home this new normal

The months of quarantine have taught us to be practical and wiser consumers. As Filipinos gear up for the new normal, people are seeking value for their money on premium quality items. 

XTREME is elevating the game by introducing a new line of appliances that promote productivity and efficiency at its best price. Unleash your master chef skills at home using these new kitchen staples. 


Available in 1L and 1.8L sizes, these Multi-Cookers are versatile and functional in many ways. It has an auto keep warm function to preserve heat of your food. A removable large steam ventilation, easy-to-read LED and an inner pot with non-stick coating are some of its benefits. It also comes with accessories such as scoop, measuring cup, and food steamer. For a more classic look, a jar type 1.8L cooker has professional porridge cooking function. It can also be used in making other dishes like noodles and stew

● Digital Multi-Cooker 1.0L 2,495 PHP

● Digital Multi-Cooker 1.8L 2,995 PHP 

● Jar-type Multi-Cooker 1.8L 1,995 PHP 


Boost your immune system by mixing healthy juices and marinades. The new blenders of XTREME come in 3 different sizes and modes, 2 have a traditional plastic jar body and 1 has BPA free plastic bottle type. All of them have interlock protection and anti-slip suction feet for security purposes. The plastic jar blenders have food grade material blade and 1.5L capacity. The only difference between the two of them is one has 2 speeds with pulse function. The personal blender has a handy size and travel lid, perfect for making protein shakes, salad dressings, and smoothies.

● Plastic Jar Blender 1.5L 1,695 PHP

● Plastic Jar Blender 1.25L 1,495 PHP

● Personal Blender 600ML 1,295 PHP

Electric Kettles

Keep calm and sane by brewing refreshing drinks. The XTREME Electric Kettles are easy to use and sold in 2 designs. The glass transparent body has a blue light filter and the other type has a double stainless wall for protection of the hot exterior. There are few similarities with the kettles like pop-up lid, cord storage, and ample capacity that is enough to boil up to 8 cups at a time.

● Stainless Electric Kettle 1,495 PHP

● Glass Electric Kettle 995 PHP 

Induction Cooker 

The new XTREME Induction Cooker lets you prepare and heat your meals faster and appetizingly. It features a soft touch control, high temperature protection, and 8-stage power setting. The product has 6 cooking programs that suit your different cooking requirements. It includes modes like normal fry, deep fry, hot pot, porridge, soup, and braise. The product is affordably priced at 1,995 PHP.

This current situation is letting us stay more often in our humble homes and XTREME Appliances wants to support your daily chores and household needs with functionality and quality.

For updates about the brand, visit XTREME Appliances Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok accounts.The complete list of products is available on XTREME website, Lazada and Shopee pages. 

About XTREME Appliances
XTREME Appliances is a #OneStopShopAppliances brand that offers premium and affordable home and commercial appliances that ranges from TVs, aircon, refrigerator, washing machine, gas range, microwave oven and many more. XTREME Appliances is now available in 2,500 stores and business partners nationwide.

Card payment partners charge 2.58% convenience fee for GCash cash-in via MasterCard/VISA bank card

The card payment partners of GCash will charge a minimal convenience fee of 2.58 percent for cash-in via MasterCard/VISA bank card services starting July 6, 2020. The fee is a direct charge of payment partners.

The convenience fee will be computed and will be stated in the GCash app for each cash-in via bank card transaction. For instance, a customer cashes in P100 in his GCash wallet. The convenience fee would be P2.58, for a total amount of P102.58 charged to the card.

The fee is still lower than other mobile wallets, which charge a flat rate of P30 for cash-in transactions below P1,000. GCash also provides other cash-in methods that are totally FREE, such as cash-in via linked BPI or UnionBank accounts or through a bank app or website powered by InstaPay.

“We at GCash have always provided the most convenient, safe, and affordable financial services in the country. We aim to keep it that way despite the recent increases in charges implemented by our card payment partners. We would like to assure that GCash does not earn a single centavo from the direct charges implemented by our payment partners,” GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon said.

GCash account holders that cash-in via their MasterCard/VISA bank cards may check their transaction histories on the GCash app or may download their transaction histories through their nominated e-mail addresses.

“Even with this soon-to-be implemented minimal charges, GCash will continue to provide the best-in-class services that Filipinos have come to love over the past decade. We will continue to be more innovative and proactive in developing safe, secure, and affordable financial services and tools so that more Filipinos can maximize the benefits of digital finance,” Sazon said.

Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc.

GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https://www.gcash.com/.

July 2, 2020

"Seven Exciting Promotions to Look Forward to at Shopee’s 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta"

MANILA, JULY 2, 2020 - It is a grand fiesta! 

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, launches 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta with huge discounts and fantastic promotions. Running from June 22 to July 7, 2020, Filipinos can look out for deals such as ₱7 deals, free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend for featured stores, up to 90% off on selected products, and cash prizes.

Here are seven things to look forward at Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta: 

1. ₱1.9 million in cash prizes up for grabs on July 7 

On July 7, Shopee-holics can stand a chance to win cash prizes of up to a total of ₱1.9 million. Shoppers need to tune in to the following Shopee TV specials in order to win:

a. Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta: Shake & Win at 11:30 AM on Shopee Live and at 12 NN at Eat Bulaga GMA

b. Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta: Shake & Win TV Special at 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM on Wowowin GMA 

2. Free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend

On July 7, users can avail of free shipping with ₱0 minimum spend all day sitewide from 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, and 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Shopee will also offer free shipping vouchers from the main campaign microsite which is accessible from the homepage. 

3. Amazing ₱7 deals

Shopee-holics can buy high-value products for as low as ₱7. On July 7, users can score a Nintendo Switch Labo Variety Kit Bundle, a Platinum KS-10 Plus Junior 2 Karaoke Player, and an ACE 32" Slim LED TV for only ₱7.

4. Exclusive Discounts up to 90% off

Users can get huge discounts on various products from categories like beauty, electronics, fashion, groceries, and health & personal care. Users can enjoy exciting discounts up to 90% for items, including a Knight Black WaterProof Sport Watch, a Transcend SD Card with 128GB of memory, a JBL Portable Bluetooth Speaker, and a 33 cm-Inflatable two-ring swimming pool. 

5. Big prizes on Shopee Candy

Filipinos can win amazing prizes when they play the new in-app game, Shopee Candy. Users can stand a chance to win Shopee coins, cashback vouchers, and exclusive rewards, including a Nextbook Flexx 11 2-in-1 laptop and a Huawei Nova 3.

6. Convenience and bigger savings with ShopeePay 

Shopee users can enjoy greater convenience and cost savings with ShopeePay. Users can enjoy special promotions and discounted offers when they pay via ShopeePay. Shoppers can check out more of the ShopeePay deals and 7.7 promotions here (https://shopee.ph/m/shopee-pay). 

7. Exciting deals and promotions from leading brands

Users can look for exclusive offers and up to 90% off on products from leading brands such as Globe, Pampers, Nestle, Unilever, Maybelline, Wyeth, and The SM Store. 

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are excited to launch another campaign that lets our users shop conveniently and lets them save more. With the Shopee 7.7 Free Shipping Fiesta, users can shop, play, redeem amazing rewards, and win cash prizes right in the comforts of their own homes. We understand the many challenges Filipinos face as they embrace the new normal, and we commit to provide them with bigger and better offers. Shopee will continue to innovate our platform to serve our users better and elevate the online shopping experience for all.” 

For more information, visit https://shopee.ph/m/double-doubl

Download Shopee for free through the App Store or Google Play.

GCash powers SAP second tranche; to disburse P16B to 2.4M beneficiaries

GCash, the undisputed leading and preferred mobile wallet in the Philippines, has been tapped by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for the disbursement of P16billion of financial aid to over 2.4 million beneficiaries from seven different regions in the country.

Through its partnership with GCash, the DSWD will be releasing the second tranche of its Social Amelioration Program for beneficiaries Nationwide.

The amount to be disbursed to beneficiaries’ GCash wallets range from P5,500 to P8,000 depending on the area. GCash is allowing the DSWD to tap its platform for the disbursement for free.

“We at GCash believe in the value of partnerships, especially during times of great need. By providing the government with a safe, secure, transparent, convenient, and free disbursement platform, we are helping the Philippines win against the pandemic,” GCash President & CEO Martha Sazon said.

Beneficiaries of the second tranche of the SAP may use their mobile wallets for a variety of financial services. GCash empowers users to pay for physical and online transactions to over 75,000 merchants, transact with over 400 billers, and transfer funds to over 40 banks in the Philippines. GCash users may also use their GCash wallets to buy airtime load, save money, invest in money market funds, and purchase insurance products.

They also have the option of cashing out their financial assistance from partner establishments such as Puregold, Villarica Pawnshops, as well as ATMs through their GCash MasterCard.

Aside from disbursing the second tranche of SAP, GCash has also been assisting other national government agencies and local government units in distributing financial aid to Filipinos adversely affected by the national health situation.

So far, GCash has disbursed close to P2 billion in financial aid to more than 335,000 Filipinos. Among its government partners are Makati City, Quezon City, and Pasig City, as well as the Department of Transportation-Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and the Social Security System.

“We are happy to see that our platform is being used for the good of the many, especially those who are most in need. With GCash, we are providing a better alternative to physical distribution of cash aid, which can pose great health risks not only for beneficiaries, but also to government employees and volunteers,” Sazon said.

Globe Fintech Innovations Inc. (Mynt), which operates GCash, is part of the portfolio companies of 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines wholly-owned by Globe Telecom Inc.

GCash is available for download on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, kindly visit https://www.gcash.com/ (https://www.gcash.com/).

Pexels updates search algorithm to increase visibility for LGBTQ+ community

Pexels’ algorithm update gives LGBTQ+ couples equal presence, another step in strengthening its overall quest to improve representation for marginalized communities

Pexels shows photos of families with straight couples, same sex couples, and interracial couples when you search for the term ‘family’

Pexels, the multimedia library dedicated to sharing diverse, free stock photos and videos, announced that it has made a major update to its algorithm to increase visibility of content that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community. This announcement follows Pexels’ previous partnership with Nappy in March of 2018 to highlight photos representative of diverse cultures and races. A company that values inclusivity at its core, Pexels has been on a mission to improve its search results to provide more well-rounded offerings since it launched in 2014 and was later acquired by Canva in 2018. Now, in light of Pride month, Pexels is permanently adjusting its algorithm for all relationship-based search keywords to deliver more diversity across genders and sexualities, giving presence to all types of relationships.

Searching for the term ‘couple’ on Pexels returns images representing all races, genders and identities

Pexels sets itself apart from its competitors with its artful, high-quality and curated library that offers over two million photos and videos for free. Additionally, Pexels’ library is the first truly inclusive collection focused on diversity across cultures, ethnicities and genders. While other stock photo sites do have images to reflect diversity, these do not naturally surface in the search results.

To find these photos, users must use search terms that clearly indicate whether they want a photo of a straight or a same-sex couple. Pexels’ algorithm update is focused on inclusivity and prioritizing LGBTQ+ imagery, democratizing all images, not requiring a user to delineate between same sex or other descriptors. Search terms like ‘couple’ or ‘holding hands,’ that typically only return images of heterosexual couples, now yield photos representing all races, genders and identities, increasing visibility and encouraging mainstream use. In a space that is crowded with cisgender, heteronormative, and white-washed content, Pexels continues be a pioneer in supporting underrepresented communities. The company hopes to empower its own community to tell better stories and inspire other stock photo sites to do the same.

“As one of the premier free photo and video libraries, we understand the power a photo or video can have,” said Monica Silvestre, Head of Community at Pexels. “Media has the power to make or break ideologies, challenge the status quo and humanize experiences. Images fuel stories and create movements, and it’s our responsibility as a global platform to act as a force for good; a force that helps power progress. This is why we’re improving our learning algorithm. The next time someone searches for “couple” or “love” they will find refreshing content that reflects life as it really is around us—straight couples, same sex couples, interracial couples, non-binary folks and more.”

In addition to the algorithm update, Pexels has amped up its efforts to partner with creators and companies that prioritize images and videos that challenge relationship norms and offer LGBTQ+ perspectives. The team will continue to adjust how its algorithm learns, making it intentionally calculate equal representation in order to offer its users choices they might not have previously considered. Pexels also employs a team of curators to specifically view, tag and boost submitted images to ensure the highest level of diversity and equality across the platform. Pexels encourages all photographers and creators to upload their LGBTQ+ photography to the platform. 

For more information about Pexels, please visit pexels.com.



Launched in 2014 and acquired by Canva in 2018, Pexels is a free to use photo and video library powered by a community of photographers. Its beautiful library of images and videos is donated by a global community of talented contributors who upload their work for everyone to use freely, helping millions of creators around the world develop beautiful products and designs. Pexels believes in diversity as a force for good and creative innovation. The team of over 30 people worldwide celebrates strength in different cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds and embraces its community of imaginative photographers.


Launched in 2013, Canva is an intuitive online design and publishing platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere. Featuring a simple drag-and-drop user interface and a vast library of templates ranging from presentations, social media posts, posters, invitations to resumes, a huge collection of stock photography, illustrations and fonts, anyone can take an idea and create something beautiful. Canva is available on web, iOS and Android.

LBC Amps Up Digital Services for Filipino Businesses on the Move with LBC Online

Logistics and delivery services have become the lifeline for many households and businesses especially with the stringent lockdown and those who have limited access to physical shopping spaces. The growing reliance of the general population on online delivery and services inspired LBC Express, Inc. to continue to fuel Filipino businesses by providing digital solutions to online sellers as a way to move their passions and dreams.

With the steady rise of online businesses over the last few months, LBC has launched a platform dedicated to sellers in the social sphere, LBC Online. The platform fast-tracks the business transactions by giving social sellers a tracking service for their packages and flexible collection options. LBC enables sellers through its services and with this new platform, aims to help them succeed as they continue to move their businesses forward. 

Miguel Angel A. Camahort, president of LBC, said, “LBC has always been the stronghold of generations of Filipinos when it comes to cargo and courier services and we are always ready to gear up for their changing needs. As we recover our normalcy and recuperate completely from the challenges that have forced us to rethink our normal, LBC will reinvent its way of moving, its service to bridge the distance between Filipino to Filipino. We start by introducing a safe, convenient way for Filipino online sellers to manage their business.”

By signing up for an LBC Online account, sellers get to pre-process transactions online and enjoy a number of benefits including their own dashboard that allows them to track and trace their deliveries, faster transaction for a smoother branch experience, and more flexibility in payment options that lets you collect your funds at your own convenience. 

Shipments can also be processed online to make your branch drop-off transactions easier and more convenient. Those who need transaction reports can rely on the platform’s dashboard — simply filter your transactions by date and download your reports to save time for more important matters. 

“We hope that through LBC Online, we are in a way, lifting up Filipino online sellers with a platform that helps them manage their business at the comforts of their own homes,” adds Camahort. 

To sign up for LBC Online, just visit https://lbconline.lbcexpress.com/signup. 

LBC introduces more digital services

As the demand for door-to-door delivery increases, the country’s leading courier is also cutting the steps of sending parcels to any point in the country with LBC Pickup, an online booking system that allows LBC staff to get the packages directly at the home of the sender.

To also minimize the need to go to-and-fro in their local branches, LBC is enabling sending remittances from home through Instant Peso Padala (IPP) Online. With IPP Online, anyone can send money through their phones and computers, and have it claimed through thousands of LBC’s physical stores or remittance partners: Cebuana Lhuillier, MLhuillier, and Palawan Pawnshop. This service is free of transaction charges until July 5, 2020.

In view of the current situation, LBC is firm in strengthening country’s collective effort to bring the local economy off the ground. Needless to say, LBC is pioneering the next wave of services needed by the modern Filipino retailer and consumer. 

For more information on LBC’s newest services, visit www.lbcexpress.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/LBCExpress/.

ZRewards, ZALORA Team Up For Up To 25% Shopping Discount

Shop and save with ZALORA and ZRewards by Zeal! Enjoy up to 25% discount at ZALORA’s Big Fashion Sale which runs until July 2 by using an exclusive voucher code for ZRewards by Zeal, the newest one-stop location for awesome deals in town.

Just log on to http://www.zalora.com.ph or sign in on the ZALORA app and apply voucher code ZEALBFS upon checkout. Get 22% discount for existing customers and 25% savings for new customers for minimum spend of P2,499. Maximum discount is P1,000 per voucher which can be redeemed five times per account.

Those on a tight budget can also get more for less since the voucher code can be used to shop for bargains in ZALORA’s sale section which carries items at knockdown prices.

ZALORA is the country’s leading online fashion store with over 120,000 products- ranging from apparel, footwear, bags, accessories, to beauty essentials – coming from an ever-expanding line-up of top local and international brands. It offers shipping discounts, a host of payment methods, and free returns.

ZALORA has recently partnered with ZRewards by Zeal, a brand under 917Ventures, the largest corporate incubator in the Philippines and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe. Through the ZRewards website, users from all over the Philippines can grab hold of premium and solid offers from different companies redeemable at their favorite online shops and physical stores.

Zeal the deal and pre-register for free at https://www.zeal.ph/registration. Be the first to learn about the newest and biggest deals when the ZRewards website goes live in July.

July 1, 2020

InLife offers free life insurance to 110K essential workers

Insular Life (InLife) will give away free insurance and hospitalization coverage to 110,000 essential workers to help secure them in case they catch the COVID-19 virus. 

Called the “Chain of Protection,” the program will be bankrolled by the Insular Foundation and will be underwritten by InLife. 

“As you know vaccines against COVID-19 have yet to be developed and yet, many of our essential workers continue to serve. We want to extend some form of insurance protection and hospital allowance while they still continue to discharge their duties to the public during the quarantine period,” said InLife Executive Chair Nina D. Aguas. 

Ms. Aguas is also the chairman of Insular Foundation. 

While viral pandemic diseases are exclusions in a standard life insurance policy, InLife created Chain of Protection specifically for this purpose, to assist the vulnerable workers at this time of crisis. 

The free insurance provides life insurance cover of P50,000, if death is due to accident or COVID-19 disease, plus hospital allowance of P500/day (maximum of 10 days) if hospitalized due to accident or COVID-19 disease. The free life insurance and hospitalization allowance coverage is limited to 45 days. 

Chain of Protection is for individuals who work for industries or organizations that provide essential goods or services during the quarantine period. To get the free life insurance, they only need to register to the web link dedicated for this purpose at: 

The complete list of essential industries under the program can be found there as well. 

“We are now nearing our 110th year, and as a Filipino company, we will always be here for our kababayans. We will continue to support them and even create special products just for them,” added Aguas. 

Record growth at Canva sees new $6B valuation

Canva today announces a new valuation of US$6 billion from US$3.2 billion, after having raised a US$60 million round.

The doubling in valuation is attributed to Canva’s growing prominence as a workplace collaboration platform fueled by its strong performance in user growth, which continues to accelerate as the world shifts online amidst the global pandemic. Today Canva is embraced by over 30 million people every month to design around the globe, collaborating on presentations, marketing materials, social media content, videos and more -- at a whopping 80 designs per second and a total over 3 billion designs created since launch. 

Canva cofounder and COO Cliff Obrecht said despite the economic downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company continues to see a significant increase in user activity.

“Canva’s accelerated growth is indicative of the “new normal”, as more teams realize the need for a more scalable, more collaborative, more affordable and more user-friendly design platform. 

“Now more than ever, organizations of all sizes are doubling down on building a reliable remote workplace, and are turning to modern productivity platforms like Canva to ensure they remain flexible and scalable.”

Investor Rick Baker from Blackbird, a renowned venture capital firm based in Australia said the surge in Canva’s numbers is a testament to the design platform’s abilities to cater to the changing needs of the modern workplace.

“This round is further evidence that Canva continues to power ahead. In a post-COVID world of remote working, we are seeing Canva’s original vision - a collaborative platform to provide all the elements to create great design - become even more powerful. As a result, Canva has seen phenomenal growth over the past months, cementing its place as one of the fastest-growing SaaS companies in the world.”

Mood Rowghani, general partner at Bond adds, "The recent changes in our world have pressured organizations to embrace new methods of work and collaboration. As the lines between home and office have blurred, Canva's digital design platform is empowering a new wave of productivity and interaction for businesses, schools, and nonprofits across the globe. We have been thrilled to work with the team and are excited about what's to come."

Canva affirms its spot as a powerful workplace collaboration suite

Since launch in late 2019, Canva is the collaboration platform of choice for a number of large organizations to mobilize its workforce to create on brand content.

● More than 500,000 organizations on the platform from Small Businesses to Enterprises such as Warner Music, American Airlines, Ingram Micro, and Eaton

● With more than 90,000 schools and universities worldwide such as the NSW Department of Education in Australia and Georgetown University

● As well as over 55,000 nonprofits such as the World Health Organization, Task Force for Global Health, NHS Charities Together and UN Commission on Human Rights.

Skyscanner, the travel search engine that serves 100 million monthly global users, has used Canva to roll out a full rebrand across 36 markets ― all within six months. 

Skyscanner Senior Design Manager, Judson Cowan said, “The time saved for our design and marketing teams was immense. Canva has allowed us to simultaneously adopt our re-brand across all regions, regardless of timezone, or access to designers. The result was an on-time and well received brand launch, which is rare for large businesses.”

As people continue to collaborate online, design creation and sharing on Canva has increased by over 50% since the start of COVID-19. The company will also be rolling out a number of new workplace collaboration features designed to help teams of all sizes work together, through effective visual communication:

● Canva’s Real-time Collaboration brings teamwork to life by letting users work on designs simultaneously.

● Canva Brainstorms is a new design type built for teams to collaborate simultaneously on notes, build moodboards and flesh out ideas using an infinite canvas space.

● Canva Talking Presentations brings a new way to create engaging presentations by allowing presenters to talk through their slides in an interactive format.

● Canva for Desktop offers a seamless desktop experience, paving the way for offline editing and other native features by the end of the year. 

Cementing Canva’s presence in the US and beyond

As a key growth market for Canva, the company is investing in its US operations with the opening of an office in Austin, Texas. 

The US team will provide strategic support for enterprise clients and nonprofits as the country navigates the “new normal” workplace together, kicking off with its inaugural online Enterprise conference on July 29, Elevate 2020. The conference will feature a keynote from Canva CEO and cofounder, Melanie Perkins, as well as customer panels with HubSpot, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and IDC Global, to name a few. 

When it comes to furthering international growth, Canva is also open to considering acquisitions whereby it invests in companies for their world-class engineering and product teams.

Cliff explains, “We’re open to investment opportunities in the media and editing space as we continue on our mission to provide a comprehensive and valuable product.

“Ultimately, we want Canva to be the go-to platform for all your design needs, so we’ll continue to monitor and evaluate acquisition opportunities.”

For the latest product news, visit https://www.canva.com/whats-new/


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