March 24, 2023

Experience More with Xiaomi's Powerful Redmi 12C Budget Smartphone

Get impressive performance, bigger storage, and a bigger screen, starting at PHP 5,499

Xiaomi recently unveiled the Redmi 12C, its latest all-around entry-level smartphone with impressive performance, bigger storage, and a larger screen.

The device offers one of the most powerful performances within its price segment, and starts at just PHP 5,499.

Better, immersive experience

The Redmi 12C is powered by MediaTek Helio G85 processor, and offers up to 6+5GB extended RAM and 1TB storage extension. This means smoother day-to-day operations, faster app starts, and more storage for your content. Take note, however, that memory extension is only available when there is sufficient storage space on your device. The extension of RAM storage capacity varies across different models.

With a sizable 5,000mAh battery, you can use your phone all day without worrying about running out of power. The device's advanced and responsive fingerprint sensor allows you to unlock the phone, open an app, or authenticate a mobile payment simply by placing your finger directly on the display.

With its large 6.71" HD+ display and a sleek 20.6:9 aspect ratio, Redmi 12C brings a better and more immersive experience when reading, watching videos, and gaming.

The reading mode helps relieve eye strain that may come with extended screen time. This bigger and better display is packed into a stylish and recognizable design, with a flat edge and a unibody curved back, improving overall aesthetics and grip feel.

Redmi 12C comes in four colors: Graphite Grey, Ocean Blue, Mint Green, or Lavender Purple.

Capture moments with powerful camera

The Redmi12C is capable of capturing vivid moments with greater detail in everyday scenes with its 50MP main camera. With the help of powerful HDR and Night Mode, Redmi 12C can take clearer city nightscape pictures with greater details, even in challenging situations.

In the Philippines, Redmi 12C is available in four different variants, each offering varying storage and memory capacities.

The 3GB+32GB version is priced at PHP 5,499, while the 4GB+64GB and 4GB+128GB versions sell for PHP 6,499 and PHP 7,499, respectively. They can be purchased from Xiaomi-authorized offline stores and online via their official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop. Additionally, purchasing any of the three models entitles you to a free Mi Compact Bluetooth Speaker 2 (valued at PHP 599).

If you want more storage and memory, you can opt for the 6GB+128GB version, which has a standard price of PHP 8,999, but early birds can get it for a discounted price of PHP 8,599. This particular model is exclusively available for online purchase through Xiaomi's e-commerce platforms and comes with a free Redmi Buds 3.

Take note that the freebies and special discounts for the 4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB, and 6GB+128GB variants can only be availed during the promo period, which takes place from March 24 to 31.

Philippines hits 260M negotiated sales, bags recognition at the ITB Berlin 2023

Buoyed by the country’s participation in the recently concluded Internationale Tourismus-Börse (ITB) in Berlin, the Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agency, the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB) Philippines, as of this writing, recorded an impressive estimate of Php 260 million worth of negotiated sales from more than 300 business meetings during the 3-day networking event.
The aforementioned figures show the Philippines’ strong demand in the world’s largest travel and tourism trade fair, further brightening the prospects for the local tourism industry’s recovery and for the country’s positioning as a tourism powerhouse in Asia.

“We brought the biggest Philippine delegation to the ITB Berlin 2023 with the intention of showcasing the best of the best of our country and our culture, and to reintroduce to the world our greatest asset: the warmth and hospitality of the Filipino people. The optimism and excitement with which all of this was received shows the world that the possibilities are endless for the potential of Philippine tourism to transform under the Marcos administration,” said Tourism Secretary Christina Garcia Frasco.

The Philippine delegation included tour operators, online travel agencies, travel websites and communities with 26 co-exhibitors, showcasing the country’s natural beauty and rich culture to over 160,000 guests.

TPB COO Maria Margarita Montemayor Nograles cited that the positive outcome of the Philippines’ participation in ITB Berlin strengthened the country’ position to be a world-class tourist destination. “We are proud to bear witness once again at how ITB continues to live up to its reputation for being the largest travel trade show in the world. I am so happy to share that the Philippines truly championed in giving the world a view into our distinct and diverse destinations, culture and heritage in this momentous event,” TPB COO Nograles added.

Further bringing home accolades, the two cities in Negros Occidental, Sagay and Bago won in the Green Destination Story Awards for its inspirational initiatives for sustainable tourism. With its entry, “Mangrove Forest Protection through Community-based EcoTourism Project”, Sagay placed second in the Nature and Scenery Category and won the People’s Choice Award while Bago City’s entry, “Reviving the Majestic Diversity of Bago Watershed” took the third spot in the Environment and Climate Category.

The event highlighted the Philippines rich culture and sustainable tourism with its weavers’ hand-loom products which are passed down from generations to generations to preserve its tradition and heritage including the Tinalak of South Cotabato and Yakan of Zamboanga. Aside from that, Kape de Filipina’s coffee and chocolates and Ayan’s delicious Filipino cuisine were also served to delight the guests.

ITB Berlin News, the show’s official daily, has partnered with Click A Tree for its sustainability partner. Chris Kaiser, award-winning speaker, entrepreneur and founder of Click A Tree, has selected the Philippines to be the site of its tree planting project for this year’s cause. The site will be in Davao Oriental, Mindanao. Kaiser will be visiting the Philippines in September for the tree planting initiative.

With the long-term goal of securing increased arrivals, receipts, and investments for the country, TPB annually participates in ITB Berlin, which provides the Philippine travel trade an opportunity to network with relevant decision-makers from new and existing tourism markets across Europe, America, and Asia.

Bring out the best in every party with Sony’s SRS-XP500 Speaker

Whether it’s a chill and laid-back party, an outdoor and wild celebration, or a simple karaoke night, Sony is ready to bring out the best in the party this upcoming summer season with its SRS-XP500 portable Bluetooth speaker.

The heat is definitely on with SRS-XP500's speak and top-of-the-line features ideal for outdoor parties. Sing and dance your heart away without worrying about it getting splashed by water or drinks. SPS-XP500 has an IPX4 water-resistant rating, making it safe and secure from any sprinkle. Just snap the speaker’s cap on to ensure its safety even during outdoor parties.

Speaking of the fun outdoors, the SRS-XP500 is portable and wireless and equipped with a sleek, comfortable handle which makes it easy to carry and bring anywhere. Grab it and go wherever you can bring the party – the garden, the house, at the beach or even by the pool, SRS-XP500 will be there to set the mood.

Matching and setting the atmosphere of the party is also as easy as a few clicks, thanks to SRS-XP500’s brand-new ambient party lighting feature. With a variety of lighting patterns, bring out its pulsating energy to hard-core outdoor parties or its soothing shades to a quiet night in.

From sunset to sunrise or even dusk ‘till dawn, the SRS-XP500 speakers can power up the party so you could play any song, any style at any time with its great clear sound produced by its X-Balance speaker unit and front high-efficiency tweeter. These special powerful features enable everyone to enjoy and listen to a high-quality sound with deeper and punchier bass and live sounds recreating a unique atmosphere that can give you a summer experience you can relive over and over again.

But what’s a party without karaoke, right? Luckily, you may just plug in a mic or two and sing your heart out at your parties. Just pick your favorite songs from your playlist and give everything you got until you drop because the SRS-XP500 will keep you going for up to 20 hours when full charge but you can always quickly plug it in for 10 minutes and extend the party up to 80 minutes.

“As someone who plays outdoors, the IPX4 water resistance is an amazing feature paired with the long battery life, I don’t even have to worry about drizzle and finding a power outlet. The ability to play music through Bluetooth while having a mic and guitar plugged in is so useful for practicing or playing with a backing track. I haven’t even touched on how portable it is with the built-in handle and the weight, which is so important for buskers and people on the go. This speaker system has everything in an amazingly compact package,” says Mr. Prince Valencia, a busker and certified Sony SRS-XP500 lover.

Prince Valencia with his SRS-XP500

For a summer truly worth remembering, get your SRS-XP500 now for only PHP 18,999.00 at any Sony Authorized Dealers and stores online and offline nationwide. For more information, please visit: or follow /SonyPhilippines on Facebook and @sonyphinc on Instagram for updates.

Make breakfast a delightful time for your family with these tips

Busy mornings are always a challenge for moms. Often, you and your family get overwhelmed by the morning rush that you barely have time to catch up with each other.

Make mornings with your family more delightful by adding delicious beverages, like Great Taste White Coffee Mix and Vitasoy Plus Milky, to your breakfast feast.

Not to worry — tomorrow is always a new opportunity for you to create a delightful breakfast experience for your loved ones that may set a positive tone for the rest of the day. Here’s how:

Robina Farms products are perfect addition to your breakfast meals with its farm-fresh quality.

1. Have a morning playlist full of upbeat, happy songs

Begin the day on the right note — literally! Play your family's favorite happy, upbeat songs in the background to pump up everyone in the morning. Listening to lively tunes will help lighten up the mood and lift up any weary spirit.

Pro tip: Create a shared playlist the night before or during the weekend. This not only ensures that everyone’s favorite music is included, but it can also be an amazing bonding and enjoyable activity for the family.

2. Open the curtains and let the sunshine in

Let the sunlight flood your dining room. It feels like a no-brainer, but this is a great way to awaken the family’s bodily rhythm to get everyone ready for the day. It may also keep the kids from getting back to snoozing! Together, enjoy the gentle warmth of the sunlight while soaking up and getting a boost from that good ol’ Vitamin D.

3. Prepare a hearty and delicious breakfast

Having a delightful breakfast is a must in every family’s morning routine! It helps give everyone the energy they’ll need to conquer all the tasks and activities at work or school. To whip up tasty and nutritious meals and drinks, remember to use high-quality products such as those from Universal Robina Corporation (URC).

For breakfast, classic silog meals like tocilog and baconsilog are foolproof. So, make sure to choose products that are farm-fresh quality, like the ones from Robina Farms.

      Robina Farms Honey-Cured Bacon: You and your children will enjoy this tender, premium bacon that has the right amount of sweetness from honey.

      Robina Farms Primera Tocino: Another option for the family? These juicy chunks of prime pork that have a delicious blend of sweet and savory flavors.

      Robina Farms Premium Brown Eggs: Of course, you can’t forget the -log in your silog. Choose these farm-fresh ones that contain essential nutrients such as DHA and choline.


To complete the morning meal, include delicious and energizing drinks! Here are some good choices for the family:

      Vitasoy Plus Milky: This one’s for the whole family! Satisfy your creamy and milky morning cravings with this calcium and protein-rich soy milk drink.

      Great Taste White Twin Pack: You and your hubby will surely love its swaktong timpla ng rich coffee at sweet cream. As a cherry on top, its Aromanamnam (coffee aroma) can help boost your energy – aroma pa lang ganado ka.

With a breakfast made delightful with these products, your whole family will be excited to wake up every morning.

4. Make it a tradition and create lasting memories

Once the yummy breakfast is set, now is the perfect time to gather around the dining table, enjoy the meal, and open yourselves to great conversations with each other. By making these simple yet special meals a tradition, you can create lasting memories, build stronger relationships, and, most of all, create a happy and loving home that the entire family will always treasure.

Make your mornings count! Have a delightful breakfast with your family every day with the help of URC. They offer a variety of good food and beverage choices that will surely delight the whole family anytime, anywhere.

Make #URDelightfulChoice from URC’s wide range of high-quality products. Shop your favorite URC products at a supermarket near you or shop online via GoCart.

WWF-Philippines Calls for Filipinos to Join Earth Hour 2023: The Biggest Hour For Earth

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The countdown to the Biggest Hour on Earth is set for March 25, Saturday, when millions of people across the world will converge around major world landmarks, cities, and communities to switch off their lights for 60 minutes – starting at 8:30 pm, as part of a global movement to save the planet. In the Philippines, national landmarks, office buildings, government offices, and individual houses will all join in as a sign of a broader commitment towards addressing our planet's sustainability.
In photo are (from left): Ludwig Federigan from the Climate Change Commission, Ms. Andrea Valentine A. Villaroman - City Government Department Head III, Quezon City LGU, Hon. Josefina 'Joy' Belmonte - Mayor of Quezon City, Ms. Katherine Custodio - Executive Director, WWF-Philippines, Atty. Angela Consuelo Ibay - WWF-Philippines Climate and Energy Programme Head and National Director for Earth Hour Philippines, Ms. KD Montenegro - Individual Donors Program Manager, WWF-Philippines, and Ms. Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski - WWF Philippines’ Earth Hour Ambassador

The Earth Hour global celebration started as a symbolic event in Sydney, Australia in 2007 and has grown into one of the world’s largest grassroots environmental movements spanning over 7,000 cities and 193 countries and territories. The Philippines joined in 2008, making this year’s Earth Hour the fifteenth time the celebration is observed.

Several community partners will also be participating in this year’s main Switch Off event in the Quezon City Memorial Circle: World Vision Philippines, Oxfam Pilipinas, Boy Scouts of the Philippines, Association of Young Environmental Journalists, and De La Salle University among others. Their participation demonstrates solidarity among fellow environment and development groups in coming together for a common cause to tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and environmental degradation.

As humanity's unsustainable demands on the natural world are leading to climate breakdown, habitat loss, and decline of wildlife, Earth Hour is celebrated every year on the last Saturday of March as an opportunity to invite individuals and institutions to take substantive measures for the planet. The core message of this movement lies in going “Beyond the Hour” – essentially, the actions people can do after the lights go back on.

"This year's Earth Hour is about the Biggest Hour for Earth – an hour wherein we begin to do good for our shared tomorrow and our shared home. As we face an uncertain future with our planet's deteriorating biodiversity, further threatened by our changing climate, two of the biggest challenges we confront, we must act sooner and more decisively. Thus, we are reaching out to governments, cities, businesses, and individuals to be part of the solution in bringing positive changes for the planet,” said Atty. Angela Ibay, Climate and Energy Program Head of WWF-Philippines and Earth Hour Pilipinas National Director.

“The Philippines has repeatedly been on the top list of countries most vulnerable to climate change, and we are a mega-biodiverse country. Many do not realize that nature is our climate's secret ally. We want Filipinos to not only appreciate what we have, but we also stand to lose. Thus, we all need to be responsible in shaping our future, and hopefully, we'll be changing the ending for the positive – for both people and the planet,” Ibay said.

WWF-Philippines’ Earth Hour Ambassador Mikee Cojuangco-Jaworski shared what this movement means for everyone saying: “Having been an Earth Hour Ambassador for so long has taught me one important lesson, it is that there are always people who care regardless of their nationality, their social status, their job, or even their age.”

“There are so many people who care about the planet. We have to keep that in mind amid so much negativity. The fact that we are able to see each other again face-to-face after what seemed like an eternity being in lockdown shows that things can get better for the planet,” she said.

This year’s Earth Hour celebration in the Philippines will be the first in-person event since 2020 before lockdowns due to COVID-19 forced the celebration to go online. For a decade since its inception back in 2007, Earth Hour focused on building awareness of climate change. In 2018, the movement’s focus pivoted to include both climate and nature as their interconnectivity became more evident, with human activity causing direct negative impacts on nature and the environment, contributing to biodiversity loss and climate change.

While COVID-19 has prevented people from interacting in person, this has been an opportunity to connect to millions of people in digital spaces and engage with decision-making institutions to secure a new deal for nature with the aim of halting the loss of biodiversity by the end of the decade.

Quezon City has been a continuous partner of WWF-Philippines and Earth Hour for many years. Earth Hour was last held in Quezon City Circle in 2015. Quezon City was also a finalist in the recent One Planet Cities Challenge (OPCC) 2021-2022. OPCC is a friendly global competition initiated by WWF to recognize cities for their climate actions and ambitions and assess whether they align with the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement in limiting climate change to 1.5 °C.

“According to the UN, cities are responsible for over 70% of global carbon emissions. However, cities can also drive emission reduction efforts and transition to a carbon-neutral future. Recognizing the crucial role of cities in creating a sustainable future, Quezon City made a conscious and deliberate effort to address climate change from a local perspective,” said Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte.

“We enhanced our local climate change action plan (LCCAP), which outlines our efforts up to the year 2050 to reduce emissions and adapt to climate change. Integral to the development of the LCCAP was the conduct of a GHG emissions inventory, which allowed the city to measure and better understand the emissions contributed by different sectors. Based on the inventory, the stationary energy sector accounts for 60% of carbon emissions. This refers to fixed locations such as homes, buildings, and factories. Reducing emissions in this sector is critical. Hence, a combination of measures such as increasing the use of renewable energy sources and improving energy efficiency are our priority actions,” Belmonte added.

WWF-Philippines Executive Director Katherine Custodio highlighted the importance of the in-person gathering, stating: "Earth Hour has always been about individual actions that taken collectively makes a difference. By having an event like Earth Hour we are affirming the power of our individual simple action. We are affirming that people care about our shared future.”

“You may have heard the argument that the Philippines emits only 0.39% of GHG-so why should our country commit to further reduction. Well, if all the countries that account for less than a percent in total account for a third of global GHG. That is a big component. Please also remember that we are one of the most impacted by climate change - and if we don’t act who will?” she added.

March 25 will also be the start of the annual Earth Hour Virtual Run, a self-paced virtual run that aims to promote a sustainable and healthy lifestyle, raise environmental awareness, and support conservation efforts of WWF-Philippines. The run will last for a month up to April 22, wherein participants can choose their running distances from 10 km to 60 km. The registration started on February 3 and will end on April 9.

KD Montenegro, WWF-Philippines’ Individual Donor Program (IDP) Manager said that the continuing partnership with Pinoy Fitness for this year’s Earth Hour Virtual Run reflects the “sustained commitment and responsibility towards protecting the environment.”

“Because we are runners and into fitness, we understand that a healthy environment is necessary for us to have a healthy body. Pinoy Fitness provides this platform for Filipinos to stay fit and give back to the environment. We believe in going beyond Earth Hour and literally going the extra mile to ensure a healthy future for everyone,” she added.

Earth Hour 2023 is co-presented by Quezon City Government, together with our Official Communications and PR Partner, COMCO Mundo League of Enterprises, and supported by the Department of Energy, Climate Change Commission, League of Cities of the Philippines, League of Provinces of the Philippines, Department of Agriculture, Court of Appeals, Department of Health, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Department of Information and Communications Technology, National Historical Commission of the Philippines, and the National Parks Development Committee

Visit to learn more about events happening this Earth Hour around the world. Follow WWF-Philippines on social media for updates and events related to Earth Hour Philippines 2023. Lend your support to the environment with the official Earth Hour hashtags #EarthHour2023, #EarthHourPhilippines2023 and #BiggestHourForEarth.


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