August 16, 2022

Devant’s VIDAA makes watching on TV easy for all ages and for non-techies

One touch access to the best and most popular content on live TV or apps

Watching television these days can be stressful and complicated – several apps need to be downloaded, multiple buttons to press, hundreds of channels to scroll through. And for the technologically-challenged, this can result in getting lost and frustrated amidst all the options.

Through its operating system VIDAA, Devant has simplified watching TV – options are just one button away – and has ensured a safe viewing environment.

Easy to use

Thanks to VIDAA, Devant TVs are easy to use. A voice button enables users to “speak” to their TV sets and get the content they want to watch.

Its remote provides one touch access, where users can go to their favorite apps and live TV channels with one press of a button.

Those who wish to use their smartphones to control their Devant TVs can download the VIDAA app to do so. With the VIDAA Smart Remote app, they can also access applications straight from their smartphones.

The TV interface is also user-friendly. Users can play videos directly from the suggested contents from different applications, without going through the apps.

Universal content

Devant TVs can show you the world. It has a rich library of global and local content from over 200+ apps, providing the best and most popular content in any country. Some of its pre-installed applications include Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, NBA TV, UEFA TV, Iflix, IwantTFC, iQIYi and WeTV.

Users can do universal search and have direct access across different apps on VIDAA. On VIDAA, there’s no need to go through prime app when searching for content.

Reliable and durable

VIDAA makes watching on Devant TV less complicated. Since it is a cloud-based app, it doesn't require users to download or install apps. The app is run directly from VIDAA's cloud-based store. Content doesn't take up storage space on TV.

Artistic lifestyle

Finally, Devant TVs are not your usual TVs. They can enhance the look of your space at home. With VIDAA ART, Devant TVs can function as art frames showcasing artworks of your favorite artist. Simply set up the screen saver with an artwork of your choice.

To find out more about the VIDAA as well as other products, check out the Devant website ( Devant products are also available in leading appliance stores nationwide.

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August 15, 2022

Anne Curtis, Jane de Leon team up in Smart's new powerful campaign

Smart Communications, Inc. ,  is the Best Mobile Network in the Philippines for the first half of 2022, according to Speedtest by Ookla.

Bannering the best customer experience that subscribers enjoy on the Smart network, multi-hyphenate star Anne Curtis and rising actress Jane de Leon have suited up as two powerful superheroes in Smart’s latest campaign video, revealing its groundbreaking “Best Mobile Network” recognition from Ookla®, the global leader in mobile and broadband network intelligence.

A first for a mobile operator in the Philippines, the “Best Mobile Network” award was given to Smart after winning Fastest Mobile Network and Best Mobile Coverage for Q1 to Q2 2022.

“We want to celebrate this milestone by putting together two of today's remarkable women—this generation’s Dyosa and Darna—in one campaign that shows just how Filipinos are empowered with the best mobile experience on the Smart network. Anne has been a long-time Smart user and endorser while Jane is excited to further explore the power of Smart. Like Anne and Jane, we want our customers to enjoy the same powerful experience,” said Francis E. Flores, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business - Individual at Smart.

Powerful women in their own way

Indeed, as Anne and Jane power through obstacles in the action-packed video complete with dynamic effects and stunts, they assert: “When you have the power of the fastest speed, and when you have the power of the widest coverage, you get the best overall experience.”

According to Flores, although Anne and Jane are in different phases of their careers, both are powerful women in their own special way.

A Smart endorser for over 10 years now, Anne has seen Smart evolve through the years even as she established herself as one of the biggest local celebrities today and remains as the most followed Filipino celebrity on social media.

“I have been a loyal Smart subscriber for years, and it's because Smart has allowed me to do so much - it’s almost like having superpowers. I’ve always been so proud to be part of this family and even happier now that the brand that has empowered me all these years is today’s Best Mobile Network,” said Anne.

On the other hand, Jane is about to make her mark in showbiz as she becomes the iconic Filipino superhero Darna. Her journey in getting this life-changing role serves as an inspiration for everyone to power through challenges, according to Flores.

“I’m happy to be part of the Smart family. I can’t even begin to tell you guys how much this means to me because I’m so excited to endorse a network that really empowers me to do what I want,” said Jane.

Experience the Power of Smart

With Smart’s fastest speeds, subscribers can do and accomplish more – from connecting with loved ones in crystal-clear calls, sending important work and school files in seconds, sharing content on social media in real-time, to enjoying their favorite videos, music, and games seamlessly.

Smart’s widest coverage means subscribers can stay connected more – whether it’s from the comfort of their home or office, the commute to school or work, or outside the city for a well-deserved break.

The latest Ookla Speedtest Awards add to Smart’s recent string of citations that reinforce its network leadership. Last April, independent firm Opensignal declared Smart as the “operator to beat in the Philippines” as it dominated the Opensignal Mobile Experience Awards**, covering the essential aspects of service, especially speed and experience. These awards include Best Overall Experience for Video, Games, Voice App, and Download Speed across all technologies.

Non-Smart subscribers can experience the power of Smart without changing their number through Mobile Number Portability, a service that can be conveniently booked via and at Smart Stores nationwide. To know more about the Philippines’ Fastest and Best Network, visit

UNIQLO / INES DE LA FRESSANGE 2022 Fall/Winter Collection: A uniform to accentuate each person’s unique, individual character

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO today announces its latest collaboration collection with Ines de la Fressange, lifestyle icon and symbol of French chic. The UNIQLO / INES DE LA FRESSANGE 2022 Fall/Winter collection presents LifeWear that reflects Ines’ belief in bringing effortless French style to the world. This is a line focused on the pursuit of true beauty and comfort, continually offering a timeless, essential wardrobe. Items will be available in the Philippines from Friday, September 9 at select UNIQLO stores and from the online store.


The ‘Ines-style uniform’

Ines returns to the idea of the uniform, or an eternal standard in fashion and one of her essential styles. Finished in fluffy and soft materials while making the most of the essence of men’s fashion and work details, this is a collection to provide comfort for everyone and accentuate their individuality. Along with classic items such as pea coats and chino pants, the lineup features numerous offerings incorporating modern designs, including functional items such as shirts with elbow patches, and padded shirt jackets in flannel with cotton lining.

Playful knits perfect for an urban stroll

Knits are an essential part of the Ines wardrobe, and this season features a richly varied lineup. The wide-ranging wardrobe includes sweaters with color combinations that convey a graphical impression, along with 3D knit* cardigans with a lovely, rounded silhouette, as well as lightweight and comfortable knit jackets with a soft and fluffy silhouette. Cashmere sweaters, which are a favorite of Ines, are offered in exciting, vivid colors such as mustard yellow and pink, perfect for enjoying a relaxing stroll through the city.

*3D knit is a WHOLEGARMENT*, a garment knit entirely on a single machine in three dimensions without seams. *WHOLEGARMENT is a registered trademark of SHIMA SEIKI MFG Ltd.

2022 Fall/Winter Collection Lineup

  • Pea Coat
  • Chesterfield Coat
  • Flannel Tunic
  • Frill Shirt

l  Color Block Crew Neck Sweater

l  Knit Jacket

l  Soft Chino Wide Pants

l  Wool Blend Flared Skirt

l  Rayon Shirt Dress

l  Cashmere Stole

Collection Overview (Total 25 Items)








Php 3,990 – Php 7,990


Php 1,990 – Php 6,990

Pants and skirts

Php 1,990 – Php 3,490


Php 2,990 – Php 3,490


Php 1,490 – Php 4,990


Php 1,490 – Php 2,990


Note: Prices listed are provisional and subject to change.

Details of the 2022 Fall/Winter Collection

Launch date:            September 9, 2022 (Fri.)

Availability:               Full lineup available in UNIQLO Manila Global Flagship Store and UNIQLO Online Store only.

Special website:


 Ines de la Fressange

Born and raised in France, Ines became a top international model soon after starting her career at the age of 17. She became renowned as the muse of several top fashion houses and remains a style icon in fashion circles to this day. In 2013, she relaunched her own brand, Ines de la Fressange Paris, and continues to embody modern Parisian chic as an art director.

UnionBank, Leon Gallery host timely discussion on NFT art

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) and The Leon Gallery, among the most prestigious auction houses in the country, recently hosted a discussion on non-fungible token or NFT art. Focus was on how NFTs continue to reshape the art scene, and how artists and art collectors can easily navigate the emerging space.

PH-first virtual asset over-the-counter service by UnionBank among highlights of discussion

The timely talk was held during an exhibition by Filipino abstract artist Jose Antonio Reyes, also known as JAR.  Prior to this, The Leon Gallery also showcased the works of JAR last July 18 and the collection was sold out within its opening day. This was a follow up of the artist’s previous NFT art collection, JAR Heads, successfully launched on the Cardano Network with over 1 million in ADA sales in the secondary market in the span of only six months.

RJ Dela Cruz and Migui Planas of UnionBank's Digital Asset Markets Unit (DAMU) joined Reyes in the discussions. During the talk, JAR shared how NFT art enabled him to have people around the world appreciate and gain access to his art, and how this space can afford similar opportunities to other traditional artists.

Meanwhile, NFT expert Planas gave a 101 on NFT art, including how NFTs are made, and how beginners can competently traverse the NFT art space. DAMU Head Dela Cruz, on the other hand, zeroed in on UnionBank’s activities and developments in the blockchain, crypto, and NFT spaces. He discussed the Bank’s journey into the emerging space, as well as his personal transition from traditional finance into the world of digital assets.

One of the highlights of Dela Cruz' talk was UnionBank's Virtual Asset Over-the-Counter (VA OTC) Service, another industry first, which was designed to help people enter the emerging NFT art space much easier. UnionBank is the first and only bank in the Philippines to offer this type of service, further strengthening the Bank’s position as the country's leader in blockchain innovation.

"Through its VA OTC service, UnionBank provides both artists and collectors alike with trustworthy platform for buying and selling NFT art," said Atty. Tonico Manahan, a well-known art collector. "While there are many ways for people to fund their wallets to buy NFT art or transact with crypto, buying and selling with the help of a well-established bank ensures that every crypto transaction is secure."

"It's a way for beginners to have peace of mind in entering the perceived volatile space given that transacting with a regulated financial institution such as a bank would be secure," Reyes added.

To know more about UnionBank's VA OTC service and other solutions related to NFTs, please send an email to



AXA PH volunteers join forces for good

Annually, insurance company AXA organizes one full week dedicated to sustainability. The AXA Week for Good, the highlight of the purpose-led company’s year-long corporate responsibility activities, aims to celebrate the ability of AXA employees to take positive action by offering their time and skills to support our two sustainability pillars: climate change & biodiversity and inclusive protection.

In the Philippines, the volunteer activities kicked off with two simultaneous events: a meal packing session for the benefit of Rise Against Hunger Philippines, and solar light building in partnership with Liter of Light. Rise Against Hunger is an organization committed to ending hunger and malnutrition, while Liter of Light is a global non-profit organization that provides sustainable and affordable lights to people with limited or no access to electricity.
AXA Cares: AXA’s Blood Donation Drive collected 44 bags from their Makati headquarters.

AXA Cares: AXA organized the Global Challenge with its volunteer program members from AXA Hearts in Action.

Employees also volunteered for Rise Against Hunger’s mobile soup kitchen activity in communities around Taguig. These soup kitchens serve Filipinos that are especially in need of nutrition, including pregnant mothers, the elderly, and children.
AXA Cares: AXA mobilized its volunteer arm from AXA Hearts in Action in mobile soup kitchen installation.

Through the combined efforts of these activities, volunteers were able to pack a total of 5,400 meals, assemble 250 solar lamps, and feed 1,500 children.

The company also organized a blood donation drive, which served as their response to the current blood shortage in the country due to the ongoing pandemic. A total of 44 bags of blood were collected from this initiative.

AXA Philippines employees also participated in mangrove planting activities held in Batangas and La Union, with volunteers working together to plant a total of 550 mangrove seedlings to help maintain the ecological health of the area.

In addition to the multitude of activities arranged by AXA entities locally, the Paris-based AXA Group also organizes a ‘Global Challenge’ with all members of its volunteer program, AXA Hearts in Action.

AXA entities worldwide celebrated Week for Good via special activities in partnership with The Good Planet Foundation. These include climate- and biodiversity-themed workshops that help raise employees’ awareness on climate change issues.

In the Philippines, employees volunteered at the Rise Against Hunger Good Food Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture practices and help harvest produce from vegetable and fruit gardens. Volunteers harvested 35kg worth of vegetables with the local farmers, which will be used in meals for the adopted communities of AXA Philippines and Rise Against Hunger.
AXA Cares: AXA Philippines’ employees planted 550 mangrove seedlings to keep the ecological balance in Batangas and La Union.

AXA Cares: AXA Philippines’ employees packed 5,400 meals in partnership with Rise Against Hunger Philippines.

AXA Cares: AXA Philippines’ employees fed 1,500 children in partnership with Rise Against Hunger Philippines.
AXA Cares: AXA partnered with Liter of Light for Solar Light Making.

“AXA has always been committed towards leaving a positive impact on the planet, which is why we are glad that we are able to once again gather together as a team to participate in our sustainability efforts as we celebrate Week for Good. We take pride in our employees’ passion and enthusiasm in dedicating their time and skills to do good for society and for the environment,” said Gael Lapie, CEO In-Charge and Chief Financial Officer of AXA Philippines.


Established in 1999, AXA Philippines is one of the largest and fastest growing insurance companies in the country. It offers financial security to close to 2 million individuals through its group and individual life insurance as well as general insurance products through its wholly-owned subsidiary Charter Ping An.

AXA Philippines is one of the first to introduce bancassurance operations in the country, and is among the pioneers in the investment-linked insurance sector.

AXA now offers a complete range of products for all its customers’ insurance and financial protection needs, including savings and investments, health plans, income protection; and fire, car, personal accident, and more.

AXA Philippines is a joint venture between the AXA Group, headquartered in France, GT Capital Holdings, Inc. (GT Capital), a leading listed conglomerate in the Philippines, and Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank), one of the Philippines’ largest financial institutions. It is duly recognized by the Insurance Commission and has following licenses to operate: 2019/37-R for AXA and 2019/40-R for Charter Ping An.


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