Sunday, January 31, 2016

Kuya J is Love

After successfully launching itself as the country’s bagong bida, Kuya J Restaurant undoubtedly gained a deluge of supporters who can’t help but fall in love with its delicious cooking. But more than that, if there’s a pivotal thing that the restaurant earned, it’s the incredible warm reception and the overflowing love of the customers. 
Kuya J's Crispy Pata
It is clearly evident how customers have expressed their approval for Kuya J after trying its heartfelt cooking. It has received overwhelming messages of appreciation and satisfaction, which are posted in social media and spread through word of mouth. Because of this, Kuya J’s heart was definitely filled with incomparable joy.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reviving the Art of Traditional Dye-Weaving with The Indigo Project

Indigo was once widely favored by the local weaving industry as a traditional way of adding color to fabrics due to its excellent resistance from fading or running.  Yet, over the years, this natural dye was pushed to the sidelines by the emergence of cheaper and easier to obtain synthetic dyes which were quick to be embraced by textile manufacturers. 

But not all is lost.  A collaborative network of non-governmental organizations and community-based organizations in South and Southeast Asia called Non-Timber Forest Products – Exchange Programme (NTFP-EP) has started working on The Indigo Project which reaches out to indigenous populations in upland and rural communities in the Philippines and Indonesia.  These artisans include members of Mangyan Alangan, Mangyan Hanunoo and Mangyan Iraya of the island of Mindoro; Higaonon of Bukidnon, Palaw'anon and Tagbanua of Palawan, T'boli of South Cotabato, Maguindanao weavers and those of Negros.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Smart Hosts ‘DINAGYANG Virtual Party’ in Country’s First Facebook Live Video

Amidst the frenzy of revelers at the much celebrated Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo over the weekend, unrivaled mobile services leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) broke new ground as it became the first brand to pilot Facebook Live in the Philippines.
The latest feature of the world’s biggest social networking site, Facebook Live allows users to broadcast live video content as a new way to engage followers. For a more shared experience, Facebook Live also allows viewers to post their comments and interact with each other in real time. 

The feature was first introduced for use by US celebrities last August, and was then rolled out for verified accounts of public figures, news sites, brands and other users just last month.

Megaworld's rental income to reach PhP11B in 2016

Property giant Megaworld is expected to hit P11-billion in rental income this year as the company expects to complete more office towers, malls and commercial centers with a total gross floor area of more than 650,000 square meters by the end of the year.
Property giant aggressively expands office, mall portfolio by 650,000 sqm across townships
With this, the company, known to be the country’s largest developer and landlord of office spaces, will see its recurring income grow to more than 20% by end-2016.

We are on-track in strengthening our office and mall portfolio as we continue to experience robust demand for spaces, both office and retail, in our townships. Both our offices and retail spaces enjoy a very high occupancy rate of around 99% across our developments,” says Jericho P. Go, senior vice president, Megaworld.

Iloilo City welcomes Namsadang Baudeogi Pungmuldan Troupe from Anseong City, South Korea

The Namsadang Baudeogi Pungmuldan Troupe from Anseong City, Korea performed at SM City Iloilo during the Dinagyang Festival giving Ilonggos as glimpse of the colorful Korean music and dance culture.
The Anseong delegation visited Iloilo City last year to establish friendly cooperation agreement which has opened mutual exchanges.  Anseong is Iloilo's "sister city" and is also called “City of Masters” and promotes itself as a “City of Culture and Arts” home to brassware crafts.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

SONY Centre opens at the Cyberzone of SM City Iloilo

As we open this new store, we are also opening door to consumers who want to inspire band fulfilL their imaginations." said Tetsuka Suda (below), Country Manager for Sales of Sony Philippines.  "This is a mission that Sony takes seriously” 

Make your Ideas Happen at Outdoormaster

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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Jhett Tolentino: Toast of Broadway, Pride of Iloilo

Jhett Tolentino (center) receives recognition tokens from Steven Tan, SM Supermalls Senior Vice President Steven Tan (2nd from left) and Junel Ann Divinagracia (2nd from right), Iloilo City Tourism Officer. Also present were SM City Iloilo's Mall Manager Gilbert Domingo (left)  and Kristine Rojo (right), Group Marketing Manager SM Supermalls.
SM City Iloilo celebrated world-class Ilonggo talent as it gave recognition to three-time Tony Awardee - Jhett Tolentino. He is one-half of JoanJhett Productions and is the third Filipino to receive a Tony following Lea Salonga and Robert Lopez. But he distinguishes himself at the first Filipino Voter for the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre or Tony Awards.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Knorr celebrates National Tapa Day on Jan. 29

Celebrate National Tapa Day on January 29 with Buy 1 Take 1 Tapsilog/ Tapa Meals at selected restaurants and fastfood. Starting at the store opening hours, Knorr National Tapa Day TAPArtners will treat the first 100 dine-in customers to a buy 1 take 1 promo
Here are the participating food establishments and their respective branches.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Dinagyang Carnival at Megaworld's Iloilo Business Park

Megaworld's Iloilo Business Park joins Iloilo City's biggest festival with its very own Dinagyang Carnival 2016. As a tourism magnet, Dinagyang Festival is the most anticipated cultural event while Iloilo Business Park is not just city’s magnet for commerce and investment but the whole of Western Visayas. Located at the Iloilo Business Park Sales and Information Center, the IBP Dinagyang Carnival will run on January 21, 22 and 24 and extended a week after - on January 29, 30 and 31 opens 4PM onwards.

Globe readies PH education sector for 21st century learning with innovative ICT solutions

De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde chooses Globe as ICT education solutions provider for its Brightspace Learning Management System 

Globe Telecom is priming Philippine schools for 21st century learning with the use of innovative information and communications technology (ICT) solutions that transform the delivery of education.
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu (2nd from right) and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde President Br. Dennis Magbanua FSC (2nd from left) flash the Benilde sign during the partnership agreement signing between Globe Telecom and De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde, enabling the school access to the telco’s Brightspace Learning Management System. Joining them are D2L Senior Channel Sales Manager David O’Hagan (leftmost) and Globe Head of Sales Engagement for Globe Education Solutions Bobby Khan (rightmost).

Through its IT Enabled Services Group, Globe was chosen as the ICT education solutions provider of the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde (DLS-CSB) for its Brightspace Learning Management System under the Globe Education Solutions suite. 

Jericho Rosales says "Salamat, Kuya J"

To say that Kuya J Restaurant introduced itself last year is an understatement. 

Because Kuya J actually made its presence felt, so much so that the entire Philippines would want to get a taste of its famous Crispy Pata, or at the very least, crave its mouthwatering goodness. Unless you’re living under a rock, Kuya J’s campaign, which featured its bidang endorser, Jericho Rosales, was everywhere. From billboards, building façades, banners, and LED screens, down to posters, newspapers, TV screens, online, and even in mobile phones, you can see Echo offering that lip-smacking Crispy Pata. It’s no wonder why the SM Partners Summit awarded Kuya J for Best in
Marketing in Visayas and Mindanao.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Smart, MyPhone launch PhP 888 handset

Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) and MyPhone, the Philippines’ pioneering mobile phone brand, launched an Android Prepaid Smartphone kit aimed at increasing the smartphone adoption in the country, where only around 4 in 10 Filipinos or 40 percent owned a smartphone as of end 2015, based on a recent report by Swedish ICT provider Ericsson.

Available for a one-time payment of only P888, the handset comes with a Smart Prepaid Sim packed with Free 100MB valid 30 days for 12 months, as well as a load rebate of P30 for an accumulated top-up of P100 every month for 12 months.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Experience Dinagyang Festival 2016 at SM City Iloilo

Celebrate Iloilo’s Biggest Event of the Year at SM City Iloilo! Your favorite shopping, entertainment and lifestyle destination is the venue of exciting happenings this Dinagyang season!  

On January 16, teen heartthrob Marlo Mortel will visit his Ilonggo fans 5pm at the Event Center.
The Iloilo Arts Festival will be an attraction on January 20, 4pm at the new wing of the mall. The event will be a showcase of dancesports and folk dances.

To set the mood, Festival Parades will be held around the mall on January 16-17 at 1pm and 3pm and on January 22-24 at 5pm and 7pm.

The best of Iloilo and Western Visayas will be featured in the Iloilo Travel Mart from January 17-24 at the Event Center. The fair will be mounted by the Iloilo Tourism Officers Association(ITOA).

Monday, January 11, 2016

Globe brings Asia’s first-of-its-kind e-commerce platform in PH to benefit enterprises, SMEs

Globe Telecom is bringing Asia’s first-of-its-kind commerce platform in the country that will enable Philippine enterprises and SMEs access to cloud-based solutions and applications. 

In partnership with AppDirect, a global commerce platform for selling cloud services, Globe has launched Globe AppMarket, a portal where business customers have the ability to find, try, buy and manage essential business solutions in one place with one bill and one login. It offers a collection of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications such as CRM, Web Conferencing, Marketing/e-Marketing and Online Storage. 
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu (2nd from left) seals the agreement with AppDirect Regional Director for Asia Lincoln Jack Lincoln (2nd from right) to offer Philippine enterprises and SMEs cloud-based applications via the Globe AppMarket. Joining them are Globe IT Enabled Services Group VP for Sales Rey Lugtu and AppDirect Senior Account Manager for North America Chris Messick. 

“Cloud has changed the way businesses around the world distribute and use software. Partnering with AppDirect’s robust, enterprise-grade platform will securely handle every aspect of cloud services monetization and management for Globe, including provisioning, billing, product integration, identity and access, and application management,” said Mike Frausing, Globe Senior Advisor for Enterprise and IT Enabled Services. 

E. Juntado Elementary School Students receive SM Cares Bears of Joy

Kinder students of E. Juntado Elementary School in Calumpang Molo, Iloilo City were among the beneficiaries of the the SM Cares Bears of Joy from SM City Iloilo. The project was launched in November 2015 during SM City Iloilo's Christmas 2015 launch.
For only P200.00, shoppers purchased a pair of Christmas Bears wherein they got to keep 1 and the other will be donated to the mall’s selected beneficiary/charity organization. 
Through the One Meal group’s assistance to identify the said beneficiary, the SM Cares projects aim to make more children happy by supporting the charity drive, the bears surely brought joy to every child who received it.

The SM Cares Bears of Joy is a reflection of sharing as every bear comes from a shopper who bought it for donation. An ancillary channel of love sending warm hugs from one person to those in need.

Globe boosts growth of PH outbound travels with support to country’s biggest travel expo

 Globe Telecom is looking to support the growing number of Filipinos travelling abroad either for business or leisure purposes with its partnership with the Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) for the 23rd Travel Tour Expo, with Globe as official telecom partner. Globe will be showcasing its flagship data roaming service Roam Surf which offers full 24 hours of unlimited data roaming service that enables worry-free internet connectivity from over 80 countries around the world for its postpaid and prepaid customers.
Globe Telecom Senior Vice President for Consumer Mobile Marketing Issa Cabreira (center) formalizes the partnership of the telco with PTAA President Michelle Victoria (2nd from left) for the 23rd Travel Tour Expo with Globe as official telco partner. Joining them are (L-R) 23rd Travel Tour Expo chair Lulu Velasco, Globe Vice President for Roaming and International Business Coco Domingo and PTAA co-chairman Marciano Ragaza III.
According to the United Nations World Travel Organization (UNWTO), Filipinos have been identified as one of the fastest-growing travel spenders among emerging markets in 2013, with the country’s outbound expenditure growing by 18 percent, second highest in the list of top travel spenders following Turkey, which registered a 24 percent growth.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Virtual hotel operator Nida Rooms mobile app

Nida Rooms Philippines, the first virtual hotel operator and hotel room consolidator that is a subsidiary of Global Rooms Limited (GRL) launched its newest mobile app. 

Nida Rooms’ mobile app allows customers to instantly see thousands of affordable hotel rooms at their preferred locations in major Philippine cities.  This gives  the consumer access to hotel inventory, pricing and location in one screen view on their smartphone.

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Army Navy Burgers and Burrito opens in ILOILO

The long wait is OVER! Army Navy Burger + Burrito finally opens its doors in Iloilo on Jan. 10, 2016 at 10am at The Shops at Atria Park District. After more than a year since the rumors of its opening, the gastronomic dreams of delicious burgers and burritos are finally coming true!

 So what better way to welcome Army Navy but to launch an all-out attack starting tomorrow!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Sta. Barbara Heights Photography Contest 2016

See the beauty of Sta Barbara Heights in just one click. All photography enthusiasts are invited to join our the Photography Contest which is open to all enthusiast and professional photographers. Participants must first LIKE and FOLLOW the official Facebook Page: STA.BARBARA HEIGHTS

With Sta Barbara Heights, I am Home…” is the overall theme, all entries must be submitted to (only 1 entry/blog per entrant). Entries must be at least 1000 pixels with a 70dpi resolution. Entries submitted are subject for approval and will then be posted on our official SBH Facebook Page.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Globe welcomes arrival of Netflix in PH

Globe Telecom is gearing up for the arrival of Internet television network Netflix in the Philippines with its roster of home broadband plans which come with free access to Chromecast, allowing customers to enjoy Netflix from any mobile device to a bigger screen.
Customers on a Globe Home Broadband Plan 1299 and up can access Netflix with Chromecast, a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) port of one’s television set at home. With Chromecast, customers can cast their smartphone, tablet, or laptop to a bigger screen for a better and more inclusive viewing experience. 

AirAsia celebrates Sinulog Festival with special treats and promos

AirAsia, the world’s best low cost carrier for seven consecutive years, is giving away free party passes, discount treats and other exciting freebies in line with this year’s celebration of Sinulog Festival in Cebu.

From January 12 to 16, all AirAsia passengers bound for Cebu from Manila, Incheon (Seoul) and Kuala Lumpur and vice versa will each receive a Red Hot Sinulog festival kit which provides them free and exclusive access to festival concerts, parties, tours and discount coupons to popular restaurants, cafes and clubs. Limited edition Sinulog t-shirts from AirAsia and Island Souvenirs are also available for purchase onboard AirAsia flights starting today for only P250.00.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Spa Riviera Jaro: A Luxurious Experience

Feeling burn out from work? Do you feel stressed with the hustle and bustle of daily life? Whether building a career or taking care of the family, stress is a constant companion. And after all that hard work, you deserve a break. Why not indulge for some “me time” at Spa Riviera – Jaro?

Located at the heart of Jaro, Spa Riviera is a haven of tranquility and relaxation. It recently underwent a facelift to suit clients’ varying needs and comfort. The new look is chicer and more stylish, but the soothing and blissful ambiance remains.

With the recent renovation, Spa Riviera Jaro Branch is now better equipped to meet clients’ constantly changing demands for indulgence and luxurious pampering. Like its Mandurriao branch, the newly renovated Jaro branch now offers Spa Riviera’s complete line of services and packages that area available in its main branch in General Luna.

Four arrested in Cebu for subscription fraud as Globe steps up campaign vs scams

Four fraudsters in Cebu City were recently arrested by a joint police and Globe Telecom security team after they submitted fake documents in applying for postpaid accounts that included provision for high-end smartphones.

Arrested were Girly Belleza, Allen Marie Almario, Gerald Anthony Lizares and Wildredo Arabis, all employees of Kia Motors SM Cebu City. 
Based on investigation, the four individuals all submitted fake documents, using fictitious names, in acquiring postpaid subscription with high end phones. This prompted a joint police and Globe security team to set an entrapment operation against them.  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Stay tech connected at SM Cyberzone

The role of technology in economic development and innovative technologies is boastful. The role played by technology in simulation of growth and development in emerging markets is very strongly felt.
The new Cyberzone at SM City Iloilo is designed exactly to cater to the growing technological needs of the market.

SM Cyberzone is the ultimate technology and lifestyle center which indulges tech savvies, game geeks and gadget lovers. It showcases the best of the best in consumer electronics and features loads of fun-filled attraction for the techies—from the dropped down prices of the latest and hottest gadgets, heaps of promos and freebies, and jaw-dropping array of the latest, state-of-the-art technology designed for optimal consumer experience.

Monday, January 4, 2016

Globe Business drives growth of logistics, transport industry in PH

In a recent study by the Transport Intelligence, a leading independent source of research and analysis for the global logistics market, the logistics industry in the Philippines is expected to have a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 10-16% from 2013 to 2020. The actual growth rate will depend on how well the country’s performance will improve in the Logistics Performance Index. Some of the key factors considered are the quality of logistics services and the ability to track and trace consignments. 

The adoption of technology plays a crucial role in ensuring the delivery of quality logistics and transport services. Information systems and transport and logistics chains intertwine with each other since good information management is essential for a transport company to perform and conduct fully-integrated operations. Information and communications technology (ICT) facilitates the interconnection of service production processes which could improve functions and services, thus affecting the demand for transport. With this trend, the logistics and transportation industry looks to Globe Business and its portfolio of ICT solutions to meet the demand for faster delivery and routing. 

Friday, January 1, 2016

Get the chance to watch NBA stars live with Globe Telecom’s Fly Away raffle promo

Globe Telecom, the official wireless and broadband services partner of the NBA in the Philippines, is making the Filipino fans’ dream to catch their favorite NBA superstars in action come true with the NBA Fly Away raffle promo. 
By subscribing to NBA LEAGUE PASS PREMIUM through Globe, customers get instant access to live and on-demand NBA games on their phones, tablets, and PCs anytime, anywhere while also qualifying for the online raffle for a chance to travel to the United States and win tickets to regular season games or special events like the NBA Playoffs, The Finals or the NBA Draft. 
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