Monday, May 30, 2016

Disney, Globe Telecom launches Disney Channel apps in the Philippines

Disney fans in the Philippines can now watch all their favorite Disney programs, whenever and wherever they want. Disney Southeast Asia together with Philippines’ number one mobile brand Globe Telecom, launched the new mobile video streaming service via three new entertainment apps - Disney Channel App, Disney XD App, and Disney Junior App.
The Disney Channels Apps are available for download from the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store, and feature both live streaming of the Disney Channels and Video-On-Demand (VOD) service offering more than 100 full episodes for eligible Globe subscribers. All Globe Prepaid and Postpaid subscribers who sign up for their Globe Interactive Account will enjoy an initial 30-day free trial. After the free trial period, users can continue to enjoy full access to premium content with Globe stand-alone offers “Disney129” or “Disney299” subscription plans, or when they sign up for or re-contract on GoSURF 999 and up subscription plans. Users without a valid Globe Interactive Account can still download the apps to access limited VOD content. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Kakanin vendor now a teacher graduate

“Sometimes you have to walk away from what you want in order to find what you deserve.”

Leaving her three children under the care of her husband just to work in Manila was the most painful decision she has ever made. 

Mary Cris Sanchez, 35, of Brgy. Catmon, Altavas, Aklan decided to work as nanny in Manila to help her husband provide the daily needs and school expenses of their children.

The luck, however, is still with Mary Cris when she was chosen to be one of the scholars of the Municipality of Altavas.

Opportunity knocked on her door, Mary Cris did not want to miss it so she decided to go back to Altavas and enrolled herself at the Altavas College with the course of Bachelor of Elementary Education (BEED).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Lagaw Ta! Western Visayas Fiestas in the City at SM City Iloilo

Experience the fun-tastic, events and creativity of the people of Western Visayas at SM City Iloilo on May 23-29, 2016!
Now on its 14th year, Fiestas in the City has become an institutional event promoting the beauty and grandeur of the Western Visayas region. This year’s version promises more exciting events during the week-long event.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Huawei adopts Globe Telecom’s Project 1 Phone recycling and recovery program

Leading global ICT solutions provider Huawei Technologies Philippines, Inc. has signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Globe Telecom on the adoption of Project 1 Phone e-waste recycling program even as it turned over one van full of various electronic waste  as initial donation.

The contract signing and e-waste turnover was led by Huawei Vice President for Sales Bruce Liu and Corporate Communications Head Wellington Liutao.  It was in response to the P1P campaign initiated by Globe Business among its corporate clients to encourage donations of individual and company e-waste such as non-working or damaged phones and tablets;  mobile phone batteries, chargers, and accessories; printers, cartridges, and personal computers, among other electronic items.

Huawei VP for Sales Bruce Liu and Globe SVP for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto seal the partnership agreement with a handshake. Huawei Corporate Communications Head Wellington Liutao (left) and Globe VP for Enterprise Sales Dion Asencio (right) act as witnesses.

“Our vision for sustainability is to Connect the Future so we are happy to be Globe Telecom’s partner in this endeavor.  We have a responsibility to contribute to the markets in which we operate internationally. Huawei is prepared to leverage its ICT expertise to increase efficiency, reduce resource consumption, and build a green, low-carbon society. We will continue to invest 10% of our annual revenue to Research and Development to ensure that we continue to innovate technologies and develop green products and solutions, “ Liu said.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Globe Telecom, The Mind Museum bring the wonder of science to people everywhere

Globe Telecom and The Mind Museum (TMM) have joined hands to bring the wonder of science to teachers, students, and anyone interested in learning through a mobile app which gives users access to over 250 museum exhibits anytime and anywhere via their tablets or smartphones. 
The TMM app deals with a wide array of topics and questions especially relevant to teachers and students who do not have the time, means, or opportunity to visit The Mind Museum.  It is the first educational museum app in the country and promises a rich multimedia experience to anyone who downloads it. 

SM Foundation to hold Medical-Dental Missions in Passi, Concepcion

SM Foundation Inc. is set to hold medical and dental mission in Passi City and Concepcion in Iloilo on May 25 and 26, 2016 respectively.

Thousands of beneficiaries will benefit from the said mission which is also in partnership with the Department of Health 6, Provincial Health Office and the local government unit of Passi City and Concepcion.

SMFI aims to give medical and dental aid to indigent families in the the said areas, by providing them free medical consultations, free dental procedures and free medicines.

Earlier, SM Cares, a division of SM Foundation, donated 200 houses for typhoon Yolanda survivors in Brgy. Bacjawan Sur in Concepcion. Meanwhile a two-storey school building was also donated to Efraim Santibañez Elementary School in Brgy Santo Tomas, Passi City, Iloilo.

Emperador to be distributed in the US this year

The world's largest brandy maker,Emperador, Inc., has recently signed a deal to bring its homegrown Emperador Brandy to North America, particularly in the United States.
Speaking at the company’s annual stockholders meeting Monday, Emperador, Inc. president Winston Co revealed that the Filipino-owned brandy will be available in the US market by second half of this year.

“We have signed an agreement to make Emperador brandy available in North America. So hopefully, by the latter part of this year, when you go to the US, you will be able to see Emperador brandy there,” Co said.

Your Summer survival guide, all on your Globe mobile

The summer season is in full swing, and getting ready for it should be a whole lot of fun as we run down some of the best apps that would make for another remarkable summer! From apps to help you get that beach body, down to curating your soundtrack, check out how you can get things done right on your mobile device!

Friday, May 13, 2016

Cycling app We are here wins Globe-backed Mobile App Design for Social Good category at adobo Design Awards

  In a country where traffic congestion is a perennial problem, a cycling app that aims to connect biking enthusiasts and provide bicycle-friendly neighborhoods caught the designing community’s fancy. Developed by Trisha Tobias, We are Here was chosen the winner of the Mobile App Design for Social Good category and recipient of the Lucille Tenazas Design Excellence Award at the recent adobo Design Awards. 
Globe Senior Vice President for Corporate Communications Yoly Crisanto (2nd from left)
presents the Mobile App Design for Social Good category at the recent adobo Design Awards
to Trisha Tobias (3rd from right), developer of We are here, a cycling app that gives cycling
and biking communities the means to connect while driving positive societal change.
Crisanto is joined by Angel Guerrero (2nd from right), President and Editor-in-Chief of adobo; Janelle Squires (3rd from left) adobo Vice President and Chief Operating Officer; and event hosts Rovilson Fernandez and Marc Nelson.
Connecting friends and other bikers in the neighborhood who share the same route to places like office and school, the app establishes a common spot to meet up and creates a route to an area near their destinations, providing opportunity for people to establish bike groups or for people to simply undertake a lifestyle change together. Globe supported Mobile App Design for Social Good category to recognize entries in the mobile application format that presents creative solutions to social issues. 

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Megaworld’s Q1 income grows 12.13% to P2.63B

Property giant Megaworld, the Philippines’ leading developer of integrated urban townships and the biggest lessor of office spaces, grew its net income by 12.13% to P2.63-billion in the first quarter of 2016, from P2.35-billion during the same period last year. Megaworld's rental business boosted the company's first quarter growth, with revenues soaring to an all-time high of P2.29-billion, 15.18% higher than P1.97-billion in the same period last year.

"We have sustained our expansion plans for our office and mall businesses, which bolstered our rental revenues. In the next five years, we see our rental businesses become the key driver of our growth as we expect a continuing momentum in consumer spending and a remarkable growth in BPO revenues," says Francis Canuto, treasurer, Megaworld.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Megaworld’s GERI Q1 profits up by 51% ; real estate sales more than doubled

Megaworld’s subsidiary, Global Estate Resorts Inc. (GERI), the country’s biggest developer of integrated tourism estates, posted a net income of P209-million in the first quarter of 2016, up 50.84% from P139-million of the same period the previous year.
Consolidated revenues for the first three months of 2016 amounted to P1.46-billion, posting a growth of 65.23% from P885-million during the same period in 2015, as residential sales and hotel income soared to remarkable levels.

Emperador Inc. posts PhP 1.4 Billion Net Income for 1st Quarter of 2016

Emperador Inc., the world’s largest brandy company and the Philippines’ largest liquor conglomerate, recorded nearly PHP9 billion in consolidated revenues in the first quarter of 2016 with net income amounting to PHP1.4 billion. 
The first quarter of this year also marked a significant milestone with Emperador taking over 286-year old Bodegas Fundador from Beam Suntory. Emperador and Fundador brandy production facilities, combined, make Emperador Inc. the largest brandy entity in the world. Winston Co, president of Emperador Inc., said, “We have an unprecedented and compelling ownership of vineyards, bottling facilities and distilleries. We already have 1,500 hectares of vineyard land, roughly 1,000,000 square meters of cellar and bottling facilities, and three distilleries in Spain.” 

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Globe Telecom board approves P22/share cash dividend

Globe Telecom said its board approved the declaration of second quarter cash dividend of P22 per share for holders of its common shares.  The dividend will be paid to shareholders on record as of May 19, 2016, with payment date on June 3, 2016. 
“This second quarter dividend payout totals P2.9 billion. Including the dividend payout last March, the annualized amount will translate to around 77% of last year’s core net income,” said Rizza Maniego-Eala, Globe Acting Chief Finance Officer. She added the P22/share dividend payment represents a 4.1% dividend yield based on the closing share price of P2,170 as of May 05, 2016.

Friday, May 6, 2016

APOS Summit gathers global key industry leaders to focus on future growth of video content creation and distribution

Asia’s premier event for media, telecoms and entertainment industry APOS (Asia Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit) recently gathered leaders from established companies and fast growing new businesses fostering discussions on the video sector and the ecosystem of creating, distributing and monetizing content.
Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu led the Q&A discussion on Game Changers and Disruptors 
as part of the APOS 2016 Summit

APOS 2016, held at Bali Indonesia last April 26 to April 28, focused on the video industry, including TV and digital video. A fast growing $105 billion business, leaders sought to explore its exponential growth with the rapid evolution of consumer behavior and choices. Its key themes were centered on exploring opportunities and facing challenges that come with it.

Among the top themes for APOS 2016 include the future of content creation and distribution, video streaming, content packaging and pricing in broadband, social video curation and sports in digital platforms, among others.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Uniquely Filipino Tropical Summer at SM's Kultura

A touch of the tropics . . . a fresh spray from the ocean . . . and a palette of vibrant colors. Kultura celebrates tropical summer in a uniquely Filipino way.
There are ombré maxi dresses and caftans for the beach and beyond, as well as wooden fashion accessories. 

Fishackathon 2016 Manila: Leveraging technology to save and protect fisheries and marine resources

Over 10 percent of the world’s population depends on fisheries and agriculture for their livelihood and for many people, fish is a major source of protein in their diet.  Yet, these vital resources are continuously threatened by overfishing, illegal fishing, climate change, water pollution, and other dangers to marine life. 
US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg addresses the participants 
to Fishackathon 2016 Manila hosted by Globe Telecom

This situation prompted the US government to come out with Fishackathon in 2014 to tap the expertise of tech-savvy individuals through a two-day coding marathon aimed at developing apps that could benefit sustainable fisheries and the communities that they support. 

From just a handful of US cities during its first year, Fishackathon 2016 has expanded to 42 cities in six continents which included Manila given that the issue is very relevant to an island nation like the Philippines.

Globe Telecom now opens Gen3 Stores for Premium Dealership

After opening its 12th Gen3 Store in KCC Mall de Zamboanga recently, Globe now opens Gen3 for premium dealership nationwide. By opening new stores in strategic locations around the Philippines, Globe would be able to expand coverage and allow more customers to experience the latest in digital lifestyle. 
From left to right : Gino Guinto - Retail Area Head Central & North Luzon, John Velasco - Vice President for Partner Sales & Development, Jerry Lim - Premium Dealer Partner SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan, Mr. Peping Lim, Mrs. Lun Sy, Suzette Villanueva - Retail Area Manager
Premium Dealer Jerry Lim is the 1st to avail the Gen3 Store under the premium dealership program which opened recently at SM San Jose Del Monte Bulacan. The store is the 13th Gen3 store nationwide and also the 238th Globe store nationwide. 

Sunday, May 1, 2016

SM Supermalls and Krispy Kreme to give away more than 18,000 doughnuts

SM Supermalls is bringing back its “Download & Win” in-app mobile game and sweetening the deal by giving away a box of 3 Original Glazed® Krispy Kreme doughnuts each to 100 unique SM Supermalls mobile app registered users every day from April 30 to June 30, 2016. How’s that for a tasty treat? 
Embedded within the SM Supermalls Mobile App, “Download & Win” was the first digital scratch card promotion in the country. Its launch during SM Supermalls’ 30th Anniversary was marked with the giving away of exciting prizes such as free mobile data, free Spotify, Facebook, Games, Unli-Call and Unli Text every day for the entire month of March.

The celebration resumes this month with a shower of doughnuts! And joining can’t be simpler – just download the mobile app and get a chance to win. 
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