Wednesday, November 15, 2017

GCash to adopt Alipay cashless payment model in China and rest of Asia

GCash is adopting the cashless payments model of Alipay, China’s leading third-party mobile and online payments platform, which is enjoying unprecedented success in China, India and the rest of Asia to give people ease, convenience, and security when purchasing goods and services from lowly street vendors to high-end shops.


Alipay is operated by Ant Financial which has earlier entered into a joint venture with leading Philippine telecommunications provider Globe Telecom and the country’s oldest conglomerate Ayala Corporation to boost the operations of Mynt, parent company of GCash mobile wallet service.
A Filipino shopper uses the scan to pay feature of the GCash App at a store in one of the popular malls in the Philippines
“I believe e-payments have a tremendous amount of potential in the Philippines given the continuous growth of smartphone penetration and the number of unbanked Filipinos. Only a very select group of Filipinos have access to financial services so we want to provide that access to them. Part of financial services is cashless payments. It has taken off in other countries like China and India where the people have realized its value because of the convenience and security that it provides -- merchants and buyers don’t have to prepare change, e-money cannot be easily stolen, payments can easily be tracked, among other things,” said Ernest Cu, Globe President and CEO.

AirAsia Celebrates Asean’s Golden Jubilee by Giving Back to the Region

AirAsia has launched AirAsia Loves Asean, a series of initiatives focused on education, talent development and the economy to celebrate 50 years of Asean.

The initiatives comprise the AirAsia Asean University Partnership, Asean Entrepreneurs Day, Asean Journalists Camp and Allstars Exchange Programme.
Through the university partnership, AirAsia will give tertiary students from across the region the opportunity to intern in various capacities with the airline, with a chance to secure full-time employment upon graduation.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Massive MIMO enhances customer experience on Globe LTE network

Globe Telecom’s commercial deployment of massive MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) technology is accelerating its bid to roll out 2 million home broadband lines, with speeds of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. This greatly enhances customer experience on Globe LTE network.

 To date, Globe has already deployed the MIMO technology for home broadband in 106 sites located in Caloocan; Muntinlupa;  Quezon City; Las Pinas, Valenzuela; Meycauayan, Marilao, Plaridel, Santa Maria, Pandi, Bocaue, Malolos City, San Jose Del Monte City, Guiguinto, Angat, Hagonoy, Pulilan in Bulacan;  Mabalacat City, Masantol, Apalit in Pampanga; Balanga, Bataan;  Cabiao and Bongabong in Nueva Ecija; Masinloc, Zambales; Bambang, Nueva Vizcaya; Tarlac City; Trece Martires, Silang, General Trias, Bacoor, Dasmarinas, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Imus, Kawit, Rosario, Tagaytay, Tanza in Cavite; Lumban, Calamba, Binan, Cabuyao in Laguna; Lemery, Lipa, in Batangas; Milaor, Camarines Sur; Malay in Aklan; San Mateo, Rizal; Minglanilla and Naga in Cebu, Borongan in Samar, Jaro in Leyte.
 Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group, said the use of MIMO technology for home broadband ensures that Globe will meet its target of deploying 587,000 broadband lines within the year.

 According to Agustin, the 106 sites of Massive MIMO for home broadband is capable of deploying up to 60,000 high-speed broadband lines in neighboring areas. Agustin emphasized that Globe is on track to hit its target of 2 million home broadband with speed of at least 10 Mbps by 2020. This is in line with the company’s commitment to improve fixed internet in the country. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

SM City Iloilo presents A Magical Christmas with Mickey Mouse and Friends

SM City Iloilo officially launched Christmas in the mall to celebrate the wonders of the season with Mickey Mouse and Friends as it lights up its grand Christmas centerpiece last November 12, 2017, 5PM at the Northpoint. Dances, songs and holiday cheers filled the air as families gather to join the festivity.  
Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III graced the occasion and wished everyone a Merry Christmas in behalf of the city government. Everyone is also encouraged to support the SM Cares Bears of Joy—for every purchase of two bears worth P200, the other bear will be donated to underprivileged children this Christmas season, sharing in line with its advocacy that no child is left out this season of giving and hope.

Tyler the Creator X Converse second golf le fleur* collaboration

Several years ago, Tyler the Creator had a vision to launch a line of sneakers to go with his Golf Le Fleur* brand. Converse and Tyler talked about joining creative forces to create unique ideas of ownership and identity and everyone thought it was a good idea. From there, the Golf Le Fleur* collection was born.

Together, Converse and Tyler celebrate freedom of expression and choice through collaborative design made for the street.




Building on the energy and excitement of a successful partnership this past Summer, which celebrated the heritage of culture and sport in the Converse One Star silhouette, Tyler brings his imaginative design, aesthetic and bold spirit to create something entirely new with the Golf Le Fleur* collection.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

TNT Panalo Data: Get 500MB data plus Facebook access per day, valid for 2 days, for Php30


As the mobile brand that connects tropas online through affordable data offers, TNT now lets you share more with the new TNT Panalo Data, which comes with 500MB data plus Facebook up to 200MB per day, valid for two days for only Php30.
TNT Panalo Data gives all you need to stay active on all your group chats and access your favorite apps to bond with your tropa, catch the latest viral videos, and listen to chart-topping songs online. To register, simply text PDATA30 to 4545.



Friday, November 10, 2017

AirAsia’s CreateCamp Search Reveals First Storyteller Grand Winner

AirAsia today revealed the grand winner of its first-ever social media reality contest called #AirAsiaCreateCamp: The Search for the Next AirAsia Storyteller. Paolo Garrido from Mapua Institute of Technology bested four other finalists from Baguio, Cebu, and Iloilo and has been officially named member of AirAsia’s community of storytellers.

#AirAsiaCreateCamp is AirAsia’s social media reality search for young, aspiring, and creative individuals with photography and videography skills. The competition aims to develop and empower young Filipino talents by providing mentorship programs and technical know-how.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Cebu Landmasters grows Q3 profit by 105%, on track to surpass P1.2-B target for 2017

Property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) is on track to surpass the P1.2-billion net income year-end target as it grew its third-quarter 2017 profit by 105% on the back of record real estate earnings.

This was disclosed by CLI in its annual stockholders meeting held on November 6 at the Cebu City Marriott Hotel.
ASTRA CENTER in Mandaue City by Cebu Landmasters Inc. 
 The listed developer, a major powerhouse in the Visayas-Mindanao (VisMin) region, reported its year-to- date net income after tax at P940 million, significantly exceeding previous year’s P459 million.

The Cebu-based property company attributed this stellar income report to the 68% hike in real estate revenues in the past quarter to P2.736 billion from P1.625 billion a year ago.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

SM Cinema offers 30% off on movie tickets

SM Cinema shakes away the Monday blues and Tuesday terrors by treating patrons to movies at 30% off!

You can now watch your most-awaited films at IMAX, Director’s Club Cinema, and SM Cinema at a fraction of the cost on the first screening of every Monday and Tuesday. Creating fun and memorable experiences for their guests, SM Cinema lets you enjoy movies for as low as PHP 133 in any SM Cinema branch nationwide from October 23 to December 19, 2017.

Movie-watching is now more affordable! Catch the latest movies at IMAX, Director’s Club Cinema, and SM Cinema at 30% off on Mondays and Tuesdays!

Log on to www.smcinema.com to purchase your ticket, or visit /SMCinema on facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for more details.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Christmas comes early to SM Home

Christmas has come early to SM Home. And the store has been filled with all things merry and bright since early September, giving customers great ideas on how they can bring the joy, love and beauty of Christmas to their homes.
SM Makati is a Christmas wonderland as Christmas comes early to SM Home
There are also more than 500 Holiday ornaments to choose from, modern expressions of traditional holiday trimmings have an artisan touch that celebrate all that is creative and classic. With probably the widest assortment of décor in town, SM Home shares with us some tips of how to bring the holidays to our homes. 
These Glittered Santa cones can be used as a table topper or as a greeting near the front door.

Flying High: Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’ memoirs now available on board all AirAsia flights


AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’ memoirs, Flying High, a look back at his journey from music man to airline man is now available on board all AirAsia flights. 

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “Flying High is a story about the power of dreams. When I first started AirAsia with Datuk Kamarudin, everyone thought we were crazy. They said we had no business running an airline and it wouldn’t work. If we had listened to them, we would have given up before we even started and this book wouldn’t exist.


“This book is proof that dreams do come true, and I hope it will encourage others to pursue their true passion. Believe the unbelievable, dream the impossible and never take no for an answer. Even if you fail, it doesn’t matter because at least you’ve tried and you can do it again, so trust in your gut feeling, don’t listen to anyone else’s advice and go ahead - write your own incredible story.”

Flying High recounts Tan Sri Tony Fernandes’ journey from a young boy growing in Malaysia to a homesick British boarding school student with a tuck box full of dreams, all the way to his time at Warner Music and finally as AirAsia chief - with plenty of stops along memory lane in between.

Enhance Visa to hold Canada Nursing Career Expo in Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo

Enhance Visa's Canada Nursing Career Expo will be back this November to offer opportunities for Filipino nurses in the Visayas. 

Exclusive partners from Canada are coming back to the Philippines for the expo. The series of information sessions are set in three key locations on November 11, 13 & 14, 2017 in Cebu, Bacolod and Iloilo respectively. 
Tony Burke, Vice-President of OMNI College in Vancouver, Canada, will be sharing about their unique Licensing Program for Nurses which will provide specialized training for nursing professionals in the Philippines so they can become registered nurses in Canada and be eligible for permanent residency. OMNI College is one of Canada’s top institutions specializing in healthcare programs for foreign-trained nurses.

“OMNI College has a track record of 95% success rate in training nurses for the Canadian Practical/Registered Nurse Licensing Exam since it was founded in 1999. Our commitment to our client’s success drives us to continually strive for excellence,” says Ron Burke, CEO and founder of OMNI College.

Globe PRISM program conducts digital literacy training for Philippine Normal University teachers

Globe Telecom, in partnership with the Philippine Normal University, the largest training institution for teachers in the country, recently held the culminating activity for PRISM, a digital literacy training program designed to equip school teachers with technological expertise for effective classroom learning experience.
Globe PRISM Participants from the Philippine Normal University
As a strong advocate of education and digital learning, Globe designed PRISM, a professional development program to help Filipino educators teach for 21st century learning. This is in line with Globe Telecom’s sustainability commitment to empower every Filipino with world-class learning through technology in response to United Nations Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 to “ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.”

“As we become more and more digital as a society, it is crucial for teachers to learn how to apply information and communications technology (ICT) tools in the classroom if they want to motivate their students to learn the skills needed to adapt to the digital age,” said Derrick Heng, Senior Advisor for Globe myBusiness. “Through this program, we are enabling the teachers in discovering new and exciting ways in which they can nurture critical and creative thinking among the students” Heng added.

AirAsia to serve as UFC first-ever 'Official Airline' partner


UFC®, the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization, today announced a new multi-territory partnership with AirAsia, Asia’s leading low-cost carrier, to serve as the global brand’s first-ever “Official Airline” sponsor. The partnership, which encompasses Asia and Australia, will begin on Saturday, November 4, during the highly-anticipated UFC® 217: BISPING vs. ST-PIERRE, live from Madison Square Garden in New York, New York. 

“This deal is an indication of how much UFC and the sport of mixed martial arts have grown in Asia and around the world,” said. “AirAsia is an innovative and fast-growing brand, we thank them for the support and we’re looking forward to creating engaging branded content for fight fans and AirAsia customers to enjoy.”UFC Vice President of Asia-Pacific Kevin Chang


(Third from left) Dana White, President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) together with Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia during the announcement of the new partnership between the UFC and AirAsia.


“In many ways, UFC’s rapid rise as a global phenomenon parallels AirAsia's,” said . “The UFC expanded from their first event in Denver to the rest of the US and then to Asia-Pacific and the world, while AirAsia grew from a small domestic airline into Asia's largest low-cost carrier that now flies to the US. Opposite directions but chasing the same dream, and we are thrilled to team up with a brand that shares our drive and vision.”Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia

Friday, November 3, 2017

Sun brings together Vic Sotto, Maja and Matteo to launch newest and widest LTE network

For the first time ever, Sun has brought together Vic Sotto, Maja Salvador and Matteo Guidicelli, in its biggest campaign yet introducing its newest and widest LTE network.



Sun features the three celebrities in its latest commercial as they usher in a better and improved mobile experience for all Sun subscribers across the country through LTE or Long Term Evolution, the international standard for high-speed mobile communication.



With LTE, Sun now makes it possible for subscribers to enjoy online activities at blazing speeds 24/7 – from surfing online, streaming videos and music, playing games, and downloading files on-the-go. 



Sun subscribers can also expect Maja, Matteo, and Vic to soon introduce new best-value data offers that allow Filipinos to make the most of the Sun LTE experience as they stay in touch with loved ones, enjoy their dose of mobile entertainment, or benefit from online services 24/7.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Globe presents Solenn Heusaff’s new solo art exhibit “Kalsada”

Solenn Heussaff’s vision to turn street life into art comes to life as Globe brings “Kalsada”, Heussaff’s second solo exhibit, to art lovers in Bonifacio Global City.  

“Kalsada” opened Friday, October 19, 2017 at the Provenance Gallery of Modern Art located in Shangri-La at the Fort. 

Heussaff describes the exhibit as a collaboration between her and her three-year-old nephew, Kaeden. “The subjects are based on people I’ve seen on the streets, but even if their surroundings and expressions are quite sad, the paintings are still colorful. It was Kaeden who used so much color,” explained Heussaff. 

Trash to Cash Recycling Market on Nov. 3-4 at SM City Iloilo

SM City Iloilo will hold its monthly Trash to Cash Recycling Market this coming November 3 and 4, 2017 at the car park area. 

Consistent in its advocacy for a greener environment, this activity engages the community to take part by bringing their recyclable items and sell it to scrap buyers—a way initiated to encourage involvement of different sectors in curbing solid waste management problems.
Waste items like old car batteries, papers, old computers, and other items that can still be recycled are accepted by buyers.

The Trash to Cash Recycling Market is a project of SM Cares Committee on the Environment. For inquiries on other environmental projects and how you can take part in these initiatives, you may contact telephone number 320 9609 or visit the official Facebook page of SM City Iloilo.

Megaworld turns-over 1,000 condo units in Makati worth PhP 9B

Property giant Megaworld is turning over 1,000 residential units in Makati Central Business District (CBD) this year, with a total sales value of P9-billion.  These projects include the 30-storey Paseo Heights and the 50-storey Three Central, both in Salcedo Village in Makati CBD.

“We have started the turnover process middle of this year and our goal is to complete this at the soonest possible time,” says Eugene Em Lozano, first vice president for sales and marketing, Megaworld Makati CBD.
Three Central in Makati
Last year, the company has also turned over 800 residential units in Makati CBD from its Two Central and Greenbelt Hamilton Tower 1 projects.

To date, Megaworld has around 4,000 residential units that have already been turned over from its various condominium projects within Makati CBD. Aside from Two Central and Greenbelt Hamilton Tower 1, these projects also include One Central, Paseo Parkview Towers 1 and 2, One Lafayette Square, Two Lafayette Square, The Manhattan Square, The Salcedo Park Towers 1 and 2 – all within Salcedo Village; as well as Greenbelt Chancellor, Greenbelt Excelsior, Greenbelt Madison, Greenbelt Parkplace, Greenbelt Radissons – all within Legazpi Village.

[How to Globe] How to Share-a-Load, and be a huge help in a load emergency!

Good day!
Have you (or a friend) ever faced a load emergency? 

Now you can be a huge help! Here are two very easy ways on HOW TO SHARE YOUR LOAD.

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Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend!

Monday, October 30, 2017

AirAsia Group CEO, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, launches memoirs "Flying High"

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes today launched his memoirs, Flying High, a look back at his journey from music man to airline man.

The book was unveiled at a star-studded affair at Marini’s On 57 in Kuala Lumpur today, in the shadow of the Petronas Twin Towers. 
The launch was attended by AirAsia Co-Founder and AirAsia Malaysia Executive Chairman Datuk Kamarudin Meranun, AirAsia Malaysia Independent Director Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Aireen Omar, AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail, AirAsia Thailand CEO Tassapon Bijleveld, AirAsia Group CEO for Indonesia Dendy Kurniawan, and AirAsia India CEO Amar Abrol.

AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Tony Fernandes said, “Flying High is a story about the power of dreams. When I first started AirAsia with Datuk Kamarudin, everyone thought we were crazy. They said we had no business running an airline and it wouldn’t work. If we had listened to them, we would have given up before we even started and this book wouldn’t exist. 

Mr and Ms. BPO Top 40 finalists ... revealed!

After a careful deliberation, Royale Chimes Concerts and Events Inc., makers of Mr. and Ms. BPO, finally revealed its Top 20 male and Top 20 female finalists after the three closed-door screenings held at I'M Hotel in Makati last October 7, 8 and 14.

Prior to the final selection of the Top 40 candidates, these hopefuls presented themselves to the Mr. and Ms. BPO Screening Committee composed of officials from Royale Chimes Concerts and Events Inc., former beauty queens, top-notch fashion designers, ace fashion and lifestyle photographers and beauty pageant social media influencers. 

Here are the official 40 finalists of Mr. and Ms. BPO presented to the press last October 24, 2017 at Antidote Bar in I’M Hotel Makati:

#CreateCourage Star Wars: Rogue One Campaign Bags 8 Boomerang Awards

Globe Telecom’s #CreateCourage campaign to promote its partnership with the movie Rogue One: A Star Wars, won numerous awards at the recent 2017 Internet and Mobile Marketing Association of the Philippines (IMMAP) Boomerang Awards, including the coveted Advertiser of the Year award.

Launched last December 2016 as part of the telco’s multi-year strategic partnership with entertainment giant Disney, #CreateCourage advocated for non-judgmental understanding and to celebrate bravery during struggle through a short film.  The campaign also bagged several awards including Special Award for Best of Show, Special Award for Effectiveness, Gold Award for Campaign: Tech and Telecommunications, Silver Award for Campaign: Leisure, Wellness and Entertainment, Silver Award for Digital Craft: Visual and Audio Excellence, Silver Award for Effectiveness: Awareness and Bronze Award for Effectiveness: Engagement.  
 Globe #CreateCourage campaign for Star Wars: Rogue One bags 8 awards at the IMMAP 2017 Boomerang Awards. Presenting the awards to Globe are (L-R:) Ken Lingan, Google Philippines Country Manager and Jury Head of Boomerang Awards 2017. Receiving the awards are Andre Montejo, Social and Digital Content Strategist ; Abigail Castelo, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Maxine Casaclang, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Carla Braganza, Communication Design Manager; Kenn Penero, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Patrick Marcelo, Social and Digital Content Strategist; Benedict Opinion, Social and Digital Content Specialist; Eric Nolasco, Communication Design Manager; Yoly Crisanto, SVP for Corporate Communications; and Monday Gonzales, Director for Sustainability and Jos Ortega, President and CEO of Havas Media Ortega.
The film tells the story of a young Star Wars fan named Alex who wears her Stormtrooper helmet every day at home, in school, or out and about, piquing the curiosity of people around her. One day, she enters her classroom and is surprised that her whole class too was wearing the same helmets, showing her support. This then leads to the heartwarming reveal of the girl’s condition when she takes off her helmet to reveal the oxygen mask. 

Sunday, October 29, 2017

First A320neo assembled in Tianjin delivered to AirAsia

 AirAsia has taken delivery of the first A320neo assembled at the Airbus Final Assembly Line Asia (FALA) at a dedicated ceremony in Tianjin, China. The aircraft, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, seats comfortably 186 passengers and is equipped with the innovative Space-Flex cabin.

AirAsia is the largest airline customer of the A320 Family with orders for 578 aircraft. These include 404 A320neo Family aircraft.

Aireen Omar, AirAsia Berhad Chief Executive Officer said, “We are very proud to receive the first Airbus A320neo fully assembled in Tianjin, China and we would like to congratulate Airbus, as well as the Chinese Government for achieving yet another milestone.”

“China is today one of the world’s most important markets for aviation, and we are honoured to be part of the development and rapid growth of China’s civil aviation. We are certainly proud to take delivery of this aircraft fully assembled in Tianjin and have this historic aircraft as part of our fleet.”

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Catch Harry Styles live with Globe!

Globe, the #1 mobile brand in the country and the preferred digital brand of Filipinos, is behind many of the premier concerts featuring top international acts including Madonna, Coldplay and The Chainsmokers. Once again, it continues to redefine the entertainment landscape of the Philippines by bringing Harry Styles to Manila! 

In June, Globe launched an exclusive ticket pre-sale for its customers giving them first access to reserve and purchase tickets, which immediately sold out in 52 seconds! The anticipation doesn’t stop there as Globe is giving all its customers a chance to win tickets to the concert with the launch of the #GlobeHarryStyles Promo! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

GCash leads future of payments in Philippines at Ayala Malls

GCash is poised to lead the future of payments in the Philippines following the recent joint venture of Ant Financial, Globe Telecom, and Ayala Corporation which is seen to speed up the country’s digitization to make the lives of Filipinos much easier.

This developed as Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group graced the opening of the Philippine retail industry to electronic payments through GCash.  Ma was joined by Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas. 
Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma (center, left) joins GCat, the GCash Mascot as it shows a sample of the QR code that is set to change the landscape of payments in the country. Together with him are (from L-R):  Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Ant Financial SVP and Head of International Operations Douglas Feagin.
“Imagine a day when you can shop and buy cinema, bus and train tickets with a simple scan of your personal GCash QR code in your smart phone. The convenient daily life of 520 million Alipay users are enjoying will soon be realized in the Philippines. In the past months, Ant Financial has worked closely with GCash product of Mynt, as we are dedicated to bringing digital financial services to our friends in the Philippines.  Technology is helping more people to enjoy the benefits of digital financial services in a cost-effective, efficient and safe way. I hope we may share our technologies and experiences with our partner, helping them to better serve more local users," said Jing.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Geeks on a Beach is finalist in Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2017

The annual Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) international tech conference has been named finalist of the Philippine Rice Bowl Startup Awards (RBSA) 2017 Nationals which will have its awarding ceremony on October 25 at the ASPACE Greenbelt in Makati City.

“We are happy to be named finalist of the Philippine national rounds for the Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2017, which has been at the forefront of promoting innovation and technopreneurship in Southeast Asia,” said Tina Amper, TechTalks.ph founder and GOAB lead organizer.

Held in Puerto Princesa, Palawan earlier this year last August, GOAB has served as the longest-running national gathering of PH startups since its debut in Boracay Island in September 2013. GOAB was nominated under RBSA’s Best Ecosystem Initiative category.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

AirAsia offers promo seats to Bali and Jakarta

Staying true to its commitment as a truly Asean airline, AirAsia today announced it is offering promo fares for its newest flights from Manila to Bali and Jakarta in Indonesia.

To celebrate the expansion of AirAsia’s ASEAN connectivity, all-in promo fares are available from as low as P1,990 starting October 24 until 6 November 2017 for travel period on 9 January - 24 March 2018 for Manila-Jakarta and 19 January - 24 March 2018 for Manila-Bali

Book your flights at airasia.com and also available via AirAsia’s mobile app or visit our partner travel agents.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “We are thrilled to offer our signature low fares to mark our first two direct flights to Indonesia starting January next year. AirAsia will continue to bring the Philippines closer to our neighbouring cities within the Asean region and beyond via inter-Asean connectivity and massive network.” 

AirAsia is the only airline that directly services all ten Asean countries with established operations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. “The AirAsia Group carried 13.4 million people within ASEAN last year and we aim to continue delivering only the best service and widest connectivity.” Comendador added.

AirAsia’s Manila – Denpasar/Bali (IATA CODE: DPS) and Manila – Jakarta (IATA CODE: CGK) will operate daily starting January next year while the airline is also set to start Manila – Ho Chi Minh City/Saigon (IATA CODE: SGN) on 17 November with flights every TuesdayFriday, and Sunday.

Cebu Landmasters CEO is Ernst and Young’s Philippines Industry Entrepreneur of the Year

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) chief executive officer Jose Soberano III was awarded as “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young last October 18 in an awards banquet at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel. 
Soberano is one of the 19 outstanding finalists representing enterprises from different industries nationwide chosen by Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Philippines in its search for the country’s most inspiring entrepreneurs. “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” is one of the four awards given by EOY Philippines.

EOY Philippines is a program of the SGV Foundation, Inc., with the participation of co-presenters Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and the Philippine Stock Exchange. 

Roku to Power Globe Streamwatch Device

Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) and Globe Telecom today announced the signing of a Roku Powered licensing agreement allowing Globe to leverage Roku's streaming platform including its operating system, channel store and streaming players to launch a new Globe Streamwatch device in the Philippines by November this year. 
Roku Inc. and Globe Telecom announced their partnership to launch the new Globe Streamwatch device in the Philippines that is the first Roku powered device in the form of a stick. Leading the signing of the partnership are Globe Senior Vice President for Content, Nikko Acosta, Roku Director for Communications Mike Duin, Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal, Roku Director for Partner Management Andrew Bernard, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Globe At Home Senior Vice President Martha Sazon, and Roku APAC Advisor Brandon Amber

“Globe is one of the leading telecom providers in the Philippines, with millions of cellular and broadband customers. It is a logical next step for Globe to launch a streaming device to its customers to enhance their entertainment experience at home. With the Roku Powered licensing program telco operators such as Globe can launch internet-delivered TV services quickly by leveraging our powerful streaming platform,” said Andrew Ferrone, vice president of pay TV at Roku.  
 The new Roku powered Globe Streamwatch stick comes with its own remote and will be available to Globe At Home postpaid customers this November. 

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Disney's The Lion King musicale roars in Manila on March 18, 2018; special ticket sale for Globe postpaid subscribers

Michael Cassel Group in association with Disney Theatrical Productions are excited to confirm that tickets to the Manila premiere of the world’s #1 musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, are going on sale to the general public on Friday 3 November 2017.

The production is also proud to officially introduce the sponsoring presenters of the Manila season – Globe and Visa.

After bringing a multitude of world-class musicals to the Philippines, Globe Telecom is honoured to announce they will be an instrumental part of the upcoming presentation of the world’s number one musical, Disney’s THE LION KING, to Filipino audiences. Senior Advisor for Globe Telecom’s Creative Marketing and Multimedia Business and the company’s live productions arm, Globe LIVE, Joe Caliro, said that the company is committed to having Filipinos experience the best first-class productions and international phenomenons, such as THE LION KING. "We are thrilled to be part of this collaboration and are looking forward to connecting our customers to this iconic global smash hit," Caliro said. "This is one production that should not be missed," he added

Donate-A-Book at The SM Store

Thousands of students all over the country recently received gifts of learning – books, brand new school supplies, and art kits - through the SM Store’s recent Donate-A-Book campaign.
 Grade school students from Alabang Elementary School were all smiles with their new notebooks and art kits courtesy of The SM Store’s Donate-A-Book campaign. 
In this joint project of The SM Store, SM Foundation and Stationery, booths were set up in all The SM Store branches nationwide where customers could donate pre-loved books for various public school areas. Supplies Station also displayed brand new notebooks and art kits on the booths for customers who wanted to buy and donate these to the less fortunate.
Boxes of books and notebooks from The SM Store Donate-A-Book campaign were donated to Cauayan National High school in Cauayan, Isabela. 
Each donation entitled a customer with a Php 50 discount coupon which can be redeemed for every minimum Php 500 single-receipt purchase on regular-priced items from the Supplies Station at The SM Store. Coupons are valid until June 30, 2018.

Murang tawag gamit ang bagong Globe Seafarer SIM para sa mga marinong Pinoy

Inilunsad ang bagong Globe Seafarer SIM sa ginanap na 2017 National Maritime Week na ginunita ng Globe Telecom sa pakikipagtulungan ng Luneta Seafarers Welfare Foundation (LUSWELF) kamakailan.
Sa ginanap na isang linggong pagdiriwang, nilunsad ng Globe ang Globe Seafarer SIM na nagbigay ng special rates para sa mahigit 50 destinasyon sa buong mundo. Maaaring makatawag ang mga marino gamit ang SIM sa halagang P30 kada minuto lamang at magpadala ng text sa halagang P10 kada text sa mga gumagamit ng Globe at TM sa Pilipinas. Naka-preactivate na ang SIM para sa international roaming at magagamit sa loob ng isang taon.

“We are proud that almost a third of seafarers globally are Filipinos and we acknowledge their achievements and contributions. Our goal is to provide communication solutions that supports the emotional needs of our seafarers who are longing for home and their families,” wika ni Mike Frausing, Senior Adviser, Globe International Business Group.

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu on Digital Transformation: It’s a matter of survival

 Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu shared at the recently concluded DigiCon 2017 that in order for a telco business to survive nowadays, digital transformation is a must. 

“We actually declared that the telco industry as we know it is dead. Calling, SMS, long distance, all that is going away in favor of what is the digital lifestyle of the Filipinos,” said Cu as he narrated the company’s shift from a telco business, to a full-on entertainment and digital services provider in order to meet the rapidly changing and growing demand of customers. 

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu shares Globe Telecom’s digital transformation experience at DigiCon 2017
“That’s why you see that everything we’ve done ever since that declaration has been towards empowering the Filipino digital lifestyle” Cu added.

Monday, October 23, 2017

The SM Store SHOPPING SPREE is back - bigger and better!

After bringing joy to shoppers all around the country last year, The SM Store is bringing its P100,000 Shopping Spree promotion just in time for the Christmas holidays. This time, it’s bigger and better with 118 winners nationwide!
Mark Andrei Palmares was one of last year’s winner of the SM Shopping Spree promotion. Mark and his family had a great time shopping at The SM Store Delgado with his Php 100,000 worth of shopping spree money.  

It will be remembered that SM Shopping Spree winners celebrated the New Year with a big smile as they shopped with their P100,000 SM shopping money. Marivic Miranda, Ma. Carmela de la Cruz, Melody Samudio, and Mark Andrei Palmares are some of the winners who went shopping with their families at The SM Stores in Makati, MOA, Aura, and Delgado respectively.  Their great shopping experience at SM is one of the reasons why SM is bringing back the Shopping Spree promo.   

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Globe Leadership Innovation Forum primes PH enterprises to redefine how businesses work

Globe Business, the corporate information and communications technology (ICT) arm of Globe Telecom, is once again gathering the country’s top business and enterprise leaders for a day of insightful learning, discussion, and sharing of best practices on how innovation and disruption can help sustain a corporation’s competitiveness and relevance in the digital age.

This year, the Leadership Innovation (Lead-In), formerly known as the Enterprise Innovation Forum (EIF), brings together thought leaders and speakers to instill the importance of going beyond business and disrupting operations through leadership with purpose. 

Country Head of Grab Philippines Brian Cu, Former Head of Disney University Training Team Doug Lipp, and South Pacific Regional CIO Barry Lerner
With the target audience in mind, Lead-In aims to empower enterprises to act on their business purpose and to partake in initiatives that build the nation. 

Lead-In urges enterprises to see more and recognize an opportunity to create bigger impact, and contribute to the development of the country by staying competitive and constantly evolving in their respective industries. It also pushes companies to be responsive and adaptive in the face of challenging, fast, and unpredictable circumstances that they face today.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Megaworld sees further growth in office demand; still on-track to 1M sqm. by year end

Backed by the country’s sustained economic growth, property giant Megaworld remains bullish about expanding its office portfolio across its townships all over the country.

“There is no reason to slow down our office developments. The demand for office spaces in our townships continues to grow and we will continue to build in order to meet our clients’ growing requirements,” says Jericho Go, senior vice president, Megaworld.

The company is on-track to be the first developer in the country to reach one million square meters of office space inventory by the end of the year.

As of end-September, the company has already completed 888,500 square meters of office spaces. Another 111,500 square meters of fresh offices will be completed before the end of the year in McKinley Hill, Southwoods City, Davao Park District and Iloilo Business Park.

The most affordable 1GB data promo ever now just P15 on Globe At Home Prepaid HomeSurf

In the Philippines, an estimated 87% of households still have no home broadband.  Knowing this, Globe At Home launched the first ever Prepaid Home Wifi in the market to provide fast and reliable internet to more Filipino families. 

And to make internet easier on the pocket, Globe At Home Prepaid Wifi introduces more affordable data with the new HomeSurf promos! Starting at  just P15, families can enjoy 1GB more data. This promo can easily be added on top of GoSURF50.

Customers can register for HomeSURF15 as many times as they want as long as their GoSURF promo has not yet expired. Heavier data users can also enjoy bigger data allocations, like 10GB of data for P349 valid for 10 days, and 15GB of data for P599 valid for 30 days.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

AirAsia Expands ASEAN Connectivity with new flights from Manila to Bali, Jakarta, and Ho Chi Minh


MANILA, 19 October 2017 –  Staying true to its commitment as a truly Asean airline, AirAsia today announced it will start servicing flights from Manila to Bali, Jakarta in Indonesia and to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.
To celebrate the expansion of AirAsia’s ASEAN connectivity,  all-in promo fares are available from as low as P2,590 starting today until 22 October 2017 for travel period on 17 November 2017 to 30 April 2018 for Ho Chi Minh City. AirAsia starts flying to Jakarta on 9 January and to Bali on 19 January. Book your flights at airasia.com and also available via AirAsia’s mobile app or visit our partner travel agents. 

JCI Regatta to hold Thor: Ragnarok special screening for the benefit of Marawi soldiers

Not all heroes wear capes, some are just watching movies. Yes, you can be a hero by just watching a movie as Junior Chamber International Regatta (JCI Regatta) is holding a special movie screening for the benefit of real life heroes – the soldiers who are defending peace and justice in Marawi City.

With the aim of generating funds to help the soldiers deployed in Marawi City, JCI Regatta will be having a special screening  of the movie “Thor: Ragnarok” on October 25,  6:30 pm at SM City Iloilo Cinema 8.

Called “H.E.R.O for the Heroes”, the said fundraising project is in line with the mission of JCI Philippines in promoting world peace. 

HERO stands for “Help Everyone Reinforce Others” and this also reflects one of the goals of JCI Regatta which is to empower others, especially the young individuals become drivers of positive change. 

For only P260, you can already watch a movie, meet and greet your favorite Marvel superheroes, and most of all, become part of a noble cause.
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