Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Have a #WorthEat Day with the New Subway® Chicken Katsu Curry!

Being physically fit and healthy is Mike’s regular regimen. More than going to the gym, Mike wants to achieve a body goal fit for his fast-paced career lifestyle. Burning those fats and maintaining healthy food options is a priority for him to stay fit and active day in and day out!

For Mike, what’s a better way to satisfy those cravings and get you back on track than with the newest Subway® Chicken Katsu Curry

From July 6 to September 27, 2022, savor Subway® Philippines' new curry sauce favorite to spice up your Chicken Katsu, your #wortheat quick meal after a refreshing day at the gym. The curry sauce is also available for the Cheese Steak Meal.

The Chicken Katsu Curry ala carte price starts at Php 155 for the 6-inch sub, Php 300 for the footlong sub, Php 165 for the wrap, and Php 205 for the salad.

The Cheese Steak Curry ala carte price starts at Php 165 for the 6-inch sub, Php 320 for the footlong sub, Php 175 for the wrap, and Php 215 for the salad.

You can also enjoy it as a regular meal with a 22-oz drink and 2 pieces of cookies for an additional fee of Php 85.

Treat yourself to a Subway® Chicken Katsu Curry. It will give you the energy and motivation you need for your next healthier workout session.To keep pushing forward, make sure not to miss out!

You can get these tasteful meals through dine-in and takeout transactions and/or delivery through Messenger "BOTTY".

For more information on the latest Subway® #BetterChoice promos, visit www.fb.com/SubwayPhilippines

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Friday, July 22, 2022

Samsung Philippines supports Korea’s bid for the 2030 World Expo

Samsung recently installed signages in its store locations nationwide to express support for Korea’s bid for the 2030 World Expo. Photo shows Min Su Chu, president of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. in one of its store locations.

Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. (SEPCO) recently installed signages in its store locations nationwide to express its support for Korea’s bid for the 2030 World Expo. Digital signages in high traffic areas including malls and airport terminals are also set to be launched soon.

Samsung has a total of six business entities in the Philippines that employ over 8,000 Filipinos. Aside from consumer electronics, Samsung’s products and services in the country range from trading to electronic components, software & apps development, and even marketing services. SEPCO for one has been in the country for 24 years, consistently setting the bar for the industry with its latest models and products innovations including smartphones, digital appliances, TV, and monitors among others.

With its natural endowments and rich history, Busan has become a world-class city for tourism and culture. It has also grown into becoming one of the world’s hotspot destinations for international conventions.

“We will continue to carry out other activities to support this bid here in the Philippines." ~Min Su Chu, the president of SEPCO

World Expo banner at Samsung Experience Stores

Samsung firmly believes that Busan will emerge as the preferred venue for the 2030 World Expo.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

BPI, Ayala Foundation launch donation campaign the arts and culture way

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) partners with Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), the social responsibility arm of the Ayala Group of Companies, for a donation drive that aims to encourage BPI cardholders to donate to Ayala Foundation to promote arts and culture in the country. 

(L-R):  Ayala Foundation Senior Director of Arts & Culture Ma. Elizabeth “Mariles” L. Gustilo; Bank of the Philippine Islands SVP and Unsecured Lending and Cards, Products and Sales Head Jenelyn Z. Lacerna; and Ayala Foundation Chief Finance Officer Rosallie “Challie” Abela - Dimaano.

The two institutions signed their partnership for this donation campaign in a ceremonial signing held on July 20 at the Ayala Museum. 

“We invite our generous BPI Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cardholders to participate in this effort while deepening their knowledge of the local art scene. This is as the Bank continues to aspire to be at the forefront in championing Philippine art through various initiatives for better arts awareness and appreciation.” ~Jenelyn Z. Lacerna, SVP and Unsecured Lending and Cards, Products and Sales Head, BPI

Promo rewards also await BPI Cardholders participating in the donor drive. Starting July 27, 2022, BPI Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cardholders can participate by donating to Ayala Foundation’s Education Program. Every P1,000 or greater donation using a BPI Credit, Debit or Prepaid Card will contribute to funding children’s education. As a token of gratitude, every donation comes with a free ticket to the Ayala Museum.

“Our collection has delighted the arts and culture enthusiasts among the BPI Cardholders. We welcome those who have not joined in this effort yet as we invite them for a very enriching experience at Ayala Museum, as part of our mission to build and nurture partnerships to achieve impact, scale, and sustainability for everyone involved.” ~Ma. Elizabeth “Mariles” L. Gustilo, Senior Director of Arts & Culture, Ayala Foundation

As one of the leading private museums in the country, the Ayala Museum makes Philippine history, art, and culture accessible to the public through engaging exhibitions and exciting cultural programs. The Ayala Museum uses both traditional and non-traditional platforms to present our country’s rich heritage in fresh, engaging, and innovative ways.

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Industry heavyweights share their expertise at 3-day MSME Fiesta Sulong Negosyante

ICSB & UnionBank-powered event focused on empowering entrepreneurs through knowledge-sharing.

The International Council for Small Business Philippines (ICSB PH) and Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) recently held a three-day conference and expo for micro, small, and medium enterprises or MSMEs to empower the entrepreneurs and enable them to thrive in the digital economy. The event was held at the Resorts World Manila in celebration of the United Nations' (UN) International MSME Day, observed annually every 27th of June.

Prior to the fiesta, several experts from the public and private sectors as well as the academe gathered at The Sheraton Hotel for a panel discussion that tackled the most pressing issues concerning the MSME industry.

On day one, keynote speaker Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian stressed how important it was to hold activities such as the Sulong Negosyante giving attention and recognition to MSMEs. Being an entrepreneur himself, he shared valuable learning.

“We need to keep on innovating. We need to keep on finding new products and new services. We need to adapt.” ~Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, Keynote Speaker

Asian Institute of Management President and Dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang; Mansmith and Fielders Inc. Chief Marketing Strategist Josiah Go; and Wong + Bernstein Advisory Group Managing Director Prof. Enrique Soriano led the discussions on the importance of lifelong education and training for MSMEs.
Other presenters focused on digital and media, supply chain and delivery, research, as well as the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and good governance.

Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Assistant Secretary for American Affairs Jose Victor Chan Gonzaga talked about how they and other government organizations put in effort to promote Filipino MSMEs globally. Asian Consulting Group's Founding Chairman and Chief Tax Adviser Raymond Abrea highlighted the significance of practicing good tax management. 

UnionBank's SME and Micropreneurs Segment Head Jaypee Soliman touched on understanding the needs and challenges MSMEs face to be able to help them succeed. He pointed out the necessity for entrepreneurs to prioritize.

“We need to identify the things that we have to continue doing and the things that we need to start doing. We have to stop thinking we are the solution, but start engaging MSMEs and collaborate on how we can be a solution for them. At UnionBank, we know how critical knowledge-sharing is to ensure that our MSMEs are able to thrive in the digital economy. This is one of the reasons we organized this event together with ICSB. We want our attendees to learn from the best, so they can be at their best in their businesses.” ~Jaypee Soliman, UnionBank's SME and Micropreneurs Segment Head 
Philstar Media Group Executive Vice President Lucien DyTioco’s talk was on why Filipinos should support local businesses. For his part, Airspeed Express President Rick Cruzado explained the role of delivery and logistics in today's digital economy, while Hotbox Philippines Founder Romeo Joven shared about innovation using his company's self-heating box meal product as an example.

Synergy Market Research and Strategic Consultancy President Germaine Reyes discussed consumer behavior and its relation to sustainable businesses and products. To cap off the presentations, Avanza Inc. President Yayu Javier talked about sustainability and the need for MSMEs to consider aligning their goals with that of UN's 17 SDGs.

For day two, Department of Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Mary Jean Pacheco presented the current MSME landscape in the country. UnionBank's Head of Merchant Acquiring and Payment Gateway Gerry Austria focused on the various digital banking solutions offered by UnionBank to MSMEs, while Aboitiz Foundation's Program Manager for Enterprise Development Gero Torres outlined how the Aboitiz Group has been helping MSMEs become more digitally capable.

On day three, PLDT Enterprise Head of Small and Micro Business Armie Sason underscored the value of digital business tools and reliable business internet connectivity; Insular Life Head of Customer Relations Mia Gonzales shared the benefits of taking care of employees to improve business productivity; and UN Women's Consultant for Women's Empowerment Principles Jen Dingalan enlightened entrepreneurs with the need to build a business that works for women.

Continuing the discussions for day 3, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines' Assistant Division Chief Emmelina Masanque gave an overview of the intellectual property system for MSMEs and startups; Globe Business ICT Portfolio Marketing Director Anne Leonardo touched on digital transformation for MSMEs through ICT solutions; and finally, UnionBank's Chief Information Security Officer Joey Rufo provided MSMEs tips on how they can stay #CyberSure.

ICSB PH and UnionBank target to pursue the Negosyante MSME Fiesta events on an annual basis. Stay tuned for the next leg of events!

Capitol Medical Center celebrates 52nd anniversary with ISO certification, gala

Capitol Medical Center (CMC), a premier medical institution based in Quezon City, recently celebrated its 52nd anniversary with a gala celebration to honor hospital service awardees from the medical staff and employees. 
The celebration was made more memorable as CMC received its ISO Certificate from the Certification International Philippines for conforming to the Quality Management System requirements of ISO:9001-2015.
Held at the Matrix Creation Events Venue last June 17, 2022, 27 doctors were recognized for rendering from 35 years to 45 years of service. On the other hand, 68 employees were given awards for their service and loyalty to the institution. Recognized were employees who have worked at CMC for five to 35 years.

Another significant highlight of the anniversary celebration was the handover of the ISO certificate by Renato Navarette, President of Certification International Philippines, to the CMC management represented by Rhais M. Gamboa, CMC Chairman of the Executive Committee; Victoria Tan, CMC President; Dr. Ma. Mystica Flodalyn Bautista, Quality Management Representative; Gil Faustino; Finance Director and Norielee Magsingit, Nursing Service Director. Also, on hand to witness the activity were Drs. Maria Realiza Henson, Corazon Logarta, Members of the Board, and other officers of the Medical Staff.

Last March 23 to 25, 2022, CMC underwent a comprehensive online audit of its processes and procedures to establish its conformity with the Quality Management System requirements of ISO:9001-2015 and the Department of Health for healthcare facilities.

“Passing the ISO Accreditation is a testament of CMC’s commitment to continuously improve on its service delivery through increased customer satisfaction, patient safety and clinical excellence across all of the organization.” ~Rhais M. Gamboa, CMC Chairman of the Executive Committee
The gala celebration was CMC’s first face-to-face gathering of its Medical Staff and employees in two years.

“The 52nd anniversary celebrates CMC’s relentless spirit as an organization to continue to persevere, committed to give the right care all the time, being sensitive to the needs of our clients and constantly thriving to face a changing competitive landscape in delivering quality healthcare.” ~Victoria Tan, CMC President

CMC is a tertiary hospital located along Quezon Avenue cor. Sct. Magbanua. It is equipped world-class medical practitioners and state-of-the-art facilities that is ready to serve and fulfill its mission of providing the “Right Care, Right Here” at CMC. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Mekeni partnership with Hiraya Foundation

Mekeni  President Prudencio S. Garcia and Consul General Elmer Cato at the Gawad Alab ng Lahi Awarding held at Whitby Hotel, New York. (Photo credit: Troi Santos, CNN Philippines)

Mekeni Food Corporation, one of the country’s biggest food manufacturing companies, is further solidifying its commitment to promoting local heritage not just in the country but in the US.

The home-grown food brand recently partnered with Hiraya Foundation, a New York-based non-profit organization established by Filipino and Filipino-American professionals, for the first-ever Gawad Alab ng Lahi.

Gawad Alab ng Lahi is a program by Hiraya Foundation that aims to recognize individuals, enterprises, and communities that contribute to uplifting the lives of Filipinos and promoting progress in the Philippines.

(L-R) Pampanga Press Club President Noel Tulabut, Mekeni AVP for Marketing Kathlene Gomez-Schultz, Mekeni AVP for HR and Export Marilou Uy, Consul General Elmer Cato, Mekeni President Prudencio S. Garcia, and Skills Simplified CEO Francis Miranda at the Gawad Alab ng Lahi event held at Whitby Hotel, New York (Photo credit: Troi Santos, CNN Philippines).

Hiraya Foundation Chairman of the Board Romulo Aromin, Jr., MD added that the program honors those who made a meaningful impact on the lives of Filipinos abroad and in the Philippines. 

“We are fortunate to cross paths with Hiraya Foundation and a group of successful Filipinos who also advocate conservation of our heritage, especially during this time where everything seems to be at our fingertips. As a local brand penetrating the global arena, we recognize the importance of preserving one’s identity, being proud of your roots, and effecting positive change in society. We hope that our story will inspire them that if they are resolute in their dreams, nothing is impossible. No challenge is too big to bring them down.” ~Prudencio S. Garcia, Mekeni President

Garcia, who is also a former overseas worker, continued that like Hiraya Foundation, uplifting lives is at the core of Mekeni.

Mekeni was born out of a simple dream of a father who wants to give his family a better life ahead. This, however, changed and grew deeper after its founder, Felix Garcia, witnessed the hardships in their barrio after the devastating Mt. Pinatubo eruption in 1991. Since then, it has become their advocacy to uplift lives within and beyond their community.

“We are grateful to Mekeni for supporting and joining us in our cause. With a program such as this, we hope we could inspire the next generation to uphold our heritage no matter where success takes them.” ~Romulo Aromin, Jr., MD, iraya Foundation Chairman of the Board

This partnership between Mekeni and Hiraya Foundation was made possible by the Philippine Consulate in New York, headed by Consul General Elmer Cato who lauds the foundation for its patriotic advocacy. 

In the recently concluded awarding ceremony last July 11, 2022, at Whitby Hotel in New York, the following were the winners of the Gawad Alab ng Lahi award: Dr. Leo Felix Jurado for his unrelenting advocacy for Filipino nurses in the US; Concentrix Philippines for opening doors nationwide for Filipinos to provide for their families and thrive in unprecedented times; Philippine Nurses Association of America, Inc. for being at the forefront of advancing the interests and welfare of nurses in the US by providing professional and legal assistance; and Carnival Cruise Line for recognizing and rewarding Filipino talents through employment and ensuring their health and safety during the height of the pandemic. 

Photo shows Mekeni President Prudencio S. Garcia speaking before over a hundred overseas Filipino workers during the Pagpupugay event organized by the Philippine Consulate in New York and OWWA.

Apart from participating in Gawad Alab ng Lahi, Mekeni representatives also met with Filipino overseas workers in New York in a tribute event organized by ConGen Cato and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration.

Mekeni was given a chance to impart to the attendees their experiences and learnings in overcoming challenges.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival 2022 Announcement & 5th Consecutive World's Number 1 Rum Award

Lucio Tan III, Tanduay Distillers, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer (left) and Hon. Mayor Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez of Bacolod City answer questions from the members of the media during the press launch of the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival 2022 at the New Government Center (NGC)

The City of Smiles and the World’s Number 1 Rum have joined forces again to host the country’s Rum Festival. In a press conference, the Bacolod City Government and Tanduay announced their partnership in staging the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival from August 12-20.

Hon. Mayor Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez, of Bacolod City (standing) welcomes Lucio Tan III, Tanduay Distillers, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer and other guests during the press launch of the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival 2022. This is the second time that the City of Smiles will host the rum fest.

Lucio Tan III, Tanduay Distillers, Inc. President and Chief Operating Officer (standing) with Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo "Albee" Benitez during the press launch of the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival 2022, to be held from August 12 to 20

Bacolod and Tanduay first staged the festival in 2019 to pay homage to the province’s sugarcane industry. It was called off in 2020 and 2021 because of the global pandemic. This 2022, Tanduay saw it fit to hold the Rum Festival again to bring attention back to the sugarcane industry and refuel the city’s tourism economy.
“We are excited to work with the new Bacolod City Government in bringing attention to the important role of Negros Occidental’s sugarcane economy in the steady growth of Tanduay overseas and the international awards it has received.” ~Lucio Tan III, President and COO of Tanduay Distillers, Inc. and Vice Chairman of the Lucio Tan Group (LTG)
Tanduay has been on a winning streak in the most recent years. Recently, the company has been declared the World’s Number 1 Rum brand by Drinks International Magazine for five consecutive years. It has also received the Brand of the Year Award from the London-based World Branding Awards for seven straight years.

(L-R): Atty. Carlu Fernandez, General Counsel, Philippine Airlines; Kyle Tan, Executive Vice President, Tanduay Distillers, Inc.; Lucio Tan III, President and COO, Tanduay Distillers, Inc.; Hon. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez, Mayor of Bacolod City; and Hon. Javier Miguel "Javi" Benitez, Mayor of Victorias City

(L-R): Kyle Tan, Executive Vice President, Tanduay Distillers, Inc.; Lucio Tan III, President and COO, Tanduay Distillers, Inc.; Hon. Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez, Mayor of Bacolod City; and Atty. Carlu Fernandez, General Counsel, Philippine Airlines

A Prelude to the Masskara Festival
The Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival will be a fitting prelude to the Masskara Festival, which we will be staged again in October. 

Since his election to office, Mayor Benitez has been drumming up investor confidence in the City. Tanduay is one of the first companies that has responded by initiating the Rum Festival to help boost tourism and drive businesses' return to normalcy. 

Bringing Out the Best of Bacolod
To be held from August 12-20, the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival will also showcase the craftsmanship, skill, and artistry of Bacolodnons through various events such as the Barrel Art, Bottle Design, and Street Art Competitions.
Bacolod’s famed culinary culture will also be under the spotlight through the highly-anticipated Culinaria Competition. Throughout the festival, there will be a food park for visitors to enjoy various dishes. An exciting Flairtending and Mixology contest will likewise take place. 
The highlight of the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival will close with music and dancing at the NGC Complex. There will be a Street Dance Fusion and Float Competition and a rock concert to be headlined by a surprise list of guest artists from Manila.
To learn more about the Tanduay Bacolod Rum Festival, follow its official Facebook account.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Happy Life Organics supports gov’t campaign vs dengue

The Philippines is currently dealing with two major health problems – the growing number of Covid-19 cases as well as a steady increase in dengue cases.

Dengue fever is endemic to Southeast Asia and the risk of transmission is highest during and immediately following the rainy season. The dengue virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are found indoors and the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that prefer to stay in shrubs and trees.

The virus enters the mosquito’s salivary gland where it incubates for eight to 10 days. Then, the mosquito can pass the virus on to the person it bites.

Happy Life Organics, a Philippine based company that promotes innovative and eco-friendly solutions for your home, pets, and unwanted pests, is one with the government in the fight against dengue

“It is that time of the year again when we see an increase in the number of dengue cases. We can protect ourselves from this and we can start doing this at home. Make it a habit to go around your home at a certain time every day to make sure that there is no stagnant water and that your household garbage is disposed of properly.” ~Joe Sevilla, Owner, Happy Life Organics

Here are some tips that Sevilla shared in order to fight dengue:
  1. Keep your house clean and tidy. There are many environmentally friendly products in the market that can help keep your house clean and tidy not only to fight dengue but Covid-19 as well.
  2. Make sure that there is no stagnant water In and around the house. If you have water containers, keep them covered. Otherwise, make sure that things like pet water containers or planter dishes are cleaned on a regular basis.
  3. Wear protective clothing like long sleeved shirts and pants especially in areas where there is a dengue outbreak.
  4. Apply mosquito repellent if you know you will be spending most of the day outdoors. Consult with your doctor first before applying any repellent on your children.
  5. Dispose of waste properly. Take out your rubbish on a regular basis as this will prevent inspects from entering your household.

Happy Life Organics provides all natural, sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to homes all across the Philippines. The company promotes a healthier and happier lifestyle based on a plant-based organic view, bringing customers home and pet product alternatives that are changing and improving lives for the better. For more information, visit. www.happylifeph.com and their Lazada and Shopee Mall at Happy Life Organics.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Score a Samsung Galaxy S22 by joining this Tiktok challenge

Samsung Philippines recently launched a Tiktok challenge, “Make City Nights Epic” that highlights Samsung’s latest innovation in camera technology, Nightography. Powered by the biggest sensor in Galaxy’s line of smartphones, the Galaxy S22 lets users capture videos with more light, motion, and  detail, even at night.

The Tiktok challenge encourages everyone to film their epic adventures at night around the city, with the allure of a brand new Galaxy S22 up for grabs as the contest’s prize.

#TeamGalaxy Ambassador, LA Aguinaldo with his #MakeNightsEpic challenge entry https://www.tiktok.com/@laaguinaldo/video/7112714830791855386?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1&lang=en

A number of influencers have already shared their videos online, showing their unique city adventures, from new restaurant discoveries to having fun around town with their closest friends. There’s no limit to the fun adventures one can capture at night, with the help of Nightography.

#TeamGalaxy Ambassador Roselle Vytiaco with her #MakeNightsEpic video https://www.tiktok.com/@rosellevytiaco/video/7112734802645683483?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1&lang=en

To qualify for the challenge, participants must film their epic adventures in the city at night. Entries must be uploaded on Tiktok with the hashtags #MakeNightsEpic and #[Your City] (for example, #MakeNightsEpic in #Manila). Entries should then  be uploaded on spr.ly/MakeNightsEpic-TikTok to count. Each entry will be evaluated based on its creativity and  originality. The TikTok challenge will end on July 17, 2022 (Sunday).


The Galaxy S22 Series is now available in stores at the following prices: 
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: PHP 68,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 72,990 SRP (256 GB) / PHP 80,990 SRP (512 GB)
  • Galaxy S22+: PHP 56,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 60,990 SRP (256GB)
  • Galaxy S22: PHP 45,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 49,990 SRP (256GB)

Users can also take home the Galaxy S22 Series for as low as PHP 1,916.25/mo at 0% interest for up to 24 months via Samsung Authorized Dealers Nationwide and Samsung Authorized Online Store. Citibank card holders can get up to 36 months installment at 0% interest for as low as PHP 1,277.50/mo.  On the other hand, PNB card holders can get their first installment month for FREE and pay 0% interest for up to 24 months in select Samsung Experience stores and Abenson Stores.

For more information about the Galaxy S22 Series, visit samsung.com/ph.

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also have unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced. 

To find the nearest Samsung Experience store, visit https://www.samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations/.

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

GCash, BPI seek to reach unbanked with BPI #MySaveUp

Did you know that 53 million Filipinos have no bank accounts? That is a staggering 69% percent of the country’s population from BSP’s Q3 2021 study.

The problem? Access. Many of them lack the documents required to open bank accounts. They opt to just keep their cash at home for easy access in case of emergency.

To encourage more Filipinos to go into formal banking, GCash, the country's leading e-wallet, recently partnered with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) to reach unbanked Filipinos, particularly working millennials.

This is part of the top mobile wallet’s continuing innovation to empower Filipinos and find  solutions to digitalize their financial transactions, including paying for their purchases and bills, sending money to their loved ones, and building up their savings so they can have greater financial security and freedom in life. 

The partnership between GCash and BPI offers BPI #MySaveUp, an in-app feature in the GSave marketplace. 

"The goal of GSave Marketplace is to provide savings account options that would best fit their needs. The collaboration with BPI allows GCash users to enjoy the bank's wide reach and services nationwide. BPI #MySaveUp gives the underbanked and unbanked Filipinos access to formal banking through the GCash app.” ~Winsley Bangit, chief customer officer at GCash

Helping further scale up financial inclusion, BPI #MySaveUp paves the way for unbanked Filipinos to easily apply for and own a formal and all-digital account sans the long application process, allowing them to start their saving journey and achieve their financial goals while earning higher interest rates. 

Through this partnership, doing financial transactions and managing an account become plain sailing thru their GCash account or BPI mobile app. This new feature also offers free fund transfer from a user’s BPI #MySaveUp account to his GCash wallet and vice versa.

Users also have an option to get a BPI Debit Mastercard in any BPI branch for only P150 so they can access their account and withdraw from thousands of BancNet and Mastercard ATMs worldwide. 

"We, at BPI, are committed to realizing our vision of building a better Philippines. We are committed to continuously pursue financial inclusion programs in support of the BSP's goal for 70% of adult Filipinos to have formal financial accounts by 2023. This partnership with GCash brings us closer to this target as we provide more Filipinos a path towards financial wellness." ~Maria Cristina L. Go, Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer Banking at BPI

BPI #MySaveUp users can also win monthly prizes. Every Php 10,000 saved by the end of the month or have at least Php 3,000 worth of valid transactions within the month earns them 1 #Coin which they can use to buy a game card to win electronic GCs or eGCs from BPI. 

Applicants can open their BPI #MySaveUp account on their GCash app. They simply need to click the GSave icon then choose BPI #MySaveUp. Once in, they can open a savings account and proceed with using their GCash profile. After receiving the email confirmation from BPI, they can then finally start accessing BPI #MySaveUp

For non-GCash users, they just need to download the app, upload one valid ID and wait to be verified. Once done, they can enjoy all the products and services of GCash. 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Tanduay’s Cocktail Culture Book

It’s the middle of the year, and you’ve survived the last six months amid all the trials that came your way. You’ve shown that Tibay Tanduay spirit, and for that you deserve a nice cool cocktail. 

Visit global.tanduay.com for an excellent selection of cocktail recipes -- from simple classics to modern concoctions. They came from Tanduay’s Cocktail Culture book, which showcases the versatility of the brand’s award-winning rums and highlights the Philippines’ tropical colors and flavors.

Don’t worry. The preps are easy to follow. You can enjoy them on your own or share it with friends. Serve them during events or have them as a night cap. Below are some of the recipes featured in the book.

Tropical Queen

  • 1 oz Asian Rum Gold
  • 0.7 oz Campari
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
  • 0.5 oz Passion Fruit Syrup
Glass: Highball Glass
Garnish: Pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves, and tropical flower
Procedure: Shake all ingredients with ice. Pour into the highball glass.

The Grape Wave

  • Tanduay Asian Rum Silver
  • 0.5 oz Simple Syrup
  • 4 pcs Green Grapes
  • 3 pcs Apple Cubes
  • 3 pcs Lime Wedge
  • Fill Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Grape Wine
Glass: Chilled Champagne Flute
Garnish: Green Grape
Procedure: Muddle green grapes, apple slices, lime, and simple syrup. Shake and strain into the chilled champagne glass with apple slices. Top with sparkling on-alcoholic grape wine.

Pineapple Sunrise

  • 1 oz Boracay Cappuccino Rum
  • 0.7 oz Tanduay Dark Rum
  • 2 g Ginger Slices
  • 6 pcs Basil Leaves
  • 1 oz Pineapple Juice
Glass: Rocks Glass
Garnish: Basil Leaves and Pineapple Slice
Procedure: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in a rocks glass.

Blue Isle

  • 1.5 oz Boracay Coconut Rum
  • 3 oz Blue Lemonade
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • Fill Lemon Lime Soda
Glass: Highball Glass
Garnish: Lemon Slices and Mint Leaves
Procedure: Pour all ingredients in a highball glass. Stir while pouring the lemon lime soda on top.

Golden Pearl

  • 1 oz Tanduay Dark Rum
  • 0.5 oz Lime Juice
  • 0.7 oz Agave Syrup
  • 0.3 oz Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup Ice
  • 1/2 Slice Ripe Mango
Glass: Hurricane Glass
Garnish: Dried Mango and Lime Wheel
Procedure: Blend all ingredients together. Pour into hurricane glass. Garnish with dried mango and lime wheel.

Try them out and level up your cocktail hour. To learn more about the book and access additional recipes, visit global.tanduay.com.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

For a limited time, get free skincare kits from Laneige with every purchase of the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G

In the age of social media, skincare has gone from being a trend among influencers to an essential part of life for Gen Z. This form of self-nurturing empowers the youth to bring out their most epic selves and to embrace one’s beauty.

Tech giant Samsung and K-beauty brand Laneige collaborate to launch a limited time bundle offer. Customers who purchase the Galaxy S21 FE 5G on Lazada and Shopee get epic Laneige freebies worth P5,880. 

Each Galaxy S21 FE purchased on Shopee and Lazada comes with two sets of Laneige Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Kits:
  • (2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Kits:
(2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Toner 50 ML
(2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Emulsion 50ML
(2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Serum 30ML
(2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Cream 20ML
(2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Cleansing Foam 30ML
(2) Waterbank Blue Hyaluronic Eye Cream 3ML

To avail of this offer, customers may simply add the Galaxy S21 FE 5G to their cart on Shopee or Lazada and the skincare kits will automatically be included upon checkout. This promo runs from June 28 - July 18, 2022.

Shop now on Shopee and Lazada.

For more information about Samsung’s latest flagship devices, visit samsung.com/ph.

Safe Samsung Shopping
Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has limited the number of its customers to 50% capacity, implemented the mandatory use of face masks and face shields, and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also has unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced.

To find the nearest Samsung Experience Store, visit samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations.


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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Incorporating fiber in your diet has never been easier and tastier with Quaker Oats

It’s been said that what you eat not only reflects how you look but also how you feel. One way of boosting the health benefits of your diet is found in the magic of fiber which is commonly found in fruits, veggies, cereal grains, oats, and beans.

However, a study has shown Filipinos actually consume less than 50% of the daily fiber requirement which means your current diet might not be enough! 

According to the Philippine Society of Nutritionist-Dietitians, Inc. (PSND), a study conducted on working Filipino adults shows only almost 8 grams of fiber was reported to be consumed per day on average. 

“This is very far from the recommended nutrient intake (RNI) of 20 to 25 grams,” ~Jake Brandon Andal, PSND Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian

This low intake of fiber means Filipinos are missing out on an important nutrient that helps in aiding digestion, preventing constipation, and maintaining good digestive health. It also helps manage weight and reduces the risk of acquiring heart disease.

Through the years, Quaker Oats, the number 1 oats brand, has introduced many fiber-rich products to help Filipinos have a more balanced diet. 

Oats have been proven to have 7x more fiber per 100g serving versus long grain white rice which helps fulfill the recommended consumption of fiber our body needs every day. 

Now, Quaker Oats is again introducing new and innovative recipes to encourage Filipinos to make fiber a daily staple in their diet using oats from breakfast dishes, lunch, and even treats and desserts!

  • The battle for the best healthy treats 
Quaker Oats recently hosted the Quaker Kitchen Cook-Off which featured brand ambassadors Luis Manzano and Solenn  Heussaff who challenged each other to prepare easy-to-do, tasty, and nutritious recipes using Quaker Oats. 

During the event, which was also broadcasted via Quaker Philippines’ Facebook page, both health buffs shared their go-to fruity and delicious desserts such as the Rainbow Superfloat, Caramelized Bananas No-Bake Cheesecake, and Homemade Sorbetes. 

Luis and Solenn whipped up these fun recipes using Quaker Oats, and along with expert nutritionists, also shared their tips for increasing fiber in your diet and sustaining a healthy lifestyle without completely cutting out treats. 

“I love Quaker Oats and it has been a kitchen staple in the Manzano household since I was young. My favorite recipe to make is definitely Overnight Oats because it’s quick and easy but I’ve recently been leveling up my culinary skills! So now, the Rainbow Superfloat recipe is a new favorite. It’s a great option if you feel like having a more fruity and colorful breakfast or dessert that is also healthy, light, and refreshing!” ~Luis Manzano
“It’s very interesting how many healthy dishes you can make with oats as the main ingredient! Though there are other sources of fiber, Quaker Oats is my go-to because it carries 7x more fiber* and it is highly versatile. You can use it in every meal both for savory and sweet dishes like homemade sorbetes, no-bake cheesecakes, and more!” ~Solenn  Heussaff

With these fiber-rich recipes, treats can definitely still be sweet and delicious while healthy and good for your body. Indulge yourself in tastier flavors without sacrificing your diet and disturbing your digestion with Quaker Oats. 

Try any of these recipes and tag @quakeroatsph when you share your own #Quaker7xMoreFiber creations! 

Visit https://linky.ph/quakeroatsph for more information on recipes and upcoming events.

Catch the #AcerU2024 Campus Bus at SM North EDSA on July 13 – 14 with SB19 and G22

Even after the tremendous success of the SM Mall of Asia and SM Megamall stops, the #AcerU2024 Campus bus is still operating. Can you guess ...