Friday, May 24, 2024

Jollibee Foods Corporation Mounts Employee-led Mangrove Reforestation Project

Protecting shorelines. Last year, 212 employee volunteers participated in a string of tree-planting activities. The photo shows some Jollibee employees who volunteered planting mangrove propagules in Lemery, Batangas. 

Through the Jollibee Group Foundation, Inc. (JGF), the corporate social responsibility arm of Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), it is still driving change. JGF led a mangrove reforestation program that included a series of tree-planting events that took place in three coastal provinces.

Employees of JFC have planted nearly 4,000 mangrove trees: 1,700 seedlings in Lemery, Batangas, and 2,250 mangrove propagules along the coastlines of Carmen, Cebu, and Alaminos, Pangasinan. 

To bolster its commitment to expand its Mangrove Reforestation project in 2024, Jollibee Foods Corporation and Jollibee Group Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Department of Environment and National Resources (DENR). Present during the signing were (L-R) Jollibee Group Foundation’s President and Executive Director Gisela Tiongson, Jollibee Foods Corporation’s President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, and Jollibee Foods Corporation’s Vice President and Head of Public Affairs, Atty. Raul Academia

The reforestation project, according to JGF President Gisela Tiongson, is a component of JFC's stepped-up efforts to further its global sustainability agenda, Joy for Tomorrow, in keeping with the goal under the Planet pillar to support responsible planet-stewardship.

“JFC’s 45th anniversary last year marked a special milestone that inspired us to step up our effort in creating value for our stakeholders and in giving back to the environment. Through this mangrove reforestation program, we aim to help restore the mangrove ecosystem and build a more resilient future for our fellow Filipinos living in coastal communities. We are grateful for their assistance and for guiding us throughout the activities, as well as the People’s Organization in Cebu for the mangrove seedlings. ~Gisela Tiongson, JGF President 

Strengthening collaboration 
JGF has worked with national agencies and local community partners to ensure that mangrove planting activities are carried out correctly, with the right species planted in the correct location and season—all of which are critical to ensuring mangrove survival and propagation.

Tiongson acknowledged the assistance offered by DENR SCIS-Strategic Alliance and Environmental Partnership Division, DENR-Environmental Management Bureau, DENR Region 7, City Environment & Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Cebu City and Carmen, and CENRO Calaca, Batangas. 

Fostering employee engagement
More than 200 staff members from Jollibee, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Zenith Foods Corporation, and Jollibee Worldwide Services Logistics participated in the reforestation program when it began in 2023. This was a part of JFC's 45th anniversary celebrations as well as the company's employee engagement program.

On April 19, DENR Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo Loyzaga, JFC President and CEO Ernesto Tanmantiong, and JGF President and CEO Tiongson signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the project. 

“We are cognizant of the climate emergency we are in, and hence, we are taking steps to contribute to climate mitigation in the work of JGF, together with the company. To this end, we will be investing in mangrove reforestation initiatives with the help of our employee volunteers. And we will be supporting communities in mangrove management. mobilize volunteer employees to participate in the conduct of environmental programs and activities in mangrove reforestation and extend its support to community-based mangrove protection and reforestation activities.” ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, JFC’s President and CEO

Treating the Planet Responsibly. Zenith Foods Corporation and Red Ribbon – Mandaue City employee volunteers plant mangrove propagules in Carmen, Cebu.

This year, JGF intends to expand the knowledge, expertise, and skill set of JFC staff members beyond their job duties by working toward establishing the project as an ongoing program. JGF also intends to carry out mangrove planting operations in Visayas and Mindanao under strict community management in order to further expand the nation's mangrove habitat.

About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. Its mission is to serve great-tasting food and bring the joy of eating to everyone through its 18 brands with over 6,800 stores across 33 countries. 

The Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); four franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines, and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. JFC also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

The Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 92% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. The Jollibee Group has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. The Company also established a joint venture company that will own and operate Tiong Bahru Bakery and Common Man Coffee Roasters in the Philippines. Recently, the Jollibee Group signed agreements to own 10% ownership in Botrista, a leader in the beverage technology space.  The Company also owns a 90% participating interest in Titan Dining Partners II Ltd to further grow Asia Pacific food service brands and/or bring strong global food service brands to Asia Pacific.

The Jollibee Group has launched its global sustainability agenda dubbed Joy for Tomorrow, which aims to strengthen the Company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The agenda centers on the key pillars of Food, People, and Planet, and consists of 10 focus areas namely: food safety, food quality, nutrition & transparency, employee welfare, farmers livelihood, community support, good governance, packaging & recycling, waste reduction, and energy & water efficiency. Each focus area sets goals and initiatives that contribute and align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).

The Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' Most Admired Company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. The Company is also a three-time recipient of Gallup’s Exceptional Workplace Award and was recently cited in TIME’s List of the World’s Best Companies.  

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit

Thursday, May 23, 2024

ArenaPlus starts NBA playoffs with Magic Tickets

With the ArenaPlus Magic Ticket, ArenaPlus, your round-the-clock sports betting app, enhances the fun and entertainment value of the NBA playoffs. ArenaPlus Magic Ticket, a campaign that runs from April 20 to June 27, aims to improve the NBA fan experience by offering rewards and on-site and online activities.

Now, anyone can win magic tickets and watch the NBA playoffs from the comfort of their own home thanks to's live streaming feature. Users of ArenaPlus can earn their magic tickets by registering as new users, logging in every day, inviting friends to play, and placing limitless bets on the games. Users' chances of winning increase with the number of tickets they receive.

Users who possess these magic tickets are eligible to participate in the daily raffle draws, which begin on April 20 at 10:00 PM and end on June 27 live on with the grand draw. In addition to a grand cash pool of thirty million pesos, the prizes included cash credits, a brand-new car, motorcycles, iPhones, Air Jordan 1, and more. Through the completion of tasks in various zones and meeting registration and deposit requirements, users can win additional magic tickets for lucky draws and earn prizes.

In addition to winning tickets via, anyone can earn additional tickets by taking part in the ground activities set up in various Metro Manila zones. In order to provide fun and entertainment for the designated barangays during this campaign, ArenaPlus will launch the “Magic Shoot Challenge,'' the "1-on-1 Street Basketball Challenge," and the “3-Point Shooting Challenge” on May 18. A basketball board-topped "ArenaPlus Jeepney" that travels through Quezon, Caloocan, Makati, Manila, and other cities is another attraction that everyone can enjoy. At Commonwealth Rd. in Quezon City, there is a locker room-themed “Magic Bus Stop'' where drivers and commuters can also pose for pictures. Every activity is designed to increase the amount of enjoyment and amusement while providing them with more chances to win prizes like extra magic tickets and a chance to attend the ArenaPlus NBA Finals event.

A five-day exhibit called "Magic Land" will serve as the capstone event for the ArenaPlus NBA playoff campaign. It will include a magic ticket reception center, a basketball fan dream house, a gaming area, an ArenaPlus Live viewing space, and an art creation area. In addition, ArenaPlus Live hosts will be present during the NBA Finals to provide basketball challenges and an after-party for qualifying and winning users.

To know more about the campaign, visit ArenaPlus’ social media pages and website at

DigiPlus is the fastest-growing digital entertainment company in the country. It operates the country’s leading digital platforms BingoPlus, ArenaPlus, PeryaGame, Tongits+, and BingoPlus Poker, with more to come. ArenaPlus, the leading sports betting app that provides various sports live streaming in the Philippines, serving as the leading sports entertainment gateway of Filipinos. For more information, visit:

Whole-Of-Asia, Whole-Of-Society needed to fight cyber threats in the Asia region

Attending the joint meeting of the ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Technical Working Group, leaders of the Philippine Cybersecurity and Data Protection Communities of Practice emphasize how critical it is for all public and private sector organizations to collaborate in order to combat cyber threats in the Asia-Pacific region.

“A harmonious whole-of-Asia and whole-of-society approach to fight cyber threats in the region has to be orchestrated among government and private sector leaders in ASEAN and Japan, along with other countries in the region. Asian countries face the same threats, and all countries attending confirmed that their respective government’s digital infrastructure along with Critical Information Infrastructure (CII) are also being attacked constantly by international and even local threat actors. When government and private sector organizations work hand-in-hand to fight cyber threats, citizens will benefit the most. We already see the positive dynamics and impact of this cybersecurity community in the region.” ~Lito Averia, President of the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team (PH-CERT)

According to PH-CERT and NADPOP estimates, 180,000 certified and skilled cybersecurity professionals are required in the Philippines in order to effectively and pro-actively safeguard the nation's critical infrastructure. According to both communities, the Philippines also needs a comparable number of professionals with training and validation in Data Privacy and Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC).

“The constantly increasing cyber attacks on government digital ecosystems and CIIs call for nations in the Asia region to establish concrete solutions such as an Information Exchange Network which will serve as a cyber weather station that will receive, verify, then send out threat alerts to everyone that will impacted in the region. In parallel, each country should continue to produce new cybersecurity professionals and to upskill current cybersecurity and information security personnel that are already working in government and private organizations. What is emerging through these meetings is a regional force for good that will serve as a shield for countries and citizens against threat actors, who are now using AI in their attacks. We are inviting all active Communities of Practice in the region to collaborate with our regional community, the AJCCA, as threat actors are also organized in their actions. During these times, we truly need a whole-of-region, whole-of-society, and even whole-of-community cooperation to effectively respond to cyber threats.” ~Sam Jacoba, Founding President of the National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP), and PH-CERT Vice President

In addition, PH-CERT and NADPOP will be present at the fifth board meeting of the recently established ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Community Alliance (AJCCA). This community event is being held in conjunction with the 2024 2nd ASEAN-Japan Cybersecurity Working Group Meeting, which is being hosted and organized by the Cambodian government.

The importance of peaceful cooperation amongst nations in the region is highlighted by the 2nd Joint Government-Industry-Academia (J-GIA) CA meeting between AJCCA and government cybersecurity representatives from ASEAN and Japan, with a focus on the five pillars of the Global Cybersecurity Index (GCI) published by the United Nations International Telecommunications Union (ITU). Legal, Technical, Organizational, Capacity Building, and Cooperation are the five pillars of cybersecurity.

The primary result of these quarterly regional meetings, according to Averia and Jacoba, will be the launch of collaborative initiatives between the public and private sectors. The primary weaknesses in each nation and the region as a whole in the GCI Cybersecurity Pillars can be filled by these initiatives.

Organized at the turn of the century, the Philippine Computer Emergency Response Team or PH-CERT is a non-stock, non-profit organization institutionalized in March 2001 by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines (RP). Its primary purpose and advocacy are the following: to increase the awareness for Information Security and Cybersecurity; develop an inclusive Information Security (InfoSec) and Cybersecurity Workforce; and adopt InfoSec and Cybersecurity standards, and best practices to uplift their practice in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific Region.

The National Association of Data Protection Officers of the Philippines (NADPOP) is the Philippine’s first community of Data Privacy, Data Protection and Cybersecurity Practitioners in the Philippines. Established and institutionalized by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines in 2018, NADPOP is a non-stock, non-profit organization whose vision is a Cyber, AI and Data Resilient Philippines. It aims to transform the Philippines into a Global Center of Excellence in Data Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity. NADPOP will do this by inspiring, empowering, and prospering Data Privacy, Data Protection, and Cybersecurity Professionals and Practitioners in the Philippines, and in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The ASEAN Japan Cybersecurity Community Alliance (AJCCA) is a collaborative initiative formed by nine leading cybersecurity communities from ASEAN nations and Japan. AJCCA is dedicated to enhancing cybersecurity capabilities, information sharing, and mutual support among its member nations to address the evolving challenges in the digital landscape. AJCCA’s Vision is a dynamic and resilient cybersecurity community in our region through trustworthy and respectful collaboration.

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Jollibee Group Recognized with Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award for the third time

Global workplace consulting and research firm Gallup has once again recognized the Jollibee Group with the Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award. This marks the third time the homegrown restaurant company has received the accolade.

Continues to be the first and only Philippine-based company to have received the global award.

In 2024, the homegrown restaurant chain Jollibee Group will receive its third Gallup Exceptional Workplace Award (GEWA). This recognition demonstrates the company's dedication to employee engagement as a crucial element of its business plan. The Jollibee Group is the only company with its headquarters in the Philippines to win this distinction.

Globally, the GEWA encompasses 2.7 million workers across 100,000 teams. Based on rigorous and in-depth workplace research conducted by Gallup, it recognizes and rewards top-tier companies that embed engagement into their work culture. 

“This recognition was made possible by the countless men and women of the Jollibee Group around the world who contribute and shape our uniquely joyful work culture. Our three-time recognition is timely as it comes at the heels of our best year yet in 2023: a clear manifestation that our business success is deeply interconnected with our people’s success. We remain committed to helping our talents build a career where they can live out their purpose, build meaningful relationships at work, and contribute with their unique talents to our mission of bringing the joy of eating to everyone. We strive hard to make our people not only successful but also happy.” ~Ernesto Tanmantiong, Jollibee Group’s President and Chief Executive Officer

Gallup Chief Executive Officer Jon Clifton congratulated winning organizations for redefining what it means to be a great place to work amid continuing workplace challenges.

“Your commitment to creating environments where employees are listened to, valued, and positioned to use their strengths every day is what sets you apart. Thank you for setting a new global standard in what it means to be a thriving workplace.” ~Jon Clifton, Gallup Chief Executive Officer

A Joyful Work Environment

Jollibee Group’s strengthened People Agenda was key to its record business performance, which was characterized by back-to-back best-ever years in 2022 and 2023. 

Earlier this year, the company defined its Employer Value Proposition “Choose Joy,” which articulates the unique experience of being a Jollibee Group employee and the company’s culture of joy built over the past 46 years.

The Jollibee Group has also continued to elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in its workplace through its D&I vision and commitment to “Joy for All.” The D&I vision aims to cultivate a more joyful and inclusive environment for the team members that power its organization and the consumers and stakeholders that are part of the organization’s ecosystem.

The Jollibee Group first received the GEWA in 2020 amid the pandemic. It was the first time a Philippine-based company had been given such distinction. The company received its second GEWA accolade in 2023, the same year it was included in TIME Magazine’s World’s Best Companies.

Forbes Magazine has also listed the Jollibee Group among the World’s Best Employers for three straight years, from 2020 to 2022. In 2021, Forbes also cited the company in the inaugural listing of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies.  

A Joyful Work Environment
Jollibee Group’s strengthened People Agenda was key to its record business performance, which was characterized by back-to-back best-ever years in 2022 and 2023. 

Earlier this year, the company defined its Employer Value Proposition “Choose Joy,” which articulates the unique experience of being a Jollibee Group employee and the company’s culture of joy built over the past 46 years.

The Jollibee Group has also continued to elevate the importance of diversity and inclusion (D&I) in its workplace through its D&I vision and commitment to “Joy for All.” The D&I vision aims to cultivate a more joyful and inclusive environment for the team members that power its organization and the consumers and stakeholders that are part of the organization’s ecosystem.

The Jollibee Group first received the GEWA in 2020 amid the pandemic. It was the first time a Philippine-based company had been given such distinction. The company received its second GEWA accolade in 2023, the same year it was included in TIME Magazine’s World’s Best Companies.

Forbes Magazine has also listed the Jollibee Group among the World’s Best Employers for three straight years, from 2020 to 2022. In 2021, Forbes also cited the company in the inaugural listing of the World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies.  

DOLE MIMAROPA and Palawan Group of Companies: A Partnership Empowering Unbanked Beneficiaries in the Region

(L-R) IMSD Chief Rosemarie Hupanda, Regional Director Naoimi Lyn Abellana, Palawan Group of Companies’ Lisa Lou Castro-Sabado and Palawan Group of Companies Missy Baldemor

The historic partnership ensures that the beneficiaries under the various programs of the Department of Labor and Employment will get the funds that they need hassle-free, secure, and on time.

As part of its commitment to making digital financial services available to all sectors, especially the marginalized and vulnerable, the Palawan Group of Companies has partnered with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) MIMAROPA Region.

Palawan’s partnership with DOLE MIMAROPA has significantly improved and simplified the department’s disbursement processes for releasing stipends and salaries to the many beneficiaries of its various programs, such as Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), the Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), and the Government Internship Program (GIP).

Since 2019, this collaboration has benefited over 37,000 DOLE beneficiaries, including marginalized workers, financially challenged but deserving students, out-of-school youth, and other underserved communities. Because of this development, beneficiaries can now conveniently visit Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala branches in MIMAROPA or anywhere in the Philippines to cash out their disbursements via Palawan's e-wallet app, PalawanPay. This eliminates the need for long waits to claim their funds.

"With Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala as our trusted partner in processing payments to beneficiaries of Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged Workers (TUPAD), Special Program for Employment of Students (SPES), and Government Internship Program (GIP), we experience seamless and hassle-free transactions, ensuring that funds reach their intended recipients promptly. Huge thanks to Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala for being our partner in providing meaningful assistance to our clients." ~Rosemarie Hupanda, the chief of the Internal Management and Services Division of the DOLE MIMAROPA Region, sees the partnership as an efficient way of keeping their beneficiaries’ funds safe and secure

Members of DOLE MIMAROPA and Palawan Group of Companies stand in solidarity for the residents of MIMAROPA

"I extend my sincerest appreciation to Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala for being our partner as a remittance service provider in facilitating financial transactions for various programs under DOLE. Your support has been invaluable in the successful implementation of our programs aimed at uplifting disadvantaged workers and empowering the youth through employment opportunities.” She added, "Palawan Pawnshop and Palawan Express Pera Padala’s reliable services have been instrumental in ensuring smooth and speedy disbursement of funds for our programs. Tunay ngang ang inyong serbisyo ay “mura, mabilis, at walang kuskos balungos. May our partnership continue to flourish in the coming years to benefit workers in the MIMAROPA region.” ~Naomi Lyn C. Abellana, the regional director of the DOLE MIMAROPA Region, is optimistic that their beneficiaries, some of whom had never had proper access to a regular bank's financial services, will enjoy Palawan's efficient and dependable  “mura, mabilis, at walang kuskos balungos” brand of service

Users who have yet to try PalawanPay's services, are encouraged to download the app and experience for themselves the ease and convenience of navigating and using the app to pay for their bills, transfer funds online, buy mobile load, and do pawn renewals and other services with just a few taps on their mobile phones — it’s a win-win situation for everyone! To date, PalawanPay has more than 18 million downloads on the Google Play Store.

Download PalawanPay App now and be a verified user to enjoy an increased monthly transaction limit of up to P250,000, seamless and instant fund transfers to other banks and e-wallets, and no account expiration. 

The Palawan Group of Companies is composed of products and services such as Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, Palawan ProtekTODO, Palawan Credit, and PalawanPay. A brand trusted by Filipinos for 38 years, PGC  is one of the fastest-growing financial institutions in the country.  With its strength in remittance and pawning services, the company is the market leader in the industry and has over 25,000 branches, Pera Padala outlets, and PalawanPay Money Shops nationwide.

Palawan Group of Companies offers pawnbroking services, domestic and international remittances, microinsurance, bills payment, electronic mobile phone loading, cash-in of e-wallets, money exchange, ATM withdrawal, and cash disbursements. 

Palawan Group of Companies introduced PalawanPay, an e-wallet app that lets you send and receive remittances anytime, anywhere. PalawanPay app is the company’s latest digital solution for faster, safer, and easier transactions and gives users access to other financial services such as bills payment, e-cellphone load top-ups,  and scan-to-pay QRPH codes. The app now features integrated functionality for pawn renewal and claiming of international remittances.

Palawan Pawnshop, Palawan Express Pera Padala, and PalawanPay are supervised by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. For more information, go to Palawan Pawnshop and PalawanPay Websites

Watsons volunteer moms bring their compassionate hearts and healing hands to communities through their dedicated volunteer work

Watsons employees and mom volunteers gather at the Alagang Pangkalusugan Medical Mission in Camarines Sur

A Watsons Alagang Pangkalusugan medical mission requires a village to execute. Physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals are volunteers. Additionally, Watsons extends an invitation to its supplier partners to observe the work being done in the communities and donate medications and medical supplies. Then there are the Watsons staff volunteers who, rather than sleeping and spending time with their families, use their days off to give back. 

Many of the volunteers for Watsons are mothers. Good volunteers often possess patience and leadership qualities; if anyone possesses these qualities above all others, it's a mother.

Volunteering is a commitment for Watsons moms who participate in Alagang Pangkalusugan medical missions. Alagang Pangkalusugan has helped more than 6,500 Filipinos since 2013. Watsons takes great pride in helping Filipino families on their path to optimal health.

Editha Aguila, also known as "Meg," has worked for Watsons for eight years. Last year, she began working as a volunteer for a medical mission.

“It is my 2nd year this year in Watsons with MNDC Metro Naga Development Council but in my store, we already conducted simple community services to the elderly way back in 2017.  We would share our time and help provide the elderly with essential needs and also gave them food from our Christmas caroling fund. I am a mother too, I felt the same pain and anxiety of the mother's patient. I will lead them to the attending doctor and if ever they need my advice on how to interpret the prescription, I will help them so they may be guided correctly. I am sad that because of poverty,  they cannot have regular check-ups for their kids. Their kids are malnourished. I always tell them to take care of their children and give them proper care. I also remind them about giving the kids healthy food and vitamins.” ~Editha “Meg” Aguila, a Watsons store manager and mother of three

One of Aguila’s most memorable experiences as a volunteer was when the medical mission went to her hometown of Libmanan. But for Aguila, it’s even more special and poignant when they work with children.

Eden Valenzuela, a Watsons employee for over 13 years now and a pharmacy manager, also considers it a privilege to be working with children. 

Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years, said her civic duty and faith in the common good are what motivate her to volunteer.

Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years, said her civic duty and faith in the common good are what motivate her to volunteer.

“Helping other people is a life fulfilling duty. It is also fulfilling to help meet the health needs of the less privileged especially in far-flung barangays.” ~Joan Pacio, a pharmacy manager who has been with Watsons for 21 years

For Meg Aguila, her motivation is to help others and make an impact on the lives of the beneficiaries.

Eden Valenzuela said she is happy to see the happy faces of people when they have free check-ups and medication.

“We have been seeing a rise in employee participation in support of  Alagang Pangkalusugan in each area as more and more patients benefit from this initiative. We’re very happy that our employees are taking part in this.” ~Sharon Decapia, Watsons Senior AVP for Marketing, PR & Sustainability

Watsons’ social purpose tagline "Look Good Do Good Feel Great" has been guiding the company in inspiring its employees and customers on their sustainability goals. This social purpose is in the company’s DNA. The spirit of doing good is deeply ingrained in the Watsons' culture. In 1841, A.S. Watsons founder Alexander Skirving Watson provided free medicine to the needy in the first dispensary.

You can help support Watsons medical missions by visiting any Watsons store near you or shop online via Watsons App.

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Acer's Swift 14 AI Laptop Brings AI Power to Your Fingertips

Powered by Snapdragon X Series Platforms, the Swift 14 AI ushers in a new AI era with brand new experiences

Editor’s Summary:
● The Swift 14 AI, Acer’s first Copilot+ PC, comes in a thin-and-light aluminum chassis design, and a range of optimized AI features to support enhanced productivity and mobility
● Powered by Snapdragon® X Series platforms[ ] with an integrated NPU that delivers 45 Trillions of Operations Per Second (TOPS), Acer’s Swift 14 AI is supercharged to deliver a quantum leap in performance, all-day battery life, and new AI experiences
● The Swift 14 AI supports next-generation AI features in Windows 11; Recall, Cocreator, Live Captions, new Windows Studio Effects and Auto Super Resolution, placing it among the most powerful, intelligent, and power-efficient laptops in its class of Windows devices

Together with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Microsoft, Acer today unveiled the Swift 14 AI laptop, the company's first Copilot+ PC. With its innovative AI features and Windows 11 operating system, this laptop helps to usher in a new era of artificial intelligence. One of the fastest NPUs for laptops in the world is included in both of the Swift 14 AI's device models, which are powered by the Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus platforms[1]. This allows for on-device AI processing. Smarter PC features enable users to tackle complex workloads more efficiently and expedite everyday tasks. 

“Engineered for AI from the inside out, the Swift 14 AI is the first among many Acer Copilot+ PCs to come.These next-generation AI PCs see significant leaps in AI processing power, unlocking brand new experiences that we know users will love.” ~Jerry Kao, COO, Acer Inc.

Snapdragon X Series Platforms: Powering the Next-Generation AI PCs 
The Snapdragon® X Series processors are built for AI and are designed to be among the most powerful, intelligent, and power efficient processors created for Windows in its class today. The new Acer Swift 14 AI, powered by Snapdragon X Elite[1], features 12 high-performance CPU cores[1] on a 4nm process node, integrated Qualcomm Adreno™ GPU  of 3.8 TFLOPS, and Qualcomm Hexagon™ NPU capable of 45 TOPS. It is also equipped with up to 32 GB LPDDR5X-8533 memory and up to 1 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD to enhance system performance and navigate demanding multi-tasking workloads across productivity, creativity, and immersive entertainment scenarios without sacrificing power. Paired with the hundreds of premium apps that are optimized for Arm-compatible architecture, Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus processors enable user experiences that run smoothly and efficiently. 

“It’s exciting to collaborate with Acer to bring AI technology to its Windows PC range of devices from sleek ultrabooks to powerful gaming rigs. Our collaboration has been crucial in delivering productive and secure PCs that cater to a broad spectrum of customers while also balancing style and performance with affordability, making technology accessible to a wider audience while also focusing on sustainability. With Acer’s launch of its Copilot+ PC, the Swift 14 AI laptop, we will bring new AI experiences to life for customers, taking advantage of on-device and cloud AI to empower individuals and organizations to achieve more.” ~Mark Linton, VP Device Partner Sales, Microsoft Corp.

"The Swift 14 AI is a remarkable device that demonstrates the power, performance and intelligence capabilities of the Snapdragon X Elite platform. “Powered by the world’s fastest NPU for laptops and high-performance CPU cores, the Swift 14 AI delivers groundbreaking AI, enhanced productivity and creativity, making Acer’s new device a game-changer in the world of AI-enabled laptops.” ~Kedar Kondap, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Compute & Gaming, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

A New AI Era Begins with Copilot+ PCs 

The new Swift 14 AI has been optimized with powerful AI, unlocking new productivity, creativity, and communication experiences. 

With Recall[ ], users can easily find anything they have seen on their PC by simply describing the clues they remember. With an explorable timeline, users can easily scroll across time to get back to apps, documents, or messages they previously used. Live Captions[2, ] with live translations provides automatic speech captions and conducts translations in real-time of any live or pre-recorded video from 44 languages into English. 

To spark imagination and creative abilities, visual or written prompts can now be used to co-create AI images and texts on the device with Cocreator[2,3]. Auto Super Resolution[2] automatically upscales graphics resolution and frame refresh rates of games in real-time to deliver the visuals players crave without taking a hit on performance. For those who always want to look and sound their best while better engaging their audience in video calls, Windows Studio Effects[2,3] helps to automatically improve lighting conditions and cancel out unwanted noise. It can also be used to activate three artistic filters on any video platform via Quick settings, allowing users to express themselves in new and creative ways during video calls. And Copilot, the everyday AI companion, is accessible via a single click of the dedicated Copilot key.

Premium Design and Features 

As a reflection of its modern capabilities and usability, the Swift 14 AI sports a refined Copilot+ PC-exclusive design, highlighted by a unique AI icon stamped on the cover of the thin-and-light chassis and an Activity Indicator on the touchpad that illuminates when the device or Copilot is activated. The laptop features a 14.5-inch WQXGA (2560x1600) IPS display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and support for 100% sRGB color gamut. It is available with edge-to-edge touchscreen options and comes with TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe® Certification 2.0[1] to help minimize the effects of harmful blue light without sacrificing color accuracy. A 180-degree hinge design provides the flexibility of a different user mode and enables easy opening of the aluminum cover with one hand. 

A 1440p QHD IR webcam with a triple microphone array[1] and privacy shutter supports Acer’s suite of AI-boosted conferencing tools in Acer PurifiedView™ 2.0 and Acer PurifiedVoice™ 2.0 to ensure users always look and sound their best. These can be swiftly calibrated thanks to Acer QuickPanel which intuitively appears when the device’s webcam or microphone has been switched on. A dedicated key directs users to the Red Dot Design Award-winning AcerSense™ app for device management and a library of AI features available on the device through the Experience Zone. 

This Copilot+ PC comes with Windows Hello that supports biometric and facial recognition login for quick and secure access. Sustainability remains a vital pillar for Acer’s next-generation products, with the Swift 14 AI utilizing PCR plastic in the device, shipping with 100% recyclable packaging, and receiving the EPEAT Gold certification for its compliance with the highest EPEAT criteria. The device also boasts Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth™ 5.4 connectivity to deliver speeds of up to 5.8 Gbps and low network latency of under 2 ms, plus a host of generous port selections including two USB Type-C and two USB 3.2 Type-A ports for added flexibility.

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About Acer 
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Teachers for a Day: MR.DIY, World Vision, empower Baseco Youth through ‘Brigada Pagbasa’

For Alex, one of MR.DIY's employee volunteers, who has long been searching for a chance to instruct young people, it was a Saturday to remember.

He finds satisfaction in witnessing pupils grasp concepts and derive meaning from their tasks while developing sincere relationships with their "teachers for a day."

Claire, an employee turned volunteer, felt that teaching the kids was a gift because she saw how appreciative and selfless they were, which made her realize how fortunate she is.

Along with Alex and Claire, 16 other staff members and volunteers from MR.DIY, a well-known home improvement store, teamed up with World Vision International on Saturday, April 20, at the Baseco Compound in Manila, to empower youth through the Brigada Pagbasa Program.

Volunteers from MR.DIY engaging in fun activities with 34 schoolchildren from the Sen. Benigno Aquino Elementary School during the Brigada Pagbasa last April 22.

The partnership with World Vision acknowledges the significance of education in ensuring a better future for children, grounded in one of Acts of Kindness (AOK), the overarching corporate social responsibility program of MR.DIY. This program is based on the core pillar of youth and education. 

The program's goal was to help 34 Sen. Benigno Aquino Elementary School students in Grades 4 through 7 become more proficient readers. As soon as these students complete all 16 sessions of the Brigada Pagbasa Program, they will be scheduled for a post-test to evaluate their development. 

Ms. Mydee David, MR.DIY Philippines’ Head of HR, delivers her remarks for the volunteers and participants of the Brigada Pagbasa program.

Mr. Charles Salecina, MR.DIY Philippines’ Deputy Head of Marketing speaks before school children participating in Brigada Pagbasa.

He affirmed that education is a priceless gift that will never fade and that MR. DIY is prepared to help students become better understanders. He also emphasized the significance of reading as a foundational skill for students' futures.

The Department of Education launched Brigada Pagbasa, an after-school reading intervention program that collaborates with community partners to enhance students' reading abilities. It uses the Lit DAPAT tool to evaluate reading readiness and comprehension levels, allowing for targeted interventions to meet particular learning needs.

This cooperative project by Mr. DIY, World Vision, and DepEd's Brigada Pagbasa is a ray of hope that demonstrates the transforming potential of community partnerships in creating a more promising future for future generations.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Enchanted Kingdom celebrates the most MAGICAL Mother’s Day

During its Enchanting Mother's Day celebration on Sunday, May 12, Enchanted Kingdom (EK), the first and only world-class theme park in the Philippines, once again made magical memories for everyone.

AGILA the EKsperience, the first and only flying theater in the Philippines, was among the nearly thirty rides and attractions that guests could enjoy for free with the launch of the park's Ilaw ng Tahanan Promo. For just Php 1,200, Mother's Day at EK featured a plethora of exclusive deals, sweets, and events that showcased the enchantment of a mother's love for her children and family. A Smart Wifi Portable Air Conditioner and a chance to win one (1) Firefly e-gift card worth PhP 200 were also included in this special EK online store promotion.

Along with the Women of Song and Music Making Company, mother-daughter duo Pinky and Karel Marquez entertained mothers with an enchanting Mother's Day concert. The event was a night of music, dance, and celebration for all mothers. Heartwarming musical performances to remember were added to the Mother's Day concert by EK's very own Circle of Artists, SMS, Victoria's Way, and the Kingsmen.

Through special Mother's Day offerings throughout the park, Enchanted Kingdom spread even more magic. Moms who brought their kids along received fun passes for Kindermagic, EK's indoor play area. Mother's Day Corners were established by EK's award-winning retail locations so that customers could snap Instagram-worthy pictures while they shopped for specific EK items. 

Mother's Day group meals were available at EK's very own restaurants LaunchTime and Amazon Grill, making for a truly magical dining experience. Selected EK tenant partners joined in the fun by giving away freebies and discounted treats. Finally, group discounts were available for moms to create even more magical adventures at the park with EK's Laser Mission and EKaleidoscope.

Baby Dove, Surf, Dove Deo, Rexona, Snailwhite, Snake Brand, Oxecure, Beauty Dream Hall, Pastel, Sparkle, Krunnnch, Piattos, Dewberry, Cloud9 Chocolate Milk Drink, Cream O, Nissin Ramen, Great Taste Iced Coffee, Koreanna, Nutri10excel, Lightskin, Landers, Cher-Aim Thai Herbal, McCormick, Nido, Zim, and Nurture were among the sponsors that contributed to the celebration's fantastical atmosphere. Additionally lending their support to this momentous day were the tenant partners Dash Premium Ice Scramble, Dairy Queen, Subarashii Manju, Lil’ Orbits Mini-Donuts, Tater Tots, Teho, Angel’s Corn, and Sigue Trading.

For more information and updates regarding this event and EK’s other upcoming events and offers, visit and EK’s official social media accounts for Facebook and for Tiktok, and for Twitter and for Instagram.

UNIQLO Celebrates Exciting Milestones This May

A jam-packed month with new stores, special offers and promotions, and new collection launches.

Global apparel retailer UNIQLO has announced that this May, they will be celebrating anniversaries, milestones, and more in style. The biggest-ever launch month for UT (UNIQLO graphic T-shirt) collections with over eight brand-new culture collections, the global celebration of UNIQLO's 40th anniversary, and the opening of an extensively renovated and redefined UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia store—which was UNIQLO's very first store in the Philippines—are just a few of the festivities that customers are invited to join.

Re-Opening of Redefined UNIQLO SM Mall of Asia

The first-ever UNIQLO store in the Philippines, which opened in 2012, is set to welcome guests anew following three years of major renovations. On May 17 the all-new, refreshed UNIQLO Mall of Asia store re-opens its doors to a doubled-up space of 3,000 square meters spread across two floors, featuring LifeWear collections, offers, and experiences that aim to make everyday life better for Filipinos. To know more about the opening, visit 

UNIQLO expresses its appreciation to Filipinos with the Thank You Festival and celebrates UNIQLO’s Global 40th Anniversary

May is known as the month of festivals in the Philippines, and UNIQLO is set to celebrate with its much-awaited Thank You Festival. Held from May 24 to June 2, the Thank You Festival serves as UNIQLO’s expression of gratitude to its customers, who are in for exciting surprises, ranging from all-store limited offers and novelty giveaways to special offers and activities.

Join the entire world in celebrating four decades of UNIQLO. The 40th-anniversary festivities of UNIQLO kicks off on June 2 in all stores and online, where customers can expect amazing deals and discounts both in store and online through the UNIQLO app. To updated with these special promotions, visit:

May is the Biggest UT Launch Month Ever

Gear up for the biggest UT (UNIQLO graphic T-shirt) launch month in UNIQLO history this May. There are eight new UT collections up for grabs, allowing you to fully express yourself with all your favorite stories and characters.

-Star Wars UT (Php 790)

-Women’s Find Your TREASURE UT (Php 790)

-The Legend of Zelda UT (Php 790)

MAY 17
-Harry Potter UT (Php 790)
-Kids’ Pokemon UT (Php 590)

MAY 24
-Girl’s Mofusand UT (Relaunch) (Php 590)
-Kids’ Minecraft UT (Php 590)

MAY 27
-Kaiju No. 8 UT (Php 790)

All of these will be available in all UNIQLO stores nationwide and on What’s more, keep your eyes peeled as there will be special store events in select UNIQLO stores to celebrate the launch of the upcoming UTs. To know more about the UT collections, visit:

Upgrade your wardrobe with these special collaborations

Fans of good quality, stylish and functional LifeWear pieces can also expect pleasant surprises with the UNIQLO x Marimekko Summer 2024 Limited-Edition Collection and the UNIQLO collection in collaboration with Roger Federer and JW Anderson.

The UNIQLO x Marimekko collection launches a joyful summer-picnic-themed lineup on May 10, offering a wide array of comfortable dresses that are perfect for enjoying the joyful summer sun. 

The Roger Federer and JW ANDERSON collection, which is developed in collaboration with Roger Federer and renowned fashion designer JW Anderson, is set to launch on May 17. The collection combines the tennis legend’s classic personal style with Anderson’s modern, colorful take on sportswear for a strong line-up of sporty and sophisticated pieces.

Opening the first UNIQLO store in North Caloocan, UNIQLO SM City Caloocan

Apart from the re-opening of its UNIQLO Mall Of Asia store, UNIQLO will bring LifeWear to even more people in northern Metro Manila and North Caloocan with the opening of its newest store in SM Caloocan. Also happening on May 17, customers in the north can drop by and make the most of exciting deals to celebrate the new store.

With all of this set for the month of May, UNIQLO will surely delight customers and fans of LifeWear alike. For the latest news and updates on #UniqloPH and #LifeWear, be sure to check out and follow on Facebook, on TikTok, on Instagram and on Twitter/X.

About UNIQLO LifeWear
Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing
UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST, Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.77 trillion yen for the 2023 fiscal year ending August 31, 2023 (US $18.92 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2023 rate of $1 = 146.2 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer.

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,400 UNIQLO stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. The total number of stores across Fast Retailing's brands is now close to 3,600.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.  For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and

Jollibee Foods Corporation Mounts Employee-led Mangrove Reforestation Project

Protecting shorelines . Last year, 212 employee volunteers participated in a string of tree-planting activities. The photo shows some Jollib...