Saturday, March 24, 2018

How technology and LG help women do more—and be more

Traditional thinking holds that women are not as comfortable with technology as men, but that's not the case. Women have always been the early adopters of technology. Throughout history, they’ve brought the latest gadgets into use, learned new means of communication, and maximized more efficient cooking and housekeeping methods in order to adjust to the dynamic changes in society and their transitional role in it.

From lightbulbs and typewriters in the 1800s, to the washing machine and refrigerator in the early 1900s, to the telephone in the 1950s, inventions and innovations that had to do with everyday living were always the woman’s domain. The advent of modern appliances had a profound impact on the 20th-century woman, changing the way she cooked, cleaned and cared for her family, and, eventually, how she lived her life beyond her home. Plug-in conveniences brought about a household revolution, one that would eventually change women’s lives, and enable them to enter the workforce and contribute to the economy.

In the 21st century, technology continues to be a woman’s staunch ally. They use it to balance work, family and outside interests, and to better themselves and the lives of the people around them. Because of mobile gadgetry and interactive digital technology, women can now pay bills while en route to a meeting, plan parties in between closing deals, and order groceries on the way home from work—all through their hand-held devices. Technology has not only empowered women to manage their own companies with the use virtual offices and virtual assistants, but it has also enabled them to take charge of their homes and give their families the best care possible. Technology has allowed women to become supermoms and the best partners—the ultimate versions of themselves in a society that now acknowledges how truly important a woman’s role is, whether she’s actively engaged in the workforce or the custodian of her own household.

More importantly, technology has allowed women to empower other women. There has never been a better time to recognize the impact information technology and digital connectivity has had in the lives of women across the globe. Women use their mobile phones and tablets to connect, bond and interact with other women on the other side of the world. The internet and social media has opened their eyes to the realities of many other women, and they use these channels to voice out their opinions and dissent, to take the lid off gender issues, and to create opportunities for other voices to be heard. Technology, more so now, has allowed women to share their stories, to collaborate and to inspire.

For 60 years, electronics giant LG has accompanied women on their journey to self-discovery by providing optimum solutions and new experiences that help their female consumers lead better lives. LG creates efficient, functional, not to mention, beautiful home appliances that free up time for women, allowing them to focus on other concerns. The brand also provides an array of sophisticated, gorgeously designed mobile phones, tablets and smart watches that allow women to stay connected virtually anywhere, and to share information at blazing-fast speeds with just a touch of the screen. 

Transformative experiences are at the core of the LG philosophy. By combining the most forward-thinking technologies with ingenuity and resourcefulness, LG enables women to discover new ways to enrich their life and of the lives of their loved ones.

For more details on how LG products can help improve your life, visit, like @LGElectronicsPH/@LGTVPhilippines/@LGMobilePhilippines on Facebook, and follow @LGPhilippines on Instagram.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Vivo to bring the house down this March 22!

Get ready as top global phone manufacturer Vivo is set to send the mobile phone industry in frenzy with the release of yet another stunner in their smartphone series. Set to be unveiled March, Vivo’s latest offering promises consumers bigger and better offerings in their mobile phone experience.

          “Vivo will offer another innovative flagship phone this March”

Following the success of the V7 plus and the V7 release, word is out that consumers can expect that the new offering will retain all of the V7 phones’ impressive, thumbprint features albeit enhanced and updated with specs that are centered on delivering flawless selfie shots made even by state-of-the-art artificial intelligence beautifying tools. Because it is still dedicated in delivering perfect photos, it should also be expected that the camera will rock a souped up HDR mode.

Moreover, a buzz on this newest Vivo flagship includes a bigger display complemented by a full HD resolution. As the V7’s successor, the Game Mode feature is expected to still be onboard in the list of specifications along with the futuristic Face ID and fingerprint unlock component.

The mobile phone industry awaits with bated breath as Vivo’s freshest charmer is out in the market. Although the specs are merely founded on speculations, one thing that is certain is Vivo will never disappoint.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Kickstart summer with as much as 30% cashback at Robinsons via PayMaya QR

Shopping for all your fashion, food, and retail needs this summer just got a lot more exciting as Robinsons and PayMaya brings as much as 30% cashback for your purchases at participating brands of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. when you pay via Paymaya QR.

Leading the launch were (from left) Vic Tria, FVP and Head of PLDT Alpha; Orlando B. Vea, CEO and President, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines; Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. President and COO; Alex Caeg, Smart and PLDT Consumer Development Head; Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket Corp. General Manager; and Johnson Go, Robinsons Department Store General Manager.

From March 15 to June 15, 2018, shoppers will get enjoy 30% cashback (maximum of P500 per store per day) when they pay via PayMaya QR in Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Appliances, Robinsons Builders, True Value, True Home, Handyman, Toys R Us, Daiso, and brands under Robinsons Store Specialists Inc. such as Topman, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton Menswear, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, and G2000.

Additionally, they can also get as much as 20% cashback (maximum of P300 per store per day) for their purchases via PayMaya QR in Robinsons Supermarket, Ministop, Southstar Drug, and The Generics Pharmacy.

Paying for all your summer finds–from clothes, to toys, and even food and drinks to take on road trips–is made easier with PayMaya QR. All you have to do is download the app on your phone, register using your mobile number, add money through Robinsons Business Center or one of PayMaya’s more than 15,000 touchpoints nationwide, scan the QR code at the counter, enter the amount you need to pay and click ‘Buy’!

To add money to your PayMaya account, simply proceed to the Robinsons Business Center inside Robinsons Department Stores. Additionally, you may add funds to your account via the more than 15,000 touchpoints available nationwide, which include 7-Eleven branches, Touchpay Kiosks, UnionBank ATMs, 2Go, ExpressPay, Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Pawnshop branches, Smart Padala centers, RCBC Online and Metrobank Online.

To know more about PayMaya and its partnership with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.,, visit or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. 

Go for huge and explosive with the new Yellow Cab Drum & Thigh

Are you HUNGRY? Head on to Yellow Cab Pizza and get FUELED with the perfect combination of the Drum & Thigh! Starting at PHP189, enjoy two huge servings of fried, flavored chicken. Take your pick from six explosive flavors: Sriracha, Salt & Pepper, Hot Chix, Korean BBQ, NY BBQ, and GarlicParmesan.

There is no turning back when you get the crowd favorite, Sriracha, which boasts of having the per- fect mix of heat and sweetness. If you’re into the classics, try the Drum & Thigh in Salt & Pepper, a flavor that is perfect for those who like their  crispy, fried chicken speckled with cracked black pepper. Order the Drum & Thigh Hot Chix if you  are daring enough to bite into a spicy explosion of flavor that punches you right in the mouth. If you are looking for sweet and tangy, then the Drum & Thigh Korean BBQ made with a secret blend of sesame oil and spices is right for you. But if you like it smoky, sweet, and dense, order the New York BBQ. A signature Yellow Cab flavor, the Drum & Thigh Garlic Parmesan is tossed in garlic butter and topped with parmesan.

People head to Yellow Cab for the pizza, but true fans know that no order is complete without a side of wings or Hustlers. In line with the brand’s mission to #FuelTheHun- gry, Yellow Cab upped their chicken game to bring chicken lovers their signature wing flavors in sizes made for the big boys and girls.

The Drum & Thigh is available in all Yellow Cab branches nationwide starting at PH- P189 for an ala carte meal and PHP239 with a side of Italian Red Rice or Baked Potato Wedges.

Fuel up with the new Chicken Drum & Thigh Boom Bundles Promo! For Php 789, get 3 orders of Drum & Thigh with Baked Potato Wedges or Italian Red Rice, and 1.5L Soda. For Php 999, get 2 orders of Drum & Thigh with Baked Potato Wedges or Italian Red Rice, 1 10” Classic Pizza, and 1 Large Pasta (Charlie Chan Chicken Pasta, Chicken Al- fredo, or Spaghetti & Meatballs).

Drum & Thigh Boom Bundles Promo

The Boom Bundles Promo runs from March 15-31, 2018 and is available for Dine In, Take Out, and Delivery in all branches except Brent, MOA Arena, Kidzania, and Ca- maya.

For more details about Drum & Thigh, visit Yellow Cab’s social media accounts:
#HungryAndFueled #ChickenExplosion

Homeking: Ready to serve as gateway to mainland China market

With mainland China’s middle class expanding at an unprecedented pace, expect their income to also increase in a few years. In fact, by 2030, their consumer spending will reach a new level now seen in the European Union, an analytics company said.

According to The Economist Intelligence Unit, about 35 percent of mainland China’s population will have in excess of US$10,000 of annual disposable income, a 10 percent rise of what they have today.

Upper middle-income consumers—over 109 million of them are now in mainland China—are defined as those living in China’s first and second-tier cities, with wealth of at least US$28,000 and are able to purchase cars, branded goods and properties (in comparison, high-income individuals are those who can afford financial services, overseas travel and high-end consumer goods and services).

And with the population size of mainland China, the number of billionaires there, and the attractiveness of having a foreign domestic helper who can speak English, it will just be a matter of time for mainland China to hire foreign household service attendants. At the moment, only foreigners living in China’s mainland cities, as well as citizens of Hong Kong and Macau, are allowed to hire household service attendants from overseas.

Established in 2010, Homeking is now the largest household service provider in mainland China with a customer base of over 3 million families, 30 branch companies and just last year, reported a revenue amounting to close to RMB 1 billion (US$150 million).

Homeking Philippines announced that besides tapping premium household service market in the Philippines, it will make itself a major springboard for the mainland Chinese market to have access to the best quality and dependable domestic service professionals. 

As explained by Mr. Yoo, the said thrust conveys two things: firstly, by “Global Sourcing”, Homeking will seek all the best resources from all over the world in order to provide the highest standard in household service attendant industry, including providing the best education and training resources in house cleaning, care taking, nanny, butler, best business model, best products for household use (such as kitchen ware, toiletries and other lifestyle products).

Secondly, Homeking intends bring to the world all these top level services and products together with its mature business and management model. In our era of information, international and industrial division of labor has become more diversified since our pace of life and work is faster, and people all over the world are more and more relying on outsourcing services.

Homeking has chosen the Philippines as the 1st station of its global sourcing thrust, “Filipino household service attendants (HSAs) have been known the world over for their good character and our Chinese clients will find that they are very professional, diligent and discreet, thanks to the well-established training and certification system here in the Philippines. Not only are we looking forward to introducing them into mainland China HSAs but we will also train them based on a certification system,” says Mr. Yoo.

To take the first step, Homeking has entered into a partnership with Filhigh GNS Inc. and Ikon Solutions Asia Inc., both prominent manpower recruitment and deployment agencies based in Metro Manila. This partnership will not only include recruiting and dispatching high quality Filipino household service attendants, English teachers and care takers to mainland China in the future, but also will involve establishing training camps with local educational institutions, enrolling Chinese participants in courses such as housekeeping, food & beverage service, cookery amongst others. In the end,
we aim to produce high quality household service attendants that could ably serve Chinese clients. We also intend to tap household service markets in Hong Kong, Macao and Middle East countries—employing Homeking’s mature business model—where our two local partners have strong connection. For our part, Homeking would like to provide an even better protection of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Homeking believed its efforts will soon attract more Filipino household service attendants to consider mainland China and will think twice going elsewhere.

It should be remembered that last year, Philippine Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III revealed that (despite the ban and hefty penalties involved) up to 200,000 were already working as domestic helpers in mainland China illegally. These families from mainland China were attracted by Filipinos’ culture and their proficiency in English, which they believed, could help their children with their studies.

For the past 8 years Homeking has distinguished itself as a leader in household service industry in China. However, the challenge at the moment is how to remain a step ahead of the competition. “It is not enough to simply expand our housekeeping business, we have to upgrade our service by utilizing the increasing trust of our customers that we have accumulated over time, from housekeeping to articles sorting, to interior design, and eventually to health care of our customers’ family. These are the so called elevation stairs of customer’s demand as well as sequence of customer’s trust, and we have to climb each of these steps,” Mr. Yoo revealed.

For this end, Homeking is seeking to integrate the most-trusted household services from all over the world, besides Philippines, the company also looks to Japan and the United Kingdom as its possible next stations for article sorting, care taking of senior people and toddlers.

Besides, Homeking is seeking to introduce high quality lifestyle products from independent designers worldwide as well, another gesture to acquire more business from its existing customers. The first Homeking store opened in January in Xiamen City, where Homeking’s headquarters located. A total of 100 stores are to be opened in China in the coming years.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Getting a better ZZZ’s Is What’s Cool (and Healthy)

Do you know that "Sleep" is a very important part of our lifestyles? Did you know that an adult should be getting about seven to eight hours of sleep every day to properly recharge? Getting an appropriate amount of rest has a number of benefits including improved memory function, a stronger immune system, better concentration, and even weight loss. On the other hand, losing an hour of sleep from the recommended number of hours significantly reduces an individual’s ability to function at their maximum capacity.

Humans generally spend 1/3 of their lives sleeping. Moreover, it is an activity considered to be just as important as following a healthy diet and exercise. On the other hand, trivia shows that humans are also the only mammal that willingly delays sleep.

True enough, getting proper zzz’s is something most of us often take for granted. A shocking worldwide statistic has ranked the Philippines as the fifth country with the worst sleepers, with individuals getting an average of only six hours and 22 minutes of sleep. Sleep deprivation in the country affects about 50 million Filipinos, making the problem a national issue.

Regular loss of proper sleep can lead to circadian rhythm disorders. The circadian rhythm is a term that refers to a person’s internal body clock that regulates the 24-hour cycle of biological processes. It’s the body’s very own timer that triggers the body’s natural sleep and wake cycle. For adults, a dip in energy commonly occurs in the middle of the night and after lunch time. Noticeable big dips on this routine commonly means that an individual is sleep-deprived and is not getting enough rest.

Circadian rhythm disorders happen when there is a mismatch on the internal body clock due to the continuous disruption of sleep patterns. One of the most common disorder falling in this category is delayed sleep, which causes a person to feel tired at a later time than the usual. Individuals with this kind of disorder are the night owls, or those who feel more productive, alert, and creative late at night.

The opposite of this is advanced sleep phase disorder which is characterized by regular early bedtimes (6PM to 9PM), a habit that is very common among the elderly. In the Philippines, however, one very common sleep problem is shift work disorder caused by irregular sleeping patterns from night shifts. Common among business processing outsource (call center) employees, the disorder arises when the circadian rhythm cannot properly adjust to changing sleep patterns. Shift work disorder can often lead to problems like excessive sleepiness and insomnia.

But what makes a good sleep? According to the World Association of Sleep Medicine, there are a number of ways one can do to improve their sleeping patterns. The following are tips you can follow:

1. Refraining from using your bed for regular activities (e.g. eating, working, etc.)
2. Avoiding intake of caffeine six hours before bedtime.
3. Eating a light meal for dinner.
4. Limiting naps to not more than 45 minutes.
5. Creating a comfortable sleeping environment (using the right mattress and bedding, keeping the room dark and well-ventilated).

With sleep deprivation being a real concern in the country, several big names in the industry have jumped into action to help solve the problem. Among the leaders in the pack are The Philippine Society of Sleep Medicine (PSSM) comprised of physicians and sleep doctors, and the World Sleep Society, an association of sleep specialists focused on advancing sleep health worldwide by encouraging education and promoting sleep-focused research. Partnering with them is Uratex, The Sleep Specialist, the leading manufacturer of innovative sleep solutions. The company has been focused in creating quality sleep innovations like specialized mattresses and pillows that can help improve an individual’s rest.

These names have been proactive in furthering sleep education and awareness in the country. This month, they are coming together once more for World Sleep Day, an annual event that celebrates sleep importance and tackles issues like better sleep education. Organized by the World Sleep Day Committee, the event will be held on March 16 (today) and will feature talks on better prevention and management of sleep disorders.

Sleep deprivation should be considered a major national issue that should be swiftly addressed. With proper education and the support of thought leaders and action takers in the industry, the country is taking a progressive step towards achieving proper zzz’s.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Get FREE McDonald's Longgadesal on March 19 for National Breakfast Day!

Every day is a new beginning and a chance to do great things and amaze yourself. On March 19, McDonald’s once again invites its customers to start their day right with a free Longgadesal as it holds the much-awaited National Breakfast Day!

Now on its sixth year, National Breakfast Day lets Filipinos all over the country enjoy the goodness of a McDonald’s breakfast to jumpstart  their day on a positive note.

This 2018, McDonald's is giving away its newest breakfast offering, the Longgadesal, from 7AM to 8AM in close to 500 breakfast stores nationwide.

The new McDonald’s Longgadesal is a delicious take on the traditional freshly-baked pandesal combined with another Filipino breakfast staple, longganisa. Experience a savory, beefy, longganisa patty, topped with a sweet, creamy sauce, sandwiched between a soft pandesal bun enjoyed with or without an egg. The Longgadesal is perfect for when you need something delicious to grab and go and is definitely a great way to start a new day. To complete your breakfast, the Longgadesal is best paired with McCafé Premium Roast Coffee, made with 100% Arabica Beans.

Celebrities are also eagerly looking forward to taking part in the National Breakfast Day celebration. Catch McDonald’s endorsers Alden Richards, Maine Mendoza, Tony Labrusca, Maymay Entrata, Edward Barber, and many more, who will personally hand-out free Longgadesal in select McDonald’s stores.

Celebrate National Breakfast Day and experience a great start to your day by heading to participating McDonald’s stores nationwide on March 19 from 7am to 8am.

Share your National Breakfast Day experience and tag @McDo_PH on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #NationalBreakfastDay. For more details, please visit