Friday, August 3, 2018

One million new customers added in last 7 months as HCPH continues its rapid growth in PH


Home Credit, the Prague-based consumer finance company that has captured the attention of mallgoers and gadget lovers alike with its affordable in-store loans, has a very good reason to celebrate after it recently signed its three millionth customer.


(L-R: HCPH Sales Associate Mayeth Valencia, HCPH CEO Annica Witschard, 3 millionth customer Virginia Dela Torre and husband Almer, HCPH Chief Marketing and Product Officer Franchette Chingcuanco-Cardona)

Lucky winner Virginia and her husband Almer were in the process of applying for an in-store loan for a flat screen TV when HCPH surprised them on the spot. Home Credit Philippines’ Chief Executive Officer Annica Witschard and Chief Marketing and Product Officer Franchette Cardona were personally there to reveal the surprise and congratulate the “winning” customers who got 5,000php worth of GCs and the perk of having the rest of their loan waived.

HCPH has come a long way since its establishment in Manila in 2013. From starting with less than 30,000 customers in its first year, the company quickly grew in the next few years, hitting the one million customer mark in 2017 before finishing the year with two million customers. A few more months later, HCPH’s customer base now stands at three million.

“We credit our success to the thriving market here in the Philippines. There is a strong demand for financially-inclusive products, and we are more than happy to cater to this demand by offering loans even to first-time borrowers and those without formal accounts,” Annica shared when asked about the company’s growth.

According to the latest data from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 77 percent of adults have no formal accounts such as savings accounts with banks. HCPH taps this group of consumers by making applying for an in-store loan easy even if they have no credit history. The customer simply needs to approach a Home Credit Sales Associate, provide two (2) IDs, and wait for ten minutes to process their application.

In addition, the company has also been rapidly expanding in terms of stores and the range of products it finances. It now has more than 4,000 stores and has a presence in more than 50 provinces and Metro Manila. In terms of product portfolio, Home Credit Philippines has also been actively expanding its lineup. In addition to mobile devices and gadgets, its roster also includes home appliances, hardware tools, e-bikes, musical instruments, and sporting goods.

When asked about their reaction for being named the three millionth first-time customers, Almer shared his happiness by saying, “Napaka-ganda ng Home Credit dahil napapaluwagan nila yung mga tao na hindi usually na-aafford na bumili ng ganitong mga bagay.” Virginia added, “Napakadali ng proseso. Biyaya talaga ito.” [Home Credit has a good program because it helps people who can’t usually afford to buy these things. The process is very easy. This is really a blessing.


Besides in-store loans, the company also offers cash loans which, according to Annika, are used by some of the customers to start small businesses so they can make a better living for their families. Others use their cash loans to pay for other needs like school tuitions or finance house renovations.


Creating Moments of Joy Through Taste and Experience

In emerging economies like the Philippines and Malaysia, income shifts have challenged the traditional definition of a consumer. Mondelēz International has noted that growing middle-class consumers now demand for products and formats which fit their lives and growing families. They seek enhanced brand experiences which go beyond the first bite. 




As for Filipino families, Amante said, “Our insights have shown the trend in income shifts affecting the parent-to child segment. Parents’ lives have grown to be hectic. Because of this, their interests lie in spending time with their family, who still come first in their priorities.” She added, “To address these lifestyle needs, Mondelez Philippines will continue to expand into consumer white spaces or new categories, creating meaningful innovations to turn ordinary moments into joyful experiences, just like with Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables.”

As a new entry in the Market, particularly in the Philippines, Mondelez Philippines created excitement for Filipino families through teaser campaigns leveraging on social media and the internet, which are key touchpoints in consumers’ lives. Amante announced that in the coming months, the market will see and hear more from Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables in the channels and mediums they prefer like online, TV, billboards and radio. 

“Through brands like Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables, we invest in creating more moments of joy by bringing together the delicious taste experience and bonding spirit of being with a loved one,” Amante said.

With different Pokemon toy freebies that can be collected and a suggested retail price of P46.50 in the Philippines, Cadbury Dairy Milk Lickables can now be availed at your favorite supermarkets and convenience stores. 




Monday, July 23, 2018

Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp fuels Pinoy court skills and Taiwanese innovation

Combining the Filipino passion for basketball and the Taiwanese drive for innovation, the first-ever Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp filled the Mall of Asia Music Hall with an intense 3-on-3 Hoop Challenge, top-notch innovations from Taiwan Excellence, and PBA stars last July 21 – 22, 2018.


A partnership between Taiwan Excellence and legendary PBA star Coach Eric Altamirano, the two-day Camp aimed to promote sportsmanship as it brought together some of the Metro’s most promising basketball players while highlighting the incredible products awarded with the Taiwan Excellence Seal.


 “Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp is an exemplary showcase of excellence from both countries: the fighting spirit of the Filipinos further empowered by the products of Taiwan,” said Alfred Wang, Director of the Economic Division of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO).

With its aim of promoting the leading products, Taiwan Excellence shares to the world a variety of truly innovative brands. Initiated by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), Taiwan, R.O.C., in 1992, the symbol of Taiwan Excellence is continuously recognized by 102 countries.

The symbol of Taiwan Excellence, according to Wang, honors Taiwan’s most innovative products “that provide tremendous value to users worldwide.” Each product has been selected for a specific Taiwan Excellence Award based on their excellence in the following categories: design, quality, marketing, Taiwanese R&D, and manufacturing.

Boasting participation of 192 amateur Pinoy ballers, the Camp put their skills to the test in a rigorous 3-on-3 matches while 3 PBA stars are on the sidelines showing support.


Alongside Coach E of Alaska Aces, local court heroes JC Intal and Doug Kramer of Phoenix Fuel Masters also gave their support to the budding ballers.

Also integral to the whole Taiwan Excellence Basketball Camp set up is the Taiwan Excellence Experience Zone which exhibits the top-of-the-line products of Taiwan.

With products from tech giant Asus, fitness company Johnson, and bike manufacturer Tern, among others, the Taiwan Excellence Zone got everyone up close and personal with impressive products championed by Taiwan.

Wang hopes these superior products from Taiwan will boost the way of life and strengthen the love of Filipinos for basketball and sports in general.



 “They did a great job in showcasing the best products that Taiwan can offer. The quality can go head to head with other global brands,” said Christian Ramos, one of the players for the Camp.

Meanwhile, the two celebrity players look forward to using the products themselves.

“I am really excited about the bikes from Tern. They make biking and going around the city a much more fun experience,” said Intal.

As for Kramer, he has his sights on the Paper Shoot, compact digital cameras with cases made out of eco-friendly paper.

“I really feel that the whole family will fall in love with it. It is so simple and sophisticated, I know my kids will love using Paper Shoot.” Kramer said.
For updates about Taiwan Excellence, visit their website https://www.taiwanexcellence.org/ph and follow their Facebook page at facebook.com/TaiwanExcellence.ph.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Yes, we’d like a serving of the new LG G7 ThinQ, please


LG Electronics Philippines finally unveiled the LG G7 ThinQ, its new flagship premium smartphone, at an exclusive launch recently event held at trendy bar and lounge Yes, Please.
Mr. Paul Jeon (center), LG Philippines’ VP for Mobile Communications, with Yugatech founder  Abe Olandres (left), and film director Mr. Mikhail Red (right)


Combining exciting innovations, a sleek design, and stunning display and sound with LG’s intuitive ThinQ AI technology, the G7 ThinQ takes the smartphone experience to unprecedented heights. The G7 ThinQ comes with a Super Bright 6.1-inch display that, at 1000nit is brighter than any other mobile phone screen. This, along with the phone’s AI-powered operational and creative features, a Quad DAC feature that provides distortion-free sound, and a hardworking camera, offers consumers a better user experience all around.  


LG has always striven to provide products that makes the daily grind easier for its consumers. In the LG G7 ThinQ, this principle is reflected in the Hotkey, a button on the side of the phone that activates Google Assistant with one tap. Holding down the button will allow for instant conversations with Google Assistant, and will allow the user to search the internet, open applications and remotely use the phone on voice command (LG has worked with Google to come up 32 new Google Assistant commands). The G7 ThinQ also sports Super Far Field Voice Recognition, which allows it to hear commands for Google Assistant up to five meters away.


During the launch, LG invited gadget website Yugatech’s founder, Abe Olandres, to explain how the G7ThinQ’s AI-powered features can provide beneficial advantages to everyday life. As Abe explained, the phone’s AI CAM helps deliver an unprecedented smartphone photography experience by recognizing an object and automatically adjusting settings according to what it sees. The phone also has 19 different color and contrast filters to help enhance results. All these features combined makes capturing professional-quality images a truly effortless experience for everyone. 

To fully display how the G7 ThinQ delivers the ultimate camera experience in a smartphone, LG commissioned a short video from up and coming director Mikhail Red, whose latest film Birdshot won the Asian Future Best Film Award at the Tokyo International Film Festival, and was the first Filipino full-feature film to be included in Netflix’s inventory. The video not only demonstrates Mikhael’s skill and dexterity as a director and photographer, but showcases how the LG G7 ThinQ’s camera delivers a higher range of details, more vivid colors and striking luminance when capturing both moving and still subjects. Mikhail’s video also demonstrated how the LG G7 ThinQ  enables the Super Bright Camera feature in a low-light setting, resulting in clearer, more focused images, or how the camera supports depth-of-field Bokeh effects with a Super Wide Angle feature.

Superior sound is also another G7 ThinQ boast. The flagship smartphone has a Boombox Speaker that, as demonstrated in the launch, increases the base sound level by more than 6dB with twice the amount of bass. Translated in layman terms, the LG G7 ThinQ packs more than 10 times the loudness than that of a typical smartphone. 



Thursday, June 28, 2018

Vivo and Qualcomm collaborate on breakthrough 5G antenna technology

Vivo has detailed its collaboration with Qualcomm to address a critical 5G development milestone with their ground-breaking 5G antenna technology. This collaboration has resulted in the successful design and integration of new 5G mm-Wave (millimeter wave) antenna arrays into a Vivo commercial form factor as well as the measurement of system-level OTA (over-the-air) performance.

This milestone is significant as the arrival of 5G is creating major design challenges for smartphone manufacturers and network operators. To fully support the rollout of 5G services, even greater complexity and tougher requirements have been added to antenna designs and technologies.

For end users, mm-Wave technology can attain higher data rates to enable the 5G peak data rate of around 10-20 times higher than that of existing 4G LTE technology, providing a better wireless experience especially with AR, VR, AI, and UHD (ultra-high definition) video applications.

“Through this landmark cooperation between Vivo and Qualcomm, Vivo's industry leadership and innovation on 5G mm-Wave antenna design will contribute to creating optimal devices for end users,” said Dr. Huan-Chu Huang, Antenna Technical Director/ Principal Antenna Expert at Vivo. “After this successful completion of 5G mm-Wave antenna design and measurement based on a Vivo commercial form factor, consumers will soon see the next round of new device designs offering superior performance benefits and a taste of the next generation mobile experience.”

It is expected that both 5G sub-6 GHz and mm-Wave antenna technology will be deployed in every major market around the world, with some markets by 2019 and others to follow in 2020. Beyond this collaboration, according to Dr. Huan-Chu Huang, Vivo is also proactively applying for patents and publishing international research papers on mm-Wave antenna designs to prepare for the arrival of 5G age.

This latest innovation is another example of Vivo’s dedication to break new ground and to lead in critical industry initiatives such as 5G development. “From the early days of WiGig to 5G mm-Wave today, Vivo has been focused on deep studies and solid works on mm-Wave antenna designs and technologies. This successful development of 5G mm-Wave antenna array technology for smartphones denotes a further progression of Vivo’s accumulation of industry-leading technology breakthroughs and capabilities,” said Dr. Huan-Chu Huang.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SM Cinema treats kids to the movies for free!


Nothing beats seeing a movie with your little ones on the big screen. Now, kids and kids at heart can have a more exciting time seeing a movie with SM Cinema’s Kids Watch for Free! 




SM Cinema’s Kids Watch For Free gives a complimentary movie pass to your kid for every movie ticket you purchase. With this, parents and guardians are given the chance to spend time watching their favorite animated movies with their kids for a cheaper cost.

               

Kids 4 feet and below in height can avail of the free movie ticket started last June 21 until December 4 this year.



Get your kid a free movie pass now and don’t miss the best superhero family in Incredibles 2 on June 21- 27. You can also avail of the free ticket movie for your kid in these upcoming animated movies: Richard the Stork on July 2531, Teen Titans Go! and Christopher Robin on August 8 – 14, Wheely on September 12 – 18, Small Foot on October 3 – 9, The Nutcracker and the Four Realms on November 7 – 13, Luis and the Aliens on November 7 – 13, Marnie’s World 3D on November 14 – 20, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck it Ralph 2 on November 28 – December 4.



Enjoy watching blockbuster animated movies with free movie seats for your kids in SM Cinemas nationwide. Kids Watch For Free is also available on IMAX and Director’s Club. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM Cinema on Instagram for updates!   

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Vivo Launches Pioneering In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology in PHL with New Flagship Smartphone X21

Vivo finally released the X21 flagship smartphone in the Philippines to bring users a brand new and futuristic unlocking experience with industry-leading In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. Combined with its FullView™ Display, AI photography and upgraded face recognition technology, the X21 is the ideal mobile partner for the tech-savvy consumer.


Through its continuous research into user needs, Vivo has consistently pursued innovation to solve consumer pain points. Having invested in long-term research and development to overcome the problems posed by mass producing In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, Vivo is finally bringing this secure and intuitive unlocking solution to more consumers. Vivo has also made major technology breakthroughs with its FullView™ Display and AI photography featured in the X21.



Two unlocking technologies to bring double convenience

Vivo has been the industry pioneer of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology from showcasing its first prototype demonstration to successful mass production. To ensure user expectations for this technology are being met, Vivo has tasked its teams to innovate and perfect this technology on the new X21 to provide a reliable and secure unlocking solution to all consumers.

Vivo X21 replaces the rear fingerprint sensor with the latest In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology. This allows the sleek and unified design of the smartphone to be preserved without the need for a rear fingerprint sensor. With mere a flick of the wrist and a press on the screen to unlock, this convenient and seamless process is intuitive for any user.

Other than In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, X21 also offers upgraded facial recognition technology with Face Access which scans users’ facial features for enhanced security.

Impressive FullView™ experience with a screen-to-body ratio of over 90%

Vivo X21 has a 6.28-inch 19:9 FHD+ FullView™ Display. With a super slim notch, and 1.66mm side bezels, it achieves a 90.3% screen-to-body ratio to provide a wider viewing experience compared to other similar-sized phones. Vivo has even enhanced its software to support the notch and developed a notification bar that maintains an immersive experience. Maximizing the beauty of the display, Vivo X21 uses P3 display color management technology and supports a P3 wide color gamut to ensure more accurate, natural and saturated colors.

Taking phone design to the extraordinary, X21 has ditched the metal body for a new 3D glass back cover. Every arc and curve on the back cover are ergonomically optimized to ensure comfort in your hand, with only 3.1mm thick in the middle. More than just smooth to the touch, X21 uses a new color-blending technique, which creates a unique luster that creates its elegant look.

AI Photography Brings a Superior User Experience

X21 continues Vivo’s heritage of photography leadership, featuring 12MP (24 million photographic units) front and rear cameras with Dual Pixel Sensors. The secondary rear camera is 5MP. Thanks to the larger photographic area of each pixel, X21’s camera significantly boosts picture clarity. On top of this, the X21 features fast focusing technology that rivals DSLRs, which enables it to focus fast and capture depth of field data in every pixel.

Vivo X21’s AI Scene Recognition not only identifies night, sports, vibration or back light scenarios, but it can also detect and identify 18 tags and 140 scenarios such as portraits, food and plants as it shoots. It then actively adjusts photography settings and effects to make it easy for the user to capture a great photo.

By upgrading Vivo’s photography technologies with AI, Vivo’s AI Face Beauty and AI HDR features can identify the subject’s sex, skin tone and surrounding lighting environment to create the ideal facial enhancement settings, even in a backlit environment. With AI Face Beauty learning the user’s specific preferences for beauty, it can generate custom beautification effects tailored to each user. Think of X21 as your personal make-over team packed into one intelligent device.

System level optimization enhances mobile entertainment

Hardware forms the basis of any user experience. The X21 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE chip which can effectively utilize CPU resources for complex AI and neural computing. Its 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM increases the speed of launching, loading and switching even large and complex mobile games. With the large storage space, users can go wild downloading all the applications, movies and photos they want without the hassle of clearing space.

While gaming, the system will automatically adjust the CPU to optimize performance according to the game’s resources for a smoother gaming experience. The Game Mode on X21 even prevents accidental touch operations, ensuring gamers only make the moves they intended.

X21 continues Vivo’s Hi-Fi legacy and houses the AK4376A audio chipset. It is also equipped with Deep Field technology, which was developed by Vivo to provide panoramic surround, mega bass, clear voice effects and various environmental audio effects, allowing users to tailor their audio experience.


PDRF, PCPPI to provide 20,000-liter Water tanks for Marawi rehabilitation


Marawi is on its way to recovery. As the efforts continue to revive Lanao Del Sur’s capital after being ravaged by war, private institutions and government organizations are partnering to address the need for water of Maranaos and others in the area.

(L-R) Holding the scale model of the 20,000-liter water tank to be deployed in Marawi is Lanao Del Sur Provincial Information Officer, Salma Jayne Alonto Tamano; Task Force Bangon Marawi Undersecretary, and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary General, Falconi Ace Millar; Pepsi-Co Products Philippines Inc. President Samudra Bhattacharya, and Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation President Butch Meily



As the country's major private sector driver and coordinator for disaster resilience, the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF) linked with Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc. (PCPPI) to provide the internally displaced people of Marawi with clean and safe water. PDRF tapped PCPPI to provide 12 cylindrical, 20,000-liter water tanks to various gravely affected barangays across the province. PCPPI will also partner with PDRF to conduct community training on water management and hygiene, as well as initiate various programs for the holistic, socio-psychological recovery of the Maranaos.


In full support of this partnership is Atty. Falconi Millar, Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary General, who was present during the signing ceremony.

Millar also serves as Undersecretary of Task Force Bangon Marawi—the inter-agency task force group of the government dedicated to the recovery, reconstruction, and rehabilitation of Marawi and other affected localities.


The Undersecretary underlined that PDRF was one of the first to send recovery teams to Marawi, and that with their partnership with PCPPI he sees an evolution of responsible corporate citizenship in the private sector.



The collaboration between PDRF, PCPPI, Task Force Bangon Marawi and the Lanao del Sur government helps mobilize the next phase of rehabilitation efforts in the war-stricken area, beginning with the need for water.


The PDRF implements an eight-cluster system model for private sector coordination aimed to provide a more robust platform for collaboration and interoperability with key partners in disaster preparation, response, and rehabilitation. PCPPI’s efforts fall under the Water and Sanitation cluster.


Also at the event was Lanao Del Sur’s Provincial Information Officer, Salma Jayne Alonto-Tamano. Millar reiterated the government's relentless pursuit of rebuilding Marawi, returning it to its vibrancy.



PDRF first worked with the bottling company last year for the donation and installation of 1,000 gasera lights and 500 solar street lamps in Marawi.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Suit up for the Incredible Adventure at SM Cinema

Get ready to fight crime and evil as the incredible superhero family returns to the big screen! SM Cinema is inviting the whole family for a day of superpowered fun at the launch of Incredibles 2: Incredible Adventure at the event atrium of S’Maison at Conrad Manila.


Interactive booths and exciting activities await families in the Incredible Adventure where kids (and kids at heart!) can experience what it’s like to be a superhero!


Collect balloons and win fun prizes in the Violet Force Field Booth and test your speed in Dash’s Timed Obstacle Dash. Feel the rush, jump and fly at Elastigirl’s Trampoline Area and show off your creativity with Mr. Incredible’s logo builder by Nutri-Asia’s Papa Catsup.

Kapuso star, Klea Pineda and her sister tried the interactive booth. They build the Incredibles 2 logo.

Experience being incredible in these super activities coming your way at S’Maison on June 8 13, SM North EDSA on June 15 20, and SM Southmall on June 22 24.

Then don’t miss the return of your favourite superhero family! With Helen busy saving the world, it is Bob who is left at home with Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack, whose turbulent superpowers are starting to emerge. As the family struggles with the change, they also have to work together to defeat the dangerous plot of a new villain.

Catch Incredibles 2 with your family at IMAX, Director’s Club and SM Cinema starting June 14. As a special treat for your superkids, they get a free movie seat for every paying adult this June 21 to 27 in SM Cinemas nationwide. Book your tickets through the website, www.smcinema.com or download the SM Cinema mobile app.  You may also follow /SMCinema on Facebook and @SM_Cinema on Instagram for updates!   


Monday, June 4, 2018

Spend a Fun Weekend with Dad via a Boys’ Camp!

Looking for a fun way to celebrate Father’s Day with the entire family? Head over to Boys’ Camp for a day of awesome play, photo fun and lots of toys!


Happening at The Food Circuit of The Block, SM City North EDSA (in front of the SM Supermarket) fromJune 14 to 17, Boys’ Camp features favorite toy brands including Hot Wheels, Jurassic World, Justice League, Ben 10 and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Also showcased in the event are new, exciting robot toys from Voltron, Tobot and Optimorphs.

Dive into play with toys from these brands in the event’s Play Grove, or better yet… Shop with dad in the pop-up shop for that mini car or dinosaur that you’ve been wanting. Special discounts and great deals are also in store only on this event!

Go wacky and take photos with dad in the interactive set-up called Crazy Lake. Post it on your social media account with the hashtags #voltron and #boyscamp, and you might win a Voltron action figure. You can also enjoy Animation Mountain, streaming action-packed cartoons all day…

Surprises await Boys’ Camp visitors as special guests drop by for a meet & greet. On Father’s Day, Ben Tennyson and Tobot Deltatron will join in the fun and create super moments to last. Best thing about this edition of Boys’ Camp is that admission is free… For you and dad, and everyone who wants to play all day.

Boys’ Camp is a Richprime Global, Inc. event in partnership with Toy Kingdom and SM Supermalls. Get to know more about the event through https://www.facebook.com/richwellclub/.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Visit and enjoy Above Sea Level

If you're looking for something that serves seafood that consists crabs, shrimps, mussels, corn and java rice. I suggest that you go to Above Sea Level located at StrEat: Maginhawa Food Park, Teachers Village, Quezon City

So up to the next question... what is Above Sea Level?

Above Sea Level is a food shack at The Yard Underground that sells fresh and affordable seafoods.
They only open late afternoon til night, so expect a big crowd and finding a seat can be challenging.

What are their best-seller? Let's name it one-by-one.



>Seafood Festival
           




>Squid Fries





>Super Giant Butterfly Squid





Visit their Facebook page at 
 https://www.facebook.com/abovesealevelph/
Or their Instagram: abovesealevelph


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stay cool this summer with these fun, healthy beverages

Summer is now officially here and it is leaving us thirsty and in sweat. You probably know by now that you should always be well-hydrated but, a glass of water does not hold as much appeal anymore.
One of the best ways to quench your thirst is to prepare refreshing drinks that will let you stay cool this season. While there are many available refreshments you can make for your family, it pays to ensure that you give them not just cold, sweet drinks but also some essential nutrients. 
To help you achieve healthy and family-friendly drinks, Santé Barley listed three fun and exciting refreshments that are sure to provide a cool way to beat the summer heat.

Santé Barley Choco Drink

Whip out your blender and take advantage of this easy-to-make drink as you can never go wrong with its chocolatey goodness, especially this time of the year.


What you need to prepare:

One sachet Choco Barley
6 ounces (177 mL) water or milk
8 sachets of Santé Pure Barley (24g)
6 ice cubes

Three simple steps to follow:

In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass or tumbler. *can be served with banana, mango, or any fruit of your choice.
Serve immediately.


Tropical Delight

Hot days call for refreshing drinks and nothing tastes more like summer than a Tropical Delight. This healthy and tasty treat will quench your thirst and will surely drive the heat away.



What you need to prepare:

1 cup milk (or unsweetened vanilla milk almond)
8 sachets of Santé Pure Barley (21g)
1 big banana
¼ cup yogurt (plain or strawberry flavor)
2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Three simple steps to follow:

In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass or tumbler.
Serve immediately.

Strawberry Shake

Skip drinking those sodas with sugar and make yourself a good ole Strawberry shake instead. This drink is a classic and is a hit to everyone who tries it. Not only does it taste good but, it is also easy to prepare, making it a perfect drink to indulge in to cool off for the hot summer days. 



What you need to prepare:

½ ounces (355 mL) water or milk
8 sachets of Santé Pure Barley (24g)
8 strawberries (medium-large size)
6 ice cubes


Three simple steps to follow:

In a blender, add all the ingredients and blend for 30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
Pour into a glass or tumbler. 
Serve immediately.

These exciting summer refreshments are made easier with Santé Pure Barley and Santé Choco Barley. These powdered drinks are perfect for people of all ages with different lifestyles. They are also ideal partners to create refreshing recipes for families and friends to indulge in while enjoying this summer season.

Santé Pure Barley is a healthy drink that contains vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, and carotenoids. It also uses young barley grasses that are dried and milled into a fine powder, certified by BioGro, the leading organic certifying body of New Zealand.

Santé Choco Barley, on the other hand, will keep your kids healthy and strong. Fortified with rich vitamins and minerals-carrying barley grass, this powdered drink is perfect for picky eaters and can easily become your child’s favorite.

To learn more about Santé Barley and its products, visit their website at: https://main.santebarley.com/ph/ or their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/santeofficial.ph/.




Thursday, May 3, 2018

Win Delonghi, KitchenAid appliances in Marketplace by Rustan’s Summer Surprise

Over 32,000 summer treats and three major raffle prizes are up for grabs in Summer Surprise, an online game from Marketplace by Rustan’s and Rustan’s Supermarket. Joining is easy: just visit the link http://supermarketsurprise.com to register using your mobile phone number.


Follow the mechanics that pop up on your screen and try to match three items of the same kind to win the product. Among the treats to bag are a Coke Zero Can 330 ml, Del Monte Bone Smart Orange Juice 1L, Nescafe Gold White Espresso 20g, Nescafe Gold Cappuccino 20.5g 4’s, Nescafe Gold White Espresso 25 g 4’s, Lucky Me Pancit Canton Kalamansi Cup 70g, Lucky Me Pancit Canton Chili Cup 70g, Snapmax Party Mix 150g, and Snapmax Coated Green Peas 80g.


Major raffle prizes also await three lucky registrants who will be selected via raffle draw. Third prize is a Delonghi Espresso and Cappuccino Maker, second prize is a KitchenAid Food Chopper, KitchenAid Hand Mixer and KitchenAid Wesserkessel, and the grand prize is a KitchenAid Artisinal Mixer.



The game is on until June 13, 2018. Per DTI FTEB Permit No. 4978 series of 2018.

For more info, visit www.rustansfresh.com, follow and like rustansfresh on Facebook, and @rustansfresh on Instagram and Twitter.

Marketplace by Rustan’s are located at San Antonio Plaza, Rockwell Power Plant Mall and Central Square Bonifacio High Street, Connecticut San Juan, Eastwood City, Shangri-La Plaza, Paseo de Roces, Santolan Town Plaza, and Three Central. Also, visit Rustan’s Supermarkets located at Makati Area: Glorietta, Greenbelt 1, Paseo de Magallanes, Alphaland Makati Place, Paseo Center, Century City Mall.  North Area: Gateway Mall, Katipunan, Tomas Morato, P. Guevarra, Corinthian Hills, Village Center Antipolo, The Grove by Rockwell, Ayala Malls The 30th. South Area: Ayala Alabang Village, Evia Lifestyle Center, Uptown Mall BGC. Cebu: Oakridge Business Park, Ayala Center, Arcenas Estate CDO: Ayala Centrio Mall.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Smart, YouTube team up to connect Filipinos to the world of video

PLDT wireless arm Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) is giving Smart, TNT, and Sun prepaid customers free access for one hour daily to YouTube and soon to other online video services starting today until July 15.



These subscribers can watch YouTube for one hour for free daily by simply registering to load packages like GigaSurf99, AllOutSurf99, GigaSurf 50, AllOutSurf 30, Panalo Data 30, Panalo Combo 30, Super Combo 20, and Big Time Data 70. They can enjoy this special offer for the duration of the packages that they buy.

“Through this path-breaking partnership, many more Filipinos can pursue their passions like music and entertainment, and learn a wide range of skills, hobbies, educational material, news and information through the massive library of video material of YouTube. This service is something every Filipino should have access to,” said Oscar A. Reyes, Jr., SVP of Consumer Business Market Development for PLDT and Smart.

"With this new offer, mobile phone users now have everyday access to the richest video library with content from every corner of the planet—for free,” Reyes said.   He added that this special promo will soon be available to postpaid subscribers as well.

“We are proud to partner with YouTube to bring the service closer to our customers. This is just the start of a fruitful partnership, and we are working on a lot of other exciting initiatives that will enhance the digital lifestyle of Filipinos,” Reyes said.


Aside from YouTube, another video service is also set to be part of the offer. Access to Smart360 (http://360.smart.com.ph), a web portal where Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers can access various digital content like live TV, movies, series, music and games, will soon be free for a limited time. Other video content providers are also eligible to be included in the offer, subject to mutually agreed terms with Smart.

Smart, TNT and Sun subscribers are now better able to enjoy video streaming services like YouTube as a result of Smart's massive network investments over the past several years which has enabled the mobile phone carrier to provide high-speed mobile data services via its expanded LTE and 3G networks throughout the country.

To provide customers with a better video and mobile internet experience, Smart is accelerating the deployment of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) and carrier aggregation technology to more areas this year. Carrier Aggregation (CA), a feature of LTE-A, enables the combination of two or more radio frequency bands in order to deliver bigger bandwidth and much faster data speeds, which are crucial in providing the best video streaming experience to mobile phone users.

Smart has already rolled-out 3CC CA sites in cities across Metro Manila, as well as in major cities in other regions of the country, including Baguio, Calamba, Iloilo, Bacolod, Tagbilaran, Ormoc, Cagayan de Oro, Dipolog, Zamboanga, among others. In Metro Manila and areas where there is a concentration of capable devices, Smart is also deploying 4CC, starting with Marikina and Quezon City, where customers with 4CC CA-capable devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8 have reported enjoying data download speeds of over 200 Mbps.

Smart’s accelerated deployment of LTE-Advanced follows the stepped up roll out of its LTE network. It is also upping the ante by deploying another LTE-A based technology called 4x4 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO), which raises the radio frequency efficiency by using multiple antennas for sending and receiving data.

Parent company PLDT has committed historic levels of resources to support network transformation. Capital expenditures reached P40 billion in 2017, of which about 67% was allotted for the mobile network. For 2018, PLDT capex is expected to reach P58 billion, which includes allocations for the aggressive roll-out of its fiber broadband service, which also supports the stepped-up deployment of the mobile network by providing high-capacity links for cellular base stations.

Friday, April 27, 2018

KZ, TJ showcase superb musicality in Vivo V9 mall tour

Singer KZ Tandingan earned new fans with her powerful performances during her stint on China’s high-rating TV show, Singer 2018. Although she did not make it to the finals, KZ made a mark with the Chinese audience, cementing her title as Asia’s Soul Supreme.

Now back in the Philippines, KZ performed for her fans at the SM Mall of Asia last April 22, Sunday, to support the launch of Vivo’s newest flagship smartphone, the V9 with a 24-megapixel AI selfie camera and more. It was her first public performance in the Philippines following her appearance on Singer 2018.

As the crowd roared in welcome, KZ belted out her signature hits like her cover of Lorde’s “Royals,” which she performed on Singer 2018, and Air Supply’s “Two Less Lonely People in the World.” She also sang her original songs, “Labo” and “Mahal Ko o Mahal Ako.”

Game face on! KZ always ready to give her all as she wowed fans with her topnotch performance at SM Mall of Asia on April 22, Sunday, for the Vivo V9 mall tour.

Vivo Philippines Brand Director Annie Lim, meanwhile, expressed the global smartphone company’s continuous support for KZ.

“Like the rest of the Filipinos, we are very proud of KZ and her achievements on Singer 2018. She embodies the brand’s personality—young, trendy, and techie. We are very happy that someone as talented as her is part of the Vivo family,” she said.

“We can’t wait to see what she’s going to do next,” Lim added.

TJ thrilled fans at SM Mall of Asia on April 22, Sunday, with his melodious, captivating hits.

The event was even made more special since acoustic balladeer TJ Monterde, KZ’s equally talented boyfriend and fellow Vivo endorser, performed for the event. He sang his own compositions, “Tulad Mo,” “Kahit Kunwari,” and “Ikaw at Ako.”

TJ also had nothing but praises for her girlfriend as she introduced her on stage and encouraged the mallgoers to cheer KZ on.

“KZ deserves a loud crowd,” he said.

Love birds do make great harmony.  

After the pair answered questions from the press and gave away a brand new Vivo V9, they sang their hit duet, “Ikaw at Ako Pa Rin,” which made their fans overjoyed with kilig.

KZ and TJ then went around the Perfect Shot, Perfect View Vivo V9 mall tour experience booths and greeted Vivo V9 buyers and their fans after the program. The two also surprised mallgoers when they dropped by the Vivo kiosk at the SM Cyberzone.

KZ has been a proud Vivo endorser since September 2017. She has also been active in joining Vivo in its mall tours and activities since then. TJ, on the other hand, became a Vivo endorser since May 2017.

Check out Vivo’s official YouTube page for more information: https://youtu.be/d22rnb24L8A.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

3 Awesome Reasons Why Your kids should Join a Vacation Bible School this Summer

Summer is definitely here and this is the perfect time for kids to enjoy, relax and have fun after a busy school year!

Aside from beach getaways and outdoor activities with the family, summer is also a time for kids to meet new friends, try new things and improve their skills by enrolling in summer workshops, and (yes!) to know more about God!


Around this time, Vacation Bible Schools (VBS) for kids are being held in local churches near you. VBS are usually held for 5-7 days and are filled with fun Bible games and activities, and with lots of singing and dancing! What’s more? Enrollment is usually free of charge!

Here are 3 awesome reasons why you should send your kids to VBS this year:

1. Your kids will learn while having fun

VBS is a perfect place for kids to learn important Bible lessons that will help build their character as they grow up. VBS classes are packed with  exciting and creative activities that makes learning fun, interesting and memorable .

2. Your kids will learn how to relate with others and build friendships

VBS also gives an opportunity for your kids to meet new friends! As they interact with each other and gain “new experiences” as a team, kids will learn how to value each other and work well with one another. This is a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

3. Your kids will grow in their relationship with God

Teaching kids about God’s Word and sharing with them the love of God is the most precious learning that they can get in a VBS.


With the songs and materials lessons that are call centered to on Godthe goodness of God, the kids will have the at opportunity during VBS to really know who Hethe Lord is in a very personal level way—as young as they are.

Proverbs 22:6 says, “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” (NLT)

Now, who wouldn’t love to be a part of that? So if you are a parent, consider sending your kids to a Vacation Bible School near your place.! Ask your local church.

If you are church admin or church pastor or leader who thinks of organizing a VBS in your local church, give it a go using Superbook’s the Superbook KampEON VBS kit!

The kit contains a Director’s Guide, a Teacher’s Guide, music videos, printables and 5 Superbook episodes on DVD!

To avail Superbook ’s KampEON VBS Kit, just go to the nearest Philippine Bible Society (PBS) branch near you. You may also call  or call 663-4700 loc 410 or 440 for more details!

Those who will purchase before April 30 will get 2 Superbook Coloring books for free!

For more details visit Batang Superbook or Cconnect with us through Superbook’s Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, and Twitter pages to keep updated with the latest Superbook VBS updates!.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

#KeepACoolHead and Beat the Summer Heat with Head & Shoulders

Summer is all about fun and excitement. It is the best time to enjoy your days outdoors, book a trip to the beach, and take a refreshing dip in the cool waters as you soak up the warm sunshine. However, summer is also the peak season when people become more prone to itching and dandruff. Moreover, the summer heat can be harsh to your scalp and even cause excessive sweating, which leaves you feeling irritable and uncool.
If you’ve been scratching your head wondering how you can deal with dandruff and itching even while under the blazing sun, just read on to find out how some of the coolest online stars get to #KeepACoolHead this summer.


Athletes Nico Bolzico, Jeron Teng, and Kianna Dy; travelers An Estrada, En Estrada, Chie Filomeno, Janina Manipol, and Cha Ocampo; plus vloggers Michelle Dy and Haley Dasovich; all share a common secret to staying cool in this sizzling weather—they are proud Head & Shoulders ambassadors that swear by the limited edition summer variants that let them keep cool this season. Chie Filomeno, a local TV personality and an avid traveler, is one to go the extra mile to embrace those chill summer days. “I’m always on the go, whether it be for work or for leisure, and I always make it a point to bring my trusty travel essentials that keep me feeling cool and refreshed. When the sun’s high up, I keep the energy up too with a burst of freshness thanks to Head & Shoulders Apple Fresh on some days, and Head & Shoulders Lemon Fresh on other days,” shares Chie.


Made especially for those who want to keep things cool in the hot weather this summer, Head & Shoulders released variants that will keep you feeling AND smelling fresh all day. There’s Head & Shoulders Apple Fresh for that refreshing scent, Head & Shoulders Lemon Fresh for that citrusy lemon blast, and Head & Shoulders Cool Menthol for that minty cooling sensation after every wash. These are available for a limited time only, suited especially for those hot summer days.

With Head & Shoulders, you can go ahead and enjoy the bright and fun days of summer without having to deal with the stress that goes along with the heat, sweat, and grime. Whether you are commuting in the hot city, dressing up for a BBQ with friends, or chasing the sun with some pool-side lounging, there is a Head & Shoulders summer pick for you! You too can #KeepACoolHead all summer long despite the extreme summer environments with Head & Shoulders’ icy menthol and refreshing apple and lemon blasts.

As a cool treat, lucky users who purchased a bottle of shampoo from Lazada were selected through a random draw to meet & greet some of the online personalities that are also proud Head & Shoulders ambassadors! These lucky winners definitely got to #KeepACoolHead, as they spent the day chilling with the likes of Nico Bolzico, An Estrada, En Estrada, Chie Filomeno, Janina Manipol, and Michelle Dy.


It’s time to break the ice: discover how to have the coolest summer yet by experiencing Head & Shoulders Apple Fresh, Head & Shoulders Lemon Fresh, and Head & Shoulders Cool Menthol. Each is priced at Php125.00 for every 170ML shampoo bottle, and they are now available at major supermarkets, sari-sari stores, drugstores, and convenience stores nationwide, as well as in e-commerce. In celebration of the Lazada 6th Birthday Sale from April 25-27, Head & Shoulders will have exciting promos, bundles, and discounts for everyone to get cool summer deals. Keep an eye out on those by visiting https://www.lazada.com.ph/head-and-shoulders-official-store/.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Jollibee Kids Club Mini Managers Camp offers the best summer fun for kids

Kids are in for one of the best fun and learning experiences this summer as Jollibee welcomes them to the best summer activity – the Jollibee Kids Club Mini Managers Camp, happening until May 31, 2018.


Through the six-day camp, kids aged 4-12 years old can learn the important values and key roles of a Jollibee Manager such as hard work, leadership, and responsibility through various fun and engaging learning activities.

Wearing their Jollibee Mini Managers uniform, complete with nameplates, the kid managers will greet customers as they enter the store, work behind the counter to take orders, and hand out take-out bags via the Drive-Thru window to discover and experience first-hand Jollibee’s values, the Alagang Jollibee service heritage, and learn the store’s best practices. They will also engage in arts and crafts, Yumburger making, ice-cream making, fun games, and dancing, all while interacting with other kids and meeting new friends.

“We at Jollibee believe that even at a young age, kids need to develop a sense of discipline, hard work, and responsibility in a fun learning environment, to become future leaders and managers. These are the values and lessons we want our Mini Managers to learn and experience as these will be pivotal in their growth, said Charisse Sumulong, Jollibee senior brand manager and head for Channels and Kids Marketing, “That is why the Jollibee Kids Club Mini Managers Camp is the best summer activity for Jolly Kids as it provides a fun and engaging atmosphere for kids to enjoy their vacation.”

For only P650, parents and guardians can enroll the kids to the Mini Managers Camp at any participating Jollibee store nationwide. Non-JKC members are also welcome to enroll. Participants will get a Mini Managers Camp workshop kit that includes a set of Mini Managers uniform and name plate, activity materials and a camp bag, snacks for the six days of the program.

The Jollibee Kids Club Mini Managers Camp is already accepting participants to the best summer workshop so, hurry, and sign up your aspiring Mini Managers today! Visit your nearest Jollibee store or follow /JollibeePhilippines on Facebook for more details.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

MILO Launches New Sports Programs for Schools and Barangays Nationwide

MILO Philippines continues its unwavering commitment to give the Filipino youth more opportunities to get into sports with the launch of their newest sports programs, the MILO Champ Camp and the Barangay MILO Liga. Over the next two years, these programs aim to bring sports closer to grassroot communities by engaging over one million students and 60,000 parents through the MILO Champ Camp and over 500,000 residents in 300 barangays with the Barangay MILO Liga.


Reinforcing sports in a child’s holistic development with MILO Champ Camp
For many years, MILO has had a longstanding commitment to support educational programs by providing students access to sports and encouraging them to lead active and healthy lifestyles. The MILO Champ Camp is a nationwide school tour that aims to spark the interest of students for sports and promote the importance of the values learned through it.


In partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd), the MILO Champ Camp will tap skilled youth coaches to teach elementary students the basics of basketball, volleyball, and football, while offering parents insightful talks on the value of getting their children into sports and the importance of giving proper nutrition and energy to start their day. This year, the MILO Champ Camp will roll out in 300 public schools in key cities around the country, estimating participation of 500,000 students and 30,000 parents.

Bringing sports closer to grassroots communities with Barangay MILO Liga. The Barangay MILO Liga seeks to elevate the yearly community-based tournaments during the summer break through the rehabilitation of facilities and sharing of MILO’s sports advocacy to residents of barangays across the country. By refurbishing basketball courts and mounting events that will unite the community and encourage children to participate in dynamic gameplay, Barangay MILO Liga will help Filipino youth become more active, and inspire residents to become more engaged in their communities.

The Barangay MILO Liga program, which spans 100 barangays in as north as Baguio and as south as General Santos City for its maiden year, also aims to modernize the community’s sports facilities, transforming them into MILO Courts of Values. Improvements to be made include repainting or restoration of basketball courts and supplying brand new sports equipment.

“All these efforts are being made so that the barangay’s young residents, and even children from surrounding communities and nearby schools will have access to well-conditioned sports venues and become inspired to go out and play. We want to encourage kids in the barangays to become more active through sports, and not be too consumed with their gadgets,” said Lester P. Castillo, MILO Sports Executive. “We envision Barangay MILO Liga to be a training ground for young athletes to pick up at least one sport, develop their skills, and hone their character as future champions. We are very thankful to the barangays who have partnered with us to rally behind this advocacy.”

The Barangay MILO Liga began mid-March and is set to culminate in their respective barangay tournament finals some time late April to May.

“We are very honored to have this meaningful partnership with MILO in advocating sports to the youth. Both the Barangay MILO Liga and the MILO Champ Camp are admirable programs that extends values education of children outside the classroom,” shared Usec. Atty. Tonisito Umali of the Department of Education.