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Saturday, March 30, 2019

Check out Luxe In's vast inventory catalogue of luxury bags, wallets and watches




For a lot of women, myself included, there are only two things that give us sleepless nights—our children and that bag we just saw on the rack of our favorite shop.





Now whenever I go shopping for branded bags, Rustans Makati has always been my favorite. It’s the first place I look for new arrivals, the place where I window shop the most, and like a predator who has found its prey, where I do most of my bag hunting.







But for those times when I am on a budget, I go online to hunt for preloved bags and limited edition ones.








I’ve learned a few tricks when bag hunting online, first is you have to check the sellers reputation. If its too good to be true then it probably is. Make sure they are legit by asking which social platform they are most active and you can check their rep there. In my case, I belong to a group who knows how to authenticate date code, stitches, zipper puller, lining, bag handles and style of the bag. If I am 100% sure of the bag’s authenticity then its time to haggle a bit. After all getting it at a good price is what makes it even more fun.







Recently, I’ve discovered there’s actually an app called Luxe In, that actually authenticates all these stuff for you—bags, watches and other luxury premium item.  They recently had a launch event at The Unionbank Ark in Makati where we got to see some of the items they have. And I must admit I was really tempted to bring out my credit card for some very tempting swipes!





Good thing is I won a Coach swingpack crossbody bag from the Luxe In raffle. Yay!!







But then again after checking out all the other items  in-app I decided to check the rest of their listed items.








The Luxe In app provides customers a faster and more convenient way to check out Luxe In's vast inventory catalogue of luxury items. I checked their bags, wallets, watches and other luxuries and I found some great finds which are price way lower than some of the online sellers.







Shopping for authentic, branded and well-appointed Items in the Philippines has become more desirable. Kudos to MarketplacePH, which is rebranding and changing its name to Luxe In to aptly establish recall among its niche market as the premiere online platform. Living up to its tagline "your primary exchange,” the new Luxe In offers authentic preloved, unused, and even brand new bags, luxury watches, high-quality gadgets and jewelries from the biggest of brands, including Louis Vuitton, Prada, Chanel, Rolex, Omega and Bulgari.



In announcing the birth of their new website, Not only can one ogle at the Opulent line of premiere goods through the app, but it also provides users with real-time notifications and updates, and even allows buyers to track their orders seamlessly.




Luxe In's highly trained appraisers use state of the art technology such as Entrupy and XRF to ensure the authenticity of each product and will be able to provide authenticity cards for any item on their inventory. Luxe In also makes certain that every item on their inventory catalogue goes through stringent control by dedicated teams of experts focused on quality check, item restoration, pricing, inventory management, product photography, logistics, and sales. Luxe In even has a consignment program that allows customers to sell their own luxury items using;



Luxe In resources 

Going a step further, Luxe In also caters to clients who prefer to check the items they wish to purchase up close and personal. The Luxe ln showroom, located at 7/F W Global Center BGC Taguig City, is open for their customers to visit and view.

Apart from the new name and new app, Luxe In is proud that their processes will soon become ISO certified. The soon to be released ISO certification makes Luxe In the only luxury retailer in the country with full-proof systems and solidifies Luxe In's status as the premier e-commerce platform for buying and selling luxury goods.

Indeed, Luxe ln takes the lead and sets a new benchmark in providing quality service for the authentication, restoration, consignment and sale of luxury goods. Connoisseurs of the finer things will definitely appreciate the fact that, simply put, Luxe In just made the Philippine luxury retail market more vibrant and enticing.







*The Luxe In app is now available to download on Google Play Store and set to launch on iOS lpp Store very soon.

5 Reasons Why #AXASmartTraveller Is A Must Travel Insurance



I always allow myself a domestic and an international travel (at least) once a year with my partner. The vacation keeps me sane and healthy given my line of work. So I always saved up for my flight, hotel and tours.


One really need a vacation to unwind and relax.  But when that vacation starts off with a canceled flight, a sudden sickness , a missing bag or another travel hiccup, that happy travel feeling fades.

Have you considered getting travel insurance, an often overlooked travel essential for a hassle-free trip whether locally or abroad?



Axa PH recently launched Smart Traveller, a travel insurance for frequent travelers.

Why do you need a travel insurance like Smart Traveller?

It comes with a wide range of benefits, including 
1.  24-hour travel assistance, 
2.   personal accident coverage up to P5 million, 
3.  liability and personal safety coverage, 
4.  Protection of personal belongings, 
5.  Refunds for travel inconveniences.
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 Best of all, you can get it and pay for it online – no need to go to a travel agency!




“Travel insurance protects you, your family, and your valued possessions from travel-related risks,” says Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president and CEO. “We designed Smart Traveller to offer Filipinos a product with one of the most comprehensive range of benefits available for more convenience and the best value wherever they may be when they travel.” 



There is a Smart Traveller plan for every travel need and budget. Choose from Essential, Classic, and Elite Plan.

The Classic and Elite Plan are compliant with the Schengen VISA requirement, the latter offering the highest coverage available. You can also choose a plan for a single trip for up to 10 adults and 10 children travelling together to and from the same destination, within the same travel period. There is also the annual plan for an individual or group.

Smart Traveller will soon offer domestic trip coverage! With it, you can look forward to affordable but comprehensive travel insurance coverage and as a bonus, you can enjoy bulk purchase discounts that are easy on the pocket.



Smart Traveller is only one of the several innovations from AXA Philippines as part of its commitment to empower customers to live a better life. AXA also has other insurance products that are available online such as Motor Car Insurance and MyAmbition, and can support customers’ needs through the quick quote tool, live chat features, and electronic financial needs analysis, among others.

For more information, visit www.axa.com.ph. 

A Summer Getaway and Discounts up to 90% off heat up the Shopee 4.4 Summer Bazaar on April 4




Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, gears up for the peak of the biggest online summer sale, the Shopee 4.4 Summer Bazaar, on April 4. On the day, users can save big with up to 90% off leading brands and partners, including Maybelline, Dove, Surf, Realme, Huawei, Pedigree, Hanford, and Seaoil. Exciting prizes await users including a sponsored trip to El Nido for four from AirSWIFT. In addition, from April 3 to 5, users can look forward to the P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day, offering up to 30% off leading P&G hair care brands including Pantene, Head & Shoulders, and Rejoice.

Ruoshan Tao, Head of Marketing, Shopee Philippines, said “Shopee 4.4 Summer Bazaar has been a massive success so far as our Filipino users welcome the festive summer season. We have lined up even greater cost-savings for the finale on April 4, with massive promotions from leading brands and partners. We are also excited to present the P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day from April 3 to 5, which will offer users unbeatable deals on exciting new hair care products from P&G as they prepare for the summer ahead.”

A sponsored trip to El Nido by AirSWIFT



Users can also participate in the Shopee Human Flatlay social media contest, where users can win four round-trip tickets to El Nido care of AirSWIFT, and pocket money of ₱44,000 cash.

To qualify for the contest, users should submit creative photos of their group doing a human flatlay featuring summer products found on Shopee from now until April 4. They must post the photos on Facebook and Instagram with the hashtags #ShopeeHumanFlatlay and #FlyAirSWIFT. The winner will be chosen and announced on April 6 on Shopee’s social media pages.

Score unbeatable deals from leading brands and partners 

Leading local and international brands including Maybelline, Dove, Surf, Realme, Huawei, Pedigree, Hanford, Seaoil, and more are offering exclusive discounts of up to 90% off till the finale of Shopee 4.4 Summer Bazaar. Highlights on April 4 include:

Hanford: Up to 20% off storewide, and special ₱44 deals
Pedigree: Up to 25% off premium pet food for cats and dogs
Maybelline: Up to 50% off on Maybelline favorites including the Maybelline Powder Matte Lipsticks and Creamy Matte Lipsticks

In addition, a wide range of industry partners will also offer various exclusive perks specially for Shopee 4.4 Summer Bazaar, including:

Jamba Juice: Until April 7, Shopee users can flash their Shopee app at selected Jamba Juice stores to get an exclusive discount on any of their four Jamba Juice Best Blend Favorites.
MVP Rewards: Until April 4, Shopee users can also get an exclusive ₱100 discount from MVP Rewards by using the code MVPREWARDS44  upon checkout.



Until April 4, users can also stand a chance to win an iPhone XS Max by spending at least ₱50 on prepaid mobile load and data on Shopee.

Enjoy exclusive hair care deals at P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day from April 3 to 5



Adding to the summer excitement, Shopee will partner P&G to launch the P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day across the region. In the Philippines from April 3 to 5, Shopee users can enjoy up to 35% off across P&G’s leading hair care brands including Pantene, Head & Shoulders, and Rejoice to address their scalp and hair concerns. In the Philippines, the most common hair concerns are hair fragrances and dandruff, which is why P&G will also be launching the Rejoice Perfume 2.0 and Head & Shoulders Subzero lines exclusively during the P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day to cater to the hair needs of Filipinos. Moreover, the two top spenders per day of the P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day will each get one of these amazing prizes, a Samsung Galaxy S10+, a Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer, or an iPhone XS Max.

Shop the P&G x Shopee Super Brand Day:  https://shopee.ph/m/super-brand-day.
For more information about Shopee 4.4 Summer Bazaar, visit http://shopee.ph/4-4.
Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.


Eton Centris commissioned renowned artists Dee Jae Pa’este and Archie Oclos for the giant mural along EDSA





If you have noticed that beautiful and colorful giant mural along the the wall of Centris Station mall in EDSA. It was a sight to behold and has a youthful vibe to it.


Eton Centris commissioned renowned artists Dee Jae Pa’este and Archie Oclos of Kapwa Studios to paint a huge, bright, and evocative mural on the wall of Centris Station mall along EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Eton Centris is known for its offices, restaurants, events, transportation hubs, and its Sunday market. It’s a place you’ll go to when you want to do things that you enjoy, like good food, events, and music. Now, Eton Centris is paving its way to becoming a go-to place for public art enthusiasts in Quezon City.


The 678 square-meter mural of Eton Centris is one of the largest murals in the Philippines. Expressing a profound respect for females and highlighting the importance of women empowerment in society, the art features three women in different stages – a child, a teenager, and an adult. The mural’s subjects are interspersed in a flowing imagery that depicts an appreciation for music, culture, and human connection, underscoring the DNA of Eton Centris as a place that celebrates things that people love. Another message that the mural tries to communicate centers around the importance of passing down tradition and culture from generation to generation in order to make it flourish and thrive.

“This beautiful mural is a milestone for Eton Centris because it is the largest of its kind in a lifestyle space. We want it to reflect the atmosphere, energy, and soul of the place. The vibrant colors communicate that Eton Centris is a place that is always full of celebration and life,” said Assistant Vice President for Eton Centris, Marjorie G. Abot. “When people see this mural, we want them to feel happy and uplifted, just as what they would experience within Eton Centris,” she said.

Abot said that Eton Centris has always been keen on working with and showcasing local talent. The development has continuously set the stage for musicians and bands, and this public art is its way of moving forward with its goal of making Eton Centris known as the soulful side of Quezon City and support local artists in the country.



The works of mural artists’ Dee Jae Pa’este and Archie Oclos have been featured in several local and international galleries and exhibitions. Pa’este has artworks featured in establishments in Poblacion, Makati, Bonifacio Global City, New York, and Japan, among others. While Oclos is among the coveted “Forbes 30 under 30” list for his profound works tackling social issues.

“I feel that as an artist, I have the responsibility to share our art and uplift people through it. Something this bright, large, and beautiful can change someone’s atmosphere when they see it on their ride or walk home,” says Dee Jae Pa’este.Art has the ability to heal and make people stop for a moment and be present. I hope this mural can do that for people who connect with it and come in contact with it. If we place enough art around the city, imagine all the good energy and inspiration we can spread,” he continued.

The mural facing EDSA is the first of three parts to be featured in the property. In the pipeline are several murals to be unveiled in the coming months. It has captured the attention of passers-by and MRT commuters daily as it gives people a unique visual experience along EDSA.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

SM Supermalls introduces SAM the first in-mall customer service robot



How would you like to be greeted by SAM? its an artificial intelligent humanoid robot, programmed to deliver a personalized and efficient interaction with SM Supermalls customers. Its the first robot that caters to you when youre looking for anything shopping related at SM Supermalls.


As part of a series of innovations designed to improve customer malling experience, SM Supermalls raises the bar in customer service with the introduction of SAM, the country’s first-ever in-mall smart robot – launched at SM Megamall last March 28. 

SAM is an artificial intelligent (AI) humanoid robot programmed to deliver a smoother, more personalized and efficient interaction with customers.




Innovation is what SM strives for in providing better customer service to all and we are proud to introduce our latest innovation yet,” said Steven Tan, SM Supermalls COO. SAM is easy to approach and has answers to almost everything SM mall related, making shopping more seamless and fun for our customers.” 

Now at SM Megamall and coming soon to other SM malls, SAM is designed to help with directions and provide mall information about the latest deals, promos and events. Equipped with an advanced face recognition technology, it can also make personalized greetings to customers once they enter the mall.

Customers can also chat with SAM through the SM Supermalls Facebook page. It serves as a 24/7 online concierge that can provide information like branch locations, mall schedules and promos, to name a few.



SAM was created in partnership with the Cal-Comp Technology (Philippines), which is a leading provider of electronic and original design manufacturing services.

Next time you visit SM Megamall, drop by Mega Atrium, Mega Fashion Hall, or Bank Drive and say hi to SAM for a more fun, convenient, and exciting malling experience!



For more information, visit SM Supermalls’ official website at https://www.smsupermalls.com/, or its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts: @smsupermalls.

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) garnered the prestigious Cesar EA Virata Award – Best Securities House (Bank Category) at the recently concluded 14th PDS (PDS Group) Annual Awards




L-R: Metrobank SVP Anton Yap, SEVP Fernand Antonio Tansingco, SVP Jikee Reyes, FVP Kathryn Abes, and FVP Ricardo Pedrosa after a successful award run at the 14th Annual PDS Awards.


Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) garnered the prestigious Cesar EA Virata Award – Best Securities House (Bank Category) at the recently concluded 14th Philippine Dealing System (PDS Group) Annual Awards.  The Cesar EA Virata Award is the highest honor bestowed by the PDS Group to a fixed-income securities dealer that had exceptional performance in trading, distribution, and settlement activities for the year.


Metrobank has won this award for six consecutive years.

“Being awarded the top prize six times is indeed a great honor. But what makes this award truly special is that it validates our efforts in staying in the market even during the most trying times.” said Metrobank Senior Executive Vice President Fernand Antonio Tansingco, who was in attendance to receive the bank’s many awards.

Apart from the Cesar EA Virata Award, Metrobank also received the following accolades: Top 5 PDDTS-PvP Participants (4th); Top 5 Fixed-Income Cash Settlement Banks (4th); Top Dealing Participant (Corporate Securities); Top 5 Fixed Income Brokering Participants (5th); Top Brokering Participants Retail Transactions; Top Fixed-Income Dealing Participant; and a Special Citation for Pilot Issuance of Bank Issued Bond and Commercial Paper Program.

Monitor your activity and health with Amazfit fitness tracker




If you are exercising, running or simply monitoring your activity and  everyday steps like I do , a reliable and dependable fitness tracker brand Amazfit is all you need to get you into your fitness goal.

Last March 27, Award-winning smartwatch and fitness band brand Amazfit launched the brand's amazing features to the media at Le Petit Souffle, Century City Mall. The event was hosted by sports reporter and DJ Carla Lizardo and gathered industry writers, editors, and influencers for one enjoyable afternoon.





Digital Walker’s Brand Officer Arbie Bandiling joined Carla in hosting duties by introducing
the first activity – a game called Amazfit: Race Against Time facilitated by Mystery Manila.

Everyone was divided into groups of eight and given mystery challenges to solve at a limited
time. Winners of Amazfit: Race Against Time game were given prizes by Digital Walker’s
AVP of Brands, Arlene Siongco.



After the game, guests got to know the brand even better with a presentation by Amazfit’s
Overseas Marketing Manager April Zhong and Overseas Sales Manager Sophia Liao.

They gave a brief introduction on Amazfit’s history as well as its existing line of innovative
products and the features that make them special.




Through the product displays, guests got to experience the innovative and convenient
features of Amazfit smartwatches and were amazed at their reasonable prices.

Highlighted during the event were:



Cor2 (Php 2,990)
The Amazfit Cor2 fitness band maintains a 20-day battery life with useful functions
such as daily message notification display, NFC card swipe, step counting, and alarm
clock. It has a 1.23-inch color IPS LCD display which can display information and
messages at a glance. It has a Sports function that shows key data in real time
whether your running, cycling, or jogging, while its Exercise function keeps track of
time, heart rate, and calorie consumption. It has a 5ATM waterproof grade so it can
be worn while swimming or surfing. You can also use the bracelet to record and
analyze your sleep, as well as pause, play, and change songs on your mobile music
player.




Bip (Php 3,490)
Amazfit Bip features an astonishing 30+ days of battery life on a single charge, a
reflective always-on color touch display, GPS, barometer, geomagnetic sensor, PPG
heart rate sensor, 3-axis accelerometer for activity, sports and sleep tracking, while
weighing only 1.1 ounces (31 grams). Amazfit Bip comes in 4 vibrant color options
and allows you to receive emails, text messages, calls, and app notifications on the
watch display. You can track your runs (indoor and outdoor), cycling, and other
sports with detailed GPS routes and stats.




Verge (Php 8,490)
The Amazfit Verge is the perfect combination of style and technology. The Verge
comes with 11 sport modes including running, walking, climbing, tennis, skiing,
cycling, and elliptical training, GPS + GLONASS route and distance tracking, and the
ability to make and receive phone calls via Bluetooth connection to an Android
mobile phone. You can also check your emails, test, messages, and other app
notifications on its 1.3” AMOLED screen. It includes an optical sensor for accurate
monitoring and recording of heart rate. Plus, it has up to 5 days of battery life on a
single charge to keep up with your active lifestyle.






There was also a portion where guests and local fans shared their own experiences with
Amazfit wearables, which are super light-weight so they are comfortable for daily wear, for
sports, and even while sleeping as they keep track of the wearer’s activities. These
wearables’ ease of use allows users to integrate them into their daily life, work, sports, and
health management.

Amazfit is available at Lazada and Digital Walker. For more information, like
@digitalwalkerstore on Facebook or follow @digitalwalkerph on Instagram #AmazfitPH
#AmazingAllAround.


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