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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hard Rock celebrates the grand opening with Journey's Lead Vocalist Arnel Pineda



Hard Rock is celebrating the grand opening of its Cafe in Manila by bringing the brand’s one-of-kind blend of music, entertainment, iconic merchandise and authentic, American fare to the region! The 223-square-foot, state-of-the-art cafe is hosting its grand opening party on Tuesday, April 30, at 7 p.m. with a smash – a guitar smash.

The event will be a rock star affair with Arnel Pineda, Journey’s lead vocalist, joining Anibal Fernandez, vice president of franchise operations and development for Hard Rock International, Steve Yang, area vice president of development and operations for Asia Pacific at Hard Rock International and John Paul Manuud, The Bistro Group’s chief operating officer to set the stage for this epic celebration.

“We are excited to reopen our doors in Manila with a bang by hosting a guitar smashing event,” said Anibal Fernandez, vice president of franchise operations & development for Hard Rock International. “Hard Rock Cafe Manila will provide a best-in-class entertainment and dining experience for guests, which fans will be able to experience firsthand at our grand opening event.” 




The party will be kicked off by a motorcade steered by the Harley Davidson Group Manila. After Pineda’s performance, The Ice Bucket Band, a weekly mainstay at Hard Rock Cafe Manila, will take center stage with their outstanding renditions of songs by Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Styx and many more of the greatest rock idols of all time.

Guests of Hard Rock Cafe Manila can enjoy fresh, high-quality items from Hard Rock’s menu, including a selection of fan-favorite Legendary Burgers™, each featuring unique toppings, savory sauces and rich, melted cheeses. Hard Rock’s Smokehouse offerings utilize the very best Hickory wood chips to slowly cook its ribs, chicken and pork to juicy, tender perfection. In addition to its food, Hard Rock Cafe’s extensive, award-winning drinks menu includes Hurricanes, Margaritas, signature favorites and Alternative Rock (alcohol-free) beverages, all available in Hard Rock’s souvenir, collectible glassware.


The Manila Cafe’s Rock Shop® offers music-inspired items, as well as collectible Hard Rock Cafe merchandise. Fans can acquire exclusive Manila-specific merchandise and much-coveted signature pins at this retail location.

Since it was established in 1971, Hard Rock has been committed to a wide variety of philanthropic causes and activities around the world. In every Hard Rock city, the staff makes it a priority to become a valuable community partner and Hard Rock Cafe Manila looks forward to continuing this tradition.

For those looking to join the party, limited seats for the public will be available on a first-come first-serve basis at Hard Rock Cafe Manila. To purchase Hard Rock Cafe merchandise, visit the online Rock Shop at www.shop.hardrock.com. For additional information on the Hard Rock Cafe brand, please visit www.hardrockcafe.com.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Metrobank signs US$ 300 Million Bilateral Deal with ICTSI Global Finance B.V.





Closing the deal are Metrobank Executive Vice President and Institutional Banking Sector Head Mary Mylene A. Caparas (2nd from left) and Senior Vice President and Corporate Banking Group Head Antonio R. Ocampo, Jr. (extreme left), along with ICTSI Senior Vice President and Global Corporate Head Christian R. Gonzalez (center), Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Rafael D. Consing, Jr. (2nd from right) and Vice President and Treasurer, Gigi T. Miguel (extreme right).




Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) signed a US$ 300 Million 7-year Bilateral Term Loan Facility with ICTSI Global Finance B.V., guaranteed by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI).

The proceeds of the Loan shall be used to fund capital expenditures and to refinance existing obligations.

Metrobank sees the partnership as its way of supporting ICTSI’s domestic nation-building and global expansion strategies.

“Not only does the ICTSI Group contribute to the national progress of developing economies, it also continues to enhance the image of Filipino companies as global contributors with world-class standards and a passion for environmental sustainability.” said Caparas.



Starbucks helps make the Earth a little greener




I started living sustainably around the house 2 years ago. I turn off the lights when I go out. I chose to handwash my clothes if I have a few to clean. I always bring an eco bag wherever I go and a spare tumbler if I have to order a drink from my favorite coffee shop- Starbucks. I also bring my personal straw with me. Single-use items such as straws,  plastic grocery bags, paper towels, and even toilet paper are all called single-use items. They are costly to the environment. if you have to cut down on them, you should start today.



To encourage reusability on Earth Day and to inspire its customers to make more sustainable choices all year long, Starbucks will launch reusable hot and cold cups in the Philippines. Reducing its environmental footprint and positively impacting the communities it serves has always been important to Starbucks. Starting April 22, the reusable cups and straws will be available at all Starbucks® stores in the Philippines.



Interestingly, the reusable cup is nearly identical to Starbucks iconic white cup and is made from polypropylene, a plastic which is widely accepted into global recycling infrastructure. The new reusable cups are designed to make the cup sturdier than paper and is a more sustainable approach to single-use packaging.

                      Pro-environmental choices celebrated through new reusable cups and straws

As Starbucks continues to works towards creating a more sustainable planet, it also empowers others to join the cause and help organizations with the same vision. From April 22 to 26, customers who will bring in their reusable cups, personal tumblers or mugs of at least 16oz. in size or higher will be given the option to donate their Php5 cup discount to their choice of environmental organization from the given NGO partners. Upon choosing an organization to donate to, customers will receive a complimentary upsize.

Customers may choose between the World Wildlife Fund for Nature Philippines or the Haribon Foundation, two organizations dedicated to preserving life and nature. By the end of the promo, Starbucks commits to shoulder the amount needed to match the donations between the two organizations.



Globally, an estimated 600 billion paper and plastic cups are distributed annually. Although Starbucks cups only account for around 1% of that total, it is committed to bring more sustainable solutions to
reduce waste. Since 2014, Starbucks has offered the reusable cup in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. and so far the company has sold more than 25 million globally.




Last year, Starbucks also announced its goal of removing all plastic straws in its store globally by 2020. In the Philippines, the coffee brand has also begun taking steps towards this goal with the Skip the Straw initiative. At local stores, customers are offered to skip the straws, disposable utensils and napkins for their orders and are provided more sustainable options including specially-designed sipping lids and compostable straws.

“We’ve seen an increase in public awareness and concern for the plastic waste issue in recent years. We’re proud to provide a reusable option in all Starbucks stores in the Philippines without making sacrifices to our customers’ daily coffee needs,” said Keith Cole, head of marketing, category and QA, Starbucks Philippines. “While there is still a long way to go, we’re excited to work with others to find global solutions and encourage our customers to choose reusability whenever possible.” 


Friday, April 19, 2019

Cholo Camp: Learn how to master offense, defense, shooting and game fundamentals this summer





Summer is always a great time to bond with your kids.



Unless you have three kids, a household to manage and a job that requires you to work shifting hours, as much as you like being with them, sometimes the temperature just matches your temper.



I remember when my kids were still young, now don’t get me wrong, I love my kids, but having all three of them in the house, at the same time, let’s just say those weren’t the good old days. Everytime school is out, the biggest challenge for me is how to keep them occupied. Because only when they are busy can I take those quick breaks in between cooking, doing the laundry and cleaning the house.




My daughter now has two kids of her own, Finn who is 8, and French who is turning 3, and she’s facing the same problem with Finn on vacation. It’s a good thing that Finn is quite behaved and could keep himself entertained just by watching Youtube or Netflix all day. Still, leaving them to their gadgets isn’t the right way to raise a child. Especially at Finn’s age when he needs to learn new things and develop his interests


That is why I told my daughter about Cholo Camp basketball training camp. If you have a kid aged 3 up to 18 and would like to get them into sports, there’s no better way to do it than to enroll them in a sports clinic.



Not only do they discover or develop their basketball moves on the court they can also make a lot of friends as well. Developed by former PBA player Cholo Villanueva, the basketball training program teaches kids how to master offense, defense, shooting and game fundamentals with the help of Coach Cholo and his staff.





Coach Cholo himself has played and coached in all levels of basketball in the country. He suited up as a Green Archer in the UAAP and won Finals MVP in 2007. He was drafted in the PBA and played for then Air21 and Global Port.



To hone his coaching skill, he was initially a member of the coaching staff of both DLSU under Franz Pumaren and three PBA teams. And then he coached the DLSU Graduate School, Jose Rizal University, and other commercial teams.




Equipped with a degree in educational psychology, he became a guidance counselor and special education coordinator of Reach International. He has always wanted to teach kids more than just the rules of basketball. He wants them to be good leaders and followers, and be able to control emotions in winning and losing games.



One of the kids I met during our interview with Coach was Ryde Losorata. This kid has a lot of potential and discipline for the sport. He told that he wanted to win each game he played.
Ryde keeps on practicing and hone his basketball skills through Cholo Camp.



Cholo Camp accepts enrollees ages  3-18 at Cholo Camp, CSA Makati or Laguna.



Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Galaxy A70 features Samsung’s One UI platform to encourage productivity and focus




Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Galaxy A70, the newest smartphone in the popular Galaxy A range. Built with Samsung’s latest innovations and upgraded essential features, the Galaxy A70 showcases a stylish design, large infinity display, enhanced triple camera, powerful battery and seamless connectivity. This smartphone is designed for digital natives who want to capture, connect and share life as it happens.



“Today’s consumers are using their phones in a more visually active and authentic way – sharing their experiences and staying connected longer,” said DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “These connections can only thrive when the most essential features allow people to enhance interactions through spontaneous, collaborative, and genuine connection. This requires an evolution. Which is why, to meet the needs of this emerging generation, we created the new Galaxy A70 – designed for the way people are connecting now.”



Stand out with an immersive display and sleek design

Featuring a 6.7” Infinity-U display along with the biggest screen in the Galaxy A portfolio to date, the Galaxy A70 provides a more immersive edge-to-edge experience to everyday activities. The Galaxy A70’s sleek and ergonomic design and a 20:9 display ratio delivers an immersive viewing experience whilst providing optimal grip.



Available in three distinctive colors (blue, black, white), the Galaxy A70 features a stylish prism effect that reveals stunning gradient colors depending on light direction and reflections.



Never miss a moment

With the Galaxy A70’s enhanced triple camera comes with a 32MP super high-resolution front and rear lens, take bright sharp shots that never sacrifice on image quality no matter where you are, or what time of day. The Depth lens enables you to adjust the depth of field to focus before and after taking a shot so people can choose what and where they want to highlight. Combined with the 8MP Ultra Wide Lens, enjoy expansive photos that mirror the same viewing angle as the human eye.



Make the most of your snaps with the Galaxy A70’s Scene Optimizer that can recognize and intuitively enhance up to 20 scenes, bringing out the best in what it sees. And with Flaw Detection that automatically identifies glitches before you click, you’ll never miss the perfect shot.


                                                     Get the full Galaxy experience


Stay live for longer

The Galaxy A70 comes with a powerful 4,500 mAh battery, giving you the freedom and convenience to share, stream and play all day. With Super-Fast Charging at 25W, you can be back in the action faster when you need a battery boost.



Connect seamlessly and securely

The Galaxy A70’s new intuitive positioning of the on-screen fingerprint scanner makes it more convenient than ever to control access to your phone for a more seamless user experience without requiring people to reposition their grip. Paired with Samsung Pass, people can sign into websites and apps by using biometric authentication as an easier and more secure way of logging-in. This ease and convenience is enabled by Samsung Knox, Samsung’s defense-grade security platform designed to protect from chipset to software. Samsung Knox gives you a piece of mind about your privacy on the Galaxy A70, so you can use your phone freely with ease.





Galaxy A70 features Samsung’s One UI platform to encourage productivity and focus. Designed to improve the Samsung’s Galaxy user experience, One UI enables convenient and smarter interaction including One Handed Navigation, making interactions easier by bringing the controls within one-handed reach. To make the experience more comfortable, consumers can enable One UI’s Night Mode to switch the display to evening time viewing and get more control over screen time with the Galaxy A70’s App Timer that gives visibility over your screen usage levels. Additionally, the Galaxy A70 includes Samsung Health, Bixby and more.



Stay tuned for more information on the Galaxy A that will be revealed at ‘A Galaxy Event’ – taking place across three different continents on April 10th.



To learn more about the Galaxy A Series, visit www.news.samsung.com/galaxy, www.samsungmobilepress.com, or www.samsung.com/galaxy.


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Amaia’s new residential project to rise in Quezon City



Amaia Land Inc. will expand its reach in Quezon City by jump-starting its new project in the second quarter of 2019. This was disclosed by Raizel Matibag of Amaia Land who announced that a new mid-rise condominium is set to be launched in this premier city where progress is accelerating at an incredible pace due to the construction of the MRT line 7 and with the proposed Metro Manila Subway in the works.




To be located in the high-density locale of Quirino Highway and Tandang Sora Avenue, Amaia Land’s new condominium will rise on a 1.7 hectare prime land, beckoning to aspiring homeowners who are “eager to be a part of it all”—the frenzied city life, the drive to grow and prosper, and the urge to find work-life balance amid all these. This new development, after all, will be near shopping malls, universities, hospitals, government offices, and Quezon City’s entertainment and restaurant strip. The Business District of Quezon City is a short drive or commute away, too.



Amaia’s new midrise will be a cozy home and, at the same time, a community that fosters fine social values among its residents. The development—and all the others in the pipeline—are envisioned to thrive in a sustainably greener environment, giving homeowners a healthier way of life that only low-density settings provide.

The soon-to-rise building will have 9 floors, each featuring 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom units with floor areas ranging from 24 square meters to 46 square meters.  Amenities will include a swimming pool, a basketball court, and a function room for business meetings and social events.

Amaia Land lists the total number of available residential units at 208. A basic unit will have a pre-selling rate of P2 million.



Amaia continues to offer its homeowners affordable and sustainable developments that aim to elevate the Filipino living experience in a well-served environment.

For more information, kindly visit website: www.amaialand.com. Or like amaialand on facebook, Instagram and twitter.


Monday, April 15, 2019

SPOTTED: OPPO’s First-ever Lifestyle Pop-up Store in BGC


An exhibit of great smartphones and good music down the street
Gadget geeks, smartphone hunters and vinyl lovers are in for a treat as OPPO opens its first-ever lifestyle pop-up store in Bonifacio Global City High Street. The pop-up store seems like a sign that OPPO is doing something different for the brand with its youthful vibe that’s inspiring for young creators and working millennials.

Situated in the heart of BGC High Street, the first ever pop-up store of OPPO is a great mesh between the old and the new with the integration of the classic vinyl record theme into the sleek and modern store interiors.







The fresh, new experience of OPPO lifestyle 
The OPPO pop-up lifestyle store gives everyone a breath of fresh air with a whole new take on mobile smartphone pop-up where you can enjoy the eargasmic analog sound of vinyl on loop as you test out the different OPPO smartphones available. For your convenience, there’s also a mini lounge area where you can sit back and chill as you take in the summery vibe of the bustling Bonifacio Global City High Street.


Watch out for OPPO’s announcement on their Facebook page for more details about its first lifestyle pop-up stores and its upcoming activities. You can also visit www.oppo.com/ph for more information.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Mexico's Jonathan Paredes was at his magnificent best on day one of the opening stop of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series





Mexico's Jonathan Paredes was at his magnificent best on day one of the opening stop of the 2019 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, ripping his first dive into the Small Lagoon in El Nido, Philippines, to earn two 10s from the judges and a crucial lead after two rounds.

In the women's competition, Yana Nestsiarava of Belarus is the surprise leader after displaying unerring consistency to post two identical high scores with her first two dives direct from the rock face.



2017 World Series champion Paredes, well-known for his often immaculate entries, is aiming for a strong start this season following the loss of his title to England's Gary Hunt last year. And the 29-year-old couldn't have asked for a better start from the tricky-looking take-off points positioned directly on the visually striking limestone cliff face. He leads the men's standings heading into Saturday's final rounds ahead of Poland's Kris Kolanus and Italian wildcard Alessandro De Rose.



De Rose himself dismissed the idea that the tiny rocky launchpads were a hindrance to the divers on day one: "The hardest part is the climb up the cliff face. Once I've planted my feet and positioned myself on the take-off spot, I'm comfortable and ready to dive as normal."



Nestsiarava, who finished last season in fifth place, had a flying start in the scorching Philippines sunshine. Her first two dives into the emerald lagoon waters earned her a trio of 8.5s from the judges, and the Belarusian holds top spot at the midway point ahead of the impressive American wildcard Ginger Huber and three-time champion Rhiannan Iffland of Australia.



"This is a location which is a bit difficult for me because I'm from Belarus and there it's cold," said Nestsiarava. "The sun almost killed me. Actually the view and everything around is awesome. I'm happy with my dives. I was a little bit surprised because the platform is not comfortable, so I'm happy with this, but it's only halfway and we'll see tomorrow."



Meanwhile, local favorite, Filipino Australian, Xantheia Pennisi, managed to improve her round 2 standings with strong dives. Pennisi’s Forward 2 Somersaults 1/2 Twist earned her an average 7.5 score across the judges to move her into 8th place.





On Saturday, the action will move over to the Big Lagoon, where the divers will be able to execute their more difficult dives from the comfort of two solid platforms constructed on the cliffs.



Where to Watch Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

Catch the live broadcast from El Nido at Red Bull TV (http://bit.ly/philippineslive), Facebook and YouTube on April 12th, 2019. Viewers in the Philippines may also watch the full event, along with the remaining six stops of the 2019 World Series, on S+A and iWant Sports (iwant.ph), 5PLUS and 5plus.com.ph, FOX Sports, FOX Sports GO, FOX+ app, online at http://www.foxsports.ph, and on iFlix VOD service.



We also invite you to follow the World Series on Facebook (win.gs/cliffdivingelnido), Instagram (@redbullcliffdiving) and Twitter (@cliffdiving).

Saturday, April 13, 2019

#EYEBROWSONFLEEK with HairX Removal



Groomed eyebrows are such a trend these days, the hashtag #eyebrowsonfleek has become a big deal especially to the social media savvy set.  But more than getting onto the FB/IG bandwagon, having perfectly-groomed brows accentuate the eyes, shape the face and make one look younger.
Shaping the eyebrows can be quite challenging. One needs a little help from HairX Hair Removal, a local hair removal clinic inspired by Musee, Japan’s No.1 hair removal salon that uses the latest in equipment, techniques, and procedures.

“Eyebrows tell a story about your character - whether you are approachable, friendly, fun, spontaneous, or the serious type. They give a good impression on your overall look. At HairX, we help customers shape their eyebrows that fit their personality through threading, waxing and micro-blading services for both men and women,” said Janyll Palisoc, marketing head.




Micro-blading is a semi-permanent makeup tattooing technique using HairX’s state-of-the-art eyebrow gadget that creates a thinner, more precise, hair-like strokes made by the clinic’s skillful, well-trained and professional tattoo artist.  Micro-blading is normally used to create, enhance or reshape the eyebrow appearance, specifically when it comes to shape or color. 

It is recommended for all types of brows (or lack of it!). HairX has a consultation process that makes sure clients are aware about the process of micro-blading. First, the artist will determine what shape is best for the client, while listening to what the he or she wants.

“HairX’s Power Brows Micro-blading is a special technique of semi-permanent make-up tattoo that leaves eyebrows some hair-like strands and shade that is closely similar to the strokes and form of one’s natural eyebrows. The result is a pair of perfectly-shaped eyebrows that look more natural,” Palisoc explained.

After-care recommendations are given to advise clients on how to maintain their brows. So whether you have zero eyebrows, ultra-faint ones, or if you need just little enhancement in filling your arches, HairX Hair Removal will give you the best in quality micro-blading service. Although Micro-blading usually lasts for  at least one year, a touch-up after 6 to 8 months is suggested.



Waxing and Threading are other ways to remove unwanted eyebrow hair. With waxing, a hypoallergenic wax is applied to the area and removed once hardened, taking excess brows with it. Threading, which uses thread in scissor-like motion to rid unwanted brow hair, can take care of bushy or unruly eyebrows.

Threading and waxing services need to be maintained, so a monthly visit would be ideal.
Whatever process you wish to undergo and whether you opt for the trend of a fuller and thicker eyebrows, or just a simple well-groomed pair, HairX Hair Removal will help you achieve a more confident you, that’s not only #eyebrowsonfleek but truly #browfection.

Visit HairX Hair Removal at the 2nd Level, Conrad S Maison, Marina Way, Mall of Asia Complex, 1300 Pasay City T: (02) 772-4587 M: 0915-774-3139 Operations: Mon-Sun (10:00AM - 10:00PM). HairX Hair Removal BGC branch is located at 2F Eight Forbes Town Road, Forbes Town Center, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig T: (02) 403-6346 M: 0977-855-5793; Operations: Mon-Sun (11:00AM - 8:00PM). Facebook: Hairxph / Instagram:hairxhairremoval.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Maxicare offers a Specialized Care Program for Mental Health Conditions



With the rising problem of mental health issues in the Philippines, Maxicare Healthcare Corporation, the country’s leading healthcare provider, is now offering a new support program that extends its medical services to members dealing with mental health concerns.

The first HMO in the country to offer a Specialized Care Program for Mental Health Conditions, Maxicare’s most up-to-date program offers psychiatrist consultations and initial medical consultations that can be availed directly from Primary Care Centers, a hotline, and Corporate Clinics.



Members can avail of the program in three ways: they can visit Maxicare’s new generation PCCs to consult with available specialists; dial the hotline (02) 582-1980 for a 24/7 Teleconsult where patients can talk to an available doctor about mental health issues anytime; or visit their Corporate Clinic to avail comfortable and convenient general consultations with corporate physicians.

Maxicare’s Primary Care Centres are located in the following areas: 2F Zeta Tower, Bridgetowne IT Park C5 corner Ortigas Avenue Extension, Quezon City; and Ground Floor, W City Center 7th Avenue corner 30th Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. You may also call (02) 908-6959 or (02) 908-6957 to check the availability of Maxicare’s mental health specialists.

For more information, visit www.maxicare.com.ph or their facebook page www.facebook.com/maxicarehealthcarecorporation.

Get a chance to travel for free with 3 of your barkada with PayMaya Tara!



How would you like to travel for free with your barkada in tow? Complete with a photographer and a videographer.  PayMaya will answer to your #travelgoals this year with their PayMaya Tara promo.



Get a chance to enjoy your choice of curated travel experience in South Africa,  
UK, Italy, Iceland and Croatia, or South Korea with your barkada in the PayMaya Tara! Raffle Promo! 



PayMaya launches an elevated travel experience for its customers with its latest travel promo, Tara,
last April 11. It was graced by Raymund Villanueva, Director and Head of Growth and Marketing for PayMaya Philippines and Kenneth Palacios, Director and Head of Wallets Business at PayMaya Philippines with selected media.

Paymaya Tara gives users a chance to win an especially curated travel experience in one of the most sought-after destinations in the world complete with a photographer and a videographer to document their trip.


This summer season, PayMaya provides users with an elevated travel experience via their PayMaya card which will help them get the chance to embark on unique travel adventures with friends through the Tara! travel promo. 



Your PayMaya card is your ultimate travel companion for convenient and hassle-free cashless transactions here and abroad – from booking the best flights and hotel deals online, to shopping for all your travel necessities, and even to spending for tours and experiences during your trip! 



With the PayMaya card as your travel buddy, shopping abroad is as easy as a simple swipe as you can use it in all Visa-and Mastercard-accepting stores worldwide. There is no need to call your bank or card provider before your trips so you can focus on planning your itinerary to your dream destination. Withdrawing for extra cash is also a breeze because you can do it anytime on any Visa Plus or MasterCard ATM abroad. And most importantly, your money is secured because you can check every transaction on your PayMaya app and you can easily block your card here if it ever gets stolen. 



“Travel is among the top use cases of the PayMaya card, and we’ve noticed this trend ever since we launched the product about four years ago. This is why we have designed the travel experience around the PayMaya card so that it provides not just the best deals but also the most hassle-free transactions for our customers, whether they’re traveling here or abroad. With the convenience offered to its users, along with the awesome deals they can take advantage of, PayMaya is easily the best travel card out there,” said Kenneth Palacios, Director and Head of Wallets Business at PayMaya Philippines   



Tara na and unlock an awesome travel experience with PayMaya!  

To elevate the travel experience of its users even more, PayMaya introduces its PayMaya Tara! raffle promo. By simply paying cashless with PayMaya, you can get a chance to win a one-of-a-kind travel experience with your barkada and fly to one of the most sought-after destinations in the world complete with a photographer and videographer to document your trip, all for free! 

 


Running until May 31, 2019, the promo lets one lucky winner to choose among five curated travel experiences to enjoy with three of his friends including a Safari adventure in South Africa, a magical getaway in London and Scotland, a gastronomic feast in Italy, a journey to the land of ice and fire in Iceland and Croatia, or a full K-Pop experience in South Korea.   

 

To earn raffle entries to the promo, all you have to do is complete any the following actions with your PayMaya account:   

 

  1.     Activate your virtual card  

  2.     Link your physical PayMaya card to your PayMaya app  

  3.     Add money to your account  

  4.    Upgrade your account and complete the upgrade / Know-Your-Customer (KYC) process  

  5.    Pay bills in full and on time  

  6.    Send money to another PayMaya user with a minimum amount of P10 via the PayMaya app or PayMaya in Messenger  

  7.    Shop online and in-store using your virtual card in the PayMaya app or your physical PayMaya-issued card with a minimum spend of P300         

  8.     Purchase prepaid load, gaming pins, or cable TV prepaid credits found in the in-app shop or PayMaya in Messenger  

  9.     Scan-to-pay via PayMaya QR with a minimum spend of P100  

 
In this photo (L to R): Raymund Villanueva, Director and Head of Growth and Marketing for PayMaya Philippines; and Kenneth Palacios, Director and Head of Wallets Business.

As we go deep into the summer season, we’re proud to enable many of our customers to level up their travel experiences with PayMaya. Now, we’re not only offering them a hassle-free cashless experience in their trips with their PayMaya card, we’re also giving them a chance to quench their wanderlust in these beautiful destinations,” said Raymund Villanueva, Director and Head of Growth and Marketing for PayMaya Philippines.  

 

Tara and make the PayMaya card your official travel buddy! All you have to do is download the PayMaya app, register, link your PayMaya card to your app, add money to your account, and choose your next adventure! Stay updated on our latest promos and discounts by visiting  paymaya.com/deals or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 





Thursday, April 11, 2019

Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop created their famous Pinoydeli product line



Who doesnt love sardines with your favorite pandesal or hot garlic rice? I always prefer mine with hot pandesal and pineapple juice. Its my comfort food. Now,  Im craving =)


For Filipinos, nothing can compare to a home cooked meal crafted with love. However, as times continue to change, Filipinos are often no longer allowed the luxury to indulge themselves and eat their favorite meals as their busy schedules leave them with little to no time for prepping and cooking.


As the notion of lack of time becomes an ever-present issue, Goldilocks, the country’s number one bakeshop created their famous Pinoydeli product line, a delicious selection of classic Filipino dishes catered to the modern Filipino on the go, and this year, Goldilocks is happy to add the latest addition to their Pinoydeli line with the introduction of the Goldilocks Pinoydeli Sardine collection!



These iconic meals which come in three distinct variations namely: Pinoydeli Sardines in Corn Oil, Pinoydeli Sardines in Tomato Sauce, and Pinoydeli Sardines Hot and Spicy are considered as a perennial must-have in every Filipino family home and Goldilocks has taken this iconic dish and added their signature treatment of only using fresh and premium ingredients giving Filipinos delicious ready to eat meals at affordable prices!

With Goldilocks’s new Pinoydeli Sardines, your favorite meals are now more accessible anytime, anywhere.

Grab these and more delicious Goldilocks Pinoydeli products at any Goldilocks Foodshop nationwide. For more information, you may also follow Goldilocks on Twitter or Instagram at @GoldilocksPH, on the Goldilocks Facebook page, or at the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph




Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) is chosen as one of the Local Equity Fund Managers (LEFM) of Pag-IBIG Fund






Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. (Metrobank) is chosen as one of the Local Equity Fund Managers (LEFM) of Pag-IBIG Fund.

As part of the government’s efforts to diversify its investment portfolio, Pag-IBIG Fund announced last year that they will be looking for LEFMs.

According to Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Acmad Rizaldy Moti, Pag-IBIG will invest a total of PhP 5 billion in local equities, broken down into five PhP 1 billion lots.

Pag-IBIG Fund officers in the attached photo (L-R):

MARILENE C. ACOSTA-Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Home Lending Operations Cluster,  
ALEXANDER HILARIO G. AGUILAR Deputy Chief Executive Officer , Member Services Cluster,    REYNALDO M. MALAYA Officer-In-Charge, Financial Services Sector and Vice President, Fund Management Group,  ATTY. ROBERT JOHN S. COSICO Officer-In-Charge, Support Services Cluster And Chief Legal Counsel  ACMAD RIZALDY P. MOTI
Chief Executive Officer, LEANDRO ANTONIO G. SANTILLAN Head, Trust Banking Group
MBTC, MA. JIZZELLE LEE M. BELTRAN Head, Trust Sales & Marketing Division, MBTC
 MITZI A. ROBLES Head, Trust Sales South Metro Manila Department MBTC


“Pag-IBIG Fund continues to grow, breaking performance records year after year.In 2018, our total assets breached the P500 billion mark for the first time. We owe it to the 14 million Pag-IBIG Fund members who trust us to manage and grow their savings. Thus, we are tapping Metrobank’s expertise, sound policies, and effective fund management strategies to manage part of our equity fund to help us sustain the Fund’s growth that will redound to the benefit of our members,” Moti said.

Metrobank, along with four other LEFMs who participated in the bid, secured one of the five lots.
“We are privileged to work with Pag-IBIG Fund in their first foray into the stock market,” said Metrobank Senior Vice President and Head of Trust Banking Group, Dondi Santillan.

“Our over six decades of banking and investment experience, along with our award-winning fund managers, ensures that the investment is in good hands,” he continued.

Pag-IBIG Fund remains as one of the strongest government institutions today with P533.72 billion in total assets as of December 2018.




Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Shell ambassador Maine Mendoza #ChooseShell fuelsave



Its summer once again and its vacation time for the family and  kids. As of this writing, some of you might be in the beach already, reading your favorite book under the tree and or on a road trip with the family. Whatever your plan for this week dont forget to check your car.

So, what exactly do you need to check before you embark on your road trip?

Check your fluids, lights, wipers, wheels and tires, brake pads, leaks if there is, drive belts, spare wheel, steering, brake and clutch and dont forget to gas up to one reliable Shell Gasoline Station.

Happy weekend everyone.

Pilipinas Shell launches their newest ambassadors during a media launch at the Manila House in Bonifacio Global City last April 8.





The ambassadors are not just the faces of the Shell brands but are living proof of the company’s commitment to their customers, as they relate their personal experience in using Shell's products and services through the years.

One of the most influential celebrities in the country today, Maine Mendoza, is the new brand ambassador for Shell FuelSave. Launched with a new formulation last year, Shell FuelSave has DYNAFLEX Technology designed to help improve engine efficiency.

Shell has always been embedded in Mendoza’s life even before rising to fame, as their family owns a number of Shell retail station dealerships. “My parents wanted to invest in a company that is recognized for credibility and quality,” she shared. “So when the opportunity came, they didn’t have to think twice about partnering with Shell.”

Now that she drives around the city a lot, she only has one go-to fuel. “I’ve always been practical, and I always go for the smart option. I recommend Shell FuelSave because it’s so fuel efficient that I can navigate traffic with no worries,” she added.

Shell's second ambassador is prominent actor and travel show host Drew Arellano. His fuel of choice is Shell V-Power, Shell's best-ever premium gasoline with boosted DYNAFLEX Technology designed to deliver both performance and efficiency.

Biyahero for life, Drew is a member of the popular BrapPack, a group of driven, outdoorsy men who bond over long motorbike rides in and out of the city while promoting road safety.

“I definitely need reliable performance on the road and that's why I use Shell V-Power," said Drew. "Since I started using it, I've never had problems--whether I’m going on long bike rides with my buddies or just simply cruising around with my family in our SUV,” Drew added.

While Shell offers world-class, high-quality fuels to help their customers make the most of their drive, the company is also committed to supporting several advocacy programs, such as road safety and environment sustainability.

Aligned with the same goals, Nico Bolzico is proud to be a Shell ambassador. “I am so happy to learn that my most trusted fuel brand is also supporting various advocacies that aim to make the future greener” noted Nico.

He also pointed out how he was impressed with Shell's various partnerships with Plastic Bank and its role in the Global Road Safety Partnership Philippines (PGRSP).

Nico also recalled how his father recommended Shell to him when he was just starting out driving in Argentina. “Shell Fuels has always given me worry-free journeys. I would never compromise on quality, and Shell is truly world-class.”


Shell ambassadors Drew Arellano, Maine Mendoza, and Nico Bolzico (center), along with (L-R) Shell Retail Fuels Marketing Implementor Brandon Briones, Shell Convenience Retail Manager Millicent Ngo, Shell Retail National Sales Manager and Marketing and Strategy Director Kit Bermudez, Shell Brands and Communication Manager Cherine Capadocia, Shell Digital Manager John Aldwin Angeles, and Shell Payment and Loyalty Manager Tin Cerezo.




“Shell has always been dedicated to ensuring that we have the best-fitting fuels range for motorists,” declared Mark Malabanan, Shell V-Power Brand Manager. "We are happy to have Maine, Drew, and Nico as our newest ambassadors because they are living testaments to what our brand stands for and the value we can give to our customers.”







On its 105 years of partnering with the Philippines in nation-building, Shell continues to power progress through more and cleaner energy solutions that focus on delivering quality products while advocating safety and social responsibility.




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

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