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Friday, November 25, 2022

Reimagine the holidays and upgrade your home with the latest and greatest from LG

It’s no surprise that the holiday season is a favorite among Filipinos. Especially in the new normal, it’s the perfect time to celebrate and rekindle relationships to make up for lost time. House gatherings, no matter how big or small, whether with friends or family, are sure to be aplenty. However, with all the food and leftovers during the holidays, you’ll need a ref that’s up to the task. 

Mr. Sungjae Kim, LG Philippines Managing Director with Ms. Iza Calzado

L-R: Mr. Jun Lee, Product Director for Home Appliances, Ms. Iza Calzado with Mr. Sungjae Kim, LG Philippines Managing Director

Knowing the Filipino’s penchant for hosting parties, LG recently hosted an event focused on the South Korean brand’s newest refrigerators, which are perfect home upgrades for the holiday season. The highlight of the afternoon was the LG InstaView Side-by-Side Refrigerator, which boasts of an Instaview Panel that is 23% larger than its predecessor. Knock twice and you’ll see what’s inside. If you do decide to grab something, the popular door-in-door feature gives you easy access to frequently used items without needing to open the whole door and letting warm air rush inside. 

The LG InstaView also offers key LG innovations such as LinearCoolingTM for sealing in freshness and reducing temperature fluctuations, DoorCooling+TM for fast and even performance, and UVnanoTM which automatically reduces 99.99% of bacteria from the water nozzle with UV light.

The event, which was hosted by new LG brand ambassador Iza Calzado, also featured other refrigerators for different markets and use cases. The hosts highlighted the RVS-Q245NS, an even bigger Instaview model, the RVT-B149BS and the RVT-B145PZ, two similar, high-performance top freezers with a sleek and modern silhouette that fits any lifestyle, and the RVT-B119DG, which is the perfect ref for smaller spaces. 

Mr. Jillian Yap, LG Refrigerators Senior Product Manager and Ms. Iza Calzado checking out the LG Instaview Refrigerator

Another segment during the event focused on what a smarthome is and how it works. Representatives from LG demonstrated how you can control different home appliances on your mobile phone with just one app. Even if you’re away, you can also receive remote notifications on your mobile phone and control the appliances remotely. They also showed how the different LG smart appliances can be monitored through the Home Dashboard on LG TVs. 

LG’s Managing Director Mr. Sungjae Kim was in a festive mood during the event, saying “We at LG know how much Filipinos love Christmas time and how it’s the season to reward the family or one’s self with much needed tech upgrades…With LG, it’s never too early to get your Christmas wishlist.”

Mr. Sungjae Kim, LG Philippines Managing Director

Reimagine the holidays and upgrade your home with the latest and greatest from LG. 

To know more about LG’s offerings, visit the official website at and follow their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram. You may also check out LG’s official flagship stores in Lazada and Shopee.

Here are helpful tips to create a healthy relationship with your kids


As poet and philosopher Rumi once eloquently said, “raise your words, not your voice. It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” Parenting is a challenging journey, and the truth is that nobody has everything figured out. One parenting style might suit others best, and some might favor other methods. 


However, children respond better to a calm demeanor, so it’s best to avoid dealing with them with anger. Gentle parenting is a transformative style that can help you raise confident, independent, and, most importantly, happy children. This method involves empathy, respect, understanding, and setting healthy boundaries. 


How can you incorporate gentle parenting into your daily life? Here are helpful tips to create a healthy relationship with your kids: 


1.     Comment on the action, not the person. When speaking to your child, try to separate the action from the person. Instead of saying, “you’re being mean to your brother,” rephrase it and instead say, “I don’t think your brother appreciates what you did. Let’s try something else and see how he responds.”

The former is focused on the child, while the second is focused on the action. Focusing on the action removes the finger pointing and blame, and emphasizes what he is doing wrong. 


2.     Walk the talk. Children follow what you do, not what you say. If you want your children to become kind and respectful, you should model all kinds of kindness. You should not only teach them how to be kind to others but also to themselves. 

One way to do this is by showing them how to do it. If you and your spouse are arguing, do it privately. Always be respectful to each other in your child’s presence. Exemplify kindness to yourself by taking care of your mind and body. 


3.     Reinforce positive action. Instead of saying no and making your child feel bad, try a different approach, set clear boundaries, and focus on the action that you are asking of your child. 

One approach to try is by stressing the desired positive action, rather than asking them to stop the negative action. If your child is being rough to other children in the playground or at school, you can try saying, “be more gentle with the other kids,” instead of yelling “stop that!” Treating them with kindness will encourage them to pass it forward. 


4.     Support their dreams. Gentle parenting involves a better understanding of your child’s hopes and aspirations. Show interest and nurture their interest and passion. Help them make their visions become reality by preparing for their future needs. 

All parents, in their great love for their children, want to give them everything they need, and most especially help them fulfill their dreams. Unfortunately, supporting these dreams can be costly. But with AIA Philippines’ Future Scholar, any parent who wishes to make those aspirations happen can be within reach. Future Scholar is an insurance product that gives guaranteed cash payouts that can help fulfill your child’s ambitions. There’s no better way to show your love for your child than ensuring that you can provide for their dream, no matter what happens in life.


Aside from guaranteed savings, Future Scholar has an investment component so you can look out for your child financially even after they graduate from college. Moreover, you can choose to build your child’s savings funds in five years or until he reaches the age of 17. 


In addition, Future Scholar gives you peace of mind. Whatever happens, your child will have money set aside for his future needs. Aside from that, your child or your chosen beneficiary can also be entitled to an additional lump-sum cash benefit should anything untoward happen to you.


“We know that the pandemic and the volatile economy has made everyone insecure about their savings. As a parent myself, I understand every parent’s desire to ensure that there are guaranteed benefits intended for their child’s future,” said Tennyson Paras, AIA Philippines’ Head of Products. “And this is what we had in mind when our Products Team designed AIA Future Scholar. We wanted to make sure that no matter what happens, a healthier, longer and better life awaits our children.”


Click here if you want to know more about Future Scholar and how it can help you support your child in fulfilling his dreams.



DHL Philippines and SOS Children’s Villages signed a partnership agreement to empower young people

DHL Express, DHL Global Forwarding, and DHL Supply Chain, as part of the newly-launched GoTeach partnership with SOS Children’s Villages to empower and improve employability of young peoplefrom vulnerable backgrounds, recently mentored 52 senior high school students.


At this year’s YouthCan! activity, the students attended employment and entrepreneurship talks given by 31 DHL volunteers virtually. They were introduced to a career as a DHL salesperson, including the soft skills that are needed. The youths were also presented various logistics career options within DHL, such as airfreight or ocean freight operations as well as import and export specialists. After the speakers’ discussions, the youths and volunteers engaged in deep discussions about their future career plans, and goals.


Earlier this year, DHL Philippines and SOS Children’s Villages signed a partnership agreement to empower young people aged between 15 and 25 in the Philippines and help prepare them for employment or entrepreneurship. 

“As the partner of SOS Children’s Villages, our goal is to help young people understand the job market, provide them with soft and basic skills training to improve employability and entrepreneurship. We hope these youths walk away with insights and motivation to be financially independent for a better future,” said DHL Express Country Manager for the Philippines, Nigel Lockett.


“Sharing their time and expertise is one of the ways our employees can contribute to this partnership with SOS Children’s Villages. I applaud their commitment to taking the time out to do this for the youths, who will be this country’s future leaders,” said Bevan Noel Williams, Managing Director for DHL Supply Chain Philippines.


“Through this program, participants become aware of what employers look for when reviewing candidates. Armed with this knowledge, participants can prepare themselves better for when they enter the job market,” said Yvonne Lee, Managing Director for DHL Global Forwarding Philippines.


“I would like to thank DHL and their volunteers once again for supporting YouthCan! and for providing simple skills training that will help increase the employability of our youths, as well as expand their career opportunities. We hope to have more YouthCan! sessions with DHL and to also strengthen our partnership in the coming years,” said Romil I. Rayos del Sol, Deputy National Director, SOS Chilidren’s Village, Inc. Philippines.


YouthCan! was launched in 2017 by SOS Children’s Villages and five global partners from the private sector to help young people without parental care or at risk of losing it transition to independence and secure decent work. In 2021, it was launched in the Philippines.


Recognizing that education promotes greater stability and prosperity, DHL Philippines has mobilized its highly qualified workforce for its GoTeach program. In addition to SOS Children’s Villages, DHL Philippines has been partnering Teach for the Philippines since 2013 where its employees not only share their time but their individual skills and experiences. 


GMA Public Affairs is set to make the Yuletide season extra special with YouTube for ‘Pinoy Christmas In Our Hearts’ original series


GMA Public Affairs is set to make the Yuletide season extra special as it presents an original series called “Pinoy Christmas In Our Hearts” in collaboration with YouTube. 


Anchoring on Filipinos’ beloved Christmas traditions such as noche buena, simbang gabi, and caroling among others, the four-part series will feature OFW YouTube content creators who are coming home for the first time since the pandemic. Mainstream creators and celebrities including Ninong Ry, Small Laude and Jessica Soho will also join the series to share uniquely Pinoy Christmas content on YouTube that viewers will surely relate to. 


"GMA Public Affairs champions innovation by creating and sharing stories that resonate with Filipinos wherever they may be. With each story, a connection is made and a message is conveyed. ‘Pinoy Christmas In Our Hearts’ is a way for us to inspire our fellow Kapuso this Christmas season and we are so grateful that the Filipinos' favorite online platform YouTube continues to support us in these creative and meaningful endeavors," shared Nessa Valdellon, First Vice President of GMA Public Affairs.  

"YouTube is all about bringing people and communities together through the shared language of video. We are proud to collaborate with GMA Public Affairs in bringing ‘Pinoy Christmas In Our Hearts’ on YouTube. With this series, we hope that more Filipinos can watch uplifting content online that speaks to the importance of being with our family and loved ones, especially this holiday season,” said Siddharth Srinivasan, Head of YouTube Content Partnerships for Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. 


The project comes on the heels of GMA Public Affairs crossing the 20-million-subscriber milestone on YouTube just last month. Currently, the channel has amassed 12.7 billion views since 2009. It likewise recorded 1.1 billion hours of watched videos as of this writing.


Each of the four episodes of “Pinoy Christmas In Our Hearts” will drop weekly starting this December on the GMA Public Affairs YouTube channel. 


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Xiaomi opens its biggest flagship store in the Philippines

With a total area of ​​465 square meters, Xiaomi’s new store has the widest range of Xiaomi products on display, including the latest smartphones, wearables, and other smart home devices. Designed like a showroom, the store is sectioned off into different areas for different rooms in the house, including a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and office, each with its own selection of Xiaomi products on display. Unsurprisingly, Xiaomi TVs of various sizes were on display in every room.

The store opening was led by Xiaomi Country Manager Kenny Cheong, and GMC CEO and President Terence Chua, with special guests Mayor Lani Cayetano and TV star and Xiaomi ambassadress Gabbi Garcia. Also in attendance were SM Supermalls President Steven Tan, Philippine Telegraph & Teleph Chairman Buddy Zamora, Xiaomi GTM Manager Sophia Liao, Xiaomi Product Manager Joyce Borlagdan, and Philippine Ambassador to Japan Mylene Garcia-Albano.

Xiaomi spruced up the occasion by giving the first 50 store customers a  50% discount on some of its smartphones, including the Xiaomi 12 Lite, Redmi Note 10 Pro, Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro, and Xiaomi 11.

The company also extended complimentary discount vouchers to the next 200 customers with minimum purchases. Up to P500 discounts are available for customers' next store visit.

The store is a welcome addition to the growing number of Xiaomi outlets in the country. It is a testimony to the company's commitment to the Philippine market. 

More in-store surprises await Xiaomi fans who visit the store to shop for new gadgets for themselves or loved ones. Visit Xiaomi’s official Facebook page for more details.   

BayaniPay is the first cross-border, digital financial service for the Filipino American community


BayaniPay, a financial service for global professionals, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding from East West Bank, Wavemaker Partners, and Talino Venture Labs. 

Earlier this year, BayaniPay contracted with East West Bank, the largest independent bank headquartered in Southern California, to offer Filipino American customers banking services, including a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) insured checking account. East West Bank joins BDO Unibank, the Philippines’ largest bank; Asian Journal, one of the leaders in the Asian American media industry; and Seafood City, the largest Filipino-owned supermarket chain in the U.S., in BayaniPay’s roster of industry-leading collaborators. 

BayaniPay CEO Winston Damarillo

This collaboration positions BayaniPay as the first cross-border, digital financial service for the Filipino American community, which is 4.2 million strong and accounts for $146 billion or 14.4% of the Asian American market in the United States: a segment that has been previously underserved by traditional banks and other financial institutions. 

BayaniPay offers easy, convenient, and low cost cross-border financial services from the United States to the PhilippinesIts customers enjoy a host of benefits from its feature-rich platform, including access to a digital checking account, a debit card that maximizes spending power, and zero fee remittance and market-leading forex rates for Filipino Americans who are sending money home. 

Expanding global financial services powered by BDO Unibank 

In cooperation with BDO Unibank, BayaniPay will deliver more financial solutions to Filipinos in the U.S. soon. 

BayaniPay is collaborating with BDO Unibank to enable its users in the U.S. to directly pay services in the Philippines through paycode technologies. Local businesses and services can simply provide Filipino American customers paycodes that they can use for easy and convenient cross-border payment of bills, tuition and school fees, medical expenses, and even real estate. 

By working together with BayaniPay, BDO Unibank continues to find ways to provide convenience to global professionals. 

Breaking ceilings in the digital banking landscape 

Within its first three months in the market, BayaniPay disrupted the digital remittance industry by offering, through BDO Unibank, zero fees and market-leading exchange rates. Its neobank expansion allows customers to open a digital bank account with a Visa debit card in the United States through East West Bank—enabling faster, frictionless cross-border payments and rewards on customer transactions. 

“On behalf of East West Bank, I applaud BayaniPay’s progress in our digital banking technology to provide omnichannel banking as a service to underserved customers,” said Parker Shi, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of East West Bank. “This means that BayaniPay customers can enjoy the same quality of service, whether they’re banking with their mobile devices or transacting at their local East West Bank branch.” 

Since announcing its expansion, BayaniPay has gained over 7,000 users and its work in disrupting the global banking landscape has caught the attention of many digital publications, including Forbes and American Banker

"We are excited about how quickly BayaniPay has grown since we first launched," said BayaniPay CEO Winston Damarillo. "Our ongoing efforts are driven by the desire to eliminate the financial hardships of new immigrants and minority communities." 

The fresh capital from East West Bank and Wavemaker Partners will allow BayaniPay to expand the technology team as the company scales its product lineup and expands into more geographies. 

“Streamlining cross border payment systems have become more urgent than ever as remittances grow in scale from overseas workers. Unfortunately, even in this day and age, existing remittance methods remain painful and expensive for the average remitter. BayaniPay is addressing this pain point with their suite of payment solutions that simplifies the various types of remittances. Whether the need is peer-to-peer, consumer-to-business or business-to-business, BayaniPay has created intuitive solutions to make this payment journey a simple and cost effective exercise,” said Eric Manlunas, Founder and Managing Partner of Wavemaker Partners. 

Reimagine the holidays and upgrade your home with the latest and greatest from LG

It’s no surprise that the holiday season is a favorite among Filipinos. Especially in the new normal, it’s the perfect time to celebrate and...