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Monday, January 17, 2022

realme announces its widely popular Number Series has officially reached 40 million in worldwide sales volume


realme, the PH’s no. 1 smartphone brand for three consecutive quarters in 2021 (based on Canalys and IDC sell-in data Q1-Q3 2021), , according to global research firm Strategy Analytics

 

Strategy Analytics Report: Cumulative Shipments of Smartphone Families Launched since 2018 (M units)


The firm reports that the Number Series’ consolidated volume of 40 million units worldwide is reflective of the young brand’s growing position within the global tech industry, currently ranking fourth among “New Age Smartphone Families” in the world.  realme was able to achieve this milestone in less than four years since its launch in 2018, making the Number Series one of the fastest Android smartphone product lines to have reached the 40-million mark. 

 

As one of realme’s most well-loved lineups, the Number Series serves as a testament to the brand’s commitment to offering quality innovation at an accessible price. Headlined by the realme 8 Series launched in the Philippines in 2021, the lineup has consistently performed well in the mid-range segment year after year. In addition, according to Strategy Analytics, the Number Series has been pivotal to its scale-up to be the fastest brand ever to ship 100 million units in the entire history of the smartphone.

 

This achievement further proves realme’s strong and steady momentum across the globe. In the Philippines, the brand has consistently ranked no. 1 for the first three quarters of 2021, based on sell-in data by research firms Canalys and IDC.

 

With all these achievements, realme is looking to continue this growth by delivering the best tech and lifestyle experience to the youth around the world. 

 

For more information and updates, be sure to follow realme on Facebook at www.facebook.com/realmePhilippinesor visit www.realme.com.ph.

UnionBank recently deployed its "Bank on Wheels" (BOW) mobile banking facility in Cebu


In a bid to aid the victims of Typhoon Odette in their journey toward recovery, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) recently deployed its "Bank on Wheels" (BOW) mobile banking facility in Cebu, to provide customers with easy access to much needed basic financial services.

BOW is UnionBank's 5G-capable banking kiosk in a van, designed to bring the Bank's trailblazing technology and innovation directly to its customers. It is a mobile version of its first-in-industry fully digital banking branch, The ARK, allowing customers to experience the features of the said branch potentially anywhere in the country.

Cebu residents were able to use the automatic teller machine (ATM) inside the kiosk that enabled them (UnionBank cardholders) to do balance inquiry, withdrawal, funds transfer, and bills payment transactions. Non-UnionBank cardholders were able make balance inquiry and withdraw cash.

With the cash recycler machine (CRM) also inside the kiosk, the Cebuano UnionBank customers were in addition to the transactions mentioned earlier, were able to do card-less withdrawal as well as cash deposit for both carded and card-less transactions. Non-UnionBank cardholders, on the other hand, were able to do balance inquiries and cash withdrawals.

Housed in an air-conditioned and internet-connected facility, both machines replicate the fully digital banking branch experience, ensuring security and ease during transactions. The BOW moved to various typhoon-affected areas to make its features accessible to as many banking customers as possible.

“In the wake of Typhoon Odette’s devastation, many banking customers in Cebu and other affected areas were left with little to no access to basic banking services. Committed to address this urgent concern, we deployed BOW while we worked on restoring the bank’s ATM network in these areas,” said UnionBank’s SEVP, CTOO and CTO Henry Aguda.

In the aftermath of the typhoon, UnionBank's ATM availability in disaster-stricken areas was cut to only 21 percent. But through the Bank's agility and superior digital banking capabilities, availability of its ATMs was up to 64 percent after just one day. As of writing, 97 percent of the Bank's ATMs in the said areas are now operational.

“UnionBank will go the extra mile to serve the needs of our customers especially in times like these,” said Henry Aguda. “We take our corporate social responsibility and business continuity very seriously, and customers can rest assured that their banking needs will be met even in the most difficult of situations.”

Five reasons why the A95 is the glow up you need in 2022




Are you one of those people who looks to upgrade their smartphones to suit their lifestyle, but finds that there are way too many options to choose from? 

 

If you are still undecided on what to purchase for your smartphone glow-up this year, here's a list of things that you might want to consider when choosing your next device:

 

Can I document my favorite memories in high resolution?

We all love taking selfies, and capturing our everyday moments filled with food, pets, scenery and more - that’s why camera features are definitely one of the top priorities when looking to upgrade your phone. Don’t just settle for high megapixels! Look out for a phone with AI-enhanced Image Capture capabilities that will automatically turn your photos into professional-looking shots, just like the A95. Its 48MP triple rear-facing camera and 16mp selfie camera are powered by AI features to make your photos more lifelike and defined. 


Can I stream videos or play games uninterrupted?

If you use your smartphone to unwind with games or movie marathons, there’s nothing more annoying than lags or neverending notifications interrupting your stream. The OPPO A95, powered by ColorOS11.1, helps get rid of these problems with its Hyper Boost technology which ensures a more stable gaming experience, less battery consumption, and better temperature control. Plus, with Game Focus Mode and Bullet Notifications switched on to only alert for essential notifications, you can get a fully-immersive and interruption-free gaming experience.

 

Can the battery last the whole day? 

Lengthy battery life is nothing new for smartphones, so look out for high mAh levels, and even features to safeguard your battery’s longevity so that your new phone can keep up with your busy days. The OPPO A95 doesn’t just have a 5000mAh battery, but also 33W Flash Charging. This means with just a five-minute charge, you can stream Youtube videos up to 1.8 hours, chat with family and friends via call up to 5.73 hours, or doomscroll Instagram for 1.37 hours. 

 

But that’s just the start - OPPO A95 has a unique Battery Guard feature, which learns your sleep habits and personalizes how your phone charges based on these, so you don’t have to worry about overcharging your battery. Other features that help prolong battery life include temperature control, especially useful while you’re gaming or streaming; Super Power Saving Mode, so you don’t have to worry about calling a ride home while your phone’s at 5%; and Super Nighttime Standby, which keeps your A95 on standby mode for 8 hours with just 2% battery remaining. 

 

Can the smartphone run smoothly?

To keep up with your fast-paced lifestyle, you need a smartphone that can run smoothly and without any lags, even with multiple apps open. To help you multitask seamlessly, the A95 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 and a large 8GB RAM+128GB ROM. It even has a System Booster feature, to give you consistently smooth working experience on your gadget. These top-of-the-line hardware specs are exactly what to look for when upgrading your smartphone. 

 

Is it easy to use or hold the smartphone?

Although design and comfort may seem like trivial qualities when it comes to choosing a smartphone for you, these things matter when you use a smartphone all day. Even with its large battery, the slim and light OPPO A95 weighs just 175g in a 7.95mm thin body. It also comes in two stylish colors - Glowing Starry Black for those who prefer neutral tech accessories, and Glowing Rainbow Silver, which can put you in a Very Peri mood for 2022. Its back cover is also resistant to scratches, wear, fire and even your fingerprints, so it stays durable and looking clean at all times.

 

With the all-new smart performing OPPO A95, the answer to all these questions is yes! A power-packed device with a stylish design and ultra-long battery life, it’s the perfect gadget glow-up to get you started this 2022. 

 

The OPPO A95 retails at PHP15,999 and is available via the OPPO Flagship Store at Lazada and Shopee, and OPPO Brand Stores nationwide. For more information, visit the OPPO Philippines’ official website at www.oppo.com.ph, or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

 

 

The SM Store, SM Foundation launch Share your Extras for Typhoon Odette communities



Let’s make the start of the year more meaningful by donating new or gently used clothes via The SM Store and SMFoundation’s Share Your Extras. Donations pooled this year will be for the benefit of communities impacted by Typhoon Odette.

Shoppers can drop off their pre-loved clothes or purchase new ones for donation at any of The SM Store branches from January 15 to February 15 in Metro Manila, and February 1 to 28 at the rest of the branches nationwide. 

For every donated item, shoppers will receive a P100 discount coupon voucher courtesy of The SM Store. This can be redeemed at their next single-receipt purchase of a minimum of P1,000-worth of select items in-store or via Call To Deliver.

What are the DOs and DON’Ts?

·       Donate clothes in good condition. The clothes should be gently used and in good, wearable condition, without holes or damages.

·       Donate practical clothes only. Remember that your donations will go to communities who have lost access to basic needs. Please donate tops and bottoms for everyday wear that can be used comfortably by infants or adults. Avoid donating suits, gowns, uniforms, and costumes.

·       Wash the clothes first. For the safety of the people handling and receiving your donations, clean the clothes first and try to remove spots or stains. Skip donating used undergarments and bathing suits. 

·       Check the pockets. Double and triple check to make sure there are no valuables or pieces of trash, such as used tissue or candy wrappers, left in the pockets.

 

Share Your Extras is an annual initiative of The SM Store and SM Foundation aimed at helping communities in need, such as those impacted by calamities. In 2018, we provided personal hygiene items for families in Marawi, and in 2020, we donated packed relief items for the communities in Isabela impacted by Typhoon Ulysses. This year, Share Your Extras will benefit families affected by Typhoon Odette, which has displaced millions of individuals in Mimaropa, Visayas, and Mindanao.

Other The SM Store campaigns like Share Shoes, Donate A Book, and Share A Toy have received overwhelming support from customers.

For more updates and ways to donate, visit www.thesmstore.com and follow its social media pages @thesmstore on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Ronnie Alonte and Loisa Andalio Star In Parokya Ni Edgar’s “Rosas” Music Video!



Parokya Ni Edgar’s comeback music video for their latest single “Rosas” is exuding with romantic vibes as it showcases the captivating chemistry of real-life couple Ronnie Alonte and Loisa Andalio.

Staying true to the lyrics of “Rosas”, the official music video was shot entirely in the vicinity of Marikina, paying homage to its wonderful community, scenery, and people. The LoiNie loveteam was indeed pure of passion in shooting their scenes together in the picturesque Marikina landscape, evident in the compelling final cut of the four-minute music video. (WATCH HERE)

Hours before its release on the official YouTube channel of Universal Records Philippines, ROSAS MV FT LOINIE quickly became a hot trending topic on Twitter. And quickly after the music video premiere, fans shared overwhelmingly positive remarks about its heartwarming impact as well.

“Rosas” is the lead single from Parokya Ni Edgar’s first album in five years, 

Borbolen. Make sure to stream their new album now on your favorite digital streaming platforms!

Stream “Rosas”:

Friday, January 14, 2022

LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) intensifies its fight against COVID-19 by using best-in-class health and safety protocols


In a bid to continue providing a safe transportation system, private operator of LRT-1 Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) intensifies its fight against COVID-19 by using best-in-class health and safety protocols amid rising cases in the country.

 

On January 15 and 17, LRMC will provide free random COVID-19 antigen swab tests to passengers who will give their consent or volunteer for testing. Testing sites will be located at strategic LRT-1 stations with high volume of passengers that include EDSA, Baclaran, Monumento, and Carriedo.


LRMC is targeting to have at least a total of 40 passengers to be tested from 7 am to 5 pm. The turnaround time for the whole procedure is approximately 15 to 20 minutes per passenger. The antigen swab test will be administered by medical professionals from State Lab Clinics and Diagnostic Center. Passengers who will send themselves for testing will be given consent forms prior the procedure partnered with mandatory contact tracing requirements.

 

Those passengers who will test positive will not be allowed to ride the train, and will be assisted in coordinating with their respective local government unit. LRMC will be giving incentives to those passengers who will test negative with a free beep™ card with minimum load, in line with the company’s push for contactless payments as a safer way to travel. 

 

Aside from passengers, there will also be antigen swab testing among LRMC station employees, and they will undergo a confirmatory RT-PCR test once tested positive for COVID-19 virus. All LRMC employees are required to undergo daily monitoring of health conditions, which has been effective for the company in preventing workplace transmission.

 

Starting January 17, LRMC will also enforce the Department of Transportation’s (DOTr’s) new Department Order on vaccination policy, requiring passengers to present vaccination cards when riding the train. Unvaccinated individuals with medical conditions must present a duly signed certificate from their doctor. Those obtaining essential goods and services must present duly issued barangay health pass or other proof to support such travel.

 

“At LRT-1, we don’t allow the virus for a free ride. We remain committed to keeping LRT-1 safe for our passengers and our employees. And so, we remain adaptive to the evolving situation, and continuously upgrade existing protocols. LRMC works hand-in-hand with the government in managing the impact of COVID-19, while making sure that essential services are supported,” Dr. Duday de Sales, LRMC Head of Health, Safety, Environment, and Quality Department said.

 

To date, LRMC has achieved a 99.7% vaccination rate and 20% for booster shots among LRT-1 employees. The company has been awarded the Safety Seal by the Pasay City local government highlighting the company’s compliance with COVID-19 protocols.

 

Proper ventilation is assured as trains are equipped with hospital-grade HEPA filtration and UVC system that is installed in air-conditioning units to keep indoor air fresh and clean.

 

Currently allowed to operate at 70% passenger capacity under Alert Level 3, LRMC continues to implement other health and safety protocols to strengthen public confidence in public transport such as diligent temperature checks before entering the station, “No face mask, no entry” policy, and regular disinfection. LRMC was also the first to implement the “no-talking and no answering phone calls” policy inside the trains. There are also roving train marshals and security officers to strictly enforce protocols. It has pioneered the use of digital and mobile technology via its ikotMNL mobile app for information dissemination and convenient trip planning.

 

LRT-1 operates daily following this train service schedule: Northbound train (4:30AM to 9:15PM), Southbound train (4:30AM to 9:30PM).

 

For more updates and info on the LRT-1, follow LRMC on Facebook at facebook.com/officialLRT1, Twitter at @officialLRT1, or download the ikotMNL mobile app for free on Google Play and App Store.

Xiaomi continues to treat its fans to a smart life through the Xiaomi Home Renovation Campaign


 

The global campaign called Xiaomi Renovation is organized by the Xiaomi Community where their fans can get randomly selected for a free home renovation using Xiaomi AIoT or Artificial intelligence of things products.



The latest Xiaomi fan is Daniela from the Philippines, who is the first among the three lucky fans who got selected by the Global Community. Her home, which she shares with her parents, got a makeover featuring the Xiaomi Pad 5, Mi TV, Redmi Watch 2 Lite, Air Purifier Pro H, Mi Smart Air Fryer 3.5L and Mi Vacuum Mop Pro.

 

To watch the heart-warming episode, you may visit the Xiaomi Global Facebook page.

Xiaomi fans from across the globe still have a chance in getting their very own home renovation courtesy of Xiaomi by joining the ongoing campaign! They only need to register through this 
link and tell Xiaomi all about themselves and their home.

 

In Xiaomi Global’s previous global recruitment, they were able to receive over 16,000 views and 400 comments.  

 

Xiaomi as a global company has been giving back after a year of milestones. In December 2021, Xiaomi Philippines shared the Christmas spirit to the BASECO community by donating noche buena packages and school kits, while Xiaomi Corporation donated one hundred thousand US dollars to partner organizations for the benefit of victims of Typhoon Rai.

 

Shopee continues to innovate its offerings to support the growth of brand partners with Brand Spotlight


The future of e-commerce is looking bright. With the global industry expected to grow by $10.87 trillion dollars by 2025[1], online platforms are in a unique position to help businesses gain more traction and drive conversion. Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, continues to innovate its offerings to support the  growth of brand partners with Brand Spotlight - a daily campaign that features exclusive deals and product offerings from  Filipinos’ favorite brands. Starting January 17, users can look forward to unique daily offers from their favorite Shopee Mall brands, such as new product launches, bundle deals, and other exciting promos that are available only on Shopee.

 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We want to empower our brand partners with more ways to capture and engage customers. As more consumers want to shop directly from official brand stores on Shopee Mall,  we want to provide a focused platform that can help brands unlock more growth opportunities.” 

 

Brand Spotlight is the latest in Shopee's suite of brand offerings designed to promote awareness and deepen customer loyalty. The campaign kicks off with the Brands Spotlight Festival happening from January 17 to 31, where users can expect exclusive offers from leading brands such as Olay, Samsung, Abbott Philippines, L’Oreal, Mikana, P&G Beauty, Unilever Home Care, Unilever Beauty Official Store, Uni-Care Hygienic Products Inc., INSPI, OPPO, NestlĂ©, vivo, and Pampers.

Participating brands will benefit from Shopee’s omnichannel marketing tools and solutions to help reach new customers, reinforce recall, and drive high-performing sales. Along with Shopee’s integrated marketing support and increased in-app visibility, brands can also take advantage of Shopee features such as Livestream and Shopee Prizes to further engage customers and create excitement.

 

“Brand Spotlight is part of Shopee’s plan to help brands achieve long-term success,” Yu continued. “We look forward to more collaborations with brands to provide users with the best deals and meaningful shopping experiences.”

 

For more information on Brand Spotlight and the daily exclusive deals offered by leading brands, visit https://shopee.ph/m/brand-spotlight.

 

Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Flexible Options for Passengers Affected by “No Vaccination, No Ride” Policy As of 3:30PM, January 14, 2022


Cebu Pacific will offer its passengers affected by the “No Vaccination, No Ride” flexible options as the airline complies with and supports the government’s order to limit public transportation access to vaccinated individuals in the National Capital Region (NCR) while the area remains under Alert Level 3 or higher. 

 

Starting January 17, Monday, all domestic airlines, operating scheduled or non-scheduled commercial services to and from NCR, are required to only provide air transportation services to and from NCR to fully vaccinated persons, unless exempted, such as the following: 

 

a) Persons with medical conditions that prevent full COVID-19 vaccination, as evidenced by a duly signed medical certificate with name and contact details of the physician; and 

 

b) Persons who will procure essential goods and services, such as but not limited to food, water, medicine, medical devices, public utilities, energy, work, and medical and dental necessities, as evidenced by a duly issued barangay health pass or other appropriate proof to justify such travel. 

For this purpose, CEB will screen, validate, and board only passengers traveling into and out of the NCR who are fully vaccinated. A person is considered fully vaccinated after two weeks following the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Moderna, Pfizer, and Sinovac vaccines; or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. 

 

To passengers who cannot travel given the government order, CEB offers flexible options until January 31.Passengers who wish to voluntarily postpone their travel plans may conveniently cancel up to two (2) hours before their scheduled time of departure and select their preferred option through the Manage Booking portal (http://bit.ly/CEBmanageflight) on the Cebu Pacific website:   
 

1.     Rebook 

Rebook for travel within 60 days at no additional cost, following CEB’s permanent removal of change fees. Fare difference waived.  

 

2.     Travel Fund  

Store the amount in a virtual CEB wallet valid for two (2) years and use this to either book a new flight or pay for add-ons (e.g. baggage allowance, seat selection, etc.) 

 

“Cebu Pacific continues to safeguard the safety of its passengers and crew. As such, Cebu Pacific will comply with the latest government order which aims to protect the majority. We promise to make everyjuan’s travel experience as convenient as possible despite the challenges lately. We appeal for the understanding and patience of those affected by the mandate. Cebu Pacific is committed to getting you on your way as soon as the times become safer for most of us,” said Candice Iyog, Vice President for Marketing & Customer Experience at Cebu Pacific.  

 

CEB operates with 100% fully vaccinated active flying crew. Our pilots and cabin crew undergo regular antigen testing (Test Before Duty) before they are assigned to operate flights. CEB has already started its booster program to ensure the continued safety of its employees and passengers.  

 

This is a developing situation. Passengers are advised to update their contact details via bit.ly/CEBUpdateInfo, so CEB can continue notifying guests on flight changes, reminders and updates. 

    

Before going to the airport, passengers are advised to check the travel requirements, safety protocols, and frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the CEB website: bit.ly/CEBFaqs     

 

For other questions or concerns, passengers may send a message via Charlie the Chatbot on the Cebu Pacific website. 

 

CEB hopes for the continued healing and recovery of every Juan impacted by the virus, and strength for frontline and medical workers.  

 

Delivery, dine-in or take-out? Check out these options from Buffalo Wild Wings

 

Eating your favorite  food in times like these can be most comforting like  hearty and fun fare from Buffalo Wild Wings. You can take your pick from its wide menu of dine-in, delivery and take-out.



 

Try their PRIME LUNCH SETS (from P495)  for those who wish to dine-in. They’re loaded with some of your favorites and signature Buffalo Wild Wings food.    


Choose from the following:  (1) Wings, Mac N Cheese, Side Salad, Ultimate Nachos;   Chicken tenders, Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings;  2pcs Crispy Chicken, Chipotle Salmom, Fried Rice;  and   Ribs, Chipotle Salmon,  Garlic Rice, Side Salad. Available all-day, Monday to Friday.


Buffalo Wild Wings also recommends its Delivery Bundles, some of which are available for delivery and take-out for those who’d rather eat at home.  These include  5 pcs chicken wings, 5 pcs chicken tenders  combo; All for One combo with 15 wings, chicken tenders, onion rings or nachos with 3 dips; and  For The Win with 2 pcs Fried Chicken, 6 pcs, Grilled Pork Belly, Wing Meal, Boneless Meal).  The restaurant’s most-loved dishes are bundled cozily together for your enjoyment.  And they’re reasonably priced too, so you’ll get the most out of your buck.

 

 Available in Bistro Delivers, Grab,  Food Panda and Pickaroo. To know more, follow @bwwingsph.

 

realme announces its widely popular Number Series has officially reached 40 million in worldwide sales volume

realme, the PH’s no. 1 smartphone brand for three consecutive quarters in 2021 (based on Canalys and IDC sell-in data Q1-Q3 2021), , accordi...