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Monday, July 4, 2022

Smart sponsors the upcoming TOYCON 2022 on July 8 to 10!

Smart Signature, the postpaid brand of mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc., is powering the much-anticipated return of TOYCON at the SM Megatrade Halls from July 8 to 10, with exclusive perks for subscribers.


Known as the biggest gathering of toy collectors and aficionados in the country, TOYCON 2022 is a mega celebration of pop culture with a grand showcase of toys, games, movies, cosplay, anime, and collectibles, graced by top toy creators, artists, designers, studios, and celebrities. 

Get a chance to take home limited edition QUICCS toys


As one of the highlights of the TOYCON 2022, Smart Signature ambassador and world-renowned Filipino artist and toy designer QUICCS is set to launch a new line of his trademark TEQ-63 toys in the beloved Voltes V style, done in partnership with TOEI Co. Ltd.


New Smart Signature subscribers can get the much-coveted chance to win one VoltesTEQ, or win one of five limited edition Shotaro TEQ5G toys, when they enter the raffle upon successfully subscribing to a Smart Signature Plan+ at the Smart TOYCON booth or the Smart Store at SM Megamall.


For subscribers who want to dip their toes into the Non-fungible Tokens (NFT) universe, Smart Signature is hosting an NFT Talk with Chairman, CEO and CTO of BYC Inc. (Bayanichain) and Founder of Hacktiv Colab Inc. Paul Soliman to talk about the basics of NFT and the fast-growing NFT Community. He will also be joined by QUICCS, who will dish out insider scoop on his NFT game BulletPunk BitWars. NFT artworks proudly made by Filipinos will also be featured in a digital exhibit at the Smart Signature booth at TOYCON. 


Aside from joining Smart Signature’s TOYCON 2022 activities, participants can expect to have a blast at the Creator’s Alley, the Artist Alley, Cosplay Competition, Pinoy Pop Culture Icon Awards, Collector’s Gallery, Toy Art and Toy Customizing competition, and the ToyClick and CosClick photography contest, among others.


Own your universe with Smart Signature Plans+


Smart Signature’s partnership with TOYCON 2022 is part of its thrust to empower subscribers to own their universe and live out their passions powered by the country’s fastest 5G mobile network, as cited by Ookla.


Goal slayers can take their careers and passions to the next level with a Smart Signature Plan+, which comes with Unli 5G for 12 months on the latest 5G devices and wearables, Unli AllNet Texts, Unli AllNet Calls including landline, Netflix subscription throughout their contract, and free six months subscription to Apple Music.


Know more about the Smart Signature Plans+ that suits your lifestyle at


PHINMA Education schools do not have entrance tests to make it easy for students to enroll

More than a decade ago, Elbert Kay Serrano wanted to be a nurse. His parents, a farmer and a canteen helper, didn’t have the resources to help him finish college. Elbert worked any job he could get -- a caregiver, a service crew at a fast food chain, a clerk, a helper-while taking up nursing at PHINMA Araullo University.


Elbert is just one of the thousands of underserved Filipinos whose chances of getting into college and finishing their degree is hampered by their circumstances. “Getting into college and graduating can often be prohibitively expensive for poor families,” said Dr. Chito B. Salazar, PHINMA Education President and CEO. “This barrier to entry is one of the many challenges that we are tackling because we believe that every Filipino deserves to have quality education.”


An education network for the underserved


Recent data from the Commission of Higher Education (CHED) shows that only 33% of college-aged Filipinos are currently enrolled. PHINMA Education, by intent and design, has been addressing this issue for the past 18 years. The education network, which now operates 10 schools in the Philippines and Indonesia, prides itself on crafting programs and interventions that make it easy for underserved students to get the quality education they want and deserve.


To date, PHINMA Education has over 95,000 students across its ten campuses in the Philippines and Indonesia. Of this number, around 60% are benefiting from theHawak Kamay Scholarship program that provides discounts of up to 75% on enrollment fees. There are no entrance exams to make entry less prohibitive. It also monitors Students-at-Risk (StARs) and conducts home visits to help students return to school.


In 2021, PHINMA Education launched KANLUNGAN, a free individual therapy program for both employees and students. “We don’t stop at simply giving out scholarships. We make sure that their mental and emotional needs as first-generation college students are also taken care of,” Dr. Salazar said.

Beyond giving out scholarships to the majority of its student population, PHINMA Education also ensures that students are mentally and emotionally well through interventions, assistance, and therapy sessions.

Learning strategies that adapt to changing needs


“When the pandemic started, we resolved that nothing should stop our students from learning and

we prepared models that would provide them the flexibility they require in order to learn unhampered,” Dr. Salazar explained. “Our models proved to be so successful that we are now

making them a permanent option for our schools.”


The two models, Flex Learning and Remote and Distance (RAD) Learning, relied on printed activity sheets combined with strong teacher and peer support through a mobile data allocation that renewed every month. At no additional cost, students were able to access Facebook Messenger

and G-suite tools to do their course work and attend webinars. FlexLearning students will have in-person classes once regulations allow, while RadLearning students will continue to be home-based.


High board passing results across schools


Elbert Kay Serrano graduated in 2013 and is now a municipal representative for the Department of Health (DOH) in Nueva Ecija. He is also working on getting his doctorate. Those who want to follow in his footsteps are in good hands: PHINMA Education has a 79% board passing rate for first-time takers. Even better, in the recently concluded Nursing Licensure Examination (NLE), the five PHINMA Education schools with first-time takers averaged 97%.

PHINMA Education creates models that help students learn unhampered. These efforts have shown great results with schools under the network garnering 92.54% overall passing rate in the NLE and 79% passing rate for first-time takers in other board examinations.

“We are proud to have six topnotchers in the NLE with PHINMA University of Pangasinan (PHINMA UPang) students placing 3rd, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 10th, while a Southwestern University PHINMA (SWU PHINMA) student placed 9th,” shared Dr. Salazar. “PHINMA UPang was also cited as the second top performing school in the country for having a total of 62 passers, including second takers, and a 92.54% overall passing rate,” he added.


From 2004 to May 2022, the network has had 122 board exam topnotchers in the Philippines across courses such as Nursing, Education, Criminology, Electrical Engineering, Medical Technology, and Medicine.


Affordable education towards employability


More than 70% of PHINMA Education graduates are employed within a year after graduation, a percentage expected to increase as the economy bounces back from the COVID-19 pandemic.


“We believe that the school’s responsibility does not stop the moment a student graduates. Rather, schools should keep supporting their students, including ensuring that they get the help they need to get employed after graduation,” Dr. Salazar stated. PHINMA Education partners with companies that provide training and internships to help students become work-ready.


PHINMA Education’s placement office, Alumni and Corporate Engagement (ACE), currently has 259 active companies in various industries that provide hiring, internship, and training for its students.Aside from online career fairs, graduating students go through mock interviews and feedback sessions with their teachers to prepare them for actual job interviews. Students also attend a series of webinars and career talks with industry partners.


For almost two decades, PHINMA Education has shown that quality, private education does not need to be expensive to be effective. Serving underserved students by tailoring its strategies to their needs, resources, and aspirations, has enabled it to make lives better through education. It’s a mission that the company is determined to pursue even more diligently in the years to come.

PHINMA Education, through strategic partnerships with companies and industries, provides students with assistance and resources to help them land jobs after graduation.

vivo Philippines kicks off its 7.7 mega sale with markdowns and lots of vouchers

vivo Philippines kicks off its 7.7 mega sale with markdowns and lots of vouchers for its loyal customers. Select vivo smartphones and devices are going to be available for up to 40% off on  vivo’s official website, official Shopee Mall store, and Tiktok shop. 


On Shopee, customers may get a voucher of up to Php 300 off for every purchase of the recently launched vivo X80 series. The X80 series is vivo’s latest flagship smartphone line-up which features powerful camera capabilities made possible through the ZEISS Imaging System. 


vivo is also offering exciting deals for other newbies in its smartphone lineup – the turbo-gaming smartphones vivo T1 5G and vivo T1x. For a limited time only on July 7-9,  gamers and hobbyists alike may purchase the vivo T1 5G online for as low as  P16,599 instead of its suggested retail price of P16,999 and the vivo T1x for P8,799 instead of P8,999.

Customers may also add to cart other premium vivo smartphones such as the V21e, V21 5G, V23e, and V23 5G during this mega sale. The vivo V series devices previously mentioned will be available with discounts of up to 20% while the vivo V15 Pro with a 32MP Elevating Selfie Camera is up for grabs with a P4,200 price cut.  vivo’s best-selling smartphones on Shopee, the vivo Y15s and Y01, will be available at a discounted price. Shoppers can purchase vivo Y15s for as low as P5947, while the Y01 will be sold at only P5,247.



Up to P350 off vouchers may also be redeemed for every purchase of vivo smartphone through their official website. 


Other devices such as the 50W Wireless Charger, Wireless Sport Lite, and the vivo XE160 earphones are available at discounted prices, giving everyone the chance to embrace and enjoy  awesome  audio and a fully connected smartphone experience. 


Aside from thrilling discounts on different smartphones and mobile accessories, vivo will also be offering  other irresistible freebies such as including DITO sim cards, TWS Lavanda wireless earbuds, 2-in-1 Clock Speaker, BT Neckband, and  wireless chargers during the 7.7 mega sale.. 


Don’t miss these exciting deals by visiting Shopee on July 7, 2022. You may also learn more about these promos and the complete list of devices by visiting the link below. 




Saturday, July 2, 2022

Mang Inasal, declares July as “Ihaw-Sarap Month” with back-to-back treats for its customers

The country’s Ihaw-Sarap expert, Mang Inasal, declares July as “Ihaw-Sarap Month” with back-to-back treats for its customers starting off with a brand new offering beginning July 1 – the “Ihaw-Sarap Savers.”


“While the world celebrates July as International Grilling Month, Mang Inasal brings this global festivity closer to the hearts of the Filipino families by serving them their char-grilled favorites and more,” said Mang Inasal’s business unit head, Mike V. Castro. “And to make our Ihaw-Sarap Month extra special, we are kicking it off with the ‘Ihaw-Sarap Savers’ that aim to delight our customers with complete meals that are filling and satisfying, yet also fit their budget.”

Mang Inasal customers nationwide can now enjoy the “Ihaw-Sarap Savers'' via dine-in and take-out. Customers can avail their favorite Regular Chicken Inasal, Pork Sisig with Rice, and Pancit Palabok with 1 piece Pork BBQ for only 99 pesos each, complete with a drink of their choice.


Mang Inasal also accepts orders made through, via the Mang Inasal Delivery app, or through other food delivery apps like GrabFood and FoodPanda.


Want more exclusive treats NOW? Visit or follow Mang Inasal today on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To check out the Mang Inasal Store Directory, visit


The Nothing ear (1): Pure Sound, Precisely tuned

Looking for a nice pair of earphones? Check out the new Nothing ear (1) at Digital Walker Stores. Now available in colors black and white. 

Availability and Pricing

Colors Available: Black & White

SRP: 5,990


Quick Features

-Sizable 11.6mm dynamic driver to power rich, immersive sound.

-Active Noise Cancellation: Two modes allow you to adjust levels quickly and easily. Use Light mode for moderate noise cancellation and Maximum mode for noisier environments.

-Battery Life up to 34 Hours.

-Bluetooth 5.2 Connectivity

-Clear Voice Technology: to make sure you come through loud and clear.

-IPX4 Sweat & Water Splash Resistant

-Charges wirelessly and is compatible with all Qi chargers.


Available on Digital Walker stores nationwide.


Also available at the following Online Stores: 


šŸ“DW Website:


šŸ“Nothing LazMall: 

šŸ“Nothing ShopeeMall:


*For those who pre-ordered through the DW Website, please expect your units to be delivered to you soon. 

*For those who pre-ordered in-store you can now claim your unit at the store you bought from.


Ortigas Malls announced the official groundbreaking of Greenhills Mall’s upcoming three-storey annex building

Ortigas Malls announced today the official groundbreaking of Greenhills Mall’s upcoming three-storey annex building that houses the latest lifestyle offerings and attractions.


Set to open to the public by the end of 2022, the annex will have more than 120 dining and retail options, and will include a host of innovations that will usher in the next generation of shopping including super-fast internet connection and technologies that will add to every customer’s enjoyment and safety.


As mall-goers look for nearby destinations to visit, Greenhills is envisioning its grounds as the newest city leisure development for people to connect, bond, and enjoy safely. 


All offerings in the newest lifestyle annex will also be made available online through e-commerce site Your Daily Store by Ortigas Malls. The newest online marketplace provides customers with their own personal shopper, along with a door-to-door delivery service anywhere in Manila and the rest of the Philippines. 

Ortigas Malls announced today the official groundbreaking of Greenhills Mall’s upcoming three-storey annex building that is set to open by the end of 2022. In the photo, from left to right: Ortigas Land Chief Finance Officer Mr. Davee Zuniga; Maritess Ortigas; San Juan City Vice Mayor; Ortigas Malls Vice President Arch. Renee Bacani; San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora; Ortigas Land CEO & President Junie Jalandoni; Cong. Bel Zamora; Mr. Javier Ortigas; and Ortigas Land Vice President Atty. Michael David Abundo III. 


“The groundbreaking of the Greenhills Mall annex building is a peek into the many exciting developments that we have in store and the first of several steps we plan to take in transforming Greenhills into a next generation mall,” shared Arch. Renee Bacani, Vice President of Ortigas Malls.“For many people, Greenhills is the destination for everything–from clothing, jewelry, to souvenirs. Now, with many of our patrons living varied lifestyles and pursuing multiple passions, we at Greenhills want to ensure that we are able to keep up with their dynamic lifestyles.”


The annex building is a prelude to the transformation of Greenhills Mall and is part of its massive ongoing redevelopment plan. The entirety of the plan boasts of more connected open spaces and walkable hallways, a boost on sustainability and technology, as well as innovation on safety and experiences.

Get first dibs on exclusive perks, amazing offers and freebies in the new Greenhills Mall Annex by signing up for an Ortigas Community Card. Open a new world and unlock privileges from participating stores in Greenhills, Tiendesitas, Estancia, and Industria. Simply download the Ortigas Malls app and get your Ortigas Community Card today.


To stay updated, follow the Greenhills Mall Facebook page or download the Ortigas Malls app. 

ParaƱaque Express Lingkod Office now open in Ayala Malls Manila Bay

Upscaling the quality and delivery of public services to its constituents, ParaƱaque City LGU, in partnership with Ayala Malls, has recently launched its ambitious joint project - the first-ever Express Lingkod Office (ELO) Serbisyo Center in Ayala Malls Manila Bay. 

Located at the fourth floor of the mall, the one-stop-shop service center is the first of its kind in the country, bringing under one roof both personal and business frontline services of the ParaƱaque City Government. 

At the ribbon-cutting of the Paranaque Express Lingkod Office Serbisyo Center at Ayala Malls by the Bay (from L-R): DILG Director, John A. Visca, City Veterinarian, Dra. Karen Vicencio, Ayala Malls Manila Bay General Manager France Eusebio, DILG NCR Regional Director Ma. Lourdes Agustin, DTI NCR Regional Director Marcelina Alcantara, Ayala Malls Vice President, AC Legarda, Ayala Malls President, Christopher Maglanoc, Mayor Eric L. Olivarez, BPLO Chief and Data Protection Officer, Atty. Melanie T. Soriano-Malaya, Paranaque District 2 Councilor Florencia Amurao and Paranaque District 1 Councilor Vandolph QuizonThe ELO Serbisyo Center provides a full range of government-related services within reach of any transacting individual or business entity in one accessible and convenient location.

Present at the launch were Ayala Malls President Christopher Maglanoc, Paranaque City Mayor Eric L. Olivarez, DILG NCR Regional Director Ma. Lourdes Agustin, DTI NCR Regional Director Marcelina Alcantara, BPLO Chief and Data Protection Officer Atty. Melanie T. Soriano - Malaya, and other officials. 

ParaƱaque residents can now conveniently process their COVID-19 vaccination and certificate, senior citizen cards and booklet, police clearance, traffic-related violations settlement, health certificates, birth certificates, marriage certificates, death certificates, and many more.

Likewise, the hub makes it easier for enterprises to process their business registration, business permits, building permits, mayor’s permits, real property taxes, and community taxes, among others. 

The key departments are co-located in the public service center, including the Business Permits and Licensing Office, City Health Office, Local Civil Registrar’s Office, City Treasurer’s Office, Persons with Disability Affairs Office, and Office of Senior Citizen’s Affairs, etc.

“Today, the first-ever Express Lingkod Office Serbisyo Center is  open for business, a momentous occasion that we are happy to commemorate. The event today is a culmination of an idea hatched around the middle of last year between our Manila Bay team, BPLO head Atty. Malaya, and the office of the good Mayor Olivarez. From a simple satellite office, this eventually evolved to something bigger – a one-stop-shop for all government-related services for Paranaque,” said Ayala Malls President Christopher Maglanoc.  

“This is a groundbreaking initiative that I would like to emulate in our other mall locations and once again, I would like to thank Mayor Olivarez and his team for collaborating with us on this innovative project,” Maglanoc shared.

The ELO Serbisyo Center is open from 10:00am to 6:00pm, Monday to Saturday.

To get more updates about the ELO Service Center, follow the official Facebook page of Ayala Malls Manila Bay at

Friday, July 1, 2022

Shure celebrates the grand launch of the first and only Shure store in Southeast Asia, in Ayala Malls, Manila Bay

If youre starting out vlogging, audio is super important. You need a quality microphone to make a good content. Great sound is key in taking your project up to the next level. 

If you hear about Shure microphones, headphones and yes for vlogging kit. 

Shure opens first flagship store in Ayala Malls, Manila Bay. 

Following its virtual unveiling last January, Shure,  in partnership with Audiophile Components Inc., last June 28.

Attended by Shure South East Asia’s executives; Eric Ong (Director for Sales), Jamie Quah (Manager for Sales), Vick Teoh (Senior Specialist for Market Development), Weiying Yeo (Senior Specialist for Marketing) and Audiophile’s General Manager Gary de Guzman and Marketing Communications Manager, Tia De Guzman, they greeted the attendees with a program highlighting the wonders of Shure’s top of the line products that you can find in the store. 

De Guzman led the demo of the featured products namely Shure’s SM7B Vocal Microphone, MV7 Podcast Microphone, MV5 Digital Condenser Microphone, The AONIC Series, and SE215 Sound Isolating Earphones. Through the demo, she underlined how these products can help transform one’s banal experience in sound and audio, to a world-class one.


“Being the first and only offline Shure store here in South East Asia, we want to showcase how Shure delivers their promise of world-class quality sound. So, once you drop by here in our store, you’ll see a complete line up of multi-channeled audio products from earphones, headphones and microphones that you can freely try and test as we want you, our customers, to experience it first-hand.” De Guzman added.

The display was followed by the announcement of their upcoming campaigns and promos aligned to the grand launch plus, a mini activity for the attendees as they bag several exclusive items from Audiophile.

Shure has been the pioneer of engineering world class quality audio and sound products that immerse its customers. From microphones, headphones, and conferencing gears, Shure helps its customers define their sound that will lead them to an extraordinary experience.

The Shure Store is located on the 4th level-Tech & Gadgets Zone of Ayala Malls, Manila Bay in Paranaque City.


To know more about Shure’s products and upcoming campaigns, you may visit

Travelers are now able to discover and explore the most unique spaces all over the world with Airbnb

Ever wanted a special stay for that long-awaited work recharge or a weekend getaway to celebrate loved ones? If you’re not sure where to start searching, Airbnb’s new Categories search tool is set to change that with the launch of 56 new categories. 

Travelers are now able to discover and explore the most unique spaces all over the world  — including Campers, Treehouses, A-frames, and Domes.  To get you started, Airbnb has rounded up some of Filipinos’ most wishlisted unique stays on the platform. 

#VanLife Campers

For those thinking about moving into a van and traveling the world, why not get a taste of #vanlife first with these beautiful trailers:

  • Jeepney Camper in Rizal: This cosy jeepney-turned-camper promises to provide a truly Pinoy #vanlife experience. Nestled in the lush rainforests of Sierra Madre, the stay comes with a campfire pit and a pool so guests can enjoy the outdoors.

  • Vintage Airstream Suite in Batangas: The very first Airstream accommodation in the country, this vintage 25-foot footer camper offers a living area with a couch, dining area, kitchenette, and a bedroom with a queen-sized bed. Even if you are not a fan of tiny houses, it is easy to fall in love with this trailer's rustic charm.

Whimsical Treehouses

Go off-grid with these glorious homes perched high on the treetops:

  • Treehouse by the Ocean in Batangas: In this vibrant and proudly local hut located in sunny Calatagan, guests can enjoy a private pool, coral reef beach and starry night skies perfect for stargazing. It’s also near Cape Santiago Lighthouse for a quick historical trip.

  • Treehouse de Valentine in Cebu: Unconventional for all the right reasons, this treehouse is the perfect nest away from the busy Queen City of the South. Guests will find it hard to pick their favorite feature of this treehouse villa – be it the wooden hot tub, patios overlooking the rainforest, or charming rustic decor.

Gorgeous A-frames

Whether oceanside, lakeside, or mountainside, these vacation homes are as fun as they are cosy:

  • Mango Nest Hut in Zambales: Planning a glamping trip for two? Located just fifteen minutes from Subic’s waterfalls and beaches, Mango Nest is a 12sq m tiny hut located in a garden. Outside, you can enjoy a picnic and say hello to the Host’s friendly poodles wandering about the garden.

  • AlhibĆ© Farm Exclusive Homestay in Cebu: Check out AlhibĆ© Farm, a boutique mountainside homestay complete with its own nipa hut and swimming pool with water from the nearby springs. A bantawan (covered bamboo deck) for private events and movie night experiences inside the mini forest is a bonus point.

Rejuvenating Beach Homes

These homes are the perfect rejuvenating getaway, where you can listen to the waves crashing against the sand in the morning and lulling yourself to sleep with the sound of the sea every night:

  • Anilao Beach House in Batangas: This oceanfront glasshouse in Anilao comes with a reef at your doorstep, making it the perfect spot for avid divers. You can also rent diving gear, jet skis and windsurfing equipment for an ultimate adrenaline-packed weekend.

  • Floral Island in Palawan: With its great food, incredible snorkeling spots, and warm hospitality, Floral Island is undeniably one of the best private islands in Palawan. Each booking includes access to six villas, a private restaurant, beachside bonfire, and massage hut; plus exciting activities like kayaking, island hopping, and even coral reef planting. 

Geodesic Domes

Experience the wilderness in these geodesic domes, perfect for long nights of stargazing:

  • Domescape in Batangas: Located in Nasugbu, Domescape features six tastefully styled domes surrounded by lush greenery and natural pools, letting nature-lovers experience the great outdoors without compromising comfort. Each dome comes furnished with comfy beds, an air-conditioner, and mini-fridge. 

  • Dome Mufli King in Laguna: Situated in a glamping site that looks straight out of a sci-fi film, Dome Mufli King is fully run on solar power. Bookings are inclusive of a home-cooked breakfast and free use of kayaks, floaters, and fishing poles, which you can enjoy in the waters of Lumot Lake.

Smart sponsors the upcoming TOYCON 2022 on July 8 to 10!

Smart Signature, the postpaid brand of mobile services provider Smart Communications, Inc., is powering the much-anticipated return of TOYC...