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Thursday, December 31, 2020

Make health and wealth your ultimate legacy this holiday season Inbox

You’ve spent your entire life building a stable financial future for your family. But when the pandemic happened, it heightened the importance of good health so you can live long enough to enjoy a worry-free future with your family. Suddenly, your priority isn’t only securing your assets but also staying healthy to get through the bad days, and living the good days with the ones you love.


This season of gift-giving, let your good health and wealth be your greatest gift and legacy for your family. To help you achieve this, AXA Philippines, one of the country’s leading insurers, offers you the best-in-class solutions with its products, Asset Master and Global Health Access, and a value-added service, Preferred Consultation and Care.





AXA Asset Master offers wealth solutions to ensure your family continues living well long after you have passed or in case of your untimely demise. This insurance-investment plan helps preserve your estate with tax-exempt insurance proceeds and allows seamless transfer of estate with immediate release of insurance proceeds. It also comes with a guaranteed death benefit of 125 percent of the initial investment. Furthermore, you can build a diverse global portfolio with access to a variety of high-performing funds worldwide. 

 

You can also have the best-in-class health care possible with AXA Global Health Access. With comprehensive worldwide medical coverage of up to P175M annually, this best-in-class health product gives you the option to choose your doctor, even outside AXA’s network of partners. It offers full-spectrum coverage from common illnesses to life-threatening pandemic illnesses. Global Health Access features also include cashless transactions in over 1,400 hospitals and clinics in the Philippines and over 9,000 worldwide, allowing for a more convenient and accessible use. 

 

AXA also offers Preferred Consultation and Care, a value-added service for select AXA customersPreferred Consultation and Care helps you make informed decisions in case of diagnosis of cancer or heart disease with the expert advice of Harvard-affiliated doctors. It also comes with a Personal Care manager who can help you navigate your treatment journey.  

 

Reinforce the wealth you have built with protection from health-related financial setbacks with these products and service from AXA. To know more about AXA Philippines, visit https://www.axa.com.ph.

 

 

Here are 7 other reasons why it’s safest to shop at SM malls for the Holidays

We’ve all been aching to go out and do our Christmas shopping. Of course, there’s always online shopping, but there are many things that online shopping doesn’t satisfy — the feel of a new couch, the scent of aromatherapy oils, the look of a dress that fits perfectly, and the sound quality of wireless speakers. 

 

When doing your holiday shopping, make sure to go where safety protocols are strictly enforced, crowd control is imposed, and social distancing is carefully observed. Now is not the time to put down our defenses because the COVID-19 virus is not taking a holiday this season. 



For instance, when you go to an SM mall, everyone – and we mean everyone – is required to wear a face shield and face mask and to wear them properly the whole time they are in the mall. This is in accordance with government protocols and must be observed in all areas of the mall, all the time. If only for this reason, you should feel safer when you’re inside the mall. 


Aside from having everything you need so don’t waste time, here are 7 other reasons why it’s safest to shop at SM malls for the Holidays:

 

1.   Everyone is required to wear a face shield and a face mask properly inside SM.  Nope, you can’t raise your face shield or pull down your face mask, the security guard will politely call your attention and ask you to please follow the rules.

 

2.   Thorough screening at the entrance. Mallgoers must undergo temperature checks upon entering the mall which will be conducted by security personnel. There will also be automatic alcohol dispensers which customers can use to sanitize their hands. Before entering any SM establishment, customers, tenants, and employees are also now required to register via Trace Together, a nationwide end-to-end contact tracing solution that is compliant with government and data privacy guidelines.

 

3.   Practice social distancing at all times. Shoppers are asked to carry out proper queuing and safe distancing by remaining one meter apart from others. Safe distancing guidelines are in effect in areas such as escalators and elevators. At the escalators, mallgoers must be at least two steps apart from each other, while standard and larger elevators can be used at 50% capacity.

 

4.   Meticulous sanitation. All 76 malls nationwide are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected prior to the opening and throughout the day, especially in common areas with heavy customer foot traffic. Alcohol dispensers are found everywhere, and restrooms are sanitized every 30 minutes. Escalators are equipped with UV handrail sanitizers, while elevator buttons are copper-shielded to help eliminate the COVID-19 virus.

 

5.   Crowd control. If you’re planning on shopping for gifts, crowd control is enforced at SM. The mall monitors and implements the capacity limit in line with government guidelines. The number of people inside stores, supermarkets, and restaurants are limited as well to prevent overcrowding and ensure proper social distancing.

 

6.  Safe dining. Diners are seated at tables following social distancing guidelines, many restaurants have acrylic barriers. Tables are also strategically placed so that every diner is safely distanced from each other.

 

7.   Contactless payment options. To lessen physical contact,  SM tenants have implemented cashless payment systems via e-wallets, bank transfer, or credit and debit cards.

 

As the most wonderful time of the year draws near, make sure  you get to continue celebrating the Holidays with family by taking the safer option when you go out to go shopping.  This Christmas season, SM remains committed to safe malling for all so that everyone can enjoy the Holiday cheer without worry.


And why worry? #EverythingsHereAtSM!

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Here are reasons why you should buy a Beko double oven electric cooker

When buying a cooker, it is best to choose one that will address your specific needs. For example, do you usually prepare a lot of dishes at one time? Do you cook and bake at the same time or do you just cook and order baked goodies?

 

Beko, Europe's No. 1 appliance brand, aims to empower Filipinos to live healthier lives and offer them convenience with products that have the latest innovations and technologies.

 

A good and reliable cooker is particularly important during the holidays when Filipino families prepare so much food, which is the center of celebrations.




 

Beko's cookers offer convenience so that you can multi-task while cooking your family's Christmas feast. The Beko Freestanding 60 c.m. Double Oven Electric Cooker BDC6C55X is a 3-in-1 with an electric induction-cooker and two ovens with a grill.


 

Here are reasons why Beko Freestanding 60cm Double Oven Electric Cooker BDC6C55X should be your choice:

 

  • It's a 3-in-1 so you can cook, bake and grill simultaneously. 
  • A cooker that is functional helps make food preparation hassle-free. Home chefs with large families often spend almost the entire day cooking. The BDC6C55X eases your stress in cooking with its time-saving features.
  • The heart of every kitchen is the cooker. Aside from being functional, Beko's cookers are built along classic and stylish lines so they look good in your kitchen. The Beko BDC6C55X comes in Stainless Steel.

 

"The Filipino Christmas celebration is centered around food and Beko is very proud to be part of that with our cookers. Even in these difficult times, families still want to celebrate the joys of the season with sumptuous and festive food," said Beko Pilipinas Country Manager Gurhan Gunal.

 

For more information, visit Beko Philippines’ Facebook page at facebook.com/bekoph.

 

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

New SFEX road opens to motorists from December 28 to January 15

Starting today, December 28 and until January 15 next year, the new and expanded section of the 8.2-km Subic Freeport Expressway (SFEX) will be opened temporarily to serve motorists coming in and out of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone during the holiday season.

 

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Mark A. Villar along with Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman and Administrator Wilma B. Eisma and NLEX Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi L. Bautista, led the drive-thru of the new expressway lanes built to improve traffic flow and road safety. 


The new SFEX road, constructed beside the existing SFEX carriageway, will be available to motorists on December 28, 2020 until January 15, 2021 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. During this period, it will be closed from 6:01 pm to 5:59 am the next day for the continuing construction of remaining works.

 

“The project is 92 percent complete. While there are still works to be done in some areas, we are temporarily opening the new road to ease the travel of our motorists this holiday season, especially the truckers and merchants who are delivering essential goods,” said Secretary Villar.

 

The 1.6-billion SFEX Capacity Expansion entails the conversion of the Subic Freeport Expressway to a 2x2 divided expressway, with the construction of two additional expressway lanes, two new bridges, and a new tunnel.  This will increase the road capacity of SFEX from one lane in each direction to two lanes in each direction. 

 

The project also includes the installation of expressway-standard LED lights, the raising of elevation of Maritan Highway-Rizal Highway-Tipo Road junction, and the enhancement of the drainage system for better flood management in the area.

 

A series of road safety audits showed that the whole project alignment, except for the portion of Jadjad Bridge which is still under construction, has complied with the safety requirements thus safe for use by the motoring public.

 

Earlier, TRB and NLEX representatives led by TRB Executive Director Abraham Sales and NLEX Vice President for Tollway Development and Engineering Nemesio Castillo, together with the Independent Certification Engineer, conducted a pre-opening inspection to ensure that the SFEX sections to be opened are safe for use by motorists.

 

The SFEX Capacity Expansion is envisioned to enhance accessibility and promote travel efficiency on this key road that connects Bataan and Zambales. It is also expected to boost Subic’s competitiveness as an ideal shipping gateway for businesses in Central and North Luzon.

 

“With the improved and expanded SFEX, the transport of goods in and out of the Subic Freeport will be faster and easier. Night driving will also be equally safe and enjoyable for our motorists,” said Bautista. 

 

The Subic Freeport Expressway was built when the Philippines was chosen to host the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in 1996. It initially aimed to cut down travel time from Hermosa, Bataan to Subic, Zambales from almost one hour to less than 10 minutes. With the capacity expansion project, more motorists will be accommodated at any given time and will  enjoy a safer and more convenient journey. 

Monday, December 28, 2020

Smart Communications, Inc. welcomes the new year in a giga way with RESET 2021 concert

Smart Communications, Inc. is welcoming the new year in a giga way with RESET 2021, a star-studded online concert featuring OPM rock artists Bamboo, The Itchyworms, Unique Salonga and more to be streamed via Smart’s YouTube channel and simulcast on TV5 and Cignal on Dec. 31, Thursday starting 10:40 p.m.

Also joining RESET 2021 are R&B artist Kiana Valenciano, alternative rock band She’s Only Sixteen, as well as beatmakers Ace Ramos and MC Pao Avila who are all raring to count down the last minutes of this challenging year with unforgettable performances.

RESET 2021 caps off Smart GigaFest, a whole season of celebration featuring world-class entertainment, e-sports tournaments, digital innovations, and exciting promos and freebies to give back to all loyal and new Smart subscribers all over the country.

Just recently, Smart brought to subscribers exclusive shows including Dua Lipa’s “Studio 2054” virtual concert on Nov. 28; the 2020 Mnet ASIAN MUSIC AWARDS (2020 MAMA), Asia’s biggest music awards show, on Dec.6; the 2020 iHeartRadio Jingle Ball headlined by top artists Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Shawn Mendez and more on Dec. 11; and the Gorillaz’ Song Machine Live virtual concert on Dec. 12.


#Own2021 with Smart

“After a most challenging year, we are one with our nation in hoping for a brighter and better 2021. This is the time to find our footing once again, rise together, and #OWN2021 with a sense of renewed purpose,” said Jane J. Basas, SVP and Head of Consumer Wireless Business at Smart.

To help subscribers face the year ahead, Smart is also launching a series of inspiring short stories starting with, ‘Into the Light,’ about a man in search for his purpose and passion. The story features music by alternative rock band Over October and viral singer Carl Malone Montecido. Watch out for Smart Stories on Smart’s YouTube channel.

21 millionaires to usher in 2021

Smart is also ushering in 2021 by turning 21 lucky subscribers into millionaires through GIGAMANIA, which offers over P30 million worth of exciting prizes and weekly freebies for lucky Smart and TNT customers nationwide via the GigaLife App.

GIGAMANIA is open to all Smart Prepaid, Smart Postpaid, Smart Bro, and TNT subscribers from December 2020 to April 2021. To join, simply download the GigaLife App, register to Giga Mania, and subscribe to GIGA offers or pay your postpaid bill through the app to earn and accumulate GigaPoints.

Each GigaPoint you earn during the promo period corresponds to a GIGAMANIA raffle entry, so the more GigaPoints you earn, the greater chances of winning special prizes such as smartphones, free data and P1 million cash during the weekly draws. One lucky subscriber will also take home P10 million cash during the grand draw.

On top of all these giga prizes, 72 million prepaid subscribers of Smart, Smart Bro, and TNT can also enjoy instant weekly freebies and treats in the form of SMS, calls, and data just by having the GigaLife App.

Welcome the year with a blast and #Own2021! Start by streaming RESET 2021 and joining GIGAMANIA! Keep updated by following Smart’s official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Jeremy Zucker (US), global hitmaker Maximillian (DK), soul pop outfit Peach Tree Rascals (US) are set to take the BYE2020 virtual stage, along with more than 30 artists

BYE2020 just got bigger with more international artists joining the lineup!

 

In its debut offering, the online concert welcomes critically acclaimed artists from different parts of the world to stand up for solidarity and deliver inspiring performances to help fellow Filipino people cope with the ongoing pandemic. 


 

“It was initially just a pipe dream having international acts perform in BYE2020, but now that it’s happening we couldn’t be happier,” the team behind BYE2020 shares in a statement. “Since this is a virtual event, we wanted to leverage on the uniqueness of the execution and have international artists be part of the event without ever having to step in the Philippines.


 

Chart-topping singer-songwriter Jeremy Zucker (US), global hitmaker Maximillian (DK), soul pop outfit Peach Tree Rascals (US), rising alt-pop artist Tate McRae (CA), and eclectic pop/R&B singer Conor Matthews (US) are set to take the BYE2020 virtual stage, along with more than 30 artists from the Philippines and abroad. 


 

The organizing committee headed by MCA Music is grateful for the support of their peers in the recording industry such as Sony Music Philippines and Warner Music Philippines for including Tate McRae and Conor Matthews in the lineup, respectively, and other record labels for taking part of this unprecedented music feat. “As much as BYE2020 is an initiative of MCA Music Philippines – BYE2020 would not be what it is now without the support of Sony Music Entertainment Philippines, Warner Music Philippines, Star Music, Universal Records, OC Records, and Mida$ Records. This is just our first effort to do something like this, and we only have dreams to do it bigger, and better.”


 

In terms of curation, the handpicked international artists represent of the success and endurance stories of 2020. As the organizing team points out, “Despite all of the difficulties in 2020, music is a fundamental way to inspire hope and build strength in people. We felt that blast hits like ‘Mariposa’ by Peach Tree Rascals, the ‘love is not dying’ album by Jeremy Zucker, and ‘Beautiful Scars’ by Maximillian really helped embody the essence of what BYE2020 is all about.”

 

BYE2020 is a massive cross-label initiative that will be streamed live on multiple platforms such as Kumu, Facebook, YouTube, and TikTok, and will also air on Sky Cable (Ch 955 HD and 155 SD) this December 31, 2020, from 7pm onwards.

 

Headlining artists in the lineup include Ben&Ben, Darren Espanto, Moira, SB19, Matthaios, The Itchyworms, Leanne & Naara, Glaiza de Castro, Kean Cipriano, Lala Vizon, Zack Tabudlo, Keiko Necessario, Fern., Elha Nympha, Autotelic, Sud, Miguel Odron, VVS Collective, Ace Banzuelo, Paolo Sandejas, Earl Generao, FANA, TALA, J-Nine and Dia Mate.

 

Exclusive concert privileges are available via ticket2me.net. The special package includes access to zoom pits, backstage content with the artists, and other surprises. “The paid concert experience gives a chance for those who opt in to be part of the virtual stage itself for BYE2020,” said the organizing team. “In addition to that, they can choose to upgrade their ticket to include our BYE2020 merch, swag, and goodies package. The paid experience also provides for some exclusive backstage content which will only be available to them.”

 

BYE2020 is presented by MCA Music, Sony Music Philippines, Warner Music Philippines, O/C Records, Star Music, Universal Records, and Midas Records; co-presented by Kumu, Closeup, Sunsilk, Dove, Dove Men + Care, Cream Silk, Tresemme, and Clear; and brought to you by Pepsi, Tinder, and Its More Fun in the Philippines.


The virtual showcase is also sponsored by Official Beer Partner, Heineken; Official Streaming Partners, Kumu, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok; Official Music Partner, Spotify; Official Cable Partner, Sky Cable; in partnership with Viber; and Media Partners, CNN Philippines, Manila Concert Scene, We The Pvblic, UDoU PH, Wonder, Rank Magazine, Adobo Magazine, Starmometer, Rakista, When In Manila, Inquirer.net, and Interaksyon.

Follow @bye2020ph on Kumu, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and TikTok and BYE 2020 on YouTube for updates and more details.

Friday, December 25, 2020

4 Christmas gift ideas that are useful amid the pandemic

Christmas just wouldn't be the same without gift-giving. It's one of the easiest ways to share love and spark some joy among family and friends. However, with all the challenges we faced this 2020, our priorities have become clearer. So, this Yuletide season, instead of the usual toys or trinkets, you can give your loved ones something useful and significant during these times.



As you prepare for a socially distanced Christmas celebration, AXA Philippines, one of the leading insurance companies in the country, offers some perfect gift ideas for your upcoming monito-monita.

 

Hobbies and passion kits. With community quarantines in place, you may know several people who have discovered a hidden talent or hobby during the lockdown. You can cheer on your family or friends as they take on this new skill or hobby by giving them tools or appliances that they may need to pursue their newfound passion. Some great options include pans, pots, spatulas, or small appliances for the new baker, garden tools for plantitas, or paint set and brushes for the late-bloomer artist. Hobbies can help ease anxiety, beat stress, and give joy, while helping one spend time in a creative way. 


Self-care products. Many people have become anxious over the unprecedented health crisis. Try giving them self-care kits that can lighten the mood and make your loved ones forget their worries. A few therapeutic items you can put in the self-care kit include mandala coloring books, essential oils, chocolate bars, and skincare products. As indoor plants continue to be a growing trend, your plantitos and plantitaswould highly appreciate these greeneries as many of them find comfort in taking care of them.

 

Home office gadgets. The pandemic has forced a lot of employees to adapt to a new working environment. This Christmas, you can help them achieve a comfortable workspace at home by giving them essential supplies as gifts. Gadgets, such as a laptop, tablet, or phone, are terrific options. For more affordable budget options, you can also give them computer accessories, a file storage, a planner, seat cushion, or other items for their desks. These gifts would surely relieve some stress and increase their productivity at home.

 

Financial protection. The pandemic has emphasized the importance of being prepared for life’s unforeseeable circumstances. With all the unexpected situations this year, it would be a great relief to know that there is a way to ensure protection for your future or that of your family. Insurance, for one, can help with this and offer peace of mind. AXA Philippines recently launched MyLifeChoice, an investment plan that can be personalized to your needs and budget. With AXA MyLifeChoice, not only are you protected for life’s unexpected events, you also receive an investment fund, which you can use for your long-term goals or for your family. It may seem unusual, but the gift of security for your family, especially during these times, is something that is valuable even beyond the holiday season.


To know more about AXA MyLifeChoice, visit 
http://bit.ly/MyLifeChoiceProtect1.

 

 

Thursday, December 24, 2020

TikTok Responsibly! How To Make Self-Expression Safe and Fun for Everyone This Christmas

With most of our holiday get-togethers happening online this year, many of us will be sharing snippets of our celebrations on our social accounts. While this is a great way to indulge in shared virtual experiences with our loved ones, and to preserve memories of this extraordinary Christmas, we should always keep online safety in mind whenever we create content, share, and comment. 

 

On TikTok, Community Guidelines remain in place to protect users against hateful behavior, graphic content, bullying, and other issues. However, as members of the online community, we should also each do our part to TikTok responsibly, and only spread good vibes and Christmas cheer on the app, not just over the holidays, but every day of the year. 

Here are some great ways to stay safe as we express ourselves on Tiktok

Papa RACS explains what it means to get “Too Fast” reminders when you follow, tap, comment or send messages too fast on TikTok.



https://www.tiktok.com/@papa_racs/video/6844830204884569346

 

Atty. Vince Tanada teaches TikTok users about Cyber Libel, and what could happen when you are accused of this.



https://www.tiktok.com/@vincetanada/video/6863780146193632513  

 

Here are some things you shouldn't do when creating content online. 



https://www.tiktok.com/@matsalehmamat/video/6849192494098337025

 

Hashtag challenges are always fun, but make sure you're in a safe spot before you start dancing. 



 

https://www.tiktok.com/@yuki_dance_/video/6849224275375787265

 

Post mindfully by asking yourself these three questions before sharing anything online. 

 

https://www.tiktok.com/@thisisscope/video/6877488502913764609

 

Be sure to check out TikTok's Community Guidelines to help you understand how you and your fellow users remain protected on the app. Don't forget to share your early Christmas moments with friends and followers, too! Download TikTok on your iOSand Android devices to get started.

Planning for a healthy new you in 2021? Let these TikTok fitness creators help you on your journey

The start of a new year is always the perfect time to begin your fitness journey, especially after all the food and Christmas indulgence. While you may still be in a festive mood, it's not too early to look for some fitspiration on TikTok in between browsing through holiday posts. While you're at it, you could even start incorporating more exercise time into your daily routine right now. After all, wellness is a great gift to give yourself this Christmas.

 

Finding the ideal fitspiration to follow online can really make a difference in whether or not you stay true to your exercise goals. It's important to choose people who can motivate you, and whose workout routines and tips are suitable for your present fitness level to avoid injuries. We've listed 5 fitness creators from TikTok below that you can start following to help you jumpstart or sustain your fitness resolutions.  

Fitness enthusiast Brent Seniedo talks about asking the right questions to keep you on track with your fitness goals.


 

https://www.tiktok.com/@brenthlete/video/6905961468517256450 

Jump ropes have gone from childhood toys to fitness must-haves this past year. Here's a great jump rope workout by Sofia Popo that you can try when you want to burn maximum calories. 


 

https://www.tiktok.com/@sofia.popo/video/6870767227734478082 

If six pack abs are on your list of things to achieve in 2021, check out this ab and core workout by Doc Jet.



https://www.tiktok.com/@doc_jet_fitness/video/6905701261337775361 

Burn more fat first thing in the morning with these exercises shared by fitness creator Dan Bathan.



https://www.tiktok.com/@danbathanfitness/video/6901246325321420033 

Look great from every angle with the help of this booty workout by Kristina Luisa.



https://www.tiktok.com/@kristinaluisa/video/6904984874780839170 

Have you found your ideal fitspiration on TikTok yet? Stay motivated and keep working on those fitness goals, and before you know it, you could become someone else's New Year's fitspiration, too! Join the community on TikTok by downloading the app on your iOS and Android devices today.


PLDT Home recently released its Christmas ad titled “Mine”, which highlights the joy of giving

Filipinos celebrate the longest Christmas season in the world. It comes with the age-old traditions, big family reunions, Kris Kringles with friends, extended shopping time for gifts, neighbourhood carols, and the nine nights of Simbang Gabi. 

 

The present situation, with the pandemic and the natural calamities that have upended many lives, may have brought a feeling of uncertainty for many families. But there’s no stopping Christmas for the fun-loving and family-centered Filipinos. The indomitable spirit of the Filipino endures, and it is strongly affixed to traditional values of bayanihan and malasakit

 

PLDT Home recently released its Christmas ad titled “Mine”, which highlights the joy of giving. It goes beyond than the mantra of ‘treating yourself’, to show that there is more satisfaction derived from treating others and sharing the spirit of the season, even more. The strong connection of PLDT Home enables Filipinos to extend help and give more hope to others through the different online platforms that are available.

 

Filipino music icons also expressed how the internet enables them to share their gifts and blessings this season of giving. National Artist for Music Maestro Ryan Cayabyab says that “The true meaning and joy of Christmas is sharing.” He adds, “For me, the joy of music and songs is what I can share this Christmas season.” 

 

Powered by PLDT Home, sharing gifts and spending meaningful time with loved ones have become more convenient for families despite the social distance. Mr. Cayabyab notes, “With PLDT Home, we can all rediscover the joy of sharing this Christmas.” 

 

Mr. Ryan Cayabyab: https://www.instagram.com/p/CIm0hm8HcDC/

 

For Asia’s songbird Regine Velasquez-Alcasid, what’s important is the happiness of her loved ones at home. She shares, “Nakakamiss din ang mamili ng pangregalo at panghanda para sa pasko. Bagamat iniisip ko din maging praktikal muna at magtipid bilang hindi natin alam hanggang kalian pa ito. Pero kasi tayong mga Pinoy kahit mahirap ang buhay, we are still able to celebrate Christmas. Bilang nanay gusto ko lang naman ay maging happy ang anak ko. Dahil ang pasko ay para naman talaga sa kanya.” 

 

Ms. Regine Velasquez-Alcasid: https://www.instagram.com/p/CI7cYuYAwdI/

 

An artist and a father to three children, Franco Laurel says, “We are grateful this year that we are all together and safe at home.” He adds that for the family’s safety, their reunions and get-together with loved ones are now done virtually. He shares, “The great thing about doing all the Christmas parties virtual at home is the super high speed and reliable PLDT Home Fibr connection. Now it covers our whole house with fast internet connection.”

 

Mr. Franco Laurel: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CJGOKe2FzoG/?igshid=1o09npwe74m74

 

The true meaning of the season and its source of joy comes from caring for others and keeping the family together at home. This Christmas, it is time to rediscover the gift of sharing and re-establish the strong connections, not only to our family, but equally so, to the community.       

 

To watch the PLDT Home “Mine” video, visit this link.

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Let Araneta City fill you up with the warmth of the Yuletide season for the long weekend ahead

Are you spending the Christmas in Metro Manila? Join us at Araneta City, and let us fill you up with the warmth of the Yuletide season for the long weekend ahead. 

 

We have listed down below all the fun and exciting holiday activities in the City of Firsts where you can safely participate:

 

Extended Photography Contest

 

Amateur and professional photographers who love taking Christmas snaps now have more time to catch up with the ongoing photography contest of Araneta City. 

 

Go for a photo-walk tour at the City of Firsts and capture all the joyful moments you can find in different Christmas attractions. Share you photos on Facebook and Instagram with a caption of your experience!

 

Submission of entries is up to Christmas Day, December 25.





 

Christmas Masses

 

Christmas Day shoppers and diners at Araneta City may join the mall masses – Gateway Mall chapel at 6 pm, Ali Mall chapel at 12:30 pm, and Farmers Plaza Chapel at 5pm.

 

Strict social distancing and health precautionary measures are in effect in Araneta City chapels.

 

Outdoor Dining

 

The Times Square Food Park remains open the whole Christmas weekend to give an al fresco feel under the warmth of a Giant Christmas Tree. Choose from a wide variety of holiday street foods and cuisines as you share countless memorable experiences with your friends.

 

Open hours will be shortened on December 24 and 25 from 3pm to 9pm only.

 

On December 26 and 27, diners will be serenaded by the music of budding artists JC Laborte and Jay Musngi.

 

For more al fresco dining options, the Pop-up Night will continue to serve on December 25 and 26 along Malvar St. (Manhattan Row) from 5pm to 11pm. There still will be various grilled food choices and smoky barbecues ready to satisfy your cravings.


Grand Fireworks Display

 

Catch the amazing fireworks display at the Times Square Food Park on December 25 and 26 at 7pm. 

This can also be viewed in different locations in Araneta City as the fireworks will brighten up the city sky.

 

Grand Clearance Sale

 

Get discounts on numerous great finds on any Araneta City store from December 25, 2020 to January 17, 2021.

 

Stores in Gateway Mall, Ali Mall and Farmers Plaza will be giving as much as 70% off on select items as Christmas gift to all shoppers and mall-goers.

 

Season Promos

 

Spend the Christmas weekend at Araneta City and get a chance to win exciting gift items. For a minimum of P1,000 single-receipt purchase from any Araneta City establishment, one gets a  chance to bring home City of Firsts merchandise items or a brand-new iPad Air through the Scratch to Win promo. Read here for more details. https://aranetacity.com/news/article/get-exclusive-araneta-city-christmas-gifts-with-the-scratch-to-win-promo.

 

Also, inch your way closer to winning at the Joyful Treats at the City of Firsts raffle promo, as entries are doubled when one purchases and presents receipts at designated redemption booths from December 24, 2020 to January 3, 2021, and from January 15 to 30, 2021. Click here for more details. https://aranetacity.com/news/article/Double-the-chances-at-the-Joyful-Treats-at-the-City-of-Firsts-raffle-promo.

 

Hype Free Ride

 

On December 26, Hype – a mobility company service – will be giving free car rides to commuters and customers of Farmers Plaza from 12pm to 7pm.

 

Hype cars will be available at the Roxas St. entrance of Farmers Plaza, and will accept rides to any point of destination within Metro Manila.

 

Celebrate Christmas with comfort and joys at the City of Firsts.

 

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realme partners with TÜV Rheinland in creating a new quality standard for smartphones with the TÜV Rheinland Smartphone High-Reliability Certification

The TÜV Rheinland Certification, serves as the new quality standard for smartphones in major markets worldwide. The good thing is,  realme C...