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Friday, January 31, 2020

Big Bad Wolf: The World's Biggest Book Sale

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will be returning to Manila after several successful runs in the Philippines, aiming to feed the appetite of the army of readers in the country. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2020 will be open 24-hours straight from 14-24 February at the World Trade Center, Pasay City, Metro Manila. During the 11-day duration of the World’s Biggest Book Sale, more than 2 million English titles will be available at 50-90% off recommended retail price and entry is FREE. The ‘Crazy Deals’ promotion will also be introduced for the first time in Manila, offering incredible further markdowns as low as ₱60.




In 2019, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale visited 10 countries and 32 cities in Asia and in 2020, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale ventured to its 11th country – Cambodia. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale made several trips to cities across the Philippines in 2019 including Cebu, Davao, Pampanga and of course, Manila, which saw a total of 750,000 visitors flocking to the Sale. This year, readers can delve into the scores of books on hand once more and enjoy handpicking from genres such as literature, thrillers, young adult, romance, self-help, architecture, cooking, graphic novels and many more. 

Bookworms will be thrilled to find ‘China Rich Girlfriend’ by Kevin Kwan, ‘Into the Water’ by Paula Hawkins, ‘The Power of I Am’ by Joel Osteen, ‘You Are A Badass at Making Money’ by Jen Sincero and the ‘’My Little Pony: The Princess Collection Boxed Set’  amongst the millions of books. Parents will also be spoilt for choice with the offering of rows upon rows of children’s books available such as story books, activity books, board books, pop-up books and picture books.


“Since coming over to the Philippines in 2018, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale has quickly amassed loyal fans in the forms thousands of readers who come to the event in order to find treasured titles to build their personal libraries at home. We are always gratified to find that readers from all over the country highly anticipate our return each time and it’s amazing to see the unparalleled level of interests in books here that continues to motivate us. We are also proud to continue to contribute to the rise of English literacy and to the interest of reading as a beloved past time here,” said Jacqueline Ng, Co-Founder of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale.


Back by popular demand, the Magical Books series that incorporates Augmented Reality (AR) technology has received rave reviews from parents across the Philippines and worldwide who have used the books to create an incomparable reading experience for their little ones. The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is the exclusive distributor in Asia for the Magical Book series that combines technology and fun to enable children to read, play and learn. 

There will be 12 new titles available including ‘Frozen: A Sleepover Party’ and ‘Winnie the Pooh: Fun with First Words’. For those who can’t get enough of the Magical Books, two ‘come-to-life’ puzzle sets be available for the first time that includes a book including ‘Little Red Riding Riding Hood’ and ‘Goldilocks and the Three Bears.’ Visitors can make the most of the buy 5 get 1 free promotion on selected Magical Books and discover brand new titles.




More than just selling books, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale is a reading advocacy organization that aims to create a love for reading amongst the less fortunate through its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm, Red Readerhood and as a part of the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale’s long-standing partnership with Gawad Kalinga in the Philippines. 

For the past two years, the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale has partnered with Gawad Kalinga to bring aid to communities in the Philippines. As one of the leading community outreach programs in the country, Gawad Kalinga has spent the last seventeen years alleviating underprivileged Filipinos nationwide. In 2019, a total of 16,123 books were collected from all four sales that happened in the Philippines and distributed to the following provinces: El Nido, Palawan; Dumaguete and Guihulngan, Negros Oriental, Leyte and the Cordillera Autonomous Region. 

The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale Manila 2020 will be kick starting the donations with 1,000 books. Visitors are encouraged to donate books at the Red Readerhood corner and the collected books will be distributed to communities, barangays and public schools in Mindoro and affected communities of the Taal volcano in Batangas.


“The Big Bad Wolf Book Sale continues to persevere in making access to very affordable books to available to Filipinos. Through the generosity of visitors to the Sale also becoming book donors, the partnership has enabled Gawad Kalinga to bring the donated books to areas as far as Sulu, bringing joy to young and old alike. As we face natural and man-made calamities, it is important to highlight encouraging events like the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale. Together, we hope to unlock the possibilities and aspirations from each book that everyone can discover,” said Jose Luis Oquiñena, Executive Director of Gawad Kalinga.



The World’s Biggest Book Sale is collaborating with the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) in a bid to foster a culture of respect for the copyright system while encouraging reading amongst Filipinos through accessible and affordable books. Having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in December 2019, IPOPHL and the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale will jointly launch programs and projects that will raise awareness and appreciation of the copyright system among authors, publishers, users, and the general public. IPOPHL will conduct information activities during the Book Sale to enlighten authors on how to maximize the value of their copyright works. During the event, the creators and authors of various copyrightable works may register and deposit their work at the IPOPHL booth.


One lucky winner will stand the chance to win the grand prize of a trolley full of books and 20 winners daily can get their hands on PHP700 cash vouchers by joining social media contests and posting creative images on Facebook and Instagram from 13-23 February.


Follow the Big Bad Wolf Book Sale’s social media pages for more info:


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bbwbooksphilippines/

Instagram: @bbwbooksph

Website: https://bigbadwolfbooks.com/

Introducing Under Armour's 2020 Global Brand Platform—The Only Way Is Through



One last drive. Three seconds left on the clock. The point two of 26.2. 5:00 a.m. after 5 straight days. Bumps, bruises, and breaks—mental and physical. In an athlete’s life, barriers are everywhere. From the daily grind, to the crippling pressure, to the trials and tribulations of life outside the gym, the pursuit of getting better is a constant challenge and test. While progress and self-improvement looks different for each athlete, there’s still only one possible mindset—The Only Way Is Through. It’s an understanding that to reach whatever goals lie ahead, you must stay the path to come out faster, stronger—better—on the other side. 



The Only Way Is Through is representative of the next frontier for Under Armour—the opportunity of 2020 and beyond. The campaign brings to life the real value of momentum; how momentum through work helps athletes push themselves to be better than what they thought possible, and how Under Armour technology—with groundbreaking product innovations like UA HOVR, UA RUSH and UA Recover—is supporting those athletes constantly in search of incremental change in an effort to get better.


 The campaign debuted last January 15, 2020 in Baltimore, among a global gathering of Under Armour athletes, trainers, teammates, media, and more, as part of a two-day immersion into the next year of Under Armour innovation. The platform launch includes a 90-second anthem, and will be supported with additional content throughout the year, including spotlight pieces telling the stories of all types of athletes and exploring their “through” moments. 



As Under Armour and its athletes bring to life this vision for 2020 and beyond, The Only Way Is Through becomes a rallying cry for the brand in an effort to motivate and inspire athletes around the world to put in the work and get better.
The anthem content features a wide array of athletes and teams, including: 
Stephen Curry, three-time Champion and two-time MVP
DK Metcalf, star receiver for Seattle
Trent Alexander-Arnold, homegrown superstar and UCL winner for Liverpool
Kelley O’Hara, Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time World Cup winner
Georgia Ellenwood, eight-time All American and 2018 D1 Heptathalon Champion
Zhu Ting, Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time Volleyball World Cup Champion
Tom Brady, six-time Champion, three-time MVP
Michael Phelps, the most decorated swimmer of all time
Kyle Dietz, former MMA fighter turned long distance trail runner after brain tumor diagnosis
Adinda Sukardi, Under Armour Indonesia Ambassador
St. John’s College High School Girls Basketball 
Mission Viejo High School Football 
City College High School Boys Basketball 
University of Notre Dame Football


The Only Way Is Through platform will come to life this 2020 through experiential events in major cities such as New York, London and Shanghai. Under Armour, in partnership with iHeartRadio, is also launching The Only Way Is Through podcast, which will offer listeners access into the world of elite athletes and their stories, training, and mentors.



The Only Way Is Through will run across broadcast, online, out-of-home, and social media platforms with a focus on key global sport and cultural moments in 2020. Activations with Under Armour's world-class roster of athletes, trainers, grassroots and collegiate partners will continue to deliver the message throughout the year.

Check out UA.com for the latest performance product and innovations that our athletes put to the test every day, including UA RUSH™; UA HOVR™ Machina; UA Recover products, and more.

#TheOnlyWayIsThrough video can be downloaded thru https://we.tl/t-gNH3cUw9Lp. 

To get more updates, check out Under Armour PH on Facebook and subscribe to Under Armour on Youtube. 

Decode Your Pizza Personality This #GreenwichWorldPizzaDay

Everyone has their own style of doing things – from speaking, walking, dressing up, and working in the office. But did you know that the way you eat also reveals a lot about your personality? Take pizza, for example. You’d be surprised by the different ways barkadas satisfy their pizza cravings. If that’s hard to believe, then test it out with your closest friends during Greenwich’s World Pizza Day celebration this coming February 9! 


Greenwich, the number one pizza and pasta brand in the country, will take Php 100 off on every barkada size Hawaiian Overload pizza delivery order made on February 9, Sunday, between 10am to 4pm. Have a taste of summer as early as February this #GreenwichWorldPizzaDay by ordering exclusively through www.greenwichdelivery.com, #5-55-55 hotline or via SMS. 
Topped with sweet pineapples, melt-in-your-mouth cheese, savory ham, bacon bits and fresh green bell peppers, the Hawaiian Overload pizza has a savory-sweet summery taste that everyone can enjoy.  With the upcoming promo, you can truly eat more of the best-selling Hawaiian Overload and check out your and your kabarkadas’ pizza personality!  
1.     The Folder. A Folder is your kabarkada who folds a pizza slice lengthwise, so it fits exactly into one’s mouth. A perfectionist to the core, he or she meticulously calculates all decisions, whether life-changing or routine, to ensure that everything’s in order which is like the way he munches on pizza. The Folder carefully checks that all the toppings are neatly tucked in so that no ingredient, from the sweet pineapples to the savory ham, will fall outside when he/she takes a mouthful bite. 

2.     The Doughboy. Also known as Breadwinners, this kabarkada nibbles on the outer pizza crust first towards the tip. Intelligent and unique, this individual doesn’t care what other people think or do (which is not eating the crust), as long as his/her pizza cravings are satisfied. This kabarkada is rare and prefers to stand out because he knows that the crust makes all the difference in a pizza – particularly if it’s freshly-made daily like Greenwich’s.

3.     The Topper. This kabarkada eats his/her favorite toppings first before devouring the rest of the pizza. Self-assured and confident, he/she knows what he wants and wastes no time getting it, which is why this friend plucks out and eats the savory meat and sweet pineapple off the pinya-sweet and pinya-sarap Hawaiian Overload first – before anything else. The Topper is decisive down to the crust.

4.     The Untouchable. There’s only one way Untouchables eat pizza – and that’s with a knife and a fork. Refined and sophisticated, these people appreciate the finer things in life. This kabarkada prefers things that are consistent with great quality, which is why Greenwich is on his or her speed dial! The Untouchable just can’t wait to grab his or her own box of the discounted barkada size Hawaiian Overload pizza this coming World Pizza Day on February 9, from 10 AM to 4 PM (hotline, website and SMS delivery transactions only, for up to 4 barkada size Hawaiian Overload orders per transaction).

Treat the entire barkada to a Pinya-Sweet and Pinya-Sarap experience! Order boxes of Hawaiian Overload for everyone in the barkada via delivery exclusively through www.greenwichdelivery.com or call #5-55-55 for a truly crave-worthy #GreenwichWorldPizzaDay! 

For more information, visit the Greenwich Barkada Facebook page


Ambassadors Bianca Umali, Inigo Pascual, and Enzo Pineda join the launch of World Vision’s experiential booth, “Hope Town”


For more than 60 years, World Vision’s work has centered on changing the lives of the most vulnerable children and their communities. As a child-focused global Christian organization, World Vision is committed to giving every child an opportunity to live “life in all its fullness.”

World Vision constantly challenges itself in finding new ways or innovative campaigns or programs to widen its reach and increase partnerships so that it can give hope to more children in the Philippines.



World Vision is launching “Hope Town”, an experiential booth featuring a day in the life of one of its sponsored children, Nica. The public gets to witness Nica’s story come to life as they enter the booth which is an exact replica of her home and community in North Cebu. At the end of the walkthrough awaits another exciting experience in a whole new dimension thru a VR video with a 360 perspective of Nica’s life.



The unveiling of Hope Town was attended by World Vision Ambassadors Inigo Pascual, Enzo Pineda, and Bianca Umali together with World Vision National Director Rommel Fuerte. The Ambassadors also roamed around the mall and invited people to visit and see what the Hope Town has to offer through a short challenge.


“We invite everyone to become part of the transformational development that is happening in the lives of the most vulnerable children. As our Hope Town Experiential Booth ushers you into the journeys of our communities, I pray that God will make known to you the path of life that is full of joy and blessings forever. Thank you for your support to the Filipino children and to World Vision Philippines,” said Fuerte.


Hope Town is meant not just to inspire the public, but to spark a fresh desire that will move the public to be engaged in building, restoring, and uplifting the lives of others in need—most especially the children.

Catch the first run of Hope Town at the TriNoma Cinema lobby (4th floor in front of Krispy Kreme) from January 27 to February 09, 2020.

Hope Town is made possible with a partnership from brand activation company Excite Inc., Max’s Restaurant, ComCo Southeast Asia and with the help of World Vision advocates Rodel Flordeliz of Nognog in the City, Ria Lumandog of Sugar Smile, Rod Magaru of The Rod Magaru Show, Earth Rullan of Earthlingorgeous, Ed Uy of Where is Ed Uy?, and Jeman Villanueva of Orange Magazine TV. 

For updates on future locations, like and follow World Vision Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit the official website, www.worldvision.org.ph.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

6 eyeliner styles for every woman


A trusty eyeliner is part of every girl’s makeup staples. With a simple glide and proper techniques, you will surely rock this makeup style. Below are eyeliner methods perfect for every eye shape so you can effortlessly slay your M.O.T.D (Makeup Of The Day).



The Careline Graph Ink eyeliner is one of the best in the market with consecutive recognitions, the Best Liquid Eyeliner at Cosmo Beauty Awards 2018, Metro Beauty Awards 2018, and Cosmo Beauty Awards 2019. 



Natural 
Nothing beats the classic. Highly ideal for any eye shape, the natural eyeliner style is probably one of the easiest to make. Start by drawing a thin line on both ends of your eyelids. Then draw another, this time thicker, lines from the middle of your eyelids outwards to create wings. 



Doll Eyes
The doll eyes makeup technique is perfect for women with round eyes. Slay this style by drawing a simple cat eye from the inner corner of your eyes, outwards. Then, to create a more dazzling eye makeup, add glittery eyeshadow and use lash extensions both for your upper and lower eyelashes. Finish the look with preferably brown contact lenses. 


Thick
Another technique that is ideal for those with monolids is the thick eyeliner which aims to define the outer corners of the eyes. Starting with thick lines on the inner corners, gradually add more volume from the middle of the upper lash line to the wings. 



Floating Eyeliner or Double Line
This makeup technique has a lot of variations but is most ideal for girls with hooded eyes. Accentuate your eyes even more by going extra on your typical cat eye. To achieve this look, draw a thin line from your wing which extends up to your inner crease to create an illusion of bigger lids. Finish of the look with a swoosh of mascara.


Artsy or Cute
For a funky and stylish technique that would most definitely suit any eye shape, try the artsy eyeliner. Simply draw a heart shape on top of your eyebrow down to your cheekbone. This technique will surely bring your eye makeup game to another level and help steal the spotlight on your upcoming holiday gatherings.

An eyeliner is almost an essential in every makeup look and with these methods, you will no longer have to experiment what kind of eyeliner style would look best on you. Walk confidently in a sea of people and draw their attention to your eyes with Careline Graph Ink eyeliner – smudge-proof and waterproof eyeliner that features a long-lasting and water-based formula with high-precision felt-tip applicator for easy application.  

Get this holy grail for only P170 at all leading stores nationwide including The SM Store, Robinsons Department Store, Landmark, Watsons Drugstore, Mercury Drugstore, and Puregold. You can also purchase this online through Lazada. 

To know more about Careline, visit https://careline.com.ph/, and follow their social media accounts: www.facebook.com/CarelineCosmetics, www.youtube.com/channel/CarelinePHOfficial, www.instagram.com/CarelinePH

Get affordable cover against top illnesses with AXA Health Start


Cancer, stroke, or a heart attack can hit anyone at anytime and without warning. It also does not discriminate based on age or income. Sadly, according to research, 82% of the local adult population does not have insurance, and the top reason is that they think it’s too expensive.

One of the country’s leading insurance providers, AXA Philippines, recently introduced Health Start, a new health insurance product that provides coverage on the top three critical illnesses that is easy on the pocket—ideal for those looking to get their first health insurance investment.




“Getting a health plan to protect oneself or one’s family should not be a privilege to be enjoyed by a few,” says Rahul Hora, AXA Philippines president and CEO. “As a company that truly wants to empower its customers to live their best life, AXA has come up with a health insurance product that offers financial protection against the top critical illnesses at a price that’s very friendly.”


With Health Start, customers get coverage for the top major critical conditions which are cancer, heart attack, and stroke and some of their early stage conditions. Moreover, customers get coverage up to age 100. 

Health Start also offers life insurance, ensuring your family will receive the life benefit in case of your untimely demise. Standard premiums paid will also be returned by the age of 75, while the remainder remains to be your coverage for illnesses or death until age 100. 

The product also offers child coverage, with P200,000 benefit for covered child conditions.  This is on top of the plan’s overall sum insured. 

There is a suitable plan for everyone – from single persons to families. Health Start for individuals covers critical illnesses and comes with a built-in child coverage against select child conditions and is available for your child now or in the future. Health Start Family, which can be shared between you and your spouse, a parent or adult child (18 years old and above), or a sibling, also includes a built-in child coverage.

For a minimum monthly payment of as low as P1,500 for Health Start (individual coverage) and P1,950 for Health Start Family, you are protected and will be provided the best possible coverage not only for yourself but also for your family with AXA Health Start. 

To know more about this product, talk to an AXA agent today or visit www.axa.com.ph/healthstart.

Come back to the thought of home with Goldilocks’ Beef Sinigang Soup


Goldilocks’, the country’s number one bakeshop, is happy to introduce their latest creation of home cooked style meals with the release of their all-new Beef Sinigang Soup! 

This delicious creation, which was crafted with only the freshest ingredients, warmly reminds us of the meals lovingly prepared at home, making it the perfect pick me up at any time of the day. 




Come back to the thought of home with Goldilocks’ Beef Sinigang Soup. Grab this and other goodies from January 17 – March 17, 2020 at any Goldilocks store in Luzon. 

For more information, you may follow @GoldilocksPH on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit the official Goldilocks website at www.goldilocks.com.ph.


Alanis Morisette 2020 Live in Manila!

Music fans are in for a treat as seven-time GRAMMY winner Alanis Morissette returns for a one-night concert on April 6 at the Mall Of Asia Arena, celebrating 25 Years of Jagged Little Pill, her most iconic breakthrough album. 

Since 1995, Alanis Morissette has been one of the most influential singer-songwriter-musicians in contemporary music. Her deeply expressive music and performances have earned vast critical praise. Morissette’s 1995 debut, Jagged Little Pill, was followed by nine more eclectic and acclaimed albums. She has contributed musically to theatrical releases and has acted on the big and small screen.



Outside of entertainment, she is an avid supporter of female empowerment, as well as spiritual, psychological and physical wellness. In 2016, Alanis launched Conversation with Alanis Morissette, a monthly podcast that features conversations with a variety of revered authors, doctors, educators, and therapists, covering a wide range of psychosocial topics extending from spirituality to developmentalism to art. 

On December 5, 2019, Jagged Little Pill, The Musical, made its Broadway debut at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City. Also in December 2019, Alanis released her newest song, Reasons I Drink. The track comes off Alanis’ highly anticipated ninth album, SUCH PRETTY FORKS IN THE ROAD, due out May 1st. For more information, see www.alanis.com.



Alanis Morissette’s hits include You Oughta Know, Hand In My Pocket, Ironic, You Learn, Head Over Feet,  All I Really Want, Thank U, Mary Jane, Uninvited, Perfect, Forgiven, Right Through You, Wake Up, and more.

Alanis Morissette 2020 Live In Manila is presented by Ovation Productions in cooperation with TAP Go: Stream Sports Anywhere!




Tickets go on sale starting February 5 at 12nn via www.smtickets.com and all SM Tickets outlets. For inquiries, please call (02)8470-2222 or 0917-149-5959.


Wednesday, January 29, 2020

BRIA Homes gives back through ‘Share the BRIA Love’ event for ALAY PAG-ASA Christian Foundation, Inc.


Sparked by its vision of providing a home for ordinary Filipinos, nothing has stood in the way of success for BRIA Homes, now considered the fastest-growing mass housing developer in the country. Thus, with a strong sense of gratitude, BRIA spread its blessings by joining ALAY PAG-ASA Christian Foundation, Inc., a non-government organization that helps indigent children, the youth, and their families, in a feeding program held last December 21. 



In an effort aptly termed “Share the BRIA Love,” officials and employees of BRIA Homes held a donation drive prior to the event, collecting rice, vitamin C, canned goods, kitchen utensils and equipment, milk and sugar, condiments such as vinegar, soy sauce, fish sauce, cooking oil and salt, and cleaning products and materials such as mops, soaps, and detergent powder—the identified needs of ALAY PAG-ASA. 

During the event, Ms. Maris Masilungan and Ms. Melly Basilio received the goods in behalf of ALAY PAG-ASA, which started as a shelter for street children and has since embraced more individuals and families that need support and compassion. 

“Share the BRIA Love” is just one of the many efforts of BRIA Homes to help the Filipino people. After all, its winning formula, Affordability (Mura) + Quality (Dekalidad) = a Beautiful BRIA Home for Every Filipino, was formulated in line with the company’s goal: to help every Filipino have a home of their own. 
Through this formula, ordinary Filipinos can now purchase a BRIA unit for very affordable monthly amortizations, and through flexible payment schemes, such as bank-financing and Pag-IBIG Funding.

BRIA Homes likewise takes pride in building sustainable, secure, and wholesome communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, providing recreational facilities for, and accommodating the needs of, Filipino individuals and families. 



Accessibility is also a key factor in all BRIA communities, which are located near schools, hospitals, churches, commercial establishments, and major roads and highways. 

Finally, the mass housing developer recognizes the varying and growing needs of different Filipino individuals and families, thus offering residential units in a variety of sizes and styles. 

Because BRIA’s ultimate goal is to help Filipino individuals and families, it will continue to ensure that its every step is geared towards the betterment of Filipino lives. 


BRIA Homes is a subsidiary of GOLDEN BRIA Holdings, Inc., considered the third largest real estate company in terms of market capitalization valued at more than P250B. The fastest-growing mass housing developer in the Philippines, BRIA Homes is primed to bring affordable house-and-lot packages and condominium units closer to ordinary Filipino families. This is the goal that drives every single employee in the company, for which the ultimate fulfillment is seeing a client happily moving into Bria’s homes. 

To know more about BRIA Homes, call (0966) 277 5944, like “Bria Official” on Facebook, and follow “@TheBriaOfficial” on Twitter and Instagram.

BDO waives remittance fees on donations to Taal eruption victims


To make it easier for overseas Filipinos to provide financial assistance to thousands of victims of the Mt. Taal eruption, BDO Unibank, Inc. has waived its remittance fees on cash donations that will be sent through the different BDO Remit offices abroad.


BDO has extensive remittance coverage across the globe, with overseas remittance offices and partners across Asia, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Cash donations sent through BDO Remit offices will then be coursed through different foundations namely BDO Foundation, ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., and Philippine Red Cross. In turn, these foundations will facilitate the purchase and distribution of relief goods in evacuation centers that temporarily house the Taal victims.

The remittance free campaign on cash donations to Taal victims runs from January 14 to March 31, 2020.

"We know overseas Filipinos, by the very nature of every Filipino, would love to help their kababayans in the Philippines who were most affected by the Mt. Taal eruption through cash donations. BDO is serving as bridge to this by waiving regular remittance fees on donations sent through BDO remit offices. It's the Bank's way of making sure all donations, every centavo, are spent to buy relief goods. In times like this, you just want to help any which way you can," said Genie Gloria, senior vice president and head of remittance of BDO.

Aside from the different BDO Remit offices, the Bank's global remit partners are also receiving cash donations for the benefit of the Taal eruption victims, including Remitly, Small World, WorldRemit, Azimo, UAE Exchange Centre, and Xpress Money. Regular remittance charges apply.

Meanwhile, for the complete list of BDO Remit offices, interested parties can visit the BDO link at https://www.bdo.com.ph/personal/remittance-services/bdo-remit-international-network/international-offices. Overseas Filipinos can also visit BDO Kabayan’s Facebook page to know more about this campaign.




Siya Nga! offers the readers a selection of short reflections by Fr. Villarin


"Siya Nga" is a Filipino expression of wonder and, thus of openness to possibilities. It is in other words, am expression of epiphany and eureka! And since this expressive phrase literally means  "its Him". Fr. Villarin and I thought the phrase will "work wonder" as a title for this volume of Christian reflections." 
David Jonathan Bayot



Sya Nga! Reflections with Art book was launched last January 28 attended by it author Fr. Jose Ramon "Jett" Villarin and editor  David Jonathan Bayot and artists/friends from Ateneo de Manila University held at DLSU , Manila. 


Collegiate basketball’s legendary rivals came together for the launch of a book of reflections on 52 terms in the Christian faith last January 28 at the De La Salle University in Manila. 


Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University temporarily put aside their athletic differences to celebrate the launch of Siya Nga! Reflections with Art, a new book penned by Fr. Jose Ramon “Jett” Villarin, S.J., President of Ateneo, edited by David Jonathan Bayot, and published by the De La Salle University Publishing House. 




Each of the 300-word reflection aims to shed a light on the terms that both the author and the editor deemed significant in the life and living of those who share the Christian faith. 



Fr. Jett Villarin, S.J. (Center), President of the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) receives the first copy of Siya Nga! Reflections with Art from Br. Raymundo Suplido, F.S.C. (Right), President of the De La Salle University (DLSU) at the launch of the said book at the Henry Sy, Sr. Hall of the DLSU in Manila, last January 28. Joining them in the photo are (from L to R) Dr. David Jonathan Bayot, Executive Publisher of the DLSU Publishing House and Br. Bernie Oca, Chancellor of the DLSU.



“What we wanted to do is to make these familiar words unfamiliar once again,” Fr. Jett Villarin said. “The book aims to look at these words in a different way, in a different manner so that we may show that the newness of God will never grow old, and the bigness of His love will never grow small.”



Siya Nga! Reflections with Art contains 52 reflections on terms like Incarnation, Trinity, Word, Freedom, and Christmas. Each reflection is elucidated by images of artworks created by a broad range of Filipino artists including, Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, Benedicto Cabrera, Arturo Luz, Elmer Borlongan, to name a few. 





“I envision the book to be one that contains images of artwork by a broad range of Filipino artists: from the canonical ones including the National Artists to the younger voices in the Philippine art scene. In so doing, the book seeks to foreground the artistic representations of the Filipinos and the range of the representations,” the book’s editor, David Jonathan Bayot said. 




The launch of the book culminated in St. La Salle Hall being lit in Blue and Green—the school colors of Ateneo and La Salle, respectively—to celebrate the partnership between the two universities and to mark the 60th birthday of Fr. Villarin as well. 


PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid offers best value internet now at only P995




PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid lets you start the year strong with the fastest and most affordable home internet for you and your family. Now with its best value offer, you can get PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid at just P995 and even enjoy 2x data for all sites and apps. This means giving your family convenient access and more reasons to bond together. 

When you purchase a PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid, you even get free 10GB worth of data that's valid for seven days. It's the best possible deal you can get right now when it comes to a prepaid home internet. Plus, you don't have to think about lock-in periods, monthly bills, or bill shock because of uncontrolled data use.


You don't have to worry about your internet speeds either. PLDT Home WiFi is powered by Smart, the country's undisputed fastest LTE network as certified by Ookla and OpenSignal. According to OpenSignal's LTE availability report, Smart LTE has the widest wireless network coverage across the country at 79.4%, meaning you get fast, affordable internet, no matter where you are. 
  
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This time, these family-sized data packages offer double the data without bumping up the price! That gives you and your loved ones more time to access ALL your favorite apps and sites. Plus, you can conveniently top-up when you need it. It will certainly make you go, "Naks! Pwede ALL!"

With the new data packages, imagine you and your family can enjoy activities like connecting with family and relatives who are away, looking up handy tips online, do more thorough research for important school projects, seamlessly play your favorite mobile games, or stream and bond over your newest TV shows and movies.

You can easily load up your PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid with different FamLoad packages. FamLoad 199 now has 24GB of data for 7 days, FamLoad 599 comes with 80GB of data for 15 days, FamLoad 999 has 130GB of data for 30 days, and FamLoad 1499 gives you a whopping 200GB of data for 30 days.

PLDT Home Wifi Prepaid also offers convenience because there is also no need to install the wi-fi unit. It comes in a plug-and-play device so it’s easy even for children, as supervised by their parents, to set up. 

PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid at its lowest price until March 31, 2020. PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid is available at all PLDT and Smart Stores, Smart Online Store, SM Stores, Lazada, and other authorized dealers nationwide. FamLoad data packages are also available at authorized PLDT and Smart retailers, telco tiangge stalls, neighborhood sari-sari stores, and 7-Eleven branches around the country.

To learn more about PLDT Home WiFi Prepaid, visit www.pldthome.com/homewifi.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

#EnjoooyThatCloud9Moment with Cloud 9’s New Look



During our Hongkong Holiday last year, we were snacks and baon-ready by bringing our favorite chocolate "pang tawid gutom" Jack n' Jill Cloud 9. These travel snack bars are easy to pack and eat. 

Yes, life can be full of incredibly feel-good first moments and best experiences. And for some Filipinos, Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 has been a constant companion in celebrating their small and big wins.


The well-loved chocolate brand encourages people to cherish and enjoy short-lived special experiences and simple everyday wins or “Cloud 9 Moments” through its #EnjoooyThatCloud9Moment campaign.



Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 also launched a packaging with a fresh new look. Its vibrant packs feature Cloud 9’s choco-coated bar with a luscious stretch of delightful caramel filling, crunchy peanuts and chewy nougat. 

Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 comes in a variety of undeniably delectable flavors such as the rich milk and white chocolatey goodness of Cloud 9 Classic and White; the double chocolate delight of Cloud 9 Choco Fudge; or the extra loaded combination of chocolate, caramel, and nougat with bigger and more nuts in Cloud 9 Overload.



Always #EnjoooyThatCloud9Moment with Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9. This delectable treat is available at all leading groceries, supermarkets, and convenience stores nationwide. 

For exciting updates, follow Jack ‘n Jill Cloud 9 on its official Facebook page (@JacknJillCloud9PH).

BUY ONE-GET ONE AT ANY BISTRO RESTAURANT EVERY THURSDAY FROM JANUARY 30 TO APRIL 2, 2020!


Whether you’re looking for a nice casual dinner or planning something delicious to bring home, it will be twice the goodness with The Bistro Group’s “Twosome Thursdays” promo which is available every Thursday at all Bistro Group restaurants!



From January 30 to April 2, Buy One Get One pizzas from Italianni’s, dimsum from Modern Shanghai, sushi from Watami  and Bibimbap from Bulgogi Brothers.

Buy One-Get One Baby Back Ribs


You may also choose among the Buy One-Get One Baby Back Ribs at TGIFridays, burgers at Hard Rock Café and Denny’s, 10 oz ribeye steak at Texas Roadhouse, Fish & Chips at Fish & Co., wings at Buffalo Wild Wings, and the Seafood Platter at Red Lobster!



The Bistro’s Twosome Thursdays promo is valid for dine-in or take out only and with a limit of up to three availments per table, per visit. The free item will be the one with equal or lesser value. Make your Thursdays more exciting at your favorite Bistro Restaurants!






 (The promo cannot be combined with discounts and vouchers including 20% Senior Citizen or PWD  discount.)

Monday, January 27, 2020

BIR-led tax innovation challenge kicks off bootcamp with top 20 finalists


From over hundreds of entries received for Hack-A-Tax Philippines, an innovation challenge to improve tax services launched in November last year, the most innovative proposals have been selected to complete the top 20 finalists. The Hack-a-Tax Bootcamp kicked off last January 18, 2020 gathering the 20 shortlisted candidates coming from different regions across the Philippines. The teams were a mix of students and IT professionals who took the time to submit one-of-a-kind solutions to help improve taxpayer experience and transactions.


Hack-A-Tax bootcamp gathered Top 20 finalists from different regions across the Philippines  

The top 20 finalists are: 1) Tax Aide (Northern Luzon); 2) Wyvern Innovations-Onnet (Metro Manila); 3) Yashua BIR-Men (Mindanao); 4) STI College-Novaliches (Metro Manila); 5) Nex Team (Metro Manila); 6) BIR Mini App-Gorated (Metro Manila); 7) Digitax (Metro Manila); 8) Taxccelerate (Mindanao); 9. Team Virtualandes (Visayas); 10. Tax Office (Metro Manila); 11. Team Artax (Metro Manila); 12) Third Channel (Metro Manila); 13) ECTAX (Southern Luzon); 
14) eConnectors; 15) Tax I.T.; 16) Tax Heroes (Southern Luzon); 16) Tax Heroes (Southern Luzon); 17) eKasilicon (Metro Manila); 18) Juan Pos (Mindanao); 19. BIzz App (Southern Luzon); 20) Easy Tax v1.0 (Metro Manila).



The entries have been evaluated by a panel of tax and IT experts headed by executives from the Operations Group and Information Systems Group of the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and industry leaders from the private sector. Categories of the 20 finalists include Accounting and Bookkeeping System, Taxpayer Registration System, Tax Filing and Payment System
E-receipting and E-invoicing System and Point-of-Sale System. Proposals were judged based on relevance to the challenge or responsiveness of the proposed solution to the problem, impact or the potential contribution to serve taxpayers, technical innovation or creativity to address the problem and quality of proposal or clarity and cohesiveness of materials presented. 


"With increasing number of challenges that our tax administration is facing today, it is gratifying and heartwarming to see students and young professionals genuinely passionate about helping the government in improving its services to the citizens. We are immensely grateful for all your efforts,” shares Atty. Lanee Cui-David, BIR Deputy Commissioner of the Information System Group. 





The 20 finalists will be participating in a series of mentoring and technical sessions to complete their system development and testing in consultation with the BIR and other innovation partners such as Microsoft Philippines, PayMaya, Amazon Web Services, PAGCOR, Talino Venture Lab, and Pencilstate Design among others. The candidates will also be part of a community immersion called “Dev4Dev Code Camp + Solutions Building Hackathon” on February 15 to 22 in Bukidnon, Mindanao. Final pitching and announcement of winners will be on February 29, 2020.

All top three winners will get a six-month mentorship from industry leaders, free cloud credits from sponsors, BIR-accredited platform plus a cash prize of Php300,000 for the first placer; Php200,000 for the 2nd placer; and Php100,000 for the 3rd placer. The teams will own their respective solutions that will be developed from the #HACKATAXPH Challenge. Organizers and partners will have no intellectual property (IP) share or interest in any product or solution from
the competition.    

In addressing taxpayers’ pain points including paper works and multiple steps for tax compliance, the BIR, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and DEVCON, launched the Hack-A-Tax Challenge aimed at promoting simpler, efficient, and serviceable digital tax services for micro and small businesses. 

The competition invited individual developers, IT students and professionals to produce the best software that will enable a more convenient and favorable process for taxpayers to complete their tasks at BIR, which include tax registration, TIN application, tax filing and payments, among others. 

For more information, visit hackatax.ph, follow @hackataxph on Facebook or email info@hackatax.ph.



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