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Friday, April 30, 2021

PhilCare introduces Mindscapes, a new mental health service

Its a frightening time indeed, the question is how long this will last, or how bad things might get take a toll with our mental health. Its all up to us on how to cope with stress, worry and anxiety.


Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, there is already a growing need for easy access to affordable mental healthcare for those suffering from stress, anxiety, and undiagnosed or untreated mental health conditions.

 

In fact, per 2017 data, the World Health Organization estimates that six million Filipinos are living with depression and anxiety. That number may have grown as the pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns forced people to stay indoors for months.

 

Meanwhile, nine out of ten Filipinos said they had a poorer state of mental health during the first lockdowns in 2020, based on the PhilCare Community Quarantine Wellness Index. This perhaps rings truer, with rising COVID-19 cases over a year into the pandemic. 

Interestingly, nine out of ten also said they were afraid of a “second wave” of infections at the time the study was conducted.

 

To help address this growing concern among Filipinos, PhilCare introduces Mindscapes, a new mental health service, which was launched to give customizable and scalable programs to individuals and companies that wish to support their employees through their mental wellness journey. 

 

Derived from the phrase "mental landscape," which focuses on all aspects of a person’s mind and its capabilities, Mindscapes seeks to deliver the best care possible for those with mental health concerns to achieve overall well-being.

 

Using a tech-enabled platform, Mindscapes provides clients with convenient and secure access to mental wellness benefits to make sure that they feel safe when they seek help. 

 

With Mindscapes, individuals can avail of affordable prepaid health plan products, specifically through MindCare and MindCare PLUS. Both provide for counseling sessions or telemed sessions with a counselor and a psychiatrist, if necessary. 

 

MindCare services can be accessed using the HeyPhil app, while MindCare PLUS, which offers video consultations, is accessible via PhilCare’s Member Gateway at www.philcare.com.ph.

 

Both MindCare and MindCare PLUS are available for PhilCare and non-PhilCare members. Non-members may purchase a prepaid MindCare mental health plan for Php1,000 and MindCare PLUS for Php3,000 at https://shop.philcare.com.ph/.

 

Aside from services for individuals, Mindscapes caters to corporate clients, offering a wide array of services that help identify and address mental health challenges in the workplace. Companies can opt to include coverage for  in-app consultations and counseling for their employees, have access to mental health policy development assistance, program monitoring, webinars, and educational materials and resources. Mindscapes also provides testing services for companies to determine employees’ needs through an assessment of their psychological state.

 

Mindscapes is the brainchild of Jaeger L. Tanco, a known figure in the healthcare and financial services sector. As one of Mindscapes’ main proponents, he sees it as a project that can help many Filipinos to have easy access to affordable mental health services, especially with such concerns spiking during the pandemic-induced lockdowns.

 

“Throughout my years in business, we have met colleagues and partners who have struggled from stress, anxiety, and other mental health problems. And it’s very saddening to think that there are more people out there who are suffering but can’t afford help. It’s one of the reasons why we’ve developed Mindscapes. We want to let people know that everyone deserves better mental health care,” said Tanco, who serves as PhilCare’s President and CEO.

 

“We’re glad to offer a technology-based solution in Mindscapes that can help quickly address the growing need for mental health services in our country. Through our artificial intelligence-powered applications, we hope to provide faster and greater access to people who need this kind of care the most, especially that the pandemic is far from over. We’d like to give them hope in our own way,” said PhilCare Director Eusebio H. Tanco.


For more information about Mindscapes, visit http://mindscapes.com.ph/.

 

Insight Music releases The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell

Record label Insight Music, alarmed by the rapidly increasing cases of sleeplessness among this country’s adult population, seeks to help insomnia-afflicted Filipinos fall into restful slumber by releasing The Perfect Sleep, a groundbreaking album that effectively induces sleep. 


Presented by all-natural sleep supplement DreamWell and composed by brilliant music arranger Ian Joseph Tan, The Perfect Sleep is an hour-long instrumental album that promotes deep and relaxing sleep. It will be available in various streaming platforms including Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, and iTunes starting April 30.

“Way before the pandemic hit the Philippines, a vast number of Filipino adults were already stricken by a different kind of epidemic—sleeplessness,” says Insight Music president and chief creative director Chris Cahilig. 


Sleeplessness, a disorder that is commonly known as insomnia, may not be as deadly as Covid-19 but it is just as critical and devastating to one’s health and well-being. It is during deep slumber, after all, when the body has the opportunity to repair itself and recover so that poor sleep quality or sleep deprivation has severe consequences on the body’s capacity to resist illness,” Cahilig further explains.


A 2019 study by Sleep Cycle disclosed that the Philippines ranks 4th in the world in sleeplessness, averaging just 6 and a half hours of sleep—significantly lower than the recommended amount of 7 to 9 hours per day. 


Still another study published by the St. Luke’s Medical Center claims that over 10 million adult Filipinos suffer from insomnia—putting them at risk for cardiovascular issues, cancer, depression, diabetes, as well as other afflictions. Various medical literature, in fact, affirm that lack of sleep renders the body susceptible to the debilitating effects of stress that people undergo on a daily basis.

The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell is designed specifically for listening on those nights when stress, anxiety, or plain restlessness tend to keep people awake way into the wee hours. Indeed, the album is meant to lull them to deep and restful slumber when they need it most.


The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell’s gentle guitar strums and soft beats were carefully constructed to give sleep-deprived listeners a mesmerizing experience they can instantly benefit from. After listening to the musicand enjoying the sleep induced by it, listeners will wake up feeling rested and ready for everything their waking moments might have in store.


The specialty album is the perfect sonic companion to DreamWell, an all-natural dietary supplement designed to promote  healthier sleep among its users. Through its unique combination of natural  ingredients like Suan Zao Ren, Wu Wei Zi, Fu Ling, and the amino acid GABA, DreamWell relaxes the mind and lulls one to sleep. It also helps bring one to Sleep Stage 3 for a deep, quality sleep. 


“We’ve seen the impact music can have on sleep,” says Cahilig. “Just search up ‘sleep music’ on YouTube, and you’re bound to find videos and livestreams with millions of views. There’s a real need for sleep music, and we want to serve people by providing that.


“I expect The Perfect Sleep by DreamWell to be a popular playlist of working professionals and even middle-age individuals who are having trouble sleeping. It will certainly help their physical and mental well-being,” he adds.

Through Shopee, brands such as Unilever, INSPI, and OPPO saw an uplift in orders and grew their brand presence online

With the pandemic causing significant changes in consumer shopping behavior, brands ramp up their marketing efforts by expanding their presence on e-commerce platforms like Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. With the surge of online shoppers fueling the need for digital transformation, three brands share how they remain top-of-mind while establishing themselves as a strong player in the digital space through the support of Shopee’s ecosystem. 


Unilever 

Unilever has continued to optimize its marketing strategy based on what’s most relevant to shoppers and what will help address their present needs. Through Shopee, the brand provided Filipino shoppers with safe access to a wide range of personal care, home care, and food essentials. Timely feedback from shoppers is now easier to enrich their online shopping experience while also maximizing the full suite of in-app solutions within the Shopee platform, such as search, affiliate marketing, and livestreams. With these strategies, Unilever recorded a 23x uplift in orders and achieved a 15x increase in shop views during its Beauty that Cares Super Brand Day campaign in August 2020.

 

This growth even transcended into their ‘Malasakit for all’ mission to help communities and partners during the pandemic, with Unilever contributing to the first Shopee Bayanihan Frontliner package in 2020 to step up support for Filipino frontliners.

Jackie Manago Nepomuceno, Digital Commerce Marketing at Unilever Philippines, said, “We see Shopee as a strategic partner in driving a streamlined shopping experience for the omnichannel shopper.  We partner closely with retailers, such as Shopee, in making our brands and products available for purchase. Through strong collaboration, we can design a unique, relevant, and seamless shopping experience with new and existing shoppers.”

 

INSPI

Clothing brand INSPI launched an official Shopee store to reach a wider target market and interact more with their shoppers. Using Shopee’s informative seller center and interactive in-app features such as Shopee Live and Shopee Feed, INSPI can now broadcast new and best-selling products to over 625,000 followers on their Shopee account. They also used these features to show the best deals during big campaigns. At its Super Brand Day last October, the brand recorded 13x more orders compared to an average day.

 

Kathryn Joyce Navalta, Senior Account Officer at INSPI, said, “Our partnership with Shopee has boosted our brand’s growth, despite the ongoing pandemic. Shopee’s innovative in-app features helped us reach more shoppers and better engage with them regularly. We will continue to work with Shopee to provide our shoppers with the best shopping experience.”

 

OPPO

Leading global smart device company, OPPO, considers its partnership with Shopee as a chance to capture countless opportunities in the e-commerce industry by taking full advantage of the platform’s ecosystem. They are now able to reach a whole new audience in a very engaging way through Shopee’s in-app marketing tools such as live streams, chats, and Shopee Feed. OPPO has experienced great success on the platform, as seen during Shopee’s Super Brand Day last September 2020 where the brand recorded a 17x increase in sales.

 

Jenny Liu, Operations Director at OPPO Philippines, said, “Our partnership with Shopee allows us to keep growing and satisfying our customers even with targeted efforts. We know the importance of gaining the full trust of our shoppers, and will keep refining our online store on Shopee to provide the best services and products.”

 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “We are glad to see our brand partners like Unilever, OPPO, and INSPI achieve significant growth since joining our platform. We leave no stone unturned in finding innovative ways to support our partners’ growth, and this is how we commit to supporting our partner brands through their e-commerce journey.” 

 

And in line with providing customers more ways to access brands easily, the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival is happening until May 5. Shoppers can expect discounts up to 90% off, flash deals up to 50% off, free shipping with no minimum spend, and 50% cashback from crowd favorites such as OPPO, Vivo, Realme, Colgate, Abbott, L’Oreal Paris, Enfagrow, Procter & Gamble, Olay, Unilever, Nestle, Colourette Cosmetics, and Maybelline.

 

Shoppers can also look forward to exclusive perks from ShopeePay. Get all-day free shipping vouchers and 55% cashback, both with no minimum spend. Buy ₱10 worth of data for ₱1, ₱5 load for only ₱1, and ₱10 load for only ₱5 with ShopeePay. Pay bills on Shopee and get up to 25% cashback, capped at 150 coins.  

 

For more information on the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival, visit https://shopee.ph/m/5-5-2. Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play.

Discounts and generous rebates on Lysol Disinfectant Spray and Multi Action Cleaners in Shopee’s 5.5 Sale!

Even as the COVID-19 vaccine is progressively being made available, it is still important for us to keep safe by following the recommended protocols like mask wearing, maintaining social distancing, and washing of hands. Also of critical importance is keeping surfaces and surroundings constantly and properly disinfected from germs.


Thus, in keeping with its “Disinfect to Protect Mission,” Lysol once again makes its line of multi-surface cleaners and disinfectants within reach of health and value-conscious consumers through the coming Shopee 5.5 sale! With this, there’s never been a better time to avail of Lysol disinfectants as well as multi-action cleaners—all proven effective against illness-causing germs—at special discounted prices—with generous rebates too.

 

Now, you can buy as many as you need!

 

Enjoy up to 20% discount plus an extra 5% off when you buy 3 additional Lysol products. Even better, by availing of the special voucher code LYSO550, get P55 off for a minimum purchase of P550. Additionally, by using the voucher code LYSO890, enjoy P110 off for a minimum purchase of P890!

 

Lysol disinfectants and multi-action cleaners have been proven effective in deactivating the virus strain which causes Covid-19 —demonstrating reduction of the infectious virus in 5 minutes, in lab tests run by Microbac Laboratories, Inc. in compliance with European EN 14476 and US EPA ASTM 1052/1053 international standards. This reinforces Lysol’s place as a trusted and must-have home essential in the time of the pandemic as it champions the “Disinfect to Protect Mission.”

 

Now get set and ready to ‘add to cart’ Lysol products at special discounted prices during Shopee 5.5 Sale! Vouchers are limited and only one voucher could be used per check out. Log on to the official Lysol Shopee page through this link.

 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Jollibee encourages people to value and appreciate the time with family

"To a child, "love" is spelled time."


Since, Im not living with my kids anymore, I always set aside quality time, visiting them twice or thrice a month. Just because, I dont want to compromise our health together, I always take extra precautions traveling, with the onset of coronavirus, this part of everyday life has become risky for everyone in the family. What I do , if I am not near them is I call, text and remind them to take their vitamins everyday, go out when necessary and wear a mask and face shield. 


Im praying that this pandemic would be over soon, so that I get to visit my loved ones at any given time.


In these difficult times, the one thing that matters most is how you spend it with your loved ones. In my case, since Im not living with my kids anymore, I always set aside time for them 
During these challenging times brought about by the pandemic, there’s one important thing that all of us can be grateful for—that is the opportunity to spend more time with our families. That is the heart of the message that Jollibee wants to convey as it launches the Jollibee Family Thanksgiving Month celebration this May. 

 

Through the Jollibee Family Thanksgiving Month, the country’s number one fast-food chain aims to start a new tradition to enjoin everyone to openly and actively express their gratitude towards their family and loved ones.  

 

Jollibee launched this initiative via a virtual presscon held last April 29, headlined by its long-time Jollibee endorser Anne Curtis who was officially introduced as the campaign’s ambassador. Now with a family of her own, Anne shared with the media attendees how grateful she is for her family’s support and love throughout the years. 


“Growing up I feel very fortunate to be showered with much love from my parents and sister, and now my husband Erwan and baby Dahlia. So, every chance I get I want to make them feel how much I appreciate them – whether spending more quality time with them, sharing a meal, or even saying a simple thank you”, says Anne.  

 

The event also served as the launchpad of the campaign’s manifesto video directed by Joel Ruiz and featuring Anne Curtis in her first comeback project with Jollibee after returning from a year-long break in Australia with her family and newborn daughter Dahlia. The short but meaningful video reminds everyone why we should be thankful for our family and make the effort or go the extra mile to express their gratitude more often starting with the Family Thanksgiving Month. 

“We think that this is the perfect time to start openly showing our appreciation to the people who matter most to us – our families. Jollibee has always been about joy of family and togetherness, and with the launch of the Family Thanksgiving Month, we hope to remind and encourage people to appreciate the time we spend with our families, and to say thank you for all the things that they have done or continued doing for us not just for a day, or a month but for as long as we can. Because if there’s one thing that this pandemic taught us, it’s to never take anything for granted and cherish the people who matter most,” says JFC Philippines Country/Regional Marketing Head and Jollibee Philippines Marketing Head Francis Flores. 

 

Another highlight of the program was a panel discussion on the topic ‘Why appreciating our Family is important’, with Anne, Francis Flores and couple parenting experts Edric and Joy Mendoza. The panel discussion was streamed live on Jollibee's official Facebook page.

To cap off the event, Anne led the media guests in saying their simple thank you to loved ones via the #IDontSayThisEveryDayBut activity. This online movement has been trending on Instagram, with Jollibee endorsers, influencers, and netizens all expressing their gratitude to their families. With its virality on Instagram, netizens took the initiative to bring the #IDontSayThisEveryDayButMovement on Facebook and Twitter as well, resulting in thousands of posts in a matter of days. 


Watch out for the launch of the Jollibee’s Family Thanksgiving Video this coming May 1 in Jollibee’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.


Anne Curtis, now a loving wife and mom, takes on the journey as a Family Ambassador for Jollibee’s Family Thanksgiving Month.

 

Directed by Joel Ruiz, Jollibee releases a manifesto video encouraging people to express their gratitude to their loved ones in time for the nationwide celebration of the Family Thanksgiving Month.

 

Jollibee’s new manifesto video shows the important role that family plays especially during this pandemic, and encourages people to value and appreciate the time with them.  

Achieve that smooth, supple, Pure Light skin with Kojie.san complete range of face care products

I have been using Kojie.san soap for years now. Im not after the lightening effect, its a bonus though. I love that it prevents and dry out my pimples fast. When I noticed a small pimple, all I have to do is wash it out with Kojie.san soap. Then it  would disappear the next day. It's as simple as that, and it makes my skin smooth and glowing too. 


The good thing is all products are paraben-free, and have been dermatologically-tested safe, without the harsh ingredients,  for sensitive skin so you can use them with no worries. 


Kojie.san takes the powerful benefits of kojic acid up another notch. The beauty brand now has a , letting you enjoy the same Kojie.san skin benefits that you love – but in formats that have been especially formulated for the face. 

Each product in this face care range of cleansers, toners, and creams is formulated with Zero Pigment Light and HydroMoist. These latest Kojie.san skin innovations zero-in on dark spots, scars, and hyperpigmentation, while locking-in moisture for a light skin that stays soft and supple for hours.

Kojie.san’s first ever line of facial cleansers come in three different cleansing actions to fit your unique needs and preferences, so how you achieve Pure Light skin is your choice. 

 

The Kojie.san Skin Lightening Facial Wash w/ HydroMoist is a soap-based facial wash that deeply cleanses the skin to effectively remove sebum and other impurities from your skin, helping to combat oiliness and prevent acne break-outs, whiteheads, and blackheads

The Kojie.san Skin Lightening Facial Cleansing Gel w/ HydroMoist is a gel-based facial wash that gently cleanses skin to remove dirt and excess surface oil without stripping away the skin’s natural moisture. 

 

The Kojie.san Skin Lightening Foam Wash w/ HydroMoist is a skin-calming facial foam wash with a light and airy texture that effectively cleanses while soothing stressed and tired skin.


The beauty brand is also offering a limited edition Kojie.san Skin Lightening Beauty Wipes that cleanses skin by wiping away dirt, oil, and water-proof make-up without any sting on the eyes.

 

With Kojie.san’s first line of facial cleansers, you get to choose from an array of high-quality, effective, and carefully-formulated facial cleansing products that fit your skin’s unique needs, giving you more ways to achieve that smooth, supple, Pure Light skin.

 

Get exciting updates and information at @KojiesanPH on Facebook and Instagram and www.kojiesan.com. Kojie.san is available at all leading supermarkets and drugstores nationwide, as well as Kojie.san’s official LazMall on Lazada and Beauty MNL.

 

This Mother’s Day, pamper the queen of your heart with TWG Tea’s Mother's Day collection

TWG Tea has curated a sensational  teatime experience to thoughtfully honour the unconditional love of all mothers. Inspired by their grace and elegance, the TWG Tea Mother’s Day Collection radiates a luxurious aura that is fit for a queen.

 

JASMINE BLOSSOMS

This Mother’s Day, pamper the queen of your heart with TWG Tea’s exclusive tea blend infused with the enveloping floral aroma of sweet jasmine flowers. Bring your mom to a fragrant secret garden with the heady, intoxicating perfume of the Jasmine Queen Tea from the Cotton Teabag and Loose Leaf Tea Collections. Indulge in the sparkling elegance of this delicately fashioned green tea infused with the floral sweetness of exceptional TWG Tea jasmine flowers. 

 

AFTERNOON TÊTE-À-TÊTE WITH MOM

There is no better way to show your love than with a leisurely conversation over a cup of tea, laughing, reminiscing, and sharing stories. Pamper your mom with a perfect afternoon tea in the comfort of your own home with TWG Tea collection.

 

Geisha Blossom Tea, Haute Couture Tea Collection

 

Elegant and highly refined, the Geisha Blossom Tea is a blend of green tea and refreshing, ripe southern fruits infused in a fragrant cup that will enliven your mom’s senses. The perfect green tea for an afternoon tea time with mom.

 

Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle

Uplift her senses with the Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle. Combined with a secret bouquet of black tea, notes of white sandalwood, warm vanilla and fresh grapefruit, Bain de Roses exhales a passionate elixir as sweet as a macaron à 

    la rose.

 

Design Orchid Teapot in Pink

Add a touch of style and modernity with TWG Tea Design Orchid Teapot in delicate shades of pastel. This artisanal teapot comes with a removable filter which allows the tea leaves to unfurl and develop their fragrance.       


TWG Tea Scoop in Silver

One measure of this TWG Tea Scoop represents the dosage required to prepare one cup of tea. This practical utensil can also be used for caster sugar and will elegantly accompany any tea service. 

  

Jasmine Queen Tea in Cotton Teabag, P1,355. Jasmine Queen Tea in Loose Leaf Tea, P595 per 50g. Geisha Blossom Tea in Haute Couture Tea Collection, P1,895. Bain de Roses Tea Scented Candle, P3,895. Design Orchid Teapot, P6,895. TWG Tea Scoop in Silver, P895. Available at TWG Tea Boutiques in the Philippines. A limited selection of our finest teas and accessories is also available on our LazMall Flagship Store.

Huawei announces its business results for the first quarter of 2021

Huawei announced its business results for the first quarter of 2021 today, which were in line with forecast.

In Q1, Huawei generated CNY152.2 billion in revenue, a 16.5% decrease year-on-year. Its network business maintained steady growth, while consumer business revenue declined, in part as a result of selling the Honor smart device brand in November 2020. Huawei's net profit margin was up 3.8 percentage points[1] year-on-year at 11.1% – the result of the company's ongoing efforts to improve quality of operations and management efficiency, as well as a patent royalty income of US$600 million.

"2021 will be another challenging year for us, but it's also the year that our future development strategy will begin to take shape," said Eric Xu, Huawei's Rotating Chairman. "We thank our customers and partners for their ongoing trust. No matter what challenges come our way, we will continue to maintain our business resilience. Not just to survive, but do so sustainably. As always, we will remain focused on the needs of our customers and keep delivering practical business value."

Huawei is driving efforts to fully unleash the value of 5G. It is helping carriers around the world roll out their 5G networks, meeting the demands of consumers and industries alike, while boosting its own delivery efficiency. It continues to improve its software engineering capabilities and ramp up investment in the software sector to gradually increase the proportion of software and services in its total revenue mix.


"As always, we remain committed to technological innovation and investing heavily in R&D as we work to address supply continuity challenges caused by restrictions in the market", stressed Xu. "We will continue making breakthroughs in basic science and pushing the frontiers of technology."


[1] The financial data disclosed here are unaudited figures compiled in compliance with the International Financial Reporting Standards; exchange rate at the end of March 2021: US$1 = CNY6.5670 (source: external agencies)

 

Airbnb Online Experiences are here to keep the spirit of travel alive with exciting and unique virtual adventures for all ages

The dry season in the Philippines is synonymous with beach and nature escapades with the family and barkada. Summer is one of the most exciting seasons to create new memories with your loved ones, and with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Filipinos will be prioritizing health and safety by staying home. This doesn’t mean that summer has to be any less fun or memorable  Airbnb Online Experiences are here to keep the spirit of travel alive with exciting and unique virtual adventures for all ages. 

 

To create new and meaningful ways for people to travel virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic, Airbnb launched Online Experiences a year ago. Introducing an online format for Experiences allowed both in-person and new Hosts to earn income during these unprecedented times, and to share their passions and local culture with guests all over the world through the screens of their smartphones and laptops.

Since then, it has swiftly evolved to become one of guests’ favorite ways to travel while staying home. In 2020 Airbnb revealed that 63 percent of guests booked Online Experiences to be entertained and 56 percent booked to learn about other cultures and lifestyles[1]. Food and Drink has been the most popular category globally and across the Asia Pacific region, accounting for nearly 40 percent of seats booked.[2]

 

This year as we put our usual trips to the beach and favorite summer spots on hold, these Airbnb Online Experiences may just provide the perfect indoor summer vacay to enjoy with your families and friends. 

 

Embark on urban adventures across the world 

Explore the streets and famous attractions of cities you’ve been yearning to visit!  Immerse in interesting local stories and folklore from Airbnb Experience Hosts as they bring you into their very own world.



  Enjoy A Fabulous Day in Paris with Parisians Anto, Peter, Herbert and Tais as they bring you to famous sites in the City of Lights, including the Louvre and the Royal Palace. You’ll be sure to pick up a couple of French words before you bid them au revoir.


If you’ve been dreaming of visiting Japan and experiencing its rich anime culture, Yuki the Otaku can take you on a tour around Akihabara, the Otaku capital of Japan to learn more about Tokyo Anime and its Subcultures.


Join Host Cinthia on Rio’s Carnival Backstage Live Experience. Learn more about the rich history of the Afro-Brazilian culture and how to play Brazilian drums using items you can find at home. 

 

Plant some summer joy with home horticulture

The pandemic ignited interest in home gardening around the world, as people under lockdown began sprucing up their homes with house plants and enjoying the associated benefits of stress relief and exercise. Whether you’re a budding plant enthusiast or an experienced gardener, you’ll surely find an exciting Online Experience on Airbnb. 


Still struggling with overwatering or finding the right amount of light for your plants? Fret not as you learn Plant Care Basics with Hilton Carter.

For those dreaming of building a mini garden, interior and garden designer Kevin will share several Easy Gardening tips so you can create your personal sanctuary at home.

Enjoy this Traditional Healing and Houseplants experience with Host Wynnie, as she brings you through the natural healing properties of plants over a cup of tea. 

Explore the culinary world

It’s no secret that Filipinos love to eat and are always raring to explore the newest restaurant or latest food craze. If you have mastered dalgona coffee and ube pandesal, maybe it’s time to take your kitchen game a notch higher with these Online Experiences. 

 

  Learn how to make the most authentic and delicious Portuguese sangria on this Sangria and Secrets with Drag Tasteexperience, while being entertained with live performances by fabulous drag queens. This is a one-of-a-kind, cabaret-style cocktail party you’ll remember for years to come.

Make Mexican Street Tacos with a Pro Chef as Host Graciela teaches you how to prepare street tacos from scratch - the perfect snack before your afternoon siesta! 

Discover the benefits of delicious and Healthy Asian Fusion Recipes with Parisian cook Chris, as he teaches guests how to prepare nutritional yet tasty Asian dishes.

Learning Self Care 101 at home

As Filipinos spend more time at home, prioritizing wellness has taken on a whole new meaning. Here are some rejuvenating Online Experiences that will leave you more grounded and relaxed.

 

Meditate with Japanese Buddhist monk Kuniatsu, who has resided for over 20 years at Shitennoji Temple. Take a break with this 60-minute experience as he walks you through different types of meditation practices.


Enjoy this  happiness meditation with chocolate experience as Host and holistic coach Ana demonstrates how chocolate can help bring about inner peace, gratitude and lots of happiness. 


Centre your mind and body with this beautiful Cello Meditation Concert hosted by Janice, that encourages guests to experience healing and deep relaxation through music.

 

Travel from home with Online Experiences

Whether discovering a far-flung destination for the first time, trying out a new interest, or revisiting a familiar city, Online Experiences is a safe and easy way for Filipinos to enjoy a virtual summer vacay from home. 


For more exciting Online Experiences, visit http://www.airbnb.com/experiences


[1] Survey conducted between April 9-May 1, 2020.

[2] Based on Airbnb internal data as of May 13, 2020 measuring the share of Online Experiences bookings by Experience category

Shoppers can look forward to flash deals up to 50% off, free shipping with no minimum spend at Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, invites Filipinos to enjoy big deals and exclusive promotions from the country’s leading brands at its 5.5 Brands Festival. Shoppers can expect discounts up to 90% off, flash deals up to 50% off, free shipping with no minimum spend, and 50% cashback from crowd favorites such as OPPO, Vivo, Realme, Colgate, Abbott, L’Oreal Paris, Enfagrow, Procter & Gamble, Olay, Unilever, Nestle, Colourette Cosmetics, and Maybelline.

 

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, said, “At Shopee, it is our goal to work together with brands loved by Filipinos to deliver the best value on their favorite products so they can maximize their financial resources. With all the deals in-store at the Shopee 5.5 Brands Festival, we are enabling Filipinos to secure everything they need at the best prices while making shopping safe, convenient, and rewarding.”



Until May 5, shoppers can look forward to the following daily promotions:

 

Big discounts at Super Brand Days

Don’t miss out on back-to-back brand takeovers on Shopee. Enjoy discounts up to 90% off on leading brands on the following days: OPPO on April 29, Procter & Gamble on April 30, Vivo on May 1, Realme on May 2, Maybelline on May 3, and Olay on May 4. 

 

Limited deals and promotions during themed days

Leading up to 5.5, watch out for themed days with exciting deals. Enjoy free shipping with no minimum spend at ShopeePay Sale on April 29, claim over ₱1,000,000 worth of prizes at Shopee Prizes Sale on May 3, and redeem over ₱5,500 worth of vouchers at Brands Vouchers Sale on May 4. 

 

Cashbacks at category fairs

Redeem 50% cashback and enjoy flash deals up to 50% off on brands at the Home Fair from April 29 to May 1, and at the Electronics Fair from May 2 to May 4.

 

5.5 D-Day Deals

On May 5, enjoy 24 hours of non-stop promotions, including flash deals up to 50% off on selected brands including:

 

      Pampers: Enjoy all-day deals up to 34% off on the entire Pampers line. Stay tuned for special price drops of up to 50% off on selected products from 12:00 AM to 2:00 AM and 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

      Enfagrow: Get up to 37% off Enfamama A+, Enfagrow A+ Nurapro, Enfagrow A+ range, and more.

      Vivo: Slash ₱300 off each purchase with ₱6,000 minimum spend by using the Shopee-exclusive ‘VIVO300’ voucher code.

      Nestlé: Get 50% off Nestlé favorites including Bear Brand Powdered Milk, Nestlé All-Purpose Cream, and Nescafé Gold. 

      Colourette: Enjoy up to 50% off selected Colourette products and get free shipping for a minimum spend of ₱999. Stay alert for even bigger discounts during flash sales!

 

Make the most out of free shipping with no minimum spend, 50% cashback from participating Shopee Mall stores, and up to 90% off on select products from Tender Care, AirQueen PH, Unicare, Reckitt, GSK, Pedigree, Whiskas, IAMS, Peculiar Eyewear, Puritan's Pride, Shigetsu, Mikana, INSPI, Organic Skin, Organic Official, Teetalk, Crown, Chef's Classics, and XTREME Appliances.

 

For more information on these D-Day Deals, visit: https://shopee.ph/m/brand-parade.

 

Cash prizes up for grab at 5.5 Brands Festival TV Special

Tune in to Wowowin this May 5, 5:00 PM to catch the 5.5 Brands Festival TV Special on GMA 7 and Shopee Live. Aside from watching exciting performances from celebrities, viewers can also win big cash prizes. Play Watch and Win, Shopee Shake, and Shopee Milyonaryo to become the lucky winner of over ₱3,500,000 worth of cash, products, and ShopeePay credits.

 

Exclusive perks with ShopeePay

Go cashless for more deals and discounts! Get all-day free shipping vouchers and 55% cashback, both with no minimum spend. Buy ₱10 worth of data for ₱1, ₱5 load for only ₱1, and ₱10 load for only ₱5 with ShopeePay. Pay bills on Shopee and get up to 25% cashback, capped at 150 coins.  

 

More prizes at the #NextShopeeEndorser contest

Strike a pose with a product from Shopee Mall for a chance to win ₱10,000. Shopee will pick five winners with the most creative and original entries. Users can check out the mechanics and submit photo entries until May 5 through this link: http://bit.ly/NextShopeeEndorser.

 

For more information on all the deals you can score at 5.5 Brands Festival, visit https://shopee.ph/m/5-5-2

 

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