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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Union Bank together with CANVAS.PH hold 2-day webinar to help artists and collectors

Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank), together with the non-profit Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (CANVAS.PH), recently held a two-part webinar series centered around digital art in the age of non-fungible tokens (NFTs), to help artists, buyers, and collectors of digital art gain a better understanding of how these tokens work and how they can take part in the NFT art economy.

NFT expert Migui Planas, a member of UnionBank's Digital Asset Markets Unit (DAMU), was the main speaker, sharing valuable bits of knowledge in NFT and his experiences as an NFT art enthusiast. During the panel discussion, he was joined by colleagues Jonathan Roque, Product Manager at the Bank’s Blockchain Center of Excellence (BCOE); Miguel Elbinias, Liquidity Trader at DAMU; and Cathy Casas, Head of Blockchain and API Business Group.

The conversation revolved around topics relevant to NFT artists -- the impact of NFT on the ownership and sale of digital art, how to mint a piece of artwork as an NFT, how to determine the value of their art, and the marketplaces where they can sell their art.

On day 2 of the webinar, the discussion focused on learnings shared by NFT art buyers and collectors -- how they can resell the NFT artwork that they own, how they can ensure a smooth transfer of ownership during purchase, and the various marketplaces where collectors can purchase NFT art.

Artists Jose Antonio Reyes and Ian Victoriano, among those who joined the well-attended webinars, expressed appreciation to the organizers for helping them gain a better understanding of NFTs and blockchain in general, and more importantly, for enabling them to better protect their ownership of their art while expanding their horizons when it comes to sharing them.

"It was very helpful for me as an artist. Learning about an avenue where I can focus on myself as an artist, while being exposed to a global market and seamless royalties is very meaningful. It's the future, and I'm grateful we're being taught how to adapt," Reyes said.

“The talks helped simplify NFT concepts for me. Made me want to explore the possibility of using NFTs to help advance artists’ rights,” Victoriano said.

While still considered highly volatile, the NFT art market has proven to be a very lucrative space, with some artworks selling for thousands and even millions of dollars. In the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report which was released in October last year, it was revealed that NFT art sales in 2021 for the said month reached $3.5 billion in value.

NFTs have forever changed the game for artists and collectors, and many now see them as a staple in digital art moving forward. Being the first Bank in the country to fully embrace NFTs, UnionBank believes that there are more potential use cases for them that are yet to be discovered, which is why the Bank sees the value of knowledge sharing to assist more Filipinos understand the said technology better.

Through forums like this, UnionBank and CANVAS.PH wish that more stakeholders will be encouraged to join similar discussions to educate more people about NFTs and take advantage of the opportunities available in this growing market. UnionBank also hopes to have more banks’ participation in the space to help facilitate smoother transactions, given the important role of cryptocurrency in the sale of NFT art.

"We're really happy to do this as this reinforces the Bank's 'Tech-Up Pilipinas' advocacy," said Casas. "We, at the Blockchain Center of Excellence, want to share our knowledge of blockchain technology, as the team is very much open to imparting what we know and also open to improving that learning by involving other industries in this discussion."

The webinar is just one of the initiatives of partners UnionBank and CANVAS.PH, to support artists and collectors navigate the emerging NFT art space, while boosting CANVAS.PH’s advocacy of promoting children's literacy, exploring national identity, and deepening public appreciation for Philippine art, culture, and the environment.


TECNO Mobile, is giving its consumers the power to win big this April with the Scan To Win With POVA Neo Promo

Premium smartphone and AIoT brand, TECNO Mobile, is giving its consumers the power to win big this April with the Scan To Win With POVA Neo Promo. Every purchase of participating TECNO Mobile smartphones from April 1 to 30, 2022 entitles a customer to join. Fantastic prizes will be given away each week, including Yamaha Mio Gear 125cc Motorcycles, Samsung 50" UHD Smart TVs, the latest smartphones and AIoT devices from TECNO Mobile, and cash rewards!

The Scan To Win With POVA Neo Promo is part of TECNO Mobile’s ongoing campaign geared towards empowering consumers to carry on with their daily tasks, in order to make a positive impact in the community. Through initiatives such as this, along with the continued release of new, high-performing smartphones in the country, TECNO Mobile upholds its commitment to bring innovative mobile technology to emerging markets, as the premium smartphone brand for all.

Scan To Win With POVA Neo

From April 1 to 30, 2022, visit your nearest TECNO Mobile Concept Store, TECNO Mobile Kiosk, or one of TECNO Mobile partner dealers’ physical stores nationwide, and purchase any of the following TECNO Mobile smartphones for the chance to spin and win: Spark 8P, Spark 7T, POVA Neo 64GB or 128GB, and Camon 18. 


Note that purchases made at TECNO Mobile online stores in Shopee and Lazada, as well as partner dealer online stores are excluded from the promo. 


Upon completion of valid purchases, you will receive a QR code that you may scan to access the Spin to Win game. QR codes may only be accessed at the store where purchase was made, and can only be done within the promo duration, until April 30 before store closing time. Customers must present the warranty card of the purchased unit, their invoice or official receipt, and a valid government ID when availing of the promo.                           


After scanning the QR code, participants will be redirected to the Scan To Win With POVA Neo page. Customers must then enter all the necessary details, including their Name, Contact Number, Complete Address, Email Address, Unit Purchased, Store Name, and unit IMEI. Clicking Submit to send in your details, then play the Spin the Wheel game.


Lucky players can win one of the following prizes: Three (3) Yamaha Mio Gear 125cc Motorcycles, Eight (8) Samsung 50" UHD Smart TVs, Ten (10) Camon 18 smartphones, Forty (40) Php 5,000 cash prizes, Sixty (60) Tecno Watches, One hundred (100) Tecno Buds 2 devices, and One hundred fifty (150) Php 500 cash prizes.


One (1) valid IMEI serves as a single entry, and entitles a customer to play one (1) Spin to Win game. Customers who purchase more than one participating unit may play and win more than once. There is no limit to the number of times a customer may win. 


Winners will be announced weekly on the TECNO Mobile Philippines Official Facebook Page. A representative from TECNO Mobile will contact the winners to coordinate delivery of their prizes. Delivery or crediting of cash prizes will be completed within two weeks from winning. Winners will be required to present a valid government ID upon receipt of their prizes. Prizes are non-transferrable, and may not be converted to cash. 


POVA Neo: The 6000mAh Battery Beast

POVA Neo is TECNO Mobile’s latest offering, loaded with amazing features that give users the power to conquer their everyday tasks – An ultimate power supply, large screen, smooth performance, a smart camera, and more. 


With its 6,000mAh battery and Battery Lab 2.1, POVA Neo has more than enough power to last the entire day. Plus, with 18 watts fast charging, it only takes POVA Neo 35 minutes to store enough power for up to 5 hours of gaming. 


Other must-have features of POVA Neo include:

      Big screen display for an immersive and smooth full-frame visual experience

      HiOS 7.6 with a fresh, easy to use UI interface

      ET Engine enhancements that deliver outstanding performance

      An extremely fast touch-driven response that’s perfect for gaming

      Game Space that provides players with a cool interface and fast play

      A Smart Camera with 13MP HD quality image system; advanced AI lens capable of 120FPS Slow Motion capture, 1080P Time Lapse, and HDR Photography that fully preserves details in both light and dark areas; Beauty, Body, and Bokeh Beauty modes; AR Animojis and Stickers; and front and rear Panorama Shooting


This stylish smartphone is available in three colors – Obsidian, Geek Blue, and Powehi Black, and is priced at Php 5,999 for the POVA Neo 4GB+64GB, and Php 6,999 for the 6GB+128GB model.


#KeepthePowerandCarryOn with TECNO Mobile’s #POVANeoPowerAllDay! Check out and visit TECNO Mobile Concept Store in SM North Edsa, TECNO Mobile kiosks, and all partner retail stores nationwide.


Stay updated on all the latest promos when you like and follow TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook. Visit to learn more about your favorite TECNO Mobile smartphones and gadgets.


Singlife Philippines Awarded Dream Employer of the Year (2021)

Singlife Philippines was recognized as the Dream Employer of the Year for 2021 by Workbean, the Philippines’ first and only employer branding platform.

Singlife, a mobile-first savings and protection company, aims to become an employer of choice and to provide people with opportunities to work in a collaborative, agile, and technologically advanced company. 

“We are grateful for this recognition given by the Workbean community. We take pride in our work culture at Singlife, and we will continue to give our employees opportunities for growth and development,” said Rien Hermans, CEO of Singlife Philippines.

Singlife is a company with roots in Singapore, Asia’s technology hub. 

“We make tools and solutions to give every Juan and Maria a better way to plan, save, and protect their financial futures. We share this mission with our employees, and we are always on the lookout for new talents in the country to work with, provide opportunities to work on the latest technologies, and come up with innovative solutions for our customers.” Hermans added.

Ronel Mabunga, Enterprise Architect of Singlife Philippines shares how he was given the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects from InsureTech, FinTech, and Software Development, and gets to collaborate with people from various teams closely.

“Singlife Philippines is a very engaging organization to be in. One of the most important things we learn here is how to rise above challenges. I am proud to say that in just a year with the Company, I’ve progressed in my career from being a Solution Designer, Application Architect, and now an Enterprise Architect,” he said 

Singlife Philippines has given its employees the opportunity to grow and improve themselves. It also challenges its employees to innovate and use their expertise to challenge the status quo and develop meaningful solutions for customers. 

“Working with some of the most progressive technology available today and collaborating with very talented colleagues to deliver solutions that have never been seen in the life insurance space is very exciting. While the work is challenging, it’s also very fulfilling. I am very happy that I’m able to use my expertise to the fullest and contribute to the organization.” Ronel added.

Singlife Philippines was chosen for the award through a 2-month survey run by Workbean across its social media platforms and email newsletters among its members and followers. 

Workbean holds its annual Employer Brand Awards to give recognition to companies with commendable company workplace cultures. 

Since its inception in 2020, Workbean has expanded its awards with two more categories for its Employer Brand Awards, namely the Dream Employer and Workplace Health Advocate awards, to expand the cultural pillars in which we can celebrate the efforts of employers to improve the experience of the people in their organization.

Among the other awardees this year are: Filipino live streaming community kumu, design solution platform Canva Philippines, and logistics company Lalamove who were awarded the Most Attractive Employer of the Year Award.

To learn more about Singlife Philippines, visit

Discover new passions and create new experiences with the Ortigas Malls Passion Hub!

When was the last time you tried something for the first time?


At Ortigas Malls, we would like to help you discover new passions and create new experiences with the Ortigas Malls Passion Hub! Enjoy fun and exciting bi-monthly workshops and events at Greenhills, Tiendesitas, and Estancia. Learn, Ignite, Focus, and Experience new passions—all for FREE when you register for the Ortigas Community Card.


This month, you can look forward to science shows for kids aged 4 to 12 with the Nutty Scientist at Estancia on April 2, Tiendesitas on April 23, and Greenhills on April 24.

Beginners of all ages can also try Pottery Making at Tiendesitas on April 8, Vlogging at Greenhills on April 22, 1,000 Peso Challenge at Greenhills on April 23, and Golf at Estancia on April 24.


Visit the Greenhills Mall, Tiendesitas, and Estancia at Capitol Commons social media pages for more workshop schedules and details monthly!


Download the Ortigas Malls mobile app for exclusive perks and privileges when you join the Ortigas Community Card. Available on Android and iOS.


Ortigas Malls ensures the safety of all its customers and employees, having been given Safety Seals by their respective LGUs which is a declaration that they have complied with each city’s precautionary measures set by the DOH and IATF to help prevent the spread of the virus.


#OMPassionHub #OrtigasCommunityCard #EnjoyEveryday


Madame Tussauds Singapore unveils Catriona Gray as its first Miss Universe and premier Filipino wax figure


Witness history in the making as Madame Tussauds Singapore unveils Catriona Gray as its first Miss Universe and premier Filipino wax figure to join its star-studded lineup of famous personalities in the popular attraction. Finally gracing the Singapore hall of fame with Pinoy pride, the beauty queen also attended the launch event to celebrate Madame Tussauds Singapore’s first reveal in over two years. 


“Being invited by Madame Tussauds to be immortalized in wax is further testimony as to why I chose pageantry.  While I thoroughly enjoy modeling, pageantry has enabled me to have a voice, to inspire change, and to help other women in my immediate communities and beyond,” says the Filipino-Australian personality.


According to Madame Tussauds Singapore General Manager Eric Mak, fans picked the Miss Universe 2018 winner as their top pick for as the next personality they want to see in Singapore. In November 2019, Gray had her sitting process with the Madame Tussauds team, which took a total of six hours to finish. 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, the initial launch set in 2020 was pushed back. After a long two-year wait, fans can now relive the historic crowning moment that united Filipinos from all over the world.


Gray’s wax figure is dressed in a bespoke reproduction of her iconic Mayon Volcano-inspired fiery lava red gown by renowned Filipino designer Mak Tumang, who made this version specifically for Madame Tussauds. Visitors can appreciate the beauty and intricate details of the famous gown in all its glory. 


As if it couldn’t get any better, the beauty queen herself shares the secrets behind her show stopping lava walk in a 90-second mini video tutorial. To complete the experience, Gray invites visitors to recreate the iconic walk that made a mark in the Miss Universe pageant. 


“Since being crowned Miss Universe 2018, I’ve strived to say yes to anything that enables me to lift up fellow women, to give them a reason to believe in themselves and the collective power we have when we work together as one.  I believe that if my figure being here inspires just one person to believe in themselves and to find a path that is true to them, it has all been worth it. I am so unbelievably proud to be the first Filipino to grace Madame Tussauds Singapore, not least the first female Filipino.  May I now be the first of many,” adds Gray, who is also admired for juggling her work as a model, singer, tv personality, youth advocate, and arts ambassador in addition to being a beauty queen. 

To show her support for healthcare workers in Singapore, Gray and her team have donated care packs for the benefit of the nursing staff at IHH Healthcare during her visit. 


Fans can visit Gray’s wax figure in Madame Tussauds Singapore for next six months before it jets off to join the wax figures of fellow Filipinos Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach and boxing champ Manny Pacquiao in Madame Tussauds Hong Kong, then in Bangkok where the Miss Universe 2018 pageant was held. 


Fully-vaccinated Filipino tourists can now enter Singapore courtesy of the Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) program. This program allows fully-vaccinated travelers to be quarantine-free upon arrival in Singapore. 


Apart from booking a VTL flight, Filipino travelers are required to present proof of vaccination, negative COVID-19 test result taken prior to traveling, and travel insurance. 


“With the easing of travel restrictions between the Philippines and Singapore, we look forward to welcoming even more of Catriona’s fans to see her up close and personal,” says Mak. 


Madame Tussauds Singapore is also offering an exclusive discount for all healthcare workers in Singapore who wish to spend a day in the attraction. They get 50% off when they book their tickets at with the promo code HEALTH50. Valid medical/healthcare ID is required upon entry. 


For more information, visit and follow Madame Tussauds Singapore on Facebook and @MTsSingapore on Instagram, Twitter,  and TikTok. 


These well-loved realme 8 Series smartphones are now made more affordable with a P1,000 price drop


Committed to providing flagship innovations to better serve the ever-changing digital needs of every Filipino, realme, the PH’s no. 1 smartphone brand for 2021 (based on Canalys and IDC sell-in reports for Q1-Q4 2021) is thrilled to announce that the much loved realme 8 and realme 8i will have a P1000 price drop starting tomorrow, April 1.

Having successfully captured the hearts of many Filipinos last year, the realme 8 and realme 8i offer incredible features and specs suitable for every Filipino’s content creation, gaming and digital needs. With these price adjustments, the brand is upholding its mission of providing quality smartphones within the reach of the realme Squad. 


Originally priced at  P13,990, the all-rounder realme 8 (8GB+128GB) with the Helio G95 Processor will now be priced at P12,990. Meanwhile, the #InfinitelySmooth realme 8i (6GB+128GB) with 120Hz Ultra Smooth Display will now be available at P10,990, from the original SRP of P11,990. 


The realme 8 in Cyber Silver

The realme 8 is a stellar mid-range smartphone designed to capture infinity with its advanced camera features and impressive performance capabilities to meet the entertainment, productivity and gaming needs of every Filipino. 


The realme 8 boasts a  64MP AI Quad Camera and comes with three portrait filters Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh and New AI Portrait, to stretch your creativity in content creation. The realme 8 also proves to be the top choice for mobile gamers as it features a powerful MediaTek Helio G95 processor, delivering the best gaming experience with seamless and high-frame rate performance for top mobile games. In addition, it also comes with a Super AMOLED Display with up to 180Hz touch sampling rate perfect for casual gamers, work-from-home professionals, and social media users looking for a smooth in-app experience that enables a more sensitive touch control and better overall usage.

The realme 8i in Stellar Purple


Meanwhile, selling out in merely 35 minutes during its release last November, the realme 8i is designed to deliver an infinitely smooth performance for overall reliability . Notably known as the first realme smartphone to run on the MediaTek Helio G96 chipset, the realme 8i is also packed with remarkable features such as its 120Hz Ultra Smooth Display, 50MP AI Triple Camera and a Ultra-Fast Side Fingerprint. This is complemented with a 5000mAh Mega Battery with 18W Fast Charge and a 3-card SIM and Micro-SD tray (up to 256GB). 


Don’t miss out on these incredible deals! Visit the realme Official Store on Lazada and Shopee, or check out the nearest realme store or partner dealer in your area starting April 1 to avail. For other updates and promos, follow the realme PH Facebook page at or visit the official realme website at


Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Shopee continues to deliver impact to communities

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, celebrates the growth of the region’s digital economy and shares the impact that e-commerce and digital financial services had on local communities in 2021.


Southeast Asia continued to see accelerated technology adoption, with 40 million new digital users added in 2021. As adoption continues to grow, Shopee is powering digital inclusion by empowering more people and businesses to capture new opportunities online. 


In 2021, more were able to access and benefit from technology through Shopee. Across the region, 1 in 6 Shopee orders were made by first-time users, while the number of sellers outside of big cities grew 70% from 2020. Shopee also delivered more fun and convenience for shoppers, and groomed talents to thrive in the growing digital economy.

Shopee Philippines Director Martin Yu said, “In 2021, Shopee stayed true to our mission to benefit our local communities through technology, especially the underserved. With more people and businesses coming online, we continued to innovate and serve their needs better, adapting to the new ways people live, work, and shop. As we become more connected, we can make a bigger impact on one another and more importantly, uplift others so that no one is left behind. This is how we forge new opportunities and create value for our communities. Let’s work towards a more vibrant and inclusive digital economy together.”


Fostering inclusion and growth


In 2021, more local communities and businesses were able to access and benefit from the digital economy with Shopee. 


      Widening access: Shopee continued to make buying and selling online easier for all. Across the year, it introduced localised campaigns tailored to meet shoppers’ evolving needs, and expanded its delivery network so users can shop and receive purchases reliably, even in more rural areas. It also stepped up its outreach to help more MSMEs digitise, especially local producers and farmers at the heart of local economies. Highlights include:


      70% year on year growth in the number of Shopee sellers outside big cities

      1 in 6 orders in 2021 were made by users new to Shopee, while the number of Shopee users outside big cities grew by 40%

      The number of ShopeePay users outside of big cities surged 2.5 times, as more people enjoyed the convenience of digital payments, while ShopeePay connected online and offline merchants to new customers.


      Uplifting livelihoods: Through Shopee, local businesses translated their digital presence into tangible growth in incomes and livelihoods. In 2021, Shopee created new tools, features, and campaigns to increase local sellers’ exposure on its platform. One example was its “#TatakPinoy: Shopee Celebrates Local”initiative at its 12.12 Birthday Sale, spotlighting sellers and helping them to reach more shoppers and grow their customer base. 


      To help local MSMEs digitise their businesses, Shopee also partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry to launch the #TatakPinoy Virtual Trade Fair and the #TatakPinoy: National Food Fair. Through these fairs, Shopee was able to onboard 400 local sellers to the platform and provide them with an opportunity to showcase their products.


Highlights include: 


      Over 1,000 local sellers exceeded US$100,000 in sales in 3 days of Shopee’s year-end festivals – 9 September, 11 November, and 12 December 

      First time online sellers also saw a big boost at the year-end, with sales for new-to-Shopee sellers surging by up to 18 times on 11 November

      ShopeePay Near Me, a new feature that helps users discover deals for offline merchants around them, created 5 million in-store transactions for partners


      Unlocking growth for brands: Shopee Mall continued to power the way forward for its brand partners, pioneering innovative solutions and tools to support sustained growth . Brand partners saw strong growth momentum and reached new milestones, as 42 million users made their first buy on Shopee Mall in 2021, while 5 partners achieved US$100 million in GMV.



Delighting shoppers


Shopee continued to innovate and serve its users better in 2021. As people relied more on e-commerce, Shopee worked more closely with sellers and partners to delight shoppers and deliver better experiences for everyone.


      Creating billions of smiles: Shopee continued to widen its product assortment with its growing community of sellers and brands, allowing users to meet their needs more reliably and conveniently. Supported by an integrated ecosystem, users left 3 billion 5-star product reviews on Shopee in 2021, 60% more than 2020 as users enjoyed more seamless, enjoyable, and reliable experiences.


      Delivering fun and joy: Shopee’s in-app features continued to entertain users and bring people together. 400 million hours were spent on Shopee Live, while its in-app games were played over 40 billion times.


Uplifting communities


In 2021, Shopee continued to equip local talents, entrepreneurs, and the community with new skills to succeed in the digital economy of today and tomorrow. 


      Developing tech talent: Shopee increased its efforts to engage and upskill local tech talents and enthusiasts. More than 20,000 participants took part in Shopee’s tech training initiatives, including its “Tech@Shopee” webinars and the Shopee Code League competition. At Shopee, 8 in 10 employees learned new skills at Shopee Academy, with over 27,000 training hours in total.


      Levelling up local businesses: Shopee continued to step up its learning resources to help all kinds of businesses upskill for an online world. Its digital Shopee University curriculum allows more sellers to conveniently access vital e-commerce courses and skills no matter where they are, while its online Seller Education Hub offers a wide range of courses catered for all levels, from experienced business owners to aspiring entrepreneurs. As of 2021, 1.3 million sellers have enrolled in Shopee University courses.


Shopee also launched two iterations of the Shopee University Summit in the Philippines to ensure that all its sellers have equal footing to thrive in the platform and the e-commerce industry. Through the virtual summit streamed on Shopee Live and Facebook Live, existing and potential sellers learned about online branding and social media marketing to boost visibility and sales on the platform. Combined, both online events were attended by over 800 Shopee Sellers, and streamed by over 35,000 potential sellers.



Giving back to communities in need


In the Philippines, Shopee used its platform and resources to accelerate pandemic recovery, and support local communities in most need.


      Supporting communities in need: In December, Shopee launched the Typhoon Odette Support initiative to help provide immediate relief to affected residents and employees in Visayas and Mindanao, and over 2Min donations to on-ground efforts of its partner charities. The platform also utilized its Shope Xpress network to distribute relief kits in far-flung communities.


      Contributing to pandemic recovery: In 2021, Shopee also launched initiatives to aid in the country’s pandemic recovery efforts. To provide frontliners with exclusive vouchers for their personal needs, Shopee launched the Shopee Bayanihan: Frontliner and Frontliner Holiday Packages. The platform also launched a #FullyVaxxed package to encourage more Filipinos to get vaccinated. Moreover, Shopee partnered with the Department of Health for the latter’s Resbakuna initiative to promote vaccine education through in-app and social media promotions. In partnership with several brands, Shopee also provided snacks, essentials, and refreshments to over 3,900 residents and frontliners in different vaccination centers in Metro Manila.


Download Shopee for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

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