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Friday, July 12, 2024

BDO Unibank Inc. Triumphs at the 14th Asian Excellence Awards 2024 in Hong Kong

BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO) won multiple awards at Corporate Governance 14th Asian Excellence Award 2024 in Hong Kong.

This recognition underscores BDO's unwavering commitment to exemplary corporate governance, outstanding investor relations, and strategic leadership in the financial sector. The accolades highlight the bank's dedication to maintaining high standards of transparency, accountability, and sustainable business practices. 

 The BDO team, led by Atty. Federico Tancongco (4th from left), Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer at BDO Unibank, and Sharlene Soo (6th from left), First Vice President and Country Head of BDO Hong Kong, received the awards from Aldrin Monsod (center), FounderManaging Director and Publisher of Corporate Governance Asia. BDO’s sustainability initiatives earned the Sustainable Asia Award and Asia’s Best CSRBDO was also recognized as the Best Investor Relations company in the Philippines.

Ohayo! Soup & Go® is finally here in the Philippines!


Discover the Konbini Experience and dive into Japan’s Convenience Store Culture where snacks, meals and your favorite soups await at every corner!  

We just discovered this cute Konbini & Go situated at Market Market where they sell your favorite Ajinomoto Soup & Go with breads. 

Breakfast is undoubtedly the most important meal of the day. It sets the mood for how you start your mornings and essentially becomes your fuel to kickstart your tasks, may it be in school, at the office, at home, or anywhere you’re meant to be for the day. Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC), considers this as a vital part of one’s twenty-four hour period, especially here in the Philippines, as it launches its first easy-to-make breakfast that takes less than a minute to prepare! This is the perfect companion for those on-the-go, and also for those who want a hassle free quick breakfast that doesn’t compromise nutritional value and that savory flavor. 

For the first time ever, a live demonstration on how to prepare the Ajinomoto Soup & Go® was celebrated at the Konbini(A Japanese term for convenience store) Located in Market MarketTaguig, the pop-up store is a site to see in the middle of the mall’s open space near the terminals, that mimics a real lifeconvenience store which sells Ajinomoto products. This will surely catch everyone’s attention and excite you to explore what is in its glass walls. Graced by APC President Mr. Koichi Ozaki, Mr. Koichi himself demonstrates how easy it is to prepare the tasty breakfast soup. All that is needed is to have your own cup, pour in the contents of the Soup & Go® sachet, add hot water and stir. After following these easy steps, all that’s left is to wait for 1 minute to finally have that first serving of the delicious soup. 


“We are very excited for the Philippines because we know how the Filipino people love breakfast. With Soup & Go®, our aim is to make their mornings brighter through a convenient dish that’s flavorful and nutritious made with carefully selected ingredients from Japan like corn from the Hokkaido farms (just for corn flavor), and authentic milk from Japan  (for all flavors),” says Mr. Koichi Ozaki when asked about what the company aims to achieve with Soup & Go®.


Soup & Go® comes in three flavors, including Corn, Potato, and Pumpkin, packaged with three single-serve sachets in each box and is available at only Php85. Currently available exclusively in 7-11 branches for the first three months. Soon, Soup & Go® will be available nationwide. 

“We in Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation are committed to championing a lifestyle that indeed echoes our slogan, Eat Well, Live Well. Through our newest product, Soup & Go®, we are optimistic that it will not only make the mornings of our Filipino customers more convenient, but will also equip them with the necessary nutrients and boost their mood by starting their day with a healthier and flavorful breakfast.” ends Mr. Koichi Ozaki.

Soup & Go® is Ajinomoto’s first instant soup product introduced to the Philippine market. APC believes that through these easy-to-prepare meals, their customers are given wider options when it comes to choosing a healthy and flavorful meal that is sure to sustain their nutritional needs for the morning without compromising their daily budget and quality of food. For APC, quality and taste has always been paramount when it comes to their products, and the Soup & Go® is testament to the continued innovation and commitment of the company to improving the quality of life of the Filipino people through nutrition and everyday ingredients that elevates every meal. 


The Soup & Go® official brand video was also shown during the event held at the Konbini & Go, you may enjoy the video here:


Thursday, July 11, 2024

HONOR is set to launch the HONOR 200 on July 17!

Global technology provider, HONOR, is all out for the upcoming launch of the AI Portrait Master HONOR 200 in the Philippines on July 17! The much-awaited hero phone comes with the Studio Harcourt mode which is an official collaboration with the prestigious Parisian studio. Catch the launch live on Facebook:

The HONOR 200 redefines smartphone portrait photography with its Studio-level Portrait Camera set-up. It features a 50MP Portrait Main Camera with dual stabilization (OIS + EIS), ensuring clear and detailed images even in challenging lighting and motion-intensive scenarios. Equipped with a flagship-level 1/1.3-inch Super Dynamic H9000 Sensor, the device delivers excellent light sensing capabilities and HDR support. The HONOR 200 Pro also includes a 50MP Telephoto Camera equipped with a customized Sony IMX 856 Sensor, enabling stunning zoomed portraits with remarkable sharpness and clarity. Additionally, the device boasts a 50MP Portrait Selfie Camera that offers automatic FOV switching, producing exceptional selfies in any lighting condition.

Furthermore, the HONOR 200 Pro revolutionizes portrait photography by collaborating with Studio Harcourt to co-engineer the AI-enhanced HONOR AI Portrait Engine. This achievement brings the mastery of studio-level portrait photography to smartphones, made possible by HONOR’s cutting-edge platform-level AI technology.


With Studio Harcourt’s expertise in capturing timeless and classic portrait shots featuring the most iconic personalities, the team of imaging expert from HONOR and Studio Harcourt conducted extensive analysis of countless scenarios and datasets from the photography house, successfully incorporated the studio's profound understanding of manipulating light and shadow,” said HONOR Philippines Vice President Stephen Cheng.


Excited for the AI Portrait Master? Catch it live on Facebook and get a chance to win your very own HONOR 200! Stay tuned for the full mechanics on HONOR Philippines’ social media platforms: (, ( and : ( To check out HONOR’s complete list of retail stores, go to

The new realme C63 are built to resist stains and scratches

Exciting news for the Squad: the realme C63 is now available for P8,999 in a massive storage variant of 8GB+256GB. This latest addition to the realme C Series is packed with features, including 48-Month Fluency and High Reliability Certifications from realme Labs for that Quality Champion Experience.  

One of the realme C63's exciting features is its Weather Proof Design in two new color variants. The Leather Blue variant showcases a luxurious Premium Vegan Leather finish, a first for the realme C Series. The Magic Glowing Design variant in Jade Green is equally stunning for those who prefer more sparkle.  

Keep in mind that these designs not only focus on aesthetics—they’re also practical and durable against everyday mishaps! Both color variants of the realme C63 are built to resist stains and scratches, successfully undergoing rigorous tests against solid and liquid materials.

Scratches are almost inevitable for those who often stash their phone in a bag or pocket with other belongings. Fortunately, with the realme C63, users no longer need to worry about scratches or abrasions. The phone is designed to be scratch-resistant, remaining unscathed even when tossed with keys, rocks, coins, and other everyday items throughout a hectic day.

Life’s little accidents are also no match for the realme C63, especially regarding food stains. Whether it’s lipstick smudges or a favorite dip, a quick wipe with a soft wet cloth will clean the realme C63 in an instant, thanks to its stain-resistant design. These stains can still be wiped easily without leaving any marks, even if they’ve been on the phone for 10-15 minutes. 

At the same time, the realme C63 is also spill-resistant. Minor accidents and water splashes do not harm the phone because the realme C63’s IP54 Dust and Water Resistant rating adds another layer of protection for a worry-free experience.

The durability of realme C63's designs is supported by realme Labs’ testing data, wherein the device endured 200,000 abrasion tests without a scratch to prove its durability.  

These benefits don't just keep the phone looking new; this durability means less worry and more freedom. No need to keep the phone wrapped in layers of protective covers - the realme C63 stands strong in real-life scenarios, all while maintaining a fresh and stylish appearance no matter what obstacles come its way.

Limited time offers

For those who want to save big on their realme C63 purchase and snag exclusive freebies, don’t miss the first-selling promos for offline and online stores!

Online shoppers can take advantage of huge discounts on realme’s official Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop platforms to get the realme C63 for less than P8,999 by maximizing available vouchers. Here are the discounts available on realme’s official platforms:


First Selling Period

Checkout Price


July 11 - 20



July 14 - 20


TikTok Shop

Remember, these vouchers can only be redeemed and used once, so act quickly to avoid missing out on these discounts!

The Squad can also visit any authorized physical realme Stores from July 11 to 21 to purchase the realme C63 with a FREE TechLife Power Bank 2 20000mAh worth P999. This freebie is perfect for keeping the realme C63 charged on the go. 

To sweeten the deal, Home Credit is offering a 6-month installment promo for the low price of P1,089 at zero percent interest exclusively from July 12 to 31, 2024. 

Learn more about the realme C63 and other updates from realme Philippines by visiting the realme official website and following realme on Facebook.

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

Xiaomi unveiled the new Redmi 13


Xiaomi is unveiling the Redmi 13, the latest member of its Redmi family, setting a new standard for entry-level smartphones. Crafted for discerning users seeking both style and substance, the Redmi 13 delivers a sleek, stylish design packed with a host of enhanced capabilities that defy expectations. One example is its 108MP super-clear main camera, aimed at elevating the photography experience for avid enthusiasts, content creators, and those who prioritize capturing life's moments with exceptional clarity and detail. With a stylish glass back design, a large AdaptiveSync display with a refresh rate of up to 90Hz,¹ and support for 33W fast charging,² Redmi 13 represents a leap forward for the Redmi range, underlining Xiaomi's commitment to providing exceptional value for its users.

108MP super-clear camera and fun features for an unparalleled photography experience

As a first for the Redmi number series, Redmi 13 debuts a 108MP super-clear main camera, equipped with 3x in-sensor zoom to provide users with images of outstanding detail. Harnessing the advanced Samsung ISOCELL HM6 1/1.67" sensor and cutting-edge 9-in-1 pixel binning technology, Redmi 13 can produce ultra-clear night photos and vibrant HDR images steeped in vividness and clarity. Whether capturing breathtaking landscapes or precious moments with loved ones, Redmi 13 empowers users to take stunning photos with ease.

Beyond exceptional main camera performance, the Redmi 13 also caters to selfie enthusiasts. With its upgraded 13MP front camera and soft-light ring which uses the display to create natural and balanced lighting, Redmi 13 delivers incredible selfies. 

Helping users to elevate their photography game is an array of creative features, such as a variety of filmCamera vintage filters that provide real-time previews, evoking a nostalgic, classic feel, and film frame, which lets users add a range of frame designs. Whether documenting travels or sharing memorable experiences, Redmi 13 enables users to express their creativity with its diverse features. 

Elegant glass back design to advance your style

Redmi 13 introduces a refined touch to the Redmi series with its sleek glass-back design. Available in four color options — Midnight Black, Sandy Gold, Pearl Pink, and the standout Ocean Blue,³ which boasts a captivating effect that mimics the ripples of the sea — Redmi 13 caters to users seeking both style and sophistication. Offering a lightweight yet quality feel in hand, the Redmi 13 is just 8.3mm⁴ slim. It also provides protection against wet weather conditions and accidental spills with its IP53 certification.⁵ Redmi 13 delivers an outstanding blend of style, performance, and reliability for users seeking a device that effortlessly complements their lifestyle.

Immersive 6.79-inch display with AdaptiveSync refresh rate to offer an enhanced viewing experience

With an expansive 6.79-inch FHD+ display incorporating AdaptiveSync technology, Redmi 13 intelligently adjusts its refresh rate up to 90Hz based on usage scenarios,¹ ensuring a seamless and responsive experience while optimizing battery life. With superb color depth and a peak brightness of 550 nits, the content on Redmi 13 appears vibrant and crystal clear, even under bright sunlight.

Designed with user convenience and durability in mind, Redmi 13 comes with a  Corning® Gorilla® Glass display for resilience against everyday wear and tear, and optimization for enhanced touch recognition and control, effectively preventing accidental triggers from water droplets.

Meanwhile, users can rest assured in the device's eye-care experience, thanks to triple TÜV Rheinland certifications for Low Blue Light, Flicker Free, and Circadian Friendly attributes. By incorporating DC dimming, the device further reduces eye strain and enhances comfort in low-light environments, providing users with added peace of mind. 

Large 5030mAh battery with 33W fast charging² for users to maximize their day

Equipped with a massive 5030mAh battery, the Redmi 13 delivers solid all-day performance on a single charge. Users can enjoy extended periods of use, with up to approximately 23 hours of calling or 28 hours of music after just 60 minutes of charging.⁶ Additionally, with a mere five minutes of charging, users can experience two hours of calling.⁶ Redmi 13 can be powered up to 100% charge in just 62 minutes,⁶ thanks to its 33W fast charging.² 

But Redmi 13 isn't just about power – it's about delivering a seamless and intuitive user experience. Running on the latest Xiaomi HyperOS,⁷ the device boasts a revamped user interface with enhanced home screen options, improved notification management, and intuitive widgets for effortless navigation and customization. At its core is the MediaTek Helio G91-Ultra mobile platform that offers robust performance for the latest gaming titles and seamless multitasking between apps. With support for up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage,⁸ users can experience enhanced performance and storage capacity, further bolstered by memory extension technology that increases available memory to a maximum of 16GB.⁹ Additionally, storage configurations of 128GB and 256GB can be expanded with support for up to 1TB of expandable storage,⁹ ensuring users have ample space for their favorite apps, games, and media content.

Bringing added convenience, the Redmi 13 incorporates practical features such as a 3.5mm headphone jack for hassle-free audio connectivity, a side-mounted fingerprint reader for quick and secure access, and Flash notifications via a rear LED light for alarms and incoming calls.¹⁰

Price and availability

The Redmi 13, in its 8GB+256GB variant, will be available in the Philippines starting July 12 at only PHP 7,999. Offered in Midnight Black, Sandy Gold, Pearl Pink, and Ocean Blue,³ the device delivers exceptional value for Filipino consumers seeking a feature-packed smartphone.

For online shoppers, the Redmi 13 will be available on Lazada, Shopee, and TikTok Shop from July 12 to 20, accompanied by a pair of Redmi Buds 4 Lite as a special gift with every purchase. 
Meanwhile, those who prefer the hands-on experience can visit authorized Xiaomi stores nationwide from July 12 to 21, where they will receive a complimentary Xiaomi 22.5W Power Bank 10000mAh as well as a free three-month subscription to streaming platform Viu with their in-store Redmi 13 purchase. But hurry – the special Viu subscription bonus is only available while supplies last! 

Don't miss the chance to own the latest from Xiaomi's Redmi series, which combines exceptional performance with elegant design – all within reach.

Netflix Philippines Elevates 'Pulang Araw' with a Star-Studded Premiere at The Peninsula Manila

The stars of "Pulang Araw" paraded down the red carpet in anticipation of their upcoming historical series. The show features David Licauco, Alden Richards, Barbie Forteza, Sanya Lopez, among others. Excitement is high for the series, which dramatizes the pivotal year of the Japanese invasion. 

On Tuesday, July 9, 2024Netflix Philippines ramped up promotions for PULANG ARAW, the country’s biggest historical series of 2024, with a star-studded event at The Peninsula Manila Hotel attended by celebrities, press, content creators, and VIPs. Lead stars Barbie Forteza, Sanya Lopez, David Licauco, and Alden Richards seized the spotlight to celebrate the occasion, accompanied by the supporting cast who also graced the red carpet. 

Donned in their 1940s garb from the show, the main cast gave the guests a preview of what to expect in PULANG ARAW and their characters. Speaking to the audience, Alden, who plays Eduardo dela Cruz, shares that the project has been a long-awaited endeavor for him and the production team, “Nabanggit na po ito sa akin ng aking boss na si Ms. Annette (GMA Executive Atty. Annette Gozon-Valdes, President of GMA Films and GMA Worldwide) sampung taon na ang nakakalipas.” (“This was mentioned to me by my boss, Ms. Annette, ten years ago.”) He also emphasized how profound the impact of the story is in showcasing the experiences and reality during that sensitive period, which he feels many from this generation are unaware of, “I think this is the most relevant and most important story of 2024.” 



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Barbie, playing the character of bubbly Adelina dela Cruz, appreciates that they were able to spotlight vaudeville in Pulang Araw, taking it as the perfect metaphor for finding joy in the midst of difficulties. “Kahit sa buhay, kahit na anong kinakaharap mong problema at paghihirap, lahat ‘yun ay kakalimutan mo, kasi the show must go on,” (“Even in life, no matter what hardships you face, you’d forget them all, because the show must go on.”)

Sanya feels that the narrative was shaped by the experiences of Filipinos who went through that hardship during World War II, “Ito ay pagbabalik tanaw. (...) Itong kwento ay hindi para ibalik sa kanila ‘yung sakit, kundi ipalinaw sa bagong henerasyon kung sino ‘yung mga dapat bigyan natin ng respeto at kung bakit tayo dapat magpasalamat sa kalayaang merong tayo ngayon.” (“This is a look back. This story doesn’t aim to rekindle the pain, but to remind the new generations of those to whom we owe the gratitude for the freedom we enjoy today.”) This sentiment was shared by Alden, “‘yun ‘yung isa sa mga pinanghahawakan ko din. Magbalik tanaw sa kung sino ba ang tumulong sa’ting makamit ‘yun. (“It’s one of the things I treasure most in this series: looking back on the people who contributed to that freedom.”) While doing it (the show), it makes me more proud to be a Filipino.”

Because of how heavy the subject is, Alden shared that he struggled to detach himself from the more heavy scenes, especially since he views it as a way of honoring the people who fought and survived for the country’s freedom, “I consider this project as my most important project. It’s a legacy that we’ll be telling—the untold legacy of Filipinos during World War II.” The sentiment was echoed by Barbie, “Ngayon ko lang naranasan ‘yung ganto sa show; nadadala mo talaga siya pagkatapos, so kelangan mo talaga ng few minutes to really shake it off eh, kasi pabigat talaga ng pabigat ‘yung mga nangyayari.” (“This is the first time I’ve experienced something like this; you carry it with you even after filming wraps, so you need a few minutes to really shake it off because of how heavy the scenes are.”) What helped, according to her, is how detailed their scripts are and how they allowed her to stay in character, understand Adelina’s depth, and grasp that period better.

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For David, who plays a Japanese character named Hiroshi Tanaka, his character’s internal conflict is one of the most interesting things about him, “It’s a battle of the brain and battle of the heart. And pinaka-conflict niya is kung pipiliin niya ba ‘yung bayan niya o ‘yung minamahal niya, which is Adelina.” (“His biggest conflict is choosing between his country or his loved one, which is Adelina.”)

Sanya believes her character Teresita is the “embodiment of courage and survival”. “Para sa akin ‘yun ‘yung katangian ng isang magiting na babae, na hindi lang noong panahon ng mga Hapon o ng digmaan, kundi sa panahon ngayon ng mga makabagong Teresita. Na patuloy lumalaban sa mga pagsubok, sa mga panga-abuso, sa pangmamaliit. Na lumalaban para sa kanilang karapatan,” (“For me, that’s the main characteristic of a brave woman, not only during that period, but even today, a time of modern-day Teresitas. They continue to fight the challenges, the abuse, and the oppression. They fight for their rights,”) She also shared her privileged experience of conversing with actual comfort women as part of the preparation for the role, which added a profound layer to her portrayal.

Fresh from the success of another historical series which cemented their love team, Barbie and David, more popularly known as BarDa, talked about their experiences working together again in Pulang Araw. For David, one particular scene made him realize how different Barbie is in this show, “‘yung iksena na nag-I love you ako kay Barbie, dun ako may nakitang kakaiba. Napakagaling ni Barbie Forteza bilang aktres.” (“The scene where I told Barbie I love her, I saw something different there. Barbie Forteza is a brilliant actress.”). On the other hand, Barbie not only commended him for his Japanese-speaking skills but also applauded David for the growth in his passion for acting, “Natutunan niyang mahalin ‘yung craft. (...) Ibang David Licauco po talaga ang mapapanood natin dito, and I’m just very proud of him.” (“He learned to love the craft. (...) We’ll get to see a different David Licauco here, and I’m just very proud of him.”)

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With vaudeville being a crucial element of the show, especially for the lead actresses, both Barbie and Sanya detailed their most unforgettable filming moments for these scenes, “Tap dance classes, bago pa man magsimula ang taping. Ang saya ng experience kasi sobrang lapit sa puso ko si Sanya.” (“Tap dance classes, even before we started filming. The experience was fun because Sanya is someone I hold close to my heart.”) Sanya was equally enthused with the experience, cherishing the moments she spent training with Barbie, “Kumakanta habang nagta-tap dance—umaarte habang nagta-tap dance(...) Masarap sa feeling na meron kaming bagong natutunan para sa palabas na ito.” (“Singing while tap dancing—acting while tap dancing. (...) It’s a great experience to learn something new for this show.”)

Alden traces Eduardo’s transformation into an indomitable man to his primary motivation—love. The love for his dreams, his family, the person he wants to pursue, and for friendship. “Lahat tayo ay may ganon eh; lahat tayo may gustong ipaglaban sa buhay at gagawin natin ang lahat para makamtan ‘yun.” (“All of us have something like that; all of us have something we want to fight for and we’ll do everything that we can to achieve it.”)

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To conclude the press conference, the supporting cast composed of Sef Cadeyona, Aidan Veneracion, Neil Ryan Sese, Jay Arcilla, Ashley Ortega, Mikoy Morales, Rochelle Pangilinan-Solinap, Angelu de Leon, and Epy Quizon headed to the stage to introduce their characters and hint at their relationships with the main cast, teasing viewers with their intriguing connections.



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The day ended with a screening of the pilot episode, followed by a teaser that revealed what viewers can expect in the upcoming episodes.

Photo credit: Netflix

Nearly 200 representatives from various media outlets across the country, content creators, GMA Network representatives, as well as VIPs directly involved in the show’s production took part in this celebration.

PULANG ARAW premieres first on Netflix starting Friday, July 26, 72 hours before free TV airing.

Pulang Araw chronicles the lives of Adelina (Forteza), Teresita (Lopez), Hiroshi (Licauco), and Eduardo (Richards) during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. Find out how the characters navigate an intricate web of loyalty, betrayals, sacrifices, and resilience amidst the backdrop of a war ravaging the country.

PULANG ARAW is directed by Dominic Zapata and written by Suzette Doctolero.


BDO Unibank Inc. Triumphs at the 14th Asian Excellence Awards 2024 in Hong Kong

BDO  Unibank Inc.   (BDO)  won  multiple awards  at  Corporate Governance 14th Asian Excellence Award 2024  in Hong Kong . This recognition ...