Weekly Update # 19

I'm so bad at doing this on Sundays or Monday but as they say better late than never so here's a quick roundup of relevant news from brands that we support.


PLDT mobile services arm Smart Communications is ushering in a reimagined postpaid experience that puts customers first as it launches the new Signature Plans.

With Smart Signature, subscribers are prioritized on the Smart LTE network, the country’s undisputed fastest mobile network as awarded by world-renowned network analysts including Ookla, OpenSignal, Tutela, and P3. This prioritized network experience makes sure that subscribers enjoy consistent data to connect to their favorite apps, send messages in real time, and make uninterrupted calls - even during peak hours.

Smart Signature comes in four sizes – Small (S), Medium (M), Large (L), and Extra Large (XL) – with generous open access data allocation for data-savvy customers worry-free  unlimited calls to Smart, Sun, and TNT; worry-free AnyNet call minutes to PLDT landline and other networks; and unlimited texts to all networks - so customers never have to worry about connecting with family, friends, and colleagues on any network.


Penfolds has unveiled the start of a wonderful French and Australian wine alliance with a new collaboration with family-owned Champagne House Thiénot.

Three Champagnes, from the 2012 vintage, have been created: a Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée, and two single vineyard wines – a Blanc de Blancs and a Blanc de Noirs with the Penfolds imprint.

    2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée

    2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Blanc de Blancs (Avize Grand Cru)

    2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Blanc de Noirs (Aÿ Grand Cru)

The first of the Champagne releases, 2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée will be available at Heinemann Tax & Duty Free Sydney from June 2019 at an RRP of $280.00 AUD for an exclusive period of time within duty free, after which the 2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Chardonnay Pinot Noir Cuvée will be available in selected airport locations around the world. The 2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Blanc de Blancs (Avize Grand Cru) and 2012 Champagne Thiénot x Penfolds Blanc de Noirs (Aÿ Grand Cru) will be released in 2020.


According to Internet security firm Kaspersky Lab, phishing attempts increased by 27.5% by third quarter of 2018, recorded at 107,785,069. The financial segment bore the brunt of the attacks, with over a third aimed at banks, payment systems, and e-commerce organizations.

Jon Paz, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)’s Data Protection Officer and Enterprise Information Security Officer, explains the common phishing scams and shares some tips to protect against such attacks, especially during long weekends and holidays when criminals take advantage of increased activity online.

Common phishing schemes to watch out for:

Spear phishing – Social engineers target and focus on a specific individual or organization. They use information that is particular to the recipient, usually sourced from social media accounts, to appear legitimate and gain the person’s trust. Because these attacks are specific, their chances of success are generally high.

Malvertising – Derived from “malicious” and “advertising”, social engineers create a malicious advertisement which aims to spread malware that would later on damage the system. That way, social engineers can get access to sensitive information.

Whaling scam – Impersonating the name of the CEO or company executive is another way for social engineers to steal information. They send out emails to its victims using the name of the CEO or executive to make it seem like a genuine request.

Vishing – Also known as voice phishing, social engineers use fake caller IDs and ask the victim to key in his or her personal information.

Smishing – Social engineers would usually send out text messages containing a phishing website link to many different numbers with hopes of victimizing as many as they can.


Pastry lovers can now have a taste of Lisbon’s iconic Pastel de Nata at Total Café Bonjour !

Elevate the experience by availing of Cafe Bonjour’s Perfect Coffee Pairing offer, available at Cafe Bonjour BGC, Total Alabang Filinvest, and Total Newport. Enjoy the creamy and flaky egg-custard tart with a regular Cafe Americano for only P99.

Got other cravings ? Choose from Cafe Bonjour’s wide array of pastries, pasta dishes, cakes, and salads, all available at the Alabang Filinvest and Newport branches. Better yet, dine at Cafe Bonjour BGC for all these savory dishes and sweet treats, as well as rice meals that truly hit the spot.

Drop by Cafe Bonjour today and experience un service de qualite pour des clients heureux (good quality service for happy customers), only at Total.

A Bientot Chez TOTAL!


The seasons may be changing, but that will definitely not stop ASUS Philippines from being extra generous. With the RAINY SEASON SAVINGS, when it rains, it definitely pours, as beginning TODAY, May 24, the best of the ZenFone 5 series, the ZenFone 5Z and the ZenFone 5, both variants of the ZenFone Live L1, and the special-edition ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite are now available at even more amazingly affordable prices.


The funny new ad is a sequel of sorts to Joshua’s equally hilarious Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog commercial, in which he shows his impressive dramatic acting chops as a friend who thought his barkada didn’t get him a Jolly Hotdog.

Just like his todo friends, the Cheesy Classic Jolly Hotdog is packed with todo toppings, giving it a todo sarap that you’ll never get enough of. That’s because it’s got that juicy, extra-meaty sausage, abundantly topped with a special dressing and sprinkled with grated cheese!

The best part? You can get it for dine-in, take-out, delivery, and drive-thru in all Jollibee stores nationwide for only PHP 50.00 (solo)! For more information on Jollibee’s products and promotions, like Jollibee Philippines on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Studios on YouTube, and follow @Jollibee on Twitter and Instagram.


Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces the launch of the Shopee 6.6 - 7.7 Lowest Price Sale happening from June 3 to July 7. Users will be treated to five weeks of exciting back to back promotions including one million Lowest Price Deals, daily 100% cashback vouchers, and the most-awaited daily  ₱1 Deals.

As an added bonus, users can get free shipping for with a ₱0 minimum spend on selected brands or categories daily. There will be up to 90% off a wide assortment of products from leading brands including P&G Hair, Huawei, Colourette, Colgate, Silverworks, Maybelline, Unilever Personal Care, Watsons, and Olay. Users can also look forward to category days and exciting promotions such as Vouchers Day on June 3; Free Shipping Day on June 4; and Games Day on June 5.


Just 10 hours away by plane, New Zealand is a great destination for family-friendly holidays, and no matter where you travel, there is always plenty of things for you and the kids to do. The wide selection of activities for kids range from animal and wildlife experiences to nature-based activities and thrill-seeking adventures.

Get inspired with this list of regions and their top family-friend experiences that will definitely leave you spoilt for choice, regardless of age.


A must-do is Hobbiton, which you’ll instantly recognise from the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies.  As you amble through the heart of the Shire, you'll hear the fascinating commentary about how it all came to life. Take a guided tour into the heart of the Waitomo Caves and be amazed by the limestone formations and huge cavern before exiting via boat-ride under thousands of twinkling glowworms.


Whale watching is the name of the game all year round in Kaikoura! Kaikoura is a base for wildlife experiences of all kinds – that includes fur seals, dolphins and many seabirds. Tours leave multiple times a day and there are lots of cafés, restaurants, and shops to explore. If you have time, the Kaikoura Peninsula Walkway is a three-hour return hike that visits a seal colony, limestone formations and a seabird colony.


Then make your way down to Rotorua.  Be introduced to Maori culture at Te Puia and watch the Pohutu Geyser erupt up to 20 times a day to heights of 30 metres. Further along the lakeside you’ll find Hell’s Gate, with the largest hot waterfall and only geothermal mud baths in New Zealand. For a change of pace, head around to the Agrodome to rub noses with some cuddly farm creatures and pair that with a lively round of Zorbing – rolling down a hill in a giant transparent ball.

So there you go. Hope it was helpful and you learned something new.

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