Wednesday, August 31, 2022

FWD Records Its Highest Growth in 2022 MDRT Membership, reaches top 3 in the Philippines

FWD Life Insurance Philippines (FWD PH) achieves its highest membership growth at 164% in the 2022 Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), putting it in this year’s top three of the MDRT Top 10 Companies in the Philippines.

FWD Group also climbed four places from last year, ranking sixth in the MDRT Top 10 Multinational Companies rankings.

The MDRT is a global independent association recognized as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services industries. The association requires members to serve customers by exemplary performance and the highest standards of ethics, knowledge, service, and productivity.

“We’ve been nurturing next-generation financial advisors and leaders who are committed to revolutionizing the industry with innovations to protect more Filipinos. The highest MDRT membership growth recognizes our commitment to providing best-in-class customer experience,” said Li Hao Zhuang, FWD PH President and CEO. He adds that while FWD is growing, it continues to strive to offer the best agency career path in the insurance industry, leveraging technology and intensive training.

Jun Marasigan, FWD PH Chief Agency Officer, affirms that FWD wants to sustain a growth trend in its MDRT membership by strengthening its MDRT culture. “We encourage our financial advisors to be part of the top 1% of MDRT members across the world. Join the FWD team, and we’ll also assist you in being MDRT members.  We’re looking to attract and groom top financial advisors in line with a standard of excellence that supports our vision of changing the way people feel about insurance,” Jun claims.

Globally, only a small number of life insurance and financial services professionals meet MDRT’s membership criteria. In the Philippines, FWD’s Elite Agency Strategic Initiatives contributed to the development of financial advisors and financial solutions consultants by giving them professional training in the MDRT culture, including Elite Learning, Elite Digital, Elite Affiliates, and Elite Coach – all designed to help expand market reach and enhance overall customer experience.

To talk to an FWD financial advisor or find out how to become an FWD financial advisor, visit fwd.com.ph/

InnovationsCH Urges Government to Promote Health Education and Boost Vaccinations

During the Project Culmination of IMPAACT4C19, advocacy group Innovations for Community Health, Inc. (InnovationsCH) urges the national and city governments to strengthen health education, boost vaccinations for millions who are still unvaccinated, and to continue empowering Filipinos on rapid testing and detection, and home management of COVID-19 symptoms. 

Innovations for Community Health, Inc., through its funding from the Treatment Action Group (TAG), partnered with barangays towards more proactive and aggressive testing and treatment of COVID-19 for the pandemic to gradually downgrade into an endemic. Despite fully vaccinating 72.3 million Filipinos across the archipelago, there remains a considerable risk, especially for millions of unvaccinated individuals, as current medications for home management of COVID-19 are still not widely available or readily accessible in the Philippines.

InnovationsCH works with community organizations and barangay officials; they can easily reach the people. For this project, InnovationsCH worked with Mandaluyong, Manila, and Marikina Cities to address fear and stigma, advocate and increase demand for COVID-19 rapid testing, and boost vaccination by conducting seminars and training. In line with this, the group also advocated for the increased demand for integrated and bidirectional tuberculosis (TB) screening and COVID-19 testing with the help of community leaders and healthcare stakeholders at the local government level.

“Now that we’re slowly getting back on our feet, we’re also working double time in helping more Filipinos become more aware of these diseases and their prevention. With more knowledge and health-related skills, each Filipino can hold good health more firmly. We will continue working with partner organizations and the government, specifically local units, to implement various ways of addressing stigma and vaccine hesitancy, such as emphasizing the safety, effectiveness, and benefits of getting the COVID-19 vaccine main series and booster shots. More than two years into this global pandemic, vaccination and healthy habits like handwashing are still the best protection we have against the virus,” says Isabel Chin, Project Lead of IMPAACT4C19.

By working closely with cities and barangays, InnovationsCH was able to provide increased access to rapid antigen diagnostic tests, increase knowledge on tuberculosis and COVID-19 diagnosis and management, target misinformation leading to fear and stigma, and increase the demand for supervised and protocol-guided rapid antigen testing to quickly detect and mitigate the spread of the virus. 

InnovationsCH also highlighted the need to strengthen home management of COVID-19 symptoms since medications are not yet widely available or readily accessible in the country. These are also currently strictly regulated by the government.

“We have groundbreaking findings to cure COVID-19 that are available in the country already for mild and moderate cases. We urge the regulators, the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration, to increase accessibility and availability to save lives and move towards endemic for COVID-19,” Chin shared.

The World Health Organization has updated its COVID-19 treatment guidelines to include Molnupiravir, a COVID-19 medication. In the Philippines, however, supply has been limited to purchase and access through prescriptions of healthcare professionals, and physicians or hospitals/institutions granted Compassionate Special Permit (CSP) by the DOH, the national procurer for drug products under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA).

Another drug available is Pfizer’s Paxlovid with EUA for 12 years old and above, for those who experience mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms in the Philippines. This has shown promising results in other countries with EUA for this medication and has also lowered the hospitalization rate in other countries.

Chin added that aside from the medications, the advancements in testing and detection of COVID-19 have also boosted the detection of other comorbidities like Tuberculosis (TB). “The pandemic has reversed our progress to end TB in the country, even globally. We can detect and screen TB through the integrated bidirectional testing and screening on COVID-19 and TB, and as new infectious diseases like Monkeypox come into the country, we need to further strengthen our healthcare system to prevent another pandemic and reversals of decades in progress we’ve done in health sciences,” Chin expressed.

Although contracting COVID-19 now for most vaccinated Filipinos would mean testing positive through a rapid antigen test, home quarantine or room isolation, and treatment of mild symptoms, the end goal is to once and for all become COVID-free. 

Panda Express® Original Orange Chicken Turns 35

The Original Orange Chicken® turns 35! The Original Orange Chicken of Panda Express®, the largest Asian dining concept in the world, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, and what better way to celebrate its birthday than to gift its fans with deals to fill their tummies? 

From now until September 30, 2022, fans of this culinary creation can enjoy special deals and other surprises on their dine-in, web app, and delivery purchases. 

“For 35 years, The Original Orange Chicken has been a quintessential American Chinese dish that stood the test of time and remains Panda’s best-selling menu item,” said Jimmy Wang, Executive Director of Culinary Innovation at Panda Express. “This iconic dish has revolutionized the concept of American Chinese cuisine – a timeless cuisine that takes a hybrid approach of bridging cultures, ingredients, and flavors while respecting its roots.”

Origin of the Original 

Panda Express was founded by husband-and-wife tandem, co-CEO and co-founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng in 1983. They popularized American Chinese cuisine by using authentic Chinese recipes adapted to global tastes, which successfully established the brand as the largest Asian dining concept in the US and the largest American Chinese concept in the world.

Since the opening of the first Panda Express® location in the Philippines in late 2019, the bestselling Original Orange Chicken, a wok-tossed crispy chicken entree coated in sweet, tangy sauce, has drawn strong support from Filipino foodies. The dish was inspired by Panda’s co-founder Andrew Cherng’s hometown flavors of Yangzhou, China.

The Original Orange Chicken is Panda’s most famous dish and represents about a third of the entire business. In 2021, Panda Express® served over 117 million pounds of Orange Chicken worldwide! 

Anniversary Deal 

Starting August 15th through September 30th, dine-in guests may enjoy P35 off coupons for their Original Orange Chicken bowl, plate, and bigger plate orders. For those who are using the web app to purchase their Panda favorites, there will be a free medium pail of Orange Chicken on a minimum order value of P750. For more information about the offers, visit order.pandaexpress.com.ph; offers cannot be combined with other promotions and discounts. 

Meanwhile, take P135 off on Original Orange Chicken large ala carte orders via GrabFood, available from September 1st through September 30th. 

To date, Panda Express has eleven stores in the whole of Metro Manila that are open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery through order.pandaexpress.com.ph, GrabFood, and foodpanda. Delivery locations include select areas in Manila, Pasay, Makati, and Quezon City.

These stores are located in Don Antonio, Quezon City; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; SM Grand Central; SM Southmall; Robinsons Place Manila; Shell SLT, SLEX Southbound; Double Dragon Meridian Park; SM Mall of Asia; Greenmeadows and Betterliving, Parañaque. 

HONOR Announces High-Profile Devices at Europe's Biggest Tech Show: IFA

Backed with impressive innovations and upgrades, the Global technology brand HONOR is set to announce its newest technology at IFA 2022, Berlin, Germany. IFA, or Internationale Funkausstellung, is Europe's most extensive tech exhibit where big brands, like Samsung and Apple, often showcase the latest devices for consumers. The date is September 2, and the time is 5 PM local Berlin time, a.k.a. CEST, which means 11:00 PM in the Philippines.

The brand has not confirmed yet their upcoming device line up to be released initially in the Philippines. HONOR’s theme, “Embracing the Connected Future,” at IFA 2022 is an excellent opportunity for Filipino consumers to know what exciting devices to watch out for!

HONOR is preparing a live stream with an embedded YouTube video that will be accessible when the event kicks off. Filipinos can easily access the live stream from this link

In HONOR’s keynote at IFA 2022, George Zhao, CEO of HONOR Device Co. Ltd. will talk about a new connected reality.

Having announced its official comeback to the Philippines with local partners, this 2022, HONOR aims to become an iconic technology brand for Filipinos and globally, creating a smart world for all through its powerful products and services. CEO George Zhao's keynote at IFA 2022 will address how HONOR is ushering a paradigm shift for smart living solutions to enable device interoperability between smartphones, tablets, PC, and wearables. Meanwhile, Tony Ran, President of HONOR Europe, will share further details regarding how European consumers benefit from the new HONOR Smart Life products.

With a consistent focus on research and development, HONOR is committed to new technologies. "They are designed to empower people around the world to go beyond themselves and give them the freedom to achieve and do more." George Zhao emphasizes.

George Zhao and Tony Ran will speak about their company goals as well as the new breakthroughs of HONOR in the connected future at IFA 2022.

Hamilo Coast and WWF: Partners in Eco-tourism and Sustainability

Hamilo Coast, the premier beach resort town in Nasugbu, Batangas, may be the weekend haven of the country’s rich set, yet it is on track as a thriving model of sustainable eco-tourism practices. 

Touting 5,800 hectares of prime seaside development, Hamilo Coast is a project of SM Prime’s Costa Del Hamilo, Inc. (CDHI), which carefully integrates residential, resort, leisure, commercial, and institutional land uses in the sprawling estate. But beyond its vast scope and stunning vistas, Hamilo Coast embraces sustainable tourism at the core of its philosophy and shows how beautiful beachfront homes can harmonize with nature and the environment.

2022 marks Hamilo Coast’s 15th year of productive partnership with the World Wide Fund for Nature Philippines (WWF) conservation group. Hamilo Coast and WWF have been working together on critical areas for sustainability—coastal resource management, ridge-to-reef management, solid waste management, mangrove reforestation, the use of renewable energy sources, and environmental awareness.

This long-standing collaboration with WWF signifies Hamilo Coast’s determination to pursue eco-tourism and sustainability while upholding international standards for leisure property development. 

Ms. Imee G. Francisco, Vice President and Head of CDHI Projects and Operations, takes pride in the partnership’s objectives. “More than building and maintaining a beautiful community, we seek to create and sustain a world that future generations can enjoy. To help serve this end, CDHI continues to develop Hamilo Coast without compromising the quality of wildlife living around it.” 

This year, Hamilo Coast and WWF will focus on addressing the major components of waste management, which include assessment of solid waste, water and wastewater management practices, formulation of the environmental management plan, and the promotion of foodshed farming systems. Apart from these, Hamilo Coast and WWF will continuously work on programs that will help conserve, protect, and nurture the environment.

For one, Hamilo Coast and WWF’s Ridge to Reef program declared three of Hamilo Coast’s 13 coves–Pico de Loro, Etayo, and Santelmo–as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). These are coastal zones where human activities are strictly regulated to ensure their long-term conservation. Declaring more MPAs would also mean expanding Hamilo Coast’s scope in safeguarding more marine ecosystems and resources. 

Hamilo Coast also continues to implement a mangrove reforestation program in its 24-hectare mangrove belt—one of the largest in Nasugbu. Hamilo has planted 50,000 propagules hand-in-hand with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Philippines.

Mangroves are the first line of defense for coastal communities, stabilizing shorelines by averting erosion and providing natural barriers to storm surges, flooding, and hurricanes. As effective carbon storage, mangroves absorb six times more carbon than mature tropical forests, making it all the more vital in slowing down the effects of climate change. 

Finally, Hamilo Coast and WWF will further push for environmental awareness by celebrating occasions that show respect for biodiversity. One is the annually held Earth Hour, during which time people are urged to shut down electricity to make a substantial difference in energy consumption. Individuals, organizations, and establishments also come together on Coral Triangle Day to shed light on ocean conservation and the ways we can protect and preserve the world’s epicenter of marine biodiversity. 

Likewise, the development boasts the most significant volunteer effort for the ocean’s health, made possible with the International Coastal Cleanup, where people gather on the Pico and Santelmo beaches to collect trash and record information on the accumulated debris. 

For all these sustained efforts, WWF has awarded Hamilo Coast with the Longest Sustainability Partner Award, recognizing the development’s commitment to sustainable tourism and its positive impact on the Philippine tourism industry.

Francisco affirms, “CDHI is proud of how far we have come at Hamilo Coast with the help of WWF. This inspires us to do even more, in the hopes that our efforts will make it possible for future generations to witness the beauty of nature as we see it today.” 

K-LOVE, A VIU ORIGINAL SERIES COMING SOON ON VIU

This 2022, Viu is set to premiere the most anticipated Viu Original series, K-Love — a Filipino series made for Korean drama fans by critically acclaimed filmmakers in Hollywood. It is a story that will indeed resonate through the hearts of all the K-drama fans out there as each character’s persona slowly unfolds throughout the series. 

What is K-Love 

The team behind K-Love is mainly led by Series Creator Corinna Vistan, a Marvel Studios Executive. Corinna worked on 19 of the 29 Marvel films that have been released, was awarded a Gold Clio for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and bagged a Silver Telly in 2016 and 2017 for Doctor Strange and Thor: Ragnarok. 

Ian Takahashi—whose previous credits include James Gunn’s The Suicide Squad 2, Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy, Harry Styles’ music video Falling, Beyonce’s Lemonade, to name a few—is the show’s cinematographer. He also won a Clio for Best Cinematography for a Kaiser Permanente advertisement for NBA Star Stephen Curry. 

The team is also composed of several renowned individuals, including former Editor-in-Chief for Summit Publications  Tara Sering, under whose belt produced the highest-selling number of books and novels in recent Philippine history specializing in contemporary women’s fiction; Tweet Sering, a best-selling author whose stories include Wander Girl—which was named “One of Best Philippine Books” by the Manila Critics Circle and recipient of the country’s top literary honor, the Carlos Palanca Writers Memorial Award, for advancements in Philippine Literature; Script Development Executives Lea Dizon, who was previously an executive for the Walt Disney Studios, worked with a children’s animation series Valt the Wonder Deer which played multiple seasons in the U.S. and China; Katherine Visconti, who was a writer for shows like Kiefer Sutherland’s Designated Survivor, CBS’s FBI, and NBC’s Chicago PD have lent their talents to this pioneering series. Additionally, the wardrobe will be headed by fashion stylist and current VOGUE (Philippines) fashion editor Pam Quiñones. 

Rounding up K-Love’s all-star crew is director Bobby Yan, a seven-time Emmy Awards winner as Producer and Editor for MLB Tonight on MLB Network. He is also a member of the ABC Disney Directing Fellowship and worked on TV shows like Agents of Shield, Showtime’s The Chi, and The Politician. His most recent independent film, Marz, appeared in Sundance, Toronto, London, Palm Springs, and other film festivals worldwide.

K-Love is set to bring a fresh take on a story about five K-drama enthusiasts from different walks of life and how their love for K-drama becomes an avenue for them to take risks and pursue their own happy endings. 

MEET THE CAST

The K-drama-inspired series will be led by five exceptional actors of this generation. 

At centerstage in this newest Viu Original are Iza Calzado, Isabelle Daza, Sue Ramirez, Gabby Padilla, and Jake Cuenca. 

Meet the Cast 

This is a story about us.

K-Love will be streaming soon on Viu.

Enjoy a wide variety of the latest Korean dramas and variety shows, anime, Thai, Japanese and Chinese dramas, Viu Originals, and #TagDubonViu. 

Download the Viu app now and watch the best of premium Asian entertainment for FREE! > https://bit.ly/3nVomvI 

ROG PHILIPPINES LAUNCHES STRIX SCAR 17 SE AND FLOW X16 TO COMPLETE 2022 GAMING LAPTOP ROSTER

ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) Philippines officially announces the availability of two highly anticipated gaming laptops— the ultimate high-performance Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition (SE), and the thin-and-light convertible powerhouse ROG Flow X16—to complete the arsenal for the year 2022. 

Both models will be available in the Philippines this September 2022 at official ASUS and ROG Concept Stores and select multi-brand retailers nationwide. 

PEERLESS PERFORMANCE. PERIOD.

The all-new upgraded ROG Strix SCAR 17 Special Edition is the most powerful laptop in the ROG arsenal so far in 2022, boasting the latest and most potent Intel® Core™ i9-12950HX, a powerful 65W laptop CPU only exclusive to the ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE itself. Paired with up to an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3080Ti with a maximum TGP of up to 175W with Dynamic Boost and complimented by a MUX switch, this no-holds-barred battle station undoubtedly pushes all limits of portable gaming to new heights. To top all this power off, the all-new ROG Intelligent Cooling design system paired with Thermal Grizzly’s Conductonaut Extreme allows for lower temperatures of up to in long gaming sessions.

All this power and performance are complemented by the best specifications for esports and gaming. A 17” display of WQHD with Dolby Vision and Adaptive Sync, as well as a refresh rate of 240hz fits to get the best immersive experience and competitive advantage for any triple A or esports title. This also comes with Dolby Atmos Speakers for the best audio quality and response available.

To cap it all off, the stylish cyberpunk-inspired aesthetic features first-of-its-kind invisible ink text applied directly to its metal chassis, the same signature RGB lighting, and customizable armor caps as other SCAR models. In standard lighting, this substance has a matte metallic texture, but with a UV flashlight, the ink appears green and blue with hidden messages to help beat the ROG parkour game SCAR Runner.

PRICING

The ROG Strix SCAR 17 SE will be available this September 2022 in the following models in the Philippines:

ULTRAVERSATILE. ULTRAPOWERFUL.


Powered by an AMD Ryzen™ 9 6900HS processor and an NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 GPU with MUX Switch, the ROG Flow X16 is a powerful gaming laptop for anyone who demands power. Together with its portability and versatility, thanks to its 360° hinge, this allows gamers to use it as a traditional clamshell laptop, utilize tent mode for better airflow with an external keyboard or gamepad, and even use tablet mode to make use of its touchscreen in social media apps and games. All these features and power truly makes the ROG Flow X16 the epitome of ultra-versatile and ultrapowerful packed in a gaming laptop.

One of the best features of the ROG Flow X16 has to boast is its one-of-a-kind display. This sports the ROG Nebula Display, a unique display feature to a few ROG gaming laptops. With a 16” QHD 165 Hz Mini LED HDR display with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space and up to 1100 nits of peak brightness, the ROG Flow X16 is the best for both gaming enthusiasts as well as any creative professional who depend on color accuracy for its hardware.

In addition, the Flow X16 also supports XG Mobile external GPUs up to the latest AMD Radeon™ RX 6850M XT. Like its other brothers in the ROG Flow series, it allows gamers to transform the ROG Flow X16 into a powerful workstation and adds additional ports to their setup.

PRICING

The ROG Flow X16 will be available this September 2022 in the Philippines.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

New White Paper calls for Increased Awareness on Indoor Air Pollution

To highlight awareness of indoor air pollution and its associated adverse effects on health, Philips Domestic Appliances has developed a white paper independently reviewed by crucial academics and physicians in the fields of air pollution and respiratory health.  

The World Health Organization (WHO) data shows that outdoor air pollution has become a major global environmental health problem. However, as people spend up to 90% of their time indoors, exposure to outdoor air pollutants is more likely to happen inside homes and other indoor environments. While everyone’s health can be impacted by poor air quality, those most at risk are pregnant women, children, the elderly, and those with chronic respiratory conditions such as asthma.

With the recent uptick of respiratory diseases such as influenza and ever-evolving COVID-19 variants and strains, new approaches to protect our well-being must become part of the norm in safeguarding public health. 

Through a comprehensive study on air contamination sources and the adverse effects they cause to our respiratory systems and beyond, here are three facts surrounding the importance of clean indoor air:

Fact: Indoor air can be polluted air 

In the Philippines, a Greenpeace report showed that coal factories and vehicle emissions are the country’s primary sources of air pollution. 

Air pollution from outside air can enter homes, schools, and other indoor environments through doors, windows, and other gaps in buildings. However, indoor air quality is also affected by indoor sources such as pet hair, home products like pesticides, mold, and even fumes from cooking. Viruses like the flu and COVID-19 can also spread through the air in crowded, indoor, and poorly ventilated spaces. Exposure to indoor air pollution can cause allergies and asthma, or in the worst cases, cancer,  heart disease, and other ailments that affect the brain or kidneys. 

Many countries across the world have established standards for indoor air pollutants in recognition of their negative health impacts. The WHO has also developed its own series of guidelines for some indoor air pollutants. Despite this, indoor air quality is not routinely monitored. 

Fact: Indoor air quality can be improved 

Controlling sources of pollution and ventilating spaces with outdoor air, if clean, are the most effective approaches for improving indoor air quality. When air pollutant source reduction and dilution by ventilation are insufficient or impractical, there are several measures available to individuals to reduce their exposure and risk of adverse health effects. One such measure is the use of portable air purifiers with high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters.

Portable air purifiers that use HEPA filters as the primary mechanism of air cleaning offer many advantages over other air cleaning methods currently available for in-home use. These advantages include simple installation without the requirement of a central air handling system, flexibility in location, and a lack of harmful by-products.

Fact: Portable Air Purifiers can positively impact health 

Studies find that air purifiers with HEPA filters have shown promise for improving asthma outcomes in children and adults. Intervention studies with HEPA-based air purifiers have also shown promise for improving nasal or rhinitis symptoms in adults and children with allergic rhinitis and/or conjunctivitis.

Here's what a panel of independent experts had to say on the benefits of air purifier technology:

“An air purifier is a good investment if you want to reduce indoor pollen levels. A well-tested air filter provides better indoor air, and tests show that allergens, including pollen allergens but also small allergens like house dust mites, are significantly reduced. They are especially effective at night.”  - Professor Torsten Zuberbier, Director of the Institute of Allergology at the Charité Berlin.

“Air purifiers can improve indoor air quality and can supplement asthma treatment to help allergy and asthma patients keep their symptoms under control” - Professor Wojciech Feleszko, Associate Professor of Paediatric Pneumonology and Allergy at the Medical University of Warsaw.

Choosing an air purifier for your home 

Indoor air purifiers vary significantly in terms of technology, operation, cost, energy usage, and maintenance requirements. Among the factors to consider are a device’s level of filtration technology, noise levels, ease of operation, real-time air quality monitoring, and a high airflow rate.  

For clean indoor air at the push of a button, the Philips 800 Series Air Purifier quickly and effectively filters viruses, allergens, or pollutants in spaces up to 48 m². It uses multi-layer filtration technology present in all Philips Air Purification Solutions. The pre-filter catches dust and air, while the NanoProtect HEPA filter is designed to capture over 99% of particles as small as 0.003 microns, smaller than the most minor known virus.

Philips Air Purifiers are available on Lazada. Follow us on our Facebook (Philips Home Living) and Instagram (@PhilipshomelivingPh) pages for updates. 

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Click here to download a copy of the Clean Air white paper. 

See better, Feel better, and Learn better with Hi-Smart Multivitamin

After over two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, some schools are finally opening their doors for face-to-face classes. While some are opting to continue the online teaching route, and others have chosen to try a hybrid setup of learning, this new development is a sign that the country is slowly but surely adapting to a new normal.

With the start of a new school year, experts have studied how the pandemic and the subsequent social distancing and quarantine protocols affected schoolchildren. Homeschooling and online learning became essential for students during this time, but this also increased screen time and mobile device usage, which led to a significant rise in myopia cases, or nearsightedness, in children.

The worsening eyesight of Filipino children has been a developing problem for many years now. In 2016, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that 10% of grade school-age children have eye problems. Many of the cases stay undetected until the condition has grown worse.

In 2018, during the Department of Information and Communications Technology’s (DICT) National Digital Parenting Conference, it was revealed that 29% of Filipino children suffer from nearsightedness.

Today, 30% of children have to wear glasses in order to see clearly - not just in the Philippines but worldwide.

Though this may be alarming, eye doctors and experts have determined several ways that parents can help decrease the risk of their child developing impaired vision.

First, it is recommended for children - and even adults - to take frequent breaks, regulate screen time, use larger screens from farther away, and follow an early bedtime, especially if they are required to use a mobile device regularly in their studies or work. These small changes enable the eyes to rest and lessen the possibility of eye strain.

Second, doctors also recommend developing a healthier, more active lifestyle. Encouraging children to play outdoors or get involved in sports keeps them busy and occupied, lessening the probability that they will turn to mobile devices for entertainment and leisure. It is also helpful to visit an eye doctor and schedule regular appointments, so that eye health can be monitored.


Finally, give kids a multivitamin supplement that also promotes better eye health. Hi-Smart is an over-the-counter multivitamin supplement specially formulated with Taurine, which prevents retinal degeneration, and Vitamin A, which is essential for good eyesight. Hi-Smart also contains Lysine to stimulate a healthy appetite, B Complex for muscle building, Vitamin D3, Vitamin C and Zinc to help boost immunity, growth, and development, and Folic Acid for healthy cell reproduction.

Education promises a bright future ahead, but taking care of children’s eyes ensures they will be able to see it happen.

Distributed exclusively by New Marketlink Pharmaceutical Corporation (NMPC), Hi-Smart is

available in drugstores nationwide and comes in syrup form and oral drops for younger children. To know more about Hi-Smart, head on to https://nmpc.com.ph/product/hi-smart/.

9.9 Super Shopping Day

Driven by its goal of serving Filipinos wherever they may be, Shopee continues to deliver ease and convenience for all through its highly-anticipated double-day sales. With the upcoming 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the start of its year-end shopping season, Shopee gives everyone much to look forward to with a new community-building project, the greatest selection of deals, entertaining activities, and exciting prizes.


Win a Shopee-sponsored Community Project for your Barangay

Beyond offering the best deals through its double-day sales, Shopee continues to work towards utilizing its resources and technology to help underserved communities across the Philippines. Specially crafted to welcome the start of the 9.9 Super Shopping Day, Shopee has launched Barangay Shopee, the newest initiative under its Shopee Bayanihan CSR program, where users can win a sponsored community project for their barangay, such as a new basketball court, multi-purpose hall renovation, and public school supplies.  


From August 25 up to September 9, Shopee users from all over the Philippines can nominate their barangay for a chance to win a community project of their choice that addresses their barangay’s needs. To join the initiative, users simply need to post their video entries on Facebook and submit the link via the Barangay Shopee page in the app.

“Mas Mura sa Shopee” deals and upsized brand promos at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day

From August 26 up to September 11, users can enjoy unbeatable “Mas Mura sa Shopee*'' offers on a wide variety of essentials, sitewide free shipping with no minimum spend, and exciting ₱1 Deals at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Shoppers also get to enjoy discounts from leading brands such as INSPI, Garnier, Dreame, Sabbat, OPPO, GameXtreme, Huawei, Colgate-Palmolive, Crocs PH, Uni-Care, Johnson & Johnson, Abbott Philippines, Pedigree and Whiskas, Belo Essentials, P&G Beauty, Unilever, Ace Hardware, Adidas, Xiaomi, POCO, Bosch, Chef’s Classics, Enfagrow, and Lactum.  

Shop & Win up to ₱1 million and more exciting prizes

Big rewards await lucky shoppers with Shopee’s newest game, 9.9 ShopeePay Shop & Win Up to ₱1 million. To join, users need to purchase on the Shopee app and claim their code from September 1 to 9 for a chance to win up to ₱1 million at our draw. Viewers of the draws from September 2 to 9 also stand a chance to win exciting prizes with Guess to Win, a daily in-app game that rewards one lucky viewer with thousands of cash via ShopeePay when they guess the winning bag.

Non-stop fun and entertainment at the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special

Filipinos can also look forward to big giveaways, fun, and entertainment when they tune in this September 9 at 9:35PM on Shopee Live and GMA 7 for the 9.9 Super Shopping Day TV Special. Exciting performances are lined up for the event with Shopee’s own Primetime Queen Marian Rivera, Primetime King Dingdong Dantes, Michael V, Carla Abellana, and more Kapuso stars.

Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines, shared “We are thrilled to be welcoming the busiest sale season of the year with our users, sellers, and communities from all over the Philippines. We aim to be a platform that harnesses the power of technology to help all of our stakeholders and the community — whether it’s through our impactful CSR initiatives or exciting double day sales. We invite everyone to join us in making this our most meaningful 9.9 Super Shopping Day celebration yet.”

To learn more about the 9.9 Super Shopping Day andw Barangay Shopee, visit the 9.9 Super Shopping Day page and the Barangay Shopee page on the app. Download Shopee for free on App Store or Google Play Store.

OnePlus 10T 5G Grand Launch on Shopee

Heads up, OnePlus fans! If you plan to purchase the ultimate flagship performance device via Shopee, you are in for a treat as great deals await you. 

Starting August 26 until August 27, you can purchase the OnePlus 10T 5G via Shopee and get up to PhP 2,000 off, plus a free Q11 smartwatch. At the same time, you can also enjoy a PhP 55 shipping fee discount voucher for a minimum spend of Php 500 and a PhP 500 voucher for a minimum purchase of PhP 9,999. 

Don’t forget to follow the OnePlus Official Store on Shopee to earn a PhP 30 voucher, redeemable if you have a minimum spend of PhP 50. If you leave a review with three product photos after receiving your OnePlus 10T 5G, you will have a chance to be one of the first 20 reviewers who will get a PhP 200 cashback. 

OnePlus buyers will also gain one raffle entry in every device purchased until September 9, wherein one winner can get their phone for free. The raffle draw will be on September 15, 2022, from 5 pm to 5:30 pm through the OnePlus Official Store Livestream on Shopee. 

Meanwhile, from August 28 to 31, OnePlus fans can enjoy up to PhP 1,000 off when buying the OnePlus 10T 5G and a voucher worth PhP 500 for every minimum spend of PhP 9,999. 

On top of that, OnePlus fans can revel in a wide array of vouchers and promos on Shopee when purchasing OnePlus Nord 2T and OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite from August 26 to 27. It includes the following:  

OnePlus Nord 2T 

Gain raffle entry for every device purchased. Two lucky buyers will get their phones for free. The raffle promo is until September 9, 2022.   

PhP 200 cashback to the first 50 good reviews with three product photos 

Redeem a PhP 55 shipping discount voucher for a minimum spend of PhP 500 

Earn a PhP 30 follower voucher, which can be redeemed if you have a minimum purchase of Php 50  

OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite 

Gain raffle entry for every device purchased. Three lucky buyers will get their phones for free. The raffle promo is until September 9, 2022. 

PhP 200 cashback to the first 100 good reviews with three product photos 

Redeem a PhP 55 discount shipping voucher for a minimum spend of PhP 500 

Earn a PhP 30 follower voucher, which can be redeemed if you have a minimum purchase of Php 50 

Friday, August 26, 2022

Ajinomoto Shares Nutritious and Affordable Recipes that Kids will Enjoy

Building our kids' health through nutrition is crucial as they go back to school. 

Preparing vegetable meals at home is a great way to keep children strong and healthy. This is especially important as the flu season is also upon us.  Vegetables are good sources of potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, and many others. 


Aside from its health benefits, with rising pork and chicken prices, vegetables are also budget-friendly. As homemakers face the day-to-day challenge of budgeting while striving to prepare nutritious and delicious dishes, these easy-to-prepare and veggie-licious recipes come in handy.  

“In our own way, we aim to provide solutions and equip homemakers with knowledge on preparing affordable, nutritious, and delicious meals for the family by sharing thoughtful recipes that take health and budget into consideration,” shares Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC Group) General Manager Corporate Planning and Public Relations Roann Co. 

To make it more appealing to kids, these easy-to-prepare vegetable recipes are made tastier with Tasty Boy All Purpose Breading Mix that only costs PHP 11.00 SRP. 

Kalabasa Crisps

French fries and potato chips have always been a kiddie favorite. Now, home cooks can recreate them with a healthy twist through Kalabasa Crisps. It is made with only 3 ingredients: sliced kalabasa, cooking oil, and Tasty Boy Breading Mix. Not only is this a delicious snack that kids can munch on while doing their homework, kalabasa or squash is also a good source of Beta-Carotene that supports better eye health. Full recipe here.

Veggie Okoy Bites 

A new recipe idea to entice kids to eat is by making it fun and colorful. Serving Veggie Okoy Bites filled with yellow potatoes, orange carrots, and green beans is a good way to make kids excited about healthy food.  These various colors also represent the multiple nutrients that the kids can get, as this dish is rich in carbohydrates and vitamins A, C, and fiber. Check the recipe here

Tokwa Crisps

Another food that children don’t get tired of is nuggets. This is why having a healthier alternative through Tokwa Crisps is an excellent addition to every home cook's recipe book. Preparing it is quick and easy too! It can be done in less than 20 minutes and consists of 3 ingredients only: tokwa, cooking oil, and Tasty Boy Breading Mix. Aside from the convenience and delicious taste, tokwa is also rich in calcium which can help kids have stronger teeth and bones. See the recipe here.

APC Group’s brand promise of Eat Well, Live Well provides Filipinos with easy and affordable ways to serve healthy meals, especially to their kids.  "We believe that we can change how kids see vegetables in simple and delicious ways. We hope that through our recipes, we can help parents get their children to eat well and live well, especially during these trying times," said Roann Co. 

For more nutritious and delicious recipes, please can check out www.cookmunitybyajinomoto.com.ph 

Globe Business Reaffirms Commitment to MSMEs’ “Tuloy-tuloy na Success” with Digital Transformation

In the midst of changing times, Filipino entrepreneurs have showcased their grit and determination to succeed by continuously looking for new ways to grow their businesses. As they navigate this rapidly changing environment, Globe Business reaffirms its commitment to micro, small, and medium enterprises or MSMEs as trusted partner that helps them achieve business breakthroughs and continued success through digitalization. 

MSMEs as drivers of the economy

According to the latest data from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), 99% of businesses in the Philippines are MSMEs. They help reduce unemployment by creating jobs for the growing labor force, making up 63% of the country’s total manpower. They stimulate economic development and serve as valuable partners to significant enterprises and consumers. 

“We see our MSMEs as modern-day heroes who play a critical role in the country’s economy. That’s why we believe that if we help them succeed, we also help our nation succeed,” said Ernest Cu, President and Chief Executive Officer of Globe.

Globe Business’ commitment to MSMEs

MSMEs face different daily challenges–from getting and retaining customers, streamlining operations, tracking inventory and deliveries, and even making sure their employees are happy; however, they remain unfazed, agile and quick to adapt to the demands of the times. As they seek continuous growth, Globe Business strives to journey with them through this period of heightened digital adoption so they can overcome their perceived boundaries and achieve more success. 

“Globe Business seeks to go beyond the surface by helping MSMEs with innovations that accelerate business growth, expertise that guides businesses forward, and unparalleled care that supports their journeys, so they can achieve more business breakthroughs para sa tuloy-tuloy na success,” said KD Dizon, MSME Group Head, Globe Business.

Innovations that usher businesses towards a more vital future

Globe Business continues to develop products and services for different types of businesses, tapping into Globe’s ecosystem of digital solutions designed to help improve the accuracy, efficiency, and productivity of business operations. 

Among these are expanded digital offerings such as business-grade connectivity plans from GPlan Biz and GFiber Biz. 

GPlan Biz, is a made-for-business mobile postpaid plan, which, aside from its basic mobile connectivity features, allows users to use GCash for business to purchase digital solutions or pay suppliers conveniently, among others. With GPlan Biz Plus, subscribers can enjoy an unlimited 5G network for six months as well as complete text and call to all mobile networks and landlines nationwide. These are essentials to keep businesses always connected to their team, suppliers, and customers. 

GFiber Biz Plus, on the other hand, is Globe Business’ real business-grade broadband plan yet, which gives MSMEs access to a symmetric internet connection, allowing them to experience equal upload and download speeds for seamless online activities. It also comes with two pieces of WiFi mesh that help strengthen internet coverage in different parts of an establishment and unlimited calls to all mobile networks and landlines nationwide, allowing entrepreneurs to be worry-free of top-up call charges. 

Globe Business also offers hassle-free digital solutions such as Vehicle Tracker, which helps MSMEs manage their fleet and ensure safe delivery with its real-time monitoring feature; Cloud Payroll, which automates employee records and fast-tracks payroll processing; and ChatGenie, which lets them manage all their transactions across different channels in one platform. All these are designed to support MSMEs thriving in a digital-first business environment.

Expertise that guides businesses forward to a better tomorrow

Globe Business understands the struggles that MSMEs deal with and endeavors to help them face this head-on by continuing to engage with customers, forge critical partnerships, and create platforms to share expertise in tech trends and digitalization. All these efforts aim to equip entrepreneurs with meaningful knowledge, skills, and the network that will aid them in achieving their goals and future-proof their business.

Upstart is the loyalty program of Globe Business that is designed to empower member businesses with exclusive perks (GainUp); training, upskilling, and mentoring (GearUp); and community building (GuildUp) where entrepreneurs can network and connect to other business owners. 

Globe Business Academy, a readily accessible and available learning platform for Filipino MSMEs, provides access to fresh content and exclusive events to help them navigate their digital journey. The portal contains business hacks, advice from the brightest entrepreneurial minds, learning modules, tech tips, and inspiring stories–all just a click away.

Among the recent learning events by Globe Business Academy was the current 4-part webinar series, "Reaching Breakthroughs,” which was in partnership with the DTI e-Commerce Office. On August 25 to 26, MSMEs can look forward to the two-part “Innovation Summit,” where they can meet innovators, tech experts, and advisers who will teach them how to adopt new technologies, improve engagement, and drive customer experience in a series of workshops and webinars.

Globe Business’ At Your SerBIZ, on the other hand, is an online talk show featuring the ups and downs, wins and losses, and the unique Filipino startup experience in a casual and inclusive setting, with the aim to inspire more local entrepreneurs to embrace digital adoption in their business journey.

Care that supports the needs of businesses in their unique journey

Recognizing MSMEs as critical enablers of the economy, Globe Business cares for their success so they can continue to create remarkable impact.

That’s why Globe Business customers are guaranteed accessible online support channels that are available anytime and anywhere; reliable account managers matched with dedicated support for their business needs; and a responsive and robust after-sales service.

“Their name may connote small in size, but their impact is big. That’s why Globe Business is committed to helping MSMEs charge towards exponential growth and move their businesses forward into the digital future,” concluded Dizon.  

Lenovo IdeaPad Devices

With the purpose of challenging conventions and transform the way people live, work, and play, Lenovo today launched its latest generation of IdeaPad devices, combining stylish design with intensified performance to provide consumers with the ultimate device capable of supporting users’ personal and professional lives on-the-go as they are adapting to a hybrid lifestyle.

Designed for high-quality performance and classy portability to deliver an intuitive consumer experience, users can look forward to the new Lenovo IdeaPad Gen 7 lineup featuring the IdeaPad Slim 3 and 3i, IdeaPad Slim 5i, and IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro.

IdeaPad Slim 3 and 3i

Built for purposeful performance and perfect for students looking for a device upgrade, the IdeaPad Slim 3 and 3i are powered by the latest AMD Ryzen 5000 series and 12th Gen Intel Core processors to guarantee users the perfect laptop for multitasking. The IdeaPad Slim 3 and 3i also come in two kinds of models: 14-inch and 15.6-inch with FHD IPS screens, and have a high AAR design with up to 88% active display area, allowing users to see more on their screens.

Both laptops also feature up to 16GB DDR4 of memory and 512GB G3 of storage to ensure enough space for work and personal files. The devices have also been engineered with a full-function USB Type C port that includes power and displays to provide innovative features that are beneficial for users. 

To further enhance user experience, the IdeaPad Slim 3 and 3i are equipped with a biometric power button, HD Camera with a privacy shutter, and intelligent learning features. Students can also expect the latest Windows 11 OS, Dolby Audio speakers, and an array of microphones, proving the IdeaPad Slim 3 and 3i to be reliable work and personal devices equipped with the latest technology.

The IdeaPad Slim 3 is available in the color Abyss Blue, starting at PHP 45,995.00 for the AMD Ryzen 5 models and the IdeaPad Slim 3i comes in the colors Arctic Grey, Abyss Blue, and Misty Blue, starting at PHP 47,495.00 for the 12th Gen Intel Core i5 models. Both variants come with a Lifetime Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021 license.

IdeaPad Slim 5i

Built for users who want beauty, performance, and the best bang for their buck, the IdeaPad Slim 5i comes in a full-metal aluminum design, 16.9mm thickness, and CNC diamond-cut edges. Equipped with up to an Intel® CoreTM i7-1255U processor and Windows 11 OS, it is the kind of laptop that guarantees users improved productivity and exceptional performance. The IdeaPad Slim 5i also comes with a 14-inch or 15.6-inch FHD screen that provides a power-efficient and color-accurate display. 

With its two full-function USB Type C ports that come with a Type C charger, on-the-go users who heavily rely on their device are gifted with a faster recharge. The IdeaPad Slim 5i also features up to 16GB DDR4 of memory and 512GB PCIe Gen3 SSD for storage. Users will also experience innovative functionality with the following special features: FHD 1080p camera with a privacy shutter and Dolby-audio user-facing speakers.

Crafted with guaranteed durability and portability, the IdeaPad Slim 5i is MIL-STD certified, assuring users that the device can withstand bumps and drops. In the unlikely case of damages due to accidental reasons, users can benefit from the bundled 3-Year Accidental Damage Protection, free of charge. Together with the standard 3-Year Premium Care Warranty and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021 Lifetime license, users are given Lenovo’s best-in-class service with the IdeaPad Slim 5i.

The IdeaPad Slim 5i is available in Storm Grey Metal, starting at PHP 51,995.00.

IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro

Designed to provide ultimate and intensified performance, the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro is focused on addressing the needs of professionals who wish to achieve a high level of productivity. Equipped with up to an AMD Ryzen R7-6800HS processor, Windows 11 OS, and the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050Ti, the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro provides users with the high-quality performance of up to 85W TDP. It also comes in a 16-inch WQXGA model and features a 16:10 aspect ratio display, a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a high AAR design with up to 91% active display area.

With its complete metal design, the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro strikes the perfect balance of power and beauty. It also features up to 16GB DDR5 4800 of memory and 1TB of PCIe Gen4 SSD for storage to ensure users have enough space on their device and includes a cutting-edge cooling system, perfect for long hours of use.

The IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro also comes equipped with a Smart Login with an FHD camera, array microphone, and Dolby Atmos speaker system. The laptop is bundled with the 3-Year Accidental Damage Protection as an additional gift to customers. Combined with the standard 3-Year Premium Care Warranty and Microsoft Office Home & Student 2021 Lifetime license, users are guaranteed to receive top-notch service with the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro.

Available in a sleek Storm Grey color, perfect for that minimalist design, the IdeaPad Slim 5 Pro starts at PHP 86,995.00.

The 2022 models of the IdeaPad devices will be available in all Lenovo Exclusive Stores and authorized resellers nationwide. For more information, follow Lenovo Philippines on Facebook. 

Samsung Philippines Unveils Latest Generation of Foldables and Wearables

After its Galaxy Unpacked in New York, Samsung Philippines celebrated the launch of the latest Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4, Watch5 Series, and Buds2 Pro with a live event, “The Greater Galaxy'', held at the Grand Ballroom of Grand Hyatt Manila last August 19, 2022.

Attendees of the event were treated to a particular program and witnessed the reveal of themed experiential zones centered around the latest innovations and passions the devices aimed to capture.

The new Galaxy Z Flip4 was showcased at the FlexCam zone, which complemented the ability of the device to capture photos and videos from different angles.


Meanwhile, the new Galaxy Z Fold4 was introduced at the Productivity Zone, highlighting the phone's multitasking capabilities with its multi-window feature and upgraded taskbar. 

The new Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 impressed attendees with their upgraded features, including a new, improved chipset, more robust aluminum frames, and corning glass, making the latest foldable the most potent and most durable yet.

Those who were able to experience Samsung’s latest ecosystem devices were also pleased to find new upgrades. The Galaxy Watch5 Series improved on its health and sleep tracking, while the Galaxy Buds2 Pro’s Intelligent Active Noise Cancellation was a feature that stood out. 

Official Pre-order Bundles and Offers

The latest Galaxy Z series is available for pre-order until September 1, 2022, via samsung.com. Customers can enjoy a Galaxy Z Fold4 FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899, or a Galaxy Z Flip4 FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a FREE Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599, 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro, 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year FULL PROTECTION Screen & Device worth PHP 9,499 with Samsung Care+.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com, and MemoXpress Online and a FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 and a Super Fast Wireless Charger worth PHP 3,099 when they pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold4. Customers to pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip4 can get a FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599. In addition, customers can enjoy 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro, 30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year SCREEN PROTECTION worth up to PHP 7,880 with Samsung Care+. 

Starting September 2, 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 will be available starting at PHP 58,990 in Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue, and Phantom Black, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 will start at PHP 98,990 in Gray Green and Phantom Black. Customers can also avail of the 256GB variant in Beige, exclusively released on samsung.com.  

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro is also available for pre-order until September 1, 2022. Customers can choose from a PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products or 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4. 

Customers who pre-order the Galaxy Watch5 Series can get a FREE Galaxy Buds Live worth PHP 7,990 and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. When purchased with the new Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4, they can also get 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. The Galaxy Buds2 Pro will be available starting September 2, 2022, at PHP 12,990 in Bora Purple, Graphite, and White.

To learn more about the new Galaxy devices, visit samsung.com/ph

Sanofi Philippines Earns Recognition as Health and Education Advocate at the 15th Annual CACHET Saxum Awards

At the 15th annual Saxum Awards of the Department of Education’s Campaign for Character Education Tenacity Program (CACHET), Sanofi Philippines earned an award as a Health and Education Advocate.

“We’re proud to have played a role in promoting health education in school communities,” said Sanofi Philippines General Manager for Vaccines Kashmira Prabhu. “Especially as social media can cause harmful misinformation on important health issues, health literacy has become a crucial life skill for our generation,” she adds. Sanofi was recognized for two major programs in partnership with the Department of Health: KiDS and Youth Health Patrol. 

KIDS is a global diabetes education program launched by the International Diabetes Federation in 2020. Medical experts conducted sessions with teachers and students to raise awareness on preventing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Meanwhile, through “Youth Health Patrol,” students were able to showcase their creativity and resourcefulness through posted videos, pictures, memes, infographics, and other materials on Facebook, garnering hundreds of positive engagements in their respective communities.

Check out what’s in Marga’s bag for this school year!

Back-to-school season is officially here, and many schools across the country are already welcoming back students to attend classes IRL. Indeed, backpacks are filled with fresh school supplies, but why not throw in new tech buys for an upgraded learning experience?

From July 15 to September 15, parents and students are in for a treat as the lifestyle partner of every Filipino offers a list of affordable gadgets at the Back-to-School, Back-to-Sulit campaign of Home Credit Philippines. Through low-interest rates and flexible payment terms, the brand makes these back-to-school products more accessible to Filipinos!

Now for a more kabog back-to-school experience, check out these top gadgets-- from stylish smartphones to high-performing laptops and notebooks-- chosen by Christian Antolin, aka Marga Mukhang Dragon!

Smooth learning with Samsung Galaxy A52S

The Samsung Galaxy A52S is powered by 5G for super smooth video streaming, ultra-fast sharing and downloading of files, and even multitasking using multiple applications.

Equipped with Eye Comfort Shield² that lowers blue light, this smartphone is also a perfect companion for those extra hours of reviewing. And to top it off— the Galaxy A52S comes in four trendsetting colors to match students’ new backpacks and uniforms.

Capture awesome shots with OPPO Reno7

Tired of pixelated snaps and blurry videos for those practical requirements? The Oppo Reno7 can fix that!

Known for its powerful camera features, this device comes with 25 levels of adjustable aperture for pro-level portraits and AI-enabled Ultra Night and Live HRD for crisp videos — definitely a perfect companion for those photography and art classes.

Style and power combined in iPad 9th Gen

Level up the tablet experience with the iPad 9th Gen. This iPad stands out with its sleek and classy design with an equally impressive performance.

Powered with an A13 bionic chip exclusively designed for Apple products, the iPad 9th Gen can power through long hours of notes taking and web browsing. Its 12-hour battery life can definitely keep up with long study hours.

Experience stellar performance with HP Victus 16

Finish all those projects and schoolwork with the very reliable HP Victus 16. This high-performing laptop is not only perfect for gaming but can carry heavy graphic designing and editing, and even multitasking tabs and applications in between-- thanks to its MD Ryzen 7 5800H processor.

Now that’s a device that can definitely keep up with powerful school performance.

Be on top with Acer Aspire 7

Boasting powerful processing and graphics, the Acer Aspire 7 is the ideal companion to beat those deadlines and get straight As.

Tons of school files? Fret not because this laptop comes with abundant storage and memory. It also comes with Windows 11, providing the freshest and most up-to-date applications for an optimized learning experience. For those who opted for distant learning, this device is also equipped with fast connectivity for scoring those recitation points and having the smoothest virtual classes ever!

To learn more about the latest updates from Home Credit Philippines, visit their official website www.homecredit.ph. You may also follow them on their official Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts. Customers are encouraged to download the Home Credit App on Google Play to know more about the latest promos and see what’s new in the Marketplace. 

Two Homegrown Filipino Brands Find Success on Lazada

Filipino beauty brands have been making waves in the scene for a while now, dominating consumers’ hearts through utilizing eCommerce and social media for their brands. As one of the biggest platforms and eCommerce pioneers in the country, Lazada has been empowering local beauty and skincare brands to flourish by providing an avenue for Filipinos to easily find and buy the products they’re looking for.  

Two local brands that have established their presence on the platform are Clocheflame and Apotheke Science. Both companies were founded on the genuine desire to inspire people, and both were built from the ground up on Lazada.

Cultivating Everyday Filipina Beauty


25-year-old Arianne Amante established Clocheflame, a local beauty brand providing quality but affordable make-up products for everyday Filipinas. She always knew that she wanted to start a beauty brand, with her inspiration stemming from her college thesis highlighting Filipino’s perception of self-beauty.

She eventually made her dream a reality by opening her shop in 2020, leaving her corporate job to focus on her business full-time. 

Launching the business 2 years ago was definitely a challenge with the unexpected hurdles brought about by the pandemic, but she shared that onboarding her fledgling brand on Lazada was an easy decision to make. 

 “Putting up our business in Lazada was a no-brainer because we knew that it was a vital tool for us to grow our business, and this has been proven true,” says Amante. 

The brand is proud of being rooted in the principles of sustainability and helping the economy grow by limiting plastic consumption and partnering with local manufacturers. Like any other start-up, however, Clocheflame encountered hurdles early on. Amante rallied her small team of five full-time members by telling them to focus on the brand’s strengths. Being on Lazada from the get-go also helped them to break through. They saved the budget on rent and high commission fees reallocated to R&D and also enjoyed the platform’s massive reach.

“Lazada is very generous in extending help and offering extra mileages to small businesses like ours, especially when it comes to getting exposure,” Amante said, adding they were immediately listed on LazMall, Lazada’s curated selection of leading international and local brands, establishing their credibility to consumers. “Being on the LazMall channel really added  credibility for us to be recognized as a legitimate brand, and that’s something we’re truly thankful for.”

Clocheflame also maximized Lazada’s many seller features and resources designed to help the business grow. Lazada's back-end system presents a valuable insight that allows them to strategize their next steps, especially with product forecasting. In terms of showcasing the more human side of the brand, they hop on LazLive.

To date, some of Clocheflame’s most significant products include the All-Around Flush, branded as “tan in a tube,”; the TLC Spray, a refreshing facial mist, and the Dream Filter, a weightless soft-focus pressed powder. 

Clocheflame also recently launched its newest offering, the Lip Muse, which combines the creamy glide of a balm, the nourishing benefits of lip oil, and the power of lipstick.

Amante’s vision for Clocheflame is to become a homegrown brand that Filipinos can be genuinely proud of. Her advice to those looking to follow in her footsteps? Remember that “failure is not fatal” and that “it is the courage to continue that counts." 

“That [line] speaks to me on so many levels,” she said. “I’m only 25, I know that that’s very young, but I use that as an advantage for me to have more room to make mistakes and do better. I always tell others just to know your why, stay true to your identity, and protect that spark. The one thing that differentiates you from others is your story and purpose—own that.”

Creating Natural Skincare Solutions


Meanwhile, Apotheke Science was likewise developed from a simple intent to help others. 

It all started with the founder of the local skincare brand formulating a salve that would help the skin of patients undergoing chemotherapy heal from the effects of radiation. The product proved to be effective for them, as well as for those who suffered from the effects of eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin. Initially distributed in a hospital, it also worked for doctors and nurses whose skin was damaged from stress and lack of sleep.

The salve would eventually be known as the Apotheke Skin Doctor balm, now sought-after for its anti-aging effects. Following its success, the founders decided to develop more products to serve the broader population in need of effective but affordable skincare solutions.

“We now have a wide range of products that deal with acne, uneven skin tone, premature aging from stress, lack of sleep and exposure to the sun, dryness, oiliness, clogged pores, and all the fundamental issues that damage one of our body’s largest organs and its first defense against external threats to the body,” the Apotheke team said.

Apotheke set up shop on Lazada, citing the platform’s broad network and logistics capabilities as the main driver for their choice.

“Lazada has helped us reach customers throughout the country that we most likely wouldn’t have been able to reach with our own resources,” the Apotheke team said. 

The different tools available were also a significant driver of the brand’s sales and performance on the platform. The team leveraged LazLive to connect with its audience at the height of the pandemic when people were mainly home and on their phones. Apotheke takes notes as well from Lazada University on eCommerce education while maximizing marketing tools such as Lazada Bonus and Free Shipping Max to boost sales, especially during significant campaigns.

“Our products have helped so many people have better skin and regain their confidence,” the Apotheke team said. “This has resulted in higher demand for our products, which in turn has allowed us to give more jobs to people and fund more projects that help various communities.”

The Apotheke team is passionate about helping Filipinos feel more confident about themselves and building a good and honest brand through their best practices. They share that this is their core belief in continuing to develop Apotheke’s success. 

“Be generous – whether with our consumers or our people. It will always come back in ways to help us grow,” the Apotheke team said. 

Check out Clocheflame, Apotheke Science, and other brands by visiting Lazada ‘s website https://www.lazada.com.ph/ and social media pages: https://www.facebook.com/LazadaPhilippines  and https://www.instagram.com/LazadaPH/

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Jollibee Group to Relaunch Yoshinoya in the Philippines

All beefed up to offer a bowl of culinary surprises, the Jollibee Group is bringing the authentic Yoshinoya experience in the Philippines, as it re-opens this August 19 the Glorietta 1 Mall (Makati) branch of Japan’s world-famous Beef Bowl Chain.


“Japanese food lovers in the metro are in for a treat. We will give our customers the authentic Yoshinoya experience, as if they were dining in Yoshinoya Japan. This forms part of our commitment to offer Filipinos with great tasting food and make Yoshinoya the No. 1 Japanese quick service restaurant in the country,” said Ned Bandojo, Business Development Head of Jollibee Group Foreign Franchised Brands.

The relaunched Yoshinoya will offer a beefed-up menu bannered by the brand’s world-famous bestseller, the gyudon or beef bowl.

Yoshinoya’s beef bowl features thin strips of tender beef, slowly simmered in the brand’s signature gyudon sauce. The gyudon bowl can be enjoyed in many ways, including adding togarashi, red ginger, green onions, and even cheese toppings. Yoshinoya Philippines also offers “onsen” egg or the traditional Japanese slow-cooked egg with custardy egg white and egg yolk, as an optional topping that makes the beef bowl comfortingly creamy.

Also on the menu are other must-try Japanese favorites like tempura, chicken karaage, chicken teriyaki, and beef yakiniku. Yoshinoya’s tempura or crispy fried shrimp is coated in traditional Japanese-style tempura batter. For its karaage, the Japanese Style Fried Chicken showcases thick cuts of chicken leg and thigh marinated in special marinade, deep-fried until crisp golden brown. These dishes are served over steamed Japanese rice.

Want more to satisfy your cravings? Yoshinoya will also offer ramen and other side dishes such as gyoza, kani salad, miso soup, among others. For dessert, customers can enjoy the brand’s Matcha Mochi Ice Cream and Coffee Jelly.

To complete the dining experience, all Yoshinoya stores in the Philippines will be redesigned with a contemporary and casual Japanese style that exudes an authentic, light, and welcoming feel.

The opening of the new Yoshinoya store officially seals the Jollibee Group’s first foray into Japanese food. The Jollibee Group recently formed a joint venture with Yoshinoya International Philippines Inc.  to establish the Yoshinoya Jollibee Foods, Inc, which will operate the Yoshinoya stores in the country, with plans to expand to 50 stores in the long term.

Like the humble beginnings of the Jollibee Group, Yoshinoya started as a family-run shop located at Nihonbashi Fish Market in Tokyo. Today, Yoshinoya has over 2,000 global locations.

To get more information about Yoshinoya, visit YoshinoyaPhil on Facebook and @yoshinoyaph on Instagram.