Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Shopee Launches 9.9 Super Shopping Day with Vice Ganda as new Brand Ambassador

Shopee continues to bring joy to the Filipino community as it kicks off the highly-anticipated shopping season with more fun and entertainment for users, a wide assortment of unbeatable deals, and a commitment to digitize MSMEs across the nation through its partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines. Shopee gives Filipinos plenty to look forward to as this year's 9.9 Super Shopping Day promises to be bigger, better, and more rewarding than ever. 

Delivering unkabogable fun and joy as Vice Ganda joins the Shopee family

Keeping to its promise of giving users delightful shopping experiences, Shopee proudly welcomes the Unkabogable Star Vice Ganda as the newest brand ambassador. The multi-talented comedy icon will serve as the face of Shopee's campaigns and community initiatives, amplifying the platform's commitment to delivering happiness to its millions of users.

"We are thrilled to welcome Vice Ganda into the Shopee family," shared Vincent Lee, Head of Shopee Philippines. "Her infectious energy, effortless wit, and vibrant personality make her the perfect fit for Shopee. With her popularity among people across all ages and from all walks of life, we look forward to bringing joy and delight to even more Filipinos."

This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, users can expect a wealth of entertaining content from the It's Showtime host as she stars in a Shopee Live stream and its new TV commercial.

Helping MSMEs go digital in partnership with the League of Provinces

During the launch of Shopee's 9.9 Super Shopping Day, the e-commerce platform also announced a groundbreaking partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines. This strategic collaboration aims to support and accelerate the digital transformation of Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) across the country, driving economic growth and inclusivity.

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), an organization that represents the country's 81 provinces, has long championed the cause of local development and empowerment. By joining forces with Shopee, LPP aims to harness the power of e-commerce to uplift the livelihoods of MSMEs, especially those in rural and remote areas.

Lee added, "Shopee has always been committed to empowering and supporting local businesses, and our partnership with the League of Provinces of the Philippines aligns perfectly with this mission. We believe that by working together, we can enable MSMEs in every corner of the country to thrive in the digital economy."

The partnership starts with the training and onboarding of entrepreneurs in Quirino province, led by LPP National Chairman and Quirino Governor Dakila Carlo "Dax" Cua. Shopee provided seller training workshops, educational resources, and onboarding support for sellers of Quirino-made products, such as coffee, chocolates, ginger and turmeric tea, as well as home decor.

Governor Dax Cua expressed his excitement and optimism, "Our provinces are rich with talent and unique products. This partnership with Shopee will help our local entrepreneurs connect with a wider market, learn valuable digital skills, and ultimately improve their livelihoods. We are also excited to give Shopee users access to the wealth of products the Philippines has to offer."

Introducing more entertainment with Shopee Live & unbelievable shopping delights

70% off on Shopee Live Buong Araw: Get ready for an all-day shopping spree with stunning 70% off Shopee Live-exclusive vouchers with no minimum spend, which can be used on livestream-exclusive deals from notable brands like L’Oreal and INSPI through Shopee Live, keeping the excitement alive from dawn till dusk and giving shoppers an extended opportunity to snag their favorite items at incredibly low prices. Users can also watch out for their favorite celebrities like Candy Pangilinan, Mariel Padilla, Dianne Medina and many more! 

Free Shipping Araw-Araw: This 9.9 Super Shopping Day, shoppers can enjoy free shipping on all their purchases with no minimum spending, making online shopping more accessible and affordable than ever.

Fashion and Beauty Extravaganza: Dive into the world of fashion and beauty with a remarkable selection of brands like Unilever Beauty and Belo, and a wide assortment of fashion items priced at PHP 99 and below, allowing everyone to refresh their wardrobes and beauty routines without breaking the bank.

In addition to these enticing deals, users can expect to enjoy discounts from prominent fashion and brands like: Vice Cosmetics, Mikana, Shigetsu, INSPI, Penshoppe, OXGN, Regatta, Havaianas, BENCH, KEDS, and Crocs. They can also look forward to more exciting promos from tech brands such as vivo, GameXtreme, Aukey, Tecno, itel, Platinum Karaoke, and OPPO, as well as healthcare products from GSK.

Mark your calendars for a shopping experience like no other! Download the Shopee app from leading app stores and visit this link for more information about Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day. 

Monday, August 28, 2023

Celebrate Power Mac Center’s 29 Years with Exciting Deals

Power Mac Center (PMC) marks its 29th anniversary this August and it’s celebrating with a series of musical spectacles and a one-day-only anniversary sale.

Reaching 29 years in any industry is no small feat. Apart from being the trusted local partner for all things Apple, Power Mac Center has opened the biggest Apple Premium Partner (APP) store in the country and reached over 100 locations this year.

“Celebrating our anniversaries is a way to remember our humble beginnings and look forward to all the milestones we can still achieve with our customers, employees, and partners. We recognize the increasing impact of our products, training, and services in this digital-driven world, and we remain committed to further expanding and improving our services to all our customers,” said Joey Alvarez, PMC Director for Marketing and Product Management.

Sync Sessions on Tour

To kick off the anniversary celebration, Power Mac Center will hold its much-awaited Sync Sessions on August 26, 2023, Saturday, at Eastwood Mall. Sync Sessions is an audio-digital crossover experience featuring OPM icons and breakthrough artists.

The event will take place on five consecutive Saturdays – August 26, September 2, 9, 16, and 23, in different locations. Join the festivities packed with fun games and activities, and hear your favorite OPM artists perform live using Apple devices as instruments. For more updates on the Sync Sessions lineup and locations, stay tuned to PMC’s official social media channels.

Anniversary deals you can’t miss! 

As part of its annual tradition, Power Mac Center goes full force in its anniversary sale to help customers score their favorite Apple products and accessories, as well as training courses and services, at a special deal. Watch out for the announcement of PMC’s exciting one-day offers this August 26 to be posted on its official social media channels.

Established in 1994, Power Mac Center has built today’s largest network of Apple-authorized retail stores, repair and service centers, and education resellers, with over 100 Power Mac Center and The Loop branches all over the Philippines. To be updated on news and promotions, follow Power Mac Center on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter (X), TikTok, Viber, and YouTube. 

Knowledge Channel Foundation Supports Regional Early Childhood Development Landscape Study

The Knowledge Channel Foundation, Inc. (KCFI) strengthens its Early Childhood Development (ECD) advocacy by providing strong, research-based educational videos to schools and helping fund a global study on parenting and early childhood to boost the morale of parents, teachers, and childcare workers across Asia. 

KCFI has been steadfast in its efforts to provide strong guidance on ECD through the provision of Portable Media Libraries to different schools and communities nationwide. Teachers, parents, and caregivers can learn at home from Knowledge Channel educational video lessons such as "Heroes of Zero," “ILY1000: Batang #Laking1000”, and "TalkED: Early Childhood Series with Bianca Gonzalez,” which are all available on Knowledge Channel’s Facebook and Youtube pages, iWantTFC and the Kapamilya Channel.

“We know how important it is to invest in our children, not just for their own personal success but for the success of the nation. We have launched various shows and conducted different initiatives for ECD nationwide,” said KCFI president and executive director, Rina Lopez. 

KCFI recently supported an ECD research project led by the Asia Philanthropy Circle, which discussed the barriers to the proper implementation of ECD policies and programs. 

This groundbreaking study highlighted the alarming lack of information and resources for early childhood development and education, particularly in the rural region. The study shed light on the rise of malnutrition and stunting which may be due to lack of information on proper nutrition and child health. It is also the first of its kind and the most comprehensive mapping to date of parenting and early childhood programs across Asia, with a particular focus on China, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

As KCFI continues to advance its ECD advocacy, it is actively seeking partnerships with companies, organizations, and Child Development Centers that share the goal of empowering young Filipino learners to become changemakers and positively transform society.

For more information, visit or follow @knowledgechannel on Facebook.

Arrive Relaxed at These Domestic Destinations with PAL’s Comfort Class

The journey is just as important as the destination—even for quick domestic flights! Fly to iconic cities all over the Philippines while relaxing in-flight on board  Philippine Airlines’ Comfort Class, now upgraded with more perks and amenities, including dedicated check-in counters, Mabuhay Lounge access, and enhanced in-flight snack options such as PAL’s newest gourmet sandwiches—Chicken Waldorf Sandwich, Crunchy Salmon with  Celery and Parmesan Sandwich, and more! 

Whether you’re traveling for business or visiting for leisure, enjoy a comfortable and convenient  flight with Comfort Class and arrive relaxed and refreshed before enjoying the wonders of these  in-demand destinations: 


The Queen City of the South is bustling with activity, from the shores of Bantayan Island to the streets of Metro Cebu! Whether you’re a nature lover who wants to explore Cebu’s great outdoors or a partygoer who looks forward to the city’s iconic Sinulog Fiesta, you should be well-rested enough to enjoy Cebu. 


Did you know that Davao City is the largest city in the country in terms of land area? There’s so much to explore within the Crown Jewel of Mindanao, whether it’s a trip to the Philippine Eagle  Center, a party in the streets during the Kadayawan Festival, or a hike to Mount Apo. An energized body is a must! 


Metro Iloilo is considered as one of the most livable cities in the country, thanks to its great urban planning and bustling economic and business activity. Steeped in nature, culture, and history while emerging as a top urban center for the Visayas region, Iloilo promises a diverse and exciting experience for travelers.  


The City of Smiles will always welcome you with a gastronomic feast, from the scrumptious chicken inasal to the sweet and flaky piaya. How to burn those calories? Party like a local at the  MassKara Festival!  

Cagayan de Oro 

Cagayan de Oro translates to “river of gold,” and true enough, you can make treasured memories with friends through whitewater rafting or kayaking at the Cagayan de Oro River. If you’re gearing up for a trip to the Adventure Capital of the Philippines, then you should be rested enough for the ride! 

Whatever destination you choose, arrive relaxed with Philippine Airlines’ Comfort Class Service.  Enjoy upgraded perks like increased mileage accrual to 115% for Mabuhay Miles Members, 

Mabuhay Lounge access in Manila, Davao, Iloilo, and Cebu international airports, dedicated check-in counters, enhanced in-flight snack options, and assigned overhead bins for your carry-on luggage items. 

The upgraded Comfort Class also retains the following perks: 

  • Seats with more legroom 
  • Complimentary blankets and pillows 
  • Reserved seats near or at the front of the cabin for faster and easier boarding and  deplaning experience 
  • Welcome drinks and juice, soda, coffee, and tea options 
  • 25kg Free Baggage Allowance for checked-in baggage 
  • Assigned lavatory and amenities on select aircraft 

For more information, visit or PAL’s official Facebook page. 

IAM Worldwide Amazingly Welcomes Newest Global Ambassador PARK SEO JUN

IAM Worldwide, a trailblazing company in the health and wellness industry, proudly announces a groundbreaking collaboration with internationally acclaimed South Korean superstar Park Seo Jun as the newest global ambassador.

Park Seo Jun’s prolific career spans both television and film, and his exceptional talents have garnered him a dedicated fan base worldwide. Known for his remarkable performances in hit dramas such as “What's Wrong with Secretary Kim”(2018), “Itaewon Class” (2020), and the newly released films “Dream” (2023) with singer-actress IU and “Concrete Utopia” (2023) with Park Bo Young, he has captivated audiences with his charisma, versatility, and dedication to his craft. Park Seo Jun also plans to continue his global popularity through the Hollywood movie “The Marvels” and the Netflix series “Gyeongseong Creature”, which are both scheduled to be released in the second half of this year.

As a testament to his soaring popularity, Park Seo Jun boasts a staggering 25 million followers and counting on Instagram. Indeed, IAM Worldwide is thrilled to have him on board as an advocate for its exceptional products.

IAM Worldwide's President and Founder, Allen Marvin Yu Eder, asserts that the inclusion of Park Seo Jun is a strategic move to connect with the millennial and Gen Z audience. Eder elaborated, "Mr. Park Seo Jun is the embodiment of our company's values and aspirations. As a global icon, he effortlessly resonates with the youth, making him the perfect ambassador for IAM Worldwide."

Furthermore, Vice President and Founder Aika Lorraine Uy highlights the immense cultural influence of Korean pop culture among Filipinos, and how Seo Jun’s magnetic appeal seamlessly aligns with the company's mission to inspire and engage with its youthful audience. Uy remarked, "Being associated with the amazing Park Seo Jun is already a triumph for us. We firmly believe that his collaboration will exponentially expand our presence and customer base, not only in the Philippines but also internationally."

Concurrently, General Manager and Founder Joanna Mañego reflects on the significance of this partnership as a pivotal juncture for the company. Mañego emphasized, "Having a star like Park Seo Jun as our ambassador during this crucial phase of expansion is a source of immense pride. His genuine belief in IAM Worldwide's products will undoubtedly encourage more individuals to embrace a healthy lifestyle."

Park Seo Jun will share his endorsement and support for IAM Worldwide's remarkable line of products: AMAZING Pure Organic Barley, a powdered drink made from organically grown Barley grass in Australia, AMAZING Acai Berry Extract that effectively protects the body from the damaging effects of free radicals, enhance one’s memory while promoting skin elasticity, AMAZING Grape Juice with Garcinia Cambogia, a popular supplement that is "a revolutionary fat burner" and "a breakthrough in natural weight loss”, and AMAZING Choco-Barley, known to have lots of health benefits to detoxify our bodies.

There’s no denying that the partnership between IAM Worldwide and Park Seo Jun signifies a shared commitment to promoting health, wellness, and vitality. Park Seo Jun’s influential voice and genuine dedication to personal well-being align seamlessly with IAM Worldwide's mission to inspire individuals to embrace healthier lifestyles.

Enjoy the Biggest Blockbusters Ali Mall Cinemas

Ali Mall Cinemas is all set to bring you an impressive lineup of upcoming blockbuster films. From thrilling adventures to heart-pounding action and animated fun, get ready to be transported to diverse worlds of storytelling and excitement on the big screen. And with tickets priced at just ₱250, which already comes with free popcorn, there’s no beating Ali Mall Cinemas when it comes to value for your blockbuster fix. 

Here are some of the films you need to watch out for at Ali Mall Cinemas in the next few weeks:


Meg 2: The Trench

Jason Statham stars as Jonas Taylor in Meg 2: The Trench, leading a perilous ocean expedition. Encountering a sinister mining operation and prehistoric sharks, their survival becomes a heart-pounding race.

Gran Turismo

Speed enthusiasts, gear up for an adrenaline rush! Gran Turismo takes you on a thrilling ride through the world of competitive racing, where skilled drivers push their limits for the ultimate victory. 


Ali Mall Cinemas is all set to bring you an impressive lineup of upcoming blockbuster films. From thrilling adventures to heart-pounding action and animated fun, get ready to be transported to diverse worlds of storytelling and excitement on the big screen. And with tickets priced at just ₱250, which already comes with free popcorn, there’s no beating Ali Mall Cinemas when it comes to value for your blockbuster fix. 

Here are some of the films you need to watch out for at Ali Mall Cinemas in the next few weeks:


Meg 2: The Trench

Jason Statham stars as Jonas Taylor in Meg 2: The Trench, leading a perilous ocean expedition. Encountering a sinister mining operation and prehistoric sharks, their survival becomes a heart-pounding race.

Gran Turismo

Speed enthusiasts, gear up for an adrenaline rush! Gran Turismo takes you on a thrilling ride through the world of competitive racing, where skilled drivers push their limits for the ultimate victory. 


Blue Beetle on August 16

Join Jaime Reyes on an extraordinary journey as he discovers an otherworldly scarab that grants him incredible powers, transforming him into the legendary Blue Beetle. Don’t miss out to experience the excitement of a new superhero's origin story!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem on August 23

Join the beloved heroes in a half-shell for an animated family adventure. Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello, and Raphael, along with their ally April O'Neil, face a mysterious crime syndicate. But their noble quest takes a dangerous turn when they encounter an army of mutants, testing their bonds of friendship. 

The Equalizer 3 on August 30

In The Equalizer 3, former assassin Robert McCall, played by two-time Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington, becomes the protector of his new friends in Southern Italy when they come under the control of local crime bosses, leading to a high-stakes battle for justice and redemption.

To make your cinema-watching experience complete when at the Araneta City, Ali Mall Cinemas presents a special promo for the movie buffs out there. For every two Ali Mall Cinemas tickets purchased from July 28 to September 30, you'll receive one ₱100 Food Gallery voucher. So, make sure you don’t miss out on this blockbuster deal!

Ali Mall Cinemas offers the perfect entertainment for movie enthusiasts of all ages. At Ali Mall Cinemas you can experience the magic of cinema and be part of an unforgettable journey in the City of Firsts, filled with entertainment and excitement.

To book your tickets online, you may visit You can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to get the latest news on the latest movies, deals, and other promos. 

Gatorade, Part of an Athletes’ Winning Legacy

Dwight Ramos has powered through rigorous training sessions and tune-up games against select teams from Europe, as well as the Ukraine U-21 team in Estonia and Lithuania.

This Gilas Pilipinas key player refuses to be slowed down by injury — and a big part of injury prevention is proper exercise and hydration. By fueling up and replenishing electrolytes lost during games and practice, Ramos doesn’t miss out on any session in between flights from Manila to China for tune-up games.

Now in the final stages of Gilas’ prep behind closed doors, Ramos can go the extra mile with Gatorade, the official electrolyte partner of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023.

Staying hydrated is the key to longevity - proven quite a number of times by another key player for Gilas and resident import of Barangay Ginebra - Justin Brownlee - who had to learn this lesson the hard way.

Amidst uncomfortable playing conditions in the Cambodia Southeast Asian Games earlier this year, Brownlee battled with cramps and had to miss a crucial part of the match due to fluid loss.

“His legs were cramping up due to the heat and exhaustion,” said Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes when the Philippines lost 68-79 to host team Cambodia in a match played under 41-degree weather.

However, the six-time PBA champion bounced back stronger and more determined than ever to lead Gilas in their redemption tour, bringing the SEA Games gold medal within reach.

After all, in every 40-minute, high-stakes game, players need to give their all while battling fatigue and exhaustion. That’s why Gatorade, the official electrolyte drink of the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023, plays a valuable role in the biggest basketball stage.

Players need to keep rehydrating with the necessary fluids and replacing lost electrolytes to keep them playing longer and the Gatorade formula has been proven to do just that by scientists, nutritionists, and world-class athletes for more than 50 years.

With qualifying teams from all over the world coming to the Philippines, the tournament can expect the world’s number 1 sports drink to keep world-class players fueled up for every match.

To date, other countries have completed their lineup, while the Gilas Pilipinas coaching staff will finalize the final national roster after a round of friendly games with other participating countries.

Among those expected to play are Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (Slovenia), Denver Nuggets’ Jamal Murray (Canada), Oklahoma City Thunder’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Canada), Utah Jazz's Lauri Markkanen (Finland), Chicago Bulls' Nikola Vucevic (Montenegro) and Gatorade’s own ambassador from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Karl Anthony Towns (Dominican Republic).

Representing the Philippines, Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson will don the Gilas blue jersey, rallying the country’s best athletes toward victory.

With these basketball superstars on the stage, Gatorade is sure to make history one bottle and one game at a time. 

ASAP Natin To goes to Milan, Italy

ABS-CBN’s longest running and award-winning musical variety show, "ASAP Natin 'To," is bringing world-class and proudly Pinoy performances to fans abroad in “ASAP Natin ‘To Milan” this September 10 (Sunday) at the Mediolanum Forum, Assago, Italy. 

Witness powerhouse vocal treats from ASAP royalties Martin Nievera, Zsa Zsa Padilla, Bamboo, Regine Velasquez, together with singing champions Erik Santos, Klarisse De Guzman, Jona, Morissette, KZ Tandingan, and Angeline Quinto.

Rev up and dance to the beat as Kim Chiu, Maymay, AC Bonifacio, and Darren Espanto make their way to the dance floor with all-out and banging performances. Plus, more musical treats from Moira Dela Torre and Kitchie Nadal.

Fuel the world-class concert experience with kilig from your favorite Kapamilya heartthrobs Inigo Pascual, Paulo Avelino, and Piolo Pascual.

Kapamilyas abroad are in for a treat as Joshua Garcia and Janella Salvador reunite once again on stage after the successful run of Darna.

From Quiapo to Milan, ‘FPJ’s Ang Batang Quiapo’ lead star Coco Martin and leading lady Lovi Poe are ready to spread some good vibes for fans abroad together with co-stars and rappers Bassilyo and Smugglaz.

More surprises await fans with Kapamilya stars Dimples Romana, and the Unkabogable Superstar Vice Ganda joining in to make the experience more memorable for the fans abroad. 

It is an all-out world-class concert experience from your favorite Kapamilya stars on September 10. For tickets, visit or contact our resellers at  

Change Make Her: The Coca-Cola Foundation Joins Forces with Kiva

The Coca-Cola Foundation has announced its support for Change Make Her, a new five-year partnership with microloan nonprofit Kiva to improve financial access for under-represented entrepreneurs around the world.

The announcement was made at the Coca-Cola “Level the Playing Field” DEI Summit in Sydney as the company builds on its long legacy of support for the FIFA Women’s World CupTM. Coca-Cola continues to work with influential partners around the world in a broader push for progress for women and under-represented groups across business and society. 

Kiva is best known for its global lending platform, which provides a simple way to connect lenders with borrowers through crowdfunding microfinance. This is an effective strategy to help get loans to people who would not otherwise have access to commercial bank services. 

Over the next five years, Change Make Her will act as a revolving loan fund, supporting entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia, South Pacific, Africa, Latin America, and Europe across a number of impact areas, including sustainable agriculture, climate resilience, water, and retail.  

Saadia Madsbjerg, president of The Coca-Cola Foundation, said repayments from borrowers will return to the fund, allowing funding to be loaned and re-loaned to borrowers around the world. This structure will allow a $1.1 million grant in 2023 to have up to a $4.5 million impact on loan volume by 2028. 

“We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Kiva, which goes beyond traditional forms of giving,” Madsbjerg said. “By joining forces with like-minded lenders and partners from around the world, the Change Make Her fund will enable us to lend, and relend, alongside thousands of others. It is a partnership based on a shared belief in the power of access to finance to uplift communities. 

“Micro-enterprises are important contributors to job creation and global economic development,” Madsbjerg said. “We hope that in addition to directly supporting entrepreneurs, Change Make Her will create a ripple effect for generations to come as these entrepreneurs go on to create new jobs and drive prosperity in their communities.”  

Over the past 17 years, Kiva has deployed over $2 billion to 4.7 million borrowers globally, more than any other crowdfunding platform. More than 80% of Kiva loans go to women, with a 96% repayment rate. In the Philippines, Kiva has provided loans of over $185,000 or nearly P10.5M to more than 587,000 borrowers across the country.

“Kiva is honored to partner with The Coca-Cola Foundation in expanding our work of financial access through life-changing loans,” said Vishal Ghotge, CEO of Kiva. “Together, we will be able to serve thousands more individuals than we would be able to do alone, demonstrating the collective power of value-aligned organizational partnerships.  We are grateful to The Coca-Cola Foundation for its commitment and look forward to working alongside one another as we continue to advance gender equity, refugee financial inclusion, and climate-smart solutions in communities across the globe.”

Over the last four decades, The Coca-Cola Foundation has supported many economic empowerment programs across the world, including the decade-long 5by20 program, which together with The Coca-Cola Company and its bottling partners, enabled the economic empowerment of over 6 million women.  

Through the Change Make Her program, Coca-Cola employees will be able to help direct Kiva loans to entrepreneurs and directly engage in supporting The Coca-Cola Foundation’s mission. To find out more about Kiva’s platform, visit  

P&G Donates New Health Center to Improve Lives in Pastrana, Leyte

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the leading consumer goods manufacturer of health and hygiene products such as Safeguard, Tide, Joy, Head & Shoulders, and Oral-B, recently completed the construction of an eco-friendly health center in Pastrana, Leyte to ensure the community has access to quality health services. This marks the second health center P&G built in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

As part of its commitment to highlighting the importance of health and hygiene to Filipinos, P&G has partnered with Habitat for Humanity Philippines to build a health center to improve access to quality health services in the community. 

"The new health center will greatly improve access to basic essential healthcare for our residents, making a profound impact on our community's well-being. We sincerely appreciate P&G's unwavering support and commitment to enhancing the lives of Filipinos by promoting the importance of health and hygiene," says Maritess Marcos, Mayor of Pastrana. “This project empowers vulnerable sectors, including women, children, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens by addressing health, hygiene, and sanitation challenges while giving them access to health services”, she added.

The health center is built using eco-bricks made from 64 kilograms of plastic waste produced by the Homeowners Association of North Tacloban Eco-Hub in Kawayanville, Tacloban. The center is equipped with essential medical equipment and facilities. It serves as a vital resource for approximately 1,100 individuals, catering to their healthcare needs and giving them access to proper pre and post-natal care for pregnant women as the center features accredited birthing, labor, and treatment rooms. 

"We are grateful for the support of partners like P&G in providing much-needed health centers for Filipinos in rural areas. The community in Pastrana can now have improved access to quality health care and services," said Lala Baldelovar, Chief Development Officer of Habitat for Humanity Philippines.

For over 87 years, P&G has remained steadfast in its dedication to supporting Filipinos by promoting health and hygiene through its products, partnerships, business, and investments. In April 2021, P&G built its first health center in partnership with Habitat for Humanity in  Marilog, Davao to improve the lives of nearly 2,000 individuals in Barangay Baganihan by implementing a comprehensive health and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) program. The project also focused on educating marginalized and vulnerable groups about health, hygiene, and sanitation. In addition to training sessions and workshops, P&G also provided hygiene kits containing its trusted products from well loved brands such as Safeguard, Tide, and Whisper to promote proper hygiene.  

DQ’s Blizzard of the Month is the Red Velvet Rizz

With its subtle sweetness, mild chocolate undertones, a hint of tanginess with every bite, and a color that really makes it pop, it’s a no-brainer that the red velvet cake is one of the most recognizable and well-loved cakes in the world. It’s the red velvet rizz that just makes the cake magical, but what if we turn it into ice cream? The result is DQ’s latest Blizzard of the Month offer—Red Velvet Delights, featuring seven different treats to sweeten your day! 

First are three new Blizzard flavors, starting with the Red Velvet Cheesecake Blizzard, made with chunky bits of red velvet cake and bite-sized pieces of cheesecake all blended into DQ's signature vanilla soft serve. There's also the Red Velvet Dream Blizzard, a dreamy concoction made with vanilla soft serve, chunky bits of red velvet cake, and soft and chewy marshmallow bits. And then there's the Red Velvet Nutty Chip Blizzard, made with vanilla soft serve mixed with chunky bits of red velvet cake, crushed peanuts, and chocolate chip bits.

If you're looking for a cold and refreshing thirst quencher, you'll never go wrong with the new Red Velvet Shake, a red velvet chocolate shake topped with whipped cream, that's perfect for those really hot days.

Can't decide between red velvet cake and ice cream? Well, you can have both with the Red Velvet Nutty Chip Blizzard Cake, a 100-percent ice cream cake made with vanilla soft serve, red velvet cake bits, a cake crunch center, and chocolate fudge, finished with frosting and topped with crushed peanuts and chocolate chips bits.

If you want your ice cream cake all to yourself, there's the Red Velvet Dream Tin Cake, which comes in a reusable tin can. It is made with vanilla soft serve and bits of soft and chewy marshmallows and then topped with red velvet cake bits and frosting.

The new Red Velvet Blizzard flavors are available in four sizes starting at P89, while the Red Velvet Shake are priced at P169 (12oz) and P189 (16oz). Finally, the Red Velvet Nutty Chip Blizzard Cake is priced at P749 (6 inch) and P1,199 (8 inch), while the Red Velvet Dream Tin Cake is priced at P439.

DQ's Red Velvet Delights are available for dine-in and take-out, or you can order for delivery by calling the 8911-1111 hotline, logging on to, or via Dairy Queen’s official delivery partners GrabFood, foodpanda, and Pick.A.Roo (prices may vary).


Living the Sweet Life: Sanofi Holds Talk on Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a major health concern in the Philippines, now ranking as the fourth leading cause of mortality.1 In 2021, the number of Filipinos diagnosed with diabetes was pegged at 4 million.2 Alarming statistics from the Diabetes Atlas of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) projected that by the year 2030, this number will increase to 5.4 million.3 Thus, it is crucial to equip Filipinos with the necessary knowledge to prevent and properly manage diabetes. 

Sanofi General Medicines has taken an active step in creating awareness and support  for individuals living with diabetes through its diabetes education Facebook page, “Step  Up For Diabetes PH.”  

The page recently hosted a heartwarming “Sweet Chat” session entitled "Living the Sweet Life: How to Beat Diabetes,” aimed at shedding light on diabetes and educating patients on how to take control of the condition to achieve a good quality of life.  

Endocrinologist Dr. Roy Raoul Felipe, Head of the Center for Diabetes, Thyroid, and  Endocrine Disorders – Diabetic Foot Program at St. Luke’s Medical Center, emphasized during the talk that the most common type of diabetes is type 2 diabetes, which he called a “lifestyle disease” as the person’s lifestyle plays a big part in the development of the disease in addition to family history and age4. Dr. Felipe shared that the absence  of symptoms does not rule out diabetes and further added, "We urge all Filipinos, starting at the age of 35, to undergo yearly check-ups, including getting a simple blood  test to screen for diabetes." 

The session also highlighted the inspiring personal journey of Mr. Edward Ty, a 52-year-old health advocate and person living with diabetes. Mr. Ty shared, “My initial reaction when I learned that I had diabetes was mostly fear and anxiety. My children were still young, so worrying about the future consumed me. But I realized later that the fear  only came from not knowing and understanding the disease.” He added, “It’s important  to understand your medical condition, so always seek regular consultation with your  doctor.” He also emphasized that people living with diabetes will be able to better manage the disease when they have the support of their family and friends. “I taught my son how to inject insulin so sometimes he does it for me. My whole family enjoys the same activities I enjoy, like walking and dancing. That’s very helpful because it  encourages me to continue doing what I need to do to manage my diabetes.” 

Actress, television host, and moderator of the Sweet Chat session, Dianne Medina, also drew from her personal experience of caring for her father who also has diabetes. She urged viewers to support their loved ones in managing this condition such as encouraging them to adopt a healthy lifestyle, accompanying them to their check-ups,  and displaying utmost care for their medical needs. 

Lastly, Dr. Felipe reminded viewers to not be afraid of the disease – as having diabetes is not a life sentence because it can be controlled. Persons living with this condition can still “live the sweet life” if they are able to properly manage it and get the right support. 

Through this Sweet Chat episode, Sanofi General Medicines continues to support  Filipinos with diabetes by raising awareness and understanding of the disease. For more information about diabetes and its proper management, like and follow Sanofi Philippines' Step up for Diabetes PH Facebook Page.  

Pru Life UK announces partnership with ATRAM

Pru Life UK seals a strategic partnership with the ATRAM Group (ATRAM) as part of the Company’s growth strategy to fulfill the evolving needs of its growing customer base.

The leading life insurer will soon onboard ATRAM as its local fund manager. Its expertise and solid track record in asset and wealth management will complement Pru Life UK's superior selection of funds.

To achieve their shared goal of helping more Filipino families live wealthier, Pru Life UK and ATRAM will co-develop and launch more innovative and customer-centric investment solutions to further strengthen their investment performance for their customers.

This will enable Pru Life UK agents to further value-add and enhance their customer network through a wider array of financial solutions. More importantly, Pru Life UK customers will gain access to ATRAM’s wide range of solutions and platforms to help them grow and expand their investment portfolio.

“We are delighted to have ATRAM as our co-advocate in helping more Filipinos achieve their financial goals. With this promising partnership, we are strengthening Pru Life UK’s growth trajectory and investment performance that will benefit our customers,” shares Eng Teng Wong, Pru Life UK President & CEO. “Our customers can count on Pru Life UK and ATRAM to help them grow their wealth.”

“We are excited to partner with Pru Life UK, the pioneer and leader in investment-linked insurance products. Our shared vision of securing the financial well-being of our clients is the foundation of our collaboration. We look forward to bringing the latest investment products and technology to Pru Life UK’s agents and customers helping them achieve their dreams and aspirations.” said Michael Ferrer, Chief Executive Officer of ATRAM Group.

ATRAM was selected following a rigorous evaluation and approval process. Certain transactions related to the partnership are subject to regulatory approval. 

P&G Philippines named as one of the Philippines’ 2023 Top 100 Employers for Fresh Graduates

Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines, the leading consumer goods company behind health and hygiene brands such as Safeguard, Tide, Joy, Head & Shoulders, and Pampers, was recognized as one of the Philippines' 2023 Top 100 Employers for Fresh Graduates by Prosple, a careers and education technology company used by leading organizations and universities to connect students with employment and education opportunities.

Prosple Philippines has refined its methodology to mirror both an employer's popularity and quality. The methodology combines data from applications, page views, and graduate reviews to determine a comprehensive and objective ranking of graduate preferences. Using this advanced ranking methodology, Prosple ranks the Philippines’ Top 100 Employers list.

This is the first time P&G Philippines has been included in Prosple’s Top 100 Employers for Fresh Graduates. P&G secured its place within the Philippines' Top Retail, Sales, and Consumer Goods sector after evaluating employee feedback, career advancement opportunities, learning and development programs, and workplace benefits of the organization.

According to Criteria Corp, fresh graduates are on the lookout for companies that provide career growth opportunities, work-life balance, flexible work environments, healthy work cultures,  and robust benefit packages, when looking for an employer. As a company that prioritizes and invests in its employees, P&G not only provides global opportunities but also mentorship from industry leaders all over the world.

P&G has long established itself as one of the most sought-after multinational companies in the Philippines, attracting thousands of applicants annually. Its reputation for providing best-in-class talent and leadership training programs, international career opportunities, and the chance to work on billion-dollar global brands, has positioned it as an employer of choice among fresh graduates seeking to launch their careers.

P&G is also a champion of equality and inclusion in the workplace. In 2021, the company launched an industry-leading policy called “Share the Care” parental leave policy that offers all parents regardless of gender, sexual identity, and orientation a minimum of 8 weeks of fully paid leave, enabling them to care for and bond with their biological or adopted children.

“We are honored and proud to be named among the 2023 Top Employers in the Philippines for fresh graduates. This affirms our commitment to providing all our employees meaningful work from Day 1. Our people are our top priority, and we will always invest heavily in talent and leadership development, as well as in caring for our employees, to ensure that all of them can thrive and succeed in the workplace,” says Vince Dizon, P&G’s Country Human Resource Leader.

Earlier this year, P&G also became a Great Place to Work-Certified™ company after earning a 94% satisfaction rating from its employees. The company has also previously bagged several employer-of-choice awards including the 2022 Asia CEO Awards “Top Employer of the Year” Grand Winner, being named one of the “2022 Best Companies to Work for in Asia” by HR Asia and being ranked 4th in the “2023 Philippines Best Workplaces™” list by Great Place To Work®. Most recently, P&G was recognized by LinkedIn as one of the 2023 Top Companies in the Philippines. Visit to learn more about P&G and its job openings.  

Coastal Land Reclamation

Coastal land reclamation is increasing and will continue to grow and be a popular urban strategy in places that experience urban growth. 

This is according to a study, “Mapping 21st Century Global Coastal Land Reclamation,” that analyzed landsat satellite images from 2000 to 2020 to quantify spatial extent, scale, and land use of urban coastal reclamation of 135 cities globally with populations exceeding one million. Key findings indicate that 78% of these cities have turned to reclamation to create additional land, resulting in 253,000 hectares of new land, an area equivalent to Luxembourg.

Land reclamation is the process of creating new land from the sea. It’s often used in places with scarcity of land and high population density for many purposes. From Western Europe and West Africa to the Middle East, East Asia, and Southeast Asia, these countries’ cities reclaim lands for port extension, residential/commercial, and industrial purposes aimed at creating tourist and green spaces. Key drivers like global trade and rapid urbanization are already ubiquitous, so for the next step, these cities desire prestigious place-making efforts and enhanced international reputation. 

“Coastal land reclamation is a forward-looking approach to urban development,” says Architect Ian Fulgar, the principal architect of Fulgar Architects. It allows cities to preserve valuable ecosystems and resources from urban sprawl by expanding spaces without encroaching on existing natural land. More importantly for architects, urban planners, and modern city dwellers, it presents an opportunity to have purpose-built urban environments specifically designed to meet their needs.

“Architects and urban planners can design sustainable and efficient infrastructure with a blank canvas, incorporating the latest technologies and best practices in urban planning. This approach can lead to more resilient and adaptive cities capable of mitigating the effects of climate change and other environmental challenges,” adds Architect Fulgar. 

Cities that lead coastal land reclamation 

Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong, says Architect Fulgar, are some of the world’s most notable cities with impressive urban reclamation projects. “Not only have they transformed their respective landscapes but also captured global attention,” he says. 

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay are testaments to the city-state’s commitment to innovation and sustainability. The former is a luxury integrated resort famed for transforming Singapore’s coastline and city skyline, whereas the latter is a spectacularly unique horticultural destination that combines art, science, and nature. These reclaimed land developments further boost the country’s international reputation and real estate value around the area. 

For some parts of the United Arab Emirates, coastal land reclamation has significantly changed its geography. Dubai, which has completely transformed into an ultramodern city, features ambitious projects now known as some of the most recognizable developments in the world like Palm Jumeirah and The World. “They have reshaped the coastline and established the city as a leader in innovative development, significantly elevating Dubai’s real estate value and worldwide interest,” says Architect Fulgar.

Palm Jumeirah is an awe-inspiring artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree when viewed from above. It houses some of Dubai’s luxury hotels, residences, and entertainment venues. Likewise, The World is a groundbreaking project composed of small artificial islands in the shape of a world map.

Lastly, Hong Kong’s commitment to preserved art, culture, and ongoing sustainable urban development is exemplified by its West Kowloon Cultural District. It is a 40-hectare reclaimed site along Victoria Harbour’s waterfront designated as the city’s vibrant cultural quarter where the local arts scene can interact, develop, and collaborate throughout its sustainability principles. 

Architect Fulgar, who firmly believes in creating spaces that foster belonging and unity, highlights that Singapore, Dubai, and Hong Kong share common denominators in their successful urban reclamation projects. These are innovative design and planning, focus on sustainability and commitment to cultural and societal development, and the subsequent increase in real estate value.

“These projects have created iconic and visually striking landscapes by pushing the boundaries of engineering and urban design. Sustainability is often at the forefront, integrating practices and technologies that minimize environmental impact and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors,” says Architect Fulgar on these cities’ commitment to sustainability atop function and aesthetics.

Best practices of coastal land reclamation

Despite recognition of world-class reclamation projects, one of their primary challenges is facing criticism and potential issues over sustainability concerns. Architect Fulgar shares that the solution is through the responsibility of vital stakeholders to adopt a collaborative approach and adaptive strategies in implementing best practices, such as prioritizing sustainability and disaster resilience goals in waterfront developments. 

“The future of city development, especially in coastal areas, rests with stakeholders prioritizing sustainability and disaster resilience. By adopting a comprehensive, collaborative, and adaptable strategy, they can transform the design, construction, and management of waterfront development – ultimately creating more sustainable, resilient, and prospering urban environments that benefit both people and the environment,” adds Architect Fulgar. 

Moreover, Architect Fulgar puts emphasis on a well-planned project that begins with the developers’ thorough research and analysis of the selected area about potential environmental impacts, disaster risks, and local community needs. Architects and engineers need to incorporate sustainable design principles and green and blue spaces to reduce the development's environmental footprint.

“Trends and insights on global reclamation illustrate the potential of reclamation projects in addressing various urban development, environmental conservation, and community well-being needs – leading to more sustainable and resilient urban planning worldwide. By adopting these lessons and focusing on sustainable growth, the Philippines can capitalize on its potential and carve a path to a brighter future.” 

SM Foundation Introduces Rainwater Harvesting for Sustainable Impact

In line with the SM Green Movement, the SM group, through SM Foundation, recently established a rainwater harvesting system at the Brgy. Irawan Birthing Facility in Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. The initiative aims to strengthen its goal of preserving the environment and ensuring the health and wellness of future generations.

To enhance water conservation and management in the facility, the system collects rainwater from the roof and gutter, passing it through vinyl-coated mesh filters to help ensure water quality. With an 800-liter storage capacity, the harvested water serves the facility’s non-potable needs like watering plants, cleaning, and toilet flushing.

The rainwater harvesting facility also operates without electricity and features labeled faucets for intuitive recycled water use.

Midwife Narcisa Jagmis, who leads the said birthing facility, said that the facility will help them reduce their reliance on the city’s water supply systems.

“Mahalagang hindi kami nawawalan ng tubig sa center, lalo na po pag nagsimula kaming magoperate bilang birthing clinic. Ngunit minsan po, walang dumadaloy na tubig at wala kaming mapagkukunan,” Jagmis shared.  

“Kaya napaka laking tulog po ng natural na tubig mula sa rainwater catchment system na. Madali namin itong naaccess upang gamiting panglinis o pandilig dahil konektado ito sa mga gripo. Ang tubig naman mula sa main line ay maitatabi namin para sa aming sterile operations,” she said. 

SCPW, UAPSA Join Hands with SM Prime in Promoting Wetland Conservation

As the world celebrated the International Day for Biological Diversity 2023, SM Prime Holdings Inc. (SM Prime) joined the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) hosted the fourth SCPW Wetland Center Design Symposium on May 29th at the MAAX Building in the Mall of Asia Complex.

Bannering the theme "Build Back Biodiversity: Wetland Centers and Nature-Based Architecture," the hybrid symposium featured presentations centered on fostering knowledge and awareness about wetland conservation and innovative design approaches. 

SCPW president Ar. Celestino Ulep opened the symposium by sharing his optimism on how collaboration and embracing nature-based architecture can create a future where wetlands thrive and biodiversity flourishes.

Notable experts in the field also graced the event, sharing their insights and experiences including Chris Rostron, the global manager of Wetland Link International, and Alex Hughes of Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust in London, UK. The guest speakers started the discussion by sharing about the pivotal role of Wetland Centers as a tool for Communication, Capacity Building, Education, Participation, and Awareness (CEPA) in wetland conservation efforts.

Arch. Ulep, meanwhile, engaged the audience by introducing the concept of nature-based architecture, highlighting the importance of prioritizing sustainability and harmony in design by creating structures that seamlessly integrate with the natural environment.

Meanwhile, Arch. Aaron Lecciones, SCPW Special Projects Officer, made a detailed visual presentation on the Las Piñas-Parañaque Wetland Park (LPPWP) Design Team's experience. He highlighted the challenges and triumphs of designing a wetland park, serving as a source of inspiration for aspiring designers and architects.

Esteemed partners, including Ms. Rida Reyes Castillo of SM Prime, Dr. Arvin Diesmos of the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, Mr. Laudemir Salac of DENR-Region 3, and Arch. Gleo Raymundo of UAPSA graced the event to show their full support for this endeavor.

"It is an honor and privilege on the part of SM to partner with the SCPW and UAPSA in realizing its common goal of protecting ecosystems, particularly wetlands, by inspiring the youth to engage and take action on the socio-civic and economic issues in their communities by finding workable solutions towards building a sustainable future," SM Prime AVP and Head of Marketing, PR, and Communications Rida Reyes Castillo said.

Castillo further emphasized that environmental protection and nature conservation are integral pillars of SM Prime's sustainability campaign and that they believe in cultivating the younger generation’s devotion to building a sustainable future.

The symposium concluded with a comprehensive discussion on the rules and guidelines of the design competition, followed by an open forum and exchange of ideas among participants.

The symposium also marked the beginning of the highly anticipated 4th SCPW Wetland Center Design Competition, which aims to create a platform for talented students in the field of construction and design to showcase their skills and ingenuity and encourage them to address environmental challenges through sustainable solutions. 

Invest in Rainwater Collection

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading real estate developers in Southeast Asia, recently called on local public officials to avoid the extraction of groundwater and, instead, invest in rainwater collection for recycling and impoundment, as well as explore new technologies such as modular desalination and modular sewage treatment plants, to manage the effects of climate change on the country’s water resources.

At the multi-stakeholder forum, “Towards a Greener Footprint”, in Iloilo City recently, Environment Secretary Maria Antonia Yulo-Loyzaga shared solutions-focused guidelines to help the local government reduce carbon footprint, with emphasis on water conservation to address the looming water crisis and increase access to safe water and sanitation. 

“We need to invest in the appropriate engineering and infrastructure to deliver water from the source,” Secretary Loyzaga said. “We must avoid, if not reduce drastically, the extraction of groundwater which in low-lying coastal areas causes subsidence and increases flooding.”

 “Rainwater catchments will not only provide additional supply for household use but will also help ensure the availability of surface water through the maintenance of watershed cover when impounded,” Secretary Loyzaga said.

Based on the latest report of the Philippine Statistics Authority, water abstracted for own use increased from 215.2 billion cubic meters (bcm) in 2020 to 217.8 bcm in 2021 countrywide. From 2010 to 2021, the largest amount of self-abstracted water is for the power sector (58.7%). This was followed by agriculture (33.5%); mining and quarrying, manufacturing, and construction (5.3%); and services sector and households (2.6%). 

Earlier this month, the DENR said the country still has enough water supply, but proper management is needed to prevent a possible water crisis by the end of the year. 

The call was met with a resounding response from the private sector, particularly, SM Prime.  In the same forum, SM Supermalls Vice President for Corporate Compliance Engr. Liza B. Silerio shared how  SM Prime has stepped up the sustainability programs that it has been doing since SM Supermalls started recycling water in the 1990s.

From rainwater catchment to help deter flooding in communities where its malls are located, SM Prime also pioneered the mall-based rainwater filtration system that converts the collected rainwater to be potable enough for washing, cleaning and even drinking. Launched at SM City Baguio, the facility will supply mall tenants with enough potable water to help reduce sourcing from the communities’ water table.

“As an integrated property developer, we have seen the first-hand effects of natural hazards that are caused by the change in weather patterns in the Philippines,” Engr. Silerio explained. “El Nino and La Nina are two phenomena resulting from climate change. Our country ranks number one in the World Risk Index 2022 report as the most vulnerable among 193 nations.”

Faced with this challenge, Engr. Silerio shared that SM Prime will continue to find innovative ways to address the climate challenges. “We continue to evolve and adapt technology to improve our resource consumption as part of our climate action,” she concluded.  

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Opening Game goers get FREE Jollibee Cheesy Yumburgers

Throughout the 17-day tournament, national basketball teams from all over the world—including the country’s very own team—will be competing against one another for the coveted FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 title. As a proudly Pinoy brand and an avid basketball supporter, Jollibee will be giving away FREE Cheesy Yumburger coupons to all of those who will attend the highly anticipated Opening Game kick-off.

“The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Opening Game will surely start everyone off on a high note, and we want to continue uplifting the Filipino spirit and bring joy through one of our well-loved products—the Cheesy, Beefy, Langhap-Sarap Cheesy Yumburger,” said Pam Reyes, AVP for Jollibee Handhelds. “This momentous basketball event will foster a sense of unity and pride, especially towards our Philippine team, and as we  share in this sentiment, we look forward to offering something a little extra to our fellow basketball enthusiasts.”

From August 25 to 31, 2023, the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Opening Game attendees will be able to claim their Cheesy Yumburgers through these simple steps:

•   As you enter the Philippine Arena today and present your ticket, you will also be handed a FREE Jollibee Cheesy Yumburger coupon.

•   You can then drop by the Jollibee-on-Wheels booth at the Philippine Arena grounds on the same day (August 25), or at any Jollibee store within Mega Manila and Bulacan until August 31, 2023, and present your Jollibee coupon and Opening Game ticket (whether physical or e-ticket). And from there, enjoy your FREE Cheesy Yumburger!

For more information and updates on Jollibee’s products, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 

Monday, August 21, 2023

Jollibee launches its delightfully newstalgic Peach Crumble Sundae

If you’re a fan of Jollibee’s sundaes and Peach Mango Pie, then you’ll definitely love their newest dessert offering—the Peach Crumble Sundae! Available for a limited time only in Luzon stores, it’s a creamy, peach caramel delight that you won’t want to miss.

This new sundae combines classic Jollibee favorites—sweet peach fruit chunks from the well-loved Peach Mango Pie and the brand’s signature creamy vanilla soft serve—and elevates these with butter cookie crumbles and rich caramel sauce to create a newstalgic delight! “Newstalgia” is a coined term to describe one’s desire for something comfortingly familiar yet exciting, and has become one of 2023’s top trends for desserts.

“As we created the Peach Crumble Sundae, we made sure that it offers both the comfort we seek from familiar favorites as well as the thrill of trying new flavors and textures,” said Luis Berba, Marketing Director for Jollibee Complementaries. “This is why we’re very excited for everyone to try this newstalgic delight!”

The Peach Crumble Sundae will be available for PHP 59.00 in all Jollibee stores around Luzon for a limited time only. Make sure to drop by your nearest Jollibee branch and treat yourself to this delightfully newstalgic dessert via dine-in, take-out, drive-thru, or delivery!

For more information and updates on Jollibee’s products, like Jollibee on Facebook, subscribe to Jollibee Philippines on YouTube, and follow @jollibee on Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. 

Jollibee is giving away FREE tickets to the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 Opening Game!

The world’s most highly anticipated basketball tournament is making its way to Philippine shores and Jollibee is giving away FREE tickets to the Opening Game!

The FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 is the 19th tournament of the international basketball event for men’s national basketball teams. The opening game will be held at the Philippine Arena on August 25, 2023, with the Philippine team carrying the country’s flag high. As the country’s most adored fast-food chain, Jollibee joins the entire nation in rallying behind the home team and uplifting the Filipino spirit.

“As a brand that is proudly Pinoy, we are just as excited as everyone else to have the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 open in our country and cheer on the Philippine team,” said Pam Reyes, AVP for Handhelds. “As this opening event will definitely go down in basketball history, we want to give as many of our fellow basketball enthusiasts as possible the opportunity to catch the exciting, high-stakes action live.”

From August 15 to 24, 2023, basketball fans can get their free tickets by simply ordering through the Jollibee app:

•   In the Jollibee app, click on the “Promos” tab, followed by the “FREE FIBA Opening Game Ticket” App Coupon.

•   Place an order with a minimum single-receipt purchase amount of Php 1,500.00 to get one FREE FIBA Opening Game Ticket. The coupon will be applied upon checkout.

•   An email confirmation will be sent with instructions on how to claim the free ticket, as well as a physical Jollibee receipt attached to your delivery order.

•   Redeem your tickets on or before August 24 at the nearest participating TicketNet booth by presenting your valid physical Jollibee receipt and email confirmation. See the TicketNet outlets here: 

A Tradition of Innovation: Samsung celebrates 25 Years in the Philippines

For 25 years, Filipino families have witnessed how Samsung technology has evolved and become an integral part of our lives. From gatherings for special occasions to enjoying 8K movie marathons with family and friends, capturing life’s milestones on video and photos with our 108MP camera phones, and making our homes more pleasant with home appliances — Samsung is there every step of the way. 

Through cutting-edge technology, innovative devices, and advocacy programs that helped uplift lives and unlock the potential of Filipinos, Samsung has helped shape the way we live for a quarter century -  bringing convenience to daily routines so we can make time for moments that matter, uplifting our entertainment experiences, and ensuring seamless and constant connection.

And to celebrate 25 years of innovations that inspire, Samsung is letting its loyal customers enjoy discounts of up to PHP 104,000 at its 25th Year Anniversary Sale from August 15 to September 30, 2023, at and authorized  Samsung dealers. 

Experience how Samsung technology can inspire and transform your everyday living with great deals in this celebratory sale.

Celebrate the epic and awesome with Samsung mobile devices

Samsung has a proud heritage of over a decade of Galaxy research and development, offering innovative technologies such as its mobile phones that Filipinos have come to enjoy and depend on over the past 25 years.  

With the 25th anniversary sale, you can get Samsung Galaxy devices with exclusive freebies and discounts!1 From August 4 to 31, get a free Galaxy Buds2 and Watch4 40mm worth up to P19,980 if you buy a Galaxy S23 Ultra (12GB+256GB), or a Galaxy Watch 4 40mm worth P12,990 if you purchase a Galaxy S22 Ultra (12GB+256GB).

Unfold a new world of possibilities with your own Galaxy Z Fold4 with a discounted price of P107,990 which is a P12,000 discount from the original, or get the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra (256GB) and enjoy a free Book Cover Keyboard priced at P17,599.

The awesome Gen Z devices are also up for grabs with freebies until September 30! The Galaxy A54 5G (8GB+256GB) is on great sale for only P24,990, plus save up to P2,000 worth of tokens and even get a free Travel Adapter and Buds Live. On the other hand, you can get a free Samsung 128GB Memory Card and Travel Adapter worth up to P1,749 when you buy a Galaxy A24!

Bring home a theater-like experience with the Global #1 TV 

Samsung TV has been the go-to brand for entertainment lovers globally for 17 years, and this established legacy of innovation has become part of Filipino homes and families.  Samsung continuously ensures customers get the best in TV technology, and it is only getting started on this innovation journey. 

With the Samsung 25th anniversary sale, you can now have a theater-like experience in your home and save up to P104,000 when you buy from any authorized Samsung dealer store nationwide2  from August 1 to September 30.

Complete your home entertainment set-up with the Q Soundbar and save up to P17,500. Get up to P10,000 off when you buy a 65" Crystal UHD AU7002 4K TV, P17,000 when you buy the 75" Crystal UHD CU7000 4K TV, and up to P23,000 for the 85" QLED Q60C 4K TV. Purchase the 65" Samsung OLED S95C TV and cop up to P30,000 discounts plus premium freebies including a Q600C Soundbar worth P23,999 and 1-year Disney+ Premium Access worth P2,950.

P104,000 worth of cash savings and premium freebies await when you buy a 65" Neo QLED 8K QN800C TV! Enjoy a free Q600C Soundbar worth P23,999, and 1-year Disney+ Premium Access worth P2,950. Visit a Samsung authorized dealer today to learn more. 

Elevate your home with Premium and Intelligent appliances

Samsung’s vision is to be a home & lifestyle creator, and to deliver consumer-centric innovation to cater to the diverse lifestyle of its loyal consumers. With the belief that technology should work for all people, Samsung innovations are designed for intuitive experiences fit for the consumers’ personalities. 

With the Samsung 25th Anniversary Sale, give your kitchen a glow-up and get the 1 Door Bespoke Ref where you can save up to P12,144, plus a free panel worth up to P11,999, and a free Installation worth P1,000! If you buy the new Bespoke Top Mount Freezer Refrigerator with AI Energy in Clean White + Clean Navy, 13.9 cu.ft, you’ll enjoy P6,160 worth of savings, plus a free 50% off voucher for a 41 sqm Air Purifier.3

Looking for the perfect partner for laundry? Get the all new Bespoke 13KG washer and 8KG WD9400B Front Load Washer Dryers with AI Ecobubble™ and AI Wash combo, and save up to P13,760 plus a free 41 sqm Air Purifier worth ₱10,995!

Enjoy true comfort air-conditioning with WindFreeTM technology

And aligned with its vision to be a leading home and lifestyle creator, Samsung provides true comfort with air-conditioning solutions powered with WindFreeTM technology  – the only system that uses "still air" to create an evenly cool and comfortable environment . No need to worry about direct air getting in the way of comfort as air flow is evenly distributed through tens of thousands of microholes.

Enjoy WindFreeTM smart and comfortable cooling technology in your home with these promos running from August 15 to September 30 when you buy!4

Feel the cool breeze and save up to P3,039 when you buy a 1.0 WindFree Bespoke in Midnight Black. If you purchase a 41 sqm Air Purifier, you can enjoy a P4,700.00 discount or get this for free when you buy Bespoke Top Mount Freezer. Also get P3,340 savings when you buy a 2.5 Window Inverter.

Amp up your gaming with Samsung Smart Monitors

Samsung continues to raise the bar for Smart Monitors globally, and enables users to tailor their monitors to their unique styles and needs, as they watch, play, and work. Within a single monitor, users can enjoy the best of entertainment and gaming, productivity, design and personalized convenience and comfort. And with the Samsung 25th Anniversary Sale, users can enjoy all these with amazing discounts for these Samsung monitors from August 11 to 31, 2023!5

Get 35% off and enjoy 54,250 savings when you buy the most premium 55" Odyssey Ark 4k UHD 1ms Smart-Gaming Monitor of Samsung Philippines. 

You can also enjoy 30% off on various gaming and smart monitors such as 49'' Odyssey G9 QLED 240Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor, 32" Odyssey G7 2K QHD 240Hz 1ms Gaming Monitor, and 27" Odyssey G7 Monitor. 

As Samsung continues to celebrate its 25th year, you can get a much-deserved privilege of 30% discount for all the new Smart Monitors which only Samsung carries. Save P12,300 for each purchase of 32" 4K Warm White M8 M80C Smart Monitor, 32" 4K Daylight Blue M8 M80C Smart Monitor, 32" 4K Sunset Pink M8 M80C Smart Monitor and save P6,900 for 32" 4K M7 M70B Smart Monitor.

Experience Samsung’s tradition of innovation as it celebrates its 25th anniversary! Visit or any authorized Samsung dealer and their online channels for more information. 

Canon Introduces New Lineup of Multi-function Devices that Cater to Varied Business Needs

Canon announced the latest additions to the extensive lineup of A3 and A4 color and monochrome laser multi-function devices (MFD) – the imageRUNNER ADVANCE (iR-ADV) DX C3900i series, iR-ADV DX 8900i series, iR-ADV DX 4900i series, iR-ADV DX C359i, iR-ADV DX 619i, imageRUNNER (iR) 2900i series and iR C3326i. Building upon Canon’s current imageRUNNER ADVANCE and imageRUNNER offerings, the new MFDs are ideal for today’s diverse work environments, providing businesses with excellent functionality from productive workflows to preventative security measures. 

“Canon continues to push forward innovative devices for an increasingly evolving work environment. The latest range of imageRUNNER ADVANCE and imageRUNNER devices integrate technologies that allow businesses to work more efficiently, safely, and securely,” said Mr. Kenichiro Kitamura, Director of Office Imaging Products (OIP). “With Canon’s business solutions, we help simplify business complexities while enabling business agility and digital transformation.”

Safeguarding Business Data against External Threats

The iR-ADV and iR MFDs provide a range of preventative security measures that is increasingly important in the current digital workplace. Verify System at Startup and McAfee Embedded Control verifies the integrity of the system and checks for any tampering from startup to operation, preventing attacks from malware or unauthorized modifications.

Depending on the type of abnormality detected during startup, the device can automatically reboot to recover, minimizing downtime. Notably, the iR-ADV MFDs also support Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 to safely encrypt critical data stored on the MFDs, further protecting it against malware. 

Boosting Workplace Productivity

Designed for optimal ease of use, the MFDs share similar features on the user interface (UI) across iR-ADV and iR devices, providing a consistent experience. The smart Timeline feature displays the history of the last 10 settings used, helping users save time spent on repetitive operations. The MFDs also provide users with the ability to customize preferences, offering personalization of the initial display screen, display language, and frequently used functions. Users can streamline repetitive operations, significantly improving productivity.

Managing Prints Usage

With businesses shifting to cloud-based solutions, the new MFDs lineup works seamlessly with Canon’s proprietary uniFLOW Online, a cloud-based print management solution that helps businesses manage their print environments. uniFLOW Online provides businesses with central control by tracking print, scan, and copy usage. Administrators can review the information within the uniFLOW Online Dashboard and identify potential areas for cost reduction. The solution also helps strengthen security by preventing unauthorized access with device authentication. 

The MFDs are now available for ordering through authorized Canon distributors and dealers.

The iR-ADV & iR portfolio includes:

  • iR-ADV DX C3935i/C3930i/C3926i/C3922i 
  • iR-ADV DX 4945i/4935i/4925i
  • iR-ADV DX C359i1
  • iR-ADV DX 619i1
  • iR C3326i 
  • iR2945i/2935i/2930i/2925i