Wednesday, December 23, 2015

First Laser Projection System in South East Asia opens at SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu

SM Cinema will be the first in all of Southeast Asia to use the film industry’s latest movie asset: the laser projection system.

SM Cinema redefines the premium 3d cinema experience by launching Southeast Asia’s first laser projection system at the forefront of Cebu, SM Seaside City. The Christie® 6P laser projection system will be used on SM’s new large format theatre entitled “LARGE SCREEN FORMAT,” cinema which boasts of a super-sized screen almost 30% larger than the regular cinema screen size. Representing the pinnacle of laser-illuminated projection, the Christie® 6P laser produces the brightest images with 80% illumination. The Christie®6P laser offers the best 3D platform that accurately reproduces the colors of the actual movie set, developing the most immersive cinema experience.

The Large Screen Format theatre also proudly uses the DOLBY ATMOS Sound System and the top-of-the-line Christie Vive Speakers, engulfing its audience in riveting surround-sound. The Large Screen Format will house 351 guests, seating patrons in a stadium-like setting.

First Laser Projection System in South East Asia opens at SM Cinema Seaside City Cebu

THE FIRST SM CENTER STAGE IN CEBU


SM Cinema opens the first “CENTER STAGE” in Cebu at SM Seaside City. A hybrid between a cinema and a stage theatre, “CENTER STAGE” is the perfect venue for movie premieres, community plays, school programs, and live events with a maximum capability of 830 seats. Aesthetically striking even from its grand lobby, the theatre boasts of a versatile space with ample theatre lighting, 2 standard dressing rooms, and 1 star dressing room. On days that the theatre is not used for events, the cinema screen plunges down to reveal an impressive space ready for movie-watching. The Center Stage in SM Seaside City Cebu follows suit to the Center Stage in Manila, which has served as home to majestic movie-watching, pageants, concerts, and other grand occasions. 

Offering the best movie options in the country: SM Seaside City Cebu earlier opened with 2 Director’s Club Cinemas and 4 regular sized cinemas at the SM Seaside City Cebu.

IN TIME FOR STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS


The LARGE SCREEN FORMAT and CENTER STAGE opens just in time for the most-awaited galactic saga of the year: “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Watch the latest sequel to the epic film at the country’s best cinemas.  SM LARGE SCREEN CINEMA will carry the film from its opening date on December 17 and all throughout MMFF, while cinemas such as the Center Stage will screen the film on the movie’s first week and will resume content on January 8 onwards.

The LARGE SCREEN FORMAT and CENTER STAGE may be found on the 2nd floor of SM Seaside City Cebu. For more inquiries, log on to www.smcinema.com.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Philippines AirAsia Launches Restaurant in the Sky

Brand new in-flight meal features gourmet Filipino dishes
and Asean-inspired creations


MANILA, 15 December 2015 – Craving for sisig from 35,000 feet above? AirAsia guests flying to, from, and within the Philippines are in for a wonderful treat as Philippines AirAsia today officially started serving hot meals from its newest in-flight menu concept themed “Santan” which replaces AirAsia Café as part of the airline’s latest offerings to enhance customer experience while flying.

Fresh new items include Bangus Sisig, a Filipino dish made of chunks of boneless milkfish sautéed in onions seasoned with salt, pepper and spices. Buffalo Chicken Strips and Barbeque Cola Beef are tasty versions of grilled meat with smoky sauce paired with tomato rice or roasted potatoes. Those who are watching their calories, meanwhile, must try the new Vegetarian Chickpea Curry or the classic Maan’s Pasta Arabiata. New dishes are available for on-board and pre-book purchase in all Philippines AirAsia flights to/from Manila, Kalibo/Boracay, Palawan, Bohol, Cebu, Davao, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau and South Korea.  

Other delectable dishes also pay tribute to ASEAN flavours such as Nasi Lemak, Chicken Rice, Beef Caldereta and Adobo hence the menu is titled: Santan, an essential ingredient in Malay cooking which refers to the liquid obtained from pressing shredded coconut meat. Santan is thick, creamy and often use as a substitute for butter, cream or soup stock in Asean cooking.


Apart from the new hot meals, guests will be able to choose from variety of sweets with choices such as Lemon Torte, Banoffee Cake, Sinful chocolate cake and chocolate chip cookies from as low as P80 for on-board purchase and at discounted price for pre-booked.

All AirAsia guests are encouraged to pre-book their meals to save up to 20% as compared to purchasing their meals on board, with a guarantee that their preferred meals are available during their flights. Guests who have booked their flights without meals, meanwhile, can easily add them in via the ‘Manage My Booking’ option after logging in to www.airasia.com.

 Philippines AirAsia Commercial Head, Gerard Peñaflor said, “We value customer experience at all points of the journey – from the purchase of the ticket to leaving the airport, on board, and onto the destination. This latest enhancement in our in-flight menu makes flying with us also a delightful dining experience.”
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Myanmar’s New Luxury Strand Cruise Sets Sail Along Fabled Ayeyarwaddy River With Chinese New Year Offers

Traditional ‘Year of the Monkey’ celebration with 20% discount on voyage from Bagan to Mandalay, departing February 8, 2016

HONG KONG, CHINA - Media OutReach - Dec 16, 2015 - The newly-launched luxurious Strand Cruise re-invents the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel with a contemporary river cruise experience and offers a 20% discount aboard Myanmar's newest and most luxurious river vessel with a special Chinese New Year voyage exploring the fabled Ayeyarwaddy River.


Sail Myanmar's Newest Luxury Experience, The Strand Cruise, for Chinese New Year

The promotion also includes celebrations welcoming the Chinese 'Year of the Monkey' on a 4-night voyage aboard the 5-star colonial-style cruiser departing on Monday, February 8, 2016.

The cruise rekindles the 'Golden Age' of travel voyaging from the awe-inspiring plain of temples of Bagan to legendary Mandalay.

With 24-hour butler service in 25 cabin suites with French balconies and two signature Strand Suites with private balcony, The Strand Cruise is an exceptional luxury experience, complete with gourmet restaurant, wine cellar, spa pampering, lounge library, gym and swimming pool.

Exclusive guided tours, afternoon tea, informative lectures, cultural encounters ashore, outdoor BBQs, amusing party games including a Mandarin speaking close-up Magician, elegant cocktail parties and wine-paired gourmet dining are all part of the convivial 'Golden Age' adventure.

On the Chinese New Year cruise, on-board live entertainment includes traditional New Year games, mahjong, treasure hunts and competitions. The celebration cruise culminates in a symphony of firecrackers and exchange of hong bao [traditional red packets], before a banquet featuring traditional Jiaozi to welcome the Year of the Monkey.

The Strand Cruise is embarking on a series of celebratory maiden voyages on its Festive Season launch by The Strand Hotel in Yangon, a distinguished colonial icon once acclaimed "the finest hostelry east of Suez".

With a guest list from royalty and nobility to eminent authors Somerset Maugham and Rudyard Kipling, the hotel now promises an "unrivalled experience" of one of Asia's most captivating waterways aboard the new 61-metre colonial-style cruiser.

The Chinese New Year promotion discounts the four-night cruises to a starting price of US$2,888 (usually from US$3,592). Bookings can be made via Myanmar tour operators or direct by contacting captain@thestrandcruise.com or the website www.thestrandcruise.com.

"The new cruiser re-invents the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel with a contemporary river cruise experience," said Molly McBride, Manager of The Strand Cruise. "What makes a journey along the Ayeyarwaddy River so special is the fascinating landscape through which you glide, from ancient temples to daily life of the communities living at the water's edge. Over Chinese New Year, we're making the experience is even more memorable with celebrations welcoming the Year of the Monkey."

Olivier Trinquand, Vice President The Strand Hotel & Cruise, added: "The Strand name has been associated with luxury hospitality and a pioneering spirit in Myanmar for the past 114 years. Our unsurpassed knowledge of this beautiful country enables us to bring to life the legendary style and unique personality of The Strand Hotel.

"Securing exclusive private moorings and creating uniquely authentic experiences onshore, we visit more off-the-beaten-track villages and landmarks for a more genuine interaction with local communities and cultures."


SOURCE: The Strand Cruise

Friday, December 11, 2015

Philippines AirAsia Gears Up for 2016

Promo fares for domestic and international flights to/from the Philippines are up for grabs now!

MANILA, 7 December 2015 – The hype is building up for AirAsia in the Philippines with the consolidation of its operation two years after its local unit, AirAsia Inc. signed a partnership agreement with home grown airline ZestAir in 2013.

Philippines AirAsia CEO, Joy Cañeba said, “Efficient service to our guests and safety are at the heart of everything we do in Philippines AirAsia. We are here to provide only the best value and world-class service that every Filipino deserves.”
Philippines AirAsia has replaced the AirAsia Zest brand following the approval from Philippine regulatory authorities in September by the Securities and Exchange Commission and in December by CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines) and CAB (Civil Aeronautics Board) this year.

The airline has a total of 927 regular employees after the transition to a single operating certificate in September. Captain Dexter Commendador was also recently appointed Chief Operating Officer.


To celebrate the announcement, international and domestic flights to/from Manila, Davao, Cebu, Tagbilaran (Bohol), Puerto Princesa (Palawan), Kalibo(Boracay), Tacloban, Hong Kong, Macau, Malaysia and South Korea are on promotional sale from as low as P1,299, all-in and one-way only and available for booking at www.airasia.com from today (December 7) to 13 December 2015. The travel period for this promo will be for immediate travels now until 30 June 2016.

Guests may also opt to complement their trip with Philippines AirAsia’s in-flight meals and get as much as 20% discount for pre-booked Bangus Sisig, Beef Caldererta, Adobo, Vegetarian Chickpea Curry and other ASEAN flavoured dishes.   
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).

BPI Sets New Banking Trend With Make The Best Happen Campaign

CEBU CITY—Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) is setting a new trend in banking with its Make the Best Happen campaign.

Over and above offering its slew its range of products and services, BPI first of all wants to support its clients by helping them focus on their life aspirations.
BPI, the first bank in the Philippines and in the Southeast Asian region, has a wide range of consumer, corporate, and investment banking products and services.
In a statement, Cezar P. Consing, BPI President, said the bank wants to focus on needs-based financial planning where individuals make decisions based not on returns but on the goals they want to achieve.

The process begins with helping clients identify their life needs and goals and then create a priority list based on those aspirations. Clients are then encouraged to make personal financial assessments, computing, among others, one’s net worth, cash flow requirements, and even emergency funds.
Based on this initial assessment, BPI helps clients create a game plan, mindful of their budgets, goals, risk profile, and investment options.

“BPI empowers Filipinos to make the best of their lives happen by through its innovative and accessible financial solutions,” Consing said. “We strive to know and understand the individual circumstances and financial needs of our clients, then offer financial advice. Only then do we propose certain solutions that are suitable and customized for each and every client.”


Tricia Quiambao, Head of BPI’s Strategic Brand Management, said BPI’s Make the Best Happen campaign is a different look on banking. “We put a premium on understanding our clients and their needs, whether it’s to travel, or start a business, or fund their children’s education,” she said.

“As people become more and more aware of the world around them and the many possibilities and opportunities it offers, BPI would like to enable them to accomplish those goals and aspirations better, faster and more efficiently.”Rally Jereza, BPI Division Head for Visayas and Mindanao, added: “Cebu has been a hub of out-of-thebox thinking, and BPI feels right at home with our trendsetting solutions. With Make the Best Happen, we aim to expand the conversation with our clients and friends, beyond solutions and into actual life and lifestyle choices.”

The microsite devoted to the Make the Best Happen campaign—makethebesthappen.phaddresses some of the top life and lifestyle goals of most individuals: travel, health, parenting, shopping, future, and dining. Its content is enriched every week with updated content derived from current areas of interest.

Bank of the Philippine Islands l 6768 Ayala Avenue, Makati City 1226 PH l (02) 816 9223 l bpiexpressonline.com I 2 ABOUT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS BPI, the first bank in the Philippines and Southeast Asia, is a universal bank with an expanded banking license. Together with its subsidiaries, BPI offers a wide range of financial services from consumer banking and lending, asset management, securities brokerage and distribution, insurance, leasing, foreign exchange, and corporate and investment banking. BPI is a leader in Philippine banking, with its high market capitalization, strong Tier 1 capital adequacy ratio and healthy shareholder return, all promoted and supported by prudent management.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

CBC Bloggers to Stage Cebu Blogging Summit 2015

CEBU CITY -- Cebu Blogging Summit, a free event organized by the bloggers, managers and leads of Cebu Blogging Community, is an annual conference for bloggers and friends who want to learn more about the craft. This year’s blogging summit will be held at Century Plaza Hotel on December 12, 2015, Saturday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

With a theme: #CBClevelup: Cebu Bloggers 2.0 (Cebu Bloggers as Thought Leaders and Opinion Makers), the objective of this year’s Cebu Blogging Summit is
to empower bloggers especially those who have been blogging for a long time to become thought leaders, social media influencers and opinion-makers. Through the
event, the organizers can encourage more bloggers to be empowering online personalities in Cebu.

“This year’s blogging summit aims to empower those who have been blogging for a few months or years and those who have been thinking to start their own blog sites to kindle their passion and improve their blogging skills”, says Bjornson Bernales, the Chairman of Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 organizing team. “

We have been encouraging the bloggers in Cebu Blogging Community to level up and venture on things within the realm of blogging such as digital marketing, content writing and entrepreneurship. Honing the skills may take time. But this is where the managers and leads of the blogging community regard the opportunities to support other bloggers in the spirit of social good,” Bernales adds.


Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 is staged for bloggers and those interested to start their blog sites to be connected with other bloggers in Cebu and in the Philippines. Newbie bloggers can learn from the event the blogging ways-- from starting a blog to monetizing it to attain blogging sustainability.

Resource speakers include the top bloggers of Cebu and members of Cebu Blogging Community. Invited speakers also include personalities in Philippines blogosphere and politics.

Cebu Blogging Summit 2015 is presented by eStrat Media and co-presented by PLDT Home.

Century Plaza Hotel is the venue partner of Cebu Blogging Summit 2015.

Platinum Sponsors: Hosting Visa and Geiser Maclang
Gold sponsors: Diamond Hotel and Suites, Happy Soy, Global Hub Serviced Offices,
Silver sponsors: Ginto Chocolates, SuWhat, Omnia Bellus Spa, SongHits BTC,
Bronze sponsors: Waki Waffles, Maverick Ideas
Media Partners:  Philippine Information Agency, Bjorn Cebuano, iNewMedia.org, CebuBloggingCommunity.com

Event partners: NarvasaMary.com, ExoticPhilippines.info, ChannelMarie.com, VanillaHouseWife.com, TwoWayTravels.com, KalamiCebu.com, WonderfulCebu.com, Zuprome.com, Mommywanders.com, NestedThoughts.com, Emjaefotos.com and PinoyMetroGeek.com.

Blog partners:  ViajeraCebuana.com, BisayaShortFilms.blogspot.com, MaeCimafranca.com, Rockxscissors.com, WhyCebu.com

Community partners: GBG Mandaue, GDG Cebu, GEG Cebu, Yabe Portal

For more information, please visit cebubloggingcommunity.com.

For inquiries, contact Bjorn Bernales at bjorn@estratmedia.com or on mobile at 0947-094-0350.

About Cebu Blogging Community

Cebu Blogging Community (CBC) is a community-driven group formed to unite bloggers in Cebu under a collective purpose.CBC aims to establish camaraderie among bloggers, improve blogging skills of members, and provide support to bloggers aspiring to reach the top of their respective niches. The community embraces social responsibility by providing great content that promotes social awareness.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Haier offers a larger, wider and smarter choice through U5000A Android TV

The fast-paced lifestyle Filipinos currently live on demands more time out at work and lesser time inside the home, thus the emergence of internet and smartphones was convenient to everyone, most especially Filipinos are known to be avid followers of television programs and movies. In spite of this, according to a survey conducted by Nielsen Philippines (2015), Filipinos still prefer the bigger screens as their medium of entertainment.

Haier, the number 1 brand of consumer appliances, presents an innovative platform where people can enjoy streaming at their own time in the comfort of their homes, on a bigger screen than their computers and phones.

The new U5000A Android TV has a pre-installed Android system that is officially GMS-certified, granting the consumers easy upgrade of the TV’s Android system. Commonly used applications such as Google Play Store, Gmail, and YouTube are pre-installed cater to the consumers’ video, game and entertainment demand.


With its ultra-thin frame, the new U5000A series stands out with a modern and elegant look, available in 43” and 49”. This range offers a TV Direct LED with Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, a 6 mega (6,000,000:1) dynamic contrast, 50 Hz frequency, a 400 F2R image refresh for clearer viewing, Android 4.4 Kitkat OS, and boasts its Smart Share, Smart Control, Multi-compatibility, and wireless internet connection features.

Moreover, it includes a QuadCore CPU plus 8GB Flash, 3 HDMI ports, AV, DVD, PC Input, 1 headphone port, 1 scart connecter, 1.4a, automatic volume limiter, 2 USB ports for cloning, 2 lots of 2 X 10W loudspeakers, 1 S/PDIF numerical interface, TimeShift, and A+ energy rating.

Once connected to the internet, either through WiFi or an Ethernet cable, downloading and watching shows and movies from Google Play, as well as listening to music straight on your TV will be more convenient. Consumers can now transfer files directly from other gadgets and play games downloaded from Google Play in full HD.

Haier’s second range of Smart TV will definitely bring its users to a whole new entertainment experience, which is larger, wider and smarter.



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About Haier

Haier is a leading first-class brand of innovative home appliance products and services that creates value for consumers beyond their expectations. Haier is about inspiring Filipino homes to live life in a higher standard with more energy-efficient, user-friendly and environment-friendly home appliances – ‘Smarter Life, Better Planet’.


Saturday, December 5, 2015

World no. 1 tennis legend Serena Williams to headline Philippine Mavericks in IPTL 2015

Presented by the country’s most powerful broadband PLDT HOME Fibr

The country’s most powerful broadband PLDT HOME Fibr is set to bring in the world’s top tennis players for season two of the International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) once again.

Commencing on December 2 in Kobe, Japan, the IPTL’s three-day Manila-leg will be played from December 6-8 at the Mall of Asia Arena as part of a five-nation tour. Scheduled stops at New Delhi, Dubai, and Singapore will follow.

Headlining this year’s crop of tennis superstars for the newly-branded Philippine Mavericks team is none other than the current number one Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) pro, Serena Williams.
Known as ‘Meka’ and ‘Momma Smash’, Williams has won the most major singles, doubles, and mixed doubles titles combined for active players, male or female. Her assault on the four major tennis competitions, also known as the Grand Slam—the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, played in that order—has elevated Williams to such lofty status that winning four of those tournaments in a row is now referred to as a “Serena Slam”.


She has achieved this twice in her career: once between 2002 and 2003, and recently with her win at the 2014 US Open and through the first three Grand Slams of 2015. Williams holds a total of 34 Grand Slam titles, putting her seventh on the record books.

Only the fourth player in WTA history to reach 250 weeks as the world’s top seed, Williams recently surpassed Chris Evert, who was ranked number one by a total of 260 weeks, by an additional week. 
The only players ahead of Williams are the retired greats Martina Navratilova (332 weeks) and Steffi Graf (377 weeks). Since Williams still actively competes and shows no signs of slowing down, it is likely that she will soon hold the all-time record.

A powerful server, Williams was once clocked at a peak serve of 128.6 mph (207.0 km/h), the third fastest in history, putting her behind her sister Venus (at 129 mph) and Sabine Lisicki (131 mph).

Accompanying Williams on the Philippine squad are Mixed Doubles Grand Slam titleholder Richard Gasquet, Wimbledon Championships WTA titleholder Lisicki, 2013 Australian Open Mixed Doubles titleholder Jarmila Gajdosova, the youngest Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) top 100 Borna Coric, ATP World Tour Doubles titleholder and Pinoy pride Treat Huey, and World No. 8 in men’s singles and Mavericks Team captain Mark Philippoussis.

The IPTL format will be similar to 2014, where world-class tennis pros will be grouped to represent teams from India, the United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Japan as an added fifth team in 2015.

“With its expanded lineup, season two of IPTL is definitely going to be bigger and more extraordinary,” PLDT VP and HOME Marketing Director Gary Dujali said. “The competition features more than 30 international tennis superstars, and with legend Serena Williams serving up our very own Philippine Mavericks, PLDT HOME Fibr is very excited to bring this level of premier entertainment to our Filipino sports fans.”

As a treat to customers, all PLDT HOME Fibr subscribers are entitled to a 20 percent discount for their tickets to the IPTL Philippine leg. They also get a chance to win VIP tickets complete with a red carpet treatment—two-way rides via the luxury car service Uber Black so that they can arrive at MOA Arena and go home in style.

PLDT HOME Fibr delivers powerful Internet of up to 1 Gbps, allowing high-speed browsing of multiple websites and the country’s first symmetrical speed service. Recently, it launched the new PLDT HOME Fibr Plan 2899 which offers 50 Mbps. Customers who apply before January 31, 2016 will have their speed boosted to 100 Mbps for the first six months of their subscription.

For more information on the country’s most powerful broadband, visit pldthome.com/fibr.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

AirAsia Travel Advisory: Self Check-In and Arrive Early At The Airport This Holiday Period

  • Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to scheduled departure flights
  • Utilize Web, Mobile or Self Check-In Kiosk services for your travel convenience
  • Pre-book sufficient check-in baggage allowance and inflight meals to avoid disappointment

MANILA, 30 NOVEMBER 2015 – AirAsia would like to encourage all guests travelling during the holiday period to conduct self-check-in and arrive at the airport earlier to clear all travelling formalities and avoid the expected congestion due to the surge of passenger numbers throughout this period.

Guests are recommended to arrive at the airport at least 3 hours for AirAsia flights prior to the scheduled time of departure of their respective flights and to perform Self-Check-In via Web, Mobile app or Kiosk services for their travel convenience.

Self Check-In via Web, Mobile or Kiosk services are available from 14 days and up to 1 hour prior to departure for all AirAsia flights. It is also highly recommended for guests to print out their boarding passes before arriving at the airport to ease their travel process.

For guests with baggage to check-in, Baggage Drop counters close 60 minutes before flight departure. As congestion is expected at the baggage drop counters, immigration checkpoints, security scanning, and baggage clearance during this holiday season, it is advisable to complete the baggage drop process and proceed to the boarding gate as early as possible.

The airline would like to remind guests that only ONE piece of carry-on cabin baggage weighing no more than 7kg and within the 36cm (h) x 23cm (w) x 56cm (l) dimensions are allowed. Guests are also advised to ensure they have pre-book sufficient baggage allocation for their travels, and can always add more baggage allocation via the ‘Manage My Booking’ feature on the website.

AirAsia Travel Advisory Self Check-In and Arrive Early At The Airport This Holiday Period

It is also recommended for guests to pre-book their meals online to avoid any disappointment and ensure their preferred meals are available during their flights. Pre-booked meals are available up to 24 hours before scheduled departure time via the ‘Manage My Booking’ feature as well.

Guests with group booking, reduced mobility or with special needs are only allowed to check-in at the counter and should allocate more time to clear all travelling formalities. Rest assured, AirAsia’s ground staff will be available at the airport to assist all guests with their travelling needs and to ensure a pleasant journey for everyone.

AirAsia would also like to wish everyone a pleasant journey and happy holidays ahead.
Keep updated with AirAsia’s latest promotions and activities via Twitter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) and Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Fast, Hassle-Free, Non-collateral Business Loans Now Easier for Cebuanos

Esquire Financing Inc. opens its first branch in Cebu City in its bid to boost presence and service-base in the SME market in the region.

With 99.6% share of about one million registered businesses and employing 64.9% of the workforce, according to the Department of Trade and Industry, strengthening the competitiveness of the small and medium enterprises (SMEs) is critical to the Philippines’ inclusive economic growth. However, due to collateral requirements, revenue-driven structure of banks, and high minimum loan amounts, only 20% of these SMEs are served by formal financing institutions.

Esquire Financing Inc. (EFI) is a direct response to the need of the underserved SMEs for a trusted financing partner. EFI provides fast, hassle-free non-collateral business loans tailor made to each SME’s needs, goals, cash flows, capacity, and financial position.

EFI Cebu Branch Service Officer Arjean Simbajon states that “as the first provincial branch developed, we will focus on maximizing our portfolio through our existing online application generation and tapping the market of not just Cebu but also for the whole Visayas area through EFI’s marketing initiatives.” In addition EFI President & Chief Operating Officer Navin Uttamchandani says “EFI is dedicated to building a distribution network that allows the one million businesses in the country to conveniently access our loan offerings. Our first branch in Cebu is but a small step in realizing this strategy.”


Interested business owners who want to apply may visit the office at G/F 148 Residences Pelaez St., Kalubihan, Cebu City or call the Cebu Branch at 032 2548204 or the Manila Branch at 02 8118888.

EFI is the country’s leading financing company that caters to the needs of SMEs. It was incorporated in 2011 and has since served almost 5,000 businesses around the country. It aims to fuel the dreams of entrepreneurs by providing fast, flexible, hassle-free and non-collateral business loans from Php 100,000 to Php 10 million to small and medium enterprises.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Motion Of Innovation In Cebu - Yamaha International Motorshow 2015

CEBU CITY, PHILIPPINES, JULY 23-26, 2015 — Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. delivered another stellar showcase in the form of their International Motorshow, this time in the City of Cebu. The event is centered on the industry shaking technology that is the Yamaha Blue Core engine, a creation that offers more power with less fuel which is now available in the Philippines. Specifically, it is equipped on 3 different units that were on display in the Motorshow. First, the Mio i 125, a refreshing combination of power and lightness accented by a stunning design that will make the rider feel extraordinary. The unit was made available to the public in the form of a free test ride that took place in the covered parking area of SM City Cebu. Next is the Mio Soul i 125, this unit has a bolder design with an aggressive front face for a daunting presence on the road. Last of Blue Core trio is the N-MAX, another addition to the max series that is now equipped with the latest in fuel efficiency; it also gives the rider a sense of comfort in any lifestyle allowing them to enjoy the vast sceneries in Cebu. 

The Motion Of Innovation In Cebu - Yamaha International Motorshow 2015

That would not be the only products on display; the R-Series that consists of the YZF- R1, R3, and R15 was also in the venue; The Super Tenere, MT-09, T-MAX, and Bolt of the Big Bike Category which is eagerly awaited by riders in the country. A new trend that just arrived this year, the Yamaha Tricity powered by the Leaning Multi Wheel technology was there alongside the AT units. Marine products were also present with Wave Runner and Outboard Motors; the Yamaha Power products had a complete lineup of generators for everyone to see. The displays weren’t the only attractions because there was a selfie promo where guests are asked to upload their selfies alongside Yamaha products to their facebook page with the hashtag #YMPHmotorshow2015 to receive a motion of innovation lanyard. That wouldn’t be the only freebie, because guests only needed to register to receive a free Yamaha Tote Bag, 360 Magazine, and stickers.

The Motion Of Innovation In Cebu - Yamaha International Motorshow 2015


The event was not short of exclusive entertainment with performances by Ballet Manila, Jessy Mendiola, and Yeng Constantino; plus a special appearance by Robi Domingo. In addition to that exclusivity, the Yamaha Club offered the brand new membership card that can be claimed on the same day of registration; a benefit that was only available during the event days.

The Motion Of Innovation In Cebu - Yamaha International Motorshow 2015


It was 4 days of excitement and exhilaration presented with ingenuity that redefines the landscape of the motor industry that is spearheaded by breakthrough technology that challenges the limits of the riding lifestyle; one that is recreated by Yamaha.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

“See you in Boracay!” 500 Startups’ Dave McClure to speak in 3rd Geeks on a Beach

“See you in Boracay!” were the words of Silicon Valley startup guru Dave McClure who will speak during the Geeks on a Beach (GOAB) international tech confab. GOAB will be making its third comeback on August 21-22, this time in world-famous Boracay Island where it all began 3 years ago.

McClure also​graced last year’s GOAB held at the Moevenpick Beach Resort Hotel in Cebu. He is prominent in the tech world as the founder of the 500 Startups, a global accelerator and seed fund investing firm that has set its eyes on Asia as one of the fastest growing tech communities in the world.

Before founding 500 Startups in 2010, McClure was already an angel investor frequently investing and advising in startups. He was also a consultant of several high-tech companies like Microsoft and Intel and worked for companies such as PayPal and Facebook.

“The Philippines is a country full of smart and creative people — it’s a perfect place for entrepreneurship to flourish and grow,” said McClure. He added that 500 Startups is interested in a number of startups in the country, though nothing has been finalized yet.

500 Startups has invested in over 500 startups or innovation-driven enterprises related to web search, social media, and mobile app platforms. It now has local partners in Malaysia (500 Durians fund), South Korea (500 Kimchi), and Thailand (500 Tuktuks). It is gearing for even stronger penetration in the Southeast Asian region.

PH is next


GOAB co-presenter IdeaSpace, the country’s largest privately backed incubator and accelerator, said that the Philippines should logically be the next budding tech startup destination but also added that much work still needs to be done to build the local startup ecosystem.

“We are committed to our vision of nurturing technology startups from the Philippines and the Southeast Asia to help them scale to the region and globally," said IdeaSpace President and Co-Founder Earl Martin Valencia.

"With all the sectors interested to support startups - private sector, academia, government and non profit - the country could be one of the worlds best environments for budding entrepreneurs," said Valencia. He also added that initiatives like GOAB help grow existing startups and inspire entrepreneurs to launch their businesses

IdeaSpace has co-invested with 500 Startups in startups like real-estate portal Zipmatch.com. ZipMatch.com co-founders John Dang and Chow Paredes met some of their investors in the first GOAB conference in Boracay in 2013.

GOAB lead organizer and TechTalks.ph founder Tina Amper meanwhile stressed the role of GOAB in helping making this a reality by bringing together startups, entrepreneurs, and designers to take part in a laidback yet dynamic and prolific interaction on tech, entrepreneurship and business opportunities.

“Participants get full attention of just about everyone in GOAB as it’s a destination conference. People have to be in Boracay for 2-3 days so you have multiple opportunities to meet people, network, deepen the relationship before you go back to real life. No need to travel abroad to meet international tech startup leaders as they are coming to Boracay,” she said

GOAB is unique as an international conference due its fun by the beach yet productive atmosphere that offers participants opportunities to not only learn the latest on tech and entrepreneurship but also to network and secure business deals.

“GOAB is Southeast Asia's most relaxed, friendly, and fun conference. Real relationships get made. Deals get done. And it's by the beach. You can't miss this,” said Khailee Ng, also of 500 Startups as its Managing Partner.

See you in Boracay 500 Startups Dave McClure to speak in 3rd Geeks on a Beach

Call for participants


GOAB organizers are encouraging those interested but have not yet registered to signup now to make the most of this rare experience. They particularly called on people in the tech industry who want to see what's new in live action to join GOAB.

“Even if you are not ready to make any career moves now, GOAB is the time to get yourself educated, start making contacts and friends who can help you in the future. You won’t be disappointed,” said Amper.

Existing businesses that are eager to use tech, online and social media tools to increase sales and profit are also encouraged to come to GOAB and learn about best practices and meet professionals who can help them deploy these tools.

She noted that even those working outside tech but are curious about what the fuss is about should come and feel the energy and hear how young entrepreneurs from the Philippines and Southeast Asia are building companies that help make the world a better place.

To register, sponsor, or inquire about GOAB, visit the website,www.GeeksOnABeach.com, follow @GeeksOnABeach in Facebook and Twitter @GeeksOnABeach, or emailhello@GeeksOnABeach.com.

TechTalks.ph has once again partnered with IdeaSpace​, SMART Communications, SMART DevNet,  PLDT Innolab, and the Department of Science and Technology-Information and Communication Technology Office (DOST-ICTO) to make the third GOAB possible.

Strategic partners include Sym.ph, Happy Garaje, and PRWorks with AirAsia, Amazon, 1337 Ventures, Monk's Hill Ventures, Plug and Play. Microsoft, Islands Souvenirs, Salarium, Frontier Ventures, RTI International and USAID-STRIDE as main sponsors.

TechTalks.ph is a non-profit organization that supports tech startups and promotes ICT careers in the Philippines. TechTalks.ph has organized 11 Startup Weekend workshops in the Philippines, and two Geeks on Beach tech confabs.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Sophie Paris brings Fashion and Beauty Caravan to Cebu

Sophie Paris, an international fashion and direct selling company, is now bringing the third leg of its Fashion and Beauty Caravan to Cebu.  The event will be held at the SM Cebu City Trade Hall on Saturday, August 15, from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Founded by French entrepreneur Bruno Hasson in 1992, Sophie Paris has grown from a home-based handbag manufacturing business to become a fashion direct selling powerhouse in Asia. Sophie Paris brings out the latest styles in fashion with its exclusive French-designed products at an affordable price. Sophie Paris aims to deliver happiness to its members by giving them income opportunities, helping them look great, and having fun all at the same time as a way of achieving success.

The company took the Philippine market by storm in 2002, straight away becoming one of the significant players in the country’s direct selling and multi-level marketing industry. Their French-designed products come in a wide range of variety with new styles exclusively available in monthly catalogs. Sophie Paris Philippines continues to grow with more than 500,000 members and over 140 Business Centers nationwide. Sophie Paris is also a proud member of the Direct Selling Association of the Philippines (DSAP).

Sophie Paris brings Fashion and Beauty Caravan to Cebu
Earlier this year, Sophie Paris Philippines brought its successful Fashion and Beauty Caravan to Manila and Davao. Now, SPPI will celebrate this event with Cebuanos who believe in beauty, fashion and financial independence.

“We hope to spread the Sophie Paris’ brand of empowerment so that our members can have a better future while enjoying and feeling good about themselves,” said Mr. Jomel Diaz, Area Sales Manager of Sophie Paris Philippines. The company lets members earn with its lifetime 30% discount and up to 15% in royalties. Sophie members and Business Centers also get the chance to win great prizes, including free international trips and an SUV for their hard work.

“The Sophie Paris Fashion and Beauty Caravan is more than just about fashion and beauty. Sophie Paris is dedicated in giving earning opportunities to more Filipinos to improve their lives and create a better future for their families. It is more importantly about inspiring Filipinos to take hold of business opportunities and work towards success,” said Mr. Diaz.

The event will feature a Fashion Show showcasing the Sophie Paris Philippines catalogs for both August and September, led by Mutya ng Pilipinas Finalist and Crowned Mutya ng Viva 2015, Ms. Sophie Paris 2014 1st runner-up Erin Fernandez. In addition, there will be guest performances from Jay Falinga – Cebu’s Vice Ganda, Type 1 Dance Crew, live bands, and a Zumba Party with Baby Jane Enad.  Inspiring success stories from leaders based in Visayas will be shared during the event, giving a glimpse of the fun and excitement members can experience by being part of the Sophie Family. Top performing Sophie Paris members and business centers will moreover be awarded.

There will also be a beauty & fashion booth featuring a wide variety of Sophie products from makeup, perfumes, bags, shoes, watches to garments. Raffle prizes and giveaways will also be given away. Anyone above 18 years old can sign up on the spot to be a member at the recruitment booth.
“We have an exciting day lined up for Cebuano Sophieniestas. Enjoy our make-over booth, cosmetic and fashion booth, photo booth and goodie bag free to all registered members. Be there as Sophie Paris delivers happiness to Cebu City!” Mr. Diaz concluded.

Registration for the Sophie Paris Fashion and Beauty Caravan will start at 10:30am. Tickets are available in Sophie Business Centers for Php 100 only.

For more information, go to www.facebook.com/SophieParisPh.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Globe Celebrates Booming Gaming Industry In PH With Country’S First And Biggest Nationwide Clash Of Clans Tournament

Gears up for the final #NextLevelKa COC tournaments in La Union and Cebu and the Ultimate Clash championships in September

Globe Telecom and Clash of Clans (CoC) Philippines, the biggest Clash of Clans community in the country, recently held the country’s first and biggest Clash of Clans Tournament and gathered hundreds of participants during its opening round held in Abreeza Mall in Davao and TriNoma Mall in Quezon City.

Globe launched the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans Tournament as part of its foray into mobile gaming to enable the Filipino digital lifestyle by giving customers access to top mobile games such as Clash of Clans for free with a GoSURF subscription.

The first run of the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans Tournament saw a total of 24 winners, 18 coming from the Individual sub-categories - Rookie, Master and Champion, and 6 champions for the clan match-up. Over the course of the 2-day tournaments, all participating Clashers put out their best strategies accumulating an overwhelming 50,000 game trophies.

Globe Celebrates Booming Gaming Industry In PH With Country’S First And Biggest Nationwide Clash Of Clans Tournament

For the Davao leg, Individual category winners are as follows: Rookie Category 2nd runner up: Francis Rodriguez (COC Name: DM5 Mariel); 1st runner up: Ronald Palangan (COC Name: DC Optimus); Champion: Lloyd Ampoloquio (COC Name: Nikki Manilaay). Master Category 2nd Runner up: Ferdinand Nazario (COC Name: Andy); 1st Runner up: Jay Mark Nuena (COC Name: Mark_14); Champion: Rex Villafuerte (COC Name: Jenex). Champion Category 2nd runner up: Marvin Aaron Pinuela (COC Name: Pot-pot); 1st runner up: Gherish Tinio Pasinio (COC Name: The weeds) and Champion: Nikko Manalo (COC Name: Shadow)

For the Manila leg, individual category winners are as follows: Rookie Category 2nd runner up: Alvic Ycascas (COC Name: Shintaro); 1st runner up: Rowell Cuan (COC Name: Lansky 13); Champion: Jeronimo Santillan (COC Name: ACC.Darenooo). Master Category 2nd runner up: Stephen Sanceda (COC Name: hsggdvdv); 1st runner up: Jopet Mejos (COC Name: manjyomethunder); Champion: Paul Paguio (COC Name: Anto). Champion Category 2nd runner up: Jonald Talosig (COC Name: deltaJD); 1st runner up: Immanuel Losanes (COC Name: Manny Knoxville) and Champion: Earl Benedict Zuniga (COC Name: erby)

For the Clan category, the winners in Manila are 2nd runner up: Clan Gaboon led by team leader Ryan Nel Panganiban; 1st Runner up: Clan Filipino Champs led by team leader Jeric Paniza and Champion: Clan Pinoy Playhouse led by team leader Edenlyn Garcia.

For Davao, the Clan category winners are: 2nd Runner Clan Mga Imba! led by team leader Iqard Murod; 1st runner up: Clan #NextLevelKa led by team leader Dave Richard Olaer and Champion: Clan Filipino Champ DC led by team leader Rhonson Ng.

“We are overwhelmed with the amount of support and participation that the gamers have given in the first round of our #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans Tournament. We would like to call on the rest of the Clashers to join the remaining tournaments scheduled on August 1 and 2 at the CSI Mall in La Union and on August 28 and 29 at the Ayala Center in Cebu and be part of the country’s first and biggest gathering of CoC players with exciting prizes up for grabs for the winners,” shares Raymond Policarpio, Head of Globe Prepaid Portfolio and Brand Management.

Finally, all the winners from the different tournament legs will meet in Manila for the Ultimate Clash Grand Championships that will be held on September 13, 2015 at the Glorietta Activity Center in Makati. Individual winners are set to take home over 50,000 worth of cash and gems while Clan champions will receive over 500,000 worth of cash and gems.

To qualify, interested players must be a Globe customer registered to GoSURF50, the telco’s consumable mobile data plan which gives users 300MB of data for only P50 valid for 3 days. Players should have a mobile device with internet connectivity and the Clash of Clans mobile game app and must be at least at Town Hall 3 and above to compete for the individual category or Town Hall 7 and above for the clan category. Troop level per Town Hall will not be considered. To register, players can just visit the Globe Prepaid booth located at the tournament venues.

As the purveyor of the Filipino digital lifestyle, Globe is conquering the mobile games arena with its GoSURF consumable data plan, which gives customers free access to top mobile games such as Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, Boom Beach, among others. With GoSURF50, customers get 300MB of data for mobile browsing, free access to Facebook, and an additional 400MB of data to access top mobile games and Spotify.

To know more about the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clash tournament presented by Globe Telecom and CoC Philippines and learn about GoSURF50, visit http://www.globe.com.ph/gosurf50, call 730-1010 or visit a Globe Store nearest you.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

OLX Promotes The Classifieds Lifestyle To More Filipinos

One year after its rebranding, OLX Philippines, the country’s leading buy and sell platform, announced it is now focusing on leveling the online classified ads   landscape to provide users with equal buying and selling opportunities.

Reaching out to more Filipinos

Shortly after its rebranding, OLX established an office in Cebu to reach out to more users in the Visayas and Mindanao regions. Earlier this year, it also merged with another classified ads platform. Through these adjustments, OLX continues to expand its reach and make online buying and selling accessible to more Filipinos.

“With the level of reach that OLX is attaining, we want to continue making it easier for more Filipinos to experience online buying and selling -- from the occasional sellers who are selling stuff for the first time to street-smart buyers who maintain a practical lifestyle,” says RJ David, Managing Director of OLX Philippines.

OLX Promotes The Classifieds Lifestyle To More FilipinosEnhanced user experience

OLX has implemented several product changes to make the experience more pleasant for their users. For instance, the platform is now highly optimized as the loading time of pages has sped up by as much as 70%. The sell form has also been simplified, allowing users to accomplish more in less time, such as selecting specific location for targeted queries and choosing item categories faster through the auto-suggest feature.

To keep the online buy and sell community vibrant, each ad comes with an improved report button that users can simply click in case they find suspicious ads. This is then directly sent to the OLX Support Team for investigation.

OLX has also removed its feedback system and reduced the number of free ad slots. “Implementing a limit to the number of free ad slots and removing the feedback system give us more quality ads and an equal selling opportunity to all types of sellers. At this point, our focus is to spread the buyer leads to as many sellers as possible,” explains David. Removing the feedback tool has increased the number of sellers getting buyer inquiries by 17% from 51,000 to 60,000 and the implementation of the paid limits has also resulted to a 38% jump from 43,000 to 60,000.

Amidst the changes, OLX remains to be a FREE online classified ads platform where all OLX sellers can still post items at no charge. Paying for additional ad slots is just an option since you can either delete items that have already been sold or remove inactive ads.

Making smarter choices

Steering towards helping their users become active advocates of the classifieds lifestyle, OLX has also introduced their newest content platform, OLX Yaman.  This is where they can get first-hand information and insightful tips about online buying and selling. It will also be featuring user stories and lifestyle articles that cover various topics such as cars, real estate, travel, fashion, and tech. Users can already browse OLX Yaman through www.yaman.olx.ph.

Ultimately, all these changes contribute to the company’s higher purpose of providing an opportunity for users to make smart and practical choices that can lead to an improved life.

Friday, July 31, 2015

MCIAA, UP Manila, Foundation Unite V. Worms

The Mactan Cebu-International Airport Authority (MCIAA) today signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the University of the Philippines Manila and UP Manila Development Foundation Inc. (UPMDFI) in a formal ceremony at the Waterfront Hotel in Lahug for an anti-worm drive in selected Lapu-Lapu City barangays.

The “War on Worms” corporate social responsibility project is part of the MCIAA’s 25th Charter Day anniversary and will involve technical assistance for school-based and day care center-based for Helminth control among pre-school age children in 5 yet to be identified selected barangays in Lapu-Lapu City.

“As we celebrate our 25th year, MCIAA continues to contribute to both local and national development through private and public service projects, of which the War on Worms is only the latest,” said MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete.

The project shall involve advocacy, capacity-building, social mobilization/health promotion and education, mass drug administration, and monitoring and evaluation as well as support for the conduct of National School Deworming Day among public elementary schools come January 2016.

MCIAA, UP Manila, Foundation Unite V. Worms

“We continue to make MCIAA an institution that inspires, sustains, and optimizes in order to give the best service not only to the riding public but also the rest of the community,” said Villarete.

Villarete signed the agreement in behalf of MCIAA. Signing with him were Dr. Carmencita Padilla, University of the Philippines Manila chancellor, and Dr. Nymia Pimentel- Simbulan, of the UP Manila Development Foundation Inc.

Duly recognized research personnel from the UP Manila College of Public Health Department of Parasitology will be implementing the “War on Worms” project.

For its part, the MCIAA shall disburse funds amounting to one million and sixty thousand pesos through the UPMDFI for the one-year operation of the project.

The MCIAA shall moreover give support for the production and distribution of health promotion materials, venue and food for orientations and workshops, and technical assistance relevant to the achievement of the PROJECT objectives.

The Airport Authority has launched a week-long series of activities starting last July 24 to commemorate its 25th Charter Day Anniversary. This will culminate this July 31 with the actual Charter Day Celebration and Awarding Ceremony at the Ayala Terraces in Cebu City.

The MCIAA, a Government-Owned and Controlled Corporation (GOCC) under the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC), has been managing the operations of the Mactan-Cebu International Airport for the past 25 years.

The Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the first and only airport in the Philippines to be issued an Aerodrome Certificate by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, making it one of the safest amidst being the second busiest airport in the country.

It is also currently undergoing the process of securing a triple ISO accreditation for the improvement of the airport’s management systems and operations as well as compliance with regulatory requirements to ensure the satisfaction of the flying public.

Built between 1960 and 1970, the Mactan-Cebu Airport does not only carry out air travel but also cargo and general aviation operations.

A new international terminal, called T2, is presently under construction and is set to be completed after three years by 2018. Studies are likewise currently underway for the construction of a second runway to service present and future needs.

Monday, July 27, 2015

GXI Expands Globe Charge Distribution Network Via Key Retail Partnerships

G-Xchange, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globe Telecom, has entered into a partnership agreement with four key technology retail companies in the country to expand the distribution network of Globe Charge mobile point-of-sale (POS) solution.

Under the arrangement, Globe Charge will be carried by over 250 partner outlets located in different parts of the Philippines namely:   AllPhones - 41 branches, MemoXpress - 138 branches,  PC Express - 38 branches, and Silicon Valley - 37 branches.

“We are very pleased to collaborate with the country’s leading distributors of computer hardware and accessories, mobile phones, and gadgets which play a vital role in bringing Globe Charge closer to its customers.  Through this partnership , small-and-medium sized enterprises will have more avenues to purchase Globe Charge credit card reader off-the-shelf and be able to use it immediately to accept more customers and generate more sales for their business,” said Xavier Marzan, President & CEO of GXI.

Marzan’s sentiment was echoed by the partners who also expressed gratitude for the tie-up. “GCash truly is an innovator in the mobile financial space. We are happy to be in partnership with them,” said  Allan Catli, Marketing Manager of AllPhones while Jobi Noel Business Development Head of Silicon Valley noted that they are "very grateful partnering with Globe since we both have good intentions in making connectivity easier for a wonderful digital life.”

GXI Expands Globe Charge Distribution Network Via Key Retail Partnerships

Globe Charge is a revolutionary service that enables entrepreneurs, small business owners, and professionals to accept credit card payments without the need for traditional credit card terminals. It allows businesses and professionals to accept MasterCard and Visa card payments, thus providing more payment options to customers, and resulting to more sales.

In order to use Globe Charge, a merchant only needs to have the following: Android or iOS device, Globe or TM SIM card with GCash account, Globe Charge Mobile Card Reader, and Globe Charge mobile app downloadable from Google Play or the App Store. It also works easily and conveniently with Wifi or mobile data, with no data charges for Globe and TM SIMs.

Aside from the retail outlets, Globe Charge can also be bought from Globe Stores and via the Globe Charge website www.globecharge.com.ph.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Globe Telecom First To Host Nationwide Clash Of Clans Tournament On July 25

Partnering with CoC Philippines, the biggest Clash of Clans community in the country with over 65,000 members

Globe Telecom, through its digital brand for the youth Globe Prepaid, is set to host the country’s first Clash of Clans tournament starting on July 25 with over P2 million worth of prizes at stake.

As the purveyor of the Filipino digital lifestyle, Globe is conquering the mobile games arena with its GoSURF consumable data plan, which gives customers free access to top mobile games such as Clash of Clans.

Together with Clash of Clans (CoC) Philippines, the biggest Clash of Clans community in the Philippines with over 65,000 members, Globe is calling on all Clashers to join the first-ever nationwide #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans tournament. Clashers are expected to bring out their best strategies in a series of two-day competitions that will be held in Manila, Laguna, La Union, Cebu and Davao. Globe worked closely with CoC Philippines to put up the tournament including its rules and regulations.

“The gaming community in the country is growing and it just shows how mobile gaming is gaining ground. We are excited to partner with CoC Philippines to bring the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clans tournament to CoC players and communities nationwide. True to its name, this will be a next-level gaming event where participants can meet and share a common interest. Globe is excited to mount these types of events because it gives us the opportunity to support the passions of our customers, specifically the youth, which includes gaming. Not only do we strive to offer them offers that suit their digital lifestyle, but also experiences and events that harness their passions and interests," shares Dan Horan, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe.

Globe Telecom First To Host Nationwide Clash Of Clans Tournament On July 25

Globe is set to giveaway over P2 million worth of cash prizes, gadgets and gems to the tournament’s finalists and winners.

To qualify, interested players must be a Globe customer registered to GoSURF50 which gives users 300MB of data for mobile browsing and an additional 400MB of data to access top mobile games such as Clash of Clans, Spotify, and Facebook for only P50 valid for 3 days.

Players should have a mobile device with internet connectivity and the Clash of Clans mobile game app and must be at least at Town Hall 3 and above to compete for the individual category or Town Hall 7 and above for the clan category. Troop level per Town Hall will not be considered. To register, players may just visit the Globe Prepaid booth located at the tournament venue.

Catch the #NextLevelKa Clash of Clash tournament presented by Globe Telecom and CoC Philippines on July 25-26 at Abreeza Mall, Davao; July 26-27 at TriNoma Mall, Quezon City;  August 1-2 at CSI Mall La Union and on August 28-29 at Ayala Center, Cebu.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Marvel'S New Onscreen Success Ant-Man In Manila, Globe Customers Gets First Viewing Privilege

Lucky GoSURF customers win coveted seats to an exclusive block screening of one of Disney’s most anticipated films this year

Globe Telecom customers are once again getting first dibs to see Marvel’s Ant-Man, one of Disney’s most-awaited movie releases this year, on the back of the telco’s comprehensive, and multi-year collaboration with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

Customers who registered to GoSURF earned raffle entries for a chance to win free movie tickets to the special block screenings of Ant-Man in partner-cinemas nationwide starting July 17.

One of the newest movies to hit the silver screen, Ant-Man is an action-packed and star-studded film, with Hollywood mainstays Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas taking front and center as the current and former Ant-Man. Scott Lang (Rudd), former con-man and heist-master, inherits a super-suit that grants him the ability to shrink in size but increase in strength from mentor Hank Pym (Douglas), the original owner of the Ant-Man suit. As Ant-Man, Lang is given the mission to pull off a larger-than-life heist that will, ultimately, save the world.

“Our partnership with Disney and Marvel continues as we give our GoSURF customers the exclusive chance to watch Ant-Man ahead of others. This is just one of the many ways that Globe chooses to flavor up our customers’ experiences and to continuously enrich the Filipino digital lifestyle,” shares Jil Go, Globe Vice President for Content.

Marvel'S New Onscreen Success Ant-Man In Manila, Globe Customers Gets First Viewing Privilege

The Globe Big Screen Raffle promo was open to all Globe mobile, Tattoo, and TM customers who have availed of any GoSURF subscription. Customers automatically earned raffle entries corresponding to the amount of the GoSURF plan availed. For example, customers who purchased GoSURF10 earned the equivalent of 10 raffle entries for the promo. Chosen last July 6, 2015, winners received two (2) tickets each to be the first to meet the world’s smallest superhero and have the Ant-Man experience during the exclusive premiere screening on July 17-18 and July 25-26.


The exclusive showing of Ant-Man is one of the many promotional activities that customers can expect from the telco’s partnership with The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia. Globe customers can look forward to more promotions, merchandising, and retail activities that will exclusively bring Disney’s latest theatrical releases closer to them.

Monday, July 20, 2015

AirAsia And Nikon Launch #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer Contest

Four Filipino contenders to travel around Asia with award-winning photographers;
Over 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points are up for grabs!

MANILA, 16 July 2015 – Two office workers, a car salesman and a barista are stepping out of their comfort zones and into the challenges of becoming the first AirAsia Travel Photographer for 2015. The #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest  is jointly organized by AirAsia and ThinkDharma Inc. (exclusive distributor of Nikon Digital Cameras) in partnership with AirAsia’s global loyalty programme, BIG which will award winners with over 200,000 BIG Points or its equivalent free flights to any of AirAsia Group’s 100 destinations.

Assisted by multi-awarded photographers from the Philippines and Malaysia as their personal coach, four pre-selected contestants, namely Velvet Lagman-Macasaet, an executive assistant and marathon runner; Sarah Garcia, hotel front desk officer; TJ  Nepomuceno III, car salesman; and Paul Delfin, an indie music fan and barista, will be traveling across Asia for one week starting July 21. Online voting via www.airasiatravelphotographer.com will be opened to the public in August 20 with Nikon cameras and BIG Points to be given away to lucky voters. Grand winner will be announced in September 11.

AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros led the launching of the exciting contest with Strategic Partnership Head Jenny Au and Senior Marketing Manager Caroline Wong of AirAsia BIG. ThinkDharma Inc., meanwhile, is represented by Abrigo Merin, Chief Executive Officer of OPAL, and Paolo Salazar, Head of Business Unit.

AirAsia And Nikon Launch #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer Contest

(3rd from L-R) AirAsia Photojournalist Adam Lee, contender Velvet Lagman-Macasaet, contender Sarah Garcia, Nikon pro and master photographer George Tapan, Business Unit head of ThinkDharma Paolo Salazar, AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros, Startegic Partnership Head of AirAsia BIG Jenny Au, Senior Marketing Manager of AirAsia BIG Caroline Wong, Nikon pro and photographer Raymond Cruz, contenders TJ Nepomuceno III and Paul Delfin with AirAsia cabin crew in their iconic red uniform at the recent launching of #IamAirAsiaTravelerPhotographer contest in Taguig, Manila.  

Four multi-awarded photographers and respected leaders in the industry will be part of the AirAsia Travel Photographer contest as mentors of the four contestants.  Nikon Pros George Tapan, Raymond Cruz, Parc Cruz and AirAsia’s resident photojournalist Adam Lee will be traveling around exotic places in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to help contestants capture their best entries across a range of categories that include landscape, food, portrait, architecture and travel.
Keep updated with AirAsia Travel Photography contest by using #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer and get the latest updates via Twiiter (twitter.com/AirAsiaPh) or Facebook (facebook.com/AirAsiaPhilippines).


Friday, July 17, 2015

Globe Telecom Unveils Slipstream 2.0-Exclusive MyLifestyle Plan

Customers get 3 months free Spotify Premium and HOOQ plus exclusive access to Huawei’s latest smartphones

Part of its commitment in enabling the Filipino digital lifestyle, postpaid leader Globe Telecom is offering a special edition of its revolutionary myLifestyle Plan for a limited time only in line with the staging of Slipstream 2.0 at the Bonifacio Global City, an event celebrating the journey of Marlon Stockinger as the first and only Filipino to make his way into the competitive world of Formula One racing.

Beginning June 25, 2015, customers who will avail of Plan 999 and up will automatically get 3 months of free access to the latest music hits through Spotify and best movie and TV titles via online entertainment service HOOQ. Plan 999 originally offers access to either Spotify or HOOQ only.

The offer comes on the heels of the telco’s commitment to provide customers a complete digital experience with access to a vast portfolio of entertainment content services such as music streaming and movies.

“We are happy to take the Slipstream 2.0-mania to the next level with our exclusive myLifestyle Plan offer available for a very limited time only. With the Slipstream 2.0-exclusive myLifestyle Plan, customers get full access to HOOQ and Spotify for 3 months for uninterrupted access to millions of songs and thousands of international and local movies and TV shows alongside their favorite devices,” says Erli Valdez, Vice President for Postpaid Business at Globe.

Globe Postpaid will also have its own booth at Slipstream 2.0, bringing to life Marlon’s highly-connected and fast-paced lifestyle. Located at the Bonifacio High Street, the experiential booth will allow the public to learn about the myLifestyle plans through various interactive activities. Guests can get to have their photos taken with the very first Go-Kart that Marlon Stockinger used to race in.  “Build your own myLifestyle Plan” games using Mega Bloks Hot Wheels will also pique on guests’ creativity as they vie for the exclusive freebies and prizes up for grabs.

Globe customers first to experience Huawei P8, P8 Lite and Talkband B2 with the limited edition myLifestyle Plan Combined with the limited-edition myLifestyle postpaid plans are the best smartphones and devices from Huawei that customers can fully enjoy. With its strong partnership with Huawei, Globe is offering its postpaid customers first dibs to the latest Huawei P8, P8 Lite and the TalkBand B2 to give users an enriched mobile experience with its revolutionary aesthetics and features.

In keeping with the breakthrough style and functionality of the P series, the Huawei P8 boasts of its minimalist design that comes in silver, gold, black and gray. It is only 6.4 mm thin and has a dual SIM card feature that works seamlessly with a 4G network. It also runs on the new Kirin 930 64-bit Octa-Core chipset that boosts performance.

The P8 Lite, on the other hand, is the mid-range version that also features a dual SIM card support, a 32GB microSD card slot and an octa-core Hi-silicon Kirin 620 CPU 8 at 1.2GHz. It also sports a 5-inch gorilla glass screen with a 1280 x 720 HD display, 5MP front and 13MP back cameras. It is equipped with 2GB of RAM, Android 5.0 Lollipop and a 2200mAh battery capacity.

Huawei also introduces its newest wearable device TalkBand B2, which has a more professional design which showcases smarter fitness tracking functionalities and enhanced synchronization with mobile devices. It is not only a convenient health management device, but also a perfect combination of a Bluetooth headset and sports bracelet.

The Huawei P8 is available for free at Plan 1999 with unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM, 5GB of data for mobile internet, Photo Pack for access to Instagram, InstaSize, PhotoGrid, PhotoRepost, all-month access to Facebook, freebies such as Navigation Pack, Explore Pack or Fitness Pack for 1 month, Gadget Care coverage for 1 month, 1 GB Globe Cloud Storage for 24 months, and exclusive free 3 months Spotify Premium and free 3 months of HOOQ access.

Meanwhile, the Huawei P8 Lite with the TalkBand B2 is available for free at Plan 1499 with unlimited calls and texts to Globe and TM, 3GB of data for mobile internet, Chat Pack for access to Facebook Messenger, Kakao, Line, Viber, WeChat, WhatsApp, all-month access to Facebook, freebies such as Navigation Pack, Explore Pack or Fitness Pack for 1 month, Gadget Care coverage for 1 month, 1 GB Globe Cloud Storage for 24 months, and exclusive free 3 months Spotify Premium and free 3 months of HOOQ access.

During Slipstream 2.0, booth visitors can also join the raffle for a chance to win a new Huawei P8 Lite and a TalkBand. Globe customers are also entitled to get exclusive discounts in Jamba Juice and Figaro at Bonifacio High Street, while the first 30 Globe Postpaid Blue customers can watch the event from a private viewing section along the race track. Eligible Globe Blue customers will receive an SMS invitation they can present to enter the exclusive section.

To know more about Globe Slipstream 2.0 and Marlon’s scheduled exhibition runs, visit www.globe.com.ph/slipstream or follow @enjoyGLOBE on Twitter and Instagram.

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