Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Never stop Learning at Gruenheim

Even if you have been in the business of selling since you graduated from college, there will always be something new for you to learn. You may have to learn new selling strategies or a new product to sell or how to improve your sales presentation. 
With this in mind, Gruenheim Philippines conducted a training seminar for its sales personnel with the objective of not only enhancing their sales skills and leadership. The goal was also to make sure that the team would be able to effectively communicate Gruenheim’s advocacies with regard to their products. 

Gruenheim GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 2014 and is based in Stuttgart, Germany and is a subsidiary of Luckner & Lahusen Group GmbH & Co. KG. It is a young and fresh trademark of high-end ecological, innovative and premium home appliances. It stands for products that combine functional, timeless and puristic design with impressive technical innovations. Gruenheim products are sold worldwide exclusively by authorized Gruenheim wholesalers.
Titled “Breakthrough in 2022 -- Culture. Nurture. Future: Doing Breakthrough Business the Gruenheim Way,” Andreas Luckner, CEO (Marketing and Sales), flew in all the way from Germany to share his learnings and to support the efforts of Mike and Andrea Gamez, President and Corporate Secretary of Gruenheim Philippines.

Facilitated by Al Ian Barcelona and Ruben Lanot, participants underwent high-impact learning sessions on personal mastery, sales leadership, NLP communication skills, effective habits of sales champions, business strategic planning and team building.
“After two challenging years of being unable to meet our goals, we felt that this would be a good time to undergo these learning sessions. It’s like refresher courses that will help you jumpstart your path to selling success.” ~Mike Gamez, President and Corporate Secretary of Gruenheim Philippines

Gruenheim Philippines also donated to Caritas Manila the home appliances from their clients that they trade in for Gruenheim machines. This is one of their little ways to give back to the community.
For more information about Gruenheim Vacuum Cleaner and other products, call 0917 5984968 or email

Gruenheim Philippines Inc. is a direct importer and distributor of GRUENHEIM HOME APPLIANCES from Germany, a line of high-end, ecological, innovative and premium home appliances. It is a direct sales marketing company aimed at promoting and distributing GRUENHEIM products in the Philippines.

Saturday, March 26, 2022

Empowering communities through #SocialGood

Residents from Foreshore, Tondo Manila can now utilize a fully equipped Super Health Center from SM

The private sector plays a significant role when it comes to economic growth in the Philippines by generating more jobs and contributing to our gross domestic product (GDP). Beyond that, it is also considered to be a driving force for inclusive and sustainable development in the country as more and more businesses employ corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives to address social and environmental concerns within the communities where they operate.

Aside from free medical consultations and medicines, SM also provides free diagnostics and laboratory services to stakeholders specially in grassroot communities.

By helping improve the quality of life of the people in these host communities, business is able to flourish. As such, CSR has become a key pillar of successful business management through the years. SM’s visionary founder, Henry “Tatang” Sy, Sr., put it best in his principle that social development and investment go hand in hand with business growth to achieve a better future.

The SM group has embraced the responsibility to contribute to nation building through its social good arm, the SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI). For nearly four decades, we have focused our resources, time, and reach to ensure that we are able to create opportunities wherever SM is present through social good
programs that are geared towards quality education, sustainable agriculture, healthcare, and disaster response.

SM Scholars General Assembly

Anchored on Tatang’s belief that education is the greatest equalizer, SMFI established the SM Scholarship Program in 1993 to provide the youth access to quality tertiary and vocational education. We believe that through our scholarship grants, SM will be able to contribute to eradicating the intergenerational poverty cycle by granting scholarships to economically challenged but deserving students. And to complement this and more importantly, to address the challenges being faced by our public school system, SMFI, together with social good partners such as SM Prime, we have provided school buildings equipped with key facilities and equipment to underserved communities.

Staying true to its commitment, SMFI is one of the first responders after the onslaught of Typhoon Odette

Another social good pillar of SMFI is sustainable agriculture that aims to address the dilemma of the aging farmer population in the country as well as the growing gap between supply and demand for local food sources. In 2007, the foundation launched the Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan (KSK) program to bring modern and sustainable farming skills and linkages in both rural and urban communities, empowering farmers to have food on their table and creating market linkage to provide them with economic opportunities.

Accessible healthcare and timely disaster response are also at the heart of the foundation’s advocacy. Through its Health and Wellness program, SMFI helps address the shortage of quality healthcare facilities in the country by constructing and upgrading health centers in host communities supplemented by medical mission activities nationwide. The Operation Tulong Express (OPTE), on the other hand, gives immediate assistance in the form of relief goods and medical services in collaboration with SM Supermalls and SM Markets to communities affected by calamities and disasters that frequently occur in the country.

SM Employees show their spirit of volunteerism as they help repaint an SM school building

During the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, SMFI was one of the first organizations to assume an active role in assisting in the pandemic response by expanding the reach and impact of the Health and Wellness program and utilizing its partnerships to extend a helping hand to frontliners and Filipinos nationwide, especially those in SM host communities.

Through these social good programs, we continuously aspire to be a development partner for our host communities and serve as model for other organizations in terms of bringing social development specially in areas where they operate. Implementing CSR involves a dynamic learning process given that social and environmental good are moving targets – and these cannot be fully achieved through one-time activities and decisions. Instead, companies should view and approach CSR as a process of continuous improvement that involves being constantly alert to new issues and considerations, which can be achieved through consistent community consultation and engagement.

SMFI donated PPEs and much-needed medical equipment to various hospitals nationwide to help fight the spread of COVID-19

And contrary to the notion that CSR is only an approach for large corporations and multi-national businesses, small and medium-scale enterprises can also have the means to benefit their respective communities in their own ways. In fact, they are more likely to effectively facilitate local-level CSR programs as they are more deeply embedded in their communities. Examples of these include sourcing of raw materials from community-based suppliers, matching and encouraging charitable work by employees, and even as simple as going paperless in their daily business operations.

CSR programs, no matter the size or scale, are valuable to the communities they are serving because of their pivotal role in promoting sustainable, just, and balanced development, and contribution in addressing social and environmental challenges.

Reno7 Series 5G is now officially available in the PH!

Global smart device brand OPPO, known for taking camera phoneography to the next level, recently unveiled its latest addition to its Reno Series, a line of mid-priced smartphones touted as #ThePortraitExpert. Promising to capture you in unlimited ways, the OPPO Reno7 Series  is now officially available in all OPPO Brand Stores, authorized partners, and official Lazada and Shopee stores. OPPO Reno7 Z 5G retails at Php19,999 and OPPO Reno7 5G at Php26,999.

Unlimited Ways to Buy Your #OPPOReno7 Series
OPPO also partners with Globe Telecom and Smart Communications for exclusive postpaid plan offerings.

You can get your Reno7 5G in select Globe Telecom stores, Free at GPlan 1999! Enjoy 41GB of mobile data package from Globe and receive a free AI tracker worth Php1,699. Subscribers may also get the newly launched OPPO Reno7 Z 5G device at GPlan1799 with no cashout and enjoy it with 37GB mobile data. The device will come with a 2-in-1 earphones speaker worth Php1,899. Globe subscribers will also experience unlimited calls and texts to Globe/TM to other mobile networks, unlimited calls to Landline, and free one (1) KonsultaMD subscription.

Smart subscribers can get the Reno7 Z 5G with Smart Signature Plan S at 1199 per month with a one-time cashout of Php 2,500, that comes with 5GB of mobile data package, Unli-AllNet Calls and Text, and 50 mins calls to PLDT. Enjoy the device with a 2-in-1 Earbuds & Speaker as a freebie item. For Reno7 5G, it will be available with SMART Signature M Plan at 1499 per month with a one-time cashout of Php 3,000, that comes 10GB Data, Unli AllNet Calls and Text, and 100 mins calls to PLDT. Enjoy the device with an AI Gimbal as a freebie item.

You can also get the OPPO Reno7 5G and OPPO Reno7 Z 5G at 0% interest installment plan with Home Credit for as low as Php1,082 and Php802 respectively.

#ThePortraitExpert for your unlimited shots
Leveraging on OPPO’s AI capabilities, the Reno7 5G is equipped with powerful portrait functionality so you can express every side of your personality through professional portraits. With a triple-rear camera setup with 64MP HD for its main camera, you can take DSLR-like portrait videos with a bokeh background effect thanks to its Bokeh Flare Portrait Video Feature, and clear, bright videos taken in any light level with its AI Highlight Video. Choose from up to 25 aperture sizes and take your best-ever selfies with its 32MP ultra-clear front camera powered with Portrait Mode.

Meanwhile, the OPPO Reno7 Z 5G will not let you down with its 64MP High-Res triple rear camera alongside its 16MP front camera. With Bokeh Flare Portrait, you can capture images with rich bokeh light spots just like a high-end DSLR camera and with Selfie HDR, you can snap clear selfies in dimly lit or backlit surroundings.

Unlimited performance for unlimited gaming
Your fast-paced lifestyle deserves a flexible and efficient device, like the OPPO Reno7 Series. Powering the Reno7 is the MediaTek Dimensity 900, while the Reno7 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 695, which ensures you’ll never have to worry about interruptions as you try to level up on the battlefield. With RAM Expansion Technology, OPPO’s newest smartphones can expand their original 8GB of RAM by up to 5GB to help you run multiple apps without the lag.

To let you conquer the mobile gaming arena, OPPO’s Hyperboost features provide a truly immersive gaming experience, thanks to AI Frame Rate Stabilizer, which ensures smoothness even as your gadget’s temperature changes, and Quick Startup, which loads frequently used apps in the background to help you get back into the game right away. 

Sync up with the unlimited
The OPPO Reno7 5G Series also boasts the powerful debut of the ColorOS 12, which syncs up to your lifestyle seamlessly and lets you focus on the things that matter. Some of its new features include Air Gestures, which lets you control your phone without touching it; PC Connect, which lets you link up to multiple devices simultaneously; and Anti-Peeping for Notifications, which hides content if it senses that someone else is looking over your shoulder. 

Unlimited power for unlimited use
To keep you on top of your games, movie marathons, or your 9-to-5, the OPPO Reno7 5G Series is packed with a 4,500mAh battery and OPPO’s own SuperVOOC charging technology, so you don’t need to worry about losing out on important moments. Save your battery life with OPPO’s unique features like Super Power Saving Mode, Super Nighttime Standby and Multi-cooling System

Sophisticated design for unlimited style 
The style-conscious users will not want for anything as the OPPO Reno7 Series features the iconic OPPO Glow Design, producing eye-catching colors for whichever gadget you choose. Reno7 5G comes in Startrail Blue and Starry Black, while the Reno7 Z 5G is available in Rainbow Spectrum and Cosmic Black. 

Talking about the screen, both phones have 6.4-inch AMOLED screens, with 60Hz refresh rates for the Reno7 Z 5G and 90Hz refresh rates for the Reno7 5G to provide a more vivid, smoother viewing experience. Moreover, the newest addition to the OPPO Reno series are Netflix HD and Amazon Prime Video Certified, allowing users to experience high quality streaming content in even greater detail.

To know more about OPPO’s latest Reno7 Series 5G, visit the OPPO Philippines’ official website at or its official Facebook page at OPPO Philippines.

About OPPO
OPPO is a leading global smart device brand. Since the launch of its first mobile phone - “Smiley Face” - in 2008, OPPO has been in relentless pursuit of the perfect synergy of aesthetic satisfaction and innovative technology. Today, OPPO provides a wide range of smart devices spearheaded by the Find and Reno series. Beyond devices, OPPO provides its users with the ColorOS operating system and internet services like OPPO Cloud and OPPO+. OPPO operates in more than 40 countries and regions, with 6 Research Institutes and 5 R&D Centers worldwide, as well as an International Design Center in London. More than 40,000 of OPPO's employees are dedicated to creating a better life for customers around the world

Thursday, March 24, 2022

InLife Sheroes Third Anniversary & Nation of Sheroes

InLife Sheroes Third Anniversary & Nation of Sheroes

Insular Life (InLife) celebrated the third anniversary of InLife Sheroes, its women empowerment movement on March 22, and called on Filipino women to be trailblazing masterpieces in their own right. 

Titled Obra Maestra, InLife Sheroes’ 3rd Anniversary celebration aims to build a nation of masterpieces made up of trailblazing women in various sectors of the society who create meaning and purpose for others. They are women whose simple acts of Sheroism have improved the lives of others. These women masterpieces who have blazed the trail in various ways make up a Nation of Sheroes.

“Today we celebrate the third year since we launched our ambitious program, the InLife Sheroes, with the goal of helping women to be financially independent, to live healthier, wealthier and meaningful lives.  Our target was to reach out to 1 million people in three years. We reached not just 1 or 2 or 3 million, but 7.6 million lives. We at InLife and InLife Sheroes will always strive to do good and bring out the good in people through our advocacies.  This year and onwards, we see InLife Sheroes as a movement that will flow, and grow even bigger and wider.” ~Nina D. Aguas, InLife Executive Chairperson

Empowered Women

Two Filipino women who have shown that they can make a difference in the world shared their experience and insights during the event.
Lorelie Quiambao Osial, the first Filipina to be named President and CEO of Pilipinas Shell and Country Chair of Shell Companies in the Philippines, is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, and digital transformation. She spoke about gender and corporate leadership. 

She talked how in her line of work, leadership really has no gender. She discussed her journey and success as a woman leader in an industry normally dominated by men, which she credits to her uniqueness and her being multidimensional—having many facets and wearing many hats as she goes through life. Her brand of leadership is transformative, where leaders inspire and motivate people to innovate and create change that will help and grow the business, and shape the future. 

Ana Patricia Non, who founded the Maginhawa Community Pantry that sparked the spirit of volunteerism among Filipinos during the pandemic, spoke about how her love for herself made her realize she has so much more to give to her community. She was the Grand Winner of the 2021 Asia CEO InLife Young Shero of the Year Award. 

The Award aims to honor young Filipino women aged 40 and below who have achieved recognizable success in overseeing organizations that advance the country’s economic or social standing in the eyes of the world. Among the young women who make up the first batch of the InLife Young Shero of the Year Circle of Excellence are: Malou Perez of Pawssion Project, Maureen Ledesma of Vesl, Charlene Tan of All Vision Solar, Anya Lim of Anthill Fabric Gallery, Nina Opida of Humble Sustainability, Karen Jane Salutan of Pinoy Indie Films Roadshow, Therese Clarence Ruiz of Rags2Riches, Ray Alyannah Ysabel Lagasca of Youth for Mental Health, Jenica Dizon of Waves for Water Philippines, and Atty. Therese Guiao of Parabukas. 

Ana Patricia Non, Founded the Maginhawa Community Pantry, Grand Winner of the 2021 Asia CEO InLife Young Shero of the Year Award

“Para sa mga kababaihan, nasa atin na ang pagmamahal, pagaaruga, lakas at talino. Nasa atin ang mga bagay para simulan ang mga pangarap natin. Dapat ang pangarap natin hindi lang para sa sarili kundi para sa community, (As women, we possess love, care, strength, and intelligence. These things will help us in fulfilling our dreams. We should not only dream for ourselves but our community as well). ” ~Ana Patricia Non, Founded the Maginhawa Community Pantry, Grand Winner of the 2021 Asia CEO InLife Young Shero of the Year Award

She reminded women that giving out food and goods is not a requirement, that they can help by providing their expertise to improve the lives of others.

“Kung ano yung expertise sa pinili nating larangan…pwede tayong magturo, pwede tayong magvolunteer. Iba-iba po ang paraan sa pagtulong at hindi din tayo mauubusan ng creativity.  (Whatever is our expertise in our chosen field…we can teach, we can volunteer our services. There are different ways to help and we will never run out of creativity in doing them).” ~Ana Patricia Non, Founded the Maginhawa Community Pantry, Grand Winner of the 2021 Asia CEO InLife Young Shero of the Year Award

A Nation of Sheroes

To encourage more women to participate in creating and multiplying random acts of kindness, no matter how big or small, and make life a little better for those who need help, InLife Sheroes launched the Nation of Sheroes. InLife volunteers recently went to three areas and volunteered their services in Baguio, Muntinlupa and Davao Cities. 

In Baguio, InLife volunteers packed and transported vegetables that they donated to the Maginhawa Community Pantry. This was done in coordination with Cordillera Landing On You, a group that helps Baguio farmers bring and sell their produce directly to consumers in Manila. In Muntinlupa City, volunteers helped pack art materials and hygiene kits for the wards of Elsie Gaches Village, a facility that provides care and rehabilitation for children and adults with developmental disabilities. In Davao, volunteers brought food and hygiene kits for the pediatric cancer patients of the Southern Philippines Medical Center who are temporarily sheltered at the House of Hope. 

How InLife Sheroes Started

InLife Sheroes was born out of the company’s aim to recognize women as a pillar of strength and empower them. In partnership with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank, it launched the campaign in 2019.

The campaign has four focus areas: financial literacy, health and wellness, women-specific solutions, and access to social and business networks. Through the campaign, women from different walks of life have gathered to learn more about how they can better take care of their health, finances, and overall well-being. 

To learn more about InLife Sheroes, visit

About The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd
Insular Life (InLife) is the first, largest, and only mutual Filipino life insurance company in the country with over 111 years of uninterrupted service. We apply over a hundred years of experience in financial protection, risk management, savings, and investment to help you make confident decisions for you and your loved ones. 

As a mutual life insurance company, our accountability is to our policyholders.  They can be assured of being protected by a company that has an asset base of over P148 billion and net worth of P37 billion. We have a nationwide presence in 53 branches all over the country, and an expanded digital footprint to serve our customers, wherever and whenever they want. Our success is anchored on the growth and security of our partners, policyholders and beneficiaries, because we exist to offer a lifetime for good for everyone. For more information, visit

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Get Back on Track After Flu and Other Ailments

Get Back on Track After Flu and Other Ailments

Flu is definitely bad news, especially when you have to worry about the ongoing pandemic along with it. There is always the possibility that the symptoms you are feeling could be signs of COVID-19. 

Get Back on Track After Flu and Other Ailments. Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU) is available in drugstores nationwide and via major e-commerce platforms.

The threat of the new COVID-19 variant BA.2 is making rounds on the news which means that we need to put our guards up once again to protect ourselves from getting sick, especially with flu.

At the onset of flu symptoms, it is mandatory that we address them right away with the right steps and the right medication, so you can get back on track.
This only means one thing: When you are experiencing flu symptoms, you need to address them right away with the right steps and the right medication, so you can get back on track.
The flu is a contagious infection caused by the influenza virus. It is usually accompanied by a cough or cold, and its symptoms could last from two to three days to about a week. These symptoms include clogged nose, sneezing, runny nose, headaches and body aches, fever. Having the flu can leave you feeling tired and restless the whole day, if not for several days. When you have the flu, it’s likely that you will need bed to alleviate its symptoms. 

Leaving your flu untreated could lead to more severe symptoms and a longer recovery time from the illness.  
To recover from the flu immediately, you will need to stay home and rest until your symptoms are better. This also prevents you from spreading it; it is important to stay away from children and the elderly as they are more susceptible to the flu’s more severe symptoms.
Constant hydration is also the key to recovering from the flu. You will also need to eat healthy foods during your bout with the illness, even if you have no appetite for it because of your condition.
Taking the right medication to treat your flu can also fast-track your way to recovery—like Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU), a multi-benefit solution to flu symptoms.

Get Back on Track After Flu and Other Ailments

Unlike other medications that deal with only one or two symptoms brought about by the flu, Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU) can address several flu-related ailments at once. It helps relieve clogged noses, sneezing, and runny nose and treats headaches, body aches, and fever. It is also formulated to relieve symptoms of other related ailments such as sinusitis and allergic rhinitis. This makes the product a valuable multi-purpose medication for every Filipino household.

Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU) can also be taken to relieve side effects brought about by the COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots. Common side effects of the COVID-19 vaccine include fever, cough, tiredness, headache, body aches and pains—symptoms that the medicine is meant to treat.
At PHP7.50 SRP per tablet, it is also one of the most affordable multi-purpose flu solutions in the market today. 

It’s always good to keep medications at home so you can easily bounce back from the symptoms of flu and return to your healthy, lively, productive self.

Phenylephrine HCl Chlorphenamine Maleate Paracetamol (BIOFLU) is a multi-benefit medication that provides relief for flu and related ailments. Learn more at this link. For updates, follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Get your supply online at the official Lazada and Shopee stores.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

New Tanduay Select TVC with Bea Alonzo Invites You to “Take Your One Shot To Make A Change”

“If you make the right choices, kaya mong magpasaya, kaya mong magbukas ng puso. Have the guts to choose para maitawid mo ang pagsubok (If you make the right choice, you can bring happiness, open hearts. Have the guts to choose, so that you can overcome obstacles). Every choice you make, kahit gaano kaliit, may kabutihang makakamit (Every choice you make, no matter how small it is, would achieve something good).” ~Bea Alonzo, Tanduay Calendar Girl

Tanduay Calendar Girl Bea Alonzo features in the latest Tanduay Select commercial, where she encourages people to take a shot at making the right choice.

“If you make the right choices, kaya mong magpasaya, kaya mong magbukas ng puso. Have the guts to choose para maitawid mo ang pagsubok (If you make the right choice, you can bring happiness, open hearts. Have the guts to choose, so that you can overcome obstacles).” ~Bea Alonzo, Tanduay Calendar Girl
the Kapuso actress says in the Tanduay Select commercial, as she shows the different ways one can make a change for the better.

Marc Ngo, Tanduay International Business Development Manager and Senior Brand Manager, said that the “Your One Shot to Make a Change” TVC seeks to inspire people not to waver with their decisions.

“People are constantly confronted with choices, and some of these choices have the potential to change the course of our lives. Bea is the perfect embodiment of this. She showed that getting out of your comfort zone can lead to new opportunities for growth.” ~Marc Ngo, Tanduay International Business Development Manager and Senior Brand Manager

Recently, Bea’s made a bold move as she transfered from her old home studio to GMA that initially surprised the public. With the new shows and endorsements that followed, she showed that she made the right choice for her career.

“We always have ‘what ifs’ in our life. What Tanduay Select wants you to realize is that your one shot or decision can be the change that you need or the change the world needs. You can create an impact or even inspire people, even just one person, to likewise make that change.” ~Marc Ngo, Tanduay International Business Development Manager and Senior Brand Manager

As Bea says in the conclusion of the TVC, “Every choice you make, kahit gaano kaliit, may kabutihang makakamit (Every choice you make, no matter how small it is, would achieve something good).”

Thursday, March 17, 2022

Homebright keeps yours loved ones happy, healthy and safe in this time of pandemic

Home is, indeed, where the heart is as it is literally where we and all our loved ones reside. And to keep a home happy and safe, we must keep those we love healthy as well. 

With Homebright disinfectant sprays, you can be assured of full protection at the most affordable cost. Compared to other brands, Homebright is competitively priced and one of only 2 US EPA approved Disinfection sprays in the Philippines that can truly state they kill 99.9% of all viruses including those that lead to Covid-19, ensuring that all Filipinos can provide the best protection for their families.

Offering greater convenience in this time of pandemic, Homebright provides a wide range of protection for every room and surface of your home with disinfectants, sanitizers, space deodorizers, and air fresheners. And for just Php 179 for its disinfectant sprays, you don’t have to sacrifice quality and efficacy for affordability. 

“With the current pandemic, the concern for health, safety, and savings is on every Filipinos’ mind. Homebright offers peace of mind and security by delivering protection and impressive efficacy at an affordable price. With our range, you and your loved ones are truly protected. A healthy home is happy home, too!” ~Paolo Castano, Consumer Insights Inc., the exclusive importer of Homebright Disinfectants

Homebright Disinfectant Sprays are available in stores nationwide, and come in five amazing scents: Fresh Lavender, Hawaiian, Country, Citrus, and Linen. So regardless of your tastes, you can easily find a scent that suits your home.

Homebright is available at SM Supermarkets, HardwareOne, Metro Supermarket, Mercury Drug, All Day Supermarket, NCCC Supermarket, Makati Supermarket, Fisher Mall, Landers, Cash & Carry, Unimart, Ever Supermarket, JC Plaza and FamilyMart plus many stores nationwide.

Follow Homebright on its official social media channels on Facebook, and on Instagram

Sustainable Living for Everyone

Today, living an eco-friendlier life has become much more manageable. With many simple yet effective ways to make our everyday lives more sustainable, and with many groups ready to help us take that first step toward a greener future, there is every reason to start today. Living a personal sustainable lifestyle can be impactful only if we do it together to preserve our planet for generations to come.
One of the best things to live sustainably is to reduce your carbon footprint. Many seemingly harmless daily activities can contribute to a higher carbon footprint or other greenhouse gases (GHG) in the atmosphere, leading to dramatic climate changes. An increased carbon footprint includes high electric consumption, driving our cars over short distances, and the excessive use of aerosols and air conditioners, to name a few. Try to identify and minimize these activities if you can, or look for more eco-friendly alternatives, if available.
You can also lower your carbon footprint by using energy efficiently. Use energy-efficient appliances, replace your old lighting fixtures with LED lights, and turn off energy-consuming items when not in use. Doing these eliminates energy waste in your home and helps you save more on utility expenses.
The 2020 Climate Transparency Report disclosed that the Philippines generated 1.18 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent per capita in 2017. The country will need to reduce its emissions to below 132 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2030 and below -198 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent by 2050. It is to meet the 1.5°C-compliant climate change mitigation goals of the Paris Agreement, of which the country is a signatory. 

Together with the Plastic Credit Exchange, SM Cares helps gather empty, clean, and dry plastic waste at select SM Supermalls nationwide. Plastic waste may be dropped off every day from 10AM to 5PM.

Another way to make your lifestyle more sustainable is to correctly manage and segregate your garbage. Sort and separate your waste by type (e.g., paper/carton, plastic, glass, metal, electronics, etc.). It helps to find out more about your community's waste collection and management policies. You can even make extra cash if you dispose of your non-organic waste through the proper channels.
You can also minimize the waste you generate at home. There are many simple ways to do this. It includes reusing plastic bags, opting for eco-bags when shopping, and avoiding single-use items. By being mindful of our food consumption, we can also significantly reduce food waste and packaging. 

The 2020 Ocean Conservancy and McKinsey Center for Business and Environment report that the Philippines ranked third among the world contributors to plastic pollution, with 2.7 million metric tons of plastic waste each year.

SM's Trash to Cash recycling market happens every first Friday and Saturday of the month from 10 AM to 2 PM across all SM Malls and select SDMC Malls nationwide.

As a responsible member of the community, SM has consistently implemented programs to inspire Filipinos to be more sustainable, educating them on the importance of sustainability and how to help protect the environment. It includes the long-running Green Film Festival, which features the free screening of environmental documentaries for students and other program partnerships that promote alternative options to plastic. 
SM also has projects that directly engage its mall-goers, focusing on solid waste management. These are the monthly Trash to Cash recycling market and the collection of used lead-acid batteries (ULABs), the Electronic Waste Collection program, and the Plastic Waste Collection program held in partnership with the Plastic Credit Exchange. To date, SM Supermalls have collected more than 11,600 kg. of plastic waste, 2,000 kg. of electronic waste and 908,000 kg. of assorted recyclable waste. 

Customers can drop off their electronic waste at bins in the Cyberzone and selected locations of SM Supermalls nationwide.

In addition, SM has been exploring renewable alternatives as its malls' energy source. For instance, in 2020, the company generated 9,620 MWh of energy from solar roof panels installed in ten different malls nationwide. The company has also completed solar panel retrofits in other malls. SM hopes to achieve its goal of having 50% of the energy it consumes being sourced from renewable sources by the end of this year.
"We have always been an advocate of sustainable living. Proof of this is the numerous environmental initiatives that the company has implemented. We build our malls with the environment and community in mind, and we make sure that our developments contribute to environmental protection. More importantly, we know that personal sustainability is key to achieving the green future that we want. We will continue to implement programs that encourage positive change within our community partners." ~Engr. Liza B. Silerio, SM Supermalls' Corporate Compliance Head
SM Cares is the Corporate Social Responsibility arm of SM Prime Holdings, with programs to support communities, promote social inclusion and care for the environment. Its CSR advocacies include the Environment, Persons with Disabilities, Women & Breastfeeding Mothers, Children & Youth, Senior Citizens, and the Bike-Friendly SM Program. 

To learn more about these programs, visit

Wednesday, March 16, 2022

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

Crocs (NASDAQ: CROX), a global leader in innovative casual footwear for women, men, and children, finally opens their much-awaited concept store at Bonifacio High Street.  

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street


#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

Crocs welcomes the summer heat with a full-on Crocs-tastic attractions that you can spot at the Bonifacio High Street grounds. The brand welcomes the crowd with a life-size ‘Come As You Are’ signage right in the middle part of the activity area. Few steps away and you can strike a Crocs-tastic pose at the Futuristic Podium, best to experience at night time to capture those rainbow-bright beam of lights. And lastly, play a cool pose besides the Jibbitz Tree casually hanging across the newly opened Crocs Concept Store. And if you still can’t get enough of that Crocs-tastic outdoor experience, make sure to check out the Crocs claw machine spotted right inside the store. Don’t forget to take a snap or two and share it on your social media accounts and put on the #CrocsIsHere hashtag.  

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

Love the iconic classic Crocs clogs

The re-energized concept store with a 68 square-meter floor area, is twice the size of its original built with unique experiential consumer journey begins with the highly popular jibbitz bar where customers are encouraged to choose their blank canvas (classic collection) as a form of self-expression. The maximized spaces, easy reach accessibility and fully stacked display featuring wide product assortment, consumers will be able to find a pair that best suits their needs.  

Be on-trend as you hit the different summer destinations with well-loved iconic classic collection, summer sandals, flips and slides.  Crocs can take you anywhere with its comfortable, easy wearability and stylish designs that you’ve always wanted. 


Crocs Classic Clogs

Iconic marries comfort, the Classic Clogs are dubbed as the next generation of shoe designed by Crocs footwear. A lightweight clog choice for both men and women and it continues to win hearts of unbelievers old and young alike. 


Crocs Solarized Clog

This season, the Solarized collection is about bright graphics combine with iconic Crocs comfort featuring a unique, bold graphic, it’s the fun, stylish clog that you're sure to fall deeper in love with day after day. Grounded in comfort, spiked with personality. 


Crocs Marbled Slide

Crocs Marbled Classic Clog

While all marbled shoes have the same wavy look, no two shoes are exactly alike. The new marbled Croslite™ material creates a colorful effect that is completely unique. Now is the best time to gear up for the ultimate adventure in the new Marbled Collection. 


#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

More choices to dig in!

Choose your favorite Jibbitz

The jibbitz bar has been hugely popular with Crocs fans and new fans. With more than 250 JibbitzTM selections from Fun, symbolic and sentimental charms to represent your unique self to the world on your favourite Crocs shoes.

Crocs Claws

Catch the Crocs-static installations at Bonifacio High Street from March 10-24. You can also get a chance to win a shopping spree.  Get 3 attempts for a minimum purchase of Php 3,000 starting March 11.

#CrocsisHere at Bonifacio High Street

This summer, the classic collection will continue to grow with new Classic products added to the line. Just like our Jibbitz™ Charms, each shoe is our icon collection is itself an opportunity for self-expression. So, watch out for more exciting activations prepared by Crocs PH in the coming months!

About Crocs, Inc.
Crocs, Inc. (Nasdaq: CROX) is a world leader in innovative casual footwear for women, men, and children, combining comfort and style with a value that consumers know and love. The vast majority of Crocs™ shoes contain Croslite™ material, a proprietary, molded footwear technology, delivering extraordinary comfort with each step.

learn more about Crocs Philippines or our global Come As You Are™ campaign, please visit or follow Crocs Philippines Facebook Page and Instagram for more details for updates. 

Saturday, March 12, 2022

How Artists Can Make Money on Gigz?

People used to say, "You will never make any money as an artist." Now it's time to throw away the negativity and pick up some real hope, because in this digital (and pandemic) age, Gigz is changing the game for artists. 

If you’re an artist who’s struggling to replace lost revenue streams in the wake of the current pandemic, 
Gigz may just be the solution you need.  In today's world, there are more opportunities than ever which allow entertainers (musicians, comedians, etc.) to do what they love and generate a sustainable income. And as long as you're willing to put in the time and work, you too can reap the incredible rewards of this new age by being creative enough. 

Gigz was founded in 2021, providing an online platform to help entertainers earn by simply uploading their videos or performances. The platform features music, comedy, video podcasts, films, events, and more.  

It operates in a way similar to YouTube except that Gigz has a donation button that allows fans and followers to contribute any amount to support their favorite artists. 

Moreover, entertainers can choose to price their performances for fans to pay and watch anytime on-demand, and on any device.  Additionally, Gigz marketing efforts help raise artists’ profiles and create awareness to allow artists to be discovered globally. Signing up as an Artist is easy on Gigz. Simply log in to the website (, create your account by providing your email address, and assigning a password, and upload a profile photo and profile video – and you are ready to create content and start monetizing!

Friday, March 11, 2022

InLife, GCash Partnership Sees P196M Transactions in 2021, Raises Women’s Role in the Digital Economy

InLife and GCash Partnership

Insular Life (InLife) recorded P196 million worth of transactions made through GCash from January to December 2021. This came from forty-six thousand transactions that were recorded using the GCash app for payments for various InLife insurance products. 

But more than a channel to collect premium payments, the partnership between InLife and GCash serves a more meaningful purpose – inclusion. 

“Our partnership with GCash, the largest FinTech platform in the country, is the latest and, by far, the widest net we are casting in our financial inclusion agenda for women. GCash breaks the barriers for the millions of the unbanked to avail themselves of financial services and health solutions at the most convenient and safe way.” ~Nina D. Aguas, InLife Chairperson

Nina D. Aguas, InLife Chairperson

InLife term life insurance and accident insurance plans that do not need medical examinations are now available through GCash since last year.  It also made the affordable emergency prepaid cards of its health subsidiary, Insular Health Care (IHC), available through GLife. The move is in line with InLife’s advocacy of promoting financial inclusion and empowering women through technology.

  • Empowering Women Through Financial Inclusion 
InLife and GCash Partnership
“The Covid-19 pandemic has shifted the attitudes and behavior favorably toward getting adequate healthcare and insurance coverage. And data shows that it is the women who are active seekers not necessarily for themselves, but for their husbands, children, or parents.” ~Nina D. Aguas, InLife Chairperson

She noted that because of its reach and wide use, GCash is very suitable in influencing the health and financial security of the bigger communities, especially those who are financially excluded.

In her message during the event, GCash President and CEO Martha Sazon said that their partnership with InLife has enabled them to bring affordable and accessible insurance coverage to everyday Filipinos.

“This has allowed them access to relevant products ranging from life insurance to health care coverage through InLife and InLife Health Care, respectively. We are providing more Filipinos access to get covered more quickly and conveniently, giving them and their loved ones peace of mind. This is another step forward in our pursuit of financial inclusion – where we strive to make financial services more accessible to all Filipinos, especially for the unbanked and underbanked. Through our app, they now have access to digital financial services – even as the banking penetration remains low. Usage of our app is at an all-time high, as people now think of GCash as a digital life hack and more than just an e-wallet.” ~Martha Sazon, GCash President and CEO

Martha Sazon, GCash President and CEO

  • Inspired by the Sheroes Movement
IHC President and CEO Noemi G. Azura disclosed that their experience in the InLife Sheroes Movement, InLife’s women’s advocacy program, made them realize the importance of digital channels to reach Filipino women.

In a nationwide study conducted by InLife in 2018 for its Sheroes program, it learned that Filipino women are the primary caregivers in the family, including extended ones. 

"We realized that online storefronts are viable distribution channels to reach more women who are looking for affordable protection products for life and health for their family. While tech is not usually a field women are associated with, our team at GCash is proof that it can happen – with women making up around half of our employee base.” ~Noemi G. Azura, IHC President and CEO
Noemi G. Azura, IHC President and CEO

She added that digital technology is effective in terms of promoting awareness about the program, and in delivering educational activities on health and personal finance.

Ms. Sazon said that they are celebrating their partnership at a special time – Women’s Month.

  • Addressing Challenges in Financial Inclusion
“It is our hope that millions of Filipinos will enjoy peace of mind knowing that they have life and health insurance coverage for themselves and their loved available through GCash.” ~Nina D. Aguas, InLife Chairperson

InLife and GCash Partnership

During the launch, InLife and GCash executives also took the time to discuss the challenges of financially empowering women and how both companies can address them.

Insular Health Care Head of Sales and Marketing Division Tricci Rose A. Sadian; InLife Vice President and Head of Digital Sales Distribution Geraldine G. Pascual; and GCash Assistant Vice President and Head of Financial Services, Distribution, BPO & CICO for Enterprise Kim Pineda shared their insights on financial inclusion for women. They also discussed the various products and services of InLife and GCash that cater to women.

About The Insular Life Assurance Company, Ltd
Insular Life (InLife) is the first, largest, and only mutual Filipino life insurance company in the country with over 111 years of uninterrupted service. We apply over a hundred years of experience in financial protection, risk management, savings, and investment to help you make confident decisions for you and your loved ones. 

As a mutual life insurance company, our accountability is to our policyholders.  They can be assured of being protected by a company that has an asset base of over P148 billion and net worth of P37 billion. We have a nationwide presence in 53 branches all over the country, and an expanded digital footprint to serve our customers, wherever and whenever they want. Our success is anchored on the growth and security of our partners, policyholders and beneficiaries, because we exist to offer a lifetime for good for everyone. For more information, visit

About GCash
GCash (G-Xchange, Inc.) is the #1 Financial App in the Philippines. Through the GCash App, customers can easily purchase prepaid airtime; pay bills at over 1.3k partner billers; send and receive money anywhere in the Philippines, even to other bank accounts; purchase from over 4.5M partner merchants and social sellers; cash-in and cash-out at over 170k partner agents; and get access to savings, credit, insurance and invest money all at the convenience of their smartphones. GCash is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mynt (Globe Fintech Innovations, Inc.).

GCash was recognized by The Asian Banker (TAB) and by the IDC in 2021 for its outstanding digital financial inclusion programs impacting more than 55 million Filipinos in the country today.