Saturday, July 30, 2022

Air Fryers and More Go on Sale on Hanabishi ShopeeMall this August 2



Hanabishi Appliances will hold a one day-only sale this coming August 2 in its official store in Shopee Mall. The “August-2 Ko” sale will include the brand’s most popular products at up to 30 percent discount.

These include the Hanabishi Air Fryer (HAFRYER70), Desk Fan The Wind (12T TW12T), Slow Juicer (HSJ1500).






The Hanabishi Air Fryer (HAFRYER70) has a seven-liter capacity, with 1 to 30 minutes cooking time setting. It also has an easy-to-use temperature control, a non-slip base, and comes with a frying basket and cabinet.

If you’re looking for a new fan, there’s the Hanabishi Desk Fan The Wind (12T TW12T). It is a good addition to your living room, dining room, bedroom, and any area in your home that needs a little bit of cooling during hot days.

For those who practice a healthy lifestyle, the Hanabishi Slow Juicer (HSJ1500) is a great product to help you achieve your health goals. It has an 800-milliliter juice cup and rubbish jar and comes in a stainless steel housing.


  • More Discounts

Other Hanabishi products are also available at discounted prices. Don’t miss the Flash Sale, which will offer up to 25 percent discount on select items.

A P50 discount voucher can be applied to all items, and a shipping voucher of P50 can also be used for a minimum spend of P500. Buy two products, and enjoy an additional P30 off on select items.

Start adding to your cart now, and don’t forget to mark your calendars on August 2.

Follow Hanabishi Appliances on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about its latest promotions and new products. You can also visit its website, www.myhanabishi.com, to see more of its appliances.

  
 











About Hanabishi: 
Sa Bahay at sa Business Mo, Hanabishi!
Hanabishi is a Filipino household name for appliances for over 35 years. It is a brand engineered to fit the lifestyle of the Filipino both for homes and businesses.  Hardworking, durable and resilient, are the attributes that personify Hanabishi making it the brand of choice of every Filipino mom and businessman when it comes to value and practicality. Hanabishi is the mark of quality that grows with you through the years.  Built with passion and an impeccable desire to uphold the quality of life in every Filipino home, Hanabishi will remain to be the PRACTICAL choice and KAPARTNER, today and for the many years to come.

For more information about Hanabishi, please visit www.myhanabishi.com/shop/ and  like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/MyHanabishiAppliances/.







Wednesday, July 27, 2022

Have a #WorthEat Day with the New Subway® Chicken Katsu Curry!



Being physically fit and healthy is Mike’s regular regimen. More than going to the gym, Mike wants to achieve a body goal fit for his fast-paced career lifestyle. Burning those fats and maintaining healthy food options is a priority for him to stay fit and active day in and day out!

For Mike, what’s a better way to satisfy those cravings and get you back on track than with the newest Subway® Chicken Katsu Curry

From July 6 to September 27, 2022, savor Subway® Philippines' new curry sauce favorite to spice up your Chicken Katsu, your #wortheat quick meal after a refreshing day at the gym. The curry sauce is also available for the Cheese Steak Meal.

The Chicken Katsu Curry ala carte price starts at Php 155 for the 6-inch sub, Php 300 for the footlong sub, Php 165 for the wrap, and Php 205 for the salad.

The Cheese Steak Curry ala carte price starts at Php 165 for the 6-inch sub, Php 320 for the footlong sub, Php 175 for the wrap, and Php 215 for the salad.

You can also enjoy it as a regular meal with a 22-oz drink and 2 pieces of cookies for an additional fee of Php 85.

Treat yourself to a Subway® Chicken Katsu Curry. It will give you the energy and motivation you need for your next healthier workout session.To keep pushing forward, make sure not to miss out!

You can get these tasteful meals through dine-in and takeout transactions and/or delivery through Messenger "BOTTY".

For more information on the latest Subway® #BetterChoice promos, visit www.fb.com/SubwayPhilippines








ABOUT Subway®
As one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant brands, Subway serves freshly made-to-order sandwiches, wraps, salads and bowls to millions of guests, across more than 100 countries in more than 37,000 restaurants every day. Subway restaurants are owned and operated by Subway franchisees – a network that includes more than 20,000 dedicated entrepreneurs and small business owners – who are committed to delivering the best guest experience possible in their local communities.  Visit www.Subway.com for more information.

Subway® is a Registered Trademark of Subway IP LLC. © 2022 Subway IP LLC.







Monday, July 25, 2022

SM Supermalls welcomes you into a new era of change



The honest truth: No one came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in quite the same way. The pandemic was an isolating period of self-discovery, emotional growth, and life-altering realizations. It changed people, and in the process, it shaped the way so many of us view ourselves and the world around us.

Because of this, consumer tastes and behaviors have shifted. Where in a pre-pandemic world, people often spent on luxuries and experiences that allowed them to celebrate their accomplishments, studies show that consumers now want a different experience, one that is kinder and more embracing of the changes that each individual had gone through in the past 2 years. People are now prioritizing their personal wellness and supporting products and services that champion growth.

As consumer tastes have shifted, brands are starting to adapt to these changes. And true to its foundational commitment to make people happy, SM is ready with a host of new offerings as the entire brand is poised for a refresh this year.

“The history of SM Supermalls is one that has been built on innovation and change to serve the needs of millions of Filipinos. We’ve been with our customers through their every milestone for almost four decades. And we are committed to always changing, always growing with our customers in the years and decades to come. I believe that now more than ever, it is important to recognize the new changes to our world. And people are continuing to grow as they invest in experiences that uplift their lives.” ~Steven Tan, SM Supermalls President


SM Supermalls: Welcoming Every Change in You

SM continues to stay true to its mission to provide Filipino families with a fun and engaging in-mall experience so they can go home with a smile on their faces.

There will always be a plethora of experiences for each person who comes through SM’s doors. This is true for the various personalities that emerged during the pandemic; from eco-warriors and Plantitas to health buffs and sports personalities who embraced biking, healthy eating, and home gyms, and bakers and homemakers who turned their passion projects into small businesses.




Ushering the Future with the Transformation of SM Supermalls

In the next few months, Filipinos across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will get to experience the wellness-oriented and sustainability-driven transformation of SM Supermalls with a host of new and exciting activities. These include paw parks for pet moms and dads, al fresco dining areas for hangout groups, plant hubs for eco-enthusiasts, bike facilities for the growing cycling community, co-working spaces, experiential retail, blockbuster and larger-than-life cinema escapades and so much more. 









As SM’s brand refresh campaign ushers in a newness to the Philippine mall experience, curious visitors, foodies, friends and families will have much to rediscover. So come on in, you’re always welcome here! 

For more information, follow SM Supermalls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls to experience what’s new in any SM Supermall near you today!

Friday, July 22, 2022

Samsung Philippines supports Korea’s bid for the 2030 World Expo

World Expo banner at Samsung Experience Stores


Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. (SEPCO) recently installed signages in its store locations nationwide to express its support for Korea’s bid for the 2030 World Expo. Digital signages in high traffic areas including malls and airport terminals are also set to be launched soon.

Samsung has a total of six business entities in the Philippines that employ over 8,000 Filipinos. Aside from consumer electronics, Samsung’s products and services in the country range from trading to electronic components, software & apps development, and even marketing services. SEPCO for one has been in the country for 24 years, consistently setting the bar for the industry with its latest models and products innovations including smartphones, digital appliances, TV, and monitors among others.


Samsung recently installed signages in its store locations nationwide to express support for Korea’s bid for the 2030 World Expo. Photo shows Min Su Chu, president of Samsung Electronics Philippines Corp. in one of its store locations.


With its natural endowments and rich history, Busan has become a world-class city for tourism and culture. It has also grown into becoming one of the world’s hotspot destinations for international conventions.

Samsung firmly believes that Busan will emerge as the preferred venue for the 2030 World Expo. 

“We will continue to carry out other activities to support this bid here in the Philippines." ~Min Su Chu, the president of SEPCO

















About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

BPI, Ayala Foundation launch donation campaign the arts and culture way

BPI, Ayala Foundation launch donation campaign the arts and culture way

*Photo credits Mac Vasquez

The Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) partners with Ayala Foundation, Inc. (AFI), the social responsibility arm of the Ayala Group of Companies, for a donation drive that aims to encourage BPI cardholders to donate to Ayala Foundation to promote arts and culture in the country. 


BPI, Ayala Foundation launch donation campaign the arts and culture way


The two institutions signed their partnership for this donation campaign in a ceremonial signing held on July 20 at the Ayala Museum. 

“We invite our generous BPI Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cardholders to participate in this effort while deepening their knowledge of the local art scene. This is as the Bank continues to aspire to be at the forefront in championing Philippine art through various initiatives for better arts awareness and appreciation.” ~Jenelyn Z. Lacerna, SVP and Unsecured Lending and Cards, Products and Sales Head, BPI

Promo rewards also await BPI Cardholders participating in the donor drive. Starting July 27, 2022, BPI Credit, Debit and Prepaid Cardholders can participate by donating to Ayala Foundation’s Education Program. Every P1,000 or greater donation using a BPI Credit, Debit or Prepaid Card will contribute to funding children’s education. As a token of gratitude, every donation comes with a free ticket to the Ayala Museum.


(L-R):  Ayala Foundation Senior Director of Arts & Culture Ma. Elizabeth “Mariles” L. Gustilo; Bank of the Philippine Islands SVP and Unsecured Lending and Cards, Products and Sales Head Jenelyn Z. Lacerna; and Ayala Foundation Chief Finance Officer Rosallie “Challie” Abela - Dimaano.


As one of the leading private museums in the country, the Ayala Museum makes Philippine history, art, and culture accessible to the public through engaging exhibitions and exciting cultural programs. The Ayala Museum uses both traditional and non-traditional platforms to present our country’s rich heritage in fresh, engaging, and innovative ways.

“Our collection has delighted the arts and culture enthusiasts among the BPI Cardholders. We welcome those who have not joined in this effort yet as we invite them for a very enriching experience at Ayala Museum, as part of our mission to build and nurture partnerships to achieve impact, scale, and sustainability for everyone involved.” ~Ma. Elizabeth “Mariles” L. Gustilo, Senior Director of Arts & Culture, Ayala Foundation

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Capitol Medical Center celebrates 52nd anniversary with ISO certification, gala



Capitol Medical Center (CMC), a premier medical institution based in Quezon City, recently celebrated its 52nd anniversary with a gala celebration to honor hospital service awardees from the medical staff and employees. 
 
The celebration was made more memorable as CMC received its ISO Certificate from the Certification International Philippines for conforming to the Quality Management System requirements of ISO:9001-2015.
 
Held at the Matrix Creation Events Venue last June 17, 2022, 27 doctors were recognized for rendering from 35 years to 45 years of service. On the other hand, 68 employees were given awards for their service and loyalty to the institution. Recognized were employees who have worked at CMC for five to 35 years.

Another significant highlight of the anniversary celebration was the handover of the ISO certificate by Renato Navarette, President of Certification International Philippines, to the CMC management represented by Rhais M. Gamboa, CMC Chairman of the Executive Committee; Victoria Tan, CMC President; Dr. Ma. Mystica Flodalyn Bautista, Quality Management Representative; Gil Faustino; Finance Director and Norielee Magsingit, Nursing Service Director. Also, on hand to witness the activity were Drs. Maria Realiza Henson, Corazon Logarta, Members of the Board, and other officers of the Medical Staff.




Last March 23 to 25, 2022, CMC underwent a comprehensive online audit of its processes and procedures to establish its conformity with the Quality Management System requirements of ISO:9001-2015 and the Department of Health for healthcare facilities.

“Passing the ISO Accreditation is a testament of CMC’s commitment to continuously improve on its service delivery through increased customer satisfaction, patient safety and clinical excellence across all of the organization.” ~Rhais M. Gamboa, CMC Chairman of the Executive Committee
 
The gala celebration was CMC’s first face-to-face gathering of its Medical Staff and employees in two years.

“The 52nd anniversary celebrates CMC’s relentless spirit as an organization to continue to persevere, committed to give the right care all the time, being sensitive to the needs of our clients and constantly thriving to face a changing competitive landscape in delivering quality healthcare.” ~Victoria Tan, CMC President



CMC is a tertiary hospital located along Quezon Avenue cor. Sct. Magbanua. It is equipped world-class medical practitioners and state-of-the-art facilities that is ready to serve and fulfill its mission of providing the “Right Care, Right Here” at CMC. 

Monday, July 18, 2022

Mall of Asia (MOA) Complex: A sterling landmark of disaster resilience



We all know that the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) is a popular destination for unforgettable gastronomic and recreational experiences, but did you know that the 67-hectare Mall of Asia Complex where MOA stands is engineered to withstand disasters caused by natural hazards?

The foundation of the Mall of Asia Complex was built to be safe and secure because SM Prime Holdings, Inc., one of Southeast Asia’s largest integrated property developers incorporates disaster resiliency measures in every project, with the MOA Complex as one of its biggest investments.

SM Prime collaborated with a team of local and international experts to ensure the feasibility of both water and land before the MOA complex was built and once finalized, Belgium’s renowned coastal development construction company, Jan de Nul, developed it from the ground up.

The reputable Jan de Nul made sure the terrain was stable and the complex’s roads were made resistant to earthquakes and erosion, in accordance with the National Structural Code of the Philippines and approved by both the Philippine Reclamation Authority and the National Government.

Three important disaster resiliency features were used in protecting the Complex and the coastal community of Pasay from tides and waves: One, a three-kilometer seawall built to stand against liquefaction; two, a meter-high inverted wave return to serve as defense against high waves; and three, a drainage channel to prevent floods during storm surges. This was put to test when Typhoon Pedring hit in 2011, and the Mall of Asia Complex was spared from destructive waves and flooding that submerged many other surrounding establishments.

As an added feature, both the Complex’s main road and all its structures are elevated 4 meters above the parameters set by the National Building Code. Pilings strengthened its foundation and greatly improved its soil bearing capacity.

Family fun, leisure and entertainment are the objectives behind the awe-inspiring grandeur of SM Mall of Asia, but this vision is founded on a commitment to safety and a secure foundation throughout the Complex. This is a firm philosophy of SM Prime Chairman of the Executive Committee Mr. Hans T. Sy, a champion for disaster resilience, who continuously invests in DRR and in allocating 10% of the company’s expenditure for DRR in all of SM’s infrastructures throughout the country.

“Today, disasters have become more frequent and severe. The government and the private sector must work together to find solutions for greater resiliency.  SM prime as a responsible property developer places Disaster Risk Reduction as one of its core strategies. It simply makes good business sense.” ~Mr Hans Sy

Mr Hans Sy believes that not only is DRR an effective way to grow the business but it protects the communities where SM is located amid the increasing risks of climate change.




Today, the MOA Complex is a bustling realization of Mr. Henry Sy Sr.’s grand vision for it to become both a premiere integrated leisure destination with a complimentary business and lifestyle district – one of the country’s truly revolutionary mixed-use developments, and a thriving example of disaster risk reduction at work.

The next time you visit the MOA Complex – whether it is to visit the world’s largest IKEA, or to view the sunset from the top of the MOA Eye, or to simply shop and dine with your loved ones – it will be good to know that SM Prime has ensured your safety and security from the time the development was conceptualized and opened in 2006.. to today and tomorrow.

Find out more about SM Prime and the SM Green Movement visit www.smprime.com and www.sminvestments.com/sustainability/sm-for-the-community/sm-green-movement/.














SM Prime Holdings Inc., one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, is committed to providing safe and sustainable spaces for its stakeholders.  Its development strategy is anchored on the responsible use of resources. In the communities it serves, it is able to promote resource conservation, environmental protection, and disaster resiliency by implementing solutions for water, waste, and energy management.

SM Prime is a key player in the SM Green Movement that aims to improve the quality of life of communities through sustainable solutions to promote a green planet, green living and a green culture.

SM Supermalls joins the Metaverse with an AweSM SuperKids Zone in Roblox!




Get ready for an aweSM summer as SM Supermalls gives kids a glimpse into the future with a brand-new virtual entertainment zone in the Metaverse where they can immerse themselves in the biggest gaming and social experience platform for kids, Roblox! 

This new aweSM space by SM Supermalls is now open for super kids to safely explore, play, and meet with friends. 

With restrictions easing up, SM Supermalls wanted to bring the excitement of going back to the malls online through a virtual space in the metaverse gaming platform, Roblox – the most popular gaming app for Filipino children. Roblox serves as an avenue for kids to express themselves through custom 
avatars, while also serving as a safe place for kids to reconnect with their friends digitally in over 4 million different worlds! 

SM Supermalls partnered with SVEN The Digital 1st Agency, as its metaverse partner, to become the first mall chain in the Philippines to enter the metaverse. With this simulated digital reality, kids can reimagine the mall experience in a way that they will appreciate and enjoy – a safe but free-to-play space with no rules and no limits:


Splash into the AweSM Super Pool!



Bump it out with the SuperKids with the AweSM Bumper Cars!



Bump it out with the SuperKids with the AweSM Bumper Cars!



Have a ball and jump into the colorful AweSM Glowing Ball Pit!



Climb up the AweSM Rainbow Obby (obstacle course) and discover a secret maze on the rooftop – our favorite! 



And there’s so much more! SuperKids of all ages are welcome to explore and do their own thing in the same fashion as a real-life mall experience, only this time it’s virtual and made especially for them.

What are you waiting for? Check it out and get your kids to play the AweSM SuperKids Zone at Roblox today! Roblox is available online or via the app that you can download for free through the App Store or Google Play.

For more information on the AweSM SuperKids Zone in Roblox, visit www.smsupermalls.com or like and follow @smsupermalls on all social media platforms.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Happy Life Organics supports gov’t campaign vs dengue


The Philippines is currently dealing with two major health problems – the growing number of Covid-19 cases as well as a steady increase in dengue cases.

Dengue fever is endemic to Southeast Asia and the risk of transmission is highest during and immediately following the rainy season. The dengue virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are found indoors and the Aedes albopictus mosquitoes that prefer to stay in shrubs and trees.

The virus enters the mosquito’s salivary gland where it incubates for eight to 10 days. Then, the mosquito can pass the virus on to the person it bites.

Happy Life Organics, a Philippine based company that promotes innovative and eco-friendly solutions for your home, pets, and unwanted pests, is one with the government in the fight against dengue

“It is that time of the year again when we see an increase in the number of dengue cases. We can protect ourselves from this and we can start doing this at home. Make it a habit to go around your home at a certain time every day to make sure that there is no stagnant water and that your household garbage is disposed of properly.” ~Joe Sevilla, Owner, Happy Life Organics


Here are some tips that Sevilla shared in order to fight dengue:
  1. Keep your house clean and tidy. There are many environmentally friendly products in the market that can help keep your house clean and tidy not only to fight dengue but Covid-19 as well.
  2. Make sure that there is no stagnant water In and around the house. If you have water containers, keep them covered. Otherwise, make sure that things like pet water containers or planter dishes are cleaned on a regular basis.
  3. Wear protective clothing like long sleeved shirts and pants especially in areas where there is a dengue outbreak.
  4. Apply mosquito repellent if you know you will be spending most of the day outdoors. Consult with your doctor first before applying any repellent on your children.
  5. Dispose of waste properly. Take out your rubbish on a regular basis as this will prevent inspects from entering your household.

Happy Life Organics provides all natural, sustainable, eco-friendly solutions to homes all across the Philippines. The company promotes a healthier and happier lifestyle based on a plant-based organic view, bringing customers home and pet product alternatives that are changing and improving lives for the better. For more information, visit. www.happylifeph.com and their Lazada and Shopee Mall at Happy Life Organics.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

You can still score a Samsung Galaxy S22 by joining this Tiktok challenge



Samsung Philippines recently launched a Tiktok challenge, “Make City Nights Epic” that highlights Samsung’s latest innovation in camera technology, Nightography. Powered by the biggest sensor in Galaxy’s line of smartphones, the Galaxy S22 lets users capture videos with more light, motion, and  detail, even at night.

The Tiktok challenge encourages everyone to film their epic adventures at night around the city, with the allure of a brand new Galaxy S22 up for grabs as the contest’s prize.


#TeamGalaxy Ambassador, LA Aguinaldo with his #MakeNightsEpic challenge entry https://www.tiktok.com/@laaguinaldo/video/7112714830791855386?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1&lang=en


A number of influencers have already shared their videos online, showing their unique city adventures, from new restaurant discoveries to having fun around town with their closest friends. There’s no limit to the fun adventures one can capture at night, with the help of Nightography.


#TeamGalaxy Ambassador Roselle Vytiaco with her #MakeNightsEpic video https://www.tiktok.com/@rosellevytiaco/video/7112734802645683483?is_copy_url=1&is_from_webapp=v1&lang=en


To qualify for the challenge, participants must film their epic adventures in the city at night. Entries must be uploaded on Tiktok with the hashtags #MakeNightsEpic and #[Your City] (for example, #MakeNightsEpic in #Manila). Entries should then  be uploaded on spr.ly/MakeNightsEpic-TikTok to count. Each entry will be evaluated based on its creativity and  originality. The TikTok challenge will end on July 17, 2022 (Sunday).


https://www.facebook.com/SamsungPH/videos/433428081768962/


The Galaxy S22 Series is now available in stores at the following prices: 
  • Galaxy S22 Ultra: PHP 68,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 72,990 SRP (256 GB) / PHP 80,990 SRP (512 GB)
  • Galaxy S22+: PHP 56,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 60,990 SRP (256GB)
  • Galaxy S22: PHP 45,990 SRP (128GB) / PHP 49,990 SRP (256GB)

Users can also take home the Galaxy S22 Series for as low as PHP 1,916.25/mo at 0% interest for up to 24 months via Samsung Authorized Dealers Nationwide and Samsung Authorized Online Store. Citibank card holders can get up to 36 months installment at 0% interest for as low as PHP 1,277.50/mo.  On the other hand, PNB card holders can get their first installment month for FREE and pay 0% interest for up to 24 months in select Samsung Experience stores and Abenson Stores.


For more information about the Galaxy S22 Series, visit samsung.com/ph.

Safe Samsung Shopping

Health and safety protocols are strictly followed in Samsung Experience Stores to keep consumers and employees safe. Adhering to the guidelines set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Samsung has implemented the mandatory use of face masks and performs frequent sanitation in all stores.

Samsung Experience Stores also have unique QR health declaration codes to promote a safe and contactless contact tracing process. Product demonstrations are done side-by-side instead of face-to-face while keeping the required safe distance of one (1) meter to make sure everyone is socially distanced. 

To find the nearest Samsung Experience store, visit https://www.samsung.com/ph/samsung-experience-store/locations/.














About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
Samsung inspires the world and shapes the future with transformative ideas and technologies. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, and memory, system LSI and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

GCash, BPI seek to reach unbanked with BPI #MySaveUp



Did you know that 53 million Filipinos have no bank accounts? That is a staggering 69% percent of the country’s population from BSP’s Q3 2021 study.

The problem? Access. Many of them lack the documents required to open bank accounts. They opt to just keep their cash at home for easy access in case of emergency.

To encourage more Filipinos to go into formal banking, GCash, the country's leading e-wallet, recently partnered with the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) to reach unbanked Filipinos, particularly working millennials.

This is part of the top mobile wallet’s continuing innovation to empower Filipinos and find  solutions to digitalize their financial transactions, including paying for their purchases and bills, sending money to their loved ones, and building up their savings so they can have greater financial security and freedom in life. 

The partnership between GCash and BPI offers BPI #MySaveUp, an in-app feature in the GSave marketplace. 

"The goal of GSave Marketplace is to provide savings account options that would best fit their needs. The collaboration with BPI allows GCash users to enjoy the bank's wide reach and services nationwide. BPI #MySaveUp gives the underbanked and unbanked Filipinos access to formal banking through the GCash app.” ~Winsley Bangit, chief customer officer at GCash

Helping further scale up financial inclusion, BPI #MySaveUp paves the way for unbanked Filipinos to easily apply for and own a formal and all-digital account sans the long application process, allowing them to start their saving journey and achieve their financial goals while earning higher interest rates. 

Through this partnership, doing financial transactions and managing an account become plain sailing thru their GCash account or BPI mobile app. This new feature also offers free fund transfer from a user’s BPI #MySaveUp account to his GCash wallet and vice versa.

Users also have an option to get a BPI Debit Mastercard in any BPI branch for only P150 so they can access their account and withdraw from thousands of BancNet and Mastercard ATMs worldwide. 

"We, at BPI, are committed to realizing our vision of building a better Philippines. We are committed to continuously pursue financial inclusion programs in support of the BSP's goal for 70% of adult Filipinos to have formal financial accounts by 2023. This partnership with GCash brings us closer to this target as we provide more Filipinos a path towards financial wellness." ~Maria Cristina L. Go, Executive Vice President and Head of Consumer Banking at BPI

BPI #MySaveUp users can also win monthly prizes. Every Php 10,000 saved by the end of the month or have at least Php 3,000 worth of valid transactions within the month earns them 1 #Coin which they can use to buy a game card to win electronic GCs or eGCs from BPI. 

Applicants can open their BPI #MySaveUp account on their GCash app. They simply need to click the GSave icon then choose BPI #MySaveUp. Once in, they can open a savings account and proceed with using their GCash profile. After receiving the email confirmation from BPI, they can then finally start accessing BPI #MySaveUp

For non-GCash users, they just need to download the app, upload one valid ID and wait to be verified. Once done, they can enjoy all the products and services of GCash. 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Tanduay’s Cocktail Culture Book



It’s the middle of the year, and you’ve survived the last six months amid all the trials that came your way. You’ve shown that Tibay Tanduay spirit, and for that you deserve a nice cool cocktail. 

Visit global.tanduay.com for an excellent selection of cocktail recipes -- from simple classics to modern concoctions. They came from Tanduay’s Cocktail Culture book, which showcases the versatility of the brand’s award-winning rums and highlights the Philippines’ tropical colors and flavors.

Don’t worry. The preps are easy to follow. You can enjoy them on your own or share it with friends. Serve them during events or have them as a night cap. Below are some of the recipes featured in the book.


Tropical Queen

Ingredients:
1 oz Asian Rum Gold
0.7 oz Campari
1 oz Pineapple Juice
0.5 oz Passion Fruit Syrup

Glass: Highball Glass

Garnish: Pineapple wedge, pineapple leaves, and tropical flower

Procedure: Shake all ingredients with ice. Pour into the highball glass.


The Grape Wave

Ingredients
Tanduay Asian Rum Silver
0.5 oz Simple Syrup
4 pcs Green Grapes
3 pcs Apple Cubes
3 pcs Lime Wedge
Fill Sparkling Non-Alcoholic Grape Wine

Glass: Chilled Champagne Flute

Garnish: Green Grape

Procedure: Muddle green grapes, apple slices, lime, and simple syrup. Shake and strain into the chilled champagne glass with apple slices. Top with sparkling on-alcoholic grape wine.


Pineapple Sunrise

Ingredients
1 oz Boracay Cappuccino Rum
0.7 oz Tanduay Dark Rum
2 g Ginger Slices
6 pcs Basil Leaves
1 oz Pineapple Juice

Glass: Rocks Glass

Garnish: Basil Leaves and Pineapple Slice

Procedure: Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in a rocks glass.


Blue Isle

Ingredients
1.5 oz Boracay Coconut Rum
3 oz Blue Lemonade
0.5 oz Lime Juice
Fill Lemon Lime Soda

Glass: Highball Glass

Garnish: Lemon Slices and Mint Leaves

Procedure: Pour all ingredients in a highball glass. Stir while pouring the lemon lime soda on top.


Golden Pearl

Ingredients
1 oz Tanduay Dark Rum
0.5 oz Lime Juice
0.7 oz Agave Syrup
0.3 oz Simple Syrup
1 cup Ice
1/2 Slice Ripe Mango

Glass: Hurricane Glass

Garnish: Dried Mango and Lime Wheel

Procedure: Blend all ingredients together. Pour into hurricane glass. Garnish with dried mango and lime wheel.


Try them out and level up your cocktail hour. To learn more about the book and access additional recipes, visit global.tanduay.com




Tuesday, July 5, 2022

The Relentless Rizaly From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager



Twenty years ago, high school student Rizaly Lim and her four siblings would watch in awe every time they pass by the construction of the first SM City in her hometown Sta. Rosa, Laguna. All five children, packed in the tricycle their father rides for a living, were all excitedly looking forward to happy family weekends they would be spending at the huge mall.

Today, after graduating Summa Cum Laude through a scholarship from SM Foundation, Rizaly is now a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working as Accounting Manager for the head office of SM Prime Holdings, a leading property developer in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.


From SM Foundation scholar to SM Prime accounting manager

“My father was the only one who worked for our family, and because we were a large family, his daily earnings as a tricycle driver were never enough. Sa umpisa, hindi po ako naniwala kasi bago pa lang sa amin noon ang SM City Sta. Rosa. Gusto ko rin po makapag-aral at makapagtapos noon. Maka-work at makatulong sa family. With full scholarship grants and monthly allowances, as well as the opportunity to work at SM Store during our summer and Christmas vacations, the SMFI scholarship has enabled me to help my family financially. Our late father instilled in us the love of reading and the value of studying. During summer, he would assign us English words and their meanings to memorize and asked us to recite these to him. It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul. Nothing is simple. I haven't accomplished much yet, but I value what I have already accomplished and received so fa. These are just a few of the accomplishments for which I will be eternally grateful. I'm also proud of my daily achievements at work, such as fulfilling particular duties assigned to me. They make me happy and proud of myself, and they inspire me to do better. Ang mga dating pinapangarap ko lang, nagagawa ko na ngayon. Nothing is easy. Hindi ko naman to straight line lang na na-achieve. Life is full of challenges. Just stay strong, keep the faith and always give your best effort.” ~Rizaly Lim, Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working as Accounting Manager for the head office of SM Prime Holdings, a leading property developer in the Philippines and Southeast Asia

At a young age, Rizaly was headstrong about getting her family out of poverty. She proceeded of course, driven by the one goal of finishing college and helping her family.

Rizaly finished high school at the Balibago National High School as class valedictorian in 2005 and was already sending applications for other college scholarships when her teacher asked the top 10 students to go to SM City Sta. Rosa for an interview with SM Foundation.

A few exams and interviews later, SM Foundation, Inc. (SMFI) went to visit her and her family at home to inform them that she will be receiving a full scholarship with monthly allowance until she finishes her course.

In 2010, Rizaly graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accountancy. She went on to pass the Philippine CPA Board Exams on first try in October 2010. The assistance of SMFI went beyond tuition and allowances. 


“I am the master of my fate”

While other parents were buying their college kids the latest Nokia phone back in the summers of 2000’s, Rizaly’s father gave her and her siblings weekly assignments to accomplish during the summer vacation. 

Then there's the memorization of motivational poems and speeches, one of which stuck with her for life.


Career at SM

SM Foundation was established in 1983 by Henry Sy, Sr. and Felicidad T. Sy as the heart of the SM group. It has established programs that are focused on nurturing and caring for underserved communities where SM is present. It supports and empowers host communities through education, healthcare, shelter, disaster response, sustainable agriculture, and care for persons with special needs.

To date, SM Foundation has assisted more than 8,000 college and technical/vocational students, and has donated over 100 school buildings with a total of 334 classrooms built across the country.

Nurturing the graduates extends beyond the classroom as SM Foundation also provides job opportunities across the different companies of the SM group. The foundation organizes a Career Fair specifically designed for its scholars.

From the Career Fair organized by SM Foundation, Rizaly was able to get job offers from three companies – among which was SM Prime Holdings, one of the largest integrated property developers in Southeast Asia that offers innovative and sustainable lifestyle cities with the development of malls, residences, offices, hotels and convention centers. It is also the largest, in terms of asset, in the Philippines.


I still want to level up

Her biggest dreams, she said, remain centered on her family: to provide better for her family by sharing with them what she has now.