Wednesday, August 31, 2022

VPX and Astral Fuel open one-stop car repair center and gas station in Lipa City

Astral Service Center Powered by VPX is equipped with the same top-quality tools, equipment, system, and competent auto mechanics and technicians trained by ValuePlus Auto Service.


ValuePlus Auto Service Express (VPX), the franchising brand of ValuePlus Auto Services Philippines, Inc., and Astral Fuel Corporation, an innovative player in the retail fuel industry, have recently signed a co-branding partnership to provide motorists in Lipa City with one-stop auto services, from fueling up to tuning up. 

With this partnership, Astral Fuel’s customers will be able to access ValuePlus’ top-of-the-line auto repair and maintenance services, including preventive maintenance, oil service, mechanical and electrical repairs, wheel alignment, and tire services at the Astral Service Center Powered by VPX. So, aside from refilling their fuel, drivers can have their cars checked at one stop, saving them money and time. 

This partnership paves the way for ValuePlus to serve more customers in Batangas province. In June 2021, ValuePlus opened its branch in Libjo, Batangas City through its franchise partnership with Jandusay and Sons. This is ValuePlus’ fourth branch in the country, with the other two in Metro Manila and one in Sorsogon in Bicol province. 

“We are delighted to partner with Astral Fuel to provide more customers with ease and convenience. By bringing our car maintenance and repair services to the gas station, we help the drivers maximize their time and ensure smooth and safe travel.” ~Mark Saberola, General Manager of ValuePlus

The tie-up with Astral Fuel also marks a new milestone for VPX as its first co-branding partnership. The co-branding partnership is a new hybrid program offered by VPX to provide independent fuel companies and homegrown car repair shops with a more accessible option to carry and offer ValuePlus’ auto repair and maintenance services. 

This year, VPX aims to bring its co-branding partnership program to more fuel retailers in the country, like Astral Fuel. 


Mr. Mark Saberola, General Manager of ValuePlus Auto Services Philippines Inc., and Ms. Amalyn Penix, Operation Director of Astral Fuel sign the franchise agreement as Ms. Zarah Lynn Peralta, VPX’s Admin and Finance Manager, and Mr. Alan Dimayuga, Operation Manager of Astral Fuel look on.

 

“When we were seeking a partner for this endeavor, ValuePlus became our top choice. The company has a strong reputation for its quality services and after-sales care. We believe in providing our customers with the highest quality fuel products and services. ValuePlus is very much aligned with what we believe our customers deserve.” ~Amalyn Penix, Operation Director of Astral Fuel

Motorists in Lipa City can start fueling up and tuning up at Astral Fuel Station Lipa City on September 15. Drivers may schedule or inquire about auto care services on ValuePlus’ website www.valueplusph.com or contact them via email at lipa@valueplusph.com or mobile at 0917-637-2122. If you want to learn more about VPX’s co-branding partnership program, contact 0917-637-2085.


Astral Fuel brings Astral Hub to Lipa City
While waiting for their cars being serviced at VPX Astral Service Center, customers can visit the Astral Hub which offers a wide range of services all in one place, including a drugstore, motorcycle shop, medical clinic, and diagnostic center, among others.

Committed to bringing convenience to every Juan in the community, the Astral Hub in Lipa City is Astral Fuel’s first of several hubs being planned to open in Luzon in the near future. 










About ValuePlus Auto Services Philippines, Inc. 
ValuePlus is your one-stop shop for your after-warranty vehicle's maintenance and repair needs. Our service offerings include preventive maintenance services (kilometer check-up), change-oil packages wheel alignment services, tire services, detailing services, engine, transmission, electrical, and air conditioning repair. We are also franchising our business under our brand VPX or ValuePlus Auto Service Express and have branches in Quezon City, Las Piñas City, Sorsogon City, Batangas City, and Lipa City.

           
About Astral Fuel Corporation
Astral Fuel is a dynamic corporation that aspires to provide outstanding customer services to every Filipino on the road. Offering its top-quality brands, Astral Fuel is a complete fuel hub that will cater to everyone’s needs. A gas station, car services, drug store, medical diagnostics, logistics, bills payment, money remittances, convenience store, and coffee shops. With Astral Fuel, we make your travel easy!  


Saturday, August 27, 2022

Shopee's 9.9 Super Shopping Day for all Filipinos




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


Win a Shopee-sponsored Community Project for your Barangay

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


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


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

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


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

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




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

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

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

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












About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee promotes an inclusive and sustainable digital ecosystem by enabling businesses to digitalize and grow their online presence, helping more people access and benefit from digital services, and uplifting local communities.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping homegrown brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.
 
Shopee is part of Sea Limited (NYSE: SE), a leading global consumer internet company. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology through its three core businesses: Shopee, Garena and SeaMoney.

Samsung Philippines unveils latest generation of foldables with a grand launch



Who doesn't want a new Samsung phone with it's FlexCam zone, which complemented the ability of the device to capture photos and videos from different angles. 

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


Samsung Electronics Philippines Co. (SEPCO) representatives and partners toast to a momentous evening.


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





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


Official Photos of the latest devices by Samsung (Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch5

Official Photos of the latest devices by Samsung (Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch5

Official Photos of the latest devices by Samsung (Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch5

Official Photos of the latest devices by Samsung (Galaxy Z Flip4, Galaxy Z Fold4, Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Galaxy Watch5 Pro, Galaxy Watch5


The new Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4 impressed attendees with its upgraded features, including a new improved chipset, stronger aluminum frames and corning glass, making the latest foldables the most powerful and most durable yet.


Samsung Philippines President Min Su Chu addresses the attendees of the Greater Galaxy Event with his opening remarks.
#TeamGalaxy Ambassador Erwan Heussaff and Product Category Head of Flagship Smartphones, Anthony Wee, tour the Productivity Zone and showcase the new Galaxy Z Fold4.
(From L-R: Erwan HeussaffAnthony Wee)


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





Official Pre-order Bundles and Offers

The latest Galaxy Z series is available for pre-order until September 1, 2022 via samsung.com. Customers can enjoy a Galaxy Z Fold4 FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 or a Galaxy Z Flip4 FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a FREE Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599, 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year FULL PROTECTION Screen & Device worth PHP 9,499 with Samsung Care+.




Customers can also pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online and a FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 and a Super Fast Wireless Charger worth PHP 3,099 when they pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold4. Customers to pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip4 can get a FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599. In addition, customers can enjoy 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro30% off on the new Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year SCREEN PROTECTION worth up to PHP 7,880 with Samsung Care+.
 
Starting September 2, 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 will be available starting at PHP 58,990 in Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue and Phantom Black, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 will start at PHP 98,990 in Gray Green and Phantom Black. Customers can also avail of the 256GB variant in Beige, exclusively released in samsung.com. 
 
The Galaxy Buds2 Pro is also available for pre-order until September 1, 2022. Customers can  choose from a PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products or 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4.

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

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













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, foundry and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at http://news.samsung.com

Tuesday, August 23, 2022

Sinag Schools program powers up school in Batangas

SM Foundation and Maxeon Solar Technologies formally held the community launch of the Sinag Schools Program at Lemery Pilot Elementary School in Batangas.


SM Foundation (SMFI), the corporate social responsibility arm of the SM group, together with Maxeon Solar Technologies, recently powered up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School (LPES) in Batangas through the Sinag Schools program.

This social good collaboration between SMFI and Maxeon aims to provide clean and renewable energy to schools in grassroot communities by installing solar panels on an SM school building, especially to those that have low operating expenses.


SM Supermalls employee volunteers led the distribution of donations from SM Foundation to the students of Lemery Pilot Elementary School.


In addition to the solar panel installation which intends to power positive change in the way energy is consumed in public schools, the program also aims to enhance the understanding of students in terms of energy management and the need to transition to cleaner energy alternatives with lower environmental impacts.

“Through this program, we want to power up the learning and development of young people. We want to help teach young people about solar energy, about renewable energy. We want to power up the next generation to help save our planet. We have this concept of powering positive change in the world. We are happy to be working together with SM Foundation to power up the Lemery Pilot Elementary School. Individually, we can do so much. But together we can do actually more. For us to bring our solar technology and SMFI to bring in their schools, these things are much better together than they would be apart.” ~Glenn Everett, Maxeon Fab4 General Manager

The SM school building at the LPES, which was donated by SMFI in partnership with SM Prime Holdings (SMPH) in 2017, now boasts 21 solar panels—estimated to produce 6510 watt-p. With the savings on electricity, the school may realign their budget to more efforts and other innovations that will give the students an environment more conducive to learning.


It takes a village to raise a child
SMFI Executive Director Debbie Sy underscored the importance of collective efforts in advancing the learning experience of every student in the country: 

“We believe that collaboration can drive growth and become a force for good in addressing societal challenges. CSR partnerships can create solutions that improve society by fostering learning, promoting innovation and gaining access to new technologies, such as the Sinag schools program. CSR collaboration can pool resources, both financial and human resources - between multiple organizations which can amplify social good impact. The establishment of an ever-evolving CSR strategy and partnerships will help companies and non-government organizations in developing and implementing crucial social good programs over decades while having procedures in place that integrate social and environmental priorities into CSR core strategy – all in close collaboration with stakeholders.” ~Debbie Sy, SMFI Executive Director

Moreover, Everett mentioned how SMFI and Maxeon share the similar set of values and interest when it comes to helping Filipino learners.


Spreading social good all the way
SM Foundation made sure to truly touch the lives of the learners and teachers of LPES as it donated eight desktop computers, 200 bags with school supplies, and more than 160 pcs brand new kinder and elementary books to further promote the love for reading among the students. Clothing items for parents were also distributed.

For more information about this initiative, follow SM Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube: @SMFoundationInc.


Through the Sinag Schools program, SMFI and Maxeon installed 21 solar panels— estimated to produce 6510 watt-p—on an SM school building in Batangas.

Through the Sinag Schools program, SMFI and Maxeon installed 21 solar panels— estimated to produce 6510 watt-p—on an SM school building in Batangas


Maxeon is headquartered in Singapore. The company designs, manufactures, and sells Maxeon® and SunPower® brand solar panels. Maxeon has sales operations in more than 100 countries, operating under the SunPower brand in certain countries outside the United States. Maxeon is a leader in solar innovation with products that span the global rooftop and solar power plant markets through a network of more than 1,700 trusted partners and distributors. A pioneer in sustainable solar manufacturing, Maxeon leverages a +35-year history in the solar industry and numerous awards for its technology.

SM Foundation, through its School Building Program, is an active partner of DepEd’s Adopt-a-School program. This social good initiative aims to promote quality public education by building classrooms nationwide. To date, it has turned over more than 100 school buildings to grassroots communities.

Monday, August 22, 2022

SM Prime and AboitizPower Secure Long-Term Cleanergy Deal

(From left to right) SM Prime Energy Consultant Jaime Patinio, AboitizPower Senior Vice President for Commercial Operations Sandro Aboitiz, SM Engineering, Design and Development President Hans Sy, Jr., SM Prime President Jeffrey Lim, AboitizPower President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Rubio, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. Vice President for Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Engagement David Aboitiz, AboitizPower Vice President for Retail - Commercial Operations Business Unit James Byron Yu, and SM Prime Chief Finance Officer John Nai Peng Ong gather for a luncheon on Thursday, August 4, after sealing a long-term partnership with the commitment to helping build a cleaner and brighter future.


SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SM Prime), one of the leading property developers in Southeast Asia, secures a long-term deal with AboitizPower for Cleanergy supply, realizing its goal of increasing its renewable energy portfolio to more than 50%. This is in support of the Department of Energy’s program of moving up the renewable energy supply component of the country to 35% by year 2030.

Under the agreement, AboitizPower is poised to supply reliable and responsibly-sourced energy from Tiwi and MakBan Geothermal Power Plants, and PV Sinag’s Power Plants, operated and managed by AboitizPower subsidiary, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI). This long-term contract will power SM Prime properties, including malls, leisure homes, offices, hotels, and other establishments under the Retail Competition and Open Access (RCOA) by the end of 2022.

“This partnership with AboitizPower is aligned with our unwavering commitment to being a catalyst for economic growth and steward of nature. We will continue providing world-class amenities within our sustainable lifestyle cities that have been beneficial and inspirational to millions of Filipinos.” ~Jeffrey Lim, SM Prime Holdings Inc.’s President

SM Prime builds legacy communities based on its core sustainable pillars: Economy, People, Environment, and Community. It is dedicated to generating value sustainably through its diverse business segments.

“AboitizPower is thrilled to be SM Prime’s partner in building sustainable lifestyle cities. We thank SM Prime for trusting us to be their partner in their transition to clean and renewable energy. It is a privilege to be given the opportunity to power various SM Prime properties with our renewable assets.” ~Sandro Aboitiz, Senior Vice President of the Commercial Operations Business Unit

“We consider it a great milestone for our group to be in support of SM’s transition to renewable energy and are working to rapidly expand our renewable portfolio as the demand for Cleanergy grows. We have supported a growing number of corporations transitioning to clean and renewable energy and we are excited at the prospect of seeing a future where Cleanergy is the norm.” ~David Aboitiz, Aboitiz Renewables, Inc. (ARI) Vice President for Commercial Strategy, Sales, and Engagement

The leading renewable energy provider plans to expand its Cleanergy portfolio in the next 10 years to support the government’s plans of boosting the renewable energy industry in the country. AboitizPower is targeting approximately 50:50 Cleanergy and thermal capacity mix by 2030. 
 


                                                                          














About SM Prime
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.
 
Find out more about SM Prime and the SM Green Movement

The watch that knows you best, made even better: The Galaxy Watch 5 Series is officially up for pre-order now



Samsung officially unveiled its smartest and most durable wearables, the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro, in the recently concluded Galaxy Unpacked event. Loaded with insightful and intuitive tracking technologies, both devices are designed to become everyone’s personalized wellness companion day in and day out. 

Having a smartwatch is like having a smartphone at your wrist, but better. As part of Samsung’s mission to be part of its community’s wellness journey, the tech giant designed the Galaxy Watch5 Series with the cutting-edge BioActive Sensor to not just monitor essential health data but also provide insights that ultimately shape better wellness habits. With its advanced features and powerful capabilities, the newest iteration of the Galaxy Watch lineup is committed to help its users achieve their fitness goals and milestones in the smartest way possible. 

The Galaxy Watch5 Series is composed of two exciting additions to the brand’s growing wearable lineup. The Galaxy Watch5, which comes in 40mm and 44mm Bluetooth and LTE variants, is designed to complement the lifestyles of trendy fitness seekers with its holistic health tracking and coaching capabilities. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro, coming in 45mm Bluetooth and LTE variants, is suited for outdoor sports enthusiasts and athletes as it boasts the advantage of having a double titanium casing, longer battery life, and outdoor-specialized features. 

Both watches provide personalized feedback that aims to let its users understand their bodies better and improve sleeping patterns. This is made possible by their built-in Body Composition feature that measures muscle mass, fat, and water, Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen tracker that monitors invisible vascular condition and any abnormal symptoms, and Sleep Coaching feature that provides data-based insights to improve quality of sleep. 

Hiking, cycling, and running enthusiasts who are looking for much more advanced functions will love the Galaxy Watch5 Pro’s special features designed for outdoor activities. It has Route Workout, which allows users to import preset route files in GPX format, and Track Back, which provides a guide on how to return to the jump-off point safely. It also boasts a Turn-by-Turn Directions feature that commands users on the road through voice and vibration guides. 

The Galaxy Watch5 Series also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to battery life. The 40mm Galaxy Watch5 carries a 284 mAh battery and the 44mm Galaxy Watch5 a 410 mAh, both guaranteeing longer usage and faster charging. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro carries a massive 590 mAh, the largest Samsung smartwatch battery to date.

All models of the Galaxy Watch5 Series are powered by the Exynos W920 processor with 1.5GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. Other features include compatibility with any 8.0 Android phone or higher, LTE and Wi-Fi support, and Bluetooth 5.2. 


The Galaxy Watch5 series now available for pre-order at the following prices and colors:
Galaxy Watch5 (40mm) Bluetooth - PHP 16,990 (Available in Silver, Graphite, and Pink Gold)
Galaxy Watch5 (40mm) LTE  - PHP 19,990 (Available in Silver, Graphite, and Pink Gold)
●  Galaxy Watch5 (44mm) Bluetooth  - PHP 18,990 (Available in Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver)
Galaxy Watch5 (44mm) LTE  - PHP 21,990 (Available in Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver)
●   Galaxy Watch5 Pro (45mm) - PHP 26,990 (Available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium)
Galaxy Watch5 Pro (45mm) LTE - PHP 29,990 (Available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium)

The Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro are now available for pre-order via samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com, and MemoXpress Online. Customers who pre-order until September 1 will enjoy a FREE Galaxy Buds Live worth PHP 7,990 OR 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro with every purchase of the Galaxy Watch5 or the Watch5 Pro. When purchased with the new Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4, they can enjoy a discount of 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro. 

The Galaxy Watch5 Series will be available on samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online starting September 2, 2022,

Wear the watch that knows you best and let the Galaxy Watch5 Series be your personalized wellness companion. For more information, visit https://www.samsung.com/.


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 has 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 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.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

VPX introduces turnkey auto service shops

ValuePlus and VPX shops employ certified technicians with prior experience from car dealerships here and abroad.


ValuePlus makes owning an auto service business easier with its new build-operate-transfer franchising model.

ValuePlus Auto Services Philippines, Inc. the franchisor of VPX is delighted to announce that its ValuePlus Auto Service Las Piñas, the first shop established under its build-operate-transfer (BOT) or turnkey franchising model, is now ready for acquisition by interested franchisees.

Under the BOT or turnkey franchising model, ValuePlus Auto Service first builds its VPX shop in a strategic location, operates it for a specific period to establish its customer base, and then transfers or sells it to an interested party.

This franchising model is novel in the auto service industry and will make it easier for people to have their own auto service business.

“Building an auto service business from the ground up can be time-consuming, not to mention the challenge of getting people to know that your business exists. We want to alleviate this stress on our franchisees by laying the foundation for them so they can start making profits as soon as possible. We are proud to be a pioneer of this game-changing model in the auto service industry in the country. We opened ValuePlus Auto Service Las Piñas before the pandemic and managed to grow it amid strict and long lockdowns in Metro Manila, which guarantees our franchisees that the shop has a strong customer base and is self-sustaining.” ~Mark Saberola, General Manager of VPX

Highly-skilled ValuePlus mechanics working on a pick-up truck in a shop properly equipped with tools and equipment.


ValuePlus opened its Las Piñas branch in February 2020 before the pandemic and managed to grow through the crisis thanks to its customer base of retail and corporate clients, creative marketing, and sales strategies.

ValuePlus Auto Service Las Piñas offers professional auto repair and maintenance services such as preventive maintenance, mechanical and electrical repairs, oil service, computerized wheel alignment, and clutch repairs, among others.


A ValuePlus mechanic performs a quality assurance check on a vehicle before its release to the customer.


To help its franchisees operate the shop, ValuePlus will provide them with intensive staff training in areas ranging from customer relations management and service advisory to automotive servicing and shop management. ValuePlus will also provide them with management and marketing support by assigning a dedicated zone supervisor where their shop is located and promoting their shop on social media.

ValuePlus Auto Service Las Piñas is located at No. 30 CAA Road, close to commercial and residential areas.

Aside from its Las Piñas branch, ValuePlus will soon open its second BOT or turnkey VPX shop in Pasig, which is also now accepting applications from interested franchisees. Those interested in franchising the ValuePlus Auto Service in Las Piñas or participating in the pre-selling of its Pasig branch may contact Mark Saberola via email at mark@valueplusph.com or by phone at 0917-637-2085 for more information.


















About ValuePlus Auto Services Philippines, Inc. 
ValuePlus is your one-stop shop for your after-warranty vehicle's maintenance and repair needs. Our service offerings include preventive maintenance services (kilometer check-up), change-oil packages wheel alignment services, tires services, detailing services, engine, transmission, electrical, and air conditioning repair. We are also franchising our business under our brand VPX or ValuePlus Auto Service Express and have branches in Quezon City, Las Piñas City, Sorsogon City, Batangas City, and Lipa City.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Chowking celebrates National Siopao Day on August 22 with a buy 1, take 1 Siopao promo!



Save the date – August 22 is National Siopao Day! 

And what better way to celebrate this day than indulging in the country’s number one Asado Siopao? Pulling out all the stops, Chowking will offer a buy 1, take 1 promo for their bestselling Chunky Asado Siopao.  

From 2 PM to 4 PM on August 22, customers can enjoy this promo in any Chowking branch nationwide, through the Chowking Delivery website (chowkingdelivery.com), via the Chowking App, or even on food delivery platforms. 

Known for its Hong Kong-style Asado filling packed in a soft, fluffy bun, the Chowking Chunky Asado Siopao boasts of its full-bodied roasted flavor which is achieved through a meticulous slow-roasting process. Each siopao is infused with a generous amount of sauce, guaranteed to satisfy every customer. 

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for August 22 and share your National Siopao Day experience using the hashtag #ChowkingNationalSiopaoDay and tag ChowkingPH on https://www.facebook.com/chowkingph/, https://twitter.com/ChowKingPH, https://www.instagram.com/ChowkingPH/, or https://www.tiktok.com/@chowkingph

For more details on National Siopao Day, follow the Chowking Facebook page here
National Siopao Day – B1T1 DTI Fair Trade Permit No. FTEB-148685, Series of 2022 















About Jollibee Group 
Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC, also known as Jollibee Group) is one of the fastest-growing restaurant companies in the world. It operates in 34 countries, with over 6,200 stores globally with branches in the Philippines, United States, Canada, the People's Republic of China, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Vietnam, Brunei, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Indonesia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Panama, Malaysia, South Korea, India, and Australia. 

Jollibee Group has eight wholly owned brands (Jollibee, Chowking, Greenwich, Red Ribbon, Mang Inasal, Yonghe King, Hong Zhuang Yuan, Smashburger); six franchised brands (Burger King, Panda Express, PHO24, and Yoshinoya in the Philippines; Dunkin' and Tim Ho Wan in certain territories in China); 80% ownership of The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf; 60% ownership in the SuperFoods Group that owns Highlands Coffee and PHO24; and 51% ownership of Milksha, a popular Taiwanese bubble tea brand. 

Jollibee Group, through its subsidiary Jollibee Worldwide Pte. Ltd. (JWPL) owns 90% participating interest in Titan Dining LP, a private equity fund that ultimately owns the Tim Ho Wan brand. It also has a joint venture with the THW Group to open and operate THW restaurants in Mainland China. Jollibee Group also has a business venture with award-winning Chef Rick Bayless for Tortazo, a Mexican fast-casual restaurant business in the United States.

Jollibee Group was named the Philippines' most admired company by the Asian Wall Street Journal for ten years. It was also honored as one of Asia's Fab 50 Companies and among the World's Best Employers and World’s Top Female-Friendly Companies by Forbes. In 2020, Gallup awarded the Jollibee Group with the Exceptional Workplace Award, making it the first Philippine-based company to receive the distinction.

Jollibee Group has grown brands that bring delightful dining experiences to its customers worldwide, thus spreading the joy of eating to everyone.

To learn more about Jollibee Group, visit www.jollibeegroup.com.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Clinical Test Shows Real World Effectiveness of Difflam-C® vs COVID-19 Sore Throat

Representatives from iNova Pharma Philippines Inc. (makers of Difflam-C gargle) together with Dr. Jennifer Nailes, MD, and Dr. Roberto Salvino, MD, the doctors who spearheaded the recent study on the effectivity of the Difflam-C gargle against COVID 19-related throat pain, recently held a media roundtable to reveal their study’s findings. Standing from left are:  Michelle dela Cruz, Marketing Manager of iNova Pharma Philippines Inc., Ria Enriquez, Difflam Product Manager; Dr. Jennifer Nailes, vice president for research at University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center Inc, Dr. Roberto Salvino, Medical Director, iNova Pharma Philippines Inc., and Eric Yuson, Associate Medical Affairs Manager of iNova.


As cases rise and new Omicron variants are discovered, the results of this study could be valuable information in making the public more aware of clinically tested remedies to help address key symptoms like the COVID-19 sore throat. 

A recent in-vivo study done by the UERM Memorial Medical Center Research team shows Difflam-C®, a locally-available c, significantly alleviates the so-called COVID-19 Sore Throat – the most common symptom and tell-tale sign of people diagnosed with COVID-19.

The in-vivo study focused on establishing whether the combination of Benzydamine HCl and Chlorhexidine gluconate in Difflam-C® are effective in a real-world setting and was conducted on 219 COVID-19 patients from November 2021 until February 2022. This combination of active ingredients found in Difflam-C® solution have been gaining popularity in the Philippines particularly among doctors and healthcare professionals, with the synergistic action of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anesthetic, and antiseptic properties in relieving sore throat, as well as other symptoms of throat and mouth infection.


  • Clinically-tested Efficacy in COVID-19 Patients

Lead investigators of the study have found that Difflam-C® significantly relieves the COVID-19 patients’ sore throat and alleviated throat discomfort associated with difficulty and/or pain in swallowing. Results also show that it helps shorten the duration of the said condition of COVID-19 patients, with the VAS scores of participants significantly decreased during course of treatment with Difflam-C®. 


Dr. Jennifer Nailes, MD 9 (leftmost), and Dr. Roberto Salvino, MD, the doctors who spearheaded the recent study done to evaluate the effectivity of the Difflam-C gargle against COVID 19-related throat pain were at a media roundtable held recently in Makati City, to reveal their findings. iNova Pharma Philippines Inc. are the makers of the Difflam-C gargle.

“At specified time intervals, median VAS scores showed a decreasing trend from baseline until after 12 hours of Day 1 and is significantly different from baseline values (p<0.001). There were some participants whose sore throat pain were relieved within 30 minutes of first use of the solution which persisted even until after 12 hours. There was a noticeable shortening of the course of the sore throat in the study subjects, with their use of Difflam-C® during treatment. This gargle solution could be viewed as an effective treatment for patients with odynophagia (painful swallowing) or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), conditions associated with severe sore throat among COVID-19 patien.” ~Dr. Jennifer M. Nailes, MD, MSPH, Vice-President for Research of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc.
 
  • Gargle Against COVID-19 Sore Throat

Though yet to be published by Acta Medica Philippina, a peer-reviewed general medical and health science journal, these results are extremely encouraging and present a positive step in addressing the COVID-19 sore throat, using a widely available medicated gargle solution such as Difflam-C® in the study.

While Benzydamine HCl + Chlorhexidine gluconate (Difflam-C®) could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 sore throat, getting vaccinated with boosters, the observance of standard health protocols, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the current mainstays for the prevention of COVID-19 infection.

Introducing Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4: The Most Versatile Devices, Changing the Way We Interact with Smartphones



Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the next generation of groundbreaking foldable smartphones: Galaxy Z Flip4 and Galaxy Z Fold4. Both devices feature customizable form factors, tailored experiences, and upgraded performance. Now in its fourth generation, Galaxy Z series continues to break from convention to deliver new, impactful interactions that enhance everyday life.  

“Samsung Galaxy foldables are built on the foundation of our openness philosophy, enabling new possibilities with complete customization both inside and out. Created in collaboration with our world-class partners, the next foldable devices offer unparalleled mobile experiences that meet the needs of our most dynamic users. Through our unwavering focus and industry leadership, excitement for the foldables continues as a testament to Samsung’s dedication to superior craftsmanship, every component in both form factors has been thoroughly analyzed to deliver a truly optimized experience to ensure that every consumer has a device to fit their needs. The Galaxy Z Flip4 builds on the success of Samsung’s iconic form factor, adding key features, including an upgraded camera experience, a larger battery and expanded customization, while maintaining its ultra-compact design. The Galaxy Z Fold4 opens up new possibilities for users by delivering Samsung’s most comprehensive smartphone experience to-date, offering shape-shifting design, immersive displays and PC-like multitasking features, in addition to advanced camera technology and powerful mobile processors. ~Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics

Galaxy Z Flip4 can capture, watch and connect longer between charges with the expanded 3,700mAh battery. With Super Fast Charging, now supported on Z Flip4, charge up to 50 percent in around 30 minutes, keeping users connected when they’re running low.


Samsung pushes the boundaries of smartphone versatility with its fourth-generation foldables, providing enhanced productivity, customization capabilities, and FlexCam experiences.


With the slimmer hinge, straightened edges, contrasting hazed back glass and glossy metal frames, the design is our most refined yet. The users can fully customize the Z Flip4 inside and out, with Galaxy Themes on both Cover and Main Screen to complement their style with custom fonts, icons and designs. Plus, users can create their own Cover Screen with new clock designs and backgrounds in various formats such as images, GIFs and even video.

Shoot hands-free video or capture full group selfies at various angles by partially folding Z Flip4 to activate FlexCam. These can even be enjoyed on users’ favorite apps. Thanks to Samsung’s partnership with Meta, FlexCam is optimized for the most popular social platforms, including Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook. Do more than ever with Z Flip4 by taking high-quality selfies right from the Cover Screen by leveraging the main camera with the upgraded Quick Shot. Start high-quality video recording in Quick Shot mode and then seamlessly switch to Flex mode to continue recording hands-free without stopping the video – ideal for content creators and vloggers. The users are now able to take selfies in Portrait Mode and see preview in actual photo ratio when using Quick Shot. With an upgraded camera equipped with a 65 percent brighter sensor powered by the Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, photos and videos are crisper and more stable – day or night. 

Z Flip4 is crafted to go truly hands-free – doing more without ever opening the phone. Make calls, reply to texts, and even control the SmartThings Scene widget, all from the Cover Screen. 




Galaxy Z Fold4, a Multi-tasking Powerhouse with Ultimate Performance
The Galaxy Z Fold4 is the result of Samsung Galaxy’s enduring smartphone innovation and our most powerful smartphone yet. Z Fold4 combines Samsung’s collective mobile technology expertise to create a device with increased functionality whether opened, closed, or in Flex mode. Furthermore, it is the first device to ship with Android 12L, a special version of Android created by Google for large-screen experiences, including foldables.

Multitasking on Z Fold4 is easier than ever, so users can get more done on the move. The new Taskbar provides a layout similar to your PC, offering access to your favorite and recent apps. Multitasking is also more intuitive, thanks to new swipe gestures. Instantly switch full-screen apps to pop-up windows or split your screen in half for more ways to multitask.

Samsung’s partnerships with Google and Microsoft take multitasking to the next level. Google apps, including Chrome and Gmail now support drag-and-drop, allowing users to quickly copy and paste links, photos and more from one app to another. With Google Meet, users can now connect with more people while enjoying virtual co-activities, including co-watching videos on YouTube or playing games together on a video call. Microsoft’s full Office suite and Outlook take advantage of the foldable display, providing more information on the screen and faster ways to interact with the content. The multitasking experience is complete with S Pen functionality, enabling on-the-go drawing and notetaking with streamlined storage inside the Standing Cover with Pen case. 

Galaxy Z Fold4 takes stunning photos and videos with an upgraded 50MP wide lens and 30x Space Zoom lens. A variety of camera modes, including the larger Zoom map activated on Capture View Mode, Dual Preview, and Rear Cam Selfie are custom-built to take advantage of the unique form factor for increased capturing flexibility. And with the larger pixel size, a 23 percent brighter sensor, and enhanced processing power, users can capture clear images even at night. 

Content is even more immersive and distinctive on the 7.6-inch Main Screen with a brighter screen, a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, and a less visible Under Display Camera (UDC) featuring a new scatter-type sub-pixel arrangement. Popular social media apps like Facebook are optimized for the large-screen experience to make content more enjoyable. Or open your favorite streaming entertainment service apps like Netflix and watch hands-free with Flex mode. For non-optimized apps, users can even control the device without disrupting the content with the new Flex Mode Touchpad, offering accuracy while pausing, rewinding, and playing videos, or zooming in and out of content while the device is in Flex mode. 

Games are snappier too thanks to the powerful Snapdragon® 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform and hyper-fast 5G. With a slimmer hinge, lighter weight, and even narrower bezels, the wider screen enables easier one-handed interactions while using the Cover Screen.

Samsung continues its barrier-defying innovation journey to deliver the level of durability consumers expect, both in and out. With our Armor Aluminum frames and hinge cover along with exclusive Corning® Gorilla® Glass Victus®+ on the Cover Screen and rear glass, Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are our toughest foldables ever. Durability of the Main Screen panel is also enhanced thanks to the optimized layer structure, helping to reduce damage from external shock. In addition, both Z Flip4 and Z Fold4 are equipped with IPX8 water resistance, so users can worry less if they get caught in the rain.




Galaxy Buds2 Pro, Premium Design with the Ultimate Listening Experience
Joining the Galaxy Z series are Galaxy Buds2 Pro - Samsung’s new top-of-the-line earbuds that provide the most immersive wireless audio experience with a new, compact design, and seamless connectivity that is perfect for any aspect of your everyday life.

Appreciate every musical interlude with superior Hi-Fi 24bit Audio, which offers high-dynamic range helping you feel connected to the content you’re listening to with crystal-clear resolution. With the new Samsung seamless codec(SSC HiFi), quality music is enabled to transfer without a pause, and the new coaxial 2-way speaker makes those sounds richer than ever.

The new compact, ergonomic design is 15 percent smaller, with a secure fit that is engineered to prevent rotation, making it the perfect fitness companion. Take calls on-the-go with powerful ANC to eliminate outside noise. The new Buds2 Pro allows users to escape into their own world and simultaneously stay connected to their life.

When you need to answer an urgent call while enjoying a gaming session or a movie on your tablet, the Buds2 Pro can seamlessly switch the audio connection to your phone with a touch of a finger. The Buds2 Pro now features Auto Switch to provide effortless transition from your favorite TV Show to take a call from your loved ones. 

And if you happen to misplace your Buds2 Pro on your commute SmartThings Find now makes locating them fast and easy whether they’re inside their cradle or not.




Galaxy for the Planet 
Since the launch of the Galaxy S22 series, Samsung has incorporated recycled materials not just in our packaging, but also in the hardware of our new products. These are the first steps in our Galaxy for the Planet initiative, which includes our continued incorporation of recycled plastics and the creation of new materials in partnership with leading sustainability partners. As we continue to pursue innovations in sustainable manufacturing, we are proud to announce that more than 90% of the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro is made with recycled materials. The new Galaxy Z series also incorporates ocean-bound plastics into key components and 100 percent recycled paper for its packaging. We also reduced volume of the packaging up to 58% compared to the first-generation Galaxy foldables. This equates to an avoidance of approximately 10,000 tons of carbon emissions from transportation this year.


Pricing and Availability
Starting August 10, 10:00 PM to September 1, 2022, customers who pre-order the  Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 through samsung.com, can get freebies and discounts worth up to PHP 33,500. Customers can enjoy a FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4, or a FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199 with the Galaxy Z Flip4. On top of that, customers can enjoy a FREE Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599, 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year FULL PROTECTION Screen & Device worth PHP 9,499 with Samsung Care+.

Customers can also pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online starting August 11 to September 1, 2022, to get as much as PHP 30,400 worth of freebies. Customers can enjoy a FREE Standing Cover with Pen worth PHP 4,899 and a Super Fast Wireless Charger worth PHP 3,099 when they pre-order the Galaxy Z Fold4. Customers to pre-order the Galaxy Z Flip4 can get a FREE Clear Slim Cover worth PHP 1,199, plus a Super Fast Wireless Charger Duo worth PHP 4,599. In addition, customers can enjoy 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 1 Year SCREEN PROTECTION worth up to PHP 7,880 with Samsung Care+. 


Starting September 2, 2022, the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 will be available in Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online, and telco partners. The Galaxy Z Flip4 will start at PHP 58,990.00 for the 128GB variant, PHP 62,990 for the 256GB variant and PHP 69,990 for the online-exclusive 512GB variant in Bora Purple, Pink Gold, Blue and Phantom Black, while the Galaxy Z Fold4 will be priced at PHP 98,990 and PHP 105,990 for the 256GB and 512GB variant respectively, plus, a 1TB samsung.com exclusive priced at PHP 119,990, in Gray Green and Phantom Black. Customers can also avail of the 256GB variant in Beige, exclusively released in samsung.com.  

Customers can also pre-order the Galaxy Buds2 Pro starting August 11 to September 1, 2022 through samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, and Authorized Samsung Stores and enjoy freebies and discounts worth up to PHP 6,400. Choose from a PHP 1,500 Token for Samsung mobile products or 50% off on Galaxy Buds2 Pro and 30% off on Galaxy Watch5 Series when they purchase the Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4. 

The Galaxy Buds2 Pro will be available starting September 2, 2022 in Samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online for PHP 12,990 in Bora Purple, Graphite and White.

Unfold a greater Galaxy and pre-order today! Learn more about the Galaxy Z Fold4, Z Flip4 and Buds2 Pro here.
















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