Thursday, December 22, 2022

How to make your holiday break more awesome

There’s only a limited number of days we can spend away from deadlines every year. Sure, we get days off on long weekends or special holidays, but it’s only during Christmas time that we get to truly pause, spend quality time with our loved ones, and catch up with the things that we love to do.

The holiday season is an excellent time to relax and forget about work and school, even for just a short while. A two-week break may pass by quickly, so it’s important to make every day count and be intentional with your time. This way, you get to have a more productive and meaningful break that you’ll always remember.

Catch-up with family and friends
Holidays are hectic, but they’re also the most fun with the company of the people you care about. Attend get-togethers and reunions as much as you can. Stay connected with your family members who are miles away from home through voice calls and video chats. These moments are great reminders that you are loved, no matter how much time you spend apart.

Carefully decide what gifts to get for your loved ones
You ought to sit down and think about what your loved ones would actually like to receive if you want to give them the most meaningful presents this year. Make a list of everyone who helped make this year particularly great, and use this as a moment to give them gifts to show your appreciation and love. Spend less time wandering through the mall and more time creating memories.

Pamper and spoil yourself, too
And finally, never forget the most important person that should be on your holiday list: you. Maximize the time you have this season by treating yourself with a well-deserved me-time—get to the hobby you’ve always been putting off, visit your favorite massage place, or buy yourself something new. It’s always a good idea to take breaks every once in a while, especially if it means doing things that make you happy.

Let this holiday season be a reminder that the best things in life don't have to be the most expensive ones. Oftentimes, you find awesomeness in your family's smiles, simple occasions shared with friends, and quality time with yourself. Of course, these moments are best remembered when you capture them with a reliable smartphone, just like Samsung’s latest Galaxy A Series devices.

Whether it’s for your loved ones or for yourself, the Galaxy A04s, A04, and A04e are ideal smartphones to make every moment count this holiday season. These devices will let you maximize your experience and do more as you embrace awesome moments. The Galaxy A04s is packed with a 50MP Triple Camera and 128GB expandable storage of up to 1TB perfect for taking snapshots with loved ones on Christmas Eve. While the Galaxy A04 and A04e sport a MediaTek Helio P35 Octa-core processor and 5,000 mAh long-lasting battery life ideal for daily-drivers who love to be productive over the holiday season.

The Galaxy A04s, A04, and A04e are available for as low as PHP 6,490 SRP at, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee,, MemoXpress Online, and other accredited retailers.

To know more about the latest best-value Samsung Galaxy A Series smartphones, visit

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.




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, memory, system LSI, and LED solutions. For the latest news, please visit the Samsung Newsroom at

Simple hacks to achieve the perfect pout ever this Christmas

With the most wonderful time of the year fast approaching, there is no more perfect time to have soft and kissable lips than at Christmas, especially if you’re planning to stand under the mistletoe or simply just want to look pucker-perfect for the festive season.    Lucky for you, Spotlight makes it easier for your lips and your beauty to shine with the newest Spotlight Second Skin Lip Scrub!


Here’s how to get the softest and most perfect pout ever this holiday season:
Give ‘em a good scrub
You wouldn’t want to wait until your lips are dry before giving them the TLC they deserve. Sweet, fragrant, and feminine – Spotlight's Second Skin Lip Scrub is made with gentle ingredients such as jojoba seed oil and honey extract to help improve the overall look and feel of your lips.  Just gently rub the product all over your lips and wipe the dry skin away. Be sure to use it once a week so you can say hello to smoother and softer lips just in time for Christmas!

Keep your lips moisturized.
Unlike the rest of your skin, our lips don’t have oil glands, which means they can’t moisturize themselves. To prevent chapped lips, apply a skincare product that can moisturize your lips is vital. Good thing, this lip scrub is also formulated with shea butter, and beeswax to moisturize and soothe lips, as well as  lighten your lip color. Plus, this Korean-made lip scrub is also vegan, cruelty-free, and paraben-free so you can have safer and healthier lip care and beauty routine!

Experience that dreamy kiss under the mistletoe with Spotlight Second Skin Lip Scrub for only PHP375! Available at Watsons, Watsons Online, ShopSM, and The SM Store Beauty Section. Spotlight products are also available on Spotlight’s official Lazada and Shopee Pages. Follow Spotlight Cosmetics on Social through Facebook and Instagram

Sunday, December 18, 2022

Panda Express® Adds Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp to its Philippine Menu

NEW DISH ALERT! Panda Express®, the largest Asian dining concept in the world, is bringing a surf & turf limited time offer entrée and one of its top sellers to the Philippines—the Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp, which is savory with a little bit of spice, rich in flavors from top sirloin steak and succulent shrimp, and with textures from the fresh green beans, bell peppers, onions, and potatoes. 
“Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp is unlike any other item we offer at Panda Express®. Joining the Chinese wok with the American steakhouse experience resulted in a dish reminiscent of a classic steak dinner while still offering the bold flavors and fresh ingredients that makes it uniquely Panda. The Wok Smart American Chinese dish is an indulgent experience of a quality steakhouse dinner without the guilt. Wok-Seared Steak and Shrimp is high in protein and light on calories.” ~Chef Jimmy Wang, Head of Culinary Innovation at Panda Express
Starting November, fans will be delighted to get a taste of the juicy steak and large succulent shrimp, wok-tossed with potatoes, seasonal hand-cut yellow and red bell peppers, yellow onions, and green beans. These fresh ingredients, finished with a savory Chinese-inspired steak sauce, are transformed in a searing wok that bring a hint of smokiness that only wok cooking over open fire can create.

Chinese American Classics 
Panda Express® was founded by husband-and-wife tandem, co-CEO and co-founders Andrew and Peggy Cherng in 1983. They popularized American Chinese cuisine by using authentic Chinese recipes adapted to global tastes, which successfully established the brand as the largest Asian dining concept in the US and the largest American-Chinese concept in the world.
This Holiday season, families and friends can enjoy a variety of delicious entrées with Chinese and Sichuan influences including its bestselling The Original Orange Chicken, a wok-tossed crispy chicken coated in sweet tangy sauce; and the award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, a mouth-watering entrée made with premium crispy shrimp wok-tossed in a honey sauce and topped with glazed walnuts. Celebrations will be extra special with these Panda Express favorites that are also available in family or party trays. 
Operated by the Jollibee Group in the Philippines, Panda Express has thirteen stores in Metro Manila that are open for dine-in, take-out, and delivery through, GrabFood, and foodpanda. Delivery locations include select areas in Manila, Pasay, Makati, and Quezon City.
These stores are in Don Antonio, Quezon City; SM Megamall; SM North EDSA; SM Grand Central; SM Southmall; Robinsons Place Manila; Shell SLT, SLEX (South Luzon Expressway) Southbound; Double Dragon Meridian Park; SM Mall of Asia; Molito, Alabang; Greenhills; Greenmeadows; and Betterliving, Parañaque.
To get more information on Panda Express, you may visit and on Instagram.

About Panda Express® 
On a mission to inspire better lives, Panda Express® is the largest Asian dining concept in the world. Family-owned and operated since 1983 by co-founders and co-CEOs Andrew and Peggy Cherng, Panda Express is best known as a trailblazer for creating a wide variety of industry-first recipes, including its best seller The Original Orange Chicken® and award-winning Honey Walnut Shrimp, which have defined the category of authentic American Chinese cuisine. Each entrée at Panda Express, including the Wok Smart selections, is thoughtfully crafted with quality ingredients, and inspired by bold Chinese flavors and culinary principles. The restaurant brand has more than 2,400 locations and has introduced American Chinese cuisine to twelve international countries. Visit and on Instagram for more information.

Hotel Sogo lands two accolades at 10th Netizens Best Choice Awards

Hotel Sogo, the country’s largest Filipino-owned hotel chain company with over 45 branches nationwide, has been crowned as the “Best Choice Philippines Leading Hotel Chain” and won the “Philippines Guest Choice Awards” by the acclaimed Netizens Best Choice Awards 2022.

“This award is for the management, (as well as) the operations people [who are also considered as frontliners]. They worked so hard for this in a good and very respectful way. If not for them, Hotel Sogo will not be this big, well known, and will have many branches nationwide.” ~Ms. Sue Geminiano, Marketing Director of Hotel Sogo

The Netizens Best Choice Awards for Business Excellence play a vital role in promoting responsible use of the internet since it conducts online research and surveys for promoting the best brands, products and services that distinguished itself among its competitors by earning the Netizen’s Trust Seal.

Awardees are chosen through an online nomination and multi-criteria evaluation in a variety of category such as Product/Brand/Service Quality & Innovativeness, Image/Value Proposition & Pricing, Strong Brand Online Market Influence, and Proper & Responsible means of using the internet. 

As of writing, Hotel Sogo has 46 branches nationwide located in key cities in the metro and provinces. Further plans for expansion in other areas are still expected and the hotel looks forward to many more wins in the future. 

For more details, visit or like and follow Hotel Sogo on Facebook (, Twitter, and Instagram.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Globe, SM Advantage Card (SMAC) #UniteVsHunger, join hands for the Hapag Movement,

With every purchase of a SMAC card and every checkout, shoppers can now help support a family in need.

Leading digital solutions platform Globe and SM Advantage Card (SMAC), the loyalty card of retail giant SM, have come together to help put meals on the table of those in need through the Hapag Movement, Globe’s technology-driven program against involuntary hunger.

“We are excited to partner with SMAC at the most joyful time of the year so we can bring cheer to our fellow Filipinos who continue to suffer due to involuntary hunger. Now, it’s easier for shoppers to share their blessings to the needy, bring food to the table, and get assistance for decent livelihood as we mark this Christmas season post-pandemic.” ~Yoly Crisanto, Globe Group Chief Sustainability and Corporate Communications Officer

Through the partnership, P50.00 will be donated to the Hapag Movement and other SM Foundation programs for every purchase of a new SMAC card.

On top of this, SMAC members who will shop select items at the SM Store, SM Beauty, SM Appliance, Kultura, Surplus, Our Home, Baby Company, Crate and Barrel, Levi's, The Body Shop, Forever21, Ecco, and Miniso will earn up to 1,000 EXTRA SMAC Points, and half of the EXTRA points they earn will be donated to the movement starting December 15, 2022 until January 15, 2023, in time for this season of giving.

“Our collaboration with Globe for the Hapag Movement is a pioneering partnership for us as it aligns with the SM brand’s goal of providing support to Filipinos every way we can. This is the time for us to rally behind this cause to help those who continue to reel from the impact of the pandemic and challenges due to rising living costs. Ibalik natin ang sarap ng Pasko. We celebrate the season of giving with our SMAC members with the gift of giving— letting them share blessings with our most vulnerable kababayans.” ~Jay Beltran, SMAC SAVP Head of Sales and Marketing

Globe’s Hapag Movement leverages on technology and collaboration to help 100,000 families experiencing involuntary hunger through supplemental feeding and livelihood support.

Globe initiated the program to help Filipinos severely affected by the pandemic, with its effects still felt until today.  An estimated 2.9 million individuals reported suffering from involuntary hunger as of October this year, largely unchanged from the quarter before, according to a Social Weather Stations Survey.

To learn more about the Hapag Movement, visit its official page. You may also visit or download the SMAC app to know more.

Friday, December 16, 2022

Kyndryl Reveals Eight Tech Trends to Watch in 2023

Kyndryl (NYSE:KD), the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider, today reveals the most influential trends that will impact IT decision-making in 2023 and beyond. As technology evolves and complex business problems continue to emerge, IT professionals will face new challenges in the coming year. Some changes will fuel innovation, while others will spur debate around AI ethics. And others, such as cyber threats, will force companies to mitigate and meet these risks head-on.
Kyndryl works with companies in ASEAN and around the world to help them tackle their most pressing business objectives in modern ways. Here, Wilson Go, Managing Director, Kyndryl Philippines shares the eight technology trends that every business leaders should know about.

1. Cyber resilience will overtake cybersecurity as top security concern
With 88% of company boards now seeing cybersecurity more as a business risk than a technology risk, according to a Gartner survey, cyber resilience will no longer just be a problem for Chief Information Security Officers in 2023. More likely, every level of an organization’s executive suite will be part of the conversation and equation.
It’s not just an IT discussion. Companies must understand that they’re more likely to endure a cyber event than a physical disaster, and they must protect all areas of their business. That could lead to the hottest security job of the year: Cyber Resilience Officer.

2. AI ethics will become imperative
Responsible AI solutions — areas that address trust, risk, ethics, security and transparency — will become more mainstream. We’ll see solutions that target personalized insights — whether it is related to aspects such as credit risk, underwriting or simply recommendation engines for dynamic pricing or influencing buying decisions.
Similarly, data observability will become crucial and the key to scaling AI for business. Without a robust, secure data foundation and DataOps, it will be hard to scale and democratize data consumption.

3. The cloud will drive innovation
Companies that had embraced cloud adoption prior to the COVID-19 pandemic fared better than those that hadn’t in terms of their ability to pivot their business models and capitalize on new opportunities and revenue streams. Experts said the same will hold true in the event of an economic downturn. Cloud adoption provides the quickest path to innovation and gives companies much more flexibility to run their businesses in hard times.

4. Companies will embrace distributed cloud
We expect companies to increasingly take a distributed cloud path as they embrace a federated model between cloud and edge. There are many advantages of a distributed model, including the ability to better visualize and harness data across an organization to drive value and enable new Web3 capabilities. In a distributed cloud environment, workloads are aligned with specific resource locations in order to meet compliance needs and performance requirements or support edge computing, while being centrally managed from a public cloud provider.

5. Cloud networking will grow
As more enterprises shift workloads and business to the cloud, they are using different means of connectivity to the cloud than what was traditionally built in the past. We have seen an increase in service providers that are virtualizing network infrastructure and providing it as a service to enterprises. However, a lot of these companies do not have a good direct-to-enterprise channel. There will be an increasing demand to integrate the connectivity with managed services, and help enterprises manage the multi-networks.

6. 5G private wireless to move beyond industry 4.0
While the manufacturing, petrochemical, gas and energy industries have successfully deployed private wireless and edge solutions to drive business efficiencies and cost savings, other segments like retail have lagged.
Without question, 2023 will be the year 5G private wireless use cases and testing take hold across other industries, with retail leading the pack. From enabling cashier-less payment, real-time analytics, personalized promotions, asset tracking and supply chain optimization, private wireless and edge will be key to unlocking the next generation of the shopping and CX experience.

7. Personalized digital employee experiences are must-haves for hybrid work
The digital workplace has transformed into an environment where employees choose what channels they want to use to engage across organizations. The challenge many organizations face is ensuring that this new environment is seamless, delivers a great experience for employees and at the same time, enhances collaboration and organizational culture. In 2023, digital experiences will take a top spot on the recruiting checklist and will also impact retention.

8. Mainframe will solidify its role in hybrid cloud strategies
Enterprises will accelerate mainframe modernization for fuller integration into a hybrid cloud environment.
Faced with reduced IT budgets and skills challenges, companies will take an end-to-end approach to get the most out of their platforms through modernizing on, integrating with hyperscalers, or moving workloads off the mainframe — versus only a singular approach to move off. They´ll also leverage the expanding integration capabilities of the cloud platform to access mainframe data and apps to address new business requirements with faster time to value.

About Kyndryl
Kyndryl (NYSE: KD) is the world’s largest IT infrastructure services provider. The Company designs, builds, manages and modernizes the complex, mission-critical information systems that the world depends on every day. Kyndryl’s more than 90,000 employees serve over 4,000 customers in more than 100 countries around the world, including 75 percent of the Fortune 100 companies. For more information, visit

Hotel Sogo shines at Asian Business Excellence Awards

Congratulations, Hotel Sogo!

The Asian Business Excellence Awards (ABEA) is a prestigious International Citation in recognizing Asian excellence in corporate, products, services features and trademarks and/or brands founded by Young Asian Consumers Welfare Advocate.

The country’s largest Filipino-owned hotel chain company has been awarded as Asia’s Most Outstanding Hotel Chain of the Year and Philippines Most Leading Hotel Chain of the Year. Meanwhile, Hotel Sogo’s CEO, Mr. Reynaldo M. Malaca was recognized as the Philippines Most Outstanding CEO of The Year at the recent Asian Business Excellence Awards 2022 held in Quezon City.

Hotel Sogo Marketing Director, Ms. Sue Geminiano shares her gratitude to the award-winning organization for recognizing the hotel’s goal in providing a clean, safe, and top-notch service to its patrons and guests.

“On behalf of Hotel Sogo, thank you Asian Business Excellence Awards 2022 for giving us these recognitions. These awards are nothing if not because of the management and the hardworking staff of our operations. We will continue to give our all in providing our guests a safe and clean stay. Hotel Sogo will not be here without your love and support.” ~Ms. Sue Geminiano, Hotel Sogo Marketing Director

Currently, Hotel Sogo has 46 branches nationwide located in key areas around the metro and provinces. The hotel anticipates expanding in more areas of the country and looks forward to many more recognition in the future. 

For more details, visit or like and follow Hotel Sogo on Facebook (, Twitter, and Instagram.

Deaf advocate entrepreneur Francis Reyes is TOYM finalist

An entrepreneur whose advocacy is to provide equal opportunities and professional growth to the Philippine Deaf Community is one of the 21 finalists in this year’s The Outstanding Young Men (TOYM) awards.
The TOYM honorees were announced during a gala night in Pasay City hosted by the award organizers Junior Chamber of Commerce (JCI) Philippines and the TOYM Foundation. Unlike previous iterations, the TOYM recognized 21 finalists for this year before disclosing the 10 awardees.
One of the finalists in the business, economics and entrepreneurship category was Francis Carl G. Reyes, founder of the Caravan Food Group Inc. (CFGI), a food and beverage company that aims to introduce new food concepts for the Philippine market as he believes that good is only as good as one’s overall experience.
Caravan Food Group carries three brands: Overdoughs, a homegrown pastry shop that offers the best selling OD Mini Chonky Cookies and other pastries like Crinkles and donuts, among others; Elait!, which offers artisanal rolled ice cream and the first rolled yogurt; and RAW Natural Juice Bar, an all natural juice that offers nutritionally designed cold-pressed juices.
Reyes’ advocacy was inspired by his experience when he was young. A deaf person assisted him while he was in a clothing store, and he was amazed by his sincere customer service. From then on, Reyes wanted to incorporate this in his food business.
This deaf inclusive advocacy is made possible through the partnership with orgnizations like De La Salle College of San Benilde – School of Deaf Education and Applied Studies and Hand & Heart.
To date, Reyes has employed 30 deaf partners and counting. The comprise more than 50 percent of the overall employee count. He always believed in their capabilities to help the company improve its service, products and food concepts.
Reyes believes in continually developing his people. Thus CFGI provides skills enhancement and leadership training programs for its employees. Soon he plans to promote his exemplary deaf partners to Team Leaders and Supervisors.


“It was one deaf guy who really showed me the epitome of customer service. I wanted to recreate the experience in this concept so I decided to hire deaf people. I wanted everyone to feel the warmth and realize how capable these deaf people are.” ~Francis Carl G. Reyes, founder of the Caravan Food Group Inc. (CFGI)
Health Undersecretary Beverly Lorraine Ho and comics artist Manuel Luis “Manix” Abrera were among the 10 TOYM awardees.
Ho was was named TOYM in the health and medicine category along with fellow physicians Ronnie Baticulon, a pediatric neurosurgeon and Ramon Lorenzo Luis Guinto, a public health advocate.
Abrera was one of the three TOYM honorees for literature, culture and the arts. Also awarded were Cordillera-based social entrepreneur Victor Mari Baguilat Jr. and Bicol Based writer and filmmaker Kristian Cordero.
Candon City councilor Joanne Ascension Valdez and Sustainability PH founder Shawntel Nicole Nieto received TOYMs for the humanitarian civil society or voluntary leadership category. Physician and medical anthropologist Paul Gideon Lasco and University of the Philippines-Los Banos, School of Environmental Science and Management Dean Rico Ancog rounded out the honorees for education and the academe.

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Tanduay, Embassy, and Ginto Gift Boxes Now Available at SHOTS.PH

If you’re still looking for the perfect gift to give yourself and your loved ones this Christmas, head on over to SHOTS.PH for a great selection of Tanduay. Embassy, and Ginto box sets.

From only PhP150 and up, the institutional gift boxes come in four selections. There’s the 600 ml Ginto gift box that comes with a complimentary shot glass. Ginto is Tanduay’s barrel-aged gin that’s been gaining customers who want more than just the usual gin. It is a complex mix of sweet and spicy flavors with hints of fresh botanicals. Being aged in oak wood barrels for six months produces its golden sunset color.

For friends who love whisky, there’s the 750 ml Embassy Whisky gift box that comes with a branded rock glass. Embassy Whisky is a smooth blend of malt whisky and fine spirits aged in oak barrels. This aging process produces its distinct taste and aroma.

If you prefer rum, there’s the 700 ml Tanduay Select gift box that also comes with its branded rock glass. Tanduay Select is a unique blend of cane spirits derived from choice sugarcane and has a suave 60 proof.

One of Tanduay’s most-awarded rums is also available in a box set for a limited time. Tanduay Double Rum is made from a blend of rums aged for 16 years and 5 years. They are placed in bourbon barrels for two years. This ageing process produces its harmony of caramelized pineapple, toasted nuts, cherry, vanilla, and tropical fruit flavors. The Tanduay Double Rum gift box comes with a free rock glass.

The gift boxes are available until supplies last, so don’t wait until it’s almost Christmas to buy your gifts. And while you’re on the site, why not stock up on your gin, whisky, and rum supplies for the holidays as well? Any purchase from the online store comes with a freebie. Stocks are limited, so start shopping now.

Sunday, December 11, 2022

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Bags the Golden Achievement Award in the Philippines

(L-R)  PEZA OIC-Deputy Director General for Operations Ms. Vivian Santos, DTI Secretary Alfredo Pascual, President and Head of Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines (SEMPHIL) Mr. Seoncheol Park, PEZA OIC-Director General Mr. Tereso Panga, and PEZA OIC-Deputy Director General for Finance and Administration Mr. Aleem Siddiqui Guiapal

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines (SEMPHIL) bagged the Golden Achievement Award on November 27, 2022. The Golden Achievement Award, bestowed by the Philippine government, is regarded as the most prestigious award given to companies registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) and presented by Secretary Alfredo E. Pascual of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI).
Every year, the Philippine government selects and awards outstanding companies in four categories: export, employment, social contribution, and environment. The Golden Achievement Award honors the most outstanding company among the list of companies that have been elevated to the Hall of Fame in all categories.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics was also inducted into the Hall of Fame by receiving the recognition three times in each category leading to their win of the Golden Achievement Award this year.  To date, Samsung Electro-Mechanics has received the Outstanding in Community Projects award in 2007, 2008, and 2009; Outstanding Employer in 2006, 2010, and 2012; Outstanding Exporter in 2011, 2012 and 2013; and Outstanding Environmental Performer in 2007, 2019, 2020.  Since the inception of the Golden Achievement Award in 2012, only five companies, including Samsung Electro-Mechanics, have received this prestigious recognition.
"It is an honor to be recognized as the most outstanding company in all categories: export, employment, and social contribution environment. We will continue to actively conduct social welfare programs for employees and local communities, preserve a healthy environment, and pursue sustainable development." ~Park Seoncheol, Vice President and Head of SEMPHIL

SEMPHIL has received high scores for obtaining certification for an environmental management system (ISO14001) from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and systematically improving the environment, such as energy conservation, reduction in consumption of chemicals, and compliance with standards to prevent water and air pollution.

Samsung Electro-Mechanics Philippines (SEMPHIL) situated in Calamba Premiere International Park in Calamba City of Laguna, started its operation from year 2000

In addition, SEMPHIL was also honored for leading the way in advancing social ideals and sustaining corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts through various activities like tree planting and coastline cleanup. SEMPHIL has also taken the initiative to find fresh talents among the low-income households and has provided them learning advice and scholarships in order to help them develop their skills. These promising individuals were given the chance to work for the company.

Since its founding in 1997, SEMPHIL has been manufacturing the MLCC (Multi-Layer Ceramic Capacitor), the flagship product, as well as other passive components such as inductors and chip resistors. Its revenue increased by $1,153 million in 2021. In order to meet the demand for IT and automotive components, Samsung Electro-Mechanics is getting ready to use its Philippine Plant (SEMPHIL) as one of its primary production facilities in the future.
In August 2022, Samsung Electro-Mechanics CEO Chang Duckhyun met with Secretary Alfredo Pascual of the Department of Trade and Industry to share about SEMPHIL's main activities, innovative technology cases, and contribution to economic growth in the Philippines. Through this meeting, Chang has also requested DTI’s support for Korea's bid to host the 2030 Busan World Expo where Samsung acts as a member of the public-private 2030 Busan World Expo bidding committee.

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

Saturday, December 10, 2022

Tanduay Christmas Barrel Tree 2022

Spirit of Christmas. Tanduay recently unveiled its Christmas Barrel Trees. First, the Tanduay Barrel Tree at Eton Centris in Quezon City. Another is the Ginto Barrel Tree at Eton City Square in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Made with barrels used for aging its award-winning rums, the Barrel Trees are a holiday tradition for the brand. Likewise, it is a reminder that there is an abundance of blessings we must be thankful for even the little things such as an old used barrel. Recycling or re-purposing is a strong advocacy of Tanduay to ensure the sustainability of its business. 

“Tanduay has a myriad of achievements to be grateful for as it successfully entered new markets such as Armenia, Australia, Austria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Poland and Slovakia. It has also maintained its standing for the fifth consecutive year as the World’s Number 1 Rum in Drinks International's The Millionaires Club Magazine for selling more than 23.7 million of 9-liter cases last year.” ~Marc Ngo, International Business Development Manager and Senior Brand Manager for Tanduay Distillers, Inc.,

Visit the massive trees and experience the spirit of Christmas with Tanduay. Both trees will be on display until January 14, 2023.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

UNIQLO Opens Its First Store in Bulacan

Japanese global apparel retailer UNIQLO is expanding its reach in the north with the opening of its newest store in SM Baliwag. The store is 829 sq. m in size and is the perfect one-stop shop for families as it carries the complete range of LifeWear for men, women, kids, and babies just in time for the holidays.

“We are excited to open the doors of our first store in Bulacan. This is an exciting milestone for us as Bulakenyos now have easier access to their favorite LifeWear pieces. UNIQLO supports everyday life and promises great value for money. It’s also the perfect time as UNIQLO provides a more convenient shopping experience for people gearing up for their holiday gifting, both for themselves and for their loved ones.” ~Geraldine Sia, UNIQLO Philippines Chief Operating Officer

To celebrate its opening, shoppers can enjoy these exclusive offers from December 2 to 8, 2022: 

Men’s U AIRism Cotton Crew Neck Oversized T-Shirt
This versatile styling piece features a flattering silhouette with a wide fit, drop shoulder, and half-sleeves. The relaxed design is complemented by UNIQLO’s AIRism technology, which makes the shirt highly breathable and quick drying with a smooth and light feel.
Now available at Php 590.00 from Php 790.00

Men’s Ultra Stretch Skinny Fit Color Jeans
These jeans are made with an ultra-stretch satin fabric for a comfortable and unrestrictive skinny fit. Select colors are finely brushed for an elegant and glossy finish. The finishing process uses up to 99% less water than previous versions.
Now available at Php 1,290.00 from Php 1,490.00

Men’s Dry Pique Polo Shirt
The classic polo shirt has been updated for an even more flattering design. The shoulders and fit were adjusted for a more relaxed style. DRY function was also applied to the Kanoko material for added smoothness and comfort. Men can wear the polo shirt on its own or layered with a jacket.
Now available at Php 790.00 from Php 990.00

Men’s Easy Relaxed Ankle Pants
These casual pants are made of soft jersey fabric with a comfortable easy waist design and great stretch. These can be worn at home or outdoors, depending on the styling.
Now available at Php 790.00 from Php 990.00

Women's Soft Brushed Long Sleeve Shirt
This shirt is made with brushed fabric that’s soft and smooth to the touch. Its skipper collar and relaxed fit give it a laidback look that’s perfect for layering. Pair with a favorite shirt or a turtleneck in the colder months.
Now available at Php 990.00 from Php 1,290.00

Women's Dolman Short Sleeve T-Shirt
This versatile t-shirt has a roomy cut in the sleeves and body. Its nicely crisp fabric and fit create a flattering silhouette that’s easy to dress up or down.
Now available at Php 390.00 from Php 590.00

Women's Ultra Stretch High Rise Leggings Pants
The high-rise design creates a superb leg-flattering effect. This is complemented by an all-way ultra-stretch fabric and moisture-wicking DRY technology for superior comfort. The pants are versatile and can be paired with a cropped or tucked-in top.
Now available at Php 990.00 from Php 1,290.00

Women's FA Smart Ankle Pants
UNIQLO balances comfort and style with the Smart Ankle Pants. Its two-way stretch fabric and gently tapered cut with room at the knees create a flattering fit. The premium-looking fabric is wrinkle-resistant, so it still looks elegant even after a long day. It is sustainable, too: the fabric is made with recycled polyester.
Now available at Php 1,490.00 from Php 1,990.00

Kids’ U AIRism Cotton Crew Neck T-Shirt
The classic t-shirt is updated with a trendy loose-fitting cut that looks great on anyone. Its neckline is inspired by vintage military t-shirts and keeps its shape, which makes it perfect for active kids. AIRism technology keeps the wearer feeling fresh even after a day of play.
Now available at Php 490.00 from Php 590.00

Kids’ Easy Shorts
The short, sleek length guarantees easy movement. Its durable 100% cotton twill fabric and adjustable elastic waistband can keep up with any kind of adventure.
Now available at Php 390.00 from Php 590.00

UNIQLO is offering special offers and freebies for shoppers of UNIQLO SM City Baliwag during its opening weekend. 

With a minimum single receipt purchase of Php 2,500, customers can avail of a limited edition UNIQLO Thermal Flask in red or white. The first 100 customers from December 2 to 4 who reach the minimum purchase will also receive a free five (5) piece Tempura plate with a minimum spend of Php 2,500 at Botejyu SM City Baliwag.

The first 100 customers daily from December 2 to 4 will receive an SM City Baliwag Cinema voucher. All paying customers will also get a free ice cream courtesy of Selecta and a photo at the Snap and Shoot photo booth. 

For more updates, please visit UNIQLO Philippines’ website at You can also download the UNIQLO APP via Google Play Store or Apple Store to experience the benefits of UNIQLO shopping anytime and anywhere, including the click and collect and self-checking of inventory features.

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About UNIQLO LifeWear
Apparel that comes from the Japanese values of simplicity, quality and longevity. Designed to be of the time and for the time, LifeWear is made with such modern elegance that it becomes the building blocks of each individual’s style. A perfect shirt that is always being made more perfect. The simplest design hiding the most thoughtful and modern details. The best in fit and fabric made to be affordable and accessible to all. LifeWear is clothing that is constantly being innovated, bringing more warmth, more lightness, better design, and better comfort to people’s lives.

About UNIQLO and Fast Retailing

UNIQLO is a brand of Fast Retailing Co., Ltd., a leading Japanese retail holding company with global headquarters in Tokyo, Japan. UNIQLO is the largest of eight brands in the Fast Retailing Group, the others being GU, Theory, PLST (Plus T), Comptoir des Cotonniers, Princesse tam.tam, J Brand and Helmut Lang. With global sales of approximately 2.3 trillion yen for the 2022 fiscal year ending August 31, 2022 (US $16.6 billion, calculated in yen using the end of August 2022 rate of $1 = 138.7 yen), Fast Retailing is one of the world’s largest apparel retail companies, and UNIQLO is Japan’s leading specialty retailer. 

UNIQLO continues to open large-scale stores in some of the world's most important cities and locations, as part of its ongoing efforts to solidify its status as a global brand. Today the company has a total of more than 2,400 stores across the world, including Japan, Asia, Europe and North America. In 2010 UNIQLO established a social business in Bangladesh together with the Grameen Bank and currently there are around 20 Grameen-UNIQLO stores, mostly located in Dhaka.

With a corporate statement committed to changing clothes, changing conventional wisdom and change the world, Fast Retailing is dedicated to creating great clothing with new and unique value to enrich the lives of people everywhere.  For more information about UNIQLO and Fast Retailing, please visit and