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Wednesday, September 28, 2022

UNDRR, SM Prime laud women leaders in disaster resilience

11:43:00 PM

 


SM Prime Holdings (SMPHI) recently announced its support for the global search for women leaders in disaster resilience.

For the second consecutive year, SMPHI is sponsoring Women’s International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) Leadership Awards, a flagship program of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR).

SMPHI Vice President for Corporate Compliance Liza B. Silerio said that the support is aligned with the company’s drive to recognize women’s leadership in disaster risk reduction. “This is important in inspiring other women to fully and effectively participate in promoting gender equality and empowerment while building our collective resilience.”

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction Mami Mizutori expressed gratitude for the support, stating, “The awards highlight the key role of women as leaders and agents of change in building resilience and actively participating in the creation and implementation of DRR strategies, policies, plans and programs in their regions. Their stories reflect the diversity of solutions required to meet the converging challenges of accelerating climate change and disasters in the region.”

“We look forward to continued collaboration with SM in our DRR agenda,” Secretary General Mizutori added. 

The WIN DRR Excellence Awards 2022 sponsored by SM Prime has 15 finalists shortlisted from 420 nominations received from across 24 countries in the Asia-Pacific. The winner will be announced at the Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Brisbane on 21 September 2022. US$10,000 will be awarded to an individual woman who has achieved exceptional professional success in DRR. 

The WIN DRR partnership is consistent with SM Prime Holdings’ social commitment towards women empowerment, resilience, good health and well-being of women. The company’s corporate social responsibility arm, SM Cares, supports programs that advance these causes.

The Women's International Network on Disaster Risk Reduction (WIN DRR) is a professional network to support women working in disaster risk reduction, in all their diversity. Its overall goal is to empower women to attain leadership and enhance their role in decision-making in disaster risk reduction in Asia-Pacific. The WIN DRR Philippine Network is powered by SM Prime and Asia Pacific College.

Earlier this year, SM Prime through its SM CARES, partnered with UNDRR in celebrating women empowerment through a webinar on the role of women in disaster resilience. In her keynote message, Mizutori emphasized “women’s equal participation and leadership in public life including disaster risk reduction is important and it is also essential to reducing disaster risk in achieving the United Nations sustainable development goals.”

Monday, September 26, 2022

The Joy begins with SM Supermalls 100 Days of Happiness

9:44:00 PM

 

This is probably the annual thing that almost everyone is waiting for, the kickstart of the Christmas countdown in SM Supermalls. This year, the Christmas countdown is quite different as SM Supermalls began its 100 Days of Happiness last September 16, where they aim to create a circle of happiness with 76 participating malls, shoppers, the marginalized communities of women, persons deprived of liberty, artisans, cause-oriented organizations, and select local government units.

"We want to create a circle of happiness in all our SM malls by featuring products of cause-oriented programs which we will offer to our shoppers who, in turn, give them to friends and family, and ultimately, benefit the communities that created these products," said SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan.


 

Through the campaign, SM Supermalls encourages Filipinos to support the advocacies of individuals and organizations that provide opportunities and create livelihood for their communities. For this year, SM partnered with bag designer Zarah Juan, Spark PH, the Girl Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists of the Philippines, UNICEF, and the Quezon City LGU for its Vote to Tote initiative, among others.

The launch event held at SM North EDSA The Block was attended by SM Supermalls President Steven Tan and SVP for Marketing Joaquin San Agustin; Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte, Vice Mayor Gian Sotto, and select councilors of the city; Spark PH Founder Mica Teves; GSP President Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson; designer Zarah Juan; and Brownies Unlimited Marketing head Dustin Ngo.


 
Equipping young girls to lead and build the future, one box of brownies at a time For this year’s 100 Days campaign, SM Megamall, along with 9 other SM malls, is collaborating with Brownies Unlimited and the Girl Scouts of the Philippines. For every purchase of a special GSP-themed box of brownies in-mall and via the SM Malls Online App, one girl will be sponsored with a GSP membership for a year. 

"We have a lot of young girls across the country and they've had such difficult times during the pandemic. Our membership dropped significantly. By buying a box, you can sponsor a girl for one year and she can learn so many things like being independent, loving her country more, and helping her community," said GSP President Nina Lim-Yuson.


 

Recently, SM Supermalls helped the GSP vaccinate all its 70,000 members nationwide. By providing them with convenient and safe COVID-19 vaccines, SM Supermalls was able to ensure that the GSP members have access to quality healthcare services.

SM shoppers can purchase a box of brownies from 46 Brownies Unlimited branches nationwide and the SM Malls Online App.

Giving marginalized women and persons deprived of liberty hope for the future Apart from the GSP partnership, SM Supermalls also partnered with the local government of Quezon City for its Vote to Tote program, Spark PH, and bag designer Zarah Juan to sell upcycled tarpaulin handmade tote bags sewn by marginalized women and female persons deprived of liberty.



 

"Christmas is all about giving. We are very happy that this year, the communities of Quezon City are included as beneficiaries in this program. And apart from helping the women in our communities, we are also able to help the environment by upcycling 70 tons of election tarpaulins that we've collected." said Mayor Belmonte.

Juan, the designer, was the brainchild of the upcycling initiative. "During the elections, there were tons of election campaign wastes. I wanted to do something and I thought I have my platform– my designs. If my designs can actually solve this problem, then it's worthwhile. Then I pitched the idea to Maica Teves, the founder of Spark PH. From there, we gathered all the help we can– from the Quezon City LGU who will help us collect tarpaulins, the women communities that can help us create, and SM Supermalls who can provide us the platform to distribute."



 

A Happiness Walk was done to showcase the upcycled tote bags that shoppers can buy in SM malls. Joining the Happiness Walk were men and women of substance including select Girl Scouts members, Jeremy Lapena and Bernce Sevilla of the Downs Syndrome Association of the Phils, Mylene Abiva of WomenBiz, media celebrities Ces Oreña Drilon, and Gina Pareño among others.

The proceeds of the upcycled tote bags will be given to the women PDLs in Camp Karingal, and the marginalized women of Barangays Sto. Cristo, Greater Lagro, and Pinyahan in Quezon City. The tote bags will be sold in the following SM malls:
●SM Aura Premier
●SM Southmall
●SM City Fairview
●SM City North EDSA
●SM Megamall

Helping a community of artists And in the south of Metro Manila, the SM Mall of Asia family will be partnering with the Association of Foot and Mouth Artists in selling painted Christmas cards to the shoppers.



 
"All these and more will start to unfold in the coming days as we continue spreading happiness across all SM malls around the country. Let us not waste our next 100 days and use it to make one another happy by giving. Today, let the countdown begin to a hundred days of happiness!” Tan closed.

This is the second time SM Supermalls has started a holiday countdown campaign. In 2021, the biggest mall network in the Philippines showed the world more than a hundred ways of giving through 100 Days of Caring. Underserved communities surrounding the 76 SM malls were provided with their urgent needs through in-kind and monetary donations by the malls, its various business units, and the employees.


 
For the list of all partner institutions and their beneficiaries visit www.smsupermalls.com and follow @smsupermalls on all social media accounts.

It's A Magical Comeback: HONOR to release 6 devices on Sept 27!

9:18:00 PM

 


It's an honor to share the news about HONOR, as they officially unveil its premium flagship smartphone with Ultra Fusion Photography feature, the HONOR Magic4 Pro on September 27, 6:00 PM. Along with the killer flagship device are 3 smartphones and 2 feature-packed smartwatches.

Year 2022 is an exciting new chapter for HONOR with its successful comeback to the Philippine tech scene last August. The global tech brand is set to open very soon their e-commerce and physical stores nationwide, offering the whole ecosystem of HONOR. One of which is the all-new HONOR Magic4 Pro.

Strong Comeback with HONOR Magic4 Pro

HONOR Magic4 Pro is expected to impress prospective customers, with its exemplary camera ranking and the presence of Google Mobile Services.


 

The flagship camera phone was released globally mid-2022. There is no confirmation yet if the Philippine version of Magic4 Pro is the same with the features released globally. Nevertheless, it is expected to have a brand-new Snapdragon processor, top of the line camera features, super charge features with optional wireless charging, and more.

ON DOMINATING THE LOW TO MID-RANGE SMARTPHONE MARKET WITH HONOR X SERIES

HONOR’s preparedness to dominate all segments is evident with the upcoming release of its X series on top of the Magic 4 Pro. HONOR confirmed as well the arrival of HONOR X7, X8, and X9.

All of which are expected to be powered by the Snapdragon CPU fast enough to handle mobile games like Mobile Legends, PUBG , Genshin Impact and more. They are all supported with fast-charging capabilities that match the need for on-the-go Filipinos to have lesser charging time.

In terms of their differences, HONOR X7 is expected to have a lower camera megapixel compared to X8 and X9. HONOR X8 has the slimmest design while HONOR X9 is packed with a better display and fast-charging capabilities.

ON PROVIDING FILIPINOS LIVE A BETTER LIFESTYLE

HONOR also announced to release its 2 affordable yet high-profile smartband and smartwatch: the HONOR Band 6 and HONOR GS3.


 

HONOR Band 6 is expected to have long-lasting capabilities lasting 2 weeks compared to other available smartwatches in the market. Other features are yet to be unveiled before the month ends.


 

The top of the line smartwatch HONOR GS3 has higher consumer expectations with its music playback, alarm clock, flashlight, weather, compass, text notification, and capability to answer phone calls directly.


 

CATCH THE LAUNCH LIVE

HONOR is preparing a live stream link on Facebook with an embedded YouTube video that will be accessible when the event kicks off. Consumers can easily access the live stream from this link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1171384483591607


S.A.F.E. NCRPO for a Safer Community

8:41:00 PM

 

From khaki to navy blue, the policeman image has indeed made a great transformation through the years, and even our perception of the police force has changed too.

With the change of leadership in the Philippine National Police (PNP), everyone expects transformation from its operation to its management. Under the supervision of Chief PNP, PGen Rodolfo S. Azurin, Jr., stakeholders are looking for more accomplishments and positive outcomes with the organization's programs. One of its running program is the Malasakit, Kaayusan, Kapayapaan tungo sa Kaunlaran.

In line with the programs of the PNP, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO's) new Regional Director, PBGen Jonnel C. Estomo, enforces and implements the S.A.F.E. program, which he used when he was still the Provincial Director in Cavite, then it was later on used in Region 5. The SAFE Program stands for Seen Appreciated Felt Extraordinary.
  • The Police must be seen.
  • All programs must be appreciated by the people.
  • All programs must be felt by the people.
  • The actions of the Police should be extraordinary.
The program is initiated to enhance the visibility of the police force, to let the people in the community feel its presence, and for the program to be appreciated, not only in major cities but also in the smallest community.

Just a week ago, a lunch meeting was held at the restaurant of the UP University Hotel where PLt Col Dexter Versola, the Spokesperson of NCRPO met with us, bloggers. The main topic of the meeting was to spread through social media the current programs and projects of the PNP, in particular, the NCRPO.


 
During the lunch meeting, PLtCol Versola point by point discussed and shared information and programs of the PNP, in particular, the NCRPO. Some of these are the S.A.F.E. NCRPO, Oplan Sita, Sea Patrol, Sky Patrol, National Police Clearance, On the Spot Correction, and of course, the war on drugs.

The current leadership sides with the "rule of law." All programs, projects, and activities of NCRPO are based on pertinent laws. If the previous leadership shows aggressiveness, the current one is the opposite with basis.

PLtCol Versola also highlighted the quad concept of operation. Prevent crime by law enforcement operation, Preempt crime through police intelligence, Investigate crime through investigation directorate, and Organize the police and community through Police Community Relations.

For more details about what transpired during the lunch meeting, watch our video on Kwento Ni Toto youtube channel.


Sunday, September 25, 2022

TCL Elevates a truly cinematic experience with 4K QLED 98-inch C735

6:18:00 PM

 


TCL Electronics, a leading consumer electronics brand, launched its new 98-inch TCL 4K QLED TV model C735 to Philippine customers. TCL went big in 2021 with its XL Collection of 85-inch Google TVs. The company upped the size ante again, introducing a new 98-inch this year. As a superior QLED 4K entertainment center, the 98-inch C735 is designed to deliver a comprehensive range of entertainment experiences with Google TV and exceptional video gaming performance.

“With the help of deep supply chain vertical integration, TCL has been committed to Quantum Dot Display Technology since 2014. With the exciting momentum driven over the years, now is the perfect time to introduce 2022 TCL QLED TVs to more consumers in different parts of the world,” said Shaoyong Zhang, CEO of TCL Electronics, “We are proud to say that our 2022 TV additions will reinforce TCL’s leading position in the global consumer electronics industry.”

TCL QLED 4K TV C735
Gaming fans are expecting more games that support 120 FPS this year, so the 98-inch C735 has taken a step further by applying 144Hz VRR, providing faster responsiveness, sharper imagery, and smoother gameplay. Whether users are competitive gamers who want to experience demanding high FPS games—or casual gamers, the 144Hz VRR displays can be a huge benefit, giving users an edge, especially in multiplayer games.

To provide users with a convenient game experience, C735 also has an exclusive game mode function. With Game Master, C735 optimizes the display in video game use. It allows all-in-one optimization, for example, turning on functions such as VRR/ALLM is done with one key.

In addition, through the TCL Game Bar, C735 offers users real-time display statistics, aiming aid, toolbox functions, as well as the quick setting dashboard that helps users achieve the ultimate gaming experience.

With Dolby Vision IQ, C735 enhances the demonstration of Dolby exclusive contents, by displaying a greater number of colors, increasing contrast, and boosting brightness levels.

Adding to the cinema experience, the 98-inch C735 supports Dolby Atmos, which places sounds within multi-dimensional space and puts the user in the middle of their favorite sport, TV, movie, or video game.

C735, with a screen size of 98 inches, also has a theatrical-level sound system. Its ONKYO sound system, and Dolby Atmos brings an exceptional immersive audio experience—letting the sound flow around in three dimensions.

C735 also supports both Motion Estimation and Motion Compensation (MEMC) as well as HDMI 2.1 to deliver the best possible smooth imagery and audio for both TV and multimedia. Enhanced with TCL’s proprietary software algorithm, these technologies ensure images are always smooth, even for sports and fast-moving action scenes. With Google TV, it means that users will get hundreds and thousands of content options aggregated across streaming services.

Key features include:
144Hz VRR
Game Master
Dolby Vision IQ & Dolby Atmos
4K QLED
Google TV
MEMC
HDR10+
ONKYO Audio System
AIPQ Engine
DTS-HD
HDMI 2.1 eARC
Hands-free Voice Control
* Product Appearance, functionality, and availability may differ between countries/regions.

Saturday, September 24, 2022

News TCL Introduces TCL FreshIN Series Air Conditioner to Offer Healthier and More Comfortable Experience

10:44:00 AM

 


Interesting news from TCL Electronics, one of the leading consumer electronics brand, has introduced the TCL FreshIN Series air conditioners to the Philippine market—the latest premium addition to the TCL Smart home ecosystem, different from conventional AC, which circulates air inside the house. TCL FreshIN Series features an all-around fresh air system that transports the fresh air from the outdoors to the indoors helping increase the oxygen and humidity level to offer users an unprecedented intimate experience of health and care.

FreshIN Series is available in 1.0HP and 1.5HP models, which can complement any space.

The FreshIN Series includes premium key features, such as its “FreshIN+” that will let you know when the fresh air enters your room with a blue light. The Temperature Balancing feature avoids uncomfortable temperature fluctuations. After the fresh air is drawn in, it will be either cooled down or warmed up to match the level required with ±0.5°C precision control.

FreshIN models feature a high-powered air engine, so you can enjoy up to 60 cubic meters of fresh air per hour, which could easily deliver pure clean air for most indoor spaces.

Air purification has now become a priority for consumers. The FreshIN Series features a highly efficient system using QuadruPuri Filters: the fresh air will pass through 4 different layers (a preliminary filter, a silver ion antibacterial layer, a HEPA high-efficiency filter, and a high-density filter).

TCL FreshIN Series also features Gentle Breeze Mode with more than one thousand micro-holes to create a soft laminar airflow, offering a comfortable breeze without a harsh, direct cold draft.

Connected with the TCL Home App, the FreshIN Series is compatible with Google Assistant, which gives users control of the air conditioner 24/7 with a smartphone or TCL TV with simple voice commands.

Only a clean air conditioner can keep the air in your home fresh. The CleanXpress function reminds you when it’s time to clean and makes it easy to keep it pristine. Controlled through the TCL Home app, the auto clean function is an efficient system that utilizes water molecules in the air to eliminate impurities. And, for effortless manual cleaning, the unit is designed to be taken apart and reassembled quickly.

Key features
FreshIN+
QuadruPuri Filter
Temperature Balancing
Air Engine
Gentle Breeze
Smart Inverter Technology
CleanXpress Innovation
Smart Control (IoT)
Native Style Cooling
360° Airflow
4-Way Airflow
Sleep Mode
Fast Cooling
Deep Clean
Ion Generator

*Product availability, appearance, and functionality may differ between regions. For regional sales information, please consult the TCL representatives in your community.

For more information, please visit: https://www.tcl.com/ph/en/air-conditioners/tac-chsd-fai

Thursday, September 22, 2022

ABS-CBN’S “EVERYBODY, SING!” RETURNS THIS WEEKEND

7:09:00 AM

 


Singing, laughter, and bayanihan will dominate every weekend as ABS-CBN’s “Everybody, Sing!,” the country’s first community singing game show, marks its return this Saturday (Sept. 24) and Sunday (Sept. 25).

Hosted by Vice Ganda, the Best Entertainment Program Host in the 2021 Asian Academy Creative Awards, “Everybody, Sing!” promises more fun and excitement as 50 contestants who will make up the ‘songbayanan’ guess lyrics for a chance to take home the new jackpot prize amounting to P1 million.

For its second season, more Filipinos will be singing their hearts out in “Everybody, Sing!” including beauticians and mall sales clerks. The program is also currently looking for tattoo artists, twins, farmers, and dentists, among others to serve as contestants as the show aims to support various sectors that are greatly affected by the pandemic.

Vice shared she is excited for the program’s new season saying, “Nakaka-excite kasi ‘yung ‘Everybody, Sing!’ sobrang napamahal sa akin ng programang iyon. Na-attach ako sa staff tapos naging family na rin ‘yun. Tapos ‘yung mga kwento ng mga contestant, nagmarka na rin sa akin ‘yun.”

“Everybody, Sing!” has also touched the hearts of viewers through the stories of hope and perseverance of the contestants especially at the height of the pandemic. Even Vice Ganda couldn’t help but be emotional in some episodes by offering personal financial assistance to contestants.

Viewers can also look forward to Vice Ganda’s eye-catching costumes in the new season. Vice’s stunning costumes went viral on social media last year when she transformed into Princess Diana, Audrey Hepburn, Harley Quinn, Elsa, and Charo Santos.

An original concept of ABS-CBN, “Everybody, Sing!” is a unique Filipino game show that aims to underscore the importance of bayanihan and teamwork in communities especially during this pandemic. The show has been nominated in the Venice TV Awards and Asian Academy Creative Awards in 2021.

Which community will be featured as the first songbayanan? Find out in “Everybody, Sing!” every weekend on A2Z, Kapamilya Channel, Kapamilya Online Live, and TV5. It’s also available on iWantTFC, at TFC IPTV.

For the latest on “Everybody, Sing!” follow @EVERYBODYSINGPH on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For other news, follow @ABSCBNPR on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Our Top 3 Board Games For the Family on a Rainy Season

12:42:00 AM

 


When the rainy season comes, most of us in the family sing the children's song "Rain, Rain, Go Away" because we want the rain to go away and come again on another day. But today, it seems that the rainy season is unpredictable because of climate change. Let us do our part, at least in the simplest ways, to help reverse the effect or be resilient to the changing climate.

But we're not going to talk more about climate change, but we're here to discuss the board games we play during the rainy season. So, what do you think are the top three (3) board games commonly played at this time of the year?

There are many board games that we can play and enjoy. Some are easy to play, and other board games are complicated, but all are fun, especially at home during the rainy season.

But before we indulge ourselves in naming which of these board games are on top of our list, let us check out its definition and explanation first. According to Wikipedia, a Board game is defined as tabletop games that are typically pieces that are moved or placed on a pre-marked board or playing surface and often include elements of table, card, role-playing, and miniatures games. Many of these games are competitions between two or more players, and most of these represent real-life situations. Lastly, these board games, basically have different types of rules to be followed to enjoy the game.

So, according to us, here are the Top 3 Board Games for Families during a rainy season.

Scrabble. This board game is the first on our list. It is also one of my favorite board games that really enhances our capability.

It is a word game that basically enhances your vocabulary. Families can enjoy playing this game together. It is played by two or four players, so if you're a family of four that would be great. Players score points by placing tiles on the board forming a word, each tile bears a single letter and each letter has corresponding points. The game board is divided into a 15x15 grid of squares. The tiles must form a simple or complex word in a crossword fashion. It read from left to right in rows or downwards.

To be more acquainted with the game you can always check out its rules online or with the attached paper indicating its production date.

Monopoly. This is the game that teaches us how to invest, budget, and spend. Though it is in a game mode of learning, still, you can learn from it.

It is a multiplayer game that is themed about economics. Meaning, this will teach us about the economic process in a simple way. In the game, each player will roll two dice to move around the board game. The game gives emphasis more on the buying and selling of properties, thus later on monopolizing everything and that's how you win the game.

Snakes and Ladders is the third on our list of board games. Just like Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders use dice and board with boxes to move around, the only difference between monopoly and snakes and ladders is the use of paper money as means of barter.

When the players roll dice and navigate the board. Landing on a ladder means advancing a square further up the board while landing on a snake means they have to go back to a previous square. The game aims to reach the final square. This game is a race that's based on sheer luck and is popular with children.

These three board games are our choices that families can play together, especially during the gloomy and wet weather or the rainy season.

With the advances in technology, board games are moving out of the board and into the digital world. If you're tired of playing the usual board games or if you're going solo and wanted to have the old school board games, better play in the digital world. The net is a vast resource. All you have to do is search!

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

What's so significant about the NUMBER 21?

9:29:00 PM


 

As I move a year higher on my time here on Earth, let me share some significant meaning or some information about the number 21. All are listed in no particular order.

  • Don't you know that 21 is considered a triangle number – it is the sum of the first six whole numbers (1+2+3+4+5+6=21).
  • I don't know much about the Fibonacci sequence but you check it out in google to know more about it, accordingly, 21 is the eighth number in the Fibonacci sequence, where each number is the sum of the two preceding ones.
  • This is new to me, a shape with 21 sides is called a icosikaihenagon.
  • If you're not convinced check out the elements table, 21 is the atomic number of the chemical element scandium.
  • The summer and winter solstices take place (usually) on June 21 and December 21 respectively.
  • 21 is the minimum voting age in Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Samoa, Singapore, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau (an independent territory of New Zealand), and Tonga.
  • 21 is the age of majority – or the time when you’re legally an adult – in Bahrain, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire, Egypt, Eswatini, Gabon, Grenada, Honduras, Kuwait, Lesotho, Madagascar, Namibia, Samoa, Singapore, and the UAE. But it is considered a “major” birthday in many countries and cultures, and many people throw a big party to celebrate.
  • There is a lake in the US state of Minnesota called Twentyone Lake.
  • Twenty-one, or vingt-un/vingt-et-un (“21” in French) is the name of card game in which players try to collect cards whose values add up to 21, or as close as possible. It’s the basis of the popular casino game, blackjack, which is the focus of …
  • If you like movies, the 2008 heist movie 21 is inspired by the true story of the MIT Blackjack Team, a group of US university students who used card-counting techniques to beat casinos at blackjack.
  • This is interesting, there are 21 spots or dots on a standard, six-sided dice.
  • For music lovers and for an Adele avid fan, 21 is the title of Adele’s six-time Grammy-winning second album, which features songs like Rolling in the Deep, and Someone Like You. She was 21 years old when she released it.
  • Another thing about music, Twenty One Pilots is a popular American rock duo.
  • Continuing about music, 21 Guns is a 2009 song by punk-rock band Green Day that questions war and patriotism
  • A 21-gun salute is a military way to honor royalty or world leaders.
  • In history, between 1717 and 1816, a British coin called a guinea was made up of 21 shillings. (Until the 1970s, shillings still existed; there were 20 shillings in a pound and 12 pence in one shilling. It was a confusing time.)
  • The flag of Kurdistan features a sun with 21 rays.
  • A game of badminton ends when a player reaches 21 points.
  • In a game of ping pong, it is used to be played until the score of 21 but that rule was changed by the ITTF in 2001.
  • Three-on-three basketball, or the 3x3 street ball, is a single game period of 10 minutes, with the winner the first team to score 21 points (or be closest to 21 at the end of 10 minutes).
  • In Philippines history, Martial Law was declared two (2) times in the entire archipelago, and both declarations were done on September 21.
  • On September 21, a boy named Marco Polo was born.
So, basically, there are lots of significant meanings in the Number 21, which one is yours?

Monday, September 19, 2022

Top local merchants sell 6x more items at Shopee's 9.9 Super Shopping Day

9:51:00 PM

 


The leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan continues to create memorable shopping experiences at 9.9 Super Shopping Day. Boosted by increased shopper traffic and support from Shopee's platform tools, top local sellers sold 6 times more items on 9 September than on an average day. These seller offerings in turn created more value for customers, who snapped up the best promotions and mas mura prices on items ranging from their daily essentials to the latest gadgets.

Shopee’s 9.9 Super Shopping Day brings more benefits to Filipinos by providing buyers with convenient shopping experiences at the best deals, while helping sellers grow their businesses. Martin Yu, Director at Shopee Philippines shared, “We are committed to benefit online shoppers, by bringing them more joy, value, and excitement every 9.9. This drives us to use our platform to deliver the best value for money with our Mas Mura sa Shopee* offers, and to explore other equally fulfilling possibilities that serve the evolving needs of customers and businesses alike, especially as we gear towards another meaningful year-end shopping season.”

Shoppers secured daily essentials at better deals

Shopee worked with sellers to curate a wide assortment of ₱1 and ₱49 deals, helping users get their money’s worth when they shopped their everyday essentials in Home & Living, Health & Personal Care, and Women's Apparel during 9.9. Filipinos were keen to maximize the available deals in acquiring their daily necessities, with one shopper saving as much as ₱200,000 for essential back-to-school items like a new laptop, laptop accessories, and desk accessories.

Businesses achieved more traffic and a big boost to their sales

Local sellers took advantage of 9.9 to grow their businesses, with one top local merchant from Valenzuela City selling over 400,000 packs of face masks on 9 September alone. Another fashion accessories seller used Shopee Live to engage with their followers, gaining 80,000 views during their 9.9 livestream. Meanwhile, leading brands Uni-Care, Unilever Beauty, and Maybelline also saw a boost in orders as shoppers looked to Shopee for their go-to branded parenting essentials, personal care products, and beauty must-haves.

Shopee’s in-app features brought more value and entertainment to all users

Shoppers were treated to plentiful days of fun from August 26, leading up to a star-studded TV special on September 9. Countless users tuned in to Shopee livestreams 87 million times and engaged with in-app games for over 16 million total plays throughout the 9.9 period.

ShopeePay brought users more convenience and rewards

Filipinos continued to enjoy seamless, value-for-money payments as they took advantage of ShopeePay's ₱1 Load & Data promos, with purchases tripling on 9.9 compared to a regular day. Local shoppers also used ShopeePay to pay off their wish list items on mobile phone accessories, skincare products, and kitchenware sets while payment transactions with various billers doubled during the super shopping day.

To stay updated on the latest mas mura deals and promos, download the Shopee app from leading app stores and follow Shopee Philippines on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube.

"Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask" is Puregold Channel's First Romantic Comedy Digital Series

9:09:00 PM


 


Comedy despite the quarantine and lockdowns, is probably the genuine attitude of Pinoys, knowing when it is time to laugh after the hardships and tragedies. 

The kilig-tawa story of Malta, played by Herlene Budol, and her sweet but quirky romance with the incredibly handsome Sieg, portrayed by Joseph Marco, sent romcom fans in frenzy throughout the series. Many could relate to the twists and turns a woman’s heart goes through in learning to love herself and be open to the love of another.

“Ang Babae” increasingly appealed to young and young-at-heart viewers and morphed into a massive online sensation. After all, it was a feel-good series with cliffhanger moments, racking up more views and leaving heady fans wanting more after each exciting episode.

On top of their effusive support gleaned from each episode’s comments, fans also drove “Ang Babae” content to hit status on TikTok. As seen in all the videos labeled under the #angbabaesalikodngfacemask hashtag, followers expressed their own creativity and enthusiasm on TikTok.


Fan edits of lead characters Malta and Sieg, as well as clips of their favorite scenes garnered over 11 million views on TikTok, spreading the kilig and laughter to more enthusiastic fans and potential viewers who eventually latched on to the show.

The TikTok trend backs up the numbers as it shows the amazing dedication “Ang Babae” fans display. They might as well brace for a second season, considering the finale’s last scene: just when Sieg proposed marriage to Malta, her childhood ‘crush’ pops up in her life.

Vincent Co, President of Puregold Price Club, Inc., is justifiably proud of the company’s unique retailtainment initiative. “We are very happy with the success of ‘Ang Babae sa Likod ng Face Mask,’ ” says Co.



“We could not have done this without the wonderful cast as led by Herlene Budol and Joseph Marco; the entire production crew; and the followers that viewed ‘Ang Babae’ week after week and spread the word about this mini series,” he affirms. “We hope to bring more panalo stories and entertainment to all our viewers and customers in the future.”




Friday, September 16, 2022

S&R kicks off exclusive PISO SALE this Sept 16 - 19, 2022

10:04:00 PM

 

You heard that right! You can get awesome discounts with S&R’s PISO SALE, exclusively available via MetroMart App and website. From September 16-19, 2022, select items can be purchased for only ₱1.00 when you order and get it delivered via MetroMart across select branches of S&R.

The S&R PISO SALE promo will have various items available for a limited time per day, so stay tuned and make sure to add to cart right away. These items include Spam and Prem luncheon meats, Yakult, bottled drinks, milk, potato chips, and more.

All MetroMart customers can avail this promo, with or without an S&R membership card.

“Christmas and the holiday season play a very important part in the lives of Filipino families. Our MetroMart family is very excited to help kick off the holiday season at the start of the 100 days countdown to Christmas with the S&R Piso Sale, and other upcoming promos and events.” Stefano Fazzini, CEO and co-founder of MetroMart, said.

The S&R Piso Sale promo is applicable to New and Existing Users of MetroMart. A min. spend of ₱2k is required in order to avail the 1-peso sale items. Only completed checkout of orders within the sale period can avail the discounted items.

New to MetroMart? Get a ₱200 discount for a minimum order of ₱2k. Use the promo code “MMNEW” on the MetroMart app or website upon checkout. This is applicable across all stores and supermarkets for New customers, valid for one-time use until October 16, 2022.

MetroMart is the #1 online grocery delivery service in the Philippines. Our grocery partners include S&R (with or no membership card required), Robinsons Supermarket, Landmark, The Marketplace, Shopwise, All Day Supermarket, Merrymart, Super8 Grocery Warehouse, Ever Supermarket, UltraMega Supermarket, and over 500+ specialty store retailers like Pet Express, Baby Company, Toy Kingdom, Toys”R”Us, National Book Store, Office Warehouse, Southstar Drug and AllDay Rx. Customers can order from their favorite stores on the MetroMart app and have it delivered to their door in 2 hours! For more updates on MetroMart, like and follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @metromartph. Order groceries online or download the app via https://bit.ly/DownloadNowMM

Thursday, September 15, 2022

Jay Justiniani Sings Again, Now with the Fireflies

6:44:00 AM

 

"Once an artist, always an artist," maybe this is a phrase that I could define Jay Justiniani, the former vocalist of Cueshe and now the lead vocals for the band "Fireflies." After seven (7) years and the onslaught of Covid19, Jay is back to singing, and this time he sings with the "Fireflies" band.

Early this September, a gig happened in Fiyo Bagi Restaurant and Bar. It is the relaunched of the "Fireflies" band together with a new set of band members. The current members of the group were composed of Junjie Dosdos, the keyboardist when he was in Cueshe, now Fireflies' songwriter and rhythm guitarist. JC Del Rosario IV is also a songwriter and bassist for the band. RM Tolentino, the drummer. Pat Galut, the lead guitarist. Of course, Jay Justiniani, Cueshe's former vocalist and now the lead vocals of the group "Fireflies."

Right after a few song performances of the group, which include pieces from the former band where everyone is familiar with Jay singing, a press conference was held together with some bloggers and media present. It was exclusive enough for a small number of individuals and platforms to cover print, TV, and online.


 
With so many questions to ask, I was more interested in the dynamics and process of how they create their songs for the new band, the Fireflies. According to Jay, "... luckily with this group nga, I'll tell you again, Junjie is a resolute writer, I also try to write songs and JC comes over there... that's a nice thing about it and then everybody is just everybody... hindi na-oofend... everybody comes to creating better songs." So, I can say that in this group they are more open and collaborative with the songs they make. It is indeed a good opportunity for a band.

With their songs, according to Junjie, who was from Cueshe, it is really hard not to sound like your former band because that's your style but they are striving not to make it the same as from their past song pieces.


A quick trivia about the band Fireflies, according to the band they named it Fireflies because they wanted to be that spark or a flicker of light, especially in dark times. The group is currently managed by Ms. Grace. To experience live band performance get in touch with them at 09923150106 or you can visit their FB page https://www.facebook.com/fireflies.ph for more info and updates on their gigs.

The night was great and being a person who loves to listen to music, especially live performances, it was a blast. And two other bands performed that night, the Rotom Olkis and Static Edge.
v Looking forward to Fireflies' music!

Sunday, September 11, 2022

There's No Development Without Electricity, One Meralco Foundation Intensify Lighting Projects #LightUpPilipinas

10:19:00 PM


Centuries ago, the basis for development and progress were buildings, water systems, trade, and colonies. Now, electricity is one of the major components to consider in development. For one reason, almost all of the machines, equipment, vehicles, and devices are run by electricity. Productions can't run without the power of electricity.

At present, electricity plays a huge role in our daily lives. From home to work, we all use electricity. It has been the power that runs our machines and equipment. Though we can live without electricity, our economy won't make it.

 


Just recently, fellow bloggers and yours truly were able to have a chit-chat lunch with the Vice President for Corporate Communication of Meralco, Mr. Joe Zaldarriaga, and Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao, the President for One Meralco Foundation. If you're watching the Meralco Advisories, that's Mr. Zaldarriaga. The place to talk about updates and initiatives of Meralco and its foundation was just the right venue. It is surrounded by beautiful artworks and a bit closer to nature because of the surrounding age-old trees.

 


According to Mr. Zaldarriaga, Meralco is adapting to the current times. With the flourishing and influx of social media, Meralco is also into to be reached by its customers. Nowadays, social media is a thing for everyone.

Probably the busiest office in the entirety of Meralco is its One Meralco Foundation, which is run by Mr. Jeffrey Tarayao, the President. Its main thrust is to provide a sustainable energy source to hard-to-reach schools and communities in remote areas. During our interview, Mr. Tarayao shared their lighting project stories that most of the time eat up their time by going to the community, giving the currently available energy source, which is solar-powered panels.

 


Like what Jose Rizal mentioned in one of his poems "Kabataan ang pag-asa ng bayan" (the youths are the hope of the nation) but how can they be the hope of the nation when they cannot even finish school because their community is deprived by the luxury of electricity. With this, One Meralco Foundation, under the leadership of Mr. Tarayao, seeks out these electricity-deprived communities to bring the hope of light. I asked, "How do they pick which community to bring their lighting project?" Mr. Tarayao explained that they are thankful to their network of partners who knows about the project. With this, people, agencies, and organizations share information with One Meralco Foundation for communities in need of the lighting project.

 


 
Right now, One Meralco Foundation is busy distributing solar-powered lamps. They have given a number of around 3,000 solar lamps to fisherfolks and forest rangers. Not only their lighting project, but they also have the scholarship.

Of course, Meralco and One Meralco Foundation aim to bring light to more Filipinos, lighting up communities and families with their #LightUpPilipnas campaign.



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