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Voyager brings biggest online deals to Pinoys for Singles’ Day

Huge discounts are ahead for Pinoy online shoppers as they pick out their Singles’ Day purchases with the help of various digital apps and platforms from Voyager Innovations and its…

Huge discounts are ahead for Pinoy online shoppers as they pick out their Singles’ Day purchases with the help of various digital apps and platforms from Voyager Innovations and its business arms, including PayMaya Philippines, FINTQnologies, Inc. (FINTQ), hatch, and Takatack Technologies.

To kick things off this November, PayMaya is giving its users an exclusive 11% rebate from all their purchases on November 11, also known as Singles’ Day. Originating from China, Singles’ Day was established as a way for Chinese to celebrate being single. It turned into one of the biggest annual e-Commerce events the world over.

PayMaya users can use their Visa cards, Smart Mastercards, and in-app virtual cards to qualify for the 11% rebate whenever they make purchases in-store or online, whether they’re in the Philippines or abroad.

Biggest online shopping discounts

Aside from the Singles’ Day rebate promo, PayMaya is also giving all its users a massive 20% discount for the entire November in three of the country’s biggest online shopping destinations – Lazada, Zalora and Takatack.

For Lazada, shoppers only have to key in the promo code PYMYNOV upon checkout to get an extra 20% discount for a minimum purchase of only P500, valid for use multiple times with a maximum discount of P400 per transaction. This will come handy during Lazada’s Online Revolution shopping event, when Filipinos stand a chance to get big discounts on their favorite items and wish lists.

For Zalora, all they have to do is key in PAYMAYAHOLIDAY when they make purchases worth at least P1,000 to get 20% off upon checkout. They can use the code multiple times for the whole month of November to help them complete their OOTDs.

Shoppers can also get a huge 30% discount across all items when they shop at Takatack, the largest online discovery platform of Voyager, from November 9 to 11. They can get a maximum discount of P2,000 for purchases, with free shipping for purchases above P2,000.

But when shoppers use their PayMaya card to shop at Takatack this November, they can get an additional 20% off (maximum P500 discount) their purchase by entering the code 11+[First four digits of their PayMaya card] (ex. 114404)! This means they can get as much as 50% discount on items for Singles’ Day weekend, from November 9-11.

To complete the experience, when they register for an account on FINTQ’s digital lending platform Lendr.com.ph, users will also automatically get a P150 discount voucher which they can also use for Lazada, as well as a promo code for an 11% discount which they can use to shop at Takatack.

Shop without data charges

To make Filipinos’ online shopping experience convenient and hassle-free, free Internet platform freenet has partnered with Lazada to give free data access to their app for Smart, TNT, and Sun subscribers.

All they have to do is download the freenet app on their Android or iOS device, register with their mobile number, and click the sidebar menu to turn on the Free Access toggle to begin setup. Once done, they can proceed to the Lazada app to enjoy a worry-free shopping experience without data charges.

And to spice things up more this shopping season, freenet is rewarding shoppers with free MB credits whenever they download or access various Voyager platforms starting November 11. Simply download the PayMaya and Takatack apps or access the Lendr website under the “Missions” tab within the freenet app to get an instant 100MB credit, which they can use to purchase data packages from the freenet Shop.

“This is our way of giving back to all our customers and partners. As we see adoption to our platforms grow, we hope more Filipinos get to enjoy the digital life and more businesses also get to benefit from the opportunities presented by digital. As the whole ecosystem grows, everyone grows too,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO at Voyager Innovations.

Voyager Innovations, the digital innovations arm of PLDT and Smart, has been leading the way in enabling consumers and enterprises to access the digital life with its unique and comprehensive suite of platforms in the areas of financial services, eCommerce, and marketing technologies.

Download PayMaya now:
iOS – https://goo.gl/T012hs
Android – https://goo.gl/9XYTsb

Get freenet:
iOS – http://frnt.ph/ios
Android – http://frnt.ph/android

Visit Takatack: www.takatack.com
Sign up for Lendr: www.lendr.com.ph

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Hit Bisrock musical Gugmang Giatay to be staged in Cebu on Friday

The runaway theatrical hit Gugmang Giatay The Musical is back and will be holding limited shows in Cebu and Manila this month. Gugmang Giatay will have a one-night-only staging at…

The runaway theatrical hit Gugmang Giatay The Musical is back and will be holding limited shows in Cebu and Manila this month.

Gugmang Giatay will have a one-night-only staging at 8 p.m. on Friday, November 10, at the Teatro Casino of Casino Filipino, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Later this month, Manila will get its chance to enjoy the popular Bisaya production. It will be staged on Sunday, November 26, at 4 p.m., during BGC Passionfest, and again from Tuesday, November 28 until Thursday, November 30, 8 p.m. All Manila performances will be at the Globe Auditorium of the Maybank Performing Arts Theater, BGC Arts Center, Taguig.

Gugmang Giatay

Written by award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and internet sensation Rowell “Medyo Maldito” Ucat, Gugmang Giatay is your (a)typical romantic comedy, with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor. The musical features landmark Bisaya hit songs, both contemporary and classic, written by such icons as Max Surban, Cattski Espina, Insoy Niñal, Jude Gitamondoc, Medyo Maldito, and Junior Kilat, among others.

The Manila staging of Gugmang Giatay will feature award-winning actor Bong Cabrera in the role of Ben. Cabrera is known for his role in the 2011 film Sa Ilalim ng Tulay, for which he won the award for Best Actor in the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival. He also won Best Supporting Actor for the 2013 film The Guerilla is a Poet in the CineFilipino Film Festival.

Sarah Mae Enclona-Henderson, the producer of Gugmang Giatay, said she backed the stage musical because she believes it has the power to touch lives. “I had fun reading the first draft to the final uncensored book,” she said. “I could not let go of it! I love it so much and I believe that Filipinos deserve to see it on stage. It has the potential to transform the theater scene here in Cebu and hopefully make Cebuanos a more supportive and engaging audience.”

Gugmang Giatay

GUGMANG GIATAY. Written by award-winning songwriter Jude Gitamondoc and internet sensation Rowell “Medyo Maldito” Ucat, Gugmang Giatay is your (a)typical romantic comedy, with a good dose of maoy moments, hugot lines, and acerbic Bisaya humor.

Genuinely funny and entertaining, Gugmang Giatay also aims to elevate local pop culture to the musical stage. The musical, in its entirety, is a tribute to anything and everything Bisaya, said Enclona-Henderson.

Tickets to the November 10 Cebu staging are available online through 2tincans.yapsody.com, or by visiting Casino Filipino at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Ticketing arrangements may also be made by contacting the 2TinCans office through +63933 188 0999. Tickets for the Manila shows on November 26, and 28 to 30 may be purchased through www.ticketworld.com.ph.

Gugmang Giatay is produced by 2TinCans Philippines in partnership with the BGC Arts Center and Casino Filipino, in cooperation with Offbeat Concepts Production House. For more information, visit 2TinCans Philippines on Facebook at facebook.com/2tincansphils and Instagram at @2tincansph. Like Gugmang Giatay on Facebook at facebook.com/gugmanggmusical. (Press Release)

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5 Smart tips for stress-free Kalag-kalag

Observing Kalag-Kalag can be challenging, what with the throngs of people making their way to cemeteries to pay respects to departed loved ones. With the help of mobile technology, however,…

Observing Kalag-Kalag can be challenging, what with the throngs of people making their way to cemeteries to pay respects to departed loved ones. With the help of mobile technology, however, it can be a lot more manageable and stress-free for you and your family.

Here are 5 Smart tips to help you gear up for this year’s Kalag-Kalag:

1. Load up for emergency communications.

Be sure you have enough load to communicate with your loved ones especially for emergency situations. With millions going in and out of the cemetery, there’s a chance you’ll break away from your group, so make sure you have the means to get in touch with them. To assist and provide subscribers with mobile services, Smart is also setting up service booths in cemeteries, transport terminals, and public markets all over the country.

2. Navigate with Waze and stay updated with road advisories.

Making your way to the cemetery is so much easier with Waze, an app that lets you find the shortest route to your destination. The crowdsourcing app also features real-time road alerts from fellow commuters for greater convenience. Moreover, don’t forget to follow the official social media accounts of news organizations, government agencies, and tollways and transport service providers on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on traffic, road closures, mishaps, rerouting, and trip schedules.

3. Bring a portable power bank.

Before leaving your house, make sure you have fully charged your phone and power bank so that you can enjoy mobile services the entire day. For better network coverage and faster mobile Internet, you can also swap your 3G SIM to an LTE SIM for free at your preferred Smart Store without changing your number, and slot it in you LTE-ready device. This way, you can enjoy optimum mobile connection wherever you go.

4. Keep the whole family connected on the road.

Going on a long road trip to your home province? Enduring heavy traffic can be less of a burden for the whole family if you have a Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi, which lets you connect up to 5 devices, enough to keep everyone productive while traveling. With it, one can focus on navigating; another can keep relatives updated on your whereabouts; while kids can get their fill of educational videos or online games to keep them busy throughout the trip.

With the Smart Bro LTE Pocket WiFi, you can register to SurfMax85, which comes with all-day surfing of up to 800MB per day, valid for two days, for only Php85. To register, simply text SURFMAX85 to 2200.

5. Share your precious moments in a special group chat with loved ones.

Kalag-kalag reunites families in celebrating the life of departed loved ones. For an easier way of collecting and sharing content on your family get-togethers, you may create a group chat where everyone can view and save your photos and videos. You can use top apps like Messenger, Telegram, Viber, or WhatsApp, and even include in your relatives abroad who could not make it to your gatherings.

For more ways to make the most of your mobile experience, follow Smart’s official accounts on Facebook (facebook.com/SmartCommunications), Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart). (Press Release)

 

(Banner photo: Christian Holmér by Creative Commons.)

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Cebu Landmasters CEO Joe Soberano is Ernst and Young’s Philippines Industry Entrepreneur of the Year

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) chief executive officer Jose Soberano III was awarded “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young last October 18 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel. Soberano…

Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI) chief executive officer Jose Soberano III was awarded “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst and Young last October 18 at the Makati Shangri-la Hotel.

Soberano is one of the 19 outstanding finalists representing enterprises from different industries nationwide chosen by Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Philippines in its search for the country’s most inspiring entrepreneurs. “Industry Entrepreneur of the Year” is one of the four awards given by EOY Philippines.

EOY Philippines is a program of the SGV Foundation, Inc., with the participation of co-presenters Department of Trade and Industry, the Philippine Business for Social Progress, and the Philippine Stock Exchange.

Jose Soberano III award

ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR. Cebu Landmasters, Inc. chairman and chief executive officer Jose Soberano III during his awarding as Entrepreneur of the Year by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Top local developer

Soberano was awarded for his remarkable role in the Real Estate industry. He was credited for establishing CLI, which is now one of the top local developers in Visayas and Mindanao, to address the need for quality and affordable housing and later expanded to include residential estates, offices, condominiums, hotels and mixed-use projects.

Soberano is also this year’s Entrepreneur of the Year by the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

“We have worked very hard to put CLI to where it is today and to make an impact on the lives of many Filipinos. This would not have been possible if not for the never-ending support of my family and the CLI employees who are part of my extended family,” said Soberano.

CLI public offering

In the last 14 years, CLI has rolled out fast-selling high-end, mid-market and economic housing real estate developments.

CLI just recently went public at the Philippine Stock Exchange. Its debut last June made them the first Cebu-based real estate developer to ring the bell.

“What inspires me now is to build a company that can last many generations. What further fuels us as a family-oriented company is the goal to become the leading homegrown real estate developer in the Visayas and Mindanao region by 2020,” said Soberano. (Press Release)

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Globe, Alibaba partnership makes GCash “future of payments” in Philippines

GCash is poised to lead the future of payments in the Philippines following the recent joint venture of Ant Financial, Globe Telecom, and Ayala Corporation. The collaboration is seen to…

GCash is poised to lead the future of payments in the Philippines following the recent joint venture of Ant Financial, Globe Telecom, and Ayala Corporation. The collaboration is seen to speed up the country’s digitization to make the lives of Filipinos much easier.

Jack Ma, founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, attended an event that marked the opening of the Philippine retail industry to electronic payments through GCash. Ma was joined by Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas.

GCash QR code

“Imagine a day when you can shop and buy cinema, bus and train tickets with a simple scan of your personal GCash QR code in your smart phone. The convenient daily life 520 million Alipay users are enjoying will soon be realized in the Philippines. In the past months, Ant Financial has worked closely with GCash product of Mynt, as we are dedicated to bringing digital financial services to our friends in the Philippines,” Jing said.

“We are thrilled to mark this special milestone with Mr. Jack Ma, and Mr. Eric Jing of Ant Financial — it goes without saying that we are very pleased to partner with Ant Financial, given their level of experience and expertise in this field,” said Zobel de Ayala. “We look forward to innovating and evolving with the Filipino consumer, together. This day marks a special moment in the history of technology and payments in the Philippines — this launches the first broad application of such technology, and marks GCash as the leader in this space.”

Cu said the partnership is now bearing fruit. “We are happy to share the initial successes that will disrupt payment methods in the Philippines. In this country, only 5% of the population have credit cards, leaving almost everybody to carry cash all the time to pay for something. Today, we are introducing the 3rd method of payment – GCash. We found the right partner and the right time to really scale up the business and change the way we use financial services.”

QR CODE PAYMENTS. Alibaba Founder and Executive Chairman Jack Ma (center, left) joins GCat, the GCash Mascot, as it shows a sample of the QR code that is set to change the landscape of payments in the country. Together with him are (from left) Mynt President and CEO Anthony Thomas, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Ant Financial Services Group CEO Eric Jing, Ayala Corporation President and COO Fernando Zobel de Ayala, Ayala Land President and CEO Bobby Dy, and Ant Financial SVP and Head of International Operations Douglas Feagin.

Make digital preferred choice

“Now that more people are using data on their smartphones, the time is ripe to enable digital payments using the smartphone and let this go mainstream. Our challenge today is to make digital payments the preferred choice among our customers instead of cash or credit cards,” he added.

Through GCash, particularly the scan to pay feature of the GCash App, Filipinos can now experience the convenient cashless lifestyle.

The new payment option is a game changer for both consumers and merchants. It allows customers to pay for goods and services by simply using their smartphones to scan QR codes displayed by merchants and establishments.

Benefits for business owners

Business owners also benefit from not having to install expensive machines as they are provided with a QR code sticker which buyers can scan to pay. Customers pay the exact amount, removing the need for coins or change. GCash sees this solution working not just for organized trade but even for the ambulant vendors.

Joining GCash in showcasing the future of payments in the Philippines is Ayala Malls. Known as a retail innovator, Ayala Malls is a perfect catapult for GCash to reach thousands of consumers while also improving the customer experience for Ayala Malls shoppers. Glorietta is the first Ayala Mall to offer the GCash payment system in many of its shops and restaurants, as well as its cinemas.

GCash will be rolled out very soon to other Ayala Malls such as Greenbelt, TriNoma, Market! Market!, Alabang Town Center, Ayala Center Cebu, Bonifacio High Street, UP Town Center, Ayala Malls The 30th, Ayala Malls Vertis North, and Ayala Malls South Park. With the GCash scan to pay feature, Ayala Malls customers can catch up with the cashless experience of shoppers in other countries.

GCash is an internationally-acclaimed mobile wallet service of Mynt which can be used to buy load, pay bills, send money, and pay for goods and services whether online or offline. (Press Release)

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Lechon paksiw, sisig, scallops now on the menu at Hukad, Golden Cowrie

Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Sisig, and Bay Scallops – these are the newest mouthwatering dishes you can enjoy at Hukad, Golden Cowrie, and Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen. No talk of Cebu…

Lechon Paksiw, Lechon Sisig, and Bay Scallops – these are the newest mouthwatering dishes you can enjoy at Hukad, Golden Cowrie, and Golden Cowrie Filipino Kitchen.

No talk of Cebu food ends without the mention of lechon. While nothing compares to fresh-off-the-pit whole lechon, there are various other ways to enjoy it after. Two of the most popular are paksiw and sisig.

Golden Cowrie Hukad scallops

BAY SCALLOPS WITH TABA NG TALANGKA. This dish is baked in cheese and combined with tasty crab fat to give it that burst of flavor.

Hukad and Golden Cowrie’s Lechon Paksiw is given a fresh yet traditional take, with choice cuts of lechon belly cooked in vinegar and soy sauce. Lechon Sisig, on the other hand, is a new spin on the classic pulutan, with lechon belly sautéed in aromatic spices that will keep you coming back for a second round.

Another recent addition to the menu is the Bay Scallops with Taba ng Talangka. Paying homage to Cebu’s abundance of seafood, this dish is baked in cheese and combined with tasty crab fat to give it that burst of flavor.

Golden Cowrie Hukad lechon paksiw

LECHON PAKSIW is given a fresh yet traditional take, with choice cuts of lechon belly cooked in vinegar and soy sauce for a familiar, comforting flavor.

In Cebu, Lechon Paksiw and Lechon Sisig are available at Salinas, Golden Cowrie SM City Cebu, Mactan, A.S Fortuna and Lahug and Hukad Cybergate, SM Seaside and Parkmall. Bay Scallops with Taba ng Talangka is offered in all branches. For those in the north, check out the newly-opened Hukad Danao.

Visit www.alwaysafeast.ph to know more about this proudly Cebuano restaurant. For deliveries contact (032) 233-4243 and (032) 233-3278. (Press Release)

Golden Cowrie Hukad sisig

LECHON SISIG is a spin on the classic pulutan, with lechon belly sautéed in aromatic spices that will keep you coming back for a second round.

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Globe partners with Roku to power Streamwatch device

Globe will launch a new Streamwatch device in November that will be powered by Roku. The company signed a licensing agreement that will allow Globe to tap Roku’s streaming platform,…

Globe will launch a new Streamwatch device in November that will be powered by Roku. The company signed a licensing agreement that will allow Globe to tap Roku’s streaming platform, its operating system, channel store, and streaming players.

“Globe is one of the leading telecom providers in the Philippines, with millions of cellular and broadband customers. It is a logical next step for Globe to launch a streaming device to its customers to enhance their entertainment experience at home. With the Roku Powered licensing program telco operators such as Globe can launch internet-delivered TV services quickly by leveraging our powerful streaming platform,” said Andrew Ferrone, vice president of pay TV at Roku.

Roku Globe

ROKU-GLOBE PARTNERSHIP. Roku Inc. and Globe Telecom announced their partnership to launch the new Globe Streamwatch device in the Philippines. Leading the signing of the partnership are (from left) Globe Senior Vice President for Content, Nikko Acosta, Roku Director for Communications Mike Duin, Globe Chief Commercial Officer Albert de Larrazabal, Roku Director for Partner Management Andrew Bernard, Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu, Globe At Home Senior Vice President Martha Sazon, and Roku APAC Advisor Brandon Amber.

Martha Sazon, Senior Vice President for Globe At Home said, “The collaboration with Roku allows us to give our customers more streaming device choices and a new streaming experience all together. Globe Streamwatch is easy to use and enjoy. By just plugging and activating the device, our customers will readily have access to a wealth of entertainment available at home even without cable connection.”

The Roku-powered Globe Streamwatch stick.

The Roku-powered Globe Streamwatch stick.

Globe is the first Roku Powered partner that will offer a streaming stick form factor to its customers. Globe Streamwatch users will be able to watch a variety of content across free and paid channels in different categories including sports, lifestyle, fashion, and more. It comes with three months access to top streaming services such as NETFLIX, Disney Channel Apps and HOOQ.

Globe Streamwatch can be best enjoyed with a Globe At Home plan. To learn more about this latest streaming device, visit shop.globe.com.ph/streamwatch. (Press Release)

The Roku-powered Globe Streamwatch stick.

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PayMaya, Smart accelerate rollout of QR code payments nationwide

After introducing the first Quick Response (QR) code payments via app in the Philippines last May, PayMaya Philippines today announced that the scan-to-pay technology is now available across the country….

After introducing the first Quick Response (QR) code payments via app in the Philippines last May, PayMaya Philippines today announced that the scan-to-pay technology is now available across the country. Smart Stores and select merchants in key cities now allow consumers to conveniently pay by simply scanning QR codes through their PayMaya app.

Smart subscribers have a new means to transact with their accounts as Smart Stores all over the country are now equipped with PayMaya QR technology. PayMaya is also enabling merchants in communities starting with canteens in partner schools like STI and commercial establishments in cashless cities such as Muntinlupa and Malabon.

PayMaya is also tapping popular merchants in SmartSpots already enabled by WiFi connectivity in key cities such as Baguio, Cebu, and Davao.

PayMaya QR Code

CONVENIENT. Using QR Code to simplify payments, PayMaya is making cashless transactions even more convenient.

All kinds of merchants

In the near future, payments enabled by PayMaya will also be accepted online and in-store in popular food chains, supermarkets, and malls such as McDonald’s, Army Navy, Domino’s Pizza, and Gaisano Supermarkets, among others.

To further bring the technology to more users, Smart and PayMaya are also set to equip Smart retail partners down to the sari-sari store levels with the payment technology.

“As PayMaya continues to grow nationwide, we take a giant step for our customers by making QR code payments available to all kinds of merchants. PayMaya is the leading digital payments wallet and on the merchant side, this will reinforce our position as the top mobile payments acquirer in the country,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO, PayMaya Philippines and Voyager Innovations.

“Convenient and secure cashless transactions complete the digital life experience of people and communities. Equipping our Smart Stores, partner merchants, and retailers with PayMaya’s innovative platforms is a step in making our vision a reality,” said Eric R. Alberto, Chief Revenue Officer, PLDT and Smart.

Existing technology, new use cases, right conditions

QR code technology has been in use for quite some time with many applications already in the market. However, wide adoption for payments had been previously hampered by various factors, such as lower smartphone and internet usage.

The technology has now taken off around the world, with payment providers in various countries introducing use cases for adoption. Globally, Tencent’s WeChat app is the leader with close to a billion active users, most of them residing in China. Similar to PayMaya, every time their app is downloaded, so too is a QR code reader as the feature has already been integrated.

In the Philippines, the growing smartphone and internet penetration is now being complemented by digital payments adoption, pioneered by PayMaya. It has made payments integration capability via QR codes available and is now accelerating consumer acceptance, as it further builds up and reinforces the payment ecosystem and infrastructure across the country.

PayMaya QR Code

DIGITAL PAYMENTS. For digital payments to work, “it is important to foster the right conditions and build the ecosystem. PayMaya is already leading the market toward this direction,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT, Smart, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines.

It takes a village to make ‘cashless’ work

“For any kind of digital payments technology to be widely adopted, it is important to foster the right conditions and build the ecosystem. PayMaya is already leading the market toward this direction. Along with the strongest network of PLDT and Smart, we are seeing digital financial inclusion in action,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT, Smart, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines.

PayMaya Philippines is the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations. Its PayMaya wallet, accessible via mobile app and Facebook Messenger (@PayMayaOfficial) that comes with a virtual and physical Visa or MasterCard, is now the preferred prepaid payment by the millennial market.

Any mobile subscriber can download the PayMaya app from the Play Store or the App Store and load up their wallet at any of the more than 15,000 reloading stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores Business Centers, and 7-Eleven, Petron stations along NLEX and Ministop outlets with Touchpay Kiosks, UnionBank ATMs, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, Palawan Pawnshop, and online banking via BDO and UnionBank.

PayMaya is also the platform of choice of local governments, enterprises, and schools for disbursements and ID plus payments cards. PayMaya-enabled ID plus payment cards are being used by Balanga City, Malabon City, Malolos City, Muntinlupa City, Catbalogan City, and Tacloban City, as well as by schools such as STI.

Financial technology platforms

PayMaya Business, the company’s system solutions provider that allows businesses to receive online and card payments is now the top mobile payments acquirer powering companies such as Cebu Pacific, Lazada, Meralco, Metro Pacific Tollways, Philippine Airlines, Smart, and Zalora, as well as numerous other merchants.  Completing the cashless ecosystem is Smart Padala’s largest money-in/money-out remittance network.

Complementing PayMaya’s digital payments is the financial technology or fintech platforms of Voyager’s FINTQnologies, Inc. (FINTQ). FINTQ enables banks and financial institutions to expand the reach of their services through digital lending, banking, and micro investment platforms such as Lendr, PeraAgad, Mobile Loan Saver, and iNVSTR.

FINTQ has processed over P21 billion worth of disbursed loans since it started in 2015. The Voyager’s fintech arm now has the most extensive digital lending footprint covering 100% of 81 provinces, 90% of 145 cities and 15% of 1490 municipalities including low-income areas.

For more information about PayMaya, visit www.paymaya.com. Engage with us on social media at: facebook.com/PayMayaOfficial, twitter.com/paymayaofficial, and instagram.com/paymayaofficial. Get customer support at @PayMayaCares on Facebook.

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Jed Madela to hold La Voce dinner concert in Cebu

Jed Madela will serenade Cebuanos on November 17 with a dinner concert entitled La Voce at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. Madela is the first Filipino to win…

Jed Madela will serenade Cebuanos on November 17 with a dinner concert entitled La Voce at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Madela is the first Filipino to win the World Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) world grand champion title. He is also the first Filipino inducted into the hall of fame of WCOPA.

Since then, he has launched a successful music career and currently co-hosts and performs in ABS-CBN’s ASAP, and is also a member of the network’s Star Magic. Madela, who is known for his uniquely powerful vocal range has held concerts all over the Philippines and abroad. In 2009, he had a successful The Voice concert in Cebu.

Jed Madela.

Madela will be joined by Jolianne Salvado who is also from Cebu. She gained popularity in the Season Two of ABS-CBN’s The Voice Kids Philippines. She has impressed coaches Lea Salonga and Sarah Geronimo when she effortlessly belted out Tattooed Heart during the blind auditions. She is known for her powerful yet soulful voice. She has debuted her first single and music video, I Can’t Go On, just last year.

La Voce, with these two great artists, and an equally great show director Marvin Caldito is set to fascinate the audience with songs from different genres.

La Voce is a dinner for a cause concert for the benefit of Caritas Cebu Inc.

Tickets prices are at P3500 for VIP with dinner, P3000 for GOLD with dinner, and P800 for Balcony without dinner. For inquiries, please call 232 6888 or 0915 535 3873. You may also visit the La Voce ticket booth at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino. (Press release)

Jolianne Salvado

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Cebu City Marriott Hotel to close on January 1

Cebu City Marriott Hotel will close on January 1 after the contract between AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC) and Marriott International Hotels to manage the facility ends on December…

Cebu City Marriott Hotel will close on January 1 after the contract between AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC) and Marriott International Hotels to manage the facility ends on December 1.

The hotel that helped spur the growth of the Cebu Business Park will reopen under the Seda brand after refurbishing its rooms and amenities in 2018.

“The Cebu City Marriott Hotel helped to affirm the reputation of the Cebu Business Park in its growing years as the premier business district of the city, as well as the region,” said AHRC president and CEO Al Legaspi.

Cebu City Marriott Hotel closes

Cebu City Marriott Hotel will close on January 1 and reopen in 2018 carrying the Seda brand. (Photo from official FB page)

Hotel performance

He expressed appreciation for Cebu City Marriott Hotel’s consistent performance since its opening in 1997. He also expressed gratitude to the hotel employees for their dedicated service.

AHRC has appointed its wholly-owned hotel brand Seda to manage the hotel in 2018 after refurbishing its rooms and amenities.

“Seda, which now has 1,255 rooms throughout the country, is ready to fill the needs of Cebu Business Park locators and visitors,” said Legaspi.

Since its launch in 2012, the Seda hotel brand has flourished in various locations throughout the country. It has hotels in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Iloilo City, Nuvali in Laguna, and Quezon City, where it recently opened the biggest hotel in the area with 438 rooms, a ballroom, and a presidential suite.

Aggressive expansion

Seda’s success has merited an aggressive expansion program that will see its room inventory growing to twice the current number in the next two years.

Seda in Cebu Business Park will be the brand’s biggest in the Visayas. Legaspi says this is but fitting given Cebu’s status as the center of business and commerce in the area. He adds that AHRC’s commitment to Cebu is further underscored by the construction of another Seda hotel at Cebu IT Park — the first Seda hotel and serviced apartments outside of Metro Manila.

Both hotels will uphold the Seda brand pillars of a strategic location close to shops and restaurants within a vibrant Ayala Land mixed-use development combined with service at par with global standards. (Press Release)

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New Starmobile UNO B208 PH Edition, UNO B308 feature phones proudly assembled in Philippines

Filipino mobile brand Starmobile announced the availability of two new feature phones that are assembled in the Philippines – the affordable UNO B208 PH Edition and the elegantly-looking UNO B308….

Filipino mobile brand Starmobile announced the availability of two new feature phones that are assembled in the Philippines – the affordable UNO B208 PH Edition and the elegantly-looking UNO B308.

The UNO B308 exhibits premium design with big and beautiful TFT screen. Boasting up to 8 days of standby time and 3 hours of talk time, the UNO B308 is also rigged with camera with flash, multimedia player, and LED flashlight. It is sold for P699.

Starmobile UNO B208 Philippine Edition

Starmobile UNO B208 Philippine Edition

The UNO B208 PH Edition, meanwhile, is a dual-SIM feature phone powered with a long battery standby time of up to 5 days or 120 hours. It is equipped with FM radio, camera with flash, and multimedia playback and retails for P599.

These two Starmobile devices are the first models to come out of its factory in Calamba, Laguna since starting operations in June 2017.

Starmobile UNO B308

Starmobile UNO B308

The UNO B208 PH edition and the UNO B308 will be part of Starmobile’s ongoing STAR-Tagal promo. Until December 31, 2017, customers who purchase any Starmobile product can get a chance to win over P4 million worth of prizes, tax-free.

These include hundreds of new Starmobile devices, home appliances, 8 Honda motorcycles, 2 brand-new Toyota cars, or Php1,000,000 in cash.

Learn more about Starmobile devices by visiting facebook.com/starmobilephones, instagram.com/happymanph, twitter.com/happymanph, and www.starmobile.com.ph.

Starmobile UNO B208 PH Edition

 

Starmobile UNO B308 PH Edition

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Argao, Balamban, Dalaguete given Seal of Good Education Governance

Three towns in Cebu are among the 24 local government units recognized for their outstanding efforts in delivering basic education to their constituents. The inaugural batch of recipients of the…

Three towns in Cebu are among the 24 local government units recognized for their outstanding efforts in delivering basic education to their constituents.

The inaugural batch of recipients of the Synergia Foundation’s Seal of Good Education Governance will get incentive packages from PLDT and Smart Communications worth up to P1.5 million each.

The winners from Cebu include Argao, Balamban, and Dalaguete.

The 24 local government units (LGUs) are, in alphabetical order:

  1. Alimodan, Iloilo
  2. Argao, Cebu
  3. Bacnotan, La Union
  4. Balamban, Cebu
  5. Bongao, Tawi-Tawi
  6. Cabatuan, Iloilo
  7. Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
  8. Concepcion, Iloilo
  9. Dalaguete, Cebu
  10. Dao, Capiz
  11. Datu Paglas, Maguindanao
  12. Diadi, Nueva Vizcaya
  13. Diffun, Quirino
  14. Ivisan, Capiz
  15. Lambunao, Iloilo
  16. Miagao, Iloilo
  17. Mina, Iloilo
  18. North Upi, Maguindanao
  19. Santol, La Union
  20. Simunul, Tawi-Tawi
  21. Solano, Nueva Vizcaya
  22. Valenzuela, Metro Manila
  23. Villaverde, Nueva Vizcaya
  24. Tuba, Benguet

Established in 2002, Synergeia is a coalition of individuals and organizations working closely with about 400 LGUs to improve the delivery of basic education to Filipino children. The foundation intends to award the Seal of Good Education Governance to deserving LGUs every year. It received 250 LGU nominations through its website this year.

Synergeia Awardees

AWARDEES. Synergia Foundation’s Seal of Good Education Governance awardees with PLDT and Smart executives.

 

Criteria for judging

Determining the list of seal recipients was a board of judges composed of representatives from Synergeia and the Department of Education. To receive the seal, LGUs must have broadened the membership and functions of their Local School Board. Most of their schools should have functional School Governing Councils.

As an indicator of performance, the average National Achievement Test score of elementary school children must be higher than the national average of 66%, or must have increased by at least two percentage points. Alternatively, the LGUs must have reduced the number of poor readers by at least 15%.

Moreover, their cohort survival rate (the percentage of first graders who go on to complete sixth grade) must be higher than the national average of 70%, or must have increased by at least two percentage points.

Education governance scorecard

Finally, the LGUs must have recorded a decrease in non-readers and frustrated readers by at least 15 percentage points.

“We put together an education governance scorecard to focus on the results of their work. While anecdotes and feel-good stories about education initiatives are helpful, the scorecard enables us to objectively evaluate the performance of LGUs,” said Synergeia chief executive officer Milwida Guevara.

“We are happy to recognize these outstanding LGUs, and hope that the Seal of Good Education Governance would inspire them to keep making children’s education a priority in their governance agenda,” she said.

Incentives for seal recipients

To boost the capability of seal recipients to improve education in their localities, PLDT and Smart will provide technology packages suited to the LGUs’ respective circumstances and needs. Among the incentives are the installation and maintenance of Wi-Fi hotspots in public areas, and the provision of InfoCast, a web-based solution that will allow the LGUs to broadcast announcements and receive feedback via text message.

LGUs in remote areas will get a satellite-based communication solution that provides voice and SMS services.

Another incentive for LGUs in far-flung areas is the Smart School-in-a-Bag, which contains a solar panel to serve schools without electricity, mobile devices, curriculum-based educational content, teacher training, monitoring, and evaluation.

Also included in the incentive package are personal development trainings for LGUs.

“We strongly support Synergeia’s efforts to encourage local governments to efficiently and effectively deliver basic education to Filipino children. Through the technology tools and digital educational content included in the incentive packages, these LGUs can further enhance learning among their young constituents,” said PLDT and Smart chief revenue officer Eric Alberto.

“The PLDT Group will continue to work hand-in-hand with organizations like Synergeia and local governments to achieve our goal of building a smart nation,” he added.

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Shopwise offers P2.5 million in prizes for 19th anniversary

Shopwise is celebrating 19 years of pioneering the one-stop shopping hypermarket concept in the Philippines with a grand anniversary blowout. Enjoy great deals and get the chance to win instant…

Shopwise is celebrating 19 years of pioneering the one-stop shopping hypermarket concept in the Philippines with a grand anniversary blowout. Enjoy great deals and get the chance to win instant prizes.

Browse bargains with the Big Time Deals showcased in a 24-page catalog published in 3 special anniversary editions with the 1st Issue from September 15 to 28; the 2nd Issue from September 29 to October 13, and 3rd Issue from October 14 to 31.

Shopwise prizes

Shopwise is giving away over P2.5 million in prizes to over 5,800 lucky shoppers. For a minimum purchase of P800, inclusive of sponsor products, shoppers get the chance to win gift certificates worth up to P1,900, or be one of the 19 lucky winners of P19,000.

Instant prizes will be given away daily with the B19time Blowout Tambiolo until October 31. Everyday, a tambiolo containing ping pong numbers corresponding to checkout lane counters will be drawn. Three lucky shoppers at the checkout will bring home sacks of rice daily.

Shopwise Cebu

19 YEARS. Shopwise is celebrating 19 years of pioneering the one-stop shopping hypermarket concept in the Philippines with a grand anniversary blowout.

Shopwise Wise Card

Shoppers can also get x19 the points when they shop with your Shopwise Wise Card and Wise Card Elite. Cardholders also get to avail themselves of the limited edition Shopwise umbrella for only P19 for a minimum purchase of P1,900 inclusive of sponsor products.

At Shopwise, get the best value and quality with everyday big deals, big bargains, big discounts and big savings on a wide selection of fresh goods and produce, groceries, fashion items, health and beauty products, school supplies, toys, gadgets, home accessories, electronics, appliances and more, all under one roof.

In Cebu, Shopwise is located on N. Bacalso Avenue, Basak San Nicolas. It is open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with a spacious basement parking. To view catalogs with a variety of offers, visit www.facebook.com/ShopwiseSupercenters, @Shopwise_ph on Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.shopwise.com.ph.

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50% of data traffic to come from LTE network by yearend: Globe

With the steady expansion of the company’s LTE coverage and capacities to improve customers’ mobile experience, Globe Telecom expects around 50% of its mobile data traffic to come from LTE…

With the steady expansion of the company’s LTE coverage and capacities to improve customers’ mobile experience, Globe Telecom expects around 50% of its mobile data traffic to come from LTE network by the end of the year.

Mobile data traffic in the first six months of the year soared 85% to 280 petabytes (PB) from 151 PB in the first six months of last year, amid steady increase in smartphone penetration, currently estimated at around 67% of total mobile subscribers.

Currently, about 43% of the company’s data traffic comes from its LTE network. The company is on an aggressive deployment of LTE sites following its commitment to improve the mobile internet experience in the country, said Joel Agustin, Globe Senior Vice President for Program Governance, Network Technical Group.

Globe LTE sites

Globe now has close to 5,000 LTE sites all over the country, using the 700 MHz, 1800 MHz and 2600 MHz frequencies. It targets to increase this by more than 600 sites by the end of the year, Agustin said.

“Over the years, Globe has been continuously upgrading its network infrastructure and capacities to make us future-ready in anticipation of our customers’ bandwidth requirement. As our LTE network is steadily becoming more and more pervasive, more and more people transacting in LTE will have improve mobile data experience compared to 3G,” Agustin said.

According to him, a significant number of Globe customers are on LTE devices but are using 3G SIMs while many others are using LTE SIMs but are on 3G devices.

Switch to LTE SIM

“We want to encourage our customers especially those that are already using LTE devices to migrate to the LTE network by switching to a LTE SIM for better mobile experience,” he added. Since January this year, Globe has already migrated around 900,000 of customers using LTE devices but were still using a 3G SIM, he said.

He emphasized that migration to LTE network spells a big difference in terms of customer experience as the network provides superior streaming of multi-media content even as they are on the go. The company’s LTE sites are located mostly in Metro Manila and other highly-populated areas, where majority of customers using LTE-based handsets are located.

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Smart Infocast to boost disaster preparedness of Dumanjug

Disaster preparedness efforts of Dumanjug in Cebu will benefit from the SMS advisory platform of Smart Communications Inc., the wireless subsidiary of PLDT. Infocast, a web-based program developed by Smart,…

Disaster preparedness efforts of Dumanjug in Cebu will benefit from the SMS advisory platform of Smart Communications Inc., the wireless subsidiary of PLDT.

Infocast, a web-based program developed by Smart, will enable the Dumanjug local government unit to send news broadcasts, weather bulletins, and other critical information to residents via text messages.

The program allows the sending of free text broadcasts and enables registered subscribers to connect with other Infocast members through a common, unique access code, making it an effective emergency communications solution. Crucial information can be sent to all Infocast subscribers, including the municipality and barangay’s disaster risk reduction and management teams.

SMART Infocast Dumanjug

IN DUMANJUG. Members of the local government and disaster risk reduction and management office hold a mock SIM unit during the turnover of Smart Infocast in Dumanjug, Cebu. Joining the ceremony are Smart representatives led by Public Affairs Head for Visayas and Mindanao Atty. Maria Jane Paredes (5th from left).

Enhancing communications

The system has boosted the communication efforts of its many users, which include LGUs, government agencies, and other organizations, according to Smart Visayas-Mindanao public affairs head Maria Jane Paredes.

“Through Smart Infocast, we hope to be instrumental in enhancing both the communication and disaster preparedness efforts of Dumanjug,” said Paredes, who attended the turnover ceremony together with representatives from the municipal office, the disaster risk reduction and management office, and Smart.

DRRM officer Richel Canete said the program would serve Dumanjuganos well. “This is a great help for the Dumanjuganos, especially in the office of the LDRRMO, in broadcasting weather forecast and other forms of disasters and calamities,” he said.

Serve community better

“It is a great tool for our information, communication, and education dissemination. With this partnership, we can serve the community better,” Canete added.

Under its #SafePH advocacy, Smart promotes the use of technology to help mitigate disaster risk in communities. The company has developed other preparedness programs and solutions, such as the Emergency Cell Broadcast System; the Batingaw emergency app; and the TNT Tropang Ready youth readiness caravans, among other projects, in its efforts to reduce vulnerabilities.

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Primary Homes holds 3rd Dragon Boat event, launches Terra Manna in Argao

A third installment Dragons in Argao by Primary Homes, Inc. is happening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this September 30, 2017 at Terra Manna-Argao in Barangay Suba of the…

A third installment Dragons in Argao by Primary Homes, Inc. is happening from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. this September 30, 2017 at Terra Manna-Argao in Barangay Suba of the historic town of Argao.

Terra Manna-Argao is a new Primary Homes venture geared towards travellers and backpackers, and it will serve as jump-off point for three exciting Dragon Boat race categories.

Terra Manna offers the comforts of a modern accommodation at affordable rates. Various activities are also in store for guests.

Dragon Boat race categories

The third Dragons in Argao includes two fun-filled events: the Argao inter-barangay Dragon Boat clinic and competition and the Dragon Boat competition.

The Dragon Boat competition has three categories: 300-meter Short Boat Open, 300-meter Short Boat Mixed, and the 300-meter Barangay category.

Registration fee is P400 per person and includes the official event jersey and lunch pack.

Dragons in Argao 3

DRAGONS IN ARGAO 3. Coach Nonnie Lopez (3rd from left), regional director of the Philippine Sports Commission, answers a question during the press conference for the Dragons in Argao 3 Dragon Boat Competition. With him are (from left) Rudney Alforque, sales manager of Terra Manna Argao; Roger Paller, executive assistant to Argao Mayor Stanley Caminero; and Randy Su, commissioner of the Cebu Sports Commission.

Acoustic Nights

From Sept. 21-30, 2017, Terra Manna-Argao will host Acoustic Nights. Food and drinks will be served and a socials night held on the last day as a tribute to the Dragons.

This event is part of the series of festivities leading up to annual fiesta of the Municipality of Argao.

This annual competition is presented by PrimaryHomes, Inc., Terra Manna-Argao, and Dragon Boat Cebu Central.

Registration details

For registration inquiries, you may call Randy at ‪0917-6262-621‬. For hotel bookings and other inquiries, you may contact Zhy at ‪0922-654-6375‬ or Trina at ‪0922-9060-804‬.

You may also follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/PRIMARYHOMESofficial for real-time updates or visit our website at www.primaryhomes.com.

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Sledgers takes comfort seriously, offers guarantee

One word resonates strongest with customers of men’s premium leather footwear brand Sledgers – comfort. From the brand’s humble beginnings back in 1921, comfort, quality and style have remained the…

One word resonates strongest with customers of men’s premium leather footwear brand Sledgers – comfort. From the brand’s humble beginnings back in 1921, comfort, quality and style have remained the cornerstones on which Sledgers is built.

Elevating that comfort story to the next level, Sledgers recently introduced its Comfort Guarantee – if the customer isn’t 100% happy with their shoes after 30 days, they can return them and receive a full refund, with no questions asked.

Why is this guarantee different? Customers can even return shoes which have been worn, following personal testing to trial their comfort levels.

“We’re so confident in the comfort of our shoes that we’re taking that extra step and offering our customers access to this Comfort Guarantee,” said Sledgers’ International Brand Director Glenn Bennington.

Sledgers Comfort Guarantee

COMFORT GUARANTEE. Sledgers is so confident people will love their shoes they’re allowing those who aren’t 100% happy to return the shoes after 30 days and get a full refund.

“Our holistic approach to comfort design, the use of the finest quality materials, and our first class manufacturing facilities combine to allow this extra assurance to the customer. No brand is more committed to their customer’s comfort and wellbeing,” Bennington said.

Visit and know more about this exclusive Sledgers offer in their flagship store in the Visayas located at the 1st level of Ayala Center Cebu. Sledgers is owned and exclusively distributed in the Philippines by the Primer Group of Companies. For more Sledgers updates, follow and like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Send money, pay bills, buy load on Facebook Messenger via PayMaya

Filipinos can now send money to family and friends, pay bills, and buy mobile load and data using Facebook Messenger via PayMaya. “This integration with Messenger represents an exciting new…

Filipinos can now send money to family and friends, pay bills, and buy mobile load and data using Facebook Messenger via PayMaya.

“This integration with Messenger represents an exciting new way to reach the unserved and underserved people and communities in the country by making payments available via social,” said Paolo Azzola, Chief Operating Officer of PayMaya Philippines. “Our mission is to make cashless payments available for all and this new channel via Messenger will help us enable more people.”

PayMaya is a pioneer and the leader in mobile money and digital financial services in the Philippines. It is transforming the mobile phone into a virtual wallet and is continually looking for ways to expand its services. PayMaya recognizes that Facebook Messenger’s community offers a unique opportunity to make PayMaya services available and accessible to even more users.

PayMaya - Facebook Messenger

PAYMAYA, FACEBOOK MESSENGER. Ginger Baker (left), Facebook Product Manager and Paolo Azzola, PayMaya Chief Operating Officer.

New tools, easier way

“We’re excited to work with PayMaya to give people in the Philippines new tools to access their money using Messenger,” said Facebook Product Manager Ginger Baker. “Our goal is to amplify the reach and impact of providers like PayMaya by enabling tools that allow them to connect people with the services and friends they care about.”

Consumers in the Philippines regularly connect with friends and family to send money and pay bills. However, according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, 86% of Filipino households don’t have a deposit account. As one of the most popular messaging apps in the Philippines, Messenger offers a much easier way for people to create a new account for daily financial transactions.

Through PayMaya’s partnership with Facebook, Filipinos will have an easier option for sending money and paying bills on Messenger, whether they have a bank or a mobile money mobile account or not.

New tools, easier way

Using PayMaya in Messenger is simple. A customer just needs to search for @PayMayaOfficial on Messenger on an Android device to start a transaction. The chatbot will guide the user on the available menu options. New PayMaya users can create their account using Messenger while those who already have the PayMaya app installed on their Android phones can link their wallet to Messenger.

Once in Messenger, they can inquire about their PayMaya wallet balance, pay bills and send money to other Messenger users, regardless if they are already on PayMaya or not. People can also buy mobile load on their phone with a substantial discount anytime, anywhere, directly in Messenger.

Aside from accessing PayMaya in Messenger, PayMaya also comes with a physical card that can be linked to the mobile wallet. This physical card can be ordered through www.paymaya.com/shop free of delivery charges and can be used at any Bancnet ATM nationwide, and anywhere VISA and Mastercard are accepted. PayMaya users can link up to three PayMaya physical cards to their app.

PayMaya loading locations

PayMaya holds the largest network of reloading touchpoints with over 15,000 top up stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven with Cliqq Kiosks, Petron stations along NLEX and Ministop outlets with Touchpay Kiosks, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, Palawan Pawnshop branches, UnionBank ATMs, Gaisano Malls, and online banking via BDO and UnionBank.

PayMaya is both an app-first and a card-first prepaid payment service. Users can opt to have the card first and connect it to their app later on for a shared wallet experience, and vice versa. It is telco-agnostic which makes it easy for anyone to create an account regardless of the network provider.

It is also a regulated e-Money Issuer by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

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Gear up for your trail run with newest Salomon collection

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners. Built for maximum…

Just in time for the Salomon X-Trail Run 2017 Cebu leg, the brand unveiled two groundbreaking footwear collections that will elevate and enhance the experience of runners.

Built for maximum endurance, the SLAB and SENSE Collections made its debut this this season.

Recommended for hardcore runners and athletes such as those who are participating in the 21km event, the top-of-the-line SLAB collection features three remarkable trail running footwear that are made to withstand the harshest conditions.

This line includes the S/LAB Speed, which delivers a low stance, aggressive grip, and fast draining to help make the hazards of fell running a lot more manageable; the S/LAB Sense 6, which was developed to offer extreme racing performance with zero compromise; and the S/LAB Sense 6 SG, an ideal choice for those who encounter wet and muddy trails on a regular basis.

Drawing inspiration from the SLAB Collection, the SENSE Collection features an equally fierce range of technologies amid its lightweight design sensibilities. Perfect for city runners embarking on their first trail run with the 11km category, the SENSE Collection offers two designs that are built for lasting comfort and agility.

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Salomon Sense Pro 2

Sure to help runners find the perfect balance on and off the trails with its light, sensitive touch and well-rounded cushioning and protection is the Sense Pro 2. On the other hand, the eye-catching Sense Marin proves that there’s more to it than meets the eye with its Sensifit technology, shock absorbing properties, and reinforced toe cap and higher lugs for long-lasting protection.

Founded in 1947 amid the breathtaking Alps of Annecy France, Salomon has always been rooted in elevating the outdoor encounters of those who see nature as a vast playground.

As it returns for its 6th consecutive year of the Salomon X-Trail Run Pilipinas, no less than a trailblazing experience awaits those who dare to “Run the Path of Most Resistance.”

 

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PLDT-Smart Foundation to mark 10 years of honoring teachers through Gabay Guro

PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro is back to honor the country’s modern heroes—its teachers. For 10 years, Gabay Guro has been supporting and empowering teachers through training, livelihood programs, broadbanding and…

PLDT-Smart Foundation’s Gabay Guro is back to honor the country’s modern heroes—its teachers.

For 10 years, Gabay Guro has been supporting and empowering teachers through training, livelihood programs, broadbanding and computerization of schools, housing and facilities, scholarships and the Teacher’s Tribute, a grand gathering that the Gabay Guro Foundation hosts for teachers.

“Our nation’s children depend on our nation’s teachers to lead them to a bright future. Gabay Guro gives tribute to those who shape the next generation of nation-builders,” said Gabay Guro chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla.

CHANGING LIVES OF TEACHERS. Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla leads the preparations for the star-studded 10th anniversary celebration. During the press con, she talked about Gabay Guro’s decade-long journey of helping change lives for thousands of teachers across the country.

Gabay Guro will mark 10 years through a Grand Gathering on September 17 at the Mall of Asia Arena. The country’s biggest stars and performers converge in one grand stage to bring world-class performances. Lucky teachers can also go home with any one of the exciting prizes lined up—including gadgets, cash prizes, livelihood packages, vehicles and a house and lot.

Stellar names set to give the teachers the time of their lives on this day are Lea Salonga, Regine Velasquez, Ogie Alcasid, Martin Nievera, Gary Valenciano, Jaya, Sarah Geronimo, Pia Wurtzbach, Pops Fernandez, Andrew Wolfe, Michael Pangilinan, Jona Viray, Marian Rivera, Southborder, Jay-R, Luke Mejares, UP Pep Squad, and G-Force, and more surprise big stars.

A decade of empowering teachers

Gabay Guro has over 1,200 scholars in various state colleges and universities nationwide. There are over 300 LET passers, 496 active scholars as of August 2016 and a projected 167 graduates in 2017. Gabay Guro also celebrates the fact that 137 scholars graduated with honors – 112 cum laudes and 25 magna cum laudes. Gabay Guro has also partnered with local government units to further teacher education.

ADVOCATES FOR TEACHERS (From left) Gabay Guro Brand Advocacy Head Gary Dujali, Planet Sports Inc. Corporate Marketing Manager Nathan de Guzman, FOTON Philippines President Rommel Sytin, BellaVita Vice President Mayi Rodriguez, Gabay Guro Chairperson Chaye Cabal-Revilla and Gabay Guro supporter and OPM icon Pops Fernandez.

The foundation has conducted trainings for over 16,000 teachers. Today, it runs 8 training programs for teachers around the country namely: Teacher’s Treasure Chest; English Proficiency Training; Computer Literacy; Emotional Intelligence; Teacher’s Armor; Leadership Training; IT Sustainability and Literacy; and Unleashing Creativity in Teaching. At the same time, Gabay Guro answers to the needs of the times by doing grassroots anti-drugs trainings in schools.

Gabay Guro’s initiative on Broadband and Computerization has had great impact nationwide. All partner-schools are recipients of either computers/laptop or internet connection from PLDT or Smart.

Jona performs a preview of her number on Sunday’s Grand Gathering.

Knowing that shortage of educational facilities is a major disaster area in the Philippine education system, Gabay Guro has also taken the cudgels in the construction of classrooms in the provinces, mostly those that have been hit by debilitating calamities. There are over 40 classrooms constructed and donated already in Cebu, Bohol, Leyte and Capiz.

Brand advocacy head Gary Dujali noted that Gabay Guro carries with it an outstanding history littered with awards and citations that make all of them advocates stand a little taller.

Among these prestigious awards are the Gawad Tanglaw, Anvil Awards, Philippine Quill Awards, and the Philippine Association of National Advertisers (PANA) Awards.

Gabay Guro’s Grand Gathering 2017 is made possible by the generous support of Ayala Land Inc., Foton, Perry’s Group of Companies, PR Savings Bank, Maynilad, Motorlandia Philippines, Devant, Telescoop, PLDT Employees Credit Cooperative, First United Travel Inc., Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar, Red Cross, Price Waterhouse Cooper (PWC), Light Rail Manila Corp (LRT 1), New Balance, Enchanted Kingdom, Penshoppe, Filstar, Fly Ace, Flanax, Tempra, Vivalyte, PLDT, Smart, Sun and TNT.

The 2017 Gabay Guro Grand Gathering event is exclusive for teachers. Gates open at 12 pm. Admission is free. All they have to do is like Gabay Guro on www.facebook.com/gabayguro. For more information, visit gabayguro.com, or follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @PLDTGabayGuro.

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