Achieve a trendy home with classic blue

Pantone announced that Classic Blue is the color of the year for 2020. Color experts say that this enduring blue hue instills calmness and confidence, highlighting one’s desire for a dependable and stable foundation as we usher in the new year.

KDG Interior’s Principal Interior Designer Peaches De Guzman-Grey said that classic blue is very interesting because it symbolizes many things and gives an impression of stability and honesty which can be associated with many objects.

Tech Travel

Smart powers Philippine festival season

Tourists and residents joining the various festivals across the country this year can look forward to an enhanced festival experience as PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) kicks off the 2020 festival season with the biggest festivals in the Visayas—Sinulog in Cebu, Dinagyang in Iloilo and Ati-Atihan in Aklan.

With various on-ground activities, an extensive LTE network and data offers designed for social media apps, Smart supports local and foreign revelers as they explore the sights, sounds and flavors that are unique to the region, enabling them to share their festival stories and experiences with their loved ones and the rest of the world through their smartphones.

Smart powers Philippine festival season

“Smart has always been a staunch supporter of the country’s tourism efforts, and these activities are part of our commitment to ensure that Filipinos and foreign tourists alike have the best experience during these festivities,” said PLDT Chief Revenue Officer and Smart President and CEO Alfredo S. Panlilio.

As co-presenter of Sinulog 2020, Cebu’s grandest festival, Smart has partnered with the local government of Cebu City in enhancing the experience of the various activities during the festival. Special activities and festival souvenirs await Smart and Sun subscribers at Plaza Independencia from Jan. 17-19, with a special concert featuring popular Filipino music acts on Jan 18. Smart is also sponsoring the Baladhay Music Festival on Jan. 17, featuring top international artists and local talent.

To enable revelers to share more of their festival experiences, Smart customers are encouraged to maximize Smart’s LTE network by upgrading their SIMs and devices to LTE, and registering to Giga Stories, which includes free Instagram and Facebook access.

Smart powers Philippine festival season

Festival season

Residents and tourists going to Kalibo can also join festivities at the TNT Saya Fest in time for Ati-Atihan, which is popular for its colorful parade of streetdancers wearing tribal headdresses. Happening alongside Sinulog festivities, Ati-Atihan is also held in honor of the Sto Nino.

Visitors touring Iloilo toward the end of the month, on the other hand, can look forward to Dinagyang festivities, which open on Jan 18. On-ground activities, including concerts sponsored by Smart and TNT on Jan. 24-25, are among the festival highlights.

Digital tourism and sustainability

Festival attendees can also explore other tourism spots using the Cebu and Iloilo digital guide apps, which include comprehensive travel information that could be downloaded from interactive tourism markers using one’s mobile phone.

Part of Smart’s #TravelSmart Digital Tourism campaign, the apps feature places to visit, food and activities to try out, and key service and emergency numbers. They also include heritage information, local literature, and cultural trivia.

In line with the PLDT group’s sustainability efforts, Smart is also installing environmentally friendly merchandising and promotional materials and has committed to work closely with the local governments overseeing the festivals in Cebu, Iloilo and Kalibo in the proper disposal of these materials.

Smart powers Philippine festival season

Nationwidest network

As of the third quarter 2019, Smart has increased the number of LTE base stations by 34% compared to end-2018 and deploying these in more areas of the country, including Cebu, Kalibo and Iloilo. Underpinning Smart’s network deployment is the continued expansion of PLDT’s fiber infrastructure, which grew by 26% versus end-2018 to more than 307,000 kilometers nationwide. This unmatched fiber infrastructure is a critical advantage for Smart.

For this level of performance, Smart has been cited by independent analytics firms for providing superior network quality. According to Opensignal, Smart provides the country’s Best Video Experience, Download Speed Experience, Upload Speed Experience and Latency Experience, and provides superior 4G/LTE availability across the country.

Smart powers Philippine festival season

Ookla, the global leader in internet testing and analysis, also found that PLDT and Smart delivered the country’s fastest fixed and mobile data speeds for the first half of 2019, as they continued to widen their respective leads over their competitors.

The sustained improvement of the PLDT-Smart network has been supported by a stepped-up capital expenditures program that includes investments in network and IT systems, including investments in increased LTE coverage and capacity, expanded fiber transport and new international cable networks.


AyalaMalls Central Bloc joins Sinulog Festivities

The biggest festival in Cebu is coming our way and AyalaMalls Central Bloc has lined up exciting mall festivities to celebrate this year’s Sinulog.

To kick off the festivities, Sinulog drumbeaters will welcome shoppers around the mall with tribal beats and percussions from January 15 to 19 at 5:30 PM.

Business Tech

PayMongo, GCash partner to empower MSMEs with mobile payments

GCash, the Philippines’ leading mobile wallet, has partnered with PayMongo, a Silicon Valley-backed payments facilitator, to provide an expanded mobile payments platform for micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

GCash is now live on the PayMongo site as a payment method for thousands of online sellers. PayMongo has 3,500 merchant accounts on its platform.

Events Food

Quest Hotel gets festive for Sinulog 2020

As the Philippines’ grandest festival draws nearer, Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu launched a week-long series of colorful displays, enriching heritage activities, and gastronomic dining offers to celebrate Cebu’s Sinulog.

Throughout the week, Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu showcases the island’s rich heritage and strong Christian faith with a variety of installations. Starting January 13, guests are invited to visit a replica of the Magellan’s Cross Shrine at the lobby, housing a collection of images of the Señor Santo Niño, and the hotel’s very own visual rendition of the Child Jesus by Cebuano artist Anthony Fermin done during a live painting at the hotel’s opening in 2012.

Feature Properties

Megaworld launches 5th residential development in Cebu

20-storey The Pearl Global Residences to add 222 residential units in the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown

Property giant Megaworld is launching its fifth residential development inside the 30-hectare The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

The 20-storey The Pearl Global Residences will add 222 units in the existing 1,836 residential unit inventory in the township. It will be the 11th residential condominium tower to rise inside The Mactan Newtown, which boasts of its own beachfront.


You can now pay contributions through SSS mobile app with PayMaya

Social Security System (SSS) has tapped digital financial services leader PayMaya to allow members to pay their contributions through the SSS mobile app.

With the partnership, individual members of the pension fund such as Self-employed, Voluntary, and Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) can now pay their contributions using their PayMaya account or any Visa, Mastercard, or JCB credit, debit, or prepaid card. In the next phase, PayMaya will accept employer’s contributions (regular and household) and salary loan payments.


China Airlines set to fly Taipei-Cebu in March 2020

China Airlines is set to launch a direct service from Taoyuan International Airport in Taipei, Taiwan to Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) starting on March 29, 2020 with six flights weekly.

China Airlines will fly the Taipei-Cebu route using Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 150 economy-class and 8 business-class seats. The flights will depart every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with the following schedule:


Boyce Avenue live in Cebu on February 14

One of the biggest independent bands in the world – Boyce Avenue, are returning to Cebu for a one-night Valentine’s Day concert on February 14 at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel – Grand Ballroom. This time, they will be joined by two of today’s most streamed local artists in the Philippines – December Avenue and I Belong To The Zoo.

Events Tech

YouTube, Smart hold first Creator Camp in Cebu

YouTube has partnered with Smart to bring Creator Camp to empower creators outside Luzon to take their content and career to the next level.

YouTube Creator Camp is a holistic acceleration program designed for budding creators in Visayas and Mindanao with at least 10,000 subscribers, providing them with educational, networking, and mobile data resources.

Events Lifestyle

Christmas shopping? Get the best deals during the 12.12 sale with your PayMaya!

Giving is always better than receiving, especially during the holiday season. As you complete your gift list for family and friends this upcoming 12.12 sale, take your shopping game to the next level and receive more perks and rewards when you give more to your loved ones with the help of PayMaya.


Gazini Ganados shares her top 5 Miss Universe candidates

Is this the beginning of a new sisterhood between this year’s Miss Universe ladies?

Miss Universe Philippines 2019 Gazini Ganados is now in Atlanta, Georgia in the US for this year’s prestigious Miss Universe competition. While the pageant is the much-awaited opportunity every year for a number of the world’s top ladies to show what they’ve got, for the candidates themselves, it’s also a chance to make new friends.


Xiaomi launches Mi Note 10 in Philippines

Xiaomi today announced the return of its Mi Note series with Mi Note 10, the latest device of its premium flagship lineup. Mi Note 10 has the world’s first 108MP penta camera setup with a premium design and a massive 5260mAh battery.

It will deliver an epic smartphone photography experience, the company said.


Enjoy a Pinoy feast at Hukad and Golden Cowrie

Nothing beats a Filipino get-together with friends and family—may it be birthdays, anniversaries, reunions or a simple salu-salo, every gathering is always filled with joyful memories, stories, laughter, and all-time favorite native cuisine.


Cebu Marathon 2020 partners with New Balance

Now in its 12th year, Cebu Marathon 2020 has partnered with New Balance for the annual race. To mark the partnership, the race will hold “12 Happy-nings with New Balance,” 12 activities and events to be rolled out for next year’s run.


3 Cebu schools benefit from Visayan Electric’s Project E-lab

Three schools offering the Senior High course Electrical Installation and Maintenance (EIM) in Metro Cebu—Abellana National School, Mandaue City Comprehensive NHS and Naga City NHS—received refurbished laboratories under the Aboitiz Foundation and Visayan Electric’s Project E-lab.

Business Tech

PayMaya 1st e-wallet to adopt national QR Ph standard

Digital financial services leader PayMaya is the first e-wallet in the Philippines to officially adopt QR Ph, the national QR code standard launched by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

PayMaya users can now receive money transfers from other institutions such as UnionBank, LANDBANK, Chinabank, AUB, and RCBC via the QR Ph code generated within the PayMaya app, represented by the QRPh logo in the middle of the code bearing the national colors of the Philippines.

Events Food

Quest Hotel celebrates Dazzling Days of Christmas

Holidaymakers are in for a season filled with excitement as Quest Hotel & Conference Center Cebu unveils The Dazzling Days of Christmas, a celebration highlighted by fun activities, impressive dining options, and heartwarming gift-giving opportunities for guests. It was unveiled at the hotel’s Bell-Ringing Ceremony last November 13.

Food Lifestyle

How do you ‘Give Love’ on Christmas? Let Bo’s Coffee count the ways

The song “Give Love On Christmas Day” talks about trying to find a present that is better than anything you get from a store.

At Bo’s Coffee, the holidays are all about “Give Love,” as coffee lovers can find ways to show love for others in different forms and ways.

The Filipino-owned chain of coffee shops recently launched its holiday campaign, which urges people to spend time with loved ones over through get-togethers, celebrations over a sumptuous feast, and gift giving.

Business Travel

Lite Ferries set to launch brand-new ship for Oslob-Dipolog route

Lite Shipping Corporation will launch on Monday its latest vessel M/V Lite Ferry Five, which was completed just this year, built in China and classed in Italy.

M/V Lite Ferry Five will service the Oslob, Cebu to Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte route. It will complete the trip in four hours, linking Northern Mindanao closer to Southern Cebu.