PLDT and Smart help boost livelihood programs by Archdiocese of Cebu’s Caritas

The Archdiocese of Cebu’s Commission on Service- Cebu Caritas Inc. has partnered with the country’s largest and only integrated telco PLDT and its wireless unit Smart Communications, for their livelihood programs dubbed Balik-Uma and Demo Training Farm.

Balik-Uma and Demo Training Farm, pilot programs under Caritas’s Cebu Archdiocesan Integrated Farming Program, aim to promote organic farming for sustainable livelihood and food security to basic ecclesial communities, farmworkers, and residents amid and post-COVID-19 pandemic.

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Emperador’s global presence continues to expand across North America, Europe, China

Emperador Inc. – the world’s largest brandy company owning the iconic Emperador Brandy and Fundador Spanish Brandy de Jerez – continues its aggressive growth across North America and Europe during the first nine months of the year even as the global pandemic adversely hit most countries in these continents.

Fundador, Tres Cepas, and Emperador brands have been growing consistently, particularly in the United States, Canada, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom and Greater China. In Spain, brands owned and produced under Grupo Emperador España S.A. continue to dominate the brandy market with 40% market share.

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CIB.O holds virtual meet to tackle industry growth, concerns in new normal

Cebu’s main IT-BPM organization CIB.O will hold its first virtual town hall meeting aimed at helping the industry adapt and thrive under new normal times.

Scheduled from 2:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29, 2020, the “Gearing Up Towards New Normal and Beyond” event will tackle new trends in the business process management sector and digital education through such speakers as Leechiu Property Consultants, Inc. CEO David Leechiu and Xepto Digital Education Founder Dr. Paco Sandejas.

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Get best deals for Ford Ranger in October with Ford Truck Month

Ford Philippines is bringing back its much-anticipated Truck Month this October, offering great deals to customers buying a Ford Ranger from any Ford dealership nationwide.

From October 1-31, 2020, customers can avail themselves of cash discounts, all-in low downpayment deals, and free ownership package worth P100,000 with their purchase of a Ranger Wildtrak, XLS, or Raptor.

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Discounts of up to 42% await realme fans at Shopee 10.10 Brand Festival Sale

Get a chance to snag exclusive deals and discounts in select realme devices on October 10

Online shoppers can expect to bag huge discounts of up to 42 percent from the Philippines’s top 2 smartphone brand realme at the Shopee 10.10 Brand Festival Sale on October 10. realme Philippines is discounting the price of select smartphones and Artificial Intelligence of Things (AIoT) devices.

The monthly repdigit sale event is a much-awaited online shopping date as big brands nationwide offer various promos, from discount vouchers and in-app games to the beloved free shipping promo.

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Metro Retail Stores Group bags Gold Bagwis Seal for responsible business practices, consumer rights

METRO Retail Stores Group, Inc. (MRSGI) recently bagged the Gold Bagwis award from the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) for its stores in the Visayas.

“Through the Bagwis Award, we aim to inspire retailers to pursue the highest standards in consumer welfare, social responsibility, and quality of customer service. We would like to commend MRSGI for its tireless efforts and innovations to meet and even go beyond the needs of its stakeholders.” said DTI-Cebu OIC-Provincial Director Rose Mae Quiñanola during the awarding at the agency’s office in Cebu City.

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Webinars lined up throughout great Cebu sale period

After hosting several successful webinars aimed at guiding businesses, retailers, and consumers in the new normal, the Philippine Retailers Association-Cebu has more lined up for the coming days.

For today and tomorrow, October 5 and 6, 2020, PRA is holding the second installment of “Rethinking Our Business and Repurposing Our Facilities for Survival and Sustenance #Diskarte.” The webinars are scheduled throughout the holding of The Great Cebu Sale (TGCS) 2020 from September 15-October 31.

The group calls on such sectors as Hardware, IT & Home Stores, Restos, Bake/Coffee Shops, Gasoline Stations, Spa and Salons, Gyms, Academes, Online Sellers, and other retailers to grab the opportunity and join the free webinar.

Speakers will share tips and best practices on how to stay relevant and competitive under new normal times for business. To join, details and link below. The webinar starts at 10 a.m. Participants are encouraged to log-in by 9:40 a.m. Click on this link to register for the event : https://bit.ly/360AOmK

Webinar participants last Sept. 28 & 29.
Webinar participants last Sept. 28 & 29

DAY 1
WHEN : October 5, 2020 (Monday) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NN
Click this link to join: https://bit.ly/3iNuliu
Zoom Meeting ID: 874 4451 3584
Zoom Passcode: GCS2020

DAY 2
WHEN : October 6, 2020 (Tuesday) from 10:00AM to 12:00 NN
Click this link to join: https://bit.ly/2Hfr2CM
Zoom Meeting ID: 841 6476 2428
Zoom Passcode: GCS2020

“We have scheduled various webinars throughout the sale period to stimulate interest from the public,” said Raki Urbina, co-chairperson of the GCS.

The Great Cebu Sale Chairperson Camille Aldeguer

Other webinars scheduled for the month of October:

  • Redefining and Optimizing the Essential Components of Retail in these Most Challenging Times
    October 12 and 13
  • Leading by Emotional Intelligence with Stressed-out Workforce and Anxious Guests and Customers
    October 19 and 20
Chef Raki Urbina, Great Cebu Sale Co-Chair

A similar activity, dubbed the “Rethinking our Business and Repurposing our Facilities for Survival and Sustenance #Diskarte” was held on September 28 & 29. A total of 60 participants joined, including the following establishments: Pillows Hotel, Rusem International, Cebu Hilltop Hotel, MJ Hotel and Suites, Waterfront Airport Hotel & Casino, Shangri-La, Basic Graphics Inc., Cebu Hotel Plus, Cebu Grand Hotel, Cebu Palm Grass Hotel, Island Souvenirs, Cebu Parklane International Hotel, Quest Hotel and Conference Center Cebu, HRRAC, Anjo World Theme Park, Laguna Group, WeeDoo, Mi Department Store, Hyundai Cebu Inc., One Central Hotel & Suites Corp., Kandaya Resort, Expressions Stationery Shop Inc., Amethyst Boutique Hotel Cebu, Golden Prince Hotel & Suites, Goldberry Suites & Hotel, Cebu Primera Food Industries Inc., SM Consolacion, Mang Tinapay, HRRAC, and CGM Hotel Consultancy.

Philippine Retailers Association-Cebu Chapter President Chester Lim

The webinar series are being overseen by trainer and resource speaker Francisco Dela Cruz, who is from Bocaue, Bulacan. He has a total of 35 years working experience, 17 of which were spent in different countries in the Middle East. His various roles included being Hospitality Training Manager of Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait – a 5-Star Luxury Collection Hotel and Retail Training Manager of Alshaya Retail Group in the Middle East. His work experiences in the Philippines included being a Branch Manager (or Senior Retail Operations Manager) of many SM Stores in the Philippines, a Planning and Budget Analyst at Philippine National Oil Company, and Evening Professor of Business Management and Marketing at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines.

Trainor Francisco Dela Cruz.

According to Camille Aldeguer, TGCS chair, said they will be tapping event organizers and wedding planners for a possible collaboration with hotels, resorts, and restaurants to bring in more guests to hold events and functions.

“It should be a welcome development for hotels that hold functions; however, mass gatherings are still prohibited,” PRA-Cebu Chapter President Chester Lim said.

Smart expands nationwide 5G rollout to Cebu, key VisMin areas

Smart 5G now available to Smart Prepaid subs

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is rolling out its commercial 5G service to key cities in Visayas and Mindanao, becoming the first Philippine telco to launch 5G services nationwide.

Smart, which launched its 5G service commercially in July, is rolling out Smart 5G in key areas in Boracay, Cebu, Iloilo and Davao.

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PLDT-Smart Foundation, PDEA distribute Happy Packs to children

PLDT-Smart Foundation, in cooperation with the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) Regional Office VII, recently distributed “Happy Packs” to children of persons under the Balay Silangan Reformation Program in Cebu.

“Bringing happiness to children has always been a source of joy for us in PSF. Especially during these times of the pandemic, even simple pleasures already mean a lot to children. We are happy to participate in our own small way,” said PSF President Esther O. Santos.

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Smart gets global citation for improved 4G availability

PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has been named among the “global rising stars” in terms of improvement in 4G availability, in the Global Mobile Network Experience Awards 2020 of independent analytics firm Opensignal.

Opensignal is the independent global standard for analyzing consumer mobile experience. Its industry reports are the definitive guide to understanding the true experience consumers receive on wireless networks.

It defines “Global Rising Stars” as “the top 30 operators where users have seen the greatest improvement in mobile network experience in the last year, between the first half of 2019 and the first half of 2020.”

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Accenture Cloud First launches with $3B investment to accelerate clients’ move to cloud, digital transformation

Major move designed to create new model for rapid migration to the cloud and realization of value for clients and their stakeholders

Accenture announced the formation of Accenture Cloud First with a $3 billion investment over three years to help clients across all industries rapidly become “cloud first” businesses and accelerate their digital transformation to realize greater value at speed and scale. Karthik Narain will lead Accenture Cloud First and join the Global Management Committee effective October 1.

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Cebu People’s Coop unveils 100 new units of modern jeepneys

The Cebu People’s Multi-Purpose Cooperative (CPMPC) inaugurated last Saturday, September 12, an additional 100 new units of modern jeepneys, also known as PeoplesJeep.

“We thank our partners, our funding institutions in government, government regulators and our transport operators for this new milestone of our cooperative,” CPMPC Chief Executive Officer Macario G. Quevedo said during the blessing on Aug. 15, 2020 of the mini bus-type vehicles in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City. The new garage of the PeoplesJeep is located on UN Avenue in Mandaue City.

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PLDT ramps up e-learning initiatives for the new normal

For 33-year-old Daisy Jane Diola of Cebu City, there could not be a better time to go back to school, betting against all odds in a pandemic. Giving up her sales job, she embraced technology and started attending online classes, one of hundreds of thousands nationwide now braving the challenges of e-learning in the new normal, and benefiting from local partnerships with PLDT, the country’s biggest and only integrated telco company.

“I am new to this kind of setup, but I am always open for new learnings,” Diola shared. “I am thankful for all the support we have been getting, especially our connectivity devices.”

PLDT, its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), and PLDT Enterprise have teamed up with over a hundred schools, colleges and universities nationwide, as well as tech giants Microsoft and Google to make connectivity and digital solutions more accessible to the education sector.

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5G brings super-fast internet and new digital services

The commercial launch of 5G in the Philippines will bring not only super-fast internet for mobile phone users but will also introduce a new generation of digital services for both individual consumers and enterprise customers, according to officials of PLDT wireless subsidiary Smart Communications.

“5G is a major milestone in the development of mobile phone services and digital technologies. It is a platform that enables new technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, cloud computing and other digital services, that when combined, will not only enhance existing services, but also make possible a new generation of wireless services,” said Ramon R. Isberto, PLDT-Smart Public Affairs Head and First Vice President, in an interview with Cito Beltran’s Agenda on One News.

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Beauty + Immunity: 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in our body, and while it is a key component of connective tissues, we usually hear most about its skin health benefits. Collagen, however, can do a lot more for our body than just support healthy skin. 4Life Transfer Factor Collagen provides total body wellness through hydrolyzed collagen, antioxidant protection, and patented 4Life Transfer Factor.

4Life Transfer Factor Collagen improves skin moisture, tone, and elasticity, while promoting overall longevity and healthy aging. It slows down the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is also dermatologist-tested. Studies show improvements for skin, nails, and hair in just 8 weeks.

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PLDT Group, PLDT-Smart Foundation respond to call for help of Cebu’s frontliners

In support of Cebu’s fight against COVID-19, PLDT Inc., PLDT-Smart Foundation and Tulong Kapatid, in coordination with ZTE Corp. and Leads Agricultural Corp., donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), face masks, disinfecting kits, and carboys of ethyl alcohol. Tulong Kapatid is the social responsibility consortium of the companies led by Manuel V. Pangilinan.

The group and its partners prioritized Cebu as it is one of the COVID-19 hot spots in the country due to the previous rise in its cases.

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Smart webinar presents digital tools to help LGUs adapt to new normal

Local governments and communities in 32 provinces of Luzon participated in a webinar that showcased various digital solutions to help them respond to challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Billed as #WeHealAsOne, the virtual forum organized by leading mobile operator Smart Communications discussed digital innovations in education, livelihood, and agriculture to help communities adapt to the new normal. More than 430 participants took part in the event where they learned from success stories of existing programs supported by Smart.

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Smart fires up first ‘5G Media City’

Live TV coverage powered by 5G?

PLDT and its wireless subsidiary Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) have taken a step closer to that goal by recently firing up Smart 5G at the TV5 Media Center in Mandaluyong City.

The Smart 5G facilities were launched in time for PLDT Enterprise’s “Keep Moving Forward” event on Aug. 4, where they unveiled their expanded roster of wireless services and solutions for Enterprise customers, including the first commercial mobile enterprise 5G plans in the country.

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DOT, Grassroots Travel, Smart join hands to mount Kulinarya sa North Cebu Webinar

Smarter tourism in the new normal

In the Philippines, Culinary Tourism and Farm or Agritourism have been identified by the Department of Tourism (DOT) as two of the niche markets it would like to tap and promote.

It is for this reason that the DOT, Grassroots Travel, and PLDT-Smart recently organized a two-day webinar entitled “Community-based Kulinarya sa Norte” to develop culinary and farm tourism at the municipal level. The webinar also aimed to enhance skills and knowledge of local stakeholders in culinary tourism, and to create economic opportunities for the communities they serve.

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Google Philippines launches site for COVID-19 terminologies in Filipino, Cebuano

True to its mission to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, Google Philippines is marking Buwan ng Wika with the launch of Isang Gabay sa mga Salitang Kaugnay ng COVID-19.

The initiative recognizes the significant role of local languages in creating an understanding among Filipinos regarding the most commonly used COVID-19-related words and in disseminating helpful information.

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