Smart innovation improves delivery of rural health services

Digitizing healthcare with SHINE OS+ Dr. Mimi Bondoc, municipal health officer of Zarraga, Iloilo, has worked in public health service for the past 26 years, and has witnessed how technology has helped in improving the delivery of healthcare to Filipinos, particularly those in underserved areas. Technology, she says, helped address one of the biggest constraints…

Megaworld offers special Halloween treat at The Mactan Newtown with 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu

OUTDOOR CINEMA. The Newtown Outdoor Cinema located in The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30, from 5 pm onwards. It is the 1st-ever outdoor movie cinema in Cebu.

This Halloween, scream all you can at the series of spine-tingling, hair-raising horror flicks at the first-ever outdoor movie cinema at The Mactan Newtown in Lapu-Lapu City. Dubbed as “Fright Night,” the Newtown Outdoor Cinema will feature three of the all-time best horror movies this coming October 30 (Sunday), from 5 pm onwards. The Newtown…

AirAsia opens direct Cebu-Singapore flights, offers P888 introductory fare

AirAsia announced it will operate direct flights from Cebu to Singapore starting November 25. To celebrate the launch of the route, AirAsia is offering promotional fares on airasia.com from as low as P888 for travel between November 25, 2016 and March 24, 2017. Promotional fares are up for grabs from today until October 23 only.…

Smart posts 1.4 Gbps data speeds using LTE-Advanced

HIGH-SPEED. Huawei product manager Daniel Peng (right) points out to Smart executives Mario Tamayo (standing, left) and Ramon Isberto the consistent, gigabit-speeds achieved by the tests using carrier aggregation. (Smart Public Affairs)

Working with strategy and technology partner Huawei, PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications (Smart) achieved test data speeds of 1.4 Gigabit per second (Gbps) using the cutting-edge data capabilities of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A). In a series of laboratory tests done this month, Smart successfully combined five frequencies or “component carriers” using Carrier Aggregation, to consistently achieve data…

Do you want to build Android apps? Learn how through TESDA-Smart online course

VIDEO TUTORIAL. Smart’s Ron Ramos discusses how to set up the Android development environment in one of the many video modules that form part of Smart’s online course on building Android apps in the TESDA website.

Aspiring developers can now learn how to build Android mobile applications at no cost, via an online course available on the website of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA). The course, developed by mobile leader Smart Communications, can be found on e-tesda.gov.ph. Enrolling is fast and simple. Users only need to create an…

AirAsia starts Manila, Cebu flights to Taipei, offers promo fares from P888

NIGHT MARKETS. Taipei has many night markets that have food kiosks, movie theaters, video arcades, shops, and karaoke stores. (Creative Commons photo by Tomas Fano)

AirAsia announced today, Sunday, that it will open direct flights to Taipei from Manila and Cebu starting next month. To celebrate the opening of the new routes, the airline offers on airasia.com promo fares for as low as P888 out of Cebu and P1,488 out of Manila to Taipei for tickets bought until October 16,…

Must-have for Pinoy sports fans: Havaianas + UAAP collection

The pairs for UP, ADMU, ADU and DLSU.

Show your true colors in this UAAP season with the Limited Edition Havaianas + UAAP 2016 collection, which sport the colors and mascots of the participating universities. People are going wild over this year’s ferocious designs – from tiger claw marks to the subtler but no less proud falcon wings. As UAAP season 79 goes…

Smart nominated as CSR company of the year

DIGITAL AID TO EDUCATION. Children from a remote community in Rizal see a laptop and other digital tools for the first time, after Smart donated a School-in-a-Bag to their school.

PLDT mobile unit Smart Communications is shortlisted by the prestigious Asia CEO Awards for the Corporate Social Responsibility Company of the Year. The Asia CEO Awards recognizes outstanding leadership achievements by individuals and organizations in the Philippines. The CSR award is for the company with the best projects on environmental protection and awareness, livelihood, and…

7 ways to support fight vs. breast cancer: Ayala Center Cebu shows you how

Ayala Center Cebu celebrates wellness this Pink October, now on on its 8th year, as it takes the first steps in promoting healthy living with “Think Pink, Live Pink.” The first mall to embrace the cause, Ayala Center Cebu is giving everyone a chance to help raise awareness and support hundreds of breast cancer patients…

PH foodpanda chief promises to deliver

KEEPING MARKET DOMINANCE. Iacopo Rovere, Chief Executive Officer of foodpanda Philippines, says, “the main thrust at the moment is to switch the offline customers to online and introduce platforms to them on where and how they can have their food delivered.” (Contributed photo)

Online food delivery marketplace foodpanda is growing fast and gaining market share in Southeast Asia, a company official said. “We’re growing faster than ever before, gaining more and more market share. I am very excited with Southeast Asia where we are growing in a very steady, stable position,” said Global chief executive officer Ralf Wenzel.…

Globe launches free eLibrary to benefit over 15 million public school students nationwide

GFS LIBRARY. The website is a component of the Global Filipino School program, a long-term Globe educational initiative that seeks to transform public schools into centers of Information and Communications Technology excellence.

Over a thousand educational e-books for K-12 learning will be made available to over 15 million public elementary and high school students and some 500,000 public school teachers nationwide beginning September 30 as part of the Global Filipino School (GFS) program of Globe Telecom. The GFS Library launch coincides with the National Teachers Day celebration…

PLDT Home, Smart sign partnership with ABS-CBN for iWant TV

PARTNERSHIP. PLDT and Smart Chair Manny V. Pangilinan and ABS-CBN Chair Eugenio Gabby Lopez III lead the signing of the milestone partnership of PLDT Home and Smart Communications with ABS-CBN for iWant TV. Also in the photo are (from left) Oscar Reyes, FVP and Head of Home Business for PLDT; Ariel P. Fermin, EVP and Head of Consumer Business for PLDT and Smart; Carlo Katigbak, ABS-CBN President & CEO; and Rolando Valdueza, ABS-CBN Group CFO.

In a groundbreaking partnership, the country’s leading digital services providers PLDT Home and Smart Communications have teamed up with multimedia conglomerate ABS-CBN for iWant TV, the network’s streaming service for TV shows, movies and other exclusive digital content. Under the partnership, PLDT Home and Smart subscribers will soon be able to use their prepaid load…

Smart calls for partners to bring digital learning to schools without electricity

Eleven-year-old Sheran Bueramo walks through hills and forests to go to school in Tanay Rizal in pursuit of his dream to be an engineer someday. Bueramo, however, hopes to succeed in a technology-driven world studying in a school without electricity. Rawang Elementary School is just one of over 3,000 schools in the Philippines – which…

PLDT Gabay Guro continues to soar higher heights

Nine years ago, a small group of like-minded PLDT executives banded together over coffee for an advocacy for teachers. With a common dream of being a catalyst of change in the lives of teachers, Gabay Guro was born and became the CSR arm under the PLDT-Smart Foundation. What transpired after that day revolutionized education-based advocacy…

PLDT partners with Roku to launch new streaming service and player in PH

Digital services leader PLDT Home forges a breakthrough partnership with US-based TV streaming platform Roku to offer subscribers a new suite of entertainment options. With nine million active accounts worldwide, Roku is another valuable addition to PLDT Home’s growing portfolio of digital lifestyle applications including iflix and Fox International Channels. In the photo during the IBC Expo 2016, the world’s premier broadcast technology event in Amsterdam, are Roku Pay TV Vice President Andrew Ferrone and PLDT First Vice President and Home Operations Head Oscar Reyes, Jr.

Leading Philippine telco and digital services provider PLDT has partnered with US-based Roku, the world’s leading video streaming platform, to bring the best entertainment to Filipinos right from their TV screens through access to over 3,500 viewing apps, including Netflix, YouTube, and HBO Now. “We are seeing a growing demand for internet-delivered TV services in…

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Argao to host dragon boat clinic, competition

PRESS CON. (From left) Primary Homes Marketing manager Michelle Cutang, Habagat Gruppo Dragon Boat Team coach Nonie Lopez, Go Active President Jerome Mil and Habagat dragon boat team manager Randy Su during the press conference to announce the event.

An inter-barangay dragon boat clinic and competition organized by PrimaryHomes, Inc. and Argao Royal Palms Serviced Villas in collaboration with the municipality of Argao will be held in the town. The 2nd Dragons in Argao: Dragon Boat Inter-barangay Clinic and Competition will take place on October 1, 2016, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., at…

Mooncakes at Marco Polo Plaza

Osmanthus Gold Set

Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival with Marco Polo Plaza’s unique mooncake gift boxes. Offered together with all the Marco Polo Hotels, these selection of unique mooncake gift boxes contain delectable and traditional mooncakes. Our elegant Osmanthus Gold Set is at P750 net with one piece of red bean with egg yolk and one piece of lotus seed.…

SM City Consolacion packs 3-day sale with discounts, promos, prizes

Shop and enjoy 70 percent off on great finds at SM City Consolacion’s 3-day sale and get a chance to win a Suzuki Celerio. The mallwide sale will run from September 16-18, 2016. Get one raffle ticket for every P1,000 single or accumulated purchase from any mall establishment throughout the sale for a chance to…

Teachers attend Smart-run technopreneurship training program in Cebu

TECHNOPRENEURSHIP TRAINING. Teachers from Cebu, Tagbilaran, and Bacolod complete a 3-day SWEEPx: Technopreneurship Training for Teachers initiated by mobile leader Smart Communications in Cebu. The training was held at the University of Cebu Banilad Campus. (Photo: Smart Communications)

Tagbilaran City in Bohol is gateway to such top tourism attractions as the Chocolate Hills and the white sand beaches of Panglao, but it is difficult and expensive to get around using the tricycles that are the most common means of transport. Three faculty members of Holy Name University in Tagbilaran proposed an innovative solution…

Rustan’s to host LEGO Minifigures Speed Building Competition

The “Toy of the Century” stirs up another exciting challenge with the LEGO Minifigures Speed Building Competition on August 27, Saturday at the 3rd level of Rustan’s Cebu. All LEGO enthusiasts aged 7-9, 10-12 and 13-16 are invited to join. Registration will be on the day of the event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.…