Support Filipino Athletes with Globe

Friday, May 14, 2021

It's almost Olympic season and I can't imagine the hardships of our fellow Filipinos go through as they strive to bring pride to our country once again. With the pandemic happening, it would be doubly difficult for them to work out and practice as health protocols require them now to do their usual rehearsals quite differently. Although challenged, our sports men and women still wish to bring pride, hope and joy to our countrymen and we've struck much fame and gold in several sports which unites an entire country - much like ours.

Take tennis phenom Alex Eala for example, she just broke top 700 at the ITF Women’s World Tour and now ranks at 660. Aside from that, the country's favorite sport of basketball is gaining traction with Chico Lanete, Mac Tallo, Dennis Santos and Zachy Huang as the 3 on 3 champs represented the PH in FIBA 3x3 in Doha, Qatar. MMA Fighter Jackie Buntan recently also got a unanimous decision victory in ONE Championship which was held at Singapore. Doing good also was Team Lakay’s Jenelyn Olsim who won her debut match at ONE Championship against an experienced Brazilian Maira Mazar in March. Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the same team currently has 22 wins on record plus a bronze and silver which he won during Asian Games, Sea Games and World Wushu Championships.

Tomorrow, May 15, Saturday at 6pm comes one of the most awaited event in MMA sports. It's called ONE: Dangal wherein our boy and ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will defend his title against Arjan “Singh” Bhullar. Singh will try to beat the heavy favorite in hopes to be the 1st Indian World Champion in MMA (so you should definitely watch this!).
Aside from that, we've got Denice “The Menace” Zamboanga remains undefeated, so make sure you watch their upcoming matches via the ONE Super app on May 28. They'll headline ONE Atomweight Grand Prix entitled ONE: Empower wherein she'll face South Korean veteran Seo Hee Ham wher the winner will face ONE Womens atomweight world champion Angela Lee. That match will be scheduled late this year and perhaps be one of the most explosive fights this season.

Ms. Chelo Flores, Head of Video and Music Squad at Globe Telecom says "At Globe, we will continue to cheer for our Filipino athletes who continue to bravely compete on the global stage and through the ONE Super App, subscribers can watch our mixed martial arts athletes win gold anywhere in the world.”

You may catch home grown Team Lakay and other athletes in upcoming fights which will be shown exclusively at the ONE Super app. You can enjoy this via Globe Prepaid’s Go50 promo. Globe wants Filipino sports fans to still see the games even at the comforts of their home so they too can fully support our athletes even at these hard times. If you want to know more about the matches, head on to today!


PayMaya Launches PLAYMAYA

Now it's become easier to actually play and conquer enemies online as fintech giant PayMaya just launched their newest innovation called PLAYMAYA.

Ms. Heidi Garayblas PayMaya Head of Wallet Partnerships says "We're excited to bring your gaming experience to a whole new level. With digital payment solutions, we've had millions use PayMaya to send money, buy groceries, food, transportation, and more. PayMaya has the best e-wallet experience through our network. This is why PayMaya continues to be the top rated e-wallet finance app in the App Store and Google Play. To continue our mission in game changing innovation, the Philippines is a nation of gamers and we've coped much as we were all stuck at home and now, 4 out of 5 Pinoys play mobile games or video games and they are spending for game purchases. In 2019, one of the world's biggest market is the Philippines. We want PayMaya to provide the best gaming products to all. We're going to level up your gaming experience with PLAYMAYA, on the play button, you can enter 290 gaming related products and offers, deals, perks, livestreams, and more all within the app! It won't be complete without a Balik Bayad promo, we're going to give you 50 percent cashback when you buy gaming credits and top ups. Mobile Legends, CODM, PubG, we're going to have a PlayMaya Tournament in partnership with REALME, giving you a chance to have P2Million worth of prizes per leg. This is Sign up with the PlayMaya feature, visit smart padala centers and scan the QR code on the poster and sign up for the tournament. Smart is also raffling off 30 diamonds to those who will get the GIGAGAMES99 inside the PayMaya app. PlayMaya will also have games available in the app. Gaming pins, live content, deals and better rewards now have PayMaya on their back, are you ready to level up your game with PLAYMAYA?"

Deals, rewards and content all in one place, that's PLAYMAYA. If you're good at it, go join the tournament with your friends and you could be the lucky winner of over Php 2 Million pesos! That's 50 percent cashbacks, win realme gadgets when you purchase ML products, and win diamonds on subscription to Smart.

PlayMaya is one of the most game changing innovation on our PayMaya app. It's now a one stop shop for all gamers without causing problems, it caters to serious gamers and casual gamers, and also for those who look foward for things to watch like games and tournaments all inside the app. The PLAYMAYA Tournament is one way also to showcase your talent against the best of the best in the Philippines. They partnered with Smart Padala who can get you registered in over 39 thousand Smart Padala centers.

Oh and yeah, they just got CONGTV to be their latest brand ambassador for PLAYMAYA. He says "I'm nervous, I'm in between two beautiful ladies. I'm very lazy, instead of jumping from one app to another, you have it all in PayMaya. It makes it all convenient. You still would be able to pay bills inside the app without the need to go out, I want all to be online in transactions, it's what I do now. I'm not a pro gamer, but as a streamer I don't really win, but I dress good, I make sure I entertain people. You have to be disciplined in all these things, and time management to make sure you win at the end of the day. Palakpak tenga ko eh! Samantalahin niyo, hindi araw araw ganito kasi opportunity to sa mga amateurs, sa PUBG, COD, ML, this is your chance to win games and get that crown, wala naman mawawal kung subukan niyo. This is big, and only PayMaya did it."

Ms. Heidi says "CONG has been loved by Filipino gamers, he established his own space together with team Payaman and he's very relatable. He's real and authentic, and we saw how he was able to level up in his gaming and how he conducts himself in his daily life. He will empower Filipino gamers with PLAYMAYA."

Go check it out on the PayMaya app today, and if you have time, they're still live playing on the PayMaya Facebook page with CONGTV and trashtalker Ghost Wrecker.


POVA Forges Partnership with Mobile Legends Bang Bang

Today is a good day to celebrate a huge partnership with smartphone brand TECNO Mobile and popular multiplayer online battle arena game Mobile Legends Bang Bang. It comes as welcome news to new POVA Gaming Phone owners as there is certainly a huge deman for capable and powerful smartphones that won't hamper in getting you more win in games as they believe "#TogetherWeAchieveMore". The game stands to be one of the most ideal example on how players can collaborate, work together in order to win that goal. This time it's not just clasic or ranked matches that they should be happy about, but really the excitement that an upcoming phone launch happening soon with the TECNO Mobile POVA 2 which is happening next month.

For those who don't know, the original TECNO Mobile POVA has gotten impressive reviews as it packed much power with the Helio G80 gaming processor and the 4GB/6GB DX4 Fast RAM equipped in it. This also has a whopping 128GB ROM enough for tons of photos, videos and files you need for work and play. Aside from that, the battery performance is phenomenal because with a 6000mAh capacity, it could do 30 days of standby time, 20 hours of gameplay or 8 days of playing music. No need to worry about charging too as its got super fast charge speed which can deliver hours worth of power in lesser amount of time.

As if that wasn't fun enough, TECNO Mobile wiill also be holding MLBB themed cosplay events in select TECNO Mobile stores in SM North Edsa this coming May 15 and 16, plus one around June at SM San Mateo. There will be a livestream this coming June 5th also featuring the country's top MLBB players and streamers plus a chance to win huge prizes and giveaways for 170 lucky people. Now that's exciting no?!

If you want to know more about these phones and TECNO Mobiles upcoming events, make sure you like TECNO Mobile Philippines on Facebook or simply visit their official website because it's all there!


Janine Gutierrez and JC Santos Extremely Happy for the Success of DITO AT DOON

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Just got off the thanksgiving virtual party of the film Dito at Doon starring Janine Gutierrez and JC Santos under TBA Studios. In it we got to talk to the cast and the people behind the film, seeing them reap the fruits of their labor, they've really had tons of support from their fans and industry friends. During the last presscon, we were with Ricky Lo asking questions, sad that he's gone. The event started with a pause to commemorate the journalist who also supported the film.  

Direk JP Habac says "My only birthday wish is that more people would be able to watch the film. The experience in the cinemas is really different, if this would be shown there, there would be a bigger chance to be seen by people, you get to see how they react, interact with other movie watchers, hopefully we can do that."

Yesh Burce says "Thank you to everyone who watched Dito at Doon, to everyone in the press who have shared their thoughts about the film. I'm sure there will be a lot of people that will watch the movie after this event."

Lotlot De Leon says "Janine already knows what she's doing, she has planned her life, I'm happy with that. She's old enough to make decisions on her own and she is doing it at the right time. I'm proud to see my daughter grow into this business, there will be more projects with TBA and I'll be looking forward to that."

Victor Anastacio "I'd like to thank TBA Studios and the streaming sites we got worldwide, we also thank the press for all your help. This film has hope and it is relatable, we didn't imagine that this will happen to all of us. This is how we experienced things and we showed hope amidst the circumstances. I think I appreciated it more because it's not just a traditional romcom, it's like the pandemic is another character, which makes sense. You can't plan everything, you have to be open, and make the most out of it."

JC Santos says "I am truly grateful for TBA who took care of us, I am happy to have been part of something that was created during the pandemic. We are happy to see those who have seen the movie and gotten lots of positive feedback about the film. I've found home with TBA. My favorite scene was the harana scene, they're taking it to the next level there and it's like offering a piece of your soul. It's one of the things I wanted to see again. This film is important, in this time and age, hope is all we have as we all are in survival mode. I mean it's a different feeling inside the cinema, I still want to see my armpits that huge on screen. I think it's a different thing that people feel when you see that, you have no choice but see it as a spectator, I miss that feeling. I think it will be different when you see it there. I enjoy my work as an actor, I went from my community to UP and doing acting jobs on screen. It's a good feeling not to have sleep, that's when I get challenged more, this is so much fun. The people are great, and I enjoy the whole process. When I accept projects my first question is... have I already done this role? because that's where it starts. I have had to decline a few projects because I was advised by my Manager, and because of circumstances that are beyond my control, and it's different in festivals. This one is different, it's kinda like a disaster movie. When I probably have a hand to finish this, perhaps I'd like to see my character be happy and be home with his family, not to spoil it, but I'd like to see him happy there."

Janine says "I hope to really make another film with TBA and I've always seen several of their movies. To be able to do this and in this story, I felt all the support of the press and I can't thank you enough. You really did stand along with us during our promotion. I have many favorite scenes, but I love how it ended. I was shocked to see that part because how it was edited. It's different. The film projects hope, TBA took risks and chances to produce a film despite the situation, and as seen on the film's performance, we're hopeful it is viable to have movies be watched even at home. It's different in movie houses, and a different experience to watch at home, but yes I hope to achieve what JC Santos get to have when its shown on cinemas. Rejection in the industry is so hard to still accept, I still audition, I have a certain sense that they have control over your future, but I chose to stay because I know I needed to stick it out, to do my best, do the things that make me closer to my dream and I'll get there. Accepting roles also depends on the script, to the people I'm working with. In this film, I just said YES PLEASE when I heard JC Santos and JP Habac. I'm happy a lot of people are appreciating it. If I'd be choosing where my character ends, I think it would be good if she just doesn't close doors or the possibility of welcoming another person, another love. I'd be happy already if she does that."

Now if you haven't watched DITO AT DOON yet, it's something that'll make you wonder about OUR current situation and the relationships we build and keep. Stream it on Upstream, Cinema 76, Ticket2Me, KTX.PH and globally via TBAPLAY on the Google Play store. Go install it and see why people are asking for part 2!


Perks on Paying Bills via PAYMAYA

If you haven't felt the convenience of PayMaya, I do think this is the time you should try it out. Imagine having over 550 billers in the app, you won't need applications from individual companies just to pay for your usual utilities, government offices, banks, insurance, loans, credit card, schools and charities.

What's even better is that you don't need to leave the comforts of your home just to pay bills and access your bank accounts online to cash in your PayMaya account so you can pay accordingly. Plus, tons of organizations have their own PayMaya accounts wherein you can join bayanihan efforts by accessing it too on the app. They also have integrated billers from other locales like Baguio, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bicol, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro, South Cotabato, Iligan, Zamboanga and others. So if your utility provider is different from the ones in Manila, you can see them there too.

Oh and before I forget, all PayMaya users who settle two bills worth at least Php 1,500 will have Php 50 cashback, no questions asked. If you're using the PayMaya app for the first time, you can get a Php 100 cashback if you pay bills over a Php 1,000. Also, if you are paying for a credit card, loan, or insurance bill for the first time, you will get Php 50 cashback more on top of that. Rewarding no?

Download the PayMaya App on the App Store and Google Play Store. Enjoy the convenience of contact-less payments and less COVID exposure. Who knew paying bills could be so rewarding no?


GCash Futurecast 2021: Unlocking Innovations

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Just got off the GCASH event called Futurecast 2021 and they pronounced some really good news about their financial app.

So really, what's next?

The goal is to bring you better solutions and better lives. Martha Sazon the CEO of GCash says "We all know the past year has been a struggle, we are still coping. We want you to know that GCash is your buddy through all of this, since the lockdown, I too haven't had the chance to meet my whole team but we focused on hwo to make Filipinos lives better. We can be there in times of need, for paying bills, for donating, everyday transactions, our user base now doubled. Currently we have 38 million Filipinos use our app. We are the number one financial app in the country and we strive to further improve our services. Not only to consumers, merchants, even the government. We empowered people through our cashless payments, we have registered social sellers, even sari sari stores and tricycle drivers now accept GCash. This amounts 16B to almost 2 Million Filipinos. The government saved a lot through GCash and now, we are collecting typhoon and COVID drives because we are secure and seamless. We know Titas of Manila need to learn how to use it, teaching them is an easy task. Families, people from far flung areas have no access to finances, but all Filipinos deserve to save, invest and grow their money. We believe GCash everyday will be possible, lifestyle, entrepreneurship.

GLife is where users can now transact with their favorite brands. Buy, transact and subscribe without downloading other apps, because it's all in on the GLife section of your GCash app. We give you deals, the best ones in the market. 

Social sellers can use their personal QR to make transactions easy, to send money and pay bills with it. Wanting to not leave anyone behind, you can do paytime and playtime with it. You can have several companies (35 of them!) providing entertainment, shopping, food, without downloading their individual app and costing space on your phone because it is accessible through GLife. I've tried purchasing chicken when it came out, it was such a deal!

Financial Services

Equal chance for a brighter future. Doesn't that sound promising? In a nutshell, they've got these services running inside the GCash app. They're still developing the platform and promise to bring more services in the future, here's what they currently have:

GSave has the highest interest rate in the country, insured by PDIC, you can also be assured with what you deposit.

GCredit can give you access to cash when you need it

GInvest can get you to invest with as low as 50 pesos.

GInsure can also get you insurance including coverage of COVID.

GForest gets you the chance to also plant trees while doing several things in the app.

Their goal is to make Filipinos live better, and I think that is achievable. PureGo for groceries, Lazada for Shopping, Gawin for household help, Fully Booked for your favorite titles, Goama Games for your gaming needs, Gadgets at Datablitz, Bo's Coffe, Gong Cha, Mc Donalds, Tapa King, tons of them are listed and you can set favorites when you feel the need to. Oh and if you see the deals, it's unbelievable especially for the 50% OFF I've experienced a couple of times.


Local farmer, fishermen, tricycle, medium sized companies, no matter what we do and what we are, they want to help every Filipino entrepreneur do cashless and safe transactions through GCash. Fe Mir the GCash Marketing Head says "People are looking for new opportunities to keep their business afloat. The business of every enterprise in the country is a personal one, we want to help you in the new normal. GCash Pro can give easy payment solutions, it's secure and we want to help entrepreneurs improve their business. Platforms have their eCommerce activity exploding, we made QR on demand so you can receive money accurately. We have so many business solutions and businesses can go to our GCash Merchant Portal so you can submit requirements online and hassle free. We will be adding credit and other options soon. We want you to have Finance for All. We want to have a GCash option in every convenience store, sari sari store and Tricycle soon."

Finance for All

38 Million Filipinos have financial potential and GCash through GInvest can be accessible to all. You can get your money to work with you. GSave is fully digital and hassle free, only needs one ID for it to be verified. GSave also doesn't need any maintaining balance, interest rates are competitive (4% per year) and saving regularly would be a good thing. If you need an emergency fund or vacation funds, a lot of people have already opened a GSave account (over 3M actually). GInvest on the other hand allows you to invest in local or international funds. It need not to be complicated, and GInvest allows you to do that even for 50 pesos. Fund managers from reputable companies allow you to invest in 5 different types of corporations. It's also easy to monitor because it shows graphs on the GCash app itself. In just a few taps, you can now access these services without going through the agonizing paperwork needed for investments.

GInsure makes Insurance easy to purchase, manage and become affordable. This is their partnership with Singlife, with less than 50 pesos a month, you get covered from Dengue and now, cover Covid 19 as well. You can insure your self or your family for this. In the app, you can buy in a simple and straight forward way, soon to have vehicle, travel and property (which will be rolled out soon).

GCredit is cash that can be borrowed. With your GCash transactions, you can use it to build small businesses (like a micro loan) and earn from it during a pandemic. They've shown proof that it is possible during the event when a woman borrowed money and used it for a food business. She grew the amount and had her husband help her make it become a sustainable business today which now provides for their everyday needs and the needs of their children.

GForest is a small little game inside the GCash app that will help reforest places in the country. To date, their goal is to have 500K trees to be planted, and there will be more no matter what season. They are partnering with environmental groups and organizations so they too can get help with this digital bayanihan method.

GLife provides things you need at a click of a button. These services are available now on the GCash app, so if you haven't downloaded it yet, maybe the time is now.


realme Partners with PayMaya for Upcoming Tournament

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Just got off the launch of the realme 8 and realme 8 Pro, now since we talked about the pro earlier, let's take a look at the realme 8 this time.

It's light weight, has a quad camera with 64MP lens at the back which can do black and white, macro shots and more. It's got a STARRY MODE, a new thing so you could capture stars. This also has tilt shift option real time so you can capture cityscapes, new AI portrait, max stabilization on video, and dual view video. It's Super AMOLED of 6.4 inches, and you can still see it even on sunny days. It has on screen fingerprint security, the battery is a huge 5000mAh, but still lightweight and has a 30W dart charge. If you want to charge other phones, it has reverse charging too. It has a Helio G95 so you can have tons of games played. This also has a realme UI 2.0 which High Res Audio too.

Heidi Garayblas of PayMaya also was in the event and she says "At Paymaya we want you to be part of the digital economy, realme is a recognized leader in the phone gaming industry and here, we want to launch our partnership with them so we can level up with the Filipino gamers. We also have a celebrity match coming up soon, stay tuned for that!"

The biggest and natiowidest tournament will be happening soon, they will unveil it on May 14th so make sure you're there! Oh by the way, the price of the realme 8 8GB and 128GB is Php 13,990 and the realme 8 Pro costs Php 16,990, pre order starts today til the 21st! You'll get a realme techlife product free with it too. That's 4K worth, so make sure to get the deal before it runs out!


realme Set to Launch 108MP Phone Today!

Aside from the Teen Queen Kathryn Bernardo endorsing this phone, it's going to be a good outing for a phone with 108MP later at 6PM. This is realme 8 Pro, the best phone they have for gaming and creating content. It's in the details and if you shoot something huge (like this much) it's like taking a photo of different spaces and landscapes, then putting them together like it's one huge shot. This capability comes from Samsung's H2 Sensor camera technology which becomes part of this phone, imagine the things you can do with this and the quad cameras right?

Photo and video content is so important in this day and age, especially if you have a lot of individuals also having a career doing it. The realme 8 and relme pro has HD Super AMOLED displays which you can take around any time of the day, still look at it with clarity even on direct sunlight. Aside from that, it's got a really nice back panel, and its design looks very sleek and sexy, shiny to the point that it'll attract attention too.

If you're a gamer, it's got MTK Helop G96 processors which can handle pretty much the heavy graphics of different mobile games in the Google Play store, plus the most popular titles like Mobile Legends, CODM, LOL, Wild Rift which is becoming a little competitive too these days. It's got a 50W dart charge which makes charging so fast, and get you much juice for playing and taking photos and videos all throughout the day! This will be available this month in branches of realme and their partner mobile phone stores nationwide. Make sure you tune in at 6PM today at the realme Philippines Facebook page as they'll be showcasing the phone and its features to the public via a live stream. And honestly, if you care about Kathryn Bernardo, anything she endorses works, she's so lovely in the materials that realme came out this year. You better be at the livestream later, it'll be good!


Dreams Do Come True at Tagaytay Highlands’ Horizon Terraces Garden Suites

Monday, May 10, 2021

Having Tagaytay Highlands as your address in the south would definitely be something anyone would envy. In the past, being there had the impression of seclusion, luxury and exclusivity. Times have changed and the three hour drive from Manila is becoming shorter as they made this once elusive mountain resort into a residential condominium has been introduced by Highlands Prime as Horizon Terraces.

This addition made over the years welcomed an Asian themed low rise garden suites and villas. The Horizon Terraces Garden Suites have beautifully crafted one and two-bedroom units measured from 43 to 68 square meters set atop 5 storey buildings and nestled in 3.2 hectares of land. It's got pretty nice views of nature and you can open up sliding doors to let the cold breeze and light in which Tagaytay is loved for. Imagine having your family waking up to that everyday! That would be a dream come true no?

Not to be outdone by the views are their Central Garden. They dedicate over 70% of their land for recreational and garden spaces, so you're definitely not shortchanged. Horizon Terraces also has over a hectare of it so you've got space for kids to run around and roll around for fun. For some light life therapy for everyone, they have pools and sensory gardens that you can enjoy. Of course, the balconies at higher floors come with majestic views of the Taal Lake and Taal Volcano and the Horizon Terraces’ Garden Suite ownership comes with membership to The Country Club and throngs of facilities inside Tagaytay Highlands. I've been there a couple of times and it's like a series of cabins in the Swiss alps, you'll love the steak which I recommend you get once you're there. You'll live the dream!

Tagaytay Highlands remains as a private resort/network of themed residential communities. If you're a member/homeowner, a family member or guest, you'll certainly enjoy it too. If you want to know more about the property or wish to own one, just give them a call via +63275052422 or their mobile number +639175150158. You can also visit their official website or follow their IG (@tagaytayhighlandsofficial) or Facebook page by searching Tagaytay Highlands.


Meet the New ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 Series

Saturday, May 08, 2021

Another day to introduce some of the best laptops from our friends at ASUS and yes, they've got pretty good releases this month particularly the new ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 and the ASUS VivoBook Flip TM420. It's part of the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 Series which are awesome companions for creatives like us who's looking for a workhorse.

The ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 has an 360 degree Ergolift hinge which can pretty much do different modes. You can opt for the regular laptop mode, tent mode (for presentations), stand mode or even in a tablet mode if you're in a mood to create. This also makes it not susceptible to heat problems and you can use it in the most comfy ways if you prefer it be used in those modes I mentioned earlier. It's also got an 11th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-1165G7 processor with Intel Iris Xe Max so those graphics heavy applications and editing would be a cinch to do. Of course with this one, you always have portability so you can take it around your room, a coffee shop (if pandemic permits), your office or home. It's got usual ports, plus a Thunderbolt one for ease of transfer of files when you need it most. You can also use the ASUS Pen with it and treat it like a tablet, imagine what you can do in sales pitches and work if you can make changes and point out certain things right there. If that doesn't make it fun, how about a free lifetime license of Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019? I'm enjoying my own VivoBook with that and if you get this one, it'll be so much fun if you didn't have to worry about that right?

As for the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TM420, it also has almost the same features outside but this one has a beast of an AMD Ryzen™ 5 5500U mobile processor and integrated Radeon™ Graphics for you to do the hard things life brings. It's also ultra compact at 1.5kg which you can lug around your home office donning a aluminum alloy chassis in Bespoke Black finish so you look good too and not worry about the heat.

These guys are going to also make you smile with the price as it costs Php 69,995 for the ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TP470 i7 version while the i5 version costs Php 49,995. The ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 TM420 on the other hand carries an AMD Ryzen R5-5500U mobile processor at Php 42,995. This would be good for home school, office work and total creatives. It'll be fun they say, because as an owner of one, I assure you, they're absolutely right!


Stylish and Practical Features in the New vivo Y12s

People have been purchasing phones these days and look for a lot of features. Aside from a good camera, storage, battery and looks, it has to make sense. If you haven't seen it, the new vivo Y12s includes the Side-Mounted Finger Unlock feature that makes total sense. I've had a few Android phones that got the finger print unlock option on the back which in a design sense, totally isn't practical as you would have to have your whole hand involved in the process because you wouldn't reach that far finger wise without specifically doing it. The designers at vivo probably knew how awkward that feels especially for people who lock and unlock their phones quite regularly because they need to update social media, take lots of selfies or just about any work or play related stuff they need to do.

The Side-Mounted Finger Unlock on the new vivo Y12s makes sense (and does it at 0.23 seconds) and it comes in colors that anyone would love like the Phantom Black and Glacier Blue. It kinda glistens right, not too super wet looking and fits comfortably in the hand when carrying it. This also has a powerful battery at 5000mAh which could last you the whole day of regular use. You can also do games faster as its got Multi-Turbo 3.0 in their proprietary FunTouch OS 11 made in Android 10. Imagine those lags gone when you're playing for hours during multiplayer or first person shooter mobile games.

What's even more sweet is that they're selling this for only Php 6,499 in authorized stores and online. They even have bundles sold with memory cards as bundles which takes it a step further. So if you're looking for one, Lazada and Shopee has them now. Visit if you want to know more about the phone. If you want to shop, go get it here!

Now don't tell me I didn't tell you about it!


Be the Life of the Party with the Anker Soundcore Mini 3 Bluetooth Speaker on Shopee

Technology on Bluetooth speakers these days are just jaw dropping! Just saw the new Soundcore Mini 3 at the official Shopee store and thought I should get one of these soon. Music lovers like me would like something that's handy, easy to carry around without the worry of having bulky stuff getting in the way of the fun. 

The Anker Soundcore Mini 3 Bluetooth Speaker has its own BassUp and PartyCast Technology that enables you to hear more Stereo sound quality and have it connect to 100+ more Bluetooth speakers while controlling everything on your phone, sounds crazy? It is! You can actually do it via the Soundcore App to turn things on and off, set the volume, change sound profiles according to your preference and do so much more! Oh did I forget to mention it actually is smaller than a coffee cup?

Best of all, you can lug it around wet areas like pools or in the shower (as your singing your favorite Mariah Carey track) as it's got IPX7 waterproofing. It also last long because as single charge can get you 15 hours of unadulterated music which is perfect for parties all in the comforts of your pocket. With the PartyCast Technology, you can get friends to carry their own Anker Soundcore Mini 3 Bluetooth Speaker so they too can be the life of the party!

You can get this particluar Anker Soundcore Mini 3 Bluetooth Speaker here Make sure you also have the Shopee app downloaded from Google Play store and the App Store if you're on iOS. 

This sounds fun!


ALEX GONZAGA On Being Shopee Princess

They dub her the new Shopee princess, and the face of Shopee's Payday Sale. She's Alex Gonzaga.

Her new TVC, and digital pronouncements must have been seen already by so many people and this time we got the chance to ask her questions during a small digital meet and greet.

She says "I'm very happy to be part of the Shopee family. This brand that Filipinos trust, even I shop there every night. I'm happy and honored, my family and friends want vouchers, but I told them to wait for akinse. I guess I really loved the dance sequences I had to do during the commercial. Honestly, I couldn't believe I'd be in a roster of ambassadors that Shopee has. The campaign also is so good, I love how it connects to Filipinos and tell them the time to shop, when sweldo time happens."

"Well, these days I buy if there are deals. My husband and I now buy for two people, he asks for masks and send me the link, I am the one who checks out. I recently bought a portable sauna, nothing has changed really, it's just an extra person sending me links. Admittedly, I am a shopaholic, I always had hand me downs and cry in the mall if I don't get new things. When I started earning, I now get the chance to buy stuff but my Mom still questions me as she manages my finances. Now, I don't have to go to malls like when I was in college. Next week, I'll be doing a locked in shooting for Tin Can and Ten17 for a new movie, and last year, I did one with my sister and Fifth Solomon (for MMFF last year) and of course Lunch Out Loud wherein Shopee is part of. On my vlogs, I'll be doing collaborations and cook with other vloggers so watch out for that. I love locked in tapings, and they're doing things in Lipa so I get to see my husband everyday still. He's been so supportive, every time I have things arranged in my movie."

"My budol find is the portable sauna, he didn't want me to have a steamer so he suggested to have this instead and buy me 10 if I needed it. Aside from that, I have 10 little black dresses which I buy from there. The tongue prank I did, I got that from the Shopee app. I just search and it appears! I'd buy stuff for Xevi, I buy things like the Titanic like boat which my Dad paid for. He spoils him in secret."

"Happy Cup at home is also in Shopee so if you're buying stuff, we're also there."

Congratulations Alex and Shopee! Hope we see you in future akinse promos!


Alex Gonzaga for 5.15 Shopee Payday Sale

You've seen her quite a lot of times these days in between YouTube videos. Aside from her successful YouTube channel and several shows on the Kapatid Network, she's been doing quite as a housewife to Mikey and now, Alex Gonzaga is the newest endorser for Shopping app SHOPEE during Shopee Payday Sales. She's doing it with a bang this coming 5.15 as they're adding a few surprises during the day.

Free Shipping of course!

Yes, you'll get that without minimum spending too.

15 Peso Deals

No sale is good without giving you the best deals, so for 15 pesos, you can get a lot of things in the Shopee app. I heard they're about to sell an iCare Digital Blood Pressure Monitor, a TP-Link Home Security Camera and a Mobile Phone Ring Light for only 15 pesos each. Those cost thousands of pesos IRL. They're doing it just on this day!

15% Cashback

As if they're not crazy, they're also giving vouchers with 15% cashback and up to 20% in select hours of the day.

90% on the Shopee Mall

Your favorite brands promise up to 90% off like phone brand Tecno, SC Johnson, Huawei, Issy & Co., Nature’s Spring, SM Store, Betadine, Del Monte and a whole lot more.

Aside from that, Shopee Pay shoppers get exclusive deals. If you also watch their TV shows and segments on Tutok to Win, It’s Showtime, Lunch Out Loud, Eat Bulaga and the actual Shopee Payday Sale special on GMA, you get the chance to win prizes as well as vouchers throughout the show. And of course, there will be tons of vouchers and prizes that will be given away on in app games on the Shopee app. Now go download it off the Google Play store and the App store because these things will run out. Plus it's extra fun because Alex is there!


Investing Through GInvest

Thursday, May 06, 2021


You've been working hard for the money and save in the bank, but is that enough? Have you ever wondered how easy it was to invest these days? No? Well let me tell you about GInvest.

GInvest is the investment feature on your GCash app. If you're transferring funds or doing transactions with it, you probably have seen this option already. Now how easy is it to grow your money? Well, that depends. My rule of thumb in investing is putting in funds that I don't necessarily need immediately. Is it possible that you could lose money in investing? Yes of course, but in this case, GInvest has some professional fund managers that do the legwork for you. This means, in some ways, risk is lessened than compared with regular stock market work. You just have to have the funds for it. 

Registration is easy as it includes a verified email address and a risk assessment questionnaire. It basically tells your fund managers how aggressive or safe you want to invest your money. Doing subscriptions (buying stocks) can cost as low as Php 50. As in any investment, returns are not guaranteed but if your fund manager is doing a good job, you'll see your funds flourish. I kinda already have mutual fund investments via banks and they're the same people that manages GInvest. What's good is that in GInvest, they don't have transaction fees and it's easy to understand. Beginners who would want to dip their hands into investments can do it now without dishing out much money for it. But again, if you have more subscriptions and the investments do well, you'll get more out of it. In this day and age, putting your money on banks and letting it sit for years isn't actually the wisest decision you would ever make. If I have invested early on I could have had even more earnings now because so far, I'm doing quite good. As a matter of fact, I'm actually pretty happy about it and I plan to actually have more subscriptions in the days to come now that people would have interest in investing through GCash and GInvest. 

Oh and before I do forget, if you want to know more about GInvest, they'll be having an event tomorrow at 8PM. Just visit the GCash Facebook page and watch their livestream. You can learn how to invest even if you're just starting. Watch here if you're a little lazy LOL!

I'll be there too so see you!


Protect Your Skin with Sunplay

It's so hot outside you could fry an egg on top of cars these days. Now wait a minute, wait a minute! Before you do forget things, what about your skin? You're indoors you say? Nope, that's not enough. Did you know that you are still getting harmful UVA/UVB rays? That reflection, that light seeping in your window (when all you wanted was a blackout curtain lol), that's still harmful for you and you're still getting it.

Now don't downplay these UV rays as it can actually cause more wrinkles and get it deep in your skin. I'm sure you've already been reminded by your folks, by your friends that you need to wear sunscreen. Products like Sunplay Skin Aqua UV Watery Gel and Sunplay Skin Aqua Sarafit Tinted Base has SPF50, PA+++ and blue light protection. You get what you need to get protected from the harmful things you can get from extreme harmful ultraviolet exposure. Aside from that, they're also affordable and even went the length of putting it on sale this May 10 to 16. You can get it 30% cheaper and even get Php 200 off on select Sunplay Skin Aqua and Sunblock products in Watsons branches nationwide.

If you fancy one of these things, start getting them on online stores like Lazada or Shoppe (which you can get here). Now honestly, you've got to start protecting yourself early, not when you're already burnt and have it irreversible. You know, we don't want to regret it.


Fix Lips with Mentholatum LipCare

I am extremely conscious of my lips as I have had a bout of it getting so chapped a couple years ago. It's why I have this weird discoloration in the center which I don't talk about LOL. Back then, it wasn't much of a norm for men to use products but I've always been interested in what could be done to prevent it now that there are products that could help alleviate this condition.

Getting chapped lips was mostly because of dehydration, an indication that you already need water to fix those dry lips. It might have always been neglected by some, but it is essential like what you do with your skin. I'd try something good like the Mentholatum Lipcare products. There's the Therapy Lip Balm and Therapy Lip Gel which you can use to on chapped lips then it has SPF 15 on it that can protect you from bad UV rays and provide you that slight cool menthol feel which feels so good while wearing it. You can also try Lip Pure Fragrance-Free which is food grade and has several natural ingredients that can make your lips smoother, more plump looking. If you choose the Lip Pure Botanical Oils, it has 6 types of natural oil ingredients which can also do that and a little shine. For kids, you can opt to have LipIce Kids which comes in Lemon and Strawberry flavors. It makes lips soft and is safe for use by kids. If they go through the same pains you do, this would be a great thing to have for them.

Oh and before I forget, they have a 25% sale off select Mentholatum products from April 29 to May 5 at and up to 50% on May 10 to 16 at Watsons. You might want to get some of your self or your family. They're also available on Lazada and Shopee, you might want to start shopping for it here today! 


Unfiltered Skin Essentials

Wednesday, May 05, 2021

The woman behind Bonifacio: Ang Unang Pangulo, producer Rina Navarro

We wanted to know more about the brand but aside from that, we got to know more about the person behind it. As a person who religiously does routines for skin care, Unfiltered Skin Essentials sounds so great for me as they promise to have what I need to care for my skin and make it affordable. With premium ingredients that have been sourced in Europe, certified by FDA and countless individuals who have swore of its effects, one asks, how do they do it? Let's get into it!


Who is Rina Navarro?

She's a mother of 4, a former Viva Entertainment boss and a movie producer. She also started the "I AM HOPE" organization (NGO) with beautiful actress Bea Alonzo. She's worn so many hats, but now, she's the CEO/Founder of Unfiltered Skin Essentials, she's Ms. Rina Navarro.

"Unfiltered Skin Essentials is in the skin care and wellness industry since last year. This is a partnership with other ladies, and we have skin care products manufactured and designed for Filipinos across the country. We have the "No Filter kit", a complete set of products that can address a lot of skin issues - but we have made it affordable, less complicated - and this set will do that. The pandemic is still here, but currently, we now have partners in different places like Mindanao, Leyte, QC, Taytay, Laguna, Subic, Tagaytay and Fairview +more, we also have one in Singapore. Of course, we also have our existing official sales channels on Instagram, Viber and Facebook."

She adds "I have made sure it's simple. In the past, I actually had to go to HK or elsewhere to buy stuff for my skin. But now, this one is available in the Philippines and I made sure the product of this quality, stays where people can afford it . The serum has niacinamide that protects us from bad blue light, it's like sunblock indoors (for gadgets, computers) which we have had repeat orders of. It is effective and has proven by our patrons."

"This drastically changes the look of your skin, it's better skin that remains uncomplicated. Queen of Soul Jaya started as a user and initially had lots of complaints about her skin, but now she started sells it, to the point that she even invested in Unfiltered Skin Essentials."

"Unfiltered Skin Essentials isn't anti filter on social media, but it's a character, it's something inside of you, the confidence that you gain and build when you use our products with or without makeup. It's not just about the name, but the mind, to embrace imperfection, it doesn't need to be perfect, or white, you embrace yourself. You can be an unfiltered woman or man, you have to take care of your skin. These have really good ingredients, safe to use, anyone can use it. The business is also run by women, lgbt, and it has been awesome so far."

She also shared some things she did in the past telling us "I started selling soap when I was in college, I got pregnant early and being a single mom, it was hard. The laboratory that I buy from then of which I get products from is the same one that produces it today. I had to make ends meet. This is my dream and I didn't want to have "what ifs" so I did what I had to do and build this brand. Unfiltered was something I wanted to do for people I know, the business helps a lot people too." 

About her achievements, she simply says "I think just to be able to raise 4 kids is already an achievement!"

About Unfiltered Skin Essentials

Current partners of this skin care and wellness brand include Ms. Luna Garcia an RN and wellness doctor who has a passion in skin care. Also, Shyr Valdez, who is an actress/artist from GMA. The pandemic was a huge challenge for the business as they just recently set up base in Mckinley (in Taguig). They had to also work from home at times and was not able to do things in the office. Operational costs also went up since they also had to spend a lot for PCR tests before work. They knew they need to keep not just themselves safe, but their workers who built this brand from ground up.



Their products:

UCLEANSE REVITALIZING FACIAL SOAP is used to clean your skin. Some suggest you use it also for your body as it will have the same results.

URENEW PORE MINIMIZING TONER Exfoliates, brightens and helps removes whiteheads, blackheads, fine lines and age spots.

UGLOW LUMINESCENCE SERUM Refines pores and lightens skin discoloration. It also help maintain collagen levels.

UREPAIR WHITENING DAY CREAM promotes the rebuilding of healthy cells and protect the skin by UV Rays and harmful blue light.

URECOVER is a night cream which micropeels so you can restore, regenerate your skin.

I asked her about its viability for men to use it for their skin. She might not be marketing it for men per se, but she says they have lots of users and clients from London, LA and other cities who are men and use it - and it is effective. In a way, one way to also measure its efficacy is feedback, which totally makes sense. She highly suggests that you all get the kit so as to get the formulas full effect. Currently, people get obsessed with the serum which has lead in sales with all their products. The No Filter Kit costs 2550 and the UCleanse soap costs 350.

I also asked about how they keep the prices down and they said, they cut costs in operations and keep packaging minimal plus collaborate with friends as suppliers so they can save a lot. I'm quite interested with the Day Cream they developed called UREPAIR to use in the morning. I think it's best to use in the tropical weather like in the Philippines. It also protects from rays, whitens skin and is anti aging. Their business model is also a direct selling business which means YOU can have the opportunity to also work with them. 



About their NGO, she says "I AM HOPE Organization is what Bea Alonzo and I started together. We had a lot of plans in business, but when we forged our friendship, lockdowns happened and we both had our marketing budget and asked her if we could use it to help fronliners. She immediately said yes and in a few months, we were able to raise 13 Million in cash and kind. That's how we got to start to help others as well."

"We are all sincere in what we do. we don't lie about it, we talk, we are guided by our heart and not just to make money, a reputable one with integrity. We want to be known for that. If we work hard, maintain and give jobs around me, they have lots of families to feed, we're okay with that. I can say when we started this, we use our heads for math, but we run it with heart as we have very qualified people making things run in the company. They are so good at what they do, and I look after them like family, like what they also do with me. It's a fun office, very fun, and we don't have to do it the corporate way. People die left and right, we don't have to be strict all the time. We also let them enjoy what they do so we can give our best for each other and the company."

It was nice to see how they have succeeded growing their business. It's also inspiring to see the process how they do things. Although I'm not familiar about how they walk in their shoes, I could see where their passion lies and how in the short span of time they've grown, they've also helped tons of people during the pandemic. Remember, and may I quote "Part of being a person is about helping others." which remains true to this day.

P.S. They will have body soap and body serum that will be launched soon. I guess it's time you try it out, go to IG account at or through text/viber 09563010059 or their Facebook page at unfilteredskininc.


Awesome 95% OFF Deals at the Peculiar Eyewear Store on Shopee

Tuesday, May 04, 2021


It's already summer and you've probably junked your vacation plans outside Manila/outside the country or your respective favorite cities, but don't fret because there's a lot of places you can still go to safely despite the pandemic. As long as you follow safety protocols, get yourself tested + vaccinated and choose the people who you'll be with, then you will be fine. 

Now aside from protecting yourself from the threats of COVID, you also have to protect yourself from the rays of the sun. Now I'm not just talking about your skin, but your eyes too. Ultraviolet Light or what is known as UV light is harmful to the eyes and prolonged exposure to it may damage your cornea. Even if it's cloudy or if you are under a shade, it still can reach you so having eye wear with UV400 protection can get block 99-100% of it. Aside from that, there are also blue light that can be found everywhere. It may come from the sun, your gadgets, TV's, computer screens, tablets and smartphones also emit it. This may cause macular degeneration and eyestrain so protecting the thing that you use to see the world is of course, indispensable. Investing in something like Peculiar eyewear for example would do good especially in a tropical country like ours. It's the only one in the Philippines that is for its UV400 and blue light blocking technology. What I like about it though is not just the function, but the different styles they have for men and women.


I'm a weirdo, so if I'd be in charge of what I wear everyday, I would kind of not conform to normal looks. I'd be adventurous at times, but if it would require something formal, I can do that too. It just depends on what I feel in a certain time of day, or what I feel when I wake up, when I work out, or just the occasion I need to go to. There may not be that much events nowadays, but that doesn't excuse anyone not to look good or presentable while in online meetings so make sure you're not part of that statistic. Their frames are well designed, they look good, and works as they even went the mile giving free kits to prove it blocks harmful blue light.

Some of their newest designs also look very classy like the Louise, the Clubmaster and the Hugo. If you already know what frames or shape looks good on you, you can get them this 5.5 Shopee Brands Festival wherein you can get different Peculiar Eyewear products for over 95% OFF its original price, no joke! The Louise has that preppy look which you can either pair with the same style of clothes, or pin striped suits or shirts. The Clubmaster on the other hand is more for those who would want something that's thicker on top to hide part of the eyebrows when ladies forget them or perhaps if you want to look more mature and serious for a little while then you can get that style. You can also opt for the Hugo if you prefer something more square or wide, a little fresher looking face as its frames are more out there and has less covering when you need to. Then if you would like something which you can use in different times of the day without changing lenses, then get the Huge Square Gold Photochromic Transition Pro Anti-radiation piece so you can have less fuss if you choose to use it the whole day whether you are indoor or outdoors. Now that's going to be very useful if you are running errands or doing business. That means no matter how light or dark situations are, you're still protected. Isn't that amazing?!


Function should never mean you would have to give up style. Now if you're up to it, you can visit the official Shopee store at You can get the Peculiar Eyewear LOUISE here, the CLUBMASTER here and the HUGO here. They're available in different colors, you can opt to choose different styles and use them to match what you're wearing in your next online meeting, event, office work or game. I'm doing that now and planning ahead, add to cart ha! Then make sure you also use your discount and free shipping vouchers to make the deal even sweeter!

Now you know where to get em, go get em now!