Top ranking seed company East-West Seed hosts Vegetable Field Day at Villar Sipag Farm

As part of its participation to the 25th Asian Seed Congress 2018, East-West Seed (EWS) organized a demo field in Villar SIPAG Farm in Bacoor, Cavite. Formally opened through a Field Day November 16, 2018, the EWS Demo Field showcases over 100 vegetable varieties in a unique ‘Pinoy Fiesta’ set-up.

Asian Seed Congress delegates and media guests were greeted by Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food. “We are glad that East-West Seed has chosen this as the venue for the East-West Seed Field Day 2018.”

She also thanked EWS for partnering with Villar SIPAG in the training programs and its generosity in sharing expertise in vegetable farming.

“East-West Seed developed these vegetable varieties with the aim to improve the lives and incomes of smallholder farmers around the world and to help give better nutrition to consumers,” said Mike Dela Paz, Product Manager of East-West Seed.

#1 in South and Southeast Asia

This commitment was recently highlighted in a recognition received by East-West Seed at the Asian Seed Congress 2018. The independent organization Access to Seeds revealed EWS to be number 1 out of 24 companies in in serving smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia.

The Access to Seeds Index is measuring and ranking seed companies according to their efforts to improve access to quality seeds of improved varieties to support smallholder farmer productivity.

For over three decades, East-West Seed has served over 18 million smallholder farmers worldwide to increase their productivity and incomes. Part of their efforts have been to provide and breed specific needs of their clients, selling seeds in small packages, and providing training to farmers. It is this business model that proves and supports the goal of the Access to Seed Index which is to bridge the gap between the world’s leading seed companies and the smallholder farmer.

“We are deeply proud of this achievement as it reflects our continued mission to improve the lives of farmers one seed at a time,” said Henk Hermans, EWS General Manager in the Philippines.

“Better Seeds for a Better World”

With the theme, “Better Seeds for a Better World,” the field demo features a wide range of vegetable varieties that produce better yield, thrive in changing conditions, and have traits that are attractive to vegetable consumers.

It also boasts unique varieties including rounded eggplant, butternut pumpkin, purple waxy-sweet corn, and purple yardlong bean.

This event also has an interactive component with East-West Seed’s catalog app CropWiki which was launched last 2017. CropWiki contains detailed information on over 900 of East-West Seed’s vegetable varieties. Filled with physical and genetic crop information, the app can help increase farmers’ income because it provides knowledge needed to make informed decisions in farming.

East-West Seed will also hold Field Days for the public on November 21 to 23 in their demo fields in Villar SIPAG Farm and in the University of the Philippines – Los Banos. Urban gardening workshops, cooking demos, learning sessions with farmers, and a career day for students will be held during these field days and will be offered for FREE to everyone.

PREPARE FOR TAKE-OFF WITH THE NEW AIRASIA CREDIT CARD!

AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline for 10 years (according to Skytrax World Airline Awards, July 2018) has sparked a revolution in air travel with more and more people in the Philippines choosing AirAsia as the preferred choice of airline. Aiming to create excitement among Filipinos, the airline company, in partnership with RCBC Bankard and Visa has launched the new AirAsia Credit Card in the Philippines that will make more people travel to their dream destinations faster with the airline. Along with their loyalty program, AirAsia BIG Loyalty will enable AirAsia Credit Cardholders to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network.

AirAsia Credit cardholders get to enjoy exciting perks and privileges every time they spend with their AirAsia Credit Card. Starting with a fantastic Welcome bonus gift of up to 8,000 BIG Points that will start them earning free flights when booking during the Final Call Sales; instant upgrade to the BIG Platinum membership status and Free Priority check in, boarding and baggage every time they fly with AirAsia; and, don’t forget a brilliant low spend per point conversion at Php 22.

AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said, “This dynamic collaboration between RCBC and AirAsia Berhad represents an exciting step forward in our on-going journey towards providing modern travel experiences for our guests. With AirAsia credit card, we are providing amazing opportunities and exclusive privileges for every guest to create memorable travel experiences whether they are on ground shopping, dining or flying to AirAsia destinations in the Philippines connecting across all ASEAN countries including Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Middle East and Hawaii in United States. “

“We believe that the AirAsia Credit Card embodies the wanderlust spirit and the adventurous lifestyle of Filipinos. As such, it is also essential that the AirAsia Credit Card will be able to help Filipinos get access to financial services anywhere in the world. Adding to the travel benefits, AirAsia Credit cardholders will receive real-time SMS alerts service that lets cardholders have security and control over their spending; conversion of straight purchases to zero percent at three months with Unli 0 to up to 36 months installment term with UNLI Installment; access to cash anywhere in the world; free travel insurance and purchase protection; and, a worry-free and rewarding bills payment process.” RCBC Bankard Services Corp. President & CEO Simon Javier A. Calasanz said during the AirAsia Credit Card launching event held last November 14 at Marquis Events Place, Bonifacio Global City.

“The partnership that we have with AirAsia and RCBC Bankard enables us to create a credit card product that encompasses all the exciting travel benefits for Filipinos. Travel is one of the top categories of spend amongst Filipino cardholders. Based on Visa’s data, close to 10 per cent of Visa total spend is on air tickets. With this credit card product, Filipinos can enjoy flight fares at competitive prices and the travel benefits that come along with it, while earning additional rewards when they spend using their cards. It is our commitment to work closely with our partners to create products and services that are relevant to our cardholders, so they continue to enjoy the perks of using digital payments in the country,” said Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines & Guam.

Filipinos can already start applying for the new AirAsia Credit Card. Just log on to www.rcbcbankard.com/airasia, www.airasiacards.com/ph or www.airasiabig.com/ph/en and complete the application form.

About AirAsia Group
AirAsia, the world’s leading and largest low-cost carrier in Asia by passengers, services an extensive network of over 130 destinations. Since starting operations in 2001, AirAsia has carried more than 500 million guests and has grown its fleet from just two aircraft to over 200. The airline is proud to be a truly ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) airline with operations based in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines as well as India and Japan, servicing a network stretching across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East. AirAsia has been named the World’s Best Low-Cost Airline at the annual Skytrax World Airline Awards ten times in a row from 2009 to 2018. AirAsia was also awarded World’s Leading Low-Cost Airline for the fifth consecutive year at the 2017 World Travel Awards, where it also beat a field of full-service carriers to become the first ever low-cost carrier to win World’s Leading Inflight Service.

About AirAsia BIG Loyalty
AirAsia BIG Loyalty was established in November 2011 and is owned and operated by Think BIG Digital Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of AirAsia Bhd in collaboration with Aimia Inc. As the loyalty programme for AirAsia, AirAsia BIG Loyalty enables its members to enjoy the lowest flight fares across AirAsia’s extensive network. More than 18 million AirAsia BIG Loyalty Members can earn AirAsia BIG Points on AirAsia flights to over 130 destinations across Asia, Australia and New Zealand and the Middle East, participating hotels as well as retail, e-commerce, travel and lifestyle partners within the region. The loyalty programme makes all seats redeemable by utilising AirAsia BIG Points. Other member-exclusive privileges include 24-hour priority booking for selected AirAsia sales.

AirAsia BIG Loyalty was named the Loyalty Programme of the Year in 2016, and won gold for Best Regional Loyalty Marketing Campaign, Best Use of Direct Marketing, and Best Use of Social at The Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2016. In 2018, it received the Best Use of Technology Award at the 10th Annual Loyalty Conference and Awards. It also took home a gold for Best Loyalty Programme – Travel/Hospitality at Loyalty & Engagement Awards 2018. The AirAsia BIG Loyalty app is available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. For more information on the mobile app plus other updates, log on to airasiabig.com or follow AirAsia BIG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About RCBC and RCBC Bankard
RCBC Bankard Services Corporation (RBSC) is the Card Servicing entity of Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), one of the Philippines’ largest private universal banks. RCBC and RCBC Bankard Services Corporation are members of the Yuchengco Group of Companies (YGC). RCBC Bankard provides unique and world-class credit card products, versatile add-on services, and an innovative rewards program to its various cardholders.

About Visa
Visa Inc. (NYSE: V) is the world’s leader in digital payments. Our mission is to connect the world through the most innovative, reliable and secure payment network – enabling individuals, businesses and economies to thrive. Our advanced global processing network, VisaNet, provides secure and reliable payments around the world, and is capable of handling more than 65,000 transaction messages a second. The company’s relentless focus on innovation is a catalyst for the rapid growth of connected commerce on any device, and a driving force behind the dream of a cashless future for everyone, everywhere. As the world moves from analog to digital, Visa is applying our brand, products, people, network and scale to reshape the future of commerce. For more information, visit www.visa.com.ph

GLOBAL SEED EXPERTS GATHER FOR THE 25TH ASIAN SEED CONGRESS IN THE PH Millions worth of business expected to be generated

Hundreds of seed experts, traders and buyers from all over the world are now in the Philippines for the 25th Asian Seed Congress (ASC), the biggest gathering of seed industry players in the world. The ASC is jointly organized by the Asia Pacific Seed Association (APSA) and the Philippine Seed Industry Association (PSIA). This is the third time that Philippines is hosting this prestigious seed conference.

APSA is the biggest regional seed trade association with more than 600 members from 50 countries, accounting for more than one third of the global seed trade. Since it’s inauguration in 1994 in Chang Mai, Thailand, this exclusive event has attracted close to 2,000 delegates annually, including key executives, officials, legislators and scientists who all share a common stake in the development, production, distribution, regulation, and trade of quality seeds.

Anchored on the concept, “Seed the Future,” the Congress also hopes to reinforce the significant role that the largely ignored tiny seed play in our daily lives, as the main source of our food, clothes, fuel, among other things.

“The Philippines is proud to once again host this year’s Asian Seed Congress, especially as it celebrates its 25th year. Our annual gathering is something that all of us in the seed industry look forward to because it is the time where, together, we learn new seed technologies, exchange views on regulatory trends, network for seed trading, reconnect with colleagues in the industry, experience, explore opportunities for farmers to further grow their businesses, and jointly discuss strategies on how to better promote and protect the industry. We are also excited on the business that will be generated in the trading tables knowing that our regional seed industry is the strongest around the world,” PSIA President Mary Ann Sayoc adds.

APSA President Brenda Dossey for her part said that the organization’s growth to become the largest regional seed association in the world is through the cooperation of the Food and Agriculture Organization and the Danish International Development Agency aimed at promoting quality seed production and marketing in the Asia and Pacific Region. Dossey adds that APSA has already established strong linkages with international organizations for economic cooperation and development.

For her part, APSA Secretariat Acting Director May Chodchoey said that “the Asian Seed Congress facilitates a prime opportunity for stakeholders to get together in one place where delegates can network, grow their business and get updates on the latest industry developments and technologies, to gain an edge in the most populous and lucrative region in the world.

Sen. Cynthia Villar, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, said that while the Philippines may be regarded as one of the emerging leaders, there is still a necessity to explore additional growth in this sector and ensure that is protected by the right regulatory framework. Villar filed Senate Bill 322, which seeks to set up a continuing national program for hybrid and other quality seeds production which hopes to complement the existing SEED Industry Development Act (SIDA).

The two-decade old SIDA is up for amendment and the seed industry is excited looking forward to additional measures that will improve, safeguard and strengthen the country’s seed industry.

Ayala Malls Solenad is inviting families to open their world and celebrate holiday traditions old and new through its Awaken Amazing Holiday Campaign.

With its proximity to Tagaytay and its cool climate, plus wonderful outdoor spaces, Solenad is the ideal place to enjoy the outdoors and rediscover the magic of play and traditional games this holiday season. Marvel at playgrounds transformed with enchanting holiday décor and giant installations, breathe in the fresh air around the lake under the stars and enjoy the outdoors at the Activity Park.

Solenad is a wonderful holiday getaway for families with its magical combination of both indoor and outdoor spaces. They can combine shopping for gifts with outdoor activities like biking and boat rides, then dine al-fresco at Solenad’s many restaurants to feel the great ‘ber months weather.

This holiday season, Solenad will be home to the cheeriest and merriest surprises through an exciting line-up of activities like the annual Festival of Lights and their first ever 3D mapping display. This Christmas is the perfect time to not only celebrate traditions but to create new ones as Solenad invites everyone to open their world and enjoy the outdoors in all its holiday splendor.

Check out Solenad’s holiday calendar and awaken your Christmas spirit with experiences and activities galore!

Shop at the Awaken Amazing Thrills and Deals Christmas Sale

Get the perfect gifts for your loved ones at the Awaken Amazing Thrills and Deals Christmas Sale happening now until November 11, with offers of up to 50% off at participating stores. You won’t go home empty handed too as you get to pick a prize with every P1,000 purchase during the sale and get free gift wrapping.

Experience the Magic of Play through Awit at Laro

Catch musical performances from father and son duo, Gary Valenciano and Gab Valenciano, singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, rising star Hannah Pangilinan, and classical performer Lara Maigue, as well as a special dance number from STEPS Dance Studio. You can also play traditional games at interactive booths at the Awit at Laro Mall Show happening tonight at the Solenad Activity Park.

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A project that celebrates the spirit of play, Awit at Laro draws inspiration from Filipino children’s games and aims to raise funds for UNICEF, Tukod Foundation and the Shining Light Foundation. With a vision of reintroducing traditional games to a new generation of youth through music and the arts, Awit at Laro is led by Gary Valenciano and Bambi Manosa with the help of over 100 artists.

Awit at Laro will also be brought to life through the Larong Pinoy Installation. From November 17 – 24, Solenad will be full of colorful, larger than life displays of favorite Filipino games like kites, Tumbang Preso, Piko and more!

Let the Light Shine at Solenad’s Lantern Making Competition

Happening on November 24 – 25, Solenad’s Lantern Making Competition will transform the mall atrium into a festival of lights. Open to all residents of Laguna, contestants can submit their entry at Solenad from November 17 – 23. Lanterns will be on display starting November 24 and shoppers will also be treated to the “Let your Light Shine” Live Art Exhibition.

The announcement and awarding of the winners will happen during a festive program on November 25 with musical performances from various groups. Interested shoppers can visit www.facebook.com/AyalaMallsSolenad for the complete contest mechanics.

Enjoy Heartwarming Holiday Performances

Be serenaded by heartwarming holiday music as Solenad offers vibrant holiday shows for everyone to enjoy. Immerse yourself in the spirit of Christmas as internationally-awarded Manila Symphony Journey Orchestra is set to perform on November 11, 6:30 PM. Sing along to your favorite Christmas songs at the Christmas Cantata happening on December 1, 4:30PM and December 22 -23, 6PM at the Solenad Activity Park or rock out to December Avenue as they perform live in Solenad on December 2, 7PM.

Experience Christmas with local holiday treats and items

Awaken your taste buds with delicacies from the CALABARZON area at the Department of Tourism’s Kain Na! Food Fair happening on December 7- 9. Expand your food horizons and try dishes from Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon and enjoy demos from local chefs, performances and more!

Give back in this Season of Giving

Make Christmas merry for those who deserve it the most and awaken the spirit of giving with Laruang Aguinaldo – Ayala Malls’ holiday toy drive for the benefit of UNICEF and Kids 4 Kids. You can drop by Red Tag by Rustans today and Toys R Us from November 16 to December 16 and give kids more time to play, beyond Christmas.

Be dazzled by even bigger outdoor spectacles

While the fireworks and light shows have already become a tradition, Ayala Malls Solenad is making the season even more dazzling with 3D projection mapping shows happening from December 14 – 16 at the Solenad Activity Park. Created in partnership with Panasonic and inspired by the Filipino tradition of Simbang Gabi, awaken your senses and enjoy this all new show with your friends and family.

From wonderful shopping and dining, to heartwarming art installations, holiday decoration and merry musical performances, Solenad is giving families refreshing new ways to celebrate their holiday traditions. Awaken your senses and open your world this Christmas at Ayala Malls Solenad!

Pru Life UK introduces new yearly renewable term product

British life insurer Pru Life UK, a subsidiary of international financial services group Prudential plc and the country’s pioneer of investment-linked life insurance, today launched another innovative solution, PRUlife your term, an affordable yearly renewable term insurance which is customizable to fit the protection and investment needs of customers.

“We are pleased to introduce PRUlife your term to the Filipino market. Pru Life UK aims to help address the widening protection gap in the Philippines through making life insurance affordable and more accessible to Filipinos,” said Pru Life UK President and Chief Executive Officer Antonio De Rosas. “With PRUlife your term’s flexibility, millennials and young professionals who are yet to have any insurance coverage can now also enjoy the benefits of a life insurance plan and at the same time choose to expand its scope with additional protection and investment benefits to meet their life’s goals.”

PRUlife your term is Pru Life UK’s most affordable product – for as low as PhP 8,000 per year, customers may enjoy a basic coverage of up to PhP 3 million.

Customers can make their PRUlife your term coverage more comprehensive through various supplementary benefits, including protection against the debilitating financial blow of an accidental death or disability, hospitalization and critical illness.

Moreover, as the only term product in the industry that can be upgraded with an investment rider, PRUlife your term has the potential to help customers expand their wealth and help them reach their financial goals. From the second policy year onwards, customers may also further upgrade their plans by converting to any of Pru Life UK’s wide array of insuravest or investment-linked life insurance, which combines lifetime protection with investment.

“With the 170-year legacy and reliability of our parent company Prudential plc as well as Pru Life UK’s expertise in securing the financial well-being of Filipinos, millennials and young professionals can be assured they can start their journey to financial freedom with us,” De Rosas emphasized.

To know about PRUlife your term and Pru Life UK’s suite of products and services, please visit www.prulifeuk.com.ph.

PayMaya takes holiday madness to the next level with ‘PayMaya Pa More!’ P10 million raffle promo

PayMaya is ringing in the holiday cheer–whether it’s shopping online or at the mall, sending money to loved ones, buying load, or even paying for bills—with the launch of its “PayMaya Pa More!” promo, where account holders stand a chance to win as much as P10 million in the grand raffle draw and a myriad of other prizes and cashbacks every day.

With PayMaya, you’ll get more from every cashless transaction from November 8 to December 31 because you get raffle entries for a chance to win P10,000 every day or as much as P10 million in the grand raffle draw just by using your app or card.

Here’s how you can earn raffle entries:

Upgrade your PayMaya account
Send money to friends or family
Shop online or in-store using your PayMaya virtual or physical card
Purchase telco load, gaming pins, or prepaid cable TV credits at the in-app shop
Pay your bills
Pay using PayMaya QR at partner merchants

And because PayMaya is determined to give you more this holiday season, each account holder who completes four out of the six ways to earn raffle entries within the month will get an additional 100 entries in the raffle!

Users can transact using the PayMaya app, PayMaya in Messenger or through PayMaya-powered physical cards to earn raffle entries, wherever applicable.

“Our customers deserve more so we’re giving each PayMaya account holder more than a million reasons–10 million reasons, in fact– to enjoy the holiday season. It’s been another breakout year for PayMaya and the digital payments space as a whole, and we do expect even more Filipinos to hop on and embrace the benefits and convenience of going ‘cashless’ with PayMaya,” said Paolo Azzola, COO and Managing Director at PayMaya Philippines.

Mega discounts and cashbacks for 11/11

To kick off the holiday shopping rush, PayMaya is treating everyone with discounts and cashbacks on 11/11, also known as “Singles’ Day,” a popular shopping event which originated in China.

November 11 is also going to be “Digital Shopping Day” for all PayMaya users because they can get a one-time 11% cashback (maximum of P300) on their PayMaya purchases on that day–including shopping online using their virtual cards, transacting in-store with their physical cards, paying using PayMaya QR, buying telco load and gaming pins at the PayMaya shop, as well as paying their bills using their PayMaya account.

Additional Rewards from Lazada and Zalora

Meanwhile, users who purchase using their virtual or physical PayMaya cards at Lazada will get an additional 50% off their purchases (maximum of P300), with no minimum spend so they can shop to their hearts’ content, on top of other promos for 11/11. Shoppers who are into fashion deals can also get an additional 20% off at Zalora for a minimum purchase of P1,000 using their PayMaya cards on the same day.

“PayMaya is always looking for ways to give better rewards than your credit card or cash this holiday season and beyond. Expect us to give each account holder a little gift from PayMaya with every purchase that they make starting on 11/11. On top of that, you even have a chance to win P10 MILLION! It’s definitely going to be a merry Christmas for all PayMaya users nationwide,” added Raymund Villanueva, Vice President and Head of Growth and Marketing at PayMaya Philippines.

PayMaya is the digital payments arm of Voyager Innovations, the leading technology company in the Philippines backed by PLDT, KKR, and Tencent. To stay updated on the latest promos and discounts from PayMaya, visit stories.paymaya.com/promos or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Perfecting the art of scenting with Scentsmith Perfumery

There is no signature more remarkable than a person’s scent – a sophisticated mixture of the explosion of the top notes, the subtlety of the mid notes, and the lingering presence of the base notes, all nuanced to a person’s lifestyle and skin acidity. But getting the right scent is not as easy as picking one off the shelves – there’s a science behind it that one must understand.

Scentsmith Perfumery, which means an expert on scents, offers the public just that – an unparalleled knowledge and leadership on the art of scents.

“Scents actually have the power to evoke emotions and moments based on our individual experiences. Just like how fresh linen sheets smells of home or how wood is more masculine, every scent has a meaning for us. And that is what we want to bring through Scentsmith – an experience that goes beyond their sense of smell,” said Kristine Torres, brand manager of Scentsmith Perfumery.

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Whether it is the smell of rain falling after a long summer or of freshly cut grass, or the scent of lavender or rose that was long pressed in the middle of a book, scents evokes emotions and feelings.

True to the origin of scenting, Scentsmith maintains a very transparent approach with its product line in simple, straightforward packaging, a clear list of its non-toxic ingredients, and basic no-frills bottles. The personal and homecare products of Scentsmith are formulated without parabens, SLES, phthalate, mineral oil, petroleum, paraffin, and DEA.

“Consumers these days are very conscious of what goes inside the products they use. But there are still a lot of people who do not understand how to get the proper scent that would suit their lifestyles best – a person who is exposed to high humidity cannot use the same perfume as someone who stays indoors the whole day,” said Abdon.

There is more to understand about scents and its power, just take for example the acidity of a person’s skin or the lifestyles that they live. The thing with scents is that it is easily affected by various elements like heat which can come from the body or the environment.

Aside from perfumes, scents play an equally important role in making spaces more livable – home become more homey, offices can become more professional or less intimidating, and beds can become more inviting. One of the quirkier products of Scentsmith Perfumery are the Loo Drops, primarily used to keep the bathroom smelling fresh despite the incidents that may have occurred.

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Inspired by how perfumeries were established in early times, Scentsmith uses amber-toned bottles to store its various product lines that ranges from fragrances, body care, hair care, and home products. In development are travel, skin care, and fragrances for the car.

Scentsmith Perfumery brings back the most essential in the art of scenting, a true understanding of the power of each scent.

There’s more to a scent than what we can smell. Scentsmith Perfumery has perfected the art of scents – learning and understanding how each scent works is what sets the brand apart from everyone else.

Scentsmith is not just about perfumes but also includes every aspect where fragrance plays a part – from linens to entire rooms, and even the bathroom.

Every fragrance from Scentsmith Perfumery is carefully crafted to bring together and release its notes at exactly the right moment.

Scentsmith pays homage to the tradition of perfume making with the use of amber-hued bottles to help preserve the scent of essences, which are highly sensitive to light.

Sumitomo will stand tall at the Philconstruct Expo 2018

Sumitomo is bound to showcase their latest excavators at the biggest construction show in the Philippines, by having their booth with our distributor Macro Construction Equipment at Philconstruct Manila Expo 2018. The event has been showcasing products like building materials and components, construction equipment and materials, building and construction accessories, and other building essentials for over two decades. And it has become a keystone in defining the landscape of building and construction on the country.

The name Sumitomo already has a 400-year history and heritage behind it. The company started developing, manufacturing, and selling construction machinery in 1964 establishing Sumitomo (S.H.I.) Construction Machinery Co., LTD. and it has been the Philippine market since the 1980s. They will be exhibiting their most fuel efficient Hydraulic Excavators, SH130-6 and SH210-6, at their booth. These models have acquired high satisfaction by customers from Japan, Indonesia, Thailand and other ASEAN countries.

Sumitomo strongly believes that these models can contribute further in the infrastructure developments in the Philippines. Construction firms and contractors coming in for the event are encouraged to have a feel and look of the equipment and experience the company’s design principles, such us safety and comfort for the operators in the field. Sumitomo is also proud with the kind of performance its products can offer, featuring both speed and power while working. More importantly, each design is made with high profitability in mind.

Sumitomo has the capacity to sell approximately 13,000 hydraulic extractors and 300 asphalt pavers in a year. These products are distributed in Asia, Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Here in the Philippines, Sumitomo’s hydraulic excavators are distributed by Macro Construction Equipment and asphalt pavers by Kurashiki Equipment Philippines Corporation.
By having their booth at the Philconstruct 2018, Sumitomo hopes to establish the brand further in to the Philippine market — to create more connections and strengthen the existing ones. Philconstruct 2018 will be held on November 8-11 at the World Trade Center Metro Manila, where everyone can drop by the Sumitomo booth.

Shopee Introduces New Christmas Ambassador, Jose Mari Chan, for Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale

Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, announces Jose Mari Chan as its new Christmas Ambassador in line with the return of the biggest Christmas sale of the year, Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. Affectionately known as the Father of Philippine Christmas music, the singer-songwriter made his debut as the official Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale campaign ambassador at the kickoff event held at Glorietta 2 on October 25, where he made a special appearance and performed Christmas carols to hundreds of mall patrons. As the face of Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, Jose Mari Chan also stars in Shopee’s latest Christmas television commercial that will screen nationwide starting October 26.

Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer at Shopee, said, “Christmas is the most celebrated holiday in the Philippines, and Filipino shoppers are known to start their holiday shopping earlier. In line with this, we are once again bringing back Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, this time with an even bigger lineup of promotions. We are also honored to have Jose Mari Chan, a household name in the Philippines, join us as our first official Christmas ambassador. Jose Mari Chan embodies the Christmas spirit, and his positive and cheery personality reflects Shopee’s commitment to bringing more joy to shoppers this year-end season.”

“Christmas is a time for us to come together and celebrate. I am thrilled to be joining the Shopee family to spread cheer to all Filipinos this festive season, and to be part of Shopee’s first ever Christmas television commercial. I welcome everyone to join Shopee and I in kickstarting the Christmas season with Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, and look forward to collaborating with Shopee to deliver a series of surprises this Christmas,” said Jose Mari Chan.

In line with the appointment of Jose Mari Chan as Shopee’s Christmas Ambassador is the launch of the Jose Mari Chan Road to Christmas campaign, which will take place from October 26 to December 12. With this, Jose Mari Chan fans can look forward to a series of exciting Shopee activations with him in the weeks ahead, including once-in-a-lifetime experiences such as the opportunity to sing a duet with him, receive a special dedicated song from him, or to meet and spend time with him on his Shopee Wish Bus tour.

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The debut of Jose Mari Chan as Shopee’s Christmas ambassador marks the official start of Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale. The first wave of promotions will start from October 26 in the lead up to the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale happening on 11 November. Users can look forward to discounts of up to 99% off all categories, daily free shipping promotions, and an upsized coins pool of over 11 million Shopee Coins to be won from Shopee Shake.

16 themed days leading up to the big sale

Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale will see an expanded lineup of themed days, which were a hit among users during the recent Shopee 9.9 Super Shopping Day. This time, users can look forward to 16 back-to-back themed days leading up to 11 November, with not to be missed days including:
● 11.11 Flash Sale Day happening on October 26 and November 6 featuring 9 windows of upsized flash deals, and a bonus Free Shipping with no minimum spend for flash deals
● 11.11 Vouchers Day happening on October 29, where a wide variety of sitewide and category vouchers will be given away
● 11.11 Free Shipping Day happening on November 1 where users can enjoy free shipping for a lower minimum spend of only ₱299

11 Million Shopee Coins up for grabs for Shopee Shake

Shopee is bringing back its iconic in-app game, Shopee Shake, this time with an upsized pool of over 11 million Shopee Coins up for grabs. As a special treat this Christmas season, users will also stand a chance to win surprise Shopee Shake prizes, including roundtrip tickets to Australia, Malaysia, and Japan sponsored by Cebu Pacific. Shopee Shake will be happening twice daily, and nine times on 11.11 Shopee Shake Day on November 3 and 11.11 Big Christmas Sale on November 11.

Exclusive perks for Shopee users

On top of thousands of deals from leading local and international brands including Maybelline, P&G, Mossimo, Unilever, Wyeth, Platinum Karaoke, ASUS, and Unisilver Time, and many more; shoppers can also look forward to additional perks presented in collaboration with Shopee’s exclusive 11.11 partners, including:
● SMART customers who subscribe for or renew their SMART plan from October 26 to November 3 will receive Shopee vouchers worth up to ₱300, which can be used for purchases made until the 11.11 Big Christmas Sale on November 11.
● Viber users who download the special Shopee Christmas Stickers from October 25 to November 11 will receive Shopee discount vouchers.

“With tons of unbeatable promotions and exciting features launched in response to users’ feedback and demands, Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale is a showcase of Shopee’s continued commitment to delivering the best online shopping experience to consumers in the region, especially during this festive holiday season. We invite everyone to shop together on Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale,” closed Pang.

For more information on the Shopee 11.11 – 12.12 Big Christmas Sale, visit https://shopee.ph/11-11

For more information on the upcoming activations with Jose Mari Chan, visit https://shopee.ph/m/jmc-road-to-christmas

Download the Shopee app for free on the App Store or Google Play Store.

FWD Life Philippines launches Set for Tomorrow, financial protection for those you leave behind

FWD Life Philippines, one of the country’s fastest-growing life insurers, has introduced a series of new protection plans that can be tailored to meet individual customer needs.

“FWD’s Set for Tomorrow will provide protection for the people we love and care about. The coverage amount and period can be customized to any personal situation and budget. Our aim is to make real and substantial protection accessible to everyone,” said FWD Life Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Grimes.

Dubbed Set for Tomorrow, the insurance product has three variants that address the different needs to take care of those left behind should the unexpected happen—Short Term Cover, Income Protector, and Estate Protector.

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“Set for Tomorrow caters to Filipinos from 18 to 70 years of age, from young urban professionals to retirees,” Peter added. “With very basic social security, many professionals have an enormous protection gap.”

Taking responsibility to protect those you love

In today’s uncertain world, FWD’s latest insurance product is there to protect the ones you love. Three common reasons that lead to financial problems for those left behind include:
 People have loans and accountabilities that are transferred to their family if they are no longer around.

 Raising a family requires time and money. Also, if the breadwinner falls away, the family will still need money to continue living a life with dignity.

 People who build up wealth worry about what they leave behind and especially how to best avoid a family crisis in settling estate taxes and dividing assets. As part of any estate planning solution, long-term insurance coverage is essential to evenly share the assets and ensure those left behind feel equally treated.

Solutions that provide guaranteed protection and give you peace of mind

FWD’s Set for Tomorrow has three variants that meet the needs of the modern Filipino. Short Term Cover is an affordable term life plan that provides guaranteed life insurance coverage for five or 10 years.
Income Protector ensures that your family can continue their life even if you are no longer around. Lastly, Estate Protector is a whole-life plan that provides guaranteed life insurance coverage until 120 years of age.

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FWD wants to guide people in fitting the right variant, protection amount, coverage period, and payment terms to the customer’s preferences and abilities. With this in mind, FWD launched online calculator “Cali”. By answering just a few questions, Cali allows you to determine the best solution for you and your budget. To find out the Set for Tomorrow plan that’s perfect for your budget and insurance needs, simply visit cali.ph/SetForTomorrow.

FWD’s Set for Tomorrow plans are now available through FWD Life’s Financial Wealth Planners. Interested customers may call the 24/7 FWD Customer Connect Hotline at (02) 888-8388 or chat with a Customer Connect Executive via FWD’s 24/7 Live Chat (www.fwd.com.ph) to set an appointment. The plans will also soon be available at all branches of Security Bank, FWD’s bancassurance partner.

About FWD Philippines

FWD Life Insurance Corporation (“FWD Life”) is the first life insurance company licensed by the Insurance Commission of the Philippines under the new Insurance Code. FWD launched its commercial operations in September 2014. By March 2017, FWD Life is the highest-capitalized life insurer in the Philippines with PhP 2.3 billion in paid-up capitalization.1 Based on premium income data published by the Insurance Commission2, FWD Life now ranks 10th in the insurance industry in terms of weighted new business premiums.

FWD Group spans Hong Kong & Macau, Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, and Japan, offering life and medical insurance, general insurance, and employee benefits across a number of its markets. Established in Asia in 2013, FWD is the insurance business arm of investment group, Pacific Century Group. In the Philippines, FWD has nine business hubs located in key cities nationwide with its headquarters in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

FWD is focused on creating fresh customer experiences, with easy-to-understand products, supported by digital technology. Through this customer-led approach, FWD aims to become a leading pan-Asian insurer that changes the way people feel about insurance.

For more information please visit fwd.com.ph.
1 www.insurance.gov.ph > Statistics > 2017 > Based on Paid-Up Capital
2 www.insurance.gov.ph > Statistics > 2017 > Based on Premium Income
3 Weighted New Business Premium Income: 100% of first-year premium on regular-pay plans + 10% of single-pay premiums