30% cashback at Robinsons using PayMaya QR this Summer 2018

Shopping for all your fashion, food, and retail needs this summer just got a lot more exciting as Robinsons and PayMaya brings as much as 30% cashback for your purchases at participating brands of Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. when you pay via Paymaya QR.

From March 15 to June 15, 2018, shoppers will get enjoy 30% cashback (maximum of P500 per store per day) when they pay via PayMaya QR in Robinsons Department Store, Robinsons Appliances, Robinsons Builders, True Value, True Home, Handyman, Toys R Us, Daiso, and brands under Robinsons Store Specialists Inc. such as Topman, Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton Menswear, Miss Selfridge, Warehouse, and G2000.

Additionally, they can also get as much as 20% cashback (maximum of P300 per store per day) for their purchases via PayMaya QR in Robinsons Supermarket, Ministop, Southstar Drug, and The Generics Pharmacy.

Paying for all your summer finds–from clothes, to toys, and even food and drinks to take on road trips–is made easier with PayMaya QR. All you have to do is download the app on your phone, register using your mobile number, add money through Robinsons Business Center or one of PayMaya’s more than 15,000 touchpoints nationwide, scan the QR code at the counter, enter the amount you need to pay and click ‘Buy’!

“This summer, PayMaya is your best companion as you explore fresh adventures and try out new experiences. This collaboration with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. will help bring you the best summer ever as you shop for your favorite summer must-haves and daily needs with massive discounts and exciting perks through PayMaya QR,” said Paolo Azzola, COO and Managing Director at PayMaya Philippines.

“We’re excited to bring yet another innovation in shopping experience through PayMaya QR, which will definitely make shopping starting this summer a whole lot easier and more convenient for our customers,” added Johnson Go, General Manager of Robinsons Department Store.


It’s time to kickstart summer with exciting perks and promos with the launch of PayMaya QR in Robinsons Department Store and other brands under Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. nationwide. With PayMaya QR, consumers can now shop conveniently and swiftly and even enjoy as much as 30% cashback on their purchases. Leading the launch were (from left) Vic Tria, FVP and Head of PLDT Alpha; Orlando B. Vea, CEO and President, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines; Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. President and COO; Alex Caeg, Smart and PLDT Consumer Development Head; Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket Corp. General Manager; and Johnson Go, Robinsons Department Store General Manager.




Convenient, fast, and accurate–these are just some of the benefits of paying via PayMaya QR at various brands under Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc. Leading the launch of PayMaya QR at Robinsons Place Manila were (from left) Orlando B. Vea, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines President and CEO; Johnson Go, Robinsons Department Store General Manager; Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket Corp. General Manager; Robina Gokongwei-Pe, Robinsons Retail Holdings Inc. President and COO; Alex Caeg, Smart and PLDT Consumer Development Head; and Vic Tria, FVP and Head of PLDT Alpha.


To add money to your PayMaya account, simply proceed to the Robinsons Business Center inside Robinsons Department Stores. Additionally, you may add funds to your account via the more than 15,000 touchpoints available nationwide, which include 7-Eleven branches, Touchpay Kiosks, UnionBank ATMs, 2Go, ExpressPay, Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Pawnshop branches, Smart Padala centers, RCBC Online and Metrobank Online.

To know more about PayMaya and its partnership with Robinsons Retail Holdings, Inc.,, visit pymy.co/robinsons or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

PLDT SME Nation powers PFA with cashless transactions by PayMaya

Leading digital solutions and telecommunications provider PLDT Enterprise, through its Small and Medium Business Group PLDT SME Nation, is making cashless transactions available to more Filipino consumers, recently sealing a partnership with the Philippine Franchise Association for the adoption of its PayMaya QR Code facility.

PFA is the country’s largest franchise association that boasts of some of the most recognizable local and international brands from various industries; PFA members include industry giants Bibingkinitan, Fruit Magic, Goldilocks, Potato Corner, 7-11 and Toby’s. PFA champions sustainable franchising for economic development and nation-building.

With the implementation of the PayMaya QR Code facility for cashless and seamless transactions in some of PFA’s members, PLDT Enterprise continues its vision of empowering Filipino entrepreneurs by providing them the most advanced and tailor-fit technologies. The partnership with PFA also marks another milestone in PLDT’s journey towards a fully digitized customer experience.

The PayMaya QR code gives consumers the capability to make cashless payments by simply scanning the QR code at the establishment using the PayMaya app. On the other hand, merchants do not need payment hardware in order receive PayMaya-enabled cashless payments. Additionally, for merchants, PayMaya significantly decreases the risks associated with handling cash payments.

“Today, a pressing consumer demand is for an efficient, accessible and authentic engagement retail experience. Driven by a fast-paced digital time, this demand is growing even more and businesses have to respond and even go beyond these expectations in real-time,” said Franklin Go, Chairman at PFA.

“The introduction of PLDT’s PayMaya QR code is a significant step for local enterprises to be able to keep up with this demand, and set a whole new standard in seamless and digitally-driven customer experience.”

“We at the PLDT group have one goal—for all consumers to stay connected and to enjoy safe, secure and convenient seamless payment transactions in their favorite stores or outlets, making shopping especially this holiday season easier and safer,” shared PayMaya Chief Operating Officer and Managing Director Paolo Azzola.

FVP and Head of PLDT SME Nation, Mitch Locsin, expressed his excitement for the significance of this partnership: “PLDT has always recognized and supported PFA’s mission and vision for Filipino products and franchises to grow into local and even global giants. With the forging of this new deal, we underscore our support for our valued partners at PFA and their objectives through the continuous development and implementation of breakthrough digital solutions such as the PayMaya QR code.”

To know more about PLDT Enterprise and its products and services, visit www.pldtenterprise.com.

PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in cashless payments, is the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations. To know more about PayMaya QR, visit qr.paymaya.com.

SM Store, PayMaya lead retail industry transformation with cashless payments

SM Store and PayMaya Philippines are once again redefining the shopping experience in the Philippines with a new campaign to provide added convenience and delight to customers through a nationwide 10% rebate on all purchases made using PayMaya QR.

Through PayMaya QR, shoppers at The SM Store can just open their PayMaya app, tap the “Scan” button, and point their phones at the special QR codes displayed at The SM Store’s Mobile Pay lanes to complete their transactions. PayMaya’s cashless system has been made available since last December in all branches of The SM Store nationwide.







To encourage more Filipinos to experience cashless convenience, PayMaya is offering an introductory promo where shoppers can get a 10% rebate (up to P100 per branch per day) on their purchases whenever they pay using PayMaya QR at all branches of The SM Store from January 15 to April 15, 2018. For every P1,000 spend, shoppers also get the chance to win an iPhone X.

“We are happy to have a new way to make shopping more convenient for our shoppers,” said The SM Store President Chelo C. Monasterio. “The retail landscape is changing, and The SM Store is proud to lead the way with partners like PayMaya.”

“More and more Filipinos are using cashless payments with PayMaya, and we’re excited to work with like-minded companies such as SM in innovating on the retail shopping experience with the help of our payment technologies. With companies like SM taking the lead, we’ll see PayMaya QR in a lot more stores and establishments all around the country,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman at PLDT, Smart, Voyager, and PayMaya.

Easy payments, top-ups at The SM Store

Be it the latest fashion items, toys, shoes or home products, Filipinos can now easily pay for all their shopping finds at The SM Store with just their phones with the help of PayMaya QR.

Getting a PayMaya account is easy. All they have to do is download the PayMaya app on the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, register for an account using any mobile number from a Philippine mobile network, load up their account in any of the more than 15,000 PayMaya load-up touchpoints nationwide, and use the “Scan” QR feature within the app to instantly pay for their purchases.

Paying with PayMaya is also made more convenient with load-up options at all SM Business Services inside The SM Store. Account holders can also load up their PayMaya accounts at 7-Eleven, ExpressPay, TouchPay kiosks, Palawan Pawnshops, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Petron stations along NLEX, and Smart Padala centers, as well as through Unionbank ATMs and RCBC retail online banking.

“SM has been an early partner of PayMaya as a load-up center for our customers, as well as a valued partner of our Smart Padala remittance service. This is a natural progression of our collaboration as we make it easier for our customers to use their PayMaya accounts anywhere they are in the country. We thank our partners like SM for helping accelerate cashless adoption among consumers,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO at PayMaya Philippines.

Building a Cashless Philippines

PayMaya’s partnership with The SM Store for QR-based payments builds on its trailblazing initiative of building a “Cashless Philippines” in line with National Retail Payment System initiative led by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas that aims to increase the share of electronic transactions in the country by 20% in 2020.

To support this vision, PayMaya has launched game-changing innovations including PayMaya QR. Various merchants are now equipped with the payments technology, including all Smart Stores nationwide, food parks like The Yard Timog, Pioneer Street Market, and Hue Hotel and Resorts and Station X in Boracay, as well as establishments such as Fairmont Makati and Army Navy, among many others.


Today, PayMaya is also the largest online and mobile acquirer in the Philippines, powering card payment acceptance of some of the biggest e-Commerce retailers in the country, including the likes of Lazada, Zalora, Philippine Airlines, and Cebu Pacific. Most recently, PayMaya has enabled McDonald’s to accept card payments in its restaurants and online delivery card acceptance will also be available soon.

PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in cashless payments, is the digital financial services arm of PLDT’s Voyager Innovations. To know more about PayMaya’s products and services for consumers and businesses, visit www.paymaya.com.

TouchPay, The Answer To Your Payment Needs

Imagine being able to settle all your bills and other important payment concerns using just one machine — TouchPay.


No more hopping from one place to another.  No more waiting for lagging online transactions. No more standing in long lines. Paying your bills and reloading your card just got easier with TouchPay.



What is TouchPay?


TouchPay is the Philippines’ only automated payment machine (APM) that is available to serve you wherever and whenever you feel like paying your bills. With over a thousand APMs available in prime locations all over the country, TouchPay provides fast and easy access to bills payment right at your fingertips.


By combining forces with Bayad Center – a Meralco company and the premier bills payment platform in the country – TouchPay APMs are able to accept more than a hundred types of bills from utilities, telecommunications, cable, internet, insurance, and many more. This partnership assures the customers of the same convenience, security, and reliability that Bayad Center offers through its counters.


Time-saving, fast, easy, and accessible, TouchPay will be where you need it to be. Just find the nearest gasoline station, bookstore, mall, or convenience store with TouchPay APMs for a trouble-free transaction.



Designed for today’s fast-paced society, TouchPay also provides an opportunity for advertisers to showcase and promote their products and programs via TouchADS, the largest out-of-home digital advertising screen in the country.


3C’s Global Advertising, the exclusive marketing and advertising arm of TouchADS, guarantees a cost-effective platform for advertisers and offers an intimate experience in digital advertising for its TouchPay users.


You’ll be glad to know that GCash is also joining TouchPay as one of its major billers. Customers can now add Cash-In points or conveniently add money to their GCash wallets.


With all these winning combinations, now is the time to experience all that is new and exciting with TouchPay.


Visit www.touchpay.ph to learn more about their easy, secure, and convenient payment services. For sales and customer care within Metro Manila, call + (02) 232 8946 + (02) 232 8947 or +63 905 327 7000 and +63 908 327 7000 if outside of Metro Manila. You may also drop an email at custcare@meps.ph. Like and follow TouchPay at Facebook and Instagram via @touchpayph.


SM commits to a better tomorrow at SM City Trece Martires solar system launch

SM Supermalls marked another milestone in its pursuit to make each day better for all at the launch of SM City Trece Martires’ solar system, held in Trece Martires City, Cavite. At the ‘switching on’ ceremony, SM highlighted that the solar system rollout all over the country was only part of the many sustainability programs SM has been doing for years.

The SM City Trece Martires solar facility houses 2,914 solar panels capable of generating 0.5 megawatts of electricity, enough to fully charge 130,000 cellphones, light up 15,500 10-watt LED lamps, run 4,500 30-watt electric fans, and provide power to 300 households. The use of solar energy promotes clean air and saves the environment by helping reduce carbon footprint from electricity produced from combustion of fossil fuels.

Other sustainability programs of SM include the ‘Trash to Cash’ recycling markets in SM malls, and the integration of transport terminals in malls to mitigate traffics for cleaner air. With disaster risk reduction taking center stage on sustainability, SM has been building ‘resilient’ malls with water catchment basins to help manage flood-prone areas.

SM Prime, alongside UNISDR and ARISE Philippines, also hosts the Top Leaders Forum. The theme for 2017 is ‘Business for Resilience – Towards a Resilient Philippines.’ As a private sector conference aspiring to find concrete measures to make businesses more resilient against disasters, the Forum this year underscores invaluable collaboration between the science and technology community and the private sector towards global disaster preparedness.

SM, in partnership with Solar Philippines, first ventured into renewable energy in 2014 with the launch of its first solar system in the Philippines at SM City North EDSA – the first mall in the country to promote solar energy. SM Mall of Asia then launched its solar facility two years after. This year, SM has announced expansion of green programs with more solar systems in eight more malls.

At the helm of SM’s partner in promoting eco-friendly shopping in the country is Solar Philippines Founder, Mr. Leandro Leviste. Leading the largest developer of solar rooftop power plants in Southeast Asia, Mr. Leviste was recognized in the Forbes Magazine 2016 30 under 30 Asia, a roster of young game-changers, entrepreneurs, and social leaders who are under 30 years old.

With SM’s solar system rollout and other green programs, SM continues to go beyond mall development and management as it integrates environmental sustainability into its operations to ultimately support communities for a better tomorrow.

For exclusive news about SM Supermalls, visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM’s official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram; and get an insider access to all the fun happenings at SM Supermalls nationwide through SM’s Viber Public Chat. Tweet your thoughts, upload and share your photos about your memorable moments at SM, then use its official hashtag #EverythingsHereAtSM.

Nuvali opens its award-winning and immersive lights and sound show this weekend

Nuvali recently kicked off the second installment of the “Magical Field of Lights” which allows audience to have an immersive experience amidst a dancing field of over 5,000 enchanted LED tulips. Nuvali marketing manager Jenn Chua talks about the different Christmas treats that are in store for Nuvali’s residents and guests this year.


Tell us about the “Magical Field of Lights”.

The “ Magical Field of Lights” was the first in the Philippines to introduce a choreographed light and sound show in an open grass field. It uses over 5,000 LED bulbs that when viewed move like enchanted tulips, thanks to the talents of our engineers and designers who developed a combination of light-and-sound technology. The maiden show last year won a Silver Stevie Award for best exhibit display for being the first to mount a light and sound show and installation on an outdoor field.

What is the schedule of the light and sound show?

The show is open to the public from November 11, 2017 to January 7, 2018 and may be viewed nightly from 6:00 to 10:00 pm at the Nuvali football field also known as The Fields, right beside Ayala Malls Solenad.

What other attractions can audience see at The Fields?

Aside from the light and sound spectacle, we have also set up light installations around the field like the 25-meter long light tunnel, which is a crowd favorite and Instagram-worthy installation, festive LED Christmas trees, and dandelion light installations.

What is different this year compared to last year?

This year, the visitors can immerse themselves amidst the 5,000 LED bulbs between the shows. The lights are grouped in clusters that now allow the visitors to get closer to the lights. We added colorful light spheres scattered all over the fields as well.

The show also features three new medleys featuring popular songs such as Kumukutikutitap, Ang Pasko ay sumapit, and Joy to the World.

Why is Nuvali holding this light show again? How does it align with Nuvali’s positioning as an eco-city?

By deriving inspiration from nature and carefully studying the estate’s distinct landscape, the show would like to represent and highlight Nuvali’s generous 50-50 open-space to built-environment ratio. The “Magical Field of Lights” also encourages the community to enjoy the outdoors and Nuvali’s wide open lush spaces and provide a venue for families and the rest of the community to converge, interact and create memories at Nuvali.


Aside from the light and sound show, what other activities has Nuvali prepared for guests this Christmas?

There is the Christmas fair featuring artisanal goods products that showcase traditional Filipino Christmas culinary treats, as well as Christmas bazaars set up at Ayala Malls Solenad.

Another crowd favorite, we are bringing back Nightsky Cinema to offer a one-of-a-kind experience of watching movies outdoors and under the stars on the following dates:

November 25 – “Cinema Flicks” in partnership with Skycable
December 2 &3 – “A Holiday Weekend” in partnership with Fox Movies
December 16 – “OpenAir Cinema” with Cinema One

Before and after watching the “Magical Field of Lights”, visitors can visit the shops at Solenad or opt for a staycation at the 150-room Seda Hotel Nuvali. Nature lovers and adrenaline junkies can also check out Nuvali’s outdoor adventure playground and team-building facility Camp N to try out the roller-coaster zipline, Asia’s tallest Free Fall, wall climbing, obstacle courses and bike tracks.

How many visitors are you expecting to view this year’s show?

We expect to exceed last year’s numbers which recorded more than 900,000 visitors from Metro Manila as well as nearby cities like Laguna, Cavite, and Batangas.

The responsible choice: Unioil cares with its “Doing Our Part” campaign

Unioil Petroleum Philippines Inc. launches its ‘Doing Our Part’ campaign to encourage Filipinos to make a difference in society through the small, everyday actions and responsible decisions they make, including the decision to choose a cleaner fuel.

As pioneers of advanced fuels in the country, Unioil introduces its Euro 5 compliant fuels to give consumers a cleaner and better alternative without the extra cost.  Unioil once again becomes the first and only retail petroleum brand to provide the cleanest range of high performance fuels.


“People are now becoming conscious about their actions and how it affects society. With our latest campaign, we want to encourage Filipinos to make small yet meaningful decisions that can leave positive and lasting impact to the community,” said Janice Co Roxas-Chua, Chief Financial Officer, Unioil Petroleum Philippines

With Unioil’s Euro 5 compliant fuels, motorists can have access to the cleanest range of fuels that have significantly less sulfur content at 10 ppm (parts per million), 5 times cleaner than Euro 4 standard fuels. Based on actual tests conducted by the DENR-EMB, Unioil’s Euro 5 fuels can provide up to 77% less emissions compared to Euro 4 fuels.  With this, motorists are able to get better engine performance  and making a conscious choice to contribute to the environment.


Towards a greener Philippines

As part of the company’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint from its own operations, Unioil began its “Hybrid” station program with the installation of Smartflower solar technology in one of its newest retail stations.  The Smartflower is equipped with an automated sun tracking technology allowing it to track the sun’s movements across the sky resulting to as much as 40% higher efficiency compared to conventional fixed type solar panels.

Together with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Unioil has also put up Airvisual nodes in selected locations to help monitor air quality. The petroleum company is also the first to have a commercially-available electric vehicle (EV) charger in one of its retail stations to advocate the use of more EVs for a cleaner environment.

The right fuel choice

“For the past 50 years, Unioil has always been putting innovative petroleum solutions in the hands of consumers.  Today, we continue this by introducing breakthrough ways to harness solar power, promote the use of electric vehicles, and drive with cleaner fuel,” said Kenneth Pundanera, President, Unioil.

Unioil’s “Doing Our Part” campaign engages everyone to make meaningful decisions for the community through every day driving with Unioil. With this advocacy, Unioil presents itself as the reliable and cleaner alternative for motorists on their journey towards a healthier society and a greener environment.

With its programs and Euro 5 performance fuels, Unioil invites motorists, environmental advocates, and families to join its advocacy in making responsible choices for a sustainable and healthier tomorrow.

About Unioil Petroleum Philippines, Inc.

Unioil Petroleum Philippines, Inc. traces its roots back to 1966 when it established its own blending facility in Valenzuela. Unioil is currently engaged in fuels trading, lubricants blending and distribution, specialty oils marketing, and distribution of bitumen (asphalt). This makes Unioil one of the country’s most diverse and innovative petroleum companies.

In 1997, upon the deregulation of the oil industry, Unioil became the first independent petroleum company to operate a retail franchising network of service stations. Unioil has also been the exclusive licensed blender and distributor of Idemitsu lubricants since 1994. Idemitsu is the eighth largest lubricants brand in the world.

Unioil has become the pioneer in offering the cleanest and most innovative products in the market. On September 2017, Unioil became the first and only retail station in the Philippines to release a complete line of Euro5-compliant fuels. Euro 5 fuels have further reduced sulfur levels, producing cleaner emissions. Unioil’s Euro 5 fuels are 5x cleaner than the current Philippine standard – with a maximum sulfur content of 10 parts per million (10ppm)

Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific Expands Monochrome Multifunction Device Lineup – DocuCentre S2110

Fuji Xerox Printer Channel Philippines releases DocuCentre S2110, a new addition to the DocuCentre S series of monochrome multifunction devices for the small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) market in Asia-Pacific region.

DocuCentre S2110 is an entry-level model in the A3 monochrome multifunction device category. It is the successor of the DocuCentre S2011, which has been popular in the Southeast Asia markets as it features essential functionality required for SMB office work at a competitive price.

DocuCentre S2110 is equipped with useful functions for the SMB markets in Southeast Asian countries including Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Myanmar and Cambodia. It features enhanced functions that meet the needs of SMB users while offering the same cost effectiveness and usability as the preceding model. The new model comes with more appealing design with increasing*1 copy/print speeds of up to 21 pages per minute (ppm).

It also provides added convenience—auto skew correction—to the identity card (ID) copy function, which is commonly utilized in many industries such as finance and banking, professional services, education, as well as hospitality. It automatically corrects skewed copies of ID cards in case they are not placed straight on the scanning glass. The enhancement also includes allowing users to copy up to four ID cards on a single page, as well as copying them together with documents such as family registration papers.

The new DocuCentre S2110 features local and network pull scan function which enables multiple users to scan documents from network multifunction devices to multiple computers. It is convenient for users to scan any documents using Fuji Xerox’s Print and Scan Hub application, which provides user-friendly and useful scan operation function.

Note 1: The preceding model, DocuCentre S2011 prints at 20 pages per minute.

Xerox, Xerox and Design, as well as Fuji Xerox and Design are registered trademarks or trademarks of Xerox Corporation in Japan and/or other countries.

About Fuji Xerox:

Founded in 1962, Fuji Xerox Co., Ltd. is a leading company in the Document Services & Communications field, offering solutions and services to help customers resolve their business challenges. Underlying our solutions and services are our world-class office multifunction devices, printers and production printers that we develop and manufacture for worldwide distribution. Together with cloud and mobile solutions, Fuji Xerox builds a communications environment that enable our customers to access the right information, at the right time, and in the right form—thereby contributing to their valuable communications.

Fuji Xerox is a 75-25 joint venture between FUJIFILM Holdings Corporation and Xerox Corporation, and its direct sales force covers Japan and the Asia-Pacific region including China. We employ approximately 45,000 people globally, with more than 80 domestic and overseas affiliates / sales subsidiaries. More information of Fuji Xerox is available at www.fujixerox.com

Shopee Kicks Off “Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day”, The Biggest Mobile Shopping Day in Southeast Asia

Get ready for the biggest mobile shopping extravaganza on September 9

Shopee, the leading eCommerce platform in Southeast Asia, today announced the start of its annual shopping event – Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day. Shopee will offer a wide range of promotions, including discounts of up to 99% off, top picks under P99, and flash sales. Shopee partners with more than 1,000 sellers, including leading brands such as Johnson & Johnson, Oppo, Lysol, Sandisk, Mustela, and Makeup World, to make 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day the biggest online shopping event of the year.

“Last year, our 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day successfully achieved a five-fold increase in orders and three-fold increase in traffic within 24 hours. This year, with over ₱50 million worth of marketing activities, we aim to increase traffic by five times and triple our sales. We look forward to having all users across the Philippines join us in the biggest sale of the year,” said Macy Castillo, Head of Commercial Business at Shopee.

Since its launch in 2015, Shopee has experienced significant growth across the region. To date, Shopee has surpassed USD 3 billion annualized GMV with over 50 million downloads and more than 100 active million listings. In the Philippines, Shopee has garnered more than 4 million downloads.

Based on a 2017 study by Google and Temasek, the Philippines’ e-commerce market is projected to reach $9.7 billion (₱498 billion) in 2025 and 34% annual growth rate, which is said to be above the global average growth rate.

“The Philippines is an important market for us given its immense potential. As we scale up our product selection to cater to a wider audience, we are pleased to have leading brands such as Johnson & Johnson and Lysol joining our 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day this year. This is a major milestone for us in establishing Shopee as a one-stop shopping destination for users to enjoy a wide variety of products. Together with our 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day partners, including PLDT and Coke, we are confident that this will be a record-breaking year for Shopee in the Philippines,” added Castillo.

Luigi Casas, AVP and Head of Corporate Relationship Management at PLDT Alpha Enterprise, said, “We are very excited and proud to partner Shopee Philippines. Their business platform contributes enormously to the retail industry, as well as the overall digital transformation of the country and our economy. Together, we aim to increase awareness on the benefits of eCommerce adoption and how it drives the country’s economic growth as we redefine the retail industry.“

Starting from 1 September, Shopee 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day will begin with daily deals up to 99% off across multiple categories, including fashion, health and beauty, gadgets and electronics, and home and baby products. Users can also enjoy daily giveaways on Shopee’s social media accounts.

“Looking ahead, the future of the Philippines’ e-commerce market is very promising. We are highly confident that 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day will continue to be celebrated as an iconic day that appeals to the needs of the increasing number of online shoppers in the country,” Castillo ended.

Join Shopee in celebrating 9.9 Mobile Shopping Day. For more information, visit http://shopee.ph/99 and download the Shopee app via the App Store or Google Play.


CitiZENs from across the country witnessed the rise of the “Zenfone 4 City” – the ultimate tech hub
for photography enthusiasts, selfie and wefie fans, and urban explorers

After months of being near tight-lipped, ASUS Philippines finally unveiled the long-awaited Zenfone 4 series into the local scene – in the most unique and vibrant manner yet: the rising of its very own city at SMX Convention Center, Pasay, dubbed the Zenfone 4 City.

With architectures intricately personalized to each Zenfone 4 variant’s personality, ASUS Philippines veered away from traditional practices and revealed each Zenfone 4’s capabilities in more experiential ways than before. The bold but creative move was done in hopes to provide event goers better understanding of each smartphone and how amazing each one is, independently – especially in the realm of mobile photography.

“We wanted to bring something not only creative but also innovative to the table, as well as tell what’s true to us being born explorers — that’s why we decided to build our own city.” Product Marketer for ASUS Smartphones, Francis Garcia, enthusiastically admitted. “Because what can be more versatile for adventures than a city? There are a lot of discoveries to be made in the urban jungle, so many alleys to explore, rooftops to hop, people to meet, and – most of all – so much moments to be caught.”

ASUS Philippines Country Manager, George Su, shares the same sentiments, “For one to fully understand the power behind the Zenfone 4 series, we must be able to experience each phone where they are designed to be, and these are in places that we can search for in the city. ” He added, “That is why we are very excited to have our dearest friends and partners share with us moments of exploration and discovery of what the newest Zenfone 4 series really is, and how it will innovate the landscape of smartphones towards the incredible.”


Photography has always been instrumental in catching and immortalizing moments that you want to treasure as you continue exploring life. ASUS understands that sentiment quite well. With, the tech giant provides a line-up of incredible smartphones that is considerably at par with professional cameras, not only to you the assurance of memory captured in top-of-the-line quality but also give you an experience in photography like never before.

The latest generation of Zenfone models is bannered by its two powerful flagship smartphones: the Zenfone 4 and the Zenfone 4 Pro – both equipped with the finest and most advanced technologies for an incomparable mobile photography experience.

The ZenFone 4 features a top-of-the-line dual-camera system that expands creative options to new heights. Its 12MP main camera is equipped with the industry-leading Sony IMX362 image sensor with large 1.4μm pixels and a wide, F1.8 aperture lens to capture up to 5x brighter and clearer photos in low light. Its 120° wide-angle camera provides a 200% larger view than standard normal smartphone, letting you fit more scenery and people. Its camera performance is further improved by the Qualcomm Spectra™ 160 image signal processor (ISP), which assures faster and smoother focusing and zooming, as well as photos with better color accuracy.

The Zenfone 4 Pro* was engineered to provide luxury in every detail of your shot. With a dual-lens camera system featuring a standard camera with the Sony flagship IMX362 image sensor, an F1.7 aperture lens and a 10x total zoom capability, and a front-facing selfie camera with fast phase-detection auto-focus, this special variant captures gorgeous photos that is at par with professional cameras. The ZenFone 4 Pro is the world’s first smartphone that incorporates three high-end Sony image sensors and the ASUS SuperPixel™ Engine, which promises 8x brighter photos in low light. Powered by the latest Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 Mobile Platform and 6GB RAM, the ZenFone 4 Pro delivers a smooth and responsive camera experience, and the best performance with today’s apps and games.

The Zenfone 4 Pro retails at Php 39,995.00, and will be made available via pre-order by mid-September.
The Zenfone 4, which retails at Php 28,995.00, will come with a JBL Clip 2 portable Bluetooth speaker, a premium Clear Case and ZenPower Slim. Those who will place pre-orders from August 19 to September 3 will also receive an ASUS tripod. Both variants of the Zenfone 4 Series will come in two colors: Midnight Black and Moonlight White.

Long time fans of the ASUS Zenfone brand will surely be all smiles again with the return of the Zenfone Selfie series, which made a huge splash last 2015 as the original smartphone that captured the “perfect you”. This time, the Zenfone 4 Selfie series makes its grand return to the market, with two variants: the Zenfone 4 Selfie and the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro. This year’s Zenfone 4 Selfie line-up promises to up the ante of your selfie and wefie game with a whole new level of lifestyle and beauty photography.

The Zenfone 4 Selfie is endowed with a dual-lens front camera of 20MP base camera and a 120° super wide-angle camera to capture selfies and wefies, 200% more than the usual view. The Zenfone 4 Selfie also comes with the newest ASUS SelfieMaster, a smart beautification technology that helps one take better photos and livestreams.

Sporting a Snapdragon 430 with 4GB RAM and with a F/2.0 front camera with 5P lens, softlight led flash, and 16MP rear camera with 5P lens, the Zenfone 4 Selfie will not fail at catching your best selfies and wefies. The Zenfone 4 Selfie also comes with a tri-slot tray for two sim cards and a micro SD card.

The Zenfone 4 Selfie’s sister, Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro has a dual-lens front camera of 24MP base camera and 120° super wide-angle camera. However, what makes this particular variant unique from the Zenfone 4 Selfie is its capability to take photos with up to 2x light sensitivity, which makes it perfect for taking low-light selfies. Not only that, but the Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro also showcases a curvy premium metal design and a 5.5” full HD AMOLED display, meant for more vivid displays on screen.
Furthermore, its F/1.8 SONY IMX 362 front camera with its 24MP Duopixel Camera Technology, powered by a 14nm Snapdragon 625 processor with 4GB RAM assures you a great quality photo finish selfies and wefies without hassle.

The Zenfone 4 Selfie Pro, priced at PHP 18,995.00, is available in three color variants: Rogue Red, Sunlight Gold and Deep Sea Black. The Zenfone 4 Selfie retails at Php 13,995, and comes in three colors: Deep Sea Black, Sunlight Gold and Rose Pink. Purchases for both unit will come with a free limited edition Gong Yoo A4 poster.


Celebrated and knighted by the Philippine market as the unprecedented “Battery King”, the renowned Max series returns with its latest variant: the Zenfone 4 Max, which sports an incredible 5,000mAh battery life that can last for 46 days on stand-by. Adding more power to this smartphone is its 2x faster reverse charging capability, making it the “go-everywhere” power bank everyone’s been wanting to have.
However, the battery life of the Zenfone 4 Max is surely not the only incredible feature that will have everyone buzzing, as this smartphone comes with a powerful dual-lens camera – the only international smartphone brand in the local market to have a dual camera smartphone below the Php 10,000 price range.
The Zenfone 4 Max carries a dual lens rear camera with a 13MP base and a secondary 120° super wide-angle camera, meant to capture the bigger and wider picture without compromising quality. With a powerful battery and camera technology, the Zenfone 4 Max is perfect for those who live and breathe the active and adventurous lifestyle.

The Zenfone 4 Max retails at Php 9,995.00 only, and comes in 3 color variants: Deep Sea Black, Sunlight Gold and Rose Pink.


Widely was it known that the much celebrated Korean actor, Gong Yoo, joined the ASUS Zenfone family this August 2017, as the face of the Zenfone 4 and Zenfone 4 Selfie. Legions of his fans from all over the world have come to know him for his stellar roles in The 1st Shop of the Coffee Prince (2007), Train to Busan (2016), and The Guardian: The Lonely and Great God (2016-2017). But what a lot do not know yet is the true story behind this partnership between one of the most popular Asian actors in the world, and the global tech juggernaut from Taiwan – which all came to fruition once Gong Yoo first experienced the game-changing ASUS Zenfone AR.

“When the ASUS team showed me their Zenfone AR, I was completely stunned at how such a small device could possess so much technological innovation and produce a whole new world of imagination and creativity with its AR and VR features,” said Gong Yoo. “It was then that I realized I wanted to collaborate with ASUS to see what new possibilities we could discover together. I am looking forward to embarking on this amazing adventure with the new Zenfone 4 series.”

With ASUS Philippines as one of the main markets in the APAC region, Pinoy fans of Gong Yoo will be delighted to know that limited-edition Gong Yoo merchandise and freebies will soon be made available in key ASUS and Zenfone stores, with every purchase of a new Zenfone 4 series smartphone.

With the aforementioned powerhouse line-up of phones under the Zenfone 4 series, it was only fitting that ASUS Philippines turn the starpower a notch higher with the introduction of another influential name within the local market as the local brand ambassador of the Zenfone 4.

Widely considered as one of the best actresses of this generation, Bea Alonzo joins the Zenfone 4 family, eager to showcase her talent and passion for photography.

Dubbed as the Movie Queen of the New Generation, Alonzo will also star in her very first two-part web series, in partnership with ASUS Philippines. “Being part of the Zenfone Family is an incredible venture for me not only as an actress but also a hobbyist too, and I’m very excited to be a part of the project.” She said. “This is all new and I will try my best to give everyone something they will love.”


The Zenfone 4 City certainly launched a lot of milestones to celebrate this year, chief of which was the announcement of another partnership: this time, between ASUS Philippines and the Operation Smile Foundation – an international non-governmental organization (NGO) dedicated to helping children with cleft lips and palettes.

Entitled, #4THESMILE, this online fund-raising campaign invites users to simply take a selfie using any of the new Zenfone 4 series smartphones, and upload these online with the hashtag s #4TheSmile and #Zenfone4. ASUS Philippines aims to generate a total of 1,300,000 selfies, which will translate to a sponsored medical mission with Operation Smile Foundation in a key provincial area by the end of the year. All selfies taken with the official hashtags will be displayed in the Zenfone 4 Microsite and selfie bank.

“This is a year of many great things,” George begins, “A year of going beyond what is expected to be in search of the incredible, a year of changing the landscape of mobile photography, and a year of new relationships to explore. We hope everyone will join us and support us in this year’s exciting adventures.”