How to scam-proof your travel abroad

Travelling is a great way to unwind and enjoy what life has to offer, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be mindful of your safety.

Scams abound in every part of the world.  As the travel industry grows in popularity, scammers and other criminals are also growing in numbers, devising ways to trick unsuspecting tourists from transportation overcharge and forced purchases to ATM skimming and credit card fraud.

PSBank advises travelers to exercise caution when setting foot in foreign lands. Here are some safety measures you can take for a scam-free and enjoyable vacation:

Inform your bank or Credit Card Company if you’re travelling outside of the country. Although most banks have systems in place where they will send you an SMS alert to confirm a purchase before they are processed, and/or a text message and email notification to inform you of your transactions, you will be helping your bank monitor and secure your accounts from any suspicious usage by informing them of your travel plans. This way your bank won’t assume that your debit, prepaid or credit card is being used fraudulently and block it.

Be wary of public wifi.

Hackers can easily set up “free” public WiFi networks and bait people to use them so they can sniff your login passwords or use your accounts while you’re still logged in to the websites without the need for your password. Always ask the hotel, coffee shop or airport personnel their valid WiFi hotspots for guests. If you have to connect to a free WiFi network, never use it to log in to your email, social media or bank accounts.

Never provide debit or credit card details via phone, text or email.

Emails and texts were not created with data privacy in mind. Unencrypted email is an unsecure way to send sensitive information. Emails, SMS, or phone calls can be hacked, spoofed, and eavesdropped. When travelling, it is best to avoid providing personal and financial information through these channels.

 

Look for the lock.

Aside from a web address that begins with “https:” where “s” stands for ‘secure’, a lock icon on your browser is another indication that the site you are on is safe to use. When booking plane tickets and hotels, or when making online purchases, make sure you can see the padlock symbol in the address bar, before you provide your personal or financial details.

 

Keep your card visible when making payments.

When paying for your purchases and services using your debit or credit card, make sure that they process your payment in your presence. This way, your card is visible and always with you.  Thus, preventing multiple unauthorized card swipes and skimming.

 

Monitor your accounts regularly.

Monitor your accounts even when you are abroad to ensure that there are no unauthorized transactions. For added security to PSBank Debit and Prepaid Mastercard cardholders, turn on the ATM Lock feature in your PSBank Online or PSBank Mobile App to keep your account safe from ATM skimming and other card-based electronic fraud.

Be vigilant.

If you think that your bank account has been compromised or noticed any suspicious movements, report it immediately by calling your bank’s customer service hotline.

“Learning how to secure your accounts and avoid obvious threats goes a long way in protecting your personal information and money most especially when you travel,” says PSBank First Vice President for Information Security Dan Jose Duplito.

 About PSBank

PSBank is a key player in the Philippine consumer banking industry. The Bank emerged as the country’s 8th strongest bank by balance sheet in the Asian Banker’s AB500 annual ranking 2015-2016 Edition. PSBank is the only savings bank to make it to the top 10. It has maintained a spot in the list for five consecutive years. We have expanded our network to more than 250 branches and more than 620 ATMs nationwide.

Shopee Makes Gift-Giving Merrier this Christmas Season Celebrate 12 days of Christmas with attractive deals and free shipping

No Christmas season in the world is as fun and festive as that in the Philippines, and Shopee is here to make Paskong Pilipino even merrier. In addition to celebrating Filipino traditions centered around the themes of family and sharing, Shopee Philippines aims to make festive gifting more convenient and fuss-free.

“Christmas is a special occasion in the Philippines, but it’s also one of the busiest and most hectic times of the year, especially in Metro Manila. At Shopee, we offer both savings and convenience for Filipinos when it comes to completing their festive shopping online, so that they can spend more time with their families and friends,” said Terence Pang, Chief Operating Officer of Shopee.

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This Christmas, Filipinos can check off their Christmas shopping lists from the comfort of their homes with Shopee’s free delivery and cash on delivery options. To add to the festive cheer, from 11 November to 25 December, the Shopee Super Christmas Sale will be featuring huge discounts across popular gift categories including Health & Beauty, Home & Living, and Mobile & Gadgets. On December 11 and 12, shoppers can also look forward to non-stop exciting promotions, including P12 deals, discounts up to 90% off, giveaways, flash deals and many more. Participating brands include Cosmetique Asia, Unilever, Timeless Manila, Coca-Cola, Polaroid, Imarflex, Indoplas and Infinix.

There is no better way to get your Christmas shopping done than on Shopee.

To start your Christmas shopping, visit www.shopee.ph/christmas-sale.
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About Shopee

Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan. It is a platform tailored for the region, providing customers with an easy, secure and fast online shopping experience through strong payment and logistical support.

Shopee aims to continually enhance its platform and become the region’s e-commerce destination of choice. Shopee has a wide selection of product categories ranging from consumer electronics to home & living, health & beauty, baby & toys, fashion and fitness equipment.

Shopee, a Sea company, was first launched in Singapore in 2015, and has since expanded its reach to Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines. Sea is a leader in digital entertainment, e-commerce and digital financial services across Greater Southeast Asia. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology, and is listed on the NYSE under the symbol SE.

Visa Launches “Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog” and Uses National Heroes to Provide Financial Education to Young Filipinos

Visa launched Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog (Crumpled, Round), an interactive play featuring national heroes, developed with Tanghalang Pilipino (TP), the resident drama company of the Cultural Center of the Philippines, and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) designed to educate and empower the Filipino youth to make informed financial decisions. This is the first program of its kind launched by Visa in the Philippines in support of the government’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion spearheaded by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.

Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog will showcase common scenarios faced by a Filipina senior high school student protagonist named Gwyneth who is challenged to make decisions between her needs and wants. Native Filipino heroes such as Jose Rizal and Apolinario Mabini will also ‘come alive’ from the crumpled bills and rounded coins to help the main character make wise decisions.

The launch also included a panel discussion on the importance of financial literacy in the Philippines, including panelists such as Dan Wolbert, Visa Philippines Head of Sales, Pia Roman-Tayug, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Head of Inclusive Finance Advocacy, Nanding Josef, Tanghalang Pilipino Artistic Director, and Patricia Feria-Lim, Teach for the Philippines Chief Strategy Officer.

“At Visa, we strongly believe in the importance of financial literacy and it is a key area of focus as part of our corporate social responsibility efforts. Hence, with the support of BSP, we created this financial literacy program and interactive play through Lukot-lukot, Bilog-bilog where the Filipino youth can relate to various scenarios on making money management decisions. With millennials forming a large population in the Philippines, we believe it is crucial to spread the knowledge of how to manage their money at a young age, and to highlight the importance of making smart monetary decisions,” said Stuart Tomlinson, Visa Country Manager for the Philippines and Guam.

Starting October, the show will be performed in close to 10 different schools to make financial literacy education more accessible to the students. This program is aligned with the government’s National Strategy for Financial Inclusion, in particular, the pillar on financial education and consumer protection.

“We believe that financial education should be introduced to learners early on, especially key concepts including budgeting, investing, and setting financial goals. Innovative approach such as blending education and art are most welcome and can help the existing programs of the government. This is a tangible support from the private sector of the objectives of the NSFI, particularly the pillars on financial education and consumer protection,” says Pia.

“The informative and interactive performances will stimulate creativity and challenge its audience on their perception of money,” says Nanding Josef, Tanghalang Pilipino Artistic Director. With the creative direction of TP, the play will spark critical thinking in these youths on the value of money. “By presenting economic concepts in realistic and entertaining situations, we hope that audiences will find it easier to apply their learnings in their daily lives,” added Nanding.

Visa’s financial literacy initiative also aims to reach out to students under Teach for the Philippines, a program Visa has been actively involved with previously.

“Experiential learning has been proven to be an effective method for encouraging mastery and understanding. At Teach for the Philippines, we believe that programs which incorporate financial literacy and theater arts in academics develop the critical life skills of our learners. We look forward to a continued partnership with Visa Philippines, BSP, and Tanghalang Pilipino to bring our learners closer to their full potential and enable them to contribute meaningfully to nation building,” said Patricia.

“We want to secure the future of the Filipino youth and are committed to forging the path to financial literacy and inclusion. We envision the program to reach more students throughout the country in the coming years,” added Stu.

7-Eleven celebrates 7-Eleven Day with promos, concerts and more treats

Our favorite kapitbahay, 7-Eleven, is celebrating a significant milestone as it turns another year older. Celebrating its birthday, 7-Eleven is giving back to its loyal customers and the communities they serve through a series of concerts, promos and more treats starting this July 11 to thank them for all the support and continued patronage!

CLiQQ Every Day!

Deals Launch The fun starts with the launch of CLiQQ Every Day! Deals where CLiQQ users can choose 1 out of 3 mystery boxes available starting July 11! Products up for grabs change daily so customers can choose from a wide range of daily deals. CLiQQ users may redeem the product within 24 hours and claim them within the month.

Slurpee x Big Bite Rock Back to School Combo

Students get the first taste of 7-Eleven’s overflowing treats starting with a special deal with the ultimate budget back to school combo for Slurpee and Big Bite, only for P49 (save P5) from July 5 to August 15, 2017. A portion of the sales for this promo will be donated to the student council of 8 selected colleges/universities.

Our favorite kapitbahay is also preparing a special musical treat for students with the Rock Back to School concert series, featuring acts like 6Cyclemind, Moonstar88, Gracenote, and many more, kicking off with a special sneak peek on July 11 at Eton Centris. Aside from this, the concert series will go to different colleges and universities in Metro Manila including Adamson University, Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila, University of Santo Tomas, and more.

To further amp up the excitement, there will be e-raffles for the chance to win 24 Bose Soundsport earphones, another 24 winners of Bose Soundlink speakers, and 5 winners of backstage passes to the Rock Back to School concert series.

Slurpee or City Blends? Get both on 7-Eleven Day!

Craving for a cool and tasty Slurpee or a hot City blends cup of coffee? Well then 7-Eleven has a treat for you! You can enjoy the refreshing taste of Slurpee and share another cup with a friend for free if you buy one Slurpee from 7-Eleven’s LV Locsin Store, and all Bacolod and Iloilo stores from July 1 to 11, 2017.

For those searching for a warm cuppa, City Blends will also be available for just P20 for a 12 oz cup and is available in all stores with City Blends from July 10 to 16, 2017. Simply get a QCode found on the 7-Eleven Philippines Facebook page and present upon payment to avail your favorite these deals.

A Cup of Thankful: Calligraphy Event

Have your message of appreciation written in the most artful way possible with renowned calligraphist Carl Chua through A Cup of Thankful. This will also happen on 7-Eleven Day at the 7-Eleven LV Locsin store from 8am to 12nn.

7-Eleven gives back

As 7-Eleven celebrates being part of every Filipino’s daily lives, 7-Eleven also reached out to our brothers and sisters who were affected by the conflict in Marawi. Donation Boxes were deployed in all corporate 7-Eleven stores in Mindanao.

Employees and customers had the opportunity to share their blessings to help the victims by providing them with food and other in kind donations. This charitable drive started last June and will last until July 11.

Philippine Seven Corporation (PSC) also partnered with PhilSeven Foundation Inc. (PFI) and Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) to support the 7-Eleven Global Environmental Campaign by sustaining a tree planting project at the Marikina Watershed at the Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City.

Employees get to volunteer, along with community to enhance two hectares of an agroforestry site through the planting of 1550 fruit-bearing trees. With this activity, 7 Eleven hopes to improve the biodiversity of the Marikina Watershed and provide at least 20 households with additional income.

Pioneering Convenience Retailing

The roots of the 7-Eleven we know and love today can be traced back to 1927, 7-Eleven began when an employee of Southland Ice Company in Dallas started selling milk, eggs and bread from the ice dock, and operated between 7 am and 11 pm.

7-Eleven is the world’s largest convenience retail chain that operates, franchises, and licenses in more than 61,000 stores worldwide, and over 2,000 stores in the Philippines. The purveyor in convenience retailing adds two new stores every two hours to their worldwide operations.

For more information & fun facts, visit https://www.facebook.com/711philippines/.

Falafel Yo!: Authentic Israeli Cuisine for the Discerning Foodie

Good news for metro foodies — there’s a new falafel place in town! Discerning palates can now enjoy traditional Israeli cuisine at Falafel Yo!, a new restaurant offering fresh, authentic, healthy, and delicious falafel.

Falafel plays an iconic role in Israeli cuisine and is widely considered to be the national dish of the country. It is a popular street food made with mashed chickpeas (or garbanzo beans), parsley, coriander, garlic, and other Mediterranean spices.

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The General Manager of Falafel Yo!, Guy Mann, grew up eating the Israeli treat and wants to share that experience with Filipinos. He aims to preserve the traditional recipes and methods that have been refined and passed down from generation to generation.

“At Falafel Yo, we make falafel the same way we do it back home,” Guy says. “We want it to taste the same. It has to be authentic. The Falafel you get here will taste the same, if not better, than the ones you get in the streets of Israel. We make sure that what we will be serving to our customers are not only affordable, but also fresh, authentic, and are guaranteed to fill their empty stomachs,” He adds.

Usually served in a pita bread with a choice of vegetables, hummus, and tahini sauce, falafel is perfect for holding and snacking on the move.

Guy on their menu, “We have a very focused menu and that allows us to deliver the very best in authentic Israeli falafels. At the same time, we also want to cater to other people who maybe aren’t familiar with Israeli cuisine and introduce them to falafels.”

Visit us at the 4th floor of Greenbelt 3 Makati City.

FWD Life Philippines Champions FitFil National Weight Loss Challenge

FWD Life Philippines, the country’s most exciting insurance brand, proudly supports the fit Filipino (FitFil) Movement’s National Weight Loss Challenge. The Challenge, spearheaded by fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret, aims to get the country moving in the name of health and wellness, with the goal of collectively losing One Million pounds during the campaign period of June 6 to December 5, 2017.

As an insurance industry pioneer in the space of health and wellness, FWD Life Philippines is delighted to partner with the FitPilipino Movement and coaches Jim and Toni to inspire Filipino in leading healthier lives with a series of fitness-centered events, said FWD Life Philippines Head of Marketing Rochelle Vandenberghe. Through out live to move fitness parties in collaboration with FitFil and the challenge’s partners, we hope to inspire a newwave of awareness for the health benefits of keeping fit. For us at FWD, living life to the fullest starts with being healthy.

Top celebrity fitness coach and FitFilipino movement founder Jim Saret said, We have been working with FWD for over two years and their #GetReadyToLive brand attitude serves as one of the strong pillars of the National Weight Loss Challenge. We are excited to bring to life the country’s biggest health and wellness campaign as we challenge Filipinos to collectively lose one million pounds.

Through this advocacy and movement, our goal is to spread the message that being fir and well starts with a simple commitment, encouraging everyone to take ownership of their health and join us in getting fir, said Jim Saret.

Robinsons Supermarket’s Wellness Festival celebrates healthy lifestyle choices

July is National Wellness month and Robinsons Supermarket celebrates this with their month-long celebration called Wellness Festival. This annual event is also the third leg of its year-long Route to Wellness journey with Filipinos.

Hosted by TV host, Robi Domingo, the kick-off of the festival was held from June 23 to 25 at Eastwood Central Plaza- Citywalk. The park was transformed into a mini city where guests can try the Bicycle Tour or Pedestrian Rush where participants need to accomplish certain actions when crossing the street. Customers also got a chance to try the course set up by the Ninja Academy. Admission to the activity is free and guests were treated to other fun activities by Robinsons Supermarket’s wellness partners.

Celebrity fitness coaches Jim and Toni Saret led guests and shoppers in a series of four-minute workouts, or Metabeats, in an effort to show that it only takes a few minutes to get started on one’s wellness journey. The event also presented an opportunity for Robinsons Supermarket to pledge pounds to the Fit Filipino 1 Million Pounds National Weight Loss Challenge. As one of the official partners of the movements, Robinsons Supermarket identified select branches as the challenge’s weigh-in centers every Saturday.

Robinsons Supermarket will also hold its annual and much-anticipated 10th Fit & Fun Buddy Run on July 2 at Camp Aguinaldo. Customers will also get a chance to experience some of the activities as a special wellness caravan will also be held in Robinsons Supermarket Tagaytay from July 14 to 16, and at Robinsons Supermarket Antipolo City from July 28 to 30.

Besides these activities, shoppers can get a Healthy You Snack Platter for a minimum single-receipt purchase of PHP3,000 inclusive of P500 worth of participating products from Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Unilab, Fonterra, Wyeth Nutrition, Unilever, Procter & Gamble, IPI, Abbott Nutrition, Getz Bros., Ecossential, Foodsphere, and Philusa. Customers will also get an extra 15 Robinsons Rewards Card points for every P500 purchase of Healthy You products. Promo runs from July 1 to 31, 2017.

Healthy You is Robinsons Supermarket’s exclusive healthy brand of nuts, juices, oats, brown rice, coffee and many more that have been evaluated as healthy by the Department of Science and Technology-Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

“As a growing number of individuals and families lead busy and challenging lives, Robinsons Supermarket and its partners continue to uphold our commitment to lead them to the path of wellness by bringing them closer to more choices and opportunities to get fit and healthy,” said Jody Gadia, Robinsons Supermarket general manager.

Find out more about RSC’s year-long Route to Wellness series of promos and activities. Like it on Facebook www.facebook.com/RobinsonsSupermarketOfficial or visit its official website at www.robinsons-supermarket.com.ph to stay updated on the activities that it has in store, and learn more about the #ILoveWellness campaign.

2017 Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament at SM Megamall

Following the successful hosting of the International Figure Skating Training Camp and the 2017 SEA Challenge at SM Skating – Seaside Cebu City, Worldwide ice sports events in the Philippines continue to rise as SM Skating Megamall holds the 2017 Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament (PIHT) from June 14 – 17, 2017.

Under the PIHT’s adult division, Islanders Red (New York), Pandoo Nation (Singapore), Singapore Sting, Taipei U20, South Korea and Team Pilipinas compete in the International Open category while Canada Ice Hockey Teams and Team Pilipinas B face off in the International 35+ category. The PIHT is a contact, non hitting tournament and follows the International Ice Hockey Federation rules and regulations with PIHT specific alterations.

” Apart from continuing the drive for ice sports awareness in the country, the Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament and the recently concluded 2017nSEA Challenge is a great avenue to prepare our national team for the upcoming 2017 SEA Games, ” Edgar Tejerero, President of SM Lifestyle Entertainment, Inc., said. ” As sole owners of skating rinks in the Philippines, we make sure that our facilities are at par with international standards and is always ready to support our Ice athletes on their journey to International tournaments.”

Be part of the 2017 Philippine Ice Hockey Tournament! Catch the fastest game on the ice this June 14 – 17 at SM Skating Megamall! For updates and game results, follow SM Skating on Facebook and Instagram: @smskating.

Making the best choice with the new Shell V-Power

Becoming the best version of ourselves is an everyday journey, which requires hard work and perseverance. In order to get to where we want ourselves to be, it is therefore important that we make the best decisions every single day. This includes our personal choices for products and services that affect our performance while we work our way towards our goals. While we are confronted with so many options in the market, we should only choose nothing but the best.

Pilipinas Shell understands this need of Filipino drivers. To better equip them on the road, Pilipinas Shell continues to develop better, if not the best fuel formulations so far. Working with the best teams available, such as its roster of 170 fuels scientists across their five fuels technology centers, Shell continues to churn out innovative products to help meet the constantly evolving needs of its customers and their vehicles.

Shell V-Power: our best-ever performance and efficiency1

Every driver has his or her own priorities when it comes to the choice of fuel. Some value power and performance, while some value efficiency. With the continuously changing driving conditions in the country, the needs of drivers continue to evolve as well. Wouldn’t it be great to have a premium fuel that offers performance but also formulated for efficiency?

The new Shell V-Power offers exactly that. After over five years of tireless work by R&D experts, Shell unveils brand new formulations for its premium Shell V-Power fuels. Shell V-Power is the only fuel co-engineered with and recommended by the iconic Formula 1 race team, Scuderia Ferrari. Shell’s most advanced Shell V-Power fuels are now formulated with its proprietary DYNAFLEX Technology.2 It comes in three variants: Shell V-Power Gasoline, Shell V-Power Racing, and Shell V-Power Diesel.

Shell V-Power Racing and Shell V-Power Gasoline fuels target two key factors that can impact engine efficiency and performance – namely friction and deposits. The new Shell V-Power Diesel is designed to help restore up to 100% of your engine’s performance3 by removing deposits from fuel injectors.

“We are constantly faced with the challenge to keep up with the rapid evolution of vehicle technology and the changing needs of our customers,” says Anthony Lawrence Yam, Pilipinas Shell Vice President for Retail. “We understand their desire to give their vehicles the best which, in turn, may also help them perform at their best as well. This is why we have spent over half a decade of research and development to produce our best-ever fuel,1 the new Shell V-Power.

Tom Rodriguez shares vision of perfect eye health with Crizal® Prevencia™

Essilor Philippines introduces new endorser and presents its most technologically advanced protective lenses yet

Everyone can’t help but fall in love with celebrated actor and certified heartthrob, Tom Rodriguez. With his tantalizing brown eyes, he sure can captivate anyone. But for Tom, his eyes are not only assets for good looks. Unknown to many, the top actor is also a prolific digital artist. As such, Tom gives due importance to eye protection as he teams up with Essilor, the world leader in corrective ophthalmic lenses to take care of their eyes against harmful blue light with Crizal® Prevencia™.

As the newest brand ambassador for the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Tom appears in the new TVC for Essilor’s most technologically advanced protective lenses yet. Crizal® Prevencia™ is the only clear lens in the market to effectively filter harmful blue light from the sun and digital devices while maximizing essential blue light for healthier vision.

Essilor general manager Dr. Emelita Roleda says, “With Tom as our newest ambassador, we hope to raise more awareness on the harmful effects of over-exposure to blue light and promote healthy vision in the country. By aligning him with Crizal® Prevencia™, we hope to convince more Filipinos to use protective lenses in their daily activities.”

In the new TVC, Tom is seen going through his everyday routine. Like many of us, who are also easily exposed to harmful blue light – whether we are in front of our laptops and computers doing work, commuting, or checking messages and schedules on our phones.

Tom’s ardent passion in digital art is evident in many of his Instagram posts. Many of his artworks comprise of creatures from Philippine folklore, plus superheroes and characters from anime, games and comics. He sketches and sculpts in between takes during drama filming or photo shoots. He is also an aspiring app designer. With all these taking up his non-acting time, Tom can’t help but be exposed to harmful blue light and he admits that this has affected his vision.

“Belonging to a technically-savvy generation and with my love of creating digital art, I cannot do without my phone and digital devices. What’s more, my active lifestyle also keeps me under the sun a lot,” shares the 29-year old actor. “It’s quite alarming to know how being exposed to UV rays and blue light can cause long-term damage. With Crizal® Prevencia™, I can protect my vision, and also prevent blue light from harming my eyes.”

Crizal® Prevencia™ uses E-SPF® and Lightscan™ Technology which offers complete front and back protection and selective filtering of harmful blue light from devices and the sun that can cause long-term damage, such as cataracts and Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). At the same time, it lets in good light that regulates sleep and mood and boosts brain activity. It also provides complete protection from glare, scratches, smudges, dust, water, UV rays and harmful blue light.

Tom Rodriguez further encourages the public to take care of their eyes by getting a comprehensive eye exam and taking preventive measures against irreversible eye conditions. He remarks, “Exposure to harmful blue light may be inevitable, but we can minimize the risk by doing our part. By choosing Crizal® Prevencia™, we can protect our eyes on a daily basis and maintain a healthy vision.”

Learn more about Crizal® Prevencia™ by visiting your preferred eye care professional or leading optical shop, or by logging on to www.essilor.com.ph.