Samsung Leads Holistic Health Innovation with Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro

New Galaxy Watch5 series is packed with insightful sleep tracking, personalized design,
plus enhanced durability that shape everyday health and wellness habits

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro –shaping health and wellness habits with intuitive insights, advanced features, and even more powerful capabilities. The Galaxy Watch5 enhances the features that consumers rely on every day, while the Galaxy Watch5 Pro – the newest addition to the Galaxy Watch lineup – is Samsung’s most durable and feature-packed watch yet. These new devices are a commitment to users that their goals and milestones can be met, and Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro are there to help.

“We’re dedicated to giving our Galaxy Watch community the tools, data and resources needed to not only understand their overall health and wellness better, but to coach them on their journey,” said Dr. TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics. “With Samsung’s groundbreaking BioActive Sensor, we’re empowering users with the most complete picture of their health-related insights yet.”

Cutting-edge Sensor Technology to Better Understand You

With a growing desire to better understand and act on individual health goals, Samsung has set out to provide in-depth monitoring and practical data offering users the information they need to help them along their health and wellness journey. Galaxy Watch5 is equipped with Samsung’s unique BioActive Sensor that drives the next era of digital health monitoring. First introduced on the Galaxy Watch4 series, the BioActive Sensor uses a single unique chip that combines three powerful health sensors – Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Signal and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis – to deliver extensive readings that include heart rate, blood oxygen level, and even stress level.

With an increased surface area and more direct contact with your wrist, Galaxy Watch5 tracks health metrics now with even greater accuracy than Galaxy Watch4. Plus, its powerful 3-in-1 BioActive Sensor works in combination with the other sensors of Galaxy Watch5 series, including the newly introduced temperature sensor, to provide users with an in-depth understanding of their wellness. The temperature sensor uses infrared technology for more accurate readings, even if the temperature of your surroundings changes. This opens new possibilities for developers to expand their health and wellness options and for users to take advantage of all-new experiences.

Holistic Health Insights to Enhance Everyone’s Wellness Journey

Designed for everyday wins, Galaxy Watch5 offers a comprehensive end-to-end experience that goes beyond fitness activities and into the post-workout, rest, and recovery process. The Body Composition measurement tool provides a complete snapshot of the user’s overall health, providing them with a tailored approach to set goals, guide them through personalized workouts, and track progress. And when it’s time to rest, the Galaxy Watch5 series empowers users with recovery data, including post-cardio heart rate after an intense workout, and customized recommendations on water consumption based on sweat loss.

A good night’s rest is important in wellness, and that’s why we’re helping users have a better night’s sleep. Understand sleep patterns through Sleep Scores that monitor stages of sleep, along with snore detection and blood oxygen levels. Achieve improved sleep habits with advanced Sleep Coaching that gives a tailored month-long guided program. Through SmartThings integration, Galaxy Watch5 automatically sets connected lights, AC units, and TVs to predetermined settings that make for an ideal sleep environment. Users can sleep safe and sound knowing that the enhanced fall detection ensures an emergency contact is notified if you or your loved one stumbles at home or falls out of bed.

No need to worry that your watch may run out of power or get damaged in rough terrain; Galaxy Watch5 comes with 13% larger battery and provides eight hours of sleep tracking with just eight minutes of charging, which is 30% faster than Galaxy Watch4. An extra layer of durability protects the Galaxy Watch5. This year, we’ve included our first smartwatch display featuring a Sapphire Crystal display, which offers a 60% harder outer layer, so your watch remains reliable in day-to-day use. Cue up your favorite song on Spotify with just your voice using Google Assistant. And coming soon, find your way using Google Maps from your wrist without a smartphone connection. Additionally, One UI Watch4.5 offers a fuller typing experience, an easier way to make calls, and a host of new accessibility features that make the Galaxy Watch more intuitive.

Galaxy Watch5 Pro, More Features and Greater Durability for the Outdoor Enthusiast

Created for those that love the great outdoors, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is the newest addition to the Galaxy Watch portfolio. From hiking to cycling and beyond, Watch5 Pro is ready for the challenge thanks to its premium materials. It features enhanced Sapphire Crystal that better resists any wear and tear and a durable titanium casing that protects the display with a protruded bezel design. Galaxy Watch5 Pro also comes with an all-new D-Buckle Sport Band that offers rugged durability with a sleek and clean fit.

Built strong, and built to last, Galaxy Watch5 Pro has the largest battery in a Galaxy Watch. It’s 60% larger than Galaxy Watch4, which is key to keeping up with you while you conquer a new route. Take advantage of GPX, that’s available for the first time on a Galaxy Watch. Head out on a hike and record and share it with fellow trail-lovers on the Samsung Health app with Route Workout. You can also download hiking and cycling routes as you practice for your next race or look to mix up your routine. As you hike or cycle, keep your eyes on the path and away from the map with intuitive Turn-by-turn directions. When you’re ready to head home, Galaxy Watch5 Pro will get you there easily with the Track back feature that takes you back the way you came.

Pricing and Availability

The Galaxy Watch5 offers a modern and minimalist design, and features that help you achieve more every day. It comes with all-new neutral color options that will turn heads, with the Large 44mm option available in Graphite, Sapphire, and Silver and the Small 40mm option available in Graphite, Pink Gold, and Silver which features a Bora Purple strap that pairs perfectly with the Galaxy Z Flip4. The Galaxy Watch5 40mm will start at PHP 16,990 for the Bluetooth version and PHP 19,990 for the LTE version. Meanwhile, the 44mm option will retail for P18,990 for the Bluetooth version, and PHP 21,990 for the LTE version.

For adventure seekers looking for durability, performance and style, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is for you. It will be available in Black Titanium and Gray Titanium, with a 45mm display, starting at PHP 26,990 for the Bluetooth version and PHP29,990 for the LTE version.

The Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro are available for pre-order starting August 10, 10:00 PM via samsung.com, and August 11 through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online. Customers who pre-order until September 1 can enjoy freebies and discounts worth up to PHP 14,500.

During the pre-order period, customers will enjoy a FREE Galaxy Buds Live worth PHP 7,990 and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro with every purchase of the Galaxy Watch5 or the Watch5 Pro. When purchased with the new Galaxy Z Fold4 or Z Flip4, they can enjoy a discount of 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series, and 50% off on the new Galaxy Buds2 Pro.

The Galaxy Watch5 Series will be available on samsung.com, Samsung Experience Stores, select Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online starting September 2, 2022,

To learn more about the Galaxy Watch5 and Galaxy Watch5 Pro, please visit:
Galaxy Watch5: www.samsung.com/ph/watches/galaxy-watch/galaxy-watch5-40mm-silver-bluetooth-sm-r900nzsaasa/
Galaxy Watch5 Pro: www.samsung.com/ph/watches/galaxy-watch/galaxy-watch5-pro-black-titanium-bluetooth-sm-r920nzkaasa/

Galaxy Watch5 & Galaxy Watch5 Pro Product Specifications

Galaxy Watch5
Galaxy Watch5 Pro
Material & Color
Armor Aluminum case with Sport Band
– 44mm: Graphite, Sapphire, Sliver
– 40mm: Graphite, Pink Gold, Sliver
Titanium case with D-Buckle Sport Band
– Black Titanium, Gray Titanium
Dimensions
& Weight
– 44mm: 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm, 33.5g
– 40mm: 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm, 28.7g
– 44mm: 43.3 x 44.4 x 9.8 mm, 33.5g
– 40mm: 39.3 x 40.4 x 9.8 mm, 28.7g
Display
Sapphire Crystal
– 44mm: 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display
– 40mm: 1.2″ (30.4mm) 396×396 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display
Sapphire Crystal
– 1.4″ (34.6mm) 450×450 Super AMOLED, Full Color Always On Display
Processor
Exynos W920 Dual-Core 1.18GHz
Memory
1.5GB RAM + 16GB internal storage
Battery (typical)
– 44mm: 410mAh
– 40mm: 284mAh
590mAh
Charging
Faster Charging (WPC-based wireless charging)
OS
Wear OS Powered by Samsung (Wear OS 3.5)
UI
One UI Watch4.5
Sensors
Samsung BioActive Sensor (Optical Heart Rate + Electrical Heart Signal + Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis), Temperature Sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor
Connectivity
LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4+5GHz, NFC, GPS/Glonass/Beidou/Galileo
Durability
5ATM + IP68 / MIL-STD-810H
Compatibility
Android 8.0 or higher and with more than 1.5GB of RAM

About Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
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Clinical Test Shows Real World Effectiveness of Difflam-C® vs COVID-19 Sore Throat

Dr. Jennifer Nailes, MD 9 (leftmost), and Dr. Roberto Salvino, MD, the doctors who spearheaded the recent study done to evaluate the effectivity of the Difflam-C gargle against COVID 19-related throat pain were at a media roundtable held recently in Makati City, to reveal their findings. iNova Pharma Philippines Inc.

The in-vivo study focused on establishing whether the combination of Benzydamine HCl and Chlorhexidine gluconate in Difflam-C® are effective in a real-world setting and was conducted on 219 COVID-19 patients from November 2021 until February 2022. This combination of active ingredients found in Difflam-C® solution have been gaining popularity in the Philippines particularly among doctors and healthcare professionals, with the synergistic action of its anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anesthetic, and antiseptic properties in relieving sore throat, as well as other symptoms of throat and mouth infection.

Clinically-tested Efficacy in COVID-19 Patients

Lead investigators of the study have found that Difflam-C® significantly relieves the COVID-19 patients’ sore throat and alleviated throat discomfort associated with difficulty and/or pain in swallowing. Results also show that it helps shorten the duration of the said condition of COVID-19 patients, with the VAS scores of participants significantly decreased during course of treatment with Difflam-C®. “At specified time intervals, median VAS scores showed a decreasing trend from baseline until after 12 hours of Day 1 and is significantly different from baseline values (p<0.001). There were some participants whose sore throat pain were relieved within 30 minutes of first use of the solution which persisted even until after 12 hours,” said lead investigator Dr. Jennifer M. Nailes, MD, MSPH, Vice-President for Research of the University of the East Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Inc. Gargle Against COVID-19 Sore Throat “There was a noticeable shortening of the course of the sore throat in the study subjects, with their use of Difflam-C® during treatment. This gargle solution could be viewed as an effective treatment for patients with odynophagia (painful swallowing) or dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), conditions associated with severe sore throat among COVID-19 patients,” said Dr. Nailes. Though yet to be published by Acta Medica Philippina, a peer-reviewed general medical and health science journal, these results are extremely encouraging and present a positive step in addressing the COVID-19 sore throat, using a widely available medicated gargle solution such as Difflam-C® in the study. As cases rise and new Omicron variants are discovered, the results of this study could be valuable information in making the public more aware of clinically tested remedies to help address key symptoms like the COVID-19 sore throat. While Benzydamine HCl + Chlorhexidine gluconate (Difflam-C®) could be an effective treatment for COVID-19 sore throat, getting vaccinated with boosters, the observance of standard health protocols, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle are the current mainstays for the prevention of COVID-19 infection.

“Your Song of Excellence” is back for a much bigger and better Season 2

LAST year, three musical hopefuls who have dreamt of making it big in the music industry in the Philippines accomplished their goal of achieving musical excellence through “Your Song of Excellence,” a virtual singing competition that took the country by storm.
For Grand Champions Edel Quibol, Renz Robosa, and music groujp Monzterjam, it was a dream come true that changed their lives forever.
And now, this year, from hordes of auditionees, a new set of individuals who value musical excellence will be crowned as music royalty in the Philippines as “Your Song of Excellence,” organized by Taiwan Excellence, is back for its second season, and promises to be bigger, fresher and more innovative.
With a total prize pool amounting to a whopping P1,000,000 worth of cash and products up for grabs, plus a recording deal with major recording company Ivory Music, one of the biggest independent record labels in the country, “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 will be the perfect platform for those who dream of becoming a real-life recording artist.
For this year, “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 will have a fresh set of judges who will once again meticulously assess the performances of each of the contestants. Tasked to do this are #YourSongOfExcellence2022 jurors led by pop-rock royalty and singer-songwriter Yeng Constantino, music producer and songwriter Paulo Zarate, multi-awarded vocalist of local rock band Wolfgang and singer-songwriter Basti Artadi, and award-winning singer and composer Noel Cabangon. They will be joined by acclaimed TV, film and theater actress Bituin Escalante, one of last season’s judges.
And also, a new set of musical categories will be introduced for “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2. The categories include #EpicRock for singers who love to belt out rock and pop rock music, #HeartsAtHome for those who love going ballad in their performance, and #FreshVibes for those whose singing talents cover acoustic music.
“Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 is open to all male, female, and group amateur and professional singers. They must be Filipino citizens and residing in the Philippines, must be 18 years old and above upon submitting their audition video, must present a valid government or school I.D. and must not have an existing recording contract.
Is that dream of becoming a musical star still alive? Here’s your chance to make that dream a reality. Register for “Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 via https://bit.ly/YSOE2022Auditionor email your audition video at yoursongofexcellence2022@gmail.com.
Deadline for submission of audition entries is on August 10, 2022. To know more of contest mechanics, visit https://bit.ly/YSOE2CONTESTMECHANICS.
“Your Song of Excellence” Season 2 is organized by Taiwan Excellence, with premier brands Aromase PH, Asus PH, and Predator Gaming as sponsors, with Ivory Music as music partner and Far Eastern University as performing arts partner.
Major brand partners include Acer Philippines, Annie’s Way 安妮絲薇果凍面膜第一品牌, FECA PH, Johnson Fitness Philippines, LUFTQI空氣淨化專家, Transcend Philippines, Zyxel.ph, Dacian, and Tatung.

Great tech and gaming deals are coming your way this August!

Here are 5 things you can do at SM this Cyber Month

SM Supermalls is celebrating tech and innovation this August at the #SMCyberMonth2022. It’s going to be an #AweSM, action-packed month at SM with these activities and offerings that will keep you at the edge of your seat.

Experience the Great Gadget Sale

Truly, there is no place like SM Cyberzone when it comes to the hottest tech deals and the lowest price guaranteed gadgets. Get your hands on the best deals, special promos, and bundles on select items with up to 60% off in participating stores at the Great Gadget Sale. Delightful, tech-citing deals are up for grabs at SM Cyberzone, SM Appliance, and The SM Store Gadgets!

Hop on the Gadget Lab

From fun, entertaining displays and touch & try product exhibits, to interactive product guides and the latest gadgets available in the Philippines, go crazy over all things tech at the Gadget Lab. See for yourself all the best smart home devices, gaming, productivity devices, and smartphones on display in the activity areas.

See what the future of tech and gaming looks like

Aside from the epic battles, you can also see what the future of tech and gaming looks like at the PlayZone. Immerse yourself in the live demonstrations of the newest gaming technology there is! You can also check out the gaming pods, gaming set-ups, and PC rig displays in the activity area.

Witness some action at the PlayZone

SM Supermalls is bringing together e-sports players and mobile gamers for some intense and epic battles. Tag along with your gaming squad and watch the gamers outplay each other at the special exhibition matches.

Grab the special deals exclusive via the SM Online App

But if you can’t go to any SM Cyberzone branches in the Philippines, there’s still a way for you to score these offerings and discounts. All you have to do is download the SM Malls Online App, add to your cart all your tech must-haves, use the voucher deals in-app, and just pick up the items at the SM mall near you.

For first time shoppers, SM Malls Online is offering a P200 OFF when you use voucher code SMGOESONLINE upon checkout. Shop for your favorite tech brands and gadget needs! Download now the SM Malls Online app here – https://click.smmallsonline.com/DFqS/btxb3s1w

“The #SMCyberMonth2022 is a celebration of tech and gadgets that can definitely make our lives more fun, easier, and convenient. And no matter what your interest is– may it be gaming, virtual reality, smart home, music, or smartphone photography – there will be something for you at Cyberzone!” said SM Supermalls President, Steven Tan.

Experience all these and more this August at the #SMCyberMonth2022! Visit www.smsupermalls.com or follow SM Supermalls’ official social media accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so you won’t miss out on all the cool happenings in your favorite SM mall.

RLC Residences is heading to Ironman 70.3 in Cebu this August2022

Witness RLC Residences raise the bar yet again as it joins this year’s most awaited global triathlon event in Cebu as part of the run leg.

“We are thrilled to be part of this year’s event, as this symbolizes how RLC Residences has come full circle in the game of elevating the lives of people whom we build condominiums for,” RLC Residences Head of Marketing and Chief Integration Officer, Karen Cesario shares.

Not many know, but RLC Residences has been part of the first Ironman held in Cebu in 2012, through its project AmiSa Private Residences. AmiSa Private Residences, a destination home located in Mactan, Cebu has since then been part of this three-part race, welcoming triathletes as they take on the course’s run phase along the breathtaking views of the Punta Engano coastline.

The Amisa Private Residences has been part of the run course of the IRONMAN 70.3 since it moved to Cebu in 2012.

This year, RLC Residences has taken a more active part in Ironman 70.3 as it lines up a number of activities for participants and spectators alike. Visitors of Ironman’s 4-day expo are in for a treat, with exclusive RLC Residences merchandise up for grabs designed to beat the heat and much ideal for sports fans & enthusiasts.

Exclusive condo deals are also on offer for those wanting to own a piece of Cebu. Expo attendees, locales, and tourists are invited to drop by Dusit Thani Mactan a day before the race to join RLC Residences for a Property Preview of AmiSa Private Residences. “There can’t be a more perfect time for us to showcase AmiSa,” beams Cesario with pride.

“This home is most ideal for those pursuing these types of endeavors,” Cesario adds. “Built for the well-traveled, hyper-focused, and purpose-driven individuals who yearn for a refreshing lifestyle, AmiSa’s spectacular sun, sea, and most importantly -sights are a thing to behold.” Every unit at AmiSa’s latest tower is crafted to let you experience awe-inspiring views, a perfect backdrop to start or end one’s busy day. Future residents will also enjoy modern-day conveniences brought by smart-home features backed up by fiber optic capabilities within the development. These are further complemented by services and amenities that befit resort-like living.

“Participants of this year’s Ironman 70.3 coming from various parts of the globe, will surely find the run interesting”. We hope to continue to be able to showcase this wonderful home and the many possibilities it presents to investors,” Cesario shares. Moreso now as Tower D comes with all the upgrades in the living spaces and amenities.

And to cap off RLC Residences’ participation in this year’s Ironman is the creation of its Triathlon team composed of athletic enthusiasts from Robinsons Land Corporation’s various business units. Headlined by RLC Residences’ Brand Management Head, Dan Carlo Torres, the team hopes to inspire the RLC Residences community to pursue an active and healthy lifestyle.

Torres recounts, “When I first saw AmiSa Private Residences when I joined Ironman a few years back, I was not yet part of the RLC Residences team, but I was already amazed by the property and its potential. Now that we are selling Tower D and Dusit Thani Mactan has been a welcome addition to the AmiSa complex, we are happy to cheer on Ironman participants in this year’s run course as they head on to the finish line.”

For the best RLC Residences condo deals, make sure to drop by the RLC Residences booth in the Ironman 70.3 Cebu Expo from August 4 – 7 or at the Dusit Thani Mactan at the AmiSa Private Residences Property Preview on August 6, happening from 1 to 5pm. For more details on other RLC Residences properties, log on to rlcresidences.com.

About RLC Residences

RAISE, LIVE, CONNECT
Embracing the future with the RLC Residences Brand

For three decades, Robinsons Land Corporation’s Residential Division has been committed to improving the lives of Filipinos. Vital to its success is its understanding of and responsiveness to emerging residential trends like urbanisation, digital lifestyles and work-life imbalance.

RLC presents RLC Residences, a new brand that every modern family and young urban professional will be proud of. This brand integrates Robinsons Luxuria, Robinsons Residences and Robinsons Communities into a singular brand. With the merging of resources and a simplified structure in place, RLC Residences is more empowered to deliver a seamless customer journey for its clients. Equally, RLC Residences has redefined its core product offering encapsulated into its tagline ‘Raise, Live, Connect’.

‘Raise’ is about ‘raising the game’ by elevating the design and quality standards of new residential developments by RLC Residences, with the engagement of globally recognized firms in the design and property sector resulting in standout developments that every homeowner would be proud to showcase and own. Embracing the future with the RLC Residences brand

‘Live’ stands for smart and productive living. It promises to deliver innovation with the provision of smart home features and storage solutions to address the lifestyle needs of start-up to growing families as well as the highly driven and career-oriented young professionals. It also provides venues for day-care centres or study halls and incorporates work-from-home spaces in the developments making work-life integration possible.

‘Connect’ is all about allowing homeowners to connect with their loved ones in a convenient manner. RLC Residences projects are smartly placed in destination estates or the bustling or emerging CBDs. Developments are also transit-oriented and boast of rest and recreational amenities suited for bonding and relaxation. These elements combined provide time and energy savings for homeowners so that they can swiftly be in places and with people that matter to them most.

RLC Residences embraces the future with much optimism. It brings with it experience and credibility in delivering an impressive and growing portfolio of projects over the last 30 years and its redefined purpose of building beautiful and well-designed residential projects that all of its stakeholders will be proud of.

Pru Life UK taps Ben&Ben as an ally to help Filipino families get the most out of life

Leading life insurer Pru Life UK officially introduced Ben&Ben as its new brand ambassador to help more Filipino families get the most out of life at a fun-filled family day event held at The Island in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

At the launch, the company talked about how the band perfectly aligns with the company’s progressive and inclusive approach in defining a family. Testament to this is the insurer’s recently announced product called PRUHealth FamLove, a first-of-its-kind yearly renewable life insurance and critical illness plan that protects up to four family members under one policy. Under this plan, family members also include same-sex or common-law partners, parents, and adoptive children.

“Like many Filipino families, Ben&Ben is diverse, inclusive, and warmhearted. They resonate with the strong family ties that Filipinos are known for representing both the traditional and modern Filipino families. We are delighted to welcome Ben&Ben into our Pru Life UK family as our new brand ambassador and ally in helping more Filipino families get the most of life,” said Pru Life UK General Manager and Chief Commercial Officer Gilbert Simpao.

The top-rating Original Pilipino Music band who serenaded the crowd with its top hits such as Paninindigan Kita, Kathang Isip and Pagtingin, is a perfect example of both traditional and progressive Filipino families who are doing great things together, recognizing their differences, and celebrating diversity and inclusivity.

The event is Ben&Ben’s first public performance as Pru Life UK’s ally to help Filipino families of different types and sizes get the most out of their lives through PRUHealth FamLove, and its unique and game changing features. The product is designed for customers to share their critical illness protection coverage with different types of family members, including single parents, cohabiting partners, LGBTQ+ partners, and adoptive family members.

The product is also the first in the country as it provides coverage should any major organs require surgery, without the need to remember the long list of critical illnesses. This is a new generation of solutions designed to provide customers with simple, flexible and future-proof protection benefits against unknown diseases. It also provides long-term coverage until age 85.

“Strengthening Filipino families through financial wellness is one of our biggest advocacies at Pru Life UK. We want every Filipino household to have peace of mind by bringing protection closer to everyone. PRUHealth Famlove, with its shareability feature, is a step forward in achieving that as it gives families an affordable and accessible life protection option,” Pru Life UK Senior Vice President and Chief Customer & Marketing Officer Allan Tumbaga said.

In celebration of family diversity and championing individuality, Pru Life UK launched Famvatar, a unique digital experience that lets anyone create a personalized group avatar starring one’s family. Users can then use their unique, fun-filled chat stickers in group chats and more.

To make a Famvatar and know more about Pru Life UK’s PRUHealth FamLove, please visit www.prulifeuk.com.ph.

About Pru Life UK

Established in 1996, Pru Life UK is the pioneer of insuravest, or investment-linked life insurance products, in the Philippines and is one of the first life insurance companies approved to distribute US dollar-denominated investment-linked life insurance policies in the country. Since its establishment, Pru Life UK has expanded its reach to over 190 branches in the Philippines, with the biggest life agency force of about 35,000 licensed agents.
The company ranked first (1st) among the country’s life insurers based on the Insurance Commission’s Full Year 2021 rankings in terms of new business annual premium equivalent. Pru Life UK is headquartered in Uptown Bonifacio, Taguig City.
Pru Life UK and Prudential plc are not affiliated with Prudential Financial, Inc. (a company whose principal place of business is in the United States of America), Prudential Assurance Company (a subsidiary of M&G plc, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom), Philippine Prudential Life Insurance Company, Prudentialife Plans, Inc. or Prudential Guarantee and Assurance, Inc. (all Philippine-registered companies). Pru Life UK is a life insurance company and is not engaged in the business of selling pre-need plans.
For more information: www.prulifeuk.com.ph

Teleperformance Philippines receives 5th consecutive Great Place to Work® Certification

Teleperformance (TP) Philippines, a leading global group in digitally integrated business services, is once again Great Place to Work-Certified™ in 2022. This makes TP Philippines the first, the largest, and the only company in the country to be Great Place to Work-Certified™ for five straight years.

The Great Place to Work® Institute recorded 85% responses from TP Philippines in the Trust Index® Survey, which is part of the rigorous certification process conducted annually by the institute and a definitive global standard of what it means to be a great workplace. The survey evaluates companies based on their employees’ perception of them in terms of credibility, respect, fairness, pride, and camaraderie, among others. Only companies who have achieved at least 65% in the survey are qualified to receive the certification.

Teleperformance Philippines Chief Executive Officer Francisco Lara y Padilla commented, “I congratulate the TP Philippines team for the phenomenal 5-peat Great Place to Work® certification. This milestone achievement is so much sweeter with the company’s impressive growth over the past years. Fueled by our passion, innovative spirit, and culture of excellence, TP Philippines is poised to be even stronger in the future.”

Joey Marquez, Teleperformance Philippines Chief Operations Officer, shared, “Being recertified by the Great Place to Work® Institute for the fifth year in a row is another milestone for TP and a testament to our vibrant, high-trust and people-centric culture, which we witness every day in the workplace. We are definitely honored to be a place of opportunity and growth for over 55,000 Filipinos. Surely, this will contribute to further our success in reaching our goals for our people, the business, and the community.”

Teleperformance Philippines has made it its mission to promote the safety and wellbeing of their employees at all times – institutionalizing people welfare and development programs that benefit both work onsite and work-at-home employees. In 2021, the company launched the Cloud Campus solution, an innovative long-term remote work solution that allows home-based interaction experts to remain connected to their Teleperformance team through the Cloud Campus hubs. Moreover, the first Cloud Campus microsite was launched recently in Ilocos Norte, their first site operating in a remote work model.

Majority of TP Philippines’ 23 business sites nationwide have also received a safety seal from their respective local government units. More recently, the company received the ISO 45001: 2018 certification for excellent occupational health and safety programs. They underwent intensive training and design, as well as implemented health and safety precautions in their business sites and later passed the audits conducted by Standard Global Services (SGS).

In addition, Teleperformance is a huge proponent of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DE&I) in the workplace. This is evident in their various year-long initiatives such as TP Women, which is dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women at Teleperformance; TP Pride, which seeks to raise awareness and educate their employees about the experiences of LGBTQ+ individuals; and a partnership with Project Inclusion Network to provide assistance and opportunities for people with disabilities.

Teleperformance Philippines is the largest employer in the county to be certified this year. Teleperformance is also one of the 25 Best Workplaces in 2022 among nearly 100 companies in the Philippines.

To learn more about Teleperformance visit their website at www.teleperformance.com.

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ABOUT TELEPERFORMANCE

Teleperformance (TEP – ISIN: FR0000051807 – Reuters: TEPRF.PA – Bloomberg: TEP FP), the global leader in outsourced customer and citizen experience management and advanced related services, serves as a strategic partner to the world’s largest companies in many industries. It offers a One Office support services model including end-to-end digital solutions, which guarantee successful customer interaction and optimized business processes, anchored in a unique, comprehensive high touch, high tech approach.

Nearly 420,000 employees, based in 88 countries, support billions of connections every year in over 265 languages and around 170 markets, in a shared commitment to excellence as part of the “Simpler, Faster, Safer” process. This mission is supported by the use of reliable, flexible, intelligent technological solutions and compliance with the industry’s highest security and quality standards, based on Corporate Social Responsibility excellence. In 2021, Teleperformance reported consolidated revenue of €7,115 million (US$8.4 billion, based on €1 = $1.18) and net profit of €557 million.

Teleperformance began operations in the Philippines in 1996 and has grown to become a preferred offshore contact center outsourcing option. The company employs more than 56,000 people in the country and operates over 40,000 workstations in 23 business sites located across Metro Manila, Antipolo, Cavite, Baguio, Metro Laoag, Bacolod, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao.

Teleperformance Philippines offers offshore solutions and serves the North American, Australia, Asia and European markets, as well as the Domestic market, managing all aspects of the customer relations cycle for brands aiming to deliver excellent customer experiences.

From 2012 to 2021, Teleperformance has received the Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Contact Center Outsourcing Service Provider of the Year Award for its significant performance in revenue management, market share, capabilities, and overall contribution to the contact center industry. In addition, Teleperformance Philippines was awarded as Outstanding Employer and Outstanding Community Project of the Year by the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA), the Top Employer of the Year and Corporate Social Responsibility Circle of Excellence at the Asia CEO Awards, and the Outstanding Volunteer by the National Economic Development Authority.

In 2022, Teleperformance Philippines has received its fifth certification as a Great Place to Work® and is the only organization in the country to be certified by the Great Place to Work® Institute for five years in a row. Earlier in the year, the company was also awarded as one of the Philippines Best Workplaces™. This 2022, Teleperformance Philippines celebrates its 26th year of continued excellence and leadership in the country. This milestone highlights the company’s commitment to steadily provide the best employment experience for Filipinos, proactively support the progress of the nation’s IT-BPM sector, and uphold its socio-civic engagements to create a difference in the lives of the Philippine community.

For further information, visit the Teleperformance website at teleperformance.ph

LOOK: These hybrid cars let you save the environment and some pocket money while traveling!

Mobility has become more than just going from point A to point B. In the Philippines, more things have to be considered when traveling such as road traffic, faster routes, fuel expenses, and environmental hazards. With that, more and more alternatives have been introduced such as walking, cycling, and driving electric vehicles.

For the same reasons, Philippine Saving Bank (PSBank) partnered with Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) to offer Say Hi To Hybrid Auto Loan Promo, making Hybrid Electric Vehicles (HEVs) like Toyota’s Corolla Cross 1.8V Hybrid and Corolla Altis 1.8V Hybrid CVT more accessible to Filipinos. For its technology, HEVs are easily a better option for sustainable transportation.

Here are the two main reasons for the widespread shift towards sustainable mobility:

Save Mother Earth

Mainly, HEVs continue to be a better alternative mobility for its fewer CO2 emissions, which has caught the attention of car owners and enthusiasts. HEVs have self-charging and fuel-efficient mechanisms that allow them to operate without generating too much CO2 and pollutants. The battery is charged through a regenerative braking system, which means it stores the energy lost from braking.

Leading auto manufacturing company Toyota also takes extra miles to be more sustainable. The company collects used HEV batteries for HEV vehicles and other purposes such as extracting rare materials to reuse them. In addition, Toyota’s Nickel batteries are 100% recyclable.

Save on Fuel Expense

Its innovative fuel-efficient and eco-friendly mechanisms give the impression that HEVs are more expensive than regular cars. This is not the case in the long run. HEVs switch from its electric motor to the gasoline engine automatically only when necessary. This prevents you from having to refill your tank as frequently as your gas would last longer.

With this, HEV owners can, in fact, help save the environment and save up more from fuel expenses, especially with the uncontrolled oil price hikes.

PSBank and TMP paves the way for financial and environmental sustainability with the Say Hi To Hybrid Auto Loan promo. Aside from lower rates, the promo offers 1-year FREE comprehensive insurance for any of the two Toyota models.

“This partnership is our way of staying true to our promise of Simple Lang, Maasahan and of providing reliable and sustainable products that are tailored to meet our customers’ needs. In this case, we are paving the way to financial and environmental sustainability,” said PSBank Senior Vice President and Marketing Division Head Emmanuel A. Tuazon.

“This partnership with PSBank is important for us at Toyota because it helps us continue spreading awareness on the benefits of HEVs, and make the shift easier and more convenient. We hope that through this initiative, we can lead FIlipinos to a more exciting future of more electrified vehicles,” said TMP Assistant Vice President of Marketing Services Elvin Luciano.

Individuals who are considering a more eco-conscious ride can avail of the Say Hi To Hybrid Auto Loan promo until August 30, 2022. Apply through the PSBank website’s online loan application facility or go to the nearest PSBank branch. After accomplishing and submitting the application form, clients will receive a credit decision within 24 hours.

Interested customers can also follow facebook.com/psbankofficial or access LiveChat at www.psbank.com.ph.

About PSBank
Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank) is an industry trailblazer in innovative and future-ready banking, and is the country’s consumer and retail bank of choice for almost 60 years. Its primary objective of delivering quality customer service, simplified processes, quick credit decisions, and consumer-focused products are underscored by a clear promise: Simple Lang, Maaasahan.
It is the retail banking arm and a subsidiary of the Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company. To date, PSBank’s nationwide network has already reached 250 branches and 557 in-branch and offsite ATMs – ready to serve its ever-growing client base.

SM Supermalls welcomes you into a new era of change

The honest truth: No one came out of the COVID-19 pandemic in quite the same way. The pandemic was an isolating period of self-discovery, emotional growth, and life-altering realizations. It changed people, and in the process, it shaped the way so many of us view ourselves and the world around us.

Because of this, consumer tastes and behaviors have shifted. Where in a pre-pandemic world, people often spent on luxuries and experiences that allowed them to celebrate their accomplishments, studies show that consumers now want a different experience, one that is kinder and more embracing of the changes that each individual had gone through in the past 2 years. People are now prioritizing their personal wellness and supporting products and services that champion growth.

As consumer tastes have shifted, brands are starting to adapt to these changes. And true to its foundational commitment to make people happy, SM is ready with a host of new offerings as the entire brand is poised for a refresh this year.

“The history of SM Supermalls is one that has been built on innovation and change to serve the needs of millions of Filipinos,” says SM Supermalls President, Steven Tan. “We’ve been with our customers through their every milestone for almost four decades. And we are committed to always changing, always growing with our customers in the years and decades to come.”

SM Supermalls: Welcoming Every Change in You

SM continues to stay true to its mission to provide Filipino families with a fun and engaging in-mall experience so they can go home with a smile on their faces.

There will always be a plethora of experiences for each person who comes through SM’s doors. This is true for the various personalities that emerged during the pandemic; from eco-warriors and Plantitas to health buffs and sports personalities who embraced biking, healthy eating, and home gyms, and bakers and homemakers who turned their passion projects into small businesses.

“I believe that now more than ever, it is important to recognize the new changes to our world,” adds SM Supermalls President Steven Tan. “And people are continuing to grow as they invest in experiences that uplift their lives.”

Ushering the Future with the Transformation of SM Supermalls

In the next few months, Filipinos across Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will get to experience the wellness-oriented and sustainability-driven transformation of SM Supermalls with a host of new and exciting activities. These include paw parks for pet moms and dads, al fresco dining areas for hangout groups, plant hubs for eco-enthusiasts, bike facilities for the growing cycling community, co-working spaces, experiential retail, blockbuster and larger-than-life cinema escapades and so much more.

As SM’s brand refresh campaign ushers in a newness to the Philippine mall experience, curious visitors, foodies, friends and families will have much to rediscover. So come on in, you’re always welcome here!

For more information, follow SM Supermalls on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/smsupermalls to experience what’s new in any SM Supermall near you today!

Shaping Future Filipino Tech Leaders with Shopee’s Global Leaders Program

The rapid growth and development of the tech industry over the last decade calls for a new way of molding future tech leaders. In order to keep up with the fast-paced industry, there is a need to equip future leaders with a global perspective and a constant desire to learn. Part of equipping them with such skills includes expanding their scope of work to enable them to gain new competencies and exposure to different peers, colleagues, business functions, teams, markets, and more—all of which are crucial in training future tech leaders.

This is exactly how Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, develops young leaders in tech. The Global Leaders Program (GLP) is Shopee’s 2-year flagship graduate program open to final year students and young professionals with up to two years of work experience. The program consists of 4 rotations among Shopee’s different departments, 2 of which are overseas. Throughout the duration of the training, participants are given the chance to receive mentorship from senior management, work on the end-to-end processes of highly impactful projects, and gain exposure from the various departments of both local and international Shopee markets.

Recently, Shopee Philippines welcomed its newest and biggest batch of GLP associates through a casual mixer to get to know one another, meet their senior management mentors, and heed advice from GLP alumni. The event introduced participants to the vibrant and collaborative culture at Shopee, and gave them a better understanding of what to expect as they begin their journey.

Karen Perez, Head of People at Shopee PH, shared “We are thrilled to welcome our largest batch of Global Leaders Program associates to date. As they embark on their journey at Shopee, it is our privilege to provide them with mentorship, a dynamic work environment, and meaningful work experiences. We are deeply committed to honing the skills of local talent and we look forward to delivering even more opportunities to help young Filipino professionals reach their full potential.”

This year’s batch of GLP associates is a diverse mix of fresh university graduates as well as previous Shopee Apprentices and interns. Included in the batch is Graciel, a GLP associate currently assigned to Shopee Xpress. She was a 2021 graduate of the Apprentice Program, Shopee’s flagship internship program. As an Apprentice, she worked under the Seller Operations and SeaMoney Credit team. Likewise, Neal and Lovella, were participants of Shopee’s year-round internship program under the Marketing and Consumer Insights teams, respectively. A year later, they are now GLP associates and will begin their first rotation under Business Development. On the other hand, Alyana had extensive internship experience in the fields of e-commerce and marketing. She was able to successfully channel her knowledge and skills to begin her journey as a GLP associate under the Marketing team.

Alyana, one of this year’s GLP associates currently completing her first rotation under the Marketing department, shared “There is no better place for me to build my career in tech than at Shopee. As an avid user of the app, I am excited to gain a new perspective on e-commerce through this experience. I am confident that the collaborative work environment and the mentorship that I receive from industry leaders will help me grow as a professional and further my career in tech.”

For Luca, another associate who started the first part of his GLP journey under the platform’s integrated mobile wallet ShopeePay, the overseas rotation aspect of the program appealed to him the most. He shared “The GLP offers participants such a unique learning experience. I am looking forward to completing my rotations abroad and gaining regional exposure from the different Shopee markets at such an early stage in my career. I believe there’s so much that I can learn from immersing myself in different cultures and working under different departments and hopefully apply in our local context.”

Meanwhile, Graciel, who was previously a Shopee Apprentice, begins her GLP journey with Shopee Xpress. “With the many processes and initiatives that we take on as GLP associates, it’s important to remember that it’s okay to ask for help. I’m grateful that Shopee fosters such a strong culture of collaboration and teamwork because I learn a great deal from asking questions and seeking advice from my mentors,” she shared on her experience navigating the workspace.

Shopee is always on the lookout for local talent keen on becoming drivers of growth. Those looking to challenge themselves and build a career in tech may visit https://careers.shopee.ph/.

About Shopee
Shopee is the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia & Taiwan. Shopee promotes an inclusive and sustainable digital ecosystem by enabling businesses to digitalize and grow their online presence, helping more people access and benefit from digital services, and uplifting local communities.

Shopee offers an easy, secure, and engaging experience that is enjoyed by millions of people daily. Shopee is also a key contributor to the region’s digital economy with a firm commitment to helping homegrown brands and entrepreneurs succeed in e-commerce.

Shopee is part of Sea Limited (NYSE: SE), a leading global consumer internet company. Sea’s mission is to better the lives of consumers and small businesses with technology through its three core businesses: Shopee, Garena and SeaMoney.